Criminal Defense News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2012

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Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

Letters: Put air travel hassles into perspective
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

He defends Mitt Romney by asking whether commentator Bob Beckel is suggesting the former Massachusetts governor should pay more taxes than required by law. Then Thomas rails about the percentage of people who pay no federal income tax.more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Chief: Program cuts crime rate
The AdvocateFebruary 2, 2012

“Our crime rate is down again this year …. and we attribute DDACTS to at least part of that downward trend,” Craft said. The Police Department plans to release its 2011 statistics for overall crime — crimes against people and crimes against property...more »

Misdemeanors
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Las Vegas cop accused of groping on the job
KTVNFebruary 2, 2012

... Wednesday for booking at the Clark County jail pending a court appearance on charges including felony and misdemeanor oppression under color of law, felony coercion and misdemeanor lewdness. It wasn't immediately clear if Norman had a lawyer.more »

Criminal Defense
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Victoria police and sheriff's blotter
Victoria AdvocateFebruary 3, 2012

... a warrant charging him with felony violation of parole. • VICTORIA - Cody Waylan-Bennett Lawson, 22, of Victoria, by deputies Wednesday on a warrant charging him with felony violation of probation in an engaging in organized criminal activity case.more »

Police Brutality
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Newark-based organization sued over alleged misuse of funds meant for ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Jason Grant/The Star-Ledger Star-Ledger file photoThe civil lawsuit was filed in Newark last week and is signed by US Attorney Paul Fishman, shown in this file photo. NEWARK — Federal authorities have filed a detailed federal lawsuit against a ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Ex-Credit Suisse CDO Chief Charged in Scheme to Boost Bonuses
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

Serageldin, 38, who lives in the UK and led the securities department of Credit Suisse's investment banking division, was named in an indictment unsealed yesterday in New York. Two of his former subordinates, David Higgs, 42, and Salmaan Siddiqui, 36, ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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LI gun store owner hit with criminal charges
7Online.comFebruary 2, 2012

BOHEMIA (WABC) -- A Long Island man is under arrest and facing charges for the possession of illegal, unregistered and stolen firearms. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced the indictment of Brian Anderson, the owner and operator of ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Orie wants jurors sequestered in trial
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 1, 2012

Jane Orie asked an Allegheny County judge to sequester the jury in her upcoming retrial, fearing jurors may hear about a grand jury investigation of her sister, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. The senator's attorney, William Costopoulos, ...more »

Prostitution
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Attorney appointed for Joseph Gentz in Jane Bashara case
Detroit Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

By Joe Swickard Detroit defense attorney Susan Reed has been appointed to represent Joseph Gentz, who has told investigators he killed Jane Bashara. Reed, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, was named by Presiding Judge ...more »

Gun Charges
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Virginia Houses of Delegates votes to repeal gun limit law
Kingsport Times NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Kilgore indicated his support of the gun limit repeal on Tuesday before Wednesday's final vote in the House of Delegates. The repeal measure passed 66-32. Kilgore said the gun limit law may have had a legitimate purpose when it was originally passed, ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Not guilty pleas entered
Van Buren Press Argus-CourierFebruary 4, 2012

Keith Edward Johnson, 39, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to third-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault. From June 1, 2011, until Jan. 8, it is alleged Johnson hit and choked his girlfriend and pushed her from a moving vehicle.more »

Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Some on welfare and Indiana legislators facing drug tests
WANEFebruary 1, 2012

The overarching question of constitutionality and Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure has led federal courts to block drug-testing of welfare recipients in other states. Democrats argued that Indiana's poor should not be the lone ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Former ACF inmate gets 25 years for attempted rape of employee
Auburn CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

A former Auburn Correctional Facility inmate was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in Cayuga County Court Wednesday for attempting to rape a female prison employee in 2006. The sentence, following the state Court of Appeals' 4-3 decision on Nov.more »

Sex Crimes
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Mark Berndt, L.A. Teacher Accused of Horrific Sex Crimes, Still Being Payed ...
LA Weekly (blog)February 1, 2012

1 2012 at 7:08 AM The law provides that members' earned benefits cannot be taken away due to a criminal conviction ... In fact, Berndt has been arrested and charged with 23 counts of committing a lewd act on a child involving 23 children.more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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You Can't Copyright Porn, Harassed BitTorrent Defendant Insists
TorrentFreakFebruary 6, 2012

The lawsuit further claims that in their letter to Wong, Hard Drive insist that the California resident would be liable for infringement even if her router was unsecured and someone else carried out the act without her knowledge.more »

Juvenile Crimes
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9th Augusta YDC employee fired
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

“Apparently we have some policy violators who might think we're done, but we're not,” Buckner said. “After our administrative probe is complete, the GBI investigations will continue and then criminal charges will be pursued.”more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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Those red lights and stop signs aren't just for decorations — Drivers need to ...
Tulsa WorldFebruary 7, 2012

Everybody's in a rush to get to work on time or home from work but this is no excuse to risk the lives of others who prefer to obey the traffic laws. The Tulsa traffic code's Title 37, Chapter 6, "Moving regulations and traffic control devices" ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Report
Gulf Breeze NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Dove, Brandi Nicole, W/F, 18, 8700 block of Laredo Street, Navarre, larceny and forgery. Harris Foster, Miranda Lee, W/F, 22, 1900 block of Diplomat Street, Gulf Breeze, dealing in stolen property. Hemmings, Jesse Michael, W/M, 24, 8000 block of San ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Aide to state Sen. Jim Norman accused of not filing tax returns for five years
Tampabay.comFebruary 1, 2012

Jim Norman accused of not filing tax returns for five years By Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer TAMPA -- The chief of staff for state Sen. Jim Norman was indicted Wednesday on charges that he failed to file federal income tax returns for five years.more »

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