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

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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

Criminal Defense News and Stories

Crimes Against Property
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'Protecting My Castle': Local Man Takes Stand Against Property Crime
KHQ Right NowFebruary 8, 2012

Boyer's concern quickly grew for his property, his family, and his safety until he finally decided to take a stand against criminals. "I'm not going to tolerate this anymore," he continued. "I'm going to stand a line and I'm going to protect myself.more »

Misdemeanors
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Cape teen avoids prison again after water citation
The News-PressFebruary 10, 2012

The officer who stopped Casman testified he could have arrested Casman for a misdemeanor but chose to issue a citation instead. He noted Casman was cooperative. Assistant State Attorney Victoria Avalon, with the 10th Judicial Circuit, argued Thursday ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Stephen Grant Attorney David Griem Visits Bashara Home
MyFox DetroitFebruary 1, 2012

It appears Bob Bashara is now bringing in David Griem, who is a well known criminal defense attorney. Griem represented Stephen Grant, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife, Tara, in Washington Township in 2007.more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Rockdale Jail Blotter - 2-3-2012
Rockdale CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

Willie Lee Cosby, 39, 80 Perry Circle, Oxford, probation violation. -- Otrena Terion Tripp, 53, 510 Northwoods Drive, LaGrange, theft by deception. -- Andre Alfred Williams, 37, 701 Huntcliff Village Court, Atlanta, possession or transfer of firearm by ...more »

Police Brutality
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Anonymous Attacks Oakland: Hacker Group Posts City Officials' Private ...
Huffington PostFebruary 7, 2012

Anonymous highlighted the brutality at the Occupy Oakland protests and the allegedly unreasonable salaries of top officials in the light of recent budget cuts as motives behind the hack. Targeted in the attack were Mayor Jean Quan, Chief of Police...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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FinCEN to Require SAR Filing and AML Programs for Non-Bank Lenders and Originators
National Mortgage Professional MagazineFebruary 7, 2012

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has finalized regulations that require non-bank residential mortgage lenders and originators to establish anti-money laundering (AML) programs and file suspicious activity reports (SARs), ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Ketchikan man gets 7 years for firearms conviction
Juneau EmpireFebruary 3, 2012

By EMILY RUSSO MILLER A Ketchikan man who pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced to serve seven years in a federal prison. US District Court Judge Timothy Burgess sentenced Steven Kyle Doran, 25, on Wednesday in Juneau ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Columbiana County Grand Jury Reports for 2-10
The ReviewFebruary 10, 2012

Zimmerly's indictment was handed down by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury in December. Ashlie L. Jezek, 26, Conneaut, was served a secret indictment for a passing bad checks charge. According to court documents, between Oct. 16 and ...more »

Prostitution
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Criminal Defense Attorney Patricia Campi of Summit Defense Law Firm Wins ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 3, 2012

By a criminal lawyer, San Jose clients are advised that California district attorneys still prosecute domestic abuse cases. In Campi's most recent domestic violence defense victory, the client, whose name is withheld to protect his reputation, ...more »

Gun Charges
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Inside a Gun Hearing in Washington, D.C.
Opposing ViewsFebruary 2, 2012

The hearing provided a perfect snapshot of the way gun politics operate in the District, with the usual cast of characters in lead roles on the pro-gun side. Everyone is familiar with the District of Columbia's tough gun laws, but the “Firearms ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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It's 8:30 on a Sunday night, you're not alone on the CTA, but are you safe?
Medill Reports: ChicagoFebruary 14, 2012

Yet that's not even 3 percent of the 1871 assault, battery, robbery and theft crimes that occurred from June to December. In November, CTA debuted its new 5000-series cars on the Pink Line. The 5000-series cars were touted by CTA to be much safer than ...more »

Homicide at low for state since 1975
Albany Times UnionFebruary 1, 2012

AP ALBANY — The number of homicides in New York dropped last year to the lowest level in decades to roughly 750, or about one-third of the killings in 1990, the deadliest year on record, officials said Monday. Sean Byrne, the state's acting criminal ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Feds charge alleged leader of Metro Detroit drug ring, former state rep.
The Detroit NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Large-scale heroin seizures are rare. "We are focused on dismantling major drug trafficking organizations that bring illegal drugs into our community," US Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement. "We want young people to see that the lucrative ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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German journalist says he was beaten during 5 months as a prisoner in Iran
Washington PostFebruary 5, 2012

BERLIN — A German reporter says he was beaten by guards during his nearly five months of imprisonment in Iran and that he heard constant, “horrible cries” of other inmates being tortured. In the first public comment since being freed a year ago, ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Pulaski County man charged with child sex crimes
KY3February 3, 2012

36-year-old Kevin Joseph Williams was charged Tusday, February 2nd with statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct with a girl under the age of 15. by Curtis Hancock, KY3 News Pulaski County, Mo. -- A man from Pulaski County Missouri faces child sex crimes...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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2012: Year of pandering
Scranton Times-TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

It mocks the First Amendment's first phrase: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," in that it cites ... "the Bible, the word of God ..." One lawmaker actually said after voting for the measure that the First Amendment ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Juvenile transfer law should be repealed
Nogales InternationalFebruary 3, 2012

In 1997, as a Nogales High School senior, I wrote an opinion article for this paper about Arizona's attempt to pass a law permitting prosecutors to charge minors as adults for committing serious crimes. Laws like this are generally known as juvenile...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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A Case for Moving Away From the Death Penalty
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

We want to assume that the police cannot just come into our homes on a Sunday night, while we are watching television, and randomly search in violation of the Fourth Amendment. We want to assume that if we were arrested, we would have a fair trial, ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Records: Suspect in PV killings told friend what he did
Tucson CitizenFebruary 10, 2012

10, 2012, under Arizona Republic News The man police say brutally murdered a Paradise Valley couple in their home and set their house ablaze told a friend about what he did, according to court documents released Friday. The Arizona Republic and 12 News ...more »

White Collar Crime
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White-Collar Woes
New York TimesFebruary 10, 2012

13, between 1 pm and 5 pm Eastern time, for a discussion of the following question: Several years ago, my father and brothers were convicted of white-collar crime. They lost their property, friends, wives and dignity. I was blindsided by the news, ...more »

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