Criminal Defense

Posner Affirms Conviction, Laments Ostrich Myth

On June 25, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the conviction of Conrad Black, one of several former newspaper executives found guilty last year of defrauding their company out of millions of dollars.  In a bad sign for the defendants, the opinion…



Charges Dropped in “Weekend at Bernie’s” Case

New York prosecutors dropped charges today against two men who had been charged with a number of offenses resulting from an attempt to cash a Social Security check in January.  The problem, as you may recall, was the body they…




Japanese Bikini Model Uses Self as Exhibit

Serena Kozakura was convicted last year of property destruction, after a man accused her of kicking a hole in the door of his room so she could get inside.  Since Kozakura is a well-known pin-up and bikini model in Japan,…



Court Rules Spider Bite Not a Valid Defense to Rape Charge

On Wednesday, Philip Speirs was sentenced to eight years in jail on kidnapping and rape charges, despite telling the court that he committed the crime because he had been bitten by a spider.  Speirs told the court that he had…