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

New Port Richey Death Penalty Trial Continues

Tampa Bay area capital murder defense attorney Jervis Wise – a Bjorn E. Brunvand, P.A. associate – examined John Ditullio in a Pasco County court yesterday. Ditullio took the stand in his own defense in the first degree murder trial […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Wins Motion to Have Murder Defendant’s Tattoos Covered During Trial

A circuit judge in Pasco County granted defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand‘s motion to have his client’s tattoos covered during a murder trial scheduled to begin Monday. A makeup artist will apply makeup to cover several potentially offensive tattoos on the […]... [Read More]

Federal Drug Charges Out of Tampa for International Drug Bust

In a scenario all too familiar to Tampa Bay area criminal defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand, the U.S. Attorney’s office has announced federal drug charges against four Colombian nationals related to a drug bust at sea. A federal grand jury has […]... [Read More]

DNA Derails Trial in Teen’s Slaying

His attorneys, William Bennett and Bjorn Brunvand, constructed a defense around the theory that [Phillup Alan Partin]’s longtime friend Fred Kaufman killed the teenager. Partin and his daughter Patrisha were living with Kaufman at his Port Richey home at the […]... [Read More]

Lotto Winner Deemed Incompetent to Stand Trial on Tax Fraud Charges

Defense attorney Bjorn E. Brunvand asserts in court papers that [Alex Toth] has severe psychiatric and medical problems that render him incompetent. According to a letter from physician Gary Levine of Suncoast Total Healthcare, Toth has been involved in “multiple […]... [Read More]

Neo-Nazi Reconsiders, Asks For a Lawyer

[Thane Covert] then appointed private lawyer Bjorn Brunvand to defend [John Allen Ditullio] at both pending trials. Brunvand, who was in court Wednesday after initially being appointed to assist Ditullio, said he needs to handle both cases to provide the […]... [Read More]

Ship Captain Acquitted of Smuggling 3.5 Tons of Cocaine

Criminal defense attorney, Bjorn Brunvand, represented a Ukrainian ship captain who was accused of smuggling $1 Billion worth of illegal drugs into the US. The defendant was acquitted. The odds were against a Ukrainian ship captain and his crew who […]... [Read More]

Mariners Rejoice After Acquittal

Chakhrach, a grandfather from Ukraine, and Zakuradajev, an unmarried man from Lithuania, were hired last year to work 52 hours a week on the Yalta, a rusty Panamanian freighter Chakhrach as the captain and Zakuradajev as the second officer... [Read More]

Shipping Crewmen Acquitted of Drug Charges – Free to Go Home

“Fight the drug war, pay the bill. The Yalta crewmen are free to go home, but their acquittal in Tampa comes at a high price.” TAMPA – A year ago, off the coast of Venezuela, a British war ship intercepted […]... [Read More]

Lawyers Offer Freed Sailors Places to Stay

Most of the sailors will live temporarily in a rental home owned by defense attorney Richard Cox. [Bjorn Brunvand] said the captain, Yuri Chakhrach, will stay with him until he can return to his home in the Ukraine... [Read More]