Self-Made Lawyer Wins His Case in Criminal Court – NBC Chicago

For 16 years, Eric Blackmon worked to free himself from the nightmare of what he had argued from day one was a wrongful arrest and conviction for murder. 

But while many would have descended into bitterness and the sordid life which infests prison systems nationwide, Blackmon did just the opposite. He taught himself to be a lawyer, recruited everyone he could on the outside to help with his legwork, and then did something which is legally next to impossible: as an amateur attorney working from jail, he convinced the federal appellate court in Chicago to hear his case. 

“It’s extraordinary,” says Karen Daniel, of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. “It’s because he had done all the research, all the investigation, all the writing up until that point to have his case in good shape, so that the Seventh Circuit could see the injustice that his case is filled with.” 

Wednesday morning, it all paid off. Eight months after he was granted a new trial and freed on bond, Cook County prosecutors agreed to drop the case. And Judge William Gamboney uttered the words Blackmon had dreamed of hearing for two decades: “You are free to go!” 

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“I just did everything that I could for myself, just hoped that somebody would eventually listen,” he said after court. “And eventually, they all did.” 

Blackmon was convicted of the 2002 murder of a man named Tony Cox, who was gunned down on the Fourth of July in broad daylight in front of a restaurant near Roosevelt and Pulaski. The case was cold for two months. Then, out of the blue, Blackmon was arrested, after his picture was put in a photo spread and shown to witnesses. 

“We still don’t know how his name got floated,” says defense lawyer Ron Safer. “He was at a barbecue with two dozen other people at the time this murder was committed—he had no connection to the victim, he had no connection to the people the police knew were involved in the murder.”

Working from jail, Blackmon took a correspondence course to get his paralegal license. And, his supporters say, relentlessly toiled at his case. 

“Eric ran this marathon that was his legal case,” Daniel said. “He got himself up to the finish line, and then his lawyers came in and we ran over the finish line with him!” 

Safer, who joined the case after it reached the appellate court, credited State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for taking a new view of cases like Blackmon’s. 

“They are eating away at the corrosion of the system, and the corruption of the system, and they are correcting their mistakes,” he said. “It is one thing to make a mistake, it is another to acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on.”

Blackmon says he wants to complete his legal training and work as an attorney. For now, he is employed as a paralegal working with the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, where he said he wants to help disadvantaged youth navigate the legal system he knows all too well.

“I truly know what they are going through,” he said. “I can relate!”

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Former top FBI lawyer James Baker subject of criminal media leak probe, transcript reveals – Fox News

The former top lawyer at the FBI has been under federal investigation for leaking to the media, a letter from House Republicans revealed Tuesday.

The letter from GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows cited the transcript of a congressional interview with former General Counsel James Baker and his lawyer last fall, where the probe conducted by seasoned U.S. Attorney John Durham was confirmed.

“You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department,” lawyer Daniel Levin told lawmakers, as he pushed back on questions about his client’s conversations with reporters.

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Jordan and Meadows’ letter was sent to Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, and requested additional information about the probe later this month.

"As we continue our oversight and investigative work, we felt it prudent to write to you seeking an update. Without being apprised of the contours of your leak investigation and Baker’s role, we run the risk of inadvertently interfering with your prosecutorial plans," they wrote.

James A. Baker, former general counsel for the FBI, was revealed to be the subject of a leak probe.

James A. Baker, former general counsel for the FBI, was revealed to be the subject of a leak probe.
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A source familiar with the U.S. Attorney investigation told Fox News they believe the investigation of Baker remains opens, adding they understand it began during the Obama administration and not in the course of the Russia investigation.

The transcript of the closed-door interview and the letter do not include details explaining why the investigation is being led out of the Connecticut office. The status of the investigation is not publicly known.

But the disclosure marks the latest confirmation of a leak investigation involving FBI figures who have since left the bureau.

Last year, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe saw his leak case referred to the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. McCabe was fired for lying to federal investigators about his role in a media leak regarding the Clinton Foundation on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

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The letter from the GOP lawmakers cited other concerns that arose as part of their own investigation when Republicans controlled the House:

"The Committees learned that in some instances, high-ranking DOJ and FBI officials, including the FBI General Counsel James Baker and DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, took the self-described ‘unusual’ step of inserting themselves into the evidentiary chain of custody."

Documents reviewed by Fox News indicate that Ohr became the back-channel between Christopher Steele, author of the controversial and unverified anti-Trump “dossier,” and the FBI after he was fired by the bureau for lying about his contact with the media. According to a January 2018 memo by House Intelligence Committee Republicans on government surveillance practices, "Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations — an authorized disclosure of his relationship with the FBI in an October 30, Mother Jones article.”

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According to the DOJ website, Durham is a seasoned prosecutor who has been tapped by Republicans and Democrats to handle high-profile, national controversies.

Durham has held various positions in the District of Connecticut for 35 years, prosecuting organized and violent crime, as well as public corruption. From 2008 to 2012, he also served as the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he investigated the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes of senior Al Qaeda operatives and, prior to that, he reviewed alleged criminal wrongdoing by FBI personnel in Boston connected to the Whitey Bulger case.

The FBI did not comment. Fox News also reached out to Baker, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut, for comment on the new letter.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Harvey Weinstein to Lose Top Criminal Lawyer Benjamin Brafman – Hollywood Reporter

Benjamin Brafman has been representing Weinstein since the sexual harassment and assault claims first came to light in 2017.

As Harvey Weinstein heads to trial on charges of sexually assaulting two women, the movie mogul may need to hunt for a new lead criminal attorney. Both ABC News and Daily Beast are reporting that Benjamin Brafman intends to withdraw from Weinstein's defense team.

Since Weinstein was charged by New York City prosecutors, Brafman has led an aggressive attack on what he characterized as a "deeply flawed indictment," which he alleged arose from political pressure. Brafman, who infamously said Weinstein "did not invent the casting couch," has pushed the idea that aggressive cops and prosecutors failed to turn over exculpatory evidence showing consensual relationships with his accusers. In October, he was successful in getting one count of sexual assault dismissed. Nevertheless, Weinstein failed in a bid to dismiss other charges related to two other female accusers in December.

A spokesperson for Weinstein wouldn't deny reports of Brafman's withdrawal, only saying that there is nothing to speak about just yet.

The next court hearing is March 7. The next few months will shape what evidence and witnesses will be heard at a trial that could happen as soon as May.

 

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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Slams Accusers, State Attorney: ‘None of This Is Criminal’ – Variety

In the wake of last week’s airing of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, the singer’s lawyer appeared on ABC’s Nightline Thursday to refute multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made by accusers in the series, and to criticize Illinois State Attorney Kim Foxx’s call earlier this week for others to come forward.

“We deal with proof, okay, and where’s the proof?” attorney Steven Greenberg said on “Nightline.”

“None of this is criminal: The state’s attorney is on TV, asking for people to come out of the woodwork and do what? Complain that [Kelly] … mistreated them a little bit here or there? Or that he talked to them improperly?

“He didn’t do anything wrong,” Greenberg continued. “There are no underage victims, there are no sexual-assault victims, there are no victims of domestic violence that they’re going to find. It just didn’t ever happen.”

Later Friday, he elaborated a bit more to the Associated Press, saying that in the past women have “come on to” Kelly in the hopes that he could help them with their careers and then became “disgruntled” when their efforts were not successful and retaliated with false allegations.

He also disparaged the producers of “Surviving R. Kelly,” saying that the documentary was timed to be released after sexual-misconduct allegations that have derailed the careers of successful men, presumably referring to Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves and others.

“Now, some producer went running around and solicited all these people, did a Jerry Springer-esqe show and there is all this uproar,” he said. “It’s disgusting.”

Kelly’s daughter called her father a “monster” in an Instagram story on Thursday, and past musical collaborators Lady Gaga and Phoenix apologized for working with the singer, both in 2013. Gaga had her collaboration with Kelly, “Do What U Want,” removed from streaming services and iTunes on Thursday.
According to Lifetime,
 “Surviving R. Kelly” was watched by an average of 2.1 million total viewers, factoring Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings.

The series, which included interviews with #MeToo founder and civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musician John Legend and others, documents the decades of sexual abuse allegations against the R&B artist. It aired across three nights, starting on Thursday, Jan. 3, concluding on Saturday, Jan. 5.

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Survivor of alleged police rape gets criminal lawyer for trial – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Supporters for the woman accusing two former detectives of raping her stand outside Brooklyn Supreme Court. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

A Brooklyn woman, who is expected to testify against the two former NYPD detectives who allegedly kidnapped and raped her in the back of a police van, was assigned a defense attorney ahead of the trial, the Eagle has learned.

As per the advice of Brooklyn prosecutors, Justice Danny Chun assigned criminal defense attorney Michael V. Cibella to represent the 19-year-old — who has introduced herself on social media as “Anna Chambers” — when she takes the witness stand later this month.

The woman is expected to testify against ex-cops Richard Hall and Eddie Martins for falsely arresting her on Sept. 15, 2017 for drug possession and taking turns raping her in the back of a police-issued vehicle as they drove through Bay Ridge and Coney Island.

Since Hall and Martins were indicted in Brooklyn Supreme Court in November 2017 on a litany of charges that could place them behind bars for up to 25 years, Chambers filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the city and the alleged misfits. In an unprecedented decision, the civil case is proceeding as the criminal case is pending.

After Chambers gives testimony for the civil litigation, the attorneys for Hall and Martins consistently file motions with Justice Chun requesting to dismiss the indictment based on inconsistent statements they are comparing from the criminal investigation.

“It’s not a coincidence that the DA’s request comes shortly after we filed a detailed motion to dismiss, in which detailed an alarming pattern of patently false and contradictory statements to friends, police, prosecutors and the media, as well as perjured testimony in the grand jury and on four separate occasions when she testified in connection with her lawsuit,” said Mark Bederow, one of Martin’s attorneys.  

A spokesman from the District Attorney’s Office confirmed their recommendation for Chambers to get a lawyer on Wednesday. “I’m getting familiarized with the case,” Cibella told the Eagle on Friday.

“This request reveals the DA’s concern that she will testify falsely at trial, and that her testimony will increase her existing exposure to perjury,” said Bederow. “Any witness in this predicament should be advised by competent counsel.”

Immunity is not given to complaining witnesses, who commit perjury to the grand jury, which decides whether to file an indictment or not. In essence, if Chambers commits perjury during the trial, she faces the possibility of her own criminal charges.

Request for comment from Chambers’ civil attorney Michael David was not immediately received.

Hall, a married father of two, and Martins resigned from the NYPD. They claim the encounter with Chambers was consensual.

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Chinese national anthem abuse: ‘two years to investigate is too long’ – South China Morning Post

Giving law enforcers two years to investigate abuses of the national anthem under a proposed law is too much time, according to two top criminal lawyers.

Former deputy director of public prosecutions John Reading and veteran criminal lawyer Stephen Hung Wan-shun were responding to the bill the government unveiled on Wednesday which seeks to criminalise any public abuse of March of the Volunteers.

Under the bill, the authorities would have up to two years from the time of the incident to decide whether to lay charges against offenders.

If alleged wrongdoing came to light at a later date but the timing of it was unclear, police could also lay charges within one year of the discovery.

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Prosecutors typically are required to press charges for offences heard by magistrates’ courts within six months, while there is no time limit for more serious crimes, such as the public nuisances charges Occupy leaders are facing or bribery related offences.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said there was a practical need for a lengthier period before the authorities decided on charges.

“In some cases involving a large crowd, police may need more time to investigate,” Nip said on Thursday, referring to spectators booing the national anthem before the start of a soccer match.

“Also, when some [abusive acts] are published via social media or foreign IP addresses, it may take longer to collect evidence.”

Reading, however, said two years was too long when it came to charging those who abused the national anthem.

“For charging and summoning offenders, that could easily be done,” he said. “It’s a bit unusual.”

He also rejected the government’s argument that authorities needed time to deal with social media hosts, saying Hong Kong courts may not have jurisdiction anyway if the alleged abuse was broadcast overseas.

Hung, a veteran criminal lawyer, also doubted the two-year period was really necessary.

“The existing National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance doesn’t have a similar [relaxed prosecution] rule,” Hung said. “We don’t want the offence to be viewed as retribution … offenders caught under the radar and only charged when prosecutors wanted.”

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He said the time limit should be shortened to within a year of when the offence took place.

Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan said her party would move amendments to delete the two-year time frame, highlighting how an investigation into localist lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai was completed well within six months. Cheng was in 2017 fined HK$5,000 (US$641) for desecrating small Chinese and Hong Kong flags in the Legislative Council the previous year by flipping them over.

In response, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said the bill already had the right balance.

There are similar time extensions in at least five ordinances, although they are typically related to white collar crime. For instance, prosecutors can bring a case under the Securities and Futures Ordinance within three years, or one to two years for some relatively minor offences under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

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Companies can also be sued within three years for producing substandard goods under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance.

Offenders of the proposed national anthem law could face a maximum three years in jail and a fine of HK$50,000.

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Harvey Weinstein Looking for New Lawyers as Sex-Crimes Trial Nears – The Daily Beast

Harvey Weinstein is reaching out to new lawyers to shore up his criminal defense team, currently headed up by superstar attorney Ben Brafman, the disgraced mogul told The Daily Beast.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, representatives for Weinstein have contacted a number of high-profile criminal defense lawyers to take over from Brafman as a trial for the accused sexual abuser approaches.

But Weinstein, in a rare statement, said, "The rumor is untrue. We are looking to augment the team, not replace anyone."

The outreach comes as a surprise, because Brafman has been successful in recent months at reducing Weinstein’s legal exposure. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office dropped one of its six sex-crimes charges against Weinstein, and declined to pursue fraud charges connected with payments made to Weinstein’s alleged victims.

"I think [Brafman] has put the prosecutors feet to the fire and called them out when needed,” Julie Rendelman, a former Brooklyn prosecutor and high-powered defense attorney, told The Daily Beast.

But Brafman’s bid to dismiss the other five criminal charges was denied in December, and Weinstein is set to go on trial on May 6 in New York State Court, where he’ll be accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping another. More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of mistreatment. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against him in civil court. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, but said in a 2017 statement that “the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it… I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.”

Asked by The Daily Beast about Weinstein shopping for a new lawyer, Brafman responded via email, “Do not want to discuss this. Period.”

Soon after the Beast reached out to Brafman about the potential legal change, Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer emailed requesting to chat. In an interview, he did not flat out deny that Weinstein was looking to hire new lawyers, but disputed that Brafman was being replaced as the lead attorney.

“There is nothing rock solid about that. If Harvey’s going to do anything, he’d augment it not reduce it,” he told The Daily Beast. ”As it currently stands that’s not the case.”

“I don’t want to say he doesn’t talk to lawyers,” he later added. “He talks to people all the time.”

Asked about replacing Brafman, Engelmayer said, “I have not been in any meetings like that.”

“Ben is still my go-to person,” he said. “Ben is the lead.”

Brafman has, over the years, helped a string of celebrity clients dodge trouble. In 1999, he defended Sean Combs, who was acquitted on bribery and weapons charges. In the 2010s, Brafman represented International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused by New York prosecutors of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in 2011; the charges were later dropped.  

Rendelman said that Brafman has done a good job in the Weinstein case keeping the pressure on the district attorney’s office and making light of investigative missteps. In October, the judge tossed a sexual assault count tied to allegations by actress Lucia Evans that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a meeting at his Manhattan office. It turned out that a friend of Evans had informed the lead investigator that Evans told her she performed the sex act in hopes of landing an acting job. The detective did not pass on that information to prosecutors, who did not object to the charge being dismissed.

It was a major win for Weinstein’s defense, Rendelman said, because the dismissal of one charge, “which inevitably may bring into question all the other charges.”

However, Rendelman, believes that some of Brafman’s public comments are not going to serve him or his client well, particularly one after Weinstein’s arraignment in May when the defense attorney said that “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that’s not what this is about. Bad behavior is not on trial in this case."

“‘Not creating the casting couch’ was not his finest moment,” Rendelman said. “After all, this isn’t a casting couch issue. It’s not a sexual harassment issue. It’s whether he committed a crime. I do think [Brafman] was trying to indicate that Weinstein should not be blamed for all the bad behavior that went on for years in Hollywood. However, it was a bad choice of words.”

But the sentiment isn’t much different from the one expressed by Weinstein in 2017 when he was first publicly accused. “I came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” he wrote.

Weinstein has worked with a number of bold-faced names in the legal community over the years, including his friend and occasional business associate David Boies, who rose to prominence for arguing the landmark Bush v. Gore case. Boies negotiated a number of settlements with Weinstein accusers over the years, and helped to quash negative stories about the producer. But the two split after revelations that Boies’ firm hired an investigative agency, Black Cube, that spied on New York Times reporters looking into Weinstein’s alleged misconduct. Weinstein also worked with Lisa Bloom, who is known for her representation of alleged sex-assault victims — and who boasted of having “files” on one Weinstein’s accusers. “I feel very bad, because so many people have said that they really looked up to me as this champion for women… I’m sorry,” she told the Los Angeles Times after her association with Weinstein was revealed in 2017. In a subsequent television interview, Bloom said: “I’m mortified that I was connected with him in any way.”  

—with additional reporting by Michael Daly

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Charged with war crimes and stuck in the brig, a Navy SEAL vows to fight on – NavyTimes.com

Charged earlier this month with multiple war crimes in connection with the 2017 stabbing death of a detainee in Iraq, Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher vows to fight for his freedom.

The 19-year Navy veteran has hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys who specialize in military law — Colby Vokey of Dallas and Phillip Stackhouse of San Diego — and he’s exploring a civil rights lawsuit against Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents for alleged misconduct linked to his Sept. 11 arrest and detention in San Diego’s Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar.

An Article 32 hearing with a special military judge sent from Florida will begin to sift through the evidence against Gallagher on Nov. 14 in San Diego, according to Stackhouse.

The judge will then recommend which charges should be forwarded or withdrawn by an admiral who could convene a general court-martial. Gallagher has been accused of murder, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and professional misconduct.

“While the burden is very, very low to send the charges to court, Chief Gallagher will, like he has on every combat deployment, fight. Fight to clear his name, fight for justice, and fight to expose the lies that are being made against him,” said Stackhouse in a written statement emailed to Navy Times.

Multiple criminal defense attorneys, senior military commanders in the Navy and several special warfare units told Navy Times that the ongoing war crimes probe isn’t focused solely on Gallagher but includes more than a dozen SEALs who also deployed between 2017 and early 2018 near what then was Islamic State-held Mosul, Iraq.

NCIS agents are not only probing a number of serious allegations involving the death of the detainee, but also images that allegedly depict SEALs posing with the body. They’re also exploring concerns about how Naval Special Warfare Group 1 officers and senior enlisted leaders handled the initial reports about war crimes and the internal investigation that followed in their wake, they say.

But the central question in Gallagher’s case is whether he and other SEALs rendered first aid to the wounded Islamic State fighter or if they executed him.

Because the military judge has sealed most evidence in the case and has placed a gag order on all parties, Stackhouse said he can’t address specific allegations or delve into most details of the NCIS probe.

“But what we’ve learned in our independent investigation into these allegations is that a crime simply didn’t happen,” he said.

Stackhouse traces the beginning of the NCIS investigation to April, while Gallagher was preparing to retire from the Navy and leave California for Florida.

He’s asked military prosecutors for a copy of the June search warrant, obtained through a federal magistrate in San Diego, that allowed NCIS agents to search Gallagher’s residence in military housing in Point Loma, but they haven’t provided it yet.

“They held Chief Gallagher at NCIS, while they knew his wife was at work,” Stackhouse said. “NCIS laid siege to the house in the morning hours ― weapons drawn — and inexplicably traumatized Chief Gallagher’s young sons by pulling them out of the house at gunpoint in their underwear.”

Stackhouse said the NCIS probe culminated on Sept. 11, when agents arrested Gallagher at Camp Pendleton’s Intrepid Spirit Center.

Opened on April 4, the base facility aids service members recovering from traumatic brain injury. Stackhouse said that Gallagher suffers from multiple head injuries incurred during his combat duty overseas.

Originally from Indiana, Gallagher, 39, enlisted in the Navy in 1999. He’s been a SEAL for 14 years, following a stint as a corpsman attached to the Marines, according to his military records.

Gallagher was advanced to chief on Nov. 16, 2015. His awards include three combat valor awards — two Bronze Stars with V device and one Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

He’s received two other commendation medals from both the Navy and Army.

He’s been married for 11 years. Gallagher’s wife, Andrea, told Navy Times that the family “suffered in silence” while whispered allegations against the SEAL mounted during the spring and early summer.

She echoed Stackhouse’s version of both Gallagher’s initial detention in June and his Sept. 11 arrest.

“My husband was receiving holistic care and treatment from a program we waited a year to get into and was ripped out without warning — shackled like a common criminal and held in solitary confinement for 72 hours,” she said. “He has now been in jail for nearly six weeks for pretrial confinement.

“These allegations are malicious and shameless, and I know that my husband did not do what is alleged, and I will stand by him and I know he will be exonerated of these charges. His family, friends, SEALs and former Marines and his scout sniper colleagues all stand beside Eddie. Eddie is a hero, and we are patiently awaiting the restoration of his good name and reputation.”

In an email to Navy Times, Supervisory Special Agent Anna Ryan said that “NCIS does not comment on ongoing investigations.”

There is no bail program in the military justice system. Senior commanders can place service members in pretrial confinement if they believe enough evidence exists to sustain a criminal charge and the suspect could be considered a flight risk or a danger to himself or others.

Stackhouse said that Gallagher’s ongoing incarceration is unnecessary, and it “interferes with his ability to defend himself, his ability to speak to his attorneys, and his ability to review evidence.”

For example, alongside the more than 1,000 pages of evidence compiled in Gallagher’s case are several videotapes seized by agents. Stackhouse said that the brig won’t allow footage to be reviewed in the facility, which has hampered his ability to get Gallagher’s perspective on it.

Two charities have come to Gallagher’s defense. The Virginia-based United American Patriots, which advocates for service members fighting war crimes charges, and the Navy SEALs Fund in Ohio are collecting donations on his behalf.

Asked for comment on Friday, Navy Special Warfare spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence reiterated a previous written statement emailed to Navy Times, saying only that an unidentified SEAL remains “under investigation by NCIS for professional misconduct while deployed to Iraq in 2017. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and will cooperate fully with investigative authorities.”

“All members of Naval Special Warfare are required to comply with the Laws of Armed Conflict and U.S. law and regulations in the conduct of military operations,” she said. “Naval Special Warfare strives to maintain the highest level of readiness, effectiveness, discipline, efficiency, integrity, and public confidence. All suspected violations for which there is credible information are thoroughly investigated.”

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Hire Vista Criminal Lawyer to Assist You? – January 8, 2019 – SF Weekly

Crime is misconduct of a person or group of persons that violates local, state or federal laws. A penalty is imposed when someone breaks the law. The penalty includes the loss of freedom of others. There are three categories of crime:

  1. Violation
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  3. Felonies

Felony is the most serious category of crime that a person commits. The punishment of felony is about a year or more imprisonment. In some states, the punishment of the felony is a death sentence. The felony crimes are rape, robbery, murder and other personal crimes. Some other crimes against property include in this category such as larceny.

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If someone has been arrested in any of the crime, he has the opportunity to defend in the court. For this purpose, a criminal can hire a criminal attorney.

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Power of attorney is the legal permission to the other person to handle the affairs. A money related power of attorney influence of lawyer is an authoritative archive that gives somebody the privilege to sign your name, whether it is for dealing with your property, bank affairs, liabilities speculation accounts, or even handicap advantages, government disability advantages; those can be taken care of by means of a monetary administration influence of lawyers. All the financial matters are handled by the person who gets a power of attorney. A lawyer can handle the affairs of a power of attorney legally.

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By preparing the case in a way that is highly effective for the client’s demand, they play an active role. They know how to prepare the case for the betterment of the client. They arrange the necessary documents that are important to winning the case. An experienced lawyer knows in which way they should present the case in the court for winning it. It does not mean they fight for the sake of fighting only. They know the worth of justice, so they fight for the sake of justice. The key to their success is their experience the brilliance. They are well informed that how to use the rules and regulations in favor of the customer.

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They provide 24/7 customer support. The front desk staff welcomes all the clients to upgrade you about your case. They convey incredible service at an extremely professional level. Their objective is to motivate clients towards a better future. Their unique services are proof of their skills. Their efforts are only to provide you with great quality at competitive prices. They are committed to providing you with great quality and affordable prices, along with exceptional service.

  • Contact their staff and get an appointment and free consultation.
  • You can have a free consultation for all types of law advice and services.
  • They provide you with the proper schedule that will be suitable for you.
  • The lawyer will follow the date and time to complete the work on time.
  • Bring your law issues to them because they know how to fix these issues.

The exceptional lawyers will never let you down and always fulfill your hopes. They always want to perform to raise your exceptions from them. Their mission behind these services is to offer you comfort and convenience. They work on all types of car services and repairs. You can contact them online for urgent meetings.

Payment Procedure

The payment procedure is very simple and easy for the clients. Due to their superfast setup clients are convenient regarding payment procedures. Providing unique members deal and services review attracts new kinds of customers.

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Making the services, innovative and easy availability to the users, they are ideal. The law advice facilities are available all the time, and the user finds it very easy to access due to the systematic management. It is the reason for the success and popularity of the health clinic that they provide online assistance as well as the payment clearance method as well.

They are famous in the area for their unique, clean and clear dealings. You will find them the right solution for your problem.

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