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Criminal Defense News 08/2011



Tymoshenko allowed new defense counsel
Judge of Kyiv's Pechersky District Court Rodion Kireyev, presiding in hearing of a criminal case on the gas contracts, has allowed Yuriy Sukhov to defend Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in court.

Career criminal agrees to plea, at least 10 years in prison
A 50-year-old Detroit parolee who was shot by a Dearborn plainclothes officer while trying to flee in a stolen vehicle in Eastpointe pleaded guilty to several charges and faces at least about 10 years in prison.

Sentencing session begins in 11 Ohio murders
The Ohio jury that convicted a man of killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his property has heard for the first time that he spent 15 years in prison for attempted rape.

Defense highlights brain damage in bid to spare life of Ohio man convicted in 11 murders
CLEVELAND - A convicted sex offender who killed 11 women was an upstanding person until a heart attack that went untreated for weeks changed his life, his lawyer said Monday. A defense expert testified that it could have even caused brain damage.

Defense: Heart attack preceded 11 Ohio killings
A convicted sex offender who killed 11 women was an upstanding person until a heart attack that went untreated for weeks left him unable to work and changed his life, the defense told jurors Monday in a bid to spare him execution.

Defense: Heart Attack Preceded 11 Cleveland Killings
UPDATE: A convicted sex offender who killed 11 women was an upstanding person until a heart attack that went untreated for weeks left him unable to work and changed his life, the defense told jurors Monday in a bid to spare him execution.

Humorous Side of the Law: Double jeopardy the bane of the prosecutor
Reading of the dismissal of the criminal case against Roger Clements reminded me of just how nerve-wracking a criminal jury trial can be for the attorneys on both sides. But it is especially true for the prosecutor who has the Sword of Damocles hanging over his head while often required to think and argue on his feet and off the top of the head the unanticipated issues that suddenly arise at ...

Defense witness: Ohio killer had brain dysfunction
A convicted sex offender who killed 11 women was an upstanding person until a heart attack that went untreated for weeks left him unable to work, his lawyer said Monday, and a defense expert testified that it could have caused brain damage.

Defense Witness: Cleveland Killer Had Brain Dysfunction
UPDATE: A convicted sex offender who killed 11 women was an upstanding person until a heart attack that went untreated for weeks left him unable to work, his lawyer said Monday, and a defense expert testified that it could have caused brain damage.

Defense focuses on brain damage for Ohio killer
A convicted sex offender who killed 11 women was an upstanding person until a heart attack that went untreated for weeks changed his life, his lawyer said Monday. A defense expert testified that it could have even caused brain damage.

Misdemeanor Court: Wasteful or Necessary?
New report finds shocking details when it comes to the State's handling of misdemeanor charges

Abilene Couple Lead Police On 30 Mile Chase In Pennsylvania
26-year-old Anthony Gutierrez faces 17 charges including aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and careless driving.

New Utah Law Modifies the Utah Controlled Substances Act; Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Attorney Weighs In
The 2011 Utah legislative session passed Utah House Bill 23, which revises the Utah Controlled Substances Act by adding certain substances in bath salts and synthetic cannabinoid substances found in products known as “spice,” and also clarifies other provisions of the Utah Controlled Substances Act. Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer Darren Levitt analyzes the effect of these changes and the ...

Teen accused of stabbing classmate at Coral Gables High found guilty of second-degree murder
A teen accused of stabbing to death a fellow classmate at Coral Gables High courtyard two years ago on Tuesday was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Miami jury.

Jurors to deliberate case of fatal stabbing a Coral Gables Senior High School
Did Andy Rodriguez act out of jealous rage or self defense when he fatally stabbed schoolmate Juan Carlos Rivera at Coral Gables Senior High?

Tuesday's Three Burning Legal Questions
Here are today's three burning legal questions, along with the answers provided by the blogosphere. 1) Question: OK, so my criminal defense attorney is literally asleep at the defense table during my trial. Asleep!! This has to be ineffective assistance of counsel, right? He's out cold! Answer: It depends on how long he's been alseep. Was it a “substantial portion” of the trial? (The Volokh ...

Joel Cohen: DSK: What's Wrong With "Nafi" Diallo Wanting Money From Him
It is ethically correct for prosecutors to proceed to trial even with a weak case. That's what a prosecutor's duty to justice really means, and prosecutors more than any other government officials are sworn to serve justice.

Norway attacks: What happens if Breivik is deemed insane?
Anders Behring Breivik, who admitted to carrying out two attacks in Norway that killed 77 people, is to undergo psychiatric examination this week. If he is judged to be insane, he could avoid criminal prosecution.

St. Paul defense lawyer admits he assaulted roommate, a former client; faces 8 years
A St. Paul defense attorney admitted in court that he assaulted his roommate and former client - a crime that could put him in prison for more than eight years.

Police called criminals as New Orleans trial closes
Five New Orleans police officers on trial in the shooting deaths of civilians during Hurricane Katrina were portrayed Tuesday in closing arguments as criminals or heroes amid the chaos of disaster.

Brizzi To Take Over Charlie White's Defense
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is taking over the defense of embattled Secretary of State Charlie White.

Ex-FrontPoint Manager Skowron to Waive Indictment, U.S. Says
Chip Skowron, the ex-FrontPoint Partners LLC hedge-fund manager charged as part of a nationwide insider-trading crackdown, will waive his right to be indicted, the government said in a court filing.

Al Capone's Downfall Inspires AG's New Tactic
Taking a page from the history books, the Indiana Attorney General's Office is using tax law to prosecute those suspected of running illegal operations, but at least one defense attorney is questioning the tactic.

Police called criminals as Katrina trial closes
Five police officers on trial in the shooting deaths of civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were portrayed Tuesday in closing arguments as criminals and heroes.

Cafaros ask court to seal Oakhill records
By PETER H. MILLIKEN [email protected] YOUNGSTOWN Now that the Oakhill Renaissance Place

Alleged baby assault case goes to jury
After hearing six days of testimony, jurors will return Wednesday morning to take up deliberations on whether a Vancouver man seriously assaulted his 5-month-old daughter. The prosecution contends that Ryan Buck Kannegaard was stressed over financial and marital problems and snapped, assaulting his daughter so severely that doctors said she nearly died. The defense argues that Kannegaard is a ...

‘Homeland Security and Defense’ is Penn State’s First Online Minor
Penn State World Campus’ homeland security and defense minor is delivered online and can expand job opportunities for graduates interested in careers in emergency management, first response, law enforcement, information security, government and the private sector.University Park, PA (PRWEB) August 03, 2011 Penn State undergraduate students who want to expand their career opportunities now have a ...

Motion: Knox prosecutors may have been "witnesses" against ex-judge Baumgartner
A motion filed Tuesday alleges state prosecutors may have been witnesses to misconduct by former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner before a probe of his illegal pill-buying ended.

Polygyny is justifiable, sort of
One thing that has certifiably screwed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs’ self-provided criminal defense against his charges of sexually assaulting two underage girls is Jeffs’ utter certitude of the conscience of his actions.

Sherwood: An Ethics Emergency?
Will the Harry Thomas Jr. scandal lead to removal and reform, and if so, when?

Defining Mental Illness: How The Insanity Defense May Apply To Levi Aron
The accused killer of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky, the Boro Park boy abducted on June 12 as he walked home from day camp, remains incarcerated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan as examiners work to assess Levi Aron's mental state and fitness to stand trial.

Defense: Dangerous to bring Anthony back to Fla.
Casey Anthony would be in danger and require county-funded security if she has to come back to Florida from an undisclosed location to serve probation, as ordered by a judge in a check fraud case, Anthony's lawyer said Wednesday.

Defense: Dangerous to Bring Anthony Back to Fla.
Defense says Casey Anthony would face danger, need security if judge orders her back to Fla.

Myles L. Berman Receives 2011 Daily News Readers Choice Award
Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney® Myles L. Berman® has been voted "Best DUI Attorney" by The Los Angeles Daily News 2011 Readers Choice Awards.  These awards, given annually, are the voice and choice of Daily News readers to decide the best in the business in an array of categories.

Trial begins in aggravated sexual assault of a child
By Belinda Serrano [email protected] district court sign.jpg The state’s criminal case against Albert Mendez, Jr. began on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2, 2011, in the 32nd Judicial District Court with Judge Glen Harrison presiding. Mendez was previously indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by contact, and indecency ...

Lynnwood DUI Defense Attorney Jonathan Dichter Launches New Website
Reaching out to potential clients in the Lynnwood area with the help of Scorpion Design, the DUI defense firm of Dichter Law Office, PLLC presents a professional image online.Mill Creek, WA (PRWEB) August 03, 2011 The presentation of a law firm online should reflect their degree of professionalism and allow potential clients to learn about the firm when searching for the attorney they need. ...

Pinellas Criminal Law Firm Delivers Powerful Defense Results for Local Clients
The Pinellas area criminal defense and DUI attorneys at The Mayberry Law firm are quickly earning the respect of the Tampa Bay legal community with their recent successes for their clients.Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) August 03, 2011 The Pinellas area criminal defense and DUI attorneys at The Mayberry Law firm are quickly earning the respect of the Tampa Bay legal community with their recent successes ...

Norway Terror Shines Spotlight on Right-Wing Online Networks
European Union’s criminal intelligence agency, Europol, launching special investigation into non-Islamist extremism in Scandinavia

Groups ask to voice views on meds in Loughner case
Two national psychiatric groups on Wednesday asked an appeals court to let them weigh in on the issue of forced medication in the criminal case against the man accused of wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly shooting rampage in Tucson.

The Premier Criminal Defense Firm of Okabe & Haushalter Launches Five New Websites for Las Vegas
With increased expansion in the firm, Okabe & Haushalter expand into the Las Vegas area with the help of leading marketing and web design firm Scorpion DesignLas Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 03, 2011 As leaders in representing clients in the area of criminal defense, Okabe & Haushalter are expanding their practice to serve the Las Vegas area. Well known and respected in the Southern California area ...

Law Firm M. Stephen Cho Attorney at Law Launches Four New Websites Targeting Corona
With the help of the marketing team at Scorpion Design, M. Stephen Cho Attorney at Law reaches out to new clients in the Corona area.Corona, CA (PRWEB) August 03, 2011 M. Stephen Cho Attorney at Law has taken steps to reach out to the community of Corona with four fresh new sites that raise their online presence in the practice areas of criminal defense, divorce and family law, bankruptcy and ...

Attorney Ned Barnett Launches 5 New Websites Reaching Out To Houston Area Residents
With the help of Scorpion Design, criminal defense law firm The Law Offices of Ned Barnett moves forward with increasing their online presence in the Houston area.Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 03, 2011 There are few who would argue that any business needs a compelling online presence. The majority of the public now uses the internet to look for almost any service, including a law firm to represent ...

Early-resolution court speeds Sonoma County criminal cases
More than 2,100 criminal defendants were arraigned the first six months of this year in a special felony court focused on clearing the docket and achieving what advocates call “same justice sooner.”

Lyons: Don't fight political enemies in criminal courts
The rancor in the foulest political campaigns is equaled only by the most contentious divorce cases.

Was pimp slain in self-defense?
KALIF LEWIS wanted to have sex. So, on the night of Dec. 16, 2009, the married father of two kids trolled the ads on Craigslist and called a prostitute. He left his West Philly home and arrived at the Residence Inn by the airport shortly after midnight.

Defense: Witness is carjack brains
A LAWYER of suspected carjackers in the Venson Evangelista case on Wednesday tried to pin the blame on a state witness as the mastermind behind the crime before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Defense lawyer: Missoula man hit, killed pedestrian but no crime committed
The case against accused killer Brian Holm boils down to two things, Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jennifer Clark told a jury Wednesday.

Court papers: Levi Aron told cops he heard voices telling him to kill himself after boy's slaying
Levi Aron is arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court today. Aron was arraigned in Brooklyn state Supreme Court on charges of murder in the death of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a trash bin.

Internet LAVA Announces Sponsorship of the 2011 NACDL DWI Seminar in Las Vegas
Internet LAVA, a prominent online marketing company for law firms, is proud to announce its Bronze Level sponsorship of the 2011 NACDL and NCDD’s DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity® Seminar. The annual event takes place in Las Vegas, NV from September 15th to the 17th and brings together the sharpest minds in DUI defense from across the country.Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 04, 2011 Internet LAVA will ...

Early-resolution court speeds Sonoma County criminal cases
More than 2,100 criminal defendants were arraigned the first six months of this year in a special felony court focused on clearing the docket and achieving what advocates call “same justice sooner.”




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