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A Miami judge is recommending that anti-porn lawyer Jack Thompson be permanently disbarred for acting “with vengeance” in an attempt to intimidate, harass or disparage lawyers and judges who opposed him or ruled against him. Judge Dava Tunis said Thompson attempted to harm his opponents’...
The American Bar Association is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the due process clause limits a judge’s ability to hear a case after receiving substantial contributions from a litigant. The ABA is asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal that claims West Virginia Supreme Court...
A prosecutor who reportedly may have chatted extensively with a Florida judge during a time when he was trying a capital murder case in her court has been facing renewed legal ethics scrutiny since June. But then-Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner avoided the same problem by resigning from the...
A federal judge in Albany has agreed with a New Jersey solo practitioner that a New York law requiring out-of-state attorneys licensed to practice in the jurisdiction to maintain an in-state office if they want to represent clients there is unconstitutional. Although the state argued that the...
Saying that there was a lack of intent, an Indiana judge today acquitted a 12-year-old boy of murdering his 6-year-old brother, but found him guilty, as a juvenile, of reckless homicide. The unidentified boy initially told authorities that his brother had shot himself. But an investigation...
In another sign of a strengthening legal market, associates at some well-known Pennsylvania-based law firms are getting pay raises. Starting salaries for Pennsylvania first-years at Reed Smith; Blank Rome; Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young; and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis have all gone up,...
Contending that his legal training had not prepared him to recognize a so-called pump-and-dump securities scheme, an Ohio lawyer was sentenced in New York today to a 7- to 21-year prison term for his role in a $110 million stock fraud in which he says he was a dupe rather than an intentional...
The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 this week posted its latest series of draft proposals for comment. The four proposals largely focus on how ethics rules should be amended to make it easier for lawyers in the United States to engage in cross-border practice. Three of the preliminary...
Even in the conservative London legal market, a growing number of attorneys are starting to use Twitter to gain a higher professional profile by talking about themselves, their views on legal issues of import and their careers. That includes young lawyers such as Ashley Connick, who used his...
An embattled prosecutor in York County, Neb., is defending himself after workers alleged he made inappropriate comments and indicated he did not want to prosecute cases involving the prosecution of child pornography. York County Attorney Bill Sutter told the York News-Times that he had not seen the...