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The lawyer behind the $10B haul for Madoff victims
The lawyer behind the $10B haul for Madoff victims By BERNARD CONDON The Associated Press Published May 1, 2011 01:01AM MDT New York • Everyone’s mad at Irving Picard. To be fair, his job is thankless. He is the court-appointed bloodhound in charge of hunting down money for the victims of Bernard Madoff, a man who was so skilled at hiding money that he kept the biggest scam in the history of ...
Lawyer killed, son injured in attack
Jaunpur, May 1 (PTI) A lawyer was today killed and his son seriously injured when unidentified persons attacked them with sticks in Barsathi area here, police said.The incident took place this morning when some persons attacked lawyer BM Singh (55) and his son Promod with sticks due to possible enmity, they said.While Singh died on the spot, his son has been taken to hospital in serious ...
Liberia’s main opposition party names Harvard-trained lawyer to challenge incumbent president
MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s main opposition party says it has chosen a Harvard-trained lawyer to challenge the incumbent, a Harvard-trained economist and Africa’s only female head of state, in an October poll.
Attorney general selection works just fine, thanks
Tennessee's unique system of selecting its attorney general works very well and does not need to be redefined, as some legislators want us to believe.
Attorney General Koster Asks Supreme Court to Consider Birds Point Levee Decision
Attorney General Chris Koster said today he asking the United States Supreme Court to review the recent ruling from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the Birds Point levee.
Attorney calls it quits in home invasion case
LOCKPORT—The attorney for accused home invader John P. Corra quit the case last week after Corra filed a grievance against him for not arranging an evidence suppression hearing —a move the lawyer had already made without Corra realizing it.
Feature Obituary: Thomas Laprade, 44, respected attorney, beloved, loving father
Thomas Victor Laprade was a prominent Portland attorney who took on a broad range of complicated cases, from medical malpractice suits to the well-publicized brain harvesting case.
Lawyer, 8 students feted at Toledo Law Day event
A local lawyer and eight area students have been honored at the Toledo Bar Association’s annual Law Day event.
China rights lawyer Li missing, wife pleas for information
One of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, Li Fangping, remains missing three days after he called his wife to say he was being led away by state security police, apparently the latest target of a crackdown on dissent.
Lawyer switch delays teacher's preliminary exam
The preliminary exam for a Plymouth High School teacher facing a variety of charges was delayed Friday because the teacher changed defense attorneys.
Nodine's attorney blasts retrial
BAY MINETTE, Ala. — Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon said she will need several more weeks to review existing evidence and examine new leads before deciding to retry former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine for the murder of April Downs.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff meets with Justice Dept. officials
WASHINGTON — Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff met with two assistant attorneys general last week in Washington in a continued an effort to stave off litigation from the U.S. Justice Department over the state's recently passed immigration reform package.
Attorney general ponders fine against grain processor
WINDSOR HEIGHTS --- The Iowa Attorney General’s office will decide how much Muscatine-based Grain Processing Corp. (GPC) should pay for violating state air and water regulations.
Lawyer: Release Reno woman jailed for serious DUI
Jessica Winkle talks about her 2008 DUI accident, which caused the death of a young motorcyclist, and how it has affected her life since. She is now under house arrest.
Young attorney set to open Blagojevich defense
A young attorney who cut his teeth in rough-and-tumble state courts in Chicago will deliver opening statements for the defense at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich 's corruption retrial. Blagojevich spokesman Glenn Selig tells The Associated Press that 36-year-old Aaron Goldstein will step before jurors on Monday.
City attorney's contract OK'd
Dana Cole/San Pedro Valley News-Sun In a six-to-one vote, the Benson City Council renewed City Attorney Michael J. Massee's contract during a regularly scheduled board meeting Monday night.
Attorney General cracks down on mortgage broker
A local man accused of deceptive loan practices was found guilty in Denver District Court and must pay nearly $1 million in penalties.
Attorney, 36, set to open Blago defense
A young attorney who cut his teeth in rough-and-tumble state courts in Chicago will deliver opening statements for the defense at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial.
China rights lawyer Li missing
He remains missing three days after he called his wife to say he was being led away by state security police. -Reuters
As one Chinese human rights lawyer is released, another disappears
A Chinese human rights lawyer who has gone missing told his wife "I May be gone for some time" before he disappeared.
Georgia Attorney Ken Nugent Fields Two Relay for Life Teams
Attorney Ken Nugent has expanded his traditional participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, by fielding two teams in 2011 – Relay for Life Gwinnet County and Relay for Life Chatham County.
Disbarred attorney jailed
This article has been read 7333 times. A disbarred Canonsburg attorney was arrested Thursday morning, accused of forging the signature of four judges and two attorneys in Washington County and stealing more than $250,000 from two clients.
LAPD, city attorney join probe of L.A. traffic officers who allegedly starred in porn video
The Los Angeles Police Department and city attorney have joined the investigation of two parking enforcement officers accused of participating in a porn film, officials said. The city Department of Transportation employees were placed on administrative leave Thursday pending completion...
Former Corpus Christi attorney takes plea deal for suspended prison term, restitution
Bonilla sentenced to 10 years in prison, which was suspended for 10 years probation
Breen’s attorney defends officer at City Hall
ONEONTA – An attorney for an Oneonta police officer who allegedly beat a man during an arrest said his client is being retaliated against for a sexual harassment complaint made against the city’s former police chief.
Lawyer claims CIDG tampered all plate numbers of Santos' Pajero
Lawyer Rameses Villagonzalo has accused the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-7 of allegedly tampering with the other plate number of the Mitsubishi Pajero owned by his client Bella Ruby Santos.
Lawyer switch delays Plymouth teacher's exam
The preliminary exam for a Plymouth High School teacher facing a variety of charges was delayed Friday because the teacher changed defense attorneys.
Rwanda prosecutor says he'll charge US lawyer soon
Rwanda's top prosecutor said Monday that he is ready to file charges against an American law professor and force the U.S. citizen back to Rwanda to face proceedings for denying Rwanda's genocide.
Lawyer admits laundering nearly $19M in stolen cash for crooked money manager Kenneth Starr
The meds must be working. A lawyer who repeatedly broke down in tears after getting busted turned his frown upside down and pleaded guilty today to conspiring with crooked money manager Kenneth Starr. Jonathan Bristol, 55, told the judge he was taking unspecified drugs prescribed by a shrink, but that...
City attorney's contract OK'd
Dana Cole/San Pedro Valley News-Sun In a six-to-one vote, the Benson City Council renewed City Attorney Michael J. Massee's contract during a regularly scheduled board meeting Monday night.
Galleon’s Raj Rajaratnam Had Emergency Surgery, Defense Lawyer Dowd Says
“It is hoped that he will be recovered sufficiently to return to the courthouse this week,” Dowd said in a statement. He said his client waived his right to be in court during jury deliberations, which began April 25. “The court has approved this absence,” Dowd said in the statement.
Lawyer: Chris Simms arrest due to misunderstanding
A driving-while-high case against Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms was built out of a big misconception, his lawyer told jurors Monday.
Rajaratnam Had Emergency Foot Surgery, Defense Lawyer Says
Raj Rajaratnam, the Galleon Group LLC co-founder awaiting a jury’s verdict in his insider-trading trial, had emergency surgery yesterday to treat a bacterial infection of his foot, according to defense lawyer John Dowd.
Novato lawyer has three lawyer sons admitted to U.S. Supreme Court
George C. Martinez, a longtime Novato resident, has had some interesting experiences during his almost 50-year career as a lawyer, including representing Patty Hearst, the Hearst family heiress who turned bank robber following her 1974 political kidnapping by the leftist Symbionese Liberation Army.
Drabinsky lawyer calls for new Livent trial
Judge should not have trusted recollections of witness, Edward Greenspan tells Ontario Court of Appeal
City Attorney Mulls Charges For Traffic Officers In Porn Flick
The city attorney's office is now reviewing the tape for possible charges while the two officers are getting paid time off.
Oregon U.S. Attorney Holton recalls 9/11
PORTLAND -- U.S. Attorney for Oregon Dwight Holton and his wife Marilyn choked up at the news Of Osama bin Landen's death, reminded of the sadness that followed by 9/11 attacks in New York where they lived. Holton, who was a federal prosecutor, lived just 100 yards from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Video: U.S. Attorney Holton recalls 9/11 attack  He recalled that it was a beautiful ...
Ex-Blago lawyer: 'A tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing'
The prosecution of Rod Blagojevich is “a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” a lawyer for the former governor told the jury during opening statements at his retrial, quoting Shakespeare and touching on a key theme for the defense.
Drabinsky lawyer calls for new Livent trial
Judge should not have trusted recollections of witness, Edward Greenspan tells Ontario Court of Appeal
Attorney pleads not guilty to manslaughter, DUI charges in Rossmoor man's death
WALNUT CREEK -- A Rossmoor attorney on Monday pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving charges filed in an 85-year-old neighbor's death.
Lawyer to money manager Ken Starr pleads guilty
A former lawyer for a large U.S. law firm pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to launder almost $19 million for his onetime client Kenneth Starr, a money manager known for representing celebrities.
Attorney pleads not guilty to manslaughter, DUI charges in Rossmoor man's death
Rossmoor resident is accused of drunken driving, fatally striking man crossing street
April 29 Attorney DeVita Interview on Rajaratnam Trial
April 29 (Bloomberg) -- James DeVita, a lawyer with Day Pitney LLP, discusses the jury deliberations in Raj Rajaratnam's insider-trading trial. Rajaratnam, the co-founder of Galleon Group LLC, is accused of trading on tips leaked by corporate insiders and hedge-fund traders.
Prominent Attorney Jonathon Bristol Pleads Guilty in Kenneth Starr Money Laundering Crime
Kenneth Starr was the owner and president of Starr & Company, LLC, which purported to be in the business of managing the assets of, and providing financial planning advice to, high net-worth and celebrity clients. As you likely figured out already, it's that word "purported" that makes all the difference in the world -- particularly when we're talking about criminal fraud.
Prominent Attorney Jonathon Bristol Pleads Guilty in Kenneth Starr Money Laundering Crime
An officer of the court goes astray
Lawyer Claims Kidd is Delusional
The lawyer representing the woman accused of killing a Eugene police officer has filed a motion to determine if she is fit to stand trial. read more
Celeb adviser's attorney pleads guilty in NYC
An attorney has admitted in New York City he conspired to launder nearly $19 million to aid celebrity financial adviser Kenneth Starr's fraud.
Lawyer for money manager Ken Starr pleads guilty
A former lawyer for a large U.S. law firm pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to launder almost $19 million for his one-time client Kenneth Starr, a money manager known for representing celebrities.
Rwanda prosecutor says he'll charge US lawyer soon
Rwanda's top prosecutor said Monday that he is ready to file charges against an American law professor and force the U.S. citizen back to Rwanda to face proceedings for denying Rwanda's genocide.
District attorney’s office faces cuts
Rock County Court cases could get dismissed or move slowly through the justice system if a state cost-cutting measure forces prosecutors to take additional unpaid furlough days.