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Legal News 01/2009



Former U.S. Attorney Roper joins Dallas law firm (Abilene Reporter-News)
The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, which serves much of the Big Country, resigned Wednesday, according to a news release.
Alleged phony lawyer allowed to travel (The Bismarck Tribune)
A man accused of impersonating a lawyer has been taken off home confinement for one week to visit his attorney.
Lawyer: DNA clears yogurt shop suspects (Austin American-Statesman)
New DNA test results from two of the four girls killed in the 1991 Austin yogurt shop murders do not match either of the two men facing retrials in the deaths, a defense lawyer for one of the suspects said Wednesday.
Millionaire lawyer fined over sex antics at Gleneagles Hotel (Daily Record)
A MILLIONAIRE lawyer has been fined after he was frog-marched out of a top restaurant following a saucy clinch with his girlfriend.
U.S. attorney in North Texas joins private firm (Houston Chronicle)
U.S. Attorney Richard Roper resigned from the Northern District of Texas to return to private practice.
"Granny Robber" trying to help son, lawyer says (Denver Post)
A defense lawyer says the Ohio woman dubbed "the Granny Robber" in several bank heists was trying to support a grown son who had fallen on hard times.
City’s attorney fees continue to add up (The Journal Times)
RACINE — Liquor license revocations, multiple civil rights police cases and a major sexual harassment complaint all contributed to high attorney costs for the city this year.
Lawyer in Alamo case: Bible no defense for abuse (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Jailed evangelist Tony Alamo's right to religious freedom doesn't allow him to beat children, a lawyer suing the preacher over alleged abuse says.
Missouri attorney general reports results of mediation (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Mediations offered by the Missouri attorney general's office helped recover $15.5 million for consumers during 2008, the office said. Of that amount, informal mediations by staffers in the Consumer Protection Division accounted for more than $9.5 million.
U.S. attorney wants more time to indict Blagojevich (The Pantagraph)
CHICAGO -- U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald on Wednesday asked for more time to return an indictment against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying the time is needed to review evidence and interview more potential defendants in the corruption investigation. | Blagojevich names Burris to replace Obama
New district attorney draws a crowd (The Buffalo News)
Frank A. Sedita III, who took the oath of office Wednesday as Erie County's 29th district attorney, pledged “to ensure that justice is done on behalf of my clients” -- the citizens of the county and state.
New district attorney draws a crowd (The Buffalo News)
Frank A. Sedita III, who took the oath of office Wednesday as Erie County's 29th district attorney, pledged “to ensure that justice is done on behalf of my clients” -- the citizens of the county and state.
Posh would like one of her kids to become a lawyer (New Kerala)
New Delhi, Jan 1 : Former Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham has revealed that she would like one of her sons to become a lawyer so that she can save money.
Asif's lawyer confident of getting favourable result in dope case (New Kerala)
Lahore, Dec 31 : Dope-tainted pacer Mohammad Asif's lawyer Shahid Karim has dismissed media reports that the right-handed bowler is planning to play in domestic cricket before the IPL's drugs tribunal decision.
Alleged phony lawyer allowed to travel (The Bismarck Tribune)
A man accused of impersonating a lawyer has been taken off home confinement for one week to visit his attorney.
Lawyer files case against Silambattam Lawyer files case against Silambattam (New Kerala)
A lawyer, named Rahamatullah from Mettupalaym, has field a case against the movie Silambattam.
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Attorney: SJ officer denies touching teen sexually (CBS 47 Fresno)
The attorney for a San Jose police officer suspected of inappropriately touching an 18-year-old girl while searching her says his client vehemently denies the allegation.
Track's lawyer: bettors' accounts paid workers (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - January 1, 2009 9:05 AM ET HINSDALE, N.H. (AP) - A lawyer for the bankrupt Hinsdale Greyhound Park says bettors who still had money in their accounts when the track closed...
Track's lawyer: bettors' accounts paid workers (Boston Globe)
Bettors who still had money in their accounts when the Hinsdale Greyhound Park closed last month probably will recover 10 to 25 cents on the dollar, according to the track's lawyer.
Track's Lawyer Says Little Money Left For Gamblers (WMUR New Hampshire)
A lawyer for the bankrupt Hinsdale Greyhound Park says bettors who still had money in their accounts when the track closed last month probably will recover 10 to 25 cents on the dollar.
Jackson attorney admits to looting $1M estate (Detroit Free Press)
JACKSON — A Jackson attorney has been jailed after admitting he looted a $1-million estate.
Assistant district attorney resigns (Penn State Collegian)
Centre County Assistant District Attorney Lance Marshall resigned from his position effective Wednesday after a discussion about how certain cases were handled, Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira said.
NM district attorney leaving office (News West 9 Midland)
Associated Press - January 1, 2009 1:15 PM ET ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Southern New Mexico District Attorney Scot Key is ready to turn over his office to his successor.
CityNorth court ruling could affect Gaylord, lawyer says (The Arizona Republic)
Court ruling could affect Gaylord, lawyer says
Page city attorney rejects election-law violation complaints (Arizona Daily Sun)
PAGE — Allegations by Page mayoral candidate Paul Burton of election-law violations by both of his opponents and by five council hopefuls have been rejected in a legal opinion by City Attorney Rick Olson.
New District Attorney Aims For Big Changes (KBTX 3 Bryan - College Station)
Many new faces – and some old ones – were officially sworn into office Thursday in Washington County. One of those included Bill Parham, who is taking over as the new district attorney for both Washington and Burleson counties.
Alleged Movie Theater Gunman Is Iraq War Vet, Says Lawyer (FOX 29 Philadelphia)
A lawyer for the alleged gunman in a shooting over noisy moviegoers says his client is an Iraq war veteran who fired in self-defense.
Lawyer: Dec. 25 movie gunman fired in self-defense (AP via Yahoo! News)
An Iraq veteran charged in a Christmas night shooting over noisy moviegoers fired in self-defense, his lawyer said.
Lawyer: Dec. 25 movie gunman fired in self-defense (The State)
An Iraq veteran charged in a Christmas night shooting over noisy moviegoers fired in self-defense, his lawyer said. James Joseph Cialella, 29, of Philadelphia, is charged with firing a shot that broke the arm of Woffard Lomax Jr. inside a movie theater during a screening of the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." A judge on Wednesday ordered Cialella held for trial on aggravated assault, ...
Lawyer: Dec. 25 movie gunman fired in self-defense (The Charlotte Observer)
(The Associated Press) An Iraq veteran charged in a Christmas night shooting over noisy moviegoers fired in self-defense, his lawyer said. James Joseph Cialella, 29, of Philadelphia, is charged with firing a shot that broke the arm of Woffard Lomax Jr. inside a movie theater during a screening of the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." A judge on Wednesday ordered Cialella held for trial ...
Philadelphia movie theater shooter acted in self-defense, lawyer says (The Patriot-News)
PHILADELPHIA -- The alleged gunman involved in a Christmas night shooting over noisy moviegoers is an Iraq war veteran, a churchgoer and a newlywed who fired in self-defense, his lawyer said.
Lawyer says Philadelphia man who shot noisy moviegoers fired in self-defence (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
PHILADELPHIA - The lawyer for an Iraq war veteran charged in a Christmas night shooting in a movie theatre says his client fired in self-defence.
Lykos sworn in as county's first female district attorney (11 News Houston)
Pat Lykos said she is used to breaking new ground. She did it again on New Year’s Day when she was sworn in as Harris County's first female district attorney. 
Lawyer fined over Gleneagles sex incident (The Herald)
A millionaire lawyer has been fined after he was frogmarched out of a top hotel when diners complained about his lewd behaviour with a female friend.
Attorney files complaint over Painesville busing (The News-Herald)
A well-known local attorney has asked a court to order Painesville City Schools to transport his children to a private school in a neighboring county.
Posh wants a lawyer in the family (The West Australian)
Victoria Beckham wants one of her children to become a lawyer. The former Spice Girl - who has three sons, Brooklyn, nine, Romeo, six, and three-year-old Cruz, with soccer star husband David Beckham-
Ammerman take over as new district attorney for Willacy County (The Brownsville Herald)
RAYMONDVILLE - A new era in the Willacy County justice system began Thursday when a former Cameron County prosecutor took over from Juan Angel Guerra, whose 12 consecutive years as district attorney were marked by controversy and legal wrangling with fellow officials.
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Attorney wants client freed in Yogurt Shop murders (KXXV Waco)
Associated Press - January 1, 2009 10:25 PM ET AUSTIN (AP) - A defense attorney says his client should be released from jail based on new DNA test results in the 1991 Austin yogurt shop...
Attorney Wants Client Freed In Austin Yogurt Shop Murders (KSAT San Antonio)
A defense attorney wants his client released from jail based on new DNA test results in the 1991 Austin yogurt shop murders while a prosecutor disagreed that the test results would disprove the state's cases.
Long Held in Capital Case, Man Sues to Get a Lawyer (New York Times)
The man?s suit alleges he has gone eight months without a lawyer after his previous ones left due to conflicts with the public defender system over payment.
Applicants sought for U.S. Attorney (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — If you want to be the new U.S. Attorney or federal marshal for Rhode Island, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse want to hear from you.
Ouster of CHED lawyer affirmed (Manila Standard Today)
THE Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a lawyer of the Commission on Higher Education for gross misconduct, dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
Alleged phony lawyer allowed to travel (The Bismarck Tribune)
A man accused of impersonating a lawyer has been taken off home confinement for one week to visit his attorney.
Lawyer calls movie shooting self-defense (Centre Daily Times)
PHILADELPHIA — The alleged gunman involved in a Christmas night shooting over noisy moviegoers is an Iraq war veteran, a churchgoer and a newlywed who fired in self-defense, his lawyer said.
Sacramento judge slams lawyer for 'incompetence' (The Sacramento Bee)
Harlan Antler, left, was accused of 'flat out incompetence' in his legal defense. A Sacramento judge ripped a local lawyer for "flat out incompetence" in a recent gang trial and suggested that the attorney return his client's $85,000 fee before the State Bar comes down on him. Superior Court Judge Matthew J. Gary leveled the blast at attorney Harlan Antler during a Dec. 19 hearing in ...
Patent attorney behind OraHealth's treatment for dry mouth (Seattle Times)
For two decades, patent attorney Jeff Haley helped other people start companies. A lifelong inventor, Haley held patents in his name but nothing worth launching a company until 2001.
Thomas Roach: Longtime regent of U-M and lawyer (Detroit Free Press)
In more than a decade as a University of Michigan regent, Thomas Roach pushed to rebuild the infrastructure of his alma mater, including an overhaul of the university's nationally recognized teaching and research hospital. An Ann Arbor lawyer and former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Roach died Dec. 23 in that hospital. He was 79.
City’s attorney fees continue to add up (The Journal Times)
RACINE — Liquor license revocations, multiple civil rights police cases and a major sexual harassment complaint all contributed to high attorney costs for the city this year.