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Legal News 08/2008



Judge loan attorney is terminated (New York Daily News)
A Brooklyn court attorney for a judge who got an $80,000 loan from his family has been fired, the Daily News has learned. He was terminated July 18, a court spokeswoman said, declining further comment.
City Attorney Asks BofA To Stop Foreclosures (KGTV San Diego)
San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre called on the Bank of America to voluntarily stop foreclosures against certain properties within the city with mortgages held by Countrywide Financial Corp.
Akerman Attorney Dies in Vacation Accident (Law.com)
Friends and colleagues expressed shock Thursday upon hearing of the death of Akerman Senterfitt attorney Steven E. Chaykin. The former federal prosecutor died Wednesday while trying to rescue his wife after she slipped into a fast-moving river during a Colorado vacation. "It's tragic but the means of his death -- trying to save his wife -- is the way he lived his professional life," said Kendall ...
Outbursts Earn Lawyer 120 Days in Jail (Law.com)
An attorney's courtroom behavior has earned him a four-month stay in a Missouri jail. Greene County Circuit Court Judge Tom Mountjoy sentenced Kansas City lawyer Carlos D. Romious to 120 days in jail because of Romious' "rude and angry" demeanor toward the judge.
Miami Lawyer Dies While Trying To Save Wife (NBC 6 Miami)
A prominent Miami lawyer died while trying to rescue his wife in Colorado's Roaring Forks River, authorities said.
Russell wants attorney memorandum retraction (Brick Township Bulletin)
Brick Township Councilwoman Kathy Russell wants her name cleared. And she isn't backing down from her demand for a public retraction of a May 29 memorandum by Township Attorney Jean Cipriani that said Russell may have acted unethically by releasing a concept plan for the purchase of the Ocean Ice Palace.
Dramatic final day in Bucks lawyer's trial (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
After a dramatic, final day of testimony, a Bucks County jury is expected to begin deliberations today in the vehicular homicide trial of lawyer Richard Patton.
U.S. attorney says e-mail didn't sway pick of top aide (Rocky Mountain News)
A woman under fire for politicizing Justice Department hiring boasted of her role in selecting an official in the agency's Denver office, a report says. U.S. attorney Troy Eid says the e-mail wasn't pertinent.
Gasoline scam targeted by Texas attorney general (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The Texas attorney general seeks a "financial death penalty" for a company accused of miscalibrating pumps.
Judge: Defense attorney can't withdraw from teen rapist's case (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The defense attorney for a 17-year-old convicted rapist will not be allowed to withdraw from the case, a judge ruled Thursday.
City attorney to retire at end of year (Ventura County Star)
SImi Valley's longtime attorney, David Hirsch, retires after ten years with the city.
Murder defendant must have new lawyer in 2 weeks, judge says (Seattle Times)
After hearing about a plan to reassign a public-defense attorney from one potential death-penalty case to another, a King County judge said Thursday that he wants a new lawyer found for accused killer Michele Anderson within two weeks.
Ex-Boeing employee to plead guilty to copter sabotage, lawyer says (Philly.com)
A former Boeing Co. assembly-line worker from Bucks County will plead guilty to sabotaging a $24 million Army helicopter in May by severing a bundle of electrical wires, according to his lawyer.
Ex-attorney general named to head Md. surveillance probe (Baltimore Sun)
Ex-attorney general named to head inquiry Gov. Martin O'Malley announced yesterday that former Maryland Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs will head an independent review of state police efforts to infiltrate and monitor activist groups opposed to the death penalty and the Iraq war.
Noted Birmingham defense lawyer Salvagio retained in quadruple slaying case (Birmingham News)
Birmingham defense lawyer Charles Salvagio, just hired to represent Shaunasty Lowe against three capital murder charges, wasted little time Thursday lobbing shots at Birmingham police.
Ohio attorney general hopefuls drastically differ in funding (The Toledo Blade)
COLUMBUS - The Democratic candidate for Ohio attorney general showed off some campaign fund-raising muscle yesterday while the late Republican entry into the race - former federal prosecutor Mike Crites - is playing catch-up in the money game. Richard Cordray, running from the safety of the Ohio Treasurer's office, had banked a robust $1.9 million as of June 30 for an attorney general's race ...
Attorney General Files Suit Over Gas Pumps (KWTX-TV Waco)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a civil lawsuit against a gas station company that allegedly gave customers less fuel than they thought they were buying.
Suitcase-Plot Extradition Is Obstructed by U.S., Lawyer Says (Bloomberg.com)
Aug.1 (Bloomberg) -- Argentina's attempt to extradite a Florida businessman who will be a key witness at the trial of a Venezuelan man over an election scandal cover-up has been thwarted by the U.S. government, the defendant's lawyer said.
South Florida lawyer killed during hiking trip (7 News Miami)
UNDATED -- A South Florida lawyer has died after a hiking trip in Colorado.
Assistant state's attorney starts in January (Daily Chronicle)
A Kane County prosecutor is set to assume the role of DeKalb County's first assistant state's attorney in January.
Thanou lawyer slams IOC 'discrimination' (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer of controversial Greek sprinter Ekaterina Thanou on Friday accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of discriminating against her by delaying a decision on her participation in the Beijing Olympics.
Thanou lawyer slams IOC 'discrimination' (TODAYonline)
Greek sprinter Ekaterina Thanou, seen here in 2001. The lawyer of controversial Thanou on has accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of discriminating against her by delaying a decision on her participation in the Beijing Olympics.
Texas attorney general files suit over gas pumps (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a civil lawsuit against a gas station company that allegedly gave customers less fuel than they thought they were buying.
Lawyer: Tags on Snoop Dog pot-bust bus were good (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer says a bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with marijuana possession.
McPhail: Council's attorney was 'insulting and degrading' (Detroit News)
An attorney for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wrote a letter to Gov. Jennifer Granholm complaining that the lawyer for the City Council was "insulting and degrading" and lambasting the media for "front-page, tabloid-like coverage" that is "clear in its condemnation of the Mayor."
Lawyer: tags on Snoop Dog pot-bust bus were good (Seattle Times)
A lawyer says a bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with...
Von Briesen attorney launches own firm (BizJournals)
John Cabaniss, a trial attorney for the Milwaukee law firm von Briesen & Roper SC, is leaving the firm to launch his own practice in Mequon focusing on personal injury cases.
Attorney describes abusive conditions of Davis' boyhood (The Kansas City Star)
In his opening statement today, defense attorney Tom Jacquinot hammered at the abuse that Richard D. Davis, convicted Thursday of capital murder, suffered as a boy.
Lawyer: Tags on Snoop Dog pot-bust bus were good (USA Today)
A lawyer says a bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with marijuana possession. Attorney Chris Lewis, who represents the two men charged with misdemeanor possession, told The Associated Press on Friday that he saw the bus and was in contact with the driver.
Attorney challenges historic deal to buy US Sugar land for Everglades restoration (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
MIAMI - A Miami attorney says Florida's historic buyout of U.S. Sugar Corp. was illegal. Dexter Lehtinen filed a lawsuit Friday in Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, claiming the $1.75 billion deal violated the state's Sunshine Law because it was brokered in secret, closed-door meetings.
Attorney asserts innocence of dead Army vaccine scientist (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - August 1, 2008 12:53 PM ET WASHINGTON (AP) - An attorney for a dead Army microbiologist says the scientist, Bruce Ivins (EYE'-vinz), had cooperated with investigators for...
Lawyer: Open Meetings Ruling Could Be Bad (KELO Sioux Falls)
A lawyer for a newspaper says a state commission's interpretation of the open meetings law in a case involving the ...
NY attorney general threatens to charge Citigroup (AP via Yahoo! News)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he is prepared to charge two units of Citigroup with fraudulent marketing and sales of auction-rate securities and with the destruction of documents.
Attorney pleads guilty to theft (Akron Beacon Journal)
A Bath Township attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday in Summit County Common Pleas Court to a charge of theft. Michelle A. Smithern, 49, of Timberline Drive, was accused of cashing $112,000 in checks belonging to her employer, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.
Lawyer: Marzilli should be 'restrained' (Lowell Sun)
WOBURN -- The lawyer representing three women who are accusing embattled state Sen. J. James Marzilli of violating their civil rights by sexually assaulting them and making lewd comments told a judge yesterday that Marzilli needs to be "restrained" from targeting any more women.
Gun-toting lawyer gets deferred sentence (The Wenatchee World)
WENATCHEE - A local lawyer who carried a loaded gun into Chelan County Superior Court in January will not be punished as long as she doesn't commit a similar crime for two years.
New Rochelle rape-case sergeant's lawyer accuses DA of selective prosecution (The Journal News)
NEW ROCHELLE - The lawyer for the New Rochelle police sergeant accused of raping a 17-year-old girl asked in court this morning that the prosecution put on the court record that it is not prosecuting the father of the teenager's baby, her live-in boy friend, with statutory rape.
Attorney: DNA doesn't match convicted killer's (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An attorney for a death row inmate says DNA found on two pieces of clothing does not match the convicted killer's. The findings are the results of tests on a shirt and jacket prosecutors say was worn by Brian Keith Moore, who was condemned to death for the slaying and robbery of Virgil Harris of Louisville in 1979. Moore's attorney David Barron says he will ask a judge for more DNA ...
Gitmo detainee lawyer in UK appeal for documents (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee appealed to Britain's High Court on Friday for the release of secret government documents that he says could raise questions about whether evidence in his client's upcoming trial was obtained by torture.
Bush nominates Meridian lawyer for federal judgeship (The Clarion-Ledger)
President Bush today nominated Meridian lawyer J. Richard Barry to an opening on the Jackson-based U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Attorney: DNA doesn't match convicted killer's (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An attorney for a death row inmate says DNA found on two pieces of clothing does not match the convicted killer's.
New York Attorney General Cuomo To Sue Citi Units: Reports (Fox News)
New York Attorney General Cuomo To Sue Citi Units: Reports
District attorney's office clears security guard in fatal shooting (Deseret Morning News)
The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office will not file any charges against a security guard who fatally shot a man who appeared to be threatening the guard with a gun at Mama's Southern Plantation Restaurant.
Full text of statement from Labeouf lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Full text of statement released Friday by Michael Norris, a lawyer for "Transformers" actor Shia LaBeouf:
Citigroup to be charged by N.Y. attorney general, faces SEC probe (USA Today)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo plans to imminently charge Citigroup (C), accusing it of fraudulently marketing and selling auction-rate securities, and destroying documents that had been subpoenaed.
Lawyer Calls Former Paralegal's 'Sexual Predator' Claims 'Ridiculous and Not True' (Law.com)
Prominent Texas plaintiffs lawyer Richard N. Laminack uses words such as "silly" and "ridiculous and not true" to respond to allegations in a lawsuit filed by former paralegal Angela Robinson that describes him as a "sexual predator" who participated in an effort to defraud fen-phen clients by overcharging them for expenses. Laminack says it's not true that he would, as Robinson claims, ...
Lawyer: Snoop Dogg's bus' tags were valid (San Francisco Chronicle)
A lawyer says a bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with marijuana possession. Attorney Chris Lewis, who represents the two men charged with misdemeanor possession, said Friday...
NY attorney general threatens to charge Citigroup (San Francisco Chronicle)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he is prepared to charge two units of Citigroup with fraudulent marketing and sales of auction-rate securities and with the destruction of documents. In a letter to Citigroup's counsel, Cuomo says a settlement is...
LaBeouf lawyer asks for witnesses to accident (AP via Yahoo! News)
Shia LaBeouf could have a long road before him as he recovers from the accident that crushed his hand, his lawyer says.
LaBeouf's recovery from crash could be tough, his lawyer says in asking for witnesses (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - Shia LaBeouf could have a long road before him as he recovers from the accident that crushed his hand, his lawyer says. LaBeouf, 22, was injured in a late-night crash last Sunday in West Hollywood that flipped his truck.