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Legal News 03/2011



Attorney general files suit for computer kiosk fraud against African American churches
LOS ANGELES – On Monday California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed a lawsuit seeking restitution and civil penalties totaling $803,100 in a scam that defrauded 33 African American churches in Southern California.
Position of city attorney opened to city employees
Qualified city employees have until Friday to apply for the position of city attorney.
Lawyer: Garridos admit kidnapping
Philip and Nancy Garrido have offered a "full confession" to kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and keeping her for 18 years, a defense lawyer says..
Lawyer: Closing Boston schools is discriminatory
BOSTON -- A group of lawyers and educators said Bostons plan to close several public schools is discriminatory.
TV Lawyer Shows: Blood and Documents Beat Speeches Any Day
A legal scholar on the virtues and vices of "Harry's Law," "The Good Wife," and "The Defenders"
Lawyer back in court after jail term
FALLEN lawyer Roger Bradford Nunn has returned to court - this time accused of practising law illegally.
Attorney General Won't Drop Bank Of America Suit
Arizona's new Republican attorney general won't give Bank of America any relief from a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed in the final days of his Democratic predecessor's tenure.
Court: Demjanjuk attorney motions slowing trial
A German court says John Demjanjuk's defense attorney may only file new motions in written form after a flood of requests slowed his trial to a crawl.
Attorney: Oklahoma House panel is ‘secret commission’
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for a state lawmaker accused of bribery says a legislative committee that is investigating him is actually “a secret commission” whose closed proceedings will be a ...
Attorney: Romei Will Continue to Fight
The attorney for the former head of a local non-profit says he will continue efforts to try and reverse his client's felony theft conviction.
Attorney: Okla. House panel is 'secret commission'
An attorney for a state lawmaker accused of bribery says a legislative committee that is investigating him is actually "a secret commission" whose closed proceedings will be a one-sided attempt to protect current or former members of the Legislature who may be witnesses in the case.
Attorney: Man arrested in Rio robbery wasn't involved in planning of heist
Edward Hua Land, a local insurance executive and one of the two men arrested in last Thursday's robbery of the Rio, is an upstanding resident who "had a robbery dropped in his lap," Land's attorney told a Las Vegas judge today.
Gupta lawyer calls SEC charges 'totally baseless'
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A lawyer for Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs Group director facing insider-trading charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission, called the allegations "totally baseless" on Tuesday. "Mr. Gupta has done nothing wrong and is confident that these unfounded allegations will be rejected by any fair and impartial fact finder," said Gary Naftalis, counsel for ...
Lawyer: Fake Utah drilling bids were 'sabotage'
To environmental activists, the ex-wilderness guide is a hero. A prosecutor on Tuesday described him as a saboteur.
Ill. state's attorney faces more charges
MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill., March 1 (UPI) -- Illinois special prosecutors have added misconduct counts stemming from alleged sweetheart plea deals to corruption charges against a county state's attorney.
Lawyer: 'Miguel Cabrera maintains his innocence; we intend to put forth a vigorous defense'
A plea of not guilty has been entered in the Tiger star's DUI and resisting-an-officer-without-violence case. His arraignment scheduled for March 16 was waived, according court documents.
Assasin's Lawyer Says Sirhan Sirhan Was Brainwashed
A lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan, the confessed assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, plans to present new evidence at a parole board hearing tomorrow, suggesting that the Palestinian did not act alone, was potentially brain washed and cannot remember anything about the 40-year-old shooting
Attorney general: Illinois should release FOID card list
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois attorney general says state police must release the name of everyone in the state who is authorized to own a gun. Illinois state police determine who gets a Firearm Owners Identification card, which allows people to own guns. The police have always kept the list private. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan's public access counselor released a letter Monday ...
Attorney General's office warns Washington County residents of scam charity
The company is posing as a charity by asking donations to supposedly help U.S. troops stationed overseas
William Jefferson's appellate lawyer has cancer, asks for delay in oral arguments
WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. William Jefferson's appellate lawyer has lymphoma and will be convalescing from a stem-cell transplant and high-dose chemotherapy in May when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is tentatively scheduled to hear oral arguments in the...
Attorney: Wheaton man charged with hate crime slashed tires to stop noisy parties
A white Wheaton man charged with a hate crime for slashing the tires of his Hispanic neighbors was not motivated by race, but instead by a desire to send a message about manners, according to his attorney.
Lawyer: Chris Simms Will Fight NYC Drugged-Driving Charge
Chris Simms, son of former Giants legend Phil Simms, will fight to clear himself and defend his rights and reputation after being charged with driving while high on marijuana, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Sheen Answering Producer's `Outrageous Insults'
Charlie Sheen ’s lawyer says the star of CBS ’s “Two and a Half Men” took to the airwaves to defend himself against comments by show producer Chuck Lorre , including “outrageous insults” that appeared on TV after some episodes.
Attorney angered by Utah police organization's release
SALT LAKE CITY — The attorney for a man recently released from jail has some strong words for the The Fraternal Order of Police, Utah State Lodge.
Lawyer's contract up to Forsyth commission
Lawyer's contract up to Forsyth commission
Illinois Attorney General Instructs Police to Release Names of Gun Owners
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a letter instructing state police to release the names of authorized gun owners in Illinois to the press, the Associated Press is reporting. State police had initially denied the AP's request for a list of Illinois residents with a Firearm Owners Identification card on the grounds that disclosing the names would violate the privacy of gun owners ...
California Attorney General Kamala Harris asks court to lift gay marriage stay
LISA LEFF Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO California's attorney general on Tuesday joined lawyers for two same-sex couples and the city of San Francisco in asking a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's voter-approved ban. The latest offensive against Proposition 8 came when state Attorney General Kamala Harris told ...
Attorney General Asks Court To Lift Gay Marriage Stay
The state attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex unions.
Calif. attorney general urges court to let gays marry
Calif. attorney general urges court to let gays marry - With the legal battle of the Proposition 8 ban on
Attorney General Kamala Harris Asks To Resume Gay Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO — California's attorney general asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex unions.
Attorney General Asks Federal Court To Allow Gay Marriages While Ban Is Considered
California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex unions.
Defense attorney subpoenas city manager, six others in Columbus Parks and Rec case
The defense attorney for the East Marietta Basketball Inc. director implicated in Columbus’ Parks and Recreation scandal has subpoenaed the city manager, a deputy city manager and the city finance director for a hearing set for noon Thursday. Columbus attorney Frank Martin , who represents East Marietta Basketball director William Fox, said he also had Muscogee sheriff’s deputies deliver ...
Lindsay's Super Lawyer Scores Another Sweet Deal—This Time for Montana Fishburne
Can we all just take a moment to admire the legal eagle extraordinaire that is Shawn (she's dropped the "Chapman") Holley? OK, then. While usually making headlines for her...
Lawyer: Sirhan did not act alone
LOS ANGELES, March 1 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Robert Kennedy's confessed assassin says he plans to present evidence Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone, ABC News reports.
Attorney calls council member's flier 'highly irresponsible'
High-profile attorney Rusty Hardin is calling one Houston City Council member's flier 'highly irresponsible'
Baby Joseph's family no longer has Toronto lawyer
The Toronto lawyer who was helping the Windsor, Ont., parents of a terminally ill baby is no longer representing them, a family spokesperson said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Garridos have admitted kidnapping
PLACERVILLE, Calif., March 1 (UPI) -- The California couple charged with kidnapping schoolgirl Jaycee Dugard and holding her for 18 years have confessed in a bid for mercy, a lawyer says.
U.S. attorney's office seeks outeach to Muslims
Assistant U.S. attorney Zia Faruqui is appointed as ombudsman here. 
Former Commonwealth's Attorney Indicted
A former commonwealth's attorney was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday after information was leaked in a drug investigation.
Missing Madoff's Fraud Gives SEC Lawyer Cover: Ann Woolner
Just when the Securities and Exchange Commission might hope to shed some of the shame of missing the biggest investment scam in U.S. history comes news that its own top lawyer profited from the scheme.
Lawyer: Ex-Wis. archbishop's letter 'smoking gun'
A 2003 letter from then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan shows he was more concerned about the church's reputation than the actions of an abusive priest, an attorney for nearly two dozen alleged Wisconsin sex abuse victims claimed Tuesday.
Attorney raises conflict of interest questions
An attorney who represents the Hackensack police officer who has added the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office to her civil lawsuit filed against suspended Hackensack Police Chief Charles "Ken" Zisa and the City of Hackensack has asserted that the hearing officer for the officer's recently concluded disciplinary hearing had a conflict of interest.
California Attorney General asks court to lift gay marriage stay
Attorney general urges appeals court to allow same-sex marriages during proceedings
Lawyer: Fake Utah drilling bids were 'sabotage'
Tim DeChristopher, ex-wilderness guide, looked like trouble.
California should allow gay marriage: attorney general
California's attorney general urged a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday to permit gay marriages while it considers whether to overturn the state's ban on same-sex weddings.
Attorney general asks for investigation of Menard lieutenant's workers' comp cases
On the same day the state sent Menard Correctional Center Lt. Jay K. Ziegler a temporary "total disability" check for $2,092, he was in his boat on Carlyle Lake helping the Murphysboro High School Red Devils bass fishing team at the state finals last May.
Lawyer: Nine reasons SMC is not biased
A LAWYER for the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) on Tuesday denied that its decision to continue disciplinary proceedings against Dr Susan Lim showed it was biased. Senior Counsel Alvin Yeo set out to rebut nine points raised by Dr Lim's lawyer.
Lawyer: I'm guilty of lying in Sen. probe
A Brooklyn lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the feds in a corruption probe of state Sen. Carl Kruger.
Attorney General Gets Involved in Prop. 8 Battle
California attorney general Kamala Harris filed a statement with the ninth circuit court, asking for stay on same sex marriage in California to be lifted.   While the courts make a decision about the appeal in the Proposition 8 trial. “It is unbelievable what this attorney general is doing now she has the arrogance to say she knows better than the court,” said Pastor Jim Franklin of Cornerstone ...
Attorney general: State should release FOID card list
     The question of whether gun owners have the right to confidentiality pitted Illinois’ top prosecutor against its statewide law enforcement agency Tuesday.