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Fla. High Court Permanently Disbars Disgraced Attorney (Law.com)
The law career of disgraced Florida attorney and fraud suspect Scott Rothstein is over. The Florida Supreme Court disbarred Rothstein Wednesday at his request, a day after the governor suspended him from the 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. A four-paragraph order came in response to Rothstein's request for permanent disbarment on consent, in the wake of claims by ...
Feds Drop Money-Laundering Case Against Miami Attorney (Law.com)
When federal prosecutors dropped all charges Wednesday in its money-laundering case against prominent Miami attorney Ben Kuehne and two co-defendants, the Justice Department left in its tracks a string of courtroom failures. Kuehne said his case leaves a legacy that will protect his colleagues. "There is no doubt my case is the most telling reaffirmation of the vital importance of the Sixth ...
Suit claims conspiracy: Attorney cites e-mails implicating Pastorek (The News-Star)
Union Parish Schools System attorney Tom Jones said Education Department e-mails prove State Superintendent Paul Pastorek and others manipulated the authorization date of D'Arbonne Woods Charter School to "contrive funding" to allow that school to open.
China Christians jailed in church row: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A court in northern China sentenced five church leaders to up to seven years in prison after they tried to stop their place of worship being torn down, their lawyer said Thursday.
County attorney to wait 30 days before dismissing incinerator suit (Gazette.net)
The first legal fight over Frederick County's proposed incinerator ended before it ever saw a courtroom, but the county's lead attorney is not yet ready to call back his battle plan.
Www_head: Departing city attorney recalls complex cases (Bloomington Sun-Current)
As he prepares for the next phase of his life, Bloomington officials have glowing praise for City Attorney David Ornstein. "He's just a wonderful person to work with, said City Manager Mark Bernhardson. "He's bright, energetic and has a great sense of humor.
CBT: FORMER LAWYER JAILED FOR SEVEN YEARS (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) -- A former lawyer was jailed for seven years by the Sessions Court here today after being found guilty of criminal breach of trust involving RM69,041.90 belonging to his client, 11 years ago.
Charlotte attorney sues Mayfield for unpaid bills (ThatsRacin.com)
Charlotte attorney Bill Diehl and his law firm filed suit against former client and NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield on Wednesday to recover almost $372,000 in unpaid legal bills.
Indian court warns Pakistani suspect's lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)
An Indian judge Thursday accused the lawyer of the only surviving Pakistani gunman in last year's Mumbai terror attacks of lying in court and threatened to remove him.
Former lawyer gets seven years for CBT (The Malaysian Insider)
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 – A former lawyer was sentenced to seven years jail by the Sessions Court here today after being found guilty of criminal breach of trust involving RM69,041.90 belonging to his client, 11 years ago. Judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah made the decision against Jeyapalan T.S. Mahesan, 56, after the defence failed to raise any reasonable doubt. However, Komathy allowed the sentence to ...
Local attorney admitted to practice in federal court (Morning Times)
ATHENS — Athens attorney Jonathan P. Foster Jr., Esquire was admitted to practice in federal court.
Russian official admits some blame in lawyer death (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Russian prison official reportedly admitted Thursday that harsh prison conditions are partially to blame for the death last week of a lawyer being held in a Moscow detention center.
Jail 'caused' Russia lawyer death (BBC News)
A senior Russian prison official says the service was partly to blame for lawyer Sergei Magnitsky's death in custody.
Nancy Garrido's ex-lawyer asks to be reinstated (San Francisco Chronicle)
The former lawyer for Jaycee Dugard kidnap-rape defendant Nancy Garrido has denied seeking to exploit her case through a book or movie deal, and both he and Garrido want him reinstated as her attorney. A state appeals court in Sacramento spurned Gilbert...
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: Judge will review Handy's pre-trial release (The Brownsville Herald)
McALLEN – A federal judge could decide as early as next week whether to revoke or permanently alter the conditions of Hidalgo County Commissioner Sylvia Handy’s bond, her attorney said.
Nancy Garrido lawyer disputes claim he planned to sell her story as part of a book (Reno Gazette-Journal)
SACRAMENTO (AP) -- The Placerville lawyer who was replaced as kidnapping suspect Nancy Garrido's defense lawyer said he never considered trying to sell her story as part of a book deal and that Garrido still wants him to represent her.
Attorney says dinner crashers shouldn't need him (AP via Yahoo! News)
The couple who crashed a White House dinner shouldn't need legal help, an attorney who knows them said Thursday, as the Secret Service remained quiet publicly about the eye-catching security breach.
Iran seizes rights lawyer's Nobel Peace medal (AP via Yahoo! News)
Iranian authorities confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal, the human rights lawyer said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps Tehran is taking against any dissent.
Iran seizes human rights lawyer's peace prize (USA Today)
Iranian authorities have confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal, her lawyer and Norway's government said Thursday.
Daniel J. Twomey, Towson attorney (Baltimore Sun)
Daniel J. Twomey, a Towson attorney who was a founder of a foundation that awarded academic scholarships, died Nov. 18 of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Reisterstown resident was 63.
Sudan teen lashed for "indecent" skirt: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A 16-year-old south Sudanese girl was lashed 50 times after a judge ruled her knee-length skirt was indecent, her lawyer and family said in the latest case to push Sudan's Islamic law into the spotlight.
Attorney General Baroness Scotland's former housekeeper charged (Independent)
The former housekeeper of Attorney General Baroness Scotland was today charged with a string of immigration offences, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Local attorney admitted to practice in federal court (Morning Times)
ATHENS — Athens attorney Jonathan P. Foster Jr., Esquire was admitted to practice in federal court.
Tehran seizes Nobel peace medal of dissident lawyer (Sydney Morning Herald)
TEHRAN: Iranian authorities have confiscated a Nobel peace laureate's medal, her lawyer and the Norwegian Government say, in a sign of increasingly drastic steps against dissent.
Lawyer: Sedatives given to cooks and doctors (Fox Sports)
A lawyer for one of the suspects in the European match-fixing scandal says team doctors and hotel cooks were provided sedatives to drug players in matches to be manipulated. Lawyer Burkhard Benecken says the alleged ring leaders of the betting syndicate provided the sedatives to the doctor of a Slovenian team who was then supposed to use them with his own players.
Lawyer says owner of closed mortgage company under investigation returns to New Hampshire (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
MEREDITH, N.H. - A lawyer for the owner of a closed mortgage company being investigated by the state says his client is back in New Hampshire.
Noted attorney shares courtroom tales with Lions, Rotarians (The Cameron Herald)
Wayne Fisher, a former Yoe High School valedictorian turned highly regarded Texas trial attorney, was the featured speaker at a joint Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the Cameron Lions and Rotarians on Monday.
Lawyer: Sedatives given to cooks and doctors (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
The international gang suspected in Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal supplied sedatives to team doctors and hotel cooks to drug players in matches to be manipulated, a lawyer for one of the arrested suspects said Friday. Prosecutors believe the gang did not shy away from "locking up people in basements" or "sedating players," lawyer Burkhard Benecken said.
Attorney says White House dinner crashers shouldn’t need him (Durant Daily Democrat)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The couple who crashed a White House dinner shouldn’t need legal help, an attorney who knows them said Thursday, as the Secret Service remained quiet publicly about the eye-catchi...
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.
Iran seizes rights lawyer's Nobel medal (The Record and Herald News)
Iranian authorities have confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal, her lawyer and Norway's government said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps they are taking against any dissent.
Attorney jailed for trust fund theft (Independent Online)
A former attorney, who fled to the UK after stealing trust funds belonging to clients in disadvantaged communities, was sentenced to 10 months by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court.
Lawyer in Maguindanao massacre was counsel in Bukidnons first VAWC case (Minda News)
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / November 27) – Lawyer Cynthia A. Oquendo was in her usual wit...
Attorney General urges shoppers to know their rights (WTOL 11 Toledo)
As many folks head to stores Friday, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray wants to make sure they know their rights as shoppers.
Lawyer: Bettors Tried to Drug Players in Soccer Scandal (Fox News)
The international gang suspected in Europe's biggest soccer match-fixing scandal supplied sedatives to team doctors and hotel cooks to drug players in matches to be manipulated, a lawyer for one of the arrested suspects said Friday.
Attorney fights to stay on Dugard kidnapping case (The Sacramento Bee)
Nancy Garrido's attorney is continuing his fight to stay on the case, asking a state appeals court to delay a hearing scheduled for Monday on whether he should be ousted.
Lawyer for ex-suspect: Knox a 'she-devil' (UPI)
PERUGIA, Italy, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Amanda Knox, the U.S. student on trial for murder in Italy, destroyed the life of a former suspect, his lawyer said Friday, calling her a "she-devil."
Lawyer: Don't take camera phone to parties (UPI)
LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- An English lawyer says camera phones ought to be banned at Christmas parties because of the risk of lawsuits over violating fellow guests' privacy rights.
Attorney general's maid wants trial (UPI)
LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A former household employee for British Attorney General Patricia Scotland was charged Friday with fraud and immigration offenses.
Thieving attorney jailed (iafrica.com)
An attorney who stole from clients and fled overseas has lost his bid for a light sentence.
Attorney to seek judge position (The Longview News-Journal)
Longview attorney Greg Neeley announced his intention Friday to file as a Republican candidate for the position of Gregg County Court at Law No. 2 judge.
Lawyer: Insurance company fabricated witness' story in $1.3 million case (Belleville News-Democrat)
A Belleville lawyer whose client received $1.37 million in damages in a traffic crash case is asking for an additional $500,000 from the insurance company, alleging the firm fabricated a witness' testimony, gave her the facts of the case to favor their case, and may have even bribed her.
Victim in Toms River accident was West Orange attorney (The Star-Ledger)
TOMS RIVER - A West Orange attorney was killed Friday when he was hit by a car near his home in Toms River. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said officers are continuing their investigation into the death of Mark...
Gang supplied sedatives to drug players: lawyer (The Age)
The international gang suspected in Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal supplied sedatives to team doctors and hotel cooks to drug players in matches to be manipulated, according to a lawyer for one of the suspects.
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.
Local attorney admitted to practice in federal court (Morning Times)
ATHENS — Athens attorney Jonathan P. Foster Jr., Esquire was admitted to practice in federal court.
Attorney appointed in burglary case (The Wahpeton Daily News)
Southeast District Court Judge Richard Grosz appointed attorney Don Krassin to Chad Michael Meyer, 18, Breckenridge, during an initial appearance in district court Tuesday. Meyer is charged with burglary and attempted burglary.
S.C. gov's lawyer: 4 private flights unreported (The Times and Democrat)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Mark Sanford's lawyer told the State Ethics Commission required disclosures weren't filed on four of 61 flights investigators questioned as part of a wide-ranging probe of travel and campaign finance practices.
Lawyer in new probe (Sunday News)
LAWYER Chris Comeskey was under investigation for professional misconduct last night after a stinging attack on the country's judges and police force.