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Celebrity Legal Cases , a different Standard?


In an examination of famous cases, some of the law’s most popular myths and legends frequently emerge. For example, when defendants like Michael Jackson claimed an alleged vendetta by a hostile prosecutor, their ammunition might miss the mark for courtroom purposes, but these are shots that can resonate like cannon fire in the press. On […]

PD Seeks Dismissal of 6 Cases, Says Defendants Were Arrested During ‘Voyeuristic Reality TV Show’

A public defender in Florida is seeking the dismissal of six criminal cases, contending that the defendants were arrested during the filming of a “voyeuristic reality television show” by Broward County sheriff’s deputies who received financial incentives from producers. The show, Police Women of Broward County, is aired by TLC/Discovery Channel. Assistant Chief Public Defender […]

Apple Reportedly Threatens to Sue Over Steve Jobs Action Figure

Apple is allegedly threatening to sue the Chinese maker of an action figure with an uncanny resemblance to the company’s late founder. Supposedly set to debut in February for $99 by In Icons, the Steve Jobs doll might not make it to store shelves. Apple reportedly claims that any toy resembling the computer giant’s logo, […]

Indy Lawyers Prepare For Super Bowl’s Impact

As football fans prepare to descend on Indianapolis for Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 5, the city’s lawyers are busy prepping contingency plans to ensure legal business continues as normal. From addressing parking concerns for court hearings, to allowing remote access to firm servers, to adjusting office hours to account for boosts in traffic congestion, […]

Former Montana Municipal Judge Takes Plea in Federal Bribery Case

A former municipal judge for Butte and Silverbow County, Montana, has taken a plea in a bribery case. Steven J. Kambich, 53, who has been on the bench there since 2004, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Missoula to a single county of bribery. It concerned $13,000 in payments he is accused of accepting […]

Federal Judge Says Allen Stanford Lawyers Can’t Quit, Must Defend Him in Upcoming $7B Fraud Trial

A federal judge in Houston has nixed an effort by lawyers for R. Allen Stanford to withdraw from his defense less than two weeks before he is scheduled to stand trial in a $7 billion fraud case. Although they claim not to have had enough time and resources to prepare adequately for trial, attorneys Ali […]

Jailed Lawyer Says He Doesn’t Remember Teen Sex-Sting Guilty Plea, Seeks Do-Over

When he signed a plea agreement last year concerning a trip to Florida for the alleged purpose of helping a 14-year-old boy explore intimacy, he wasn’t in his right mind, a Maryland lawyer told a federal court in Orlando in a handwritten motion yesterday. Stressed, anxious, tearful and suicidal, he doesn’t even remember what happened, […]

NJ Prosecutor Seeks Court Permission to Conduct State’s First Juror Background Checks

Citing a growing concern about potential jurors who conceal criminal convictions in order to qualify to serve on a panel, a New Jersey prosecutor is seeking court permission to perform criminal background checks on those in Essex County. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray is scheduled to argue a motion today in superior court in […]

Judge OKs Jury’s $1.3M Retaliation Award to DA’s Office Investigator

A Santa Barbara judge brought in to oversee a California retaliation case against the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office after local judges recused themselves has OK’d a $1.3 million jury award to a former investigator. However, an attorney for the county and the DA’s office said they intend to appeal the verdict in favor of […]

Lawyer Loses License for Lying to FBI About Gift of Small Dog to Girlfriend of Zoning Board Member

Rejecting a review board’s call for a three-year law license suspension, the New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer for lying to federal authorities about the small dog he gave to the girlfriend of a Union City Zoning Board member. Attorney Jose Izquierdo II, who is now in his mid-50s, also worked as an […]