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Sep 26, 2012

Perjury charges stand in 2 Penn State cases

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A judge on Wednesday upheld perjury charges against two Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury that investigated allegations ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children. Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover ruled against the motions by former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley that would […]

Aug 15, 2012

City gets more per tow

Baltimore’s spending panel on Wednesday approved $1.8 million in new contracts with local tow truck companies as part of a continuing overhaul of police-ordered towing services in the wake of a recent scandal. The Board of Estimates voted to approve the contracts and rejected a series of protests by towing companies passed over for the […]

Jul 12, 2012

Report: Penn St. officials concealed sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA — Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing the former assistant football coach to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing report issued Thursday on the scandal. “Our most saddening and sobering […]

Jul 9, 2012

Glass ceiling?

For many journalists, making the transition into a law career is an easy, if not common one. That is, unless you are disgraced former reporter Stephen Glass. Glass made waves in the media world in 1998 after it was discovered that 42 of the articles he had written for The New Republic in two years […]

Jun 12, 2012

Lawyer gets tattooed at disciplinary hearing

Pro tip for lawyers: Don’t tell anyone about college football players trading football memorabilia for tattoos. Well, at least not if you heard the gossip during a client meeting. Ohio attorney Christopher Cicero will lose his law license for six months, an Ohio Supreme Court disciplinary board ruled this week. Cicero sent emails to former Ohio […]

Apr 20, 2012

Lawyer: News Corp. suits nearly double to 100+

LONDON — Nearly 50 new phone hacking lawsuits have been filed against Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company, a lawyer said Friday, including ones by singer James Blunt, soccer star Wayne Rooney and Cherie Blair, the wife of Britain’s former prime minister. The 46 new claimants in the second wave of legal action sent the total […]

Apr 19, 2012

Murdochs to appear at U.K. media ethics inquiry

LONDON — Britain’s media ethics inquiry said Thursday it will hear testimony from News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son James next week, as officers arrested three people in the investigation of corrupt ties between the British police and the press. The Murdochs have been at the hub of the long-running phone hacking scandal, […]

Apr 19, 2012

Ex-mayor Dixon to be roasted for charity

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, who resigned in 2010 amid scandal, will be teased and insulted — all for charity. Dixon will be the butt of jokes at a roast Thursday night at The Comedy Factory. The event will be moderated by Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck and feature DJ Kirk McEwen, radio host Marc […]

Apr 16, 2012

Law blog roundup

Welcome to Monday. I hope you do not find the day too taxing. Here are a few news items to take into account. — English litigator in phone-hacking case had working-class upbringing. — Byrd the bailiff has been Judge Judy’s loyal sidekick since the beginning. — Texas Supreme Court’s “shifting sands” decision draws criticism. — […]

Feb 26, 2012

1 officer convicted, 1 pleads guilty in towing scandal

Baltimore Police Officer Samuel Ocasio was convicted Thursday for his part in a wide-ranging towing scheme in the city that could land him behind bars for 25 years. Ocasio, 36, of Edgewood, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Baltimore of conspiracy to commit extortion and committing extortion under color of official […]

Jan 16, 2012

Editor: Hacking might have occurred at 2nd tabloid

LONDON — The editor of Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper told a media ethics inquiry Monday it is possible illegal phone hacking took place at the tabloid, which was edited for almost a decade by CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan. The editor of sister title the Sunday Mirror told the same tribunal that she couldn’t be […]

Dec 13, 2011

Lawyers air longterm phone-hacking suspicions

LONDON — Witnesses continued to chip away at News International’s claims that it didn’t know phone hacking was widespread at its News of the World tabloid, with a former legal advisor for the company testifying Tuesday that he knew years ago the company’s defense would not stand up. Julian Pike, an independent legal adviser who […]

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