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May 6, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The defense team for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, now formally charged with capital murder in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, on Sunday angrily called the military commission legal process a political “regime” set up to put him and the four other defendants to death. David Nevin, Mohammed's civilian attorney, said new rules imposed under the Obama administration bar them from discussing with their clients whether they were mistreated by U.S. authorities -- and in the case of Mohammed, “tortured” -- after their arrests eight years ago. “We are operating under a regime here,” Nevin said.
April 15, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - The military judge in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case signaled Tuesday he may order FBI agents to describe their secret investigation into whether members of the defense teams for Al Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and others illegally leaked a “manifesto” written by the alleged 9/11 mastermind about his time at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, asked defense lawyers for Mohammed and four other alleged conspirators to notify him by 5 p.m. Wednesday which FBI agents and other government officials they want him to question as part of the probe.
May 12, 1992
The King case verdict shows that even though one good picture may be worth a thousand words, one good lawyer is worth a thousand pictures. SHELLEY MARTIN, San Pedro
April 7, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An appeals court on Monday dealt another blow to the Egypt's beleaguered liberal activists, upholding three-year prison terms handed down to a trio of figures known for their role in the country's 2011 revolution.  The three -- Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel -- had been convicted in December of violating a tough anti-protest law that took effect the previous month. The appeals court also upheld heavy fines levied against the trio -- 50,000 Egyptian pounds each, which is more than $7,000.
November 8, 2012 | By Jack Leonard and Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A day after California voted to soften its three-strikes sentencing law, defense lawyers around the state Wednesday prepared to seek reduced punishments for thousands of offenders serving up to life in prison for relatively minor crimes. The process of asking courts to revisit old sentences could take as long as two years and benefit roughly 3,000 prisoners. They represent about a third of incarcerated third-strikers. Proposition 36 garnered about 69% of the vote. The initiative won in all 58 counties, amending one of the nation's toughest three-strikes laws, one that had overwhelming voter support when it was approved in 1994 amid heightened anxiety over violent crime.
In a precedent-setting ruling stemming from the war on drugs, a San Diego lawyer was ordered Friday to pay the government part of the cost of prosecuting his client, although the attorney was never involved in the crime. U.S. Magistrate Irma E. Gonzalez ordered James J. Warner's law office to help pay $7,372, part of prosecutors' costs from a civil trial earlier this year in which the government took the title to a $695,000 ocean-view house belonging to one of Warner's clients.
November 20, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
For the first time, defense lawyers have been allowed to see a section of the Guantanamo prison that is so restricted, even its location on the U.S. base is secret. Two military lawyers for Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged plotter of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, were granted 90 minutes to view Camp 7, a section for "high value" detainees that has been shrouded in mystery since it opened two years ago. The attorneys are trying to determine if their client is competent to stand trial and to gauge the effects of the prison-within-a-prison on a man who, according to documents, believes that his bed shakes and that noxious odors are pumped into his cell.
May 16, 2001
Lawyers for two men on trial for killing two witnesses blasted a prosecutor Tuesday for concealing evidence, telling jurors they had been cheated out of the truth and urging not guilty verdicts. "We learned the prosecutor, Michael Duarte, had concealed evidence," Deputy Alternate Public Defender Linda Wieder said. "He cheated you . . . but most importantly, he cheated justice."
April 19, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
There's no question about it; San Diego County Superior Court Judge Jack Levitt is punctual. If court is to go into session at 9 a.m., Levitt will be at the door at 8:59, watching the second hand sweep toward the appointed hour. And there's no question that Levitt is fastidious. In 15 years on the bench, he has refused even to consider hundreds and hundreds of legal filings because they were typed on the wrong kind of paper or contained misspellings or grammatical errors.
January 21, 1989 | SCOT J. PALTROW, Times Staff Writer
The likely nominee to succeed Rudolph W. Giuliani as the top federal prosecutor in New York is a respected defense lawyer who colleagues say probably will be less likely than his predecessor to use the racketeering laws against Wall Street securities law violators. Otto G. Obermaier, 52, a top New York defense lawyer specializing in white-collar crime who formerly served as both an assistant federal prosecutor and a Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, was picked by Sen.
March 27, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Seems like there are more stings in the headlines lately than there are on a kid who steps on a moon jellyfish. San Francisco's Leland Yee, the Democratic state senator whose fellow Democrats want to put an “ex” in front of that title ASAP, is looking at federal gun trafficking and wire fraud charges stemming from an FBI sting operation. Last year, another Democratic state senator, Ronald S. Calderon, from Montebello, was indicted in a couple of alleged pay-to-play legislative deals.
March 24, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Even by the baroque standard being set by the Egyptian judiciary under the nearly 9-month-old military-backed government, the scene that unfolded Monday in a courthouse south of the capital was extraordinary: 529 defendants simultaneously sentenced to death. The verdict, which drew widespread condemnation and expressions of incredulity from human rights groups and legal organizations, was handed down at just the second session of a mass trial of nearly 550 men. The defendants, described as supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, were accused of acts of violence including attacking a police station and killing a police officer.
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- The accuser in the sexual assault court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified Friday that she continued to have sex with the general for two years after she says he threatened in Iraq to kill her and her family if she revealed what became a three-year affair. The accuser, a military intelligence captain, told a court-martial panel that she continued to have sex with Sinclair because she believed she had no other option, and also feared the general might fire her. "I felt the best way to move forward was to continue sleeping with him," the captain said during a sometimes tearful hour on the witness stand.
February 28, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge Friday refused to halt or dismiss the case against Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, saying that suggestions the government had charged the wrong man were “utterly meritless” and ruling that the first Sept. 11-related trial to be held in New York will open with jury selection on Monday. Defense lawyers for Sulaiman abu Ghaith had filed a last-minute request for a delay in the trial or dismissal of the case altogether, claiming they had uncovered evidence that another man, a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, is the actual person who was the top Al Qaeda propagandist and warned of more airplane attacks.
February 26, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba, 66, a human rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who became mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital, city officials said. The cause wasn't immediately clear. As an attorney, Lumumba represented Tupac Shakur in cases including one in which the rapper was cleared of aggravated assault in the shootings of two off-duty police officers who were visiting Atlanta from another city when they were wounded. Shakur died in 1996. Lumumba also represented Lance Parker, one of the defendants in the attack on truck driver Reginald O. Denny at the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
February 25, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday lost a bid to prevent the live broadcast of his murder trial next week in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Under a High Court ruling Tuesday, the bulk of the athlete's trial can be televised and audio from all the proceedings can be broadcast. However, Judge Dunstan Mlambo ruled that there would be no television coverage of Pistorius' testimony nor that of his defense witnesses. Evidence provided by expert witnesses will be televised, but the court could refuse to allow other testimony to be filmed, if requested.
February 19, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The federal judge overseeing the case against accused Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman abu Ghaith on Wednesday granted a one-week delay in the trial's start date, giving defense attorneys additional time to review potential testimony that is expected to be offered by Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, agreed to postpone jury selection from next Monday to March 3. Defense lawyers had sought a 45-day delay. Last week, Mohammed, who is awaiting his own military trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, agreed to review and answer an extensive list of questions about Ghaith, who was Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.
February 18, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Defense lawyers in the upcoming New York terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law asked for a 45-day delay Tuesday, saying their case hinges on testimony that self-confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is expected to give from his Guantanamo Bay prison cell. New York attorney Stanley Cohen said in court filings that Mohammed would receive written questions on Friday and would need at least four days to review the materials and respond, making it impossible for the federal conspiracy trial against his client, Sulaiman abu Ghaith, to begin Monday as scheduled.
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