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Legal News 08/2007



Ramsey County attorney admits mistake in Weaver murder trial of 1990 (Post-Bulletin)
UL -- In the latest twist in the prosecution of Gordon D. Weaver for the death of his wife in 1999, the Ramsey County attorney's office has acknowledged that it had information during his trial that it should have given to defense attorneys.
Lawyer wants visa powers investigated (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The case of Dr Mohamed Haneef highlights the extraordinary powers available to the immigration minister and the need for an inquiry, a senior lawyer says.
Feds searching Stevens' home focus on wine, attorney says (CNN.com)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal agents searching the Alaska home of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens appeared particularly interested in cases of wine stored in the senator's house, an attorney briefed on the raid said.
Lawyer: Alleged Shooter Was Abused By Father (KDKA Pittsburgh)
The lawyer for an Elizabeth Township girl who police charged with shooting her father says she was abused for years.
Haneef's colleague still part of terrorism probe: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The lawyer for a Gold Coast doctor who was questioned about possible terrorism links says his client is still a person of interest to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
U.S. Attorney Became Target After Rebuffing Justice Dept. (Washington Post)
The night before the government secured a guilty plea from the manufacturer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, a senior Justice Department official called the U.S. attorney handling the case and, at the behest of an executive for the drugmaker, urged him to slow down, the prosecutor told the ...
Leader in Missouri Senate, a candidate for attorney general, is to switch from GOP to Democratic Party (The Kansas City Star)
Chris Koster, a Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general who holds the fourth-ranking leadership post in the state Senate, said Tuesday that he was switching to the Democratic Party.
K-Fed focused on parenting after divorce from Spears, lawyer says (The San Francisco Examiner)
LOS ANGELES ( Map , News ) - With his marriage to Britney Spears officially over, Kevin Federline is focused on giving their two young sons a secure upbringing outside the media glare so they can "pretend they're like everyone else," his lawyer said Tuesday.
Excerpts from a statement by Kensinger's attorney (The Daily Comet)
Excerpts from a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday evening by Charles W. Gittins, the attorney for retired Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, censured for his actions in the Pat Tillman case.
Excerpts from a statement by Kensinger's attorney (The Fresno Bee)
Excerpts from a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday evening by Charles W. Gittins, the attorney for retired Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, censured for his actions in the Pat Tillman case. Kensinger was also subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee to testify at a Wednesday hearing on the matter.
K-Fed focused on parenting after divorce from Spears, lawyer says (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
With his marriage to Britney Spears officially over, Kevin Federline is focused on giving their two young sons a secure upbringing outside the media glare so they can "pretend they're like everyone else," his lawyer said Tuesday. Spears and Federline's divorce was made official Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said his client will shun the ...
Excerpts from a statement by Kensinger's attorney (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
Excerpts from a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday evening by Charles W. Gittins, the attorney for retired Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, censured for his actions in the Pat Tillman case. Kensinger was also subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee to testify at a Wednesday hearing on the matter. --- Regarding allegations that he lied about his actions in the case:
Attorney general: Honorary badges a bad idea (The Californian)
The state attorney general's office has released a legal opinion that honorary badges issued by law enforcement agencies can violate the law and could leave the county open to civil liability.
K-Fed focused on parenting after divorce from Spears, lawyer says (KESQ Palm Springs)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Federline's lawyer says Federline is focused "on being the best parent he can be" following his divorce from Britney Spears.
Attorney disqualified in stabbing case (The Star-Ledger)
An attorney was disqualified due to a conflict of interest from defending a Newton teenager accused of trying to stab his neighbor to death two years ago, just as the case was nearing trial.
Attorney general seeks apology (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
State Attorney General Charles Foti is seeking a court-ordered public apology after attorneys for the owners of a St. Bernard Parish nursing home where 35 residents drowned during Hurricane Katrina questioned his ethics and called for him to be dismissed from the case.
LaPlace lawyer wants House seat (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A LaPlace lawyer has announced that he will enter the race to replace state Rep. Robert R. "Bobby" Faucheux Jr. in the 57th District of the House of Representatives.
Prosecutor: Attorney is a slanderer (Los Angeles Daily News)
LANCASTER - The verbal sparring between a Lancaster prosecutor and a Valencia defense attorney is moving from the criminal court to a civil one.
Mercer attorney says it's too late for trial (Lansing State Journal)
MASON - A nearly 40-year-old murder case should not go to trial because too much time has passed, said an attorney for a 73-year-old Okemos man charged with killing his wife in 1968.
Attorney: Clash landed me on dismissal list (USA Today)
U.S. Attorney John Brownlee of Virginia testified Tuesday that he landed on a list of attorneys considered for dismissal a week after clashing with a top Justice Department official over a fraud case involving the drug company that makes OxyContin.
Negligence suit against 2005 town lawyer to be heard (Asbury Park Press)
A lawsuit filed by the municipality against Manalapan's 2005 township attorney — claiming the lawyer was negligent in negotiating a township contract for a land purchase that year — is expected to be heard in state Superior Court in Freehold on Aug. 20.
Lawyer Ron rules in New York (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Horse racing: Victory earns colt a spot in Breeders' Cup Classic. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lawyer Ron came barreling around the final turn and pulled away in the stretch for a record-setting win in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Attorney: Someone Else Stabbed UNC Punter (KMGH 7 Denver)
The attorney for a former Univeristy of Northern Colorado punter said that someone else stabbed the starting punter, not his client.
Lawyer says Baylon doesn’t own a gun (Sun Star)
LAWYER Jerry Basiao, acting as volunteer legal counsel of Corazon L. Locsin Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) belied reports that his client, Bryan Baylon owns a gun.
U.S. attorney criticized for actions (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
WASHINGTON -- Conservative lawmakers said Tuesday that a U.S. attorney in Texas is engaged in an "alarming pattern" of defending the rights of illegal immigrants over those of U.S. law enforcement officers. The accusations came during a House hearing that examined the case of Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, two former Border Patrol agents serving long sentences for shooting a Mexican drug ...
Man ordered to pay lawyer $60,000 (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A man has been ordered to pay $60,000 to a NSW lawyer who he claimed had covered up a criminal conviction so he could be admitted to the bar.
Attorney: Police Unfairly Focused On Backup Punter (CBS4 Denver)
For an attorney defending the backup punter accused of stabbing his rival for the starting job, the trial is about blaming the crime on another student he called a "football wannabe."
Fort Lauderdale lawyer guilty of 'minor misconduct' in bribery case, Florida Bar says (Sun-Sentinel)
The Florida Bar has found a lawyer accused of bribing a potential witness in a murder case guilty of "minor misconduct," instead of suspending his law license as prosecutors recommended.
West Palm Beach: Attorney general to talk about gangs today (Sun-Sentinel)
Attorney General Bill McCollum is expected to make an announcement from his West Palm Beach office this morning regarding the statewide grand jury investigating gangs in South Florida, a day after state representatives announced a bill that toughens laws against gangs.
K-Fed focused on parenting, lawyer says (AP via Yahoo! News)
With his marriage to Britney Spears officially over, Kevin Federline is focused on giving their two young sons a secure upbringing outside the media glare so they can "pretend they're like everyone else," his lawyer said.
Lawyer: Zuma pondering 'plot' report (Mail and Guardian)
Jacob Zuma is still musing over his response to a report accusing him of wanting to overthrow the South African government, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
K-Fed focused on parenting, lawyer says (Lexington Herald-Leader)
With his marriage to Britney Spears officially over, Kevin Federline is focused on giving their two young sons a secure upbringing outside the media glare so they can "pretend they're like everyone else," his lawyer said. The couple's divorce was made official Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said Tuesday his client will shun the spotlight ...
Kevin Federline focused on parenting after divorce from Britney Spears, lawyer says (Asbury Park Press)
With his marriage to Britney Spears officially over, Kevin Federline is focused on giving their two young sons a secure upbringing outside the media glare so they can "pretend they're like everyone else," his lawyer said. The couple's divorce was made official Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said Tuesday his client will shun the spotlight ...
U.S. attorney targeted after rebuff (UPI)
A U.S. attorney who was allegedly targeted for termination by the Justice Department had rejected the department's urging that he slow prosecution of a case.
Acting Associate Attorney General William W. Mercer to Hold Press Conference (The San Francisco Examiner)
WASHINGTON ( Map ) - Acting Associate Attorney General William W. Mercer and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Scott D.
Lawyer: Fla. Woman In Abuse Case A 'Great Mother' (WCBS-TV New York)
The lawyer for the woman accused of keeping her adopted children captive in a house of horrors says his client is actually a "great mother." CBS 2 HD's Investigative Reporter Scott Weinberger spoke exclusively with Leekin's attorney, who insists the allegations against her aren't true and that his client loved the children.
Haneef lawyer rejects Indian police claims (Daily Telegraph)
MOHAMED Haneef's lawyer has rejected claims in an Indian police file that the Gold Coast doctor has links to al-Qaeda.
Judge says attorney general can prosecute nursing home case (KTBS Shreveport)
ST. FRANCISVILLE (AP) -- A state judge today said Attorney General Charles Foti will remain the prosecutor in the case of two New Orleans area nursing home owners facing negligent homicide charges in the deaths of 35 of their patients who died after Hurricane Katrina.
Assistant Attorney General Wan J. Kim to Participate in Press Conference to Announce Ongoing Initiative to Ensure ADA ... (The San Francisco Examiner)
WASHINGTON ( Map ) - Assistant Attorney General Wan J. Kim will participate in a press conference to announce an ongoing initiative to ensure that the Washington Nationals' new ballpark, currently under construction, will be in full compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, TODAY, AUGUST 1, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. EST . A media availability will follow.
Scot Key: N.M. has plenty of positions for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (Albuquerque Tribune)
If Alberto Gonzales leaves Washington, D.C., there are plenty of positions for him in N.M. Many argue it is beyond time for U.S. Attorney General Gonzales to step down or be fired from his job. Some feel so strongly about this that they are calling for his impeachment.
K-Fed Attorney: Kevin Won’t Be Parading Their Sons Around (KTHV Little Rock)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that he and Britney Spears are divorced, Kevin Federline wants to keep their two sons out of the tabloids. His attorney says Federline won't be "parading with the children out in a public place" when he takes care of them.
Lawyer speaks out on Murphy paternity (USA Today)
A DNA test has shown that Eddie Murphy is the father of Melanie Brown's 4-month-old baby "but paternity has not been legally acknowledged," a lawyer for Brown said Wednesday.
Lawyer Speaks Out on Murphy Paternity (Time Magazine)
(LOS ANGELES)— A DNA test has shown that Eddie Murphy is the father of Melanie Brown's 4-month-old baby "but paternity has not been legally acknowledged," a lawyer for Brown said Wednesday. Murphy has shown "shocking and appalling" conduct since the test, said the statement by lawyer Gloria Allred.
Haneef lawyer dimisses Al Qaeda link claims (Stuff)
Mohamed Haneef's lawyer has rejected claims in an Indian police file that the Gold Coast doctor has links to al-Qaeda.
Haneef lawyer rejects Indian police file (Nyngan Observer)
Mohamed Haneef's lawyer has rejected claims in an Indian police file that the Gold Coast doctor has links to al-Qaeda. The so-called dossier, featured on SBS television, is an Indian police record of Dr Haneef that contains personal details about his background and family.
State Farm gives $5,000 to Weld District Attorney's office (Greeley Tribune)
State Farm has given the Weld County District Attorney's Office $5,000 to help combat drunken driving.
Lawyer: Gambler had no ties to NBA referee (UPI)
A lawyer for a Philadelphia-area gambler said that his client took advantage of an NBA referee's alleged game-fixing without having any tie to him.
Support for Attorney General Gonzales slips further (The Christian Science Monitor)
Even among GOP lawmakers on the Hill, concerns mount about the attorney general's truthfulness.
Ohio Attorney General received gambling donations (News Journal)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Attorney General Marc Dann received $7,750 from gambling interests at a fundraiser hosted by a company involved in an ongoing lawsuit against the state, campaign-finance reports revealed.
Attorney General Expected to Try Walla Walla Police Officer (KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities)
The state Attorney General is expected to handle the case of a Walla Walla police officer accused of child molestation. Officer Ray Clayton is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in his patrol car in 2002.