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Former Enron CEO could see new trial (11 News Houston)
HOUSTON—It’s a 28-word word law that federal prosecutors have used for more than two decades to send high-profile public officials and corporate executives, including former Enron Corp. CEO Jeff Skilling, to prison. But the law’s future could be in doubt as Skilling’s appeal of his criminal convictions—in which he challenges the statute’s constitutional validity—is set to be heard by the U.S ...

Stockpile Center to Clean Up Mess (WSAZ NewsChannel 3 West Virginia)
The Defense National Stockpile Center has reached an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to clean up a building on its former location in Point Pleasant.

Berks judge appointed to state criminal rules committee (Reading Eagle)
The state Supreme Court has appointed Berks County Judge Paul M. Yatron to a criminal rules committee that makes recommendations to the court on criminal rules and procedures.

Bosnian Serb leader opens defense against genocide (Herald and News)
In this image taken from International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) TV camera, showing Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic as he gives his opening statement on Monday, March 1, 2010, at the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Al-Qaida growing in strength and numbers in Africa (AP via Yahoo! News)
Al-Qaida's terror network in North Africa is growing more active and attracting new recruits, threatening to further destabilize the continent's already vulnerable Sahara region, according to U.S. defense and counterterrorism officials.

Federal Officials Seek To Root Out Financial And Medicare Fraud (Medical News Today)
Reuters: "The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division told a gathering of criminal defense lawyers on Thursday that the division was using tools 'not often seen in white collar cases' to combat financial fraud," which includes Medicare. Lanny Breuer said that the "department was committed to fighting fraud 'from Wall Street to Main Street'" and "cited as an example ...

In Trial, Karadzic Calls His Cause ‘Just and Holy’ (New York Times)
Radovan Karadzic began to testify in his own defense on Monday against charges of war crimes and genocide.

Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney Explains What It Takes To Get Clients The Best Criminal Defense (OfficialWire)
“A good criminal defense attorney is one that has a proven track record of success and an unequaled commitment to client services,” says Paoletti. “First and foremost, your attorney has to know their stuff and be familiar with police procedure.”

Attorneys withdraw their disqualification requests (KTVK 3TV Phoenix)
PHOENIX (AP) — Defense attorneys withdrew their requests Monday to disqualify the Maricopa County Attorney's Office from prosecuting 14 criminal cases but plan to make the requests again in the future. The move is aimed at getting testimony from a judge whose name wasn't put on a witness list by a deadline set in the cases. The defense attorneys say refiling the disqualification requests should ...

Defense attorney in long-running death penalty case asks to step down for health reasons (The Palm Beach Post)
Defense attorney in long-running death penalty case asks to step down for health reasons

Alleged cop-shooter says self-defense (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
The lawyer for Keenan Childs, who is accused of shooting an off-duty Cincinnati police officer in North College Hill, told a judge her client acted in self-defense and that her client did not know Tom Owens was a police officer.

Inmate refuses to testify at Central City massacre post-conviction hearing (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Defense attorneys for Michael Anderson, 23, this afternoon called an inmate to the witness stand, promising that he will testify that Telly Hankton -- described by police as perhaps New Orleans' most dangerous criminal -- admitted to the 2006 Central City massacre...

BAE To Pay U.S. $400 Mln Fine Over Foreign Bribes (MalaysiaNews.net)
SAN FRANCISCO -- British defense contractor BAE Systems PLC will pay a $400 million criminal fine to U.S. regulators for making false statements about the company's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act comp...

Defense files motion for new trial for man convicted of killing 5 (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS -- Defense attorneys went to court Monday to seek a new trial for Michael Anderson, convicted late last year and sentenced to death in the massacre of five teenagers in 2006, trying to show conflicting testimony by the state's key witness and introducing two new witnesses who were not heard by the jury heard at the trial. Anderson's defense team introduced evidence at Monday's ...

Mother of Cuero shooting suspect says son acted in self-defense (The Victoria Advocate)
CUERO - The mother of one of the men charged with the death of 26-year-old Isaac Gamez in Cuero said Monday that her son acted in self-defense.

British defense contractor to pay $400M fine (CNN)
British defense contractor BAE Systems has pleaded guilty in Washington to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and was ordered to pay a $400 million criminal fine, authorities announced.

BAE Systems to pay $400M fine (MalaysiaNews.net)
Washington (CNN) -- British defense contractor BAE Systems has pleaded guilty in Washington to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and was ordered to pay a $400 million criminal fine, authoritie...

Defense cries foul in Cummings case (The Buffalo News)
Both defense attorneys in the case of a mentally disabled North Collins homicide victim questioned the legitimacy of the statements their clients gave police and raised the issue Monday of whether they can get a fair trial.

Smoke evacuates, closes NYC Criminal Courthouse (WABC-TV New York)
Smoke filled the lobby of the Criminal Courts Building in Lower Manhattan, forcing hundreds to evacuate.

Michael Anderson Defense Team Wants New Trial (ABC 26 New Orleans)
The defense team for convicted murderer Michael Anderson says Anderson should have a new trial.

'Toyota defense' could reverse criminal conviction (CNN)
A man serving eight years for vehicular homicide because of a fatal crash involving his Toyota Camry is hoping for exoneration amid concerns over unintended acceleration in some of Toyota's vehicles.

Santa Clara County approves adding public defenders to misdemeanor hearings (San Jose Mercury News)
Beginning as early next month, public defense attorneys will, for the first time, be available in many crucial court proceedings for low-level criminal defendants in Santa Clara County.

Judge: Hecker can't re-raid his retirement account (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Despite claims of poverty, Hennepin County District Judge Jay Quam didn't let Denny Hecker rewithdraw $100,000 to pay a criminal defense lawyer.

Prince Charles air-conditioning dispute moves forward in court (The Fayetteville Observer)
A Cumberland County judge denied two defense motions Tuesday in a criminal case involving window air conditioners at the Hotel Prince Charles. The rulings by District Court Judge Kim Tucker clear the way for the case to be heard in Environmental Court on March 30.

Attorneys may temper cases in murder trial (Leelanau Enterprise)
A flurry of decisions made Monday in the murder case against Ricardo Roman Jr. may have the effect of muting accusations about past aggressive and criminal activities heard by the jury. Defense attorney Jeffrey Slocombe and Leelanau County assistant pr read more

Loren-Maltese attorney joins race to replace Scott Lee Cohen (Chicago Tribune)
A criminal defense attorney who represented former Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese has joined the growing list of Democrats who want to succeed Scott Lee Cohen as the party's lieutenant governor candidate. Another 25 political newcomers submitted their names to the state Democratic Party, bringing the total to 69. Two potential candidates who submitted their names already have dropped ...

Fire keeps Manhattan criminal courthouse closed another day, delaying hearings, Lil Wayne sentencing (New York Daily News)
A fire that shut Manhattan's main criminal courthouse for a second day - delaying a slew of cases, including the sentencing of Lil Wayne - was an electrical accident, officials said Tuesday.

Judge warns mother of Harlan Drake that trial could 'expose' her to criminal charges (The Flint Journal)
CORUNNA, Michigan — A judge Wednesday told Harlan Drake’s mother that her son’s murder trial could “expose” her to criminal charges.  The warning from Shiawassee Circuit Judge Gerald D. Lostracco came just days after prosecutors opened Drake’s murder trial with...

Defense attorneys to argue that father, not mother, killed infant (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Attorneys for Courtney Diane Brundige Bishop, accused of murder and criminal abuse in the 2007 death

Defense attorney on probation is removed from Morris County case due to conflict (The Star-Ledger)
ROBERT SCIARRINO/The Star-LedgerJohn Paragano, 43 right, a former Union Township Municipal Judge, leaves Superior Court, Morristown in 2009.MORRISTOWN -- A defense attorney was disqualified today from a case in Superior Court in Morristown due to a conflict of interest, a...

Defense Lawyers in Case of Murdered D.C. Lawyer Call Evidence 'Grossly Prejudicial' (Law.com)
The criminal defense lawyers representing three men charged in connection to the murder of Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Wone are fighting to block federal prosecutors from arguing at trial that Wone was restrained, drugged, sexually assaulted and tortured. Defense lawyers said in court papers that the government should not be allowed to introduce evidence of uncharged misconduct that the ...

Defense goes to work in trial for shooting at officer (Merced Sun-Star)
Defense attorney Sean Howard began questioning witnesses Wednesday in a case involving two men accus

Defense attorneys to argue that father, not mother, killed infant (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Attorneys for Courtney Diane Brundige Bishop, accused of murder and criminal abuse in the 2007 death

Judge weighs effort to call lawmakers in Veon case (The York Dispatch)
HARRISBURG, Pa.—The judge in the criminal trial of former Rep. Mike Veon and three of his onetime aides is considering whether to let defense attorneys call current and former House Democratic lawmakers and legislative aides to the stand.

Free Self-Defense Class After Rapes At Universities (WCMH Columbus)
Two Central Ohio universities are investigating rape cases, and Central Ohio authorities are offering a free self-defense course for women.

Uptown man accused of beating his parents to death launches insanity defense (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Michael SingreenThe man accused of beating his lawyer parents to death inside their Uptown home in January 2009 launched an insanity defense in front of a Criminal District Court judge Thursday. Judge Laurie White determined during a hearing that...

Defense: Unsealed documents show secret deal with DA in Anderson case (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS -- On Thursday, new documents were unsealed in the capital murder trial of Michael Anderson -- documents the defense says proves the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office had a secret to keep. Next week an Orleans Parish criminal district court judge will decide whether the convicted killer should get a new trial. It's been six months since Michael Anderson was convicted of five ...

Criminal Traffic Attorneys Look to the Web to Reach New Clients (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Gross & Romanick, P.C., a Fairfax Virginia based law firm established in 1980, announces a new media approach for its Criminal and Traffic Division.

Gaudiosi guilty of robbery, criminal solicitation (Register-Star)
James Gaudiosi, the Hudson man facing robbery and criminal solicitation charges in last summer’s Star Market robbery in Hudson, was found guilty of both counts by a Columbia County jury Thursday.

Appeals delay planned April trial in Kaloko case (Honolulu Advertiser)
LĪHUE, Kauai — With his attorney David Minkin on Wednesday filing a notice of appeal of earlier rulings by 5th Circuit Judge Randal Valenciano on defense motions, the criminal case is effectively stalled pending appellate action by other state courts — either the Intermediate Court of Appeals or Supreme Court.

Man accused in teen's shooting death claims self-defense, posts bond (11 News Houston)
HOUSTON – A man facing murder charges in the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl was out on $50,000 bond Friday. Richard Calderon, 24, made his initial court appearance Friday morning. He’s accused of killing Alexis Wiley, the daughter of a TSU police officer, while the girl sat in the backseat of her mother’s car Wednesday night. Calderon reportedly told police the shooting was in self-defense ...

Defense attorney asks judge to drop Lafayette case against Spork the dog (Boulder Daily Camera)
The criminal case against a 10-year-old miniature Dachshund that bit a Lafayette veterinarian technician should be dismissed because the city's vicious animal ordinance is flawed and state law should prevail, a defense attorney argued Friday.

Motion Asks State To Pay Anthony's Defense Costs (Local 6 Orlando)
FIRST ON CLICKORLANDO.COM Defense attorneys for Casey Anthony are asking taxpayers to shoulder some of the defense costs in her murder trial.

Hecker's criminal attorneys want out (Pioneer Press)
Denny Hecker's criminal defense attorneys asked for court permission Friday to withdraw as counsel for the embattled former Twin Cities auto dealership mogul.

Focus: Prosecution, defense in Dr. Yazeed Essa trial (WKYC Cleveland)
CLEVELAND -- The jury came back with a guilty verdict in the trial of Gates Mills Dr. Yazeed Essa. Tonight's In Focus will have a look at both the prosecution and the defense in the trial.

Tanner's criminal record began in 2001 (The News-Star)
Michael Tanner, the man suspected of shooting a Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputy, and who, in turn, was shot dead, had a criminal record that stretched back nine years. But the criminal charges didn't turn violent until recently.

New Afghan chief in Marjah has criminal record (Independent)
The man chosen to be the fresh face of good Afghan governance in a town just seized from the Taliban has a violent criminal record in Germany, but Western officials said today they are not pushing to oust him.

New Afghan chief in Marjah has criminal record (Sify News)
The man chosen to be the fresh face of good Afghan governance in a town just seized from the Taliban has a violent criminal record in Germany, but Western officials said Saturday they are not

New Afghan chief in Marjah has criminal record (MalaysiaNews.net)
The man chosen to be the fresh face of good Afghan governance in a town just seized from the Taliban has a violent criminal record in Germany, but Western officials said today they are not pushing t...

New Afghan chief in Marjah has criminal record (USA Today)
The man chosen to be the fresh face of good Afghan governance in a town just seized from the Taliban has a violent criminal record in Germany, but Western officials said Saturday they are not pushing to oust him.




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