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Johnny Manziel hit ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley so hard her eardrum ruptured, her attorney says
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel hit his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley so hard that her left eardrum ruptured and she still cannot hear out of it, Crowley's attorney told Dallas TV station NBC 5. "They expect (her ear) to heal but it'll take ...
School district agrees to pay $273K to lawyer who sued over big bleachers
Community High School District 155 agreed Monday to pay $273,000 in fees to a lawyer who successfully sued the district over the controversial bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School. The figure was less than the $317,000 that attorney Tom Burney ...
Ammon Bundy's lawyers deny breaking legal ethics rule with refuge visit
Militant leader Ammon Bundy ended up hiring a Eugene law firm less than three weeks after its lawyers went to the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to offer their services for free. Two lawyers from Arnold Law Firm had driven in early January ...
Lawyer in Eakin case says deal unlikely
Richard A. Sprague, the prominent Philadelphia lawyer serving as mediator in the judicial misconduct case against state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, suggested Monday that he was unlikely to succeed in brokering a deal to resolve the charges ...
Irvine lawyer in birth-tourism case gets 21 months behind bars
On Monday, the judge chastised Liang for failing in his obligation as a lawyer to help clients navigate the complexities of the legal system. “It reflects very poorly on you,” he said. “I consider it a serious offense.” Liang, wearing light-brown, jail ...
Lawyers, NTSB hold clashing views of Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian
Dozens of personal-injury lawyers also want a crack at explaining what happened, and have filed 111 lawsuits involving the crash. They're taking an adversarial approach and are spoiling to put train engineer Brandon Bostian under oath, since he was at ...
Biafran Activist Nnamdi Kanu in 'High Spirits' Ahead of Trial: Lawyer
A lawyer for Biafran activist Nnamdi Kanu told Newsweek his client is “in high spirits” ahead of the opening of his trial for treason on Tuesday. Members of Nigeria's intelligence agency, the State Security Service (DSS), arrested Kanu—the leader of ...
DC group's ads rip Goodson gifts, trial-lawyer links
An out-of-state group has bought more than $335,000 worth of television ads at stations across the state that highlight gifts and campaign contributions from some trial attorneys to a candidate for the Arkansas Supreme Court. On Monday, the Judicial ...
This lawyer was bombarded with texts from people trying to claim their free Chipotle burrito
Hank Levine, a 64-year-old Bethesda, Md., lawyer, received more than 300 text messages Monday containing just one word: raincheck. The presumably disappointed texters were attempting to claim a free burrito from Chipotle, which was running a promotion ...
Cosby's Ex-Lawyer Dismissed From Lawsuit
A judge has dismissed model Janice Dickinson's defamation claim filed against Bill Cosby's former lawyer for denying her allegations that the comedian had drugged and raped her in 1982. However. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debre Katz ...
Ex-lawyer for 'D.C. Madam' has names, not just client phone numbers
WASHINGTON – For the first time, the former lawyer for “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey says her sealed escort service records, which allegedly could affect the 2016 presidential election, contains customer names, addresses and social security ...
Lawyer Bombarded With Errant Texts Demanding Free Chipotle Burritos
You just had to text the word “raincheck” to the six-digit number 888-222. Except some people inexplicably tried to add a seventh digit. Doing so sends a text, not to Chipotle, but to whomever else in your area code has that phone number. And so that ...
Officer Did Everything Right After Shooting Akai Gurley, Lawyer Says
BROOKLYN SUPREME COURT — NYPD officer Peter Liang did everything right after fatally shooting unarmed Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex, his lawyer said Tuesday. But prosecutors argued that the shooting was no ...
Rapper DMX Rushed to Hospital After Asthma Attack, Says Lawyer
DMX was rushed to a Yonkers, New York, hospital last night after an apparent asthma attack, his lawyer Murray Richman told ABC News. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, was at a local Ramada at the time of the incident, according to both his lawyer and the ...
Martin Shkreli's lawyer bizarrely blames 'nervous energy' for his client's bratty smirkfest on Capitol Hill
Criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman's job is to defend former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli, who may be one of the most disliked people in the country at the moment. Despite the likely difficulty of his endeavor, Brafman did his best on Tuesday to ...
Bingham Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves
Over the past several weeks, some of those lawyers have left Morgan Lewis for new homes. New York-based Phillips Nizer announced in January that it had hired former Bingham partner JARED CLARK as a bankruptcy litigation and restructuring partner in ...
A lawyer's DUI case gets resolved outside of public view in Berks County Court
A Cumru Township attorney's drunken-driving case was handled in an unusual manner in Berks County Court when it was resolved outside of the public's view. Zachary A. Morey was scheduled to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition ...
Martin Shkreli's Lawyer Fires Back at Congress
The lead lawyer for former pharmaceutical company CEO Martin Shkreli is firing back at lawmakers on Capitol Hill after his controversial client was sharply questioned at a hearing last week on drug prices, defending his client's tweet that referred to ...
These common mistakes can lead to lawyer ethics complaints
Often clients mistake lack of news about their cases for lawyer neglect. A failure to return phone calls can make matters worse. Lawyers should write clients to keep them informed about the progress of their cases. And they need to stay in contact even ...
Bribery sentencing near, Maggio hires new lawyer
Conway attorney James Hensley Jr., confirmed Tuesday that he now represents Maggio but said he did not know whether Maggio's previous lawyers are still on the case. Federal court records available online still list attorneys Lauren Hoover and Marjorie ...
Lawyer Fees Soar To $1500 An Hour, But Tax Write-Offs Cut It To $900
Legal costs keep rising, and top lawyer hourly rates are soaring. In fact, legal fees have crossed $1500 an hour. Not long ago $1,000 seemed high. And just recently, the City of Baltimore too flack for paying outside lawyers up to $1,200 an hour in its ...
Birmingham lawyer charged with attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping
James William "Jim" Woolley, a 50-year-old family practice and criminal defense attorney, was booked into the jail just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records. Authorities said the warrants were issued against Woolley on Monday in connection ...
Lawyer for accused slasher swears his client is a 'good guy'
The lawyer for a deranged slasher – who allegedly cut a man in a dispute over a cigarette and a week later randomly sliced open the face of a male stranger – called his client a “good guy.” Francis Salud, 28, was arraigned Tuesday for allegedly cutting ...
Prominent lawyer ditches 'Catch Me If You Can' wannabe
Attorney Eddie Hayes withdrew from the case Tuesday morning because he now doubts that “Catch Me If You Can” swindler Jeremy Wilson, 42, is indeed the offspring of Brian Keenan, he said. Wilson claimed that his mother had a fling with Keenan after ...
2 Killed in Shooting at Alabama Lawyer's Office; 1 Arrested
Sheriff's officials say two people have been killed in a shooting at an attorney's office in Alabama. Marion County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shelly Berry says the suspect in the Wednesday morning shooting has been arrested. Details on the identities of ...
Man accused of planning to 'shoot up' church fails to hire lawyer, has hearing delayed
DETROIT, MI -- A detention hearing for a man suspected of planning a terrorist attack on a local church was delayed for the second time Wednesday after plans for a Buffalo lawyer to represent Khalil Abu-Rayyan fell apart. Abu-Rayyan was charged in ...
Suspended lawyer accused of lying at state bar hearing
Suspended defense lawyer Brian Bloomfield lied under oath before a state bar panel considering action against him over his forgery guilty plea, a prosecutor charged in court Wednesday. Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo also accused ...
Alt.legal: The $21BN Contract Lawyer Marketplace is Up For Grabs, 'Hire An Esquire' Plans to Catch It
The Hire an Esquire team is determined to “rebuild this massive market with technology, and to provide an entrepreneurial path off the beaten partner track for lawyers.” Pretty alt.legal to me. Hire an Esquire's goals aren't just to make a quick buck ...
Effort to Replace a Plaintiffs' Lawyer in GM Case Is Rejected
The ruling represented a setback for Lance Cooper, the plaintiffs' lawyer who had asked Judge Furman to remove Mr. Hilliard from the case and overturn the settlement. In motions, Mr. Cooper, who helped uncover the switch defect that has been linked to ...
Lawyer seeks to question Emanuel on 'code of silence' for lawsuit
Lawyers for a woman alleging that Chicago police covered up a 2007 road-rage incident involving an off-duty officer want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to give sworn testimony about the so-called "code of silence" within the Police Department. A federal jury in ...
Lawyer faces discipline in long-running Parks dispute
A lawyer in the long-running estate settlement case may face discipline for suggesting the judge presiding over the dispute allowed two close associates to benefit financially from the case. And questions have arisen over whether the garment — which ...
Thaddeus John Bartkowski II, 67, personal-injury lawyer
THADDEUS JOHN Bartkowski II, a personal-injury lawyer who lived in Villanova, died Feb. 4. He was 67. Bartkowski grew up in Bridesburg and attended St. John Cantius Elementary School and La Salle College High School. After graduating from Villanova ...
Long Island lawyer denies homicide charges in fatal crash
MINEOLA, N.Y. - (AP) -- A Long Island lawyer has denied accusations he was driving drunk and on drugs in a fatal September crash that killed a 21-year-old mechanic. Police say Raj Jadeja (jah-DAY'-jah) drove his car into the back of George Ragotte's ...
Judge Challenges Regulators' Lawyer Over MetLife SIFI Tag
A U.S. lawyer defending the government's decision to designate MetLife Inc. a threat to the American economy if it were to falter was questioned sharply by a federal judge who was asked by the company to remove the label. The nation's biggest life ...
Cleveland lawyer pushes plan for Ohio Presidential Center
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio, the birthplace of seven U.S. presidents and adopted home of an eighth, is often referred to as the mother of presidents. Cleveland lawyer James Robenalt thinks it's time that the matriarch has a residence of her own. Robenalt is ...
Jurors begin 4th day of deliberations in Secaucus lawyer's attempted murder trial
JERSEY CITY -- Twelve jurors began their fourth day of deliberating at 9:30 a.m. today in the trial of a Secaucus lawyer charged with attempting to stab his girlfriend to death inside their Harmon Cove apartment in 2011. If a verdict is not reached ...
Lawyer: Wife of Man Charged in Hot SUV Death Wants Divorce
A lawyer says the wife of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV is seeking a divorce. Attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said in an emailed statement that Leanna Harris has filed for divorce. Zimmerman said it's a ...
LeSean McCoy says he's misquoted, hires new lawyer
Since then, McCoy has reportedly changed his mind and hired Philadelphia lawyer Larry Krasner to represent him. Krasner did not immediately return a request for comment. On Tuesday, TMZ posted a video that purportedly shows McCoy involved in the fight ...
Lawyer: Wife of man charged in hot SUV death wants divorce
A lawyer says the wife of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV is seeking a divorce. Attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said in an emailed statement that Leanna Harris has filed for divorce. Zimmerman said it's a ...
Lawyer: Seizing Beach by Christie Brother's Home Cuts Access
A proposed dune project at the New Jersey shore could cut off access to the beach for 22 property owners — including the brother of Gov. Chris Christie — a lawyer for homeowners fighting the project said. Todd Christie is among the Point Pleasant ...
Technology Won't Make You A Better Lawyer
It's a preemptive, buckshot benchslap aimed at every lawyer in the district. Apparently, some lawyers are having problems with proper decorum, etiquette and duty while on a telephonic conference call with the Court. It's not too surprising really. We ...
Cosby's ex-lawyer dismissed from lawsuit
Also on Tuesday, Cosby's lawyers asked that a separate defamation lawsuit filed in federal court in Massachusetts be put on hold while he defends himself in a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a ...
Lawyer: Witnesses in Ex-CBC Host Assault Trial Lied
The defense lawyer for a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host charged with sexual assault said Thursday the complainants withheld information from police and lied under oath. Lawyer Marie Henein argued in closing arguments that Jian Ghomeshi ...
Multiple-choice posers unheard of: Ishrat's lawyer
LeT operative David Coleman Headley's admission that Ishrat Jahan was a Lashkar suicide bomber today triggered a wave of reactions with the deceased's lawyer terming the development as “shocking”. “It is shocking that such hearsay evidence by Headley ...
Lawyer: Franklin bar dispute shows gap in car insurance
A dispute at a Franklin bar — one that records say led to an angry patron hopping in his rental car and hitting the bar owner — has become a battle over insurance laws before the state's highest court. The case deals with how rental car companies ...
Cliven Bundy seeks court-appointed lawyer during federal court appearance in Portland
Nevada rancher Cliven D. Bundy asked for a court-appointed attorney as he made his first appearance in federal court in Portland Thursday, following his arrest the night before at Portland International Airport. Bundy, his thinning salt-and-pepper hair ...
Kowalewski wins 30-day delay for new lawyer search
A federal judge delayed the sentencing Thursday of former Greensboro financial adviser Stan Kowalewski, giving the ex-basketball coach at several Triad high schools 30 days to find a new lawyer. The decision followed a falling-out last week between ...
Law on the Margins: a Profile of Social Justice Lawyer Chaumtoli Huq
Chaumtoli Huq is Bangladeshi-American Muslim human rights lawyer. She describes herself as a community centered, social movement lawyer. Now teaching at Brooklyn Law, her social justice legal career has focused on civil and human rights, especially ...
Lawyer sexually assaulted woman on office's fold-out bed: prosecutors
A Midtown attorney who fancied himself a Romeo is on trial for the attempted rape of a woman whom prosecutors say he picked up at a bar and lured back to his law office — which he had equipped with a Murphy bed. Dan Nelson, 39 — charged with ...
Lawyer may use insanity defense for mom accused in slaying
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) _ An attorney for a Rockford woman accused of stabbing her 8-year-old son to death says he might pursue an insanity defense on her behalf. Winnebago County public defender David Doll filed an “affirmative defense of insanity” motion ...