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August 20, 2014  
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Lawyer charged in murder-for-hire plot, accused of planning to kill witness in felony barratry case
A Texas lawyer charged in an unusual felony barratry case is now facing a new charge for allegedly planning to eliminate a witness in the case. Paul Andrews, 57, was arrested Wednesday in Corpus Christi, according to KSAT and the San Antonio Express-News. If convicted of… More
Driver takes misdemeanor plea after striking and killing judge on bicycle; should law be upgraded?
A distracted driver who veered onto the shoulder of a Utah roadway last year, striking and killing a bicycling district court judge, quietly took a misdemeanor reckless driving plea in May and is well into a six-month probation sentence. Because there was no sign that David E. Bertelson, now 79,… More
Court-reporting champ has great hands and ‘nerves of steel’
A 59-year-old federal court worker described by an onlooker as the Michael Phelps of her field swept the awards last month at a San Francisco event considered the Olympics of court reporting. Although Jo Ann Bryce uses a somewhat old-school transcription method, compared to another top competitor, Mark Kislingbury, 51,… More
Fake law firm websites use real lawyer photos, sometimes alter contact info for actual firm’s page
A smiling man in a business suit pictured on the Dovernor Chambers website in a wood-paneled office looks like a seasoned legal practitioner, and is. However, he actually is a U.S. lawyer practicing in Kansas. The Dovernor Chambers firm—which purports to operate in the United Kingdom—is fake, and its website… More
ABA to partner with treatment center in study of attorney depression, substance abuse and anxiety
The American Bar Association's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs is partnering with a well-known treatment center to study attorney depression, substance abuse and anxiety issues. Previous studies have shown that lawyers have a higher rate of alcoholism and depression than the general population and other professional groups, and it appears… More
High school student says she was disciplined for saying ‘bless you’ after classmate sneezed
A high school senior in Tennessee says she was disciplined because she said "bless you" after a classmate sneezed. As Kendra Turner tells the story, her Dyer County High School teacher told her such comments were for church. "She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her… More
Federal judge accused of assaulting his wife is going into treatment, his lawyer says
A federal judge accused of assaulting his wife at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta will check into a treatment program, according to his lawyer. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery, Alabama, is embarrassed about the episode, his lawyer, Barry Ragsdale, told the Associated Press and the More
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