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Legal News 04/2007



Former Attorney General Morales released from halfway house (Austin American-Statesman)
His sentence was trimmed for good behavior. SAN ANTONIO — Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales became a free man Friday, getting about six months trimmed off his four-year sentence for good behavior, authorities said.
Former Texas Attorney General Out of Jail (WOAI)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales became a free man Friday, getting about six months trimmed off his four-year sentence on account of good behavior, authorities said.
Republican lawmaker urges attorney general to step down (WLUC TV 6)
WASHINGTON Another Republican is calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign.
Bush fills attorney posts with insiders (Pioneer Press)
WASHINGTON - About one-third of the nearly four dozen U.S. attorney jobs that have changed hands since President Bush began his second term have been filled by the White House and Justice Department with trusted administration insiders.
County Attorney's Wife Sues Schools (Washington Post)
The wife of the Charles county attorney has sued the Board of Education for job discrimination, alleging that the school system, where she is employed as an art teacher, has not done enough to accommodate her return to work after treatment for esophageal cancer.
Hamden lawyer shot dead (New Haven Register)
A Hamden lawyer active in local politics, but whose entrepreneurial spirit led him to start a business that connected foreign men with "young, beautiful, sexy Latin women," was slain in a hail of bullets in the South American city of Cali, Colombia, Thursday night.
Ex-O.C. district attorney, judge Cecil Hicks dies (Los Angeles Times)
The former prosecutor was an early creator of units to combat organized crime, sexual abuse and other felonies. Cecil Hicks, the former district attorney of Orange County and Superior Court judge who was an institution in Southern California legal circles for more than four decades, has died. He was 80.
Attorney General Gonzales must go (Seattle Times)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales ought to resign now. The nation's chief law-enforcement officer has been exposed...
Many U.S. attorney posts go to insiders (Seattle Times)
About one-third of the nearly four dozen U.S. attorney's jobs that have changed hands since President Bush began his second term have been...
Lawyer could be suspended for changing student surveys (The Des Moines Register)
Kenneth Kress, 55, of Iowa City, a nationally recognized expert on mental health law and a former University of Iowa law professor, faces the...
Lawmaker urges attorney general to step down (Mohave Valley News)
WASHINGTON - A Republican congressman on Saturday urged Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign, citing what he said were Gonzales' contradictory statements about his role in the firing of eight federal prosecutors.
Zimbabwean opposition officials abducted from hospital: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Nine Zimbabwean opposition activists have been abducted from hospital, apparently by state security agents aided by prison officials, their lawyer claimed Sunday.
Supreme Court upholds fine against lawyer (WPRI 12 Providence)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has upheld a two-thousand dollar fine assessed against a lawyer. Lidia Sanchez had filed a document that accused another lawyer of fraud in a foreclosure case.
Supreme Court upholds fine against lawyer (WPRI 12 Providence)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has upheld a two-thousand dollar fine assessed against a lawyer. Lidia Sanchez had filed a document that accused another lawyer of fraud in a foreclosure case.
City to weigh hiring of attorney (Pasadena Star-News)
ROSEMEAD - The City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider hiring a new city attorney who has drawn fire for his billing practices and connection to a school district that is suing the city.
Mom-to-be needs to talk to fiance, lawyer (The Columbus Dispatch)
Dear Abby: I am four months? pregnant and have been engaged for two years. My fiance?s father asked him the other day when we were going to get married, and he said he no longer believes in marriage.
U.S. attorney plans increased push against human trafficking (The Daily Comet)
U.S. Attorney Reggie Lloyd plans an increased push against human trafficking after authorities broke up a prostitution ring ran by three illegal immigrants.
Supreme Court upholds fine against lawyer (WPRI 12 Providence)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has upheld a two-thousand dollar fine assessed against a lawyer. Lidia Sanchez had filed a document that accused another lawyer of fraud in a foreclosure case.
Zimbabwean opposition officials abducted from hospital: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Nine Zimbabwe opposition activists recovering from beatings in police custody were taken out of hospital by state security agents, their lawyer said on Sunday.
Leahy Rejects Request to Move Up Testimony by Attorney General (Bloomberg.com)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said he's rejected a Bush administration request to move up the date for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to answer lawmakers' questions about the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
Leahy Rejects Request to Move Up Testimony by Attorney General (Bloomberg.com)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said he's rejected a Bush administration request to move up the date for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to answer lawmakers' questions about the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
U.S. Attorney Update (CBS News)
U.S. ATTORNEY UPDATE....Amy Goldstein and Dan Eggen write:About one-third of the nearly four dozen U.S. attorney's jobs that have changed hands since President Bush began his second term have been filled by the White House and the Justice Department with...
Carroll County Commonwealth's Attorney talks court over airwaves (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
If anything goes to court in Carroll County, you'll probably hear about it on the radio, from the prosecutor himself. Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory Goad has his own radio show.
Marco to begin search for new attorney (Naples Daily News)
Marco Island is set to begin the search process for a new city attorney. In a move that left City Council members feeling surprised and disappointed, City Attorney Rich Yovanovich announced two weeks ago that his firm, Goodlette Coleman & Johnson, would not renew its contract when it expires in May.
Former Edmonds lawyer gets year for theft (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
A former Edmonds lawyer was sentenced Friday to a year behind bars for stealing $325,000 from clients.
Mt. Washington lawyer entertained golf pals with humor (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Michael J. Creighton had four loves in his life: his childhood friend and wife of 38 years, Gail; daughters Cassie (Kris) and Katie; and the game of golf.
Austin attorney honored by St. Mary's; Surgeon lauded by ophthalmology group (Austin American-Statesman)
St. Mary's Law Alumni Association recently honored Austin attorney Karin Crump , a civil litigator and mediator in the Austin office of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, with the Distinguished Young Alumnus award.
Local attorney leaves Gallagher for Stinson firm (BizJournals)
Karen Liepmann, a business attorney specializing in securities, trademark and tribal law, has jumped to the Stinson Morrison Hecker law firm from Gallagher Kennedy.
Stricter rules change lawyers' ad strategies (BizJournals)
Lawyer advertising is a little less outrageous nowadays, thanks to stricter regulations that took effect in February.
Natchez attorney attends conference (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — City Attorney Everett Sanders was in Washington, D.C., last weekend. Sanders was at the Democratic National Committee conference as a representative for the state.
Attorney arrested on drug charges (The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia — Practicing Miss-Lou attorney Robert E. Clark was arrested on drug charges Saturday.
Former lawyer sentenced for stealing from clients (The Columbian)
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A former Edmonds lawyer has been sentenced to a year behind bars for stealing $325,000 from clients. Theresa Michelle Sowinski, 35, had pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft.
Attorney general takes over murder trial (Montgomery Advertiser)
Attorney General Troy King's office has taken over the prosecution of a former Bibb County pastor accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife.
ATTORNEY'S PRISON POWWOW (New York Post)
LAWYER RON Kuby recently traveled to the maximum-security federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., to visit with Leonard Peltier, the American Indian militant convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1975 at the Pine Ridge Res ervation. Kuby has known...
A school helping kids take a step toward hope / The crime-plagued Iron Triangle neighborhood in Richmond has a new ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
The sounds of gunshots often send children fleeing for cover in Richmond's Iron Triangle neighborhood. But a charter school, founded by a lawyer using some of a multimillion-dollar settlement from a chemical disaster, is nurturing hope for a brighter future...
Lawyer to appeal Jensen's inclusion on sex offender list (Logan Herald-Observer)
Curtis Lee Jensen has been given up to five years probation and a suspended sentence following his Dec. 5, 2006, guilty plea for Enticing Away a Minor, a Class D felony.
Supreme Court upholds fine against lawyer (WPRI 12 Providence)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has upheld a two-thousand dollar fine assessed against a lawyer. Lidia Sanchez had filed a document that accused another lawyer of fraud in a foreclosure case.
Former Texas Attorney General Freed (KLTV 7 Tyler)
A former Texas attorney general has been released from a halfway house after getting about six months trimmed off his four-year federal prison sentence on account of good behavior, authorities said.
U.S. attorney candidates include Gravette native (NWAnews.com)
BENTON COUNTY — U.S. Representative John Boozman, R-Ark., on Friday offered names of three candidates he has submitted to the White House for consideration as potential nominees to become U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. (Benton County Daily Record)
Larry Birkhead's Former Lawyer Hits Him with Her Bill (Hollywood.com)
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend has been slapped with a $620,000 bill for the services of the lawyer he fired last month.
Bipartisan COMPETE Act is an Overdue Reform of Sarbanes-Oxley, Says Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall Attorney (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DALLAS----A bipartisan bill in Congress that would ease Sarbanes-Oxley reporting demands on small businesses is a welcome move, according to William H. Venema, a corporate attorney at Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall, P.C.
Defense lawyer: Carr 'devastated' (Greensboro News & Record)
A Forsyth County judge granted a request by Tolly Carr's lawyer to postpone today's court hearing.
Birkhead's Ex-Attorney Slams Report About Huge Bill (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
Larry Birkhead's ex-attorney Debra Opri responds to reports of a large legal bill in Birkhead's paternity suit over Anna Nicole Smith's baby.
New Orleans District Attorney fights discrimination ruling (The Daily Comet)
Jurors who decided that District Attorney Eddie Jordan used race as a factor when he fired dozens of white employees after taking office in 2003 had too little evidence to reach such a conclusion, a lawyer for Jordan told a federal appeals court Monday.
New Orleans District Attorney fights discrimination ruling (KATC 3 Lafayette)
NEW ORLEANS A lawyer for Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan told a federal appeals court today that jurors who decided that Jordan used race as a factor...
New Orleans District Attorney fights discrimination ruling (KATC 3 Lafayette)
NEW ORLEANS -- Jurors who decided that District Attorney Eddie Jordan used race as a factor when he fired dozens of white employees after taking office in 2003 had too little evidence...
New Orleans District Attorney fights discrimination ruling (The Houma Courier)
Jurors who decided that District Attorney Eddie Jordan used race as a factor when he fired dozens of white employees after taking office in 2003 had too little evidence to reach such a conclusion, a lawyer for Jordan told a federal appeals court Monday.
Assistant attorney general named acting head of Gaming Enforcement (Asbury Park Press)
Yvonne G. Maher, an assistant attorney general and veteran prosecutor, was named the acting director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement today. She succeeds Thomas Auriemma, the longtime division director who retired earlier this month. Maher, 45, has been a deputy attorney general assigned to the Casino Protection Bureau in the Division of Criminal Justice for more than four years, ...
Larry Birkhead's Former Lawyer Hits Him With Her Bill (WOAI)
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend has been slapped with a $620,000 bill for the services of the lawyer he fired last month. Debra Opri has been the photographer's constant companion during recent paternity and DNA legal struggles, but the pair parted company two weeks ago.
Judge rebuffs fire boards, attorney says (Half Moon Bay Review)
A judge has ordered both the Half Moon Bay and Point Montara fire protection districts to halt their planned contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and accept signatures gathered for a referendum on the question, an attorney representing the firefighters union said Thursday.