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  • As number of law school grads rises in Florida, demand drops

    07/27/2014 4:04:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 27. 2014 | SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN
    Ask Jason Fraser how many jobs he applied for after graduating from a St. Petersburg law school last year and this is what he says: “Maybe 10 or 20 when it was some place I wanted to work. Maybe 50 when I started getting desperate.’’ After searching as far afield as Ocala and Miami, Fraser finally landed a public defender’s post in Pasco County in June. But his months of job-hunting raises another question, one that nags at many in the legal profession: Does Florida have too many lawyers? Since 2000, the number of licensed attorneys has swollen from 60,900...
  • Sanctuary State: California Now Lets Illegals Practice Law, Get Licenses, Bars ICE Enforcement

    01/02/2014 7:37:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 26 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-02-2014 | John Urban
    With the new year comes new insane laws from California, making it officially America's Sanctuary State -- treating illegal aliens who broke the law to enter the U.S. as well as law-abiding citizens, protecting illegals from deportation, and putting public safety at grave risk. In October, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), signed eight bills handing special rights to illegal aliens. The controversial legislation includes allowing illegal alien obtain driver's licenses, preventing employers from denying jobs based on "immigration status", and barring state and local law enforcement from detaining illegal aliens when directed by ICE, DHS or Border Patrol. The legislation claims that...
  • Attorneys for Obamacare lawsuit file appeal

    10/31/2013 4:32:47 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-31-13 | Valerie Richardson
    Even as Obamacare faces a rocky rollout, the legal battle against the program grinds on. A lawsuit aimed at overturning Obamacare on the basis of the Origination Clause has moved to the appeals court after losing its first round in federal trial court. Attorneys for the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento filed an appeal last week with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals after a federal judge ruled June 28 in favor of the Obama administration’s motion to dismiss the case. “Whoever loses at this stage of the proceeding will undoubtedly file at United States Supreme Court for a...
  • Campaigns lawyered up for election overtime chance

    11/03/2012 8:11:36 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies
    xfinity.comcast.net ^ | CURT ANDERSON and STEPHEN BRAUN
    MIAMI — Legions of lawyers are ready to enter the fray in case Election Day turns on a legal challenge. One nightmare scenario would be for the results in a battleground state like Florida or Ohio to be too close to call, with thousands of absentee or provisional ballots yet to be counted. The key, experts say, is whether the difference in votes between the two candidates is within what's known as the "margin of litigation" — that is, the number of outstanding votes must be much greater than the margin separating Obama and Romney when the smoke clears. And,...
  • Attorney’s analysis of Project Gunrunner report shows admission of gunwalking

    08/29/2012 12:39:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Examner ^ | 8/29/12 | David Codrea
    While Justice Department and ATF officials (reportedly including key players from the Phoenix Field Division at the time Operation Fast and Furious was being implemented) pore over the Office of Inspector General draft report during the required review and comment period, Arizona attorney, author, civil rights activist and blogger David T. Hardy, reminded his readers yesterday of an earlier report that, in his words, “spells out ‘gunwalking.’” Writing on his Of Arms and the Law blog, Hardy linked to the Justice Department’s September, 2010 “PROJECT GUNRUNNER, A Cartel Focused Strategy” publication and called attention to several key passages. Including, and...
  • Va. Supreme Court rules in Merck class action

    03/07/2012 6:51:17 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 5 replies
    Legal Newsline ^ | 3-7-12 | MichaelP. Tremoglie
    The Virginia Supreme Court has issued a ruling in the case of Casey v. Merck & Co. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had asked the Virginia court to rule on two issues regarding Virginia law and a statute of limitations for class actions. A class action was filed ...
  • Fitzgerald: Senate Republicans didn't use redistricting talking points

    02/08/2012 4:05:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-7-12 | Patrick Marley & Jason Stein
    Madison - Republicans in the state Senate did not use talking points that told lawmakers to ignore public comments about new election maps, their leader said Tuesday. "I've never seen that and no other member of my caucus has seen that," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Tuesday when shown a copy of the talking points. "It wasn't put together for me." The talking points appear to have been produced in June by Adam Foltz, an aide to Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) who helped draw new election maps. The talking points said Republican lawmakers should ignore comments other...
  • National retail stores in California hit with wave of lawsuits over seats for employees

    06/20/2011 12:01:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    ap ^ | June 19, 2011
    Trial attorneys use obscure labor law that sees retailers facing millions in damages. Retail store operators may want to sit down for this one — if they can find a chair. Nearly every national chain is under legal attack in California for failing to provide “suitable seating” for cashiers and other employees who are expected to spend most of their work day on their feet. Enterprising trial attorneys by the dozen are using an obscure California labor law requiring retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Target to have enough seats on hand for their workers.
  • 2 House ethics attorneys suspended

    11/30/2010 7:19:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    politico ^ | 11/30/10 | John Bresnahan
    Two attorneys for the House ethics committee have been placed on indefinite “paid administrative leave” stemming from serious problems within the secretive panel. Morgan Kim, the deputy chief counsel and the lead attorney on the case of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), is one of the attorneys placed on leave, said several sources familiar with the controversy. Stacy Sovereign, another committee lawyer, was also put on leave, these sources said. Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign on Nov. 19, but was unable to do so.
  • 2 House ethics attorneys suspended (includes lead attorney on Maxine Waters case)

    11/30/2010 7:19:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/30/10 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    2 House ethics attorneys suspendedBy JOHN BRESNAHAN Updated: 11/30/10 9:21 PM EST Two attorneys for the House ethics committee have been placed on indefinite “paid administrative leave” stemming from serious problems within the secretive panel. Morgan Kim, the deputy chief counsel and the lead attorney on the case of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), is one of the attorneys placed on leave, said several sources familiar with the controversy. Stacy Sovereign, another committee lawyer, was also put on leave, these sources said. Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign...
  • Judicial Watch takes DOJ to court on government's settlement gifts to outside groups

    11/10/2010 4:34:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11-10-10 | Mark Tapscott
    Judicial Watch has filed suit against the Department of Justice for failure to respond lawfully to the non-profit watchdog group's Freedom of Information Act request for documents concerning the government's policy of giving funds from settlements obtained in civil right discrimination suits to outside groups with no connection to the cases. ~snip~ Judicial Watch's FOIAs were sparked by two cases in which the government directed millions of dollars from settlement funds to groups with no official link to the cases. In the first case, a California landlord was accused of discrimination by prospective Korean tenants. The landlord denied the charges,...
  • Arizona's Jeffrey Landrigan executed despite concerns drugs not FDA-approved _

    10/27/2010 10:10:10 AM PDT · by managusta · 54 replies · 2+ views
    NY Daily news ^ | 10/27/2010 | Aliyah Shahid
    The state of Arizona executed a convicted murderer on Tuesday night despite objections from attorneys that the state would use a non-approved drug from overseas for the lethal injection. Just hours before Jeffrey Landrigan's death, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to lift a stay issued by a federal judge to halt the execution. "There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe," the Supreme Court said Due to a U.S. shortage, the state turned to a non-FDA approved drug. It was later revealed that the source was the U.K., although...
  • The financial crisis means the lawyer's billable hour has had its day

    10/25/2010 10:48:27 AM PDT · by managusta · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 October 2010 | Sir Nigel Knowles
    Bankers are facing new rules over bonus payments. Within hedge funds there has been a move away from the previously entrenched "two and 20" system; and financial advisers are moving towards a fee-based, rather than transactional, model as a result of the Retail Distribution Review. It might seem an odd statement from the chief executive of one of the world's largest law firms, but the legal profession is well behind the curve; lawyers and legal firms need to evolve and embrace the changed market conditions. While there will remain some circumstances where the billable hour is justified, my firm conviction...
  • Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting...

    06/07/2010 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 88+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/seniors-across-america-host-local-meetings-participate-health-care-tele-town-hall-m Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 07, 2010 Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting with President Obama Senior Obama Administration Officials to Attend Local Meetings WASHINGTON—On Tuesday morning, senior citizens across the country will gather at a series of local meetings to participate via phone in a national tele-town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act with President Barack Obama. Additionally, more than a dozen senior Obama Administration officials will...
  • State Attorneys General Agree To File Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare Immediately

    03/22/2010 7:15:54 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 91 replies · 3,202+ views
    CentristBlog.com ^ | 3/22/10 | Anonymous (Editor)
    In late breaking news this evening after the historic passage of Obamacare through the House of Representatives by Democrats over bipartisan opposition, many state attorneys general held a conference call in which it was decided that they would file a multi-state suit alleging the newly-passed Obamacare is unconstitutional immediately after President Barack Obama signs the act, which is expected on early next week. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott broke the news on his Facebook page: Just got off the AG conference call. We agreed that a multi-state lawsuit would send the strongest signal. We plan to file the moment Obama...
  • Republican attorneys general threaten health care suits

    03/19/2010 4:51:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 717+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/19/10 | ANDY BARR
    Numerous Republican state attorneys general announced Friday that they are prepping to file a federal lawsuit protesting the so-called “deem and pass” procedural maneuver and coverage mandates in the health care bill. Democrats regard these threats as stunts designed to scare off votes as the House approaches a vote on health care. Attorneys General Henry McMaster of South Carolina – who is head of a group of 19 GOP attorneys general that started threatening lawsuits in December – and Bill McCollum of Florida said Friday that they are planning legal action over a deal struck between Senate leadership and Sen....
  • ABA Seeks to Shore Up Waning Membership

    07/27/2009 2:02:47 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 928+ views
    The National Law Journal ^ | July 27, 2009 | Lynne Marek
    When the ABA gathers for its annual meeting in Chicago on July 30, the organization's board of governors will weigh a key question: How does the association get membership climbing again? The board will receive a presentation from its marketing consultant Leo Burnett Co. Inc., which was hired in March to aid in spreading the ABA's message to more lawyers. The association has never pursued a marketing effort of this magnitude, said current ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr. **** The recession, expansion of law firms, rise in industry competition and controversy regarding the judicial review process have conspired to...
  • Liberals not conservatives oppose legal aid and due process

    07/13/2009 2:35:39 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies · 379+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    It has come to my attention that there have been allegations that conservatives hate the idea of legal aid and indignant defense. Allegations that the republican party wants to prevent the poor who can't afford a lawyer from getting one when they are accused of a crime or suffer civil injustice or whatever. Thoughts of a poor single black mother wrongfully accused in a court with rich plaintiffs with 7 digit salary attorneys all alone against a complicated legal system also come to mind. Relax. It isn't true. In fact it has been found in some cases to be the...
  • U.S. plot (Fort Dix) suspects had no intent to kill: attorneys

    12/16/2008 8:19:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 618+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/08 | Jon Hurdle
    CAMDEN, New Jersey (Reuters) – Five Muslim men accused of planning an attack on a U.S. army base had no intention of following through even though they shared Muslim anger toward America after September 11, defense attorneys said on Tuesday. The men, all born outside the United States, plotted but did not execute an attack on Fort Dix in New Jersey and discussed attacks on other installations including Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and the U.S. Coast Guard in Philadelphia, prosecutors say. They were arrested in May 2007 and face life in prison if convicted. In closing arguments after...
  • Stevens’s attorneys, government trade barbs

    09/12/2008 9:45:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 183+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/12/08 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Ted Stevens’s legal team and federal prosecutors traded sharp barbs Friday, with the defense accusing the Justice Department of “gamesmanship” and the government arguing that the Alaska Republican was seeking special treatment in the case. In an emergency motion filed Friday morning to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, defense attorney Robert Cary complained that the more than 1,000 potential trial exhibits that the government submitted Thursday night would cost them “multiple days merely to identify the exhibits the government would use against [Stevens].” He said that the electronic format made it nearly impossible for the...
  • Swearing, after-hours drinking part of staff culture (Ohio Attorney General)

    04/27/2008 11:52:16 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 5 replies · 397+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | April 27, 2008 | James Nash and Alan Johnson
    Swearing, after-hours drinking part of staff culture Sunday, April 27, 2008 3:34 AM By James Nash and Alan Johnson THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann cultivates a casual work atmosphere, employees say.Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann cultivates a casual work atmosphere, employees say. John Estheimer remembers it as the strangest job interview of his 30-year career. Trying out for the position of Attorney General Marc Dann's personal assistant in February, Estheimer said the Dann aides who interviewed him kept coming back to the question of whether he could tolerate an atmosphere of frequent vulgarity and sharp elbows. During...
  • Eliot Spitzer, Crook

    03/11/2008 11:39:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 83 replies · 2,942+ views
    Commentary ^ | 03.10.2008 - 18:32 | John Podhoretz
    The thing is, Eliot Spitzer is a crook. I’m not referring to the current prostitution scandal. I’m not referring to the scandal last year involving his senior aides and the leaking of confidential police information to the Albany Times Union. I’m not referring to the threatening phone call he made to the august John Whitehead, retired head of Goldman Sachs, who had the temerity to question a case Spitzer was building against an old friend of Whitehead’s. I’m referring to his conduct dating back to 1994, when he designed a complex scheme involving loans and real estate and collateralized apartments to evade...
  • Attorneys: Chicago Man Was Wrongfully Convicted

    03/11/2008 6:48:00 AM PDT · by radar101 · 81 replies · 1,277+ views
    CBS2-Chicago ^ | 10 MARCH 2008 | Dorothy Tucker
    Attorney-Client Privelege Kept Them From Speaking Up Before Man Spent 26 Years In Prison Alton Logan has spent the last 26 years in jail on a murder conviction that's now being called into question. Two local attorneys kept a secret for more than a quarter of a century. They knew about a wrongful conviction, but could not say anything. CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker reports they finally told their story on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, and went to court Monday. Alton Logan has spent 26 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. In 1983 he was wrongly convicted of...
  • Attorneys probe deepens

    01/21/2008 9:54:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 166+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/08 | Manu Raju
    The federal investigation into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys could jolt the political landscape ahead of the November elections, according to several people close to the inquiry. Washington’s attention has been diverted from the scandal since the August resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, and has focused instead on Democrats’ efforts to hold White House officials in contempt for ignoring congressional subpoenas to testify on Capitol Hill about the firings. But recent behind-the-scenes activity in several investigations suggests that the issue that roiled Congress in 2007 could re-emerge in the heat of the election year. Two inquiries by...
  • Judge criticizes sheriff's office over jail access

    01/08/2008 4:21:10 AM PST · by radar101 · 14 replies · 105+ views
    EXAMINER.com ^ | 8 JAN 2008 | not identified
    PHOENIX - No penalties, but some criticism from a judge over the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's failure to let defense counsel know to how to access their jailed clients. To save money, Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November cut off all jail visits after 2:30 p.m. But defense attorneys, probation officers and interpreters complained that it denied them access to defendants, who in turn had a constitutional right to legal counsel. After three weeks of hearings, Superior Court Judge Anna Baca ordered the original hours be restored to the attorneys and staff making "privileged" visits. The order did not include the...
  • Affirmative Action Backfires

    08/26/2007 12:14:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 83 replies · 1,937+ views
    wall street journal ^ | August 26, 2007 | GAIL HERIOT
    Have racial preferences reduced the number of black lawyers? Three years ago, UCLA law professor Richard Sander published an explosive, fact-based study of the consequences of affirmative action in American law schools in the Stanford Law Review. Most of his findings were grim, and they caused dismay among many of the champions of affirmative action--and indeed, among those who were not. Easily the most startling conclusion of his research: Mr. Sander calculated that there are fewer black attorneys today than there would have been if law schools had practiced color-blind admissions--about 7.9% fewer by his reckoning. He identified the culprit...
  • O'Malley Demands That Wealthy Pay "Fair Share"

    08/25/2007 5:27:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 315+ views
    Cranky Community Curmudgeon ^ | August 24, 2007 | Cranky Community Curmudgeon
    In another apparent effort to prepare Marylanders for looming tax increases, Gov. Martin O'Malley released a recorded statement to radio stations suggesting corporations and higher-income earners will be among those asked to pay more. "When given a choice between decline and progress, the people of Maryland always choose to make progress," O'Malley (D) says in the message, which runs more than two minutes and was sent to more than 50 radio stations, an aide said. "Together we can overcome the deficit in our path, and we can get our fiscal house in order in a way that improves our state...
  • Attorneys still bankroll Edwards effort

    08/01/2007 2:59:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 293+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/07 | Mike Baker - ap
    RALEIGH, N.C. - In his time off between presidential bids, Democrat John Edwards courted Wall Street financial gurus and Main Street labor leaders. But when it comes to the money backing his second campaign, the wallets of wealthy attorneys who propelled the former trial lawyer's first run for the White House still open more than most. More than half of the Edwards donors who listed their occupations said they are attorneys, and they have given seven times more than any other profession, according to an Associated Press analysis of campaign finance data. By comparison, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton...
  • Mom was vomiting, left hospital with brain damage (stupid lawsuit of the month alert)

    07/24/2007 6:59:18 AM PDT · by eartotheground · 44 replies · 1,901+ views
    The Florida Times Union ^ | July 24, 2007 | matthew coleman
    A Jacksonville mother filed suit Monday against Orange Park Medical Center after she developed complications during pregnancy that left her permanently disabled. Natasha Meeks said her health problems started during the first trimester of her third pregnancy with frequent bouts of severe vomiting. She was hospitalized Jan. 12, 2006, after her condition showed no signs of improvement. Doctors at Orange Park Medical Center treated her for malnutrition, but it was later discovered she was suffering from far more than the aftereffects of vomiting. She said she first knew something was out of the ordinary when she went to a bathroom...
  • Attorney: Convicted Killer Should Be Spared for Psychological Study

    07/02/2007 3:59:36 AM PDT · by eartotheground · 23 replies · 613+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/1/07 | AP
    TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Death row inmate Mark Dean Schwab is a "scientific mystery" who should be spared execution so he can be further studied to prevent other pedophiles from raping and killing children, his attorney said in a motion for clemency. Schwab, 38, was sentenced to death for the 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa. Schwab, who had recently been released from prison for raping another child, targeted Junny after seeing his picture in a newspaper. "As long as he's alive he is available for psychological research, examinations and evaluations, which could in the future prevent...
  • Law Firms Preparing to Sue Over Global Warming

    06/26/2007 6:45:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 660+ views
    Law Firms Preparing to Sue Over Global Warming Posted by Noel Sheppard on June 26, 2007 - 09:22. And now for something completely insipid… As the media and their alarmists like soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore have shamefully convinced enough of the population that man can actual control the climate, law firms around the nation are gearing up to sue possible offenders. I kid you not. As reported in Monday’s Dallas Morning News (h/t NBer alamojb, emphasis added throughout): Top Dallas firm Thompson & Knight started a dedicated climate-change practice June 4 with 26 lawyers. Today, Dallas' Vinson & Elkins will unveil...
  • Duncan Hunter on MSNBC (Hunter on the AG firings - this is how you argue the case)

    06/12/2007 8:22:34 AM PDT · by pissant · 24 replies · 1,393+ views
    You tubue ^ | March 29, 2007 | Duncan Hunter
    If the President had said what Hunter just said, there would be no issue about the firings today. None.
  • Democrats seek another Patriot Act change

    05/12/2007 5:59:09 PM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 517+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11 May 2007 | Susan Crabtree
    A group of Democratic senators plans to introduce legislation reversing a new law allowing U.S. attorneys to live outside the districts they are appointed to serve. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Max Baucus (Mont.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) plan to drop a bill Monday that will undo a provision inserted into last year’s Patriot Act reauthorization. That language, included at the Department of Justice’s request, allows U.S. attorneys to live outside their districts if the attorney general gives them dual or additional responsibilities. The senators’ planned bill would require that U.S. attorneys reside in the district they are...
  • 'Life's Short. Get a Divorce.' -- Chicago Billboard Turns Heads

    05/08/2007 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 120 replies · 5,825+ views
    ABC News ^ | 05/07/2007 | CHRIS FRANCESCANI
    An all-female law firm is turning heads in Chicago with a new billboard and a blunt message: "Life's Short. Get a Divorce.'' The billboard, sponsored by Fetman, Garland & Associates, Ltd., a firm that specializes in divorce cases, features the six-pack abs of a headless male torso and tanned female cleavage heaving forth from a black lace bra. The ad is the brainchild of Corri Fetman, who told ABC News' Law & Justice Unit, "Law firm advertising is boring&Everything's always the same. It's lawyers in libraries with a suit on and the law books behind them. They don't say anything....
  • G.W. Bush: The Only President Not Allowed to Fire US Attorneys

    03/22/2007 7:40:39 PM PDT · by CyberAnt · 21 replies · 1,481+ views
    New Media Journal ^ | March 22, 2007 | Sher Zieve
    In moves designed to, yet again, work towards placing members of the Bush Administration (specifically the Left’s favorite whipping boy — political aide Karl Rove) in jeopardy, Democrats and their supplicant RINOs have launched their latest of an increasing number of investigations into anything and everything that is “Bush and Republican”. This time it is a Democrat attack against the firing of a number of US Attorneys in an attempt to have Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired and top Bush officials grilled by a Democrat-run investigatory committee. This seems eerily reminiscent of the old USSR politburo. First, allow me to...
  • Local Press Defends Appointed Interim US Attorney

    03/21/2007 7:42:37 AM PDT · by Donkey Hunter · 4 replies · 407+ views
    Arkansas News Bureau ^ | March 21, 2007 | David Sanders
    That J. Timothy Griffin's appointment to U.S. attorney in Little Rock would draw the ire of Democrats is not surprising, but wholly unfortunate. His political work has diverted attention from impressive government and military service. It could be that Democrats have payback on their minds. When Griffin worked as an associate independent counsel investigating Henry Cisneros, Bill Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, he might as well have signed over his life to the devil. Griffin's legal work on allegations of obstruction of justice by a sitting U.S. government official is laudable. But Democrats no doubt read the words...
  • President Bush Addresses Resignations of U.S. Attorneys(Transcript)

    03/20/2007 4:16:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 879+ views
    The Diplomatic Reception Room ^ | March 20, 2007 | Office of the Press Secretary
    5:45 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Earlier today, my staff met with congressional leaders about the resignations of U.S. attorneys. As you know, I have broad discretion to replace political appointees throughout the government, including U.S. attorneys. And in this case, I appointed these U.S. attorneys and they served four-year terms. The Justice Department, with the approval of the White House, believed new leadership in these positions would better serve our country. The announcement of this decision and the subsequent explanation of these changes has been confusing and, in some cases, incomplete. Neither the Attorney General, nor I approve of how...
  • Gonzales Apologizes to U.S. Attorneys He Didn’t Fire

    03/19/2007 8:39:49 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 5 replies · 333+ views
    www.scrappleface.com ^ | March 18, 2007 | by Scott Ott
    (2007-03-18) — Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales made a conference call Friday to the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys to express his “profound regret” that he didn’t “fire every last one of you when I had the chance,” according to an unnamed source who was in on the call. The contrite Mr. Gonzales said he was sorry that only eight U.S. attorneys had lost their jobs, thus sparking a Congressional probe into accusations that the Bush administration “played politics” with political appointees. “If we had canned the lot of you, like President Clinton did when he took office, no one...
  • Q&A: Hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys

    03/08/2007 8:52:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1,312+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - The recent firing of eight U.S. attorneys has raised questions about how they are appointed and the circumstances under which they may be dismissed. Here are some questions and answers: Q: What do U.S. attorneys do and how many are there? A: U.S. attorneys are the federal government's equivalent of local district attorneys. They are charged with prosecuting federal crimes in the judicial district in which they serve. There are 93 U.S. attorneys, one for each U.S. district court (except that Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands share a federal prosecutor). Q: Who gets these positions? A: The...
  • Save $1 -- dreams are free (STILL AN APOLOGIST AND FLAK-CATCHER FOR SLICK WILLIE)

    03/07/2007 10:17:57 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 6 replies · 566+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 7, 2007 | NEIL STEINBERG Sun-Times Columnist
    I'm rubber, you're glue ... A neighbor's house was burning -- I smelled the smoke and ran over. "Your house is on fire!" I yelled. He gave me a dirty look. "Oh yeah?" he said. "Well your lawn needs mowing." That didn't actually happen. Not literally. But it is the best illustration of what passes for reason among too many in this country. On Monday I wrote about the dismissal of eight, count 'em, eight United States attorneys by the Bush administration, all on one day, all with claims that their work was somehow substandard. Their work was not substandard,...
  • Dems seek testimony from fired attorneys

    02/28/2007 5:47:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,089+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/07 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - Democrats are moving to compel some of the eight U.S. attorneys who have been ousted to tell their stories publicly, under oath, after a federal prosecutor claimed he was fired for political reasons. A House subcommittee is slated to vote Thursday on subpoenas for four of the eight dismissed U.S. attorneys. The Senate Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, will send letters to those fired before voting next week on compelling their testimony, according to officials with both panels. The prosecutors have privately told both committees that they would not testify voluntarily but would honor a congressional subpoena, according to Sen....
  • County attorney gets tough; defenders get rich

    02/19/2007 4:10:59 AM PST · by radar101 · 3 replies · 336+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 19 FEB 2007 | Jill Redhage
    Business for Valley defense attorneys is booming. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has been cracking down on criminals since 2004, and public defenders have scrambled to keep up as prison populations have swelled. “When Thomas came in, caseloads started going up much more,” said Tempe defense attorney David Cantor. He said the trend started with former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, but attorneys saw a distinct caseload change with Thomas. The number of criminal cases filed in Maricopa County Superior Court has risen every year since at least 2001. County prosecutors filed more than 28,000 criminal cases in fiscal year...
  • Lawyer bitten by bed bugs sues leading London hotel

    A New York lawyer is suing a leading London hotel after he and his wife were attacked by bed bugs. Sidney Bluming and his wife Cynthia are seeking several million dollars in damages from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in the action filed at the US District Court, Manhattan. The couple claim they suffered hundreds of bites that left their skin red, swollen and itchy during a five-day stay at the Hyde Park hotel last May. They also say the bugs infested their luggage, which led to further problems in their apartment when they returned home. Mrs Bluming claims the...
  • For these lawyers, diversity has its limits

    12/03/2006 7:25:10 AM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies · 679+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 11/12/06 | Shannon Prather
    It started out as a who's who of Twin Cities law firms joining forces to lure minority attorneys to Minnesota. But the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice group set off a tempest when it excluded a firm that handled a pair of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging affirmative action. The group's leaders said letting the Minneapolis law firm of Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand join the effort would hamper its mission: to make the bar more racially diverse. "Would this law firm participating in our effort help or hinder us to do what we are trying to do?" said...
  • Tort Reform Texas Style New laws devastate plaintiff and defense firms alike

    10/27/2006 4:28:09 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 13 replies · 733+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | October 2006 | Terry Carter
    While Texas plaintiffs lawyers have been leaving in droves from nursing-home and medical-malpractice litigation in the wake of tort reform, San Antonio’s Glenn Cunningham is still doing it—albeit with a radically different business model and a much thinner wallet. Before the 2003 changes in state law, Cunningham would round up seven or eight experts, take 15 to 20 depositions and easily spend $85,000 to $100,000 to work up a case. Apparently, the effort persuaded defendants they had problems on the facts and the law, because he often settled for $1 million to $3 million. But with new restrictions on medical-malpractice...
  • Federal Judge Halts Oil Lease Sales in Alaska's North Slope, Citing Environmental Concerns

    09/26/2006 6:05:16 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies · 974+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | September 26, 2006 | Jeannette J. Lee
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A federal judge has halted the sale of federal oil leases on a portion of Alaska's North Slope that environmentalists have pinpointed as a haven for migratory birds and calving caribou. The decision Monday blocks the sale of about 1.7 million acres that the Bureau of Land Management had planned for Wednesday. The sale would have included the Teshekpuk Lake area, which sits above 2 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Environmental groups have argued that a 600,000-acre section of the reserve at Teshekpuk Lake contains some of the most important wetlands in the Arctic. The decision...
  • U.S. attorney adds to warning about contacting crash families (KY Plane Crash)

    08/31/2006 9:59:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 64 replies · 1,292+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Aug. 31, 2006 | Lexington Herald-Leader
    The U.S. attorney’s office today joined in warning attorneys that they would be fined if they violate federal law barring unsolicited communications with family members of Flight 5191 crash victims. “We are also concerned that victims’ families may be subjected in this time of grief to unsolicited, and thus improper, communications concerning the accident by attorneys and law firms seeking to obtain clients for subsequent litigation,” said U.S. Attorney Amul R. Thapar. Until 45 days after a plane crash, federal law prohibits attorneys from contacting victims’ families about possible personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. A $1,000 fine can be...
  • Lawyers in Diet-Drug Case Are Suspended

    08/24/2006 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 15 replies · 545+ views
    news.findlaw.com ^ | August 24, 2006 | ROGER ALFORD
    FRANKFORT, Ky.-The state's highest court suspended three attorneys Thursday over questions about how they divided a $200 million settlement over the fen-phen diet drug. The ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court came after a lower court judge found that the Lexington attorneys breached their duty to about 440 clients they represented against drugmaker Wyeth. The plaintiffs were among tens of thousands who sued Wyeth, which pulled the fenfluramine half of fen-phen off the market in 1997 amid reports that some users had heart valve damage and a few had a deadly lung condition. Fen-phen was never an FDA-approved combination. The...
  • Defending the accused: Many attorneys in Hamdania case practiced law .. in military - 'Pendleton 8'

    07/02/2006 11:10:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1,360+ views
    North County Times ^ | 7/2/06 | Teri Figueroa
    NORTH COUNTY ---- Civilian attorneys hired by eight Camp Pendleton men accused of murdering an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania have years of legal experience, including many gained during long stints in the military. One of them, Carlsbad-based attorney David Brahms, is a retired brigadier general who, when he left the service in 1988, was the Marine Corps' top-ranking attorney and had been counsel to the commandant. Jane Siegel of San Marcos, another of the attorneys tapped for the case, once served as the chief for all Marine Corps defense counsel. They and seven other private attorneys, many of whom spent...
  • Courting Chaos

    05/17/2006 6:47:50 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 15 replies · 485+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 17, 2006 | Kris W. Kobach
      Courting Chaos: Senate Proposal Undermines Immigration Lawby Kris W. Kobach WebMemo #1083 May 17, 2006 |   | Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has rolled out a massive amnesty for more than 11 million illegal aliens. Rewarding aliens who have violated federal law is bad enough. However, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) does much more than that. Buried deep inside the bill—beginning at page 540—are provisions that would radically alter our immigration courts, making them far less likely to enforce and implement the law faithfully. Not surprisingly, these items have not caught the attention of...