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Legal News 05/2008



Attorney celebrates 30 years in Hampshire (Weekly Journals)
HAMPSHIRE –  Ray Witaske, 62, will be celebrating his 30-year anniversary as Hampshire’s local attorney at law on April 1, and that’s no joke.
Chicago cop's lawyer seeks gag order in bar-beating case (Chicago Tribune)
The lawyer for a Chicago police officer captured on tape viciously beating a female bartender wants to bar attorneys and witnesses from speaking publicly about the case.
Attorney General Spurns Illegal Immigration Proposal Again (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK - For the second time, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Wednesday rejected the name and title of a proposed ballot initiative that would make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to receive public benefits.
Lawyer remanded on tax evasion charges (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A Sydney lawyer has appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on tax evasion charges.
Spector suit against his former lawyer can go forward (AP via Yahoo! News)
Phil Spector's on-again, off-again breach-of-contract lawsuit against his former lawyer Robert Shapiro appears to be back on after a judge ruled Wednesday the lawsuit can go forward.
New attorney for man accused in brother's slaying (The Salinas Californian)
Langston Williams, the former Hartnell athlete accused of fatally stabbing his younger brother, was assigned a new defense attorney on Wednesday.
Spector suit against his former lawyer can go forward (USA Today)
Phil Spector's on-again, off-again breach-of-contract lawsuit against his former lawyer Robert Shapiro appears to be back on after a judge ruled Wednesday the lawsuit can go forward.
Attorney urges fugitive murder suspect to surrender (The Tribune-Democrat)
A former attorney for a man now wanted for murder appealed Wednesday for suspect Norris Collins Jr. to turn himself in to Johnstown police.
‘Jamby’ asks court to block lawyer of billionaire aunt (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Sen. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal Wednesday moved to block the lawyer of her late aunt, Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal-Collantes, from executing the latter’s last will and testament that had completely left her out.MANILA, Philippines—The “nice telenovela” begins.
Wheatley lawyer in tax fraud case (The Age)
Lawyer helped music promoter avoid paying tax on $700,000, court told.
Spector suit against his former lawyer can go forward (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Phil Spector's on-again, off-again breach-of-contract lawsuit against his former lawyer Robert Shapiro appears to be back on after a judge ruled Wednesday the lawsuit can go forward. Shapiro had filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed, arguing Spector took too long to file his complaint. But Superior Court Judge Edward A. Ferns found Spector had filed the lawsuit within time limits. ...
Obama campaign lawyer targets pro-Clinton group (WOI-TV Des Moines)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Barack Obama campaign wants federal regulators to investigate a group of Democrats. Obama's campaign lawyer is accusing a pro-Clinton group, the American Leadership Project, of violating campaign finance laws by running ads against Obama.
Lawyer will sell his houses to repay victims (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
A Main Line lawyer received incentive yesterday to sell his houses in Berwyn and Avalon: avoiding a lengthy state jail sentence.
Lawyer, Morial crony is guilty in tax case (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Lawyer Roy Rodney Jr., who came under scrutiny as federal authorities probed the business dealings of former Mayor Marc Morial's administration, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single misdemeanor charge of failing to file income tax returns.
Lawyer says degree scandal at WVU could help Rich Rodriguez (Detroit Free Press)
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez's lawyer Mary Robon says that the ongoing degree dispute involving West Virginia president Mike Garrison could help Rodriguez's case against his former employer and alma mater.
Prominent attorney's death shocks community (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CROWN POINT | Lake County court officials mourned Wednesday the death of defense attorney Garry Weiss.
Morton Hollander; Attorney at Justice Dept. (Washington Post)
Morton Hollander, 89, a Justice Department attorney who served under 15 attorneys general and who defended the federal government in more than a thousand cases, died April 17 of congestive heart failure at Suburban Hospital. He was a longtime Bethesda resident.
Lawyer-hire veto may be challenged (Poughkeepsie Journal)
The City of Poughkeepsie Common Council could override a veto by Mayor John Tkazyik, giving itself the authority to hire its own lawyer - though it hasn't yet discussed the possibility.
Abortion ballot explanation task falls to attorney general (Rapid City Journal)
Now that the 2008 version of an abortion ban has been certified to be before the voters in the fall general election, it becomes the job of Attorney General Larry Long's office to write the official explanation of the issue for the ballot.
Attorney General Spurns Illegal Immigration Proposal Again (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK - For the second time, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Wednesday rejected the name and title of a proposed ballot initiative that would make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to receive public benefits.
Macon's attorney tells court evidence is being held back (Lansing State Journal)
The attorney for suspected serial killer Matthew E. Macon filed last-minute court documents Wednesday, claiming that police and prosecutors have not turned over all the evidence in his case.
Gibson resigns as district attorney (Sparta Expositor)
The man who sat at the helm of the 13 th Judicial District Attorney General’s office 18 years has tendered his resignation after two years of legal wrangling over what was considered inappropriate judgment.
Australian to plead guilty to serial rape: lawyer (Straits Times)
SYDNEY - AN Australian man accused of being one of the country's worst sex offenders is to plead guilty to 25 rape charges involving 11 women, his lawyer said on Thursday.
New Times execs sue Maricopa County sheriff, attorney (Mohave Valley Daily News)
PHOENIX (AP) - Two newspaper executives arrested last October by members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office have sued the sheriff, county attorney and a special prosecutor over the incident.
NEW LOCAL: Attorney leaves firm over Joshua Stewart case (New Castle News)
The Pittsburgh attorney who represents Joshua Stewart resigns from his law firm to stay with the New Castle teen in lawsuit.
New Orleans lawyer guilty in tax case (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - May 1, 2008 8:14 AM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyer Roy Rodney Junior, who came under scrutiny as federal authorities probed the business dealings of former Mayor Marc Morial's...
Attorney: Woman suspected of threatening judge sought help (Times Leader)
Sarah Myers was pleading for help when she blurted out a threat aimed at a county judge, her attorney said Thursday.
TEXT MESSAGE SCANDAL: Council's attorney to weigh in on Tuesday (Detroit Free Press)
The much-anticipated report from the Detroit City Council's independent attorney on findings about the text message scandal and recommendations about what the council should do will be presented Tuesday, the attorney said today.
Fishbein lawyer questions autopsy results (Denver Post)
Serious questions surround the medical treatment Denver businesswoman Leslie Fishbein received the day she was injected with medication to relieve a painful back condition, a lawyer for the Fishbein
GOP: Attorney general should investigate House Speaker DiMasi (Boston Globe)
The Massachusetts Republican Party today called for Attorney General Martha Coakley to launch an investigation into House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and his relationship with an unregistered lobbyist.
Reservist had a 'blemish free' record until fatal beating: lawyer (CNews)
TORONTO - The lawyer defending a reservist who beat a homeless man to death in August, 2005 says his client suffered a partial blackout at the time of the crime.
State Attorney General's office to 'review' claims (Benson News-Sun)
The Arizona Attorney General has confirmed they are looking into accusations that Benson Mayor Mark Fenn has violated state conflict of interest laws, and the city has also hired a third-party attorney.
TEXT MESSAGE SCANDAL: Mayor's lawyer: We don't care what Beatty does (Detroit Free Press)
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is desperate for new witnesses to come forward in her prosecution of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a lawyer for the mayor said today.
Ex-lawyer pleads guilty to embezzlement (WRAL.com Raleigh)
A former Chapel Hill lawyer who was on the run for more than a year was sentenced Thursday to at least nine years in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from clients.
Lawyer at Paul inquiry: Cops shouldn't investigate themselves (CNews)
VANCOUVER — A lawyer at an inquiry into the death of a native man who was refused admission to Vancouver’s drunk tank says police investigations into such cases are unfair to grieving families.
BRIDGETON: Attorney Arnold Robinson says he doesn't want prosecutor job (Daily Journal)
BRIDGETON — Millville attorney Arnold Robinson said Thursday that he is no longer interested in being nominated for Cumber-and County Prosecutor.
Firefighter's attorney considering legal action (The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane firefighter exonerated Tuesday of child pornography charges cautioned against a "rush to judgment" at a press conference today, as his attorney said the firefighter is considering legal action against the Washington State Patrol.
Lawyer Ravenel to report to prison by May 29 (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
A lawyer for Thomas Ravenel says the former state treasurer will report to prison by May 29.
State Attorney will not pursue criminal charges of officer in Taco Bell shooting; officer named as gunman of robber, ... (Naples Daily News)
The State Attorney's Office released a decision today not to pursue criminal charges of Cape Coral police officer Doug Coons, an officer inside the Cape Taco Bell where an armed-robbery attempt ended with robber Christopher Ward and store manager Paul Price shot.
GOP Asks Attorney General To Investigate "Phantom Voting" (WCSH 6 Portland)
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Peter Torkildsen is calling on Attorney General Martha Coakley to investigate so-called phantom voting practices on Beacon Hill, calling it a civil rights violation.
Lauderdale district attorney hopes reward will lead police to man who killed grand jury witness (The Florence Times-Daily)
FLORENCE Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly has asked the governor to provide a reward to help local authorities find the person responsible for killing a Cherokee man who had been called to testify during a grand jury session.
Lawyer: Royal blackmail case a 'farce' (UPI)
LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- The case against two men charged with trying to blackmail a minor British royal is "insubstantial, insignificant and incomplete," a lawyer said Thursday.
Lawyer challenges Massey's miner contracts, says they don't appear valid (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
Associated Press - May 1, 2008 6:05 PM ET CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Massey Energy is being sued by a lawyer who claims the company's miner contracts don't appear to be valid.
BC lawyer at Frank Paul inquiry says police shouldn't investigate themselves (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER - A lawyer at an inquiry into the death of a native man says internal police investigations are unfair to grieving families who just want some answers about what happened to their loved one.
Attorney Representing Everlyse Cabrera Talks About Possible Lead (KTNV Las Vegas)
Two - year - old Everlyse Cabrera disappeared two years ago from her North Las Vegas foster home. Now the community as well as Cabrera's family members are waiting on DNA tests to determine if a girl found during a drug arrest in Wisconsin is Cabrera. Action News talked to Attorney Gregory Mills about this possible break in the case.
Attorney Honored For Volunteer Effort (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE - Steve Zega has been named Outstanding Attorney of the Year for his volunteer work with low-income clients.
NY Inspector General Accuses State Attorney of No-Show Job (WRGB Albany)
New York's inspector general says a part-time attorney charged the state for thousands of dollars of work despite not showing up.
Accused kidnapper gets lawyer; no courtroom outbursts today (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 10:05 AM- A man charged with kidnapping a woman from a West Valley City care center and driving her to Missouri - with the body of his former girlfriend concealed in a container on the back seat - made an initial appearance in 3rd District Court this morning and appointed a lawyer to defend him.
FLDS attorney challenges Texas count of pregnant minors from polygamous sect (The Salt Lake Tribune)
SAN ANGELO, Texas - An attorney for FLDS families in Texas challenged the state's allegations of a "pervasive pattern" of underage girls having children, saying the state's own documents show just three teenagers in custody are pregnant.
Attorney Fee Award Triples Defendant's Costs in Sears Roebuck Bias Suit (Law.com)
In an age discrimination suit against Sears Roebuck that resulted in a jury verdict of more than $240,000, the cost to the defendant has more than tripled due to attorney fee awards of more than $560,000. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter has awarded the plaintiff's team nearly $425,000 in additional fees and costs for their work at the trial level, as well as an unspecified amount of ...