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Criminal Defense News 01/2006



We Find the Defendant Not Guilty (if That's O.K. With Everyone) (New York Times)
"In Justice" takes one timid step away from the "Law & Order" model.

Covering the Courts: Case of the unspeedy trial (Southern Illinoisan)
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial ... The dates are significant: On Nov. 23, 1977, Jack Humphrey died of a single bullet wound to the head.

Wells for the defense (Arizona Daily Star)
HACKENSACK, N.J. — The first time the jury read a not-guilty verdict, they called it a fluke.

Public Sector Is Losing Lawyers (The Ledger)
GAINESVILLE -- Kevin Robertson has heard a lot of big talk for the past seven years, and not just from the criminal defense lawyers he faces off with every day in the courtroom.

Keel announces for Court of Criminal Appeals (Bandera Bulletin)
State Representative Terry Keel, R-Austin, recently filed in the Republican primary for place eight on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The position on the state's highest criminal court is a statewide race. The current incumbent is Charles Holcomb.

A measured response (Haaretz Daily)
The recent rampages of gunmen in the Gaza Strip - in which some Palestinian policemen who engage in criminal activity have been involved - are very worrisome.

2 charged with dumping alligator in urban lake (San Jose Mercury News)
Los Angeles authorities filed criminal charges Thursday against two men suspected of dumping an alligator named Reggie into a popular urban lake, which has been closed since summer because the reptile has eluded capture.

Bush Defends Spying Program as 'Necessary' to Protect U.S. (Washington Post)
President Bush yesterday mounted his third defense in two weeks of his secret domestic spying program, calling his order authorizing warrantless eavesdropping on U.S. citizens a limited, legal program that Americans understand is protecting their security.

Bush Defends Spying Program as 'Necessary' to Protect U.S. (Washington Post)
President Bush yesterday mounted his third defense in two weeks of his secret domestic spying program, calling his order authorizing warrantless eavesdropping on U.S. citizens a limited, legal program that Americans understand is protecting their security.

Bush Defends Spying Program As 'Necessary' to Protect U.S. (Washington Post)
President Bush today mounted his third defense in two weeks of his secret domestic spying program, calling his order authorizing warrantless eavesdropping on U.S. citizens a limited, legal program that Americans understand is protecting their security.

Lawyer, winery sue over wine law (Delaware Online)
A high-profile Wilmington criminal defense attorney has turned plaintiff in a federal lawsuit seeking to force the state to allow easier access to good bottles of wine.

Audit reveals evidence missing (The Des Moines Register)
West Des Moines police say no cases have been affected. West Des Moines police officials have nearly wrapped up an internal audit that confirmed items from several criminal cases — possibly drugs or other evidence — were stolen from the department's evidence room.

Audit reveals evidence missing (The Des Moines Register)
West Des Moines police officials have nearly wrapped up an internal audit that confirmed items from several criminal cases — possibly drugs or other...

Enron case big test of the `idiot defense' (Chicago Tribune)
The Enron Corp. trial opening Jan. 30 in Houston is shaping up to be the biggest test yet of the so-called idiot defense. Former Enron chief Kenneth Lay has vowed to tell jurors from the witness stand that he knew nothing about crimes committed at the energy company.

Defense attorneys embrace infamous (al.com)
When the first lawyers appointed to represent Westley Devon Harris dropped the case, Charlotte Tesmer got a call. Tesmer, a private attorney in Greenville, didn't hesitate when asked by a judge to help defend Harris.

Audit reveals evidence missing (The Des Moines Register)
West Des Moines police say no cases have been affected. West Des Moines police officials have nearly wrapped up an internal audit that confirmed items from several criminal cases — possibly drugs or other evidence — were stolen from the department's evidence room.

Military Advocate General to recommend stripping Tennenbaum of his ranks (Haaretz Daily)
The Military Advocate General of the Israel Defense Forces is expected to recommend that Elhanan Tennenbaum, the reserves colonel who was held hostage by Hezbollah for three years, be stripped of his ranks due to his suspected ties to criminal elements that led to his abduction in 2000, the Ynet website reported Monday.

Audit reveals evidence missing (The Des Moines Register)
West Des Moines police say no cases have been affected. West Des Moines police officials have nearly wrapped up an internal audit that confirmed items from several criminal cases — possibly drugs or other evidence — were stolen from the department's evidence room.

Audit reveals evidence missing (The Des Moines Register)
West Des Moines police say no cases have been affected. West Des Moines police officials have nearly wrapped up an internal audit that confirmed items from several criminal cases — possibly drugs or other evidence — were stolen from the department's evidence room.

2006 Litigation Department of the Year (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In case after case, clients like Citigroup and Merck have trusted Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigators to guide them through perilous corporate minefields. And in a period in which business scandal, complete with criminal and regulatory investigations and tag-along civil suits, dominated headlines, no law firm handled cases with higher stakes, or was as successful at saving

Lay, Skilling alone at trial after ex-accountant pleads (San Jose Mercury News)
And then there were two. For nearly two years, former Enron chief accounting officer Richard Causey locked arms with his former bosses, company founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, in a unified defense against criminal charges in the biggest case stemming from the one of the nation's biggest corporate scandals.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (San Jose Mercury News)
Roberta Hayashi Berliner Cohen of San Jose, which specializes in real estate, business, tax, employment, land-use and environmental law, trusts and estates and white-collar criminal defense, appointed Roberta Hayashi partner.

Lay, Skilling alone at trial after ex-accountant pleads (San Jose Mercury News)
And then there were two. For nearly two years, former Enron chief accounting officer Richard Causey locked arms with his former bosses, company founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, in a unified defense against criminal charges in the biggest case stemming from the one of the nation's biggest corporate scandals.

Questions linger as trial of accused cop-killer begins (KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
The man accused of killing a St. Paul police officer is expected to claim self-defense or implicate another person at his trial, which is slated to begin Tuesday with jury selection.

People on the move (San Jose Mercury News)
Roberta Hayashi Berliner Cohen of San Jose, which specializes in real estate, business, tax, employment, land-use and environmental law, trusts and estates and white-collar criminal defense, appointed Roberta Hayashi partner.

Questions linger as trial of accused cop-killer begins (Winona Daily News)
ST. PAUL (AP) — The man accused of killing a St. Paul police officer is expected to claim self-defense or implicate another person at his trial, which is slated to begin Tuesday with jury selection.

Court: Jurors Must Unanimously Reject Insanity Defense to Convict (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
A criminal defendant who claims insanity cannot be convicted if jurors disagree about whether he or she is sane, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

Dec. 26, 2005- Defender: Bob Banning for the defense (Mountain Democrat)
Offense, defense, contest, court. It's not the National Basketball Association. Still, championing the underdog is the stance of Bob Banning, point man locally for the El Dorado County Office of the Public Defender.

Prosecutors decry 'unprecedented' tactics of DeLay defense team (Austin American-Statesman)
AUSTIN — Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is trying to bully his way through the court system to further his own political ambitions, prosecutors argued Tuesday in a response to his attorneys' request that the state's highest criminal court dismiss all charges against him.

Police Continue Investigating Planten After Suicide (NBC 17 Raleigh)
One day after the suspect in the Stephanie Bennett murder killed himself in prison, police in two states and a local defense attorney are still trying to figure out what happened and how that impacts criminal investigations. » NBC-17 News Archives: Stephanie Bennett Murder Case

People on the move (San Jose Mercury News)
Roberta Hayashi Berliner Cohen of San Jose, which specializes in real estate, business, tax, employment, land-use and environmental law, trusts and estates and white-collar criminal defense, appointed Roberta Hayashi partner.

Defense lawyers fight anticrime bill (Boston Globe)
Police and prosecutors have been lobbying on Beacon Hill for a sweeping new measure to protect witnesses from intimidation, which they call a top priority as they struggle to persuade residents in high-crime areas to testify against those accused of a crime.

Keel announces for Court of Criminal Appeals (Bandera Bulletin)
State Representative Terry Keel, R-Austin, recently filed in the Republican primary for place eight on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The position on the state's highest criminal court is a statewide race. The current incumbent is Charles Holcomb.

People on the move (San Jose Mercury News)
Roberta Hayashi Berliner Cohen of San Jose, which specializes in real estate, business, tax, employment, land-use and environmental law, trusts and estates and white-collar criminal defense, appointed Roberta Hayashi partner.

Enron case big test of the `idiot defense' (Kansas City Star)
CHICAGO - The Enron Corp. trial opening Jan. 30 in Houston is shaping up to be the biggest test yet of the so-called idiot defense. Former Enron chief Kenneth Lay has vowed to tell jurors from the witness stand that he knew nothing about crimes committed at the energy company.

Shogaolu's criminal trial set for April 3 court date (Myrtle Beach Online)
Benedict Shogaolu's criminal trial on four felony counts of public corruption and other charges is scheduled to start April 3. "We have tentatively marked that as the trial date," said Donna Elder, assistant solicitor for the state's 15th judicial circuit. "That's subject to change.

Enron case big test of the `idiot defense' (MENAFN)
Enron case big test of the `idiot defense'

Universal Guardian's Shield Defense Signs International Distribution Agreement With U.S. Cavalry for its Non-lethal and (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. , an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that its Shield Defense subsidiary has entered into a global distribution agreement

Dec. 26, 2005- Defender: Bob Banning for the defense (Mountain Democrat)
Offense, defense, contest, court. It's not the National Basketball Association. Still, championing the underdog is the stance of Bob Banning, point man locally for the El Dorado County Office of the Public Defender.

Supreme Court: U.S. Can Move Padilla (Washington Post)
The U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon allowed federal prosecutors to take custody of "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla so he could face criminal charges, overruling a lower court and ending an unusual battle between the executive and judicial branches.

Former Weil Gotshal Lawyer Becomes Partner at 21-Lawyer Firm (Law.com)
Veteran white-collar criminal defense lawyer John "Rusty" Wing has left Weil, Gotshal & Manges to become a partner at 21-lawyer Lankler Siffert & Wohl.

Former Weil Gotshal Lawyer Becomes Partner at 21-Lawyer Firm (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Veteran white-collar criminal defense lawyer John "Rusty" Wing has left Weil, Gotshal & Manges to become a partner at 21-lawyer Lankler Siffert & Wohl. Wing, 68, cited Weil Gotshal's mandatory retirement policy as the reason for his departure after 28 years.

Russian scientist's defense turns to European Court (Russian Information Agency Novosti)
MOSCOW, January 5 (RIA Novosti) - The defense for Valentin Danilov, a Russian scientist sentenced for spying for China, filed a claim to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, a lawyer for the defense said Thursday.

Arkansas News Bureau (Arkansas News Bureau)
Huckabee supports 'castle doctrine' law By Rob Moritz LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that he would support legislation in Arkansas for a law like one passed in Florida last year to protect citizens who use deadly force in self-defense against criminal prosecution and civil liability.

Huckabee supports 'castle doctrine' law (Arkansas News Bureau)
By Rob Moritz Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that he would support legislation in Arkansas for a law like one passed in Florida last year to protect citizens who use deadly force in self-defense against criminal prosecution and civil liability.

Huckabee supports 'castle doctrine' law (Arkansas News Bureau)
By Rob Moritz Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that he would support legislation in Arkansas for a law like one passed in Florida last year to protect citizens who use deadly force in self-defense against criminal prosecution and civil liability.

Attorney Elmore to probe BMHA (BizJournals)
Mayor Byron Brown has tabbed noted criminal defense attorney John Elmore to investigate the management of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Dec. 26, 2005- Defender: Bob Banning for the defense (Mountain Democrat)
Offense, defense, contest, court. It's not the National Basketball Association. Still, championing the underdog is the stance of Bob Banning, point man locally for the El Dorado County Office of the Public Defender.

Coleen Rowley: FISA Not to Blame for Moussaoui Mess (HuffingtonPost.com via Yahoo! News)
Last month we learned President Bush secretly ordered the National Security Agency to conduct a domestic spy program that entails no judicial oversight. In defense of this controversial program, a number of Republicans rely upon the case of Zacarias Moussaoui as justification for Bush's attack on our privacy and civil liberties.

Enron CEO's lawyers expected to use 'idiot defense' (Billings Gazette)
CHICAGO - The Enron Corp. trial opening Jan. 30 in Houston is shaping up to be the biggest test yet of the so-called idiot defense. Former Enron chief Kenneth Lay has vowed to tell jurors from the witness stand that he knew nothing about crimes committed at the energy company.




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