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Opinion: Larry Nassar's attorney was criticized — but here's why I support her
I know Shannon Smith, the criminal defense lawyer most criticized during the sentencing. I have co-counseled numerous cases with her, and she is my friend. In fact, I know all the attorneys who defended Nassar. They are talented and assertive advocates ...

Larry Nassar's lawyer gets death threats in MSU sex abuse case: 'It's been insane'
Criminal defense attorney Shannon Smith is no stranger to sneers or snide comments, given her often unpopular clients. But representing Larry Nassar has triggered a backlash she has never seen before: several death threats, loads of hate mail and nasty ...

Pittsburgh defense attorney arrested on drug-related charges
A well-known Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney was arrested Thursday morning in the Allegheny County Courthouse on charges related to drugs and an overdose. Kevin Abramovitz, 37, was expected to be arraigned on Thursday evening after having been ...

Criminal defense attorney arrested in court on charges
Only Pittsburgh's Action News 4 was there Thursday when a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, Kevin Abramovitz, walked out of court. Advertisement. The charges are unknown at this time. Tune in to Pittsburgh's Action News 4 tonight for the full ...

Manafort Co-Defendant Rick Gates's Defense Team Seeks Exit
Three lawyers for Paul Manafort's co-defendant, Rick Gates, have told the court they want to quit in the criminal money-laundering conspiracy case, raising the possibility of a defense strategy shift and possible cooperation with Special Counsel Robert ...

Facing Criticism, Cuomo's Office Looks to Marshal Support for Criminal Justice Proposals
The letter is seeking the backing of groups beyond the criminal defense bar, and is one of the first steps in a campaign launched Thursday by Cuomo's office to rally support for the legislative package. It also comes at a time when the governor's ...

Mankato attorney and roommates charged with felony drug crimes
MANKATO — Mankato defense attorney Ryan Blair Magnus and two roommates are facing felony drug charges after suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs allegedly were found in Magnus' house. Magnus, 45, and Robert Lee Rothmeier, 35, were ...

Victim rights bill under new scrutiny from scholars, attorneys
Support among legislators and voters is mounting for the rights of crime victims to be included in the state constitution, but local law scholars and criminal defense attorneys are also questioning whether an amendment is even needed. While some groups ...

Florida Voices: Julian Harrison, Small-Town Attorney
Have you ever felt discredited as an attorney because of your age? No, not really. Some of my clients are older and I think feel better to deal with an older person. Most of the criminal defendants are younger but when you deal with a criminal ...

Lessons from the Nassar case
The Indianapolis Star,editorial: “Essential lessons from the Nassar case and from the broader USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal need to be discussed and applied for years to come. Perhaps the most critical: Believe children when they say they've been ...

Many Say He's the Least Qualified Lawyer Ever to Lead a Guantánamo Case. He Agrees.
The same day, though, Abbe Smith, a law professor at Georgetown who taught Lieutenant Piette criminal defense, put his photo up in her ethics class as an example of a “courageous and ethical representation.” “He's pretty gutsy. This legal train is in ...

Kansas legislators weigh narrowing of speedy-trial limit in criminal cases
A House committee explored potential Monday of reversing state law adopted in 2014 that extended the state's “speedy trial” mandate to 150 days for criminal defendants. The Kansas attorney general and a coalition of law enforcement organizations ...

Kansas legislators weigh narrowing of speedy-trial limit in criminal cases
TOPEKA — A House committee explored potential Monday of reversing state law adopted in 2014 that extended the state's “speedy trial” mandate to 150 days for criminal defendants. The Kansas attorney general and a coalition of law enforcement ...

Judge charged with bribery after criminal defense lawyer participates in federal sting operation
A judge in Edinburg, Texas, has been charged with bribery in a federal sting operation aided by a local criminal defense attorney. Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 64, was accused of accepting three bribes since November 2016, though the cooperating ...

Kat & Maus, A Top Beverly Hills Criminal ... - Digital Journal
Lawyer Mark Bell becomes obsessed with proving his wife's loyalty after discovering her journals and photos which show a sexual appetite she has never shared – with him.Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada (PRUnderground) February 6th, 2018The new novel Kat ...

McGovern: Religion won't deter conviction, insanity might
“They are very, very hard to establish, and juries rarely agree,” said Brad Bailey, a criminal defense attorney not involved in Sanders' case. “I would say that this would be a unique approach. I would think this would be a real uphill battle.” And ...

Natalie Wood Death Investigation Likely Won't Result in Charges, Expert Says
The Hollywood Reporter asked USC law professor and criminal defense attorney Michael Brennan why he thinks law enforcement is reviving public interest in the case and whether charges are likely. Natalie Wood died in 1981, what are the chances charges ...

Methuen towing company faces complaints, lawsuit, but not criminal charges
Criminal defense attorney Joseph Keegan reviewed Lee's case, and told Boston 25 News, “I don't know how many laws were violated there but there could be dozens- literally. I'm talking felonies. Towing in Massachusetts is a heavily regulated industry ...

Controversial Tech Detects Presence of Drugs In Drivers
Police have been using the Drager 5000 at DUI checkpoints for about 10 months, but criminal defense attorney Vik Monder says the use of the devices in criminal trials is fairly new and controversial. “It will not be able to tell the amount of the ...

Attorneys of the Year: Marsh Halberg
circle of excellence Criminal defense attorney Marsh Halberg gained the distinction of successfully using an insanity defense in a murder case in a November verdict in Washington County. Making the verdict more noteworthy was that it was the second of ...

Atlanta's #BillionDollarLawyer Is Looking Out for Your Favorite Rappers
A criminal defense attorney by trade, Mr. Findling has little to do with the career planning or creative output of Migos, Gucci Mane or Waka Flocka Flame, all of whom he's successfully represented in court. But given that those artists' lyrical subject ...

Bannon, Priebus, McGahn: Bill Burck's White House Client Juggle
But white-collar criminal defense lawyers don't necessarily agree with pundits and politicians sounding alarms over Burck's trio of clients. Indeed, some argue Burck has strategically—and quite appropriately—positioned himself to serve each of his ...

'This is a big mess:' Defense attorney calls into question MPD after body left in van
We're now learning about the the potential wide-ranging ramifications across the city's criminal justice system from the error. MPD has not released any further information about the identity of the person found in that van, and as questions linger ...

De Blasio Fills 8 Vacancies on City's Civil, Family Courts
The mayor also made eight interim appointments to the city's Civil Court. They include Jonathan Shim, a Queens solo practitioner who specializes in matrimonial and Family Court cases; Michael Hartofilis, a former Queens prosecutor who has spent the ...

Is the new public defender ending or stoking office turmoil?
... can a lawyer with no criminal courtroom experience properly fulfill the 6th Amendment's guarantee of effective assistance of counsel for criminal defendants, especially those without the means to hire private attorneys? This latest episode of ...

'Yes means yes' sexual assault bill draws opposition from attorneys
Attorney Spike Eickholt, representing the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, said his opposition should not be interpreted as disrespectful or unsympathetic to victims. But all the scenarios he heard at the hearing are already covered in ...

'Devil's lawyer' represents Colombia's top narcos. Now he's banned from entering the country
In the cocaine capital of Latin America, Miami attorney Joaquin Perez is known as the “devil's lawyer,” especially at notorious La Picota prison in Bogotá, where Colombians charged with drug trafficking in the United States are held until their ...

Four running for Lorain County domestic relations judge (photos)
LORAIN, Ohio - Three Lorain County attorneys are running against Lorain County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division Judge Lisa I. Swenski in the May Primary election. Noted Lorain County criminal defense attorney Jack W. Bradley is one of four ...

Public defenders struggle to push cases through system
“So whether it's ready or not they want to get out of the jail and oftentimes the result is not justice because of the fact that the criminal defense lawyers are so often overwhelmed with caseloads.” Helmert said the system also worked similarly to how ...

Charges possible after investigation uncovered video of veteran dying while begging for help
It took nursing home staff about an hour to call 911. At one point, the hidden camera video caught nursing home staff laughing while they tried to fix his oxygen machine when Dempsey had already stopped breathing. The video sparked outrage across the ...

Ameer Mabjish: Criminal justice reforms can lead us out of opioid epidemic; we can't arrest our way out
Having spent the past ten years as a criminal defense attorney, the first eight of which were as a Northern Kentucky public defender, I have witnessed first-hand the heart-breaking destruction this epidemic leaves in its wake. Incarceration only ...

For Democratic criminal court-at-law judges
The South Texas College of Law Houston graduate has been practicing law for over a decade, and has been exclusively practicing criminal defense for eight years. Wright, 35, has endorsed personal recognizance bonds as the norm for misdemeanor court - we ...

Handwritten documents, Manila folders, carbon paper — welcome to Cook County criminal court
If longtime criminal defense attorney Barry A. Spector wants to get up to speed on a case, he runs into the same problems as Robinson. If a potential new client comes to his Evanston office seeking information about a loved one's case, for instance, he ...

Getting In Over Your Head As An Attorney
It's a careful dance when you're an ambitious attorney interested in taking on challenging work, but concerned that some cases may be just too hard to handle. Examples include: your first murder trial; a giant conspiracy with dozens of defendants; or a ...

Local business leaders talk rising crime in Sioux Falls
Other crimes he sees associated with addiction are assaults or thefts, said Ryan Kolbeck, a private personal injury and criminal defense attorney. Crime in South Dakota has increased at a faster pace than surrounding states, Noem said. She has visited ...

Proposed Bill Would Prohibit Criminal History Question on Job Applications
The bill also includes exemptions for employers who hire people to work with children or vulnerable adults, and employers who are required to run background checks by state or federal laws. The latter includes state government jobs, law enforcement ...

Outside the legal system, 'due process' means nothing
Editor's note: Caroline Polisi is a federal and white collar criminal defense attorney in New York and is of counsel at Pierce Burns LLP. She frequently appears on CNN as a legal analyst and is an anchor at the Law & Crime Network, providing live legal ...

NCBA Presents Criminal Justice Section Awards
Grace has engaged in private practice and criminal defense for more than 30 years and also serves as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, from which he graduated in 1977. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University ...

Regional business update, Feb. 13, 2018
After law school, Prock, according to the release, completed a federal clerkship with the Honorable John E. Jones III in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, after which he joined Fanelli, Evans & Patel, which he ...

San Mateo and Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorney Ross Green 2017 Year-End Criminal Defense Recap - Court ...
San Mateo and Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorney Ross Green 2017 Year-End Criminal Defense Recap - Court ...

Discipline Case Hits Pro Se Lawyer for Falsely Claiming Relative Raped Opposing Counsel's Mom
“The petition and the complaint underlying the petition are retaliatory in nature and the allegations are simply false,” Stokes wrote in her pro se answer. Well-known Austin criminal-defense attorney Sam Bassett, a partner in Minton Burton Bassett ...

State Senate Democrats unveil justice system overhaul plan
GOP leaders did not issue a response Tuesday to the Democrats' proposals. Tina Luongo, an attorney heading criminal defense with the Legal Aid Society, said New York's "broken" criminal justice system encourages mass incarceration and wrongful ...

Cop who arrested Meek Mill suspected of lying, racial bias
Prior to taking the role as Philly's top prosecutor Krasner was a career criminal defense and civil rights attorney who was openly critical of the criminal justice system. He defended Black Lives Matter and sued the police more than 75 times for civil ...

Debate over Nebraska's habitual criminal law
The criminal defense attorneys association supports it. "Please end this abuse of the criminal justice system. Those convicted on non-violent felonies can still receive plenty of time in prison,” said Lancaster Public Defender Joe Nigro. The County ...

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault
The movement has since reached more than 85 countries, shedding a new light on advocacy for survivors of sexual harassment and assault. But the idea of supporting sexual assault survivors is relatively new. Most jurisdictions in the United States didn ...

Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Amir Ladan, founder Ladan Law Firm Delighted to Sponsor 9th Annual Happy Hour ...
Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Amir Ladan, founder Ladan Law Firm Delighted to Sponsor 9th Annual Happy Hour ...

Florida, follow through on reforms to protect kids from adult jails, prisons | Opinion
As a criminal defense lawyer, one of the hardest things I've ever had to do was tell parents that state prosecutors had decided to charge their child as an adult. I cannot imagine the anguish of these parents to learn their child will spend the ...

Deal's 2018 Justice Reforms Target Elder Abuse and Misdemeanor Bail
Chuck Efstration, Northeastern Circuit Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, Clayton County Juvenile Court Judge Steve Teske, Houston Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Hartwig, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry, Hall County Solicitor General ...

Former MLB Pitcher Esteban Loaiza Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Drug Charge
Criminal defense attorney, David Shapiro, who has handled numerous drug cases in San Diego but is not representing Loaiza, said this one is unique because of his fame as one of Mexico's most successful pitchers. “At the very least what it shows is how ...

331st District Judge: A Matter of Opinion
That standoff has turned this race into somewhat of a referendum on how much a judge actually works, an issue on the minds of many criminal defense attorneys, but also on that of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, who's been collecting data this winter. And ...




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