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Lawyer: Suspect imagining events
TEXARKANA, Texas -- The lawyer representing a Texarkana grandmother accused of murdering her former son-in-law refers to delusions in a recently filed motion for a mental evaluation. Annette Fisher, 53, was arrested July 22, minutes after Russell Scott ...
Russia Is Investigating A Dead Lawyer Over The Fraud He Exposed
Russia Is Investigating A Dead Lawyer Over The Fraud He Exposed. EU member Cyprus is now helping Russia in proceedings against Sergei Magnitsky, a whistleblowing lawyer who died in prison after the men he accused of stealing $230 million had him ...
Dxhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyer argues for new trial
Tsarnaev's lawyer will head to court on Tuesday to ask the judge to grant him that new trial. Tsarnaev will not be at the hearing. He is currently being held on death row at the Supermax Facility in Colorado. His lawyers argue that a June supreme court ...
Local lawyer L.J. Blackwood II disbarred
The action by the North Carolina State Bar came amid "allegations that Blackwood misappropriated at least $87,938 of funds entrusted to him on behalf of clients," North Carolina Lawyers Weekly reports. He voluntarily surrendered his license, according ...
Lawyer Who Won DOMA Case Shares Journey In New Book
With her 83-year-old plaintiff Edie Windsor looking on, lawyer Roberta Kaplan makes a statement to the media in front the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, D.C., the second day of arguments in the case challenging the Defense of Marriage ...
Being A Public Interest Lawyer
sad woman lawyer It's been a year since my first post at Above the Law — don't you feel lucky?! — and I figure the occasion calls for some reflection. Not reflection about student loan debt or legal aid funding or systemic racism or some cause du ...
Kingston lawyer Eric Schneider found guilty of professional misconduct but can ...
Kingston lawyer Eric Schneider found guilty of professional misconduct but can ...
Senate's top lawyer, Scott adviser will compete for judgeships
George Levesque, the chief counsel to the Florida Senate, is one of 30 candidates for two upcoming vacant judgeships on the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. He'll be interviewed next week by a nine-member DCA nominating commission that ...
Willoughby lawyer permanently prohibited from practicing law
Willoughby lawyer permanently prohibited from practicing law. By Staff report, The News-Herald. Posted: 12/01/15, 1:31 PM EST | Updated: 20 secs ago. # Comments. The Ohio Supreme Court has permanently prohibited Willoughby attorney David H. Davies ...
UPDATE 1-Jailed Libor trader Hayes denied fair trial, lawyer tells London ...
UPDATE 1-Jailed Libor trader Hayes denied fair trial, lawyer tells London ...
Ex-lawyer fined for practicing without license
Police say Burton Berman, 81, was disbarred in California in 1989 for being involved in a money-laundering scheme. At a hearing Monday, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized practice of law, and Lancaster County Judge Matt Acton ...
Why you should lawyer up before a cyberattack
Lawyers advise enterprises to establish preemptive legal protection before suffering a cyberattack. While one might expect lawyers to say that, there are some reasons to take this advice. Namely, a federal district court in Minnesota found in October ...
Lawyer: Boy Taken by Dad in 2002 Has Visited Mom in Alabama
Bobby Hernandez, right, listens to defense attorney Ralph DeFranco in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court before pleading not guilty to kidnapping and other charges on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Cleveland. Authorities allege Hernandez took his ...
Exxon taps high-profile lawyer to fight NY climate change probe
WASHINGTON Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) has hired a star attorney in an aggressive response to mounting scrutiny over the company's climate change disclosures, according to people familiar with the matter. They identified the attorney as Theodore V. Wells ...
Lawyer: Maxim scammer turned on me to avoid jail time
Prosecutors allege Newkirk worked closely with Darden to cook up fake documents and was a knowing co-conspirator when Darden impersonated his father in phone calls to investors. Newkirk's lawyer claims he is a “victim” who was duped by the younger ...
Can a Lawyer Oppose a Client's Plea to Live?
Can lawyers stop their own client from challenging his death sentence? Apparently, in Texas, they can. A lawyer's most fundamental professional obligation is to "zealously" advocate for the client and uphold "justice." Lawyers cannot give up working on ...
Bellefontaine mom's lawyer seeks to move trial, change prosecutors
Brittany Pilkington sits in Logan County Court for her arraignment hearing with her lawyer Marc Triplett in Bellefontaine, Ohio on Aug. 26, 2015. Triplett has filed nearly 50 motions challenging evidence in the case and seeking to move the trial out of ...
Lawyer: Boy taken by dad in 2002 has visited mom in Alabama
CLEVELAND (AP) — A boy who was taken from his Alabama home by his father in 2002 and raised in Ohio under a new identity recently reconnected with his mother in Alabama, the father's attorney said Tuesday after his client pleaded not guilty to ...
Lawyer For Man In Clinic Attack Wants To Bar Publicity
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Defense attorneys for the man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic want a judge to limit what law enforcement and attorneys can say about the case. In court documents ...
Convicted killer blames his lawyer
TROY — Convicted double-murderer Michael Mosley said Tuesday his high-profile Albany lawyer ignored several possible defense strategies at trial — and once curtly dismissed him with a four-letter word. Mosley, 45, broke down in tears and heavy ...
Justices disbar lawyer for $150K theft, other misconduct
An Indianapolis lawyer has been disbarred for stealing about $150,000 from his clients, “disclosing client confidences for purposes of both retaliation and amusement, threatening and intimidating his office staff (and) lying pervasively to all comers ...
Monessen lawyer accepts disbarment
The Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court Tuesday announced Tuesday that Mark S. Galper has been disbarred on consent, having submitted a statement of resignation. The disbarment will take effect Dec. 31, 2015. The Supreme Court order was ...
Wake Up Call: Climate Change Advocates Should Use Courts, Lawyer Says
Dutch lawyer Roger Cox argues that climate change advocates should use the courts to force governments to take policy actions to fight global warming. In a recent ruling, a Dutch court accepted most of his arguments and now Cox is taking his case to ...
Exxon hires 'deflategate' lawyer for climate investigation
ExxonMobil Corp. has hired the lawyer famous for investigating the “Deflategate” scandal to defend the company during a probe into whether it mislead the public about its climate change research. Ted Wells and a partner will represent Exxon in New York ...
Old Lady Lawyer: Misery Does Love Company — Bar Exam Horror Stories Edition
old lady lawyer elderly woman grandmother grandma laptop computer For readers of last week's column on the misery that was my bar exam, I asked those with similar horror stories to share them, and I have some great ones. It's not just in California ...
Lawyer seeks suit dismissal due to AG's suspended law license
An Allegheny County attorney has filed a motion seeking dismissal of his client's criminal charges based on state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's suspended law license. Dion McBride, 39, is charged with 13 counts related to a scheme involving dozens ...
Atlanta Lawyer Observes Israeli Legal System [AT ISSUE]
Sponsored by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its Lawyers for Israel Society, the weeklong study mission included lectures and meetings with Israeli law professors, judges, prosecutors, the deputy national public defender, practicing attorneys ...
Lawyer who embezzled over $100K from clients gets year in jail
Disgraced ​ex-​counselor Kenneth Gellerman deposited settlement checks into his own accounts, and on a number of occasions even pocketed funds after settling cases without his clients' knowledge. He faced 15 years on the top count of grand larceny, ...
Lawyer Gets $150K Bonus! (By Misappropriating Client Money… Then He Gets ...
Lawyer Gets $150K Bonus! (By Misappropriating Client Money… Then He Gets ...
Lawyer in forfeiture case claims Pinal threatening sanctions
In pleadings filed in federal court here, Emma Andersson of the American Civil Liberties Union said a lawyer hired by the county sent her a letter claiming the lawsuit was "politically motivated.'' The case claims that County Attorney Lando Voyles and ...
Lawyer for indicted state auditor grills FBI accountant in second day of hearing
... in the case because, during his investigation of Kelley, it was revealed he was a witness in a separate Chicago-based FBI investigation into alleged tax evasion. Beisheim had issued a check to an unidentified Chicago lawyer while comptroller of the ...
Lawyer's poke at Hardesty falls flat
Nevada Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty speaks to a member of the media during a campaign to launch an effort to pass Question 1 at Sahara West Library Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Question 1, if passed on the Nov. 4 general election ...
Nit-writ lawyer a perfect match for sleazy Skelos
After days of damning testimony by Bjornulf White, Adam's supervisor at an environmental-technology firm called AbTech, young Skelos' lawyer Christopher Conniff essentially tried to convince the jury that White was a rat trying to chew his way out of a ...
Books: The chutzpadik Jewish lawyer
The legendary lawyer who has made a public career of defending Israel and has recently been taking shots at the UN and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign is taking a slightly different tone with Abraham: The World's First (But Certainly Not ...
AG: Retired Pennsylvania lawyer illegally practiced law
The state attorney general has charged a retired northwestern Pennsylvania attorney with illegally practicing law — but the man says he's allowed to on a limited basis by state law. Seventy-six-year-old Joseph Kulwicki III, of Meadville, tells The ...
Who killed Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci in southeast Turkey?
Diyarbakir (Turkey) (AFP) - Almost a week after prominent Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci was killed in broad daylight in a street in southeastern Turkey's main city, the Turkish authorities appear no closer to solving the crime amid bitter recriminations ...
Kim Davis' Lawyer Wants Her Named TIME's Person Of The Year
Liberty Counsel, the right-wing legal group that represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her unsuccessful attempt to flout the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling, released a statement yesterday urging its supporters to “vote for Kim” as TIME's ...
Lawyer claims cop was wrongly suspended
BRIDGEPORT - A lawyer representing the Bridgeport police union claims Lt. Lonnie Blackwell was wrongly suspended Thursday in connection with a racist hate letter. “I would hope that the chief (Joseph Gaudett) would reconsider his action because it is ...
Spring Valley: Court boots lawyer in case seeking to oust Delhomme
Three Spring Valley residents seeking to oust Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme have had an appellate panel kick their attorney off the case. The Appellate Division ruled attorney William Gerard cannot represent the residents because a conflict ...
'This is politics, your honor': Walter Reed's lawyer argues campaign spending ...
'This is politics, your honor': Walter Reed's lawyer argues campaign spending ...
Sheldon Schlesinger, Lauderdale lawyer who led fight against tobacco industry ...
Sheldon Schlesinger, Lauderdale lawyer who led fight against tobacco industry ...
Judge: Lawyer for Washington Auditor to Hold Disputed Money
A judge on Thursday ordered the Justice Department to turn over nearly $1 million to a lawyer for indicted Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley — but he can't spend it without permission. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton upbraided federal ...
VW Lawyer: Consolidate Lawsuits Against Carmaker in Michigan
A Volkswagen lawyer on Thursday said the company would like hundreds of federal civil lawsuits filed against the carmaker over its emissions cheating scandal to be consolidated in Michigan. Volkswagen's attorneys were among hundreds of lawyers at a ...
Once A Lawyer, Not Always A Lawyer
gavel money (2) Ed. note: Indulge your inner nerd! Welcome to our daily legal trivia question. Lawyerly types are, at heart, type-A personalities that thrive on learning random bits of (mostly) useless trivia. Enjoy! Which successful North Carolina ...
Lawyer for indicted Auditor Kelley to hold disputed $1M
TACOMA — A judge on Thursday ordered the Justice Department to turn over nearly $1 million to a lawyer for indicted Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley — but he can't spend it without permission. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton upbraided federal ...
Judge orders takeover of controversial Minneapolis lawyer's assets
A federal judge ordered the liquidation of Minneapolis lawyer Paul Hansmeier's assets Thursday, finding that he had sought bankruptcy protection with one purpose: “to thwart the collection efforts of his creditors.” The U.S. bankruptcy trustee ...
Lawyer who backed shared parenting initiative says task force stacked against ...
Lawyer who backed shared parenting initiative says task force stacked against ...
Court: Nashville lawyer's arguments rambling, incomprehensible
The Tennessee Supreme Court said in a Thursday ruling that the state system for disciplining attorneys was constitutional and a Nashville lawyer's arguments otherwise were rambling and bordering on incomprehensible. The court on Thursday upheld the ...
Latest: Lawyer: Release of Chicago Shooting Video Right Step
The attorney for the family of another Chicago man fatally shot by police says the city's reversal on deciding to publicly release video of the incident is a small step in terms of justice. Family members of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson have pressed ...
Akron lawyer dies after settling drawn-out firefighters' lawsuit. Her husband ...
Akron lawyer dies after settling drawn-out firefighters' lawsuit. Her husband ...