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Defending Spain's Defense Lawyers
These rights are enshrined in the Spanish constitution, as well as European and international law. And for them to have any meaning, criminal defense lawyers need to be willing and able to take on tough, unpopular cases, without fear of retribution or ...

Sentinel bail series praised by criminal justice leaders
Organizations like Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Policy Programs, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Marshall Project, John Jay College's Center for Media Crime and Justice and the Pretrial Justice Institute also helped ...

As Officials in Centre County Face Discipline, Appeals May Follow
"There's a lot of collegiality in Pennsylvania between criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors," she said, but when "one of those lawyers takes the bench, that relationship has to change." Sean McGraw, who represents one of the defendants mentioned in ...

As Menendez Trial Starts, What Has Been Keeping Prosecutors and Defense Lawyers Up at Night?
Robert Mintz, a former assistant U.S. attorney who is a white-collar criminal defense lawyer at McCarter & English in Newark, said the facts of the Menendez case are different than in McDonnelland the ultimate impact of that ruling is yet to be seen ...

DA Christian Champagne increases amount of cases taken to trial
Wells, who retired this year after practicing criminal law for 33 years, said there is heightened contention between prosecutors and defense lawyers right now in Durango. That might be because there are so many criminal defense lawyers who are prepared ...

Anti-Abortion Activist Daleiden Wins Again in Court
The fines were for violating an injunction Orrick had issued earlier that bars Daleiden from releasing tapes made of conversations at that convention. Daleiden's criminal defense lawyers, Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira, nonetheless posted links to ...

Crusading Public Defender Moves On
But the attorney had no real criminal defense experience. So the judge in the case, Richard Damiani, phoned Ullmann. “Tom. You've got to come up and represent this guy. This lawyer they hired doesn't know his ass from his elbow,” Ullmann remembered ...

Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
A conviction can affect your life in many ways for a long time to come, and may not always be expunged or sealed. Contact the experienced Syracuse criminal defense attorney George F. Hildebrandt, serving clients throughout Upstate NY, Central NY, ...

Editorial: The next step in addressing the opioid crisis
Last month, Katherine Cooper, executive director of the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, wrote in these pages that there is “no one, sure way to address this emergency.” LEAD, she said, isn't a solution for every aspect of the ...

New law to affect Georgians
... early termination of probation. By taking advantage of the new law, probationers will be able to do so many things that being on probation hinders. Jason W. Swindle Sr. is a Senior Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney at Swindle Law Group in ...

Governor Nominates two Hawaiʻi Island Judges
Kim is a private practice litigator in the areas of criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, personal injury litigation and administrative proceedings. Kim has served as the West Hawaiʻi Bar President for many years, and has extensive civil ...

Gonzalez faces a number of challengers in DA race
Marc Fliedner is also a former prosecutor and head of a civil rights and criminal defense practice. According to his campaign literature, Fliedner is vowing to hold police accountable and prosecute issues of police misconduct. Like some of the other ...

Fight in Atlanta to keep historic trees from being chopped
“This is a late-life conversion, if you will,” said Finlayson, a criminal defense lawyer. “I was a Boy Scout as a kid, I spent a lot of time in the wilderness, but this was never my calling or mission until it just came to my front yard. Now it's ...

Historic trees scheduled for chopping in Atlanta's Grant Park
Finlayson has filed a tree conservation appeal with the city to save some of the trees, WABE Radio reported . "This is a late-life conversion, if you will," said Finlayson, a criminal defense lawyer. "I was a Boy Scout as a kid, I spent a lot of time ...

NH Business Newsmakers: Balsamo, McGerigle join Indian Stream
The law firm of McLane Middleton congratulates attorneys Peter D. Anderson (criminal defense: white-collar), Wilbur A. Glahn III (appellate practice), Linda S. Johnson (education law), David Wolowitz (litigation, labor and employment), and Mark A ...

Former Mass. US Attorney Ortiz, Who Led Marathon Bombing Case, Joins Boston Law Firm
Former U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz will handle internal investigations, corporate compliance and litigation, and white-collar criminal defense in her new role at Anderson & Kreiger LLP, the firm said Tuesday. During her more than seven years as U.S ...

Celebrities Now Need To Hire Entire (Government Level) Cybersecurity Teams, Says Top Criminal Defense Lawyer
It's become so common that one top criminal defense lawyer says stars how have to take routine measures to secure their accounts—like hiring an entire cybersecurity team in addition to agents, managers, and assistants, in order to stay one step ahead ...

Smooth Criminal? Bill Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer
Thomas Mesereau is one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country. Along with getting MJ off in his 2004 child molestation trial, Mesereau also repped Mike Tyson, Suge Knight, and helped Robert Blake beat the rap for allegedly murdering his ...

Louisiana loses a champion of justice
Longtime criminal defense attorney Sam Dalton died this morning. He likely knew more about Louisiana's criminal-justice system than anyone alive. He was a walking institution, a wry philosopher and a titan of justice. Dalton practiced criminal law in ...

Ex-inmate sues over murder conviction, alleges Chicago police rigged evidence
According to McIntosh's suit, his street file contained "dozens of pages of police investigative material withheld from (McIntosh's) criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors." The Cook County state's attorney's office dropped the case in October 2016 ...

David's law takes effect
If you or someone you love is charged with cyberbullying, it's crucial to reach out to an experienced cyberbullying attorney as soon as possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney can positively affect the outcome of your case and will ...

Former US Attorney Daniel joins Nelson Mullins law firm
Bart Daniel, a former U.S. Attorney and one of the state's best-known criminal defense attorneys, has joined Columbia's Nelson Mullins law firm to help lead the firm's white collar criminal defense and government investigations team. Daniel, 62, a ...

In Private Email, Trump's Russia-Scandal Lawyer Says He's One of the “Adults” in the White House
He signed up Cobb, who boasts extensive criminal defense expertise, days after the news hit that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort—Trump's closest advisers—had met privately in June 2016 with a Kremlin emissary who was supposed to ...

Mark Geragos' Life Is Basis For TV Series In Works From The Firm
EXCLUSIVE: A new TV series is being developed, loosely based on the life of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos. The production/management company The Firm's Jeff Kwatinetz and entertainment lawyer Kenny Meiselas have acquired the rights ...

Podcast: The 'new look' Steelers are ready to make a statement to the NFL in Week 1
The show is sponsored by Frank Walker Law, the top criminal defense firm to call in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia and home to one of the nation's top-100 ranked trial attorneys in Frank Walker. For his PA office, call 412-212-3878 or to reach ...

Secretly-recorded conversations preceded judges' resignations; probe continuing
"I've had the privilege of appearing before Judge Rooney for 27 years," said Mario F. Gallucci, a Willowbrook-based criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor. "And in all those years I have found him to be an exemplary jurist, and his ethics are ...

VC resident named Escondido deputy city manager
Valley Center resident William L. Wolfe, a former homicide detective with the City of Escondido and former county deputy district attorney—who went off to labor in the private sector as a criminal defense attorney for many years—has returned to be ...

Group Studying Ways To Overhaul Indigent Legal Services Amid Reports Of Rampant Fraud
So say some members of a study group charged with recommending ways to improve or replace the way poor Mainers are assigned criminal defense attorneys. Maine, like other states, has a constitutional responsibility to provide a lawyer for someone ...

16 New Judicial Nominations From President Trump
Also helpful: the support he enjoys from members of the state criminal defense bar, who note his reputation for “fairness, diligence, and legal acumen”; his willingness to hear out, and concede when appropriate, arguments advanced by the defense; and ...

Can Medical Marijuana Patients Legally Own Guns?
Christopher Morales, a criminal defense attorney for the state of California, provided some legal insight into this complex matter. “The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits anyone from possessing guns if they use or are addicted to cannabis,” Morales ...

Experts Decry Increasing Use of Rap Lyrics in Criminal Trials
John Hamasaki, a defense attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, said just this week he received pretrial information from prosecutors who seek to admit five gangsta rap songs in a case he's defending. Hamasaki has been a criminal defense attorney in ...

Attorney, accused of multiple crimes, still working courthouse halls
"For somebody to have 500 active clients right now that gives me great concern that he's not acting in the best interest of his clients," said Dallas criminal defense attorney Peter Schulte. Schulte is just one of several lawyers who provided court ...

Civil rights attorney Sam Dalton dies at 90
Sam Dalton, a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer who practiced for more than 60 years, died Monday at his home in Harahan. He was 90. Dalton, who called himself a “street lawyer,” spent his career fighting the death penalty, insisting that poor ...

Up & Coming: Christina Zauhar
A contributing author to Minnesota's DWI Deskbook, Zauhar is an active member of Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She volunteers at her alma mater each semester, presenting in-panel discussions, ...

Taxpayer tab on Flint legal battles is $15.5 million and rising
As of September, the MDEQ has spent $4.57 million on civil and criminal defense, Governor Snyder's office has spent $4.53 million, and the MDHHS has spent $1.6 million (not counting the Lyon/Wells potential increase). Attorney General Bill Schuette's ...

Attorney for Flint water defendant demands retraction from Ananich
Ananich issued a statement Friday, Sept. 8, saying, "Of course everyone deserves an attorney. But spending upwards of $15 million of taxpayer dollars on criminal defense fees before the pipes are fixed and families get all the care they need is ...

Loophole allows public officials to shield legal expenses
The public often learns a state lawmaker is under investigation when the official uses campaign funds to pay for a criminal defense attorney. Veteran Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, however, may have found a way around that problem. Hikind's most ...

Equifax execs sold shares before the hack was announced — but was it insider trading?
Making a criminal insider-trading case can be more difficult, said Jason de Bretteville, a former federal prosecutor who is now chair of the white-collar criminal defense group at Newport Beach law firm Stradling. Prosecutors would have to show that ...

Without prosecutors in the lead, true criminal justice reform won't happen
Over the decades, public defenders and criminal defense attorneys have communicated criminal-justice facts and have proposed common-sense reforms, including reducing pretrial incarceration, changing low-level misdemeanors to violations, reclassifying ...

DNA lab techniques, 1 pioneered in New York, now under fire
NEW YORK (AP) — Two techniques for analyzing DNA evidence that were once considered cutting edge are now under fire amid questions about their reliability, and criminal defense attorneys in New York have asked a state agency to investigate the ...

Toronto: Convicted Poker Queen Needed Customs Waiver to Attend 'Molly's Game' Premiere
The movie focuses on Bloom's relationship with her criminal defense lawyer (Elba), who learns there's much more to Molly than the tabloids led the world to believe. Kevin Costner plays her father, who believes in tough love. Chastain, who plays Bloom ...

The governor's 'pit bull'
An Albuquerque lawyer previously best known for his civil rights and criminal defense work, as well as two stints as a justice on the state Supreme Court, Kennedy's work on Martinez's behalf has made him synonymous with the governor's sharp-edged ...

Death penalty raises courtroom stakes
URBANA — A local criminal defense attorney with vast experience in state and federal courtrooms said there are legitimate reasons why a lawyer would not want to represent a client in a capital case. "There are two main reasons to say no. You don't ...

DNA lab techniques now under fire
NEW YORK — Two techniques for analyzing DNA evidence that were once considered cutting edge are now under fire amid questions about their reliability, and criminal defense attorneys in New York have asked a state agency to investigate the renowned ...

2 more Trump associates lawyer up as Mueller's investigation escalates
Reince Priebus, Trump's former chief of staff, and Don McGahn, the White House counsel, have hired William Burck, a prominent white-collar criminal defense attorney from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Law360 reported this weekend. On Friday, it ...

New leader plans to refocus Public Defender Commission following scandal
The new chairman of the state Public Defender Commission, recently elected by commission members amid a financial crisis and infighting, says he hopes to refocus the panel on its mission of improving the state's efforts to represent New Mexico's ...

After Prosecutors Fled Flooding Courthouse With a Rope, Harris County Courts Finally (Sort of) Reopen
Tucker Graves, president of the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, said he hoped judges would not be scheduling needless court dates for people simply for check-in purposes, and that, to minimize the burden on everyone, including ...

How Philly plans to ditch cash bail and what stands in the way
Krasner, the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia district attorney and the favorite to win the November general election, branded himself as the outsider candidate — the criminal defense attorney who was going to come in as the city's top prosecutor ...

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Santa Fe protesters stand ground against trespassing charges
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A criminal defense attorney said Monday that protesters were acting within their rights when arrested in Santa Fe at a rally against a re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico, challenging local law ...




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