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Legal News 10/2009



Facebook Accused of Letting Users Threaten Florida Ex-Lawyer (Bloomberg)
Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc., the world’s most popular social-networking Web site, was accused in a lawsuit of letting site users post violent threats against a lawyer who was later disbarred.
Obama nominates Gov. Ritter aide as U.S. attorney for Colorado (Denver Post)
President Barack Obama nominated Stephanie Villafuerte, deputy chief of staff to the governor, as the U.S. attorney for Colorado on Wednesday. Villafuerte, a longtime Denver prosecutor and adviser to Gov. Bill Ritter, is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and would become the first Latina to run the office.
Firearms-at-work law in sync with federal regulations, attorney general's staff finds (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A 2008 state law that allows workers to transport firearms to job sites and leave them locked in their vehicles is legal and not invalidated by federal laws or regulations, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office has determined.
Villepin Trial Has No Evidence of Sarkozy Smear, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Prosecutors have produced no evidence during a trial in Paris that former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin intended to participate in a campaign to smear President Nicolas Sarkozy , Villepin’s lawyer said today.
NYC Prisoner Escapes After He's Mistaken for Lawyer (Fox News)
Police are looking for a well-dressed robbery suspect who walked out of a Manhattan courthouse after an officer apparently mistook him for a lawyer.
Ethics Board attorney named to lead agency (The Shreveport Times)
The Louisiana Board of Ethics has chosen longtime ethics attorney Kathleen Allen to be its top administrator.
Former attorney settled suit, forged client's signature without her knowledge, says D.A. (Mobile Press-Register)
In November, Hunter notarized a settlement agreement that had Sprouse's name signed on it, although Sprouse didn't sign the document or have any knowledge of it, assistant district attorney Geoffrey Alexander said. Hunter then deposited a payment check that had signatures of both Hunter and Sprouse into a trust account, although his client was not aware of the payment, Alexander said.
Rochester Ordered To Pay Attorney Fees In Curfew Case (WROC Rochester)
A state Supreme Court judge has ordered Rochester to pay more than $140,000 in attorney's fees stemming from the city's failed juvenile curfew.
Lawyer seeks lesser sentence for NH tax evader (Boston Globe)
A defense lawyer wants a lighter sentence than federal rules dictate for Elaine Brown, who was convicted with her husband of plotting to kill federal agents during a nine-month standoff at their Plainfield, N.H., home following their tax evasion case.
Ethics board attorney named to lead agency (WAFB Baton Rouge)
The Louisiana Board of Ethics has chosen a longtime ethics attorney to be its top administrator. She previously served as deputy general counsel, the No. 2 position at the agency.
Officials dragged heels on Mohamud case: lawyer (CBC Ottawa)
The lawyer for a Canadian woman stranded in Kenya for three months says consular documents reveal the federal government did little to investigate the case after branding her an imposter.
Attorney honored for health care work (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Hugh "Trey" Daly III, a senior attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, has won the 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders award for his work protecting the health coverage and ensuring the health care of many of Ohio's poorest residents.
Lawyer seeks lesser sentence for NH tax evader (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defense lawyer says 30 years in prison is plenty for tax evader Elaine Brown, who was convicted with her husband of plotting to kill federal agents during a nine-month standoff at their Plainfield home.
Lawyer seeks lesser sentence for NH tax evader (KHQ Spokane)
A defense lawyer wants a lighter sentence than federal rules dictate for Elaine Brown, who was convicted with her husband of plotting to kill federal agents during a nine-month standoff at their Plainfield, N.H., home...
Ex-lawyer, awaiting drunken-driving sentencing, allowed to go to treatment facility (The Buffalo News)
Over the objection of prosecutors, a judge today allowed former lawyer Kevin J. Love to be taken to an unguarded treatment facility south of Syracuse while he awaits sentencing for his latest two drunken-driving incidents.
Deutsche Bank’s Paper Sale Was a Ponzi Scheme, Lawyer Claims (Bloomberg)
Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Bank AG sold Canadian asset- backed commercial paper as a safe investment when it really was no more than a Ponzi scheme that was doomed to fail, a lawyer claimed in a lawsuit seeking the return of C$10 million ($9.3 million) the city of Hamilton, Ontario, invested.
Phillips Nominated For U.S. Attorney (KOLR - KSFX Ozarks)
(Kansas City, MO) -- President Barack Obama has nominated Beth Phillips to become the next U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri, which includes the Springfield-Joplin region.
State Supreme Court upholds disbarment of Seattle lawyer (seattlepi.com)
The state Supreme Court has upheld the disbarment of a lawyer accused of deceiving his clients and forcing them to pay additional fees, according to an opinion released Thursday.
Controller-City Attorney Brouhaha Continues (Los Angeles Downtown News)
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The public and the media may continue to express displeasure over the ongoing battle between the City Attorney and the City Controller’s office, but after two months as Los Angeles’ chief lawyer, Carmen Trutanich believes all the attention is misplaced. Besides, he thinks he can solve the problem.
Supreme Court upholds disbarment of Seattle attorney Bradley Marshall (Seattle Times)
A unanimous state Supreme Court today disbarred Seattle civil-rights attorney and sports agent Bradley Marshall, concluding that he squeezed clients for fees and bullied others into settlements against their wishes.
California attorney general launches ACORN probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown says he is investigating the community organizing group ACORN in response to a request from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Calif. attorney general launches ACORN probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Thursday said he is investigating the community organizing group ACORN in response to a request from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Travolta lawyer says he refused alleged extortion scheme (CNN)
A lawyer for John Travolta on Thursday told jurors that he refused to comply with would-be extortionists who allegedly threatened to go to the media with reports implying that the famed actor was culpable in his son's death.
Obama nominates Gov. Ritter aide as U.S. attorney for Colorado (Denver Post)
President Barack Obama nominated Stephanie Villafuerte, deputy chief of staff to the governor, as the U.S. attorney for Colorado on Wednesday. Villafuerte, a longtime Denver prosecutor and adviser to Gov. Bill Ritter, is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and would become the first Latina to run the office.
Lawyer to seek bail for woman accused of seeking sex with teenage boy (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
ST. LOUIS — A lawyer plans to argue in federal court this morning for the release on bond of Christie Bradley, 39, accused of trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old boy.
Danville attorney's license suspended (The Champaign News-Gazette)
DANVILLE - A Danville attorney convicted in a United States tax fraud case has had his license to practice law suspended indefinitely by the Illinois Supreme Court. John "Pat" Wolgamot, 65, of Danville, pleaded guilty Aug. 21, 2008, in federal court in Urbana to one count of aiding the filing of a false tax return. In May, he was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison.
Lewis Lawyer Mary Jo White Brings Credibility to Defense of CEO (Bloomberg)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Mary Jo White , the lawyer hired by Bank of America Corp. ’s Kenneth D. Lewis , will bring credibility to her defense of the besieged chief executive officer, former colleagues said.
Attorney general gets grant to fight prescription drug abuse (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - The state attorney general's office has received a $1.2 million, two-year grant to create a six-person drug diversion unit to fight prescription drug abuse.
Philanthropist's millions still in limbo; attorney general joins the battle (Springfield News-Sun)
SPRINGFIELD - The attorney general’s office filed a memorandum last month asking the Ohio Supreme Court to review a case involving the estate of longtime local philanthropist Mary Petticrew.
NYPD Captures Prison Escapee Mistaken for Lawyer (Fox News)
New York City police arrested a fugitive who escaped from a Manhattan courthouse a day earlier after he was mistaken for a lawyer.
Attorney: Deal reached in Casper drunken driving case (Billings Gazette)
CASPER - The defense attorney for an elderly man accused in a drunken driving crash that injured two people says his client has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Travolta lawyer tells of call (The Age)
A lawyer for John Travolta has testified that he warned a former Bahamas senator she would not get away with a scheme to extort $US25 million from the star,
Attorney Removed From Arkansas Killer's Defense Team (KTHV Little Rock)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has denied an attorney's request to remain on the case of a death row inmate after moving to Delaware.
Prosecutors: Lawyer squandered clients' $2M award (INO News)
(AP:LOS ANGELES) A lawyer has agreed to plead guilty to misappropriating more than $2 million he won for people he represented in a class-action lawsuit but squandered in day trading, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Berezovsky charged with forming criminal group – lawyer (Itar-Tass)
MOSCOW, October 2 (Itar-Tass) -- Russia’s former oil and media tycoon Boris Berezovsky has been charged in absentia with forming a criminal group, lawyer Andrei Borovkov told Itar-Tass on Friday.
Garrido's Attorney Breaks Silence (KSBW Salinas)
Phillip Garrido's attorney broke her silence Thursday, outlining the sensitive nature of the case and her client's communication with KCRA 3-TV in Sacramento.
Lawyer for accused cop drops dime on others (The Morning Call)
A lawyer for a former Mahoning Township police officer accused of falsifying accident reports today said his client had been investigating use of police computers for online sex chats by other officers.
Attorney For Defendant In Surrogate Scandal Expects Case Against Client To Be Dismissed (WTOV 9 Steubenville)
NEWS9s Jasmine Lo got to speak one on one with the attorney for Bruce Callarik who told said he expects the case against his client to be dismissed in the near future.
Kate's Lawyer: Jon Can't Halt the Show (Dose)
Kate Gosselin's lawyer told the Today Show on Friday that Jon will be unable to halt filming for long.
Patent office post for Foley & Lardner lawyer (Chicago Tribune)
Sharon Barner, a Chicago intellectual property lawyer, was named deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced her appointment on Friday.
Travolta attorney in Bahamas trial denies setup (MSNBC)
Attorney Michael McDermott told the court he was following police instructions when he secretly recorded conversations with Pleasant Bridgewater.
Mayfield set to hire high-profile attorney (SportingNews)
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is in the final stages of hiring high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to help fight his drug suspension. Geragos tells The Associated Press he will represent Mayfield himself out of his Washington, D.C.-based firm Luque Geragos and Marino.
Mayfield set to hire high-profile attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is turning to high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to help fight his drug suspension.
Aldermen subpoenaed by indicted developer's lawyer (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Tribune's Clout Street blog reports : City Hall late this afternoon released copies of defense subpoenas seeking the testimony of 10 aldermen in the case involving an indicted developer. The subpoenas, issued by Calvin Boender's defense lawyer Joe Roddy, seek testimony of nine current aldermen--Ed Smith, 28th, Bernard Stone, 50th, Edward Burke, 14th, Walter Burnett, 27th, Emma Mitts ...
Mayfield set to hire high-profile attorney to help fight (CBS Sports)
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is in the final stages of hiring high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to help fight his drug suspension.
Mayfield set to hire attorney Geragos in drug case (Fox Sports)
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is turning to high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to help fight his drug suspension. Geragos confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday night that he's finalizing a deal to represent Mayfield himself out of his Washington, D.C.-based firm Luque Geragos and Marino. "It's clear to me that there are real issues here, substantial issues, and I think he's ...
LeGarrette Blount had lawyer to talk to Oregon about reinstatement (ESPN)
Within days of Oregon announcing that LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the season last month, the senior running back's parents and a lawyer representing Blount spoke with Ducks Athletic Director Mike Bellotti to discuss possible reinstatement.
Lawyer Who Lost Client Funds Playing Stock Market Pleads Guilty to Fraud (Law.com)
A California lawyer who lost nearly all of a $2.5 million class action recovery by investing client trust funds in the stock market has pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Sandeep Baweja pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison and fines of up to $500,000. "One of the worst things an ...
Tarrant County assistant district attorney says he won't seek top post (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Bob Gill said Friday that he will not run next year for his department's top post.
AG lawyer: We didn't seize games (The Columbus Dispatch)
The chief lawyer for the Ohio attorney general's organized-crime unit testified yesterday that his office played no role in seizing gambling machines from a West Side club in October 2007.