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Legal News 08/2007 (Page 7)

CL attorney 'encouraged' by response to possible run (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – Crystal Lake attorney Daniel Regna is expected to formally announce his bid for McHenry County state’s attorney on Tuesday.
New: Regna to run for state's attorney (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – Lashing out at McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi on Tuesday, Crystal Lake attorney and former county prosecutor Daniel Regna announced his bid for state’s attorney for the 2008-12 term.
District Attorney won't seek death sentence for Fallbrook homicide (North County Times)
VISTA -- The district attorney's office will not seek the death penalty for a Fallbrook man accused of stabbing his mother-in-law and teenage sister-in-law to death, a prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Magistrate 'disgusted' at absent attorney (iafrica.com)
A Cape Town regional magistrate on Wednesday asked that his "disgust" be conveyed to a Legal Aid Board-appointed attorney who did not turn up to represent his client in a major fraud case.
Magistrate 'disgusted' at no-show attorney (Independent Online)
A normally mild-mannered magistrate has made his anger known as an attorney in a major fraud case failed to show up at a Cape Town court.
Sudderth attorney: Trial may be postponed (The Ironton Tribune)
A trial date has been set in an Ironton shooting death case, but the defense attorney said Wednesday it is likely the trial will have to be postponed.
McVeigh attorney to represent mother of toddler slain in Meeker (Tulsa World)
BRISTOW -- The attorney who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is now the lawyer for a woman convicted in the child abuse death of a Meeker toddler.
USDA attorney warns employees about lobbying (The Town Talk)
BATON ROUGE — U.S. Department of Agriculture employees who used government computers to spread an e-mail urging opposition to a farm bill provision were scolded Tuesday by a department attorney and the administrator of their section.
Attorney candidate withdraws name (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
TRAVERSE CITY — One of the city's three finalists for a job as city attorney removed his name from consideration. Frederick Baker Jr., of Williamston, a commissioner of the Michigan Supreme Court, cited a family medical issue as reason for withdrawing his candidacy for the full-time post.
Attorney to city: Give TC voters a say or wind up in court (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
TRAVERSE CITY — A local attorney advised the city to hold a public vote on a contentious downtown project or else end up in court.
Overland Park lawyer is appointed a Johnson County district judge (The Kansas City Star)
At 53, Overland Park lawyer Charles Droege said it’s time to stop “hustling for a buck” and make a more lasting contribution.
Court drops 2 in lady lawyer's slay (Sun Star)
CEBU CITY -- After losing a foot to diabetes, Michel Favila Sr., the suspect in the murder of lawyer Arbet Sta. Ana-Yongco, will have to face trial alone.
McVeigh Attorney To Represent Raye Dawn Smith (KOCO ChannelOklahoma.com via Yahoo! News)
A mother convicted in the death of her daughter has a new attorney, officials said.
Poll body applied 'wrong rule' on ballot recount: lawyer (Sun Star)
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A lawyer of Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio claimed the governor's motion for reconsideration against a recount of ballots based on the protest filed by losing gubernatorial candidate Lilia Pineda should have been resolved by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc and not the Comelec Second Division, which applied the "wrong ruling" in its decision.
Robbery Suspect Acts As Own Lawyer (WSAZ NewsChannel 3 West Virginia)
In 23 years, Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Dan O’Hanlon has never had a person act as their own lawyer that is until Tuesday!
Kearney lawyer named district judge (Lincoln Journal Star)
A Kearney lawyer will be dispensing justice in Hall and Buffalo counties as a new district judge for the 9th Judicial District. Gov. Dave Heineman announced the appointment of William Wright on Wednesday.
Lawyer to Mom: Rock Not Baby's Daddy (ABC News)
The comedian's lawyer said a DNA test proves Rock didn't father a Ga. boy.
Attorney-Man Accused Of Starving Girl Was Drunk (2News Salt Lake City)
A man accused of letting his fiancee's disabled daughter starve while her mother was serving in Iraq was in a drunken stupor caused by his own wartime stress, his attorney told the court on the first day of his child abuse trial.
Attorney general resists parole for convicted murderer (KPAX Missoula)
Associated Press - August 8, 2007 4:44 PM ET HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The attorney general's office continued its strong opposition to Barry Beach's request for a reduction in his 100-year sentence...
Gov taps new attorney general (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- Gov. Dave Freudenthal recruited the state's new attorney general, Bruce Salzburg, from his brother's Cheyenne law firm.
Attorney general resists parole for convicted murderer (Billings Gazette)
HELENA -- The attorney general's office continued its strong opposition to Barry Beach's request for a reduction in his 100-year sentence, saying in written closing arguments that the sentence is fair for the brutal 1979 killing of a Poplar teenager.
Former TV comedian accuses lawyer of putting his life at risk in courtroom (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) - The stony, expressionless mask obscuring the fragile mental state of embattled TV personality Tony Rosato slipped briefly in an Ontario courtroom Wednesday when the former "SCTV" and "Saturday Night Live" cast member loudly accused his lawyer of putting his life in danger.
SF District Attorney Harris To Run For 2nd Term (CBS 5 Bay Area)
District Attorney Kamala Harris filed nominating papers Wednesday for a run at a second four-year term as head prosecutor in San Francisco.
City attorney targets alleged gang hangout in Venice (Los Angeles Times)
City attorney's office seeks to close a Venice apartment building said to be used by Crips. In its stepped-up campaign to curb gang activity, the Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the owner of a small Venice apartment building that is allegedly a home base for drug dealing and other illegal activity by the Shoreline Crips. ...
Winder soldier told to 'finish off' Iraqi is no murderer, attorney says (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The lawyer for a Georgia soldier charged with the premeditated murder of an detainee in Iraq said Wednesday that the detainee had already been shot when a platoon sergeant then ordered Army Spc. Christopher P. Shore to shoot and "finish him off." The attorney, Michael Waddington, of Augusta, said there were no witnesses to the incident but that Shore says he was standing four feet away from the ...
Washington, D.C., Medicaid Director Asks U.S. Attorney To Investigate Two Health Plans For Excessive Costs (Medical News Today)
Robert Maruca, director of the Washington, D.C., Medicaid program, has asked the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia to investigate more than $15 million in excessive costs charged to the program by two health plans, Amerigroup Maryland and D.C. Chartered Health Plan, the Washington Times reports. [click link for full article]
Powe's attorney says player might practice Thursday with Ole Miss (The Clarion-Ledger)
Jerrell Powe could be on Ole Miss' football practice field as early as Thursday, according to his attorney.
Ohio attorney general sues firms over foreclosure scam (BizJournals)
A Blue Ash company is among six firms being sued by the Ohio attorney general for allegedly promising to "rescue" people from foreclosure.
Bigamist's 1st wife to be charged in his slaying, lawyer says (Centre Daily Times)
The longtime wife of a man who had taken a second wife in Morocco will be charged in his death, the woman's lawyer said Wednesday.
Shooting suspect may get lawyer (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
POMONA - Frank Beltran, the La Verne man representing himself in charges of attempted murder of his wife and a Glendora police officer, may get a third lawyer to take on his case.
Lawyer: Accused firefighter snapped (The Charlotte Observer)
A firefighter accused of killing three people at a neighbor's Fourth of July party apparently just snapped, his lawyer said Wednesday. Terrance Hough Jr., 35, "didn't walk out there with the intent of killing anybody," said attorney John Hildebrand. Hough, a 12-year Fire Department member, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of aggravated murder and two counts of attempted murder. He could face ...
Lawyer: Accused firefighter snapped (AP via Yahoo! News)
A firefighter accused of killing three people at a neighbor's Fourth of July party apparently just snapped, his lawyer said Wednesday.
State Board: Disbarred Attorney Duped Client (CBS 11 Dallas/Fort Worth)
According to the state, a disbarred attorney continued to practice law without a license and didn't tell his client. More Local News
Cambodia: French Lawyer Sworn In To Defend Former Khmer Rouge Jailer At Genocide Trial (Sinchew)
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: A French lawyer who defended a terrorist convicted in connection with the September 11th attacks was sworn in Wednesday (August 8th) to represent a former Khmer Rouge jailer in an upcoming Cambodian genocide trial, an official said.
Attorney general investigation leads to Benton County arrests (South Reporter)
Attorney General Jim Hood has confirmed several arrests stemming from a voter fraud investigation in Benton County.
P.I. Lawyer Becomes First to Plead to New Jersey's Anti-Runners Law (Law.com)
Eight years after New Jersey enacted a statute barring lawyers from using paid runners to drum up business, a personal injury lawyer has become the first to plead guilty to the charge. Irwin Seligsohn and his former firm, Seligsohn, Goldberger & Shinrod, pleaded guilty to paying $70,000 to runners between 1998 and 2003 to solicit people to claim injuries from staged or non-existent accidents. The ...
Judges: Miami fire-fee attorney acted reprehensibly (Miami Herald)
Prominent attorney Hank Adorno -- already under Florida Bar investigation for his role in Miami's fire-fee scandal -- on Wednesday was blasted by The Third District Court of Appeal for what the judges called his ''reprehensible conduct'' in the now infamous case.
DA: Lawyer stole from railroaders (Altoona Mirror)
HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Philadelphia lawyer who also practiced in Blair County for many years has been charged with stealing almost $200,000 from fou...
Attorney general files suit against companies in foreclosure scams (Dayton Daily News)
COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has filed lawsuits against several companies he said were operating foreclosure rescue scams.
Plumber accused of killing woman seeks second lawyer (Detroit News)
ROMEO -- Borrowing a page from Stephen Grant's defense, the lawyer for the man accused of killing Washington Township resident Marilou Johnson is seeking a second court-appointed attorney to help him, saying "two minds work better than one sometimes."
Chamber of Commerce flays lawyer group's name change (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched a public relations offensive against state trial lawyer associations, including Kentucky's, that have changed their name in the last year. Last year, the Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys changed its name to the Kentucky Justice Association, a name that members say reflects the mission of plaintiff's lawyers. It followed the lead of the American ...
SAN FRANCISCO /District attorney files re-election papers (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris made her run for re-election official on Wednesday, filing nomination paperwork at City Hall's Department of Elections. Potential challengers have until Friday to declare their candidacies. Although there are no...
Governor staffers clammed up in Attorney General probe (New York Daily News)
Aides to Gov. Spitzer stopped answering questions from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's investigators after realizing that they, and not Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, were in the cross hairs, sources said.
Madeleine suspect's lawyer attacks 'these bloody McCanns' (Daily Mail)
Madeleine McCann's parents today came under an astonishing attack from the lawyer for the only suspect in the hunt for their missing daughter. Robert Murat's lawyer accused the couple of 'strange' behaviour and claimed locals wanted 'these bloody McCanns' to leave Portugal
Attorney general's office sues six foreclosure rescue companies (The Plain Dealer)
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann took aim Wednesday at foreclosure rescue companies that siphon money from people who are in danger of losing their homes.
Attorney: Allen won't resign in sex case (Orlando Sentinel)
Rep. Bob Allen insists he's innocent of solicitation and says an undercover officer in the park did the asking. Embattled state Rep. Bob Allen, who has been vilified by computer bloggers and lampooned on late-night talk shows since his arrest on a charge of soliciting prostitution, is not a criminal or a racist and has no plans to resign, his attorney said Wednesday.
Lawyer: Slain Developer's Wife To Turn Herself In (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
A lawyer says the wife of a slain developer will turn herself in Thursday morning.
Nigeria: Aondoakaa Not My Lawyer, Says Audu (AllAfrica.com)
Former governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, yesterday denied the report that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa, was his lawyer or ever appeared in court for him at any trial.
Shooting suspect may get lawyer (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
POMONA - Frank Beltran, the La Verne man representing himself in charges of attempted murder of his wife and a Glendora police officer, may get a third lawyer to take on his case.
Murat lawyer's attack on 'strange' behaviour of McCanns (Daily Mirror)
The lawyer of Madeleine McCann suspect Robert Murat today claimed locals want “these bloody McCanns” to leave Portugal and return to Britain.