WeirdOfTheNews
 

 
A regularly updated guide to random legal news that I find interesting -- and hope you will too. And links! Always links!
 
 
 

 
 

Thursday, March 13, 2003

 
Former Prostitute Takes Stand in Former Mayor's Child Sex Trial

She testified that she provided her 8 year-old daughter and 10 year-old niece to perform sex acts on the then-mayor of Waterbury, CT on multiple occasions, it says here.
 
State Bar Guns for Trevor Trio

First, the California Attorney General starting investigating Beverly Hills law firm The Trevor Law Group for abusing the state's Unfair Business Practices Act statutes. Then the AG sued the firm using the same law. Now the AG is seeking to have the Trevor attorneys disbarred, according to this.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

 
The Porn Warrior at Rest

I have never heard of Ferris Alexander before, but his obituary is one of the most interesting (and strange) I've read in a long time.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

 
Hale and Dorr Sues Secretary for $1,200

Giant British law firm Hale and Dorr (formerly Brobeck Hale and Dorr) has filed suit against a former secretary to recover $1,200 it allegedly overpaid her. Hale and Door had revenues of nearly $300 million last year, according to this.
 
Scottish Law Firm Hit by Malicious Email Hoax

Thousands of copies of a fake email purporting to be from a prominent partner at a Scottish law firm have been sent. Among other things, it says: "If you want to raise a Civil Court action against someone anywhere in Scotland then I am your man. I am a ruthless bastard and I will screw the opposition to the wall even if it means bending a few rules," according to this.
 
Polanski the Predator

The Smoking Gun has just published a transcript of the very disturbing 1977 grand jury testimony of the 13 year old girl director Roman Polanski molested at Jack Nicholson's house. You can read it here.

Monday, March 10, 2003

 
Lawyer Arrested for Passing Marijuana to Client in Court

"Lawyer Dawn M. Dunbar is in a heap of trouble. Dunbar, who works for a Los Angeles County law firm, was booked Friday for attempting to bring a controlled substance into a jail facility and investigation of conspiracy to commit a felony," according to this.

Sunday, March 09, 2003

 
BEASTLY EVIDENCE
Animal DNA Can Put Bite Into Criminal Cases


Animal DNA is increasingly being used both to convict and exonerate defendants in criminal trials, the ABA Journal reports here. In one case, DNA from dog feces on a suspect's shoe tied him to a triple murder scene, and ultimately led to his conviction.
 
A Legacy of Legal Wrangling

"When Kenneth Aupperle, the 43-year-old president of Hauppauge Digital Inc., died of a brain embolism while on a January 2001 business trip, money matters took a back seat to the shock of losing a co-founder. But not for long." Newsday.com writer Mark Harrington tells the whole sordid tale here.
 
The New, New "Greedy Associates" Boards

As I noted below, a veritable shitstorm on the "Greedy Associates" bulletin boards has caused them to change location three times in as many weeks. It looks like they've found a new, permanent home here, thanks to the hard work and dedication of a few.
 
"First, Let's Stop The Lawyers"

This editorial in the Washington Times argues for caps on medical malpractice awards, blaming lawyers for the rising cost of malpractice insurance and thus healthcare.

 

 
   
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