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Legal News 02/2011



Colo. attorney general expounds on marriage case
A gay rights group Monday disputed Attorney General John Suthers' assertion that a case dealing with federal benefits for homosexual couples in Massachusetts would have an impact on Colorado's ability to reject same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Arraignment set for lawyer accused of killing hunter
Photographers seldom won the smile of Barry R. Groh. But June 27 was an especially happy occasion - the high school graduation party for his younger son, Justin - and so he grinned for the camera. His wife, Theresa, stood beside him, blithely cocking her head upon his shoulder.
Lawyer files case with International Criminal Court over red shirts
Red-shirt lawyer Robert Amsterdam filed a notice with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague yesterday about a "potential crime-against-humanity case" - allegedly committed by the Thai government.
Stanley Ho Makes Hospital Visit as Lawyer Shows Clips
Stanley Ho was taken to a hospital yesterday, as his lawyer showed video clips of the billionaire’s statements on the family dispute over control of his stake in Asia’s biggest casino company.
More hiring, firing by state's attorney
SALISBURY -- The revolving door of prosecutors hired and fired at the State's Attorney's Office continued to turn recently when two assistant state's attorneys were terminated.
Lawyer: Woman called 'Jihad Jane' to plead guilty
Colleen LaRose, the woman who authorities say called herself "Jihad Jane" on YouTube, has changed her mind about fighting government charges that she was plotting to wage violent jihad overseas. She planned to plead guilty at a hearing Tuesday.
Attorney General: "Difficult" to defend Galant appointment
This does not necessarily mean that Yehuda Weinstein has decided not to defend the Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant appointment before the High Court of Justice.
Local attorney’s weight loss leads to healthy lifestyle
Attorney Sharon Miner, of Miner Law Firm in Fenton, is a much smaller version of her former self, having lost and kept off 40 pounds in the past 2½ years.
Lawyer accused of lying to judge
Sheffield Nelson’s legal battle against the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has opened a new front, with his attorneys accusing the agency’s top lawyer of lying to a circuit judge and submitting misleading records to the court last year in a lawsuit over turkey hunting.
Lawyer in investment scam warning
A Belfast lawyer warns the public to remain vigilant about possible investment scams.
Pakistan defers assassin's indictment: lawyer
A Pakistani court on Tuesday deferred the indictment of the police commando who confessed to killing one of the country's most liberal politicians, his lawyer said.
Vero Beach city attorney may be fired today
Vice Mayor Pilar Turner has asked the removal of Vitunac from his post be considered at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Officer cleared of framing lawyer
A police officer accused of torching his own car in order to frame his lover's husband is cleared.
Ga. gov, attorney general praise health ruling
Top Georgia Republicans on Monday were quick to praise a federal judge's ruling holding the Obama administration's sweeping health care overhaul unconstitutional.
Netanyahu: Only attorney general can decide outcome of Galant report
Only the state's attorney general can decide the ramifications of the report that the incoming Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff illegally took over public land that was not his, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.
Florida Bar: Orlando attorney disbarred, Daytona Beach attorney on probation
An Orlando attorney and a Daytona Beach attorney are among the 20 attorneys recently disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Bar announced.
Florida Bar: Orlando attorney disbarred, Daytona Beach attorney on probation
An Orlando attorney and a Daytona Beach attorney are among the 20 attorneys recently disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Bar announced.
Guy Carpenter Settles Antitrust Case With Attorney General Jepsen For $4.25 Million
Attorney General George Jepsen on Monday announced a $4.25 million settlement with reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter & Company LLC, stemming from a 2007 antitrust case. The state sued Guy Carpenter, a  New York  subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Cos. with offices in Hartford and Norwalk, in 2007 for allegedly conspiring with dozens of other reinsurers, including Excess Reinsurance Underwriters to ...
Spanish judge rejects 'baby-theft' probe
Spain's attorney general's office on Tuesday rejected a demand that it open a national probe into allegations that newborn babies were stolen from their mothers and sold to other families for decades under a policy approved by Franco's dictatorship.
Attorney Writing Book About McKeesport Runaway Held Captive
The attorney for a woman who was 14 when she ran away with a 38-year-old school security guard who later continued a 10-year sexual relationship with her is writing a book about the woman's ordeal.
Columbus lawyer offers public-records insights
Mark H. Troutman, a lawyer with Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor in Columbus, regularly offers up useful tip sheets on Ohio public records laws and related legal developments. Troutman and his law firm gladly share their insights -- generally aimed...
Attorney writing book on Pa. runaway held captive
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The attorney for a western Pennsylvania woman who was 14 when she ran away with a 38-year-old school security guard who later continued a 10-year sexual relationship with her is writing a book about the woman's ordeal. Attorney Lawrence Fisher represented Tanya Kach in a lawsuit she filed against the guard, Thomas Hose, and various officials in the McKeesport School District ...
Lawyer can't handle opposition, gives up on P2P porn lawsuit
An angry Texas lawyer has dismissed a file-sharing lawsuit on behalf of a pornographic German film called Der Gute Onkel , all thanks to those meddling kids at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen. "The Court appointed a trio of attorneys renowned for defending Internet piracy and renowned for their general disregard for intellectual property law," wrote attorney Evan Stone of ...
Lawyer Concerned For Roger Stockham's Mental State
A lawyer for an Imperial Beach man accused of planning to attack a Michigan mosque says he is concerned about his client's mental state and that he doesn't believe his client meant to hurt anyone.
Attorney: US man suspected of planning attack on mosque says he meant no harm
DETROIT - A lawyer for a California man accused of plotting to attack a Michigan mosque said Tuesday that he's concerned about his client's mental state and that he doesn't believe his client meant to harm anyone.
Attorney: Mosque plot suspect meant no harm
A lawyer for a California man accused of plotting to attack a Michigan mosque said Tuesday that he's concerned about his client's mental state and that he doesn't believe his client meant to harm anyone.
Attorney General Bruning Announces Top 5 Consumer Complaints
Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced the top 5 complaints received by his Consumer Protection Division mediation center in 2010.
Lawyer: Mosque plot suspect says he meant no harm
DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer for a California man accused of plotting to attack a Michigan mosque said Tuesday that he's concerned about his client's mental state and that he doesn't believe his client meant to harm anyone. Lawyer Mark Haidar told the Associated Press that Roger Stockham, 63, said ...
Lawyer: Valet's family wanted to "look the defendant in the eye"
The mother of a parking valet killed in a hit-and-run accident shook and sobbed during a court hearing today for Eliu Montes-Garcia, one of four people facing charges related to his death.
DOJ attorney leads money race in Wisconsin court battle
It looks like a state Justice Department attorney has the money edge in this spring's state Supreme Court race, at least for now.
Venezuela Attorney Recommends House Arrest for Chavez Prisoner
One of the most high-profile prisoners arrested by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ’s government should be held at home after doctors said she requires an operation to treat cancer, the country’s attorney general said today.
Attorney General: Netanyahu and Barak must decide future of IDF chief post
It is up to the prime minister and defense minister to decide if Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant can be appointed to Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, the attorney general said on Tuesday, in a message he sent to the High Court of Justice.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Interview
Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott talks about yesterday's ruling by a Florida judge that last year’s health-care overhaul overstepped limits on congressional power by compelling people to buy insurance.
DOJ attorney outraised court opponents
MADISON A state Justice Department attorney raised the most money over the last half of 2010 in the race for a seat on the state Supreme Court.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to switch to GOP, sources say
BATON ROUGE -- Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell plans to switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican this week, according to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell Caldwell, who is up for re-election...
Lawyer: Hatch should stay out of jail
A lawyer for Rhode Island's "Survivor", Richard Hatch says her client should not be sent back to prison despite a federal prosecutor's request.
Kane state's attorney supports capital punishment
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said he would urge Gov. Pat Quinn to keep capital punishment in Illinois, if the governor sought his opinion.
Suspended senator's lawyer will try to reopen fraud case
The lawyer for suspended Senator Raymond Lavigne, who is charged with fraud over $5,000, breach of trust and obstruction of justice, is going to ask the court to reopen the case, Crown attorney Jonathan Brunet said Tuesday.
Attorney general blocks appointment of Israeli general
ONLY TWO weeks before Maj Gen Yoav Galant was due to take up the position of Israel’s top general, the country’s attorney general has ruled that he cannot defend the appointment.
Houston Lawyer Could Face Life in Prison if Convicted of Murder-for-Hire Plot
HOUSTON— A lawyer will have to face the jury— but this time his life will depend on it after he turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday. read more
Attorney general blocks appointment of Israeli general
ONLY TWO weeks before Maj Gen Yoav Galant was due to take up the position of Israel’s top general, the country’s attorney general has ruled that he cannot defend the appointment.
Attorney Indicted On Theft Charges
A well known attorney in Wilson County has been indicted on charges he stole more than a quarter of a million dollars. The victims are family friends who trusted him with their estate.
Defence lawyer worried after questions arise about Calgary pathologist's work
CALGARY - Alberta's legal community weighed in Tuesday following word that justice officials are reviewing a former forensic pathologist's work.
Rapid City attorney Foye dies at age 80
Longtime Rapid City attorney Tom Foye died Tuesday of natural causes at his home.
Senate panel hires attorney for Ensign ethics probe
The Senate ethics committee has hired a prominent Washington attorney to investigate allegations against Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign, a sign that it is stepping up its probe into how he dealt with the fallout from his extramarital affair with a senior aide's wife.
Attorney General Caldwell to Switch Parties
Democratic Attorney General Buddy Caldwell plans to switch parties this week, becoming the latest high-profile Louisiana defection to the GOP, according to persons with knowledge of the situation.
Stroudsburg attorney running for county judge
Stroudsburg attorney Gerard Geiger is running against three other candidates for one of two Monroe County Common Pleas judge seats.
Lawyer asks for teen accused in McKeesport slayings to be tried as juvenile
A lawyer for one of two teens charged with shooting three people dead at a party in McKeesport last year asked Tuesday that his client be tried as a juvenile.
Attorney fights Indian crime
Clifford Wardlaw is an assistant U.S. attorney with a difficult and largely below-the-radar job. In an era when U.S. attorneys are battling terrorism and Ponzi schemes, Wardlaw does the hard-but-necessary work of prosecuting serious crime on Minnesota's Red Lake Indian Reservation.
True Death Toll of Mesothelioma Still Underestimated, New York Attorney Says
NY mesothelioma attorney Joseph W. Belluck points to new asbestos use study which estimates that 20 percent of mesothelioma deaths go unreported. New York, NY (PRWEB) February 1, 2011 New York personal injury attorney Joseph W. Belluck says a new study underscores the fact that while cases of mesothelioma have increased substantially, the full impact of asbestos cancer remains far bigger and is ...