Blog Posts in January, 2012

  • Brad Bailey on 'Dateline' at 10pm on January 27, 2012

    Brad Bailey will make an appearance on Dateline tomorrow night to discuss his strategy as an attorney for Cark Rockefeller. Clark Rockefeller has been charged with homicide in a twenty-six year old cold case. You can watch previews of the episode or catch up on the case on Dateline’s website If you have been accused of a crime and you need a lawyer to represent you please contact Brad Bailey at 78 ...
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  • Brad Bailey On the 'Today Show' January 27, 2012

    Brad Bailey will make an appearance on the “Today” show to discuss the representation of his client Clark Rockefeller in his recent probable cause hearing in a California homicide case. After it airs, video clips will be available on the ‘Today’ show website If you have been accused of a crime and you need a lawyer to represent you please contact Brad Bailey at 781-589-2828
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  • Boston Globe: Witnesses Offer Strong Testimony Against 'Rockefeller'

    By Maria Cramer Globe Staff / January 24, 2012 ALHAMBRA, Calif. – Just before he left San Marino in 1985, Christopher Chichester came by the home of a couple he knew, laid out a small Oriental rug in their driveway, and told them it was for sale, according to testimony in a criminal hearing yesterday. Bettie Brown eyed it carefully, saw a quarter-sized stain, and promptly refused. " 'Chris, this ...
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  • LA Times: Rockefeller Imposter Showed Bloodstained Rug, Couple Says.

    By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times January 24, 2012 A one-time Rockefeller impostor accused in a three-decade-old cold-case slaying tried to sell a rug with what appeared to be a bloodstain on it, witnesses testified Monday. Christian Gerhartsreiter, 50, faces a murder charge in the death of John Sohus, who went missing in 1985 and whose remains were unearthed a decade later in the backyard of ...
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  • Boston Globe: Witnesses Offer Strong Testimony Against 'Rockefeller'

    By Maria Cramer Globe Staff / January 24, 2012 ALHAMBRA, Calif. – Just before he left San Marino in 1985, Christopher Chichester came by the home of a couple he knew, laid out a small Oriental rug in their driveway, and told them it was for sale, according to testimony in a criminal hearing yesterday. Bettie Brown eyed it carefully, saw a quarter-sized stain, and promptly refused. " 'Chris, this ...
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  • Boston Globe: Hearing Focuses on Calif. Couple, 'Rockefeller' Defense Tries to Shift Strategy

    By Maria Cramer Globe Staff / January 23, 2012 ALHAMBRA, CA – Over dinner with a friend, newlyweds John and Linda Sohus mused about Star Trek, and talked of their hopes of a honeymoon. Neither of them spoke of the creepy tenant living on their mother’s property. The only speck of tension that evening in Pasadena, Patrick Rayermann, recalled, was over John’s adoptive mother, Didi Sohus, an aging, ...
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  • LA Times: Rockefeller Imposter's Defense May Focus on Victim's Wife

    By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times January 21, 2012 Attorneys representing a one-time Rockefeller impostor accused in a three-decade-old San Marino slaying gave the first indications of their defense strategy Wednesday, hinting that they may be poised to blame the victim’s missing wife. Details of the relationship between John Sohus, whose decaying remains were found in the backyard of a San ...
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  • Boston Globe: 'Rockefeller' Lawyers Suggest New Suspect

    Boston Globe: ‘Rockefeller’ Lawyers Suggest New Suspect by Maria Cramer ALHAMBRA, Calif. – At first, Ruth "Didi” Sohus believed that everything was OK. Her 27-year-old son, John Sohus, and his wife, Linda, were not missing, she told police. They had left the family home in San Marino for Paris, on a top-secret mission, she told investigators, citing a secret source. "She was not going to give me ...
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  • DNA Evidence Doesn’t Mean the End: How the Talents of a Skilled Defense Attorney Can Help

    News accounts are replete these days with references to cold cases purportedly being "solved" by DNA test results that may not have been available at the time the alleged crimes were actually committed. One such recent example involves an up-to-now unsolved Massachusetts murder case from 1986. Authorities say DNA evidence from testing completed during the past two years links Christopher Fleming ...
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  • Massachusetts Stands Out When Sentencing Teen Killers

    There has been recent debate, as well as published articles and opinions, about Massachusetts being among the harshest states in America in terms of dealing with teens found guilty of murder. This has prompted proposed legislation in the Massachusetts State Senate which would permit juveniles convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life be eligible for parole after 15 years—in other words, ...
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  • Recent Supreme Judicial Court Decision Allows Judges to Impose Lesser Sentences in Plea Bargains

    The reaction of District Attorneys to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) decision to allow judges to impose sentences below the specific terms agreed to by the parties in an agreed plea deal was typically overblown, but not unexpected. According to one DA, the SJC’s decisions will "dramatically change the criminal justice landscape" by allowing judges to ignore a jointly agreed upon ...
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