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December 2, 2013 | David Lazarus
If you live in Southern California, you've gotten - or will get - a parking or speeding ticket. It's an immutable law of nature. And in tandem with this natural phenomenon, a cottage industry of legal professionals has taken root to assist people in navigating and, possibly, beating the system. Take, for example, a company called the Ticket Clinic, which has offices throughout the region and boasts that it "may be your best bet for getting your traffic ticket dismissed. " Among other services, the Ticket Clinic says, it can "keep additional points off of your driving record" and "prevent skyrocketing insurance rates resulting from a traffic ticket.
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March 24, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
The troubled Central Basin Municipal Water District violated the state's open-meeting laws when it created a $2.7-million fund in virtual secrecy, an investigation by the agency's attorneys concluded. The fund, created for a groundwater storage project, was managed without public hearings or notifications, and records related to it were among those subpoenaed by federal prosecutors. The subpoenas came after an FBI raid on the Sacramento offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello)
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011
'The Lincoln Lawyer' MPAA rating: R for some violence, sexual content and language Running time: 1 hour, 59 minutes Playing: In general release
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By Richard Serrano
WASHINGTON - Ali Ahmad Razihi, accused of being a former bodyguard to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, hopes someday to leave the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay and return to Yemen, where he plans to marry and help his family in their fruit and vegetable farm. At a hearing Thursday to decide whether he should get his wish, U.S. military lawyers said they couldn't say with certainty whether he remained a threat to this country. Razihi appeared at the Pentagon's latest Periodic Review Board hearing, becoming only the third Guantanamo detainee to do so. The hearings, begun by the Obama administration as a way to gradually empty and close the prison in Cuba, are giving half of the roughly 150 prisoners a chance to be moved to a list of detainees eligible for release.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Steve Padilla
SANFORD, Fla. -- For weeks and weeks they talked, and when the verdict was finally rendered - not guilty - in the George Zimmerman murder trial, the attorneys had yet more to say. “George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense,” said Mark O'Mara, one of Zimmerman's attorneys. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old youth Zimmerman shot to death, spoke of lessons that could be learned from the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A prisoners' rights lawyer says Monday's federal judge's order allowing California prison doctors to force-feed inmates on hunger strike "violates international law and generally accepted medical ethics. " Force-feeding "should only be used as a last resort, but here there are a number of reasonable alternatives,” said Jules Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents many of the hunger strike leaders in their related lawsuit over solitary confinement conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2011 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
Defense lawyer Elvin Gentry was walking into the El Paso County courthouse this year as an assistant district attorney was walking out. The prosecutor stopped Gentry to chat about the news that outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter had just commuted the life sentence of one of Colorado Springs' most notorious killers, a woman named Jennifer Reali. "Did you have a hand in that?" the prosecutor asked. Gentry, a fixture in state legal circles since 1970, said he did indeed. The other lawyer was incredulous: "Must be nice to have a lawyer stick with you for 20 years.
OPINION
November 10, 2013
Re "Justices suggest disgraced writer unfit to be lawyer," Nov. 7 Ever since I was admitted to the state bar and started practicing in 1979, I have had to put up with a lot of lawyer jokes and animosity. Let's face it: Our reputation is somewhere between tow-truck drivers and used-car salesmen. I have always held myself to the highest moral and legal principles, and have been shocked by some of the unethical and dishonest conduct of opposing counsel. I don't know Stephen Glass, so I feel it would be inappropriate to comment on his rehabilitation from his earlier prevaricative ways.
OPINION
September 8, 2013
Re "Case dims for would-be lawyer," Sept. 5 If anyone wants a case of a government in disarray, the article about immigrant Sergio C. Garcia's 18-year wait for his green card to be granted should be a prime example. Living most of his life in California and passing the state bar exam on the first try should prove sufficient reason to qualify for a green card, especially since his application was approved long ago. What's really going on here? Oh, yes - there's always "disarray.
SPORTS
June 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Citing “a relentless flood of rumors, misinformation and false reports in the media,” the lawyer for embattled New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has issued an email defending his client. Attorney Michael K. Fee said in a widely distributed email that a “supposedly confirmed” report that an arrest warrant has been issued for Hernandez was “exposed as untrue.” Authorities have conducted several searches of Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass., as part of a homicide investigation, but they have not named the Patriots player as a suspect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014
Dr. Hans von Leden Treated voice ailments in entertainers, attorneys, ministers and politicians Dr. Hans von Leden, 95, an ear, nose and throat specialist who taught at UCLA and USC and treated voice disorders in singers, attorneys, teachers, politicians, pastors and other professionals, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. No cause was given. Known as a go-to doctor for entertainers stricken with laryngitis, Von Leden traveled to Las Vegas, Reno and elsewhere on short notice to relieve a singer's or actor's symptoms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Federal authorities tried to get the son of a high-ranking Los Angeles County sheriff's official to secretly record conversations with his father and then-Sheriff Lee Baca, according to the son's attorneys. This is the first indication that FBI agents tried to enlist deputies to record conversations with Baca as part of their ongoing investigation of inmate abuse and corruption inside the Sheriff's Department. Deputy James Sexton is one of seven current and former sheriff's officials who have been charged with obstructing the federal probe of the jails.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man recently named by Newsweek as the mysterious creator of bitcoin, has hired a law firm and issued a statement late Sunday night in what he says was an attempt to "clear my name. " The statement came in an email from Ethan D. Kirschner, a Los Angeles lawyer.  "This firm has been retained by Dorian S. Nakamoto, the subject of the recent Newsweek cover story on Bitcoin," Kirschner said in an email. "He has issued the attached prepared statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Veronica Mars," the movie, is just so Veronica Mars. The teenage private eye from the 2004-07 TV series starring Kristen Bell has grown up. But like fans of the show, a.k.a. marshmallows, it is quickly clear that while Veronica may have left her life in Neptune, Calif., behind, she hasn't moved on. Director Rob Thomas, creator of the prime-time show, and series executive producer Diane Ruggiero, finally do what they refused to do when "Veronica Mars" was canceled in 2007 - deliver a script that ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - This is not Robert Eatinger's first run through a full-blown CIA controversy. But it's his most public ordeal. For most of his career, few outside the world of espionage knew of Eatinger, 56, who has spent 22 years moving up the ranks to become the CIA's top lawyer. But in a scathing speech Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused him of trying to impede a Senate investigation into a notorious CIA detention and interrogation program that Eatinger had helped manage.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - A police officer left a shoe print - later apparently wiped off - on the door that is one of the most crucial exhibits in the murder trial of South African Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, defense attorney told Pretoria's high court Wednesday. Pistorius shot through the door when he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who had locked herself in a toilet off the bathroom in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. The broken door with four visible bullet holes stood in the courtroom Wednesday.
WORLD
December 10, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIRUT -- A prominent Syrian opposition activist lawyer, Razan Zeitouneh, and three of her colleagues have been kidnapped in a mostly rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus, according to fellow activists and media accounts Tuesday. Also Tuesday, relatives of a pair of Spanish journalists revealed that the reporter-photographer team had been kidnapped by Islamist rebels in northern Syria, adding to a string of abductions of journalists inside the war-torn nation. Kidnapping of Syrians and foreigners has become a common occurrence in rebel-held swaths of the country, where power is wielded by various armed groups, some linked to Al Qaeda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2012 | Sandy Banks
When Lindsay Lohan showed up for court on Thursday, the crowd was not as large as it has been for the actress - anticipating perhaps a resolution, rather than the sort of dramatic turn that's made her five-year legal saga as compelling as any TV reality show. The 25-year-old Lohan has been in and out of jail and rehab so many times, her story line seemed to arc toward failure. She blew off therapy and community service, ticked off counselors and judges. You never knew what to expect from her in the courtroom - a tearful plea, a pout, a fingernail painted with a vulgar taunt.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Don't ask Justin Bieber about Usher, Selena Gomez, where he's traveled, who works for him -- or pretty much anything. The 20-year-old pop star sat through a 4½-hour deposition last Thursday where he was grilled by a lawyer representing a paparazzo who claimed one of Bieber's bodyguards attacked him last year. Apparently, it didn't go so well. In video clips of the lengthy legal proceeding that surfaced online early Monday, Bieber appears annoyed and even bored by the line of questioning posed by the pap's attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Attorneys for Los Angeles have recommended that the City Council pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit over a car crash involving Councilman Jose Huizar, according to records and interviews. The payment stems from an incident in 2012, in which Huizar - driving a city-owned SUV - rear-ended a car driven by David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer. Humberto Guizar, Ceja's lawyer, described the payment as a compromise, saying that he could have "possibly gotten a seven-figure amount" had the case gone to trial.
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