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Legal News 12/2006



Lawyer says Madonna has no problem with adoption ruling (San Diego Union-Tribune)
LILONGWE, Malawi, 1:39 p.m. Nov. 30 (AP): Madonna accepts a High Court ruling allowing a coalition of human rights groups to monitor her as she tries to adopt a Malawian toddler, the singer's lawyer said Thursday.
Incoming Carson City district attorney names top assistant (Las Vegas Sun)
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Neil Rombardo, this capital city's newly elected district attorney, has picked a high-ranking deputy attorney general to work with him when he begins his term in January.
Nevada attorney general wants FBI probe (Las Vegas Sun)
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Attorney General George Chanos says he met Thursday with a top Nevada FBI agent to seek a federal probe of developer Billy Walters' efforts to build up to 1,200 homes on land in Las Vegas that was supposed to be left open.
Cherokee County attorney turns up after vanishing, DUI (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Cherokee County officials are trying to unravel a mystery involving the county's longtime attorney, Mark Mahler. This much they know: Mahler has been in WellStar Kennestone Hospital since Friday, after being arrested by Cobb County police, who found him lying in a parking lot in Kennesaw. What they don't know is Mahler's whereabouts or actions in the days prior to his arrest.
Attorney General Drops Planned Parenthood Investigation (WISH-TV Indianapolis)
Planned Parenthood of Indiana claims a victory against the state. The organization and the Indiana Attorney General have been fighting over access to medical records. Thursday, the AG gave up.
Attorney involved in Aspen Country Inn senior housing issue (Aspen Daily News)
A senior citizen who is facing expulsion from the Aspen Country Inn has retained an attorney to try to keep her deed-restricted apartment, but a top housing official says that's not likely to happen.
A Lawyer in Marine Corps Khaki Wins Australian Support for His Guantánamo Client (New York Times)
A U.S. military lawyer for an Australian being held at Guantánamo Bay is gaining supporters for his client?s release.
Attorney: Suit not barrier to plaza talks (Palm Beach Daily news)
The Town Council is free to consider a new request from the Royal Poinciana Plaza owners and its development team despite an unresolved lawsuit between the town and plaza owners, Town Attorney John Randolph said. \
Female Stalker Invades Lawyer's Home (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - Local lawyer John Fitzgibbons, in Washington on business Tuesday night, finished his dinner and called home to check his voice mail.
Jury hires attorney for case with gas company (The Natchez Democrat)
VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday to hire an attorney to represent the parish tax assessor in legal proceedings against a gas company.
Hauck's lawyer calls condo search without warrant illegal (Deseret Morning News)
Everything that police saw, touched or took from accused killer Jeremy Hauck's home should be tossed out of court because it violates his constitutional rights, his lawyer said.
Charles Raulston Ray, attorney for many big cases, dies at age 65 (Tennessean)
Charles Raulston Ray, an attorney long considered a pillar of Nashville's criminal defense bar, died Wednesday after a heart attack. He was 65.
Attorney Charles Ray, known for his courage and compassion, dies (Tennessean)
Charles Raulston Ray, an attorney long considered a pillar of Nashville's criminal defense bar, died Wednesday after a heart attack. He was 65. Mr. Ray had a number of high-profile criminal cases in state and federal court but was also respected for his civil case work.
Judge calls move to city attorney's post 'exciting' (Rocky Mountain News)
A Denver District Court judge with a humorous streak has been named Denver's new city attorney.
Attorney to be lauded with humanitarian award (Asbury Park Press)
TOMS RIVER — Attorney Robert C. Novy will be honored with a humanitarian award today as part of a luncheon that will also honor the volunteers of the Alzheimer's Respite Care program of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey.
County attorney's spokesman to get counseling for language (The Arizona Republic)
A Maricopa County Attorney's office public official will be counseled and possibly reprimanded for heated e-mails sent to an Arizona State University professor. Certain members of the public cannot attend press conferences.
Jury was tainted: lawyer (Newsday)
Limo jurors broke rules during deliberations with secret confab outside court, Heidgen's counsel claims in motion seeking new trial Martin Heidgen's murder conviction ought to be set aside because jurors broke the rules during their deliberations by discussing the case with their families, meeting secretly to confer and considering facts that were off limits, Heidgen's lawyer claims in a motion.
Madonna accepts Malawi adoption ruling: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Madonna has no problem with a Malawi court ruling that allows human rights groups to participate in a judicial review of her adoption of a Malawian child, the singer's lawyer said on Friday.
Unpopular tenant get's attorney's help (The Aspen Times)
Sheryl Robinson, the 72-year-old Aspen woman fighting expulsion from a senior housing project, now has an attorney acting on her behalf.
Tampa woman accused of stalking attorney (Bay News 9 Tampa Bay)
A man known for his high-profile sex offender client is now a victim himself. John Fitzgibbons, the attorney who represented Debra LaFave, is the subject of a stalker's affections.
Gaming Commission fires attorney general (Jefferson City News Tribune)
The Missouri Gaming Commission voted Wednesday to fire Attorney General Jay Nixon as its attorney after a dispute between the commission and Nixon over the fate of a Caruthersville casino.
Defense Attorney Seeks New Trial In L.I. Limo Crash (WNBC)
The attorney for a man who crashed into a wedding limousine and killed the chauffeur and a little girl has asked a Long Island court for a new trial.
Man sues injury lawyer over golf incident (UPI)
CHICAGO, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A man playing golf at a Lemont, Ill., country club claims he received a concussion from a ball hit by a prominent personal-injury lawyer.
SR city manager, attorney get raises (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Santa Rosa City Manager Jeff Kolin and City Attorney Brien Farrell, who got pay raises in February, have had their salaries boosted once again. Kolin, who was earning $200,100 a year, will receive $206,880, while Farrell will see his salary jump from $154,680 to $167,700 a year.
Former W.Va. lawyer files for bankruptcy (Charleston Daily Mail)
MORGANTOWN -- A former Morgantown lawyer disbarred for misappropriating millions from the estates of two sisters has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. John Patrick Ball filed the papers Oct. 31 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Clarksburg.
Incoming Carson City District Attorney Names Top Assistant (News 4 Reno)
Neil Rombardo, Carson City's newly elected district attorney, has picked a high-ranking deputy attorney general to work with him when he begins his term in January.
Falk Concedes Attorney General Race to Van Hollen (Iowa Farmer)
Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, a Democrat, last week conceded the election for attorney general to her Republican opponent, J.B. Van Hollen. On election night, Falk refused to concede the race because it was so close - results indicated each candidate had 50 percent of the votes.
Lawyer says Madonna has no problem with adoption ruling (ABC 7 Chicago)
Madonna accepts a High Court ruling allowing a coalition of human rights groups to monitor her as she tries to adopt a Malawian toddler, the singer's lawyer said Thursday.
Bogus lawyer goes to jail (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
SANTA BARBARA (AP) – A man who posed as a lawyer got his own day in court – and then he went to jail.
Attorney: Star Packaging case sets precedent (Gazette Extra Sports)
Businesses statewide will feel the ramifications of a Walworth County judge's decision allowing an identity-theft case against a Whitewater businessman to continue, a defense attorney said Thursday.
Naples attorney Tom Grady has joined McCollum's transitition team (Bonita Daily News)
Naples securities attorney Tom Grady has joined the transitition team of Attorney General-elect Bill McCollum. The transition members will review the current operations of the Attorney General's office including its budget, structure and personnel.
Chinese ‘barefoot lawyer’ loses case (Financial Times)
Courts in China have ruled against a blind lawyer and a Chinese researcher for a US newspaper in two cases that have attracted international attention.
Tingle Wins Warren County Attorney Seat (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
The controversy over the Warren County attorney's race is now over.
Va. Lawyer's Killer Gets 33-Year Sentence (Washington Post)
The man who killed a Fairfax County lawyer last year while both were on a crack-smoking binge in a Route 1 motel was sentenced today to 33 years in prison.
Memphis Attorney Wanted Billboards at Center of Scandal (The Memphis Flyer)
The real estate at the center of the City Council corruption scandal is located north of Interstate 240 near Perkins in the Quince planning district. The applicant who was rebuffed by the Land Use Control Board was attorney William H. Thomas, according to public records.
Madonna accepts Malawi adoption ruling: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Madonna has no problem with a Malawi court ruling that allows human rights groups to participate in a judicial review of her adoption of a Malawian child, the singer's lawyer says.
Glover appoints new city attorney (KTBS Shreveport)
Shreveport City Attorney Ramon Lafitte is out as the city's chief legal counsel as Mayor Cedric Glover puts his imprint on City Hall. Glover has appointed Assistant City Attorney Terry Scott as acting city attorney.
Attorney: Southern system stalling investigation (The Advocate)
There's a new twist in the investigation of sexual harassment allegations against the Southern University system chairman. The system is refusing to cooperate with the man charged with finding the truth of the matter. Mark Falcon is the independent attorney hired by the governor's office to conduct the investigation.
District Attorney to Decide Gibbons-Mazzeo Assault Case (KLAS Las Vegas)
Metro has completed its investigation in the Jim Gibbons-Chrissy Mazzeo assault case. The Clark County district attorney will now make the final decision.
INTERVIEW - Poisoning more proof Scaramella not killer - lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
ROME (Reuters) - Mario Scaramella's poisoning by the same type of radiation that killed a former Russian agent last week is further proof that the Italian KGB expert is not the killer, Scaramella's lawyer told Reuters on Friday.
Gresham council says city attorney has improved (Gresham Outlook)
After a rocky review last year, Gresham City Attorney Susan Bischoff received a mixed evaluation on Thursday, Nov. 30.
Attorney escapes contempt charge for failing to show up at client's trial (Naples Daily News)
A Bonita Springs attorney charged with contempt of court after failing to show up for her client's trial last month agreed Friday to do community service, take a professionalism class for lawyers and make a $250 donation to charity in exchange for prosecutors dropping the case.
NUKED SPY CASE LAWYER IS DYING (Daily Record)
A LAWYER friend of former spy Alexander Litvinenko is dying from the same radioactive poison. A senior Scotland Yard source said yesterday Italian Mario Scaramella's chance of survival was "virtually nil".
Man gets 33 years in lawyer's death (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
FAIRFAX, Va. A man convicted in the death of a Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer whose body was found in a burning car has been sentenced to 33 years...
Man gets 33 years in lawyer's death (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
FAIRFAX, Va. A man convicted in the death of a Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer whose body was found in a burning car has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Man gets 33 years in lawyer's death (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
FAIRFAX, Va. A man convicted in the death of a Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer whose body was found in a burning car has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Jury hires attorney for case with gas company (The Natchez Democrat)
VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday to hire an attorney to represent the parish tax assessor in legal proceedings against a gas company.
Kaua‘i county attorney resigns (The Garden Island)
Nakazawa served during highly litigious period by Lester Chang - THE GARDEN ISLAND County Attorney Lani Nakazawa stepped down from her job effective noon yesterday, to explore other positions in the administration of Mayor Bryan Baptiste.
County attorney to draft ambulance ordinance (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — Adams County may soon have an ordinance to regulate ambulance services. County Attorney Bob Latham said he was planning to have an ordinance that would regulate ambulance services to the board of supervisors this week.
Ariz. attorney general's legal opinion says cigarette tax 80 cents a pack (Tucson Citizen)
PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says a voter-approved tobacco tax increase is the 80 cents per pack the language of the law calls for, not the less than a penny per pack the election ballot mistakenly stated.