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Reading man accidentally killed neighbor in dispute over handicapped parking space, lawyer argues (Reading Eagle)
Fifty-eight-year-old Santiago M. Robles accidentally killed his 65-year-old neighbor in a long-standing dispute over a handicapped parking space in Reading, the defendant's lawyer said this morning in Berks County Court.
Onondaga County District Attorney's Office now looking at suspicious Cicero death (The Post-Standard)
The Onondaga County District Attorney's office and the New York State Police are considering whether to bring criminal charges related to the July 28 suspicious death of Timothy J. Hiltz of Cicero.
NPA seizes assets from attorney (Pretoria News)
The assets of an attorney accused of R7-million Road Accident Fund fraud have been seized, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday. The authority seized a R3-million home and three vehicles belonging to Panos Panagioutou on Monday, said NPA spokesperson Tlali Tlali in a statement.
Lawyer accused of defrauding RAF (Pretoria News)
Gauteng police are looking for a lawyer who allegedly defrauded the Road Accident Fund of R3-million.
End of grants threatens Dallas district attorney jobs (Dallas Morning News)
The Dallas County district attorney's office says it could be in jeopardy of losing more than two dozen positions when the grants funding them expire at the end of the month, but two county commissioners said they'd be fine with covering the costs until the grants resume.
Syrian lawyer faces prosecution for defending human rights (Amnesty International)
A leading Syrian human rights lawyer has been formally charged in relation to his legitimate work in defending the rights of political prisoners in Syria
Syria: Syrian Lawyer Faces Prosecution for Defending Human RIghts (Amnesty International)
A leading Syrian human rights lawyer was formally charged last Thursday in relation to his legitimate work in defending the rights of political prisoners in Syria. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate release.
Riddle's lawyer asks for time to study for 2 trials (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for political consultant Sam Riddle told a judge Monday that he has about 20,000 intercepted phone calls to pore through as he prepares for Riddle's two criminal trials. David Steingold appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Riddle's behalf and told Judge Marianne Battani that he needs months to prepare.
Utah lawyer joins Indian Affairs staff (Deseret News)
Utah lawyer Paul Tsosie has been named the chief of staff to Larry EchoHawk, the assistant secretary of Interior for Indian...
EX-LAWYER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHEATING COMPANY DIRECTOR OF RM500,000 (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KLANG, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate's Court here today to cheating a company director of RM500,000 over a building ugrade project of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), six years ago.
Attorney: Pierce's testimony key with grand jury (AP via Yahoo! News)
Antonio Pierce's attorney said Monday that he believes the New York Giants linebacker would have been indicted for his role in the Plaxico Burress shooting incident had Pierce not testified before a Manhattan grand jury investigating the matter.
BOOKS / Erotic romance genre pays off for ex-lawyer (San Francisco Chronicle)
Behind the drugstore, inside the five-bedroom home with the fish-shaped windsock swaying over the front door - this is where a former government lawyer with a thing for sex and werewolves lives. Her name is Irene Daisy Williams, a.k.a. Treva Harte. A veteran...
Attorney: Pierce's Testimony Key With Grand Jury (ABC News)
Attorney says Pierce testimony made difference with grand jury; NFL says no suspension coming
Suit spurs Durham to replace its attorney (The News & Observer)
Chuck Kitchen was removed as Durham County Attorney on Monday and immediately replaced by former Deputy County Attorney Lowell Siler.
Ex-lawyer pleads not guilty to cheating man of RM500,000 (The New Straits Times)
KLANG, Tues: A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate's Court here today to cheating a company director of RM500,000 over a building ugrade project of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), six years ago.
Beleaguered Deltona City Attorney To Resign (WFTV 9 Orlando)
DELTONA, Fla. -- Deltona's City Attorney will collect nearly one year's salary in severance pay when he is shown the door in September. On Monday night, Deltona City Commissioners approved a $108,000 severance package for George Travato.
Cambridge, Md. Lawyer Arrested (CBS 13 Baltimore)
Cambridge police have arrested a lawyer on an attempted rape charge after an officer allegedly saw him holding a woman down against her will in his law office.
Attorney: Pierce's Testimony Key With Grand Jury (WGAL 8 Susquehanna Valley)
Antonio Pierce's attorney says that he believes the New York Giants linebacker would have been indicted for his role in the Plaxico Burress shooting incident had Pierce not testified before a Manhattan grand jury investigating the matter.
Georgia attorney general candidate Rob Teilhet gets endorsment from Emanuel Jones (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Jones, a Columbus car dealer, has endorsed Rep. Rob Teilhet in the Democratic Attorney General's race.
Syria: Free Prominent Rights Lawyer (AlertNet)
Source: Human Rights Watch (New York) - The Syrian government should free the lawyer and rights activist Muhanad al-Hasani immediately and unconditionally, Human Rights Watch said today. State Security, one of Syria's ...
Federal judge backs most La. limits on lawyer ads (Freedom Forum Online)
NEW ORLEANS — Most of the new restrictions on lawyer advertising adopted by the Louisiana Supreme Court are constitutional and can be enforced by the state, a federal judge ruled yesterday.
Ohio Attorney General sues mortgage servicer (WKSU Kent State University)
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has filed the first lawsuit of its kind against a mortgage servicer - one of the many companies hired by lenders to take in mortgage payments. Cordray says California-based Carrington Mortgage Services has not met its legal obligation to work out reasonable loans and terms with its customers. WKSU's Karen Kasler reports.
Attorney: Medical-pot patient didn't have too much (Boulder Daily Camera)
A Louisville medical marijuana patient arrested last year on suspicion of possessing 17 times more marijuana than is legally allowed did not break the law by having too much medication, his defense attorney told a panel of 12 jurors this morning during opening statements in Jason Lauve’s trial.
Cumberland Appoints Interim County Attorney (MyNC.com)
The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners this morning appointed Harvey W. "Butch" Raynor III, 58, as the interim county attorney following the July 29 death of Grainger Barrett.
Judge keeps Stanford criminal attorney on case (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Allen Stanford's criminal attorney won't be allowed to withdraw just yet, a federal judge in Texas said on Tuesday, even though another law firm has said it would represent the accused swindler.
Relatively Unknown Lawyer Takes On High-Profile Tesla Litigation (Law.com)
Yosef Peretz isn't a Silicon Valley insider. He came from Israel nine years ago and set up a plaintiff-side employment practice in San Francisco in 2003. But now the relatively unknown lawyer is at the center of a risky, high-profile lawsuit brought by Tesla Motors co-founder Martin Eberhard accusing Tesla and CEO Elon Musk of defamation and claiming he wasn't paid severance after being ousted ...
Lexington lawyer killed, wife injured, in crash (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Richard C. Ward, a prominent Lexington lawyer and community leader, died Tuesday in a one-car accide
China quake dissident on trial: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese dissident Huang Qi, who campaigned for the parents of children killed in last year's Sichuan earthquake, will be tried Wednesday on state secret charges, his lawyer said.
Scheduling conflict means defense lawyer will serve three days in jail (The Kansas City Star)
A federal judge has ordered a Kansas City criminal defense lawyer to serve three days in jail for failing to appear for trial because of a scheduling conflict. Lawyer Daniel J. Ross had been serving as standby counsel for Theodore Tiger Jr., who was representing himself in a federal crack cocaine and firearms case. Earlier in the month, Ross specifically had asked for a July 27 trial date, even ...
Lawyer: Some Uighur Guantanamo detainees have agreed to go to Palau, formal deal close (The Washington DC Examiner)
KOROR, PALAU — Some Chinese Muslims still detained at Guantanamo Bay have overcome reservations about being sent to the remote Pacific nation of Palau, and a final deal on their relocation was close, a lawyer for two of them said Wednesday.
Accused of Threatening Witnesses, Attorney Takes the Stand to Explain 'Kill' Phrasing (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Defense attorney Robert Simels took the stand Tuesday to defend himself against charges that he plotted with a client, the since-convicted Guyanese drug kingpin Shaheed Khan, to threaten and bribe potential witnesses.
Lawyer ties rakhi on Sarobjit (Press Trust of India)
Mumbai, Aug 5 (PTI) It was an emotional moment for Sarobjit Singh, son of NCSC Chairman Buta Singh, when a lady lawyer walked upto him in the court and tied a 'rakhi' on behalf of his sister.
Lawyer Critical of DFO (Voice of the Common Man)
Lawyer Jim Bennett, who represents a number of capelin fishermen who are facing charges says DFO is out of touch with what's best for the fishery.
Lawyer ties rakhi on Buta's son (NDTV)
It was an emotional moment for Sarobjit Singh, son of NCSC Chairman Buta Singh, when a lady lawyer walked up to him in the court and tied a 'rakhi' on behalf of his sister.
Defense attorney mulls Facebook postings (Lancaster Online)
The attorney for convicted killer Michael Roseboro said Tuesday that it could be weeks before he decides what to do about two jurors who posted comments about the trial on Facebook."We intend to gather all of the information necessary to make a competent decision about what rights, if any, Mr. Roseb...
Columbus-Area Immigration Lawyer Indicted on Federal Immigration Charges (WCPN Cleveland)
It's a case with a double irony: a Columbus-area immigration lawyer and her former husband have been indicted on federal immigration charges. Prosecutors say the two defendants each married other people to evade U.S. immigration laws. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen has details.
Attorney eyes insanity defense in home shooting case (The Sentinel)
Joseph Ruda’s attorney says two things are going to come up at his trial: Whether the South Middleton Township man was insane the night he was accused of shooting at someone in his home and whether someone outside the house also fired a shot.
Attorney for teen accused in Walker Middle School rape case says his client did not commit a sexual assault (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA An attorney for one of the teens accused in the Walker Middle School rape case said Wednesday his client did not participate in a sexual assault.
Fort Smith Attorney Accused Of Theft By Deception (KTHV Little Rock)
A longtime Fort Smith attorney is wanted for felony theft by deception for allegedly holding $65,000 of a client's money for more than a year-and-a-half.
Jabalee attorney seeks more time to prepare case (Detroit News)
Mount Clemens -- An attorney for a Clinton Township man accused of murdering his parents over money in 2006 told a Macomb Circuit judge today he may not be ready to proceed to trial until next year.
Attorney Andy Savage says Mayor Riley has “loose lips” on Sofa Super Store fire (WCBD-TV Charleston)
Attorney Andy Savage, who has been retained by the owner of the Sofa Super Store to represent the store should any criminal charges be filed due to the fire, tells News 2 that Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has had “loose lips” when it comes to the fire that killed 9 firefighters June 18, 2007.
Fort Smith Attorney Accused Of Theft By Deception (KHBS - KHOG Fort Smith - Fayetteville)
A longtime Fort Smith attorney is wanted for felony theft by deception for allegedly holding $65,000 of a client's money for more than 18 months.
Benson attorney seeking term of 10 to 20 years in prison (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The attorney for Mark M. Benson is asking a judge to impose a sentence that would put Benson in prison for 10 to 20 years, much less than the maximum five decades the former physician is facing.
"Goodfellas" lawyer on trial for witness tampering (AP via Yahoo! News)
Robert Simels spent years cultivating an image as a hard-charging defense attorney with a client list that included drug lords, professional athletes and a mobster immortalized in the movie "Goodfellas."
Guantanamo Uighurs ready for Palau deal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Several Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo for the past seven years are close to being sent to the remote Pacific archipelago of Palau in late August or early September, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Title Co. Must Tell Insured That Risk of Attorney's Misfeasance Isn't Covered (Law.com)
A title insurer can be liable for attorney theft of a homebuyer's funds if it fails to directly tell the client it is not responsible for any misdeeds, a New Jersey appeals court held on Tuesday. Simply sending notice to the buyer's attorney is not enough, the court said. The court rejected the carrier's argument that a disclaimer notice, included as part of the commitment packet sent to the ...
Former Lobbyist Called Top Candidate for Alexandria, Va., U.S. Attorney (Washington Post)
A Justice Department official who briefly worked as a corporate lobbyist has emerged as the leading candidate for U.S. attorney in Alexandria, one of the nation's most prominent law enforcement posts, sources familiar with the selection process said Wednesday.
AP source: US attorney in Alexandria, Va., chosen (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former longtime aide to Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be nominated as the U.S. attorney in Alexandria, Va., one of the most high profile federal prosecutor's jobs in the nation.
JUDGE WARNS ON-TRIAL LAWYER (New York Post)
The Manhattan lawyer on trial after being caught on tape talking about bribing and threatening witnesses against his drug-kingpin client got a harsh lecture yesterday from the judge, who warned him, "Your career is at stake. Your liberty is at...
Lawyer indicted, charged with siphoning funds intended for poor children (The Tennessean)
MEMPHIS -- A lawyer hired to recover stolen state money intended to benefit poor children has been indicted in Memphis on charges that he pilfered funds.