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  • Judge asked to reject new trial request in attorney's death

    November 11, 2015 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge prosecutors are asking a state judge to deny Greg Harris' request for a new trial in the brutal 2009 stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge law office. Harris, who is serving a 40-year prison term for manslaughter, claims in... more »
  • 5 plead not guilty in Gulf oil spill fraud case; 2 absent

    October 29, 2015 1:05 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Texas attorney and four co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to accusations of faking more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010. A public defender says a sixth defendant will do the same later. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy said afterward... more »
  • Lawyers for 'Angola Three' member to argue against 3rd trial

    September 21, 2015 9:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The last member of the Angola Three still in prison will appear in a Louisiana court for a hearing on various motions ahead of his third trial for allegedly killing a prison guard. In the hearing Monday, lawyers for Albert Woodfox are pushing for his indictment in the... more »
  • Man accused in death, dismemberment, wants new lawyer

    June 7, 2015 7:10 PM

    GRETNA, La.- The man accused of killing and dismembering a Bourbon Street stripper is making a last-minute request for a new public defender. The New Orleans Advocate reports that Terry Speaks' request came in a two-page letter to Judge Stephen Grefer, who has scheduled his trial June 15. Speaks is... more »
  • LSU chief lawyer lacks La. license

    April 11, 2015 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State University System's newly hired, $270,000-a-year general counsel does not have a license to practice law in Louisiana. Thomas Skinner, who has a law license in Illinois, says that the lack of a Louisiana law license won't hinder his ability to do the job of... more »
  • Authorities: Woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner

    March 27, 2015 1:23 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered. Forty-five-year-old Kimberly Kitchen, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. The attorney... more »
  • Lawyer says goal is to protect rights of fraternity members

    March 13, 2015 10:59 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A high-profile attorney hired by alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma says the actions of some student members caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but members still have rights that must be protected. Attorney Stephen Jones said Friday members of the... more »
  • Metro Council hires attorney for St. George opposition

    January 28, 2015 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Tuesday night to hire Baton Rouge attorney Mary Olive Pierson to represent them in court as they oppose a movement to incorporate the southern portion of the parish into its own city. Council members voted 8-3, with Buddy Amoroso, Joel Boé and... more »
  • Galette lawyer: Alleged female victim was hurt by dog

    January 6, 2015 4:16 PM

    METAIRIE - A lawyer for Saints linebacker Junior Galette says a woman accusing the player of battery had her earring ripped out and was scratched by a dog that was reacting to her yelling. Galette and his cousin, Terrance Banks of Newark, New Jersey, were arrested Monday after a 22-year-old... more »
  • Escape not detected for 2 days

    September 30, 2014 7:45 PM

    MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON- An escape wasn't detected in a city jail north of Seattle for two days and until the prisoner's lawyer showed up to talk to him. Rhyan Vasquez is now back in the Marysville City Jail after jailers looked a surveillance video and saw he had backed out... more »
  • Gonzales council attorney fees raising eyebrows check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    GONZALES - Weeks after Judge Alvin Turner filed a suit against the council, the bills are already rolling in for work performed by attorneys in the case. Turner sued the council after they refused to rezone his property, but only three councilmen, Gary Lacombe, Terance Irvin, and Timothy Vessel,... more »
  • Nagin seeks leniency as sentencing nears

    June 13, 2014 6:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The lawyer for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is asking a federal judge to go easy on Nagin when he is sentenced on 20 criminal counts on July 2. Nagin was convicted in February on charges including bribery, fraud and money laundering stemming from his two... more »
  • Sex offender seeks admission to Kentucky bar

    January 5, 2014 6:49 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky man on a sex offender registry is pushing the state's Supreme Court to allow him to take the bar exam and become a practicing lawyer. Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith, of Lexington, plans to ask the justices by Jan. 13 to reconsider a decision that he lacks... more »
  • Cruz still has dual citizenship

    January 3, 2014 7:41 PM

    TORONTO, CANADA- The Canadian born U.S. Senator Ted Cruz still has dual citizenship even though he vowed months ago to drop his north of the border affiliation. He was born in Calgary and he recently told the Dallas Morning News lawyers were preparing the paperwork to renounce his Canadian... more »
  • BP sues lawyer over oil spill claims

    December 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing a Texas lawyer, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill. The lawsuit claims more than half of the Social Security numbers on Mikal Watts' client list were fake. BP says the fraud... more »
  • Lawyer fired from BP claims program sues company

    October 24, 2013 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An attorney who was fired by the court-supervised administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents is suing her former employer and the London-based oil giant. In a defamation lawsuit filed Monday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Christine Reitano argues that claims administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
  • Town ordered to get new lawyer for curfew suit

    July 29, 2013 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A temporary restraining order hearing involving the town of Clinton's curfew has been set for Monday, Aug. 5. The hearing was scheduled during a telephone conference with Chief Judge Brian Jackson along with the plaintiff and defendant's attorneys. During the call, the judge also ordered the town... more »
  • Lawyer: Snowden to stay in Moscow airport for now

    July 24, 2013 10:30 AM

    MOSCOW - A lawyer advising National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says his asylum status has not been resolved and that he is going to stay at the Moscow airport for now. Anatoly Kucherena, who was visiting the American at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Wednesday, said that migration officials are... more »
  • Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

    July 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday... more »
  • BP calls for independent probe of claims lawyer

    June 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is calling for an independent probe of allegations of misconduct against a lawyer working for the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement of Gulf oil spill claims. The lawyer is accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had... more »
  • Obama chooses lawyer as Guantanamo closure envoy

    June 16, 2013 5:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with an extensive government experience to be the State Department's new special envoy for closing down the prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Clifford Sloan is... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge lawyer sentenced in fraud case

    May 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - James M. Bernhard III has been sentenced to 27 months in prison Thursday for wire fraud in connection with the theft of over $453,000 from his former law firm's trust account. Bernhard, who pleaded guilty to the wire fraud charge, surrendered his law license shortly before he... more »
  • Lawyer: lie doesn't mean guilt in stabbing

    May 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    VALLEY SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA- The lawyer for a 12-year-old boy accused of stabbing to death his eight-year-old sister says the youngster may have lied about seeing an intruder fleeing his home but that doesn't make the boy a killer. Mark Reichel met with the boy in juvenile jail and says the... more »
  • Judge tosses indictment against BR lawyer

    May 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state district judge has thrown out a 2010 indictment against Baton Rouge lawyer Peter Q. John. Judge Mike Erwin dismissed the indictment accusing John of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, theft and perjury. Erwin agreed with John and his attorney, Ferdinand Valteau, that East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge lawyer pleads guilty to fraud

    January 31, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - James M. Bernhard III has pleaded guilty in Baton Rouge federal court to one count of wire fraud and admitted that he schemed to divert over $453,000 of his former law firm's money to his personal use. The Advocate reports Bernhard told Chief U.S. District Judge Brian... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces new executive counsel

    January 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top lawyer for Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has resigned from the job after only three months. The governor's office gave no reason Friday for Gary Graphia's decision to leave the position of executive counsel that he took in October. Instead, Jindal simply announced his replacement while... more »
  • Count upholds manslaughter conviction

    November 7, 2012 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An appellate court has affirmed a Baker man's manslaughter conviction and 40-year prison sentence in the brutal stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge office. A three-judge panel of the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, however, said it found evidences... more »
  • Baton Rouge lawyer wins "Bachelor of the Year", $10K check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 19, 2012 11:39 AM

    NEW YORK - A 25-year-old Louisiana lawyer has been named "Bachelor of the Year" by Cosmopolitan magazine. Ryan Chenevert, who previously spoke to News 2 about taking part in the competition, was selected from among 52 other bachelors from across the nation. Cosmo readers voted for their favorites online,... more »
  • Accused cop killer still doesn't have perm. lawyer check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 3, 2012 5:51 PM

    EDGARD, La. - Kyle David Joekel, who's accused of killing two St. John the Baptist Sheriff Deputies in August, still isn't sure who his lawyers will be when he finally faces a jury. Today in court Joekel's original public defender withdrew from the case, and two other attorneys from... more »
  • Lawyer defending voucher program to get up to $50K

    July 18, 2012 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The attorney general's office will pay up to $50,000 to Gov. Bobby Jindal's former executive counsel to defend the governor's signature education revamp in court. Amanda Larkins, spokeswoman for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, said Tuesday that the contract with lawyer Jimmy Faircloth hasn't been completed. But she... more »
  • Clemens lawyer again attacks key witness

    June 12, 2012 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Roger Clemens' lawyers have mounted one final assault on the witness who claims he injected the former pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs. Attorney Rusty Hardin told the jury during closing arguments Tuesday that "saying that Brian McNamee lies zero times is kind of like calling the Grand Canyon a... more »
  • Oncologist Arrested for Hiring Hitmen to Kill Ex-wife's Attorney

    April 30, 2012 8:36 AM

    A 70-year-old Oncologist is behind bars accused of hiring two hit men to kill the lawyer who represented his ex-wife when they divorced in the 90's. Greenwood, Mississippi police say Dr. Arnold Smith and William Paul Muller of Morgan City, Louisiana were arrested Sunday morning and on a charge of... more »
  • Arrested lawyer staying on case

    March 8, 2012 7:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish public defender arrested last month for allegedly trying to enter the state penitentiary at Angola with marijuana will continue to represent a man accused of killing two women and wounding a third at a Baton Rouge business in 2009. Fred Kroenke, who... more »
  • Surrogacy Scandal

    February 24, 2012 7:39 PM

    A lawyer in California, who was a respected reproductive law specialist, got five months in prison for a baby-selling scheme. Theresa Erickson also faces nine-months home confinement when she gets out and a $70,000 fine. Prosecutors say Erickson worked with two other women to line up parents for babies that... more »
  • Baton Rouge lawyer suspended for 1 year

    January 26, 2012 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a former Baton Rouge civil-rights attorney from practicing law for one year and placed him on probation for two years after he refused to return $10,000 to a client who fired him in 2006. The court upheld a recommendation from the... more »
  • Former Jindal counsel fined by state ethics board

    April 15, 2011 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's former chief lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, has been fined by the Louisiana Board of Ethics for violating state ethics law. The board decided Friday that Faircloth shouldn't have entered into a contract to represent the Louisiana Tax Commission six months after he resigned as... more »
  • Trial begins for man accused of murdering Chiquita Tate

    March 23, 2011 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The trial for a man accused of murdering high profile attorney Chiquita Tate began this morning with jury selection. At least 100 potential jurors showed up for duty this morning. Prosecutors spent most of the day questioning them, asking them things like whether they had heard about... more »
  • Student appears in court on terror charge

    February 25, 2011 2:20 PM

    LUBBOCK, Texas - The lawyer for a college student accused of plotting to blow up key U.S. targets says his client will plead not guilty. In a statement, attorney Rod Hobson says in America, "everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence" and a "fair trial." Khalid Ali-M... more »
  • Suspect in Arizona shooting held without bail

    January 10, 2011 3:53 PM

    PHOENIX - The suspect in a deadly Arizona shooting is being held without bail and has been assigned a lawyer who defended Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Timothy McVeigh. Jared Loughner entered a Phoenix courtroom Monday handcuffed and wearing a tan inmate uniform. His head is shaved and he has a... more »

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