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Legal News 01/2008



Sun Prairie Attorney Drops Supreme Court Bid (WISC-TV Madison)
MADISON, Wis. -- Sun Prairie attorney Charlie Schutze is dropping his long-shot bid for the state Supreme Court. Schutze told the Wisconsin State Journal that he is pulling out of the race due to medical problems.
Lawyer installs shark tank at office (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
Bozeman lawyer Christopher Gillette covered his eyes Monday as a crane hoisted a 1,000-gallon aquarium through the second-story window of his new downtown office.
Cincy attorney gets two years for transactions (The Western Star)
DAYTON — A high-profile Cincinnati attorney convicted of illegally structuring financial transactions was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. Clyde Bennett II, 43, of Mason, was sentenced by U.S. District judge Thomas M. Rose.
Disbarred attorney facing OVI charges (The Western Star)
CINCINNATI — The arraignment for a former Butler County attorney charged with operating a vehicle under the influence while her children were in the back seat has been delayed.
Lawyer: Police prevented Bhutto autopsy (CNN.com)
Rawalpindi's police chief stopped doctors at the hospital where Benazir Bhutto died from conducting an autopsy, according to a lawyer on the hospital's board.
Lawyer wants Spears deposition soon (Yahoo! Launch UK & Ireland)
The lawyer for Kevin Federline says he wants to make troubled singer Britney Spears give sworn evidence soon, the latest step in the former couple's continuing child-custody battle.
District Attorney Sam Sutter (The Standard-Times)
“Public service has always been a part of my spirit,” said Sam Sutter, “And I thought there were major problems with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, and I thought I could improve them."
Plotkin lawyer looking for leniency (The Journal News)
A former Goldman Sachs & Co. associate from Rockland County who took part in an international insider-trading scheme should be sentenced to no more than 57 months, his lawyer argues.
Lawyer finds redemption in helping poor (Los Angeles Times)
He used to be one of them. Now an attorney, he's dedicated to helping drug addicts and skid row residents. Legal aid lawyer Louis Rafti was leading a group of law students on a tour of skid row when he saw it in the corner of a homeless shelter.
Spears has date with K-Fed attorney (Rocky Mountain News)
The attorney for Kevin Federline says he wants to depose Britney Spears soon, the latest step in the former couple's ongoing child-custody battle.
More details surface on runaway lawyer Zulkifli Amin (Straits Times)
RUNAWAY lawyer Zulkifli Amin bolted to the Philippines on an air ticket he did not pay for. It was billed to his law firm.
Terengganu Sultan Withdraws Lawyer's "Datuk" Title (Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA))
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 1 (Bernama) -- The Sultan of Terengganu has withdrawn the title of "Datuk" from lawyer Mokhtar Ngah, 55, who runs his own legal practice.
Sun Prairie attorney Schutze drops court bid (The Capital Times)
Sun Prairie attorney Charlie Schutze is dropping his long-shot bid for the state Supreme Court. Schutze notified his supporters in a letter dated Dec. 27 that he is pulling out of the race due to medical problems. Schutze, 57, told the Wisconsin State Journal that he is scheduled for surgery on Thursday for a severely torn rotator cuff and that he has a second February surgery for an unrelated ...
Year in Review: City manager, city attorney controversies part of a restless year (The Sentinel)
A new city attorney was hired, his law firm's qualification was then questioned, and freedom of the press collided with the desire of unhappy Hanford decision-makers to control information.
Attorney asks that animal abuse trial be moved (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
Associated Press - January 1, 2008 12:34 PM ET IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for a Solon man charged with neglecting nearly 60 dogs and other animals is asking that the man's trial be...
Attorney asks that animal abuse trial be moved (WOI-TV Des Moines)
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for a Solon man charged with neglecting nearly 60 dogs and other animals is asking that the man's trial be moved.
PA Attorney General Investigating Closed Fuel Company (PAHomePage.com)
HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY- The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office is asking questions after A&B Fuel Company, Gouldsboro, shut down, leaving dozens of its customers without heating oil.
Corbett’s attorney files response to motion for discovery (The Daily Dispatch)
BISBEE — An attorney representing a Border Patrol agent charged with murdering an illegal immigrant near Naco has filed a response to the state’s motion for discovery in the case.
Lawyer stripped of datukship (The Star)
PUTRAJAYA: The Sultan of Terengganu has withdrawn the title of Datuk from lawyer Mokhtar Ngah, 55, who runs his own legal practice. Terengganu Palace controller Mohd Yasim Awang said the decision was made after consulting the state Royal Advisory Council.
Attorney Wants Animal Neglect Trial Moved (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The attorney for a Solon man charged with neglecting nearly 60 dogs and other animals is asking that the man's trial be moved.
Tiger Attack Victims Hire High Profile Lawyer (KTAL Shreveport)
Two brothers who were injured by a tiger during a Christmas Day attack at the San Francisco Zoo have hired a high-profile lawyer. The victims will be represented by defense attorney Mark Geragos whose previous clients have included Michael Jackson and actress Winona Ryder.
Lawyer wants Spears deposition soon (Yahoo! Launch UK & Ireland)
The lawyer for Kevin Federline says he wants to make troubled singer Britney Spears give sworn evidence soon, the latest step in the former couple's continuing child-custody battle.
Rockland's new district attorney sworn in (The Journal News)
NEW CITY - "Friendship" was the word of the day at the swearing-in ceremony of the county's sheriff and new district attorney. Sheriff James Kralik, a Republican, and new District Attorney Thomas Zugibe both said today there's no room for politics when it comes to keeping Rockland safe.
Church leaders look to oust Harris Co. district attorney (Austin American-Statesman)
E-mails detail his affectionate relationship with his secretary. HOUSTON — Religious leaders have called on Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal to resign because of a scandal over e-mails detailing his relationship with his secretary.
Tiger attack survivors' attorney says zoo ignored cries for help (San Francisco Chronicle)
The two brothers who survived the Christmas Day tiger attack that killed their 17-year-old friend frantically sought to get help for more than 30 minutes before the zoo workers finally called 911, an attorney representing the pair said Tuesday in the first...
Attorney: Zoo took too long to get help (The Charlotte Observer)
The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday. A zoo spokesman called the claim "unreliable." Attorney Mark Geragos told the Associated Press that Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, tried to ...
Attorney: Zoo took too long to get help (Boston Globe)
An attorney for the two survivors of the deadly Christmas Day tiger attacks at the San Francisco Zoo claims his clients had to wait 30 minutes before security personnel at the zoo called for help.
Survivors of San Francisco Zoo tiger attack hire high profile lawyer (San Jose Mercury News)
Pointing the blame at the San Francisco Zoo, a high-profile lawyer retained by the two brothers who survived the Christmas Day tiger rampage said Tuesday night that the zoo "showed an utter disregard for safety.
Tiger attack survivors' attorney says zoo ignored cries for help (San Francisco Chronicle)
The two brothers who survived the Christmas Day tiger attack that killed their 17-year-old friend frantically sought to get help for more than 30 minutes before the zoo workers finally called 911, an attorney representing the pair said Tuesday in the first...
Attorney: Zoo took too long to get help (AP via Yahoo! News)
The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday.
Federline's lawyer orders Britney to court (world entertainment news via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Kevin Federline's lawyer will demand Britney Spears appears in court early in 2008 to give evidence in the couple's prolongued child custody battle.
Conflict of interest alleged: Former BWC lawyer judges workers' disputes (The Columbus Dispatch)
As a high-ranking lawyer for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for 17 years, Kevin R. Abrams had his fingerprints on many of the policies governing how injured workers should be paid.
Attorney: Zoo took too long to get help (MSNBC)
The two brothers who survived the Christmas Day tiger attacks that killed their friend at the San Francisco Zoo waited at least 30 minutes before zoo security took their claims seriously enough to call for help, the brothers' attorney said.
Attorney releases details of tiger attack (The Monterey County Herald)
SAN FRANCISCO — The two brothers who survived the Christmas Day tiger attack that killed their 17-year-old friend frantically sought to get help for more than 30 minutes before zoo workers finally called 911, an attorney representing the pair said Tuesday in the first account of the event from the
In foreclosure? Get free lawyer (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Ohio homeowners in need of a free lawyer to represent them in a foreclosure lawsuit can call the Ohio Attorney General's consumer complaint office at 877-244-6446.
IRS investigation ongoing for area lawyer (Times Herald)
No new public information is available in a tax-evasion case against local lawyer David Black. Internal Revenue Service Spokesman Stephen Moore said he only can release what is public record. The case has not been entered into any court documents.
Dodds lawyer adds reporters to witness list (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - January 2, 2008 6:55 AM ET DOVER, N.H. (AP) - The lawyer for former congressional hopeful Gary Dodds has added five New Hampshire news reporters to the list of witnesses he...
Starting second term, district attorney lines up his targets (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As he embarks on his second term in office, Staten Island's district attorney said he will look to combat problems of domestic violence, computer crime and identify theft over the next four years.
Attorney: Zoo guard ignored plea for help (CNN.com)
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The two brothers who survived a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday.
Let Haneef case go: lawyer (The Australian)
THE lawyer for former terrorism suspect Mohamed Haneef has called for the Australian Federal Police to publicly declare that they have finished their investigation and do not intend to take any further action against him.
Attorney: SF Zoo Took 30 Minutes To Call 911 (CBS 13 Sacramento)
The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday. A zoo spokesman called the claim "unreliable."
Zoo Took 30 Minutes To Call 911, Lawyer Says (Fox 12 Oregon)
A lawyer for two survivors of a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo claims it took security guards 30 minutes to call 911.
Firm loses appeal against Madison lawyer (The Clarion-Ledger)
Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. failed to prove it was damaged by a Mississippi lawyer's soliciting of its members for possible legal action against the company, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
San Francisco zoo showed disregard for safety, survivors' lawyer says (Detroit Free Press)
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Pointing the blame at the San Francisco Zoo, a high-profile lawyer retained by the two San Jose brothers who survived the Christmas Day tiger rampage said Tuesday night that the zoo "showed an utter disregard for safety."
Driver in fatal Ohio crash distraught over deaths, attorney says (Baltimore Sun)
Bail set for $1.25 million for man accused of killing a woman and four children from Parkville A man accused of killing a woman and four children in a wrong-way crash on an interstate while he was drunk is distraught over the deaths, said an attorney speaking for the man's family.
Attorney: Zoo took 30 minutes to call 911 about tiger attack (Baltimore Sun)
The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said yesterday.
In foreclosure? Get free lawyer (Coshocton Tribune)
COLUMBUS — Ohio homeowners in need of a free lawyer to represent them in a foreclosure lawsuit can call the Ohio Attorney General's consumer complaint office at 877-244-6446.
Lawyer: Zoo ignored cries of tiger attack victims (EARTHtimes.org)
San Francisco - The lawyer for two brothers critically injured by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo charged Wednesday that zoo officials waited to call police and ignored their cries for help for about 30 minutes after the initial mauling. They were ...
US attorney general opens probe into CIA tapes (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Wednesday announced the Justice Department would open an investigation into the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes of Al-Qaeda operatives.
Statement by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey Regarding the Opening of an Investigation Into the Destruction of ... (Centre Daily Times)
The following is a statement by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey regarding the opening of an investigation into the destruction of videotapes by CIA personnel: