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Calif. man gets 2 more years for posing as lawyer (Charleston Daily Mail)
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man sent to prison for seven years for falsely claiming to be an attorney has been sentenced to two more years for posing as a lawyer again days after he was released.Prosecutors say 64-year-old Harold Goldste...
Roethlisberger's lawyer releases accuser's e-mails, says they prove she's lying (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s Atlanta lawyer released pages of e-mails Tuesday allegedly between the woman who accused the NFL player of raping her and her online boyfriend, that included boasts of having dinner with Roethlisberger two days after the alleged attack.
Miami attorney agrees to represent Bonita Springs murder defendant (The News-Press)
Miami attorney David Peckins has agreed to represent Bonita Springs murder defendant Richard Elkins, he said this morning.
Attorney general asks for review of ex-SEAL trainee case (The Virginian-Pilot)
RICHMOND Virginia Attorney General Bill Mims is asking the full state appeals court to review a three-judge panel's ruling exonerating a former Navy SEAL trainee in the abduction and murder of a Georgia college student.
Locksley files defamation suit against lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
New Mexico coach Mike Locksley has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Albuquerque lawyer, the latest round in a legal tug-of-war that is overshadowing preseason workouts.
Attorney general replacement named (The Nashua Telegraph)
Gov. John Lynch's office lawyer became New Hampshire's attorney general today. ...
Attorney General wants review of ruling that cleared Dusty Turner in college student's slaying (WTKR Norfolk)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's attorney general is asking the state appeals court to review a panel's ruling that exonerated a former Navy SEAL trainee in the abduction and slaying of a Georgia college student.
Sarabjit's lawyer meets Badal (Calcutta News)
The lawyer representing Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail Wednesday met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and appealed to him to take up the issue of his client's release with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Locksley files defamation suit against lawyer (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - August 19, 2009 12:45 PM ET ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico coach Mike Locksley has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Albuquerque lawyer, the latest round in a legal...
Locksley files defamation suit against lawyer (Newsday)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico coach Mike Locksley has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Albuquerque lawyer, the latest round in a legal tug-of-war that is overshadowing preseason workouts. Locksley filed suit Tuesday, one day after attorney Whitney Warner disclosed details of an age discrimination and sexual harassment complaint submitted earlier by her client, former football ...
Attorney-General guns for bad debt collector (The New Zealand Herald)
NEW YORK - New York's Attorney-General said yesterday that he was trying to shut down a debt collector whose employees used outrageous tactics in several American states, such as threatening to sexually attack one debtor's daughter,...
Lawyer: Goldman will not sell Simpson footballs (Sports Illustrated)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The lawyer who won possession of nine O.J. Simpson footballs in a yearlong legal fight on behalf of Fred Goldman said Wednesday he will not sell them unless Simpson agrees to contribute the first $6,075 of proceeds to a foundation named for Goldman's slain son.
Former mob attorney joins Blagojevich outfit (Chicago Sun-Times)
Wearing a metallic cowboy hat and reflective sunglasses, the newest member of Rod Blagojevich's defense team has arrived. Allan Ackerman, a onetime mob attorney whose specialty of late has been crafting appellate arguments, said Wednesday he will formally join the ranks of the former governor's legal team. Ackerman referred to himself Wednesday as a "maven," an expert who will organize the ...
Gonzalez's Lawyer to Contend He Was Not the Kingpin of Heartland, Hannaford Breaches (PC World)
The attorney for Albert Gonzalez, the man indicted Monday on charges related to the massive data thefts at Heartland Payment Systems and four other retailers was not the kingpin behind the hack, says his lawyer.
Cash Feenz defendant Johnston's attorney challenges death penalty (The News-Press)
Kemar Johnston's attorney this morning attacked the constitutionality of the death penalty, arguing that the State Attorney's Office doesn't have...
Attorney To Examine Ashland's Nudity Ban (FOX 12 Oregon)
The Ashland City Council will have the city attorney examine whether its partial ban on public nudity can be expanded to include areas near schools.
Lawyer: 'Survivor' winner Richard Hatch jailed for additional interviews (Reality TV World)
Richard Hatch 's lawyer says a "little misunderstanding" about how many media outlets he was allowed to speak to this week is the reason for his current stint in the slammer.
Attorney who taped neighbors having sex loses his law license (The Canton Repository)
The Supreme Court of Ohio has indefinitely suspended a local attorney caught peeping on his neighbors.
NY attorney guilty in witness tampering case (Newsday)
NEW YORK (AP) — A high-profile Manhattan attorney has been convicted of charges he plotted to silence witnesses in a drug-trafficking case. A jury deliberated nearly a week before finding Robert Simels guilty on Thursday at the trial in federal court in Brooklyn . Jurors had heard secretly recorded tapes in which Simels mused about needing to "eliminate" or "neutralize" key government witnesses ...
'Goodfellas' Attorney Guilty in Witness Tampering Case (1010 WINS New York)
A high-profile Manhattan attorney has been convicted of charges he plotted to silence witnesses in a drug-trafficking case.
NY attorney convicted in witness-tampering case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile New York City attorney has been convicted of charges he plotted to silence witnesses in a drug-trafficking case.
'Goodfellas' attorney convicted for seeking to silence witnesses in NY drug-trafficking case (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A high-profile New York City attorney has been convicted of charges he plotted to silence witnesses in a drug-trafficking case. A federal jury in Brooklyn deliberated nearly a week before finding Robert Simels guilty Thursday.
LAWYER CONVICTED OF WITNESS TAMPERING (New York Post)
The Manhattan lawyer on trial after being caught on tape talking about bribing and threatening witnesses against his drug-kingpin client was found guilty today by a Brooklyn jury in federal court. Robert Simels, 62, was caught on tape ordering...
Lawyer Convicted of Plan to ‘Neutralize’ Witnesses (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Simels, a New York criminal defense lawyer, was convicted by a jury of a scheme to “eliminate” and “neutralize” federal witnesses slated to testify against one of his clients.
Vt. Has New U.S. Attorney, Marshal (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Vermont's new U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal take the oath of office.
City lawyer never told Detroit council of Kilpatrick texts (Detroit News)
Detroit -- A city lawyer never mentioned the text messages when she briefed a Detroit City Council subcommittee the day after reaching an $8.4 million settlement on the police whistle-blower lawsuit that toppled former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Texas attorney general seeks $4.6M for Debt Relief USA customers (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants to recover $4.6 million owed former customers of Debt Relief USA, an Addison-based company that filed for bankruptcy protection in June.
NZB Banker, Swiss Lawyer Charged by U.S. in Tax Case (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- A manager at a Swiss private bank and a Swiss lawyer were indicted in the U.S. and charged with helping wealthy Americans hide their assets from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Swiss banker, lawyer face US tax charges in probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Swiss banker and a lawyer are the latest to face U.S. criminal charges in a wide-ranging international tax evasion investigation.
Robert Simels, lawyer who defended drug kingpins, convicted of plotting to kill witnesses (New York Daily News)
A flamboyant lawyer who specialized in defending drug kingpins was convicted Thursday of plotting to kill witnesses.
Swiss banker, lawyer face US tax charges in probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A banker and a lawyer from Switzerland were indicted Thursday on fraud charges for allegedly helping rich Americans evade taxes by hiding assets in Swiss banks, including UBS AG and a smaller Zurich-based institution.
U.S. Indicts Swiss Banker and Lawyer on Tax Charges (New York Times)
The Justice Department indicted a Swiss private banking executive and a Swiss lawyer on Thursday, accusing them of selling tax evasion services to wealthy clients.
Lawyer Guilty of Plot Aimed at Witnesses (New York Times)
A well-known New York criminal defense lawyer was convicted of plotting with a South American businessman to use bribes and violence to silence witnesses in the client’s drug-trafficking case.
UBS Executive, Swiss Attorney Charged With Helping Americans Hide Wealth (Law.com)
A former UBS bank executive and a Swiss attorney were indicted Thursday on a fraud conspiracy charge for allegedly helping affluent Americans evade taxes by concealing their wealth in bank accounts named for untraceable foreign shell companies. The indictment tied Hansruedi Schumacher, who was UBS' regional market manager for its North American operation, and Matthias Rickenbach, a lawyer based ...
N.Y. Defense Attorney Found Guilty of Bribery, Attempted Witness Tampering (Law.com)
Attorney Robert Simels was convicted Thursday of 12 felony counts -- including bribery of a witness, attempted witness tampering and conspiracy to commit witness tampering -- stemming from his efforts to prevent potential witnesses from testifying against his client, a Guyanese drug smuggler. Simels was acquitted of only the least serious charge against him, making a false statement to a ...
N.Y. Defense Attorney Found Guilty of Bribery, Attempted Witness Tampering (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Attorney Robert Simels was convicted Thursday of 12 felony counts -- including bribery of a witness, attempted witness tampering and conspiracy to commit witness tampering -- stemming from his efforts to prevent potential witnesses from testifying against his client, a Guyanese drug smuggler.
LAWYER GUILTY OF WITNESS THREATS (New York Post)
The former lawyer for "Goodfellas" turncoat Henry Hill was convicted yesterday on a slew of witness-tampering charges. Robert Simels, 62, glowered as the jury handed down its guilty verdict on 12 counts of conspiring to threaten and bribe...
Trinity shake-up makes lawyer No1 (The Australian)
PROPERTY group Trinity has appointed Brisbane lawyer and fund manager Chris Morton as managing director.
Swiss banker, lawyer accused of fraud in US investigation (Business Day)
THE US Justice Department has indicted a Swiss private banking executive and a Swiss lawyer, accusing them of selling tax evasion services to wealthy clients. The move opens a new front in Washington's challenge to Switzerland's tradition of bank secrecy.
Attorney General Mike Cox wants to bring change to state (The Escanaba Daily Press)
ESCANABA - Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox, R-Detroit, has several ideas about how to bring about change in Michigan. The top law enforcement official in Michigan shared his ideas during an interview in Escanaba Thursday. One of Cox's main platforms is cutting taxes in Michigan.
Lawyer for accused in Tori Stafford death says client will plead not guilty (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
WOODSTOCK, Ont. - The lawyer for one of the two people charged in the death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford says his client will plead not guilty.
U.S. Indicts Swiss Bank Director, Swiss Lawyer (Wall Street and Technology)
The U.S. Justice Department has charged a banker and a lawyer from Switzerland with conspiring to help wealthy Americans hide assets from the IRS.
Suspect Arrested After Attorney's Intern Shot (WSMV Nashville)
Police arrest a suspect in connection with the shooting earlier this week of an attorney's intern.
Madison, Former Town Attorney In Payment Dispute (Hartford Courant)
The former town attorney said Thursday that he will take legal action if he is not paid in full for two months of legal services rendered in April and May, the New Haven Register reported.
Two years of 'terror' for lawyer and father (The New Zealand Herald)
A criminal lawyer feared for her safety after a former gang member left a threatening note telling her father to pay a $50,000 debt after his business went into liquidation. Peter William Cleven, 46, has pleaded guilty in the High...
Attorney general could join plaintiffs suing Yamasaki Associates Inc. (Crain's Detroit Business)
Embattled architectural firm Yamasaki Associates Inc. of Troy could see a new plaintiff in court next week to join those seeking payment on old debts — the office of Michigan Attorney General Michael Cox.
Attorney general's office sues Celebration foreclosure firm (Orlando Sentinel)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced today that his office is suing a Celebration man for charging up-front foreclosure-rescue fees without providing any services.
Nevada Attorney General's Office back on Krolicki case (Reno Gazette-Journal)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada state attorney general’s office is back on the criminal case against Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and a top aide — at least temporarily.
Lawyer formally charged in accident (Denver Post)
The Evergreen lawyer accused of running over a bicyclist and then leaving the scene admitted to law enforcement personnel he had been drinking gin and tonics throughout the day before the
Woman's suit claims her lawyer got her pegged a terrorist (Chicago Tribune)
A Cook County resident who is an Iranian citizen is suing her former immigration attorney for legal malpractice and fraud, claiming she was termed a terrorist because the lawyer filed an asylum application containing false statements that she was a supporter of the Mujahedeen. Plaintiff Afrouz Kheirkhahvash came to the U.S. as a visitor in 1999, when she retained defendant Reza Baniassadi to ...