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NYC lawyer sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murder of client's husband (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A lawyer has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for arranging the murder of a client's husband. A Manhattan judge sentenced 57-year-old Manuel Martinez on Friday in the shooting death of George Kogan in 1990.
Patent Attorney on Why We Need to Rethink Intellectual Property (Slashdot)
Techdirt called our attention to an interesting video of patent attorney Stephan Kinsella's presentation on "Rethinking Intellectual Property Completely". It's a long presentation, but well worth the time to watch. There is also an ongoing series of posts discussing intellectual property rights on Techdirt for additional reading. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Legislature to ask inspector general to investigate attorney general (Dayton Daily News)
Ohio lawmakers next week will invite state Inspector General Tom Charles to spearhead a sweeping investigation that looks at a wide range of issues in Attorney General Marc Dann's office — not just the sexual harassment complaints.
Utah Sects Won't Be Raided, Attorney General Says (CBS 11 Dallas/Fort Worth)
A raid at the Texas ranch of a polygamous sect was no surprise given the secrecy surrounding the group, but Utah authorities would never act in a similar way, state Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said.
Attorney outlines open meeting law to committee (The Payson Roundup)
"It isn't practical or efficient," Payson Deputy Town Attorney Tim Wright explained to the anxiously listening committee members. "It doesn't always make sense. It isn't easy. It is frustrating and restrictive. but it is the law."
Lawyer in murder-for-hire scheme gets 25 to life (New York Daily News)
A lawyer has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for arranging the murder of a client's husband 18 years ago.
Kenney lawyer says there was struggle (The Monterey County Herald)
By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY Forensic evidence shows that alleged murderer John Kenney and one of his shooting victims had a face-to-face struggle before Kenney opened fire, his defense lawyer told a judge this morning.
Former county attorney bows out of interim consideration (Denison Bulletin Review)
Former County Attorney Tom Gustafson and his wife Kathy, appeared before the Crawford County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday and said thanks to the board members for asking him to consider the position of interim Crawford County Attorney.
U.S. Attorney gets new prosecutor (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
NORTHERN KENTUCKY - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which covers Northern Kentucky, will receive one of 43 new prosecutors fanning out across the nation to combat the exploitation of children online.
Stuart attorney Lauri Goldstein ordered to pay $87,000 in unpaid wages to former employee (Stuart News)
Stuart personal injury attorney Lauri Goldstein must pay $87,000 in unpaid wages to a former employee, according to a decision handed down by the 4th District Court of Appeals Wednesday.
Skirt-wearing lawyer's extra-ordinary life (Stuff)
Here's something you definitely didn't know about lawyer Rob Moodie: He's actually a little bit shy.
Lawyer sentenced to life for murder (AM New York)
A lawyer has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for arranging the murder of a client's husband 18 years ago.
Svekla's lawyer presents no evidence for accused prostitute killer (CBC Edmonton)
The trial of Thomas Svekla on charges of killing two Edmonton prostitutes will not hear any evidence on behalf of the accused, his defence lawyer said Friday.
Missouri Attorney General Suing Springfield Roofing Company (KOLR/KSFX Ozarks)
Missouri's Attorney General is suing a Springfield roofing company claiming it didn't honor it's promises to homeowners. We told you about a Springfield family two years ago and the problems they were having with Harlow Roofing and Siding.
RIAA Lawyer Jumps Ship (Slashdot)
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA's top litigation lawyer, who has been personally leading the RIAA's litigation campaign for the past several years, Richard Gabriel, will be leaving his law practice, after getting a job as a state court judge for a 2-year term in Colorado. What this will mean to the RIAA's litigation machine is anyone's guess. Mr. Gabriel has personally argued all of the ...
Hearing date set for former attorney claiming bribery scheme in Edwards case (WAFB Baton Rouge)
A federal judge has set a hearing date in the case of attorney James Perdigao, who represented Robert Guidry in the federal prosecution of Edwin Edwards.
Farmington District Attorney To Prosecute Brennan Case (KOAT Albuquerque)
The latest charges against former District Court Chief Judge John Brennan have been turned over to the Farmington District Attorney for prosecution.
State's lead attorney on Yucca dies (Pahrump Valley Times)
WASHINGTON -- Joe Egan, the lead attorney for Nevada in its fight against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, died Wednesday morning at his home in Naples, Fla., a law partner said.
Politics influenced state lawyer's hiring, examiner rules (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Madison - Politics improperly influenced the decision to hire a top state lawyer after former Gov. Tony Earl helped a...
Bankruptcy lawyer may help get money (The Fayetteville Observer)
Q: I bought a piece of furniture from CJWoodmaster, which is now bankrupt. Do I need a lawyer or am I just out of luck? — D.G., Fayetteville A: Don’t throw good money after bad by hiring a lawyer for this.
Attorney: HCC student's cocaine habit may be linked to ADD meds (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — A Heartland Community College student whose attorney said his cocaine habit may be linked to medication he has taken for attention deficit disorder was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison on weapons and drug charges.
Crook Snatches City Lawyer's Purse Near Courthouse (WJXT Jacksonville)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A city lawyer who is running for county judge was involved with the justice system in a different way on Thursday when a man snatched her purse.
D.C. sniper now wants to fight his death sentence, lawyer says - roanoke.com (Roanoke Times)
The lawyer's statement is a shift from the letter John Allen Muhammad wrote saying that he wanted to stop appeals. McLEAN -- Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad has changed his mind again and now wants to go forward with a federal appeal of his conviction and death sentence, according to his lawyers. In a handwritten letter from death row made public earlier this week, Muhammad told the ...
Houston lawyer to run for Janek's Senate seat (Houston Chronicle)
Houston lawyer Grant Harpold has announced that he will run to replace outgoing State Sen. Kyle Janek.
Utah Sects won't be Raided, Attorney General says (FOX 13 Utah)
A raid at the Texas ranch of a polygamous sect was no surprise given the secrecy surrounding the group, but Utah authorities would never act in a similar way, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said. "I know you are worried about that. We're not going to do it," Shurtleff said Thursday during a public meeting on polygamy at the Dixie Center. "We don't believe that is the answer.
Quintana attorney says DA won't deal (El Paso Times)
A lawyer for East Side city Rep. Rachel Quintana said Friday that his client would be willing to plea bargain in her forgery case, but that she hasn't been offered that option because the district attorney's office wants to make an example of her.
Horace Thomas Harris Jr., 62; Lawyer Built Successful Amway Business (Washington Post)
Horace Thomas Harris Jr., 62, a lawyer and entrepreneur who built a successful Amway business, died April 24 of prostate cancer at his home in Laurel.
Utah is getting new assistant U.S. attorney (Deseret Morning News)
Last graf was expendable, so I made head three lines to fit. The U.S. Department of Justice this week announced it will distribute $5 million to fund 43 new assistant U.S. attorney positions, including one in Utah.
Nicolo's lawyer says evidence was twisted to concoct case (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Federal prosecutors twisted the meaning of a vast paper trail of bills and invoices and relied on the word of a serial liar to concoct a criminal fraud case against an appraiser, a defense lawyer maintained in a closing argument Friday.
Attorney: HCC student's cocaine habit may be linked to ADD meds (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — A Heartland Community College student whose attorney said his cocaine habit may be linked to medication he has taken for attention deficit disorder was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison on weapons and drug charges.
Ex-lawyer gets 25 yrs for hiring hit man (New York Daily News)
A former lawyer got 25 years in jail Friday for hiring a hit man to kill a client's husband - and prosecutors said they are building a murder case against the victim's wife.
Eatontown lawyer gets seven years for theft (Asbury Park Press)
An Eatontown lawyer was sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison for stealing $1 million from K. Hovnanian while employed as an in-house attorney for the company.
5 docs, lawyer, designer join IIM-C (The Times of India)
Five doctors, a lawyer and a fashion designer are among those who have made it to the 2008 batch and IIM-C old timers say that this is perhaps the first time that the institute has received such a variety.
Ohio legislators want inspector general to investigate Attorney General Marc Dann (The Plain Dealer)
Columbus -- State legislative leaders say they will bring in Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles next week to launch an independent investigation into allegations swirling around Attorney General Marc Dann.
Attorney says Benson has been stopped several times (SouthtownStar)
Bears running back Cedric Benson had been stopped "several times" aboard his boat in Texas before last weekend's arrest but never had been charged with a violation, his attorney said Friday.
Hartford Immigration Attorney Pleads Guilty To Document Fraud (Hartford Courant)
Jose del Castillo, a city immigration attorney and former chairman of the Hartford Redevelopment Agency, admitted in federal court Friday that he falsified federal documents to assist illegal immigrants along the path to legal residency. Del Castillo, 48, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of federal document fraud, a felony that could net him up to 10 years in prison and a fine ...
After drug arrest, Broward attorney weighing bid for Broward public defender post (Sun-Sentinel)
Criminal defense attorney 'waiting for the dust to settle' from his arrest He officially entered the race for Broward County public defender, got arrested on a cocaine charge and then vowed in an interview he would give the incumbent "the fight of his life."
Lawyer faces cocaine charge (Orlando Sentinel)
A Fort Lauderdale lawyer and candidate to head the Broward County Public Defender's Office is facing drug charges after Tallahassee airport security said they found cocaine in his jacket.
Attorney general hopeful focuses on meth (Billings Gazette)
This is the second in a series of stories on issues being promoted by each of the five attorney general candidates.
State Attorney's Office Lays Off 5 Employees (The Lakeland Ledger)
BARTOW | The State Attorney's Office laid off four lawyers and one secretary Friday because of legislative budget cuts, and two other departments in the 10th Judicial Circuit are also expected to lose employees.
Ohio Dems strip attorney general of endorsement (AP via Yahoo! News)
Ohio Democrats have rescinded their 2006 endorsement of embattled Attorney General Marc Dann.
Feds, Virginia Attorney General Oppose Hospital Acquisition In Prince William (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission and Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell are seeking to block a planned acquisition of Prince William Hospital by Inova Health System. McDonnell
Ohio Democrats strip attorney general of endorsement (WKYC Cleveland)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Democrats have rescinded their 2006 endorsement of the state's attorney general. Marc Dann is weathering a sexual harassment scandal in his office.
Ohio Dems strip attorney general of endorsement (Boston Herald)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Democrats have rescinded their 2006 endorsement of embattled Attorney General Marc Dann. Dann is weathering a sexual harassment scandal in his office....
Ohio Dems strip attorney general of endorsement (Boston Globe)
Ohio Democrats have rescinded their 2006 endorsement of embattled Attorney General Marc Dann. Dann is weathering a sexual harassment scandal in his office. Members of the Ohio Democratic Party executive committee met Saturday and passed a resolution saying they no longer recognize Dann as an endorsed statewide officeholder.
Attorney for defendant in Baraboo twins' deaths allowed to search condo (WBAY Green Bay)
Associated Press - May 10, 2008 11:45 AM ET BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - The attorney for a Baraboo father accused of killing his 5-week-old sons has won the right to search his client's rented...
Ohio Democrats Strip Attorney General of Endorsement (19 Action News Cleveland)
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Democrats have rescinded their 2006 endorsement of Attorney General Marc Dann.
Kapampangan lawyer hurdles UK solicitor's exam (Sun Star)
ANGELES CITY -- Lawyer Agustin L. Angeles successfully passed the Heads I (Property), II (Civil Litigation) and III (Financial Services and Accounts) of the prestigious Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) held last March in Los Angeles, California.
Lawyer's plight highlights perils of fighting China's system (AP via Yahoo! Philippines News)
He wanted to go to church _ the only chance for a brief escape from house arrest. But Zheng Enchong knew the police by the elevator might stop him, so he decided to try something new. He dialed China's equivalent of 911, hoping other police officers might help him get out of the building. Instead, he was ignored. "I wanted to see what would happen," the activist lawyer explained ...
Lawyer's plight highlights perils of fighting China's system (AP via Yahoo! News)
He wanted to go to church — the only chance for a brief escape from house arrest. But Zheng Enchong knew the police by the elevator might stop him, so he decided to try something new.