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Archive for May 18th, 2009

A Border Patrol Agent, a Cheeseburger, Poison and an FBI Probe

This is just a bizarre story. The FBI is investigating and there’s many unanswered questions.

By ZACHARY FRANZ
Great Falls Tribune Staff Writer
GREAT FALLS, Montana — A United States Customs and Border Patrol agent who was poisoned at a Cut Bank fast food restaurant last year is back in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall earlier this week.

Denton Moberly sustained a head injury after falling outside of his Shelby home Tuesday, said his wife, Sheila Moberly. He is being treated at Benefis Health System in Great Falls.

Moberly, who moved his family from Texas to Montana two years ago because he thought it would be safer, nearly died after eating a cheeseburger laced with agricultural chemicals that he bought in a restaurant’s drive-through.

The poison caused major brain damage and forced Moberly to use a wheelchair for a year.

FBI investigators have said they have leads in the case but haven’t made an arrest.

On Tuesday, Moberly was at home with his 12-year-old daughter. She saw him go outside and later saw him lying on the ground. She called 9-1-1.

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens Paid At Least $1 Million in Legal Fees

Justice is supposed to be blind. But it sure as heck doesn’t hurt to get some high-paid attorneys to make sure justice has 20-20 vision. Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens apparently doled out the cash for his defense, and in the end it paid off.

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens during his last campaign

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens during his last campaign

Mike Scarcella
The National Law Journal

Nobody’s ever said Ted Stevens’ defense team would come cheap. Stevens paid his lawyers at Williams & Connolly between $1 million and $5 million, according to a financial disclosure report the former Alaska senator filed this month with the Senate Ethics Committee.

Williams & Connolly partner Brendan Sullivan Jr. won the Stevens case after a jury handed him a loss back in October. Several other partners, including Rob Cary, Alex Romaine and Craig Singer, were counsel of record in the case. At least several associates, including Beth Stewart, were part of the team.

Stevens also includes in the disclosure report that he spent between $50,000 and $100,000 on attorney fees at Utrecht & Phillips, which formed after the split up of Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon. William Phillips and Carolyn Utrecht were not immediately reached for comment Friday.

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Fed Prosecutor Asks for Prison Time in MySpace Suicide Case

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Eyes around the nation are on this case. The Internet remains the wild wild west and federal prosecutors are trying to figure out how to tame it. Are they going too far? The defense attorney in this case thinks so. Others have little sympathy for the convicted mother.

By GREG RISLING
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES — A defense attorney says prosecutors are the real bullies for seeking a stiff sentence against a Missouri mother once accused of scheming over the Internet to humiliate 13-year-old neighbor Megan Meier who later committed suicide.

Lawyer Dean Steward represents Lori Drew, who is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court after being convicted in November of three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization.

Drew was found not guilty of the felony charge of intentionally causing emotional harm while accessing computers without authorization. The jury deadlocked on a felony conspiracy charge.

Steward said in recent court documents that prosecutors were trying to save face after they didn’t get the verdict they sought.

“The government’s case is all about making Lori Drew a public symbol of cyberbullying,” Steward said. “The government has created a fiction that Lori Drew somehow caused (Megan’s) death, and it wants a long prison sentence to make its fiction seem real.”

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