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Shaking hands with your lawyer is not a crime, rules an Iranian judge
Atena Farghadani is currently serving 12 years and nine months in prison in Iran for her satirical cartoons. Until last week, she was also facing extra time as punishment for shaking her lawyer's hand. Last year, the young Iranian cartoonist was ...
Successful Lawyer Uses Trophy Husband to Bring Attention to Human Rights
(Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images). Goddess Amal Clooney graced NBC News with her first American network-television interview this week, not to discuss what she was wearing (a dress sewn by angels) or how her hair gets so perfect (each ...
Lawyer: Syracuse jail locks us in a room with unstable clients, creates safety issue
Syracuse, NY -- A Syracuse lawyer this afternoon expressed concern to a judge about visiting his assigned client -- a murder suspect -- in a locked room with no barrier at the Onondaga County Justice Center. Laquan Taylor, 22, was placed in 5B, the ...
'Comebacks for Lawyer Jokes: The Restatement of Retorts'
Can't live with them, can't live without them. No, I'm not talking about clients, or spouses, or anything other than lawyer jokes. And yes, I've heard them all. The dead snakes. The doctor, engineer and lawyer debating which one made the first ...
Cold-case murder suspect's lawyer nicknamed 'Vanna White' during bizarre drug trial
But defense lawyer Ken Moynihan wasn't off the hook: U.S District Judge Glenn Suddaby ordered him to attend the trial anyway due to Wilson's bizarre behavior. Wilson told the jury: "I'm not a lawyer, so I'm not an arrogant (expletive)." Assistant U.S ...
Lawyer stabbed doc wife 21 times then enjoyed a cigarette: prosecutor
The Scarsdale pediatrician who was allegedly stabbed to death by her tax-lawyer hubby recently confided to pals that she had grown increasingly scared of her estranged spouse — to the point where she even changed the locks on her house, prosecutors ...
Child pornography convict sentenced for lying to get a free lawyer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An Ontario County man convicted of transporting child pornography was sentenced to prison today for lying to federal authorities to get a free court-appointed lawyer. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford sentenced Joseph Jenkins, 46, ...
Lawyer says he's unqualified for death penalty case
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The man deputies said shot and killed his wife and her friend last summer was back in court Thursday. The judge is sorting out some legal issues before James Colley Jr. heads to court to face a murder charge. Police arrested ...
Lawrence Phillips -- Suicide Note Wasn't His Handwriting ... Lawyer Says
0122-lawrence-phillips-GETTY-02 Multiple people connected to Lawrence Phillips -- including his criminal attorney -- tell TMZ Sports the suicide note found with his body was NOT in the NFL star's handwriting ... adding more doubt to claims he took his ...
I'm a successful lawyer and mother, because I had an abortion
So begins an unprecedented friend-of-the-court brief filed this month by 113 lawyers who have had abortions, asking the Supreme Court to strike down a Texas law aimed at closing abortion clinics in the state. This quote, although not my own, explains ...
BPD officer's lawyer: Lewd photo shouldn't have upset teen girl
A lawyer for a Boston police sergeant is fighting charges the officer sent sexual images to a teenage girl, an accusation he added should not have upset the alleged victim since such photos are all over the Internet. Edwin Guzman had a new court date ...
Convicted NY Lawmakers Tapped Campaign Funds for Lawyer Fees
Andrew Cuomo, whose campaign spent $400,000 for lawyers representing him in the federal investigation of his abrupt shutdown in 2014 of the Moreland anti-corruption commission. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara this month said their probe found "insufficient ...
Steven Avery's New Lawyer Defends His Innocence on Twitter: He Was 'Framed'
Steven Avery's new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has taken to Twitter to defend her client's innocence. The Illinois attorney claims that the Making a Murderer subject “remains innocent [and] framed.” In a series of tweets, Zellner criticized the ...
Charlie Sheen's Lawyer Says Denise Richards Is 'Being Greedy' After Her Attorney Called His Comments 'Inappropriate'
"Patty is just the latest in a long string of lawyers who Denise has hired to squeeze as much money as she can out of Charlie. This motion has nothing do with their children. Denise is simply being greedy. She isn't satisfied receiving $55,000 per ...
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Removes Her Agency's Top Criminal Lawyer
Among the people the agent apparently monitored for using the hashtag: one of the agency's lawyers, civil-rights division chief Erious Johnson. When Rosenblum did not take immediate action in October, the Urban League of Portland, whose executive ...
Conway attorney first forensic lawyer-scientist in Arkansas
Attorney Brad J. Williams has earned his place in an esteemed group of lawyers, as one of only 38 American Chemical Society - Chemistry and the Law Division Forensic Lawyer-Scientists in the world, and the first in Arkansas. “I'm extremely proud of ...
Lecture preview: Lawyer's memoir recounts stories of justice and redemption
At first Bryan Stevenson was conflicted about whether writing a book on his life's work was the best use of his time. The lawyer and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative has had no shortage of work with the Alabama legal practice he ...
Editorial: Poor Idahoans deserve a lawyer
Indigent and possibly innocent Idahoans will not find justice until the state fulfills its duty to provide them effective legal representation. Their search goes on. Thursday, a Boise judge dismissed an effort by four defendants, including one from ...
Lawyer fights for the gig economy's little guy
Shannon Liss-Riordan made a name for herself defending workers against FedEx, American Airlines and Starbucks in wage and hour lawsuits. If you're an executive and she's knocking at your door, it means your company has been accused of doing ...
Lawyer says justice not being sought in illegal wiretapping case
The lawyer of former Eskişehir Police Department intelligence unit chief Mustafa Arık, who were arrested pending trial in a government-initiated operation into alleged illegal wiretapping last year, has said those conducting the trial are only going ...
The $40/Hr Defense Lawyer: Making A Murder Attorney Dean Strang Discusses The Economics of Innocence
One of the central themes of the Netflix NFLX -7.00% documentary Making a Murderer was the imbalance of resources between the prosecution in the Steven Avery case, and between Avery's own defense team. But with a few brief exceptions, there wasn't ...
Lawsuit filed against Utah over your right to a lawyer
The two men, who face prison time if convicted in their individual cases, accuse Washington County of not adequately paying, preparing and training attorneys who are appointed to those who cannot afford a lawyer. “Hampered by a lack of experience, ...
Lawyer: Don McClean's Wife No Longer Seeks Protective Order
Singer/songwriter Don McLean released a statement through his lawyer Sunday addressing domestic abuse allegations that prompted his arrest last week. A protection order sought by his wife will be “dismissed by agreement,” Augusta, Maine, attorney ...
New lawyer-inmate meeting restrictions in the works
RACINE COUNTY — Despite no major breaches in security, defense lawyers' practices of meeting jailed clients in holding cell areas behind Racine County criminal courtrooms are about a undergo a major change. It was in 2010 to 2011 that Racine County ...
When Jewish Terrorists Need a Good Lawyer, Better Call Adi Kedar
Yet as the rift between state loyalists and skeptics widens within the National Zionist sector, to which Kedar belongs, the criminal defense lawyer prefers to talk about the law and proper legal procedure. In 1999, the Israeli Supreme Court banned the ...
Making a Murderer: Steven Avery's new lawyer destroys prosecution case via Twitter
Steven Avery has the most successful appeal lawyer in America now on his case, and she's already destroying the prosecution's evidence on Twitter. Kathleen Zellner has overturned more wrongful convictions than any other private US attorney, she claims, ...
Wanted 'SSA Mastermind' Battled to Turn Himself in - Lawyer
The man and his lawyer showed a News24 reporter a series of text messages between police and the lawyer showing that he wanted to hand himself over. "My client has been trying to hand himself over since Monday but no one was prepared to [arrest him]," ...
Lawyer abandons Wisa over legal fee
Jerry Agbenovor, lawyer of embattled hiplife artiste Wisa, abandoned his client in court today for non-payment of legal fees. Speaking to Starr News' court correspondent Wilberforce Asare, Agbenovor confirmed that the budding musician “has not engaged ...
Family of Lawyer Killed by Debris From Church Hit by Lightning Gets $3.5M
COBBLE HILL — The family of a lawyer who was fatally hit by debris that fell from a Brooklyn church after it was struck by lightning has reached a $3.5 million settlement with the church, DNAinfo New York has learned. Richard Schwartz was killed on ...
Lawyer for Walter Scott Family Switches Sides to Endorse Bernie Sanders
The lawyer for the family of Walter L. Scott, who was fatally shot by a police officer in South Carolina, is withdrawing his support from Hillary Clinton and endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Monday afternoon. The lawyer, State ...
Wrong-way cop doesn't remember fatal crash, lawyer says
However, Gallucci and assistant District Attorney Mark Palladino said another lawyer has filed a motion to preserve the blood sample to test it for use in a civil case. Gallucci said a lawyer representing one of the victims in the crash wants to ensure ...
Edison Dem chairman sued by party's own lawyer — or is it former lawyer?
EDISON — The Edison Democratic chairman is being sued right now, but it's unclear whom he'll turn to for advice, because the plaintiff is his legal adviser. Or maybe that's his former adviser. Bhavini Shah had served in the unpaid attorney position ...
Extradited Haifa murder suspect to plead self-defense, lawyer says
A man extradited to Israel last week for a murder in Haifa 18 years ago will plead self-defense when his case goes to trail, his attorney confirmed Monday. Attorney Boris Sherman said his client Gennady Galkin, 43, contends that he stabbed 25-year-old ...
LePage's top lawyer up for judge confirmation as dispute with attorney general heats up
Cynthia Montgomery, the governor's top lawyer since February of 2015, was nominated by LePage in December to serve as a district court judge. Montgomery's confirmation hearing before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee comes amid a dispute between ...
Neulander lawyer: Old lawyer 'woefully deficient,' DA committed 'egregious misconduct'
Syracuse, NY -- Robert Neulander's new lawyer is trying to set his client free by ripping the job his old lawyer did. Gerald Shargel, a high-powered New York City lawyer, filed a motion Friday saying Neulander's conviction should be tossed because ...
Steven Avery's lawyer sells out Minn. event
Extra tickets to a 'Making a Murderer' talk at a Minneapolis brew pub "sold out in minutes," a Minnesota website reports. Defense lawyer Dean Strang will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sisyphus Brewing in Minneapolis. Tickets were $10. In other news ...
State utility consumer advocate office without lawyer
(AP) - The state agency that represents residential and small-business customers is without a lawyer. The Wichita Eagle ( (link) 1RJNql5 ) reports that the lack of legal representation for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board comes after the ...
Lawyer Who Helped Trigger GM Ignition Crisis Says Dismiss Plaintiffs' Lawyers
Lance Cooper, who helped uncover GM's faulty switch in a wrongful-death​suit in 2013, said three other plaintiffs' lawyers had violated fiduciary duties to their clients and faulted their “embarrassing retreat” in being forced to drop a personal-injury ...
Judge sanctions Dallas lawyer for misconduct
In a scathing ruling issued Friday, a state judge in Lubbock declared that prominent Dallas trial lawyer Bill Brewer committed misconduct when he used so-called push polling to improperly influence potential jurors in a West Texas wrongful death and ...
Lawyer wants evidence tossed in coach's case
NORTH ANDOVER — The lawyer for a former North Andover swim coach alleged to have given a student athlete OxyContin and Valium is trying to get evidence in the case thrown out, saying police did not have a warrant to obtain Elizabeth Backler's lists of ...
Lawyer: Palestinian Hunger Striker's Health Deteriorating
The health of a Palestinian journalist detained by Israel who has been on a 63-day hunger strike is deteriorating, lawyers and supporters said Tuesday, while the Israeli hospital where he is being held said his condition has not changed significantly ...
Salah's lawyer to Court: If Torah Hamelech is not incitement, neither are sheikh's statements
Sheikh Raed Salah's lawyer on Tuesday hit the Supreme Court with an unexpected dilemma as he tried to convince them to acquit his client of incitement, asking how they could let his conviction stand when they had just passed on declaring Torat Hamelech ...
Local lawyer shares lead in legal action against Excellus
The first winners have emerged in the legal action against Excellus BlueCross BlueShield over the massive intrusion into the Rochester insurer's computer systems. The victory goes to neither Excellus nor the millions of the company's customers whose ...
Forces of I.Coast leader must be probed for abuse: lawyer
The Hague (AFP) - Lawyers representing more than 1,000 people claiming to have been victims of violence committed by the forces of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara urged the International Criminal Court Tuesday to speed up a probe into their ...
LePage's top lawyer wins committee's approval to be a judge
The hearing was also marked by an unexpected appearance by LePage, who hurried up two flights of stairs at the State House to defend his top lawyer. The governor's impromptu visit was also apparently triggered by a comment by Sen. Roger Katz, a ...
Winston & Strawn lawyer to represent moviemaker funded by 'Star Trek' fans
A Winston & Strawn partner will boldly go where no lawyer has gone before to represent a movie production company making an unauthorized "Star Trek" film crowdfunded by fans. Los Angeles-based partner Erin Ranahan was hired pro bono last week by ...
Read New York's Profile of Michael Kennedy, Radical Lawyer and Ivana Trump's 'Avenger,' Who Died Yesterday at 78
He had mostly worked as a radical lawyer, so Kennedy's friends were surprised when he took on Ivana Trump's case in 1991, but clearly she knew something they didn't: The former Mrs. Trump ended up with a rumored $25 million. "I'm ruthless," he told New ...
Ethics charges filed against DOJ lawyer who exposed Bush-era surveillance
A former Justice Department lawyer is facing legal ethics charges for exposing the President George W. Bush-era surveillance tactics—a leak that earned The New York Times a Pulitzer and opened the debate about warrantless surveillance that continues ...
'Affluenza' teen's deportation to US imminent: lawyer
TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - The wealthy Texas youth known as the "affluenza" teen after he killed four people in a drunk driving incident in 2013 should be deported to the United States very soon after dropping a legal challenge in Mexico, his lawyer ...
Yoga Guru Fined $7M for Sexually Harassing Lawyer
Now a Los Angeles jury has ordered Choudhury to pay almost $6.4 million in punitive damages, in addition to $924,500 in compensatory damages, to a lawyer who said Choudhury fired her in 2013 when he discovered she was internally investigating several ...