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Criminal Defense News 11/2010



Jeffrey O'Hara Secures Not Guilty Verdict for Grand Rapids Man Charged in Fatal 2009 Crash with Motorcyclist
Michigan criminal defense attorney persuades jury to acquit client charged with Driving While Intoxicated Causing Death and Driving While License Suspended Causing Death (PRWeb November 01, 2010) Read the full story at (link) prweb4722024.htm

Hayes described as ‘likable klutz;' Defense tries to show killer was a ‘follower’ and an addict (documents)
NEW HAVEN — Steven J. Hayes was “always a gentleman” and “a likable person” but was “a klutz” when trying to pull off a crime, according to his attorney and defense witnesses in courtroom testimony Monday.

Real estate broker in Kiddie Kollege day care case has weathered legal storms
Jim Sullivan III, a successful real estate broker, came under siege four years ago, when Franklinville parents learned he had bought a heavily contaminated building and turned it into the Kiddie Kollege day care.

Tattle: In Peru, ratings might plummet for 'Modern Family'
ANOTHER GROUP has stepped forward to claim victimization by TV. Peruvians. And the show they're mad at is the show no one is mad at - "Modern Family."

Wisconsin allows victims to have say in criminal cases
APPLETON Plea negotiations and charge reductions are an inevitable part of the criminal justice system. But that doesnt make it easy for crime victims to watch perpetrators strike deals with prosecutors for less time in prison or some dropped charges.

CRIMINAL MINDS: It took both Hayes and Komisarjevsky to raise danger quotient in triple homicide, experts say
Before July 2007, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky had nonviolent criminal records. Then one night they got together — and in the end, three women were dead in a home invasion that involved rape, strangulation and burning people alive.

Hayes described as ‘likable klutz;' Defense tries to show killer was a ‘follower’ and an addict (documents)
NEW HAVEN — Steven J. Hayes was “always a gentleman” and “a likable person” but was “a klutz” when trying to pull off a crime, according to his attorney and defense witnesses in courtroom testimony Monday.

Omar Khadr Sentenced To Eight Years For War Crimes Despite Jury Call For 40
The pre-trial deal also calls for Khadr, 24, to serve one more year in U.S. custody.

Jeffrey O'Hara Secures Not Guilty Verdict for Grand Rapids Man Charged in Fatal 2009 Crash with Motorcyclist
Michigan criminal defense attorney persuades jury to acquit client charged with Driving While Intoxicated Causing Death and Driving While License Suspended Causing Death

Halliburton's BP Defense Hurt By Criticism of Cement Work
New criticism of Halliburton Co.'s work on BP Plc's blown-out Gulf of Mexico well could make it harder for the world's second-largest oilfield services company to escape significant responsibility ...

State gives victims voice in criminal sentencing
Plea negotiations and charge reductions are an inevitable part of the criminal justice system. But that doesnt make it easy for crime victims to watch perpetrators strike deals with prosecutors for less time in prison or some dropped charges.

Opening Arguments Set In Tom DeLay's Trial
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to deliver opening statements in the trial of Tom DeLay Monday morning.

Jury to continue deliberations Tuesday
UPDATE: The jury has gone home for the night in the Michael Woolf capital murder case. They will resume deliberations Tuesday morning. Woolf is charged with killing his wife and son in March 2008.

Tom DeLay confident before opening statements
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was upbeat and confident as he entered an Austin courtroom before opening arguments Monday in his long delayed trial on charges that he helped to illegally finance Texas legislative races in 2002.

Charges against former Grayling city manager dismissed on eve of trial
A week before a jury trial was set to begin for former Grayling City Manager David A. Thayer, the Roscommon County Prosecutor dismissed a pair of charges citing a lack of criminal intent and belief that jurors would not find that the crimes were committed beyond a reasonable doubt.

Opening statements begin in DeLay's Austin trial
Opening statements began Monday in the trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is accused of helping to illegally finance Texas legislative races in 2002.

Jury selection begins in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trial
Eight years after she was snatched from her bedroom in the middle of the night, the trial is beginning for the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart.

Q & A: District Attorney 37th Judicial Circuit candidate Walter Northcutt (D)
Alabama voters will choose the state's next governor Tuesday. To help voters make an informed decision, the Opelika-Auburn News posed a series of questions to area candidates.

Jury selection begins in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trial
Eight years after she was snatched from her bedroom in the middle of the night, the trial is beginning for the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart.

Amendment 10
Amendment 10 in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 election addresses waivers of jury trials for criminal defendants.  

Woman gets 15 mos. in bribery scheme
A Portsmouth woman will spend 15 months in prison for her role in a bribery scheme at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.  Wendy Walters, 47, was sentenced Monday in Norfolk federal court. She was also ordered to pay $19,125 in restitution.

Woman gets 15 mos. in bribery scheme
A Portsmouth woman will spend 15 months in prison for her role in a bribery scheme at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.  Wendy Walters, 47, was sentenced Monday in Norfolk federal court. She was also ordered to pay $19,125 in restitution.

Madison County finds space for new circuit judge's courtroom
Madison County currently has six circuit judges and the busiest caseload per judge in the state. In 2008, county officials agreed to fund the first year of the new judge's service if the Alabama Legislature would approve the additional position. The first-year cost is estimated at around $300,000, which includes salary for the judge and staff and related expenses.

Etan Thomas: Two Perspectives on Juan Williams
Come on Mr. Williams, if people like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich are coming to your defense, doesn't that make you start to question yourself?

Easter crash trial | Aimee Michael guilty of all counts against her in crash that killed 5
Easter crash trial | Aimee Michael guilty of all counts against her in crash that killed 5

Amendment 10 deals with jury trial waivers
When Louisiana voters go to the polls tomorrow, they must make decisions on 10 Constitutional Amendments.

Ponzi-schemer Mueller pleads guilty to three charges, faces up to 40 years
Hedge-fund manager Sean Mueller pleaded guilty Monday to three criminal charges in a $70 million Ponzi scheme that netted wealthy Denver-area investors including former Denver Bronco John Elway.

Ex-Jersey City assemblyman argues for entrapment defense in federal corruption case
REENA ROSE SIBAYAN/The Jersey JournalFormer Jersey City mayor L. Harvey Smith, left, asked a judge today to allow him to use entrapment as a defense against federal political corruption charges. After two hours of oral arguments this morning a federal...

Convicted Palin hacker asks probation in Tennessee
A former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail in 2008 is seeking probation but federal prosecutors contend he should go to prison for trying to "derail a national election."

Court reverses sex assault conviction of Lincolnwood man
A Chicagoan convicted in 2007 of luring a Lincolnwood teen to his home allegedly for sexual purposes has won a new trial.

Gashi brothers, facing second set of rape charges, plead no contest
Lawyer says judge's decision to allow testimony from brothers' first case of dropped rape charges led to plea deal.

Closing Arguments Underway In Wong Trial
Prosecutors challenge more than 50 mitigating factors presented by the defense, in an effort to persuade the jury to sentence Edwardo Wong to death.

Few Details Emerge over Reported Arrest of Alleged Spies
With the officials sources remaining tight-lipped over reported arrest of 20 persons suspected of spying for Russia, few details started to emerged in the Georgian media sources.

Opinion: Krystal Ball for Congress
Running for Virginia's 1st District U.S. House seat in Tuesday's election is newcomer Krystal Ball, a Democrat, against incumbent Rob Wittman. Ball is a certified public accountant who helped in the reform process of the Civil Criminal Accounting system for 89 federal district courts. A relentlessly dedicated public servant, Ball also traveled to Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane ...

Jury issues 2 not guilty verdicts in intoxication manslaughter trial
The defense told jurors Monday a 2008 fatal car crash was just an accident.

Easter crash trial | Aimee Michael, guilty for killing 5, to be sentenced Thursday
Easter crash trial | Aimee Michael, guilty for killing 5, to be sentenced Thursday

Roman and Todd facing off for Oswego County Court Judge
While many local races in Tuesday's election are for county sheriff, voters in Oswego County will be electing a county court judge this week. The position is being contested by two men who have over 20 years of courtroom experience. Our Andy Mattison introduces us to the two candidates for Oswego County Court Judge: David J. Roman and Donald Todd.

Closing Arguments Continue In Edwardo Wong Sentencing Trial
The Prosecution has rested in the sentencing phase of the Edwardo Wong murder trial. 

Double standards
Last week’s disclosure of classified war documents, the “Iraq War Diaries,” by the whistleblower website Wikileaks, has garnered quite a bit of international attention.

UPDATE: Malone sentenced to death
Ricky Ray Malone was sentenced to death for the murder of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Nik Green.  Comanche County District Judge Mark Smith delivered his sentence in front of a full courtroom Monday afternoon.

Jury deliberates Susan Wright's fate -- again
HOUSTON—Susan Wright, the Houston woman sentenced to 25 years in prison for the now-infamous stabbing death of her husband, is either a murderer or a "mouse," depending on which closing arguments you believe in the second sentencing phase for the 2003 killing. Wright won a new chance at a lighter sentence when a judge ruled she did not get adequate representation during the sentencing phase of ...

Man gets seven-year sentence for driving into Mount Zion house and killing man as he slept
DECATUR - Craig Louis Johnson, the young drunk driver whocrashed his car into a Mount Zion house, killing one man in his bedand seriously injuring his wife, was sentenced to seven years inprison.

TOP STORIES
The authorities stepped up repressive measures against Sunday’s Strategy 31 rally in defense of freedom of assembly in St. Petersburg, holding detained activists at police precincts overnight, searching activists’ apartments and investigating several participants for suspected extremism.

Montco version of Bernie Madoff gets jail for scam
NORRISTOWN – The West Conshohocken man dubbed by prosecutors as Montgomery County’s version of Bernie Madoff, appeared stunned as a judge increased his bail and he was hauled off to jail to await trial for allegedly defrauding business investors.

Jailhouse informants clash with attorneys in Corr trial
Like most criminals locked up in jail, Marion Pegese and Robert Ward couldn’t keep their mouths shut about their alleged roles in the 2006 jewelry store heist that ended with New Hartford police Officer Joseph Corr’s death, a jailhouse informant told jurors Monday in federal court.

Is Woman Lying About 'The Situation?'
Is she lying about what happened?   An NYPD spokesman said the department is looking into claims by a woman that the brother of "The Jersey Shore" cast-member Mike 'The...

Former model accused of hiring hit man to kill doctors
A Staten Island woman charged with hiring a hit man to kill two doctors she blamed for her father's death was ordered held without bail Monday.

Pathologist can testify in Larkin murder case
A forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy used to indict a Johnson City man on a murder charge can testify at the trial even though the doctor worked for the defense in a wrongful death lawsuit prior to the murder charge.

St. Joseph lawsuits could lead to conflicting defense strategies
In defending itself against a former star doctor, Towson hospital could help malpractice suits Malpractice attorneys suing Dr. Mark Midei for allegedly performing unnecessary stent procedures at a Towson hospital say they have gotten a legal boost from a surprising source: Midei himself.

Tech Insight: How To Defend Against Zeus
Blacklisting bad actors can help protect organizations from this pervasive and chameleon-like malware attack




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