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Legal News 03/2008



Lawyer: Client Not There When Bessant Shot (KGTV San Diego)
VISTA, Calif. -- The third of the reputed gang members arrested for the shooting death of Oceanside police Officer Dan Bessant was not at the crime scene, so the charges against him should be dropped, his lawyer asserted Friday in a court filing.
Attorney general declines to investigate Bush advisers (CNN.com)
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
Myanmar: Lawyer Says Detained Myanmar Activists Face New Charge Carrying 20-year Jail Term (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
YANGON, MYANMAR: Myanmar's military junta has charged about 20 pro-democracy activists under a security law that carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years, a lawyer said Friday (29 Feb).
Ellis County, district attorney GOP hopefuls face off again (Dallas Morning News)
The two Republican candidates in Tuesday's primary for the county and district attorney in Ellis County have faced off before.
Lawyer relieved Hasil tracked down (TVNZ)
The lawyer acting for alleged victims of a disgraced Wanganui doctor is relieved he has been tracked down in Australia.
Lawyer: Bebko-Jones was a 'dedicated' public servant (Erie Times-News)
The lawyer for former state Rep. Linda Bebko-Jones said today that he is preparing for her arraignment on forgery charges, and that she "has been undergoing treatment for some significant health problems."
Attorney wants mall retrial stopped (Springfield News-Sun)
SPRINGFIELD — An attorney representing a woman on trial for a 2005 death of a local man wants the case dismissed on grounds of double jeopardy — being tried twice for the same offense, which is prohibited by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Al Fayed lawyer suggests MI6 didn't intend to kill (USA Today)
A lawyer for the businessman who claims British agents arranged the death of Princess Diana suggested Friday that the agents were trying to scare her, not kill her.
Lawyer argues for record pay in Enron case (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer who helped reap a $7.2 billion settlement for Enron investors told a federal judge on Friday that his firm deserved a record $700 million in fees, due to the complexity and risky nature of the case.
Disrupting the Lawyer Ratings Paradigm (Law.com)
The Internet enables clients to opine on lawyers in a rapid fashion, opening new channels of information for consumers. Stanislaw Ashbaugh partner Joseph M. Campos says not to fear the new lawyer-ratings paradigm, but to embrace it for the marketing and business development opportunities it creates.
Attorney General Refuses Grand Jury On Bush Aides (The Tampa Tribune)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to refer the House's contempt citations against two of President Bush's top aides to a federal grand jury. Mukasey said White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential counsel Harriet Miers committed no crime.
Lawyer accused in death of deputy assigned new lawyer (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
The southern California lawyer charged with killing a Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy has a new attorney.
Waco attorney among disabled people in film about climbing Mount Everest (Waco Tribune-Herald)
A Waco attorney who was part of a group of people with disabilities that trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest will reunite with some of his team members at 7 p.m. today at a local fundraiser.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (DS) (CNET)
How would you rate this product? The Ace Attorney games have always been exclusive to the Nintendo DS in North America, but they were essentially ports of the Japanese games, which were originally released on the GameBoy Advance.
Prosecutors’ scorn comes from win in Selenski case, Cuadra attorney Fannick says (Times Leader)
WILKES-BARRE – Ever since attorney Demetrius Fannick was successful in defending homicide suspect Hugo Selenski, prosecutors have been trying to “disparage” his reputation, the attorney said.
Judge: Attorney can’t see personnel file (Kane County Chronicle)
ST. CHARLES – A judge said Thursday that former jail chief Todd Exline’s attorney could not see a fired Geneva police officer’s personnel file. Exline, a corrections lieutenant, has pleaded not guilty to drunken-driving charges, stemming from an arrest in Geneva in June.
Defense attorney files for D.A. post (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
Jerry Berger, a longtime defense attorney, is running for the Shawnee County district attorney's post as a Democrat, he said Friday.
Defendant's request to fire attorney denied (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
A Shawnee County District Court judge has turned down the request of a defendant charged with murder to fire his court-appointed attorney.
Attorney says accused teen was not there (North County Times)
VISTA ---- Residents along the street where a sniper's bullet killed an Oceanside policeman told investigators that one of the three teenagers accused as the gunmen was not present during the shooting, a defense attorney said in court filings Friday.
Ellis County, district attorney GOP hopefuls face off again (Dallas Morning News)
The two Republican candidates in Tuesday's primary for the county and district attorney in Ellis County have faced off before.
IMETTE SUSPECT'S LAWYER CHALLENGES AUTOPSY (New York Post)
The lawyer for the bar bouncer accused in the grisly rape and murder of John Jay College student Imette St. Guillen yesterday disputed some of the more disturbing autopsy findings, saying they didn't square with photos taken at the post-mortem exam...
Oregon attorney challenges archdiocese over documents (The World)
PORTLAND — An attorney for victims of alleged sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests is challenging an Archdiocese of Portland request to appoint a federal judge to decide whether to release church documents on the priests.
'Immigrant' remarks earn lawyer rebuke (Hamilton Spectator)
The Ontario Superior Court has delivered a sharp rebuke to an insurance company lawyer for making "offensive" comments to a civil jury that suggested the plaintiff was "an immigrant ripping off Canada's social welfare system."
Welcome to The Lawyer UK 100 (The Lawyer)
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Welcome to The Lawyer Rising 50 (The Lawyer)
This year’s The Lawyer Rising 50, which features financial information on 100 firms, is the most comprehensive ever. The table and editorial is based on the results of a questionnaire and information collated from interviews with managing and senior partners.
Lawyer says Aftergood wasn't evasive (Calgary Sun)
The judge who convicted the husband of an aldermanic candidate in a vote-fixing scheme erred in suggesting he "played possum" on the stand, his lawyer said yesterday.
Duke says lawyer in lacrosse case violating bar rule (The News & Observer)
Duke University is accusing the lawyer representing 38 members of the 2006 Duke lacrosse team of violating the same professional rule of conduct that fallen prosecutor Mike Nifong did.
Mokbel hires gun lawyer (Herald Sun)
TONY Mokbel has hired the lawyer who advised accused war criminal Ratko Mladic - the so-called "Butcher of Bosnia" - to fight his extradition from Greece.
No wine found yet as lawyer asks judge to jail Abbot (The Salem News)
SALEM and mdash; A lawyer for a business owed more than $3 million by Michael Abbot asked a judge yesterday to hold him in contempt and lock him up, saying Abbot has led his creditors "on a wild goose chase" after a rare wine collection.
Clara Harris ordered to pay lawyer more (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
HOUSTON -- A woman who killed her cheating husband by running him over will have to pay more money to her lawyer, who she sued for overcharging her, a ...
Attorney arrested (Capital News 9)
Guilderland Police said a local attorney is under arrest after she made false claims about domestic violence.
Attorney general stalls Bush aides' contempt citations (San Francisco Chronicle)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to refer the House's contempt citations against two of President Bush's top aides to a federal grand jury. Mukasey said White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential counsel Harriet Miers...
Military lawyer defends terrorism detentions in Seattle talk (Seattle Times)
A former military lawyer says open-ended detention of terrorism suspects is a wartime necessity.
Attorney General Seeks to Block Release of Records (WTOP Radio Network)
The attorney general's office is seeking to stop the release of records sought by defense attorneys for an inmate accused in the stabbing death of a correctional officer.
Candidate Q and A: Henderson County District Attorney — Scott McKee (Athens Review)
Q: What led you to make this run for district attorney?
Marshall Grossman: And Now for some Accountability: An Open Letter to the Bicoastal Gang of Two who Confirmed Attorney ... (HuffingtonPost)
"The coordinated statements released late Friday afternoon by two Democratic senators that they would break ranks and support President Bush's attorney general nominee largely muted opposition from a Democratic base that has become increasingly frustrated with Congress, activist leaders said...
Attorney General announces new identity theft unit (22 WSBT South Bend)
Protecting your identity can be difficult. The Indiana Attorney General wants to make it easier. Saturday Steve Carter announced a new Identity Theft Unit to help victims restore their credit and find the thief who took it.
Attorney General launches unit to combat identity theft (WNDU 16 South Bend)
Indiana’s Attorney General says consumer complaints of ID theft have more than doubled in the past year.
How the Internet Has Changed The Lawyer Ratings Game (Law Fuel)
The Internet has introduced a new paradigm for lawyer-ratings. The emergence of new lawyer-ratings paradigm creates new concerns and challenges for law firms. More than ever, a law firm's reputation may only be as good as the last work performed for a client. Consequently, practitioners must focus more than ever on customer service and every sort of result a client expects from a relationship ...
Attorney General Launches Identity Theft Unit (WANE-TV Fort Wayne)
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter has created an Identity Theft Unit to further assist identity theft victims.
Attorney general's office investigating Watertown Housing Authority (Republican-American)
WATERTOWN -- The state attorney general's office is investigating allegations from two local companies that the Watertown Housing Authority's executive director improperly replaced them midway through an apartment renovation project in favor of a more expensive contractor.
Man accused of attacking teen jogger in Litchfield wants new attorney, venue (Republican-American)
LITCHFIELD -- A man accused of attacking a teenage jogger last summer said Wednesday he is looking for a new attorney, then hinted he may ask to move his trial out of town.
Attorney says accused teen was not there (North County Times)
VISTA ---- Residents along the street where a sniper's bullet killed an Oceanside policeman told investigators that one of the three teenagers accused as the gunmen was not present during the shooting, a defense attorney said in court filings Friday.
Attorney general not talking about cost of 'bonusgate' probe (The Beaver County Times)
HARRISBURG — State Attorney General Tom Corbett did not get any questions last week from members of the House Appropriations Committee about his yearlong “bonusgate” probe.
Lawyer admits computer breach (The Charleston Gazette)
A Charleston lawyer could be suspended from the State Bar after admitting that he accessed another law firm's computer system because he suspected his wife was having an affair.
Defense attorney: Few factors reveal who will offend again (Boston Herald)
There is scant scientific evidence available that can predict whether a sex offender will attack again, said a defense attorney who has helped free dozens of men who were...
Clifton lawyer eyes seat held by Rowland (The Daily Sentinel)
Dickie Lewis, a longtime Clifton resident and lawyer, announced Saturday he will run as a Democrat for Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland’s seat this year.
District attorney, civil rights leader at odds on hiring (Ventura County Star)
Feeling thwarted in his efforts to get Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten to hire more minorities, an official with a Latino civil rights group has started lobbying county supervisors to shake up county government's hiring offices.
COD names Roselle attorney as interim board trustee (The Naperville Sun)
The College of DuPage Board selected Roselle attorney Kory Atkinson Feb. 23 as an interim trustee to succeed Mary Mack, who resigned in January.
Attorney general's office investigating Watertown Housing Authority (Republican-American)
WATERTOWN -- The state attorney general's office is investigating allegations from two local companies that the Watertown Housing Authority's executive director improperly replaced them midway through an apartment renovation project in favor of a more expensive contractor.