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All News... Pub chef cleared of raping lawyer (The Kent Messenger)
A chef has spoken of his relief at being found not guilty of raping a lawyer. The woman had claimed she had been too drunk to consent to sex - but a jury took just 45 minutes to acquit 26-year-old Peter Bacon.
Christie takes donation from lawyer he gave big contact (Daily Record)
TRENTON (AP) -- New Jersey Election Commission records indicate former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has accepted campaign cash toward his race for governor from a lawyer he previously awarded a multimillion-dollar contract and his partners.
American Escrow: Illinois attorney general probing missing money (Chicago Tribune)
Consumer complaints about missing funds at American Escrow, which plans to close Tuesday, prompt investigation by state The Illinois attorney general's office said Thursday that it is looking into consumer complaints about missing money from escrow accounts held by American Escrow LLC, a private Chicago company that recently notified customers it will be going out of business Tuesday.
Bankruptcy attorney getting lots of business (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
A Valley bankruptcy attorney said her case load has tripled since the economic meltdown. Diane Drain said many people are ‘clueless' as far as how much it costs them to live until they're forced to do a budget.
Democratic donor jailed for impersonating lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Democratic Party donor and fundraiser was sentenced in Texas to a year in jail for falsely presenting himself as a lawyer.
Florida CFO scolds attorney general on no-bid ads (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Florida's chief financial officer scolded Attorney General Bill McCollum on Thursday for spending state money on a no-bid contract with an out-of-state political strategist to produce ads aimed at warning parents and teens about Internet predators.
Teen Won't Be Bullied by District Attorney for 'Sexting' (Fox News)
One of three teens suing a Pennsylvania prosecutor says she does not want to be bullied by the district attorney, who threatened to charge the girls over racy cell-phone pictures.
Former State Dept. lawyer decries torture (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former State Department lawyer tells The Associated Press that the Bush administration panicked after 9/11 and tortured prisoners.
Democratic donor jailed for impersonating a lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Texas Democratic Party donor and fundraiser was sentenced to a year in jail for falsely presenting himself as a lawyer to collect millions of dollars in attorneys fees.
Former State Dept. lawyer decries torture (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A former State Department lawyer tells The Associated Press that the Bush administration panicked after 9/11 and tortured prisoners. Former President George W. Bush denied anyone was tortured. But Vijay Padmanabhan is at least the second insider to publicly describe as torture the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" used by the U.S. Padmanabhan was the department's chief counsel on ...
Ex-State Dept. Lawyer Decries Torture (FOX News Chicago)
A former State Department lawyer tells The Associated Press that the Bush administration panicked after 9/11 and tortured prisoners. Former President George W. Bush denied anyone was tortured.
Lawyer denies charging client for sex (UPI)
LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- A 46-year-old married lawyer says he did not charge a female client for having sex with her, despite her claims in a filing in Britain's High Court.
Ex-State Dept. lawyer decries Gitmo torture (MSNBC)
A former State Department lawyer told the The Associated Press that the Bush administration of panicked after 9/11 and tortured prisoners.
Casey Anthony lawyer Jose Baez gets slammed by former client (Orlando Sentinel)
Man convicted in Lake County toddler death cites "defectiveness" of Casey Anthony's attorney Jose Baez A Lake County man, serving a 15-year prison sentence in the death of a toddler, wants his manslaughter and child-abuse convictions overturned, citing judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and the "defectiveness" of his defense lawyer, Jose Baez.
Herman Thomas' attorney threatened with arrest (Mobile Press-Register)
MOBILE, Ala. -- Former Circuit Judge Herman Thomas' attorney, Robert "Cowboy Bob" Clark, was just led away from a news conference called by Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. Tyson's chief investigator told Clark he was under arrest, and...
SF City Attorney Announces Creation of Federal Stimulus Task Force (KRON 4 Bay Area)
San Francisco has established a task force to oversee the more than $2 billion the city is seeking from the federal government's $787 billion economic stimulus package. The task force was appointed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera in response to President Obama's call for accountability and transparency in the massive disbursement of public money to state, counties and cities across the country.
Austrian 'dungeon dad' interviewed by lawyer (USA Today)
The Austrian man convicted of imprisoning and raping his daughter in a basement dungeon for 24 years reportedly has told his lawyer that he "finally realized the unfathomable damage I had inflicted on my family," when the daughter made an unexpected appearance in the courtroom, the Austrian magazine News reports. If you speak German, you can read it here. Otherwise, The Times of London carries a ...
Holder installed as attorney general (UPI)
WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The Justice Department will zealously defend the Constitution, citizens and their rights, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed at his installation.
Sir Allen Stanford's lawyer blames SEC (Daily Telegraph)
The lawyer who intends to represent Sir Allen Stanford in his fight to prove his innocence against 8bn 5.6bn fraud charges has said the Texan tycoon was not running a Ponzi scheme and has blamed the US Securities and Exchange Commission SEC for effectively causing a run on the bank.
VB attorney loses legal license (WAVY TV 10 Portsmouth)
The Virginia State Bar revoked the license of a Virginia Beach attorney following his allegedly making false statements in order to obtain permanent residency for an immigrant client.
Madoff Trustee Picard Wins Power of Attorney Over U.K. Unit (Bloomberg)
March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Irving Picard , who was appointed by the Securities Investor Protection Corp. to unwind Bernard Madoff’s businesses, won power of attorney over the money manager’s London unit.
Ex-State Dept. lawyer decries torture after 9/11 (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former State Department lawyer responsible for Guantanamo-related cases said Friday that the Bush administration overreacted after 9/11 and set up a system in which torture occurred.
Shawn Johnson's alleged stalker pleads not guilty; Madonna's attorney confirms Malawi adoption trip; T.I. sentenced (San Francisco Chronicle)
Shawn Johnson's alleged stalker pleads not guilty; Madonna's attorney confirms Malawi adoption trip; T.I. sentenced
Democrats pick attorney Kagen to replace McGihon in Colorado House (BizJournals)
Democratic Party leaders in Colorado House District 3 have picked attorney Daniel Kagan to replace Rep. Anne McGihon, who is resigning.
Former Covington Staff Attorney Hires New Lawyer for Discrimination Suit Against Firm (Law.com)
Former Covington & Burling staff attorney Yolanda Young has hired a new lawyer to represent her in the discrimination suit against her old firm. Latif Doman of Doman Davis, a small litigation and employment discrimination firm with offices in New York and Washington, will take the reins on the case, which has caused a stir in legal circles. Young, who is black, submitted a complaint in February ...
Failure to Report Malpractice Leaves Lawyer Out in Cold (Law.com)
A New Jersey lawyer has just learned the hard way that a client's seeming nonchalance over dismissal of her case due to the lawyer's error doesn't make for a license to conceal it from the malpractice insurer. A New Jersey federal judge ruled on summary judgment last week that Louis Barbone's carrier had no duty to defend or indemnify him in a malpractice suit by a former client whose sexual ...
Attorney to Challenge Office Raid After Arrest in Mortgage Scam Tied to Dominatrix Club (Law.com)
Now that a lawyer has been arrested in connection with a bizarre real estate fraud that allegedly recruited straw buyers at a dominatrix club, he has standing to challenge the warrant that authorized a raid on his law office last month, his attorney said Thursday. On Wednesday, solo practitioner George O. Guldi was among seven people -- three of them lawyers -- charged in connection with an ...
Man who stabbed lawyer in court deemed 'habitual criminal,' sentenced (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A Reno man convicted on burglary and car-theft charges after stabbing his lawyer with a pencil in court was found by a judge to be a habitual criminal on Friday and sentenced to two life prison terms without the possibility of parole.
Attorney found guilty of theft again (Evansville Courier & Press)
An Evansville attorney who pleaded guilty to bilking clients out of more than $58,000 to fuel a gambling addiction now has been convicted of stealing about $33,000 from a company that hired him after his license to practice law was suspended.
Hawk lawyer wants charges dropped (The Fresno Bee)
A lawyer for murder suspect Dave Hawk of Lemoore argued in a Kings County courtroom Friday that charges should be dropped because of prosecutor shenanigans.
Bush lawyer for Gitmo cases assails policy as torture (Denver Post)
A former State Department lawyer responsible for Guantanamo-related cases said Friday that the Bush administration overreacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and set up a system in which torture occurred.
Fremont attorney resigns (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- Fremont County Attorney Ed Newell announced his resignation Wednesday amid an investigation into his involvement in exchanging e-mails containing pictures of nude women.
Power-of-attorney bill urged for seniors (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CARSON CITY -- A state Senate panel was urged Friday to approve a power-of-attorney measure aimed at protecting Nevada seniors from abuses by caregivers and, in some cases, their own children.
Court corrects reference to attorney (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New information shows that Las Vegas City Council candidate Jennifer L. Taylor did not work on a lawsuit that her opponent in the race is trying to use to paint her as an anti-consumer attorney.
U. S. says lawyer illegally contacted family (The Buffalo News)
The U. S. Justice Department is looking into allegations that at least one of the victims' families from the Continental Connection Flight 3407 crash was illegally contacted by a lawyer looking for business.
Don't nix jail credit: lawyer (Edmonton Sun)
Conditions at the Edmonton Remand Centre are so bad that a local lawyer says cutting the two-for-one rule for time served would be unfair and intellectually dishonest.
Beach seeks new attorney (The St. Augustine Record)
On Monday night, the City of St. Augustine Beach will hold a special meeting to interview six candidates to replace City Attorney Geoff Dobson, who plans to step down after the City Commission's May 4 meeting.
Inmate blames Casey Anthony's lawyer, Jose Baez, for conviction in child's death (Orlando Sentinel)
A Lake County man, serving a 15-year prison sentence in the death of a toddler, wants his manslaughter and child-abuse convictions overturned, citing judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and the "defectiveness" of his defense lawyer, Jose Baez.
Attorney: Blakeney’s confession was tainted (Laurel Leader-Call)
JACKSON (AP) — The attorney for convicted murderer John Christopher Blakeney says the Jones County man’s confession was tainted by a police investigator’s failure to provide an attorney when he asked for one.
Gillispie says he has 'no regrets;' attorney expects big buyout (Lexington Herald-Leader)
While Billy Gillispie took the high road Saturday in talking about his two seasons as Kentucky coach, his attorney sounded ready to go to court to get his client $6 million in compensation.
Wife, grandchildren of prominent attorney held hostage in home invasion (Miami News-Record)
The wife and grandchildren of a prominent Miami attorney were held hostage during an invasion of their home Thursday morning. Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow said two black males entered the residence, east of Miami, at approximately 10 a.m.
Defense attorney spars with former Grace exec (The Western News)
By Daniel Doherty, University of Montana Defense attorney David Bernick tried to cast doubt on the testimony of former W.R. Grace & Co. executive Robert Locke in Missoula on Wednesday during the 23rd day of the notable environmental trial.
Petition in hands of county attorney (Austin Daily Herald)
The fate of a second petition asking for a public vote on the Mower County Jail and Justice Center project rests in the hands of Mower County Attorney Kristen Nelsen.
Lawyer joins race to represent Forestville (The Bristol Press)
BRISTOL — A 29-year-old lawyer hopes to capture one of two open City Council seats in this fall’s municipal election to win the right to represent Forestville and South Bristol for the next two years.
U.S. Attorney sponsors safe neighborhood event Tuesday (McAlester News-Capital)
MUSKOGEE — Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that the Eastern District of Oklahoma’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program is sponsoring a seminar entitled Drugs & Gangs: A New Approach To Deterrence And Prevention — “The High Point Initiative.”
Attorney Alleges Local Inmate Was Victimized (WCMH Columbus)
A local attorney says he believes a county inmate was the victim of sexual harassment.
Davis hired as Branson’s city attorney (Branson Daily News)
Branson attorney Timothy Davis has been named the new city attorney for Branson. Davis, who currently has a law practice in Branson, will be a contract employee for the city by mutual agreement between the mayor, Board of Aldermen and Davis.
CONSUMER PROTECTION Power of attorney can be cancelled (Pacific Daily News)
In this week's edition of Consumer Protection, Attorney General Alicia Limtiaco discusses how to cancel a power of attorney.
Lawyer: Kilpatrick can't pay restitution (UPI)
DETROIT, March 28 (UPI) -- A lawyer notified a Michigan judge this week that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can pay only $6 monthly restitution, not $6,000.
Homeowners have the right to inspect attorney invoices (Los Angeles Times)
Question: I have repeatedly asked my association board for copies of attorney invoices, but the attorney wrote me saying that owners do not have the right to inspect individual invoices from the association's attorney because they frequently contain privileged information. Instead, invoices are reviewed by the board.