July 22, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Alexei Navalny, the blogging scourge of corrupt Russian officials, may have been led off in handcuffs Thursday after being sentenced to five years in prison on dubious charges, but it turns out the charismatic protest leader still had some clout. Somebody in a position to do something about it must have decided that Navalny was more valuable - or less dangerous - as a free man than as an incarcerated one. So prosecutors in the city of Kirov went to court and told a judge he should be released until his appeals can be heard.
July 17, 2013 |
FORT HOOD, Texas - Prosecutors asked Monday that three Army officers be dismissed as potential jurors in the murder trial of the Fort Hood shooting suspect because of their views on the death penalty. Six potential jurors - four colonels and two lieutenant colonels - were brought in from Army posts nationwide and overseas as questioning continued in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. The Army psychiatrist faces execution or life in prison without parole if convicted in the 2009 rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded on the Texas Army post.
July 8, 2013 |
He has defended Wall Street hedge fund and bond fraudsters, a corporate finance chief accused of raiding his own company, a U.S. defense secretary turned alleged bank predator, and the messianic leader of a global cult. New York lawyer Charles A. Stillman speaks of these clients affectionately, even the ones who were found guilty and sent to prison. For example: Ex- Tyco chief financial officer Mark Swartz , who did hard time after directors testified he pocketed $50 million in unauthorized pay, was "one of the finest men I have met in my entire life," Stillman told me from the porch of his vacation home in the Berkshire Mountains.
July 4, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - A judge tossed out a detective's statement that he found George Zimmerman credible in his description of fighting with Trayvon Martin, a decision that benefits prosecutors who are trying to discredit the defendant's self-defense claims. Other efforts by prosecutors to attack Zimmerman's story on Tuesday included the cross examination of a friend he called after shooting Martin and the testimony of a doctor who found the defendant's injuries to be insignificant. They also sought to introduce school records that indicate Zimmerman had studied the state's self-defense law, in another swipe at his truthfulness.
July 3, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - A judge tossed out a detective's statement that he found George Zimmerman credible in his description of fighting with Trayvon Martin, a decision that benefits prosecutors who are trying to discredit the defendant's self-defense claims. Other efforts by prosecutors to attack Zimmerman's story yesterday included the cross-examination of a friend he called after shooting Martin and the testimony of a doctor who found the defendant's injuries to be insignificant. They also sought to introduce school records that indicate Zimmerman had studied the state's self-defense law, in another swipe at his truthfulness.
July 3, 2013 |
Gagging the lawyers and sternly warning the defendant, a Philadelphia judge on Monday cut from $60 million to $3 million the bail for accused rapist and former Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich called "excessive" the $60 million bail that has kept DeCoatsworth, 27, behind bars since his May 18 arrest. He is charged with raping two women after allegedly threatening them with a gun and plying them with drugs. Ehrlich's ruling means the former hero officer may be released pending trial after posting $300,000 - 10 percent of bail - in cash or property.
June 27, 2013 |
ATTLEBORO, Mass. - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested yesterday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people. Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semipro football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park a mile away. Less than 2 hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut Hernandez, a 2011 Pro Bowl selection who signed a 5-year contract last summer worth $40 million.
June 19, 2013 |
DISTURBING AND dark details of the life of fallen "hero cop" Richard DeCoatsworth emerged yesterday in a packed Common Pleas courtroom where the former lawman was hoping to get his $60 million bail lowered. Instead, DeCoatsworth, 27, learned that a grand jury had indicted him on charges of rape, sexual assault, intent to possess or distribute drugs, human trafficking, promoting prostitution, witness intimidation and related offenses in a May 16 incident involving two women. According to a criminal complaint, DeCoatsworth - who survived a shotgun blast to the face as a rookie in 2007 and sat next to first lady Michelle Obama during the 2009 State of the Union address - went to a house on Howard Street near Berks in North Philadelphia on May 16 with two women.
June 13, 2013 |
BOSTON - Reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was a "hands-on killer" responsible for "murder and mayhem" in Boston for almost 30 years, a federal prosecutor told a jury Wednesday as Bulger's highly anticipated racketeering trial began. Bulger's attorney acknowledged that Bulger made millions through drugs, illegal gambling and loan-sharking, but told the jury that three ex-mobsters who have pinned murders on Bulger cannot be believed. Each of the men received "extraordinary" deals from prosecutors in exchange for their cooperation, defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said.
June 7, 2013 |
After months of investigation, including use of a grand jury, Philadelphia prosecutors have concluded that the woman charged in the January abduction and sexual assault of a 5-year-old West Philadelphia girl acted alone. "We have no evidence to suggest that she acted with anyone else, that anyone else was involved or knew what was going on," Assistant District Attorney Erin O'Brien said after Wednesday's hearing for Christina Regusters. During the hearing, O'Brien's assessment of the case against Regusters, 20, took aback Common Pleas Court Judge Chris R. Wogan, who asked several times if Regusters might yet be charged with conspiracy or human trafficking.