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Legal News 08/2009

Jaime Pressly gets engaged to lawyer (UPI)
LOS ANGELES, July 31 (UPI) -- Jaime Pressly's publicist said the U.S. television actress is engaged to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh.

Local news briefs: Riddle's lawyer doubts trial will start on time (Detroit Free Press)
Although the trial docket says Sept. 21, an attorney for Sam Riddle said he doubts both sides will be ready to go to trial by then. Riddle's lawyer David Steingold told the Free Press on Friday that he anticipates the trial won't begin until later this year or early next year.

City lawyer quits police-reforms monitor post in Detroit (Baltimore Sun)
Departure follows reports of Baltimore lawyer's relationship with Kilpatrick A Baltimore-based lawyer, who for six years worked as a court-appointed monitor overseeing Detroit police reforms, resigned last week after disclosure of a "personal relationship" with disgraced Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Obama names ousted attorney to regain post (Denver Post)
A former U.S. attorney for Nevada who was forced to resign during the Bush administration could soon be getting his old job back.

Ousted U.S. attorney renominated (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
President Barack Obama nominated Daniel Bogden as U.S. attorney for Nevada on Friday, more than two years after the Bush administration fired him from the same job.

Lawyer charged with assault (The Buffalo News)
A Clarence lawyer, who earlier was accused by a federal magistrate of violating the rights of a murder suspect, now also faces misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly beating up his girlfriend a week ago, prosecutors said Friday.

Olympic hopeful injured during police 'hit-and-run,' attorney says (Baltimore Sun)
He says hit-run could derail 17-year-old boxer's plans to compete in the 2012 Olympics Two months ago, 17-year-old Deon Johnson was among the top-ranked boxers at a junior national championship, he said. But on Friday, he was sitting in a law office in an oversized suit, his right hand and right leg bandaged from injuries suffered in what his attorney says was a police hit-and-run.

Walsh's lawyer admits talking to key witness: Trial on break until early September (The Telegram)
The lawyer for Jim Walsh acknowledged Friday that he spoke with key Crown witness Bill Murray about a comment Walsh made in a 2007 police interview.

State attorney's office settles sex harassment suits (Florida Today)
PANAMA CITY — A Panhandle state attorney’s office has settled three sexual harassment lawsuits filed by employees against the previous administration for $75,000 each.

Lawyer: Authorities not interested in solving Gongadze case (KYIV Post)
Kyiv, August 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian authorities are not truly interested in solving the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, said Valentyna Telychenko, a lawyer who represents the journalist’s widow, Myroslava Gongadze.

Attorney General Asks Rehearing In Overturn of Osburn Murder Conviction (Ashley County Ledger)
In a petition filed this past week, the Arkansas Attorney General's office asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reconsider its June 25 opinion reversing and remanding the conviction of Kenneth Ray Osburn.

Attorney seeks 911 tapes from fatal Willows fire (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
The attorney who brought the petition against the city to release documents on the Willows of Coventry fire is insisting more be released.

Attorney Status Review Set Sept. 6 (The Ponca City News)
NEWKIRK — An attorney status review is set for Johnny Calvin Seal, 21, Ponca City, in Kay County District Court on Sept. 6. Seal was arrested by Ponca City police in connection with a domestic that was reported in the 500 block of North Pine on June 25.

Alleged lawyer's son engages police in a chase (The Freeman)
An alleged son of a lawyer reportedly aimed his gun at one of the customers of a resto bar on Salinas Drive, Barangay Lahug and engaged responding policemen in a chase while he tries to escape apprehension early morning yesterday.

Chase ends outside lawyer’s house (Sun Star)
A WILD-GOOSE chase with a gray Honda Accord car ended in the house of a lawyer in Beverly Hills, Lahug, Cebu City early morning yesterday. read more

Lawyer: Jackson received propofol warning (UPI)
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A lawyer for one of Michael Jackson's former doctors says his client did warn the late U.S. pop singer of the dangers of the anesthetic propofol.

Lawyer recovering after vicious assault (Prince George Citizen Online)
The 55-year-old man who was assaulted Sunday near a bank machine on Victoria Street is lawyer Jan Christiansen, a co-worker at Heather Sadler Jenkins has confirmed.Contrary to reports, Christiansen had not withdrawn money from the machine at the RBC building on Victoria Street at Fifth Avenue prior to the attack at about 7 p.m., James Fowlie said Friday, but rather had just left the Heather ...

Ala. lawyer nominated federal judge (FOX10 Mobile)
President Barack Obama has nominated a black Birmingham lawyer to fill the seat of the first black federal judge in Alabama.

Shurtleff says Bennett is burying attorney general's office in records requests (Deseret News)
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's office says Sen. Bob Bennett's campaign is burying it in public-records requests that seek...

Attorney General McKenna knows when to stay away (Everett Herald)
Rob McKenna knows well the ways and means of politics, making the Republican attorney general one of the state’s best practitioners. He understands seizing opportunities for political reward and sidestepping those carrying potential risk.

Lawyer plans to sue Colo. state over TABOR (Denver Post)
A Denver attorney described by a fellow lawyer as a "senior statesman of the Colorado bar" plans to sue the state in federal court, arguing that the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights violates the U.S. Constitution.

Attorney General warns of ‘energy efficient’ scams (The Sentinel)
Attorney General Tom Corbett said consumers should be wary when considering products or services advertised as being “energy efficient.”

Bankruptcy lawyer works to help clients manage fiscal damage (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Lenard Schwartzer recalls that his father, the hard-working owner of a cafeteria in a midtown Manhattan office building, recommended he become a lawyer.

County Attorney Ploy Prompts Suspension (Yankton Press & Dakotan)
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Beatrice lawyer’s plan to get his associate out of trouble by threatening to report a Nebraska county attorney for allegedly having expired license plates backfired and will prevent him from practicing law for four months, the state Supreme Court ruled.

Gary K. King: What attorney general does about corruption (Silver City Sun-News)
We have come to the stage where our public-corruption investigations have resulted in indictments and prosecutions. One of the challenges of the attorney general's job is to properly manage requests for information from the general public, legislators and the media about ongoing investigations.

State attorney’s office settles harassment lawsuits (Jackson County Floridan)
A Panhandle state attorney’s office has settled three sexual harassment lawsuits filed by employees against the previous administration for $75,000 each.

Berwyn attorney sentenced (Main Line Suburban Life)
A Berwyn attorney who managed investments and planned estates stole more than a million dollars of his clients' money to build his own estate.

Attorney General Asks Rehearing In Overturn of Osburn Murder Conviction (Ashley County Ledger)
In a petition filed this past week, the Arkansas Attorney General's office asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reconsider its June 25 opinion reversing and remanding the conviction of Kenneth Ray Osburn.

Man convicted in attack on lawyer at courthouse (The Indianapolis Star)
Lafayette -- A man who witnesses said tried to push a lawyer over a fourth-floor rotunda railing inside the Tippecanoe County Courthouse has been convicted of criminal confinement resulting in bodily injury.

Lawyer: Dismiss murder charges (WBBM Newsradio 780 Chicago)
A lawyer asked a judge Friday to dismiss the charges filed against a young man from Elwood man who has been accused of killing an 18-month-old girl.

Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra Jr. has roots in Hudson County (The Jersey Journal)
Star-Ledger photo Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra, the man that ordered nearly two dozen Hudson County officials arrested last week on corruption charges, has roots in the county. Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra Jr. remembers his grandmother telling him...

City Attorney in Hot Seat (WLNS Lansing)
Lansing's city attorney is on the hot seat. This after he released information critics say should have remained private. City Attorney Brig Smith says he did nothing wrong, but human rights activists say Smith needs to admit his mistake.

Pak lawyer asks police to register treason case against Musharraf (rediff.com)
Rawalpindi-based lawyer Chaudhry Khurram Manzoor submitted an application at the Secretariat police station in Islamabad asking for the case to be registered against Musharraf, who is currently in Europe. Following the Supreme Court's order that the emergency imposed by Musharraf on November 3, 2007 was unconstitutional and illegal, police should register a case of violation of the constitution ...

Palin Lawyer Threatens To Serve Libel Papers At Kindergarten (The Huffington Post)
Sarah Palin's lawyer threatened to serve a blogger with libel papers at the kindergarten where he works for writing a post saying the former Alaska governor was getting divorced.

Tribunal rejects lawyer's race claim against judge (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
An Auckland lawyer has accused a High Court judge who reported him to the Law Society of racial discrimination.

British law graduates will not return to prison, lawyer claims (Evening Standard)
A lawyer representing two British law graduates said today he believes they will not have to return to prison over allegations they fraudulently claimed they had been robbed in Brazil.

Dumaguete lawyer, client jailed for contempt (Cebu Daily News)
Dumaguete City—A Regional Trial Court Judge here has ordered a Dumaguete lawyer and her client jailed for 30 days for indirect contempt for allegedly disrespecting the court and other abusive conducts.

Harrison W. Smith Jr., lawyer who helped guide Columbus' growth, dies at 83 (The Columbus Dispatch)
Harrison W. Smith Jr., who for decades played a key role in shaping central Ohio's growth and development as a zoning lawyer, died early yesterday.

Lawyer says Feeney investigation over (The Politico)
Lawyer for former Rep. Tom Feeney says the DOJ has dropped its two-year probe.

Pete Holmes for city attorney of Seattle (Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times editorial board endorses challenger Pete Holmes over incumbent Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr. The Times prefers Holmes' view that the people of Seattle are also the clients of the city attorney, not just the city officials themselves. Carr's record on open government is disappointing.

Filipino lawyer, Myanmar rights activist among 2009 Magsaysay awardees (GMA News)
A Filipino lawyer and environmentalist, an activist from military-ruled Myanmar who has documented human rights and environmental abuses, and a Thai scientist who devoted her life to finding a cheaper AIDS drug, were among the 2009 winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards.

Vt. Attorney General warns of "phishing" scam (Boston Globe)
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is warning people to avoid an IRS email scam that he says has re-emerged in the state.

Attorney General warns of ‘energy efficient’ scams (The Sentinel)
Attorney General Tom Corbett said consumers should be wary when considering products or services advertised as being “energy efficient.”

Rutherford election commission may hire attorney for GOP members to fight suit (The Tennessean)
MURFREESBORO - The Rutherford County Election Commission today is expected to consider hiring an attorney to represent its three GOP members in a federal lawsuit brought by Administrator of Elections Hooper Penuel.

Lawyer may face criminal charges (Jacksonville Daily News)
A Jacksonville lawyer faces possible criminal charges this week in the wake of an SBI investigation into a complaint filed by the N.C. State Bar last month alleging the lawyer altered court documents in a traffic case and lied in divorce papers in 2008.

Syrian lawyer faces prosecution for defending human rights (Amnesty International)
A leading Syrian human rights lawyer was formally charged last Thursday in relation to his legitimate work in defending the rights of political prisoners in Syria. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate release. Muhannad al-Hassani, who had regularly carried out observations of trials before the Supreme State Security Court, was arrested by Syrian State Security on 28 July and ...

Attorney hearing set for Monday (The Greenwood Commonwealth)
A judge on Monday afternoon will likely decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order that would block Greenwood attorney James Littleton from continuing to serve as Greenwood city attorney.

Pakistan attorney general: Parliament can approve trial of Musharraf (People's Daily)
Pakistani parliament could approve the trial of former President Pervez Musharraf by a simple majority resolution for his Nov. 3, 2007 acts, the Attorney General for Pakistan Sardar Latif Khan Khosa said on Monday. Talking to reporters after oath taking ceremony of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, the attorney general said that if a resolution for conducting trial of the former president was moved ...

Chris Ross named state's Outstanding District Attorney (Ada Evening News)
Ada — District Attorney Chris Ross has been named Oklahoma’s Outstanding District Attorney for 2009 by the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association’s Board of Directors.

Waters Hires New Attorney in Bribery Case (WXYZ-TV Detroit)
The Action News Investigators have learned that former State Rep. Mary Waters is hiring a new attorney.