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Legal News 05/2007



Cussler attorney says contract proves company reneged on 'Sahara' (The San Francisco Examiner)
LOS ANGELES ( Map , News ) - Jurors should focus on a contract between author Clive Cussler and a movie production company and not be distracted by "sideshows and smokescreens," the novelist's attorney argued Monday in a trial involving dueling lawsuits over the movie "Sahara."
Conrad Black lawyer rips former Hollinger director (KWQC-TV 6 Davenport)
CHICAGO Media mogul Conrad Black's lawyer fought a testy courtroom duel with a former Hollinger International director today.
Bar to Bench: Attorney Seeks Judgeship (FOX 40 Binghamton)
A defense attorney in a high profile murder case makes a bid to move from the bar to the bench. Endwell resident Joseph Cawley announced his run for Broome County Court Judge today. Cawley is the defense attorney for Cal Harris, the Tioga County businessman charged with second-degree murder in the 2001 disappearance of his wife Michelle. Cawley believes that his election run and the Harris trial ...
U.S. Attorney Marino has no further comment on being targeted in Justice Department firings (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Marino announced Monday there will be no further comment by him on reports he was on the original list of U.S. Attorneys slated for replacement by the Bush administration late last year.
Federal Jury Convicts Attorney of Securities Fraud (Law.com)
Atlanta attorney Ulysses Thomas Ware was found guilty Monday of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud following a two-week trial in New York federal court. Ware and co-conspirators at his firm, Rosenfeld, Goldman & Ware, were accused of issuing phony press releases to pump up the price of two stocks and then dumping the shares. Ware also encouraged firm employees to ...
King's lawyer disputes charges (Penn State Collegian)
The lawyer for football players Justin King and Jerome Hayes said their disorderly conduct charges should be dropped because they didn't fight.
Defendant proceeds to trial without attorney (Alamosa Valley Courier)
ALAMOSA — Scott Malueg, 50, will go to trial this month without an attorney.
Attorney General’s office speaking to local company about complaints (Plano Courier)
Two Collin County residents have filed complaints with the Texas Attorney General’s Office about McKinney-based real estate company the Vasquez Team regarding money allegedly lost with down payments handled by the company.
Attorney General releases list of names and state charges (Mobridge Tribune)
Attorney General Larry Long, Walworth County States Attorney Grant Walker and Mobridge Police Chief Mike Nehls, announced today (Wednesday, April 25) that several individuals from the Mobridge area were indicted by a Walworth County grand jury and arrested this week for their roles in the possession and distribution of marijuana and controlled substances.
Dixie wants satellite U.S. Attorney's Office (Deseret Morning News)
Utah Rep. Jim Matheson has asked embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for help in securing funds to open a branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office here.
Federal Jury Convicts Attorney of Securities Fraud (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Atlanta attorney Ulysses Thomas Ware was found guilty Monday of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud following a two-week trial in New York federal court.
Attorney general says no politics were behind mill-levy opinion (The Daily Sentinel)
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said he was not politically motivated when he issued a legal analysis Friday calling Gov. Bill Ritter’s proposed mill-levy freeze a significant tax-policy shift requiring voter approval.
Fumo's lawyer fights move to disqualify him (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Richard A. Sprague , lawyer for State Sen. Vincent Fumo.
Conrad Black lawyer rips former Hollinger director (WQAD Moline)
CHICAGO Media mogul Conrad Black's lawyer fought a testy courtroom duel with a former Hollinger International director today.
Human Rights Lawyer Freed in DR Congo (Christian Today)
Marie Therese Nlandu the human rights lawyer detained in prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo since November 2006 has been freed from prison after all the charges against her and her nine codefendants were unexpectedly dropped
Platte attorney staff resigns (Casper Star-Tribune)
WHEATLAND -- The four-person staff of embattled Platte County Attorney Mary Eikenberry resigned on Monday, and all but one of the employees were released from their duties effective immediately.
Boston lawyer to face assault charge in alleged groping at museum (Boston Globe)
A well-regarded Boston lawyer, Stephen T. Kunian, will be arraigned today on a charge that he assaulted a woman by groping her at an art museum party in December.
Attorney slams ex-board member (Chicago Sun-Times)
Conrad Black's defense attorney Edward Greenspan waged a hostile exchange with a former Hollinger International board member Monday, scoffing that she couldn't remember if she had received certain financial documents.
Lawyer: Student charged with assault suffers from autism (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for a Kearsarge Regional High School student charged with sexually assaulting two young girls says his client has autism and may not be competent to stand trial.
Lawyer: Grandmother didn't know teen was using drugs (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
HAMILTON - A Butler County grandmother is accused of supplying prescription pain medication that killed her grandson. But her lawyer says she didn't know the teen was using the drugs and certainly didn't give them to him.
Attorney pleads guilty in drug case (The Jackson Sun)
Attorney Steve Milam pleaded guilty Monday in Henderson County Circuit Court to two counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain prescription painkillers by fraudulent means, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Atlanta Lawyer Convicted In Fraud Case (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
NEW YORK -- An Atlanta lawyer who represented himself at trial has been convicted of conspiracy after a New York jury concluded that he duped investors with phony news releases so he could sell his own stock in two fledging companies at a profit.
Defense lawyer praises trucker's acquittal in deadly crash (WKBT La Crosse)
HUDSON, Wis. The lawyer for a truck driver acquitted today on negligent homicide charges in a bus-truck crash says his client clearly was innocent from the start.
Defense lawyer praises trucker's acquittal in deadly crash (WKBT La Crosse)
HUDSON, Wis. The lawyer for a truck driver acquitted today on negligent homicide charges in a bus-truck crash says his client clearly was innocent from the start.
Lawyer: U.S. attorney offers plea deal to lab archivist (NewsChannel 10 Amarillo)
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. The U-S attorney's office has offered a plea agreement to a former archivist for a Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor who is part of an...
Division chief at U.S. attorney office demoted after alleged threat (WMCTV Memphis)
LITTLE ROCK The chief of criminal prosecutions for the U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock has been demoted after he allegedly used his government e-mail account to...
Lawyer: Student Charged With Assault Has Autism (WMUR News 9)
CONCORD, N.H. -- A lawyer for a Kearsarge Regional High School student charged with sexually assaulting two girls said her client has autism and may not be competent to stand trial.
U.S. attorney general announces Indy grant money to fight gangs (The Indianapolis Star)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today gave $2.5 million each to Indianapolis and three other cities to help fight gangs but declined to discuss new details in the lingering controversy over fired prosecutors that could cost him his job.
Lawyer warns that PDFs fail on accessibility (ZDNet UK)
Technology lawyer Struan Robertson has advised that companies need to provide HTML or text versions of PDFs to comply with disability legislation
Lawyer seeks to dismiss charges against Hull employee (Stevens Point Journal)
The lawyer for a former town of Hull employee accused of bilking the town out of thousands of dollars, is filing a motion to dismiss charges. The hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. this morning in Portage County Circuit Court. Robert Bembenek, 42, was charged with two charges of misconduct in public office, felony theft, misdemeanor theft and theft by fraud. He was the towns road foreman for ...
Mike Hatch resigns post in attorney general's office (Minnesota Public Radio)
Hatch said he was leaving to help relieve a cloud over current Attorney General Lori Swanson, who has experienced about three-dozen staff departures since taking over in January.
Hatch resigns from attorney general's staff (Pioneer Press)
With controversy swirling around his role in the office he once headed, former Attorney General Mike Hatch today resigned from the attorney general's staff.
Court suspends attorney (Casper Star-Tribune)
The Wyoming Supreme Court has suspended Riverton attorney Donald J. Keenan.
Riverton attorney suspended (Billings Gazette)
CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Supreme Court has suspended Riverton attorney Donald J. Keenan. Keenan was suspended last Friday pending an investigation of "various disciplinary matters," according to a news release from the Wyoming State Bar. The suspension ...
Spector trial delayed again over lawyer's illness (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Testimony was postponed until next week in the murder trial of legendary rock producer Phil Spector on Tuesday due to the illness of his lead defense attorney, court officials said.
U.S. Attorney General visits Indiana to discuss school and gang violence (WAVE 3 Louisville)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was in Indianapolis Tuesday to meet with state officials about school and gang violence.
U.S. attorney general announces Indy grant money to fight gangs (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gave 2.5 million each Tuesday to Indianapolis and three other cities to help fight gangs but declined to discuss new details in the lingering controversy over fired prosecutors that could cost him his job.
U.S. Attorney General Announces Indy Grant Money to Fight Gangs (22 WSBT South Bend)
(AP) U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday gave $2.5 million each to Indianapolis and three other cities to help fight gangs but declined to discuss new details in the lingering controversy over fired prosecutors that could cost him his job.
Division chief at US attorney office demoted after alleged threat (FOX 16 Little Rock)
The chief of criminal prosecutions for the U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock has been demoted after he allegedly used his government e-mail account to threaten a lawsuit against a ...
Spector trial in fresh delay amid evidence row, lawyer illness (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The murder trial of music legend Phil Spector faced a further delay on Tuesday amid a row over disclosure of evidence and the illness of the lead defense lawyer.
"He's a liar, a cheat" says lawyer to jury (winnipegsun.com)
The case against Hells Angel Ian Grant hangs on a lying cheat who would do anything for money, Grant's lawyer told jurors this morning. "Franco Atanasovic is a completely dishonest person on every level," Ian Garber said in his closing address to jurors.
Miss. Attorney General to Sue State Farm (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Tuesday he plans to sue State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. because he believes the insurer failed to honor the terms of their agreement for a mass settlement of policyholder claims over Hurricane Katrina damage.
Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Possession (KXAN 36 Austin)
Austin lawyer Douglas Stum pleaded guilty Wednesday to child pornography possession. FBI agents searched Stum's home last summer and found more than a thousand child porn images on his computers, including video of infants being abused.
Lawyer: Charges dropped against Marine (AP via Yahoo! News)
Military prosecutors have agreed to withdraw criminal charges against a Marine accused of beating of Iraqi detainees in exchange for testimony against three subordinates, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer: 2-star general called to testify in case of 24 Iraqi civilians killed in Haditha (Norwalk Advocate)
A two-star general who commanded Marines in Iraq when 24 civilians were killed in the town of Haditha is set to testify in the first hearing in the case, a lawyer for a Marine charged in the case said Tuesday.
American Samoa names new Attorney General (KHNL News 8 Honolulu)
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa Former Honolulu deputy prosecuting attorney Afa Ripley Junior has been named American Samoa's new attorney general.
Platte attorney on commission agenda again after office resigns (KIFI)
WHEATLAND, Wyo. The Platte County Commission voted unanimously today (Tuesday) to hire an outside attorney to look into the situation with the current county attorney.
Senator Nelson Calls For NASA Top Lawyer To Resign (Central Florida News 13)
Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is calling for NASA's top lawyer to resign after revelations he destroyed public documents.
Chief lawyer's illness delays Spector trial (Daily Telegraph)
Witness testimony in the Phil Spector murder trial was today (Tuesday) unexpectedly halted until next week due to the illness of the music producer's chief lawyer.
District attorney investigated again (9 News Denver)
ARAPAHOE COUNTY - The Office of Attorney Regulation is again investigating District Attorney Carol Chambers to determine whether she violated rules of professional conduct.