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Martin Shkreli "Did Not Mean Any Disrespect," His Lawyer Says With a Straight Face
Today, Martin Shkreli testified before Congress in what should have been a routine hearing wherein the congressmen yell at the bad man, the bad man pleads the Fifth and everyone goes home unsatisfied. But this is Martin Shkreli and that is not exactly ...
Law Student Allegedly Involved In Torture Plot Becomes Lawyer
Lots of prospective lawyers worry about the passing the required character and fitness review, concerned some minor youthful indiscretion will cost them their dream of being a lawyer. If you're a law student currently fretting that you've taken out ...
Former Missouri Lawyer of the Year accused of pocketing trust funds
Owens was named the 2003 Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, and a Super Lawyer by Kansas City Magazine. He was named to the Kansas City Business Journal's Best of the Bar from 2002 to 2008. He is a former president of the Association ...
Lawyer nearly falls prey to jury-service scam
Cindy Harrington Napier is a licensed attorney who has practiced for 32 years. But she said she is not “all that cynical” and as a family lawyer, things like warrants are “totally out of my bailiwick.” So when she got a phone message Tuesday from a “Lt ...
8 'Making a Murderer' Updates Since Steven Avery Got a New Lawyer
Netflix's “Making a Murderer” has captivated audiences across America, telling the story of Steven Avery's murder trial for which he was ultimately convicted. Since hiring Kathleen Zellner, who specializes in wrongful convictions, more and more updates ...
O.J. Simpson's Lawyer Says It Wasn't a 'Dream Team': 'It Was a Nightmare Team'
Jenner was murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson's best friend and her ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, played by David Schwimmer, was Simpson's lawyer. One scene in the series shows Simpson threatening to kill himself in the bedroom of Kim Kardashian, ...
SHKRELI'S LAWYER: 'The Martin Shkreli that I know is a genius'
After his client refused to do anything but plead the Fifth during congressional testimony on Thursday, Ben Brafman — the lawyer representing former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli — took to CNBC to defend his client. "I think they invited ...
Martin Shkreli's lawyer: He's got a major PR problem
Martin Shkreli's incessant tweeting and crass statements aren't going to fly with his new hotshot lawyer. Ben Brafman said on CNBC on Thursday that he isn't condoning Shkreli's controversial tweeting. Earlier in the day, shortly after appearing at a ...
Top London Lawyers Now Cost More Than £1000 Per Hour
The cost of hiring a top London lawyer has risen to more than 1,000 pounds ($1,445) an hour, meaning only major companies can afford the biggest law firms, according to a research group. The average hourly fee charged by partners in the city's biggest ...
Biker lawyer says deadly Denver brawl was self-defense
DENVER – A lawyer for a biker club that had a member killed during a knife and gun fight at a Denver motorcycle show last week said on Thursday the man had been trying to disarm a drunken rival and that his comrades were acting in self-defense. Stephen ...
High Rate of Problem Drinking Reported Among Lawyers
Lawyers struggle with substance abuse, particularly drinking, and with depression and anxiety more commonly than some other professionals, according to a new study conducted by the American Bar Association together with the Hazelden Betty Ford ...
Ex-Arpaio lawyer wins settlement to cover his legal costs
PHOENIX - Maricopa County officials have agreed to pay $58,000 to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's former lawyer to cover his costs in hiring an attorney to represent him as a witness in the lawman's racial profiling case. The settlement approved Wednesday by the ...
Lawyer: Mexican actress willing to talk about drug capo
The comments by Harland Braun, Del Castillo's U.S. lawyer, came after prosecutors in her native country issued an order for her to be located and brought in for questioning as part of a probe of possible money-laundering involving Guzman and the ...
Lawyers Suing GM Over Defect Are Now Fighting Each Other
First, the lawyer who exposed the deadly defect urged a judge to remove the three plaintiffs' lawyers leading the litigation, accusing them of conflicts of interest and bungling a key trial against G.M. The three lawyers have fired back, claiming that ...
Don't Do This: Lawyer Steals From Dying Clients
jail If you learned anything during your professional responsibility class in law school, it should have been not to mix your personal money with client funds. It's such a big red flag of bad behavior that knowing that fact alone (and a dash of common ...
Lawyer Who Represented Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin Families Will Endorse Clinton
Al Sharpton; Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Wade Henderson, the outgoing president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “Clinton has laid out key proposals to reform our criminal ...
Lawyer: Omission of Witness Crippled 'Serial' Case's Defense
An attorney told a Baltimore judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast would have been "critical" in the man's first trial, had she been contacted by his original ...
ABA Resolution Stirs Fears of Non-Lawyer Firm Ownership
With the exception of the District of Columbia, no jurisdiction in the country permits non-lawyer ownership of law firms. Those who favor lifting the restriction say it would expand consumers' access to legal services, spur innovation and reduce the ...
Candidate Ronald Newton calls himself a lawyer but not an attorney
Ronald Newton, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, represents himself as a lawyer even though he acknowledges he has never taken the bar exam and is not licensed to practice law anywhere. The distinction, according to ...
Lawyer: 'Serial' defense crippled by omission of witness
BALTIMORE – An attorney told a Maryland judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast would have been "critical" in the man's first trial, had she been contacted by ...
Judge says DC Madam's ex-lawyer can't release her phone records
Presidential campaign-watchers' ears perked up this week when the former lawyer of the so-called D.C. Madam revealed he'd filed a request that would allow him to release his client's phone records that he said “could be relevant” to the presidential ...
Lawyer: New York-Born Man Was Mistreated After Terror Arrest
The lawyer for a New York-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida says the U.S. government owes financial damages for failing to quickly diagnose his injuries after his arrest. A federal prosecutor says the man was treated ...
Pennsylvania lawyer convicted in US of insider trading
His lawyer, Robert Welsh, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sudfeld was indicted in July on charges that he engaged in the insider trading while he was a partner at Fox Rothschild, which represented insurer Harleysville Group Inc in ...
Judge orders refuge occupier Brian Cavalier detained, his lawyer plans to appeal
A federal magistrate judge Friday ordered Brian Cavalier, the self-described "personal bodyguard'' for Ammon Bundy, to remain in custody pending trial, but his lawyer promised to appeal the decision next week. Cavalier's lawyer, Todd Bufferding ...
Lawyer tears into judges for sleeping with hooker at pimp trial
A defense lawyer could barely get through his summations Friday — interrupted by dozens of sustained objections and eye rolls from the judge — as he reminded Manhattan jurors that a hooker who took the stand to defend his client counted cops, FBI ...
Lawyer Says Deal Struck For Savchenko's Return To Ukraine
The lead defense lawyer for Ukrainian pilot and Verkhovna Rada deputy Nadia Savchenko says Russia and Ukraine have agreed to the conditions of her return to Ukraine. Lawyer Mark Feigin told Ukraine's Channel 5 television on February 5 that Savchenko ...
Beauty and the East: The lone foreign lawyer in Afghanistan
I didn't even know where Afghanistan was on a map,” Motley said in the new Al Jazeera America documentary, Motley's Law, about her work as the first — and still only — foreign lawyer licensed to litigate in Afghanistan's courts, which include ...
Review Board: Lawyer suspension should be one year
BLOOMINGTON — A recommendation to suspend a Bloomington lawyer for 90 days for professional misconduct has been extended to a one-year recommendation in a decision by a state review board. In its August recommendation, the Illinois Attorney ...
Grosse Pointe lawyer gets 18 months prison for lying
A Grosse Pointe lawyer is going to prison for 18 months for telling a client in an immigration case to lie in court about a criminal conviction so that he could stay in the country, the U.S. Attorney's office announced today. According to court ...
Texas' porous ethics laws don't require lawyer-legislators to disclose bond work
Under Texas' porous ethics laws, Johnson and other lawyer-legislators don't have to disclose anything about who they're doing bond work for or how much they're being paid. Asked for a list of bond deals he'd worked on, Johnson told the Houston ...
Anti-terror lawyer predicts: US will pass anti-BDS legislation against EU
He is not a prophet, but international lawyer Richard Heideman has been inside and around the halls of power in Israel, the US and the UN, as well as on the front lines of anti-terrorism cases in US courts for decades. So while his predictions may not ...
Arkansas Supreme Court race pits judge vs Little Rock lawyer
The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an ...
Younger lawyers are most at risk for substance abuse and mental health problems, a new study reports
The study was conducted jointly by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, based in Center City, Minnesota. It is built on responses from nearly 13,000 licensed and employed lawyers and judges ...
Detroit-area lawyer gets prison for obstruction of justice
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area attorney who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's office says David Wenger was sentenced Friday. The 70-year-old from Grosse Pointe pleaded ...
Back Shore opponents hire lawyer
A near-month's delay in any public talks regarding a plan for a four-lot subdivision along the ocean side of Gloucester's Atlantic Road has not slowed opponents of the Back Shore project. While his foes have privately raised more than $5,000 and hired ...
Lawyer for Plaintiffs Suing GM Steps Up Criticism of Another
In a court filing on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Lance Cooper, the lawyer who helped bring the switch defect to light, again urged the federal judge presiding over the case to remove a plaintiffs' lawyer, Robert C. Hilliard of Corpus ...
Why an Indian lawyer tried to sue God
Indian lawyer Chandan Kumar Singh recently stunned many Indians when he tried to sue popular Hindu god Ram. Mr Singh told the BBC that he took the action because he felt "Lord Ram was unjust to his wife Sita", and he wanted a court in the eastern state ...
Drunken man who allegedly beat his father to death in Queens acted in self-defense, lawyer says
Safetis' lawyer Michael Schwed said his client was defending himself. “The defendant tells me he was acting in self-defense,” Schwed said. Schwed didn't deny Safetis was inebriated during the incident. “What's there to tell? He admits that he drank a ...
This Pimp's Lawyer Says He's a 'Scumbag' But Not a Sex Trafficker
Karmik Grant-Byas, who's on trial for allegedly promoting prostitution and engaging in sex trafficking. Manhattan District Attorney/Studio/Manhattan DA's Office. Most lawyers would be mortified if they were ever publicly compared to Saul Goodman, the ...
"Pharma Bro" lawyer donates to Todd Kaminsky Senate campaign
The Democratic candidate for the state Senate seat left vacant after ex-Majority Leader Dean Skelos' December conviction on federal corruption charges received a campaign donation from the powerhouse defense lawyer representing reviled "Pharma bro" ...
For a lawyer, nothing can replace experience
There are obvious skills that a good trial lawyer typically will possess, including credibility, an ability to persuade, and the skill to take complex facts and issues and distill them into an easy narrative. But none of those skills takes the place of ...
Lawyer's own view of 'train wreck' performance doesn't justify resentencing, top state court says
An Arkansas judge should not have granted a new sentencing hearing for a death-row inmate based on his lawyer's concession that his performance in the trial's last phase was “a train wreck,” the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled. The court said the ...
Russian Lawyer Fears Tiger and Goat Union Could Turn Kids Gay
But Novosibirsk lawyer Alexei Krestyanov claims the animals' domestic harmony could harm children by provoking “interest in non-traditional sexual relations,” The Guardian reports. “I think the positive coverage of this topic is nothing less than ...
Bits | Daily Report: Waiting for the FCC's Lawyer to Take Another Stand
In two years as the F.C.C.'s general counsel, his job has been to defend the commission's contentious policy that would classify Internet providers as utilities. These rules, generally known as net neutrality, are widely supported by Internet companies ...
St. Louis Lawyer Buys Super Bowl Ad To Tell Stan Kroenke To Get Fucked
I put out a call during last night's Super Bowl local ad break for the best and worst of your local markets, and got replies ranging from axe-murderer Joe Jacoby to HVAC-shilling Mike Tyson to an ad in Omaha for a male enhancement doctor who will make ...
Lawyer tells how she nearly fell for jury duty scam
A scammer's warning of missed jury duty was so persuasive that a Kentucky lawyer nearly paid the requested $1,500 “bond” to avoid arrest. The lawyer, Cindy Harrington Napier, shared her experience on Facebook to warn others about the scam, the ...
Chicago Lawyer Runs Seven Marathons in Seven Days
As if running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents isn't enough of a challenge, Chicago lawyer Sarah Ames recently found herself in an unexpected predicament when she set out to accomplish that grueling goal. After a run in Miami, her ...
The Latest: Lawyer: 'Serial' Witness Should Have Been Found
His attorneys have argued that his lawyer was ineffective because she didn't contact an alibi witness, and that cell tower data presented to jurors that linked Syed to the burial site where Lee's body was found was misleading. They say that's because ...
Attorney for Colleen Crowley: Johnny Manziel ruptured client's eardrum
Johnny Manziel hit ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley so hard that it ruptured her left eardrum, Crowley's attorney told Dallas-Fort Worth television station NBC5 on Monday. "They expect [the ear] to heal, but it'll take a while," attorney Kathy Kinser told ...
Former AG becomes DC lawyer, registers as Arkansas lobbyist
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has been sworn in as a lawyer in Washington and will also begin lobbying lawmakers in Arkansas. McDaniel on Monday was sworn in as a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and ...