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Judge Freezes Cash Sought in Dispute With Ex-Lawyer in Anna Nicole Smith Case (Law.com)
A judge froze a half-million-dollar account Thursday until it's decided whether the money belongs to Larry Birkhead or his ex-lawyer in the Anna Nicole Smith paternity case. Attorney Debra A. Opri contends that Birkhead owes her more than $600,000 for her legal work on his request for DNA testing of Smith's baby daughter -- testing that in April showed he was the father.
Former Spector Lawyer Testifies About Allegedly Missing Evidence (Law.com)
A former lawyer for Phil Spector reluctantly testified under threat of jail Thursday that she saw a famous defense forensic expert pick up a small white object at the scene of Lana Clarkson's death. Sara Caplan said the object was not the size of a missing piece of the actress' fingernail. Prosecutors contend the item could be evidence of a struggle but was never turned over to them. Caplan had ...
District Attorney in Ga. Teen Sex Case Under Fire (Law.com)
A group of legislators and activists wants Douglas County, Ga., District Attorney J. David McDade punished for giving lawmakers an explicit video in an effort to block legislation that could have freed a teenager convicted in a sex case. The video is said to show Genarlow Wilson, then 17, having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl. A judge has said the girl's participation appeared "voluntary," but ...
Nine People File $1.3M Lawsuit Against Globe-Trotting TB-Infected Lawyer (Law.com)
Nine people filed a $1.3 million lawsuit Thursday against Andrew Speaker, the globe-trotting tuberculosis patient, for possibly exposing them to the disease on a flight from Prague to Montreal. Lawyer Anlac Nguyen filed the motion in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of seven Canadians and two natives of the Czech Republic. "They do not have tuberculosis, but nobody can say that they won't have ...
BALCO Lawyer Gets 30-Month Prison Term (Law.com)
The winds shifted Thursday for Troy Ellerman, the lawyer who leaked grand jury transcripts from athletes testifying in the BALCO steroids probe and who got a 30-month sentence as his reward. Last month, Judge Jeffrey White -- irked that Ellerman had not only leaked the transcripts but repeatedly lied about it -- had refused to accept Ellerman's plea deal because he felt the sentencing range of 15 ...
Attorney: Titans cornerback targeted in June traffic stop (The State)
An attorney for suspended Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones accused a sheriff’s deputy of targeting Jones in a June traffic stop, saying there was no reason to pull over Jones’ orange Lamborghini. Attorney Worrick Robinson said he has been told the deputy had talked of his intention to pull over Jones when he had the chance. ... The San Diego Chargers selected Paul Oliver , and the ...
Lawyer tops cash race for state attorney (The Palm Beach Post)
Attorney Michael McAuliffe has opened up an early fund-raising lead in the three-way Democratic race to replace retiring Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer in 2008.
Attorney general upholds DA's decision in Vista shooting (North County Times)
NORTH COUNTY -- The district attorney's decision not to file criminal charges against a Vista sheriff's deputy in connection with the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect in 2005 was reasonable, officials from the state attorney general's office said Thursday. Download The Report
Spector lawyer testifies for prosecution after jail threat (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A former lawyer for Phil Spector testified to prosecutors in the music producer's murder trial on Thursday after being threatened with jail time if she refused to give evidence.
Spector lawyer testifies for prosecution after jail threat (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A former lawyer for Phil Spector testified to prosecutors in the music producer's murder trial on Thursday after being threatened with jail time if she refused to give evidence.
BALCO attorney sentenced to 2½ years in prison (Sports Illustrated)
An attorney who admitted leaking the confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and other athletes to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to two and a half years in prison, by far the harshest penalty to result from the government's sprawling probe of steroids in sports.
Lawyer sentenced to jail for leaking BALCO testimony (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Troy Ellerman, a defense lawyer in the BALCO steroid scandal, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Thursday for leaking secret testimony from star athlete witnesses to the media.
District Attorney in Ga. Teen Sex Case Under Fire (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A group of legislators and activists wants Douglas County, Ga., District Attorney J. David McDade punished for giving lawmakers an explicit video in an effort to block legislation that could have freed a teenager convicted in a sex case.
BALCO Lawyer Gets 30-Month Prison Term (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The winds shifted Thursday for Troy Ellerman, the lawyer who leaked grand jury transcripts from athletes testifying in the BALCO steroids probe and who got a 30-month sentence as his reward.
Veteran prosecutor nominated for U.S. attorney (Los Angeles Times)
Thomas O'Brien, formerly with the L.A. County D.A.'s office, is the nominee for U.S. attorney. He must be confirmed by Senate. President Bush on Thursday nominated Thomas O'Brien, a respected career prosecutor, to be U.S. attorney in Los Angeles — a choice that heartened legal observers disturbed by allegations that eight U.S. attorneys across the nation were fired for political reasons.
Lawyer floats alibi in death of pizza man - another death (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
PITTSBURGH - Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong's lawyer has floated an alibi for her in the bizarre death of one man: the bizarre death of another man. James Roden's body was in a freezer in August 2003, when Brian Wells robbed a bank with a bomb locked to his neck.
SPECTOR ATTORNEY 'NAILED' (New York Post)
Threatened with jail if she didn't testify, a former attorney for music producer Phil Spector agreed yesterday to tell the jury at his murder trial about a missing fingernail allegedly withheld by a defense expert. The turnabout by attorney Sara...
SPECTOR ATTORNEY 'NAILED' (New York Post)
A former attorney for rock weirdo Phil Spector cried uncle yesterday, agreeing to take the witness stand at his murder trial yesterday and tell all about seeing Dr. Henry Lee pick up something at the crime scene that may have been a key piece of...
Spector lawyer delivers evidence (BBC News)
A former lawyer of music producer Phil Spector gives evidence in court after being threatened with imprisonment.
SAN FRANCISCO / City attorney seeks stay-away orders for 76 gang suspects / Injunctions asked in Mission District, ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
City Attorney Dennis Herrera asked two judges for injunctions Thursday that would limit the movements of 76 alleged gang members in San Francisco's Mission District and Western Addition, while community groups protested what they called attacks on civil...
Chief attorney exiting, but no replacement is in sight (The Buffalo News)
NIAGARA FALLS — More than a month after the city’s top staff attorney said he would resign, he is still working for the municipality, and the mayor and City Council have not yet agreed on a replacement.
Seeking legal aid against a lawyer (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By DAVE LIEBER Cecil and Mary Howard are looking for a lawyer. They just can't pay one. They have little money left. They gave $57,000 they had saved for retirement to their old lawyer for safekeeping. He paid back a portion, but the rest is gone. It gets worse. The lawyer's practice is now gone, too. Almost a year ago, the Sansom Park couple hired lawyer Jerry Weinstein of Fort Worth because ...
Courthouse attack suspect asks for lawyer (The Indianapolis Star)
LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A man charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack on a lawyer at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse two weeks ago has asked for a public defender to represent him.
Larry Birkhead Attorney's Assets Frozen (Hollywood.com)
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead has won the first round of his court battle against former attorney Debra Opri--ensuring her assets are temporarily frozen.
House Bill Seeks To Shore Up Attorney-Client Privilege (Nasdaq)
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation late Thursday to shore up basic legal protections, including attorney-client privilege, against erosion by federal investigators.
Nashville attorney Ed Yarbrough nominated for U.S. attorney (WVLT-TV Knoxville)
President Bush has nominated Nashville attorney Ed Yarbrough to become US attorney for Middle Tennessee.
Lawyer sues over ladies' night (UPI)
A New York lawyer filed a class-action lawsuit against night clubs that he says practice gender discrimination with ladies' night promotions.
Attorney seeks case dismissal (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)
MANITOWOC A lead prosecutor in a case against a suspected killer should be removed from the case - or the case dismissed entirely - because he focused on only one of two suspects, a defense attorney claimed Friday.
New Orleans district attorney shaking up office (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - July 13, 2007 4:14 PM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Criticized after dropping charges against suspects in two high-profile murder cases, New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan...
Attorney General appoints Syracuse region assistant (News 10 Now Syracuse)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has appointed Ed Thompson to be the new assistant to the Syracuse region.
Attorney General appoints Syracuse region assistant (News 10 Now Syracuse)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has appointed Ed Thompson to be the new assistant to the Syracuse region. Thompson has served as an Assistant Attorney General in state and federal courts over the last 14 years.
Prominent Nashville Attorney Up For U.S. Attorney (WKRN Nashville)
A prominent Nashville defense attorney has been nominated to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. | | Attorney Ed Yarbrough said the White House notified him Thursday night that he's been formally nominated. | | The White House announced Thursday it had sent Yarbrough's name to the Senate but a more substantive announcement is expected in the coming days. | | ...
Oregon's Attorney General files lawsuit against L.A. Weight Loss and franchisee (KATU Portland)
Attorney General Hardy Myers today filed a lawsuit against LA Weight Loss Franchise Company (LA Weight Loss) and an Oregon franchisee alleging false and misleading representations about the costs, fees, products, and benefits associated with the program.
Black conviction will help class action suit: Regina lawyer (CBC Saskatchewan)
The Saskatchewan lawyer leading a $4-billion class action lawsuit against Conrad Black and associates says he feels closer to a settlement now that Black has been convicted of several criminal charges.
Houston immigration lawyer gets 4 years for visa fraud (Houston Chronicle)
Yali Huang, 44, who came to the U.S. as an immigrant 19 years ago, learned English and became a lawyer. But an elaborate five-year Chinese fraud ring has brought her American dream crashing down.
City Attorney blasts Ed Jew's residence evidence (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew has offered "inadequate, incomplete, misleading and inflammatory" evidence to show he lives in the Sunset neighborhood that he represents on the board of supervisors, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a filing with the state...
Attorney General Warns Of Lead In Jewelry (WPTZ Plattsburgh)
The Vermont attorney general warned consumers, especially those with young children, to be aware of the growing risk from lead in some Chinese-made children's jewelry.
N.Y. Attorney General Objects to Insurer’s Ranking of Doctors by Cost and Quality (New York Times)
In a letter, New York’s Attorney General argued that such rankings would be used to steer consumers towards selected doctors.
Attorney general upholds DA's decision in Vista shooting (North County Times)
NORTH COUNTY -- The district attorney's decision not to file criminal charges against a Vista sheriff's deputy in connection with the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect in 2005 was reasonable, officials from the state attorney general's office said Thursday. Download The Report
Haneef breaks down in tears in front of lawyer (Hindustan Times)
Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef, detained in connection with the failed UK terror plots, broke down in tears during a visit by his lawyer and told interrogators that he "is not a terrorist".
Hearing set on attorney’s contempt charges (Lisbon Morning Journal)
LISBON — Whether defense attorney George Kafantaris goes to jail for his actions during the Andrew Irwin murder trial will be decided Aug. 17 in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
Immigration lawyer is sentenced in Chinese document fraud scheme (San Antonio Express-News)
A federal judge sentenced a Houston immigration lawyer to more than four years in prison Friday for her role in an elaborate Chinese visa fraud scheme.
City attorney's new evidence against Ed Jew (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera revealed new evidence Friday calling into question Supervisor Ed Jew's claim that he lived in the city when he ran for office last year and also ripped Jew's charges of racial bias in his investigation of the...
Attorney: 'Pacman' was targeted (Philadelphia Daily News)
An attorney for suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones accused a sheriff's deputy of targeting Jones in a June traffic stop, saying there was no reason to pull over Jones' orange Lamborghini.
Lawyer floats alibi in death of pizza man - another death (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
PITTSBURGH - Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong's lawyer has floated an alibi for her in the bizarre death of one man: the bizarre death of another man. James Roden's body was in a freezer in August 2003, when Brian Wells robbed a bank with a bomb locked to his neck.
Harry M. Fain, 88; family law attorney pushed for no-fault divorce in state (Los Angeles Times)
Harry M. Fain, a pioneering family law attorney who helped bring no-fault divorce to California in 1970 and handled the high-powered breakups of such celebrity marriages as Elvis Presley, Cary Grant and Ali McGraw, died Friday of pneumonia at a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles. He was 88.
Former Spector Lawyer Testifies About Allegedly Missing Evidence (Hartford Courant)
A former lawyer for Phil Spector reluctantly testified under threat of jail Thursday that she saw a defense forensic expert from Connecticut pick up a small white object at the scene of Lana Clarkson's death.
Spector's ex-lawyer testifies about `fingernail' (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - Sara Caplan, a former lawyer for Phil Spector, reluctantly testified under threat of jail Thursday that she saw a defense forensic expert pick up a small white object at the scene of Lana Clarkson's death but it was not the size of a missing piece of the actress' fingernail.
Willoughby lawyer Roth acquitted of sex charge (The Plain Dealer)
A Cuyahoga County jury on Friday cleared Willoughby lawyer Daniel Roth of all charges arising from a year-old claim that he tried to grope a teenage girl.
Accused kidnapper asks for new lawyer (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
An arraignment for accused kidnapper Penny Raleigh was delayed Friday when she tried to fire her lawyer.