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Legal News 08/2006



Missing Attorney's Wife Files Complaint Against Husband (WRAL-TV 5 Raleigh)
The wife of a missing Chapel Hill attorney has filed a civil complaint against her husband.
Deadlines of All Kinds Loom for State Attorney General (Vineyard Gazette)
With less than two months to go before the state primary and only minutes before he is due at a political fundraiser, Massachusetts attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Thomas F. Reilly is more worried about his next 24 hours as a Red Sox fan.
Mich. Supreme Court reprimands lawyer (Syracuse.com)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded an outspoken lawyer for "vulgar and crude" attacks against appeals court judges, whom he likened during radio appearances to Nazis.
Mich. Supreme Court Reprimands Lawyer (Washington Post)
LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded an outspoken lawyer for "vulgar and crude" attacks against appeals court judges, whom he likened during radio appearances to Nazis.
Mich. Supreme Court Reprimands Lawyer (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded an outspoken lawyer for "vulgar and crude'' attacks against appeals court judges, whom he likened during radio appearances to Nazis. The court voted 4-3 to reprimand Geoffrey Fieger for twice appearing on Detroit-areas radio shows in 1999 and calling state Court of Appeals judges "jackasses'' and other names. The judges had
Arrest of Nurses and Doctor Puts Attorney General in Louisiana on Defensive (New York Times)
Many people have criticized Charles C. Foti Jr. for his accusations that the doctor and nurses killed hospital patients with drug injections after Hurricane Katrina.
Cousin's shooting accident, attorney claims (The Express-Times)
EASTON | Edwin Lopez may be facing serious charges for firing a bullet into his cousin's leg earlier this month in Bethlehem, but his defense attorney claims the shooting was accidental.
Lawyer accuses state of delays (The Charleston Gazette)
The lives of a disabled Green Sulphur Springs man and others like him are being endangered because of delaying tactics by the state Department of Health and Human Resources, according to the man’s lawyer.
Sanders sworn in as new city attorney (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Tyree Irving conducted the swearing-in ceremony to install Everett T. Sanders as new city attorney for Natchez on Tuesday.
Sanders to be named as new city attorney (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — Natchez attorney Everett Sanders is expected to get the nod as new city attorney when the Board of Aldermen meets at 6 p.m. today at the Council Chamber building on South Pearl Street.
Arrest of Katrina doctor, 2 nurses has attorney general on defensive (Sun-Sentinel)
NEW ORLEANS · During his 30 years as the sheriff here, Charles C. Foti Jr. was known for treating thousands of elderly people to free Thanksgiving dinners, complete with jazz and blues bands. And when he was sworn in as the state's attorney general in 2004, he made cracking down on the abuse of the elderly one of his top priorities.
Aussie lawyer granted bail (News Interactive)
A HONG KONG court granted bail today to an expatriate Australian lawyer pending his appeal against a conviction for attempting to leak the identity of a witness in a protection program.
No deal confab: lawyer (winnipegsun.com)
A meeting that supposedly dished details of a secret immunity deal for a star witness whose testimony helped jail James Driskell never happened, a lawyer claims.
State attorney general joins probe of S.D. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Aug. 1 (UNION-TRIBUNE): The state attorney general has joined the many agencies investigating San Diego's financial practices, drawn in by questions about the city's handling of special departments that raise revenue through fees charged to residents.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System To Discuss Replacing Missing Attorney (WRAL-TV 5 Raleigh)
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board will meet Tuesday to discuss a temporary replacement for missing attorney John McCormick.
Peter Palughi Sr., longtime Mobile attorney, dies at 75 (Mobile Register)
Peter Joseph Palughi Sr., 75, a longtime Mobile attorney and political watchdog, died Saturday at an area health-care facility after a lengthy illness.
Browne's lawyer doesn't want him talking anymore (KPLC)
DENVER The lawyer representing the man who claims to have killed 49 people doesn't want his client talking to investigators anymore.
Panel says lawyer unqualified to be judge (The Clarion-Ledger)
The American Bar Association says Jackson lawyer Mike Wallace should be kept off a federal appeals court because of "grave concerns" regarding his judicial temperament and his views toward minorities.
Van driver’s lawyer says prosecution forum shopping (INQ7.net)
THE lawyer of Timoteo Soriano, driver of the van in which a Filipina who has accused four US servicemen was allegedly raped, opposed the reinstatement of his client as one of the accused in the case, saying the prosecution was engaged in forum-shopping.
Ex-top lawyer for state to represent Daley on hiring (Chicago Tribune)
Mayor Richard Daley now has his own lawyer--former Illinois Atty. Gen. Tyrone Fahner--to represent him in the long-standing civil case challenging political hiring at City Hall.
Browne's Lawyer Doesn't Want Him Talking Anymore (KSLA)
The lawyer representing the man who claims to have killed 49 people doesn't want his client talking to investigators anymore. Robert Charles Browne allegedly confessed to the slayings in correspondence and discussions with prosecutors and cold case investigators over several years.
Browne's lawyer doesn't want him talking anymore (WREG-TV Memphis)
DENVER The lawyer representing the man who claims to have killed 49 people, including two male victims in Mississippi, doesn't want his client talking to investigators anymore.
Attorney: Girl made up story (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – The 16-year-old girl who accused Christopher Ostrander of sexually abusing her concocted the story because she was upset that Ostrander and her mom were dating again, Ostrander's attorney said Monday.
Attorney reviews, alters PHS athletic contract (Portsmouth Herald)
PORTSMOUTH -- Minor revisions were made to the high school student athletic contract after Assistant City Attorney Kathleen Dwyer reviewed the draft. Dwyer held a non-public meeting last week with the School Board Athletic Committee to discuss the proposed contract.
Women prisoners' rights being violated: lawyer (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
A legal aid lawyer in Nunavut is filing a complaint against the territorial government with the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal for its handling of female inmates.
Attorney sues county claiming violation of state act (The Bay City Times)
Bay City attorney Kim A. Higgs has filed another lawsuit against Bay County, claiming the county's staff attorney, Martha P. Fitzhugh, has violated the state's Freedom of Information Act.
1856: Future L.A. District Attorney Fails to Quell ‘Insurrection’ by Vigilantes (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Minute details can hardly be expected in the barebones biographies of the 40 men who served as Los Angeles County district attorney that appear on the DA’s website.
Former attorney claims he was victim of vindictive prosecution (WISH-TV Indianapolis)
HAMMOND, Ind. A former attorney from Hammond is asking the U-S Supreme Court to review his claim that he was a victim of vindictive prosecution. Jerry Jarrett was...
Court files complaint against PM's lawyer (The Nation)
The Criminal Court yesterday filed a complaint with police accusing lawyer Thana Benchathikul of contempt of court - for giving a media interview criticising its verdict on the three election commissioners.
Attorney general investigates price gouging (WHAS 11 Louisville)
Kentucky’s attorney general’s office has concluded its investigation of gas price gouging after Hurricane Katrina. It has discovered at least 10 service stations illegally marked up their prices during that emergency.
Imprisoned doctor sues attorney (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
HAMMOND | Dr. Jong Bek is in federal prison for giving prescriptions to addicts, but he's suing the defense attorney who got the original murder charges against him dismissed.
Ex-attorney fights money laundering conviction (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
HAMMOND | A former attorney wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that he was the victim of vindictive prosecution when he was found guilty of money laundering.
Attorney General Gonzales promises help for border crimes (Albuquerque Tribune)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales outlined plans to add 20 federal prosecutors to handle only immigration-related offenses and five others to target drug trafficking in states along the border with Mexico.
Wyndham reaches settlement with Attorney General (The Business Journal of Jacksonville)
The state Attorney General's Office has reached a $2.3 million settlement agreement over undisclosed automatic surcharges imposed at hotels run by Wyndham International Inc.
Former City Attorney Office's Billing Practices Investigated (NBC San Diego)
SAN DIEGO -- The state attorney general is opening an independent probe of billing practices in the city attorney's office, adding to the ongoing investigations into the city's finances.
Election 2006: 10th District Attorney General (Bradley News Weekly)
Steve Bebb served two years in the Peace Corps. He worked as a school teacher and coach for seven years. After graduating law school, Bebb spent two years in private practice, seven years as an Assistant District Attorney, and over 23 years as Criminal Court Judge.
Mutijulu lawyer welcomes Govt talks (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Sydney lawyer representing Central Australia's Mutijulu Community Aboriginal Corporation says he is pleased with yesterday's Federal Court hearing that maintained restrictions on the Commonwealth-appointed administrator.
Prominent attorney describes finding wife's body after she was viciously beaten to death (CourtTV via Yahoo! News)
MARTINEZ, Calif. (Court TV) - Bay Area attorney Daniel Horowitz, a man who has spent his life defending accused criminals, took the witness stand Tuesday and testified against a teenage neighbor who is charged with the brutal murder of Horowitz's wife of 11 years.
L.A. Attorney Arrested For Alleged Embezzlement (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
An attorney accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from a half-dozen clients, including a woman with breast cancer, was arrested Tuesday on a felony warrant, prosecutors said.
Attorney General Fines Gas Retailers For Price Gouging (WKYT 27 NEWSFIRST & WYMT Mountain News)
The Attorney General's office handed out more than 47 thousand dollars in fines to gasoline retailers for price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, three of those are in Eastern Kentucky.
MAN WHO MOLESTED TWO BROTHERS DESERVES NEW TRIAL, SAYS ATTORNEY (News Journal)
MANSFIELD — Milt Miley deserves a new trial because a jury was allowed to hear testimony about his prior sexual offenses, an attorney said Tuesday. Joseph Salzgeber argued his case for Miley before the Fifth District Court of Appeals.
B.C. lawyer killed in Ontario while cycling to raise awareness (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER (CP) - A lawyer considered "the conscience of the legal profession" for his efforts to ensure equal access to legal help is being mourned by his peers.
State Attorney To Investigate City Attorney's Office (News 8 San Diego)
The state attorney general is opening an independent probe of billing practices in the city attorney's office, adding to the ongoing investigations into the city's finances.
SC imputed no crime on Abalos, says lawyer (INQ7.net)
A LAWYER for two election commissioners Tuesday said his clients had no liability in the billion-peso poll automation deal that was nullified by the Supreme Court since the tribunal never ascribed any crime to them.
Lawyer: Bolante wants case moved to Chicago (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
Ex-agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante has petitioned a Los Angeles immigration judge to transfer the hearings on his case to Chicago, lawyer Harry Roque said Wednesday.
Rotorua bylaw 'flawed' says rights lawyer (Stuff)
A top civil rights lawyer says Rotorua District Council's new bylaw to ban repeat offenders from its central business district is "fundamentally flawed".
Lawyer fined for damaging Howard's car (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A lawyer has been fined $600 for a protest targeting Prime Minister John Howard in Perth on Saturday.
City Council considers hiring its own lawyer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Pittsburgh Councilwoman Tonya Payne yesterday introduced a resolution to have council obtain its own lawyer, in reaction to last week's firing of the city solicitor and other top aides.
Michigan High Court Reprimands Lawyer for Comparing Judges to Nazis (Law.com)
The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded an outspoken lawyer for "vulgar and crude" attacks against appeals court judges, whom he likened during radio appearances to Nazis.
N.Y. Panel Disbars Attorney for Forging Judge's Name (Law.com)
An appeals court in Brooklyn has disbarred an attorney who was convicted of criminal contempt for forging the signature of a Family Court judge during a post-divorce proceeding against her ex-husband.