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Legal News 04/2008 (Page 12)



Zimbabwe: Lawyer Accused of Insulting Cops (AllAfrica.com)
Prominet Harare lawyer Innocent Chagonda on Friday appeared in court for allegedly insulting police officers over the release of an aircraft that was being used by the recently acquitted British pilot.
Apple hires top HP lawyer (Macworld UK)
Apple has hired HP's top corporate lawyer, Charles Charnas. Charnas has until now been deputy general counsel at HP. His Apple appointment is the first major recruitment on the part of Apple's new general counsel, Daniel Cooperman.
Ohio Attorney General Denies Request for E-mails (WFMJ Youngstown)
The office of Ohio's Attorney General Marc Dann continues to make news. Dann denied a Columbus Dispatch request for e-mails sent between him and his former scheduler, Jessica Utovich.
Attorney retires after six decades (Great Falls Tribune)
After more than six decades as an attorney, Great Falls civic leader William M. "Bill" Scott is finally calling it quits.
Chamber of Shipping installs lawyer at top (The Lawyer)
Martin Watson, founding partner of Watson Farley & Williams, has been elected president of the UK Chamber of Shipping - the first lawyer to occupy this post. Watson has been a senior consultant at his firm since standing down as a partner eight years ago.
Attorney: Vitter Won't Testify In D.C. Madam Trial (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
A defense attorney says he will not call Louisiana Sen. David Vitter to testify about his ties to an upscale Washington escort service.
Attorney will ask judge to release Yost from prison (The Bay City Times)
An attorney for Donna A. Yost will ask a judge to set her free. The Michigan Appeals Court recently reversed the conviction of Yost, whom a Bay County jury found guilty of felony murder in April 2006 in the death of her 7-year-old daughter, Monique, in 1999.
Former Dallas City Attorney joins Southwest Airlines (Dallas Morning News)
Madeleine Johnson, Dallas City Attorney from 1999 to 2005, is joining Southwest Airlines as vice president and general counsel as of May 19.
Attorney General Puts Director On Leave (WBNS-10TV Columbus)
Citing new information in a sexual harassment investigation, Attorney General Marc Dann places Communications Director Leo Jennings (pictured) on paid leave.
Attorney General Marc Dann puts aide on leave in harassment investigation (The Toledo Blade)
COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has placed his communications director and one-time condo-mate on administrative leave, citing new information received over the weekend in a scandal over sexual harassment allegations.
Palfrey's Attorney Rest Without Calling Sen. Vitter (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)
Defense attorney Preston Burton argued that what went on during the appointments was between the client and the escort. Shortly before jurors began deliberating, he compared Palfrey to a taxi dispatcher, who shouldn't be penalized for "the route the cab driver took."
Kahui lawyer claims mother killed twins (Stuff)
The battle lines have been drawn in the trial of double-murder accused Chris Kahui, with his lawyer claiming the mother "did it".
Women's college broke contract by admitting men, lawyer says (USA Today)
The governing board of Randolph Macon Woman's College broke a contract with students when it decided in 2006 to immediately begin enrolling men, a lawyer for a group of female students told the Virginia Supreme Court on Monday.
Russia charges lawyer living in U.S. (UPI)
A Russian court Monday charged a lawyer who fled to the United States last year with divulging government secrets.
Jury selection under way in trial against ex-Kevorkian lawyer (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
DETROIT -- Jury selection has started in the trial of high-profile lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, who's accused of making illegal contributions to John Edwards' 2004 Democratic presidential...
Defense attorney objects to jury without African Americans for suspect's murder trial (The Greenville News)
Terrance Terrall Hagood told a Greenville County judge today that he was barely 17 years old and didn't understand his rights to an attorney when he told investigators that he had held a gun to the face of a man who had "disrespected" him.
Russia charges lawyer living in U.S. (Moldova.org)
A Russian court Monday charged a lawyer who fled to the United States last year with divulging government secrets.The charges filed in absentia against Boris Kuznetsov stem from a complaint he had filed claiming that the Federal Security Service has illegally tapped the phone of a high-profile client in a bribery case, former Sen. Levon Chakhmakhchyan.Divulging state secrets carries a four-year ...
Disbarred attorney sentenced on grand larceny charges (Mid-Hudson News)
WHITE PLAINS – A White Plains man, who is a disbarred attorney, Monday pled guilty in Westchester County Court to a charge of second-degree grand larceny. Chase Caro was sentenced to 2½ to 7½ years in prison on that plea.
Jury selection under way in trial against ex-Kevorkian lawyer (Battle Creek Enquirer)
DETROIT — Jury selection has started in the trial of high-profile lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, who’s accused of making illegal contributions to John Edwards’ 2004 Democratic presidential campaign.
Knoxville attorney, wife charged with domestic assault (WATE 6 Knoxville)
Domestic assault charges could be dropped against a Knoxville attorney and his wife.  
In Absentia Case Brought Against Lawyer Kuznetsov (St. Petersburg Times)
MOSCOW — Lawyer Boris Kuznetsov, who was granted political asylum in the United States earlier this year, has been formally charged in absentia with divulging state secrets, his lawyer said Friday.
In Absentia Case Brought Against Lawyer Kuznetsov (St. Petersburg Times)
MOSCOW — Lawyer Boris Kuznetsov, who was granted political asylum in the United States earlier this year, has been formally charged in absentia with divulging state secrets, his lawyer said Friday.
Lawyer heading to Elmhurst (The Macomb Journal)
MACOMB - During her basketball career at Macomb High School, Courtney Lawyer made a lot of steals for the Lady Bombers.
Reiser tries to dump attorney; judge dumps on Reiser (San Francisco Chronicle)
As his 5-month-old murder trial neared its end today, Hans Reiser accused his attorney of not doing enough to promote his side and insisted that his former divorce lawyer take on his defense, a demand that enraged the judge. "I want to change my attorney,"...
Beatty's lawyer wants judge to stay on case (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer for former mayoral chief of staff Christine Beatty filed court papers on Monday opposing a move by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to disqualify the judge assigned to Beatty's criminal case.
Attorney General warns of maternity insurance scam (News 8 Austin)
The Texas Attorney General's Office claimed AHCO Direct sold discount health card plans to uninsured pregnant women. The company claimed these maternity cards would cover up to 60 percent of maternity-related costs, such as doctor visits, sonograms and prescriptions.
Attorney General warns of maternity insurance scam (News 8 Austin)
The Texas Attorney General's office claims AHCO Direct sold discount health card plans to uninsured pregnant women, claiming they would cover up to 60 percent of costs.
Ex-lawyer from Greenburgh gets prison for bilking his grandparents, others (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - A disbarred Greenburgh lawyer, already convicted of stealing more than $600,000 from two clients, admitted today that he stole another $300,000 from his grandparents.
Lawyer: Trinidadian suspect in JFK plot committed (KRON 4 Bay Area)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A Muslim cleric suspected in an alleged plot to blow up John F. Kennedy Airport in New York has been committed in Trinidad, according to the suspect's lawyer.
Lawyer: Air plot suspect committed (USA Today)
A Muslim cleric suspected in an alleged plot to blow up New York's John F. Kennedy Airport has been hospitalized in Trinidad after suffering a mental breakdown, his lawyer said Monday.
Attorney: Evidence backs up claims against Dann aide (Dayton Daily News)
Two women whose sexual harassment complaint triggered an internal investigation and an avalanche of bad press for Attorney General Marc Dann answered investigators' questions for more than two hours Monday, April 14.
Local Attorney at Center of Cuomo Probe (FOX 40 Binghamton)
The Binghamton lawyer identified by Newsday as having collected more than $700 thousand in taxpayer-funded pension benefits isn't commenting on the story. 78 year old Attorney John Hogan, who was reportedly on the BOCES payroll, is the lawyer Attorney General Andrew Cuomo was referring to, according to Newsday. Newsday says Hogan was also listed on the payrolls of seven school districts ...
Attorney general investigates Acushnet election (10:20 p.m.) (The Standard-Times)
ACUSHNET — The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating the shredding of documents related to the April 7 election in which Pamela Labonte narrowly defeated incumbent Town Clerk John Howcroft by 16 votes.
Attorney general acknowledges bonusgate (The Uniontown Herald Standard)
State Attorney General Tom Corbett acknowledged the "bonusgate" investigation on Thursday, but said he would not discuss specifics of the probe.
Attorney says copy charge tied to booklets (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Cynthia Finch's attorney has supplemented her response to a Knox County purchasing card audit that questioned $2,218.17 in FedEx Kinko's charges to the former director of community services' account.
Utah Attorney General files documents in Barzee case (Deseret Morning News)
The Utah Attorney General's Office mailed off its reply to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday as to why they believe accused Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Wanda Barzee meets the standard to be involuntarily medicated.
Ex-deputy attorney plans to challenge LaWall for top post (Arizona Daily Star)
Tucson defense attorney Brad Roach, who left the County Attorney's Office in the wake of the Dr. David Brian Stidham homicide, is gearing up to run against his former boss in November.
Lawyer: West Virginia will win case vs. Rich Rodriguez (Detroit Free Press)
Lawyer Tom Peyton predicts on wvmetronews.com that Rich Rodriguez will lose his buyout lawsuit to West Virginia. A portion of his column
Man charged after lawyer attacked (CNews)
CHATHAM -- A local lawyer suffered a head injury when she was beaten with a brick in her office Sunday night. Randy W. Madsen, 40, faces several charges, including aggravated assault, in the attack on Gudrun Mueller-Wilm. Madsen was a client of Mueller-Wilm's.
Attorney general pursuing Second Century casino case (Post-Tribune)
Attorney General Steve Carter wants the state Supreme Court to order a politically connected East Chicago development group to open its books. Carter announced Monday he has filed a Petition to Transfer, asking the Indiana Supreme Court to review his lawsuit against Second Century Inc.
When an attorney drops the ball (Bankrate.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Discharged debt hangs in the balance when the attorney fails to file the paperwork with the bankruptcy court, a practice that is all too common, says the Bankruptcy Adviser.
Nigeria: What Banks Should Know About Powers of Attorney (AllAfrica.com)
A power of Attorney is a document usually but not always necessarily under seal, whereby a person seised of an estate in land authorises another person (the donee) who is called his Attorney to do in the stead of the donor anything which the donor can do lawfully, usually clearly spelt out in the power of attorney.
Disbarred attorney sentenced on grand larceny charges (Mid-Hudson News)
WHITE PLAINS – A White Plains man, who is a disbarred attorney, Monday pled guilty in Westchester County Court to a charge of second-degree grand larceny. Chase Caro was sentenced to 2½ to 7½ years in prison on that plea.
Md. attorney general takes on role as 'green' watchdog (Baltimore Sun)
Attorney general launches public meetings seeking tips on curbing bay, river pollution Taking on a new role as environmental watchdog, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler says he plans to hold town hall-style meetings across Maryland to find strategies to cut pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.
Attorney General puts aide on leave in harassment investigation (Coshocton Tribune)
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has placed his communications director and one-time condo-mate on paid administrative leave, citing new information received over the weekend in a scandal over sexual harassment allegations.
Namibia: Fraud Case Against Lawyer Dropped Due to Delay (AllAfrica.com)
A Fraud case that has been pending against Ondangwa-based lawyer Arumugam Thambapilai since December 2005 was thrown out of court yesterday.
Attorney General Investigates Taser Use During Party (WCSH 6 Portland)
ROCKLAND (AP) -- Maine's attorney general is investigating an incident in which a Knox County deputy was shocked with a Taser before being hogtied and paraded around town in the back of a pickup.
Attorney general donates money to St. Joseph (NBC 12 Richmond)
St. Joseph Catholic School in Petersburg was given a financial boost from Virginia's attorney general. The ailing school has one week left to raise $1 million in order to keep its doors open.
Lawyer Disputes Women's Imprisonment Claim (WESH 2 Orlando)
A lawyer disputes the claim of four women that they were lured and held captive in a home for a Web-based reality series.
Lawyer: Settlement reached in workplace shooting (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
An employee assistance provider for Lockheed Martin Corp. has settled a lawsuit related to the 2003 workplace shooting that left six people dead at a plant in Meridian, a lawyer said Monday.