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Lawyer in embezzlement case says she was blackmailed with sex tape (Detroit Free Press)
FLINT-- Authorities investigating a lawyer accused of embezzling money from four adults whose finances she was supposed to be managing have made several unusual discoveries in searching Shannon Pitcher's home, storage units and the properties of her friends.
Justices Rule Arbitrator Need Not Disclose Unrelated, Pro-Bono Mediation Involving Same Attorney (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
An arbitrator has no duty to disclose he was an unpaid mediator in a previous, unrelated case in which a party was represented by the same attorney representing a party in the arbitration, this district’s Court of Appeal ruled Friday.
Mid-Michigan Lawyer Says Money Embezzled To Pay Of Sex Tape Blackmailer (WNEM TV 5 Mid-Michigan)
(TV5) -- The evidence is piling up in an embezzlement case against a Mid-Michigan lawyer. Shannon Pitcher is accused of embezzling half a million dollars from her clients.
Officer Hires Attorney After Being Shocked With Taser Gun (WDIV ClickOnDetroit.com via Yahoo! News)
An off-duty Detroit police sergeant who was shocked with a Taser gun in Farmington Hills last week has hired an attorney, Local 4 reported.
Attorney general to review Mashantucket Pequot contracts with MGM (Norwich Bulletin)
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is reviwing contracts between the Mashantucket Pequots and MGM. Foxwoods is partnering with Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage, one of the largest casino conglomerates in the world.
Gangland lawyer stripped of practising certificate (Northern Territory News)
GANGLAND lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson, who will learn today whether she goes to jail for contempt of court, has been stripped of her certificate to practise law.
Gangland lawyer stripped of practising certificate (Townsville Bulletin)
GANGLAND lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson, who will learn today whether she goes to jail for contempt of court, has been stripped of her certificate to practise law.
U.S. Attorney's Office nearly doubles collections in 2006 (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia collected $37.1 million in fiscal 2006 from people and businesses who committed federal crimes or who were civilly indebted to the United States
Ex-lawyer kept photos of nude boys, trial told (CBC Manitoba)
A photo album showing pictures of naked boys was part of the evidence introduced at the the trial of a former lawyer who's charged with sexual assault and making child pornography.
Attorney General Cox, Ottawa County Prosecutor, Holland Police Chief and Michigan State Police Announce First ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Attorney General Mike Cox today announced the guilty plea of Three Oaks, Michigan, resident Robert Michael Lynch, 67, for the 1979 death of Hope College student Janet Chandler.
Ex-lawyer kept photos of nude boys, trial told (CBC Saskatchewan)
A photo album showing pictures of naked boys was part of the evidence introduced at the the trial of a former lawyer who's charged with sexual assault and making child pornography.
Lawyer acquitted (The Herald)
A HARARE lawyer who was facing charges of indecently assaulting his 15-year-old daughter, has been acquitted by a regional magistrates’ court.
Arsonist targeted not only Kato but other lawmakers: lawyer (Japan Today)
YAMAGATA — A 65-year-old man recently indicted for setting fire to the house of Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Koichi Kato in Yamagata Prefecture had targeted other lawmakers as well, the man's lawyer said Monday. Masahiro Horigome is listed as a member of two rightwing groups.
Lawyer for man who killed state trooper weighs what to do next (South Bend Tribune)
Jan. 19 execution date has been set for his client. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for a man who fatally shot a state trooper 13 years ago is weighing what step to take next now that a Jan. 19 execution date has been set.
Lawyer out to stop demolitions (The Star Online)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer has filed a notice of motion seeking to halt the demolition of temples in peninsular Malaysia.
Lawyer beats discipline bid (News Interactive)
A LAUNCESTON lawyer who gave a false denial under oath in 2002 while fighting his dismissal from a legal firm has been cleared of professional misconduct.
Lawyer seeks to 'protect temples' (New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer has sought legal recourse to prevent state governments from demolishing Hindu temples and statues.
Underworld lawyer avoids jail (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
Prominent underworld lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson has avoided jail after a crown appeal against her sentence for contempt of court was dismissed.
Gangland lawyer escapes jail (News Interactive)
GANGLAND lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson escaped jail today after a crown appeal against her sentence for contempt of court was dismissed.
'Incompetent' appeal against lawyer dismissed (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Melbourne criminal lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson has been spared jail for her contempt conviction.
Ky. Attorney General Indicts Four Area Medical Persons for Fraud (WBKO-TV Bowling Green)
Monday, Dec. 18, Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced the indictment and arrest of a Greenville, Ky., respiratory therapist on 29 felony counts of defrauding the Kentucky Medicaid program.
San Diego attorney makes speech at Oxford University tech event (San Diego Daily Transcript via Yahoo! News)
San Diego attorney Maria P. Sendra, chair of Baker & McKenzie's Southern California corporate & securities practice, recently spoke at Oxford University's "Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford" event.
U.S. Attorney Sworn In in Wheeling (WTRF)
Sharon Potter receives ceremonial swearing-in Monday. WHEELING -- For the first time in history, the Northern District of West Virginia has a female U.S. Attorney.
County attorney won't investigate Maplewood (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The Ramsey County attorney's office said Monday it will not investigate alleged improprieties by Maplewood government officials. Among the complaints are possible violations of open-meeting laws, retaliation against employees and potential conflicts of interest. Those and other allegations were raised by former Mayor Bob Cardinal in a letter to Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner last month. ...
County attorney looking into Minot shooting (Minot Daily News)
The case file on the shooting of 37-year-old Michael Moran has been given to the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office, which will now determine whether or not criminal charges need to be filed, according to Sgt. Jay Laudenschlager of the Minot Police Department.
That's No Bull: Damages Reduction Leads to Attorney Fee Cut (Law.com)
In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled for the first time that two legal principles appellate courts use to limit or overturn damage awards also can be applied to attorney fees.
Police officer's attorney faults hiring system (The Express-Times)
LEHIGH TWP. | The defense attorney for a Plainfield Township police officer who is charged with lying about his credentials attempted to blame flaws in the hiring system Monday during the first part of a preliminary hearing.
What his colleagues say about Sy Gaer: Defense Attorney Richard Sharpstein... (Miami Herald)
What his colleagues say about Sy Gaer: Defense Attorney Richard Sharpstein: He kicked my ass as a young prosecutor a couple of times. I thought, 'this guy hasn't taken a single deposition.' And he would get up and just enthrall the jury.
FIR against Delhi Police officials for bashing up lawyer and mother (New Kerala)
New Delhi, Dec 18: An FIR was lodged against a father-son duo, both working with the Delhi Police, after they allegedly bashed up a lawyer and his mother appearing against them in a dowry case.
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.
Attorney: State took aim at bar unfairly (Tallahassee Democrat)
A Tallahassee attorney is incensed over the actions of a state enforcement agency during arrests in an underage-drinking investigation.
Ada County lawyer charged with possession (The Idaho Statesman)
A lawyer with the Ada County public defender's office is charged with possession of cocaine after he was arrest Saturday night following an altercation at the Red Feather Lounge.
Murder suspect given time to hire attorney (Herald & Review)
DECATUR - A 24-year-old Witt man accused of stabbing his wife's lover to death on Dec. 9 in the parking lot of the Pana Wal-Mart was given three weeks to obtain an attorney during an appearance Monday in Christian County Circuit Court.
That's No Bull: Damages Reduction Leads to Attorney Fee Cut (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled for the first time that two legal principles appellate courts use to limit or overturn damage awards also can be applied to attorney fees.
Wichita lawyer to chair Wildlife and Parks Commission (The Wichita Eagle)
Wichita lawyer Kelly Johnston will be the new chairman of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission beginning Jan. 1. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Johnston to the position after accepting the resignation of chairman James Harrington.
Brody attorney refutes report (Miami Herald)
An attorney for Bryan Pata's girlfriend denied Monday that the young woman's brother was involved in the shooting death of the University of Miami football player.
Sparks hires Californian to investigate allegations against city attorney (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Sparks City Council members voted Monday to hire a California investigator to look into allegations of misconduct by the elected city attorney with employees.
Lawyer gets prison for threats to judge (The Plain Dealer)
A disbarred lawyer must serve eight years in prison for trying to intimidate a judge with bogus lawsuits and threats against him and his family, another judge ruled Monday.
Zimbabwe: Lawyer Acquitted (AllAfrica.com)
A HARARE lawyer who was facing charges of indecently assaulting his 15-year-old daughter, has been acquitted by a regional magistrates' court.
Lawyer will succeed Mulroy in Legislature (The Post-Standard)
A local lawyer will fill the Onondaga County Legislature seat Martha Mulroy will leave open when she becomes a Family Court judge in January.
Lawyer for trooper's killer eyes next step (Louisville Courier-Journal)
A lawyer for a New Albany man who fatally shot a state trooper 13 years ago is weighing what step to take now that a Jan. 19 execution date has been set for his client.
Navy lawyer accused of mishandling classified information heads to military court (WAVY 10)
The Article 32 hearing for a Navy lawyer accused of mishandling classified documents is set to begin at Naval Station Norfolk this morning.
Regan lawyer plans lawsuit vs. HarperCollins: paper (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lawyer for Judith Regan, whose plan to publish a book by O.J. Simpson called "If I Did It" ignited a firestorm of criticism, plans to sue HarperCollins for dismissing the publisher in breach of her contract, The New York Times reported on its Web site ...
Regan lawyer plans lawsuit vs. HarperCollins: paper (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Judith Regan, whose plan to publish a book by O.J. Simpson called "If I Did It" ignited a firestorm of criticism, plans to sue HarperCollins for dismissing the publisher in breach of her contract, The New York Times reported on its Web site on Tuesday.
Lawyer: Don't condone race discrimination (The Sun Daily)
PETALING JAYA (Dec 19, 2006): It may not be illegal for private property owners to put up notices denying entry to certain groups but the government should not condone such discrimination, said a human rights lawyer.
France denies visa to Zim’s Attorney-General (ZWNEWS.com)
Harare - The French embassy in Harare last week rejected a visa application by Zimbabwe Attorney General Sobuza Gula-Ndebele who wanted to travel to Paris for an arbitration hearing in a lawsuit filed by dispossessed Dutch farmers.
Lawyer: Marine Leader to Face Charges (ABC News)
Marine Squad Leader to Face Charges in Haditha Killings of 24 Civilians, Lawyer Says
Watson's lawyer blames feds for appeal delay (CTV.ca)
American teacher Malcolm Watson may wait a year to have his appeal of a deportation order heard by immigration officials, his lawyer said Tuesday morning.
Syrian opposition figures headed for trial: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Two prominent Syrian opposition figures lost their appeals for charges against them to be dropped for allegedly publishing false information and provoking dissent, a defence lawyer said.
Sparks Attorney Under Review (KOLO 8 Reno)
The Sparks City Council has hired a California investigator to review allegations of misconduct by City Attorney Chet Adams.