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April 2012 Archives

Attorney Freeman Quoted in Detroit Free Press Regarding Wayne County Investigation

Today, former federal prosecutor John Freeman was quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding one of his client's who has been named in an on-going investigation involving Wayne County politics and County Executive Robert Ficano.Mr. Freeman commented regarding his client QTI, "Quantum is a legitimate business operating in the state of Michigan since 1998...Quantum was originally founded with the mission of providing cost-effective solutions for technology. Quantum, and its owner, Najwa Fakhouri, are not engaged in criminal activity. Furthermore, Quantum and Ms. Fakhouri intend to fully cooperate with the authorities in the event they are asked to do so."

FBI Cracks Down on Pain Pill Distribution

Recently, federal agents searched six Walgreen stores and a distribution center in Florida as part of the federal crackdown on abuse of pain pills. Pain pills are one of the nations' most serious medical issues, accounting for nearly 15,000 deaths annually-surpassing those deaths resulting from heroin and cocaine combined.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DELETE - You May Be Charged by the Feds

A few hours ago, the Justice Department announced charges against a former BP engineer who allegedly government investigation in connection with the massive Deepwater Horizon disaster.The former engineer's alleged criminal actions - deleting text messages between himself and his boss. The alleged crimes - Obstruction of Justice.This recent development in the government investigation highlights that when it comes to the government's interpretation of ones conduct in the workplace, nothing is private. This includes text messages, e-mails, memos, and other items between employer and employee that at one time may have been viewed as confidential.

Indigent Defendants: Victims of Michigan's Failing Public Defense System

National research has revealed that Michigan public defenders cannot fill the duties imposed by the Sixth Amendment that are owed to defendant's who cannot afford an attorney, due to the lack of resources, skills, and necessary tools. The American Bar Association has identified required principles that the public defense system must meet to conform with the requirements of the Sixth Amendment. Recent reports show that Michigan is failing on many, if not all of these principles.

The Modern Jury

When we think of jury trials the scenes from the 1957 film 12 Angry Men probably comes to mind. Well traditionally those images were probably pretty accurate-a room full of jurors some believing the defendant is guilty within minutes of deliberation and others advocating for his innocence. Well a recent case in Macomb County shows that the modern jurors may not be so open to discussion.

Reasonable Doubt Does Not Equal Innocent

We have all heard on tv and movies the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt," but who really knows what it is? Beyond a reasonable doubt isn't just the standard that defense attorneys rattle off during a jury trial, it's the core of the American criminal justice system.

Attorney Freeman Comments on Bianca Jones Disappearance

In a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, Mr. Freeman commented on the Bianca Jones disappearance. The two-year old Bianca Jones is presumed dead after being missing since December. Her father, D'Andre Lane, has been arraigned on violent crime and first-degree child abuse charges in his daughter's disappearance. This development has brought up questions in the prosecution's case because Bianca's body has not been recovered.