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Legal News 09/2008 (Page 20)

Charge certified against lawyer (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A local judge yesterday certified to a grand jury the embezzlement case against a lawyer accused of stealing from the Virginia Farm Bureau while he was working there.

Simpson's attorneys object to Goldman family lawyer testifying (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
O.J. Simpson's attorneys have objected to prosecutors' plan to call a lawyer for the Goldman family to testify. Prosecutors want to call David cook to testify about a $33 million civil judgment the Goldmans and others have against Simpson after a jury found him liable in a wrongful death suit.

Former Portland Lawyer Sentenced (WMTW Auburn)
Disbarred Portland lawyer John Duncan will serve 28 months in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his law firm and elderly clients.

Clinton attorney has license suspended for mishandling funds (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON -- The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission has suspended the license of a Clinton lawyer for one year for mishandling client funds.

A longtime friend and former co-defendant with O.J. Simpson agreed with a defense lawyer Tuesday that Simpson's ... (KAKE)
"Nothing illegal was going to occur, correct?" defense lawyer Yale Galanter asked former Simpson buddy Charles Ehrlich in his second day on the stand.

History-making judge to become advocacy lawyer (The Jewish Advocate)
Local Superior Court Judge Isaac Borenstein has made the unusual move from judge to trial lawyer, retiring from the bench after a 22-year career serving the Commonwealth.

Licence pulled from St. John's lawyer (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
A St. John's lawyer who failed to obey a court order to file an income tax return has lost his licence to practise law.

Pierce's attorney: let Pierce play in France (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
Associated Press - September 23, 2008 12:14 PM ET DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for former University of Iowa basketball player Pierre Pierce is asking the Supreme Court to let Pierce...

Lifetime dream fulfilled: Grand Falls-Windsor lawyer to serve as judge (The Georgian)
A lifelong dream has come true for a Grand Falls-Windsor lawyer.

Filing: Wisconsin Attorney General Van Hollen should be disqualified from suit (Wisconsin State Journal)
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen should be disqualified from a controversial lawsuit against state election officials because he ignored lawyers' ethics rules, according to a filing expected to be made in the case. Van Hollen, a Republican, cannot continue in the lawsuit because he and state Department of Justice attorneys also are representing the elections officials in two separate ...

Disbarred lawyer Titus indicted on federal fraud charges (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK A federal grand jury indicted disbarred lawyer Troy A. Titus on 10 felony counts of mail and wire fraud alleging that he stole about $1.5 million from former clients, including one-time R&B star Teddy Riley.

Withdrawal of nod to SEZs not tenable legally: attorney-general (Express India)
In the backdrop of the controversial issue of Goa government's decision to scrap notified SEZs in the state, the attorney-general has warned that it would be difficult for the government to legally justify withdrawal of approvals already given to SEZs.

Wisconsin GOP official says he talked to Justice Department before attorney general filed voter suit (Wisconsin State Journal)
A state Republican Party official acknowledged Thursday that he talked to Justice Department lawyers before Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sued the state's election agency over the breadth of its voter registration checks. Christopher Mohrman, a state GOP lawyer, said after the Government Accountability Board in late August rejected the party's recommendation to expand voter registration ...

Van Hollen says conflict-of-interest rules don't apply to attorney general (Wisconsin State Journal)
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen argued Friday he is not governed by conflict-of-interest rules for private sector lawyers and should not be disqualified from a lawsuit he has filed against the state elections agency. Moreover, as the top law enforcement officer for the state, Van Hollen is responsible for enforcing laws even when they are violated by a state agency, a practice dating back to ...

FDLE attorney and his wife found dead (Bradenton Herald)
Authorities are investigating the deaths of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement attorney and his wife.

State Attorney's Office releases documents in Casey Anthony investigation (Orlando Sentinel)
The State Attorney's Office has released nearly 600 pages of documents in the case against Casey Anthony, the mother of missing 3-year-old Caylee Marie.

Boca Raton attorney charged with stealing $1 million from dozens of clients, agrees to disbarment (The Palm Beach Post)
A Boca Raton attorney and arts supporter Richard Bagdasarian has admitted to taking more than $1 million from dozens of clients and agreed to be disbarred, Boca Raton police said Tuesday.

Pierce's attorney: let Pierce play in France (KWWL Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for former University of Iowa basketball player Pierre Pierce is asking the Supreme Court to let Pierce travel to France to play professional basketball.

Criminal case against Marines dropped by U.S. Attorney's Office (The Press-Enterprise)
The U.S. Attorney's Office has ended its pursuit of a criminal contempt case against two Marine sergeants who were scheduled to be in court Monday.

Slain Sask Mounties described as 'heroes' so murder trial must be moved: lawyer (CNews)
BATTLEFORDS, Sask. - Bumper stickers and memorial tributes that refer to two slain Saskatchewan Mounties as heroes are reason enough to move the murder trial of their alleged killer, a lawyer argued Tuesday.

Ex-Kilpatrick attorney to run for Detroit mayor (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
DETROIT -- The former in-house attorney for Kwame Kilpatrick is running for his old job. Sharon McPhail picked up petitions Tuesday to run in Detroit's Feb.

O.J. Simpon’s lawyer seeks mistrial (Las Vegas Sun)
O.J. Simpson’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, has moved for a mistrial.

OC Register trained carriers to break law: lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The Orange County Register trains its paper carriers to drive on the wrong side of the street to save time, resulting in accidents and injuries, said a lawyer representing carriers suing the paper.

Client's 'Frivolous' Motion in Divorce Case Leads to Attorney Sanction (Law.com)
A judge has taken an attorney to task for standing "blindly behind" a matrimonial client's recusal motion and her "fifty-three page diatribe" against the court for rejecting her bid to relocate to Texas with her children. New York Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Lubell hit the lawyer with a $2,500 sanction and ordered the client to pay some $7,200 in attorney fees. In a separate reply affidavit ...

Mobile attorney Palmer Hamilton wins Preservationist of Distinction award (Mobile Press-Register)
Press-Register fileMobile attorney Palmer Hamilton has restored more than 50 properties in the city. Through the Oakleigh Venture Revolving Fund, established in 2001 and which he heads, more than 30 houses on Marine Street have been restored. Mobile attorney Palmer...

Former US attorney relieved with Ariz. murder case (The Post-Standard)
PHOENIX (AP) — A former U.S. attorney fired in 2006 after clashing with his boss over a death penalty case says he's relieved the Justice Department is no longer seeking to execute the defendant.

Md. attorney general looks into racial taunts (USA Today)
The Maryland attorney general's Office of Civil Rights is looking into complaints of racist taunts at a high school football game in Cumberland, Md., on Friday between Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) and Fort Hill (Cumberland).

Lawsuit says lawyer ad rules are unfair (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's new lawyer advertising rules violate free speech and impose vague and unfair restrictions on how lawyers can communicate with consumers, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday to block enforcement of the rules....

Attorney General's Office Refers Nepotism Allegation to Judicial Commission (The Missourian)
By Bill Miller Jr. The Missouri attorney general's office referred an allegation of nepotism involving a Franklin County judge to a state commission that has oversight over judges.

Zumwinkel Lawyer Aims to Avoid Public Trial, Sueddeutsche Says (Bloomberg.com)
Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Klaus Zumwinkel 's lawyer Hanns Feigen is asking the Dusseldorf justice ministry for a so-called penal order, which would avoid a public trial for his client, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.

Real estate kickback trial stalls as attorney claims political motivation (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The federal trial of a Brookfield real estate agent charged with seeking a $75,000 kickback on the sale of a $30 million state office building stalled again Monday as his attorney argued that the case was brought for political purposes.

Attorney general visits local watersheds (The Frederick News-Post)
Wetlands, conservation and watersheds are not usually terms that concern the Maryland attorney general

Boca Raton lawyer arrested in theft from clients after investigation (Sun-Sentinel)
A Boca Raton lawyer who admitted in a Florida Bar investigation to stealing more than $1.17 million from clients' funds in recent years was arrested Tuesday following a lengthy police investigation.

Murder case possibly tied to attorney's ouster closed (The Arizona Republic)
A federal judge on Tuesday effectively closed a murder case that may have played a role in the 2006 ouster of the U.S. attorney in Arizona.

Goldman attorney may testify at O.J. trial (CNN.com)
Judge Jackie Glass rules today whether an attorney for the family of Ron Goldman can testify for the prosecution at O.J. Simpson's armed robbery trial. The relevance? Memorabilia at the heart of the case could have gone to the Goldmans to satisfy a civil judgement.

Attorney absolved of court's contempt (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
VALPARAISO | A Crown Point defense attorney was cleared Tuesday morning of contempt after he was accused of failing to show up for a court hearing last month with a client who was supposed to turn herself in to begin serving time in prison.

Lawyer for detained Chinese quake dissident granted access (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Chinese dissident Huang Qi, who campaigned for the parents of children killed in the Sichuan earthquake, was allowed to see his client more than three months after he was detained.

Lawyer for detained Chinese quake dissident granted access (TODAYonline)
Mo Shaoping (seen here in June), the lawyer for Chinese dissident Huang Qi, who campaigned for the parents of children killed in the Sichuan earthquake, was allowed to see his client more than three months after he was detained.

Lawyer wants priest's records (The Post-Standard)
A lawyer representing the family of three young children allegedly abused sexually by the Rev. John W. Broderick is seeking personnel records of the priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

City attorney blasts McCain's economic stance (Montgomery Advertiser)
A Montgomery attorney held a news conference Tuesday to say that Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain's views on the economy are out of touch with the lives of working families in Alabama.

Canandaigua seeks court's help on Planning Board lawyer's fate (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Planning Board members for the town of Canandaigua want the courts to decide whether there is sufficient cause to dismiss Michael Jones as the board's lawyer.

Ohio attorney general hopeful says foe wasted state funds (The Toledo Blade)
COLUMBUS — Republican attorney general candidate Mike Crites yesterday accused his Democratic opponent, Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray, of spending $1.8 million a year in taxpayer funds to promote himself. “This is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars from someone who claims to be the guardian of the public treasury,” the former U.S. attorney for southern Ohio said. Mr. Crites, of Delaware, ...

Attorney: New Energy Rules Could Prompt Lawsuit (CBS4 Denver)
An attorney says energy companies might file suit if new rules for the oil and gas industry allow regulators to deny a drilling permit based on wildlife concerns raised by surface property owners.

Former Maine lawyer going to prison (Boston Globe)
A former lawyer in Maine accused of an illegal scheme that cost friends and clients more than $2 million is going to prison.

City to pay fees to local man's attorney (The Marietta Times)
The Columbus attorney who represented Marietta resident Butch Badgett in his writ of mandamus lawsuit against the mayor and City Council will be paid $59,863 by the city for his services, according to an appropriation OK'd by members of council's finance committee on Tuesday.

Thief Took Only $63,000 From Denver Lawyer at RNC (Law.com)
Minneapolis police are lowering their estimate of the value of goods stolen from a delegate to the Republican National Convention earlier this month. A police spokesman says the officer who wrote the initial report placed the value of the stolen property at $120,000, but a later inventory put its value at $63,050. After the media reported the higher figure, Denver lawyer and Colorado delegate to ...

Utah attorney general will review Farmington SWAT standoff shooting (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Updated: 11:39 AM- The Utah Attorney General's Office will review the shooting that killed one man and ended a 12-hour standoff with police in Farmington on Monday.

Lawyer’s report on school district audit is filed (The Des Moines Register)
Des Moines school officials today said they have received a report from a lawyer they hired to answer charges in a state audit that showed they broke competitive laws on a construction project, but the report won’t immediately be made available to the public.

Lawyer: 'OC Register' Trained Carriers to Break Law (Editor & Publisher)
LOS ANGELES The Orange County Register trains its paper carriers to drive on the wrong side of the street to save time, resulting in accidents and injuries, said a lawyer representing carriers suing the paper.

Autopsy shows FDLE attorney killed himself (Miami Herald)
Preliminary autopsy results show that a Florida Department of Law Enforcement attorney found dead in his New Smyrna Beach home died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.