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Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders
In Washington D.C., Wednesday, a defense lawyer who works for Baker asked a federal judge to halt this week's USS Cole case hearings because Kammen's resignation left Nashiri without a criminal defense attorney with capital experience. The law ...

Business notebook (Nov. 2, 2017)
Students enrolled in Friends University's professional and global Master of Business Administration programs with the supply chain management and logistics concentration will have the option to complete a course designed to prepare them to pass the Six ...

Trump's Latest Texas US Attorney Picks Get Good Reviews from Criminal Defense Bar
President Donald Trump nominated Texans from two well-connected political families as top law enforcement officers in the state in Ryan Patrick for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas and Joseph D. Brown for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern ...

In Rural Nevada, the Right to Counsel Depends on the Size of Your Wallet
If you are arrested in Las Vegas or Reno, a lawyer will be assigned to your defense who is subject to the scrutiny of a selection process by criminal defense experts. That lawyer won't have to choose between revealing your defense strategy to the judge ...

Trump's tweets on New York truck attack and calls for death penalty may taint case
Rick Jones, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and an attorney in New York City, called Trump's comments "highly inappropriate and damaging to our system." "We have a justice system in this country that suffers from a ...

Chief defense counsel released from contempt sentence in USS Cole case
The release was ordered just before a hearing in Washington, D.C. on a habeas corpus unlawful detention petition filed by a group of criminal defense lawyers. However, the sentence could be re-imposed later, and Baker's contempt conviction was not ...

What's so funny about the federal criminal justice system?
They are serious and over-achieving people, usually with very impressive credentials, who set out to follow the law and make sure justice is served. Criminal defense attorneys must fight for everything they achieve for their clients because the federal ...

While you're asleep, this Olympia woman is working on the perfect loaf of bread
Before baking bread became a full-time operation, Elewski was a criminal defense attorney, working on appeals at the state and federal levels. She said the legal work was stressful because she's a perfectionist. Even now, she still wants to make the ...

Jennings' lawyer made no opening statement, called just one witness in one-sided trial
As Brad Jennings' trial began, his sister's heart sank when the defense lawyer declined to give an opening statement — a linchpin in a criminal defense. Attorney Darrell Deputy reserved the right to make one later. He never did. Jennings, who would be ...

Victims rights concerns at root of Issue 1
Henry Nicholas, for whose murdered younger sister Marsy's Law is named, speaks outside the Ohio Secretary of State's office in Columbus in June. Nicholas is a billionaire technology executive from California who is pushing for the Ohio crime victims ...

Councilman's campaign paid lawyer to rep ex-aide in city probes: records
City councilman Corey Johnson's campaign paid for a criminal defense lawyer last year to represent a former campaign manager in two city probes, records show. Johnson, who is running for reelection Tuesday and is a top contender to be the next City ...

Federal Prosecutors in KCK Under Fire For Power Plays in Pursuit of Justice
For years, they say, a small group of federal prosecutors in KCK has run roughshod over the rights of criminal defendants. A joint investigation by KCUR and KCPT reveals an underlying pattern of bullying and intimidation that at times has valued ...

Court puts brakes on ordering Kammen to military trial
Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Richard Kammen won a reprieve Friday when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana halted a military commission's order that he continue representing a terrorism suspect held at Guantanamo Bay, ...

The Lessons of Cyrus Vance's Campaign Contributions
But given the legality of large contributions to district attorneys and the frequency of contributions from criminal defense lawyers, the appearance of influence is inescapable. Indeed, the present system may create opportunities for actual improper ...

Defense attorneys in Kealoha corruption probe face heat over questionable practices
"If you're going to be a criminal defense attorney, and you're fighting for people who can't fight for themselves, and as soon as you get a big case -- against the people who've been violating your own clients rights for years -- you choose to ...

Five things to know about defense for former Pilot Flying J employees in fraud trial
... Justice to build a defense practice that has included handling one of the nation's largest false claims act cases involving drugmakers. Knoxville attorney Cullen Wojcik is sharing defense duties with Vernia. Wojcik specializes in criminal defense ...

GOP judge: Flint criminal defense fees for state officials 'a travesty'
LANSING — A former chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals says the millions in public funds allocated for criminal defense fees for Gov. Rick Snyder and ...

Defense attorneys in Kealoha corruption case face heat over ques ...
Defense attorneys in Kealoha corruption case face heat over ques ...

Criminal Defense Bar Cheers Rulings on Hearsay, Confrontation Clause
The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a portion of the state's gang statute, and the Georgia Court of Appeals turned down prosecutors' requests to allow hearsay from a child's doctor in a child molestation case where the mother and alleged victim left ...

Judges Ordered to Direct Prosecutors to Turn Over Information Favorable to Defense
“Number one, this is a very big deal,” said Barry Scheck, past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and co-founder of the Innocence Project. “Once prosecutors are ordered by a court to do that, they're going to pay a lot ...

Latvala hires criminal defense attorneys to fight harassment allegations
Sen. Jack Latvala has hired two criminal defense lawyers as he fights multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Tallahassee defense attorney Steve Andrews, who's representing the Clearwater Republican lawmaker along with lawyer Stephen Webster, sent ...

Fort Walton Beach Lawyer Featured in The Brain Defense Publishes Florida Criminal Law
Cobb developed Coping with Stress During Criminal Prosecution and Fact Pattern Reports early in his career because "criminal defense attorneys are not mental health counselors. We are counselors at law." He strongly opposes what he calls "unproductive ...

Attorneys say Sanborn deal a good solution to complicated case
Tina Heather Nadeau, a prominent criminal defense attorney, said Sanborn can continue to say he's not guilty of the crime, although his ability to prove that in court is likely extinguished by the deal reached Wednesday. “You have to accept ...

Weinstein Turns to White-Collar Vets for Criminal Defense
Weinstein Turns to White-Collar Vets for Criminal Defense. As he battles sexual harassment and rape claims and a potential criminal indictment in New York, Harvey Weinstein has hired defense attorneys Benjamin Brafman in New York and Blair Berk in ...

Sweetwater attorney sentenced after forging millionaire's will
It's not yet clear whether restitution will be required. During closing arguments, Shane Attaway — with the state Attorney General's Office — told the jury that Young as a criminal defense attorney "knows the laws" and started "building his defense ...

Oakland County will appeal Michigan Court of Claims denial of motion in defense standards lawsuit
The standards aim to establish and enforce more uniform standards statewide in regards to criminal defense services provided to the poor. Advertisement. The Michigan Court of Claims denied the county's motion for summary disposition, which would have ...

Philadelphia voters soundly reject Jeff Sessions' storm-trooper approach to criminal justice
As political observers consider the wave of Democratic victories across the country Tuesday and what it might mean for President Trump, it's important not to overlook Philadelphia — where voters elected as their top prosecutor a criminal defense ...

Chief Judge DiFiore implements new measures in criminal cases
“The statewide application of these directives will serve to promote the quality of justice in New York, increasing judges' ability to ensure that prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys appearing before them have a clear, thorough understanding of ...

For Harvey Weinstein, a New York Lawyer With a List of Celebrity Clients
“Ben grew up as a borscht belt comedian, and he has got the quickest wit,” said Paul Schechter, another criminal defense lawyer. “Jury trials, even in high profile cases, can be dull and humor keeps a jury awake and can keep them on your side.” ...

Could Louis CK Face Jail Time?
If they're charged more than once, it's considered a felony, according to a California criminal defense lawyer who asked to remain anonymous. "If convicted, [C.K.] would also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years," she said. All the women ...

Rift with Idaho Association of Counties almost costs Ada taxpayers big money
The Ada County Commission on Thursday voted quickly and unanimously to reverse its earlier decision to withdraw from the Capital Crimes Defense Fund and to refuse to sign a joint powers agreement for criminal defense after learning that the move ...

Jury still out on success of Felonies First as last counties make the switch
Nashua defense attorney Chuck Keefe, current president of the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, pointed to the cultural differences between circuit and superior courts, saying “the mentality in circuit court is to resolve a case as ...

Judge's proposed ban 'vindictive,' says Ammon Bundy's lawyer in Oregon standoff
Quoting criminal defense lawyer and civil libertarian Clarence Darrow, Mumford wrote, "To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade and a hated, ...

Edward R. La Rue, criminal defense attorney reveals help to get sexual assault and drug possession charges dropped ...
Edward R. La Rue, criminal defense attorney reveals help to get sexual assault and drug possession charges dropped ...

The defense rests
... the Idaho State Bar Outstanding Service Award 2009, Idaho Health and Welfare Child and Family Services Award and others. Adams served as president of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and as a board member on gubernatorial task ...

Roy Moore: Could Alabama Senate candidate face criminal charges?
John Lentine, a criminal defense attorney with the Birmingham firm of Sheffield & Lentine PC, said like other states, Alabama removed the statute of limitations for serious crimes to reflect changes in science and to allow "prosecutions for charges ...

Kobie Flowers | Brown Goldstein
Kobie Flowers, a partner with Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP, has been elected to te board of directors of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Flowers was elected at the association's fall meeting Oct. 28 in Boston. He represents ...

Kalamazoo County to create nonprofit public criminal defender office
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo County plans to have an independent non-profit indigent criminal defense office by spring 2019. A plan to move from contracting public defenders to creating an independent office was approved at a Tuesday special meeting of ...

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case
A third attorney, Gary Modafferi, of Las Vegas, who briefly represented Louis Kealoha, also withdrew from the case for similar reasons. Barbee has been practicing criminal defense law in Hawaii since 1989 and has worked as a federal public defender ...

Jason Swindle Celebrates Many Years of Experience in Criminal Defense Law
An AV-Preeminent Attorney through Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Swindle combines his years of trial experience and his dedication to criminal defense in his work with Swindle Law Group, P.C. He is solely devoted to criminal defense, which allows him to give ...

Courthouse arrests of immigrants by ICE agents have risen 900% in New York this year: Immigration Defense Project
But Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at the Legal Aid Society, said ICE's arrests in courthouses demanded a legislative solution from Albany. “These arrests plague our clients in every borough and deter immigrants and ...

A Growing Call to Limit Lawyers' Donations to Prosecutors
One reason is that few criminal defense lawyers are willing to risk alienating them with a political challenge. In New York, donations from defense lawyers have been a questionable, albeit legal, feature of the campaign financing system for decades ...

Henrico School Board member convicted of DUI
Steven Benjamin, past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said Cooper's plea is very similar to an Alford plea. Under an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty but continues to maintain his innocence despite acknowledging ...

Why would Adam Matos tell a jury he killed four people? Here are theories
So why would Matos, now facing four murder charges, testify at his trial Wednesday? There are a few possibilities, according to seasoned criminal defense lawyers across Tampa Bay. Matos described the killings as an act of self-defense, saying he feared ...

Kester Law Group: A New Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Law Firm Opens to Fight for the "Little Guy"
PHOENIX, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Maricopa County New Personal Injury & Criminal Defense Law Firm in Phoenix Arizona and Surrounding Areas. A new law firm is opening its doors in Phoenix, Arizona. Kester Law Group with three offices for ...

Prosecutors should consider risks of another Menendez trial
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's criminal trial on bribery and other charges ended in a mistrial Thursday when jurors were deadlocked for the second time in four days, unable to reach a verdict. The senator and his co-defendant, a wealthy Florida doctor, ...

Defense attorney weighs in on possible Menendez re-trial
Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony Iacullo joined Anchor Mary Alice Williams and Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron to discuss some of the specifics of what happened in court Thursday and what we can expect to see going forward. Williams: Did ...

McGovern: Troopergate claims could be criminal
“If there was some legitimate evidence that was tampered with, that in itself could be evidence of criminal activity,” said Peter Elikann, a criminal defense attorney and former chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association's criminal justice section ...

Garland crime lab analyst's misleading testimony leads to statewide changes
"A lot of judges are ruling for the prosecutors that it is not admissible," said defense lawyer Mark Lassiter, who also heads the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He believes that jurors should be able to hear the evidence and decide for ...

Judge was rude, security over the top in Oregon occupation trial, defense lawyers say
Schindler wrote that he never met a criminal defense attorney "more committed to providing his client zealous advocacy in the face of seemingly impossible odds and an antagonistic federal judge.'' Mumford sometimes didn't sleep to prepare for trial ...




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