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Legal News 04/2008 (Page 23)

Lawyer: No texts in Greene suit (Detroit News)
Mayer Morganroth, Beatty's attorney in the Greene case, on Friday filed a motion in U.S. District Court to quash subpoenas seeking the text messages, claiming the federal Stored Communications Act bars their release in a civil lawsuit.

Attorney: Funeral Home Did Nothing Wrong (The Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
An attorney representing Basagic Funeral Home says the investigation into the mortuary's practices has been "one-sided" and that a proper inquiry into the allegations will show no wrongdoing by the Petersburg business. The funeral home is accused of several violations, including embalming a body without permission.

Legislators demand response from County on Attorney General’s opinion (South County Journal)
A letter sent to St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley from area state legislators says the county’s response to a Missouri Attorney General’s opinion on the legality of trash districting is incorrect.

4:05 p.m. - Assistant U.S. Attorney says no need to sever cash smuggling case (Pacific Daily News)
4:05 p.m. April 28— The U.S. Attorney’s office is opposing the severance of the case against the two men accused of attempting to smuggle money out of Guam.

Attorney general race (The Montana Standard)
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series looking at major issues in the attorney general primary election.

For Iraqi Christian refugees, US lawyer a blessing (The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News)
The immigration lawyer and his client huddled at the defense bench in federal court, whispering in Aramaic.

Defendant asks to fire sixth lawyer (The Burlington Free Press)
Dennis Tribble, the suspect in a nearly 8-year-old murder case delayed by the defendant's repeated squabbles with his attorneys, is seeking permission to fire his sixth court-appointed lawyer.

Ohio attorney general employs liaison Craig Mehall in capital (The Plain Dealer)
Washington -- With Marc Dann's colorful personnel problems keeping Ohioans in shock or stitches, few have noticed his pioneering ways. The Ohio attorney general has installed a former campaign aide as his man in Washington, D.C.

Gibson resigns as district attorney (Sparta Expositor)
The man who sat at the helm of the 13 th Judicial District Attorney General’s office 18 years has tendered his resignation after two years of legal wrangling over what was considered inappropriate judgment.

Lawyer, judge Monaghan loses battle with cancer (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
A well-known lawyer and judge who had been active for decades in western Newfoundland politics has died of cancer.

Attorney to show video of gas station incident (Mid-Hudson News)
NEWBURGH – Civil rights attorney Michael Sussman, who represented three men charged in connection with an incident at a Newburgh gas station, will show surveillance video next Saturday, May 3.

U.S. Attorney: Undoc. Immigrants Not Breaking Law (WCBS 880 New York)
U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie says it's not against the law for undocumented immigrants to be in the United States. New Jersey's top federal law enforcer surprised many at the First United Methodist Church of Dover Sunday. READ MORE >>

Lawyer: Ex-lawmaker wanted in Colombia bribery scandal surrenders (Sun-Sentinel)
A former Colombian congresswoman's lawyer says his client has surrendered to face charges she accepted favors from associates of President Alvaro Uribe in return for a vote that enabled his re-election.

Safe injection site case needs full trial: lawyer (CTV.ca)
A federal lawyer says issues around Vancouver's safe injection site are so complex, a full trial is needed.

Duncan attorney charged with DUI, pot possession (KREM.com Spokane)
BOISE - The attorney for convicted killer Joseph Duncan is in some legal trouble of his own.

Lawyer at Fieger's law firm: Feds tried to coerce information (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer in Geoffrey Fieger's law firm testified today that federal agents accused him of committing a felony and used heavy-handed tactics when they showed up on his doorstep in November 2005 looking for information about reimbursements the firm paid him for contributing to John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign.

Zimbabwe: Lawyer Takes ZEC, Mugabe to Court (AllAfrica.com)
A Bulawayo lawyer has taken President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to court on allegations they failed to set dates for three parliamentary by-elections.

Ohio's attorney general only one with Washington lobbyist (WKYC Cleveland)
CLEVELAND -- A newspaper investigation has found that Ohio's Marc Dann is the only state attorney general to employ a full-time lobbyist in Washington.

Services Scheduled for Attorney Robert J. Chavez (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Memorial services have been scheduled for civil litigation attorney Robert John Chavez, son of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victor E. Chavez, and brother to Court of Appeal Victoria M. Chavez.

Trillanes also deserves bail: lawyer (Sun Star)
A LAWYER said detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV should be given temporary liberty just like what happened to former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) governor Nur Misuari who was granted bail last week by the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC).

US Attorney: 'Undocumented' Not A Criminal Act (WCBS-TV New York)
Comments by U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie that it is not necessarily a crime for immigrants to live in the country without proper documentation are drawing fire a day after he spoke at a New Jersey church.

Lawyer asks for more funding for Miramichi pathology inquiry (CBC New Brunswick)
A lawyer representing some of the patients at the commission into pathology services at Miramichi Regional Health Authority is asking for funding from the government.

Attorney General opposes new PSE rate hike request (Puget Sound Business Journal)
The state Attorney General's office said it will oppose Puget Sound Energy's latest request to raise rates by an additional $6 million.

Lawyer: Alleged Thurman Stalker's Note Creepy, Not Criminal (WNBC)
A lawyer says a former mental patient's note about his hands being on actress Uma Thurman's body "at all times" may be creepy but it is not criminal.

Justice taps new pardon attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
A top drug prosecutor has been named to head the Justice Department office that recommends presidential pardons, filling a post opened earlier this year after his predecessor was accused of racism and mismanagement.

Justice taps new pardon attorney (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
A top drug prosecutor has been named to head the Justice Department office that recommends presidential pardons, filling a post opened earlier this year after his predecessor was accused of racism and mismanagement. Ronald L. Rodgers, chief of the department's Drug Intelligence Unit and a former Marine Corps lawyer, will head up the Pardon Attorney's office. An inspector general's report last ...

Lawyer: Clemens, McReady Had Long-Term Relationship (KTHV Little Rock)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The lawyer for former pitcher Roger Clemens has confirmed that his client had a long-term relationship with country singer Mindy McCready. Rusty Hardin says in the New York Daily News that the relationship was not sexual.

Justice taps new pardon attorney (Las Vegas Sun)
Mon, Apr 28, 2008 (1:07 p.m.) A top drug prosecutor has been named to head the Justice Department office that recommends presidential pardons, filling a post opened earlier this year after the former Pardon Attorney was accused of racism and mismanagement.

Justice taps new pardon attorney (Seattle Times)
A top drug prosecutor has been named to head the Justice Department office that recommends presidential pardons, filling a post opened earlier this year after the former Pardon Attorney was accused of racism and mismanagement.

Lead defence lawyer in Toronto drug squad probe supports inquiry (CBC Toronto)
The lead lawyer for six former Toronto police officers accused of robbing and beating up drug dealers says he supports an inquiry into the case that would also shed light on what the officers have been through during their 10-year ordeal.

Accused Uma Thurman stalker just 'creepy' - lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra Entertainment)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man accused of stalking actress Uma Thurman for two years may have been creepy and obsessive, but he did not break the law, his lawyer told a New York jury Monday.

Attorney for the Damned Musical Extends Run at the Kraine (Playbill)
The rock musical Attorney for the Damned – based on the memoir of lawyer Denis Woychuk – has extended its run through June 4.

Canadian freed in Sudan being refused help getting home, says lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
OTTAWA - The lawyer for a Sudanese-Canadian accused of terrorist ties says Ottawa is letting his client languish in Khartoum rather than helping him return to his wife and children in Montreal - even though the Sudanese have released him from jail without charge.

Megahed's attorney disputes FBI search of home (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA -- Neither Youssef Megahed nor his parents gave FBI agents permission to seize computers from their home, and any evidence recovered from them shouldn't be allowed at trial, Megahed's attorney says in a motion to suppress evidence filed today....

Federal lawyer asks court for full trial in Vancouver's safe injection site case (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER - A federal lawyer told a B.C. Supreme Court hearing on Monday that the loaded medical and constitutional issues surrounding Vancouver's safe injection site are so complex that a full trial is needed to deal with them.

Lawyer at Fieger's firm testifies he was not promised to be reimbursed for donations (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer who works for indicted Southfield attorney Geoffrey Fieger testified Monday that Fieger's law firm reimbursed him for $8,000 in political donations he made on behalf of himself, his wife, and his two college-age children.

Attorney General's office asks for outside review (The Columbus Dispatch)
Attorney General Marc Dann’s office has asked for a "thorough review" of policies and procedures in the department previously supervised by his aide and longtime friend who is accused of sexual harassment.

Full trial needed in case of safe injection site, lawyer says (The Globe and Mail)
Federal lawyer believes 10-day summary trial insufficient to address broad societal implications of Vancouver's Insite clinic

Rogers Attorney Gets Two-Year Sentence (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- A Rogers tax attorney was sentenced to federal prison Monday for transporting stolen funds.

Rogers, Ark., tax lawyer gets 2-year sentence (KTHV Little Rock)
A Rogers tax lawyer accused of bilking his clients has been sentenced to two years in federal prison following his guilty plea in November to interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud.

Witness: Fundraiser spoke of plan to fire US attorney (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A government witness testified Monday that a prominent political fundraiser for the governor told him three years ago that Chicago's chief federal prosecutor would be fired and replaced by someone chosen by then-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Restaurant owner Elie Maloof testified that Antoin "Tony" Rezko told him that the person picked to replace Patrick J. Fitzgerald as U.S. attorney in ...

Abortion ballot explanation task falls to attorney general (Rapid City Journal)
Now that the 2008 version of an abortion ban has been certified to be before the voters in the fall general election, it becomes the job of Attorney General Larry Long's office to write the official explanation of the issue for the ballot.

Iranian Rights Lawyer Defiant Despite Threats (Washington Post)
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace laureate, said Monday that authorities in Tehran have promised to investigate death threats she received this month.

Ohio attorney general's office requests external review (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio attorney general's office has requested an external review of its procedures as it investigates sexual harassment allegations against a top aide.

Ohio's attorney general only one with Washington lobbyist (BG News)
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohio has the only attorney general with a full-time lobbyist in Washington to help the state get more federal money, a newspaper investigation found. Attorney General Marc Dann pays $98,000 to Craig Mehall - who had no Washington experience - to help get more grants from the Department of Justice and lobby members of Congress on consumer issues, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer ...

District attorney shares experiences and advice with local teens (Plattsburgh Press Republican)
CLINTONVILLE -- Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie's responsibilities in office are always keeping him busy. But the top county prosecutor took time recently to share his experiences and advice with high-school students.

Corvallis attorney returns to work after suspension (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
A Corvallis defense attorney is back on the job after a highly unusual legal tactic cost him a 30-day license suspension.

RACISM: UND report reaches state's attorney (Grand Forks Herald)
The Grand Forks County State's Attorney's Office received a report from UND Police on Monday about a UND student who said he was subjected to anti-Semitic taunts and racist graffiti, including "Scott is a Jew" written in ice cream on a dorm elevator. Advertisement: Tomahawk Lodge Resort & RV Park Great Summer Vacation Specials! Mini Vacations: 3 or 4 day mini vacations now available ...

Local newspaper plans to sue sheriff, county attorney (ABC 15 Phoenix)
The founders of New Times plan on filing a lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas. According to the paper’s website, the lawsuit will claim Arpaio and Thomas "...flexed their political muscle in the form of a conspiracy.

Iowa City attorney accused of failing to file taxes (The Gazette)
An Iowa City attorney who had his law license suspended on Friday and is married to an Iowa City school board member is facing felony charges for allegedly failing to file state income tax returns over a three-year period. Jeffrey Kinney Fields, 40, of 5 Modern Way, was charged Friday by the state of Iowa with three counts of second-degree fraudulent practice, a Class "D" felony, court records ...