Legal Briefs for March 24, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 12:13pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

In Boston, a mother tells a judge she’s had enough! Rachel Falino, whose daughter was raped, says, “He’s a violator, he violated his parole! And all you can say is sorry to me?” Rachel Falino’s 7-year-old daughter was raped by George Canadyan, but when he got out of prison, the homeless shelter he moved into blocked the signals in his ankle bracelet so he was allowed to walk around the street for months undetected. Today a judge ordered him to abide by his parole.

Justice for a little girl sexually assaulted and abandoned in the Wisconsin woods in 1990. 39-year-old Michael Buchanan was charged with first-degree sex assault and child enticement. Police say Buchanan approached and abducted the 11-year-old girl after her bike chain broke. She was then dropped in a remote wooded area 20 miles away. Police matched Buchanan’s DNA to sperm found on the girl’s clothing. Wood County Sheriff Tom Reichert says, “We had a sample of his DNA from another case we had done in the ‘90s. Buchanan was actually looked at as a suspect in this case.” Buchanan could face 60 years in prison.

6 years after Lana Clarkson died from a gunshot wound at Phil Spector’s home, closing arguments are underway in his murder retrial. The first jury panel was deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of conviction. Prosecutors say Spector fired the deadly shot in 2002 as Clarkson tried to leave his California home. The defense argues Clarkson pulled the trigger and killed herself.

A Connecticut woman faces several charges after allegedly handcuffing herself to her estranged husband. Police say while Robert Drawbough was visiting his soon-to-be ex, Helen Sun, she handcuffed him so they could talk without him leaving. He managed to call 911 from his cell phone. Drawbough was treated at the hospital for bite marks on his body and arms. Sun faces charges of third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and unlawful restraint.