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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reach child custody agreement, lawyer says
At the time, Pitt's lawyer, Lance Spiegel, spoke out against Jolie's claims about him not paying child support, calling the claims “unnecessary” and “a thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage," according to People. In response, Jolie's lawyer ...
Michael Cohen, Ex-Trump Lawyer, Asks US Judge for Leniency
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer who has twice pleaded guilty to crimes that have implicated Mr. Trump in illegal or questionable conduct, asked a federal judge late Friday night that he be allowed to avoid prison when he is ...
Lawyers for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks for no prison time
In their request, the lawyers included dozens of letters of support from Cohen's friends and family, while noting the unwanted media attention foisted upon them. Since his plea agreement, Cohen has assisted federal prosecutors, including Special ...
Judge officially sets Apple v Qualcomm trial date as Apple lawyer refutes possibility of settlement
Earlier this week, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf made headlines when he said his company was “on the doorstep of a resolution” with Apple, implying a settlement was possible. Now, an Apple attorney is refuting that notion, saying the two companies ...
LA man accused of posing as immigration lawyer, defrauding Santa Maria farmworkers
A Los Angeles County businessman has been accused of pretending to be an immigration attorney, illegally providing services to farmworkers in Santa Maria while charging them thousands of dollars. The State Bar of California announced Friday that it had ...
Here's a look at Michael Cohen's allegations about President Donald Trump
NEW YORK – The sentencing memo filed on behalf of Michael Cohen, the ex-personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, tries to implicate the powerful man he served in some of Cohen's self-confessed crimes. Filed by defense lawyers after Cohen entered ...
Victoria calls royal commission into underworld lawyer scandal
Some of the most notorious criminals in Australia received letters on Monday telling them that their lawyer had acted as a police informant in what the high court has described as an “atrocious” case of police misconduct that undermined the integrity ...
Alan Dershowitz is still 'technically' alleged serial pedophile Jeffery Epstein's lawyer
Alan Dershowitz, a prominent legal analyst who frequently defends President Trump on TV, was part of a high-powered legal team that secured a remarkably lenient 13-month county-jail sentence for well-connected financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2008, the ...
A divorce lawyer's guide to staying together
If you want to know why marriages break apart, and what it looks like when they do, talk to a divorce lawyer. Better yet, read a book by a divorce lawyer about why people divorce. Luckily for you, that book exists, and I decided to interview the author ...
Australian defence lawyer named as police informant
The convictions of some of Australia's most high-profile criminals have been cast into doubt after a lawyer was revealed to be a police informant. The defence barrister, who represented notorious organised crime figures, gave information to Victoria ...
Trump Again Blasts Michael Cohen, the Former Lawyer Who Broke With Him
WASHINGTON—President Trump on Monday called for his former personal attorney to serve a “full and complete” prison sentence, days after Michael Cohen's lawyers sought to spare their client time behind bars for cooperating with federal investigators, ...
Providence lawyer arrested, accused of spitting at man in his office
PROVIDENCE — A bad relationship between two Providence lawyers is blamed for accusations that one assaulted the other's father. Providence lawyer Stephen J. Dennis was arrested Monday on a charge of shoving and spitting on the father of lawyer ...
Avenatti and Cohen's lawyer feud at courthouse
Lawyers for Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen exchanged schoolyard jibes in the hallway of a Santa Monica courthouse Monday. The porn star's attorney, Michael Avenatti, told Cohen's lawyer Brent Blakely he was representing a felon in a face-to-face spat ...
Chief lawyer for Connecticut Senate Republicans fired over missing money
The chief lawyer for the state Senate Republicans was fired Monday after admitting that he removed tens of thousands of dollars without authorization from the Senate Republican campaign fund. Michael J. Cronin “informed me that as sole signatory of the ...
Watchdog files lawsuit seeking DOJ documents on meetings between top FBI lawyer and DNC lawyers
A conservative watchdog group announced Monday that it is suing the Justice Department in an effort to obtain documents related to all 2016 meetings between former FBI general counsel James Baker and lawyers who had been hired by the Democratic ...
Seekonk lawyer suspended in RI for failing to comply with disciplinary order
PROVIDENCE — The state Supreme Court on Monday suspended a Seekonk lawyer's license to practice law in Rhode Island for 30 days after she failed to comply with a previous order that she pay restitution and perform community service. The high court ...
Comey lawyer goads Trey Gowdy: He 'came up with nothing' in Benghazi investigation
A lawyer representing former FBI Director James Comey took a rhetorical shot at outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., during an interview Monday evening. David Kelly made an appearance on MSNBC to discuss how his client, Comey, reached a deal with ...
Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Text A Lawyer
My idea was Text A Lawyer, a pair of apps to connect clients to lawyers for on-demand inquiries. I created a rudimentary clickable prototype. Professor Eicks encouraged me to move forward with the idea but I let it sit initially. In lieu of my last ...
Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti announces he won't run for president, cites family
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, announced Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2020 at the request of his family. "After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency ...
Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein settles case, apologizes to his victims' lawyer
The statement continued, "I am now admitting that I was wrong and that the things I said to try to harm Mr. Edwards's reputation as a trial lawyer were false. I sincerely apologize for the false and hurtful allegations I made and hope some forgiveness ...
Lawyer, Wife Convicted in Extortion Plot Against Businesses
A California attorney and his wife were convicted of engaging in a scheme to extort minority, immigrant-owned businesses. Rogelio Morales and spouse Mireya Arias, both of Riverside, were convicted Monday on several charges, including extortion, ...
Francis J. Higgins, lawyer with a 'dominant, overpowering intellect,' dead at 81
Francis J. “Frank” Higgins went from being valedictorian at Fenwick High School in Oak Park to straight-A student at the College of the Holy Cross to Harvard Law School. Then, for more than half a century, he was a litigator in Chicago with the law ...
Roger Stone Refuses To Provide Documents, Interview With Judiciary Committee: Lawyer
Roger Stone, a longtime associate and friend of President Donald Trump, said through his lawyer Tuesday that he would not cooperate with the Senate Judiciary's request for documents or an interview. Stone also declined to provide lawmakers with ...
Lawyer Says Man Accused In McDonald's Incident 'Acted In Self-Defense'
A lawyer is speaking on the behalf of the man accused of pointing a gun at a group of Somali teenagers at an Eden Prairie McDonald's, Amelia Santaniello reports (0:36). WCCO 4 News At 10 - December 4, 2018 ...
Civil rights activist Dean Robb 'a people's lawyer'
Dean Robb blazed a trail as a prominent trial lawyer and civil rights activist with an unwavering commitment to justice. “He was a people's lawyer,” said his son, Matthew Robb, who also is an attorney. “He took injustice wherever it was and tried to ...
Michael Cohen's Lawyers Cite DMX in Effort to Avoid Prison Time
When the lawyers for Michael Cohen—Trump's former lawyer and so-called fixer—filed a sentencing submission last week (and added to the docket again Wednesday) they mentioned the rapper formally known Earl Simmons in an effort to get a reduced ...
Lawyer for family of slain Italian warns Egypt suspects
ROME — The lawyer for the family of an Italian researcher tortured and killed in Egypt urged five key Egyptian suspects on Wednesday to come forward and say what they know, and added that many more people are implicated in the slaying. Attorney ...
Judge orders that evidence in Alabama mall shooting get turned over to suspect's lawyer
The Alabama mall shooting case in which police killed an African-American man they mistook for the gunman took a new turn as a judge ordered the release of all evidence to the lawyer for the person whom police now say was the shooter. Jefferson County ...
Milford lawyer charged with misusing money of dead Holliston client
HOLLISTON – A Milford-based attorney mismanaged his client's money purposely after she died, keeping more than $180,000 meant to go to her estate, authorities said. Harland L. Smith Jr., 64, was released without bail after his Framingham District Court ...
Nxivm lawyer says feds are complaining because defendants won't plead guilty
Brooklyn federal prosecutors have long been aware that Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman is footing the legal bills for her Nxivm cohorts, a new filing charges — they're just throwing a tantrum now because none of the accused sex cultists have pleaded ...
6.2-carat ring that sent Scottsdale lawyer to prison auctioned off at a discount
A 6.2-carat diamond ring that landed a prominent Scottsdale lawyer in prison sold for $71,000 Wednesday. The ring, which is at the center of a bankruptcy fraud case, sold in a flurry of last-minute bidding that surpassed estimates and prompted multiple ...