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Legal News 03/2010

Accused of misconduct, prominent lawyer seeks to hold on to his license (Boston Globe)
Two years ago, he was both lawyer and de facto press agent for the man who called himself Clark Rockefeller, flanking the owlish accused kidnapper in court, arranging jailhouse interviews between his client and reporters, and enthusiastically making the rounds on network and cable news shows.

U.S. Lawyer Finds Europe Going Astray (New York Times)
An American lawyer is seeking to bring lawsuits against the E.U. and its member states for environmental shortcomings.

Lawyer: Sentence fair in Facebook sex scam (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)
WAUKESHA The lawyer for a Wisconsin teen convicted of using a Facebook scam to blackmail classmates into sex says the 15-year sentence is fair.

Hire a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer to Help You with Your Claim (Turks.US)
In times of legal troubles, you can turn to a reliable Florida personal injury lawyer to help you with your case. However, time is important when it comes to hiring the right lawyer because you also need to respect the Statute of Limitations that governs the filing of a claim.

British journalist to remain held in Gaza for another 15 days: lawyer (People's Daily)
Hamas on Monday extended the detention period of a British journalist for another 15 days, the lawyer of the journalist said. "The session the military court has held today was not a trial, it was just to extend his detention," Sharhabeel al-Zaeem, the lawyer, said. He said that the prosecution accused Paul Martin of "disturbing peace" but he has not yet finally charged. "Martin told me that he ...

Accused of bilking LM woman, ex-health aide seeks new lawyer (Main Line Times)
NORRISTOWN — An Upper Darby woman who admitted to bilking an elderly, partially blind Lower Merion woman for whom she worked as a home health aide apparently needs a new lawyer.

Lawyer asks SC to reconsider ruling on appointed gov't execs (GMA News)
Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its decision that appointive officials are deemed resigned once they file their certificates of candidacy (COCs).

Bernstein launches Michigan attorney general campaign (Detroit News)
Lansing -- Lawyer Richard Bernstein has kicked off his campaign seeking the Democratic nomination to run for attorney general in Michigan.

'U' lecturer Richard Bernstein enters race for Michigan attorney general (The Michigan Daily)
Richard Bernstein, a political science lecturer at the University, has announced that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination in the race for attorney general of Michigan. Bernstein — a trial attorney with The Sam Bernstein Law Firm based in Farmington Hills — formally launched his campaign in Lansing this morning, The Associated Press reported. read more

Riddle Says He Expects to Hire Attorney (FOX 2 News Detroit)
Political consultant Sam Riddle says even if a judge appoints a lawyer to represent him, he still expects to hire his own attorney in a second corruption trial in federal court in Detroit.

Attorney-General opposes NRO review petition (Pakistani Newspaper)
ISLAMABAD, Mar 01: Attorney-General Pakistan has opposed the government’s decision to file a review petition regarding the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) verdict in the Supreme Court, DawnNews has learnt.

Mass. Bar Calls Shenanigans on Pretend Lawyer (Bostonist)
According to the Globe , Boston defense attorney Stephen B. Hrones faces a one year suspension of his law license after a paralegal in his firm posed as a lawyer. Hrones has a fancypants law degree from Harvard, but that didn't prevent his paralegal Lionel Porter from pretending to be a lawyer. Hrones denies wrongdoing, claiming "I was too trusting of this individual, and now I’m paying the ...

Beaumont attorney pleads guilty to failing to file income tax returns (KFDM Beaumont)
A Beaumont attorney who spent more than a decade in the U.S. Attorney's Office before going into private practice faces up to one year in federal prison and up to a $100,000 fine following a guilty plea Monday morning to once count of failure to file income tax returns.

Attorney reviewing alleged campaign violation by manger (MLive.com)
Plainfield Township’s attorney is looking into whether an article written by the township manager in the last township newsletter violated state law.

Planet Election Guide: With expertise in hand, attorney wants to join back in (Telluride Daily Planet)
Jenny Russell is an attorney, boater and runner who has lived and played in Telluride since 1995. As she’s carved out a life here, she has also accrued a bit of experience with town government.

Attorney says Fort Hood shooting suspect moving soon from military hospital to county jail (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
FORT WORTH, Texas - An attorney says the Army psychiatrist charged in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base will soon be moved to a county jail near Fort Hood after four months in a military hospital.

Lawyer says Turkish pop star charged after raid (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Tarkan, Turkey's best-known pop star, says prosecutors have charged the singer after he was detained in a narcotics raid.

E. Hanover extorted lawyer (Hanover Eagle)
EAST HANOVER TWP. - A Newark man pleaded guilty to terrorizing his elderly lawyer, the same attorney he had already pleaded guilty to extorting $2,000 from last year.

Ex-longtime Barefoot Bay attorney faces state disciplinary action (Indian River Press Journal)
BREVARD COUNTY — The former longtime attorney for the Barefoot Bay Recreation District is facing disciplinary action from the state.After several hearings into complaints filed by former clients, employees and law partners, a state-appointed referee has recommended a nine-month suspension from law practice for Richard Torpy, along with payment of disciplinary costs.The proposed punishment, which ...

Montelon's attorney requests new prosecutor (The Morning Journal)
ELYRIA — Terry Gilbert, defense attorney for Joseph Montelon, wrote a letter to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will last week requesting Will remove himself from prosecution of Montelon, who is accused of writing disparaging letters against Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera, due to conflict of interest.

Justices Debate Whether Lawyer Negligence Can Extend Habeas Deadline (Law.com)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struggled with just how bad a lawyer must be to warrant stopping the clock on the time for filing a prisoner's federal habeas petition. In Holland v. Florida, the justices confronted two issues: whether the one-year deadline for filing habeas petitions under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act can be tolled for equitable reasons, and whether a ...

Attorney for Fort Hood suspect starts blog to state his case (CNN)
In response to a partial gag order, the attorney for the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting suspect has started a blog to make his case on the high-profile case.

Justices Debate Whether Lawyer Negligence Can Extend Habeas Deadline (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struggled with just how bad a lawyer must be to warrant stopping the clock on the time for filing a prisoner's federal habeas petition. In Holland v.

DEM IS A DISABILITY ADVOCATE: Bernstein joins the race for attorney general (Detroit Free Press)
Farmington Hills attorney Richard Bernstein made it official Monday, kicking off his campaign for state attorney general at stops in Lansing and West Bloomfield.

Court is to name Riddle lawyer (Detroit Free Press)
A federal judge will appoint a new lawyer for political consultant Sam Riddle after he failed to meet a deadline to hire counsel Monday. "It is a royal (expletive) raising money for lawyers," Riddle posted Monday afternoon on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. "Prospecting for freedom is costly."

Panel: Kilpatrick's lawyer broke the rules (Detroit Free Press)
Attorney Samuel McCargo became the first lawyer felled by professional misconduct charges Monday for his role in the text messaging scandal that drove his client, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, from office.

Toledo area lawyer pleads guilty to taking client funds (The Toledo Blade)
By ERICA BLAKE BLADE STAFF WRITER Gerald Baker couldn't say exactly where he spent more than $34,000 he was supposed to have given clients, only that he took the money "without [it] being forwarded on to the parties involved." A lawyer who was placed on an indefinite suspension last year by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Baker pleaded guilty in Lucas County Common Pleas Court yesterday to grand ...

Attorney: County would pay Jackson Health System’s 10,000 union workers (Sun-Sentinel)
If the Jackson Health System runs out of cash, the county would be responsible for paying Jackson's 10,500 union workers, but not necessarily the other 1,500 employees, according to a legal analysis by County Attorney R.A. Cuevas Jr.

Bre-X lawyer prosecuted for 'incivility' (National Post)
The "civility prosecution" against Joseph Groia by the body that regulates lawyers in Ontario is based on a flawed and unfair investigation, his lawyer argued yesterday.

Dan May, Colorado Springs District Attorney, May Face Complaint For Trying To Close Medical Marijuana Dispensary (The Huffington Post)
What's Your Reaction? Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May's efforts to get rid of a medical marijuana dispensary in his neighborhood have caught the attention of a Colorado Springs city councilman who says he's considering filing an ethics complaint against May.

Former client claims lawyer robbed him (The Age)
A MAN acquitted of sex charges wants compensation from his lawyer over artworks and furniture he claims she stole when he fled to New Zealand on the eve of his trial.

Lawyer says firm's harassment made her ill (The Age)
A former lawyer at Freehills claims the high-profile firm discriminated against her due to her age in the latest case to highlight claims of poor working conditions at law firms.

CONSUMER PROTECTION: Iowa's Attorney General is in Washington, D.C. to advocate for a new consumer law division (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
The Iowa Attorney General is in Washington, D.C. pushing for a new consumer law division.

Texas Attorney General attends 2nd Amendment Argument (KLTV 7 Tyler)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today attended oral argument at the United States Supreme Court, which this morning heard the Second Amendment case, McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Attorney explains why UK pitcher left (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An attorney for University of Kentucky pitcher James Paxton issued a statement Tuesday, explaining w

Attorney: Gages contract doesnt follow charter (Galveston County Daily News)
LA MARQUE The city attorney said the severance clause in the city manager's contract was "inconsistent" with the city's charter.

Attorney: Jury Likely To Convict Kirkland (WLWT-TV Cincinnati)
A defense attorney has told prospective jurors that he expects they'll convict his client, so he focused on whether they could hand out punishment fairly.

Bre-X lawyer prosecuted for 'incivility' (MalaysiaNews.net)
The "civility prosecution" against Joseph Groia by the body that regulates lawyers in Ontario is based on a flawed and unfair investigation, his lawyer argued yesterday. The disciplinary charges agai...

Retired North Platte attorney makes $10,000 contribution to events center (McCook Daily Gazette)
NORTH PLATTE -- The Mid-Plains Community College "Today's Vision -- Tomorrow's Reality" fundraising campaign recently announced they have received a $10,000 donation from retired North Platte attorney Harold Kay to be used toward building an Events Center at McCook Community College.

Kilpatrick lawyer broke conduct rules (UPI)
DETROIT, March 2 (UPI) -- A lawyer who represented former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in a police whistle-blower trial faces sanctions for professional misconduct, a panel said.

Attorney says stun gun never used on Jackson kids (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Michael Jackson's mother says the late singer's children were never exposed to a stun gun that was sent to the family's home recently.

San Diego city attorney to investigate noose case (AP via Yahoo! News)
The San Diego city attorney's office will determine if the hanging of a noose in a University of California, San Diego library was a hate crime.

Attorney: Jackson kids weren't exposed to stun gun (AP via Yahoo! News)
Michael Jackson's children were never exposed to a mail-order stun gun recently delivered to the family's home, an attorney for the late singer's mother said Tuesday.

In appeal, lawyer asserts genocide teaching skewed (Boston Globe)
A well-known Boston civil rights lawyer argued yesterday that state educators violated the constitutional rights of Massachusetts public school students and teachers by censoring legitimate arguments disputing that the mass slaying of Armenians in the First World War era was genocide.

Defendant attacks own lawyer twice in NJ court (6abc Philadelphia)
Guards had to subdue a man who attacked his defense lawyer twice in a New Jersey courtroom.

Clean up Jefferson Parish attorney's office: An editorial (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Interim Jefferson Parish President Steve Theriot has not said why he suspended Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson from office last week. But most residents surely weren't surprised by the move. Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson has been placed on leave.Mr. Wilkinson...

Wisconsin man accused of killing 7 women gets new lawyer (Pioneer Press)
A man accused of killing seven women in Milwaukee will get a new lawyer, which will likely delay his trial.

Akron lawyer's license suspended (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
The Supreme Court of Ohio today indefinitely suspended the law license of Akron lawyer Michelle A. Smithern for misappropriating more than $100,000 from her law firm.

Defendant attacks own lawyer twice in NJ court (The Record and Herald News)
TOMS RIVER — Guards had to subdue a man who attacked his defense lawyer twice in a New Jersey courtroom. A judge finally ejected Anthony Montgomery Tuesday.

Bath Township attorney's license suspended indefinitely (Akron Beacon Journal)
Bath Township attorney's license suspended indefinitely