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Legal News 06/2009

U.S. Attorney’s Office undergoing change (The Record and Herald News)
The flurry of investigative activity on the EnCap front comes during a period of transition for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which has been under the direction of acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra Jr. since Chris Christie stepped down in December to seek New Jersey’s GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Complaint claims lawyer solicited business in a hospital (BizJournals)
SARASOTA — Chasing business is not unusual in the legal arena, but a Sarasota lawsuit alleges a lawyer and his firm went too far — including to a hospital room.

Expertise key in picking attorney (BizJournals)
The right attorney can guide a business around the obstacles littering the road to success. But when should a company lawyer up and with what kind of attorney?

Kerik lawyer slams Justice press play (The Washington Times)
The lawyer for indicted former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik has accused the Justice Department of using the press to poison public opinion against his client mere months before his scheduled trial for corruption and tax charges. Defense attorney Barry Berke criticized a press release last week from Justice Department prosecutors in New York that announced Mr. Kerik had been ...

Cops Reopen 20-Year-Old Unsolved Murder of Lawyer (Fox News)
Karen Edwards, a Florida lawyer, was fatally stabbed just minutes after checking into her Boston hotel room on June 1, 1989.

Update: Attorney charged with embezzling from Muskegon Heights church (The Muskegon Chronicle)
A Norton Shores attorney has been charged with felony embezzlement for allegedly stealing more than $22,000 from his Muskegon Heights church....

Crown will drop attempted murder charges against Grouchy, says lawyer (The Telegram)
Billy Grouchy won’t be facing charges of attempted murder, according to his lawyer.

Former Tors Cove fugitive to plead guilty on assault charges: lawyer (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
The suspect who had been the subject of a 10-day manhunt after two men were stabbed in a community south of St. John's will plead guilty later this week to aggravated assault, his lawyer said Monday.

Attorney General, American Red Cross: Prepare for hurricane season early to prevent scams (The Pine Island Eagle)
avoiding scams like price gouging when storms develop. The Attorney General

Nigeria: Lawyer Protests Panel's Composition (AllAfrica.com)
Abuja — A lawyer and Editor-in-Chief of Lagos-based magazine, Squip, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, has protested the inclusion of former Secretary-General of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Lawal Rabana, as a member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Body of Benchers.

Court Dismisses Case Against Zimbabwe Rights Lawyer (Nasdaq)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP)--A Zimbabwe court Monday dismissed the case against human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama, who was accused of obstructing justice while defending a group of political activists.

Pa. attorney general takes case against former detective (The York Dispatch)
A fired West Manchester Township Police detective facing hundreds of charges for allegedly stealing, snorting and smoking drugs from his department's evidence room will be prosecuted by the state Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General stops Clinton Used Car Dealer from overcharging (WKTV Utica)
CLINTON, N.Y. - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement with Auto One Group, Inc, located on State Route 233 in Clinton that ends its years-old practice of overcharging customers for Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) registration fees and then failing to refund leftover money. The dealership was also improperly charging surcharges on purchases made with a credit card.

(AFX UK Focus) 2009-06-01 16:15 GM doesn't see new bidders for its assets-attorney (Interactive Investor)
NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) - General Motors Corp, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, does not have any new parties lining up to bid on the company's assets, an attorney for the company said on Monday. "There will be a hearing scheduled by the court to consider the proposed sale under section 363 of the bankruptcy code," said Stephen Karotkin, of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. "I'm not ...

Jurors at the grand larceny trial of Brooke Astor's son are hearing from a lawyer who says he was fired because he refused to make changes in her will. Henry Christensen testified for a fourth day Monday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court...

Attorney General: Clinton dealership must refund customers (The Observer-Dispatch)
As part of the agreement with Attorney General Cuomo’s Office, Auto One Group, Inc, located on State Route 233 and its owner Matthew Crever, must fully refund consumers who were overcharged for DMV registration fees and pay $30,000 in civil penalties to New York, according to a news release from Cuomo's office.

Services Set for Retired Attorney George G. Woolway (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
A vigil is scheduled for tonight for retired Los Angeles attorney George Gilbert “Gil” Woolway, followed by a funeral Mass and interment tomorrow. Woolway passed away on Wednesday at the age of 89 after suffering a bad fall and spending several days in a coma-like state, the family said.

Maryland Attorney General Considering Recognition of Gay Marriages Performed Elsewhere (Gayapolis)
Maryland's attorney general is looking into whether the state can recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Maryland law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Lawyer: Spitzer met often with prostitutes (USA Today)
A lawyer for a former escort service employee who arranged meetings with high-priced prostitutes says his client revealed former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer met regularly with prostitutes for 18 months before he resigned.

Lawyer: NY Gov. Spitzer met often with prostitutes (AP via Yahoo! News)
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer met regularly with prostitutes in multiple cities for 18 months before being identified as a client of an escort service and resigning in disgrace, a lawyer for an employee who arranged the trysts said Monday.

Lawyer: NJ man gets custody of son taken to Brazil (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a New Jersey man who asked Brazil's government to grant him custody of his 8-year-old son says the federal court there has ordered the boy returned to him.

Lawyer: NJ man wins custody of son taken to Brazil (AP via Yahoo! News)
A federal court in Brazil has ruled that a New Jersey father should get custody of his 8-year-old son, whose mother took him to the South American nation after their divorce and died there, the man's lawyer said Monday.

Zimbabwe: Case Against Lawyer Ends (New York Times)
A court dismissed charges on Monday against Alec Muchadehama, a leading human rights lawyer accused of obstructing justice, another defense lawyer said.

Attorney: Octomom Nadya Suleman has reached reality TV show deal (Reality TV World)
The attorney for Nadya Suleman told Us magazine exclusively the so-called Octomom has agreed to star in a U.S. reality TV series.

Lawyer: Suspect in Mumbai attacks released (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the leader of an Islamic group suspected in the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year says a court has ordered his release.

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins backs down from demand for more funding (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said Monday he's backing off his demand that county commissioners increase his budget by 10 percent, even as officials required blanket reductions in all departments.

‘Enraged’ Astor Lawyer Says Marshall Got Him Fired, Took Charge (Bloomberg)
June 2 (Bloomberg) -- Brooke Astor ’s longtime estate lawyer said he was “enraged” to learn in early 2004 that he had been fired and that Astor’s son, who wrested millions of dollars from his mother, was given sole power of attorney over her fortune.

Attorney asks to be removed from teacher's lawsuit (Baltimore Sun)
The attorney for a Howard County teacher who won a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school system two years ago has filed a motion to have herself removed from a second lawsuit, claiming that her client's actions have "blindsided her." The motion filed May 22 by Dawn Martin, a lawyer based in Washington, to have herself removed as Michelle Maupin's lawyer has been granted. In July 2007, ...

US intruder to Suu Kyi home acted alone: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A US man who swam to the home of Aung San Suu Kyi was not paid by or taking orders from any outside organisation, his lawyer said ahead of final arguments in the trial of Myanmar's democracy icon.

Waco attorney still going strong at 91 (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
WACO, Texas -- Tom Moore Jr. has amassed honors, awards and the respect of legions during his days as a hard-charging district attorney, reformer legislator, compassionate attorney and...

Man says Gary lawyer shot him at Bennigan's (Chicago Sun-Times)
GARY -- A shooting outside Bennigan's last week left one man wounded and a prominent lawyer facing possible criminal charges, police said Monday. After interviewing the victim, Robert Taylor, 39, detectives presented the evidence to Lake County prosecutors. But because the suspect is Gary attorney Jerry Peteet, the case will be forwarded to a special prosecutor for review, Diane Poulton, ...

U.S. Attorney's Office Drops Charges Against Wecht (WTAE-TV Pittsburgh)
U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced on Tuesday her office will drop retrial prosecution of Dr. Cyril Wecht.

Missouri Attorney General says company falsely promises debt relief (KSDK St. Louis)
Missouri Attorney General says company falsely promises debt relief

Kalamazoo attorney to answer questions on gay-rights issues (The Kalamazoo Gazette)
Clyde Robinson KALAMAZOO -- Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson is expected Wednesday to answer some of the thorny legal questions posed by potential adoption of a city ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. But Robinson's report to a three-member...

Tyson Not Running for Attorney General (NBC 15 Mobile)
Democrat John Tyson Jr. has ruled out another bid for attorney general, saying he will seek re-election as Mobile County district attorney.

Appraisal protest firm in trouble with attorney general (Fort Bend Herald)
Fort Bend Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Glen Whitehead said he’s not sure how many claims have been filed in Fort Bend County in light of a lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General’s office against a Houston property tax consulting company for engaging in unlawful trade practices.

Supreme Court orders Granite Co. attorney to resign (KXLF Butte)
The State Supreme Court has ordered that the Granite County prosecuting attorney step down, saying he violated ethics rules by dismissing charges against a former client and continuing to represent defendants in another county.

Thomas lawyer: court must ban all MediaSentry evidence (Ars Technica)
Jammie Thomas was unable to convince a jury of her innocence the first time around. Now, as her retrial approaches, her new lawyer hopes to do better in court by asking the judge to make one small change to the trial: blocking the file-sharing evidence obtained by MediaSentry, one-time investigators for the RIAA. Thomas is now represented by Kiwi Camara , a former student of Harvard Law ...

Jerry Rosenberg, Jailhouse Lawyer, Dies at 72 (New York Times)
Mr. Rosenberg was spared the death penalty for the murders of two New York City police detectives and became a pioneering jailhouse lawyer and adviser during the 1971 Attica prison uprising.

Activist lawyer Susan Jordan killed in plane crash (AP via Yahoo! News)
Susan B. Jordan, an activist lawyer who represented high-profile clients such as Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson, has been killed in a plane crash in southern Utah, authorities said.

Corzine to Face Ex-U.S. Attorney Christie in Governor’s Race (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
June 3 (Bloomberg) -- Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie will face Democratic New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, the only incumbent in the nation up for re-election this year amid voter anger over the economic crisis.

Brooke Astor's accused-swindler son had a good day in court yesterday when a witness testified that his mother mulled multiple big-bucks bequests to her only child years before she got Alzheimer's. Astor's estate lawyer, Henry "Terry"...

AIG Arranged Arrest to Avoid Verdict, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
June 2 (Bloomberg) -- A Polish construction worker was arrested in Queens, New York, in what his lawyer said is a bid by American International Group Inc.

Former U.S. attorney to face Corzine (The Hill)
Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie on Tuesday won the Republican nomination to face New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) in November.

L.A. City Attorney to ask judge for injunction against Barrio Van Nuys gang (Los Angeles Daily News)
VAN NUYS - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo was expected to ask a Los Angeles Superior Court for an injunction against what he called the San Fernando Valley's largest and most powerful street gang.

Myanmar lawyer says US man had no criminal intent (AP via Yahoo! News)
An American facing trial for swimming to the home of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was motivated by religious fervor rather than criminal intent and should receive a light sentence, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Attorney Blames Woman's Death on Spray Tan (Fox News)
Defense attorney suggests spray tan might be to blame for death of 33-year-old South Florida woman whose husband is now facing a second-degree murder charge.

Attorney blames woman's death on spray tan (UPI)
MIAMI, June 3 (UPI) -- The attorney for a Florida man accused of killing his wife says her death may have been caused by the spray tan she got the day before she died.

Noted activist lawyer identified as plane crash victim (The Salt Lake Tribune)
LOS ANGELES -- Susan B. Jordan, an activist lawyer who represented high-profile clients such as Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson, has been identified as one of those killed in a plane crash in southern Utah, authorities said.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla . – Attorney Stewart H. Lapayowker recently spoke at the 14 th Annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions conference in New York about issues affecting aircraft transactions in domestic and international markets.