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Defense: Soldier framed in Afghan murder plot
Alleged Army “kill team” leader Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs would celebrate whenever he or his soldiers shot Afghan men during their deployment with a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade last year, his attorney acknowledged Monday.

In high-profile L.A. cases, Amherst native rules
The ninth floor of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles has been described as a fortress. Bulletproof glass separates the elevators and the corridor, the galleries from the courtrooms.

Jeff Hammerschmidt’s 'Forensic Evidence And Child Abuse Cases' Published in 'Inside the Minds' Series by Aspatore Books
Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, a Fresno criminal defense attorney with the Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, has authored a chapter in the popular “Inside the Minds” series by Aspatore Books titled “Forensic Evidence and Child Abuse Cases.”Fresno, CA (PRWEB) November 01, 2011 Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, a Fresno criminal defense attorney with the Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, has ...

'Castle Doctrine' self-defense bill goes to Assembly Tuesday
Homeowners acting in self-defense would be immune from criminal or civil liability of they kill someone who is in their residence, vehicle or workplace unlawfully under a bill to be taken up by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Bill Gives Homeowners Self-defense Protection
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Homeowners acting in self-defense would be immune from criminal or civil liability if they kill someone who is in their residence, vehicle or workplace unlawfully under a bill to be taken up by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Baltimore Criminal Lawyer Marc G Snyder Gets Charges Dropped in Two Major Cases in the Same Day
Defendants charged with Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery charges in two separate matters have charges dropped because of diligent and aggressive defense work.Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) November 01, 2011 Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer Marc G. Snyder announces the dismissal of alleged Attempted Murder and alleged Armed Robbery felony criminal charges against two clients in separate matters, both ...

In high-profile L.A. cases, Amherst native rules
The ninth floor of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles has been described as a fortress. Bulletproof glass separates the elevators and the corridor, the galleries from the courtrooms.

New KC lawyer chosen to help represent Baby Lisa’s parents
The case of missing baby Lisa Irwin took another turn Tuesday as a New York attorney named a Kansas City lawyer to partner with him in representing the parents. Joseph Tacopina, a high-profile Manhattan criminal defense lawyer who joined the case on behalf of Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, announced that Kansas City attorney John Picerno would join the case.

Mayors Bloomberg, Koch Clash Over Wall Street Protests
While Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to the defense of banks, former mayor, Ed Koch, angrily called for criminal prosecutions of corporate executives.

Mintz Levin Increases National and Regional Presence in U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms ...
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the annual “Best Law Firms” rankings, released today by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has been named a top tier national firm in biotechnology law, communications law, criminal defense: white-collar – government investigations and immigration law. In addition, nineteen of the firm’s practice areas have ...

Now it's up to grand jury to decide if criminal charges are brought against off-duty cop in fatal Bayonne crash
Jersey Journal file photoJersey City Police Officer Rick Garrison Prosecutors completed their grand jury presentation today in the case of off-duty Jersey City Police Officer Rick Garrison, the driver in a seven-vehicle crash in Bayonne that claimed the life of...

UPDATE: 'Castle Law' Aims to Protect Residents Defending Their Home
Wisconsin homeowners acting in self-defense would be immune from criminal or civil liability of they kill someone who is in their residence, vehicle or workplace

Bill gives homeowners self-defense protection
Homeowners acting in self-defense would be immune from criminal or civil liability of they kill someone who is in their residence.

Manhattan Court Cuts Trial Backlog, but Approach Has Critics
Measures to alleviate case backlog seem to be having an impact: the pending caseload in Manhattan Criminal Court is down nearly 20 percent from two years ago.

New local lawyer joins team helping parents of Lisa Irwin
A Kansas City lawyer with strong views about clients speaking with investigators has joined the legal team that is assisting the parents of a missing Northland infant. Joseph Tacopina, a high-profile New York criminal defense lawyer who is representing the parents of Lisa Irwin, announced Tuesday that Kansas City’s John Picerno would join the case.

Castle defense bill passes Assembly
MADISON A resident facing an intruder in his or her dwelling would have greater latitude to use force, without fear of criminal prosecution or civil liability, under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Wisconsin bill enhances self-defense protection for homeowners
MADISON A resident facing an intruder in his or her dwelling would have greater latitude to use force, without fear of criminal prosecution or civil liability, under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Assembly passes self defense bill
A resident facing an intruder in his or her dwelling would have greater latitude to use force, without fear of criminal prosecution or civil liability, under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

New lawyer joins team helping missing infant's parents
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City, Mo., lawyer with strong views about clients speaking with investigators has...

Manhattan Court Cuts Trial Backlog, but Approach Has Critics
Measures to alleviate case backlog seem to be having an impact: the pending caseload in Manhattan Criminal Court is down nearly 20 percent from two years ago.

Assembly OKs 'castle doctrine' bill backing residents' use of force on intruder
MADISON — A resident facing an intruder in his or her dwelling would have greater latitude to use force, without fear of criminal prosecution or civil liability, under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

NYC mayors past and present clash over Wall Street
In a clash of New York City mayors past and present, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Ed Koch took opposing sides at a panel discussion Tuesday over the Occupy Wall Street protests — with Bloomberg coming to the defense of banks and Koch angrily calling for criminal prosecutions of corporate executives.

Tuscola County prosecutor to decide whether or not Bay City attorney will face criminal charge
Whether or not a Bay City lawyer will face a misdemeanor for alleged misconduct he employed in defending a self-admitted killer is up to a prosecutor in a different county.

Wisconsin bill enhances self-defense protection for homeowners
MADISON A resident facing an intruder in his or her dwelling would have greater latitude to use force, without fear of criminal prosecution or civil liability, under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Ex-Chicago Cubs player battles dementia, criminal charges in Duluth
Bob "Shorty" Raudman achieved something most men and boys just dream of - he made it to the major leagues of baseball as an outfielder and wore the red, white and blue colors of the Chicago Cubs in 1966 and 1967.

KC Criminal Defense Lawyer Hired by Parents of Missing Child
A Kansas City attorney has been named co-counsel for the parents of a baby who has been missing since October 4. New York attorney Joe Tacopina announced Tuesday that John Picerno will help represent Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley as the search continues for Lisa Irwin.

Supreme Court considers when judges can exclude eyewitness testimony in criminal trials
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared resistant Wednesday to increasing constitutional safeguards against the use of some eyewitness testimony at criminal trials, despite mounting evidence that eyewitness identification plays a crucial role in cases in which people were wrongly convicted. The justices heard arguments in a case that deals with a narrow slice of the issue of eyewitness ...

Attorney William T. Bly Named to the Super Lawyers New England Rising Stars List
BIDDEFORD, ME-- - The Law Office of William T. Bly is pleased to announce that attorney William T. Bly was named to the New England Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in New England for 2011 ...

New Orleans Judge Karen Herman recuses self from capital trial, citing DA's involvement
Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman has recused herself from a capital murder trial that was set to get under way Wednesday, citing the direct involvement of Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in the case. Hilary Scheinuk / The...

Chaos in criminal court after judge grants recusal
Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News A high-profile murder trial that was to be personally prosecuted by Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro was scrapped today when a judge granted defense attorneys’ request for a recusal, the latest blow-up in the ongoing tension over the judges’ insurance purchases. Judge Karen Herman granted a motion by defense attorneys for Erik Traczyk, who is ...

Top court hears eyewitness identification case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant on Wednesday to change how criminal trials are conducted in a case about the reliability of eyewitness identification testimony.

The legal landscape for MF Global's Jon Corzine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the Federal Bureau of Investigation turns up evidence that MF Global Holdings Ltd improperly mixed customer accounts and its own funds, it would still be difficult to prosecute the firm's CEO, Jon Corzine, on criminal charges, legal experts said.

Defense: Case won't stand up
FAIRMONT - An attorney representing a level three predatory offender in Fairmont is seeking to have his client's pending criminal sexual conduct charges dismissed. The motion filed this week by Louis Kuchera, a public defender based in Worthington, states that the case against Troy Dykes lacks probable cause because of the alleged victim offering at least three different versions of what ...

Taxpayers Pay Billions for Dysfunctional Criminal Justice but Senator Webb Offers Hope
Despite the lowest crime rate levels in 45 years as reported by the FBI's UCR, taxpayers are paying billions of dollars and carrying the burden of overcrowded prisons that have little to do with justice and more to do with politics and sensationalist campaigns say criminal attorneys and experts from LibertyBell Law Group. The latest 2009 report provided by the National Association of State ...

Defense: No proof Jackson doctor killed singer
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson "paid with his life" for the criminal negligence of his personal doctor, prosecutors told a Los Angeles jury on Thursday, but defense lawyers said there was no evidence any crime was committed in the singer's 2009 death.

Defense: Michael Jackson to blame for own death
LOS ANGELES—The case of Michael Jackson's doctor was placed in a jury's hands Thursday after contentious legal arguments over who was to blame for the superstar's death—the celebrity who craved sleep at any cost or the doctor accused of providing the drugs that killed him.

Attorney suggests evidence withheld in Richter case
A defense attorney for Tracey Richter suggested Thursday that prosecutors may have intentionally withheld evidence relevant to the case. Jurors were removed from a Fort Dodge courtoom for more than an hour while attorneys argued over whether Scott Bandstra and the rest of Richter's defense team were given a Division of Criminal Investigation report that former Sac County Attorney Earl Hardisty ...

Judge in Bergrin murder conspiracy trial questions credibility of star witness
The federal judge presiding over the murder conspiracy trial of criminal defense lawyer Paul W. Bergrin voiced his displeasure Thursday with the government’s star witness and the reactions of prosecutors when he overrules their objections.

Prosecutor: Jackson "abandoned" by doctor to die
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson "paid with his life" for the criminal negligence of his personal doctor that also left the pop singer's three children without a father, prosecutors told a Los Angeles jury on Thursday.

DA Won’t File Criminal Charges Against Long Beach Police Who Shot And Killed Drunken Man
Police who shot and killed a drunken man they say pointed a pistol-grip water nozzle at them will not face criminal charges, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Thursday.

Winkler Criminal Case Goes Hollywood
The Mary Winkler criminal case is going Hollywood. The story is now a movie called "The Pastor's Wife."

Gloria Burks in court for pre-trial hearing
Gloria Burks faced a judge for a pre-trial hearing in Lucas County Court Thursday. Gloria Burks is facing criminal assault and felonious assault charges and could face 11 years behind bars of found guilty.

No proof Jackson doctor killed singer
Michael Jackson "paid with his life" for the criminal negligence of his personal doctor, prosecutors told a Los Angeles jury on Thursday, but defense lawyers said there was no evidence any crime was committed in the singer's 2009 death.

Offering plate woes: Finn's legal fees
Bishop Robert Finn's criminal defense is being funded by local Catholics. The Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph has confirmed it is paying for his legal representation. It’s causing a financial fall-out in the pews.

Judge drops criminal cases in carbon monoxide fatalities
ASPEN — The criminal cases against a subcontractor and a former building inspector, both indicted by a grand jury for the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of a Denver family of four, came to an abrupt end Thursday when a judge ruled that the statute of limitations on the charges had expired.

Congo-Kinshasa: Summary of the Closing Statements in the Prosecutor V. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo
The following commentary first ran in Legal Eye on the ICC, a regular e-letter produced by the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice, an international women's human rights organisation that advocates for gender justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and works with women most affected by the conflict situations under investigation by the ICC. The views and opinions expressed here ...

Criminal cases in monoxide deaths dismissed
A judge on Thursday dismissed felony charges against two local men who were to be tried for the 2008 deaths of a family from carbon monoxide poisoning in a home near Aspen. read more

Corzine resigns as CEO of bankrupt MF Global
Former NJ governor steps down as FBI investigates millions in missing client money, declines $12.1M severance package

Corzine hires criminal council
Jon Corzine this morning resigned as chairman and CEO of failed brokerage firm MF Global and has reportedly hired a criminal defense attorney.

Corzine steps down from MF Global
Jon Corzine stepped down Friday from running the securities firm that collapsed after his disastrous bets on European debt. The move was announced as a criminal probe of the company appeared to be intensifying. Mr. Corzine has hired a criminal defense attorney, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it. MF ...




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