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Criminal Defense News 12/2007



Yamada Corp. to face justice? (The Japan Times Weekly)
Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said Nov. 25 he is considering filing a criminal complaint against defense trader Yamada Corp. for padding bills for equipment supplied to the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Belfast militant jailed for extortion (AP via Yahoo! News)
A senior figure in the outlawed Ulster Defense Association, the major Protestant gang in Northern Ireland, received a nine-year prison sentence Friday for extortion and intimidation of a pub owner.

Shooting suspect's own witnesses build case against him (The Palm Beach Post)
Defense witnesses are supposed to buttress a criminal defendant's position, but in the trial of synagogue shooting defendant Marc Benayer on Friday, it often seemed as if his witnesses were called by the prosecution.

A powerful voice joins Hunt defense (The News & Observer)
Former Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. takes up the cause of a man fighting murder convictions.

Church lawyer gives up license (Greenwich Time)
The Greenwich criminal defense attorney facing sentencing next month for destroying a laptop computer containing child pornography belonging to the former Christ Church music director has voluntarily given up his law license for six months.

A powerful voice joins Hunt defense (The News & Observer)
Former Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. takes up the cause of a man fighting murder convictions.

Bush Lays Out New Secrecy Defense in Abramoff Case (Fox News)
The Bush administration is laying out a new secrecy defense in an effort to end a court battle about the White House visits of now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

White House uses secrecy defense in suits over Abramoff visits (Houston Chronicle)
The Bush administration is laying out a new secrecy defense in an effort to end a court battle about the White House visits of now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The administration agreed last year to produce all responsive records about the visits "without redactions or claims of exemption," according to a court order.

Trial in child's shooting goes to jury (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Tension gripped the hallway of the Criminal Justice Center yesterday as two camps of relatives waited out the verdict of a jury weighing the fate of four men accused of paralyzing a 6-year-old child in a gun battle two years ago.

Barry Bonds, lawyer John Keker don't hit it off during first meeting (New York Daily News)
Barry Bonds may be one of baseball's best players and John Keker may be one of the nation's top criminal defense attorneys, but the two heavyweights apparently didn't click when they met on Friday to discuss legal representation.

Vets' mental health still stigmatized (San Jose Mercury News)
WASHINGTON - In a nondescript conference room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside listened last week as an Army prosecutor outlined the criminal case against her.

Arroyo urges vigilance v. remaining coup threats (Sun Star)
PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered all concerned officials particularly from the security and defense sector to be on alert and to continue to flush out any remaining threats against the country and the public as she left for her eight-day European trip late Saturday night.

Hosanna defendant's trial begins' (Hammond Daily Star)
AMITE — Attorneys for the prosecution and defense revealed some of their strategies Tuesday for the first trial in the Hosanna Church child sex case.

Wheeling Native Fights Crime in Serbia (Wheeling News-Register)
WHEELING— The last four years have been busy for city native Sam Nazzaro Jr. As an attorney working with the U.S. government, Nazzaro has spent that time helping to establish criminal justice reform in Belgrade, Serbia.

Superstar' lawyer Ravenell joins city's Murphy Firm (BizJournals)
For seven years, William H. Murphy Jr. tried to convince prominent criminal defense lawyer Kenneth Ravenell to join his firm.

General Re, Countrywide, Aquila, Deutsche Telekom in Court News (Bloomberg.com)
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Two former General Reinsurance Corp. executives may argue at their trial that contracts they arranged with American International Group Inc. didn't defraud investors because their boss, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, knew what they were doing, defense lawyers said.

What's a fair sentence for Jose Padilla? (The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News)
This week, convicted Al Qaeda recruit Jose Padilla will stand before a federal judge in Miami to receive a punishment that fits his crime.

Guns Belong at School! Says, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (Strategy Page)
I agree with the thrust of what these students are pushing for. As has been demonstrated around the US in research and statistics, Guns make a community safer. Schools are one of the last bastions of criminal dominance.

Ft. Wayne candidate's hearing delayed (The Indianapolis Star)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A judge has postponed until early February a hearing on nine criminal indictments against defeated Fort Wayne mayoral candidate Matt Kelty.

Hosanna defendant's trial begins' (Hammond Daily Star)
AMITE — Attorneys for the prosecution and defense revealed some of their strategies Tuesday for the first trial in the Hosanna Church child sex case.

'That takes a criminal mind,' judge lectures bank robber (Lancaster Online)
The man and his friend took the time to steal a vehicle and distract police with a phone call before they went to rob a Manheim Township bank. "That really takes a criminal mind," Lancaster County Judge Michael Perezous told Jeffrey L. Ziegler this morning. He and co-defendant...

Attorney: Jena plea deal being negotiated (USA Today)
The attorney for one of six black teens charged with beating a white student in rural Louisiana said this morning that defense attorneys and the prosecutor are negotiating a plea agreement that would avoid a second trial and more jail time for the youth.

Defense rests in second Brocade trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Lawyers defending a former executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. rested their case Monday, a week after the trial began.

Defense rests in second Brocade trial (The State)
Lawyers defending a former executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. rested their case Monday, a week after the trial began. Stephanie Jensen, Brocade's former vice president of human resources, is being tried on felony charges of conspiracy and falsifying corporate records in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of ...

Defense Rests in Second Brocade Trial (San Francisco Chronicle)
Lawyers defending a former executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. rested their case Monday, a week after the trial began. Stephanie Jensen, Brocade's former vice president of human...

Defense rests in stock options trial of Brocade executive (San Francisco Chronicle)
Lawyers defending a former executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. rested their case Monday, a week after the trial began. Stephanie Jensen, Brocade's former vice president of human...

Defense Rests in Second Brocade Trial (Addict 3D)
Lawyers defending a former executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. rested their case Monday, a week after the trial began. Stephanie Jensen, Brocade's former vice president of human...

Defense rests in stock options trial of Brocade executive (KTVN Reno)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers defending a former tech company executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options have rested their case.

Defense rests in stock options trial of Brocade executive (KESQ Palm Springs)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers defending a former tech company executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options have rested their case.

Defense rests in stock options trial of Brocade executive (KSBY San Luis Obispo)
Associated Press - December 3, 2007 4:34 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers defending a former tech company executive on criminal charges over the backdating of stock options have rested their...

Defense rests in stock options trial of Brocade executive (CBS 47 Fresno)
(Eds: Moving on general news and financial services.)

Utah Supreme Court: Did prosecutors harass defense in death penalty case? (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 4:52 PM- Defense attorneys told the Utah Supreme Court on Monday that prosecutors are "waging a war" of harassment and intimidation against lawyers representing capital murder defendants.

Panel looks to clean up Defense Ministry (The Japan Times)
Hoping to put an end to a raft of scandals, the government held the first meeting Monday of a panel on reforming the Defense Ministry. Read more ...

Columnist: In Horn case, self-defense isn't clear (Houston Chronicle)
There seems to be some confusion here. Joe Horn is not a hero. The Pasadena homeowner certainly had a chance to be a hero, but he gave up that opportunity as soon as he allowed fear, adrenaline, suburban angst, Old West entitlement or all of the aforementioned to overwhelm his ability to think rationally and consider the consequences of his actions.

Harris Sr. case gets murkier (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
HAMMOND | Defense attorney Kevin Milner is in the odd predicament of being denied permission to withdraw his services in the criminal trial of his friend, Jewell Harris Sr.

Defense Attorney Says McCormick "Lied Himself Into Prison For A Crime He Did Not Do" Prosecutors Says State Got The ... (The Chattanoogan)
Defense attorney Mike Richardson told a Criminal Court jury on Tuesday morning that "it is so sad that Michael Lee McCormick lied himself into prison for a crime he did not do."

Second Brocade options case goes to jury (AP via Yahoo! News)
Jurors began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of a former Brocade Communications Systems Inc. executive on criminal charges that she helped hide the cost of backdating employees' stock option awards.

Judge Rips Milberg on High Fee Proposal (Law.com)
In an order rejecting a securities class action settlement, San Francisco Chief District Judge Vaughn Walker ripped Milberg Weiss for asking for too much money. He also cited the firm's pending criminal charges at length in a discussion about whether the plaintiffs lawyers were really protecting the interests of the class. Walker also questioned whether defense counsel Skadden Arps had an ...

Wecht defense fears enemies (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
An anonymous jury exposes the ex-coroner to grudge rulings, his attorney contends.

Judge Rips Milberg on High Fee Proposal (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In an order rejecting a securities class action settlement, San Francisco Chief District Judge Vaughn Walker ripped Milberg Weiss for asking for too much money. He also cited the firm's pending criminal charges at length in a discussion about whether the plaintiffs lawyers were really protecting the interests of the class.

Military May Try Terrorism Cases (Washington Post)
President Bush declared an "extraordinary emergency" yesterday that empowers him to order military trials for suspected international terrorists and their collaborators, bypassing the American criminal justice system, its rules of evidence and its constitutional guarantees.

Brocade exec guilty in stock option case (AP via Yahoo! News)
The former vice president of human resources at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. was convicted Wednesday in the company's second criminal stock options backdating case to go to trial.

SPBA meets Minister of Defense (The San Pedro Sun)
Belize is currently in its peak tourism season and hearing the plights of the business community, Prime Minister Said Musa dispatched Belize Defense Force (BDF) personnel to San Pedro in an effort to assist the local San Pedro Police Department in reducing the crime incidences.

Bin Laden's driver loses bid for 9/11 mastermind (Miami Herald)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Osama bin Laden's driver lost a bid to call alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed as a defense witness Wednesday, but won the right to argue he is a prisoner of war, not a war criminal.

Pentagon deal reins in Iraq contractors (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By PAULINE JELINEK A new agreement between the Pentagon and the State Department gives the military in Iraq more control over Blackwater Worldwide and other private security contractors. The agreement was signed Wednesday at the Pentagon by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, whose department uses Blackwater to guard its diplomats. It spells ...

Ohio eyes expansion of self defense law (The Alliance Review)
COLUMBUS -- A note to crooks thinking about breaking into Ellen Wickham's home. If you get past the locks, the lights, the alarms and the 160-pound Great Dane (its name is Henry), you can expect to be shot on sight.

Day denies assaulting his wife (The State)
Deputies were uninterested in former Lexington Police Chief Stace Day’s story of what happened the night he was arrested on charges of criminal domestic violence against his wife, Day testified Wednesday. Day was the fourth witness on the third day of the trial before a Sumter magistrate in Irmo. He said Sgt. Robin Walters — the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officer in charge at his ...

Benayer guilty of murder at synagogue (The Palm Beach Post)
Marc Benayer - the octogenarian who opened fire in a synagogue - called his act, among other things, an act of self-defense and an act of a man out of his mind at the time.

Convicted murderer John Allen Rubio will get a new trial after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied the district ... (The Brownsville Herald)
Convicted murderer John Allen Rubio will get a new trial after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied the district attorney’s request to rehear Rubio’s appeal.

Fund to help with funeral, friend's defense (Galveston County Daily News)
TEXAS CITY — The family of a La Marque High School student, who police say died in a street racing wreck with a schoolmate, has established a bank account to help defray the cost of the teen’s funeral and his friend’s legal defense.




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