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December 4, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- If he doesn't spend the rest of his life in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning wants go to college and perhaps run for public office, his lawyer, David E. Coombs, told supporters of the former Army intelligence analyst. Manning is accused of illegally giving hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and classified reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the website WikiLeaks. He faces 22 criminal charges and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. "He's confident things will turn out OK for him," Coombs said Monday, standing in a wooden pulpit in the All Souls Church Unitarian, in front of two large posters printed with Manning's photograph and the words "Free Bradley.
April 2, 2012 | By Paul Thornton
Every now and then, The Times publishes an article that draws all kinds of witty, funny and germane responses from our letter writers -- that probably won't get published on the space-constricted letters to the editor print page. Sandy Banks' column on Saturday sympathetic to actress Lindsay Lohan and her lawyer was one of those pieces. This isn't to say we never publish letters written in response to lighter, celebrity-focused news. But it is likely that given the weighty topics of the last few weeks (the Trayvon Martin shooting and healthcare reform in the Supreme Court, to name just two examples)
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.
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...
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.
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.
January 7, 2013 | By Tina Susman
An Ohio teenager videotaped laughing hysterically as he makes jokes for more than 12 minutes about the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl is "ashamed and embarrassed" but had nothing to do with the criminal case that has roiled his small town, an attorney said Monday. The attorney, Dennis McNamara, described himself as a spokesman for the family of the 18-year-old, identified only as Michael. Michael has not been charged with a crime, but his comments and cackling laughter have helped catapult the Steubenville, Ohio, case to national attention.
October 31, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A lawyer for 13-year-old boy who killed his neo-Nazi father blasted a judge's decision Thursday to place him in a state-run juvenile justice facility for a maximum of 10 years, criticizing not only the ruling - a "miscarriage of justice" - but also the "antiquated" process.  "She got it wrong, we knew she would get it wrong," attorney Punam Grewal said of Judge Jean P. Leonard's ruling shortly after it was announced. The boy had been found guilty of second-degree murder and using a gun while committing a felony - crimes that carried a sentence of 40 years to life in prison.
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.
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