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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Crimes and Their Punishments

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of The Deceptive Promise (1) – Liberian Daily Observer

Characters in this story:

Jason Doe——-Criminal defense counselor who was willing to hear the case

Janet Love—Cllr. Doe’s private secretary

Sam Dennis—-Private Detective

Clarisa Jay—-one of several women recently returned from Lebanon and seeking justice

Helen Joe—-Another woman also seeking justice

Criminal lawyer Jason Doe readjusted himself on the big swivel chair in his officer and grimaced as his private secretary Janet Love entered the office. She shut the door behind her and with a grin said, “A young lady of about twenty three wants to see you.”

The lawyer grimaced and said, “She made any appointment?”

“No,” Janet Love said, “but I think she has a case that she wants you to handle.”

“She told you that?”

Janet Love smiled, and said, “She tried to say something about a promise for a better future that did not turn out to be that.

“She looks extremely hurt because of what she describes as a major disappointment happened outside Liberia; that is, it happened in a foreign land.”

The lawyer began to drum his fingers on his table, and said, “When is the next appointment coming in to see me?”

“In about 15 minutes.”

“Ok,” the lawyer said, “then I’m prepared to hear what the young woman has to say…and what she said is her name?”

“Clarisa Jay.”

“How well dressed is she?”

Janet Love looked away from the lawyer with a smile and said, “Chief, she is like daddy’s girl who did not get the promise she deserved as a little girl.

“Her hair is braided with an attachment; and that is in no way suggestive that she is well to do, since Monrovia girls love to dress. She is about 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 140lbs, indicating to me that she is careful about her weight.

“One thing about her – and this, Chief, is how girls in Monrovia love to do – that is her eyelashes are prominent as they are straight looking at you, and they give her face a beautiful look.”

“Ok,” the lawyer said, “you have interested made to be interested in this girl and I think I can see her now.” Still laughing, Janet Love turned around swiftly and was out of the room.

A few seconds later, the lawyer’s doors swung open, and Janet came along with a young woman who walked towards the lawyer, with her eyelashes staring at him.

The lawyer used his head to direct the young woman to a nearby chair, as he heard his secretary grabbing a pen and paper to jot down in shorthand what was about to transpire.

The young woman seated herself and pulled her blouse over her knees after she placed the left on the right, and lowered her gaze.

“Your name is Clarisa Jay?” the lawyer shot back at her. The woman lifted her head slowly and as it met the gaze of the lawyer, responded, “Yes.”

“What do you want me to do for you?”

“I have been looking for a good lawyer to handle an important case, and a friend of mine mentioned your name and I came to find you.”

“Ok,” said the lawyer. “You know I am a criminal lawyer and therefore I don’t handle any other case…”

The young woman responded, “I know but this case can only be handled by you.”

“Why don’t you tell me what your case is about, because I am expecting a client in 15 minutes.”

The young woman took a deep breath and responded, “You don’t make it easy for me to say what I want to say.”

“But you came to see me because I am a lawyer?”

“Yes.”

“And you are ready to tell me about your case right now?”

“Yes,” she said, and lowered her head, “but I don’t have money to pay you even if you decide to take my case.”

The lawyer regarded her for a second and said, “Ok don’t let me or don’t think I am not interested in your case because you don’t have money to retain me. Lawyers are people with conscience who fight for the dignity of others.”

“Can I tell you my story the way it happened to me?”

The lawyer responded, “That’s what I want you to do.”

The young woman turned her side and grabbed a long lady’s purse, and placed it on the table before the lawyer. His private secretary Janet Love, was busy scribbling in shorthand what was taking place. At one point the young woman turned nervously to look at her.

The lawyer, observing it, said, “Are you Mrs. or Ms. Jay?”

“I’ve never been married and so Ms. Jay is fine.”

The lawyer said, “Ms. Love is my private secretary and so don’t feel any apprehension about her presence here.” The young woman swept her eyes at Ms. Love, whose smile gave her some reassurance.

Ms. Jay said, “Before I begin to tell my case, what is that you do for your clients, Mr. Doe?” Her question elicited a smile from the lawyer, and though he assumed that whoever recommended him to her might have told her about what he could do for his clients, but felt that it could hurt restating his objective as a criminal defense lawyer.

So, Jason Doe said, “My answer is in two words: I fight, but to give some clarity, it means I fight for my clients and I go the extra mile to get them justice.”

The young woman said, “I like that spirit and I want you to know though this is not a criminal case, it is more than that.”

“Ms. Jay, Ms. Jay…you are among more than 10 young women who were recently brought from Lebanon?”

“Yes,” she replied and suddenly tears formed in her eyes, “for five years I was in Lebanon with other girls and we want justice, but it does not seem that we can have it.”

Cllr. Doe was aware of the story that local dailies described as ‘Deceptive Promise,’ when the girls were promised education and jobs in Beirut that turned out to be domestic work; they were poorly paid, physically assaulted by their madams (the women they worked for), and even tortured when they spoke
up against their inhuman treatment.

The lawyer had followed the case, held in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, and knew that the case was thrown out due to legal technicalities against prosecuting lawyers who had not regularized their memberships to the bar; and how the case had inconsistencies and therefore had no basis in the court of law. The lawyer knew also that the accused, a Lebanese national, was released from further detention.

Cllr. Doe was also aware that the case ended and prosecutors had been trying to get the case restarted and the defense had said the case could not be tried twice, invoking the principle of ‘double jeopardy.’

The lawyer turned to Ms. Jay said, “Ms. Jay it is interesting that what is being discussed by prosecutors and lawyers is the principle of ‘Double Jeopardy’ a procedural defense that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges in the same case following a legitimate acquittal or
conviction.

Cllr. Doe said “Though there is an appeal before the Supreme Court for reconsideration…that is to say to look into the case, but the defense, I’m convinced, could enter a peremptory plea of autrefois acquité or autrefois convict, which ‘autrefois’ means ‘in the past’ in French.

“It also means that the defendant has been acquitted or convicted of the same offence and hence that he cannot be retried under the principle of ‘double jeopardy.’”

Ms. Jay said “Does it mean the issue is dead?”

The lawyer replied, “While I cannot be forthright to state the obvious, the principle is that if prosecutors raise the issue, evidence will be placed before the court which will normally rule as a preliminary matter whether the plea is substantiated; if it is, the projected trial will be prevented from proceeding.

“In some countries the guarantee against being ‘twice tried’ is a constitutional right; but in other countries, the protection is afforded by a statute.”

Jason Doe regarded the young woman for a while and his heart went out to her. If the law could not give her justice, who could? It was an interesting question, since the Liberian initially believed in their cases and made submissions to the Lebanese government to resolve what the young women went through.

The other side of the story, Cllr. Doe knew, was the ‘pain and suffering’ that his client went through, and he chose to put it before her.

“Ms. Jay,” he said, “from newspaper reports on your case, you claimed you were abused and even denied the basic needs as a human being?”

“Yes,” she said, slowly. “I was thrown into jail, and it was there I was tortured. At one time I was placed in a room with low temperatures, and the most hurting thing was that they took away my clothes and I thought I was going to die.”

The lawyer folded his hands across his chest, as the young woman ended her explanation. He knew this woman deserved some justice and could not understand why it had not happened or why no one had believed her.

“What attracted you to volunteer to go to Lebanon?” the lawyer said, trying to ease the high tension that had built up. “What was really attractive?”

“I wanted to go to school and be able to get a job, and I was misled to believe that I could get them in Beirut.”

“Did you get any commitment on paper that those were possible?”

Ms. Jay said, “No, there was only a verbal commitment. Another issue was that I was told not to inform anyone about the trip.”

“Why?”

“For fear that someone could block my way,” the young woman said. “Through ‘juju’ because there have been stories that those who revealed what they were planning to do or to travel abroad ended up dead or something else happened to them.”

“And so you kept everything that the man who helped you to travel to Lebanon told you to yourself?”

“Yes,” she said, and began to sob.

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The TV Column Criminal Minds discharges Thomas Gibson – Arkansas Online

It case you didn’t get the memo, Thomas Gibson has been fired from the CBS police procedural Criminal Minds.

The 54-year-old veteran actor (Dharma & Greg, Chicago Hope) had been with the show since it premiered in 2005 and played FBI Special Agent Aaron Hotchner.

This is the same series, fans will recall, that saw star Mandy Patinkin simply decide without notice not to show up for the third season. Veteran Joe Mantegna was quickly recruited to step in.

It has long been rumored that Gibson has had dust-ups with the members of the cast and crew, but the final straw followed an alleged incident last month in which Gibson allegedly kicked a writer during an alleged on-set altercation. Allegedly.

Gibson was initially suspended for two episodes pending an internal review. Then executives for ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, which produce the series, released this statement: “Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds. Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

After that, Gibson, who was directing the episode, issued his own statement: “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred. I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years. I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now.

“I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have.”

Those fans will have to deal with Hotchner’s departure when the series returns Sept. 28. Criminal Minds revolves around a special team of FBI profilers with the Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Va.

Not fired and returning to the ensemble next month will be Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler and newbie Adam Rodriguez.

Original cast member Shemar Moore (he played Agent Derek Morgan) left the series suddenly in March “to try new things.” With the contentious Gibson gone, maybe Moore will try something new back on Criminal Minds, perhaps as head of the BAU.

Gibson, who seemingly played Hotchner with one scowling expression (see photo), has hired the Los Angeles-based Miller Barondess law firm to determine if he has any legal grounds for a lawsuit, according to Us Weekly.

Pink slips. Gibson is the latest actor to be kicked off a show. Here are a few others from other years.

An out-of-control Charlie Sheen was fired from Two & a Half Men. Isaiah Washington was fired from Grey’s Anatomy for using a gay slur against co-star T.R. Knight. Famous diva Shannen Doherty has been fired from three shows — Beverly Hills, 90210; Charmed ; and the 2008 reboot, 90210.

John Amos claimed that he was canned from Good Times over creative differences. Struggling with substance abuse, Mackenzie Phillips was sacked twice from One Day at a Time. TBS dumped CeeLo Green and his reality series The Good Life shortly after he pleaded no contest to a charge of giving a woman the drug Ecstasy.

In addition, Columbus Short was fired from Scandal after allegations of domestic violence. Robert Downey Jr. was fired from Ally McBeal. This was before he cleaned up his act. Suzanne Somers was eased out of Three’s Company after demanding a 500 percent salary increase, and Gary Dourdan was let go from CSI after an arrest for drug possession and a contract dispute.

Nightly Show gone. Speaking of getting canned, Comedy Central canceled The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore last week, ending an 18-month uphill battle that began in January 2015.

Wilmore, the former “senior black correspondent” for The Daily Show, took over the slot previously occupied by The Colbert Report when Stephen Colbert went over to CBS.

Trevor Noah took over The Daily Show when Jon Stewart bailed out in September.

In a report from The Associated Press, Comedy Central president Kent Alterman had words of praise for Wilmore and his team, and said although the show had improved, “unfortunately it hasn’t resonated with the audience in a way that it would need to for us to continue.”

Resonance? Translation: internet buzz, shares, likes and comments. Late night shows live or die by this new normal.

Who resonates these days? HBO’s John Oliver (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver) and TBS’ Samantha Bee (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee), both former correspondents for The Daily Show.

The TV Column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Email:

mstorey@arkansasonline.com

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Dallas Criminal Lawyer On How The OJ Simpson Defense Tactics … – Justice News Flash

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The OJ Simpson trial happened over twenty years ago, but it continues to capture the public’s imagination. FX recently aired a miniseries on the case, and ESPN aired a five-part documentary in June about the rise and fall of OJ Simpson, added Dallas criminal lawyer John Helms.  

“I was a young lawyer during the trial, and I had a case in a nearby federal court in Los Angeles. I was working very long hours at the time, but I followed the case as closely as I could.  I also read two books about the case in the years following the trial.”  

So much has been written about the case, the evidence, and especially the trial, but this is my take on the main lesson a criminal defense lawyer can learn from the defense strategy: Know your jury and what will appeal to them.

The case should have been a slam-dunk for the prosecutors, and they thought it was. The evidence of Mr. Simpson’s guilt was truly overwhelming. The prosecutors failed in a lot of ways, but their main failing, in my view, was making the case too complicated without explaining how the evidence completely ruled out the defense’s theory.  

What criminal defense attorney Johnny Cochran knew was that this particular jury would be receptive to a beyond-far-fetched theory that all of the evidence could have been planted by rogue, racist LAPD cops. He knew, from years of experience trying civil rights cases against the police, that the African-American community in Los Angeles had deep-seated mistrust and anger toward the LAPD, much, if not all of which was probably justified.

The jury consisted of eight African Americans, two Hispanics, one half-Native American and half Anglo, and one Anglo woman. Only two of the twelve jurors were college graduates.  None of them said they regularly read a newspaper, but eight regularly watched tabloid TV. This was, in other words, a jury that would be receptive to appeals to emotion and conspiracy theories and would likely believe that the LAPD was racist and willing to plant evidence to get a conviction just because the defendant was African American.  

Johnny Cochran tried the case masterfully for this audience. He did not try to connect the dots. He used a simple argument: The cops, especially Mark Fuhrman, were racist and could not be trusted. If they were racists who could not be trusted, then all of the evidence could have been planted or doctored.      

With this jury, it worked to perfection, even though it defied logic and common sense when you consider the facts. First of all, at the time the evidence was collected, the LAPD did not know whether Mr. Simpson had an airtight alibi. If he had, it would have become obvious very quickly that evidence was planted, especially Simpson’s blood at Nicole Brown’s house and cops would have gone to jail. There was also simply no way that one, or even three, police officers could have gone back and forth between Simpson’s house and Nicole Brown’s house dropping blood and evidence from one location at the other. Even if they could have, physically, the media and other officers would have seen them. There is also no innocent way to explain how Ron Goldman’s blood got in OJ Simpson’s Bronco, especially since they did not even know each other. The type of conspiracy that the defense needed would have had to involve dozens of detectives and officers, none of who knew at the time whether Mr. Simpson had an alibi. It strains logic way past the breaking point.  

The prosecutors completely failed to make this point effectively. Even if they had, it is unclear that this jury would have been persuaded.  

Johnny Cochran, however, knew that this jury would be persuaded less by logic and reasoning than by appeals to emotion and their pre-existing beliefs about justice and the LAPD. He wove his argument throughout the case in a simple and persuasive way.  

None of this is a criticism of Mr. Cochran. He deserves the highest praise for the job he did representing his client.

The lesson of knowing your jury and what appeals to them does not just apply to high profile cases. I know from my experience trying cases that a jury in a small town in East Texas is more likely to be receptive to themes about personal liberty and personal responsibility than a Dallas jury, which may respond more to themes about fairness and equality. Each case is different, but one of a criminal defense lawyer’s most important jobs at trial is to find a theme that fits the defense and resonates with the particular jury in the box.  

If you have been charged with any crime, including drug possession, fraud, assault, theft or a federal drug crime, call Dallas criminal attorney John Helms at 214-666-8010 or visit his website.

source: http://johnhelms.attorney/dallas-criminal-lawyer-oj-simpson-defense-tactics-can-help-case/

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Franklin criminal defense lawyer on 10 Best list – Franklin Home Page

Franklin criminal defense lawyer on 10 Best list

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys has recognized the performance of Criminal Law Attorney Judy A. Oxford as Three Years 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Criminal Law attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass the Institute’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and the organization’s independent evaluation.

The annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOCLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Criminal Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

Can contact Judy A. Oxford directly at 615-791-8511 or www.judyoxfordlaw.com.

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Ala. lawyer busted trafficking methamphetamine, 369 grams seized – New York Daily News

An Alabama criminal defense attorney is going to need to lawyer up after officers busted him for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine.

Officers arrested John Fisher Jr., a Tuscaloosa defense attorney, on Friday after learning about a suspicious backpack drop.

West Alabama Narcotics Task Force agents then saw a second man arrive and pick up the backpack, which was believed to be holding components of a methamphetamine lab.

The agents tailed Fisher Jr. and Christopher Rushing to the same block as the attorney’s law office, taking the two into custody.

Utah police bust man carrying $2 million of methamphetamine

Officers searched the suspect’s car and found another active “one-pot” methamphetamine lab, as well as seizing 369 grams of methamphetamine oil.

Police are expecting more arrests in the bust as the investigation continues.

Fisher, 48, described himself as “very active in the Tuscaloosa community” on his attorney profile, as a deacon at the Calvary Baptist Church, a guest lecturer at the University of Alabama, and the host of the “John Fisher Radio Show.”

He describes his show as “the absolute unfiltered truth about all things American” and “easily understood with no political correctness.”

Drug ring nabbed with $2.5M in drugs labeled as ‘sea cucumbers’

Christopher Rushing, 42, was arrested with the attorney during the methamphetamine bust on Friday.

Christopher Rushing, 42, was arrested with the attorney during the methamphetamine bust on Friday.

(Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

Fisher has publicly spoken out against illegal drug use in the past on his radio show’s page.

In one post defending gun owners, he called himself a “law abiding citizen” and criticized the government for not spending more resources on taking drugs off the streets.

“Illegal drug use is a MUCH more expensive drain on society in terms of healthcare and work issues,” he wrote in his rant.

In 2013, he also called out Alabama’s then-secretary of law enforcement Spencer Collier after his son Christopher Collier was arrested for selling Oxycodone pills.

Queens ex-doctor stockpiled 1.5M amphetamine pills

Since his arrest, Fisher’s Facebook page for his show has been blasted with comments against drug dealers.

Fisher and Rushing were both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and held on $250,000 bond.

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Former 'Criminal Minds' star Thomas Gibson hires lawyer – New York Daily News

Former “Criminal Minds” star Thomas Gibson is enlisting the services of a lawyer in the wake of last week’s firing.

The actor — who was booted from the CBS crime series after allegedly kicking a writer — has hired the Miller Barondess law firm to evaluate whether he should file a lawsuit against the show’s execs, Us Weekly reports.

Gibson, 54, had starred as Special Agent Aaron Hotchner on the acclaimed series since 2005 before his sudden ousting last Friday.

The incident that led to his firing occurred a few weeks ago when Gibson, who was acting and directing a scene on the show, got into an argument with one of the writers, according to TMZ.

‘Criminal Minds’ star Thomas Gibson fired from CBS show

The squabble reportedly escalated to the point that Gibson kicked the writer in the leg, originally leading to a two-week suspension.

But shortly after the ban came down, Gibson was let go by the network.

“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds. Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date,” executives at ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios announced in a statement.

Not Released (NR) TABLOIDS OUT; NO BOOK PUBLISHING WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. NO ARCHIVE. NO RESALE.

Gibson had starred on the CBS crime series since 2005.

(Darren Michaels/ABC Studios via Getty Images)

Gibson is yet to publicly comment on the firing, though he did express regret for the incident after his suspension was announced.

‘Criminal Minds’ star Thomas Gibson suspended from show

“There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred,” Gibson said in a statement to the Daily News last week. “We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and we always will.”

Meanwhile, the actor’s co-star for the past 11 years, Shemar Moore, cryptically posted, then deleted am Instagram video about karma, though it’s unclear if it was in reference to Gibson’s firing.

“Lot of birdies chirping out there; the gossip is real,” Moore said in the clip, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I hear it. I see it. I’m sure a lot of you do, too, so I’ll just say this: I believe in karma. Good things happen to good people.”

It’s not the first time Gibson has been involved in a physical altercation on set, as he allegedly shoved a “Criminal Minds” assistant director and was forced to take anger management classes in 2010.

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Thomas Gibson joins Twitter following Criminal Minds ouster – Entertainment Weekly

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Thomas Gibson is speaking out directly to his fans after being let go from Criminal Minds following an alleged physical altercation with a writer on set.

“The support you show means the world to me and my family,” the father of three tweeted on Wednesday. “This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all.”

Within hours of joining the social media site, Gibson, 54, had thousands of followers.

“I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support,” he tweeted. “I love Criminal Minds, & I’m disappointed by what’s happened.”

The sentiments echo the statement Gibson released on Aug. 5 when it was announced he had been fired from his show after 11 seasons.

“I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years. I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now,” he said in the statement. “I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have.”

Gibson has obtained legal counsel and is currently looking into his options, but it also appears he is focusing on the future.

“Hazel and I both looking forward to what’s down the road …” he posted on Instagram Wednesday along with a photo of him and his dog behind the wheel of a boat and looking off into the horizon.

Gibson will appear in the first few episodes of season 12 of Criminal Minds, which is slated to premiere Sept. 28 on CBS.

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Criminal lawyer charged with uttering threats and resisting arrest … – Vancouver Sun

A longtime criminal lawyer has been charged with uttering a threat and resisting police following an incident at a North Vancouver park.

Neil Lonsdale Cobb is accused of four offences, including uttering or conveying a threat to Babak Aghazeinali to cause death or bodily harm during the incident at Harbourside Park on June 3, according to an indictment filed Aug. 5.

He was also charged with resisting or wilfully obstructing RCMP Const. Santino Ditoro in the execution of his duties, causing a disturbance by shouting and consuming liquor in a public place.

Cobb denied the allegations on Thursday and said he would be “fiercely” defending himself in court.

He claimed the RCMP had conducted an “incomplete” investigation into the matter and that the “full story” would come out at trial.

Cobb, who has been practising law in B.C. since 1985, said there were two individuals filming the incident on their cell phones and screaming at the police about the inappropriateness of the police behaviour.

“To my understanding, and again we haven’t seen the (Crown) disclosure yet, the police allowed both individuals to go on their way without so much as getting their names and addresses,” said Cobb, who added that he and his wife were in the park for a picnic at the time.

“So when I talk about an incomplete investigation, these charges were laid with the police intentionally not gathering this evidence, which of course would be the best evidence of what happened.”

Cobb said he and Elizabeth Lewis, his law partner and wife, have made “incredible” efforts to get the videotapes, without success.

“The police have allowed them, I think, to disappear,” he said.

Lewis said her husband was “unlawfully and unconstitutionally” arrested and has suffered personal injuries as a result. “And there will be civil suits commenced in short order against the RCMP officers involved,” she added.

North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Doug Trousdell would only confirm that there was an investigation and referred any other questions to RCMP’s E Division for comment.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said in an email that investigative findings in the case were provided to Crown counsel for assessment and they laid charges.

“As the matter is now before the courts, any comment we provide would be reserved for the courtroom,” Vermeulen said.

David Jordan, a communications officer with the Law Society of B.C., which regulates lawyers in the province, said in an email that as their complaint process is confidential, he could not disclose whether or not they are aware of the information.

He said that when a lawyer is charged with a criminal offence, the Law Society’s rules require that the lawyer report those charges to them.

“We have the jurisdiction to investigate a lawyer’s conduct that is the subject of a criminal charge even if it is conduct in their private life. When we become aware of a lawyer being charged with a criminal offence, we open a file and conduct an investigation. We have disciplined lawyers for criminal conduct.”

In the meantime, Cobb can continue to practise law. 

His lawyer is expected to appear on Cobb’s behalf in North Vancouver Provincial Court on Sept. 28 to set a date for trial.

On his website, Cobb says he has been recognized for his “exceptional” contributions by way of lecturer at Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. conferences and as a lecturer at Continuing Legal Education conferences. The website also says he has been a guest and guest host on CKNW’s legal affairs call-in program, Judgment Calls.

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Thomas Gibson on 'Criminal Minds' firing: 'I'm disappointed' – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Thomas Gibson says he’s disappointed but optimistic following his firing from Criminal Minds.

The 54-year-old actor, who played Aaron Hotchner on the CBS series for 11 seasons, addressed his exit in a series of posts after joining Twitter this week.

“I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love ‘Criminal Minds,’ & I’m disappointed by what’s happened,” Gibson wrote.

“I’m here on #Twitter so we can stay connected in the days to come,” he added. “The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all.”

Gibson was formally “dismissed” from Criminal Minds in a statement from CBS on Friday. The actor was initially suspended from the show after reportedly kicking a writer during a creative dispute.

“I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years,” he said after his firing. “I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now.”

“I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have,” the star added.

TMZ reported Thursday that Virgil Williams, the writer involved in the altercation, allegedly threatened a female production assistant in 2006. Sources said Gibson may try to use the information if he pursues legal action over his firing.

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NYC lawyer, paralegal sentenced to nine years behind bars – NY … – New York Daily News

A criminal defense attorney turned criminal and his shady sidekick were sentenced to 3-to-9 years in prison on Wednesday for bribing a courthouse employee for cases.

Benjamin Yu and Jose Nunez both remained free after the proceeding, pending the outcome of their appeal.

But the judge who oversaw their trial said prison was due to the sketchy pay-to-play pair.

“Either or both of you could have done the public good had you used a fraction of your creativity and tirelessness to help people instead of being so incredibly self-serving and greedy,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke said.

Attorney, paralegal guilty of bribing court worker for clients

Yu and Nunez, 37 and 49, were found guilty at trial of several counts including conspiracy, bribery and rewarding official misconduct.

They allegedly paid off an employee of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, a nonprofit contracted by the city to do pre-arraignment interviews with arrestees.

The employee, Luis Veras Rodriguez, got payments in exchange for referring Yu and Nunez to desperate people with the promise that hiring them would be a ticket out of jail.

Judge called Nunez and Yu "incredibly self-serving and greedy."

Judge called Nunez and Yu “incredibly self-serving and greedy.”

(Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News)

Yu, who wore casual clothes and a fanny pack to meet his fate in court instead of a suit, declined to comment when given the chance.

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Nunez also declined to speak at the sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Samuel Levy said the defendants don’t seem to care that they cheated their colleagues and cheated to get ahead.

“Neither of these defendants have expressed any remorse for the crimes they committed, nor did they take responsibility for their actions in light of all these facts,” he said.

Lawyers for the two, Patrick Brackley and Robert Briere, argued against incarceration sentences.

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Their primary defense at trial was that Rodriguez was not technically a city employee and could not have been bribed under the law.

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