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Legal News 02/2007



Bar, lawyer can’t find solution, so case to go on (New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: There was no sign of a settlement in the action taken by a lawyer against the Malaysian Bar over the forged Bar Council ballot papers.
Attorney General Promises to Detail Spying Program (NPR)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales tells Congress that he will hand over some legal documents describing the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program. The pledge ends a two-week standoff between Congress and the White House.
State attorney identifies two killed in shootout at sheriff's home (Tampa Bay's 10)
MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two men were wearing disguises when they killed a Florida sheriff's wife and a deputy who tried to save her. State attorney Steven Meadows says one of the men had been unable to collect life insurance in the death of his wife.
Harman breaks ministerial ranks over loss of public trust in attorney general (Guardian Unlimited)
The constitutional affairs minister, Harriet Harman, is to break ranks by arguing that public trust in the role of the attorney general has been undermined, and this should be addressed by requiring his legal advice, including on issues such as the legality of military action, to be published as a matter of course.
Attorney General defends decision to end BAE probe (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The British Attorney General has defended the controversial decision to end a corruption inquiry into defence manufacturer BAE Systems, saying Saudi Arabia's "particular constitutional position" was one of the main reasons behind the choice.
Attorney removes himself from master plan hearing (Asbury Park Press)
After some Planning Board members' concerns, Board Attorney Dennis Collins removed himself from presiding over the hearings of the draft master plan. Wednesday's meeting was then canceled minutes after it started. The problem was one of Collins' other clients, CJS Investments, of Farmingdale, has an application to build a major housing development off Shafto Road. That development, named Rose ...
N.Y. Attorney Vows to Fight 'Nunchaku Intolerance' (Law.com)
A New York attorney has vowed to appeal a federal judge's denial of his challenge to his arrest for possession in his home of two "chuka sticks," or "nunchaku." James M. Maloney called the statute that prohibits possession of the weapon "nothing less than draconian." But U.S. District Judge Arthur Spatt made short work of the claim that New York's Penal Law violated Maloney's First Amendment ...
Former Lead Plaintiff's Guilty Plea May Spell Trouble for Lawyer Lerach (Law.com)
Plaintiffs lawyer William Lerach has stayed outside the reach of investigators eyeing a kickback scheme at his old firm, Milberg Weiss, but a guilty plea in the case Wednesday might change that. Steven Cooperman, a former ophthalmologist convicted of insurance fraud, admitted to taking payments for being lead plaintiff in class actions filed by Milberg Weiss over 12 years. The charging documents ...
Irate magistrate rips high-profile defense lawyer for no-show (Boston Herald)
High-profile lawyer Stephen Hrones, representing a Mattapan man accused of hacking his father to pieces, prompted a tirade by Magistrate Gary D. Wilson when he failed to show up for his client's...
Attorney general to give domestic spying documents to senators (WLUC TV 6)
WASHINGTON Secret documents on America's domestic spying program will be given to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is ending a two-week standoff with the panel today, by announcing he will turn over the material.
Guantanamo inmates shown Saddam hanging photos: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Guantanamo Bay prison inmates were shown photographs of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein hanging from a rope following his execution, lawyers for Australia's only Guantanamo inmate said on Thursday.
Attorney will file appeal of murder conviction of San Diego woman (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO - An attorney representing a 33-year-old mother of four plans to file an appeal following her conviction for first-degree murder in the poison death of her 23-year-old Marine husband, whose 250,000 life insurance policy she used in part to pay for breast implants.
Attorney: Accused Camp Pendleton Marine didn't get fair hearing (North County Times)
NORTH COUNTY -- An attorney for a Marine lieutenant charged with assaulting three Iraqis last year is alleging that a hearing officer violated his client's right to a fair hearing.
Guantanamo inmates shown Saddam hanging photos: lawyer (Washington Post)
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Guantanamo Bay prison inmates were shown photographs of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein hanging from a rope following his execution, lawyers for Australia's only Guantanamo inmate said on Thursday.
Killer’s attorney no-show for appeal (The Advocate)
The lead attorney for Shedran Williams, convicted last year in the 2004 shooting death of Baton Rouge Police Lt. Vickie Wax, failed to show up for two hearings this week to argue why his client deserves a new trial.
Attorney: Zone Junction Avenue as commercial (Rapid City Journal)
STURGIS - The Sturgis Planning and Zoning Commission should rezone Junction Avenue as commercial property to help attract year-round businesses, local attorney Bryce Flint told the commission Tuesday.
Attorney general receives complaint (Opelika-Auburn News)
A complaint claiming that the Auburn City Council violated the Alabama Open Meetings Act is has been received by the office of Attorney General Troy King.
Former Lead Plaintiff's Guilty Plea May Spell Trouble for Lawyer Lerach (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Plaintiffs lawyer William Lerach has stayed outside the reach of investigators eyeing a kickback scheme at his old firm, Milberg Weiss, but a guilty plea in the case Wednesday might change that.
N.Y. Attorney Vows to Fight 'Nunchaku Intolerance' (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A New York attorney has vowed to appeal a federal judge's denial of his challenge to his arrest for possession in his home of two "chuka sticks," or "nunchaku." James M. Maloney called the statute that prohibits possession of the weapon "nothing less than draconian."
Federal judge won't seek U.S. attorney post in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times)
Dickran Tevrizian, a leading candidate for the L.A. post, is said to have withdrawn his name. Longtime federal judge Dickran M. Tevrizian has withdrawn his name from consideration as the next U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, it was learned Wednesday.
Attorney general turns over spy-court documents (Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday expanded Congress’ access to classified documents detailing the government’s domestic spying program but still didn’t satisfy several lawmakers demanding information about surveillance.
New charges to be brought against Khodorkovsky on Feb 5 - lawyer (Part2) (Interfax)
MOSCOW. Feb 1 (Interfax) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office plans to bring new charges against former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky on February 5, a lawyer has said. "Charges will be brought at 2:00 p.m. local time on Monday.
New charges could prevent Khodorkovsky's early release - lawyer (Interfax)
MOSCOW. Feb 1 (Interfax) - New criminal charges could prevent former Yukos (RTS: YUKO) head Mikhail Khodorkovsky being allowed an early release from prison, defense lawyer Yury Shmidt said.
Uganda: Muslims Threaten Mubajje's Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
MUZAMIR Kibeedi, the lawyer representing the Mufti in a case on the illegal sale of Muslim land, survived being lynched at court yesterday.
Interim U.S. attorney for Ariz. named (The Arizona Republic)
The Department of Justice, dodging recommendations from Arizona's two U.S. senators, has nominated veteran prosecutor Daniel Knauss as an interim replacement for Paul Charlton, the U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona.
Lawyer wants evidence held (The Republican)
SPRINGFIELD - A defense lawyer for a man accused of killing federally protected birds probably will lose his bid to suppress evidence videotaped and seized at a Sunderland trout hatchery, a judge said yesterday.
No plea deal in works for Dassey, lawyer says (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
MILWAUKEE The lawyer for a teen accused in the murder of a young photographer said Wednesday that they are not negotiating a plea deal that would entail the youth testifying against his uncle.
Lawyer wants evidence held (The Republican)
SPRINGFIELD - A defense lawyer for a man accused of killing federally protected birds probably will lose his bid to suppress evidence videotaped and seized at a Sunderland trout hatchery, a judge said yesterday.
Attorney defends Saudi decision (ePolitix via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Saudi Arabia's "particular constitutional position" was a key reason the investigation into bribery allegations against BAE Systems could not be pursued, according to the attorney general.
Kenney's attorney wants all county judges off the case (The Monterey County Herald)
An attorney for the 72-year-old man who allegedly shot his Carmel Valley neighbors to death wants all Monterey County judges to withdraw from the case because he expects to call at least two of them as witnesses.
Lawyer blames deputies (The Salinas Californian)
A lawyer for a Carmel Valley man accused of double murder says the Monterey County Sheriff's Office could have prevented the fatal encounter, an assertion that sheriff's officials say is unfounded.
State attorney I-D's two killed in shootout at sheriff's home (The Daily Comet)
Authorities say two men were wearing disguises when they killed a northwest Florida sheriff's wife and a deputy who tried to save her. Florida state attorney Steven Meadows says one of the men had been unable to collect life insurance in the death of his wife.
Attorney general says he'll release spy data (The Buffalo News)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said Wednesday he will give the Senate Judiciary Committee secret documents detailing the government's domestic spying program, ending a two-week standoff.
Stachowski leaving as town attorney (The Buffalo News)
Cheektowaga Town Attorney Michael J. Stachowski is stepping down after seven years in the post. Deputy Town Attorney Kevin Schenk will take over as town attorney, Supervisor James J. Jankowiak said Wednesday. He said Schenk will be full-time.
Ronell Wilson's Attorney Said His Client Wanted To Plead Guilty (NY1 News)
The attorney for detective killer Ronell Wilson says his client wanted to plead guilty to avoid a death sentence. Appearing on NY1's "The Call" last night, Wilson's lawyer said Wilson was ready to admit his guilt in killing two detectives in 2003, but the government wouldn't accept his plea.
Cop killer's attorney no-show for appeal (KPLC)
BATON ROUGE, La. The lead attorney for Shedran Williams, convicted last year in the shooting death of Baton Rouge Police officer, failed to show up for two hearings this week to argue why his client deserves a new trial.
Retaining one lawyer really the best way to go (Sun-Sentinel)
Q. Should I have more than one immigration lawyer? How do you know which strategy is best?
Schreiber's extradition battle not over: lawyer (CTV.ca)
The legal fight to keep German-born businessman Karlheinz Schreiber in the country is not over, his lawyer said, despite the top court's rejection of his bid to appeal extradition.
Canton lawyer to fill juvenile court seat (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Cherokee County's Superior Court judges appointed Anthony "Tony" Baker as a new juvenile court judge. Baker, a Canton lawyer, will be sworn in Friday. "I am tickled and honored the judges chose me, because that list of candidates were all well qualified," he said.
Jailed stalker 'targeted lawyer' (BBC News)
A lawyer who played a key role in a vicious stalking case tells how she also become the target of the tormentor.
Look who schools left out: Lawyer, doctor couple, M.Phil parents (Indian Express via Yahoo! India News)
Got a post-graduate degree? You probably don't have the flashy school to match, or live in the "right" locality. Even highly qualified, professional parents are out of the loop as far as nursery admissions are concerned. Take Atul Rathi, a High Court lawyer, who lives in Kashmere Gate. Rathi studied in the National Public School, while wife went to B M Ganges School in Civil Lines. Now, the ...
Lawyer Considering Kraft Injunction (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer for plaintiffs in a case against Altria Group Inc. said Thursday he is considering filing an injunction to stop the tobacco company's spinoff of food maker Kraft Foods.
Attorney General Seeks To Settle Vehicle Emissions Suit (KSBW Salinas)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is asking the six largest U.S. and Japanese automakers to settle a lawsuit in which the state seeks millions of dollars in damages caused by vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases.
Tucsonan named interim U.S. attorney for Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
The Department of Justice, dodging recommendations from Arizona's two U.S. senators, has named veteran federal prosecutor Daniel Knauss as interim U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona.
Truscott evidence not disclosed: lawyer (CNews)
Steven Truscott's original trial lawyer was caught in a "Catch-22 situation" in 1959, believing prosecutors would disclose all evidence he could challenge, the Ontario Court of Appeal heard today.
Attorney General would support passage of tougher drug paraphernalia laws (49 ABC News Topeka)
Kansas stores and convenience stores that sell items that could be used for drug consumption may have to discontinue the sale of some items, if the Attorney General and lawmakers have their way.
Attorney General sues Bulk Petroleum over environmental violation (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
DES MOINES, Iowa The Iowa attorney general's office is suing Bulk Petroleum Corporation over charges of failing to comply with underground storage tank...
Quets lawyer petitions for release (The News & Observer)
A lawyer for Allison Quets, the mother who fled to Canada with the twins she gave up for adoption, has asked a federal judge to release her from jail and allow her to live under house arrest at a friend's home in Orlando.
Attorney General sues Bulk Petroleum over environmental violation (KWWL Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa The Iowa attorney general's office is suing Bulk Petroleum Corporation over charges of failing to comply with underground storage tank laws.
Lawyer says federal Conservatives broke many rules to acclaim Calgary MP (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
CALGARY (CP) - A lawyer says the Conservative Party of Canada broke many of its own rules to acclaim Calgary MP Rob Anders as a candidate in the next general election.