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Bilzin Sumberg Cuts Attorney, Staff Positions (Law.com)
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod has cut some attorney and staff positions, managing partner John Sumberg has confirmed. Sumberg declined to say exactly how many positions were cut, but sources say at least two attorneys and two secretaries in the firm's corporate and real estate areas lost their jobs. Sumberg said the firm expects to have moderate growth going forward. "Our primary focus ...
State Bar yanks ex-Portsmouth city attorney's law license (The Virginian-Pilot)
The Virginia State Bar revoked the law license of former Portsmouth City Attorney Steven Lieberman for mishandling client funds. Lieberman, who's been in private practice for 20 years, admitted he violated the State Bar's disciplinary rules and consented to having his license revoked, the State Bar said in a news release.
U.S. attorney general visits Guantanamo prison (People's Daily)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Monday visited the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of the Obama administration's ongoing review on how to close the facility within one year. Accompanied by aides from the Justice Department, Holder inspected the detention facilities and courtrooms there, according to U.S. TV and wire reports. He also reportedly met with U.S. military ...
No basis for Schwarzenegger's move to remove receiver, attorney argues (The Sacramento Bee)
The administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has failed to cite any legal basis for the termination of a court-appointed receiver charged with bringing the state's prison health care into constitutional compliance, the receiver's attorney argued Monday in a court filing. The state's motion to get rid of receiver J. Clark Kelso and his blueprint for reform "demonstrates the same reckless ...
New York Attorney General takes former Merrill Lynch CEO to court (National Post)
New York state’s attorney general filed a court motion on Monday to compel former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to discuss US$4-billion in employee bonuses, ratcheting up its probe into a hot-button issue in the recession.
Falcons part ways with S Lawyer Milloy (The Steubenville Herald-Star)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Safety Lawyer Milloy, a four-time Pro Bowler, will not be returning to the Atlanta Falcons. The team announced it will not re-sign the 35-year-old Milloy, who can pursue other options when free agency begins on Friday.
Source: A-Rod tabs same lawyer as Pettitte (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Alex Rodriguez has retained lawyer Jay Reisinger, the second member of his legal team who also worked for Sammy Sosa and Andy Pettitte.
Binyam Mohamed: lawyer pledges to win him justice (Daily Telegraph)
Binyam Mohamed the British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay was freed yesterday as his lawyer pledged to win him justice.
Records from 2006 RTA election will go to attorney general (Tucson Citizen)
The ballots and related polling records from the May 2006 Regional Transportation Authority election were ordered Monday turned over to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard for a criminal investigation into whether the results were manipulated.
New York Attorney General takes former Merrill Lynch CEO to court (National Post)
New York state’s attorney general filed a court motion on Monday to compel former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to discuss US$4-billion in employee bonuses, ratcheting up its probe into a hot-button issue in the recession.
Wheatley blames lawyer for offshore cash (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
Music promoter Glenn Wheatley has told a court that a lawyer approached him after learning of his cash woes and advised him to send his money offshore.
Bilzin Sumberg Cuts Attorney, Staff Positions (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod has cut some attorney and staff positions, managing partner John Sumberg has confirmed. Sumberg declined to say exactly how many positions were cut, but sources say at least two attorneys and two secretaries in the firm's corporate and real estate areas lost their jobs.
Marvin Harrison, Lawyer Milloy to become free agents (Seattle Times)
Receiver Marvin Harrison and ex-Washington Huskies safety Lawyer Milloy are among the players who will have a chance to pursue options when free agency starts Friday.
Defense attorney cites Herald's coverage as reason to move murder trial (Everett Herald)
EVERETT -- A Seattle attorney is concerned his client, charged in a 2007 double homicide, won't get a fair trial because of media coverage of a co-defendant's trial.
MODEL THREATENED LAWYER: COPS (New York Post)
A transgender model who claimed she had an illicit affair with jailed Manhattan moneyman Jeffrey Epstein pulled a knife on her lawyer and demanded drug money, officials said yesterday. Avarelle Cordero, 25, has been at Rikers Island since being...
N.Y. attorney general to force disclosure (Asbury Park Press)
The New York Attorney General's Office on Monday moved to force former Merrill Lynch & Co. CEO John Thain to disclose details about bonuses paid to Merrill employees before the company was sold to Bank of America Corp.
Peters council nixes modifications, angers lawyer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Referring to council members as "idiots" and worse, lawyer Michael Dempster angrily left a council meeting after a vote involving a controversial residential development off of East McMurray Road.
Lawyer's death hurts case (Montreal Gazette)
One of the people who could shed the most light on Michel Dumont's wrongful rape conviction is his former lawyer. But unfortunately he's dead.
The Clarion News: General News: State police and district attorney warn of local heroin scourge (The Clarion News)
CLARION - “There seems to be a common reaction to the heroin issues in Clarion County that ‘It’s not my kid,’” said Clarion County District Attorney Mark T. Aaron. “We have to remember people 18 to 21 years old are famous for taking risks.
Lawyer Warns Seselj Trial May Collapse (Institute for War and Peace Reporting)
Ex-tribunal official concerned about consequences of possible imposition of counsel on defendant in separate contempt case. A former lawyer in the war crimes trial of Vojislav Seselj has warned that it could be about to fall apart following judges’ decision to suspend proceedings.
Federal attorney wants only S.C., N.C. in case (The Post and Courier)
COLUMBIA — South Carolina and North Carolina should go toe-to-toe in their court fight over water rights without two utility companies and a city in the mix, according to an attorney for the federal government. The U.S. solicitor general's opinion bolsters South Carolina's case and could help the cash-strapped state pay for the lawsuit, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Monday.
Attorney General Eric Holder conducts Guantánamo inspection visit (Miami Herald)
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday visited the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as the Obama administration weighs what is needed to shut the facility.
Dziekanski family lawyer says officers 'overreacted' (CTV.ca)
The lawyer representing the mother of Robert Dziekanski, who died after being Tasered at Vancouver International Airport, says the RCMP officers involved in the incident "totally overreacted."
Blunt Lawyer Recommends no Jail Time (KFYR-TV Bismarck)
A lawyer for former North Dakota workers compensation director Sandy Blunt says his client should not get jail time for his felony conviction. A jury convicted Blunt last December of misspending more than $10,000 in public money while he was director of the Workforce Safety and Insurance agency.
Dziekanski family lawyer says officers 'overreacted' (CTV British Columbia)
The lawyer representing the mother of Robert Dziekanski, who died after being Tasered at Vancouver International Airport, says the RCMP officers involved in the incident "totally overreacted."
Falcons Part Ways With Lawyer Milloy (CBS 46 News Atlanta)
The Atlanta Falcons parted ways with veteran safety Lawyer Milloy by announcing they would not renew his contract.
North Bay Village's city attorney may be replaced (Miami Herald)
North Bay Village commissioners may consider replacing city attorney Robert Switkes, a move that could come up at Friday's special commission meeting.
Haitian Human Rights Attorney, Legal Educator, and Justice Advocate Mario Joseph to Receive Santa Clara University's ... (Centre Daily Times)
A human-rights attorney who fought for decades for justice and the rule of law under Haiti’s former dictatorship is the recipient of Santa Clara University School of Law’s 2009 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize. Mario Joseph will receive the award March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Silicon Valley Capital Club.
Defense attorney Stan Simrin dies (The Bakersfield Californian)
A dogged and revered defense attorney, inspiring religious teacher and loving husband is a resume not many men can boast of. Stanley Simrin, however, was all those things and more, becoming one of Kern County's most respected criminal defense attorneys in his nearly four decades of practicing law. He worked hard and never mentioned stopping until a stroke hospitalized him in late November.
Lawyer for Accused Killer, 11, Files for Emergency Bail (Fox News)
The lawyer for an 11-year-old boy accused of killing his father's pregnant fiancee has filed an emergency motion asking a Lawrence County judge to set bail.
U.S. attorney general visits Guantánamo Bay prison camp (International Herald Tribune)
Attorney General Eric Holder visited the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as the Obama administration weighs what is needed to shut the facility.
Attorney: Suspended commissioner was scared, pulled gun (Sun-Sentinel)
Suspended Miramar Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman was scared and pulled his gun on two teens in a crowded Winn-Dixie in self-defense, his attorney told Broward County jurors today.
People accused of sex abuse presumed guilty: lawyer (The Ottawa Sun)
The lawyer for the estate of a probation officer accused of sexually abusing young probationers says people accused of such crimes are presumed guilty by the public.
Lawyer Says Trainer Anderson Will Not Testify Against Bonds (KTVU 2 San Francisco)
A lawyer for personal trainer Greg Anderson said Tuesday she expects Anderson to tell a federal judge in San Francisco on Friday that he won't testify in baseball champion Barry Bonds' upcoming perjury trial.
New York Attorney General takes former Merrill Lynch CEO to court (National Post)
New York state’s attorney general filed a court motion on Monday to compel former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to discuss US$4-billion in employee bonuses, ratcheting up its probe into a hot-button issue in the recession.
Maine Lawyer Accused Of Stealing $70K Is Disbarred (WCSH 6 Portland)
PORTLAND (AP) -- Maine's supreme court has ordered the disbarment of a Boothbay Harbor lawyer who allegedly stole $70,000 from a trust and failed to appear at a hearing.
B.C. lawyer in $500M Ticketmaster suit calls U.S. deal 'encouraging' (CBC)
A lawyer representing Canadians in a class action suit filed in Ontario against Ticketmaster welcomed the company's decision to reimburse U.S. customers who were charged inflated prices for concert tickets.
Defense Attorney Stanley Simrin Has Died (KERO 23 Bakersfield)
A prominent local defense attorney who played a key role in numerous high profile cases passed away this morning.
Attorney: Bethel Park Man Accused Of Assaulting Child Led Troubled Life (WPXI Pittsburgh)
PITTSBURGH -- An attorney spoke out Tuesday for the teen accused of attacking a 7-year-old boy in a public bathroom. Police said 18-year-old Donald Miller sexually assaulted the child at knifepoint at the Bethel Park municipal building on Saturday afternoon.
Dolphins owner, attorney to chair Fin Cup Pro-Am (The Palm Beach Post)
The Honda Classic has announced that new Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross and prominent sports attorney Rick Horrow will serve as co-chairmen of the Fin Cup Pro-Am as a Monday prelude to the tournament (March 5-8) at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Attorney General Holder to stay away from Obama speech (The Oregonian)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder will watch President Barack Obama's prime-time speech to Congress and the country from a secret location for security reasons. Traditionally, a member of the president's Cabinet, along with designated members of Congress, stay away...
Maine lawyer accused of stealing $70K is disbarred (Boston Globe)
Maine's supreme court has ordered the disbarment of a Boothbay Harbor lawyer who allegedly stole $70,000 from a trust and failed to appear at a disciplinary hearing.
Lawyer claims WB report absolves Mike Arroyo (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo is absolved due to the absence of evidence in a World Bank report linking him to alleged bribery in infrastructure projects, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Court bans Perth lawyer (Perth Now)
THE Supreme Court today banned disgraced Perth lawyer Josephine Pepe from again practising law.
Lawyer Denied Gitmo Meeting With Client Accused of Murder (Fox News)
Officials abruptly canceled a lawyer's visit Tuesday to Guantanamo amid an internal probe involving the defense of a Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.
Lawyer Can Be Sued Over Wording of Real Estate Contract 20 Years Earlier (Law.com)
Proving that a lawyer's dereliction of duty to a client can come back to haunt him many years later, a New Jersey appeals court has reinstated a malpractice suit against a lawyer over his roles in two land deals two decades apart. The judges reversed dismissal of the suit, finding that where a clause in a 1986 contract was meant to "survive the passage of time," the lawyer could be found to have ...
Attorney planning lawsuits for Picher residents (The Oklahoman)
PICHER — An Oklahoma City attorney who specializes in insurance class-action lawsuits was in attendance Tuesday night at a Tar Creek buyout meeting. Jeff Marr did not address the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust. Earlier this month he met with residents at a Picher town hall meeting to discuss a potential class-action lawsuit. “I’m just here to assess the situation,” ...
New York Attorney General takes former Merrill Lynch CEO to court (National Post)
New York state’s attorney general filed a court motion on Monday to compel former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to discuss US$4-billion in employee bonuses, ratcheting up its probe into a hot-button issue in the recession.
Injury lawyer tied to metal bats ban (Chicago Tribune)
As aldermen Wednesday begin debating whether to ban metal bats from Chicago's youth baseball diamonds, campaign finance disclosures show a major political supporter of the proposal's sponsor is leading the effort to enact a ban. Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) received almost $75,000 in contributions and loans from personal-injury lawyer Antonio Romanucci, who has argued that state and local ...
Judge got campaign contribution from lawyer now before him in criminal case (Austin American-Statesman)
State District Judge Charlie Baird, who on Friday said he would wait a year to decide whether former Austin criminal defense lawyer Bruce Garrison should go to prison on charges that he possessed drugs and forged judges' signatures on court documents, once received a campaign contribution from Garrison, according to campaign finance reports.