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'Let's make it the best it can be': Jefferson County Public Defender on his first year in office
When Luker, an experienced criminal defense attorney in Birmingham, was appointed as the Director of the Public Defenders in September 2016, he had big ideas for the office. The public defender's office was still fairly new: It was created in 2012, and ...

Manafort and Gates are sprung for holiday as bail talks drag on
I suspect very much there's a great deal of discussion going on behind closed doors,” said Mike Ramsey, a Texas criminal defense lawyer who defended Enron CEO Kenneth Lay on fraud charges and New York real estate scion Robert Durst in a high-profile ...

Anonymous donor honors Short Hills defense attorney
A former federal prosecutor working in criminal defense has one more thing to be thankful about this Thanksgiving: a New Jersey State Bar Foundation Scholarship fund set up in his name. The Matthew E. Beck Esq. Criminal Law Scholarship, named after ...

Worcester defense lawyer eyeing run for district attorney
He said he has not made a final decision. A criminal defense lawyer for the past four years, Mr. Rubin formerly worked as a prosecutor for 16 years in three different district attorney offices, including for nearly 10 years in the Worcester district ...

Meek Mill Is In Jail for a Wheelie While Harvey Weinstein Roams Free
The American criminal justice system is broken: just look at Meek Mill and Harvey Weinstein. This month, Meek Mill, a 30-year-old rapper, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating the terms of his probation — probation he's been on ...

Criminal defense, bankruptcy lawyers face misconduct charges
Two Columbus-area lawyers face professional misconduct charges alleging they mishandled the cases of clients. Westerville bankruptcy lawyer Robert Leon and Columbus criminal defense lawyer W. Martin Midian face disciplinary hearings before the Board ...

Public Defenders Fight Back Against Budget Cuts, Growing Caseloads
In those counties, private contractors who aren't required to have experience or training in criminal defense are hired by the county to defend the poor, the suit alleges. In recent months, the ACLU also has sued both the state of Missouri and Grays ...

Orleans attorney gets probation, $50K fine over role in bail bond-rigging scheme led by his father
A federal judge sentenced New Orleans criminal defense attorney James Johnson to five years probation and a $50,000 fine on Monday for his failure to report the lead role of his father, Rufus Johnson, in an illegal bail bond scheme involving kickbacks ...

Is it OK to mention a person's immigration status in court? Washington state says no
The Washington Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers was opposed, and the Washington Defender Assn. expressed concern the rule was “unnecessary, unworkable and would not accomplish proponents' goals.” Sean O'Donnell, a King County judge and ...

Judge Disqualification Rules Revised for First Time Since 1983
Kate Coscarelli, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey State Bar Association, and Deputy Public Defender Judith Fallon, the president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, said their organizations were not involved in drafting the ...

Defendants, Not Their Attorneys, Should Decide Whether to Admit Guilt
Criminal defense is personal business. A criminal defendant may never face a more momentous occasion than his trial, nor one where his decisions have greater personal consequence. For this reason, the Constitution not only mandates rights for the ...


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