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Legal News 07/2009

Arrested Vietnam lawyer barred from practising (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Vietnamese human rights lawyer arrested for "propaganda" against the state has been barred from practising his profession, a bar association official has said.

S.C. Attorney General to review Sanford's travel records (CNN)
The attorney general of South Carolina on Tuesday asked the state law enforcement division to review Gov. Mark Sanford's travel records after the governor admitted to more visits with his mistress than previously disclosed.

Attorney General slaps 22 Midas shops, including eight in East Bay, with lawsuit (Contra Costa Times)
At 22 auto shops in the Bay Area and Central Valley, the Midas touch comes with sticky fingers, according to a lawsuit Attorney General Jerry Brown filed Tuesday in Alameda County.

NE Pa. lawyer pleads guilty in $2.5M kickback scam (AP via Yahoo! News)
A northeastern Pennsylvania lawyer has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking part in a $2.5 million kickback scheme involving a pair of corrupt judges.

Metairie lawyer Bill Hall appointed to Louisiana Judiciary Commission (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The Louisiana Supreme Court today announced that Metairie lawyer Bill Hall and Carol Leblanc, administrative assistant for the North Lafourche Conservation, Levee & Drainage District, have been appointed to the state Judiciary Commission.

Frank Garcia Gets New Attorney (13WHAM Rochester)
Rochester, N.Y. -- The man accused of four murders in two counties Valentine's Day got a new attorney Wednesday.

Attorney: Sidney meetings set for next week (Sports Illustrated)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The attorney for Renardo Sidney says the NCAA has rescheduled meetings with the Mississippi State men's basketball signee and his family for next week.

Attorney calls HPD account of parade injury ‘fantasy’ (Memorial Examiner)
The attorney for a Montrose woman who was knocked to the street by an Houston Police Department horse during a crowd-control sweep at the Pride Houston Parade took issue Tuesday with what he called “significant misstatements” issued by police.

Attorney Pleads Guilty in Corruption Investigation (WNEP 16 Pennsylvania)
An attorney from Luzerne County embroiled in the federal corruption investigation at the Luzerne County courthouse pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court.

Scott Co. Murder Suspect To Get Attorney (Arkansas News Bureau)
The Arkansas Public Defender Commission at the direction of Scott County Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey will assign a defense attorney to Clifford Mac Ritter.

City Attorney Will Seek Fourth Term (Uptown Gazette)
City Attorney Robert Shannon announced this week that he would be seeking a fourth term in that office next year. Shannon said he made the announcement well in advance of the April 2010 municipal elections to let people who thought he might be retiring know that was not the case.

Lawyer disputes attempted murder charge (Portsmouth Herald)
PORTSMOUTH -- Sean Alperin may be guilty of assault but not attempted murder, his lawyer, Jacki Smith, told a district court judge on Wednesday.

Attorney says Stanford exec makes plea deal (AP via Yahoo! News)
The former chief financial officer of indicted Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's business empire will plead guilty to charges alleging he helped swindle investors out of $7 billion, his attorney said Wednesday.

Stanford Executive to Plead Guilty, Lawyer Says (New York Times)
James Davis, the main lieutenant to R. Allen Stanford, plans to plead guilty to fraud and conspiracy after reaching a deal to cooperate against the Texas billionaire, his lawyer said.

Stanford Executive to Plead Guilty, Lawyer Says (New York Times)
James Davis, the chief lieutenant of R. Allen Stanford, left, will plead guilty to fraud and conspiracy after reaching an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against the Texas billionaire, his lawyer said Wednesday, The New York Times’s Clifford Krauss reports from Houston.

SEC lawyer raised alarm about Madoff: report (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer warned about irregularities at Bernard Madoff's financial management firm as far back as 2004, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing agency documents and sources familiar with the investigation.

Michael Jackson turned to old friend and entertainment lawyer John Branca in times of trouble (New York Daily News)
However many needle marks his body may or may not have, however many drugs he may or may not have been taking, Michael Jackson sure seems to have chosen the right lawyer to handle his will and serve as executor.

NE Pa. lawyer pleads guilty in $2.5M kickback scam (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer at the center of a $2.5 million kickback scheme involving a pair of corrupt judges and hundreds of juvenile criminal cases pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday.

Help wanted : The Bentonville Public Defender's Office is seeking another attorney. (NWAnews.com)
BENTONVILLE — The Public Defender's Office needs an additional attorney to handle the increasing caseload seen by that office, Jay Saxton, chief public defender for Benton County, told members of the Personnel Committee on Wednesday afternoon. (Benton County Daily Record)

Attorney General Eric Holder to speak in Aspen (Denver Post)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is participating in this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.

Bing, U.S. Attorney to discuss violence (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he was meeting with the U.S. Attorney today to develop a comprehensive strategy for controlling violence in the city of Detroit.

Patent Attorney Wins Historic National Women's Air Race Classic (Aircraft Maintenance Technology)
CHICAGO, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelly Burris, a patent attorney and a partner at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and co-pilot Erin Recke of Atlanta, Georgia, are the first place winners in the 2009 Air Race Classic, an all-female aviation race that dates back to 1929 and the era of famed woman pilot Amelia Earhart.

Detroit City Council authorizes attorney to seek injunction against trash incineration (Crain's Detroit Business)
The Detroit City Council voted this week to authorize an attorney to seek an injunction against trash incineration, but the fate of the citys trash disposal is far from clear.

Karadzic Lawyer To Meet With Swedish Foreign Minister (Nasdaq)
STOCKHOLM (AFP)--Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will meet with the lawyer of Radovan Karadzic to discuss whether he will testify in the former Bosnian Serb leader's war crimes trial, his ministry said Thursday.

Lawyer says Manlius man didn't know polar bear rug was stolen (The Post-Standard)
Syracuse, NY -- Joseph Sparcino of Manlius, who is accused of working with two teenagers to burglarize two homes and steal a rare polar bear rug and other items, said he didn't realize the goods were stolen, his lawyer said today.

Ex-NJ lawmaker's lawyer can access child porn pics (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
An appeals court has ordered prosecutors to turn over copies of child pornography to a former New Jersey assemblyman's lawyer.

Attorney general cracks tooth, undergoing emergency oral surgery to remove it (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder is having emergency oral surgery to remove a tooth he cracked. Holder spokesman Matthew Miller said the attorney general cracked the tooth Wednesday night and went to a dentist in pain Thursday morning.

Abe Satterfieldand#146;s attorney wants more time for motions (The Gazette)
An ex-Hawkeye football player charged with second and third-degree sexual abuse is requesting to extend the deadline for his pretrial motions.The attorney of Abe Satterfield, 20, filed the application July 2 in Johnson County District Court. He requested the deadline be extended 10 days.Police said Satterfield was involved in the rape of a former UI student-athlete at Hillcrest Residence Hall in ...

Attorney General Eric Holder to speak in Aspen (Greeley Tribune)
ASPEN — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is participating in this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival.Holder is scheduled to appear this afternoon. He’ll be interviewed by “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer.

Judge Denies Disbarred Lawyer's Bid to Testify by Video to Avoid Arrest (Law.com)
A disbarred lawyer who has left New York and avoided serving a 30-day contempt of court sentence may not testify by video teleconference in a bankruptcy proceeding in Manhattan to avoid possible arrest should he testify in person, a Southern District Bankruptcy Court judge has ruled.

MI soldier sworn in as lawyer by video (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
A Michigan soldier serving in Iraq has been sworn in as a lawyer through a video connection to Lansing.

Lawyer: Rowe deciding whether to seek custody (AP via Yahoo! News)
Deborah Rowe, the ex-wife of Michael Jackson and the mother of two of his children, has not reached a final decision on whether to seek custody of the children, a lawyer said Thursday.

Gay marriage case will go to Supreme Court: attorney (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The attorney representing two same-sex couples who were denied a right to wed in California said on Thursday he expected the case to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has yet to hear a case on the gay marriage issue.

Calif. attorney general joins Jackson probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown says his office is helping Los Angeles police investigate the possible involvement of prescription drugs in Michael Jackson's death.

Attorney: Stanford layoffs looming in Antigua (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
More layoffs for islanders who work for R. Allen Stanford's crippled tropical business empire are likely by the end of July, an attorney for the indicted Texas financier said Thursday.

New Lawyer Stationed in Iraq Gets Sworn In Via Video Conference (Law.com)
In a what may be a first-of-its-kind swearing-in ceremony for a lawyer, a soldier in Iraq became an attorney last week via a live video conference, taking his oath before a Michigan judge who was over 6,300 miles away. The long-distance ceremony for Army Major Miles Gengler was a promise made good by an associate dean at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, John Nussbaumer. "I promised Miles that if he ...

Birkett to make another run at attorney general post (Chicago Tribune)
DuPage prosecutor decides not to enter governor's race After spending more than a year as a featured speaker at Republican events throughout Illinois, DuPage County State's Atty. Joe Birkett has decided to skip a run for governor in favor of seeking the attorney general's post a second time.

Aspiring state attorney general Kamala Harris finds friends in L.A. (Los Angeles Times)
Hollywood's Democratic activists may still be uncertain about which way to jump in California's gubernatorial race, but many of the industry's heavy political hitters already are lining up behind San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in her run for state attorney general.

Lawyer: Leaf's Washington state case dismissed (Sports Illustrated)
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- A lawyer for Ryan Leaf says a fugitive action filed against the former NFL quarterback in Washington state has been dismissed.

Michigan soldier made a lawyer, from Iraq (Detroit Free Press)
Maj. Miles Gengler, an Army reservist from Grand Blanc and master multitasker, has been in Baghdad, Iraq, for four months with a unit assigned to train the Iraqi military. He took a break Thursday to be sworn in as Michigan's newest lawyer -- from 6,300 miles away -- in a teleconference.

Robinson backs 'attorney general' (BBC News)
DUP leader Peter Robinson backs the man earmarked to be NI's attorney general when justice powers are devolved.

SEC lawyer warned of Madoff irregularities (National Post)
A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer warned about irregularities at Bernard Madoff’s financial management firm as far back as 2004, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing agency documents and sources familiar with the investigation.

Court nixes bid to disqualify Mendoza as Tan’s lawyer (Manila Bulletin)
The Sandiganbayan has junked a motion seeking to disqualify lawyer Estelito Mendoza from representing tycoon Lucio Tan in an ill-gotten wealth case pending before the anti-graft court’s Fifth Division.

Lawyer: Fugitive case against Leaf dismissed (Fox Sports)
A lawyer for Ryan Leaf says a fugitive action filed against the former NFL quarterback in Washington state has been dismissed. The Whatcom County prosecutor had filed an interstate fugitive case against Leaf after he was arrested by federal Customs agents as he crossed the border from Canada in mid-June on his way to face drug and burglary charges in Texas. Leaf posted bond in Bellingham, Wash.

Attorney General files Sunshine lawsuit (The Springfield News-Leader)
JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Chris Koster is accusing officials of a St. Louis County fire and ambulance district of violating Missouri's open meetings and records laws.

District Attorney won't charge policeman in fatal shooting (The Augusta Chronicle)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- The Jefferson County District Attorney will not file charges against a Wadley police officer who shot a man two months ago.

Lozinsky's lawyer not aware of his client's whereabouts (KYIV Post)
Kyiv, July 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) - The lawyer of former Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko MP Viktor Lozinsky, Roman Denysiuk, has said he doesn't know the whereabouts of his client.

Specter defends stimulus, raps U.S. attorney (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., defended the federal stimulus program, criticized Pittsburgh's U.S. Attorney and talked about his re-election campaign during a stop in Oakdale this morning

Honduran military lawyer admits breaking law with coup (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
TEGUCIGALPA — The military officers who rushed deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya out of the country Sunday committed a crime but will be exonerated for saving the country from mob violence, the army's top lawyer said.

Medici lawyer says Kohn didn't get Madoff payments (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Austrian fund manager Sonja Kohn did not receive any kickbacks from Bernard Madoff to steer Bank Medici customer funds to the swindler's investment business, a Medici lawyer said on Friday.