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Legal News 03/2007



Police: Attorney Smuggled Saw To Inmate (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
Police have arrested an attorney for smuggling a 14-inch pruning blade into the Douglas County jail.
Dorchester state’s attorney to join AG’s team (The Daily Record)
In the latest of a series of hirings targeting his featured campaign issues, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has convinced the Dorchester County state’s attorney to lead his office’s Environmental Crimes Unit.
Lawyer Defending Marine Wants To Return To Iraq (10 News San Diego)
The lawyer for a Marine squad leader accused of kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi civilian wants to return to Iraq to gather more evidence and interview possible witnesses, saying dangerous conditions hampered efforts the first time around.
County clerk's office open for business after attorney general suspends opinion (The Daily Sentinel)
Got a whole bunch of questions about the attorney general's recent opinion and then his temporary non-enforcement of that opinion regarding public records?
Judge Wants New Counsel for Man Accused of Stabbing Lawyer (Law.com)
A lawyer who was stabbed by his client during jury selection in the man's rape trial will be asked to step down from the case. Superior Court Judge Charles Grabau said he will ask attorney John Courtney to withdraw from the trial of Che Sosa, who allegedly stabbed Courtney with a weapon made out of Plexiglas Tuesday. Sosa lunged at Courtney in Norfolk Superior Court on the first day of jury ...
Registrar counters with lawyer (The Express-Times)
EASTON | Northampton County Chief Registrar Deborah DePaul brought a lawyer to a citizen advisory committee meeting Wednesday to address what she called personal attacks made against her.
Warren attorney appears in 'Best Lawyers' (The Reporter)
BRIDGEWATER -- M. Karen Thompson has been selected for the "Labor and Employment Law" section of "The Best Lawyers in America," 2007 edition. She is an attorney with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, which has its main office on routes 202-206.
County changed contract illegally, attorney says (Herald Standard)
The attorney for the man suing the Fayette County commissioners over his employer not obtaining a copy machine contract for the county told Fayette County Judge Gerald R. Solomon Wednesday that the county modified the bid illegally.
Thomas C. Burke, 82, Lawyer and Trustee, Dies (New York Times)
Thomas C. Burke was a lawyer who was a member of the New York City Board of Education in the 1960s and a trustee of the Altman Foundation.
Fired U.S. attorney alleges political pressure (Dallas Morning News)
WASHINGTON – A political tempest over the mass firing of federal prosecutors escalated Wednesday with allegations from the departing U.S. attorney in New Mexico, who said that two members of Congress attempted to pressure him to speed up an investigation of Democrats just before the November elections.
Attorney set upon by client pulled off the case (Boston Herald)
Despite bravely vowing to report back to court, a Malden attorney attacked by his client this week is being ordered off the case. It took a Norfolk Superior Court judge just five minutes yesterday to...
Lawyer requests visit to Iraq (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Attorney for Marine accused of killing Iraqi wants to gather more evidence. CAMP PENDLETON - The lawyer for a Marine squad leader accused of kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi civilian said Wednesday he wants to return to Iraq to gather more evidence and interview possible witnesses.
Merck hid drug's risks, lawyer says in trial here (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
EDWARDSVILLE — Pharmaceutical giant Merck ignored warnings and tried to cover up risks associated with its blockbuster painkiller Vioxx, a lawyer Wednesday told the jurors in the case of a Granite City woman who died suddenly of a heart attack after spending 20 months on the drug.
Russell C. Brooks, 41; attorney challenged Endangered Species Act (Los Angeles Times)
Russell C. Brooks, 41, a Seattle attorney best known for challenging Endangered Species Act protections for salmon, steelhead and killer whales — protections he deemed government overreaching — died Sunday of a heart attack, the Pacific Legal Foundation said.
U.S. attorney seeks Corzine's records (Philly.com)
The U.S. attorney yesterday subpoenaed records from Gov. Corzine's office, part of a widening investigation into whether lawmakers personally profited by steering money to certain causes.
Facing leash-law ticket, assistant city attorney accused of flashing her badge (Rocky Mountain News)
A day after City Attorney Larry Manzanares resigned, an assistant city attorney was accused of trying to use her position to avoid animal control violations.
Lawyer wounded in courtroom attack ready to return (Boston Globe)
A Malden lawyer whose client reportedly slashed him in the face and chest Tuesday with a makeshift knife in a Dedham courtroom plans to return to court today, the lawyer's wife said yesterday.
Lawyer committed to civil rights causes (Chicago Sun-Times)
Will Maslow -- a civil rights lawyer and former leader of the American Jewish Congress who headed a panel appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to investigate discrimination and helped organize the 1963 civil rights march on Washington that culminated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech -- died Friday at his Manhattan home at age 99.
Lawmakers grill Palin's attorney-general pick (Anchorage Daily News)
State senators on Wednesday grilled Gov. Sarah Palin's prospective attorney general on a legal opinion many clearly disagreed with: that the governor could not remove a university regent under federal indictment.
Accused lawman gets new attorney (The Monterey County Herald)
A Soledad police sergeant accused of beating the mother of his two children has hired a new attorney and is expected to ask the court to let him withdraw the plea he entered in January.
Fired attorney alleges pressure tactics (San Jose Mercury News)
The fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico says he was pressured by two members of Congress before the November elections about the pace of an ongoing public corruption probe that targets local Democrats.
Attorney: Police Chief And Police Dog Earn Degrees From Same Online School (WTOV 9 Steubenville)
FOSTORIA, Ohio -- An attorney challenging the authority of Fostoria's police chief says the northwest Ohio department's police dog and the chief have criminal justice degrees from the same online school.
Huntsville Attorney Comments on Seat Belt Recommendations (WHNT-TV Huntsville)
Huntsville attorney Mark McDaniel joined NewsChannel 19's Jerry Hayes and Elise Morgan for our exclusive live web coverage on WHNT.com, on the school bus safety task force's two recommendations about seat belts.
U.S. attorney Bob Balfe speaks to GOP (NWAnews.com)
BENTONVILLE — Bob Balfe, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, talked about the priorities of his office Tuesday. (Benton County Daily Record)
Lawyer-Stabbing Suspect Returns To Court (CBS 4 Boston)
Heavy security is expected at a Dedham courthouse Thursday, when a man accused of stabbing his lawyer returns to court. The rape suspect allegedly lunged at his own attorney in court Tuesday, slashing him in the face and chest with a sharp piece of plexiglass. More Massachusetts News
Denver Attorney Helps With Anna Nicole Smith Case (CBS4 Denver)
A well known Denver attorney is involved in the complicated international legal battle over custody of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter and where to bury the late reality television star. Frank Azar was in the Bahamas this week to help represent Smith's mother in the court proceedings.
Lawyer tells Salinas growers to prepare for E. coli outbreaks (The Fresno Bee)
A lawyer who sues companies over food borne illnesses told growers to prepare for future E. coli outbreaks and admit responsibility quickly if they are the source to tainted produce.
Attorney general says resolution near for death cases (The Daily Comet)
A top state official hints there may be a resolution to the ethics issue that brought executions to a halt in North Carolina. Attorney General Roy Cooper told reporters today after a Senate committee meeting that information was, in his words, "coming forth very soon, maybe as early as today."
Man Accused Of Stabbing Lawyer Appears In Court (WCVB TheBostonChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A man accused of stabbing his lawyer in a Dedham courtroom returned to court Thursday.
UBS Executive, Ex-Morgan Lawyer Charged With Fraud (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)
March 1 (Bloomberg) -- A UBS AG executive, a former Morgan Stanley lawyer and 11 others were charged with participating in insider trading and bribery schemes that netted $8 million.
AG Names Private Attorney To Head Big Dig Criminal Probe (WCSH 6 Portland)
Attorney General Martha Coakley has named a private investigator to lead the criminal probe into last summer's fatal ceiling panel collapse in a Big Dig tunnel.
Ex-McAfee Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
McAfee Inc.'s former top lawyer pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court to charges of stock options tampering in an alleged attempt to enrich himself at the expense of the computer security software maker's shareholders.
Feds, SEC go after Ponte Vedra Beach lawyer (BizJournals)
A Ponte Vedra Beach lawyer is being charged in federal court and sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly selling stock he could not legally sell.
Newtown Man Appointed State's Attorney (Newtown Bee)
The state Criminal Justice Commission has appointed a Newtown man to serve as the state's attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury.
Former McAfee lawyer pleads not guilty to stock tampering charges (KXAN 36 Austin)
SAN FRANCISCO McAfee Incorporated's former top lawyer pleaded not guilty today in federal court to charges of stock options tampering.
Griham gets life prison, plus 84 months for attorney abduction (FOX 10 Mobile)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A 37-year-old man convicted in the carjacking abduction of a Birmingham attorney has been sentenced to life in prison plus 84 months. Dedrick...
Griham gets life in prison, plus 7 years for attorney abduction (FOX 10 Mobile)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A 37-year-old man convicted in the carjacking abduction of a Birmingham attorney has been sentenced to life in prison plus seven years. Dedrick...
Seattle attorney joins PGE board (BizJournals)
Portland General Electric Co. has appointed Seattle attorney Rodney L. Brown Jr. to its board.
Foster mother's attorney wants new trial, cites jury prejudice (Dayton Daily News)
The defense attorney for Liz Carroll, the foster mother who was found guilty of murdering 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel, wants a new trial because he said one of the jurors who convicted his client was prejudiced.
Outbreak Lawyer Talks To Local Ag Leaders (KSBW Salinas)
A lawyer representing about 90 plaintiffs in lawsuits stemming from the 2006 spinach E. coli outbreak spoke to a group of agricultural leaders in Salinas Wednesday.
Security heavy for man accused of courtroom attack on lawyer (WPRI 12 Providence)
DEDHAM, Mass. The man accused of stabbing his own lawyer at his rape trial earlier this week returned to court today under heavy security.
Aurora Attorney Joins Legal Team Of Anna Nicole Smith's Mom (ABC 7 Denver)
DENVER -- An Aurora lawyer is now part of the legal team representing Anna Nicole Smith's mother in a fight to be part of her granddaughter's life. Franklin Azar said Houston attorney John O'Quinn asked him to be part of the case. The two have worked together previously in lawsuits against Wal-Mart.
U.S. attorney says corruption fight goes on (Asbury Park Press)
A day after sending subpoenas to Gov. Jon S. Corzine's office, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie on Thursday vowed to continue combating public corruption no matter where it might be found. "I do not believe that any public corruption in the state of New Jersey by any public official is acceptable,'' Christie said. "So whether it is a zoning board member in Monmouth County or whether it's ...
U.S. attorney says corruption fight goes on (phillyburbs.com)
TRENTON, N.J. - A day after sending subpoenas to Gov. Jon S. Corzine's office, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie on Thursday vowed to continue combating public corruption no matter where it might be found.
DM Physician In Fraud Scheme Says He Can't Afford Lawyer (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
A Des Moines-area doctor ordered to turn over more than $400,000 in a federal fraud case says he can't afford a lawyer for additional court proceedings.
Physician in fraud scheme says he can't afford lawyer (WOI-TV Des Moines)
DES MOINES, Iowa A Des Moines-area doctor ordered to turn over more than 400-thousand dollars in a federal fraud case says he can't afford a lawyer for additional court proceedings.
Attorney: We'll Keep Up Corruption Fight in N.J. (1010 WINS New York)
A day after sending subpoenas to Gov. Jon S. Corzine's office, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie on Thursday vowed to continue combating public corruption no matter where it might be found. "I do not believe that any public corruption in the state of New Jersey by any public official is acceptable,'' Christie said.
U.S. Attorney Says Firing Had Political Origins (NPR)
David Iglesias, who until this week was the United States attorney in New Mexico, says that his firing is tied to political pressure put on him in October by two members of Congress. So far, Iglesias has refused to name them, but that may change.
U.S. Attorney Says Firing Had Political Origins (NPR)
David Iglesias, who until this week was the United States attorney in New Mexico, says that his firing is tied to political pressure put on him in October by two members of Congress. So far, Iglesias has refused to name them, but that may change.
US charges against Australia's Hicks 'made up': lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US charges against Australia's Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks are "made up" and prove there is no basis for holding him, his lawyer said on Friday, as Hicks claimed he had suffered abuse behind bars.