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Lawyer says man accused of setting house on fire because of bedbugs is 'law-abiding'
CANDIA — A local homeowner accused of setting his house on fire after claiming it was infested with bedbugs is being described by his lawyer as a decent person with no criminal history. “He's always been a hard-working and law-abiding person who's ...
Making a Murderer lawyer Jerry Buting is coming to Belfast
Steven Avery is escorted to the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Wisconsin for his sentencing in 2007. A documentary about his trial and incarceration has been a huge hit for Netflix. Northern Ireland's young lawyers are getting the chance to hear a ...
Lawyer says accused killer was 'misidentified'; woman assaulted: Overnight police report
Here's what you may have missed in police and court-related stories from around the midstate on Monday. Rape charges filed against Lebanon County man. Traffic stop nabs $17K worth of stolen Best Buy electronics in Perry County: State police. Middletown ...
Wife of Uber driver Jason Dalton, accused of killing six people in Kalamazoo, did not see any signs of trouble, her ...
Wife of Uber driver Jason Dalton, accused of killing six people in Kalamazoo, did not see any signs of trouble, her ...
FBI Chief And Apple's Top Lawyer Head Into First Encryption Hearing
FBI Director James Comey and Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell are testifying today at the first congressional hearing on the issue of encryption since the beginning of their legal clash over government access to an iPhone. Apple is challenging a ...
Alleged Ohio school shooter denies charges, lawyer says
(CNN) A lawyer for the 14-year-old accused of a shooting inside an Ohio school cafeteria denied the charges against him during a juvenile court hearing Tuesday. Monday's shooting at Madison Junior-Senior High School in Middletown, Ohio, injured four ...
The Latest: Lawyer Denies Ohio Boy's School Shooting Charges
A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting students at an Ohio school will remain in juvenile detention under a magistrate's instructions. He's charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic and making terroristic threats. His attorney ...
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Now his family's lawyer, Torreya Hamilton, is fighting City Hall in court over its denial of her request for video and audio that captured the incident, including “squad car dashcam video and audio recordings.” She sued the city and accused it of using ...
Lawyer Writes Stupid Brief, Fifth Circuit Lets Him Know
Chad Flores of Beck Redden was probably trying to have a little fun when he kicked off his motion with the imagined transcript of a lawyer and client discussing the case. It's hokey and entirely unnecessary, but sometimes a routine motion needs a ...
Howard Dudley's lawyer hammers away at 1992 verdict
There's no reason to have confidence in a jury's guilty verdict that has kept Howard Dudley imprisoned since 1992, his lawyers argued in court Tuesday. Dudley has consistently proclaimed his innocence of his 1992 conviction for sexually assaulting his ...
Erin Andrews endures brutal cross examination as lawyer suggests nude leak of video advanced sportscaster's career
Erin Andrews had to field shameful suggestions Tuesday that a nude video of her shot by a peephole perv actually helped her career. Under cross examination during a trial in Nashville, Andrews was pelted with questions about her professional success in ...
Conviction Upheld for Mainer Who Was Denied Right to Lawyer
The highest court in Maine on Tuesday upheld the robbery conviction of a man who was stripped of his right to a court-appointed attorney because he couldn't get along with five different lawyers. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that Joshua ...
Alleged 14-year-old Ohio school shooter denies charges, lawyer says
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — A lawyer for the 14-year-old accused of a shooting inside an Ohio school cafeteria denied the charges against him during a juvenile court hearing Tuesday, March 1st. Monday's shooting at Madison Junior-Senior High School in ...
The iPad used by Apple's top lawyer stopped working while he was testifying in front of Congress
Apple's top lawyer, Bruce Sewell, successfully testified in front of Congress on Tuesday, but he had a few technical issues with his iPad. While reading his prepared statement, there appeared to be an issue with his iPad Pro, and he was forced to read ...
FBI Chief Tells Congress Encryption Is Creating 'Warrantproof' Devices
FBI Director James Comey says encryption is making phones "warrantproof" — and the agency's dispute with Apple over an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters shows the challenges encryption poses in criminal and counterterrorism ...
Newport lawyer sentenced to more than 5 years for $8 million investment scam
A Newport Beach lawyer accused of stealing at least $8 million that he promised to invest on behalf of his clients was sentenced Monday to five years and three months in federal prison. A federal judge rejected Stephen Young Kang's request for a three ...
Lawyer: Grand jury report too little, too late
Lawyer: Grand jury report too little, too late. An attorney who represented a Dover man who sued the diocese said the grand jury report should have come 20 years ago. Loading… Post to Facebook. Lawyer: Grand jury report too little, too late An ...
Reginald Potts attacked officers, lawyer Sam Adam Jr., authorities testify
Reginald Potts Jr. listens during the second day of his sentencing on Monday, March 1, 2016 at the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2007 killing of 28-year-old pharmaceutical sales ...
Manhattan lawyer fined 10G for behavior during divorce case loses custody of 2-year-old son
A Manhattan attorney who has already been fined $10,000 for his behavior during a divorce and child custody proceeding has now lost all rights to raise his young son in a court decision released Tuesday. The 101-page ruling, written by the same judge ...
OJ Fact Check: No, a Lawyer Did Not Collapse in Court
“I have known Mr. Hodgman as a colleague and as a trial lawyer, but I've never seen the expression on his face that I see right now. Mr. Hodgman, why don't you take a few deep breaths.” This is almost word for word what Ito said in the actual trial ...
Body found near Bodega Bay was missing lawyer
A decomposed body found washed ashore near Bodega Dunes has been positively identified as that of a missing Santa Rosa attorney, authorities announced Tuesday. The body of Steven Mitchell, 56, was discovered by a jogger around 8:15 a.m. Monday on ...
Lawyer for Alex Nieto's parents describes 59 shots fired at son
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — The words “59 gunshots” were the first phrase in the opening statement made to a federal jury in San Francisco Tuesday by a lawyer for the parents of a 28-year-old man killed by police in 2014. After beginning with those words, ...
Wave of refugees has lawyer paddling fast
An immigration lawyer in private practice, Mr. Goldman specializes in what his profession calls “rescue work.” He routinely pleads the often sad cases of the beleaguered seeking refuge in Canada, and he often wins. He says he genuinely wants to lend a ...
Lawyer: Carmel can't collect traffic fines
Attorney Ed Bielski is seeking an injunction in federal court to prevent the city of Carmel from collecting fines for traffic tickets police issued under an invalid city ordinance. The Court of Appeals of Indiana unanimously ruled Dec. 11 that Carmel ...
Reginald Potts Attacked Officers, Lawyer Sam Adam Jr., Authorities Testify
CHICAGO (STMW) — Reginald Potts Jr. attacked prominent defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. when Adam represented the convicted murderer in criminal matters more than a decade ago, a Cook County prosecutor testified on the second day of Potts' ...
Just wearing a black coat doesn't make one a lawyer: Supreme Court
Anyone in a black coat can't become a lawyer, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday, making a case for allowing only meritorious people in the “overcrowded” legal profession. The top court's observation came barely two weeks after a group of lawyers ...
Lawyer pays costs to AGC for launching 'frivolous appeals'
The AGC said on Wednesday that “it is only right” for the appeals to be withdrawn, and that “unnecessary costs had been incurred” due to the lawyer's actions. This is why the prosecution decided to seek costs against him, which he offered to pay, the ...
Lawyer: Mexican Drug lord changes mind, wants extradition
MEXICO CITY — A lawyer for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman said Wednesday his client now wants to be extradited as soon as possible to the United States because guards at a Mexican maximum-security prison won't let him sleep. Lawyer Jose ...
Old Lady Lawyer: Spotlight On 'Spotlight'
old lady lawyer elderly woman grandmother grandma laptop computer The ratings were down for this year's Oscar show, no surprise given the controversy about the lack of nominee diversity. It may well be that people without any connection to the movie ...
Lawyer Threatens Federal Receiver, Earns One-Way Trip To Sanctiontown
The threat made to extract payment on the Claim was extraordinary, and disturbing, conduct by a lawyer. Baydoun will now be paying the Receiver's fees that “he would not otherwise have incurred in this action but for Mr. Baydoun's contempt.” Looks like ...
Detained Ukrainian Pilot's Lawyer Lobbies Washington for New Sanctions
The Magnitsky Act was named for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in custody in 2009 after he accused Russian officials of a massive tax fraud scheme. The law not only requires the State Department to identify and sanction Russian individuals ...
Lawyer: 'El Chapo' Guzman wants US extradition as soon as possible
Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán said he wants to be extradited as soon as possible to the United States because guards at the Mexican maximum-security prison aren't letting him sleep, a lawyer said Wednesday. Lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez said ...
Real Life 'Spotlight' Lawyer Deluged With New Abuse Cases
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, pictured on Mar. 2, 2016, in the Here & Now studios, says the film “Spotlight” has encouraged many more clergy abuse victims to come forward. (Jesse Costa/WBUR). Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has represented hundreds of ...
Lawyer implies Pell is lying; cardinal strongly denies it
CANBERRA, Australia — The lawyer for an Australian inquiry into child sexual abuse suggested on Wednesday that one of Pope Francis' top advisers was lying when he denied knowledge of criminal allegations swirling around two notorious pedophile ...
Rocco's lawyer says Madonna and Guy's fighting is stressing the kid out
But Madonna's lawyer, Eleanor Alter, asked a judge to set a trial date and order a “forensic” report, where a doctor would interview Rocco to evaluate who he should live with. Bronstein said Ritchie was reluctant to continue the court battle because it ...
Teen 'Dr. Love' Has 'Entrepreneurial Spirit' Like Trump, Lawyer Says
The lawyer representing a teenager who allegedly pretended to be a doctor has likened his client to Donald Trump, saying he has the real estate mogul's "entrepreneurial spirit." Malachi Love-Robinson, who officials say was known to unsuspecting ...
Lawyer: 'El Chapo' Guzman wants U.S. extradition ASAP
Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is willing to plead guilty to any charges in the United States if U.S. authorities promise him a short sentence in a medium-security prison, one of his lawyers said Wednesday. Guzman wants to accelerate the ...
Judge wants lawyer in murder-for-hire case to explain comments
The lawyer could find himself off the case, or worse. The judge wants an explanation of statements made by California attorney Brian Claypool, following a motion to dismiss hearing the previous week. "If the judge in this case follows the law, I ...
Latham & Watkins lawyer identified as victim in fatal Newton crash
Latham & Watkins LLP associate Gregory Morin has been identified as one of the two victims killed when an SUV crashed into a Newton pizzeria on Tuesday evening. Morin, a 32-year-old resident of Newton, was at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant on Washington ...
A Plaintiffs Lawyer With Eye for Big Settlements
The petite class-action lawyer has made a career of suing big businesses. But rather than tout her successes, she called the San Francisco court's attention to the nearly 600,000 drivers who bought or leased the German auto maker's diesel vehicles ...
Disbarred lawyer is denied New York taxi license
The Appellate Division, Second Department, ruled against disbarred lawyer Joseph Levine, 67, on Feb. 24, the New York Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. The appeals court said New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission's denial of the license in 2013 ...
'DC Madam' lawyer starts fund to unseal records 'relevant' to the election
[Former lawyer for the 'D.C. Madam' says names in her records could be 'relevant' to election]. Blair now says he hopes (with a little crowd-sourced cash) to appeal to air the records, which include 815 names of Palfrey's presumed clients, plus the ...
Female Ukrainian pilot declares hunger strike in protest at Russian trial delay
Savchenko's defense lawyer Ilya Novikov called her case a "show trial". State prosecutors' allegations center on Savchenko's conduct during the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine pitting pro-Kremlin rebels against the Ukrainian army. In June 2014 ...
Convicted killer should have been tried as a youth, lawyer argues
Convicted killer should have been tried as a youth, lawyer argues. Court told that Hamed Shafia, who was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years, was only 17 when four family members were found dead in the Rideau Canal ...
Great Falls lawyer replacing Judge Macek in district court
A Great Falls attorney has been selected to replace Cascade County District Court Judge Julie Macek, who is retiring. More from NBC Montana. Defense rests in case of man charged with killing neighbor · Prosecutors seek stiff prison sentence for anti-US ...
Retired lawyer, 62, demands a refund and threatens citizen's arrest after Key West stripper refuses to have sex with him
A retired lawyer from Massachusetts threatened to take matters into his own hands when a Florida stripper refused to have sex with him or refund his money, according to police. The bizarre incident took place at the Living Dolls club in Key West, where ...
The Global Lawyer: How The Am Law 100 Screws Contract Lawyers
The millennial contract lawyers who curse their fate in my recent American Lawyer feature, "The Screwed Generation?," are often cursing The Am Law 100, and with good reason. Big Law is complicit in their mistreatment. At least three firms near the top ...
Lawyer for Anthony Burfoot: Federal prosecutors entrapped my client
Lawyer for Anthony Burfoot: Federal prosecutors entrapped my client. By Scott Daugherty The Virginian-Pilot. Scott Daugherty. 11 min ago; 0. Anthony Burfoot indicted. Buy Now. Steve Earley | The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot and ...
Defense lawyer: Rush to judgment in Alabama police shooting
Now, with Gunn dead amid a national debate over police violence in minority communities, Smith's lawyer argues the career of an innocent young officer is being sacrificed to quell unrest in a city that doesn't want a repeat of its past, or fiery ...
Disbarred Lawyer With Felony Record Upset He Can't Work As Taxi Driver
Joseph Levine, a 67-year-old disbarred lawyer who lost his license to practice after stealing more than $430,000 from clients to cover his gambling debts, commenting on his inability to find work thanks to his criminal conviction. Levine served prison ...