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Candidate for Leavenworth County attorney' office is fired after announcing candidacy (The Kansas City Star)
A few days after Todd Thompson announced he was running for Leavenworth County attorney, he was fired by Frank Kohl, the incumbent he is seeking to unseat.
Attorney wants Ivy League ID theft trial moved (WIS News 10 Columbia)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - An attorney for a woman accused of stealing the identity of a missing South Carolina woman to get into an Ivy League school says she will ask a federal judge to move the suspect's upcoming trial.
Attorney wants ID trial moved (The State)
A woman accused of stealing a missing woman’s identity to get into an Ivy League school can’t get a fair trial in South Carolina because of intense media attention, her attorney said Tuesday. Atlanta attorney Ann Fitz, who took Esther Elizabeth Reed’s case pro bono after the woman contacted her from jail, said she plans to ask a judge to move the trial to New York, Chicago or Atlanta. ...
Orange lawyer charged with larceny (Connecticut Post)
BRIDGEPORT — A longtime Orange lawyer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to ripping off nearly $40,000 from a former Trumbull client. Ronald Bozelko, 70, leaned on a cane as he pleaded not guilty to
Lawyer for city to file suit (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- Calling the City Council's efforts to oust Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick doomed from the start, a lawyer hired by the city says he'll file suit today to save taxpayers money from hefty legal bills.
Lawyer throwing hat into Civil Court race (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Lawyer Chris Bruno has announced he'll be a candidate in the Oct. 4 election for judge of Orleans Parish Civil District Court Division F to fill an opening being created by the retirement of Judge Yada T. Magee.
Lawyer to enter race for Criminal Court (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
New Orleans lawyer Robin Pittman will be a candidate for judge of Criminal District Court Section F in the Oct. 4 election. The 38-year-old Gentilly native and graduate of Loyola University and its law school wants to succeed Section F Judge Dennis Waldron, who will retire at the end of his term.
Tax attorney faces ethics inquiry (Rocky Mountain News)
The Colorado Supreme Court has launched an ethics investigation into a prominent tax attorney whose firm represents the Colorado Republican Party.
Fair trial for D'Arcy unlikely: lawyer (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
A lawyer for Nick D'Arcy doubts if his client will receive a fair trial on an assault charge after being sensationally dumped from the Olympic swimming team.
Attorney says fen-phen funds handled badly (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Class-action attorney Stanley Chesley testified Tuesday that three attorneys mishandled much of a $200 million diet drug settlement. Chesley helped settle the case on behalf of more than 400 people who took the diet drug fen-phen. Chesley answered "absolutely not" to a series of questions from federal prosecutors about whether Lexington attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and ...
Bessemer lawyer allowed to withdraw from bankruptcy case of often-sued doctor (Birmingham News)
A federal judge allowed Dr. John A. King's bankruptcy lawyer to withdraw Tuesday from the osteopathic physician's bankruptcy case.
Defense attorney requests mistrial (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ronald Brady Jr., seated, speaks Tuesday to attorney Michael Schwarz in Clark County District Court. Brady, convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme Photo by Ronda Churchill .
Attorney: I told bridal shop to close 6 weeks ago (The Charlotte Observer)
The attorney representing owners of a now defunct south Charlotte bridal shop said he advised them six weeks ago to close. “When I first met with them I said ‘Shut the doors, stop now,'” said Rick Mitchell, an attorney with Charlotte's Mitchell & Culp. “Their response was ‘We can't leave our brides.' It was perfectly obvious to me that the situation was hopeless.” Dozens of brides and ...
Lawyer marks 70 years of practice (The Burlington Free Press)
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Sporting a crisp yellow shirt and wide smile, Nicholas Morwood munched on his stub of a cigar in his office at 333 Dorset Street, the home of Morwood and Morwood, a family law firm. Morwood, 92, has been a practicing lawyer since 1938.
James, Ex-Hillsborough State Attorney, Recalled As Corruption Foe (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - Former Hillsborough State Attorney Bill James, whose career as a crusader against corruption included the prosecution in federal court of three Hillsborough County commissioners, has died. He was 75.
CIA lawyer told military in 2002 that illegal torture was 'vaguely' defined (International Herald Tribune)
The top lawyer for the CIA's Counterterrorist Center, giving guidance to the U.S. military at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002, said that the definition of illegal torture had been "written vaguely." According to minutes released at a U.S. Senate hearing he said, "If the detainee dies, you're doing it wrong."
Namibia: Govt Lawyer Comes to AG's Defence (AllAfrica.com)
THE Attorney-General - dubbed "a flip-flop artist" in arguments heard in the High Court on Monday - should be commended rather than ridiculed for admitting that she had made a mistake with a legal opinion she provided to the Magistrates Commission in 2003, a Government lawyer argued in the same court yesterday.
Attorney: Actions against FLDS 'vindictive and unfair' (CNN.com)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- An attorney for a polygamous sect is accusing Utah police and prosecutors of abusing their authority and slandering sect members by passing on bad information about them to Texas authorities.
Attorney seeks to add pair to amusement park suit (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Attorneys for a teenager whose feet were severed on an amusement park ride last summer want to add two of her friends to a lawsuit against the park. Blair Johnson and Arin Valsted, both of Louisville, suffered injuries and emotional trauma when a cable on the Superman Tower of Power ride broke at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on June 21, cutting off 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter's legs, attorney ...
Lawyer sues to block Detroit council's removal of Kilpatrick (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer hired by the city of Detroit to fight efforts to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick filed legal papers about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday asking a judge to halt the City Council's scheduled forfeiture of office hearings.
Flood lawyer: latest NV breach builds case to slow flows (AG Weekly)
RENO, Nev. - A lawyer for flood victims said Friday that this week’s failure of another canal provides more ammunition in the legal battle to slow water flows in a century-old northern Nevada irrigation system because it shows “these ancient embankments are not as strong as they appear to be.”
Homeless have right to tent in parks, Victoria lawyer argues (CBC British Columbia)
A Victoria lawyer has launched a court challenge against a bylaw prohibiting people from sleeping in tents in city parks.
Attorney Asks Court To Stop Second Trial Of Death Row Inmate (News Channel 5 Nashville)
An attorney for death row inmate Paul House has asked a federal appeals court to stop the state from starting a new murder trial.
Lawyer for Ramapo cop denies any ties to "phony gynecologist" (The Journal News)
The lawyer for a suspended Ramapo police officer denied his client was involved with a Monsey businessman accused of sexually abusing a woman while pretending to be a Manhattan gynecologist.
Judge dismisses fraud case against Vegas lawyer (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A federal judge dismissed fraud charges against a prominent southern Nevada personal injury lawyer, ruling that prosecutors should have offered immunity to a physician for testimony that defense lawyers called crucial to their case.
Navy attorney in USS Liberty investigation dies (The Fresno Bee)
Ward Boston, a former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 crewmen and years later said President Lyndon Johnson ordered that the assault be ruled an accident, has died. He was 84.
Attorney Tom Hermansen Recovering From Gunshot Wounds (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
It has been almost two weeks since local attorney Tom Hermansen was randomly shot while riding his bike down Ennis Joslin Road. Corpus Christi police still have no real leads in the case, but Hermansen is making progress.
Greenebaum attorney named Kentucky Bar's 'Outstanding Lawyer of the Year' (BizJournals)
Margaret E. "Maggie" Keane, a member of the Louisville office of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, has been named the Kentucky Bar Association's Outstanding Lawyer of the Year for 2008.
Attorney files complaint against newspaper editor (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A criminal complaint has been filed against the editor of a weekly newspaper in central Kentucky after a photo of a juvenile murder suspect was published. The (Danville) Advocate-Messenger reports that the juvenile's attorney filed the complaint against George Lewis, editor of The (Stanford) Interior-Journal. The complaint alleges that Lewis "violated the confidentiality of a juvenile ...
Cortland lawyer, 3 others hurt in head-on crash (The Post-Standard)
A Cortland lawyer was airlifted to University Hospital on Thursday after a two-car crash in Homer that sent three other people to the hospital by ambulance, according to the Cortland County Sheriff's Office.
Navy attorney in USS Liberty investigation dies (AP via Yahoo! News)
Ward Boston, a former Navy attorney who helped investigate the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 crewmen and years later said President Lyndon Johnson ordered that the assault be ruled an accident, has died. He was 84.
Getting bail will be hard for Belgian who faces sex charges involving girl: lawyer (Times & Transcript)
The lawyer for a Belgian man who faces a number of sex-related charges involving a 13-year-old Montreal girl says it will be hard for his client to get bail.
Navy attorney in USS Liberty investigation dies (The Charlotte Observer)
Ward Boston, a former Navy attorney who helped investigate the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 crewmen and years later said President Lyndon Johnson ordered that the assault be ruled an accident, has died. He was 84. Boston, a retired Navy captain from Coronado, Calif., died June 12 of complications from pneumonia at a San Diego-area hospital, his wife, Emma Boston, said ...
'Survivor instinct' drove alleged con woman's actions, attorney says (The Greenville News)
The woman accused of assuming a missing Upstate woman's identity and a string of others nationwide to con her way into prestigious universities was acting on "a survivor instinct" spawned by a mental condition she's suffered since she was an early teen, her newly appointed attorney said today.
Navy attorney in USS Liberty investigation dead at 84 (USA Today)
Ward Boston, a former Navy attorney who helped investigate the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 crewmen and years later said President Lyndon Johnson ordered that the assault be ruled an accident, has died. He was 84.
Broward lawyer will be jailed for stealing (Miami Herald)
A Broward personal-injury lawyer may be sent to prison for 20 years after pleading no contest Wednesday to charges of stealing almost $300,000 from his clients.
Broward lawyer will be jailed for stealing (Miami Herald)
A Broward personal-injury lawyer may be sent to prison for 20 years after pleading no contest Wednesday to charges of stealing almost $300,000 from his clients.
Arizona Attorney General sues Great Expectations parent (BizJournals)
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has filed a lawsuit against Sun West Video Inc., operating as the dating service Great Expectations, after numerous consumer complaints.
Leaving Canadians in U.S jail unconstitutional, lawyer argues (Canada.com)
Public Security Minister Stockwell Day’s refusal to allow three convicted Canadian drug dealers sitting in U.S. jails to complete their sentences here is unconstitutional, a lawyer representing the three men argued Wednesday. But Superior Court Justice Marc David refused to hear the motion, and transferred the file to the Federal Court instead.
Lawyer for Ramapo cop denies ties to "phony gynecologist" (The Journal News)
The lawyer for a suspended Ramapo police officer denied his client was involved with a Monsey businessman accused of sexually abusing women while pretending to be a Manhattan gynecologist.
How to Build a Book of Business as a Young Lawyer (Law.com)
On top of the 2,150 hours she billed last year, Dechert sixth-year associate Connie Merriett says she puts roughly 20 hours a month -- mostly during evenings and weekends -- into developing business. She feels she has to in order to get ahead in a world where "the book" doesn't just land in a young lawyer's hands. "The model of big clients being handed down to you is dissipating," she said. "I ...
Federal Judge Rules 'Patent Troll' Must Pay $3.8 Million in Attorney Fees (Law.com)
Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz have been awarded almost $4 million for attorney fees after beating back a patent infringement suit brought by one of several interlocking companies whose "primary source of income is from litigation settlements," according to a Wisconsin federal judge. The automakers' opponents were companies controlled by Texas entrepreneur Erich Spangenberg. A Kilpatrick Stockton ...
Attorney General Weighs In on School Board Issue (FOX 35 Orlando)
Florida’s Attorney General Bill McCollum says the Orange County School Boards lawsuit against citizens group, Let Us Vote, is unconstitutional.
Bail will be hard for man who faces sex charges: lawyer (CNews)
MONTREAL - The lawyer for a Belgian man who faces a number of sex-related charges involving a 13-year-old Montreal girl says it will be hard for his client to get bail.
Attorney wants ID theft trial moved out of state (The Post and Courier)
COLUMBIA — A woman accused of stealing a missing woman's identity to get into an Ivy League school can't get a fair trial in South Carolina because of intense media attention, her attorney said Tuesday. The attorney for Esther Elizabeth Reed of Montana said she plans to ask a judge to move the trial to New York, Chicago or Atlanta.
CPA appointed to Lawyer Disciplinary Board (The Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
HUNTINGTON -- Dr. Robert J. Rufus, a Huntington CPA, was appointed by the West Virginia State Bar to serve as a member of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board.
Attorney says he may report Blount judge (Knoxville News Sentinel)
MARYVILLE - The attorney representing the Blount County's Circuit Court clerk's office in a dispute over caseload statistics says he is "seriously considering" reporting the judge in the case to Tennessee's Court of the Judiciary on charges of using judicial prerogatives to boost his election campaign.
Smith Resigning As City Attorney; Iorio Taps Fletcher (The Tampa Tribune)
After hundreds of city council meetings, scores of lawsuits and dozens of legal opinions, City Attorney David Smith is resigning.
Fresno District Attorney Defending Low Trial Conviction (KFSN-TV Fresno)
Fresno County's District Attorney goes on the defensive as she faces more losses in the court room and less money to try cases. In the least serious crimes, the DA is losing almost half of the trials her attorneys take to court. Legal experts say District Attorney Elizabeth Egan should be winning nearly 90 percent of her trials. Egan says the solution is simple give her more money.
Analysis by St. Paul city attorney's office claims instant-runoff voting is unconstitutional (Pioneer Press)
Instant-runoff voting — or any newfangled voting method, for that matter — is unconstitutional, according to the St. Paul city attorney's office.