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Jacques Verges dies at 88; lawyer nicknamed 'Devil's advocate'








Lawyer: Gang Forced Women to Carry Drugs in Peru






The court in the northeastern city of Kinsangani also convicted them of spying for Norway because they were carrying military ID cards at the time. They have denied the charges and the Norwegian government has denied that the men were spies. Moland, who grew up in Vegardshei in southern Norway, worked for the Norwegian military until 2007. After that, he and French went on to work for private security companies in Africa, according to Norwegian daily Aftenposten. Among other things, they helped companies keep their ships secure off Somalia's coast. Graasvold said the two were in Congo in 2009 to do research for a potential start-up of an event company that would arrange extreme tourism holidays. They had hired Kasongo as their driver after their motorbike broke down while traveling through the rainforest in eastern Congo. They have consistently denied the charges against them, saying they are innocent and were ambushed by gunmen. The British charity organization Reprieve, which has assisted French's legal team, has sharply criticized the conviction of the two, pointing out there was no physical evidence against the men and that two people were paid to testify against them. Graasvold said he was last in contact with Moland about a week ago and wasn't notified he had any health problems then.
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Lawyer: Penn State reaches first settlement in Jerry Sandusky victim suits




Sandusky faces the cameras as he is led to a sheriff

Verges died of cardiac arrest Thursday in the Paris bedroom of Voltaire, the Enlightenment philosopher famed for his attacks on the establishment, according to Pierre-Guillaume de Roux, the editor of Verges' memoir "My Confessions." He had been invited to the apartment for dinner by a friend who is the current owner, De Roux said. Celebrated and excoriated, Verges already had a reputation as an acerbic attorney ready for the lost cause when he stepped up to defend Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo captain who directed a campaign of torture and death in the south of France and was ultimately convicted of crimes against humanity in 1987 in Lyon, France. He was later a lawyer for Paul Touvier, a Frenchman who was Barbie's aide in execution and was also convicted of crimes against humanity. "I would have defended Hitler," Verges once said. "Defending doesn't mean excusing. A lawyer doesn't judge, doesn't condemn, doesn't acquit. He tries to understand." Verges likewise lost the case against Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan terrorist who kidnapped 11 OPEC oil ministers in 1975 and led a series of bombings and shootings in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Liam Gallagher hires Paul McCartney's divorce lawyer: report






In the latest twist, A-Rod's new lawyer, the infamous Joseph Tacopina , told the New York Times that the New York Yankees went out of their way to mislead Rodriguez about his hip injury last season with the intention of making A-Rod look foolish on the field and potentially inflict further damage to the hip. From the New York Times: During the 2012 playoffs, Tacopina said, the Yankees hid from Rodriguez that a magnetic resonance imaging test had revealed that he had a torn labrum essentially a hole in his hip and continued to play him, even though he was struggling mightily. They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer, Tacopina said. I will agree that A-Rod looked like a player that had no business being on the field at many points during the postseason. Where that fault lies though is something we don't truly know, but Tacopina may not stop talking until we buy his side of the story. Rodriguez learned the extent of his injuries in the off-season, and the Yankees sent him to Dr. Bryan T. Kelly, a prominent surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
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A-Rod?s lawyer says Yankees were misleading about injuries, made him look finished as player






Attorney Peter Madden says Michaela McCollum was "kidnapped," held at gunpoint and forced to travel to Peru. Madden told reporters the young Scottish woman, Melissa Reid, arrested with his client was similarly threatened by up to 14 men with guns. Madden said McCollum was not offered any money. The women disappeared while working on the Spanish island of Ibiza. They claim they were robbed of passports and phones and followed as they traveled on separate flights to Peru. Peruvian police said they were carrying 24 pounds of cocaine when arrested Aug. 6 at Lima's airport. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
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Lawyer reinstated 16 years after offence






The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that the young man known as "Victim 5," who testified at Sandusky's criminal trial last year, settled for several million dollars. Attorney Tom Kline confirmed the deal in an email to The Associated Press but did not immediately provide any other details. The man identified himself for his testimony, but AP generally does not identify people who were victims of sex crimes. The paper reported the deal is the first of 26 settlements expected soon among 31 young men who have pressed claims over the actions of Sandusky. The Inquirer said it had interviewed Kline on Friday along with Michael Rozen, one of the lawyers brought in by Penn State to resolve the civil claims. Rozen told the paper that Victim 5's case was considered to be more serious than others because his abuse occurred in August 2001, months after top school officials were informed by a graduate assistant that he saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a team shower. "The pivotal issue from the university's perspective in dealing with the victims is where the incident occurred and when it occurred proximate to the 2001 shower incident," Rozen told the paper.
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Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola arrives at the courthouse Friday. After the conviction, Amendola announced plans to appeal despite the mountain of convictions against his client. Judge John Cleland walks into the courthouse. Once the jury reached its decision, he revoked Sandusky's bail and ordered his arrest. Prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III, second from left, and the rest of his prosecution team arrive at the courthouse Friday. A crowd gathers outside the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, to await the Sandusky verdict. Sandusky faces the cameras as he is led to a sheriff's vehicle in handcuffs after the reading of the verdict. Sandusky is put into a police car.
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Lawyer named as New Mexico's securities regulator






The former Oasis star hit headlines last month when it emerged he is locked in a court battle with an American journalist who claims he fathered her young daughter. Neither Gallagher nor his wife, former All Saints star Nicole Appleton, have commented on the scandal, but their marriage seems to be heading to an end after Gallagher hired Fiona Shackleton, the lawyer behind a string of celebrity divorces. A source tells The Sun, "Hiring Fiona Shackleton is a huge statement of intent from Liam. Divorce had been mentioned but until now nobody knew he would actually go through with it. Now the wheels are in motion. "Nicole will be devastated. Shackleton is one of the best. She is incredibly shrewd in the courtroom. On top of that, she represented Liam's all-time hero Paul McCartney. There is every chance this could turn nasty and it looks like Liam will not be giving up his massive fortune easily." Shackleton helped McCartney keep most of his estimated $800 million fortune intact when his second wife Mills was awarded $36.4 million in 2008.
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Swiss Lawyer Pleads Guilty, Helps in U.S. Tax Probe






(AP) An Albuquerque lawyer has been named by Gov. Susana Martinez to serve as New Mexico's top securities regulator. The governor's office announced Friday the appointment of Alan Wilson as director of the Securities Division in the Regulation and Licensing Department . Wilson replaces Daniel Tanaka , who resigned earlier this year. Wilson operated a private law practice. He received a law degree from the University of New Mexico . The agency licenses broker-dealers and investment advisers and investigates securities fraud.
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As a condition of the reinstatement, Mr Kang promised that he would attend conferences and workshops to ensure his competence as a lawyer after his long hiatus. He was struck off the roll in 1997 after he was convicted of seeking a bribe in exchange for a confession. Two years before, he had represented drug trafficker Hartej Singh, who was sentenced to hang. On the eve of the execution, Singh signed a confession exonerating his accomplice. At the prison gate, Mr Kang told the accomplice's son his client's instructions: The confession will be handed over when $100,000 was paid to Singh's family. The two men were eventually hanged. In December 1995, Mr Kang was convicted on one count of corruption and jailed five months. The sentence was later increased to a year's jail. In 2007, he tried to get reinstated. The Attorney-General opposed the application and the court turned it down, noting he had been convicted of a very serious offence while doing his duty as a lawyer. On Monday, represented by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, he made his second attempt. This time, neither the Law Society nor the Attorney-General objected. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories. Become a fan on Facebook
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Lawyer says first settlement in Jerry Sandusky case has been reached




Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry

Paltzer is cooperating with U.S. authorities in their broader investigation of how foreign banks and advisers helped American clients evade taxes, his lawyer, Thomas Ostrander, said. His cooperation is complete and without any limitation, Ostrander said outside of court. He very quickly made a decision to face these charges and come to the U.S. Paltzers assistance offers investigators a rare inside look at how Swiss bankers and advisers used sham trusts and corporations and moved cash and jewelry across borders to hide their assets from the IRS. Since 2008, the U.S. has charged at least 90 people in a crackdown on offshore tax evasion , including two dozen bankers, lawyers and advisers. Paltzer admitted that from 2000 to 2012 he acted as a financial intermediary, helping U.S. taxpayers escape taxes on worldwide income.
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