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Swiss banker, lawyer declared fugitives in US (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Swiss banker and a lawyer accused of fraud for helping US clients to evade taxes on money salted away in Swiss banks have been declared fugitives by a Florida judge.
Attorney: N.C. Inmate Being 'Unlawfully Detained' (WSOC-TV Charlotte)
An attorney for a North Carolina inmate given a "life" sentence defined as only 80 years long said the woman's sentence has expired.
Kremlin sacks prison official after lawyer death (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra News)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow's prison chief has been dismissed after an investigation into the death of a jailed lawyer for an equity fund whose relatives say he was denied medical treatment.
American on hunger strike in Myanmar jail: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A US citizen jailed in military-run Myanmar has gone on a hunger strike and is in deteriorating health, his overseas lawyer said Friday.
Attorney Plans Insanity Defense for Dwayne Billings (News West 9 Midland)
Defense attorney says Dwayne Billings was insane when he was arrested in 2007.
Fla. Judge Declares Swiss Banker, Lawyer Fugitives (Law.com)
A federal judge in Florida has declared a banker and lawyer from Switzerland who were indicted on fraud charges as fugitives from justice. U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley signed the order against banker Hansruedi Schumacher and attorney Matthias Rickenbach on Thursday in West Palm Beach.
American on hunger strike in Myanmar jail: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A US citizen jailed in military-run Myanmar has gone on a hunger strike and is in deteriorating health, his overseas lawyer said Friday.
Authorities investigating shooting death of attorney examine 2005 case (Los Angeles Times)
Detectives are poring over a case in which prominent L.A. attorney Jeffrey Tidus obtained a restraining order against a litigant who allegedly had threatened him. Detectives investigating the shooting death of Jeffrey Tidus, a prominent L.A. lawyer, are examining a 2005 case in which the attorney obtained a restraining order against a litigant who allegedly had threatened him, according to ...
Baucus Aide Met With Divorce Lawyer (New York Times)
The woman who is now the girlfriend of Senator Max Baucus met with his divorce lawyer at least twice in 2007, months before the senator and his wife separated.
Former NYC Law Department Attorney Admits Starting Mortgage Scam to Pay Gambling Debts (Law.com)
A former New York City Law Department attorney admitted Friday he had defrauded two victims in a mortgage scam to pay off gambling debts. Hugh A. Zuber invented a state court suit and a federal bankruptcy proceeding in a desperate attempt to avoid detection. He will be ordered to pay victims' losses as restitution, forfeit $301,250 and pay a fine of between $6,000 and $60,000 when he is ...
Russia's Medvedev fires 20 prison officials after death of jailed lawyer (Washington Post)
MOSCOW -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev fired 20 senior prison officials, including the capital's prisons chief, after an investigation into the death of a jailed lawyer, officials said Friday.
Alabama senator asks to delay Villafuerte's nomination as U.S. attorney (Denver Post)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has asked that consideration of Stephanie Villafuerte's nomination as Colorado U.S. attorney be delayed because her record is "incomplete."
Nevada attorney general won't appeal Krolicki case (Reno Gazette-Journal)
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said Thursday that she won't appeal a judge's dismissal of a criminal case accusing Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and his top aide of misappropriating funds from a state college savings program.
Attorney in Potts case says co-defendant claimed he was shooter (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
APPLETON The attorney representing the accused shooter in a Grand Chute homicide said Friday a co-defendant claims to be the gunman.
Attorney declines Carlisle tax collector office (The Sentinel)
Carlisle attorney Dirk Berry has decided not to accept the elected office of borough tax collector.
Hallyday's French surgeon mugged: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The French surgeon at the center of allegations of performing a botched operation on rock legend Johnny Hallyday was mugged by two hooded men in Paris overnight, his lawyer said on Saturday.
Hallyday's French surgeon attacked: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
The French surgeon at the centre of allegations of a botched operation on rock legend Johnny Hallyday was mugged by two hooded men in Paris overnight, a lawyer for the doctor said on Saturday.
Paul Fishman, U.S. attorney for N.J., will be officially inducted in Newark (The Star-Ledger)
Mitsu Yasukawa/The Star-LedgerPaul FishmanNEWARK -- Paul Fishman, a prominent defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor, will be officially inducted Monday as U.S. attorney for New Jersey at a ceremony at Rutgers Law School in Newark, a report in NorthJersey.com said....
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.
Hyde's lawyer says he focused on his client's release from jail (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
HALIFAX, N.S. - The lawyer representing a mentally ill man who died in police custody says he didn't ask for a psychiatric evaluation of his client, Howard Hyde, because he was trying to get him released.
New US Attorney for NJ to be sworn in Monday (Asbury Park Press)
NEWARK — The new U.S. Attorney for New Jersey will be formally sworn in Monday in a ceremony at Rutgers School of Law in Newark.
New US Attorney for NJ To Be Sworn In Monday (WCBS 880 New York)
The new U.S. Attorney for New Jersey will be formally sworn in Monday in a ceremony at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. READ  MORE>>
Lawyer tells inquiry he wanted Taser victim released (CTV.ca)
The lawyer representing Howard Hyde, a mentally ill Nova Scotia man who died in police custody in 2007 after being Tasered, told an inquiry Friday that he didn't ask for a psychiatric evaluation of his client because he was trying to get him released.
Hallyday's French surgeon mugged: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A French surgeon accused of botching an operation on Johnny Hallyday was mugged in Paris, his lawyer said Saturday, as France's veteran rock idol lay in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital with his family at his bedside.
Opa-locka's city attorney resigns before a vote on her termination (Miami Herald)
A resolution to terminate the city attorney listed on Wednesday night's commission agenda held the attention of many Opa-lockans who came out for the meeting.
Attorney Says Newton Co. Sheriff Broke Law (KSPR Springfield)
A McDonald County attorney says the Newton County sheriff broke the law by refusing to allow him to see his client.
Race is factor in affordable-housing outcry, lawyer says (The Houma Courier)
Naomi King Staff Writer HOUMA — In a letter to Terrebonne Parish officials, a lawyer representing an affordable-rent development in Gray says opposition by local residents is racially motivated.
Data offer clues on McLennan County district attorney's performance (Waco Tribune-Herald)
The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office does not pursue half of all felony cases recommended by law enforcement officials, with prosecutors dropping most of those cases before formal charges are filed.
Prosecutor assigned to lawyer's case (The Beacon News)
To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest within the Kane County state's attorney's office, an Illinois appellate prosecutor has been assigned to the criminal case against William C. Chesbrough, the local lawyer charged last month with bilking two area residents out of $140,000, Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti said.
Lawyer for husband of Lynnfield 'suicide' victim to shed new light on case (The Daily Item)
LYNNFIELD - The lawyer for Robert Harris, whose Lynnfield veterinarian wife purportedly committed suicide in their Caribbean hotel room last month, has announced he will disclose additional information about the case to the media today.
Robert Brown: Attorney, actor mastered court, stage (Detroit Free Press)
In his dual roles as an attorney and amateur theater actor, Robert Brown proved as steadfast a performer in the courtroom as he was onstage. Mr. Brown, a partner in the law firm of Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton in Birmingham, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Whitmore Lake. He was 55.
Anti-rot man told to hire own lawyer (Fijilive)
A former member of the anti-corruption unit, charged with stealing money he kept in trust for a youth group, has been denied legal aid. Tui Turaga Vunibola has been given until March 11, 2010 to find a lawyer.
Hall County attorney tells school board: 'Attendance Court' working (Grand Island Independent)
Martin Klein of the Hall County Attorney’s office told the Grand Island school board Thursday night that he believes the “attendance court” program by the school district and Hall County is working.
Malaysian royal's estranged wife ordered home—lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
KUALA LUMPUR—The estranged teenage model wife of a Malaysian prince was ordered by an Islamic court Sunday to return to her marriage and repay a 1.1 million ringgit (326,518 dollars) debt, his lawyer said.
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.
Q&A: Nishi Rajan: attorney, musician, musical performer (The Journal News)
New Rochelle resident Nishi Rajan, an attorney by day, is also in the midst of recording her own album and performs in New York City musicals.
Federal grand jury indicts local attorney (The Virginia Gazette)
NORFOLK -- A federal grand jury has indicted a 79-year-old attorney from Williamsburg over allegations he made false declarations in a bankruptcy case and a false oath in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Pair Of Laptops Stolen From Blago Lawyer Returned (Chicagoist)
A pair of laptops stolen from the office of lawyer Sam Adams, Jr., who is also defending former governor Rod Blagojevich, were recovered . However, according to Adams, neither of the returned laptops held any evidence related to the Blagojevich case. Because it's considered an ongoing investigation, additional details weren't released but Adams praised the police officers involved, saying ...
Baucus: Girlfriend merited US attorney nomination (Park Hills Daily Journal)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus defended recommending his girlfriend for appointment as Montana’s U.S. attorney, saying Saturday his one-time staff member and the former state prosecutor is “highly qualified” but eventually withdrew her nomination.
Hasan lawyer: Soldier deserves fair trial (UPI)
FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A lawyer says he has agreed to defend the Army major charged in the Nov. 5 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, because all soldiers deserve a fair trial.
Imam’s Lawyer Plays Up Interagency Rift in Terror Case (New York Times)
The lawyer said his client, Ahmad Afzali, had been working with the Police Department, and blamed rivalry between law enforcement agencies for missteps in an investigation into a bomb plot by Al Qaeda.
Friend frets over lawyer, 47, who still lives with parents (Post-Tribune)
Dear Annie: How can we help a 47-year-old female lawyer who is still living with her parents and cannot go anywhere without her mother tagging along? "Rhoda" supports her parents. She is an extremely fine lady and a good lawyer. She was considered for a judgeship appointment, but her fellow lawyers were afraid her parents would run the court for her. Rhoda is a wonderful person, but I am ...
Paul Fishman will be sworn in as U.S. attorney for New Jersey (The Star-Ledger)
NEWARK -- Paul Fishman is scheduled to be formally sworn in today as U.S. attorney for New Jersey during a ceremony at Rutgers Law School . Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., who served as the state’s U.S. attorney from...
No deportation for Americans held in Pakistan: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Pakistani court ordered on Monday that five Americans detained in the country who officials said were seeking to join up with militant groups should not be deported, said a lawyer.
Party chair’s attorney says charges are arbitrary, malicious (The Athens News)
An attorney for Athens County Democratic Party Chair Susan Gwinn has asked a judge to throw out a criminal indictment against Gwinn, and alleged that the case by special prosecutor Dave Yost is “selective and vindictive.” As part of the support for this claim, attorney Dennis W. McNamara has produced an affidavit by a witness who says she heard Athens County Prosecutor C. David Warren vowing to ...
Hall County attorney tells school board: 'Attendance Court' working (Grand Island Independent)
Martin Klein of the Hall County Attorney’s office told the Grand Island school board Thursday night that he believes the “attendance court” program by the school district and Hall County is working.
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.
Stebic lawyer now representing Drew Peterson (Chicago Tribune)
A lawyer who has represented Craig Stebic, suspected in the disappearance of his wife Lisa, has taken on another high-profile client: Drew Peterson. George Lenard has joined the criminal defense team for Peterson, who is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky says Lenard has been ...
New Attorney For Peterson (Chicagoist)
Drew Peterson has added another attorney to his team, one that has experience defending men accused in the disappearance of their wives. George Lenard was announced as the latest addition to Peterson's defense team over the weekend though lead attorney Joel Brodsky said that Lenard has been working with the team for months. Lenard has also represented Craig Stebic whose wife Lisa has been ...
Connecticut Public Defender Thinks Seattle DUI Lawyer Nick Juhl is a Douchebag (Seattle Weekly)
I know, I know. That headline makes you rethink all you thought you knew about the practice of law. Lawyers? Douchebags? But it's true: Someone somewhere thinks a Seattle DUI lawyer is wor... Continue reading "Connecticut Public Defender Thinks Seattle DUI Lawyer Nick Juhl is a Douchebag"