Firm News

Acquitter in the news. Press coverage of cases involving the criminal defense law firm, Bjorn E. Brunvand, P.A.

Pasco Death Penalty Trial Begins

The first-degree murder trial of Derral Wayne Hodgkins begins this week in Pasco County. Hodgkins, a 51-year-old truck driver, is accused of killing a Land O’ Lakes woman in 2006. If he is found guilty of first-degree murder, Hodgkins faces […]... [Read More]

New York Times Covers Pasco Death Penalty Case

Just as John Ditullio’s second murder trial started in Pasco County earlier this month, his case was profiled in the New York Times. The article covered the issue of Ditullio’s tattoos and a judge’s decision to allow them to be […]... [Read More]

Ditullio Spared Death Penalty (Videos)

A Pasco County jury deliberated for about 30 minutes yesterday before recommending that John Ditullio Jr. be sentenced to life in a Florida prison. Ditullio had faced the death penalty for the murder of Kristofer King in 2006. The eight-day […]... [Read More]

Ditullio Murder Trial Rescheduled for December

A Pasco County judge this week rescheduled the murder trial of John Ditullio Jr. (who is represented by the Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand) for December 6th. Ditullio faces first-degree murder and attempted murder charges related to the March 2006 […]... [Read More]

Ditullio Capital Murder Trial Postponed

The second murder trial of John Ditullio Jr. was continued this week by Pasco County Circuit Judge Michael Andrews, at the request of Ditullio (whose defense attorney is Bjorn Brunvand of this office). The case was first tried last December […]... [Read More]

Pasco Judge Approves Tattoo Cover-Up in Second Murder Trial

Last December,  a Pasco County jury failed to reach a verdict in the murder trial of John Ditullio, Jr.  Ditullio and his criminal defense attorneys from the Law Offices of Bjorn Bruvand will return to court on September 27th for […]... [Read More]

Former Tampa Mobster Avoids Additional Prison Time, In Witness Protection

Kevin McMahon, client of The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand, was convicted of racketeering four years ago but was recently sentenced to time served and five years of probation as a result of substantial cooperation with investigators. Because of the […]... [Read More]

Tampa Bay Area Pharmacists Get Probation in Fraud Case

Pharmacists Satender Singh and Rajnish Mehta were sentenced to probation on Friday in a federal health insurance fraud case prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Tampa. Both Singh and Mehta previously pleaded guilty and received credit for cooperating with […]... [Read More]

Tampa Pharmacists Accused of Medicare Fraud

Five Tampa Bay-area pharmacists have been charged with defrauding the federal government and stealing from Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare, the military insurance program, by submitting fraudulent reimbursement requests for prescriptions never filled. Federal prosecutors allege Jatin Patel submitted false reimbursement […]... [Read More]

Hardin Found Guilty of St. Petersburg Murders, Sings to Jury and Avoids Death Penalty

On Thursday, a Pinellas County jury convicted Cordaro Hardin of first-degree murder in the 2007 shooting deaths of two St. Petersburg men. The penalty phase of the capital murder trial occurred on Friday. The jury declined to recommend that Hardin […]... [Read More]