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March 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Jose Padilla, the American arrested in an alleged Al Qaeda plot to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb," was allowed to meet with lawyers Wednesday for the first time in nearly two years. The U.S. government has designated Padilla an "enemy combatant," meaning he can be held indefinitely without access to lawyers. But the government relented last month, just days before the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear his case. Donna R.
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February 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
An American citizen held incommunicado by the military for more than a year as an alleged Al Qaeda supporter will be allowed to see a lawyer, the Pentagon said Wednesday. But one of Jose Padilla's lawyers says the government plans to monitor any meetings at the Navy brig in Charleston, S.C. That arrangement "would make it impossible to have an attorney-client conversation," said lawyer Andrew Patel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2004 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
A mission for the homeless, a legal aid group and the Los Angeles Police Department have each received a portion of the $250,000 that owners of a troubled skid row hotel paid to settle the city's lawsuit against it. The money was paid by the Frontier Hotel, a single-room-occupancy hotel that, according to police, had long been the site of drug activity. In 2002, the city filed a lawsuit against the owners, attempting to encourage them to curb drug-related activity at the hotel.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2003 | Michael Hiltzik
California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's warning to Gray Davis this summer to avoid what he labeled "puke politics" struck a memorable blow on behalf of integrity in public discourse. One can only wonder if Lockyer has as sensitive an eye for what might be termed "puke businesses." The thought arises because of Lockyer's relationship with an outfit called Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2003 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
UCLA law student Addie Rolnick has spent the past 18 months working with Inupiat Eskimos in Alaska, drafting laws and setting up a children's court system there. Her classmate John S. Brown has clerked for the Hopi Supreme Court in Arizona, researching the Hopi Common Law, preparing memoranda and writing draft opinions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The head of the Legal Aid Society in Orange County will receive a top state bar award Friday at the bar's annual meeting in Anaheim. Robert J. Cohen, 56, will receive the Loren Miller Legal Services award, presented to someone who has done significant work to extend legal services to those who couldn't pay. Cohen helped create a network of legal services for senior citizens and draft programs to fund legal services for low-income residents. He also spearheaded the use of self-help legal kiosks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers Bob Miller and Rob Carlson struggled as they tacked insulation onto a wall inside the two-story house in Watts. Downstairs, their law partner, Beverly Tiffany, pulled shreds of fiberglass and stuffed it around wooden window frames. Another colleague, Derek Roth, was on top of the house next door, framing the pitched roof. They were among two dozen members of the Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker law firm who spent Saturday hammering siding onto outside walls and installing insulation.
WORLD
July 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of Kenyan women who claim that they were attacked and raped by British soldiers were granted government legal aid to pursue a class-action suit against the Defense Ministry. The 650 women say they were the victims of routine attacks, including gang rapes, by troops stationed in Kenya over a 30-year period beginning in 1972. Martyn Day, their British lawyer, said he has documentary evidence that British commanding officers in Kenya failed to investigate.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2003 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The nation's second largest program of legal aid for poor people narrowly survived a challenge from conservative activists Wednesday, thanks to a 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court. The decision was greeted with relief by lawyers who represent victims of domestic abuse, children in foster care, elderly consumers who have been defrauded and others who are too poor to afford legal representation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
For Ventura County Public Defender Kenneth I. Clayman, March 18, 1963, is a momentous date -- right up there with his wedding anniversary. Clayman, 61, is so passionate about it, in fact, that last week he persuaded county leaders to proclaim today "Gideon Day in Ventura County." The title refers to the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon vs.
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