Crimes and Their Punishments – Through the Ages

Punishments for Crimes through the ages – from the bizarre to outrageous, from the sublime to the ridiculous. We don’t know how lucky we are!

Many of us are apt to complain about sentences handed out by our Courts for crimes these days – too harsh, too lenient. But a quick look at some punishments for crimes through the ages, including in some countries today, we should really consider how much we really have to complain about.

Not only have punishments been truly shocking (and in some instances still are), but even some of the crimes are truly unbelievable.

Many Sydney criminal lawyers would have had their work cut out for them if some of these historical crimes were still on the statute books! Lucky for us that our complaints about the justice systems these days are limited to whether an offender should be given a jail sentence or community service, or whether a 2 year sentence is sufficient or whether 5 would have been better, and so on.

Thank goodness we don’t have to contend with crimes for which the penalty is being tortured to death by some truly unimaginable means. Criminal lawyers in Australia, as in Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and others, these days don’t have to plead for the type of mercy that offenders of times gone by had to. And of course, some of these barbaric practices do still exist today in other parts of the globe, as you can see below.

Some Crimes and Some Punishments You Won’t Believe

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Paroled former criminal lawyer Tim Meehan's bid to be reinstated on legal roll denied – ABC News

Disgraced former Brisbane criminal lawyer Tim Meehan will be struck off the roll of solicitors in a final blow to his once-high flying legal career, with his actions described by a judge as a case of “profound and protracted dishonesty engaged by a solicitor”.

Key points:

  • Now out on parole, Tim Meehan’s lawyers asked the QCAT to let him remain on the legal roll so he could return to practising law
  • Justice Martin Daubney said there was no independent evidence of good character or rehabilitation by Meehan
  • Meehan also ordered to pay the Legal Services Commissioner’s legal costs

Meehan, whose clients included Daniel Morcombe’s killer, Brett Peter Cowan, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail in 2017 after pleading guilty to aggravated fraud of more than $30,000 and fraudulently falsifying records.

The Legal Services Commission took action against Meehan in a bid to have his name removed from the roll.

But the 43-year-old, who was released on parole in December, asked the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to let him remain on the legal roll so he could return to practise law.

The tribunal today recommended Meehan’s name be struck off for professional misconduct.

Such an order is only made when there is a probability a lawyer is permanently unfit to practise.

In a 24-page decision, QCAT president Justice Martin Daubney described Meehan’s actions as a case of “profound and protracted dishonesty engaged by a solicitor”.

While he said Meehan had no previous disciplinary or criminal history — and cooperated with authorities — there was no independent evidence of good character or rehabilitation.

“They bespeak a character tainted by dishonesty,” Justice Daubney wrote.

“It is certainly the case that there has been no persuasive evidence placed before this tribunal to demonstrate that the position of [Mr Meehan], so far as his fitness to practise is concerned, is now any different from the protracted period during which the professional misconduct occurred.”

According to the decision, Meehan told the tribunal that, with the support of his partner, he hoped “to reintegrate into society” following his stint in prison.

“I do not expect this to be easy — I know I must work to restore people’s trust in me,” he said.

Meehan’s fraud charges stemmed from an investigation by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

He voluntarily surrendered his practising certificate in 2016.

His 2017 sentencing hearing in the Supreme Court in Brisbane was told 19 clients were asked to pay fees in cash, which were not deposited into the firm’s trust fund as required by law.

The prosecution estimated more than $600,000 could have been involved in the overall scheme, with Meehan possibly pocketing up to $500,000.

Meehan has been ordered to pay the Legal Services Commissioner’s legal costs.

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6 Things We Need From the Final Season of Criminal Minds – TV Guide

Criminal Minds is coming to an end after 15 seasons and over 300 episodes. That’s a lot of murder, crime solving and drama for a series to have tackled. Right now, the creative team are writing the series’ final 10 episodes, which will air during the next TV season on CBS.

What ground could the BAU possibly have left to cover? Well, it turns out we have a handful of things we’d really like to see the show tackle in its last episodes. Of course we want to see the team happy and know that they’ll lead fruitful lives, whether they’re solving murder cases or not, but there are some specific loose ends that need tying up and bucket list items we want to happen before Criminal Minds says goodbye (except for the constant reruns).

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1. Confirmation of J.J.’s confession: Season 14 ended with an emotional bombshell that J.J. (A.J. Cook) may or may not be in love with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). The problem is, we don’t know if she actually meant it or if she was just making something up to appease the trigger-happy unsub waving a gun at her face. It is the biggest unanswered question we have going into the finale and could potentially disrupt the chemistry of the entire team. Considering the magnitude of the confession, we’re going to need the show’s hiatus to determine which way we want it to go, because we’re still a bit mixed up about it, to be honest.

2. Prentiss gets her romantic happily ever after: Of all the people who can’t catch a break on this team, Prentiss (Paget Brewster) is at the top. Season 14 gave her Andrew Mendoza (Stephen Bishop), an FBI agent who teamed up with the BAU for a couple of cases. We’ve only got little bits of their fledgling relationship, but Prentiss finally has someone in her life who understands her job and seems to make her happy. Let’s make it official so we know she has someone to kick it with once she stops hunting down murderers.

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3. Returning guest stars: Erica Messer already confirmed that Season 15 will feature a lot of Will LaMontagne (Josh Stewart) and see a return from Reid’s mom (Jane Lynch), but with only 10 episodes, we want to see as many familiar faces as possible. Ben Savage as young Gideon perhaps? Or maybe the return of great unsubs like Floyd Feylinn Ferrell (Jamie Kennedy) or The Reaper (C. Thomas Howell)? (OK, he’s dead, but flashbacks are a thing.)

4. Garcia out in the field: Garcia’s (Kirsten Vangsness) limited experience out in the field hasn’t been that great — she either gets shot or kidnapped — but there’s time to change that! She’s the wizard behind the computer screens, but it’d be great to see her take down an unsub for herself without the risk of PTSD afterwards.

5. Simmons and his wife get birth control: We never want to trample on someone else’s happiness, but the couple are now expecting their fifth kid. That’s five children. That’s so many kids on a government employee’s salary. What if there is another government shutdown? We say this out of worry!

6. We’ll let the GIF say it:

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Criminal Minds returns next TV season on CBS.

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How the Show "Criminal Minds" Changed Cop Drama Forever – TVOvermind

“Criminal Minds” is wrapping up its fifteenth and final season and fans of the crime drama are sorry to see it end. It’s one of the longest running cop shows and it changed the face of cop drama. The CBS series premiered in 2005 and consistently receives high ratings. It’s ensemble cast has changed over the seasons, and the series has been controversial for its portrayal of violent crimes. Here’s how the show “Criminal Minds” changed cop drama.

Cop Dramas of the Past

One of the biggest themes of “Criminal Minds” is that the show focuses on victims and criminals and not the crimes. Up until “Criminal Minds” premiered, cop dramas’ focus was on the procedure of finding the perpetrator. A victim was found dead, and the police or forensic experts solved the crime. Cop shows became popular in the 1970’s with hit series including “Adam 12”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Streets of San Francisco”, “Kojak” and “Police Woman”. All focused on the police solving a crime. The 1980’s cop dramas became more campy and sometimes included private detectives solving crimes. Popular 1980’s crime dramas included “Magnum PI”, “Hill Street Blues”, “Miami Vice” and “Moon Lighting”. The 1990’s featured popular crime dramas with a supernatural edge like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Charmed” and “The X Files”. “Law and Order” and its many spin offs also became popular.

What’s Different about “Criminal Minds”

With the premier of “Criminal Minds” in 2005, a new kind of cop drama series was introduced and was instantly popular. “Criminal Minds” focuses on the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) headquartered in Quantico, Virginia. The series features a large ensemble cast that has changed over the course of the show’s history. The group of profilers are called in by local authorities throughout the country to analyze some of the most twisted criminals. The profiles travel to the crime scenes and try to figure out the criminals’ next moves before they can attack again. Each member of the BAU has a specific expertise in figuring out the minds of the criminals. Unlike traditional crime dramas, “Criminal Minds” focuses on the criminals and their victims anticipating the bad guy’s next move. It’s not so much about procedure and evidence. It’s more focused on psychological analysis. Because of this, many of the characters are personally and emotionally affected by the crimes they investigate. Viewers can also be disturbed by what they are watching. Several episodes of “Criminal Minds” are based on real life events.

Controversy

“Criminal Minds” may be the most controversial crime drama. The crimes investigated by the BAU are sometimes based on real life news which can be frightening. The crimes are often violent including criminals who are truly psychopaths and often serial killers. Many of “Criminal Minds” episodes feature the abduction and often murder of families, women and children. Even some of the cast members were disturbed by “Criminal Minds’” content. Mandy Patinkin played the BAU’s unit chief and senior supervisory special agent, Jason Gideon, when “Criminal Minds” premiered. He left the show abruptly after two seasons. He has said that working on the show that involved themes of killing and raping women every episode was emotionally destructive. He now happily stars in Showtime’s “Homeland”. Other stars of “Criminal Minds” have left the series because of creative difference with the shows writers.

Viewers of “Criminal Minds” admit to being disturbed by the series’ violent and psychologically disturbing content. “Criminal Minds” seems to try to push its limit with each episode. Critics have expressed concern that the show could inspire criminals or desensitize people to violence. Fans of the show argue that “Criminal Minds” doesn’t glamorize the crimes it portrays. Instead, the show delves into the psychology of profiling criminals and preventing more killing. “Criminal Minds” shows the passion of the members of the BAU as they investigate the minds of the criminals and try to prevent more killings.

Crime Dramas Inspired by “Criminal Minds”

Many of today’s crime dramas wouldn’t be without “Criminal Minds”, and some crime dramas have evolved because of “Criminal Minds”. Shows like “Mindhunter”, “Numb3rs” and “Hannibal” focus on the psychology of the criminal. “CSI” and “Law and Order” have also changed to focus on the criminal at times and not just the procedure. Although “Criminal Minds” is coming to an end, the series lives on in syndication and on Netflix. Fans of the show enjoy binge watching the crime drama. With its realism, pacing, and characters, “Criminal Minds” changed the face of crime drama.

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Jussie Smollett hires Michael Cohen’s criminal defense lawyer – Page Six

Jussie Smollett has hired Michael Cohen’s criminal defense lawyer, the attorney confirmed this week, amid the deepening mystery of the “Empire” actor’s claim that he was the victim of a hate attack.

“Yes, at the moment, I am,” Michael Monico, a former federal prosecutor in Illinois’ Northern District, told WGN’s “The Roe Conn Show” on Thursday.

Monico did not say how long he’s been representing Smollett, or in what capacity.

Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, hired Monico to his defense team last month to represent him as he faces federal charges that he violated campaign finance laws and lied to Congress.

The openly gay actor claims he was ambushed in on Jan. 29 as he was walking home through Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. He says his masked assailants tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him and yelled homophobic slurs and “MAGA country!”

Police arrested two “Empire” extras, brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, in connection with the alleged assault Friday, but released them later in the day. Cops also raided their Chicago-area apartment and confiscated bleach and a black face mask.

Police confirmed Saturday the brothers were present at the scene of the attack and provided new evidence that “is now central to the investigation,” without providing details.

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Criminal Minds' star fires back after ex-manager accuses her of 'piggybacking' on #MeToo – USA TODAY

“Criminal Minds” star A.J. Cook is taking her former manager to task, suing him for failing to tell her and other female clients about sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Cook says in her lawsuit that David Guillod committed fraud when he didn’t tell his clients about the accusations made against him by other women.

Guillod’s attorney, Thomas Ferlauto, dismissed her complaint, calling it a “frivolous lawsuit” in a statement sent to USA TODAY. Ferlauto added the suit cynically attempts to “piggyback” on the #MeToo movement in order to avoid paying commissions she owes.

But Cook’s attorney is returning fire.

“No one wants to have their good name or career tethered to someone that is accused of multiple sexual assaults,” Michael J. Saltz told USA TODAY Friday. “That is why everyone had separated themselves from Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and the like prior to any charges being filed.

“The difference here is that Mr. Guillod and Primary Wave (the talent agency where he previously served as CEO) had a legal duty to disclose potentially harmful information about themselves to their clients so that their clients could avoid the negative consequences of such an association,” Saltz continued. “They unlawfully took away Ms. Cook’s right to control and protect her brand by concealing the truth about their fidelity.”

One of the accusers mentioned in the suit is actress Jessica Barth (of “Ted”), whom Guillod represented at his previous company. She accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2012 but stopped pursuing charges after she says he threatened to sue her. Along the way, Barth says she learned other women had similar stories of being sexually assaulted by him while incapacitated, including one of his former assistants.

Guillod resigned as CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment in November 2017 following Barth’s allegation.  

In his statement, Saltz said, “Mr. Guillod’s public statements that the previous claims of sexual assault and rape were unfounded is essentially the same as calling his victims liars. In saying so, he has likely defamed them and reset the statute of limitations should any of them wish to file suit.” 

Saltz argued that by making those statements, he’s violated any non-disclosure or non-disparagement language in any settlements with those victims.

“Therefore, his victims should now be able to openly testify in this matter about their ordeal and the foundation of Mr. Guillod’s illegal and inexcusable conduct,” he wrote.

Cook’s lawsuit also accuses Guillod of going against her wishes and hiring lawyer Neil Meyer, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, to negotiate her contract renewal, and paying him at double the rate she was charged under her previous deal.

All in all, Saltz argued, “Mr. Guillod’s failure to disclose to his clients as a fiduciary the serious and career-ending accusations levied against him by multiple victims means that he procured and kept his clients through fraud. The law does not allow anyone, including Primary Wave and Mr. Guillod, to profit from defrauding others and will otherwise force them to give back their clients’ earnings.”

USA TODAY has also requested comment from Primary Wave Entertainment.

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Ex-Goldman banker plans return to U.S. to face criminal charges:… – Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Roger Ng, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker caught up in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fraud scandal, will be allowed to return to the United States to face criminal charges against him there, a Malaysian court ruled on Friday.

A man walks past a 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Ng has been detained in Kuala Lumpur since Nov. 1, shortly after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced charges against him for allegedly laundering funds siphoned off from the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund. He left Goldman Sachs in 2014.

Ng had agreed to waive extradition and would be sent to the United States pending an order from the Malaysian home affairs ministry, judge Edwin Paramjothy Michael Muniandy said in a Kuala Lumpur court on Friday.

His lawyer, Tan Hock Chuan, asked for the order to be issued within 30 days. It must be issued within three months under Malaysian law.

Ng had reached an agreement with the DoJ on bail and other terms, Tan said.

“The respondent intends to defend the case on its merits in the court of the Eastern District of New York, the United States,” Tan told the court.

Marc Agnifilo, Ng’s New York-based lawyer, told Reuters ahead of the hearing that his client intended to plead not guilty when he appeared in a U.S. federal court.

Ng is facing separate criminal charges in Malaysia but it is unclear how they will affect his transfer. The attorney-general’s office did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Tim Leissner, another Goldman Sachs official, and Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho have also been charged in the United States over the alleged theft of billions of dollars from 1MDB. Leissner has pleaded guilty.

A Goldman Sachs spokesman, asked about Ng, said: “As we have said all along, we are outraged that any employee of the firm would undertake the actions detailed in the government’s charges.”

Goldman Sachs is being investigated by Malaysian authorities and the DoJ for its role as underwriter and arranger of three bond sales that raised $6.5 billion for 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Reporting by Rozanna Latiff in KUALA LUMPUR; Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru, Suzanne Barlyn and Elizabeth Dilts; Editing by Bill Rigby and Paul Tait

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Actress A.J. Cook sues former manager over sexual assault allegations other women have brought – AOL

A.J. Cook, who has played Jennifer Jareau on nearly 300 episodes of the CBS drama Criminal Minds, filed a lawsuit Monday against her former manager, David Guillod, for allegedly concealing the fact that multiple women had accused him of sexual assault. Cook is seeking $1.6 million, according to an extensive report from the Wrap.

Cook says in the lawsuit that Guillod’s past as a “sexual predator” could have affected her reputation as an advocate for women, and she wants him to return the money she paid him for his services. She names him and his former company, Primary Wave Entertainment, as defendants.

Guillod has always denied the sexual misconduct allegations against him, as published by the Wrap in November 2017, and has described them as “false and malicious.” He subsequently left his company, as did actresses including Kristin Chenoweth, Gina Rodriguez and Paula Patton.

At that time, actress Jessica Barth, who has appeared in Ted and Family Guy, accused Guillod of drugging her at dinner before sexually assaulting her. Several other unnamed women, including a former assistant at Guillod’s company, accused him of sexual misconduct in the following weeks.

Cook’s lawsuit includes several new charges against Guillod. She alleges that he sexually harassed a number of women while working at multiple companies, including “poking his penis through a hole in a script” in front of a client and making sexual comments to a “very famous child actor” when she was underage.

A spokesman for Guillod dismissed the new lawsuit. “This frivolous lawsuit is a reaction to two lawsuits filed against A.J. Cook and her attempt to distract from her own financial liability,” the rep told the Wrap. “Mr. Guillod has represented Cook for over 20 years and together made her a household name. She has now elected in her own greed and self servicing manner to piggyback on a very important movement in an effort to circumvent her paying commissions owed. As Ms. Cook has no claims against Mr. Guillod she has elected to revisit unfounded claims made against him. No criminal or civil charges have ever been brought against Guillod.”

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LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 31: ‘A Real Rain’ — Gideon, Hotchner (Thomas Gibson , second from right) and the Behavioral Analysis Unit (from left: Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore and Matthew Gray Gubler) are brought in to investigate a series of killings that appear to be the work of a vigilante, on CRIMINAL MINDS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured, third from left, Tonya Pinkins as Det. Nora Bennett. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 3: ‘Empty Planet’ – The BAU team, including J.J. (A.J. Cooke, left), Gideon (Mandy Patinkin, second left), Morgan (Shemar Moore, center), Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, second right) work with Special Agent Nick Casey (Tom Choi, right) on the case of a serial bomber targeting technologically advanced locations, on CRIMINAL MINDS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – 2007: ‘No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution Of Frank’– Gideon takes off to hunt Frank (guest star Keith Carradine with Thomas Gibson) an elusive and prolific serial killer, without telling the BAU and the team must profile Gideon as a suspect in order to find them both, on the second season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Amy Madigan, pictured, returns as Jane. (Photo by Randy Tepper/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – 2007: ‘No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution Of Frank’–Gideon takes off to hunt Frank (guest star Keith Carradine with Thomas Gibson) an elusive and prolific serial killer, without telling the BAU and the team must profile Gideon as a suspect in order to find them both, on the second season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Randy Tepper/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Supply and Demand’ – As the BAU searches for a suspected human trafficking ring when the bodies of two missing persons are found in the trunk of a car, Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner intimates there could be changes within the team due to budget cuts as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau returns to the FBI. The team is also assisted by SSA Andi Swan, the head of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC Studios via Getty Images)THOMAS GIBSON, AMY PRICE-FRANCIS

LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 24: ‘To Hell…And Back’ – Agent Rossi (Joe Mantegna, left), Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) and the BAU track a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada, and an agent’s life is in peril, on the two-hour, fourth season finale event of Criminal Minds, Wednesday, May 20 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 17: ’52 Pickup’ — The BAU team, including agents Prentiss (Paget Brewster, left), Rossi (Joe Mantegna, second left), Jordan (Meta Golding, center), Hotch (Thomas Gibson, second right) and Detective Rachel Harding (Cari Shayne, right) track a serial killer who has turned the art of picking up women into a means of preying on his next victims, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 17: ’52 Pickup’ — The BAU team, including agents Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler, back left), Hotch (Thomas Gibson, left), Rossi (Joe Mantegna, center left), Prentiss (Paget Brewster, center right) and Morgan (Shemar Moore, right) track a serial killer who has turned the art of picking up women into a means of preying on his next victims, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 24: ‘Bloodline’ — Agents Jordan (Meta Golding, front left), Prentiss (Paget Brewster, front right) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, back center) arrive at the hospital to question a victim in an abduction case, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 21st (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 18: ‘Paradise’ — Agents Rossi (Joe Mantegna, left) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) prepare to raid a roadside motel that may be the site of a couple’s kidnapping, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, October 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

PASEDENA – NOVEMBER 10: ‘Cold Comfort’ — Mr. Gless (guest star Randolph Mantooth, left) shows Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) a photo of his son, who is a suspect in a murder case, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 11th (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 28: ‘Conflicted’ — Agents Prentiss (Paget Brewster, left) and Hotch (Thomas Gibson, right) travel with the BAU to Fort Lauderdale during spring break to track down a killer with multiple personalities, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Hit’ – In the first part of a two-part season finale, the BAU encounters a gang of bank-robbing serial killers in the nation’s capital. As the team tries to negotiate the situation that is unfolding inside the bank, one of the team is taken hostage, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Monty Brinton / ABC Studios via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 19: ‘100’ — Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, left) relies on members of the BAU team, including Morgan (Shemar Moore, back center), Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness, center) and Rossi (Joe Mantegna, right) in the hunt to find the Reaper before he reaches HotchnerÕs family, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, November 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Mark Davis/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 29: ‘The Internet is Forever’ — The BAU team, including Agents Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, left), Prentiss (Paget Brewster, center), Morgan (Shemar Moore, center right) and Rossi (Joe Mantegna, right) profile a serial killer who finds his victims on social networking sites, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Photo: (Photo by Mickael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

(L-R) Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook attend the 100th episode cake-cutting ceremony of the television show ‘Criminal Minds’ held at Quixote Studios on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

SAN FRANCISCO – FEBRUARY 28: ‘The Fight’ — Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) and his BAU team join forces with a separate group of BAU operatives led by Agent Sam Cooper (special guest star Forest Whitaker, left) while investigating a string of murders in San Francisco, on Criminal Minds, Season Five, Wednesday, April 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 25: ‘Mosley Lane’ -Behind the scenes with series stars (LtoR) Paget Brewset, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson (seated), A.J. Cook, Shemar Moore, and Joe Mantegna (seated) of the CBS drama CRIMINAL MINDS. Gubler directed this episode which will air Wednesday, March 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images) *** local caption ***

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 29: ‘Our Darkest Hour’ — Agents Jareau (A.J. Cook, left) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) work with the rest of the BAU team to find a serial killer who preys on his victims in the dark, the fifth season finale cliffhanger of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 5: ‘Reflection of Desire’ — (from left) Prentiss (Paget Brewster), Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) go on the hunt for a killer when a kidnapped woman is found murdered in an alley in Georgetown and must find him before he can strike again, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 19: ‘100’ — Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) battles the Reaper in an effort to save his family, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, November 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 24: ‘What Happens At Home…’ — FBI cadet Agent Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols, left) assists Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler, second from left), Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, second from right) and Rossi (Joe Mantegna, right) as the BAU searches inside a gated New Mexico community for a killer targeting women, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 24: ‘What Happens At Home…’ –Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and the BAU search inside a gated New Mexico community for a killer targeting women, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘The Thirteenth Step’ – As the BAU goes on the road to track down two young lovers who are on an interstate murder spree, Prentiss receives alarming news from her former boss at Interpol, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Matt Kennedy/ABC via Getty Images)THOMAS GIBSON

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Lauren’ – When Emily Prentiss confronts her nemesis, Ian Doyle, and goes missing, JJ Jareau is asked by the BAU to help find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it is too late, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Matt Kennedy/ABC via Getty Images)THOMAS GIBSON

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 3: ‘Lauren’ — Ð (from left) JJ (guest star A.J. Cook) returns to help Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Hotch (Thomas Gibson, standing), Seaver (Rachel Nichols) and the BAU when Prentiss disappears to confront her nemesis, Ian Doyle, once and for all, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directs the episode. (Photo by Matt Kennedy/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – Thomas Gibson stars as Aaron Hotch on ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ ABC Studios via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 11: ‘All That Remains’ When the daughters of Bruce Morrison, a writer whose wife mysteriously vanished a year ago, go missing on the anniversary of their mother’Âs disappearance, Hotch (Thomas Gibson), Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and the BAU are brought in to study Morrison as a possible suspect, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Gibson directs his first episode of the series. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 31: ‘The Night Watch’ — When the BAU investigates bodies being incorporated into macabre graffiti art in Detroit, they suspect that an elusive-yet-notorious street artist could be the UnSub. Also, balancing her relationship with her fiancé and her work becomes a struggle for Lewis, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, October 28th (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner) directed the episode. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 12: ‘The Silencer’Â Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and newest BAU member Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn) talk as they investigate the murder of a victim with the trademark handiwork of the UnSub ‘ÂThe Silencer,’Â who leaves behind victims with his unique trademark of sewing their mouths shut, on the eighth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 19: ‘The Replicator’ — The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim on the eighth season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 22 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: L-R: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Jayne Atkinson as Erin Strauss. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 19: ‘The Replicator’ — The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim on the eighth season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 22 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: L-R: A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 18: ‘ÂThe Inspiration’ Â -Â The hunt for a ritualistic killer targeting women takes the BAU to Arizona to search for an increasingly devolving UnSub on the ninth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Jeanne Tripplehorn as Alex Blake, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid and A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau. (Cliff Lipson/ABC via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Cliff Lipson/ABC via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 19: ‘Final Shot’ – When a sniper strikes Dallas, the BAU investigates whether the upcoming anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is a motivating factor or if something else is driving the UnSub, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Eva LaRue guest stars as FBI Agent Tanya Mays, who assists the BAU with the investigation. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 30: ‘The Inspired’ — As the BAU zeroes in on the suspect of the ritualistic killings they’ve been investigating in Arizona, a bizarre connection within the UnSub’s family could lead them to finally nab the suspect, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.Pictured: Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 22: ‘Route 66’Â – As Hotch fights for his life due to complications from his stabbing at the hands of George Foyet, a.k.a. ‘The Reaper,’Â he experiences visions of his late wife, Haley, and his nemesis, Foyet. Meanwhile, the BAU searches for a missing teenager and investigate her estranged father as a suspect in her disappearance, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured is Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Richard Foreman/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 11: ‘X’ — Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a seasoned FBI undercover agent, joins the BAU team as their newest member when Hewitt joins the cast of CRIMINAL MINDS on its 10th season premiere, Wednesday, Oct. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate Callahan, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia and A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 31: ‘If the Shoe Fits’ — The BAU is stumped to find the common denominator among male victims in Montana, making it difficult to profile the UnSub. Also, JJ must confront her feelings about her sister’s tragic death, CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 9: ‘Lockdown’ — When two guards at a privatized maximum security prison in Texas are murdered, the BAU suspects that more than one UnSub within the prison could be at work, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Thomas Gibson directed the episode. William Ragsdale (‘Justified,’ ‘Herman’s Head’) guest stars as prison captain Dale Shavers. Pictured: Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Robert Gant as Warden Miles Tate. (Photo by Darren MichaelsCBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 26: ‘Beyond Borders’ — When a family of four is abducted while on vacation in Barbados, the BAU is called to assist Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Sinise) and his International Unit on their investigation. Garrett and his unit, the FBI’s top division for handling cases involving Americans abroad, work jointly with Hotch and his team when they discover that this case matches one the BAU investigated last year in Florida, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise guest stars as International Unit Chief Jack Garrett; Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn guest stars as the International Unit’s law expert Lily Lambert. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Gary Sinise as Jack Garrett. (Photo by Trae Patton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 10: ”Til Death Do Us Part’ — When brides-to-be in Savannah are killed on the eve of their nuptials, the BAU suspects a jilted UnSub is at work, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Joe Mantegna directed the episode. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 16: ‘Tribute’ — When former BAU team member and current Interpol agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Paget Brewster returns to guest star in the episode as Emily Prentiss. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Tribute’ — When former BAU team member and current Interpol agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)
THOMAS GIBSON, JOE MANTEGNA, MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘The Storm’ – The BAU is shocked when SWAT apprehends Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and accuses him of conspiracy. As the team scrambles to prove his innocence, they suspect a larger plot is on the horizon, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday May 4, 9:00-10:00. (Photo by Darren Michaels/ABC Studios via Getty Images)
THOMAS GIBSON

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Tribute’ — When former BAU team member and current Interpol agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)
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“PWE has been in litigation with Ms. Cook for unpaid commissions since October 2018, and therefore cannot comment directly on her just filed countersuit. That said, PWE remains committed to our core values of respect and inclusion, with a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment or abuse of any kind, including the work we do with our clients. In November 2017, within 48 hours of learning the extent of the allegations against our former colleague Mr. Guillod, we parted ways with him, and other than matters of separation, have no business with him. We stand by the ethical business practices that have served us well for 13 years.”

Cook’s attorney offered the following: “She prides herself on, and has run her career in a manner consistent with, supporting female empowerment issues and women’s rights. She is at risk of losing credibility in her brand if people presume that she knowingly made a person accused of multiple rapes and/or sexual assaults the representative of her and her brand.”

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Lawyer seeks to reopen 20-year-old criminal case – The Courier

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By J. STEVEN DILLON

An Akron-area attorney is seeking to reopen a now 20-year-old criminal case of a former Rawson man who is serving a lengthy prison term on charges of rape, kidnapping and attempted murder of a Findlay teenager.

Adam M. VanHo said he has been asked by Nathan R. Graham to review the case for possible errors that led to the convictions and a 55-year prison term that Graham received following his trial in November 2000.

VanHo, of Hudson, filed motions in Hancock County Common Pleas Court on Friday for a copy of the trial transcripts and to review evidence in Graham’s case.

VanHo said he has agreed to review the case without compensation from Graham, and indicated the review is based on recently discovered evidence that “may form the basis for a claim of actual innocence.”

The motions do not disclose the nature of the new evidence.

Allowing a review of the transcripts, VanHo said, would allow him to “eliminate the risk of frivolous or meritless motions.”

Judge Reg Routson has not yet ruled on the request but has scheduled a hearing for March 20.

VanHo, a former assistant prosecutor on the county and state levels, has handled a number of high-profile cases, and was part of a legal team that got a man released from prison in 2014 on a murder conviction after DNA evidence eliminated the man as the suspect. The man had been in prison for 20 years.

Graham was sentenced Nov. 22, 2000, on seven felony convictions and is currently being held in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville.

The charges are related to a Feb. 13, 1999 incident in which he and five others were involved in an abduction, sexual assault, and attempted murder of a girl who was 13 at the time.

The incident began at a party at a Tiffin Avenue apartment, where witnesses testified that the victim was beaten because she was flirting with male partygoers.

The girl was bound, placed in a car trunk, and was first driven to a rural Rawson house where Graham lived and where she was forced to perform sex acts.

Later, trial testimony indicated that Graham and others took the girl to a wooded area south of Findlay and placed her in a drainage tile and partially covered the opening with rocks.

She was left there for hours, but Graham and his girlfriend eventually returned and removed her. She was not seriously injured.

The case made the local news for months as Graham and co-defendants were indicted, prosecuted and eventually convicted. Several accepted plea bargains in exchange for their testimony against Graham, whom prosecutors considered the ringleader.

All except Graham have been released from prison.

The victim did not testify at Graham’s trial, as prosecutors claimed she could not be located. Now in her 30s, she has moved from the area.

The case wound through the courts for several years on various motions and appeals, with Graham often representing himself, as he did at his trial.

He once successfully argued a resentencing claim, but was not returned to court for what was mostly a clerical correction to his original sentence.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website, Graham, who was 21 at the time of the crimes, is now 41.

He will not complete his sentence until he is 78.

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