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Lawyer: Amanda Knox won't return to Italy for new trial

Ruling on Top Lawyer Adds to NLRB Questions

In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the slaying of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, where they were students. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. The new appeals trial begins in Florence on Sept. 30. Florence daily La Nazione quoted lawyer Luciano Ghirga Saturday as saying he recently met with Knox and fellow defense team members in the U.S., and that the American confirmed what her lawyers said right after the supreme court ruling -- she won't return to Italy for the new trial. Back in June, Italy's high court faulted the appeals court that acquitted Knox , saying its ruling was full of "deficiencies, contradictions and illogical" conclusions and ordering the new appeals court to look at all the evidence to determine whether Knox helped kill the teen. Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were initially convicted and sentenced to long prison terms, but a Perugia appeals court acquitted them in 2011, criticizing virtually the entire case mounted by prosecutors. The appellate court noted that the murder weapon was never found, said that DNA tests were faulty and that prosecutors provided no murder motive.
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Bayoumy and Shater went on trial alongside Badie on Sunday. FALSE TEETH KNOCKED OUT Gharib said 70-year-old Badie, a veterinarian by profession, had his false teeth knocked out during his arrest last week and does not have access to his blood pressure medication in jail. "Badie had his place of residence ... raided and was beaten and insulted with language insulting his mother and father and their honor," said Gharib. Pictures issued of Badie soon after his arrest last week did not appear to show serious injuries. More than 900 people, including about 100 soldiers and police, have been killed since security forces broke up two pro-Mursi protest camps on August 14. Brotherhood supporters say the real death toll is far higher and among those killed was Badie's son, Ammar, a 38-year-old computer engineer. Gharib accused the prosecution of investigating the victims instead of the perpetrators. He said prosecutors had also failed to present credible evidence to the defense team. "Justice has been turned upside down," he said. "The real victims are being hauled to jails and accused of inciting killing though (Badie's) own son has been killed." The state accuses the Brotherhood of "terrorism" and subversion. Police stations and churches across Egypt have come under attack from what the state says are Islamist assailants. Charges against Badie and his aides include incitement to violence in connection with anti-Brotherhood protests before Mursi's overthrow. The Brotherhood says it does not condone violence.
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The object they were seeking as quickly as possible was the prevention of the police going through this material and they havent achieved that, said Cathryn McGahey, a London lawyer who has handled civil liberties cases. She noted that the government often has the upper hand in preliminary hearings if it can argue that national security is at stake. Once youve got a reputable state entity saying that, its extremely hard for the court to go behind it, McGahey said. Even if a future court hearing finds that Miranda was detained improperly or that his documents must be returned, the government would still have had the chance to peek at whats inside something his lawyers had described as a blow to journalistic integrity. Confidentiality, once lost, can clearly never be restored, attorney Gwendolen Morgan said in a statement before the hearing. Greenwald had said earlier this week that Mirandas documents were protected by very advanced and heavy forms of encryption software that scrambles data so its unreadable by anyone without a digital key. Laidlaw, the government attorney, didnt explicitly contradict that, but his comment Thursday that police were already partway through the material suggested that British authorities had managed to read the files regardless. The Guardian declined to comment on the encryption issue. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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Lawyer sought in deputy dispute

Obama would welcome a higher court striking down Mr. Solomons appointment. They are already hoping a pending Supreme Court decision will back several lower court rulings that found Mr. Obama unlawfully installed three members to the board last year when the Senate was on a break, a move that could upend hundreds of board decisions made since then . We are once again confronted with a situation where an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board has been found to be unlawful, said Fred Wszolek, a spokesman for the Workforce Fairness Institute, which has accused the NLRB of favoring unions over employers in recent years. The question this time is whether the federal agency will honor the courts decision or ignore it as has been the case in the past? Judge Settles decision was a result of an NLRB complaint filed on behalf of a union against Kitsap Tenant Support Services Inc. of Bremerton, Wash. Kitsap filed a motion to dismiss, contending that the board lacked power to act because Mr.Obamas board appointments last year were made unlawfully without Senate approval. The court agreed and said that without a validly issued complaint, an NLRB regional director had lacked the power to file for an injunction against the company. But the regional director argued that even if the board did lack authority, Mr.
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Real Housewives star Taylor Armstrong is engaged to lawyer John Bluher... two years after the suicide of her former husband

Happy news: The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong said

Tax lawyer Edgar Paltzer used French master Charles-Francois Daubigny's 1862 work "La gardeuse de chevres" (The goat herder) to pay part of his $2 million bail in New York, where he has been detained since April on tax fraud charges. "To escape from the claws of American justice and see their families, some Swiss bankers remortgage their homes or seek help from relatives. Zurich lawyer Edgar Paltzer provided a nineteenth century canvas," reported Swiss newspaper Le Matin. The bail conditions allow the lawyer to leave the United States and return to Switzerland as long as he agrees not to fight any future extradition order. Daubigny was one of the painters of the Barbizon school, seen as an important precursor to the Impressionist movement. The painting was estimated to be worth between $450,000 and $500,000 by an independent expert. Paltzer has admitted to helping clients with Swiss bank accounts avoid tax as a former partner in Swiss law firm Niederer Kraft & Frey, and said he was ready to cooperate with the US authorities to reduce any future sentence. noo/jom/jmm
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Lawyer: UK has launched criminal inquiry into NSA leaks, is ?partway through? seized material

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Read Full Article (16) Driver in Racine County hits pole, downing power line, blocking road By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 25, 2013 10:27 a.m. |Sun Aug 25 08:27:04 PDT 2013 A highway in Racine County was closed for several hours Sunday morning after a Raymond teenager crashed a car into a telephone pole and downed a We Energies power line. The crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday. Read Full Article Motorcyclist killed in crash in Jefferson County By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 25, 2013 10:22 a.m. |Sun Aug 25 08:22:05 PDT 2013 A 35-year-old Jefferson man died in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in his hometown. Elias J. Stollenwerk was riding north on Highway Y just north of Will Road on a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle shortly after 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he lost control around a curve, according to a news release by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Read Full Article Several Brown Deer residents homeless after apartment fire By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 25, 2013 9:52 a.m.
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Ronald Motley, lawyer who led tobacco lawsuits, dies at 68

(AP) A defense lawyer is trying to win the freedom of a popular Birmingham-area youth evangelist following his second arrest on a charge of trying to impersonate police. Attorney Daniel Boman tells WBRC-TV ( ) he's asking a court to reinstate probation for Matt Pitt , who is now jailed in Shelby County. The 30-year-old Pitt was arrested this week after a judge revoked his probation from a case last year. Pitt pleaded guilty in 2012 to trying to impersonate a police officer, and he was charged with the same offense this summer. Pitt gave a rambling TV interview before police say he fled officers and jumped off a 45-foot cliff in Birmingham. Pitt started a ministry called "The Basement" in 2004, and it grew into one of the nation's largest youth ministries.
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Lawyer trying to free pastor from jail

Happy news: Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong said 'Yes' to her lawyer turned boyfriend John Bluher on Thursday in Mexico, the couple are pictured here in February The lawyer made sure to make the night perfect, celebrating at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, which is a very special place for the pair. John said: 'The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is where we fell in love, it was the perfect choice for this wonderful occasion.' Lucky lady: John proposed at sunset in a giant tent on the water's edge outside the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, where he said they 'fell in love' originally To make the night even more special, John surprised Taylor by lining the path down the beach with rose petals which lead to stunning white tent filled with pillows on the water's edge. Before he got down on one knee Us reports John grandly popped a bottle of Veuve Grand Dame champagne on sunset. When the romance of the location had set in, the lawyer then asked the all important question to which he got a resounding 'Yes'. 'Taylor was beautiful and never stopped smiling! It was an amazing evening, a ten all round,' he told Us. For the big night John wore all white while Taylor dazzled in a floor length blue gown. After getting the answer he was looking for the website reports John lead his bride-to-be back up to the resort where they enjoyed a mini engagement party - a lavish dinner with wine pairings. No doubt Taylor spent most of the night starring at her new accessory, a gold and diamond engagement ring designed by Ari Soffer. The pair have yet to set a wedding date.
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Swiss lawyer uses $500,000 artwork to post bail


Motley, a South Carolina lawyer who spearheaded lawsuits against tobacco companies that led them to agree to pay $246 billion in the biggest civil settlement in US history, has died. He died Thursday at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C., at 68, Don Migliori, a partner in his law firm, said in an interview. The cause was complications of organ failure, he said. Mr. Motley pioneered the development of mass tort litigation to sue tobacco makers in the 1990s, such as Altria Group Inc.s Philip Morris unit and companies that sold asbestos-laden building products, such as Johns Manville Corp. He recovered billions of dollars for workers and consumers who blamed the manufacturers products for their illnesses. Ron Motley changed the playing field for individuals seeking to hold companies accountable in this country, said Richard Harpootlian, a plaintiffs lawyer who had known Mr. Motley for 38 years. He may well have been the best trial lawyer of his generation. The son of a gas station owner in North Charleston, S.C., Mr. Motley became one of the countrys most feared plaintiff lawyers.
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