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Legal News 10/2008



District attorney: No information on Gricar hard drive (Centre Daily Times)
BELLEFONTE — The best technology available for analyzing damaged hard drives could not determine if missing former District Attorney Ray Gricar wiped clean the hard drive before he disappeared, or if the data was destroyed when the computer was dumped into the Susquehanna River.
Lawyer: Woman denies role in Henrico fire deaths (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A former waitress who had befriended two women found in the ruins of a fatal fire last week says she had no role in the women's deaths or in the alleged theft of their identities. "She is saying she can't believe she's now involved in an investigation of their deaths," said Richmond lawyer Dennis Martin. His client, Kriss Lendini Fat, 21, was charged last Wednesday with two counts of identity ...
Former lawyer supports effort for new trial (WMCTV Memphis)
A lawyer in 1994 for one of three youths accused of killing three West Memphis 8-year-olds says the judge who presided over his client's trial had an improper communication with the jury that returned a conviction. That same judge is now presiding over a hearing on a request for a new trial.
Attorney Salaries' Raise Budget Questions (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- A request for a 67 percent raise for an attorney in the Washington County public defender's office led county leaders to ask Tuesday for list of all county-employed lawyers' salaries.
Walton, Pries debate Scott County attorney post (Quad-City Times)
The two candidates for the post of Scott County attorney spelled out the experience and leadership qualities Tuesday they believe make them the best candidate for the job that leads the prosecution of more than 5,000 indictable crimes each year.
Former Lawyer Supports Effort for New Trial (FOX 13 Memphis)
A lawyer in 1994 for one of three youths accused of killing three West Memphis 8-year-olds says the judge who presided over his client's trial -- and is now presiding over a hearing on a request for a new trial -- had an improper communication with the jury that returned a conviction.
1st black lawyer in Selma, J.L. Chestnut dies at 77 (FOX 12 Idaho)
Associated Press - September 30, 2008 6:23 PM ET SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Prominent civil rights attorney J.L. Chestnut has died. He was the first black lawyer in Selma, Alabama.
Prominent Tampa Lawyer Arrested (The Tampa Tribune)
A local defense lawyer who is married to a circuit judge is accused of propositioning an undercover police officer for sex, records show.
Lawyer: Obese defendant's trial can't be in court (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
EDINBURG -- The trial of a nearly half-ton woman facing a murder charge in the death of her 2-year-old nephew will have to be held in a building separate from the courthouse because of the defendant's weight, her lawyer said.
Houston lawyer's contempt charge stays (Knoxville News Sentinel)
A lawyer appointed to handle the upcoming trial of a Roane County man charged in the slaying of a lawman and his ride-along friend has himself run afoul of the law, court records revealed.
Selma's First Black Lawyer Dies (NBC 15 Mobile)
J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, died Tuesday. He was 77.
School board discusses attorney office's findings Executive session found in violation (Today's News-Herald)
The Lake Havasu Unified School District Governing Board met in a special session Tuesday to discuss findings by the Arizona Attorney General's Office that a March 4 executive session held by the board violated the Open Meeting Law.
Walton, Pries debate Scott County attorney post (Quad-City Times)
The two candidates for the post of Scott County attorney spelled out the experience and leadership qualities Tuesday they believe make them the best candidate for the job that leads the prosecution of more than 5,000 indictable crimes each year.
Mount Zion attorney adds to legal woes with alleged threat against state's attorney (Herald & Review)
DECATUR - Mount Zion attorney Mark Bradley's legal difficulties are deepening.
Attorney for Coles public defender calls reprimand a vindication (Herald & Review)
CHARLESTON - The attorney representing Coles County Public Defender Lonnie Lutz believes Lutz was vindicated when the Illinois Supreme Court reprimanded him for allegations of misleading a client about services he would receive.
Former U.S. attorney's name surfaces in report critical of firings (The Tennessean)
A former U.S. attorney from Nashville who resigned his position in the middle of a term was described as "weak" by federal officials compiling a list of attorneys to fire, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report issued this week.
County attorney hopefuls to face off during debate (The Arizona Republic)
Andrew Thomas is standing on his record as Maricopa County attorney in his race for re-election this November.
Attorney Salaries' Raise Budget Questions (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- A request for a 67 percent raise for an attorney in the Washington County public defender's office led county leaders to ask Tuesday for list of all county-employed lawyers' salaries.
Hostage-taking trial unlikely: youth's lawyer (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
REGINA -- The case against a Regina teen accused in a mass hostage-taking at his former high school will likely not be going to trial, the youth's lawyer said Tuesday.
Ex-attorney says his ouster may have ties to Renzi case (The Arizona Republic)
Former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton said he believes a special prosecutor assigned to look into the political firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006 should investigate whether he was terminated because of his corruption investigation targeting Congressman Rick Renzi.
Lawyer says cops 'harsh' in gay-bashing decision (Victoria Times Colonist)
VANCOUVER -- The lawyer acting for Michael Kandola took issue yesterday with the Vancouver police's characterization of Kandola's alleged assault on a gay man, saying the police were "overly harsh in coming to judgment on this case."
Selma's first black lawyer dies (The Tuscaloosa News)
J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, died Tuesday. He was 77.
Lawyer fights for evidence (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Charlie Rittgers, the lawyer for bathtub-drowning suspect Ryan Widmer, wants a Warren County judge to order Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel to turn over more information in the case.
Report price gouging to Attorney General's Consumer Complaint Hotline (Deer Park Broadcaster & Progress)
In the wake of Hurricane Ike, the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Hotline has received hundreds of price gouging complaints from across the state. Most complaints allege price gouging on gas and lodging; others report price hikes involving food, water and power generators. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is investigating some consumers' claims that they were ...
Eastern Health deliberately sat on 'damning' reports, lawyer suggests (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
A lawyer for Newfoundland and Labrador's breast cancer inquiry made a startling accusation Tuesday, by suggesting that health managers deliberately kept secret the reasons hundreds of breast cancer patients received wrong test results.
Billings attorney named to board (Billings Gazette)
Billings attorney Jeff Weldon has been appointed to the Northwestern Regional Educational Laboratory board of directors.
U.S. Judge Kozinski Accused of Ethics Breach by Lawyer Critic (Bloomberg)
Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Alex Kozinski , chief judge of the federal appeals court in San Francisco, was formally accused by Los Angeles lawyer Cyrus Sanai of making pornography available on a public Web site, the attorney's third misconduct complaint against the judge in three years.
Lawyer Wants Speedy Trial (KQCD-TV Dickinson)
The lawyer for a man charged in a fatal stabbing at a Bismarck hotel in June is asking for a speedy trial. The judge made no promises, however. State law contains no guidelines for speedy trials in murder cases.
Lawyer targeted for probe (NWAnews.com)
A southwest Arkansas lawyer whose license recently was yanked after he lost more than $500,000 of a couple’s money is the subject of an embezzlement investigation, the prosecutor assigned to the case said Tuesday. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Trooper couldn't avoid hitting suspect, attorney says (The Greenville News)
The defense attorney for Highway Patrol trooper Steve Garren shouted and pounded the lectern today in the trooper's federal civil rights trial as he described for a jury how Garren was just doing his job.
1st black lawyer in Selma, J.L. Chestnut, dies (AP via Yahoo! News)
J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, has died at age 77.
1st black lawyer in Selma, J.L. Chestnut, dies (The Charlotte Observer)
J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, has died at age 77. Chestnut's law partner, state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma, said Chestnut died Tuesday morning at a Birmingham hospital. He said Chestnut's kidneys had begun to fail from an infection after an operation. A Selma native who got his law degree at Howard ...
1st black lawyer in Selma, J.L. Chestnut, dies (San Francisco Chronicle)
J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, has died at age 77. Chestnut's law partner, state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma, said Chestnut died Tuesday morning at a Birmingham hospital....
1st black lawyer in Selma, J.L. Chestnut, dies (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
By DESIREE HUNTER, Associated Press Writer. J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, has died at age 77.
Portland attorney arrested on burglary charges (Seattle Times)
PORTLAND — A Portland attorney already facing criminal charges and an Oregon State Bar investigation has been accused of burglary.
Lawyer: Unfair to tag Rapiz as ‘persona non grata’ (Sun Star)
LAWYER Tranquilino Gale, legal counsel of embattled Chief Inspector Leroy Rapiz said that declaring his client as a "persona non-grata" is very unfair.
Legislators, lawyer blast state on Dobbins (The Capital)
Robert Fuoco, the lawyer for Daryl Wagner, has called the lawsuit an "utter waste of taxpayer resources" and said he will file for dismissal.
Triple-fatal shooting suspect may get new lawyer (WZZM 13 Grand Rapids)
Triple-fatal shooting suspect may get new lawyer
Triple-fatal shooting suspect may get new lawyer (Battle Creek Enquirer)
MARINETTE, Wis. — The man accused of gunning down three teens near the Wisconsin-Michigan border may get a new lawyer.
Former U.S. attorney's name surfaces in report critical of firings (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Washko, who worked in the office during Vines' tenure, said co-workers in the office thought legal troubles, not politics, prompted Vines' resignation.
Gun law attorney remains upbeat, while city councilman plans to review Easton's own gun law (The Express-Times)
Attorney George Bochetto was in a pretty good mood last week for a guy who just lost a state Commonwealth Court challenge. Bochetto represents two Philadelphia city council members who sued the Pennsylvania Legislature for not allowing the city to...
Attorney charged with smuggling heroin, phones into jail (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
A Tempe attorney was accused Wednesday of smuggling heroin and other things into inmates at Maricopa County's Fourth Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix.
Tempe attorney charged with smuggling drugs to inmates (ABC 15 Phoenix)
A Tempe attorney was charged on Wednesday for allegedly smuggling heroin, a cell phone, and a cell phone charger into a jail and providing them to inmates.
Jefferson lawyer 'ready to rock'n'roll' (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Political strategist Mose Jefferson and his sister, 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, have each hired a prominent criminal-defense lawyer for their upcoming federal trial on charges that they bilked more than $600,000 from charities they controlled....
Attorney General Challenges Early Release (WTVQ Lexington)
Do You Think A Wall Street Bailout Plan Should Be Approved? The attorney general filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Franklin Circuit Court to stop the Kentucky Department of Corrections from letting prisoners out under its early release program.
New Territory For Rahy's Attorney (BloodHorse)
Woodbine Mile (gr. IT) winner Rahy's Attorney will make his first start outside of Canada Oct. 4, as the 4-year-old gelding headlines a star-studded field of 12 older horses in the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
Robb to be city attorney for Nitro (The Charleston Gazette)
Normal 0 NITRO, W.Va. -- Former South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb will be the new city attorney for the city of Nitro. Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto said today that former city attorney Troy Giatras wi...
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Welcomes Brandon Silveria to Encourage Students to "Make the Right Choice" (Centre Daily Times)
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and The Century Council partnered today to bring a life-saving lesson about the dangers of drunk driving and underage drinking to students of Brookfield Central High School. Brandon Silveria and his father Tony spoke to students about the importance of "making the right choice" about alcohol - and if students are under the age of 21, that the only responsible ...
Anderson Sworn In As Brazos County Attorney (KBTX 3 Bryan - College Station)
Brazos County has a new top prosecutor. Rod Anderson was sworn in Wednesday as County Attorney.
Attorney wants Darby fine to go to families (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An attorney is asking the federal government to give the families of five Harlan County coal miners who died as a result of an underground explosion the proceeds from a $342,000 fine levied against Kentucky Darby LLC. The Harlan Daily Enterprise reported Wednesday that Lexington attorney Tony Oppegard made the request to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. He also wants the sole ...