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Defense lawyers: Racism has played a role in policing

Jul. 2, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Racism has played a role in policing in New Hampshire and law enforcement would benefit from training and policy changes as a necessary first step to treat people as human beings rather than “presumptively dangerous potential," a criminal defense lawyers group said in testimony...

Turkish lawyers protest draft bill on bar associations

Jun. 30, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Thousands of lawyers gathered outside Istanbul’s main courthouse Tuesday to protest a ruling party-proposed bill that would amend Turkish laws on attorneys and bar associations, changes the protesters allege is intended to silence lawyers with views that run counter to the...

Feds indict New Orleans city councilman, another attorney

Jun. 26, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment Friday against New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams and an attorney in his law firm on tax fraud charges. Williams is accused of inflating his business expenses from 2013 to 2017 in order to reduce his tax liability by...

Nebraska Supreme Court disbars lawyer found with cocaine

Jun. 26, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A western Nebraska attorney accused of accepting cocaine as payment for legal services has been disbarred. The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday issued the notice of disbarment for Jon Worthman, 52. Worthman was arrested in January after a law enforcement informant sold him about an...

Brown U. students claim fraud, want cut sports restored

Jun. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

Lawyers for a group of Brown University athletes whose sports have been targeted for elimination are accusing the Ivy League school of fraud for working secretly on a plan to cut the programs without telling the players their varsity careers were in jeopardy. In a letter to Brown President Christina Paxson,...

Lawyers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of coronavirus, as one holds a placard that reads

Turkey allows top lawyers to march, ending standoff

Jun. 23, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Tuesday allowed a group of top lawyers to continue a symbolic march into the capital of Ankara, ending a more than 24-hour standoff between the lawyers and police. The heads of some 60 regional bar associations in Turkey embarked on a march to Ankara wearing...

The heads of several Turkish lawyers' associations stage a sit-in demonstration after police blocked the group from marching to the capital, Ankara, Turkey, Monday, June 22, 2020. The heads of Bar Associations from various cities embarked on a march to Ankara last week in their robes to protest government plans to amend laws regulating lawyers and their associations. (AP Photo)

Turkish lawyers stage sit-in protest near capital

Jun. 22, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The heads of several Turkish lawyers’ associations on Monday began a sit-in demonstration after police blocked the group from marching to the capital, Ankara. The heads of Bar Associations from various cities embarked on a march to Ankara last week in their robes to protest...

Retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor June Rogers is shown, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Wyandotte, Mich. Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency has discriminated against its African American employees for decades.

Retired DEA agents say agency has legacy of discrimination

Jun. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has discriminated against its African-American employees for decades. The group of retired agents said in a statement sent to news organizations this week that Attorney General...

FILEā€”In this file photo from March 14, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a coronavirus news conference at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine proposed in his first major response on Wednesday June 17, 2020, to days of protests over police treatment of minorities, that all shootings by Ohio police officers and any deaths of individuals in custody would be investigated by independent agencies. (Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Ohio governor proposes outside probes of police shootings

Jun. 17, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All shootings by Ohio police officers and any deaths of individuals in custody would be investigated by independent agencies under a proposal announced Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in his first major response to days of protests over police treatment of minorities. As...

Don't fall for COVID-19 student loan relief scams

Jun. 17, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Student loan borrowers were targets for scams before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The longer people struggle, the more desperate they become, and that’s when scammers and fraudsters thrive. “They’re using the same playbook, but more aggressively,” says Seth Frotman, executive...