Blog Posts in February, 2015

  • Jury Selection in Marathon Bombing Case: A Mini-Marathon Indeed

    Yesterday, an unexplained cancellation of court proceedings, accompanied by sealed filings from both sides, prompted a rash of speculation and second-guessing, especially by an admittedly cabin-fevered press corps. One local attorney went as far as predicting that the government might be in the process of "taking death off the table" (or something like that) out of concerns over a prolonged venue ...
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  • American Hero/American Tragedy: The American Sniper Trial

    The fact I am experienced, and actually sub-specialize, in insanity/lack of criminal responsibility defenses is not the only reason I am closely monitoring the Chris Kyle murder case ongoing in Stephenville, Texas. It's also because, having read "American Sniper" to while away rare down-time while alone in a LA hotel room during the Clark Rockefeller Murder trial, I personally consider the late ...
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  • Silk Road Leads Straight to Prison

    Having spent a good amount of time learning more about the so-called "dark net," as well as botnets, associated viruses, and malware of innumerable descriptions and applications—-all in connection with a complex wire fraud case I am defending in federal court, I'm not just amazed at folks who are surprised by the overwhelming level of cyber fraud being perpetrated these days, but also at those who ...
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  • FOX 25: Hernandez’s fiancee granted immunity in murder case

    FALL RIVER, Mass. ( http://www.fox25boston.com/ ) — Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins has been granted immunity in his murder trial. FOX25 has obtained a court document showing that Judge Susan Garsh will allow a “judicial order of immunity” for Jenkins. She is the mother of Hernandez’s child and is also the sister of the murder victim’s girlfriend, Sheneah ...
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  • Boston Herald: Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee given immunity

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 By Antonio Planas With immunity granted to Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, prosecutors plan to put her on the witness stand in the ex-Patriot's murder trial in a move observers say holds many unknowns but could be a "game changer." Shayanna Jenkins, who was facing a perjury charge, has been granted immunity by Judge E. Susan Garsh, according to a document issued yesterday ...
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  • Point; Counter point: Week 1 of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial

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  • Boston Herald: McGovern: Judges must punish jurors who lie

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 By Bob McGovern FALL RIVER - With two of the biggest trials in the nation taking place in Massachusetts, it's time to send a message to stealth jurors. If you lie during jury selection, you should go to jail. A woman - known to us simply as juror No. 96 - made it past all the safeguards in place to weed out bias and sat for two days of evidence in the high-profile ...
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  • Boston Herald: McGovern: Aaron Hernandez trial strategies to be heard

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 By Bob McGovern The first glimmers of light will be shed today on the many unknowns in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez. The defense and prosecution will deliver their opening statements. Attorneys for the former New England Patriot will take their first swipes at the mass of circumstantial evidence stacked up against their client. Prosecutors will try to point jurors ...
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  • Will SCOTUS put the brakes on lengthy traffic stops, or will the K9 units be let off the leash?

    So you're cruising along 93-North (thanking God there's no protesters blocking your way) at about 11:00 at night to have some fun in the city when blue lights explode in your rear view mirror. You immediately pull over to one of the many shoulder-less areas of 93 and get your license and registration ready. You want this thing over with so you can get on with your night. State Cop walks up to your ...
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