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Legal News 01/2007



Barbour Fills Upcoming Vacancy For South Mississippi District Attorney (WLOX-TV Biloxi)
Gov. Haley Barbour on Thursday tapped a south Mississippi assistant district attorney for promotion as 2007 begins. Hal Kittrell will become district attorney for the 15th Circuit Court District in Pearl River, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Lawrence and Marion counties Monday.
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.
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.
Local: Attorney general: Read health club contracts for your own good (The Nashua Telegraph)
The state attorney general is reminding New Hampshire consumers to pay attention to the New Hampshire Heath Club Act when joining a gym or health club in the New Year. ...
Filipina rape victim angry over transfer of US marine (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the Filipina raped by a US marine has accused the Philippine government of committing a "criminal act" by agreeing to transfer the soldier to US custody pending his appeal.
Attorney consults on legal software (Lawrence Journal-World)
David J. Brown, a Lawrence attorney, has been selected as a consultant by Attorneys’ Computer Network Inc. to assist in development of computer software for use by Kansas divorce lawyers.
Nicole’s lawyer hits government over Smith’s ‘escape’ (INQ7.net)
A LAWYER for the Filipina rape victim on Monday said the sudden return of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith to US custody “really was an escape from jail.”
New county attorney writes to-do list (Deseret Morning News)
Jeff Buhman's New Year's resolutions aren't about weight loss or exercise plans. Instead, come Tuesday, the man who defeated his boss, the longtime incumbent, to become Utah County attorney, wants to re-energize the office of attorneys who prosecute crime cases on behalf of the people in the county.
Allegheny County lawyer charged in fire that injured daughter (The Morning Call)
| Police arriving to serve a lawyer with a protection order found his house on fire, and later charged him with setting the blaze, which critically injured his bedridden daughter.
Election Of Dead Candidate Means Appointee Will Hold Office, Attorney General Says (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- A victory at the polls by a West Memphis City Council member who died before the election leaves the person appointed to fill the vacancy as the office-holder for the coming term, according to a state attorney general's opinion.
New attorney general to target identity theft, meth (Arkansas News Bureau)
By John Lyon Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - Proposals aimed at thwarting identity theft and methamphetamine trafficking are likely to anchor the legislative package that newly elected Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will present during the 2007 legislative session.
Suspect in slay of lady lawyer arrested (Sun Star)
BAGUIO'S most wanted criminal, who was the subject of a nationwide manhunt for the alleged murder of lady lawyer Eugenia Campol of the Public Attorney's Office in Camp 7 over a year ago, was captured by the police in a town of Cavite recently.
Lawyer in DA's office is set to become judge today (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
FORT WORTH -- As a little girl growing up on a cotton farm, Mollee Westfall never dreamed of becoming a criminal court judge.
Noted lawyer dies at age 90 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Rochester lawyer E. James Hickey died Friday at the age of 90.
Nicole’s lawyer hits government over Smith’s ‘escape’ (INQ7.net)
A LAWYER for the Filipina rape victim on Monday said the sudden return of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith to US custody “really was an escape from jail.”
Emergency motion could speed up Bédard release: lawyer (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
An emergency motion that could speed up Canadian Olympic champion Myriam Bedard's release from a U.S. jail will be tabled in a Baltimore courtroom Monday.
New attorney general faces workers' comp court decision (WFMJ Youngstown)
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio's incoming attorney general was a major critic of the scandal-ridden state insurance fund for injured workers during his campaign.
New attorney general faces workers' comp court decision (FOX 45 Dayton)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's incoming attorney general was a major critic of the scandal-ridden state insurance fund for injured workers during his campaign.
The best -- and worst -- in legal news for 2006 (CNN.com)
Miami lawyer Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney and frequent CNN guest analyst, takes a wry look at the best and worst the legal world had to offer in 2006.
New attorney general faces workers' comp court decision (Springfield News-Sun)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's new attorney general made criticism of the scandal-ridden state insurance fund for injured workers a hallmark of his campaign.
FdL District Attorney moving to AGs office (Fond du Lac Reporter)
Fond du Lac Countys long-time District Attorney Thomas Storm is moving on to fill a position in the State Attorney Generals Office. Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager confirmed Monday that she has appointed Storm to be an assistant attorney general for criminal matters. Tom has a wealth of experience as a criminal prosecutor and I think, for him, this is a wonderful professional opportunity, she ...
Well-known personal injury lawyer found dead in home (WAVE 3 Louisville)
Richard Shapero, 63, was found on Sunday. He is known for a U.S. Supreme Court case, Shapero vs. Kentucky Bar Association, which established laws regarding lawyer advertising.
Consumer lawyer Eric Seidel's reports (FOX 13 Tampa Bay)
FOX 13's Eric Seidel is the only consumer reporter in the Tampa Bay area with a law degree. This legal background gives Eric the experience needed to quickly cut through red tape and solve our viewers' consumer-related problems.
Sydney Wooderson, 92, Record-Setting Runner, Dies (New York Times)
Sydney Charles Wooderson, a British lawyer who held the world record for the mile and whose athletic career was interrupted in its prime by World War II, died Dec. 21 in a nursing home in Wareham, in the south of England. He was 92.
Attorney Blackwell bows out (Johnson City Press)
When Assistant U.S. Attorney Guy W. Blackwell Jr. retires Wednesday, he’ll be a little more than one year shy of working 30 years for the United States government.
Get legal help with power of attorney (The Longview News-Journal)
QUESTION: Is there a legal and inexpensive way to do a power of attorney or a medical power of attorney?
Lawyer defends official's role in wooing Scripps (The Palm Beach Post)
In October 2003, Greg Fagan served as tour guide for Scripps executives sizing up Palm Beach County real estate by helicopter and on foot.
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.
Greenwich committee members disagree over mayor, attorney (The Express-Times)
GREENWICH TWP. | The township committee's divisiveness continued Monday with the selection of township mayor and attorney. As has happened before, committee members Elaine Emiliani and Joseph Gurneak split with the committee's three other members on the reappointment of Bill Kanyuck as mayor.
Tenacious prosecutor was loyal Bears fan (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Paul Gartner, who died Saturday on the road to Baylor, was known as an outstanding federal trial lawyer devoted to his family and alma mater.
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.
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.
Obituaries (Washington Post)
Timothy V.A. Dillon, 89, a Washington lawyer who had a solo private practice specializing in environmental law, died of pneumonia Dec. 27 at the Washington Home hospice.
Lawyer Richard Shapero found dead (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Richard Shapero, 63, was found on Sunday. He is known for a U.S. Supreme Court case, Shapero vs. Kentucky Bar Association , which established laws regarding lawyer advertising.
Election Of Dead Candidate Means Appointee Will Hold Office, Attorney General Says (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- A victory at the polls by a West Memphis City Council member who died before the election leaves the person appointed to fill the vacancy as the office-holder for the coming term, according to a state attorney general's opinion.
CNN honors attorney for helping disabled bus riders (Detroit Free Press)
Farmington Hills attorney Richard Bernstein stood atop Times Square on live television with CNN host Anderson Cooper -- not to ring in the new year but to be honored for his doggedness in righting governmental wrongs.
Fond du Lac Co. district attorney named to state post (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
Fond du Lac Countys longtime District Attorney Thomas Storm is moving on to fill a position in the state attorney generals office.
FdL District Attorney moving to AGs office (Fond du Lac Reporter)
Fond du Lac Countys long-time District Attorney Thomas Storm is moving on to fill a position in the State Attorney Generals Office.
Lawyer has knack for tough cases (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Steve Romines is described by other lawyers, including some of his competitors, as Louisville's hottest criminal defense attorney.
Lawyer Richard Shapero dies (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Personal injury lawyer Richard Shapero, best known for his U.S. Supreme Court case establishing laws regarding lawyer advertising, died at his Louisville home Sunday.
MetLife settles NY State Attorney General investigation for $19mn (New Ratings)
NEW YORK, January 2 (newratings.com) – MetLife Inc ( MET.NYS ), the largest US group life insurer, Friday announced that it had agreed to settle an investigation by the New York State Attorney General into fees paid by the company to insurance brokers.
Edgewater borough attorney out in '07 (NorthJersey.com)
EDGEWATER -- Bob Regan, who has been the borough attorney here since Jimmy Carter was president, will not be reappointed next year, he said. Borough attorneys are appointed by the mayor, with the consent of the council. Regan said he has learned that he would not be reappointed next month.
A new perspective for new attorney general (The Plain Dealer)
Columbus -- Ohio's new attorney general made criticism of the scandal-ridden state insurance fund for injured workers a hallmark of his campaign.
Well-known personal injury lawyer found dead (WHAS 11 Louisville)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A well-known personal injury lawyer was found dead at his home in Louisville. Richard Shapero, 63, was found on Sunday. He is known for a U.S. Supreme Court case, Shapero vs. Kentucky Bar Association, which established laws regarding lawyer advertising.
Attorney-client relation (The Manila Times)
The attorney-client relation in a case continues until the court approves the lawyer’s withdrawal of appearance from it. This was virtually the ruling of the Supreme Court in Estela Anastacio-Briones v. Atty. Alfredo A. Zapanta (Adm. Case 6266, prom. November 16, 2006).
Fond du Lac County District Attorney Takes State Job (WBAY Green Bay)
Thomas Storm accepted a job as an assistant attorney general.
Bedard daughter not eating, U.S. lawyer says (CTV.ca)
The daughter of former Olympian Myriam Bedard appears to be on a hunger strike as her mother awaits word on when she will be transferred from a U.S. jail back to Quebec.
Marcos victims’ lawyer offers to split with RP $25M deposit (INQ7.net)
A LAWYER representing victims of human rights violations during the regime of former strongman Ferdinand Marcos offered on Tuesday to split with the Presidential Commission on Good Government $25 million in disputed Marcos assets being held by the Singapore branch of a German bank.
A Cuomo returns to Albany as attorney general is sworn in (The Buffalo News)
ALBANY - Flanked by his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo on Monday took the ceremonial oath of office for attorney general. The brief swearing in marked the return of the family name to Albany after 12 years.
Philippines defends handover of Marine (AP via Yahoo! News)
Philippine officials defended their decision Tuesday to transfer a U.S. Marine convicted of rape from a local jail to the American Embassy, and a lawyer for the victim filed a contempt of court complaint against them.