Concerned that their client intended to perjure himself in a Nevada capital murder case, defense lawyers for Siaosi Vanisi sought to withdraw.Then, when the judge refused permission to do so, they put on an abbreviated version of a standard murder defense: They eliminated opening and closing arguments and the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses—and put up no witnesses of their own, says attorney Thomas Qualls.Now representing Vanisi on appeal, Qualls argued before the Nevada Supreme Court this week that his client received ineffective assistance of counsel and should get a new trial in the Washoe District Court case, reports the Associated Press.“The Sixth Amendment affords you more than just having the right to have an attorney sit with you at trial,” contended Qualls, who also argued that his client should have been found incompetent by Judge Connie Steinheimer.In response, prosecutor Terry McCarthy said the evidence against Vanisi—who was found guilty … [Read more...] about Does Mini-Defense in Capital Case After Perjury Threat Merit New Trial?
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: May 23, 2018 at 11:45 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2018 at 1:24 am If a bill in Sacramento pertains to women’s issues, chances are its sponsor is state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino. Leyva has put her name on legislation mandating on-campus access to abortion-inducing medication for students at four-year public universities in California. Another bill eliminated the statute of limitations for rape and related crimes, and the state Senate just passed a bill to ban secret settlements in sexual assault and harassment cases. Leyva, first elected in 2014, is seeking another four-year term representing the 20th state Senate District, which includes Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Ontario, Rialto and about a third of San Bernardino. She is on the June 5 primary ballot with Democrat and former Ontario councilman Paul Vincent Avila and Republican inventory processor Matthew Munson. The top two vote-getters in … [Read more...] about Two challengers face state Sen. Connie Leyva in the 20th Senate District
DISTRICT 41A Connie Bernardy Age: 55 Political party: DFL City of residence: New Brighton What qualifies you to hold this position? I grew up here and care deeply about our community. My career has been creating partnerships to strengthen communities. I have a track-record of bringing people together to solve complex problems. I am committed to using these experiences and skills to make sure our state is a better place for everyone. I know when people work together, everyone wins. What would your top priorities be if elected? I will stand up for our children, families, seniors, and workers and prioritize our Minnesota values. Bringing people together we can address challenges. I will champion: Access to quality, affordable health care, a world-class education from pre-Kindergarten to higher education & job training, and opportunities to be safe, healthy, and successful. What do you think is the primary role of government? In addition to upholding our … [Read more...] about Elections 2018: Connie Bernardy vs. Susan Erickson for House District 41A
Yesterday North Bay Village's new city manager, Marlen Martell, called in Police Chief Carlos Noriega and offered him a choice: Either resign or be fired on the spot. Noriega says he was stunned, not just because he felt he had significantly improved the village's force in his two and a half years on the job. Noriega was also shocked because he had warned the city that he was protected from retaliation under Florida's whistleblower laws after informing state investigators about two potential criminal cases involving North Bay Village leaders. Yet the police chief has a hard time seeing his abrupt termination as anything but payback."I've fallen out of favor with the mayor because I've done the right thing with public corruption allegations," Noriega says. "If an injustice is done, I'm going to pursue it. It's the right thing to do."North Bay Village Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps didn't immediately respond to a message from New Times. Martell, meanwhile, claimed not to know about Noriega's … [Read more...] about North Bay Village Police Chief Says He Was Illegally Fired After Blowing Whistle on Corruption Cases
BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup World By Amruta Agnihotri 07/28/17 AT 2:47 AM The High Court on Wednesday ruled that 11-month-old Charlie would be transferred to a hospice where he would be taken off the life support system. Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London said it was not in Charlie’s best interest to keep him alive in a hospice for a long time.The decision comes after the terminally ill baby's parents announced their decision to withdraw a legal battle against the hospital that had been going around for months. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, requested the court for a private team for their son so they could spend his final days in peace. They also asked for some more time with their son but said they were denied this 'final wish,' the BBC reported.Read: Charlie Gard, 10-Month-Old Child To Be Taken Off Life-Support After Parents Lose Legal Battle In UKIn an emotional … [Read more...] about Charlie Gard’s Mother Says Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘Denied Our Final Wish’