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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.
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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.
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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Amanda Bynes has been popping up recently on social media looking pretty good, and now her lawyer is speaking out to deny a mental-health rumor reported during her struggles last year.  "For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it," the actress-turned-fashion student's lawyer told People on Wednesday. Bynes was hospitalized on a 72-hour psychiatric hold last summer after setting a small fire in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks home, then stayed in treatment for months afterward.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The deteriorating condition of a West Hollywood lawyer diagnosed with meningitis earlier this week heightened concerns by local officials about the possible spread of the disease. [For the record, 11:46 p.m. April 12: An earlier version of this article, quoting West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran, incorrectly reported that a man who had contracted meningitis had died. A family spokeswoman said the man, Brett Shaad, has been declared brain dead but remained on life support Friday night.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
The woman who has accused Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar of engaging in sexual harassment filed a lawsuit Tuesday to keep the city from forcing her to provide testimony for a special committee investigating her harassment claims. Michael Eisenberg, the lawyer for former Huizar aide Francine Godoy, said his client received a subpoena last week instructing her to appear as part of an inquiry by the Special Committee on Investigative Oversight, a five-member panel convened last summer in response to her discrimination and sexual harassment complaint.
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