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Legal News 06/2007



TB Patient ID'd as Atlanta Lawyer (FOX 5 Atlanta)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The honeymooner quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis was identified Thursday as a 31-year-old Atlanta personal injury lawyer whose new father-in-law is a CDC microbiologist specializing in the spread of TB.
Notable Passing: Mendelsohn was prominent attorney (San Antonio Express-News)
Les Mendelsohn, a Democratic Party activist and prominent attorney who figured in some of the city's biggest high-profile cases in the past 15 years, died Wednesday during open heart surgery.
Griffin To Resign As U.S. Attorney For Eastern Arkansas (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin announced he will step down Friday from the position he took over amid the firing of eight federal prosecutors by the Bush administration, but stressed he was not forced out of the job.
Attorney's cases molded L.B. (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Heggeness, 86, on team that got Queen Mary for city. LONG BEACH - Clark Richard Heggeness worked on cases that changed the face of Long Beach, but the busy attorney always managed to be home by 6 p.m. to have dinner with his wife and seven children, said his daughter, Julie Heggeness.
Attorney seeks 'common sense' punishment in Edisto prank (The Times and Democrat)
The attorney for three of the Edisto High School students accused of breaking into the school says the incident was just a senior prank that got out of hand.
Quarantined Lawyer at Center of TB Scare Is Son-in-Law of CDC Microbiologist (Law.com)
Amazingly, the honeymooner who put airline passengers at risk of getting an especially dangerous strain of tuberculosis has a new father-in-law who is a Centers for Disease Control microbiologist specializing in TB and other bacteria. Health law experts say that Andrew Speaker, who is a personal injury lawyer, could be sued if others contract the disease. Health officials are trying to track down ...
Ex-attorney general aims to pursue records suit (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Madison - Former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager on Thursday asked a judge to allow her to pursue a public records...
Milton's attorney says charges should be dismissed (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The McLean County clerk’s defense attorney argued Thursday accusations against his client don’t describe criminal acts and the charges should be dismissed.
Former legislative lawyer named Medicaid director (The Charleston Gazette)
A former state Legislature lawyer has been appointed commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services, which administers Medicaid programs.
Milton's attorney says charges should be dismissed (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The McLean County clerk’s defense attorney argued Thursday accusations against his client don’t describe criminal acts and the charges should be dismissed.
Hog dispute headed for court, attorney says (Lincoln Journal Star)
Opponents of a proposed hog confinement operation near Waco have decided to go to court to try to stop the project. “We are going to be filing a petition in district court in York County,” their attorney, Greg Barton of Lincoln, said Thursday.
Moneymakers: Derissa Cheatham, aide to criminal defense attorney Mike Ramsey (Houston Chronicle)
Derissa Cheatham has seen it all. No, really, she has. She's spent some quality time with folks accused of murder, mayhem and in big corporate scandals. As the right-hand woman to criminal defense attorney Mike Ramsey, she's done everything from getting people out of jail to combing complex Enron documents looking for the needle in an evidentiary haystack.
Lawyer and 'father figure' Hart dies at 77 (The Oregonian)
Harold "Hal" Hart was an everyman who seemingly touched everyone. He was a lawyer by trade but also a musician and a high school law and youth softball coach.
Court weighs right to a divorce lawyer (The Oregonian)
OLYMPIA -- In a criminal case, as police have told countless suspects, you have the right to an attorney, even if you can't afford one. Should that apply to your divorce lawyer, too?
Class-action lawyer could face charges (Los Angeles Times)
A partner's possible plea deal feeds rumors that William Lerach may be indicted soon. Federal prosecutors may be closer to a possible indictment of renowned class-action lawyer William S. Lerach, attorneys said Thursday.
Attorney says vote on split is likely unconstitutional (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Utah law that allows municipalities to form their own school districts may violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, according to an attorney for the Jordan School District.
Inmate charged in escape fires his attorney (The Columbus Dispatch)
Billy Jack Fitzmorris sacked his attorney yesterday and wants to withdraw his guilty plea to the gun and drug charges filed against him last year.
Griffin To Resign As U.S. Attorney For Eastern Arkansas (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin announced he will step down Friday from the position he took over amid the firing of eight federal prosecutors by the Bush administration, but stressed he was not forced out of the job.
Attorney's license suspended for false rape claim against famous dancer (The Naperville Sun)
The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former Waukegan-based lawyer for threatening to file an unfounded rape-based lawsuit against "Lord of the Dance" Michael Flatley.
Attorney recused from Filippo trial (The Courier)
CHARLES CITY --- An alleged conflict of interest resulted in dismissal of a defense attorney for the man accused of trying to kill an Iowa State Patrol trooper.
Milton's attorney says charges should be dismissed (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The McLean County clerk’s defense attorney argued Thursday accusations against his client don’t describe criminal acts and the charges should be dismissed.
Virginia's Attorney General expects changes after Virginia Tech tragedy (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
Virginia's Attorney General says it will take some time, but he expects several changes in policy and law to come from the Virginia Tech tragedy.
Ex-aide to Rove resigns amid U.S. attorney flap (CNN.com)
The former White House aide whose appointment to a U.S. attorney's post helped fuel the furor over the forced resignations of eight federal prosecutors will resign Friday, according to a news release.
U.S. attorney won't intervene in suit against insurers (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
U.S. Attorney David Dugas says he won't intervene in a whistleblowers' lawsuit that accuses several insurance companies of overbilling the federal government for flood damage to Louisiana homes from Hurricane Katrina.
No plea deal for Khadr, Canadian lawyer says (CTV.ca)
There's no plea deal in the works for Omar Khadr, the lone Canadian held at Guantanamo Bay, because the U.S. military would want him to serve another 30 years on terror charges, says Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney.
Virginia's Attorney General expects changes after Virginia Tech tragedy (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
Virginia's Attorney General says it will take some time, but he expects several changes in policy and law to come from the Virginia Tech tragedy.
Lawyer sorry for putting hundreds at risk of rare TB strain (Sydney Morning Herald)
A LAWYER who carried a rare form of tuberculosis across two continents has arrived in Denver to begin treatment amid controversy over whether he intentionally put people at risk.
GE lawyer files $500m sex discrimination claim (The Lawyer)
A top General Electric lawyer has filed a $500m (£252m) sex discrimination class action against the company and its chief executive officer. Lorene Schaefer is seeking damages for herself and 1,500 high-level female executives and attorneys at GE.
TB lawyer 'sorry' for travelling (Channel 4)
A lawyer who was quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis after returning from his honeymoon in Europe has apologised for exposing his fellow passengers to the disease.
Attorney general: Universities' domestic partner plans flawed (WAVE 3 Louisville)
The attorney general's office says two state universities may be violating the Kentucky Constitution by extending health insurance coverage to domestic partners of employees.
TB-carrying lawyer begs for forgiveness (Times Online)
A US lawyer who took two transatlantic flights and pressed ahead with his wedding and honeymoon plans despite knowing that he was infected with a potentially deadly and untreated strain of tuberculosis begged for forgiveness on US television today.
Attorney says Kevorkian seeks privacy after release from prison (KIVI Boise)
Associated Press - June 1, 2007 12:03 PM ET COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) - An attorney for Jack Kevorkian says the man who claims to have participated in at least 130 assisted suicides "just wants a...
Attorney says Kevorkian seeks privacy after release from prison (Fox 19 Cincinnati)
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) - An attorney for Jack Kevorkian says the man who claims to have participated in at least 130 assisted suicides "just wants a little privacy" over the next few days, now that he's out of prison.
Airport case may be tied to attack on poll lawyer: police (Sun Star)
AUTHORITIES on Friday are looking at the cases being handled by lawyer Jose Bernas including the controversial case of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 where he served as counsel of Ilocos Sur Representative Salacnib Baterina.
U.S. attorney out fighting crime (Post-Bulletin)
Rachel Paulose, Minnesota's U.S attorney, whose tenure at times has been overshadowed by a congressional investigation into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, is hitt
Public deserves info when airlines face terrorist threats, says inquiry lawyer (Canada.com)
Air India bombing inquiry commissioner John Major listens to Norman Boxall, a lawyer for the Victims' Family Association in Ottawa.
Disputed interim U.S. attorney resigns (UPI)
The former White House aide who replaced a U.S. attorney who did not see eye-to-eye with the Bush administration is stepping down.
Avatar, attorney general resolve housing discrimination dispute (BizJournals)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Tuesday announced the settlement of a legal dispute with Avatar Properties Inc. regarding disabled accessibility in the developer's active-adult community of Solivita.
Attorney: Kevorkian's clothes and medicine could appear on eBay (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
Associated Press - June 1, 2007 3:33 PM ET COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) - Now that Jack Kevorkian is out of prison, his attorney says he expects to see some of Kevorkian's missing belongings to start...
Class-action lawyer legend mulling retirement (CNN Money)
Lawyer William Lerach doesn't want charges against Milberg Weiss to be 'distraction' to his current firm.
Draper abandons bid for taxpayer-funded lawyer (The Chronicle Herald)
A former Halifax regional school board member facing numerous fraud-related charges has withdrawn her application to have the province pay for her lawyer.
State attorney general bans foreclosure "rescue" schemes (The Daily Hampshire Gazette)
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Friday banned so-called "rescue" schemes that entice homeowners facing foreclosure to sign over their property to a temporary purchaser, under the false hope it will help them keep the home over the long run.
Attorney: Kevorkian's clothes and medicine could appear on eBay (Fox 19 Cincinnati)
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) - Now that Jack Kevorkian is out of prison, his attorney says he expects to see some of Kevorkian's missing belongings to start appearing on e-Bay.
County Attorney search begins (Waconia Patriot)
For two decades there has been one face that has stood for Carver County justice in the courtroom: Mike Fahey. After this week, though, the Carver County Attorney who has played an instrumental role in county law for the last 20 years, will embark on a new career path.
WEB EXTRA - Man charged with stabbing lawyer, guards, gets 40 to 65 years for Quincy rape (The Patriot Ledger)
DEDHAM - Che Sosa, who stabbed his lawyer in court three months ago, was convicted Friday of rape and sentenced to 40 to 65 years in state prison. Sosa, 36, was indicted in 2005 after DNA evidence linked him to the rape of a woman in Quincy in 2001.
Lawyer had duty to client after retainer lapsed: Supreme Court (The Globe and Mail)
According to the judgment, the Vancouver tax lawyer must pay an amount likely to run into several million dollars to a former client of his law firm who felt betrayed after he helped set up set a rival firm
Larry Birkhead Sues Former Lawyer for Fraud, Malpractice (WOAI)
Anna Nicole's ex-boyfriend is suing his former lawyer, Debra Opri, for allegedly defrauding him of over $600,000, a week after she sued him for not paying legal fees. Larry Birkhead claims that Opri said would represent him for free because of the high publicity surrounding the case.
Man accused of courtroom attack on lawyer convicted in rape trial (The Daily Comet)
DEDHAM, Mass. The man who stabbed his own lawyer at his rape trial was convicted Friday of the charges and sentenced to up to 55 years in prison.
Virginia's Attorney General expects changes after Virginia Tech tragedy (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
Virginia's Attorney General says it will take some time, but he expects several changes in policy and law to come from the Virginia Tech tragedy.
Birkhead Sues Lawyer For 665000 Defraud (ContactMusic)
LATEST: Photographer LARRY BIRKHEAD is taking legal action against his former lawyer Debra Opri for allegedly defrauding him out of hundreds of thousa