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Gann named Nassau bar president
Attorney Marc Gann has been named the 108th president of the Nassau County Bar Association. Gann, a partner at Mineola's Collins, McDonald & Gann, is a former Nassau County assistant district attorney who has spent the past two decades as a criminal defense attorney. He replaces Emily Franchina, whose tenure as bar president ended Monday. Gann, who received [...]

Feds conducting criminal, civil probe of oil spill, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says
There is no cap on the fines that a corporation can be forced to pay if found guilty of criminal negligence

Blagojevich defense promises to be anything but bland
At a bond hearing for a man accused of murder in the disappearance of his wife 20 years earlier, attorney Sam Adam Jr. showed up at the Criminal Courts Building with something up his sleeve. It was a stack of "missing" posters he had made with the face of the alleged victim on each sheet, a prop Adam designed for the benefit of news reporters and TV cameras. The point, Adam stressed in his ...

Defense Attorney's Motion to Withdraw From Stanford Case Denied
Jailed Houston businessman R. Allen Stanford and defense attorney Michael Essmyer are stuck with each other. On Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner signed an order denying Essmyer's motion to withdraw as counsel for Stanford, who faces trial on criminal charges in January. Essmyer and his firm had asked to withdraw from Stanford's criminal case due to "irreconcilable differences ...

Tony Adams' attorney questions police probe of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department
The attorney representing embattled Columbus Parks and Recreation Director Tony Adams asked people to keep an open mind Wednesday as he spoke in Adams defense.

Kane Co. hoping to avoid coroner's legal fees in criminal trial
Kane County officials don't want local taxpayers to pay one cent of the legal fees Coroner Chuck West will incur during his criminal defense on official misconduct charges.

Ten years of the International Criminal Court
Illness has prevented me from attending the on-going Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda.

We can't afford Rod Pacheco
As a working criminal defense attorney in Indio, I know firsthand what the Rod Pacheco regime has done to the criminal system in the desert huge trial backlogs, overfiled criminal cases and robot deputy district attorneys with no authority to act on their own judgment.

Judge staying out of Stanford legal fees dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's latest criminal defense team to defend him on charges he bilked investors out of $7 billion...

Judge Staying out of Stanford Legal Fees Dispute
Judge says she's staying clear of dispute over Texas financier's legal fees Law - United States - Services - Lawyers and Law Firms - Stanford University

Judge staying out of Stanford legal fees dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's latest criminal defense team to defend him on charges he bilked investors out of $7 billion in a massive Ponzi scheme.

Judge staying out of Stanford legal fees dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's latest criminal defense team to defend him on charges he bilked investors out...

Judge staying out of Stanford legal fees dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's latest criminal defense team to defend him on charges he bilked investors out of $7 billion in a massive Ponzi scheme.... Allen Stanford - Ponzi scheme - Texas - United States - Law

Judge staying out of Stanford legal fees dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's latest criminal defense team to defend him on charges he bilked investors out...

Judge staying out of Stanford legal fees dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's latest criminal defense team to defend him on charges he bilked investors out...

Judge Staying Out of Allen Stanford Legal Fees Dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed financier R. Allen Stanford's latest legal team to defend him on charges he bilked investors out of $7 billion in a Ponzi scheme. Judge Nancy Atlas will ultimately have to decide if Lloyd's of London will pay legal fees for Stanford and three of his company's executives. But she said the issue of ...

WATCH: Joran van der Sloot Headed for Justice
What's next for murder suspect Joran van der Sloot after his capture in Chile? Criminal defense attorney Roy Black on what's next for the man suspected of murdering Natalee Holloway in Aruba and Stephanie Flores Ramirez in Peru. Natalee Holloway - Roy Black - United States - Law - Chile

WATCH: Joran van der Sloot Headed for Justice
What's next for murder suspect Joran van der Sloot after his capture in Chile? Criminal defense attorney Roy Black on what's next for the man suspected of murdering Natalee Holloway in Aruba and Stephanie Flores Ramirez in Peru. Natalee Holloway - Aruba - Peru - Chile - Murder

Judge staying out of Stanford legal fees dispute
A federal judge said Thursday she's not getting involved in whether an insurer should pay for jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's latest criminal defense team to defend him on charges he

City of Memphis asks Herenton to return money spent on his criminal defense
Memphis City Atty. Herman Morris said today that he has asked former mayor Willie Herenton and his attorney, Robert Spence, to return roughly $10,000.

DOJ Criminal Probe of Oil Spill Could Hang Up Civil Suits
The U.S. Justice Department's decision to open a criminal investigation into the Gulf Coast oil spill is threatening to complicate scores of lawsuits brought by people seeking compensation for the disaster. Different divisions of the Justice and Interior Departments are looking into the oil spill, searching for civil and criminal liability. For the companies responsible for the spill, there is ...

DOJ Criminal Probe of Oil Spill Could Hang Up Civil Suits
The U.S. Justice Department's decision to open a criminal investigation into the Gulf Coast oil spill is threatening to complicate scores of lawsuits brought by people seeking compensation for the disaster.

Blagojevich defense files last-minute motions
Call it throwing a punch before the opening bell. Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich are already filing motions in federal court this morning ahead of opening statements -- one of them alleging the criminalization of the ex-governor's free speech rights.

Criminal Law firm - San Francisco Criminal Lawyer, Harjot 'Ginny' Walia
7 June 2010 - LawFuel.com - The Law Firm of Harjot "Ginny" Walia is a premier criminal defense firm representing clients in state and federal criminal courts. This law firm has an extensive track record that spans several numbers of successful criminal cases.

Public Defender's Office enjoys higher reputation with more cases
When Robert Hooker and Robert Hirsh took over the Pima CountyPublic Defender's Office, they promised to start handling thelion's share of criminal-defense work in the county and improve thereputation of their office.

Supreme Court "Turns Miranda Upside Down" -- Suspects Must Clearly State They Dont Want to Talk To Police to Exercise ...
You have a right to remain silent? Well, not really, after the Supreme Courts ruling this week in Berghuis v Thompkins.

Attorneys question capital-punishment decisions
By ERICA BLAKE BLADE STAFF WRITER After sifting through hundreds of criminal cases in 44 boxes of records, Anthony Belton's defense attorneys say they believe they have enough evidence to warrant questioning the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office about how it determines which defendants face the death penalty. Attorney Pete Rost said during a hearing yesterday in Common Pleas Court that a review ...

Blajovech is broke, attorney says: 'He didn't take a dime'
In their opening statement, prosecutors said Rod Blagojevich governed Illinois under a three-word mantra: "What about me?" a reference to Blagojevich allegedly using state government to enrich himself.But in his opening statement, Blagojevich defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. told jurors to heed three other words as the ex-governor's criminal trial unfolds: "Follow the money." Adam at times ...

Defense Attorney: Blagojevich 'Didn't Take A Dime'
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich began his defense Tuesday with a bombastic opening statement from attorney Sam Adam Jr., who called the governor a victim of greedy political associates and a man with "horrible" judgment, not a conspirator in a scheme for illegal kickbacks. Meantime, prosecutors say the ex-governor's chief concern when he was considering official actions that would benefit others was ...

Drunk rape defense
As his two alleged accomplices were arrested yesterday, a teen accused in a Central Park sex attack on a 23-year-old homeless woman insisted the victim was drunk and consented to the conduct. "The victim was intoxicated," said lawyer James Layton Koenig after his client, Robert Gonzales, 18, was arraigned in...

Lawyer: Mass. slay suspect plans insanity defense
The lawyer for a man charged with two racially motivated killings, who once showed up for court with a swastika carved into his forehead, says he will mount an insanity defense for his client. Insanity defense - Lawyer - United States - Law - Criminal Defense

Judge denies defense delay motion during second week of Hatch trial in Indian River County
VERO BEACH In the midst of tedious legal arguments during a jury recess, Senior Judge James Midelis quipped that Ira Hatchs criminal trial could take a year.

Watertown man arrested in terror probe expected to testify in N.Y. court
Barbara Lacerra Aftab Ali Khan was originally detained on immigration charges. He may end up facing criminal charges in connection with the Times Square bombing attempt. By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff A Pakistani man who was arrested in Watertown...

Defense attorney drops out of prosecutor race
Longtime Vancouver criminal defense attorney Jeff Sowder announced this morning that hes stepping out of the race for Clark County prosecuting attorney and endorsing challenger Tony Golik for the position.

This is a WebMemo On Legal Issues
The political pressure to criminalize innocent conduct has proved difficult for most Members of Congress, irrespective of party affiliation, to resist. As a result of these pressures, Congress often crafts criminal legislation that is misguided, unnecessary, and even harmful.

Task force approves funding for defenders office
A criminal justice task force has expanded a public defenders office for cases where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

US says no criminal charge for Pakistani
A Pakistani man who was arrested in Watertown on immigration charges last month as part of the investigation into the attempted bombing in Times Square is expected to testify before a New York federal grand jury investigating the botched May 1 attack, according to one of his lawyers. Times Square - New York - New York City - United States - Pakistan

Solano Judge-elect Dan Healy savors his victory
Well-known Vallejo criminal defense attorney Daniel Healy is on his way to the Solano County Superior Court bench.

Meade's defense costing Everett taxpayers big money
Officer's criminal defense to cost $250,000; a civil case will cost more than $105,000.

Ariz. charges against polygamist Warren Jeffs dropped
PHOENIX Arizona criminal charges against Warren Jeffs were dismissed Wednesday by Yavapai County prosecutors, and a defense attorney said the polygamist sect leader's Utah rape conviction is under review because of possible false statements by the government's key witness.

Arizona abandons case against polygamist leader Jeffs
Arizona criminal charges against Warren Jeffs were dismissed Wednesday by Mohave County prosecutors, and a defense attorney said the polygamist sect leader's Utah rape conviction is under review because of possible false statements by the government's key witness.

LaTanya Clemmons found guilty of rendering criminal assistance
A Pierce County jury has found LaTanya Clemmons, the sister of cop killer Maurice Clemmons, guilty of rendering criminal assistance after the shootings of four Lakewood police officers on Nov. 29.

L-3 Faces Criminal Probe Over E-Mail, Air Force Says (Update2)
An L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. unit is facing a criminal probe into use of a military computer network to conduct e-mail surveillance of its workers and those of the government and other contractors, the Air Force said.

Lawyers Object To Tarrant Co. Courthouse Security
The Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has an argument with security measures in place at the criminal courts building. They want to skip them. But opponents say, safety is at stake and no attorney should be exempt from a weapons check.

Munger Tolles Bails Out as 'Girls Gone Wild' Founder Faces Contempt Motion
A federal judge has allowed lawyers at Munger, Tolles & Olson to withdraw as counsel to Joe Francis, founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise. The defense team, the latest in a line of attorneys who have come and gone in Francis' case, cited unspecified "conflicts of interest that have arisen." The move comes as Francis faces possible criminal contempt charges for violating a court protective ...

Defense files motions in Lynn fatal stabbing case
SALEM - The defense attorney for Daryll Jones, the Lynn teenager suspected of fatally stabbing a man in Gallagher Park last winter, wants the prosecution to turn over scientific tests as well as all statements of witnesses, their criminal records and any promises, awards or inducements made.

Defense ready in menacing case
LANCASTER --The defense is expected to begin its case today in the trial of a Lancaster man on probation for retaliating against a girl who refused to date him. The trial began Thursday.

Meade's defense costing Everett taxpayers big money
Officer's criminal defense to cost $250,000; a civil case will cost more than $105,000.

Heated dispute flares during Hatch criminal trial
VERO BEACH Tempers flared in the Ira Hatch trial Friday, after a legal dispute erupted over a check written to Coastal Escrow Services by an alleged victim in the case that the defense insisted had not been provided by the state during the discovery phase.

Defense trying to suppress statements made by Rubio
EDINBURG-Accused child killer John Allen Rubio was in court on Thursday where his defense attorneys attempted to get statements he made to authorities suppressed.




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