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WORLD
July 17, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was in court Wednesday trying to reach a plea bargain -- an effort even his lawyer doubted would work. It's "a formality," the captain's lawyer said, according to an Associated Press report. "The prosecution will tell us 'no.' " Francesco Schettino piloted the Costa Concordia onto rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012. There were 4,000 passengers aboard the vessel; 32 passengers and crew were killed. In May, as the Los Angeles Times reported , Schettino was ordered to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
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NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Although his arguments in support of the healthcare law in the Supreme Court are over, and the nine justices will cast their initial votes in secret Friday, the public grilling of Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. doesn't look like it will end anytime soon. Verrilli, an accomplished lawyer who this week became known for his frequent pauses, awkward noises and lengthy water breaks during his defense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has been widely criticized for what some deemed a sub-par performance in the nation's highest court.
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.
WORLD
September 18, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least 10 other religious and political opposition figures were released from prison Wednesday with no explanation for the reprieve offered by the new government of President Hassan Rouhani. Sotoudeh had been separated from her two young children since drawing an 11-year sentence, later reduced to six years, for allegedly acting against national security and failing to wear an Islamic headscarf. She drew the wrath of the former government for defending women accused of violating Iran's strict morality laws and advocating for juveniles on death row. "I do not know on what basis they have released me," a stunned Sotoudeh told the Los Angeles Times just an hour after being driven to her Tehran home.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Tennessee and federal officials are investigating an explosion that killed a former lawyer and injured a woman after a package sent to his rural home exploded. In a televised news conference on Tuesday, officials including Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said they were offering an $8,000 reward for information about the blast, which occurred about 8 p.m. Monday near Lebanon, Tenn. “We are in preliminary stages in this investigation,” Bryan said. “There is limited information we can give.” “We have been here all night since yesterday, running leads,” said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
OPINION
January 24, 2014
Re "Defending Jahi's family," Opinion, Jan. 21 After reading the Op-Ed article by Christopher Dolan, the lawyer representing the family of brain-dead teenager Jahi McMath, it's easy to identify the true culprit in this sad case: Dolan himself. We can all sympathize with Jahi's family. What we do not care for is a lawyer who has given this poor family bad advice and prolonged their agony. This case has nothing to do with personal rights; it has everything to do with being honest with one's clients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain-dead last month after undergoing a complex tonsillectomy , is being given nutritional support, hormones and antibiotics to combat infections that grew as she “wasted away” at an Oakland hospital, the family's attorney said Monday. Children's Hospital Oakland released Jahi's body Sunday to the Alameda County coroner's office, which in turn transferred the body to a facility where she will receive “all of the healthcare that any human being should deserve to have," family attorney Christopher Dolan said at a news conference.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz 33 years ago Friday has suffered from hallucinations, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, his attorney said in the first court hearing since the man confessed to the killing. Pedro Hernandez, 51, sat silently, wearing an orange jumpsuit, his hands in cuffs behind his back. He did not appear in the Manhattan courtroom but appeared Friday night from New York's Bellevue Hospital via a video linkup to the courtroom. His lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, said Hernandez has "a long psychiatric history," and he asked the judge to approve a mental health examination for the defendant.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By James Oliphant
One of Herman Cain's accusers wants to be heard. Her lawyer told the Washington Post on Tuesday that she is ready to tell her side of the ongoing saga involving allegations of sexual harassment while Cain was head of the National Restaurant Assn. in the late 1990s. But, the lawyer, Joel Bennett, said the woman remains bound by the confidentiality agreement she signed as part of a settlement of her claim with the association. “It is just frustrating that Herman Cain is going around bad-mouthing the two complainants, and my client is blocked by a confidentiality agreement,” Bennett told the Post.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Dharun Ravi, charged with using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate during a sexual encounter in their Rutgers dorm room, is a man without hate, his lawyer argued Tuesday. Defense attorney Steven Altman presented the defense summation of the trial that has become a national symbol of the type of extreme bullying that gay-rights advocates say homosexuals sometimes face. The prosecution is scheduled to summarize its arguments later in the day, and the case could go to jury deliberation by Wednesday.
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