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Accused Rapist's Lawyer Gets Busted Himself

Christos Vasiliades allegedly threatened victim with deportation

(Newser) - A now-deleted website for Christos Vasiliades described him as an "aggressive" Baltimore attorney "dedicated to client service." Authorities say he's so dedicated, in fact, that he tried to bribe an alleged rape victim so she wouldn't testify against his client, suggested that she beat him... More »

Leading Atlanta Lawyer Charged With Wife's Murder

McIver accused of asking witness to lie

(Newser) - A leading Atlanta attorney who claimed he accidentally shot his wife after dozing off has been charged with her murder. Claud "Tex" McIver, who was initially charged with reckless misconduct and involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 25, 2016, death of Diane McIver, was hit with new charges Thursday, including... More »

Lawyer's Pants Catch Fire During Arson Trial

Florida attorney argued that client's car spontaneously combusted

(Newser) - Jurors trying to assess the truthfulness of defense lawyer Stephen Gutierrez's closing arguments in an arson trial Wednesday may have been dismayed to notice that his pants were literally on fire. Witnesses say the lawyer had to flee the Miami courtroom with smoke billowing from his pocket, the Miami ... More »

Judge Sucker-Punched Lawyer After Party: Complaint

'I do justice and I f---ing kill people!' Robert Beltrani allegedly said before altercation

(Newser) - A party in October ended with a Legal Aid lawyer lying unconscious on a New York City sidewalk, and on Tuesday, a state parole judge who handles Rikers Island cases was charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment in the case, the New York Daily News reports. Robert Beltrani, 53, was... More »

Oxford Grad Sues University Over His Failed Law Career

Faiz Siddiqui wants $1.27M because Oxford had 'appallingly bad' teaching

(Newser) - An Oxford University graduate says the prestigious school's "appallingly bad" teaching is why he failed to become a successful lawyer, so he's suing it for $1.27 million, the American Lawyer reports. Faiz Siddiqui graduated Oxford in 2000 with a degree in modern history and later studied... More »

Lawyer Found Dead Days After Daughter's Suicide

Brian Loncar found in his car at law firm

(Newser) - A well-known attorney in Dallas has been found dead just two days after his daughter's funeral. Brian Loncar, 56—nicknamed the "Strong Arm" thanks to local commercials for law firm Loncar & Associates—was found early Sunday in his Rolls Royce, parked at his law firm, reports Fox... More »

Ex-Lawyer Who Put Clients in Trance to Molest Them Learns His Fate

Women would leave Michael Fine's office with foggy memories after consultations

(Newser) - How does someone abduct someone else without ever leaving the room they started out in? The AP and Washington Post report ex-lawyer Michael Fine of Ohio is going to prison for just that after pleading guilty to kidnapping and attempted kidnapping charges involving six female clients who said he hypnotized... More »

With Her Love on Death Row, Woman Goes Back to School

Yancy Escobar Balderas is becoming a lawyer to help her husband, others

(Newser) - "I cried so much my nose was bleeding." Yancy Escobar Balderas, 29, was in the courtroom—as she had been every day during the two-month trial—when her now-husband Juan Balderas was sentenced to death for a murder she says he didn't commit. This month—two years... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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