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FLDS leader's daughter, 16, wants to dump her attorney (Houston Chronicle)
A daughter of convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs says she doesn't need protection from church leaders and wants her court-appointed attorney to step down for asking for it.
Jail recorded attorney-client calls (Moldova.org)
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department stopped recording inmate phone calls after revelations the system also recorded attorney-client calls, officials said.An attorney for the department said the recordings were made because of a glitch in the telephone system, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday.Defense attorneys have expressed concern that calls with their clients may have been ...
Fake attorney may win clients new trials (Moldova.org)
A California man misrepresented himself as a licensed attorney in at least 16 cases since 2004, officials allege.The Denver Post reported Sunday that Howard Kieffer, 52, even handled the case of a NHL player who pleaded guilty to hiring a hit man to kill his agent and a murder-for-hire trial involving an Aspen, Colo., woman.Asked by the newspaper where he went to law school or where he is ...
Polygamist leader's daughter wants new lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A convicted polygamist leader's teenage daughter, who was among the children removed from her sect's Texas compound during an abuse investigation, is fighting her attorney's attempt to shield her from a church official.
Revius Ortique Jr., civil rights attorney, La.'s 1st black Supreme Court justice, dies at 84 (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW ORLEANS - Revius Ortique Jr., a former civil rights attorney who became the first black justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court, died Sunday. He was 84.
Lawyer's reinstatement application may be delayed (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Christopher Harder's application to be reinstated as a lawyer could be put off while he considers whether he wants to stop the hearing over a dispute on what evidence can be heard.
Jeffs daughter trying to dump court-appointed attorney (Austin American-Statesman)
A teenage daughter of convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs says she doesn't need protection from church leaders and wants her court-appointed attorney to step down for asking for it.
Corby lawyer invented defence story (Herald Sun)
SCHAPELLE Corby's former lawyer has admitted to making up a defence claim that baggage handlers may have planted drugs in her bag.
Jeffs' daughter wants to drop attorney (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 9:10 PM- An FLDS teenager is taking a dispute with her attorney public, claiming the attorney is making her life "harder" and asking the lawyer to "please leave me alone."
Ex-district attorney can't sue newspaper for libel (Freedom Forum Online)
WAUSAU, Wis. — An unsuccessful candidate for state attorney general can't pursue his defamation lawsuit against a Wisconsin newspaper, a state appeals court has ruled.
Controversy, lawyer old friends (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
RIALTO - Jimmy Gutierrez, a veteran Inland Empire lawyer picked to be the new city attorney, has run into his share of controversy. Although some of Gutierrez's clients praise him, others are less complimentary.
Lawyer for Isnaji, son withdraws from kidnap case (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Claiming it is not his cup of tea, the lawyer of Indanan, Sulu Mayor Alvarez Isnaji and son Haider Isnaji withdrew Monday from the kidnapping case lodged against them for the abduction of a television news crew and a university professor last June 8.
New U.S. attorney targeting gangs (The Greenville News)
South Carolina's newly appointed U.S. attorney has a familiar face and an even more familiar name.
Corporal admitted assaulting soldiers - lawyer (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A Territorial Forces lawyer has told a court martial a corporal who admitted assaulting soldiers under his command with a rifle while serving in East Timor, was also involved in other assaults on personnel he was in charge of.
Polygamous sect leader's daughter wants to ditch her attorney (The Salt Lake Tribune)
An FLDS teenager is taking a dispute with her attorney public, claiming the attorney is making her life "harder" and asking the lawyer to "please leave me alone.
Was city attorney's firing illegal? (San Bernardino Sun)
RIALTO - The City Council violated state law when it fired City Attorney Bob Owen during closed session of a January meeting, according to a leading advocate of open government in California.
Sami Al-Hajj's lawyer calls Gitmo inmates "heroes" (Yemen Times Online)
SANA'A, June 21 — A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Sami Al-Hajj called Guantanamo Bay inmates "heroes" and emphasized the need to "choose a new symbolic victim" at a conference about the U.S. military prison on Saturday.
Polygamist's daughter shuns attorney (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
A daughter of convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs says she doesn't need protection from church leaders and wants her court-appointed attorney to step down for asking for it.
TV network paid P3M of P5M paid to Drilon kidnappers--lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) The television network of a news team that was abducted in Sulu by alleged members of Abu Sayyaf paid P3 million in ransom for the release of their staff, the lawyer for the accused disclosed Monday.
Indonesia's President Orders Attorney-General To Clean Up (Nasdaq)
JAKARTA (AFP)--Indonesia's president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the attorney-general to clean up his office amid calls for his resignation over a bribery scandal involving top prosecutors, an official said Monday.
Civil rule overhaul on hold as lawyers battle attorney-general and chief justice (Vancouver Sun)
B.C. Attorney-General Wally Oppal and Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Brenner have run up against fierce opposition to planned sweeping changes to the province's civil legal system.
Lawyer: ABS paid P3M in ransom for Ces' release (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The new lawyer of Indanan Mayor Alvarez Isnaji and his son on Monday disclosed that of the initial P5 million ransom payment made to the captors of a television crew and a Mindanao professor, P3 million came from ABS-CBN.
SC grants amparo petition of lawyer vs MILF (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court has ordered the Court of Appeals to hear the petition for a writ of amparo and protection order sought by a Shariah court lawyer against officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Local Attorney Arrested On DUI Charges (Local 10 Miami)
A South Florida attorney, who is running for the State House, was arrested Sunday night on charges of driving under the influence.
ABS-CBN: 'No ransom' policy stands amid Isnaji lawyer's claim (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation on Monday said it is standing by its "no ransom" policy, following reports that Atty. Firdausi Abbas, lawyer for Indanan, Sulu mayor Alvarez Isnaji and Haider Isnaji, claimed the company paid ransom for the freedom of an ABS-CBN news team and a professor in Sulu last June 17.
Jury selection resumes in trial of Palm Springs man accused of attorney's murder (The Desert Sun)
Jury selection will resume today at the trial of a Palm Springs man accused of the strangulation murder of a high-powered Orange County attorney who allegedly had a habit of picking up men and bringing them back to his Palm Desert vacation home for sex.
Court says right to lawyer begins soon after arrest (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Supreme Court says an indigent defendant's right to a lawyer begins when he is brought before a judge, informed why he has been arrested and jailed.
Attorney, advocate Harriet McBryde Johnson challenged the mind (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
Harriet McBryde Johnson, the seemingly frail lawyer with a bright smile, was more than a Charleston civil attorney and outspoken legal advocate for the disabled. For more than 25 years, she chided the self-righteous and lambasted those who took pity on the disabled.
Lawyer: NBA's trying to vilify disgraced ref (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy says his client is being vilified by the league's demand for nearly $1.4 million in restitution in his gambling case.
Weld Assistant District Attorney pleads not guilty in DWAI case (Greeley Tribune)
The Weld Assistant District Attorney, facing charges of driving while ability impaired and speeding, has entered a plea of not guilty.
Attorney Alonza Whitaker qualifies for Superior Court bench (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Columbus attorney Alonza Whitaker has tossed his hat in the ring for a Superior Court judgeship.
TIM DONAGHY LAWYER: NBA TRYING TO VILLIFY REF (New York Post)
The NBA wants to financially "destroy" disgraced referee Tim Donaghy for embarrassing the league during the playoffs with allegations that outcomes of previous games were purposely manipulated by bad calls, his lawyer charged Monday. The attorney...
Lawyer's body discovered at Bowling Avenue home (The Tennessean)
Nashville lawyer James Cannon, 44, was found dead in his home at 710 Bowling Avenue today.
Donaghy lawyer: NBA's restitution demand unfair (USA Today)
A lawyer for disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy says his client is being vilified by the league's demand for nearly $1.4 million in restitution in his gambling case.
Lawyer: NBA's trying to vilify disgraced ref (Lexington Herald-Leader)
NEW YORK (AP) . A lawyer for disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy says his client is being vilified by the league's demand for nearly $1.4 million in restitution in his gambling case. In a letter filed Monday in Brooklyn federal court, attorney John Lauro renews his accusation that the league is trying to punish Donaghy for alleging that referee misconduct is rampant. That's something the ...
Still no court-appointed attorney for Carroll (KVUE-TV Austin)
A judge Monday again refused a request for a court-appointed attorney from a wealthy Austin man accused of child sexual assault after he did not produce paperwork proving he cannot access his assets.
Attorney will ask judge to dismiss flag mutilation charge (South Idaho Press)
A local attorney will move for a judge to dismiss the Minidoka County prosecutor’s charge that his client publicly mutilated a U.S. flag at Minico High School, calling an Idaho statute that bans flag desecration “clearly unconstitutional.“
Court says right to lawyer, in Texas case, begins soon after arrest (KXAN 36 Austin)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says an indigent defendant's right to a lawyer begins when he's taken before a judge, informed why he was arrested and jailed.
Court says right to lawyer, in Texas case, begins soon after arrest (KLTV 7 Tyler)
Associated Press - June 23, 2008 2:05 PM ET WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says an indigent defendant's right to a lawyer begins when he's taken before a judge, informed why he was...
Kenai district attorney moves to post handling rural prosecutions (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
KENAI -- Kenai's district attorney is taking on a new role as assistant attorney general in the Department of Law's rural prosecutions unit in Anchorage.
Lawyer: NBA wants to financially 'destroy' Donaghy (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The NBA wants to financially "destroy" disgraced referee Tim Donaghy for embarrassing the league during the playoffs with allegations that referees were encouraged to manipulate results through foul calls, his lawyer charged Monday. The attorney, John Lauro, asked a federal judge to force the league to produce more evidence supporting its demand Donaghy pay the NBA nearly $1.4 million in ...
Lawyer: NBA Wants To Financially 'Destroy' Disgraced Ref (WNBC)
The NBA wants to financially "destroy" disgraced referee Tim Donaghy for embarrassing the league during the playoffs with allegations that outcomes of previous games were purposely manipulated by bad calls, his lawyer charged Monday.
Lawyer: NBA is trying to vilify disgraced referee (Sports Illustrated)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA wants to financially "destroy" disgraced referee Tim Donaghy for embarrassing the league during the playoffs with allegations that referees were encouraged to manipulate results through foul calls, his lawyer charged Monday.
Local attorney cautioned, fined by committee (Forrest City Times-Herald)
A local attorney was recently sanctioned and fined by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct for failing to file a record of appeal on time, causing a lawsuit to be dismissed.
Lawyer: NBA trying to vilify disgraced referee (Sports Illustrated)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA wants to financially "destroy" disgraced referee Tim Donaghy for embarrassing the league during the playoffs with allegations that referees were encouraged to manipulate results through foul calls, his lawyer charged Monday.
FLDS teen asks to dump attorney (Moldova.org)
A teenage daughter of polygamist Utah sect leader Warren Jeffs has moved to fire her attorney because she's being kept from seeing her father.Teresa Jeffs, 16, told The Salt Lake Tribune that she wants to dump Natalie Malonis, her court-appointed attorney, because Malonis is trying to ban contact between her and her imprisoned father, the former leader of Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day ...
Fired prosecutors settle with District Attorney Phill Kline (The Kansas City Star)
The eight Johnson County employees who were fired by District Attorney Phill Kline dropped their lawsuit against him today in exchange for a statement from him regarding their ethics and skills.
Mayor Kilpatrick's attorney asks Granholm to delay removal process (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- Likening the effort to oust Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to wrongful executions, his top attorney on Monday asked Gov. Jennifer Granholm to delay any proceedings to remove him from office until after the resolution of his criminal case.
Houston lawyer given probation in fake Botox scheme (Houston Chronicle)
A Houston lawyer received probation Monday in a phony Botox scheme for which his wife, a physician, was sentenced to federal prison.
US attorney: Mechanicsville couple admit embezzling $1.5 million (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The government says a Mechanicsville couple has pleaded guilty to bank fraud for embezzling more than $1.5 million from a company at which the wife worked. The U.S. attorney's office says 41-year-old Patricia Ann Cheek and 43-year-old Darryl Parks Cheek entered their guilty pleas today to charges that could send each to prison for 40 years. They also could be fined $1.2 ...