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Criminal Defense News 08/2017



Michigan Attorney Lisa Dwyer Commemorates 20th Anniversary
"I feel I have done a really great job for my clients this past twenty years," said Dwyer, who focuses on criminal defense and entertainment law. "It's nice to reflect on and to think of my client successes. I look forward to serving my clients well ...

Police video highlights blurred line between excessive force, typical policing in high-crime areas
But veteran criminal defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr., who also has represented many people who sued Chicago police over claims of excessive force, said the video captured an example of why some people living in minority communities view the police as an ...

Police chief changes tune: Former cop who violently punched valet should be arrested
“First of all, there is no such thing as a complete investigation,” said Miami criminal defense attorney Brian Tannebaum. “They determined at the time they did not have enough evidence to arrest him. And I'm okay with that. But the minute they saw the ...

Bill Cosby's defense lawyer quits, won't be at second trial
Bill Cosby is looking for a new lead defense lawyer: Brian McMonagle has quit the team as Cosby prepares for a second trial on sexual-assault charges. Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt confirmed McMonagle, a noted Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, ...

Exclusive: Former Justice Department official joins Mueller team
Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division, where he oversaw the ...

Wednesday's Second Editorial: Better data needed to reveal inequities in criminal justice system
A. Wellington Barlow has seen this in practice after three decades as a lawyer in the criminal justice system, first as a prosecutor, then as a public defender and mostly as a criminal defense lawyer. He has retired from his criminal law practice and ...

Former US Justice Department official joins Mueller's team
Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division, where he oversaw the ...

Mueller Taps Foreign Bribery Lawyer For His Team Investigating Russian Collusion
Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division, where he oversaw the ...

Human smuggling operation raids Jacksonville home
Pai, who is licensed in Washington and confers with her colleague criminal defense attorney Thomas Bell when her immigrant clients are charged with a crime, said agents appear to have stumbled on the restaurant owners while searching for a smuggling ...

Mueller Prosecutor's Wife Was Judge in Trump Cases Over Dealings With Foreign Governments
Prior to joing Mueller, Andres, 50, most recently worked as a criminal defense lawyer with Davis Polk & Wardwell. He worked at the Justice Department for two years from 2010. As a deputy assistant attorney general he oversaw a fraud unit in the ...

Marsy's Law is moving state in right direction for victims
In fact, North Dakota has been extremely liberal, as compared to other states, in allowing criminal defense attorneys to take pre-trial depositions of victims and witnesses. These depositions are often used to harass or intimidate victims. Marsy's Law ...

Magistrate judge finds no probable cause for vehicular homicide charge in teen's hit-and-run death
Huynh's criminal defense attorney, Matt McCord, argued that Huynh would have had mere seconds to react once his headlights shone on Gartner in the roadway. “It's 9:30 at night, it's dark, she's not wearing reflective clothing, there is no crosswalk ...

Famous Death Penalty Lawyer Closes the Book on His Last Capital Case
It's not for appreciation, he said: "Generally the public doesn't like criminal defense lawyers. It's sad. You need criminal defense lawyers to make sure the system runs properly. If some things are not done properly or against the Constitution, it won ...

Peter J. McHugh (1963-2017)
“But he was willing to do other things for his clients,” said Sheldon Wittenberg, a lawyer who took on some of Mr. McHugh's criminal defense cases in recent months. “He did his job well. He cared about his clients. When you care about doing a good job ...

Texting suicide case: Michelle Carter faces sentencing today, could get 20 years
"She will be given little, if any, jail time, in my view," said Joey Jackson, a criminal defense attorney and CNN legal analyst. "The crime was horrific, but based upon her youth, I believe the judge's sentence will focus more on rehabilitation than on ...

Showdown set for Bungalow in criminal court
Initially, after the death, criminal defense attorney Richard Hirsch argued that the co-defendant, Larchmont Village Partners, LLC, was without a chief executive officer. Then, in March 2017, after city officials were notified that Mizrahi's wife would ...

Pretty Girls And Prosecutorial Misconduct
Justin Dillon is a partner at KaiserDillon PLLC in Washington, DC, where he focuses on white-collar criminal defense and campus disciplinary matters. Before joining the firm, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, and at ...

Madison County lawyer found dead in hotel room; was reported missing
A Madison County attorney was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in central Illinois, a day after he had been reported missing. Jersey County Chief Deputy Sheriff Kevin Kalaas said deputies were actively looking for John M. Delaney Jr. after his ...

LaVoy Finicum shooting: Prosecutors seeking missing shell casings, metal fragment from Ryan Bundy's shoulder
David Angeli, one of four criminal defense lawyers retained by Astarita, signaled that his client likely will challenge the forensic analysis and "modeling'' done by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, which was tasked with investigating the Finicum ...

12 people arrested in drug distribution ring case
Fred Minassian, 50, of Glendale, is a criminal defense attorney who allegedly led a scheme to lie to law enforcement officials to make it appear that a shipment of Vicodin that was purchased by one of the other defendants was legitimately prescribed by ...

Public defender: Baltimore police caught planting fake evidence -- again
Davis said it's the job of the criminal defense attorney to raise doubt. "When they see a gap in a videotape, especially when the camera is on and then it's off and there's a gap, sometimes it's going to raise enough doubt to call into question the ...

Lawyer for convicted NO bail bondsman asks judge to scrap guilty pleas, order mental exam
Attorneys for former New Orleans bail bondsman Rufus Johnson asked a federal judge this week to let them withdraw his April guilty pleas to a bond-rigging conspiracy and to order a psychiatrist to examine him. Johnson's decision to plead guilty to all ...

Will Cosby Lawyer's Departure Lead to Delay in Retrial?
It is not clear whether the Cosby team will now seek to find a nationally known criminal defense specialist or focus instead on a well-regarded local lawyer, like Mr. McMonagle, a former prosecutor who has had a number of high-profile clients. Mr ...

Michelle Carter's probation prevents pricey book deal, paid interviews
This mandate is rare but not unheard of, especially in high-profile cases, said Peter Elikann, a criminal defense attorney and former chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. "He was concerned that she again may want to ...

Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week
CHRISTOPHER WRAY, FBI DIRECTOR: Voting 92 for and five against, the Senate on Aug. 1 confirmed Christopher A. Wray, 50, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He replaces James B. Comey, Jr., ...

Remove Dana Santino from Palm Beach County bench | Editorial
In contrast, the email said, Lerman's work was “limited to criminal defense — representing murderers, rapists, child molesters and other criminals.” The email was roundly criticized not only for its criticism of defense attorneys, but for what it said ...

In September, new law aims to get convictions right the first time
“If you don't have the right guy, well, then the real right guy that should have been convicted, is out on the street,” said Sam Bassett, a criminal defense attorney in Austin and a member of the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission, a select ...

How our US senators voted on FBi director confirmation, other issues
1 confirmed Christopher A. Wray, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, replacing James B. Comey, Jr., who was fired by President Trump on May 9. Wray, 50, served as an assistant attorney ...

Darryl L. Exum Selected for Esteemed Lawyers of America
Riverside, CA, August 05, 2017 --(PR.com)-- A civil rights advocate who is also a teacher and mentor to young attorneys has been selected for admission to the Esteemed Lawyers of America. Since 1991, California criminal defense attorney Darryl L. Exum ...

Mueller investigation enters new phase
Mueller recently brought on Greg Andres, a former Justice Department official who more recently served as a white-collar criminal defense lawyer, to join his investigative team. His appointment is another sign of the probe's expansion, Vladeck said. “I ...

Innocence Is Irrelevant
Millions of people each year are now processed for misdemeanors. In a 2009 report titled “Minor Crimes, Massive Waste,” the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers described a system characterized by “the ardent enforcement of crimes that were ...

How your US lawmaker voted
1 confirmed Christopher A. Wray, 50, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He replaces James B. Comey Jr., who was fired by President Trump on May 9. Wray served as assistant attorney general ...

Votes in Congress: How the area's delegation voted this past week
1 confirmed Christopher A. Wray, 50, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, as director of the FBI. He replaces James B. Comey Jr., who was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9. Wray served as assistant attorney general in charge of the ...

Nominating Commission sends 3 names to governor
Atkins said she has primarily works in criminal defense but also splits her practice between criminal and civil law. “I don't believe that anyone can walk into this position and not take it with the stance that they need to learn every day,” she said ...

Roll Call: How Erie's representatives voted this past week
Christopher Wray, FBI director: Voting 92 for and 5 against, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Christopher A. Wray, 50, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He replaces James B. Comey, Jr ...

Editorial: Kamala Harris, Rand Paul take up bail reform
May 2016 file photograph: An advertisement with the names of four dozen bail bonds and criminal defense attorneys hangs over two pay phones in the Santa ...

State Sen. Eric Koch To Serve On Indiana Public Defender Commission
(STATEHOUSE) -- State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to serve on the Indiana Public Defender Commission. The Commission recommends state standards for indigent defense in ...

Business Achievements 8/7/17
Kording works from Meyer Capel's office in Bloomington and was selected as an Emerging Lawyer in the category of Criminal Defense Law: Felonies and Misdemeanors. In addition to his law practice, he has worked since 2006 for the Department of Politics ...

Dems fight over criminal records, Detroit in House race
Yancey could face a tough battle from Pamela Sossi, a criminal defense attorney from Harper Woods who finished second to Banks in the 2016 primary. Banks won 45 percent to 36 percent. Sossi has raised nearly $39,000 and is backed by the Michigan ...

Lawyer who suggested 'Breaking Bad' method to launder cash has conviction upheld by appeals court
A federal appeals court has upheld the money-laundering conviction of a Cleveland criminal defense lawyer who suggested a technique employed by fictional lawyer Saul Goodman on the television show Breaking Bad. Following Goodman's lead, lawyer ...

El Chapo is ready to ditch his public defenders and hire his own lawyer
The front-runner to represent Chapo, according to a Wall Street Journal report last month, is Jeffrey Lichtman, a New York criminal defense attorney who secured an acquittal for mafia boss John Gotti. Given the complexity of the case, it's possible ...

Maine Voices: Monument Square justice: Who goes to jail? Who deserves our help?
Recently, the nice folks at Sisters Gourmet Deli on Monument Square (where I work, too) were confronted with a very unpleasant and potentially dangerous situation in their excellent sandwich shop, when an unwelcome visitor entered and threatened ...

Podcast: Gauging just how improved the Steelers defense could be in 2017
The show is sponsored by Frank Walker Law, the top criminal defense firm to call in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia and home to one of the nation's top-100 ranked trial attorneys in Frank Walker. For his PA office, call 412-212-3878 or to reach ...

Mobbed up
Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán is perhaps the world's most famous kingpin, but he's currently facing life in prison in the U.S. for a variety of drug, conspiracy, and money laundering charges. In other words, he could really use a good ...

Legal eagle recognized at DUI defense bar seminar
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. With constant advances in technology and crime-solving techniques, criminal defense lawyers need to stay at the top of their game. Veteran criminal defense attorney Kevin McKernan was recently recognized for completing a seminar ...

Defense lawyers challenge anti-hazing law in FAMU case
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed a friend-of-the-court brief late Monday on behalf of Dante Martin, who was convicted of manslaughter and hazing offenses in the 2011 death of Champion in Orlando. The Supreme Court in June ...

Kent Lindemuth's attorneys: More money, more time needed to adequately defend client
Shawnee County District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson, who is handling the divorce of Lindemuth and his wife, Vikki Lindemuth, authorized up to a $200,000 loan to Lindemuth's criminal defense fund and ordered that it be cleared through Strauss. Lindemuth ...

Home invasion trial of ex-Atlanta police officer begins
Richard Schrade, Barresi's criminal defense attorney, asked his ex-fiancee during cross-examination if she “gave as good as she got,” implying that their relationship was increasingly retaliatory. His line of questioning focused on the nature of ...

Man pleads guilty to murder of child's mother outside McDonough Kroger
Teddy Wayne McNeil, center, stands with prosecutors and his criminal defense attorney to enter a plea of guilty in Henry County Superior Court Tuesday. McNeil will serve a life sentence for the murder of Amy Pitts, the mother of his infant child ...

New Baltimore Police Scandal Threatens Criminal Cases
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers agrees it's a growing issue. "We've seen many moments where at the critical moments that body cameras were rolled out to address and to capture are not ending up on the video," says Jumana Musa, ...




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