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Legal News 02/2016



'DUI' dirtbag drops his lawyer
The real-estate developer charged with abandoning his dying friend after a Hamptons DWI crash has broken with his high-powered lawyer over legal strategy, The Post has learned. Sources close to the case said Sean Ludwick clashed with Manhattan legal ...
Meet America's First Official 'Craft Beer Lawyer'
One of those lawyers is Candace Moon, aka The Craft Beer Attorney. Moon originally planned to become an entertainment lawyer when she enrolled at San Diego's Thomas Jefferson School of Law. But during those three years, three important things ...
House lawyer clears Ritch Workman of Uber conflict
The Florida House of Representatives' top lawyer cleared a member of its leadership team of any conflicts of interest because he moonlights as an Uber driver. In a Jan. 26 memo, General Counsel Matthew Carson told Rules Committee chairman Ritch ...
Voices of the Valley: Devlin Farmer, lawyer/mediator, Maplewood Shops, 2 Maple Ave., Suite 22, Northampton
Years in business: I've been a lawyer for over 15 years but have just recently opened a solo practice in Northampton. What do you offer and to whom? I'm a family law lawyer, mediator and collaborative lawyer who helps families who are separating, want ...
She's a minister, motivational speaker, debate coach … and Bill Cosby's lawyer
When Bill Cosby hired Monique Pressley last summer, he didn't merely sign another Washington lawyer to his burgeoning legal team. He landed a spokeswoman, a relative newcomer to television who quickly flooded the airwaves as the embattled ...
Lawyer: Maine Landlord to Plead Guilty to Killing 2 Tenants
A lawyer for a Maine landlord charged with killing two tenants in 2012 following a dispute over snow removal says his client will change his plea to guilty. The Portland Press Herald ( (link) 1PajEjM) reports that 77-year-old James Pak will plead ...
Steven Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, breaks silence on case
Steven Avery's new lawyer believes forensic testing is the key to freeing her client and says there could be some movement in the case very soon. Kathleen Zellner spoke with WBAY-TV Friday outside Waupun Correctional Institution where Avery is being ...
Lawyer: Racial epithets and harassment at San Jose State were 'pranks'
SAN JOSE -- Lawyers for three former San Jose State students whose allegedly racist behavior toward their African-American roommate in 2013 sparked community outrage and an apology from the university president painted their clients' conduct Monday ...
Cosby Case Highlights a Rivalry Between Two Lawyers
The legal community here is not huge and several of the lawyers involved have long known one another. (By coincidence, in 1983, when Mr. Cosby bought a home in nearby Cheltenham Township, Mr. Castor's father, also a lawyer, represented the seller at ...
Cop says Raritan lawyer undressed her, kissed breast
Prosecutors sent undercover cop after hearing tip that lawyer asked clients to pay him with sexual favors. Loading… Post to Facebook. Cop says Raritan lawyer undressed her, kissed breast Prosecutors sent undercover cop after hearing tip that lawyer ...
State Bar reverses itself, clears lawyer in Racial Justice Act case of wrongdoing
Raleigh, N.C. — A disciplinary panel of the North Carolina State Bar has dismissed a complaint against a lawyer who participated in the first case to be heard under the Racial Justice Act, five months after the lawyer was admonished for her actions in ...
Myron Beldock, Civil Rights Lawyer Who Fought for Lost Causes, Dies at 86
Myron Beldock, a lawyer who championed seemingly lost criminal causes but won freedom for various wrongly convicted men, including the former boxer Rubin (Hurricane) Carter after he had served 19 years in prison for three murders in New Jersey, died ...
Sanctions sought against lawyer in inmate beating suit
(KNOXVILLE) Lawyers for several Knox County jailers being sued over the November 2014 beating of an inmate want his lawyer tossed off the case and gagged from speaking to the press. The federal court action is being sought against Lance Baker, who ...
Officials seek license of St. Charles lawyer over hacked emails
ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A lawyer and part-time prosecutor faces possible loss of his law license for at least a year after being accused of using illegally obtained information from hacked emails in a divorce, lying to a judge about it and threatening ...
Rifle, shotgun hold 'sentimental value' for Springfield defendant, lawyer says
Both the .22 caliber rifle and the Winchester shotgun belonged to Barnwell's now-deceased dad, making them family heirlooms, defense lawyer Renata Rybak explained in Springfield District Court. "They were kept strictly for sentimental value," she said, ...
Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Hired Puff Daddy's Lawyer
In the face of a criminal-court date and a congressional hearing both within 48 hours, most people with their backs to the wall would stay mum, out of the spotlight, head down and focused on getting through the next couple days. But __Martin Shkreli ...
Former lawyer for the 'DC Madam' says names in her records could be 'relevant' to election
[The colorful case of a well-named lawyer]. Now Sibley claims that some never-before-aired information found in the records of said madam “could be relevant” to the upcoming presidential election. How so? Well, he can't say. Sibley is bound by ...
Ex-drug executive Shkreli hires lawyer to celebrities for fraud case
The lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, confirmed on Tuesday that he had been hired to represent Shkreli, who was arrested in December on charges filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. "We are confident that he will be fully exonerated," Brafman said in a ...
Estate lawyer who swindled $3 million gets 4 years in prison
A Mequon lawyer who stole more than $3 million from a pair of her estate planning clients was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert also ordered Sarah E ...
N.J. lawyer accused in sex for legal services sting found dead
RARITAN — A borough attorney accused of offering to represent female clients at a reduced rate in exchange for sexual favors was found dead in his vehicle Tuesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest, the Somerset County ...
Shkreli hires Jay Z, Diddy lawyer
Former drug executive Martin Shkreli, facing an indictment for engaging in securities fraud, replaced his legal team on Tuesday with a New York lawyer whose past clients have included former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and ...
Lawyer Wants Manslaughter Case Put on Hold in Teen's Suicide
A lawyer for a Massachusetts teen charged with manslaughter for allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself asked a judge Tuesday to put the case on hold until the state's highest court decides her appeal. Joseph Cataldo, a lawyer for Michelle ...
Trump didn't repay campaign for corporate lawyer's activity
Donald Trump stepped up his own funding for his campaign last quarter, but that didn't include repaying his company for the threatening letters its lawyer sent his political opponents. Despite an accusation from the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush that ...
Raritan lawyer busted by undercover cop kills himself
Richard P. Schubach was charged Friday with criminal sexual contact with an undercover police officer. Loading… Post to Facebook. Raritan lawyer busted by undercover cop kills himself Richard P. Schubach was charged Friday with criminal sexual contact ...
OJ Simpson not happy with portrayal of lawyer on TV show ads
FILE – In this June 15, 1995, file photo, murder defendant, O.J. Simpson grimaces as he tries on one of the leather gloves prosecutors say he wore the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were... (Sam Mircovich via AP, Pool, File ...
Donald Smith's lawyer asks judge to throw out death penalty
Donald Smith, the accused killer of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, was back in court Tuesday morning as his lawyers asked the judge to take the death sentence off the table. This comes after the Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death penalty law is ...
Bar dismisses grievance against lawyer who worked on Racial Justice Act cases
A N.C. State Bar disciplinary panel has vacated a five-month-old ruling against Cassandra Stubbs, a lawyer who worked on successful Racial Justice Act cases. The panel issued a new order on Monday that dismissed the grievance filed against the Durham ...
Myron Beldock, a Lawyer Who Championed Wounded Outcasts, Right Until the End
By the time Mr. Beldock first heard from Mr. Wagstaffe in 2006, the lawyer was in his late 70s. He had a full docket of lawsuits and appeals. Yet he took on Mr. Wagstaffe, and, in his early 80s, climbed stairs and knocked on doors in East New York ...
Joseph Coffey, Montco lawyer
Joseph A. Coffey Jr., 73, who balanced life as a lawyer, family man, and avid traveler, died of cancer Friday, Jan. 22, at his home in Tequesta, Fla., where he had lived since 2000. Mr. Coffey grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He attended Most Blessed ...
Lawyer: Deal not to charge Cosby was 'irrevocable'
A longtime lawyer for Bill Cosby told a judge Wednesday that he believed prosecutors made an "irrevocable" decision not to pursue sex assault charges against his client in 2005 so the comedian would agree to be deposed in a related civil suit. "I had ...
The Latest: Cosby lawyer thought charges were off the table
Bill Cosby's top lawyer says he thought criminal charges were off the table when he let the comedian testify in a lawsuit over a Pennsylvania woman's claim he sexually assaulted her. Lawyer John Schmitt said Wednesday he usually gets legal agreements ...
Police say she aided her husband, who is accused in a grisly torture plot. How did she become a lawyer?
But lawyers who practice before the bar, former bar officials and a legal ethicist said it is possible for someone to obtain a law license even after committing the kinds of actions investigators have attributed to Shegerian. She now works as an ...
Old Lady Lawyer: When Pedigree Referred To Pets, Not Lawyers
old lady lawyer elderly woman grandmother grandma laptop computer If I hear the word “pedigree” one more time in connection with lawyers, I am going to start barking like a dog. (No snide remarks here, please, that I already bark like a dog in my ...
Former D.C. Madam's Lawyer Says Her Little Black Book May Include a Name Connected to the 2016 Campaigns
The former attorney of Deborah Jeane Palfrey (also known as the infamous D.C. Madam), Montgomery Blair Sibley is attempting to release the names of 815 of her past clients, as well as the records of 40 other D.C. escort services. And in the lead-up to ...
Immigration Reform 2016: Bernie Sanders Staffer Becomes First Undocumented Immigrant Lawyer In NY
CesarVargas Cesar Vargas, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition and a Latino outreach strategist for Bernie Sanders, was sworn in as a lawyer in New York this week. Above, he speaks while flanked by Reps. Bill Foster, D-Ill., and Jared Polis, D ...
New lawyer silences bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli
NEW YORK – Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled. A new lawyer in a federal securities fraud case against Shkreli told reporters outside court on Wednesday that his client would stop ...
Bill Cosby's Lawyer Says Former District Attorney Made Promise Not to Prosecute Him: 'A Promise Is a Promise'
That is the issue at the heart of Cosby's motion to dismiss the criminal charges against him, which has been taking place Tuesday and Wednesday in a Norristown, Pennsylvania, courtroom. His attorneys have argued that Castor did indeed have that power ...
Former lawyer for the 'DC Madam' wants to release her black book
Montgomery Blair Sibley (left), the former lawyer for the DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey (center), wants to release her black book of clients because the records 'may contain information relevant to the upcoming presidential election'. The pair are ...
Clarksville lawyer Herbison suspended for 2 years
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A Montgomery County lawyer was suspended for two years by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday. John Edward Herbison of Clarksville accepted a non-refundable $7,500 fee and failed to prepare an application for ...
Longtime lawyer Lester Carter Jr. dead at 90
Prior to that, Mr. Carter spent six years as a recorder judge, the equivalent of today's District Court judge. Mr. Carter later had a term in the state House of Representatives. He also served over the years as the lawyer for Cumberland County and as ...
Rubén Rosario: A lawyer walks into a bar; substance abuse in the legal profession
I asked Graham Clark, a Mendota Heights-based attorney, what is his favorite movie about a lawyer. Out of the numerous great films about the legal profession, he picked mine: The Verdict. The 1982 film starred Paul Newman as Frank Galvin, an alcoholic ...
An Immigrant's Four-Year Fight to Become a Lawyer Ends in Celebrations
His four-year legal fight to become a lawyer ended on Wednesday in a gilded courtroom in Brooklyn. There, Mr. Vargas, 32, became the first immigrant without legal status to be sworn in as a member of the New York State Bar. After the ceremony at the ...
Former TierOne CEO Gil Lundstrom deserves leniency in sentencing, lawyer argues
Former Lincoln bank executive Gil Lundstrom deserves a sentence below the federal guidelines, his lawyers argued in court filings Wednesday, reminding the judge that probation and home confinement are options. Lundstrom, 74, faces 360 years in prison ...
Ex-con accused of killing Bronx homeless shelter manager claims his lawyer is sabotaging his case
New attorney, same grumbles. The ex-con charged with killing the manager of his Bronx homeless shelter caused a bit of déjà vu Wednesday as he griped that his new lawyer was out to get him. "I believe that he is sabotaging my case. I refuse to consult, ...
Meyer v. Nebraska: As told by the lawyer who won it
Can the government prohibit children from being taught foreign languages in private schools? No, according to Meyer v. Nebraska (1922) — a preeminent case for judicial protection of rights not expressly enumerated in the Constitution. The winning ...
Perfectly Legal Tax Write-off? Lawyer Fees -- Even $1200 An Hour
No one likes paying legal fees, but you can reduce your legal bills and your tax bills by asking the government to share the pain. Lawyers can be expensive. A controversial case in point is Baltimore, which is paying outside lawyers up to $1,200 an ...
The Latest: Lawyer Says Assange May Seek Safe Passage Out
A lawyer working with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he may seek safe passage to Ecuador if he leaves the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in coming days. The lawyer, Melinda Taylor, told The Associated Press Thursday that Assange's decision ...
This hooker says cops, lawyers and judges can't get enough of her
Cops, lawyers and judges have paid to have sex with a curvy, raven-haired prostitute in Manhattan hotels, she told jurors on Wednesday. And even if her pimp abused her — as prosecutors allege — she loves him anyway. “I'm not a victim,” Jennifer ...
SHKRELI'S LAWYER: My client 'is a hero'
Infamous former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli plead the fifth before Congress today, but his lawyer sure had some stuff to say after he and his client were escorted out. Shkreli was called to Congress to testify about his company's purchase ...
Illegal Immigrant Sworn in as Lawyer in New York
An illegal immigrant in New York has been sworn in as an attorney after a long-fought court battle over whether his legal status should disqualify him from practicing law. A panel of judges ruled that 32-year-old Cesar Vargas' immigration status should ...