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Archives - January 2009

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Jan

ATTEMPT CRIMES IN CALIFORNIA REQUIRE MORE THAN MERE PREPARATION

Attempt Crimes in California Still Require an Unequivocal Act beyond Mere Preparation By Ted Cassman & Raphael Goldman A recent decision of the California First District Court of Appeal provides a welcome refresher course concerning the crime of attempt. The case reinforces the principle that an attempt under California law requires more than mere preparation …

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Jan

PUBLIC DEFENDERS HAVE THE TOUGHEST JOBS-READ ON FOR THIS INSULT

Man smears feces on his lawyer, flings it at jury SAN DIEGO – A San Diego judge has declared a mistrial in a kidnapping and assault case after the defendant smeared excrement on his lawyer’s face and threw it at jurors. The judge boosted defendant Weusi McGowan’s bail from $250,000 to $1 million after the …

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Jan

FEDERAL JUDGE CHASTIZES FEDERAL PROSECUTOR FOR WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE

By Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff / January 27, 2009 The chief judge of the US District Court in Massachusetts is threatening to sanction a federal prosecutor for what he characterized as the latest “egregious failure” of the US attorney’s office to disclose evidence that could have helped clear a defendant. Judge Mark Wolf (left) listed …

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