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'Lawyer's death may be linked to court case' (The New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating whether prominent corporate lawyer M. Thiruchelvasegaram, 70, may have been murdered to stop him from proceeding with a court case.
Magpie brings lawyer down (Stuff)
"A magpie attacked me, Your Honour." Those were the words Auckland lawyer Peter Winter could well have offered the Auckland District Law Society for his absence at the organisation's annual conference this weekend.
'Lawyer's death may be linked to court case' (MalaysiaNews.net)
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating whether prominent corporate lawyer M. Thiruchelvasegaram, 70, may have been murdered to stop him from proceeding with a court case. City Criminal Investigation...
Free call to a lawyer from LegalLine (Miami Herald)
Want to ask a lawyer a question -- for free? LegalLine, a toll-free help-line answering a range of basic legal questions, will be held by the Dade County Bar Association 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Activist-turned-lawyer fought for immigrants (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
On the day she died, Lisa Baird, an immigration lawyer, called an immigration officer. Though weak and woozy, she left a detailed message carefully spelling out her client's name. When her brother Jonathan protested that she shouldn't exert herself, she said: "You don't understand. If this guy gets deported, his life is over."
Reality TV dad’s lawyer quits (King of Prussia Courier)
COURTHOUSE — TV reality show dad Jon Gosselin is looking for a new divorce lawyer after his attorney withdrew from the case Monday morning.
Disbarred lawyer practiced law, took money from clients, authorities say (Las Vegas Sun)
Charles Radosevich is not a licensed lawyer, but he has been playing one in Clark County for years, authorities allege. The law finally caught up to him last week, when the district attorney’s office filed felony theft charges against Radosevich for allegedly pocketing nearly $190,000 from people who say they were paying him to be their attorney.
Roman Polanski lawyer Herve Temime: new 'very significant' cash bail offer to be filed Monday (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
PARIS - A French lawyer for director Roman Polanski, imprisoned in Switzerland, says a new bail offer will be filed Monday and it will be a "very, very significant" cash amount.
Santa Clara City Attorney resigns (KLIV 1590 Silicon Valley News)
SANTA CLARA -- The attorney for the city of Santa Clara is stepping down at the end of the year. However, both the city and Helene Leichter have not come out with much information on the reasons for her resignation.
Greenlee's attorney alleges jury misconduct (Park Hills Daily Journal)
FARMINGTON — The attorney who defended Richard Greenlee at two separate trials for the same offense is now alleging jury misconduct in an effort to get a new trial.
Lawyer: Polanski To Present New Bail Offer (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
A French lawyer for director Roman Polanski, imprisoned in Switzerland, says a new bail offer will be filed Monday and it will be a "very, very significant" cash amount. Swiss authorities rejected an offer Friday, considering the 76-year-old filmmaker awaiting a decision on extradition to the United States a high flight risk. They noted it was not a cash offer.
Planet Election Guide: With expertise in hand, attorney wants to join back in (Telluride Daily Planet)
Jenny Russell is an attorney, boater and runner who has lived and played in Telluride since 1995. As she’s carved out a life here, she has also accrued a bit of experience with town government.
Attorney sets up possible insanity defense (North Platte Telegraph)
The North Platte Telegraph Defense attorney Blaine Gillette motioned in Lincoln County District Court for 70-year-old James Benak to undergo psychological evaluation. The motion is an expected move to lay the groundwork for an insanity defense stemming from an early September shooting outside his home.
Women accuse Raiders' Tom Cable of battery; attorney calls it 'ambush' (USA Today)
The former wife of Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable and a recent girlfriend claim Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women, and asked that he seek help for his anger. Sandy Cable and Marie Lutz said in seperate interviews on ESPN's Outside the Lines that the Raiders head coach physically abused them at various times during their relationships.
Former Mayfield attorney hasn't been paid (WKBT La Crosse)
The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield says he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver.
Former Mayfield attorney hasn't been paid (AP via Yahoo! News)
The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield said he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver.
Former Mayfield attorney hasn't been paid (FOX 6 News Birmingham)
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield says he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver. Bill Diehl is at Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday's race.
Former Mayfield attorney hasn't been paid (San Francisco Chronicle)
(11-01) 10:29 PST Talladega, Ala. (AP) -- The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield said he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver. Bill Diehl, the most prolific attorney in Charlotte, N.C., represented Mayfield following... Sponsored Topics: NASCAR - Jeremy Mayfield - Auto racing - Associated Press - Talladega Superspeedway
Former Mayfield attorney hasn't been paid (SportingNews)
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield said he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver. Bill Diehl, the most prolific attorney in Charlotte, N.C., represented Mayfield following his May suspension for failing a random drug test.
U.S. banned Kenya's attorney general: envoy (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Kenya's attorney general Amos Wako was the senior government official handed a travel ban by Washington last month, the U.S. envoy to Kenya said on Sunday.
Ex-Mayfield attorney says he hasn't been paid (Sports Illustrated)
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield said he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver.
Former Mayfield attorney still seeking payment (USA Today)
The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield said he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver. Bill Diehl, the ...
Roman Polanski's lawyer submits new bail offer to Swiss authorities in bid to free filmmaker (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
PARIS - A French lawyer for Roman Polanski says he has submitted a new bail offer to a Swiss court to try to free the filmmaker from jail. Lawyer Herve Temime says the offer Monday includes "adequate guarantees" that Polanski will not flee justice if released.
Polanski lawyer submits new bail offer to Swiss (USA Today)
A French lawyer for Roman Polanski says he has submitted a new bail offer to a Swiss court to try to free the filmmaker from jail.
Ont. men linked to imam will fight extradition: lawyer (CTV.ca)
A lawyer for two Canadians wanted by the FBI following the death of a controversial imam in a police shootout in Detroit says they plan to fight extradition.
Former lawyer forged payslip (Straits Times)
A FORMER lawyer who allegedly inflated his monthly salary on a payroll statement from $25,000 to $65,000 to get more money from a new employer, is now on trial for forgery. After Rudy Lim, 37, moved from international law firm DLAS to Duane Morris LLP in January 2007, DLAS employees going through the work he had done found the forged payroll statement in the electronic records stored in the firm ...
Nevada man charged with acting as attorney (KVBC Las Vegas)
A disbarred attorney has been charged with pocketing nearly $190,000 from clients he shouldn't have been representing in the first place.
Polanski lawyer submits new bail offer to Swiss (Channel 8 San Diego)
Associated Press - November 2, 2009 10:44 AM ET PARIS (AP) - A French lawyer for Roman Polanski says he has submitted a new bail offer to a Swiss court to try to free the filmmaker from...
Attorney David Lillehaug backs unallotment lawsuit, urges Legislature to challenge Pawlenty's actions, too (MinnPost)
Joe Kimball David Lillehaug Attorney David Lillehaug backs unallotment lawsuit, urges Legislature to challenge Pawlenty's actions, too By Joe Kimball | Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 Former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug says he agrees with those who say that Gov. Tim Pawlenty acted unconstitutionally when he unilaterally cut or shifted more than $2 billion in state programs and funding.
Another View: The Eroding Attorney-Client Privilege (New York Times)
In the ordinary course of business litigation, the attorney-client privilege is accorded respect by all parties — the company holding the privilege, the opposing company seeking discovery, and the Court.
Polanski lawyer submits new bail offer to Swiss (Boston Herald)
PARIS - A French lawyer for Roman Polanski says he has submitted a new bail offer to a Swiss court to try to free the filmmaker from jail. Lawyer Herve Temime says the...
Kelowna lawyer quits after he admits fraud (Vancouver Province)
Kelowna lawyer Shawn Dickson Swail has agreed to terminate his membership in the Law Society of B.C. and not to re-apply for eight years after admitting he misappropriated funds from clients, evaded paying taxes and misled the society.
Polanski lawyer submits new bail offer to Swiss (San Francisco Chronicle)
(11-02) 07:36 PST PARIS, CA (AP) -- A French lawyer for Roman Polanski says he has submitted a new bail offer to a Swiss court to try to free the filmmaker from jail. Lawyer Herve Temime says the offer Monday includes "adequate guarantees"...
Attorney: Alleged 'Jewish terrorist' unstable (CNN)
An American-born Israeli man, described by police as a "Jewish terrorist," is mentally unstable and in need of psychiatric help, his attorney told CNN Monday.
Polanski lawyer submits new bail offer (KABC-TV Los Angeles)
A French lawyer for Roman Polanski says he has submitted a new bail offer to a Swiss court.
Prosecutors Union Sues County, District Attorney (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
A prosecutors union has sued Los Angeles County, claiming the district attorney's office retaliated against employees for their union activities.
Prosecutors union sues LA County district attorney (Channel 8 San Diego)
Associated Press - November 2, 2009 12:34 PM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) - A prosecutors union has sued Los Angeles County, claiming the district attorney's office retaliated against employees for...
Barraza's new lawyer requests trial delay (El Paso Times)
EL PASO -- Suspended state court judge Manuel Barraza on Tuesday asked for a delay in his criminal trial because his new lawyer has not had enough time to prepare.
Prosecutors union sues LA County district attorney (CBS 47 Fresno)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A prosecutors union has sued Los Angeles County, claiming the district attorney's office retaliated against employees for their union activities. The Association of Deputy District Attorneys filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court against the county and District Attorney Steve Cooley. It claims that union supporters were suspended without pay, threatened with firing and some ...
Lawyer: Doomed NJ boat was a hit-and-run case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A scallop boat that sank off the New Jersey coast in March, killing six of the seven crew members aboard, may have been doomed by a fatal hit-and-run crash on the high seas, the lawyer for its owner said Monday.
Attorney: Tenn. kidnapping suspect tried suicide (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for a woman charged with kidnapping a Tennessee newborn says his client has tried to kill herself while in jail.
Fla. Law Firm Seeks Dissolution as Lawyer Probed (ABC News)
Attorneys probe prominent Fla. lawyer for missing cash, partner wants firm put in receivership
Riddle to get new lawyer, but court will do the choosing (Detroit Free Press)
Political consultant Sam Riddle will get a new lawyer for his upcoming criminal trials, but it won't necessarily be former federal Prosecutor Richard Convertino.
Lawyer for Bobby Kennedy's killer says life in danger (Sydney Morning Herald)
LOS ANGELES: A lawyer for the man who assassinated Robert Kennedy said his client's life could be in danger after he was transferred to another prison.
Feds probe prominent Broward attorney Scott Rothstein (Miami Herald)
Federal authorities on Monday were conducting a criminal investigation into high-profile Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein, who is suspected of operating a Ponzi scheme by selling tens of millions of dollars in fabricated legal settlements to investors.
Attorney: Texas Lottery Won't Pay Cheated Winner (ABC News)
Attorney: Texas lottery considers clerk accused of stealing $1M ticket to be the winner
Attorney General McCollum takes aim at debt collection practices (Sun-Sentinel)
Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum today plans to ask state legislators to enhance his offices' ability to bring cases against unscrupulous debt collectors.
Fulkerson's lawyer says plea deal discussion in progress (Greeley Tribune)
Fulkerson's lawyer says plea deal discussion in progress Mike Peters A plea bargain may be in the works for former University of Northern Colorado theater professor Raymond "Vance" Fulkerson, his lawyer explained in court Monday as he asked the judge for more time before a preliminary hearing. Fulkerson, 63, is accused of secretly videotaping male students while they were using the toilet in his ...
Man says ex-client and a fellow lawyer defamed him (Channel 8 San Diego)
Associated Press - November 3, 2009 11:34 AM ET OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A California lawyer who tried to obtain a pardon for his 1976 Nebraska drug conviction wants to have the chance to challenge...
Man Says Ex-Client and a Fellow Lawyer Defamed Him (KOLN Lincoln)
A California lawyer who tried to obtain a pardon for his 1976 Nebraska drug conviction wants to have the chance to challenge statements a former client of his submitted to the Nebraska Pardons Board.