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Legal News 04/2009



Attorney General's Office targets well-known auto repair shop (KVBC Las Vegas)
The Attorney General's Office may ask the court to shut down a well known auto repair shop. The state says Tire Works violated laws aimed at protecting consumers, not once or twice, but numerous times.
BART shooting attorney gets suspicous package, forced to evacuate (The San Francisco Examiner)
Attorney John Burris, who is representing the family of Oscar Grant, received a suspicious package that forced the evacuation of his office Tuesday. AP OAKLAND – A suspicious package that was left at the law office of Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris today turned out to be harmless, but it caused five floors of the 12-story office building to be evacuated, Burris said.
CSIS will use information gained by torture if necessary, lawyer says (CBC)
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service will use information extracted through torture if lives are at stake, a lawyer for the agency said Tuesday.
La. attorney general supportive of video cameras in schools (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
ST. TAMMANY, La. – Fontainebleau Principal Johnny Vitrano gave Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell the tour of his school, but what Caldwell really came here to see were 38 strategically placed video cameras.
Lawyer Who Was Hired by Yankees Sues the Team?s Bronx Community Charity (New York Times)
The lawyer claimed that the chairman of a nonprofit organization that manages the team?s charity had mismanaged the money.
Attorney, bank president to receive awards at annual Israel Bonds dinner (The Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
Local attorney Clifford A. Rieders and Jersey Shore State Bank president and CEO Ronald A. Walko will be honored by the Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds with the Gates of Jerusalem award during a banquet April 26 at the Community Arts Center.
Attorney general's decision supports Ashland TM vote (Ashland Tab)
The attorney general's office has reviewed the articles approved at last fall's Town Meeting, without comment on the rezoning of a Chestnut Street property to allow research and development there.
Attorney: Two juveniles accused of involvement in SEHS fire (The New Ulm Journal)
NEW ULM - Juvenile delinquency petitions were filed against the two other boys that were allegedly involved in the vandalism and arson at Sleepy Eye High School last month, according to Brown County Attorney James Olson.
Stanford denies wrongdoing, wants money for lawyer (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of a massive Ponzi scheme, denies wrongdoing and is asking a judge to free up money for a lawyer. The SEC brought charges against Stanford and the top officers of the Stanford Financial Group in February. The SEC claims they committed an $8 billion fraud by lying to investors about the safety of their ...
House passes bill capping attorney fees (Orlando Sentinel)
A measure that would restore a cap on attorney fees in workers' compensation cases has passed the Florida House. After a second round of debate on the issue in a week, the Republican-dominated chamber passed the bill (HB 903) Tuesday on an 84-35 vote. It must be approved by the Senate and Gov. Charlie Crist before taking effect. If passed, the legislation would negate — at least temporarily — a ...
Stanford denies wrongdoing, wants money for lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of a massive Ponzi scheme, denies wrongdoing and is asking a judge to free up money for a lawyer.
Qasab case: Lawyer's dilemma before trial (NDTV)
The Constitution makes it abundantly clear that anyone accused of a crime in the country is entitled to a lawyer. However, Ajmal Qasab the terrorist caught during the Mumbai terror attacks has been a legal hot-potato with no one willing to represent him.
BART shooting attorney gets suspicous package, forced to evacuate (The San Francisco Examiner)
Attorney John Burris, who is representing the family of Oscar Grant, received a suspicious package that forced the evacuation of his office Tuesday. AP OAKLAND – A suspicious package that was left at the law office of Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris today turned out to be harmless, but it caused five floors of the 12-story office building to be evacuated, Burris said.
Attorney: Man accused of shaking infant appears incompetent (Lincoln Journal Star)
A 22-year-old accused of shaking his infant son by his neck until the baby stopped breathing appears mentally incompetent to stand trial, according to his attorney.
Mumbai attacks lawyer stands firm (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer appointed to represent the lone Islamist militant suspect in the Mumbai attacks will take on the case, despite being targeted by incensed Hindu nationalists, the prosecutor said Wednesday.
Orange gets new county attorney (The News & Observer)
Orange County has hired John L. Roberts, the county attorney for Stanly County, as its new county attorney.
Native groups oppose attorney general pick (Anchorage Daily News)
Alaska Native leaders are angry at Gov. Sarah Palin's appointment of Wayne Anthony Ross to be the state's next attorney general, but it's unlikely that will stop the Legislature from confirming him to the job in two weeks.
Stanford denies wrongdoing, wants money for lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of a massive Ponzi scheme, has denied wrongdoing and asked a federal judge to free up some of his money so he can hire a lawyer.
Keller's attorney says her omissions in disclosure form were unintentional (Dallas Morning News)
The failure of the state's highest criminal court judge to disclose all of her real estate holdings was unintentional and not an attempt to hide assets, her attorney said Tuesday.
Disbarred lawyer gets year in prison for theft (The Toledo Blade)
As a lawyer, Gregg Hickman worked in a position of trust, a Lucas County common pleas judge said yesterday, and he betrayed that trust when he stole thousands of dollars from one of his clients. Hickman, 57, was sentenced yesterday to a year in prison after being convicted of taking $65,000 from a longtime client. He pleaded no contest March 2 to attempted grand theft. Judge Stacy Cook ...
Indian Lawyer for Mumbai Attacker Gets Top Security (Update1) (Bloomberg)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Indian lawyer Anjali Waghmare will continue to defend Mohammed Ajmal Kasab , the Pakistani national accused of terrorist attacks on Mumbai, after the government provided the highest level of security.
Nye County district attorney pleads guilty in two crashes (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nine months after crashing two vehicles in six hours on the same stretch of California highway, Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving and agreed to complete a class on the dangers of alcohol and automobiles.
Mumbai attacks lawyer stands firm despite protests (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer appointed to defend the lone Islamist militant suspect captured in the Mumbai attacks said Wednesday she would still take on the case, despite protests and fears for her safety.
Stanford denies wrongdoing, wants money for lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of a massive Ponzi scheme, has denied wrongdoing and asked a federal judge to free up some of his money so he can hire a lawyer.
Mumbai suspect lawyer to continue (BBC News)
The lawyer appointed to represent the sole surviving suspect from the Mumbai attacks agrees to continue in the case.
Attorney prepares to take Western Nebraska judgeship (Lincoln Journal Star)
GERING — Scotts Bluff County Attorney Derek Weimer will be sworn in April 7 and take over a western Nebraska seat from a judge voted off the bench. Weimer is succeeding 12th Judicial District Judge Kristine Cecava . In November, voters chose not to retain her.
Lawyer to submit guarantee (di-ve)
A lawyer facing misappropriation charges will have to submit a guarantee or pledge for €6,000 following a ruling by the Criminal Court that he should not have been granted bail without it.
Stanford denies wrongdoing, seeks a lawyer (MSNBC)
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, accused by the SEC of a massive Ponzi scheme, has denied wrongdoing and asked a judge to free up some of his money so he can hire a lawyer.
Attorney seeks information on witnesses 'improper relationship' in AIM shooting case (Rapid City Journal)
The attorney for a man charged in the 1975 slaying of Annie Mae Aquash wants to know whether the federal government investigated what he says was an improper and unethical relationship between the supervising investigator and a government informant in the case.
Attorney visits nursing home shooting suspect (Greensboro News & Record)
CARTHAGE (AP) — A defense attorney says his first meeting with the man charged in the nursing home shooting that killed eight people in Moore County is the beginning of a long road of understanding what happened. Defense lawyer Frank Wells of Asheboro said today he met 45-year-old Robert Stewart on Tuesday at Central Prison in Raleigh. Wells said Stewart was wearing a hospital gown when he met ...
Report: State Attorney General's office paid $15,000 for 2 doors (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A report says Attorney General Lori Swanson's office paid $15,000 in taxpayer money for two special-order soundproof doors. WCCO-TV says Swanson refused to talk about the doors, which were custom-finished to match the white oak woodwork in her office.
Mumbai attacks lawyer stands firm despite protests (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer appointed to defend the lone Islamist militant suspect captured in the Mumbai attacks said Wednesday she would still take on the case, despite protests and fears for her safety.
School attorney loses job in cuts (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Clayton County schools attorney Julie Lewis is one of several high-paid administrators cut by the school board this week.
Lawyer Who Was Hired by Yankees Sues the Team?s Bronx Community Charity (New York Times)
The lawyer claimed that the chairman of a nonprofit organization that manages the team?s charity had mismanaged the money.
Stanford Investor Denies Wrongdoing, Wants Money for Lawyer (Fox News)
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of a massive Ponzi scheme, denies wrongdoing and is asking a judge to free up money for a lawyer.
Attorney General says death appeals are too long (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray says the death penalty appeals process is still too long and sometimes defeats the possibility of justice being done.
Police arrest man who may have delivered suspicious package to Oakland attorney (Contra Costa Times)
Today, police arrested a man in the parking lot of 7677 Oakport St. as he was apparently trying to deliver another package to Attorney John Burris' office.
Teacher accused of letting cats starve to death was afraid to go back to her home, attorney says (Sun-Sentinel)
Two pets were neglected up to a month in Boca apartment, officials say The Congress Middle School teacher accused of letting her two cats starve to death "was the victim of an abusive situation" and her Boca Raton apartment had become "a zone of danger that was real and significant," her attorney said Wednesday in the first statement released on her behalf.
Deputy justified in fatal shooting, Weber County attorney says (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A Weber County Sheriff's deputy has been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting of a suicidal man in February, the county attorney has said. Michael John Taylor, 64, tried to goad police into killing him during 90-minute standoff that started three days after he was charged with aggravated
Accused Nazi Guard Demjanjuk to Be Sent to Germany, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- John Demjanjuk, who Munich prosecutors are investigating over his role as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp, is scheduled to be extradited to Germany from the U.S. on April 5, his lawyer said.
Iowa attorney general files 8 more complaints over smoking ban violations (Canadian Business)
Eight more complaints were filed Wednesday against Iowa bars that allegedly violated the state's indoor smoking ban.Iowa Attorney
Madonna's Lawyer: No Law in Malawi "Can Stop This Adoption" (US Weekly)
Madonna's lawyer Alan Chinula tells Usmagazine.com he is confident that the judge will allow the singer, 50, to adopt 4-year-old girl Chifundo "Mercy" James at Friday's hearing. "I am not sleeping sleepless nights over this," Chinula tells Us. "I don't see any law in Malawi that can stop this adoption." See other stars who have adopted On Tuesday, a rep for Madonna confirmed for the first...
Lawyer says prosecutors' request has 'cleared' Stevens (CNN)
Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been "cleared" by the Justice Department's request to dismiss his federal corruption convictions and drop all charges against him, his lawyer said Wednesday.
First Americans Creditor Questioning Bankruptcy Attorney (KOLN Lincoln)
A First Americans Insurance Agency creditor is questioning "unreasonable billing" by the agency's bankruptcy attorney.
Former attorney Minor appeals bribery conviction (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
Lawyers for jailed former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn his bribery conviction.
Jury reaches verdict in attorney's fraud trial (WCNC Charlotte)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of an attorney accused of running an elaborate mortgage fraud scheme. A NewsChannel 36 crew is at the federal courthouse in Charlotte, awaiting the announcement of the verdict.
Nigeria lawyer: Clients awaiting news from Pfizer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer representing Nigeria in multibillion dollar lawsuits against Pfizer said Wednesday that his clients would seriously consider a US$75 million settlement by the US-based drug giant, but that no offer had yet been made by the company.
Nigeria lawyer: Clients awaiting news from Pfizer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer representing Nigeria in multibillion dollar lawsuits against Pfizer said Wednesday that his clients would seriously consider a US$75 million settlement by the US-based drug giant, but that no offer had yet been made by the company.
Attorney: Hunte wants plea withdrawn in Taylor case (CBS Sports)
The attorney for a man who pleaded guilty in the killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor says his client now wants out of the deal.
Giving New Meaning to Fee Fight, Client Says Award Is Owed Him, Not Lawyer (Law.com)
A lawyer who prevailed in a Title VII suit three years ago has been engaged since then in an unusual fee fight -- against her own client, who says his pro se work entitles him to keep the fees awarded. Even worse for the lawyer, the client is asserting his right to the $144,462 in fees and interest -- now sitting in a court registry -- through a malpractice counterclaim that a federal judge on ...