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It's Currently Fine for Lawyers to Sexually, Racially Harass Each Other

But that could change Monday

(Newser) - Rules against discrimination and harassment in the workplace are pretty much the norm. Except for one rather unlikely profession: lawyers. The New York Times shares accounts of female lawyers being called "honey" or "darling" in court, black lawyers being called racial slurs, demeaning physical contact ("I got... More »

Real-Life Face/Off Fugitive Caught in Thailand

Lawyer nabbed by immigration cops who noticed something ... off

(Newser) - A Japanese lawyer who police say altered his appearance through plastic surgery to escape arrest for an alleged stock share manipulation scheme more than a decade ago has been captured, Thai police said Friday. Thailand's Immigration Bureau announced that Yasuo Tsubaki, sought by Japanese authorities for securities fraud amounting... More »

PI: Casey Anthony Told Lawyer She Killed Caylee

And she was having sex with lawyer as swap for legal representation: investigator affidavits

(Newser) - That Casey Anthony has a bankruptcy case working through the legal system isn't shocking—but a couple of documents included with court papers filed in April are. Per two affidavits by private investigator Dominic Casey, who worked with Anthony's defense team after she was accused of murdering her... More »

Lawyer Threatens Lawsuit When He Doesn't Get Soup

Dwain Downing claims it was a 'deceptive practice'

(Newser) - A Texas lawyer upset that he wasn't provided a cup of soup during a recent meal has notified a restaurant owner that he'll sue if not reimbursed the $2.25 for the soup, the AP reports. Dwain Downing also is seeking $250 in attorney fees for the time... More »

Convicted Sex Offender Wants to Be a Lawyer

He sought sex with underage girls multiple times

(Newser) - A former Army officer who served time in prison after repeatedly trying to meet underage girls for sex wants to become a lawyer, a move opposed by the legal profession, according to a case that has reached the state's highest court. The Ohio Supreme Court held a hearing Tuesday... More »

Judge Grants Lawyer's Awesome Request for Delay

It was a matter of life and death, in a sense

(Newser) - Lawyers request hearing postponements all the time, but those requests are rarely as short and sweet as the one delivered Thursday by Pittsburgh lawyer Marc Daffner, as cited at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review :
  • “Defense counsel's wife went into labor at approximately 11:15am today, and defense counsel will be
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'Dysfunctional' FEC Missing a Head Lawyer for 2 Years

Agency is heading right into Election 2016 with no chief counsel

(Newser) - When your chairwoman goes on the record as saying your agency is "worse than dysfunctional," chances are you may have a hard time attracting talent. That's the issue now faced by the Federal Election Commission in terms of its legal counsel: Next month will hit the two-year... More »

Woman Poses as Lawyer, Makes Partner at Firm

Kimberly Kitchen charged with forgery and a few other things

(Newser) - A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced yesterday. Kimberly Kitchen was charged Thursday with forgery, unauthorized practice of law, and felony records tampering. State prosecutors contend Kitchen... More »

Frein's 'Mom and Dad' Letter Spurs Terrorism Charges

Charges include terrorism to influence the policy and conduct of government

(Newser) - Alleged cop killer Eric Frein faces two additional charges, this time of terrorism, and he has a letter he allegedly wrote to his parents to thank them. NBC News shares the relevant lines from the letter, which was reportedly found on his hard drive: "What I have done has... More »

Lawyer Photoshopped Herself Into Star Pics: Judge

Images on website of Svitlana Sangary with Obama, Kim K, others were 'deceptive'

(Newser) - California attorney Svitlana Sangary apparently wanted to drum up publicity for her firm, so she posted some 50-plus pics of herself on her work website posing with a variety of high-profile luminaries, the Los Angeles Times reports. There she is, mugging with the likes of Kim Kardashian, George Clooney, the... More »

Judge Tells Lawyer, 'I'll Beat Your Ass,' Does So

Allegedly attacks public defender in hall

(Newser) - A judge in Florida got testy during a hearing, and his feud with a public defender ended with a hallway scuffle. Video shows a disagreement in court between the two, with Judge John Murphy telling lawyer Andrew Weinstock, "If I had a rock, I would throw it at you... More »

California Lawyers Must Now Swear to Be ... Nice

More specifically, show 'dignity, courtesy, and integrity'

(Newser) - All new lawyers in California will soon have to make an added promise when joining the bar—to be nice to one another, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Beginning May 23, the oath one takes to "faithfully discharge the duties of an attorney" will be joined by language stating... More »

Snowden Had Top Spy Lawyer on Retainer

Sought plea deal to return home

(Newser) - Last summer, hoping to strike a plea deal with the US, Edward Snowden lawyered up: The former NSA contractor had leading espionage lawyer Plato Cacheris on retainer, insiders tell the New York Times . "Snowden is interested in returning home," says another of his lawyers, Ben Wizner of the... More »

Wife Dies After Mail Bomb That Killed Lawyer Husband

Tenn. police looking at revenge as motive; note found with bomb

(Newser) - The wife of a retired lawyer who was killed by a mail bomb this week has also died, reports the Tennessean . Marion Setzer, 72, had been listed as seriously injured in Monday's explosion. Meanwhile, police trying to get to the bottom of the bombing may have found a vital... More »

Package Explodes, Killing Retired Lawyer at His Home

Jon Setzer, 74, died Monday near Lebanon, Tenn.

(Newser) - A 74-year-old retired lawyer is dead after "an unknown package exploded" at his rural Tennessee home Monday, and locals are rattled. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and ATF agents are investigating the death of Jon Setzer, but so far they've stayed mum on motive, and the Tennessean reports that... More »

BP Sues Lawyer Over Thousands of 'Phantom' Plaintiffs

Company slams 'fraud' in oil spill case

(Newser) - Three years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP has launched a suit of its own—against a plaintiffs' lawyer who, the company says, has represented tens of thousands of "phantom" clients in the case. BP says part of its settlement over the spill, worth $2.3 billion,... More »

Law School Enrollment Dives to 36-Year Low

Debt, job market keeping students away

(Newser) - Is America going to face a future shortage of lawyers? First-year law school enrollment dropped this year to 39,675—some 5,000 less than last year and the lowest level since 1977, the Wall Street Journal reports. This is the third year in a row that law school numbers... More »

Needed: Rural Lawyers; Subsidies Available

South Dakota offers pilot program for attorneys

(Newser) - Lawyers are having a hard time finding jobs these days, but all they really need to do to get hired is move out of the city. Rural America is increasingly short on lawyers, and as a result, one state is offering subsidies to law school grads who practice there. Other... More »

Canada Judge: Suspects Must Get Internet to Find Lawyer

Ruling orders police to let those arrested use Google

(Newser) - A modern twist on that old line about getting one phone call from jail: A judge in Canada has ruled that police must provide access to the Internet so suspects can look up a lawyer, reports the Toronto Star . The ruling stems from a DUI arrest in which 19-year-old Christopher... More »

Lawyer Bills Client for Sex

Minnesota man suspended after affair comes to light

(Newser) - Legal tip of the day: If you feel the urge to have sex with your lawyer, make sure you're off the clock first. Otherwise, you might find out that your lawyer is like this one in Minnesota—suspended after having an affair with a client and billing her for... More »

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