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Criminal Defense News 12/2008



Burress No Distraction As Giants Roll, 23-7 (WCBS-TV New York)
Nothing is stopping the New York Giants these days. Not the latest distraction surrounding their star receiver. Not the rain on a dreary day in the mid-Atlantic. Not a Washington Redskins team with the NFL's leading rusher and a usually stout defense. Eli Manning had his first 300-yard game of the season, Clinton Portis was held to 22 yards rushing, and the Giants put aside the Plaxico Burress ...

Latest Updates (Malaysia Today)
"Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of ...',

New York Jets (The Times of Trenton)
REPORTER'S BLOG Interact with Dave Hutchinson on the Jets beat. PAUL NEEDELL Interact with The Star-Ledger NFL columnist. Brett Favre sounded like a defense attorney with a client who had been caught standing over the body, clutching a kitchen knife, blood dripping off the edge.

New York Jets defend questionable play calls after 34-17 loss to Broncos (The Times of Trenton)
Brett Favre sounded like a defense attorney with a client who had been caught standing over the body, clutching a kitchen knife, blood dripping off the edge. Try as he might to defend offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Favre had no shot at an acquittal.

Trial to open for Solway slayings (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Jurors this week in Knox County Criminal Court will hear proof of an inescapable irony — a house of horrors was located on Jolly Lane.

Defense paves way for Vikings (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
With a gutty goal-line stand and one big heave by Gus Frerotte, the Minnesota Vikings grabbed control of the NFC North.

NFL Roundup: Steelers trap Cassel, Pats (Rome News-Tribune)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Pittsburgh’s NFL-best defense stopped Matt Cassel’s two-game offensive surge and pushed New England closer to strange territory: a sideline seat for the playoffs.The Steelers held the Patriots to 267 yards, got two touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger and four field goals from Jeff Reed and beat the Patriots 33-10 on a cold, rainy Sunday.Cassel lost two fumbles and two ...

NFL Notebook: Burress will be charged for weapon (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police this morning in New York and will plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said.

No Plax, no problem: Giants steamroll Redskins 23-7 (USA Today)
Nothing is stopping the New York Giants these days. Not the latest distraction surrounding their star receiver. Not the rain on a dreary day in the mid-Atlantic. Not a Washington Redskins team with the NFL's leading rusher and a usually stout defense.

Defense begins in MySpace Trial (Suburban Journals)
Across the street is the Hall of Justice, shuttered since 1994, where Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in 1969 and Charles Manson in 1971.

Defense attorney wrong to defend client (Arizona Daily Wildcat)
I am writing in response to Galareka Harrison as she is sentenced to life without parole ("Harrison gets life without parole" Nov. 26, 2008). It puzzles me why defense attorney John O'Brien would believe for a second that Harrison would receive parole. Harrison, first off, is a thief and a murderer.

ID Theft Protection Services Provide Extra Defense (Carteret County News-Times)
(ARA) - The criminal mind is always at work. Just look at the rapid growth in the number of identity thefts reported each year -- now the No. 1 crime in the U.S., identity theft cases hit an all-time high of more than 8.3 million in 2007 according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Latest Updates (Malaysia Today)
"Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of ...',

Latest Updates (Malaysia Today)
"Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of ...',

Police seek shoppers who trampled worker (MSNBC)
Police are reviewing surveillance videos of a post-Thanksgiving shopper stampede that trampled a suburban Wal-Mart worker to death, but they acknowledge it may be difficult to bring criminal charges.

Obama: 'A new dawn' on nat'l security (Politico via Yahoo! News)
President-elect Obama announced a six-member national security team, nominating Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon, nominating Eric Holder as Attorney General, nominating Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the

Court: Swiss can hand over bank files in BAE probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
Switzerland can hand over bank documents to British authorities investigating whether arms manufacturer BAE Systems PLC bribed Czech politicians to gain a lucrative contract for the sale of fighter jets, the Federal Criminal Court said Monday.

Court: Swiss can hand over bank files in BAE probe (San Francisco Chronicle)
Switzerland can hand over bank documents to British authorities investigating whether arms manufacturer BAE Systems PLC bribed Czech politicians to gain a lucrative contract for the sale of fighter jets, the Federal Criminal Court said Monday. The court...

Burress charged in N.Y. on 2 felony weapon counts (ESPN)
Plaxico Burress was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree Monday and released on a $100,000 bond.

Tom Petters is indicted on 20 counts (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The charges step up the government's case and replace a criminal complaint. A defense attorney says the businessman will plead not guilty today.

Burress posts $100K bail on weapons charges (Fox Sports)
Plaxico Burress has appeared in court on weapons possession charges stemming from an accidental shooting at a Manhattan nightclub. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin set bail at $100,000 and ordered Burress to return March 31. Defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman argued for no bail, saying: "He has 35 million reasons to come back to court" - referring to his $35 million contract with the ...

After Guilty Verdict, Defense Lawyers in HLF Case Focus on Appeal (Law.com)
After the conviction last week of the five individual defendants in the Holy Land Foundation case on charges they engaged in a conspiracy to help funnel at least $12.4 million to Hamas through a Texas-based Muslim charity, the defendants' lawyers say they believe they have good issues on which to appeal, including questions surrounding the government's unprecedented use of an anonymous expert ...

Carona's mistress is seeking a separate trial (Los Angeles Times)
Debra Hoffman's attorney says her client will be unable to get a fair shake if she can't call the former sheriff to testify in their corruption trial. The judge has yet to rule on the request. She sits every day at a defense table behind former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, occasionally twirling her short blond hair and looking bored.

Evergreen defense rests, jury sent home (Akron Beacon Journal)
Judge studies motion to dismiss Willan charges Defense witness says he did criminal check

Jury chosen in 2007 murder (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CROWN POINT | James "Jimmy" Comanse Jr. shot 18-year-old Marcus "Boogie" Ponce in self-defense, attorney Nick Thiros told potential Lake Criminal Court jurors Monday.

Video likely to be deciding factor on criminal charges in Wal-Mart trampling death (Boston Herald)
NEW YORK - Trampling a Wal-Mart employee in a rush to buy a cheap flat-screen television is ugly behavior by any standard, but experts disagree about whether it is criminal. A...

Defense attacks song-swap ban as unconstitutional (The Washington Times)
The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack.

Casey Defense Team Member Predicts Trial Delay (WFTV 9 Orlando)
A member of Casey Anthony's defense team says he predicts that her trial will be delayed. RAW VIDEO: Dr. Kobilinsky On CNNTEAM COVERAGE: FBI Investigating Cindy's Claim ARCHIVE: Read Previous Reports On Anthony Case

Politkovskaya murder suspect offered to surrender (AP via Yahoo! News)
The fugitive accused of shooting Russian investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya offered earlier this year to turn himself in if he were assured of an open trial by jury, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

Duke sues insurer over claims from lacrosse case (Business Insurance)
DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University has sued executive management insurer National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., for allegedly failing to cover the defense and settlement of claims Duke has faced over its response to criminal charges once leveled against players on its men’s lacrosse team.

Carolinas Roundup | (The Charlotte Observer)
Lawyers: Man accused of $25 million fraud getting some supporters Attorneys for J.V. Huffman Jr., the Claremont man accused of bilking $25 million from investors, say they're gathering the facts – and hope others will do the same before jumping to conclusions about their client. Pete Anderson and Will Terpening, Charlotte white-collar criminal defense lawyers hired for Huffman by his family, ...

Court rejects man's coercion defense (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
A Shelby County man serving a 30-year sentence for murder got nowhere with his argument that he pleaded guilty only because his brother coerced him with a grunt.

City considering change in code violations (Tallahassee Democrat)
City commissioners will decide tonight whether to support a plan to change city code violations from criminal infractions to civil ones, saving the city up to $30,000 a year in the defense of indigent residents.

Judge to remind jury of doctor’s right not to testify in Sierra Vista organ transplant case (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
By By Leslie Parrilla -- The judge in a highly publicized organ transplant criminal case in San Luis Obispo said Tuesday he will remind jurors of the defendant’s right not to testify and that not taking the stand is not admitting guilt, after the defense alleged misconduct by the prosecution. Defense attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach accused deputy district attorney Karen Gray of prosecutorial ...

Adoptive mother sentenced to 15 years (Lexington Herald-Leader)
DANVILLE . A Boyle County woman was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison on charges that she sexually and physically abused three girls she adopted after serving as their foster parent. Patricia Ann Harris, 55, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of first-degree criminal abuse. During Tuesday's sentencing, defense ...

Defense attorneys make their case in Deuces trial (The Beacon News)
With eight defendants sitting in one half of the courtroom in Chicago, the challenge for the eight corresponding defense attorneys Tuesday was to make each of their clients an individual.

Defense seeks minimum 6-year term for O.J. Simpson (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
O.J. Simpson's lawyers have asked he receive the minimum sentence of six years in prison for his October robbery and kidnapping conviction, calling a recommendation of 18 years "inappropriate and knee-jerk."

O.J.'s defense asks for 6 years (CNN)
Former football great O.J. Simpson, convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping, deserves leniency in sentencing as he is a first-time offender who showed no criminal intent, his attorney says in court papers.

Colorado man faces criminal charge in libel case (Los Angeles Times)
J.P. Weichel is accused of writing defamatory comments about his former girlfriend on a Craigslist forum. Free-speech advocates are outraged. Locked in a visitation dispute with his former girlfriend over their young daughter, J.P. Weichel wanted to vent, court records say.

Orlando Attorney Lectures On Criminal Appellate Process (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Criminal defense lawyer Cassandra Snapp of The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A., presents at Orange County Bar Association seminar.

City considering change in code violations (Tallahassee Democrat)
City commissioners will decide tonight whether to support a plan to change city code violations from criminal infractions to civil ones, saving the city up to $30,000 a year in the defense of indigent residents.

Trial begins for an alleged drug kingpin (Asbury Park Press)
A defense attorney Wednesday told a jury something you don't usually hear at the start of a criminal trial — that his client doesn't dispute the majority of drug-dealing charges against him.

Guard Will Not Be Charged For Scientology Shooting (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
The Los Angeles County district attorney says a security guard will not face criminal charges for the shooting of a sword-wielding man who tried to attack guards and guests at a Hollywood Scientology center. Investigators quickly determined after the Nov. 23 shooting that the guard had acted in the defense of himself and others, and Wednesday prosecutors said they agreed.

Jurors swiftly reject necessity defense in power plant protest case (The Palm Beach Post)
A jury today swiftly and soundly rejected the argument that trespassing and demonstrating at the site of a Florida Power & Light future power plant was a crime of necessity.

Police union to pay for Burge defense (Chicago Tribune)
The union representing Chicago's police officers has decided to pay for the criminal defense of indicted former detective Cmdr. Jon Burge, who's facing federal prosecution, accused of lying about torturing suspects, Fraternal Order of Police officials confirmed today. Burge, 60, was indicted in October on perjury and obstruction charges that say he lied to federal authorities about the alleged ...

N.J. appellate court: Bryant can't use campaign funds for defense (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant of Camden County cannot use his remaining campaign money to pay legal bills from his corruption trial, an appellate court ruled yesterday.

Police union to pay for Burge defense (Chicago Tribune)
Lawyer bill for federal case could reach $1 million The union representing Chicago's police officers has decided to pay for the defense of indicted former detective Cmdr. Jon Burge, who is facing federal prosecution, accused of lying about torturing suspects.

Craiglist rant man on criminal libel rap (The Register)
Falls foul of 'rarely used' Colorado statute A Colorado man who allegedly made anonymous postings on a Craigslist forum attacking his former girlfriend faces two criminal libel raps with a maximum tariff of 18 months' jail, the Los Angeles Times reports.…

$2 million bail set for former Calif. Assembly speaker's son (Miami Herald)
The criminal drama surrounding the 19-year-old son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and three of his Sacramento-area friends deepened Wednesday as defense attorneys began attempts to discredit the prosecution's murder case.

$2 million bail set for former Calif. Assembly speaker's son (Lexington Herald-Leader)
SAN DIEGO - The criminal drama surrounding the 19-year-old son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and three of his Sacramento-area friends deepened Wednesday as defense attorneys began attempts to discredit the prosecution's murder case. The four men were arraigned on murder and other charges in San Diego Superior Court in connection with the slaying of a college student on ...




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