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Justice Indicts Hot-Shot N.Y. Attorney and Wants to Look at Source of Fees in Baltimore Drug Case

Robert Simels/simelslaw.com

Robert Simels/simelslaw.com

Is New York attorney Robert M. Simels, a nemesis of the Justice Department,  just an aggressive advocate for his clients or a danger to public safety as the government claims? His long-standing battle with the Justice Department continues.

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper
BALTIMORE — On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Justice Department took two shots at Robert M. Simels, the self-described “Rolls Royce” of criminal-defense attorneys.
In New York, where Simels is charged with witness intimidation in connection with his defense of former Marylander Shaheed “Roger” Khan, who is accused of running a violent Guyanese cocaine conspiracy, prosecutors called Simels a “palpable danger” to public safety and convinced a judge to keep Simels’ bond, which is secured with his $2.5 million Westchester, N.Y., home, at $3.5 million. [view pdf below]
Meanwhile, in a Baltimore case that appears unrelated to Khan, another Justice Department attorney asked a judge to order Simels to cough up detailed information to a grand jury about how he’s getting paid to represent accused drug trafficker and money launderer Shawn Michael Green.
Just another day in the decades-long war between Justice and Simels.
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Ex-N.Y. State Sen. Majority Leader Joseph Bruno Indicted

Joseph Bruno/cbs photo

Joseph Bruno/cbs photo

BY GLENN BLAIN
DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU
ALBANY –Former State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno was indicted Friday on charges of pocketing at least $3 million by steering contracts to select businesses.
Bruno, who retired from the Legislature in July after more than 32 years in office, was charged in an eight-count indictment with taking defrauding the public from 1993 to at least 2006.
Bruno revealed more than a year ago that the FBI was investigating his private business dealings. He has consistently denied wrongdoing.
Bruno appeared in federal court to plead not guilty.
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Five Blackwater Guards Charged in Iraqi Civilian Deaths

The security company that became an ugly symbol of America’s unruly presence in Iraq faces ugly times ahead.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Five Blackwater Worldwide Security guards have been charged in a September 2007 shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and raised questions about the U.S. government’s use of security contractors in combat zones, according to two sources familiar with the case.
The guards, all former U.S. military personnel, worked as security contractors for the State Department, assigned to protect U.S. diplomats and other nonmilitary officials in Iraq.
Federal prosecutors obtained the indictment Thursday, and it was sealed. Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District, declined to comment on the investigation. The exact nature of the charges could not be determined. The five security guards are expected to surrender to authorities on Monday, the sources said.
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U.S. May Use Unusual Legal Tactic in Case (AP)