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Criminal Defense News 03/2008



Defense: Chappaqua slay suspect has no link to gun used to kill wife (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - There is no evidence linking Carlos Perez-Olivo to the gun used to kill his wife on a darkened roadside in 2006, his lawyer said today.

Special agent warns of Internet crimes (Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)
MAYVILLE - Eric Szatkowski called parents the front line of defense in the war against sexual predators and child porno-graphers roaming the Internet.   "But you really can't be soldiers unless you know the tactics of the enemy and some of the weapons in this war," he said.  Szatkowski, a special agent for the Wisconsin Department of Justice/ Division of Criminal Investigation in Milwau-kee, ...

Defense attorney files for D.A. post (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
Jerry Berger, a longtime defense attorney, is running for the Shawnee County district attorney's post as a Democrat, he said Friday.

Defense questions altered warrant (Centre Daily Times)
BELLEFONTE — The attorney for a Vermont tractor-trailer driver accused of being on methamphetamines when his rig rolled over a woman’s car and killed her last year is attacking a corrected search warrant by police in their attempt to reclaim vital evidence thrown out by a county judge.

Defense: Dismiss charge (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A defendant who allegedly dealt a fatal punch outside a Crystal Lake bar asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges based on claims that prosecutors improperly presented the case to grand jurors.

Was it self defense? (The Examiner)
The speculation may be over.

ICA Posts Position Paper and Analysis of Snowe “Anti-Phishing” Legislation (CircleID)
The Internet Commerce Association ( ICA ) has posted a position paper and analysis of S. 2661, introduced on 2/25/08 in the US Senate. While we are firmly opposed to phishing and other criminal activities that may utilize domain names we are very concerned about the provisions of the proposal that appear to provide trademark owners with a means to avoid both UDRP and ACPA actions and ...

Gangland suspense is a riveting read (The Star-Ledger)
Set against the backdrop of urban Miami, "Last Call" is a tale of redemption, an innocent man clearing his name. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, between criminal defense attorney Jack Swytek and a former client, Theo Knight.

Chappaqua slay suspect not linked to gun, defense says (The Journal News)
There is no evidence linking Carlos Perez-Olivo to the gun used to kill his wife on a darkened roadside in 2006, his lawyer said Friday. "The gun is linked to him in zero ways," defense attorney Christopher McClure said in Westchester County Court in White Plains.

Defense: Dismiss charge (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A defendant who allegedly dealt a fatal punch outside a Crystal Lake bar asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges based on claims that prosecutors improperly presented the case to grand jurors.

It’s a war with many fronts (Tacoma News Tribune)
Pierce County Jail officials and others in the local criminal justice system are tackling the overcrowding problem at the jail on several fronts:

BHC man pleads innocent to molestation charges (Mohave Valley News)
KINGMAN - A Bullhead City man was arraigned Friday in Superior Court on nine criminal counts for allegedly molesting two young girls.

Boeing could challenge tanker decision, but analysts question chances of success (Mobile Press-Register)
WASHINGTON -- Since 2001, the Air Force's quest for a new aerial refueling tanker has pushed on past congressional scrutiny, a criminal scandal and one of the most closely watched purchasing faceoffs in recent memory.

Larrañaga kin wait for RP action on UN rights view (Inquirer)
FOR MORE than a year, the family of Francisco Juan “Paco” Larrañaga has been waiting for the Philippine government to respond to the findings of the United Nations Human Rights Committee that the criminal case was mishandled.

Detective's testimony to continue in smoke shop trial (Boston Globe)
A state police detective was expected to continue testifying in the criminal trial of seven Narragansett Indians arrested during a 2003 raid on a tribal smoke shop.

Chavez Orders Embassy Closed in Colombia (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)
President Hugo Chavez ordered Venezuela's embassy in Colombia closed and told the military to send 10 battalions to the border after Colombian troops killed a top rebel leader. Chavez told his defense minister: "move 10 battalions for me to the border with Colombia, immediately."

Trial Begins For Cops In Bell Case (Queens Chronicle)
At 6:45 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, as rays of sunlight were just beginning to climb the steps of the Queens County Criminal Courthouse in Kew Gardens, one woman stood alone among idling news vans and mounds of melting snow.

Defense: Dismiss charge (Northwest Herald)
This story was originally published on Feb. 28, 2008.

Group tied to al-Qaida backs McCain for prez (WorldNetDaily)
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has enjoyed strong support from a lobbyist group that backs the Kosovo Liberation Army despite allegations the KLA is a Muslim terrorist group with ties to criminal drug networks and al-Qaida.

Escondido sweep pushes enforcement edge (North County Times)
ESCONDIDO ---- In its attempt to rid itself of illegal immigrants, the city of Escondido recently took another controversial step into federal territory when its police force conducted sweeps aimed at arresting criminal illegal immigrants.

Trial’s Spotlight Finds a Shadowy Place (New York Times)
The criminal trial of three detectives charged in the killing of Sean Bell in a fusillade of 50 bullets has brought new attention to Club Kalua, where he was shot.

Rezko team aims to put star witness under fire (Chicago Tribune)
Antoin "Tony" Rezko is set to go on trial Monday, but the defense is expected at every opportunity to try to put his chief accuser on trial as well.

Kuwait Crime News (Arab Times)
KUWAIT : At the request of the defense lawyer to prepare his argument, the Criminal Court Sunday set March 30, 2008 to look into the case No. 741/2006 — the third filed against Mohammed Adel Al-Saadi, who is also known as the ‘Hawalli Monster’ Saadi.

Detective's testimony to continue in smoke shop trial (WPRI Providence)
 A state police detective is expected to continue testifying in the criminal trial of seven Narragansett Indians arrested during a 2003 raid on a tribal smoke shop.

Defense: Dismiss charge (Northwest Herald)
This story was originally published on Feb. 28, 2008.

'Dream team' wins no-jail plea deal (The Buffalo News)
One afternoon last October, a representative of National Air Cargo, a prosperous Orchard Park defense contractor, walked into Buffalo's federal courthouse to take a plea deal.

Ex-Newark, N.J. mayor's trial opens (Boston Globe)
Prosecution and defense attorneys were set to deliver their opening statements Monday in the federal corruption trial of Sharpe James, the fiery former mayor of Newark.

Advocates Take on Failures of U.S. Criminal Justice System (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
The Open Society Institute today named 18 outstanding scholars, lawyers, advocates, and journalists to be 2008's Soros Justice Fellows. In total they will receive more than $1,125,000 to support their creative and ground-breaking work to reform the American justice system.

Court Allows Defense in Tax Case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The Supreme Court is making it easier for taxpayers who divert money from their own companies to defend themselves when the Internal Revenue Service hauls them into court.

Death penalty (Richmond Register)
Defense attorneys for a London man charged with a 2006 Big Hill murder are asking for the death penalty to be taken off the table.Douglas Wayne Hall II, 29, of London is charged with complicity to commit murder, criminal attempt to commit murder and first-degree robbery in the death of Margaret Faye Jackson, 56, of Big Hill and attempted murder of Mitchell Turner, 37. A status hearing in Madison ...

Defense: Dismiss charge (Northwest Herald)
This story was originally published on Feb. 28, 2008.

Israel accused of war crimes in Gaza (UPI)
Arab rights advocates sent a letter to Israeli defense and justice ministers Monday, accusing them of war crimes for Israel's military incursion into Gaza.

Manatt Adds Noted Federal Prosecutor to Government Litigation Practice (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
WASHINGTON----Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, announced today that Kevin V. Di Gregory has joined the firm as a partner in the Criminal Defense & Investigations practice group.

Manatt Adds Noted Federal Prosecutor to Government Litigation Practice (Centre Daily Times)
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, announced today that Kevin V. Di Gregory has joined the firm as a partner in the Criminal Defense & Investigations practice group. Di Gregory, with nearly 30 years' experience as a government prosecutor, including 15 years with the United States Department of Justice, joins Manatt from his position as Deputy Criminal Chief in ...

Criminal arraignments held for 12 defendants (Star Beacon)
Twelve people were arraigned Friday and entered pleas to various felony charges before Common Pleas Judge Alfred W. Mackey. The state was represented by assistant county prosecutor Harold Specht Jr.

Police Officer Implicated By Defense Denies Involvement In Youth's Murder (The Chattanoogan)
In a surprise move, late Monday afternoon prosecutors called to the stand a police officer whom defense attorneys for Marvin Nicholson have tried to implicate in the 2006 killing of a 15-year-old drug dealer.

Self-defense bill advances (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- The Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would specify people wouldn't have to retreat before using deadly force to repel criminal attacks.

Kelty appeals for aid on legal bills (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
Former Republican mayoral hopeful Matt Kelty is making another plea to supporters to help fight his criminal accusations.

Drug dealing gets lawyer prison term (Salem Statesman Journal)
A Salem-area defense attorney who pleaded guilty to delivering and possession of cocaine was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

Liberia: 'We Set Dorbor Up,' 'Insider' Witness Claims (AllAfrica.com)
State prosecutors' 'insider' witness in the ongoing treason re-trial has claimed during cross-examination from defense attorneys that he and Ivorian Security planned and set co-defendant Andrew Dorbor up.

Eveleth Man Pleads Guilty & A Virgina Man Is Senteced In 2 Separate Cases (Northland's News Center)
An Eveleth man charged with criminal sexual conduct in an incident at an Eveleth elementary school has entered a guilty plea, and a man from Virginia has been sentenced on charges of arson.

k1020 BC-KS-WittigCase-Fees 03-04 0508 (Hays Daily News)
Eds: Moving on general news and financial services. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- David Wittig, the former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive, has filed suit against the utility over its continued refusal to pay some of the legal fees in his criminal case.

Wittig sues Westar for payment of legal fees (The Wichita Eagle)
David Wittig, the former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive, has filed suit against the utility over its continued refusal to pay some of the legal fees in his criminal case. Wittig filed the lawsuit Friday in Shawnee County District Court, claiming Westar is ignoring a special master's decision last year saying the Topeka-based company was obligated to pay legal fees above what similar ...

Border Patrol agent testifies he killed migrant in self-defense (Tucson Citizen)
A U.S. Border Patrol agent on trial for the shooting death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico testified Tuesday that he fired in self-defense.

Border Patrol agent testifies he killed migrant in self-defense (Tucson Citizen)
A U.S. Border Patrol agent on trial for the shooting death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico testified Tuesday that he fired in self-defense.

Wright's Defense Again Plays Race Card (WRAL.com Raleigh)
A defense attorney for embattled state Rep. Thomas Wright continued to argue Tuesday that an ethics hearing for the lawmaker was racially biased.

Minnesota sues maker of breath-test machine over source code (Grand Forks Herald)
Defense attorneys claim that because no one outside of the manufacturer - including the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension - has ever seen the computer program that runs the machine used to test drunken-driving suspects, there's no way to guarantee the device is interpreting the results correctly. Advertisement: Audio Care Hearing Ctr Free Hearing Test

Defense opens its case with expert's analysis (March 4) (The Columbus Dispatch)
National Century defense attorneys began their case this morning with an industry expert who argued that the government’s definition of what can be considered as eligible “accounts receivable” is all wrong.

Public defender's office gets new chief, new system (The Times and Democrat)
A Summerville attorney will be sworn in tonight as head of the First Circuit Public Defender's Office under a new system officials say will bring accountability to the state's indigent defense system.

Jury Selection Resumes In Rezko Trial (CBS 2 Chicago)
Jury selection resumes today in the criminal trial of political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, an event that is packing a political punch. Among the issues expected to come up at trial is Blagojevich's 2003 appointment of a campaign donor to a state safety board.




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