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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.
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WORLD
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.
OPINION
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...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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!
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The hospital where a patient vanished and was discovered dead in a stairwell 17 days later told the San Francisco Sheriff's Department that a woman had been spotted there four days before the patient's body was found, the lawyer for the woman's family said Thursday. Haig Harris, who is representing the children of Lynne Spalding , 57, said a medical official from San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center told him Thursday that an unidentified man was on the emergency exterior stairwell shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 4, banging on a fifth-floor door to be let in. A senior hospital employee heard the noise and opened the door, which locks from the outside, Harris said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 ?
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.
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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.
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