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December 17, 2010 | By Kim Christensen, Hector Becerra and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Eric T. Fresch is Vernon's million-dollar man, a lawyer and former administrator who is not only one of the nation's highest paid public officials ever, but one of the least known. No photos of Fresch hang in City Hall, and his image cannot be found on the Internet. Until recently, his name rarely appeared in print. He's not a familiar figure even in Vernon, where he has raked in $7.5 million in salary and fees since 2005, routinely flying down to the small southeast Los Angeles County city from his Marin County home on Mondays and back on Wednesdays ?
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
In the world of criminals and the law, it is every felon's last plea: It's not my fault that I'm in jail, my lawyer messed up. Sometimes, the courts even agree. In Connecticut, a judge ruled in a famous murder case that celebrity lawyer Michael Sherman was ineffective in presenting a viable defense for Michael Skakel. Judge Thomas Bishop ordered a retrial of the Kennedy relative in the 1975 death of Greenwich, Conn., teenager Martha Moxley. The decision was released  Wednesday.
November 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden's offer to testify in Germany about controversial U.S. surveillance programs drew a swift warning from the Kremlin on Friday that he would lose his Russian asylum if he travels abroad or discloses U.S. intelligence secrets while in Russia. In an open letter made public Friday in Berlin by a German lawmaker, Snowden alluded to "the difficulties of this humanitarian situation," referring to the conditions of his Russian protection from U.S. extradition requests.
July 10, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The lawyer for a group of Los Angeles residents suing to redraw year-old boundaries for 15 City Council districts on Wednesday accused two top elected officials - including newly installed Mayor Eric Garcetti - of violating federal voting rights law when the maps were developed. Attorney Leo Terrell sent a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder alleging that Council President Herb Wesson and then-Councilman Garcetti created the maps in a way that benefited "certain politicians" while disenfranchising the public.
April 21, 2011
The Human Rights Campaign has been a powerful force for the rights of gays and lesbians, but the organization has stumbled in objecting to the hiring of a former solicitor general to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The tradition of lawyers defending unpopular or controversial clients is an honorable one. DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and permits states to refuse to honor same-sex marriages...
February 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
When Alex Collins, a star running back at South Plantation High in Florida, decided to sign a letter of intent to go to Arkansas during National Signing Day on Wednesday, his mother, Andrea McDonald, was unhappy. She was so unhappy, she took the letter of intent away and left the house. She wanted her son to go to Miami so he could stay close to her. Eventually, Collins' father, Johnny Collins, stepped in, and Alex Collins signed and faxed his letter intent to Arkansas on Thursday.
October 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
The ground service worker charged with setting off two dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport, causing a massive security response, initially removed the cooling agent from a plane cargo bay out of concern that it could harm a dog that was being loaded for transport, his lawyer said. Dicarlo Bennett on Thursday pleaded not guilty to two charges of possession of a destructive device in a public place in connection with the dry ice bombs that exploded in a Terminal 2 toilet and on the tarmac outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal earlier this week.
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.
July 20, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Jordan Hill has not picked a team for next season, but the unrestricted free agent has already selected one of the most high-powered attorneys in the sports world: Rusty Hardin Jr. The Houston-based lawyer successfully represented Roger Clemens in his perjury trial and is defending Adrian Peterson against allegations that the Minnesota Vikings running back shoved a police officer at a nightclub. Hardin is scheduled to appear in a Houston courtroom Tuesday to represent Hill, the Lakers power forward who faces third-degree felony assault charges after allegedly choking a former girlfriend in February when Hill played for the Houston Rockets.
August 16, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
We knew the courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung would be epic, but who could have guessed it would be so entertaining? On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wondered aloud if one of Apple's lawyers was smoking crack. The judge was not concerned about his health, but rather frustrated over Apple's submission of a 75-page briefing that outlined more than 20 additional witnesses Apple planned to call in the four hours it had left before the jury.  "I mean come on. Seventy-five pages!
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