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Legal News 02/2007 (Page 3)

David Carroll hires new lawyer (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
The murder trial of David Carroll Jr. might be delayed for months because his family has raised enough money to hire a defense lawyer to replace his two court-appointed attorneys.

Lawyer Arrested In Parking Garage Case (Eyewitness News 3 Hartford)
Waterbury police say a passenger in a lawyer's car broke into a parking garage.

Tories want to avoid 'busybody litigators' in nomination fights: lawyer (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
CALGARY (CP) - Disagreements over the federal Conservatives' nomination process should be settled by internal arbitration alone, not by "busybody litigators" in court, a lawyer representing the party said Friday.

Letters: Independence of the attorney general (Guardian Unlimited)
Unlike our own attorney general, the attorney general of Israel is a public servant appointed by the government.

Court shouldn't interfere with political process: lawyer (CNews)
The federal Tories did nothing wrong in the process which saw MP Rob Anders acclaimed as their Calgary West candidate for the next federal election, their lawyer said on Friday.

Lawyer wins 2-year court fight over $3.76 (phillyburbs.com)
NEWARK, N.J. - It took nearly two years, three courts and five judges, but a lawyer has cleared himself of a shoplifting conviction. There can be little doubt that the expense of the case far outweighed the amount in dispute: $3.76.

Fargo city attorney wants law clarified to allow cities to charge higher traffic fines than the state (KVLY TV 11 Fargo)
Fargo's city attorney wants North Dakota law clarified to allow cities to charge higher traffic fines than the state does. Fargo's been charging higher fines for years, but earlier this week it was slapped with a lawsuit over the issue.

Independence of the attorney general (Guardian Unlimited)
Interesting, I think, that on the same day that you published articles in which questions are raised about the possibility of a politically appointed attorney general acting independently with respect to accusations against his colleagues in government (Harman breaks ministerial ranks over loss of public trust in attorney general; Lord Goldsmith's folly has now been brutally exposed, February 1), ...

Obliging attorney faces polite accusers (Guardian Unlimited)
The attorney general faced his accusers yesterday. Except these accusers were peers in the House of Lords. It was not a gruelling experience, more like facing down very sleepy members of the Polite Society.

Court Won't Supply Lawyer For Gaime Case (The Tampa Tribune)
DADE CITY - Kristina Gaime will have to appeal her conviction for killing her son without the help of a court-appointed lawyer, a judge ruled Thursday.

Pension lawyer: County's order to cut benefits out of order (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO ---- County supervisors have no legal right to demand that the independent association that manages the county's 7.3 billion pension fund cut pensioners' health care benefits, the association's lawyer said Thursday.

DOT chief defends lawyer's job switch (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Madison - State Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi testified Friday that he was angered in 2004 when his top lawyer released a politically sensitive document without coordinating with Busalacchi's liaison to Gov. Jim Doyle's office.

N.Y. Firm Challenges New Attorney Ad Rules (Law.com)
A high-volume, heavy-advertising New York personal injury law firm and a Washington, D.C., advocacy group are apparently the first to challenge the new attorney advertising restrictions that took effect last week. Alexander & Catalano and Public Citizen filed suit alleging the restrictions violate the constitutional right to free speech and impose anti-consumer limits on lawyers' ads. The suit ...

Lehigh County district attorney ready to run again (The Express-Times)
ALLENTOWN | Touting a near-perfect conviction record, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said Friday he will seek re-election starting with the May 15 Municipal Primary.

Court disbars Lincoln attorney (Lincoln Journal Star)
The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday disbarred Lincoln attorney John G. Taylor. According to the order, Taylor had, among other things, used client funds for his own personal use. The order did not elaborate on the violation.

DOT attorney: Doyle appointees sought to delay study release (Gazette Extra Sports)
MADISON, Wis. - A state Department of Transportation attorney says two appointees of Gov. Jim Doyle told him to delay the release of a politically damaging 2004 report.

Lawyer clears himself of $3.76 shoplifting charge (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
It took nearly two years, three courts and five judges, but a lawyer has cleared himself of a shoplifting conviction. There can be little doubt that the expense of the case far outweighed the amount in dispute: $3.76.

FREEP INSIDER | LOCAL NEWSMAKERS: Attorney: Right to jury trial threatened (Detroit Free Press)
Name: Brian J. McKeen Age: 50 Background: McKeen, a medical malpractice attorney, was selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its Top Ten Lawyers of the Year for 2006. What's your best advice for getting ahead?

Macon attorney Ed Sell Jr. dies (Macon Telegraph)
Ed Sell Jr., longtime Macon attorney and a founding partner of the Sell & Melton law firm, died Friday morning. He was 89.

Sentencing postponed so lawyer can file for new trial (Chico Enterprise-Record)
Sentencing Thursday in a Chico gang-slaying case was postponed so the convicted teen's attorney can file a motion for a new trial. Freddy Siordia's lawyer stated he was unable to prepare the motion due to a recent death in his family.

Attorney: Witness’ identification of suspects is illegal (Times Leader)
WILKES-BARRE – A dicey identification of two shooting suspects made by an eyewitness could leave prosecutors forced to drop homicide charges against the men, an attorney said.

Missouri attorney general gets case on teen who died in crash (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Missouri attorney general's office will now decide whether to pursue charges in a case of a 16-year-old girl who died in a car crash after reportedly consuming alcohol allegedly supplied by a police officer.

Tunkhannock Twp. attorney nominated to fill judge’s job (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
TUNKHANNOCK — A local attorney will be nominated to fill a magisterial district judge seat that was vacated by the resignation of Patricia Robinson in October.

Attorney leaves case involving Indian mission property (Yakima Herald-Republic)
An attorney representing the former superintendent of the McKinley Indian Mission in a lawsuit over the mission's property recently opted out of the case.

Cedar Falls attorney reprimanded (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
CEDAR FALLS --- The Iowa Supreme Court has taken action against a Cedar Falls attorney accused of failing to prepare for a child custody hearing. The high court issued a reprimand against Colleen Florence Alexander in a ruling handed down Friday.

Attorney arrested on drug charges (The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia — Practicing Miss-Lou attorney Robert E. Clark was arrested on drug charges Saturday.

Tulare Co. attorney heads to court on drunken driving (The Fresno Bee)
VISALIA — A Tulare County attorney has landed in trouble with the law again and now faces a date in U.S. District Court next week.

Attorney general rejects plans for traffic cameras 02/04/07 (News-Herald)
LANSING — Traffic-monitoring cameras will not be installed at some of the city's most accident-prone intersections. The state attorney general handed down an opinion Tuesday, rejecting Southgate's long-standing bid to issue traffic tickets via unmanned cameras.

Lehigh Valley lawyer, wife, pilot killed in Mass. crash (WFMJ Youngstown)
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. _ Family members say a prominent Lehigh Valley lawyer and his dentist-wife died along with their pilot when their corporate plane crashed last night in Massachusetts.

Prominent Pa. attorney killed in New Bedford plane crash (Boston Globe)
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- A prominent Pennsylvania attorney and his wife were among three killed when a small plane crashed in bad weather near the New Bedford Regional Airport.

Prominent PA Lawyer, Wife Die In Plane Crash (CBS 4 Boston)
Three people were killed after their plane crashed in a wooded area in New Bedford Friday night. Peter J. Karoly, 53, of Bethlehem and his wife, Dr. Lauren Angstadt, 54, died along with their pilot, according to Karoly's brother, lawyer John Karoly of Allentown, Pennsylvania. John Karolyn identified the pilot as Michael Milot of Germansville, Pennsylvania, and said that Milot worked full-time for ...

State won't object to new defense lawyer in foster death case (Springfield News-Sun)
BATAVIA, Ohio — The trial of a man charged with murder in the death of his 3-year-old foster son could be delayed because his family has raised enough money to replace his court-appointed attorneys with a private lawyer.

Tax Evasion Ruling Against Lawyer Is Upheld (New York Times)
The federal tax court has ruled in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in a 14-year-old evasion case involving a now-dead lawyer.

Attorney general says Palin unable to remove Hayes (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
The Alaska attorney general has weighed in on the legal debate regarding the question of Gov. Sarah Palin’s authority to remove University of Alaska regent James Hayes from office.

U.S. Attorney Firings Set Stage for Congressional Battle (Washington Post)
H.E. "Bud" Cummins III had served for five years as the U.S. attorney in Little Rock -- a job he obtained in large part because of his credentials as a longtime GOP lawyer and avid supporter of President Bush.

Attorney general declares property tax cut plan legal (phillyburbs.com)
TRENTON, N.J. - The Democratic plan to cut property taxes by 20 percent for most homeowners is constitutional, state Attorney General Stuart Rabner said Saturday, deflecting claims by Republicans that it would be illegal because it would base relief on household income.

Lehigh Valley Lawyer Killed in Plane Crash (WYOU Scranton)
(Saturday, February 3) A prominent lawyer from the Lehigh Valley is dead, after a plane crash Friday night in Massachusetts. Attorney Peter Karoly and his wife were killed when their plane went down in the woods around the New Bedford Regional Airport.

Carlisle lawyer elected bar association president (The Patriot-News)
Carlisle lawyer Daniel K. Deardorff is the new president of the Cumberland County Bar Association.

Crash of small plane in Mass. claims life of well-known area attorney, wife (Pocono Record)
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. AP — A prominent Lehigh Valley attorney and his wife were among three killed when a small plane crashed in bad weather near the New Bedford Regional Airport on Friday night.

Attorney arrested on drug charges (The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia — Practicing Miss-Lou attorney Robert E. Clark was arrested on drug charges Saturday.

Kane County attorney resigns (Deseret Morning News)
Kane County Attorney John Hummel is resigning in the face of a legal challenge over where he really lives.

Lehigh Valley lawyer Peter Karoly killed when his plane crashes while trying to land (The Morning Call)
His wife, Lauren Angstadt, and pilot Michael Milot of Germansville also died. Prominent Lehigh Valley lawyer and businessman Peter J. Karoly was killed Friday with his wife and a pilot in a plane crash south of Boston that his brother blames on inadequate airport lighting.

Saudi "terror funders" are reform activists: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Ten men arrested in Saudi Arabia on suspicion of funding terrorism include known political activists detained in the past over calls for reform in the absolute monarchy, a lawyer said on Sunday.

Attorney general fires Blackwell hires (The Plain Dealer)
Columbus -- Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has fired nine private attorneys hired to handle outside legal work for the secretary of state's office under former Secretary Ken Blackwell.

Attorney general to speak at Negro Old-Timers (The Canton Repository)
Attorney General Marc Dann will be the keynote speaker at the annual Crime Prevention Breakfast Tuesday at the Canton Negro Old Timers Activity Center, at 1844 Ira Turpin Way NE.

Lawyer dies after ‘scuffle’ with SDM (Hindustan Times)
MORE THAN 50 lawyers staged a demonstration when a septuagenarian lawyer died of cardiac arrest after a group of lawyers that included the deceased had an altercation with SDM Vivek Shrotriya at the Collectorate’s facilitation centre on Saturday afternoon.

Modern US nun is an ex-soldier, lawyer and has a blog (Mail and Guardian)
One was a successful corporate lawyer, another a Mercedes-driving businesswoman and a third a navy officer who steered battleships and hunted down cocaine smugglers in South America.

Lawyer wins 2-year court battle over $3.76 (The Record)
NEWARK -- It took nearly two years, three courts and five judges, but a lawyer has cleared himself of a Fair Lawn shoplifting conviction. There can be little doubt that the expense of the case far outweighed the amount in dispute: $3.76.

ACLU lawyer tackles state's ugly sides (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Tears rolled from the girl's dark eyes as she sat with her lawyer at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility. With unchecked emotion, R.G. described her ordeal as a lesbian at the prison for teens.

District attorney seeks more legal support staff (Reno Gazette-Journal)
LYON COUNTY -- Saying there is a "crucial shortfall of legal support staff in relation to caseload," Lyon County District Attorney Bob Auer is asking county commissioners to approve the hiring of two legal assistants.