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Gun Goes Off In Court, Killing Female Lawyer

Addelaid Ferreira-Watt was shot in the hip

(Newser) - Addelaid Ferreira-Watt was doing her job when a shotgun accidentally went off and killed her—leaving friends and family in a state of shock, People reports. The South African lawyer was shot in the hip Monday when the weapon, entered in court as evidence, fell to the floor and discharged.... More »

Giuliani: I'm Still Trump's Attorney. Trump: 'Well, I Don't Know'

Amid the confusion, source says Giuliani is indeed still Trump's lawyer but won't handle Ukraine issues

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani remains in the hot seat over his dealings in Ukraine for President Trump, with a reported federal investigation into his lobbying and his role in undermining the ex-American ambassador to Ukraine . Now, President Trump is not only saying he doesn't know the two Giuliani associates who were... More »

Ex-Epstein Cellmate: Guards Are Warning Me Not to Talk

Nick Tartaglione says he wants to be relocated

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's old cellmate says he's living under threatening conditions in a Manhattan jail and wants to be relocated, LoHud reports. Nicholas Tartaglione—an ex-cop awaiting trial on a quadruple homicide —said via his lawyer Tuesday that Metropolitan Correctional Center guards are issuing dire warnings if either... More »

He Was Fired by His Dad. Now He Can't Use His Own Name

George Sink Jr. temporarily blocked from using name to market new firm after father's lawsuit

(Newser) - A South Carolina attorney is unable to use his own name to market his law firm after he was sued by his father. George Sink Jr. worked for personal injury lawyer George Sink Sr.—whose TV ads and billboards have made him famous across the state—for just shy... More »

DA Who Inspired a Law & Order Character Dies

Longtime Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau dies at age 99

(Newser) - He drew a guilty plea from "Preppy Killer" Robert Chambers, helped put John Lennon's killer behind bars, and even inspired Law & Order character Adam Schiff. Now, Robert Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney feared by white-collar criminals in New York City for 35 years, has died at the... More »

Hunt for Long-Lost Gold Runs Into Major Snag

Dominican authorities are investigating whether it's a scam

(Newser) - Thousands of Dominicans are seeking an immense treasure they believe is rightfully theirs—but it's an ocean away under lock and key, Bloomberg reports. Enter Johnny Portorreal Reyes, a charismatic 65-year-old lawyer who represents many Guzmáns and Rosarios, two families with similar legends of ancestors sending gold to... More »

Kim Kardashian West Plans to Take the Bar in 2022

She wants to become a lawyer

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West still makes headlines for things like posing in a skimpy leotard , but she's also been making headlines for her work as an advocate for criminal justice reform: She was a big part of the push that got Cyntoia Brown granted clemency , helped convince President Trump to... More »

Deputy Detained 'Suspect' in Court. Except 'Suspect' Was a Lawyer

Attorney Rashad James now has his own attorney after 'lawyering while black' incident

(Newser) - Rashad James tells the Baltimore Sun that what happened to him March 6 in a Harford County, Md., courthouse was "surreal." But he has now gathered his wits and hired his own legal team, which is calling the incident an example of "lawyering while black." Per... More »

Lawyer Fired After 'Appalling' Remark About Teen Girls

Gary McCallum argued a 14- or 15-year-old is a 'sexually mature young woman,' not a child

(Newser) - A Toronto lawyer has been fired from an Ontario children's aid group after making eyebrow-raising remarks about teen girls. Per CTV , Gary McCallum was representing Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services last year in a suit brought by a woman who says she was sexually abused by her... More »

Cardinal's Lawyer Sorry for Referring to Rape as 'Vanilla'

Robert Richter issues apology after 'sleepless night'

(Newser) - The defense lawyer for the man who was once the third highest-ranking official in the Catholic Church—and who's now awaiting sentencing for attacks on two 13-year-old choirboys in Australia—is apologizing for referring to the crimes as "plain" and "vanilla." The assaults by George Pell,... More »

'Armed and Dangerous' Ex-Lawyer Is on the Run

US marshals are seeking Richard Merritt, 44

(Newser) - A former Georgia attorney is on the run after allegedly cutting off his ankle monitor, murdering his mother, and fleeing in her Lexus—all while facing 30 years behind bars for other crimes, Fox News reports. Richard Merritt, 44, was about to surrender to authorities Feb. 1 and serve his... More »

Courthouse Closes After Some See Bedbugs Fall From Lawyer

Exterminators were called to the Rogers County Courthouse in Oklahoma

(Newser) - An alleged incident in Oklahoma gives new meaning to the saying, "Don't bring your problems to work." The Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore had to close around noon on Monday after some judges and employees saw what looked like bedbugs falling from an attorney's clothing some... More »

Sources: Trump Miffed by Giuliani Missteps

Campaign reportedly underway to pull Trump's lawyer from TV, possibly even fire him

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, has agitated President Trump and some of his allies, who've raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from TV interviews. Trump has become frustrated with Giuliani, per... More »

Another NY Lawyer Caught in Racist Tirade

Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, is charged on five counts

(Newser) - What's up with New York lawyers? Months after one was caught on video spewing anti-immigrant rhetoric in a restaurant, another flung racist insults on the subway and apparently assaulted a woman of Asian descent. Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, shouted profanities at a 24-year-old Tuesday after bumping into her on the... More »

White House Counsel Officially Resigns

Don McGahn reshaped judiciary in less than 2 years

(Newser) - White House counsel Don McGahn has officially quit as expected following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. His last day was Wednesday, but in less than two years in the job, he left an imprint that will last for decades, NPR reports. He oversaw the selection process... More »

Critics: Va. Attorney Shouldn't 'Pop' Her 'Booty' in Rap Video

At least one activist wants Stephanie Morales recalled as Portsmouth Commonwealth's prosecutor

(Newser) - If the phrase "booty poppin" is what you've been needing to hear (over and over and over), you may want to check out a new music video by someone WAVY deems Virginia's new "unlikely rap star." That would be Stephanie Morales, the Portsmouth Commonwealth's... More »

Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Porn Scheme That Made $3M

Prosecutors alleged Paul Hansmeier, colleague made porn in order to snare downloaders

(Newser) - It apparently started out above-board, at least according to court documents. Paul Hansmeier and John Steele of what Ars Technica calls "legitimate if aggressive copyright law firm" Prenda Law found their niche around 2010: The men repped clients who held the copyrights to porn flicks and went after internet... More »

Michael Cohen Interview: 'My Silence Is Broken!'

Former Trump lawyer sits down for ABC interview

(Newser) - President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, who once said he would do anything to protect the president, says in an ABC News interview that he now puts "family and country first." Michael Cohen also told George Stephanopoulos that he would defer to his new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, if... More »

Lawyer Sorry After Alleging Rape by State Trooper

He says bodycam video disputes his client's claims

(Newser) - A civil rights lawyer on Monday claimed there was "significant evidence to substantiate" his client's claim she was raped by a Texas state trooper. Two days later, he said the trooper "should be cleared of any wrongdoing." It was an about-face spurred by the release of... More »

Lawyer Who Ranted Against Spanish Speakers Apologizes

'What the video did not convey is the real me,' says Aaron Schlossberg

(Newser) - A lawyer whose rant against Spanish speakers in a New York City eatery went viral posted an apology online on Tuesday, saying that how he expressed himself was "unacceptable." "To the people I insulted, I apologize," Aaron Schlossberg said in a post to his Twitter and... More »

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