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Disbarred lawyer David Mazanec sentenced to prison for stealing settlement (The Plain Dealer)
A fiery crash nine years ago stole Katherine Frank's ability to walk. When she received an $800,000 settlement stemming from the crash, her estate lawyer stole half the money.
Trial set for lawyer accused in illegal donations to John Edwards (WAVY 10)
DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge in Detroit has rejected a request by a high-profile lawyer to dismiss a criminal indictment stemming from donations made to the 2004 presidential campaign of John Edwards.
Skakel's Former Attorney Publishes Memoir (NBC 30 Connecticut)
Defense attorney Mickey Sherman, who lost Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder trial, defends his unorthodox ways in a book being published next month.
Lawyer guilty of salon extortion (Concord Monitor)
A Manchester lawyer who threatened to sue a Concord salon for pricing haircuts differently for men and women and then took money to settle the matter was found guilty of theft by extortion.
N.H. lawyer's settlement offer deemed extortion (Boston Globe)
A lawyer who says he was just trying to settle a case has been convicted of extortion.
Lawyer's Settlement Offer Deemed Extortion (WMUR New Hampshire)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A lawyer who said he was just trying to settle a case has been convicted of extortion. Daniel Hynes, of Manchester, told a Concord hair salon to pay him $1,000 15 months ago or face a lawsuit because the different prices it charged for men and women were discriminatory.
Attorney Has License Revoked (KWWL Iowa)
The Iowa Supreme Court has revoked the license of an Des Moines-area attorney. Allan Rauch of Windsor Heights allegedly deceived a client and the district court by practicing with a suspended license.
Austin attorney put in jail after "obscene gesture" in court (CBS 42 Austin)
Austin attorney Adam Reposa is in trouble with a Travis County judge who says he made an obscene gesture in her courtroom.
Attorney Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Client Sentenced (WeatherNet5.com)
CLEVELAND -- An attorney who stole half of an $800,000 settlement awarded to a woman who was crippled in a traffic accident has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for mail fraud.
Another Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case (New York Times)
David Zachary Scruggs, the son of the recently disgraced trial lawyer Richard F. Scruggs, has agreed to plead guilty in a bribery case involving a state judge.
Prominent Nevada Attorney Herbert Jones Dies at 93 (KLAS Las Vegas)
Longtime Nevada attorney Herb Jones, a founding partner of the prominent Jones Vargas law firm, died Wednesday at home. He was 93.
Former politico, rural Alabama lawyer now plaintiff powerhouse (phillyburbs.com)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Jere Beasley was nearly broke and looking for work after getting whipped in a race for governor 30 years ago. Since then, the rural Alabama lawyer has re-emerged as a powerhouse plaintiffs' attorney whose firm counts more than $20 billion in verdicts and settlements.
Attorney General would consider spy bill deal (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey said on Friday he was open to compromise with Congress on renewing an anti-terrorism spy bill that has been deadlocked over whether telephone companies should be shielded from lawsuits.
Prominent Nevada attorney Herbert Jones dies at 93 (KVBC Las Vegas)
Longtime Nevada attorney Herb Jones, a founding partner of the prominent Jones Vargas law firm, died Wednesday at home. He was 93.
U.S. Attorney General would consider spy bill deal (The Star)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said on Friday he was open to compromise with Congress on renewing an anti-terrorism spy bill that has been deadlocked over whether telephone companies should be shielded from lawsuits.
Jayalalithaa's ex-lawyer joins DMK (The Times of India)
AIADMK supremo's former lawyer N Jothi - who quit the party in a huff a few days ago - on Friday formally joined DMK in presence of party president Karunanidhi.
DeNaples' lawyer: Charges rely on lies told by mob boss (Centre Daily Times)
A lawyer for a casino owner charged with lying about alleged mob ties said the case against his client relies heavily on lies told by a reputed mob boss, a newspaper reported Friday.
Hobbs lawyer appointed district judge (News West 9 Midland)
Associated Press - March 21, 2008 6:25 PM ET SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Hobbs lawyer has been appointed to a state district judgeship in southeastern New Mexico.
Attorney general to issue opinion on whether S.C. should sue in fed license fight (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
COLUMBIA The state attorney general is preparing an opinion on whether the South Carolina would have a case if it decided to sue the federal government over new driver's licenses.
Hobbs lawyer appointed district judge (KOB-TV Albuquerque)
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Hobbs lawyer has been appointed to a state district judgeship in southeastern New Mexico. Gov. Richardson named William Shoobridge to replace William McBee, who retired earlier this month in the 5th Judicial District.
Attorney Represents Family Of Teen Shot By Police With Taser Gun (WSOC-TV Charlotte)
Eyewitness News has learned a high-profile attorney now represents the family of a boy shot by police with a Taser gun.
Indian American lawyer sues TV serial producers for libel (New Kerala)
New York, March 22: An Indian American lawyer who claims he was defamed by an episode of popular crime drama "Law & Order" can press on with his $15 million libel suit against the TV show's producers, a US judge has ruled.
State Attorney Candidates Face Off In Debate (WJXT Jacksonville)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Next year, for the first time in nearly two decades, there will be a new state attorney in Jacksonville. Angela Corey and Jay Plotkin will both appear on the ballot this August. At one time both candidates worked under State Attorney Harry Shorstein.
Attorney's Mission Is to Erase the Stigma of Depression (Law.com)
Despite a landmark 1991 study by Johns Hopkins University, in which lawyers ranked first in incidence rate for clinical depression among 105 professions surveyed, attorney Daniel T. Lukasik says, "Lawyers don't talk about it." So he set himself a mission. He helped create the Committee to Assist Lawyers with Depression, built a Web site offering information on the disorder geared to the ...
St. Paul attorney looks to upend 4-term Democrat in Congress (Winona Daily News)
ST. PAUL — A defense attorney from St. Paul is taking a shot at a seat in Congress, but he’ll have to unseat four-term Democratic incumbent Betty McCollum to get there.
Affordable Housing sues attorney (The Post and Courier)
Having exhausted its legal appeals and facing a roughly $2 million judgment awarded to a building contractor, Charleston Affordable Housing is suing its former attorney for malpractice. The now-inactive nonprofit group that once built affordable homes in Charleston claims attorney Frank M....
City lawyer may face contempt charge (Detroit News)
The city's top lawyer and its deputy director of human resources have been ordered to appear in court Monday to say why they should not be held in contempt for apparently failing to cooperate with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's investigation.
Famed attorney's son pleads guilty in bribery case (Houston Chronicle)
The last defendant in the bribery case that brought down powerful plaintiffs' attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs — his son — pleaded guilty Friday in a deal with federal prosecutors .
Alabama lawyer is South's newest tort king (Houston Chronicle)
Jere Beasley was nearly broke and looking for work after getting whipped in a race for governor 30 years ago. Since then, the Alabama lawyer has re-emerged as a powerhouse plaintiffs' attorney.
Attorney: Santee chief will be cleared (The Times and Democrat)
The attorney for Santee Police Chief Kenneth McCaster said the chief will be fully exonerated of charges following his arrest on misdemeanor traffic violations on Thursday.
Attorney general warns of electric bill scam (Rapid City Journal)
Attorney General Larry Long is alerting consumers of an electric bill scam that has surfaced in South Dakota.
DeNaples’ lawyer says case hangs on lies of a mobster (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
HARRISBURG — A lawyer for a casino owner charged with lying about alleged mob ties said the case against his client relies heavily on lies told by a reputed mob boss, a newspaper reported Friday.
Lawyer: Missing man healthy, moved (Belleville News-Democrat)
A lawyer for a Chicago businessman who hasn't been seen by his family since last fall says the man is now living in Hong Kong with his second wife.
News of the Weird: Lawyer charged with assault over violent handshake (Battle Creek Enquirer)
Lawyer Kathy Brewer Rentas, 49, was charged with assault in February after asking to shake hands with federal lawyer Jennifer Keane (who was prosecuting Rentas' husband for probation violation).
Drugs still crowd court dockets state's attorney says (The Courier News)
Drug-related cases continue to account for about 40 percent of all the felonies charged by prosecutors in Kane County, State's Attorney John Barsanti told county officials this week..
Former rural Alabama lawyer now a powerhouse (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Jere Beasley was nearly broke and looking for work after getting whipped in a race for governor 30 years ago. Since then, the rural Alabama lawyer has re-emerged as a powerhouse plaintiffs' attorney whose firm counts more than $20 billion in verdicts and settlements.
DeNaples' lawyer: Charges based on lies told by reputed mob boss (The Morning Call)
Attorney cites examples of alleged false testimony details. A lawyer for a casino owner charged with lying about alleged mob ties said the case against his client relies heavily on lies told by a reputed mob boss, a newspaper reported Friday.
Ex-F&S Oil president in Connecticut, attorney says (Republican-American)
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WATERBURY -- Ousted F&S Oil President Christopher Carr is in Connecticut, and is in contact with state officials through his attorney, his lawyer said Tuesday. Brian E. Spears, a Westport attorney representing Carr, said he is regularly in contact with Carr, but would not disclose his location, or comment on the demise of F&S Oil. More details in Wednesday's ...
SMC agrees to return Sumilao land to farmers -- lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- Food and beverage conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) assured the Sumilao farmers of ownership over 144 hectares of disputed land in Bukidnon over the Holy Week break and has agreed to return the property to them, the farmers’ lawyer said Saturday.
Another Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
David Zachary Scruggs, the son of the recently disgraced trial lawyer Richard F. Scruggs, has agreed to plead guilty in a bribery case involving a state judge.
DeNaples' lawyer: Charges rely on lies told by mob boss (WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg)
A lawyer for a casino owner charged with lying about alleged ties to organized crime says the case against his client relies heavily on lies told by a reputed mob...
Another Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
David Zachary Scruggs, the son of the recently disgraced trial lawyer Richard F. Scruggs, has agreed to plead guilty in a bribery case involving a state judge.
Attorney: Player's father victim himself in theft case (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A defense attorney says that a University of Kentucky basketball player's father who faces a theft charge is a victim himself. Jeff Carter, father of junior center Jared Carter, is accused of scamming a couple of $4,800 for season basketball tickets. Jeff Carter was indicted on a theft charge and being a persistent felony offender. He pleaded not guilty. Attorney Tucker Richardson says Jeff ...
Attorney general to issue opinion on whether S.C. should sue in fed license fight (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
COLUMBIA The state attorney general is preparing an opinion on whether the South Carolina would have a case if it decided to sue the federal government over new driver's licenses.
Ex-F&S Oil president in Connecticut, attorney says (Republican-American)
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WATERBURY -- Ousted F&S Oil President Christopher Carr is in Connecticut, and is in contact with state officials through his attorney, his lawyer said Tuesday. Brian E. Spears, a Westport attorney representing Carr, said he is regularly in contact with Carr, but would not disclose his location, or comment on the demise of F&S Oil. More details in Wednesday's ...
Johnson County commissioners have summoned District Attorney Phill Kline to discuss the hiring of a special prosecutor ... (KAKE)
Commissioners worry about Kline's hiring of a former co-worker for the independent probe of Paul Morrison, who's accused of misconduct while having an affair with a subordinate. Morrison resigned his post as attorney general after admitting to the affair, but he has denied other allegations.
Activist Lawyer With Ties To Chinese Dissident Missing (Law Fuel)
An activist lawyer with close ties to a jailed Chinese dissident is missing, a rights group said Friday. Check out the LawFuel Jobs Network at (link) law-jobs.asp
Texas Attorney Accused Of Making Obscene Gesture (KWTX-TV Waco)
A defense attorney in Austin found himself on the other side of the law after reportedly making a "masturbatory" gesture in Court.
Another Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
David Zachary Scruggs, the son of the recently disgraced trial lawyer Richard F. Scruggs, has agreed to plead guilty in a bribery case involving a state judge.
Former Port Commissioner Wins Attorney Fees in Petco Dispute (San Diego Business Journal)
A lawsuit that challenged a key source of funding for the construction of the $454 million Petco Park has been settled in favor of the plaintiff, a former port commissioner who has demanded — and is receiving — payment from the city of San Diego to cover his attorney’s fees.