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Aruba Judge orders release of Gary Giordano held in the mysterious disappearance of Robyn Gardner

Today, an Aruba Judge ordered that Gary Giordano be released by Tuesday, November 29th without any conditions.  This would allow Giordano to freely leave Aruba and return to the United States.

Giordano has been held during the investigation of the disappearance and presumed death of Robyn Gardner.  Gardner disappeared on August 2, 2011 while vacationing with Giordano on the island of Aruba.  Giordano initially aided the Aruba authorities in the search for Gardner and claimed that she was lost at sea while they were snorkeling.  On August 5, 2011, Giordano attempted to leave the country on a commercial flight and was detained by the authorities in Aruba.  He has remained in jail since then.

Giordano and Gardner met on an adult matchmaking site called Adult Friend Finder which claims to be, “The World’s Largest Sex & Swinger Personals Community.”

Prosecutors in Aruba have indicated that they will appeal the order to release Giordano.



Breaking News: Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italian appellate jury

Amanda Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito have been freed by an appeals jury.  The jury overturned the murder convictions for both in the killing of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, four years ago.

Knox and Sollecito were led from the courtroom back to the jail to get their belongings and to be processed and released.  Reports say that she will return to the United States immediately… possibly by private jet.


Breaking News: US Hikers freed from Iran prison

The two Americans who were detained for spying over two years ago after straying into Iran during a hike were released from a Tehran prison today.  There attorney, Masoud Shafiei said that he had obtained the “necessary signatures from judiciary officials for their release.”  Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, were handed over to the Swiss Embassy and were headed to the airport.  It is suspected that the pair will be flown to Oman and then will return to the United States from there.  Bail of $500,000 was posted for each of them by an unknown source.

See the article on MSNBC here.


Two Hikers sentenced to 8 years last month for Spying and Illegally Entering Iran to be released

In an interview with Ann Curry of NBC News, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran plans to release the two hikers who were sentenced to 8 years in Iran prison for spying and illegally entering Iran.  Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in July of 2009, tried before an Irani Court, convicted and sentenced to 8 years for their alleged crimes.  As a condition of their release, a bail of $500,000 has been set by Iran and Bauer and Fattal will be released once the bail has been paid.  According to Ahmadinejad, their release should occur in “in a couple of days.”

The article on may be seen here.


Criminal Law Update

Casey Anthony reports to probation

Casey Anthony reported to probation on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida and began her 1 year term of probation for her check fraud case.  A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections said that Anthony was cooperative and polite and met with her new probation officer for over an hour.  The spokesperson said that Anthony told her probation officer that she intended to do well on probation and that she pledged to satisfy her conditions of her probation.  Due to numerous death threats to Anthony, the Department of Corrections said they would not reveal her location or the county where Anthony will serve the probation.


Couple in pet python case sentenced

Charles Darnell, 34, and live in girlfriend, Jaren Hare, 21, were sentenced to 12 years in state prison on manslaughter and child neglect charges.  They were found guilty in July by a Jury in Orlando, Florida, for failing to protect Hare’s daughter from their 12 foot long albino Burmese Python.  The snake had not been properly secured in its cage and was able to escape.  It entered the child’s room and wrapped around the child ultimately strangling her to death.

The couple’s lawyers blamed the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial for the guilty verdict in their clients case.  Darnell’s attorney said, “I don’t think after watching one Central Florida accused child killer walk free … that they wanted that to happen to anyone else accused [in a child killing] whether they fully believed the case was proven to them beyond a reasonable doubt or not.”

The couple will serve their 12 year sentence followed by 5 years of probation.

Our original blog post on this case can be seen here.


Strauss-Kahn has his French passport back

Dominique Strauss-Kahn had dinner in New York Thursday night and is planning a visit to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. early next week.  Strauss-Kahn wants to personally say goodbye to his staff at the IMF.

He will then return to his home in France for the first time since May.


Casey Anthony released from jail

As expected, Casey Anthony was released from the Orange County Jail early Sunday morning.  She walked out of the jail booking center at 12:10am with her attorney, Jose Baez and was whisked away in a dark colored SUV.  She was given $537.68 from her jail account upon her release.