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Marine wants new charges in Iraq war crime tossed
Attorneys News | 2014/10/30 18:08
The Marine Corps should not be retrying a sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say.

Civilian defense attorney Chris Oprison said he has filed nine motions that he will present during a two-day hearing for Lawrence Hutchins III that starts Thursday at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, north of San Diego.

"We think all these charges should be dismissed," Oprison said. "What are they trying to get out of this Marine? He served seven years locked up, away from his wife and family. Why are they putting him through this again after he served that much time?"

The military prosecution declined to comment.

The Marine Corps ordered a retrial for Hutchins last year shortly after the ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces that found his rights were violated by interrogators in 2006 when he was detained in Iraq and held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for a week.

The new defense team is asking the judge to let them go to Iraq to interview witnesses in the village of Hamdania, where Hutchins led an eight-man squad accused of kidnapping an Iraqi man from his home in April 2006, marching him to a ditch and shooting him to death. Hutchins has said he thought the man was an insurgent.

Before his release, the Marine, from Plymouth, Massachusetts, had served seven years in the brig for one of the biggest war crime cases against U.S. troops to emerge from the war. None of the other seven squad members served more than 18 months.

The military last summer re-charged Hutchins. Among the charges is conspiracy to commit murder, which Oprison said is double jeopardy. Hutchins was convicted of murder at his original trial and acquitted of murder with premeditation.

Hutchins' defense attorneys also say the military compromised his case when its investigators raided defense attorneys' offices at Camp Pendleton in May. Oprison said investigators rifled through privileged files that held "the crown jewels" of Hutchins' defense case.


Trademark, Patent & Intellectual Property Rights
Attorneys News | 2014/10/28 21:23
Specializing only in guarding intellectual property rights for clients
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AB & Co provides supreme services concerning patents, industrial
designs, registration of trademarks, and other types of intellectual
property rights.

We are constantly conducting searches and giving assistances for
change of name and address, renewals, recordal of licenses, and
amendments.


Court takes up hear religious bias case over hijab
Attorneys News | 2014/10/03 16:20
The Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf conflicted with the company's dress code, which the clothing chain has since changed.

The justices agreed to hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court decision that ruled the New Albany, Ohio-based company did not discriminate because the job applicant did not specifically say she needed a religious accommodation.

At issue is how employers must deal with laws that require them to make allowances for a worker's religious practices, as long as doing so does not cause the business too much hardship.

A federal judge initially sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sued on behalf of Samantha Elauf. The agency alleged Elauf wasn't hired at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, store because her hijab violated Abercrombie's "look policy," described at the time as a "classic East Coast collegiate style."

But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision. The appeals court said Elauf never directly informed her interviewer she needed a religious accommodation, even though she was wearing the headscarf during her interview.


Massachusetts Eviction Attorney – Law Office of Alan Segal
Attorneys News | 2014/08/28 18:47
Landlord and Tenant relationships have a tendency to be complicated and challenging when it comes to Massachusetts Laws. Failure to properly notify tenants of late rent or other issues will result in the dismissal of an eviction case and the whole process must begin again. A Massachusetts Attorney must represent a Corporate Landlord as they cannot use an employee or agent in Eviction Proceedings.

The Massachusetts Eviction Attorneys at our firm have represented a number of Landlord and Tenants for many years. We’ve covered the entire State of Massachusetts and look forward to assisting you.

Massachusetts Eviction Process

November 8, 2004: Massachusetts Law providing important rights to tenants facing eviction/have been evicted has went into effect. A Massachusetts Eviction lawyer can help with most aspects of the Massachusetts eviction process.

Understand this law to ensure your property is protected and stored where you want it to be stored. The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute has created a booklet answering basic questions about the new eviction storage law. Learn more on how a Massachusetts eviction attorney can help you by visiting our evictions page.

Contact our Massachusetts Eviction Lawyers today for legal assistance with a Massachusetts Eviction Process.


Court considers if executioners can be named
Attorneys News | 2014/08/13 22:08
A Tennessee appeals court is considering whether 10 death row inmates have the right to know about the drugs that will be used in their executions and whether their lawyers can get the names of the people who will kill them.

The Tennessean reports that the state Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit brought by the inmates. They sued after the legislature passed a law that keeps details about lethal injection secret.

Lawyers for the state argued that a Nashville judge overstepped her authority when she ordered officials to turn over the names of the execution team to the attorneys for the condemned prisoners. The lower court ruled the names must be released but said neither the public nor the inmates could have them.

"We are here today because for the first time in the history of lethal injection in the state of Tennessee a court has ordered the state to disclose the identities of those people who are involved in the lethal injection process," said Special Assistant Attorney General Kyle Hixson said. "This is an abuse of discretion."

Assistant federal public defender Stephen Kissinger, who represents some of the inmates, argued that there's no "executioner's privilege" that would stop the state from releasing the identities of the execution team in a court case because they would be sealed.

He said a ruling that would allow the state to keep such information secret would have far-reaching implications.


Houston Texas Personal Injury Lawyers - Salazar Firm
Attorneys News | 2014/07/16 17:43
Accidents are always occurring, and this means that personal injuries of all kinds, including automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, defective product accidents, medical malpractice, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, and wrongful death, are happening every day. When victims or the families of victims contact the Salazar Law Firm, they are extremely traumatized and looking for someone who will bring justice to the situation. Often they or their loved one’s have been hurt because of another’s negligence or carelessness. We aggressively pursue compensation from these responsible parties to get our clients their deserved compensation.

You can find pages on our website that provide details on the following Personal Injury subcategories:

18-Wheeler Accidents
Auto Accidents & Insurance Claims
Catastrophic Injury
Class Actions
Motorcycle Accidents
Product Liability
Wrongful Death

Personal injuries are extremely stressful for victims and their families. Both victims with major and minor injuries are going to have many questions when trying to get compensation for their accident. Our attorneys can guide you during this difficult time and hold the right parties responsible for damages done to you. Call today to set up a free consultation with our Houston personal injury team.


DiRusso & DiRusso - Surry County Worker's Compensation Lawyers
Attorneys News | 2014/06/10 19:48
From the moment an employee is injured, there are time limits for both the employee and employer. Employers must make certain reports to the court system for North Carolina Worker's Compensation case, Industrial Commission. Employer reports do not satisfy the reporting obligations of the employee or extend the time limit for the employee to make his claim.

Under certain circumstances, an injured employee may report their injury to their employer and even be paid for time missed from work. If the employee does not make the proper filing with the Industrial Commssion, the employee's claim can be dismissed and they will receive no further benefits.

It is critical to know what benefits to demand. An injured worker is entitled to numerous benefits, unfortunately it is not the employer's obligation to advise their injured employee of these benefits. At DiRusso & DiRusso, we offer free consultations with attorneys who practice Worker's Compensation.

If you're in need of a Surry County Worker's Compensation Lawyer, contact DiRusso & DiRusso today.


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