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Legal News 10/2006



Attorney Gets Life In Prison For Torturing Wife (CBS 13 Sacramento)
A former Sacramento prosecutor and defense attorney has been sentenced to life in prison for torturing his wife.
Lawyer loses battle to save job (The West Australian)
The Supreme Court finally brought down the curtain on the career of controversial lawyer Vijitha De Alwis yesterday when he was struck off.
Lawyer claims Lansing Community College funds misused (Detroit Free Press)
An in-house lawyer for Lansing Community College claims in a report submitted to the state that the school's interim president has misused thousands of dollars in funds.
Holthus replaced as Lawyer Ron's trainer (Pine Bluff Commercial)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Bob Holthus is no longer training Arkansas Derby winner Lawyer Ron. Stonewall Farm Stallions at Versailles, Ky., has named Todd Pletcher as the colt's new trainer. Holthus, a Hot Springs resident, trained the 3-year-old when he won the Arkansas Derby in April.
Stuart lawyer quickly jumps into race for Congress (Gainesville Sun)
TALLAHASSEE - Joe Negron woke up Friday morning ready for another day as a lawyer in the Martin County town of Stuart. By the end of the day, the state representative was gearing up to run for U.S. Congress.
State attorney general ends eight-year term (Knoxville News Sentinal)
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers cleared out his office at the end of his eight-year term Friday, saying he expects his successor to be named long before the current squabble over the final Supreme Court nominee is resolved.
Attorney for city argues officers' search was legal (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
An attorney for Glenwood Springs police has argued before a federal appeals court that officers had good reason for a 2002 house search that they conducted with weapons drawn.
Summers closes 8-year term as attorney general (Tennessean)
Attorney General Paul Summers cleared out his office at the end of his eight-year term Friday, saying he expects his successor to be named long before the squabble over the final Supreme Court nominee is resolved.
US trying to unload its Gitmo prisoners: lawyer (Gulf Times)
ISLAMABAD: An American lawyer representing the Guantanamo Bay prisoners yesterday called for mobilising public pressure on the governments of the home countries to bring them back as “the United States is trying to unload the prisoners”.
Top lawyer will fight demolition (icNewcastle - Sunday Sun)
Campaigners fighting a decision to bulldoze their homes have hired the lawyer who helped a Liverpool woman win her legal battle to stop a similar plan.
Defense lawyer in Rodriguez case not surprised by death verdict... (KXMA-TV Dickinson)
The death penalty attorney who represented Alfonso Rodriguez Junior says he was saddened but not surprised by a federal jury's decision to end his client's life. Kansas lawyer Richard Ney (nay) says it was a high-profile case and it would be
Madison lawyer appointed to Wisconsin Elections Board (Greater Milwaukee Today)
MADISON - A Madison lawyer was appointed to the state Elections Board on Friday to replace a Republican member who resigned this week, ahead of a key vote on whether GOP gubernatorial candidate Mark Green will have to return certain campaign donations.
Prakash Hinduja's daughter weds Swiss lawyer (Outlook India)
Industrialist Prakash Hinduja's daughter Renuka tied the knot with Switzerland-based lawyer Olivier Cavadini today in the presence of leading figures from political, business and glamour world here.
Solomons attorney-general disappears after child sex arrest (Otago Daily Times)
Port Moresby: The Solomon Islands’ new attorney-general has vanished hours after Australian officials vowed to extradite him on child sex charges, media reports said on Saturday.
Falk to Face Von Hollen in Attorney General Race on Nov. 7 (Iowa Farmer)
The most closely watched statewide race on Primary Election Day was that for attorney general. It didn't take long before results coming in from areas other than Dane County foretold the conclusion: Peg Lautenschlager was the first incumbent attorney general to be defeated in a primary since 1948.
Attorney general's office says loitering ordinance could pass court challenge (The Daily Comet)
Charleston's new ordinance designed to get criminals off the street by banning loitering stands "a reasonable chance" of surviving a court challenge, the state attorney general's office wrote in a recent opinion.
Former S.D. Gov. Returns to Courtroom as Lawyer in First Case Since Jail Term (Fox News)
Bill Janklow, former South Dakota governor, has returned to court as an attorney for the first time since his jail term.
Attorney General Warns Parents, Teens Of Internet Predators (The Denver Channel)
Although authorities say there is no concrete evidence to prove Duane Morrison was an Internet predator, Attorney General John Suthers says it's a possibility and teens should be careful.
Life and death of the Oligarchs' lawyer (BBC News)
Lawyer Stephen Curtis played a key role in managing the fortunes of the Russian oligarchs - but his untimely death as raised many questions.
Text of Speaker Hastert's Letter to U.S. Attorney General Gonzales (U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News)
Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) today sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: Dear Mr. Attorney General: Former Representative Mark Foley resigned from the House of Representatives on Friday, September 29, 2006, after improper and illicit communications between Mr. Foley and former House pages were made public. While the House of Representatives on
Accused Attorney-General misses court (News Interactive)
THE Solomon Islands' controversial new Attorney-General, wanted by Australian police over an alleged child sex offence, remains at large after failing to appear in court in Port Moresby today.
Tanzania: ICTR Accepts Resignation of Lawyer Accused of Genocide (AllAfrica.com)
The international Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has accepted the resignation of Callixte Gakwaya, a Rwandan lawyer accused of having participated in the 1994 genocide, the new spokesman of the ICTR, Mr Everard O'Donnell announced on Monday.
Attorney general's office says loitering ordinance could pass court challenge (The Times and Democrat)
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston's new ordinance designed to get criminals off the street by banning loitering stands "a reasonable chance" of surviving a court challenge, the state attorney general's office wrote in a recent opinion.
New law lets Attorney General file modem-hijacking litigation (BizJournals)
The state Attorney General's Office will soon get authority to bring civil suits against scammers who manipulate New Yorkers' computer modems to run expensive telephone scams.
Robert H. Knight, 87, Influential Lawyer Who Served Several Presidents, Is Dead (New York Times)
Robert H. Knight was a Wall Street lawyer who played behind-the-scenes roles in sensitive political situations like the Bay of Pigs.
Assistant District Attorney Fired After Announcing Election Plans (WLBT 3)
An assistant district attorney loses his job when he decides to run against Rankin and Madison County District Attorney David Clark in next year's election. The Republican primary election is ten months away, but the campaign trail is already heating up.
Rodriguez attorney not surprised by death verdict (La Crosse Tribune)
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The death penalty attorney who represented Alfonso Rodriguez Junior says he was saddened but not surprised by a federal jury’s decision to end his client’s life.
Rivals undeterred by Attorney General Abbott's edge (Houston Chronicle)
Republican incumbent Attorney General Greg Abbott might have the money, the office and odds on his side, but Democratic challenger David Van Os is nothing if not optimistic.
Attorney-General 'hiding in embassy' (News Interactive)
THE Solomon Islands' fugitive Attorney General, wanted over an alleged child sex offence, is being harboured by Honiara's government in Papua New Guinea, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has said.
TRUSTEES, ATTORNEY TO MEET (Kansas City Star)
Johnson County Community College trustees hope a closed-door meeting today with attorney Betsy Badger will address some criticism of a recently released report on sexual harassment at the school.
Magdalo, lawyer part ways (INQ7.net)
THE long-time and often controversial lawyer of the Magdalo military mutineers and his clients have finally parted ways.
Assistant District Attorney Fired After Announcing Election Plans (WLBT 3)
An assistant district attorney loses his job when he decides to run against Rankin and Madison County District Attorney David Clark in next year's election. The Republican primary election is ten months away, but the campaign trail is already heating up.
Anna Nicole Smith, attorney exchange vows (Los Angeles Daily News)
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith exchanged vows with boyfriend Howard K. Stern on a boat near Nassau, but there was no formal marriage and the ceremony is "not legally binding," her attorney Michael Scott said Friday.
Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer says he fathered her baby (Los Angeles Daily News)
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Howard Stern is the father of Anna Nicole's daughter. But he's not the Howard you're thinking of. Howard K. Stern, a lawyer for Anna Nicole Smith, said Tuesday that he was the dad of the former Playmate's newborn girl.
Solomons Attorney-General on the run (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
ELEANOR HALL: As we go to air the newly appointed Attorney-General for the Solomon Islands is on the run from Papua New Guinea authorities after failing to appear in court this morning.
County attorney, public defender named to state panel (Mohave Valley News)
KINGMAN - Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith and Public Defender Dana Hlavac have been appointed to the Arizona Joint Legislative Committee on Youthful Sex Offenders.
KERIK'S TAXES PROBED: LAWYER (New York Post)
The feds are apparently eyeing ex-New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik's taxes as part of a criminal investigation of attorney-general candidate Jeanine Pirro. Kerik's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, told Newsweek that he believed prosecutors...
Anna Nicole Smith exchanges vows with attorney in Bahamas (KATU)
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - Reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith exchanged vows with boyfriend Howard K. Stern on a boat near Nassau, but there was no formal marriage and the ceremony is "not legally binding," her attorney Michael Scott said Friday.
Inter asked security chief to spy on referee (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer acting for former Telecom Italia security chief Giuliano Tavaroli claims his client was asked by Serie A club Inter Milan to spy on disgraced Italian referee Massimo De Santis.
Anna Nicole Smith & lawyer exchange vows (RTÉ News)
Reality television star Anna Nicole Smith has exchanged vows with lawyer Howard K Stern on a boat in the Bahamas, but no marriage licence has been issued.
Attorney general issues opinion on Charleston's loitering ordinance (WIS News 10 Columbia)
The state attorney general's office says Charleston's new ordinance banning loitering stands "a reasonable chance" of surviving a court challenge. The ordinance makes it a crime to loiter in a place, at a time or in a manner unusual for law-abiding individuals that creates safety concerns.
Chinese police arrest civil rights lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Prominent Chinese civil rights lawyer Guo Feixiong has been formally arrested on suspicions of running an illegal business, his wife says. Zhang Qing says she was informed of his arrest on Saturday after being called by police in the couple's home city of Guangzhou in southern China.
Uganda: Nullify Bakaluba Election - Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
City lawyer Erias Lukwago has asked the High Court to nullify the Mukono North parliamentary election results.
Attorney given breathalyzer ordered into rehab (KVBC Las Vegas)
Las Vegas attorney Joseph Caramagno was scheduled to appear in court Thursday on charges that he showed up for a previous court hearing while intoxicated. But for now, his day in court is on hold.
Ohio prosecutor named interim U.S. attorney (Tennessean)
A federal prosecutor from Ohio will serve as interim U.S. Attorney in Nashville, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement today. Craig S. Morford will serve as interim as Jim Vines leaves the job as the top federal prosecutor for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Attorney: Trustees violated FOIA (Gaffney Ledger)
The Cherokee County School Board violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for a second time in the past three years when it met Sept. 26 in closed session to discuss the format for evaluating superintendent Dr. Bill James, the S.C. Press Association attorney said.
Rodriguez attorney not surprised by death verdict (Crookston Daily Times)
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The death penalty attorney who represented Alfonso Rodriguez Junior says he was saddened but not surprised by a federal jury's decision to end his client's life.
Attorney General creates domestic violence unit (WREG-TV Memphis)
JACKSON, Miss. The Mississippi Attorney General's Office is establishing a new domestic violence unit funded by a one-point-five (m) million dollar grant.
Zimbabwe: Lawyer Dumps Tsvangirai (AllAfrica.com)
MDC faction leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai's protracted legal battle to nullify President Mugabe's victory in the 2002 presidential poll suffered a blow last week when his lawyer abandoned him.
Calif. Attorney General Issues Critical Report on Getty Trust (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
California’s attorney general, Bill Lockyer, on Monday issued a report criticizing the J. Paul Getty Trust’s former chief executive and its trustees.