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No Insurance Coverage for Lawyer Who Committed Suicide After Being Accused of Stealing Client Funds (Law.com)
A legal malpractice insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify Pennsylvania lawyer Michael J. Hanft, who allegedly stole more than $780,000 from his clients and gambled much of it away before committing suicide when he learned that he was under investigation, a federal judge has ruled. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said that the case involved "the tragic circumstances ...
Deposed Pak CJ named lawyer of the year (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Lahore, Dec 14 (ANI): The US-based National Law Journal has named deposed Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as its lawyer of the year. Reportpress.com quoted the journal as saying that Justice Chaudhry is not a household name in the US, but we think he should be the lawyer of the year. He has become an international symbol of an independent judiciary and resistance to the ...
Suspended S.F. Supervisor Ed Jew drops 2nd defense attorney (San Francisco Chronicle)
A second attorney for suspended San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew has parted ways with the embattled lawmaker, citing "irreconcilable differences" in the legal defense strategy. Steven Gruel represented Jew in U.S. District Court, where he faces federal...
Ex-lawyer runs afoul of law again (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
AUBURN - A former Skowhegan lawyer sentenced to prison for bilking his grandfather's estate out of more than $150,000 is due back in court after allegedly failing to repay the stolen money as planned.
Attorney: Town followed posting requirements (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
LIVERMORE - The town followed proper posting procedures for an Oct. 24 special town meeting for voters to consider a dangerous dog ordinance, the town's attorney said Thursday.
Local lawyer who concocted kidnap may be charged today (The Toledo Blade)
The Toledo lawyer who lied about being kidnapped last week is expected to be charged today with a misdemeanor for filing a false police report, police said.
U.S. attorney ends oversight of UMDNJ (The Record)
The U.S. Attorney's Office will end its two-year oversight of the state's health sciences university, saying progress has been made in routing out corruption, political interference, mismanagement and waste.
Veteran lawyer in dock for drink driving (Straits Times)
A VETERAN lawyer who has been in practice for over 30 years found himself in the opposite position on Friday - an accused in the dock. Lee Tow Kiat, 59, sat stone-faced during the opening day of his trial for drink driving.
Lawyer: Feds Violated Kerik's Rights In Corruption Probe (WNBC)
Federal prosecutors have violated one-time New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik's rights in his corruption case by improperly questioning his former lawyer, his current lawyer said.
Learning about anti-profiling ordinances :Attorney who crafted Detroit law speaks to some city officials, community ... (South Bend Tribune)
SOUTH BEND -- Middle Eastern and Latino people were the biggest targets for racial profiling in Detroit, said Richard J. Bowers Jr., an attorney who crafted a city ordinance that bans profiling.
Disbarred attorney sentenced to prison for scamming women (Chicago Tribune)
A disbarred attorney accused of scamming women in nine states of more than $1 million was sentenced to 5 years in Illinois prison Thursday for operating a financial crimes enterprise, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Lawyer: Feds Violated Kerik's Rights in Probe (1010 WINS New York)
Bernard Kerik's lawyer says federal prosecutors have violated his rights in his corruption case by improperly questioning his former lawyer.
Attorney says stepdad did not kill little girl (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
HOUSTON -- An attorney for the stepfather accused of killing the toddler known as "Baby Grace" said Thursday that his client didn't kill the girl, and ...
Attorney General wants more answers on 287(g) (NWAnews.com)
ROGERS — Days after a federal operation in cooperation with local law enforcement netted 19 arrests following raids of four Acambaro restaurants and other properties owned by the Reyes family, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin Mc-Daniel said he is still not sold on the program. (Benton County Daily Record)
Lawyer Denies Sex Assault By N.J. State Troopers (WNBC)
A lawyer speaking for seven state troopers who have been suspended with pay while authorities investigate a woman's claim that she was sexually assaulted by a group of men she met in a bar has denied that his clients attacked the woman.
LR attorney receives FBI leadership award (NWAnews.com)
When Bud Whetstone heard that the FBI was asking about him, the Little Rock attorney and philanthropist joked that it was “either really good news or really bad news.” As the recipient of the 2007 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, Whetstone, 65, said Thursday that it turned out to be great news, mostly because it will force him to work harder on behalf of disadvantaged children and ...
Lawyer for Clemens assails uncorroborated charges (International Herald Tribune)
Roger Clemens, considered one of the best pitchers in baseball history, adamantly denied the Mitchell report's accusations that he used steroids and human growth hormone, according to his Houston lawyer.
Lawyer: Kerik's rights violated in probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
Federal prosecutors violated the rights of one-time New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik by improperly questioning his former lawyer, his current lawyer said.
Lawyer: Kerik's rights violated in probe (The Charlotte Observer)
Federal prosecutors violated the rights of one-time New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik by improperly questioning his former lawyer, his current lawyer said. In court papers filed this week, attorney Kenneth Breen said that prosecutors wrongly questioned Joseph Tacopina, and asked a judge to consider whether legal action was warranted. Kerik - the former Rudy Giuliani protege who was ...
Alberto Gonzalez: Lawyer of the Year? (ABC News)
American Bar Association mag crowns former A.G. nation's most newsworthy lawyer.
Defense lawyer says that castration was self-defense (The Fayetteville Observer)
LILLINGTON — Rebecca Dawson’s defense lawyer said this morning that she tore Kevin Russ’ scrotum in self defense. Jason Wunsch, one of two lawyers representing Dawson, repeatedly called Russ’ version of what happened “preposterous” in his closing argument.
Pregnant attorney charged in kidnapping hoax (CNN.com)
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A pregnant attorney who police said made up a story about being kidnapped was charged Friday with making false alarms.
Attorney charged in fake abduction case (The Charlotte Observer)
A pregnant attorney who police said made up a story about being kidnapped was charged Friday with making false alarms. Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a former city councilwoman, never was abducted last week outside a the city's juvenile court building, police said. Hancock's husband has said she had a "meltdown" and that she was seeking treatment. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six ...
Senate confirms Humetewa as US attorney for Arizona (BizJournals)
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Diane Humetewa as the new U.S. attorney for Arizona.
Ohio attorney who faked abduction faces misdemeanor charges (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The Toledo attorney who disappeared last week and ended up in Cobb County days later has been charged with a misdemeanor.
OC Attorney Sentenced In Bail Bonds Scam (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
An Orange County defense attorney known for his aggressive courtroom tactics is sentenced after pleading guilty to paying a bail bonds firm to send clients his way.
Illinois Attorney General Investigates Countrywide (Washington Post)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has launched an investigation into the business practices of the nation's biggest mortgage lender and said yesterday that the office may expand its probe into how homeowners were approved for mortgages far beyond their means.
Attorney general launches help site, call center (BizJournals)
A call center and Web site created by Ohio's attorney general aim to leave the heavy lifting of protecting the public with the state's top lawyer, not consumers.
Attorney charged in fake abduction case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A pregnant attorney who police said made up a story about being kidnapped was charged Friday with making false alarms.
Larger bench to hear woman lawyer's case (Hindustan Times via Yahoo! India News)
A DIVISION Bench of the Allahabad High Court has referred to a larger bench of not less than five judges the matter in which a Single Judge of this court had directed that a woman lawyer Sadhna Upadhyaya be taken into judicial custody and be sent to jail for committing contempt of court.
Britney Spears' Deposition No-Show Was 'Willful,' Lawyer Says; Plus GZA, 50 Cent, Tom Morello, Slash & More, In For ... (MTV Music Television)
Kevin Federline's lawyer is planning to ask the court for "some kind of remedy" following Britney Spears' no-show at her court-ordered deposition on Wednesday.
SoCal lawyer gets jail for paying bail bondsmen for clients (The Fresno Bee)
A prominent defense lawyer and associate of indicted Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $10,000 on Friday for paying bail bondsmen to send him clients.
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison resigns (The Kansas City Star)
TOPEKA | Attorney General Paul Morrison will resign next month, he announced this afternoon. Standing outside his office, Morrison said the scandal that began Sunday led many to stop believing in him. He said he was resigning, effective Jan. 31, to preserve the public confidence in the office of attorney general.
Kansas attorney general resigns; had admitted affair with woman who accused him of misconduct (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Attorney General Paul Morrison announced his resignation Friday, less than a week after he acknowledged having an extramarital affair with a former employee who has accused him of sexual harassment, and of professional misconduct aimed at his predecessor.
Nunavut Tourism takes Liberal candidate, lawyer to court over domain name (CBC North)
Nunavut Tourism has named a federal Liberal candidate and an Iqaluit lawyer as defendants in a lawsuit over a website domain name.
Lawyer calls for Spears to be punished (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
The lawyer for Britney Spears' ex-husband says he plans to ask the court to punish the pop star for calling in sick to her court-ordered deposition.
High-Profile O.C. Lawyer Gets Jail Time (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
An Orange County defense lawyer known for his aggressive courtroom tactics was sentenced Friday to six months in jail for paying a bail bonds firm to send clients his way. Joseph Gerard Cavallo, 52, also was placed on three years probation and fined $10,000. He is to report to jail March 7.
Lawyer: Woman had consensual sex with 5 troopers (The Record)
A lawyer representing one of the troopers suspended after a 25-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted last week by members of the state police said any contact with the woman was consensual.
Homolka is not bound to Canada, says lawyer about report she has left country (CNews)
MONTREAL - The lawyer for the families of Karla Homolka's victims says he is unaware of a media report that she had left the country for the Caribbean, but notes the convicted schoolgirl killer is not bound to Canada.
Attorney general won't share info from CIA tapes inquiry (CNN.com)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Friday rejected lawmakers' demands for information as the Justice Department investigates the destruction of tapes showing CIA interrogations of two al Qaeda suspects.
Kansas Attorney General Resigns (KSNT Topeka)
At a press conference Friday, Kansas' Attorney General Paul Morrison announced his resignation.
Attorney denies troopers assaulted woman (The Charlotte Observer)
A lawyer for one of seven state troopers accused of sexual assault while they were off duty said Friday that the activity was consensual, calling the woman's allegations "absurd." Each of the troopers was stunned by the suggestion that anything nonconsensual might have occurred, said attorney Charles J. Sciarra. "What we're saying is that there were adults engaged in consensual adult ...
Kansas Attorney General Resigns Over Extramarital Affair (Law.com)
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison announced his resignation Friday, days after acknowledging an extramarital affair with a former employee who accused him of sexual harassment and professional misconduct. Linda Carter, former director of administration for the Johnson County district attorney's office, has said she and Morrison had a two-year affair starting in September 2005 -- meaning it ...
Services pending for Tulsa attorney (Tulsa World)
James C. Lang: A Will Rogers High graduate and founding member of the Sneed Lang law firm, he has also worked as a forest ranger, an FBI agent and an assistant district attorney.
Bledsoe county attorney fights dismissal (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
PIKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley last week dismissed County Attorney Howard Upchurch for "conflicts of interest," but Mr. Upchurch says the mayor overstepped his authority.
Attorney general sues three Stark businesses (The Canton Repository)
CANTON Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is suing three local businesses, alleging they made deceptive claims in marketing mortgage services.
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison resigns (The Kansas City Star)
Racked by scandal, facing multiple investigations and with calls for his resignation mounting, Attorney General Paul Morrison simply couldn’t hold on any longer.
Trial of lawyer fixed for April (The Star)
THE trial of an Ipoh-based lawyer charged with forgery and cheating over a 2.6ha plot of land in Gurney Drive has been fixed for hearing from April 2 to 4 next year.
HINDRAF leader's detention violates Malaysian law, says lawyer (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Ipoh (Malaysia), Dec.15 (ANI): A lawyer representing HINDRAF leader M. Manoharan has objected to the unconstitutional detention of his client under the country's Internal Security Act (ISA). DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh said the detention order was not done in accordance with Section 73 of the ISA, which required police investigations and recommendations to be given to the Internal ...
SoCal lawyer gets jail for paying bail bondsmen for clients (North County Times)
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A prominent defense lawyer and associate of indicted Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $10,000 on Friday for paying bail bondsmen to send him clients.