Home > Legal News

Legal News 01/2007 (Page 16)



Suburbs criticize Detroit water system lawyer's $367K bill (Lansing State Journal)
DETROIT - Suburban officials have criticized the $367,000 charged by a lawyer working for a federal judge overseeing the Detroit water system, which serves about 4 million people in southeastern Michigan. Detroit owns the system and has struggled with the suburbs, where most of its water customers live. The system serves 126 communities in a 1,250-square mile area that covers parts of eight ...
Chicago lawyer named UI trustee (The Champaign News-Gazette)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich has named a Chicago lawyer and University of Illinois graduate to be the newest member of the UI Board of Trustees. James D. Montgomery is a litigator in the Chicago law firm Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery. He earned his bachelor's degree from the UI in 1953 and law degree from the UI College of Law in 1956.
Saddam's former top lawyer threatened (Middle East Times)
AMMAN -- Toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's top defense lawyer is reported to have vanished after Saddam's execution to avoid arrest, one of his colleagues said.
Lawyer: Marine To Plead Guilty To Murder Of Iraqi Civilian (NBC San Diego)
A Marine corporal agrees to plead guilty to murder in the death of an Iraqi man last year, his lawyer said Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Led Stocks, Steroid Probes (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Kevin Ryan may not be a household name, but two criminal investigations that the departing U.S. attorney for coastal Northern California is overseeing are widely known: steroids in sports and stock options backdating by corporate America.
Proposed $1,300 Kingston, Ont., hospital fee illegal: lawyer (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
It would be illegal for a Kingston hospital to charge long-term-care patients $1,300 a day for refusing to go to another facility in order to make room for acute-care patients, a Toronto lawyer says.
Attorney's Resignation Roils California Stock-Options Probe (InformationWeek)
The abrupt resignation earlier this week of Kevin Ryan, the San Francisco-based U.S. Attorney, has left unclear the fate of the task force Ryan established last year to investigate historical stock options granting practices at Northern California companies.
BP pays medical bills for 3, attorney says (Houston Chronicle)
BP has paid the medical bills for three workers who were severely injured at its Texas City refinery blast in 2005, according to their attorney. The three workers, Alisa Dean, Tracy Donaie and Enrique Rivera, charged in November that BP was not complying with the agreement to pay for their health care.
Attorney General Queried On Spy Program (CBS News)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales went before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was put to the test on details of the order to finally put wiretapping under judicial review.
Lawyer: Plea offered to Dunn in HP case (AP via Yahoo! News)
State prosecutors offered to drop felony charges against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and the four other defendants in the company's boardroom spying scandal if they agree to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, a defense lawyer said Thursday.
Attorney General Gets Sharp Questions on Surveillance (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Senators peppered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales with complaints that the Bush administration paid scant attention to civil liberties and made overreaching claims of presidential power during its five-year war on terror.
Lawyer: Judge is biased (The Daily Iberian)
LAFAYETTE — The lawyer for a New Iberia teenager accused of killing three of his friends while driving drunk has asked that a judge be removed from the case due to a possible conflict of interest.
Nevada's US Attorney Steps Down (KOLO 8 Reno)
The U.S. attorney in Nevada said Thursday he will step down, citing "political" reasons as he joined other federal prosecutors announcing resignations in recent weeks.
U.S. will release details on its deportation of Arar, attorney general says (CNews)
WASHINGTON (CP) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he'll release more information about the Maher Arar case.
Bentonville lawyer reprimanded (The Morning News)
The Morning News LITTLE ROCK — The state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct reprimanded a Northwest Arkansas lawyer Thursday.
Proposed $1,300 Kingston, Ont., hospital fee illegal: lawyer (CBC Ottawa)
It would be illegal for a Kingston hospital to charge long-term-care patients $1,300 a day for refusing to go to another facility in order to make room for acute-care patients, a Toronto lawyer says.
Lawyer: Plea offered to Dunn, all others in HP spying case (San Francisco Chronicle)
State prosecutors offered to drop felony charges against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and the four other defendants in the company's boardroom spying scandal if they agree to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, a defense lawyer said...
Lawyer: author shouldn't give up Baltovich notes (CTV.ca)
Forcing an author to turn over his notes and recordings to prosecutors in the Robert Baltovich murder case would cast a pall over all reporters and the work they do, a lawyer for two prominent journalist groups said Thursday.
Disbarred attorney pleads not guilty in corruption case (Boston Globe)
A disbarred attorney who's charged along with the Providence mayor's brother with setting up drug deals so clients could expose them in exchange for more lenient treatment from prosecutors pleaded not guilty Thursday.
Hicks' lawyer blasts new trial rules (Townsville Bulletin)
DAVID Hicks' lawyer has blasted new rules for trying Guantanamo Bay inmates, saying the Australian terrorist suspect has no chance of a fair trial under the system.
Legal fees appeal may delay school payments: victims' lawyer (CNews)
REGINA (CP) — Compensation payments for thousands of survivors of abuse at residential schools could be delayed because Ottawa is moving to appeal millions in legal fees, a lawyer at the heart of the settlement suggested Thursday.
Disbarred attorney pleads not guilty in corruption case (WPRI 12 Providence)
BOSTON A disbarred attorney charged along with the brother of the mayor of Providence has pleaded not guilty in a corruption case.
Hicks' lawyer blasts new trial rules (News Interactive)
DAVID Hicks' lawyer has blasted new rules for trying Guantanamo Bay inmates, saying the Australian terrorist suspect has no chance of a fair trial under the system.
Hicks' lawyer blasts new trial rules (News Interactive)
DAVID Hicks' lawyer has blasted new rules for trying Guantanamo Bay inmates, saying the Australian terrorist suspect has no chance of a fair trial under the system.
Hicks' lawyer blasts new trial rules (News Interactive)
DAVID Hicks' lawyer has blasted new rules for trying Guantanamo Bay inmates, saying the Australian terrorist suspect has no chance of a fair trial under the system.
District Attorney doubts county could have been sued (Elko Daily)
ELKO — In a worst-case scenario — if a shooter had actually injured someone at the wrestling tournament this past weekend — it is unlikely the county could have been held liable in court for not notifying the public there had been a threat, Elko County District Attorney Gary Woodbury said.
Defence lawyer booted from murder case (Calgary Sun)
The lawyer for an accused murderer has been removed from the case because his relationship with other possible suspects prevents him running a “cut-throat” defence.
Aussie detainee's lawyer blasts new rules (UPI)
SYDNEY, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The Army lawyer acting for Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says new rules for U.S. military trials are unfair.
Appeal of Legal Fees May Delay Residential School Payments: Victims' Lawyer (RedNova)
By JENNIFER GRAHAM REGINA (CP) - Compensation payments for thousands of survivors of abuse at residential schools could be delayed because Ottawa is moving to appeal millions in legal fees, a lawyer at the heart of the settlement suggested Thursday.
Lawyer: Plea Offered to Dunn, Others In HP Case (NBC 11 Bay Area)
State prosecutors offered to drop felony charges against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and the four other defendants, according to a defense lawyer.
U.S. attorney general to study Milwaukee crime (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Washington - Sen. Herb Kohl elicited a promise Thursday from U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to look at the rise in violent crime in Milwaukee and tell him whether federal funding could be provided to bolster the police.
Cell phone remains a suspect, lawyer says (San Jose Mercury News)
Did it or didn't it start the fire that severely burned its owner? That question ultimately may be answered in court after a lawyer for a Vallejo man said Thursday that he may sue the manufacturer of a cell phone initially blamed for setting his client on fire.
Lawyer protests train ticket prices to Minister (China Economic Net)
A lawyer in southwest China's Chongqing metropolis has written to the country's Minister of Railways to request fairer prices for standing room and seated train tickets.
Jeffco's attorney resigns again (Denver Post)
Frank Hutfless has resigned as Jefferson County's attorney, his second resignation from the position in six years.
Jackson Attorney Reinstated (WLBT 3)
The State Supreme Court resinstated a Jackson attorney who had been suspended from practicing law for six months last year. The high court said Chokwe Lumumba had satisfied conditions that he retake and pass the ethics portion of the Mississippi Bar Association exam.
KDOT Chief Attorney Becomes Sebelius' Chief Counsel (WIBW-TV Topeka)
The Kansas Department of Transportation's chief attorney soon will become the top lawyer on Governor Sebelius' staff. She is Sally Howard, who's been at Kansas Department of Transportation since 2003 and previously worked in private practice. Her first day on the governor's payroll is January 29th.
City attorney taking off (Memphis Business Journal)
Memphis City Attorney Sara Hall is leaving for a position at Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.
Lawyer Promises Justice In Water Death Suit (CBS 13 Sacramento)
The lawyer for Jennifer Strange's family has promised that someone will pay for the death of this local mother of three. CBS13 spoke with the man who will try to win what could be a very big judgment. Family To Sue Station Over Water Death . Criminal Investigation Launched In Strange's Death
Attorney is named, but not without controversy (The Warren Reporter)
The Greenwich Committee got its fourth municipal attorney in three years when it named a former New Jersey Superior Court judge to the position at the Jan. 1 reorganization meeting.
Lewthwaite evidence weak, says lawyer (News Interactive)
THE evidence against convicted child-killer John Lewthwaite on charges of indecent exposure was "appallingly weak", his lawyer told a Sydney court today.
Lawyer appointed to new judgeship (The Herald-Sun)
Lawyer Drew Marsh was appointed Thursday to a newly created judgeship designed to help deal with wall-bursting, standing-room-only crowds that appear daily for criminal, traffic, juvenile and domestic cases in Durham.
Lawyer won't face financial penalties for letter about clients (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
In a split decision Thursday, a jury absolved a lawyer from Clayton of financial repercussions for writing immigration officials that a couple from India whom he had represented a decade ago lacked good moral character.
Attorney general mum on spy program court orders (ZDNet India)
WASHINGTON--Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' appearance before a key U.S. Senate committee Thursday yielded little new information about the Bush administration's sudden revelation that it would seek court approval for its domestic eavesdropping activities.
US Attorney General comes under fire over Canadian detainee (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez came under fire during a hearing of the Senate judiciary committee over the deportation of Canadian Maher Arar to Syria, where he was jailed and tortured for more than a year.
ATTORNEY GENERAL GIVES FEW ANSWERS: Gonzales grilled on spying program (The Charlotte Observer)
Senators still suspicious of the government's domestic spying program grilled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Thursday over whether new oversight by a secret court will help protect people's privacy rights.
Lawyer challenges Kent's moratorium in Chancery Court (The News Journal)
DOVER -- A nine-month moratorium on new subdivision applications voted in Tuesday night by Levy Court was illegally enacted, according to a petition filed Thursday in Chancery Court by Dover lawyer John W. Paradee.
Murder suspect's lawyer yanked from case (Calgary Sun)
The lawyer for an accused murderer has been removed from the case because his relationship with other possible suspects prevents him from running a "cut-throat" defence.
Little Rock lawyer suspended; Bentonville lawyer reprimanded (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- A Little Rock lawyer was suspended and a Bentonville lawyer was reprimanded in separate actions Thursday.
Lawyer: Cockpit talk not a distraction (Louisville Courier-Journal)
WASHINGTON -- Small talk in the cockpit minutes before a Comair jet crashed in Lexington, Ky., did not distract the crew and lead them to take off on the wrong runway, the lawyer for the co-pilot said yesterday.
WASHINGTON / U.S. attorney was forced out, Feinstein says (San Francisco Chronicle)
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, who announced his resignation Tuesday after 4 1/2 years as the top federal prosecutor in coastal Northern California, actually was fired by the Bush administration, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday. The California Democrat...