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Out lawyer with porn ties wins Mo. House primary (Gay.com)
Mike Colona, a gay lawyer from St. Louis, heads to the Missouri House despite controversy over his ties to the gay porn industry.
Greenberg Traurig Attorney Iris Escarra Earns Board Certification in City, County and Local Government Law (Centre Daily Times)
Iris Escarra, an attorney with international law firm Greenberg Traurig, has been board certified in city, county and local government law by The Florida Bar. Escarra is a member of the environmental practice in the firm's Miami office.
Protesters Want State Attorney Off St. Pete Police Shooting Case (The Tampa Tribune)
An Uhuru Movement-backed group called the Justice for Javon Dawson Committee gathered outside the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center this morning to protest State Attorney Bernie McCabe's role in the investigation of a police shooting of a St. Petersburg teenager two months ago.
Attorney: former lieutenant governor deputy to plead guilty to sex charge (The Kansas City Star)
JEFFERSON CITY | An attorney says Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s former chief of staff will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to sexually explicit materials.
NJ Attorney General pays speeding ticket (Asbury Park Press)
New Jersey's top law enforcement official has paid her recently issued speeding ticket. Attorney General Anne Milgram paid the $176 fine online Wednesday, says her spokesman, David Wald. Milgram was clocked at 69 mph in a 50 mph zone while driving her own 1994 Honda Accord on personal time. She was issued a ticket by a North Brunswick police office, who only later realized he had ticketed the ...
Lawyer: Post-Katrina caretaker arrested in Texas (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a Texas woman accused of kidnapping five children she helped care for after Hurricane Katrina says she has been arrested.
Lawyer: Post-Katrina caretaker arrested (USA Today)
A lawyer for a Texas woman accused of kidnapping five children she helped care for after Hurricane Katrina says she has been arrested.
Lawyer: Caretaker suspected of kidnapping 5 young Katrina survivors arrested in Texas (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
HOUSTON - A lawyer for a Texas woman accused of kidnapping five children she helped care for after Hurricane Katrina says she has been arrested. Dick DeGeurin says 44-year-old Rhonda Tavey was arrested Thursday by the FBI while on her way to his office. She was being taken to the Harris County jail.
Lawyer: Post-Katrina caretaker arrested in Texas (WBAY Green Bay)
Associated Press - August 7, 2008 4:43 PM ET HOUSTON (AP) - A lawyer for a Texas woman accused of kidnapping five children she helped care for after Hurricane Katrina says she has been...
Lawyer: Post-Katrina caretaker arrested in Texas (KRON 4 Bay Area)
HOUSTON (AP) - A lawyer for a Texas woman accused of kidnapping five children she helped care for after Hurricane Katrina says she has been arrested. Dick DeGeurin says 44-year-old Rhonda Tavey was arrested Thursday by the FBI while on her way to his office.
Orleans district attorney names first assistant (KATC 3 Lafayette)
NEW ORLEANS -- Orleans Parish District Attorney Keva Landrum-Johnson has appointed veteran prosecutor Robert L. Freeman Junior to serve as the office's first assistant.
Lawyer: defendant unaware of Canada terror plot (AP via Yahoo! News)
A plot to attack Canadian buildings and politicians was an unrealistic "jihadi fantasy," hidden from a 20-year-old man on trial for his role in the alleged terrorist conspiracy, his lawyer said Thursday.
Out lawyer with porn ties wins Mo. House primary (Planet Out via Yahoo! News)
SUMMARY: Mike Colona, a gay lawyer from St. Louis, heads to the Missouri House despite controversy over his ties to the gay porn industry.
Jailed Attorney Ordered to Pay Malpractice Award (Law.com)
An imprisoned former attorney was ordered to pay $250,000 in damages to a client whose case against a New York commuter rail service was lost because the lawyer failed to oppose a motion for summary judgment. Campbell Holder, in prison for stealing more than $1.6 million from clients, defaulted on a judgment sought by the widow of former Metro-North conductor Charles Robinson, who allegedly was ...
Prosecutors Change Course on Money Laundering Charges Against Prominent Attorney (Law.com)
Federal prosecutors who indicted Ben Kuehne on money laundering charges say they will offer no trial evidence directly linking the attorney to drug profits, but will instead offer testimony to show that millions of dollars used to pay a Colombian druglord's defense team was tainted by the family's cocaine smuggling network. "It's an astonishing acknowledgement of what appears to be a roadmap to ...
Gotti defense attorney calls Kasman 'a joke' as witness (Newsday)
If Lewis Kasman, the self-styled "adopted son" of the late John Gotti, is going to be a witness against the Dapper Don's actual son, lead defense attorney Charles Carnesi said that would be great news.
Prosecution fails to prove Sirul had access to casing found in jeep: Lawyer (The Borneo Post)
SHAH ALAM: Lawyer Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin argued in the High Court here yesterday that the prosecution had failed to prove that his client, Cpl Sirul Azhar Umar, had access to a bullet casing found in Sirul’s jeep.
Civil Rights Lawyer Sues City Over Handcuffing of Girl, 10 (The New York Sun)
After New York City police officers allegedly handcuffed a 10-year-old girl for being noisy and disruptive on a school bus, a prominent civil rights lawyer is bringing a lawsuit challenging the use of handcuffs on minors. The advocate, Norman Siegel, said he wants the lawsuit to be a catalyst for the police department to discuss drafting written guidelines on how police should treat children who ...
Court rules El Paso lawyer can represent three men implicated in public corruption investigation (El Paso Times)
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that El Paso lawyer Mary Stillinger can represent three men implicated in the ongoing public corruption case because the court found the judge had no jurisdiction to prevent her.
Top Myanmar comic charged over cyclone aid: lawyer (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
YANGON - Myanmar's most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, for delivering aid to survivors of deadly Cyclone Nargis, their lawyer said Friday.
Attorney General Wants Execution Pushed Forward (NBC 15 Mobile)
Attorney General Troy King on Thursday asked the Alabama Supreme Court to lift its stay of execution for 66-year-old Thomas Arthur and set a new execution date.
Australia moving to ratify UN torture treaty: attorney-general (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Australia is moving to ratify a UN anti-torture treaty in a signal that it is re-engaging with the international community, Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Friday.
Prosecutors Change Course on Money Laundering Charges Against Prominent Attorney (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Federal prosecutors who indicted Ben Kuehne on money laundering charges say they will offer no trial evidence directly linking the attorney to drug profits, but will instead offer testimony to show that millions of dollars used to pay a Colombian druglord's defense team was tainted by the family's cocaine smuggling network.
Jailed Attorney Ordered to Pay Malpractice Award (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
An imprisoned former attorney was ordered to pay $250,000 in damages to a client whose case against a New York commuter rail service was lost because the lawyer failed to oppose a motion for summary judgment.
'Person of interest' in hit-and-run retains lawyer (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The man described by authorities as a "person of interest" in the hit-and-run accident that killed a Delaware County teen has retained a lawyer, police said yesterday.
Ragan A. Henry, pioneering media mogul and lawyer, dies at74 (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The son of a Kentucky tobacco sharecropper, Ragan A. Henry went on to become a Harvard-educated lawyer, a pioneering media mogul, an active participant in Philadelphia's civic life, and one of the region's richest African Americans.
Court disbars dishonest lawyer (Albany Times Union)
William F. Tessitore quits after admitting taking client's money ALBANY -- An Albany-area attorney has been disbarred after a "substantial conversion" of client funds, a state appeals court said Thursday. William F. Tessitore, a lawyer since 1991, also resigned from practice, according to the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court. The court ordered Tessitore to immediately cease ...
Car Owner in Delco Hit and Run Hires a Lawyer (KYW News Radio 1060)
An Upper Darby man, whom police call a “person of interest” in the weekend hit and run death of a Sharon Hill teenager, has hired a lawyer. 
British mum of girl slain in India calls off return visit: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The mother of a British girl killed in Goa has postponed a return visit to India after local welfare activists tried to have her charged with parental neglect, her lawyer said Friday.
Defense attorney accused of threatening witness to lie (Baltimore Sun)
The defense attorney in a Baltimore murder trial is accused of visiting the prosecution's main witness in jail over the weekend and trying to convince him to change his story, allegedly by asking him, "How does it feel to be a snitch? You know what happens to people when they snitch? They leave jail in a box."
Ivins' Attorney Says Anthrax Case Is Weak (NPR)
The U.S. government released evidence this week in its case against Bruce Ivins, who killed himself last month after he learned he would be charged in the 2001 anthrax mailing attacks. The prosecution presented its arguments in a news conference instead of a courtroom, which left Ivins' attorney, Paul Kemp, unsatisfied.
Former municipal attorney charged with theft in real estate transaction (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A former municipal attorney on probation for child pornography charges was arrested for allegedly keeping $9,500 he was holding in escrow in a real estate transaction.
Chinese Rights Lawyer Suffers Unimaginable Torture (The Epoch Times)
A much-loved Chinese human rights lawyer has been subject to forms of torture “beyond anyone’s imagination”, a high-level government source has disclosed.
Attorney General King Asks Court to Lift Arthur's Execution Stay (CBS 42 Birmingham)
Attorney General Troy King has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to lift its stay of execution for 66-year-old Thomas Arthur and set a new execution date. Arthur's execution was halted last week on the eve of his scheduled lethal injection.
Ex-attorney sentenced for stealing from client (The Observer-Dispatch)
A former attorney was sentenced this morning in Oneida County Court to five years probation and six months of domicile restriction for stealing more than $350,000 from a client’s estate.
Kansas healing arts board hires new attorney (The Kansas City Star)
TOPEKA | A board that regulates physicians in Kansas has hired a new attorney, four months since its attorney and executive director resigned under pressure from lawmakers.
Ivins' Lawyer Rebuts DOJ Anthrax Allegations (NPR)
The DOJ says it's confident Army scientist Bruce Ivins sent the deadly anthrax letters in 2001. But Ivins' lawyer says dozens, if not hundreds, of scientists and contractors had access to those same anthrax spores. A detailed look at the government's allegations and Ivins' defense.
Ivins' Lawyer Rebuts DOJ Anthrax Allegations (NPR)
The DOJ says it's confident Army scientist Bruce Ivins sent the deadly anthrax letters in 2001. But Ivins' lawyer says dozens, if not hundreds, of scientists and contractors had access to those same anthrax spores. A detailed look at the government's allegations and Ivins' defense.
Lathrop & Gage lawyer gets new term on disciplinary board (BizJournals)
Andy Ramirez, a partner and health care lawyer for Lathrop & Gage LC was reappointed Friday to serve on the Kansas Board of Discipline of Attorneys.
Update Belarus teen has right to stay in Petaluma, lawyer says (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
A 16-year-old Belarusian girl who refused to return home after spending the summer with a Petaluma family is acting without pressure from her host family and has a legal right to extend her stay, her lawyer said Friday.
Thompson Hine Lawyer to Participate in High-Level China Meetings in New York (Centre Daily Times)
Thompson Hine LLP lawyer Claire Huaying Ye, Board 1st Vice-Chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GCCCC), will participate in high-level government meetings in New York on August 12 and 13 with China's Vice Minister of Commerce, representatives of the Chinese Consulate General of New York and other senior Chinese officials. The GCCCC is an independent, nonpartisan and ...
False, malicious claims of GSIS lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
We write to set the record straight on the Government Service Insurance System’s (GSIS’) lawyer Estrella Elamparo’s statements on the case between the GSIS and Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), which Belinda Olivares-Cunanan saw fit to print in her column last Aug. 5.
Dallas lawyer Fred Baron paid for Edwards' mistress to relocate (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas lawyer Fred Baron told The Dallas Morning News today that he paid relocation and housing expenses for the woman that former presidential candidate John Edwards has confessed to having an affair with.
Gitmo detainee lawyer in UK appeals for documents (Miami Herald)
A lawyer for a Guantánamo 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.
Rockefeller attorney: He only remembers 'bits and pieces' (Boston Globe)
By John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff The attorney for the man known as Clark Rockefeller, the accused kidnapper whose true identity has mystified law enforcement authorities, said today his client can remember only fragments of his...
Fossett didn't fake death: lawyer (The West Australian)
A lawyer for Steve Fossett's widow pleaded for an end to speculation that the US millionaire adventurer may have faked his own death, possibly because he was heavily in debt.
Fossett Attorney Dismisses Speculation About Death (Fox News)
An attorney for Steve Fossett's widow pleaded for an end to speculation circulating in Internet reports that the millionaire adventurer may have faked his own death, possibly because he was heavily in debt.
Assets lost, Billy Carroll gets court-appointed attorney (News 8 Austin)
Travis County will pay the tab for the defense of accused pedophile and former child advocate Billy Carroll. A judge declared Carroll indigent Friday, and the county will grant him a court-appointed attorney in a defense that could cost over $100,000.
Assets lost, Billy Carroll gets court-appointed attorney (News 8 Austin)
A judge declared accused child molester Billy Carroll indigent Friday, and the county will grant him a court-appointed attorney in a defense that could cost over $100,000.
Dallas lawyer says he paid rent to help Hunter escape tabloids (Houston Chronicle)
A Dallas lawyer paid rent for the woman with whom John Edwards said he had an affair so that she could move after being "hounded" by tabloids.