June 22, 2012 |
The lead defense attorney representing Jerry Sandusky told reporters on Friday that it would be a shock if the former Penn State University assistant football coach were acquitted of all of the charges of sexually abusing children now being weighed by sequestered jurors. As the jury of seven women and five men ordered dinner and continued their deliberations well into the second day, defense attorney Joseph Amendola told reporters in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., that he would “probably die of a heart attack” if Sandusky beat all of the charges, according to media reports from the courtroom.
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March 18, 2012 |
Thomas P. Puccio, a former federal prosecutor who won the convictions of several members of Congress in the Abscam bribery scandal in the early 1980s and later became a prominent defense lawyer who secured for socialite Claus von Bulow an acquittal in his second trial on charges that he twice tried to kill his heiress wife, has died. He was 67. Puccio, who lived in Weston, Conn., died of leukemia March 12 in Yale-New Haven Hospital, said his wife, Kathryn. Known as a tough, aggressive and tenacious lawyer, Puccio was head of the Organized Crime Strike Force for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, N.Y., when he gained national attention as head prosecutor in four of the eight Abscam trials.
February 22, 2012 |
Wanted: An attorney who will put up with the media circus that will likely follow Casey Anthony for the rest of her life. The attorney who previously held that position, Jose Baez, released a statement to the media Wednesday announcing that he is no longer representing Anthony. If you'll recall, Baez stood alongside Anthony, clutching her hand, when she was found not guilty last year of killing her daughter, Caylee. Anthony's acquittal outraged many and led one online poll to dub her the most hated person in America.
July 18, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla . — With the exception of a few moments when she walked out of jail early Sunday, Casey Anthony has not appeared in public as a free woman. Her whereabouts is a mystery. Defense lawyer Jose Baez wanted to use Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, as a decoy during her release, their lawyer, Mark Lippman, told a television station. "And I, of course, did not agree with that, and neither did my clients," said Lippman, who did not elaborate on the decoy plans.
July 6, 2011 |
The media circus came to town, this time not in Los Angeles but in Orlando, Fla. In a case compared to the courtroom dramas of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers, the trial of Casey Anthony -- if there were any doubts before -- became a full-fledged national legal spectacle Tuesday after outrage erupted over the jury's decision to acquit the young mother on charges she killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, with chloroform and duct tape....
November 19, 2010
Those who never thought terrorists should be put on trial in civilian courts are now claiming vindication in the partial acquittal of a Tanzanian man accused in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. It's nothing of the sort. The exoneration of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani on 276 counts of murder and attempted murder, and his conviction on a single conspiracy count that could lead to life imprisonment, instead demonstrate the deliberateness and fairness of civilian justice. The danger is that President Obama will overlook that fact amid the din from critics such as Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.