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6000 Cases May Be Dismissed After Former State Chemist Misconduct
These suits are in large part the result of work by Luke Ryan, a criminal defense attorney in Northampton. Ryan questioned whether the evidence in his clients' drug cases was solid because it had been tested by Farak. He says the assistant attorneys ...

Michael Flynn, Trump's ex-national security adviser, pleads guilty to lying to the FBI; now cooperating with Russia ...
Michael Flynn, Trump's ex-national security adviser, pleads guilty to lying to the FBI; now cooperating with Russia ...

NRA Insurance Protects Gun Owners Shooting in Self-defense
... self-defense insurance comes in. Groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA), the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network and U.S. Law Shield offer insurance policies that protect gun owners who ...

Oakland County submits criminal defense plan to state, seeking $8.8M to cover costs
The Oakland County Courthouse, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, Mich, pictured in June 2017. (Mark Cavitt/The Oakland Press). Oakland County has submitted its compliance plan to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission and has applied for $8.8 million ...

Court rules crime victims can't attend plea bargain sessions
Under the state's decades-old practice, criminal defense lawyers meet privately with prosecutors and judges sometimes on numerous occasions to discuss possible plea bargains in cases. The discussions are kept private. Defense lawyers were concerned ...

Defense Lawyer in Mueller Probe Rejects Suggestion of Conflict
A criminal defense lawyer involved in one of the cases brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team pushed back Friday against the suggestion from prosecutors that his role poses a possible conflict of interest. Prosecutors last month raised ...

Attorney on Steinle case: The system worked
Attorney on Steinle case: The system worked. Mark O'Mara, the criminal defense attorney for George Zimmerman, defends the acquittal of an undocumented man in the shooting death of Kate Steinle, saying it is "horribly improper" for a politician to ...

No matter what Flynn says, the Trump family won't go to jail
Editor's note: Page Pate, a CNN legal analyst, is a criminal defense and constitutional lawyer based in Atlanta. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Georgia, a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project, a former board member ...

Jeff Sessions's Constant Lying Is Being Used to Help the Criminal Defense of the White Cop Who Murdered Walter Scott
People join hands in prayer as they visit a memorial set up on the site where Walter Scott was killed on April 11, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina. Scott was killed on April 4 by North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager after a ...

Donations to Prosecutors
16) correctly notes that large contributions by criminal defense lawyers to the campaigns of prosecutors corrode public confidence in the integrity of our justice system. A solution is readily at hand: public financing. And the solution is easy to ...

In Louisiana, public defenders fight for scraps, argue how to change funding system
BATON ROUGE -- Public defender offices in Louisiana are notoriously dependent on traffic fines and court fees for their primary revenue. That creates what many regard as a conflict of interest by marrying defense of the indigent to the whims of ...

Villages podiatrist facing DUI charge hires successful criminal defense attorney
A well-known Villages podiatrist facing a drunk driving charge has hired a successful Lake County criminal defense attorney to represent him. Dr. Felix Esarey, 49, who resides in the Villages of Parkwood and runs Tri-County Podiatry in The Villages ...

Trump's lawyer offered a dubious explanation for Trump's bombshell tweet about Michael Flynn
President Donald Trump's personal defense lawyer, John Dowd, claimed he authored a controversial tweet from Trump's Twitter account this weekend. The tweet seemed to indicate that Trump was aware, when he fired former national security adviser Michael ...

A killer cop is using Jeff Sessions' lies as criminal defense
A killer cop is using Jeff Sessions' lies as criminal defense. Slager — the cop who murdered Walter Scott — and Sessions are two peas in a pod. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to Facebook Messenger Share to Twitter Share to Reddit ...

Trump Lawyer's Claim He Wrote Flynn Tweet Stuns Legal Experts
“An experienced criminal defense attorney like Dowd would know that it's proper to say that Flynn 'pleaded guilty,' not 'pled guilty,'” wrote attorney Renato Mariotti , a Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general, in an analysis of Trump's ...

Dissolution of Pence Hensel spreads expertise to other firms | 2017 ...
Dissolution of Pence Hensel spreads expertise to other firms | 2017 ...

I Took A Ladies Handgun Fundamentals Course — Here's Why
The company is one of a range of insurance providers, including Milwaukee-based Delta Defense, that offer similar plans. Advertisement. With its lowest level “bronze” membership, Carry Guard offers $250,000 of civil protection with $50,000 in criminal ...

Empire Investigation LLC Carries out Criminal Defense Investigation ...
Empire Investigation LLC Carries out Criminal Defense Investigation ...

Civil lawyers move to withdraw from Martens' defense
Along with the response to the wrongful death lawsuit, the civil lawyers asked to delay court proceedings in the lawsuit until the completion of the criminal case involving the second degree murder convictions of Molly Corbett and Thomas Martens ...

CRITIC'S CORNER: Defense of jury instruction 140 falls flat
Michael D. Cicchini is a criminal defense lawyer in Kenosha. He is also the author or coauthor of three books and 19 law review articles on constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, and other topics. Visit www.CicchiniLaw.com for more information ...

Prosecutors shared recorded attorney-client jail phone calls with defense in NV Bunkerville case
The recording of attorney-client jail calls is a violation and a big deal, according to Oregon prosecutors and defense lawyers. Cooper, whose calls were recorded with his attorney and shared, would have standing to allege his Sixth Amendment right to ...

Current and Former Lawmakers Ask High Court to Hear Blagojevich Case
In a second brief filed in support of Blagojevich getting his day before the high court, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers agreed that the current rules surrounding campaign finance are confusing at best. “A correct determination of ...

Rules for Bernalillo County prosecutor eased
Matt Coyte, president of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, said the changes address the concerns about the case management order and will show that the deadlines didn't harm the local criminal justice system as Torrez and others in ...

Austin Harrouff attorneys to pursue insanity defense in 2016 murder allegations
Criminal Defense attorney, Gregg Lerman, says jurors do not typically side with insanity defenses. “The natural inclination for jurors is to want to hold those people responsible for their acts anyway,” Lerman said. John Stevens' son, John Stevens Jr ...

Local attorney, Democrat announces run for DA
Waco attorney Seth Andrew Sutton thinks the McLennan County District Attorney's office needs to move in a different direction and he said Wednesday he wants to lead that effort. Sutton, 43, a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association ...

Acting prosecutor, legislator's daughter-in-law nominated for judgeships
TRENTON - Several Central Jersey attorneys, including the acting Union County prosecutor and the daughter-in-law of an assemblyman, have been nominated to be Superior Court judges by outgoing Gov. Chris Christie. Thomas Isenhour, who was appointed ...

Insanity defense: what does it mean for Austin Harrouff's case
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Did Austin Harrouff have a "full-blown psychotic episode” when he stabbed a Martin County couple, attacked their neighbor and then chewed the face of his victim? That's what his attorneys hope to prove to in court in order to ...

Defense attorney: 'No harm, no foul' to cameras being on 24/7 in ...
Defense attorney: 'No harm, no foul' to cameras being on 24/7 in ...

Mitigation specialist to come in for death penalty case
A mitigation expert acts as the criminal defense team's researcher and investigator. O'Reilly argued to Haddad that he saw no statutory precedent for the court paying for the defense's mitigation expert. Meyers saw it differently, however. To Meyers ...

Face-Eating Murderer Plans Insanity Defense
Attorneys for Austin Harrouffon Tuesday filed paperwork making their plan to go after the insanity defense official, saying Harrouff was "suffering from a full-blown psychotic episode" at the time of the crime in 2016. He is accused of stabbing and ...

Will Moran Joins Michael Moran & Associates Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Law Firm
Criminal defense and personal injury law firm of Michael Moran & Associates, located at 659 Auburn Ave., N.E. (Studioplex Lofts) in the Old Fourth Ward, announced today that Will Moran had joined the firm as an associate. Will Moran is a recent ...

The Keanu Reeves cinematic guide to being an 'excellent!' criminal defense attorney
Adam R. Banner is the founder and lead attorney at the Oklahoma Legal Group, a criminal defense law firm in Oklahoma City. Mr. Banner's practice focuses solely on state and federal criminal defense. He represents the accused against allegations of sex ...

Fired president demands Starkey pay his legal fees for his embezzlement case
"Mr. Ruzicka has been charged with stealing millions of dollars from our company and is now asking us to pay for his criminal defense," spokesman Jon Austin said. "The irony is not lost on us, and we're confident that the court will conclude — as our ...

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Criminal Defense
Alexander R. N. Westphal, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, Division of Law and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. Rachel Loftin, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rush University School of Medicine ...

Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone: Criminal Defense Attorneys Keeping the Courtroom Fair
After spending years as criminal prosecutors on one side of the courtroom, the attorneys of Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone now spend their days on the other side—defending people charged with crimes. “Our clients know we're always there for them,” said ...

Evolving forensic science prompts new look at old convictions
After three men from Washington D.C. convicted in part by hair evidence were exonerated by DNA between 2009 and 2012, the FBI launched a review into these kinds of cases. To date, the agency, with help from the Department of Justice, the Innocence ...

Is your car a deadly weapon? Dispute in criminal cases headed to Florida Supreme Court
As long as the defense objects to the charge going to the jury, Cohen, if convicted as charged, could benefit if the Supreme Court ultimately decides a car is not a weapon. The Supreme Court's decision likely won't apply retroactively to cases already ...

A Lawyer's Experience With the §30.30 Fiction
(A judge might later charge the defendant with some time, especially in a post-readiness posture); (5) during post-readiness, agree to the ADA's proposed date in which the prosecutor says she can announce readiness. Push for the case to be scheduled ...

UPDATE: Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington jailed on ...
UPDATE: Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington jailed on ...

New legal defense group formed | News, Sports, Jobs - Salem News
LISBON — With the pending retirement of Attorney Frederick Naragon from the Criminal Defense Corp., the Columbiana County Commissioners approved an agreement on Wednesday with a newly formed organization known as the Columbiana County Defense League ...

Mike Copeland: Shopping weather; Calao honored; Casa Ole closing; Old Bethany Weddings; Justice Barn
Greater Waco Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides legal advice at reduced rates, has moved into the former Burger Barn building at 1700 Colcord Ave., which it has renamed the Justice Barn. Waco Community Development bought and renovated the ...

Hateful son of ex-FDNY commish got second chance — but I got fired
Buttaro was terminated by FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro, who has now granted the son of his predecessor a coveted firefighter post. Nigro and Sal Cassano both joined the FDNY in 1969, and Cassano has called his successor “a good friend.” “Cronyism and ...

Watching and waiting to see result of Abilene murder investigation
Ingalsbe is a former criminal district attorney, now criminal defense attorney. In court, he'd be a formidable opponent to current DA James Hicks and his staff, which may be why APD has been so tight-lipped about its investigation and making sure every ...

Mike Cox: Schuette's Flint water prosecutions are not political
Precisely to avoid charges of playing politics, Schuette put together a team of professionals that includes the well-respected local Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, the former chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals Willam Whitbeck, former ...

Charleston-area hires and promotions
Matthew R. Hubbell has joined K&L Gates LLP as a partner and attorney focusing on white-collar criminal defense and False Claims Act litigation. He is based in the Charleston office. He has more than 26 years of experience as an attorney. Previously ...

Those with a Criminal Record Can Now Have a Second Chance Thanks to New State Law
It appears as though a new state law in New York will give those with a criminal record a second chance of sorts by sealing two previous misdemeanors, or one previous felony as long as it is non-violent. The first client to make use of this new law has ...

Lachey's Bar manager shooting: In search of justice and a fair trial
Criminal defense attorney Clyde Bennett II is defending Hightower and has told media that police are holding an innocent man. Last week, Bennett took to Facebook to elaborate: "The price of freedom and justice is not cheap, easy or comfortable. In fact ...

Panel Recommends Public Reprimand For Platte County Prosecutor
A disciplinary panel has found Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd guilty of professional misconduct and recommended that he be publicly reprimanded. The matter now goes to the Missouri Supreme Court, which will decide whether to accept or reject the ...

Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino should be off bench, panel says
Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino presides over hearings Monday morning, October 16, 2017. Santino is charged with violating four canons that dictate how judicial candidates are to behave, and faces potential removal from the bench for her attacks ...

Witness: Ghost Ship master tenant laughed off proposal to make building safe
He retained a criminal defense attorney 10 days after the blaze. “We're extremely concerned about Mr. Bouchard's testimony as far as its credibility,” Briggs said outside the courtroom Monday. Tony Serra, an attorney representing Almena, said the ...




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