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Legal News 05/2009

Fla. lawyer disbarred for sex with client (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer who let a female client work off her fee through sex has been disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court. The justices Thursday cited the man's guilty plea to solicitation to prostitution as one of several instances of professional misconduct.

Unions raise stakes in L.A. city attorney's race (Los Angeles Times)
The L.A. County Federation of Labor PAC tells ethics panel that it will spend $335,309 on media spots to oppose Jack Weiss' foe, Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich. Don't expect the Los Angeles city attorney's runoff to get any more civil before voters go to the polls May 19.

Bethesda Lawyer Who Argued Before High Court Kills Self in Office on Layoff Day (Washington Post)
A 59-year-old lawyer with an Atlanta-based firm who was about to lose his job because of the economy was found dead in his Washington office yesterday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Chrysler’s Lawyer Must Cut Lender Deal Quickly, Attorneys Say (Bloomberg)
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Corinne Ball , the lawyer behind Chrysler LLC’s bankruptcy, is a “brilliant” strategist who will need to quickly cut a deal with lenders that forced the automaker into court protection, said attorneys who know her.

Attorney Says Law Firm Fired Him for Being Gay (Law.com)
A Florida attorney has filed a discrimination suit alleging his former employer, Astigarraga Davis, fired him because he is gay. Scott Allan Burr alleges that law firm leaders refused to promote him to equity partner after promising he would be considered within a year of joining the firm, gave him poor reviews and refused a request for time off when it was honoring requests from straight ...

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoenas contracts won by clients of firm tied to Sheldon Silver (New York Daily News)
State investigators have subpoenaed records involving a top lobbyist with close ties to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Daily News has learned. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's subpoenas cover companies that have won state contracts using Patricia Lyn.

Why did Judge Mark Lopez have lawyer Nancy Murphy hauled off to jail? (Chicago Sun-Times)
After a busy day in court last week, lawyer Nancy Murphy planned to meet with her 7-year-old daughter's teachers, arrive home in time for dinner and then tuck her kids into bed. Instead, the stunned family law attorney was hauled out of court in handcuffs, called a "crack whore" by Cook County Jail guards and then treated to a night in a filthy cell, Murphy said. More than a week since her ...

Madoff brother demands US$500,000 license fee: trustee lawyer (National Post)
Bernard Madoff’s brother demanded a US$500,000 licensing fee for part of the market-making unit of the swindler’s firm being sold at auction, a lawyer for the trustee winding down the company said Thursday.

Paul House's defense lawyer wants appeals court to stop new trial (The Tennessean)
A lawyer for a man who spent 22 years on Tennessee's death row for murder asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to stop the state from trying to prosecute his client.

DISD trustees wrong to extend terms, attorney general says (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas school trustees were "not authorized" to extend their terms last fall, according to an opinion issued by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday.

Chris Brown's attorney hoping to get case dismissed (News On 6 Tulsa)
Chris Brown's attorney hopes the beating case against his client will be thrown out because of the picture of Rihanna that leaked before charges were filed.

NY Attorney General Cuomo broadens pension pay-to-play probe, now moving nationwide (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says he's expanding his probe of an influence-peddling scandal affecting some of the nation's biggest public pension funds.

Legacy owner's cancer won't spare him from arrest - lawyer (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Legacy Group owner Celso de los Angeles's current battle with tonsil cancer will not spare him from impending arrest, the lawyer of some Legacy investors who filed charges against him said on Friday.

Thief grabs Attorney General Brown's tires (San Francisco Chronicle)
Even the state's top law-enforcement officer isn't immune to crime. A scofflaw made off with the two passenger side tires from state Attorney General Jerry Brown's state-owned Toyota Camry hybrid as it was parked outside his Oakland hills home, his office...

City Attorney Debates Cancelled (Los Angeles Downtown News)
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The debate between city attorney candidates Carmen Trutanich and Jack Weiss scheduled to take place Tuesday at Downtown’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy has been cancelled.

New U.S. Attorney for East Texas Assumes Office (Tyler Morning Telegraph)
John Malcolm Bales takes the reins today as United States attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

Garfield County man charged with threating county attorney (ABC 4 Salt Lake City)
PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) – A Garfield County man is charged with threatening County Attorney Barry Huntington.

Indiana attorney general warns of swine flu scam (AP via Yahoo! News)
Indiana's attorney general is warning of a telephone scam offering the sale of "mandatory swine flu kits."

Attorney: no crime in Conn. woman's death (Boston Globe)
An attorney for a Connecticut lawmaker suspended from his leadership position in connection with a woman's January death says he's sure there was no crime committed.

Calif. attorney general's tires stolen (UPI)
SACRAMENTO, May 1 (UPI) -- The attorney general of California said being the state's "top cop" did not deter thieves from swiping two of the tires from his car.

Nosratollah Amini dies at 94; Iranian lawyer, politician became Mossadegh's personal attorney (Los Angeles Times)
Nosratollah Amini, an Iranian lawyer and politician who became the personal attorney of Mohammad Mossadegh, the nationalist prime minister deposed in a U.S.-backed coup in 1953, died April 20 at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, Va. He was 94 and had pneumonia.

US attorney finalists set, lawyers say (Boston Globe)
A federal prosecutor and two prominent partners at a Boston law firm have been recommended to Senator Edward M. Kennedy as potential successors to former US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, according to several current and former prosecutors.

Robert Sussman, dynamic lawyer, dies at 60 (Houston Chronicle)
Robert Sussman, a lawyer whose nimble mind, legal know-how and quick wit helped him build cordial relationships with adversaries even as he clobbered them in the courtroom, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 60.

Blagojevich's lawyer wants to tap campaign fund to pay former gov.'s legal fees (Southeast Missourian)
CHICAGO -- Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyer made a fresh plea Friday for permission to tap campaign money to pay legal bills, saying defending the corruption charges against the former governor...

Attorney offers defense of student accused of rape (Daily Herald)
The attorney for the Barrington High School student charged with sexual assaulting two fellow students acknowledged his client might have been intimate with both girls.

Lawyer hired in fracas case (The Republican)
SPRINGFIELD - The retired teacher accused of attacking the mayor of Agawam in a jealous rage has hired a lawyer, who issued some defiant remarks on her behalf on Friday.

Oregon lawyer to report on Gaza delegation (Albany Democrat-Herald)
CORVALLIS Corvallis/Albany Friends of Middle East Peace and the Palestine Action Group will host Oregon attorney Tom Nelson’s presentation, “An American Lawyer in Gaza,” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Felner's lawyer wants trial's venue changed (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The lawyer for Robert Felner, the former University of Louisville education dean accused of misusing grant money and other funds, says his client cannot get a fair trial in Louisville and has asked that the case be heard in either Paducah, Bowling Green or Owensboro.

Clinton administration attorney found dead in apparent suicide (New Haven Register)
Associated Press WASHINGTON — An attorney who served in the Clinton administration was found dead Thursday in an apparent suicide at his Washington law office.

Kasab's defence ’nearly impossible’: Lawyer (Hindustan Times)
The lawyer for the only surviving suspected gunman of the Mumbai attacks believes defending his Pakistani client in an Indian court poses a “nearly impossible” challenge.

Attorney: Leukemia caused by additive (NWAnews.com)
Poultry companies added dangerous arsenic to chicken feed, but they never warned poultry growers, people who spread chicken litter or children at schools, an attorney told jurors in Washington County Circuit Court on Friday. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)

Lawyer says suspect acted in self defense (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for the man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend's estranged husband says his client acted in self defense.

Stamford attorney disbarred after attempted sex crime conviction (Norwalk Advocate)
STAMFORD -- A former Stamford-based attorney found guilty of trying to entice a 14-year-old Kentucky girl over the Internet and telephone was suspended from legal practice Thursday.

Saberi Lawyer: Jailed Journalist's Rights Violated (NPR)
Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi remains in Tehran's Evin Prison, a week into her eight-year sentence on a charge of espionage. Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi says Saberi's closed-door trial was not allowed under Iran's constitution.

Milton appealing dismissed suit against State's Attorney Yoder (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- McLean County Clerk Peggy Ann Milton is appealing a court’s decision that dismissed her lawsuit against State’s Attorney Bill Yoder.

Wood's attorney to use recent Supreme Court decision in defense (The Chippewa Herald)
PORTAGE — While state Rep. Jeffrey Wood officially stood mute Thursday to drunken driving and marijuana charges in Portage, his attorney said a new U.S. Supreme Court decision will play a role in his defense.

Lawyer for Biela argues for 3 separate trials (Reno Gazette-Journal)
The strangulation of Brianna Denison, the rape of another woman at gunpoint in a parking garage and the abduction and sexual assault of a third woman were all distinctly different crimes, and each should be tried separately, a lawyer for James Biela argued Friday.

District attorney candidates discuss alternative sentencing (Centre Daily Times)
The Centre Daily Times asked each of the four candidates for Centre County district attorney to resp

Is there a reason behind California Attorney General Jerry Brown's slow walk-up to gubernatorial campaign? (Contra Costa Times)
So, why is Attorney General Jerry Brown holding off on announcing his much-anticipated candidacy for governor?The company line is that he hasn't decided whether he'll run for the 2010 nomination.

Chicago attorney purchases Petersburg church (The State Journal-Register)
 Chicago attorney Karen Conti bought a piece of Menard County history today for $31,000.

Gun issues cloud L.A. city attorney's race (Los Angeles Times)
Attorney Carmen Trutanich's law partner is the NRA's chief lawyer in Southern California, which is providing ammunition for Councilman Jack Weiss in the bitterly fought campaign. As Los Angeles City Council members recently debated a proposal to keep guns away from certain criminals, the measure's author, public safety committee chairman Jack Weiss, called on the Police Department for an example ...

Alcohol sales opponents select attorney for court challenge (Evansville Courier & Press)
Opponents of alcohol sales in the small community of Norris City, Ill., have hired an attorney to challenge the results of a wet-dry vote held as a part of the April 7 municipal election.

Madoff brother demands US$500,000 license fee: trustee lawyer (National Post)
Bernard Madoff’s brother demanded a US$500,000 licensing fee for part of the market-making unit of the swindler’s firm being sold at auction, a lawyer for the trustee winding down the company said Thursday.

District Attorney’s Office seeks two new positions (The Conroe Courier)
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office will ask commissioners to approve two new positions that will oversee the DA’s 13 investigators.

Historic Thayer hosts U.S. Attorney General (The Photo News)
The Thayer Hotel at West Point recently hosted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was visiting the Thayer as a guest speaker for a conference held by the West Point Center for the Rule of Law in the historic Crest Room. Pictured from left to right are: Mike Dwyer of Bronxville, the assistant general manager of the Thayer; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Bob Wilson of Pine Bush, the ...

Co-defendant in drug hit gets new attorney (Macomb Daily)
One of two cousins accused of an execution-style murder of a drug dealer and the kidnapping of the dead man's fiancéee and two children has hired an attorney, who maintains his client's innocence.

City attorney fee hike on council agenda (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
WATERLOO --- Waterloo's city attorney has not received a fee increase for seven years.

SPECIAL 2-PART REPORT: WHO IS JOSE BAEZ? Casey's lawyer was rejected by Florida Bar on first try (Orlando Sentinel)
TOMORROW: Becoming Casey Anthony's lawyer has brought José Baez celebrity — and controversy. His defense of Casey Anthony, a young mother charged with killing her daughter, Caylee, has transformed José Ángel Baez into one of the best-known lawyers in America. But after graduating from law school, he was considered unfit to practice law by the Florida Supreme Court.

Briton held in Laos to see lawyer (The Scotsman)
A British lawyer arrived in Laos today hoping to delay the trial of a pregnant Briton who could face death by firing squad if she is convicted of drug smuggling.

Briton held in Laos to see lawyer (Evening Standard)
A British lawyer has arrived in Laos hoping to delay the trial of a pregnant Briton who could face death by firing squad if she is convicted of drug smuggling.