Lawyer: Couple accused of fraud saved government money

Robin Fornoff A lawyer for a former Clovis car dealer and his wife accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million said Thursday his clients have actually saved the government money. The Associated Press reported Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, of Clovis were indicted by a federal grand […]

In tribute: Colleagues say judge was an asset to community

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Robert Orlik, who had been the 9th Judicial District’s fourth district judge since the judgeship was created in 2005, died May 28 of heart failure at Lubbock Heart Hospital. Those who worked with Robert Orlik said they could count on the longtime lawyer to be on the side of the law. “He was always very […]

Prosecutors: Defendant wanted to see what it felt like to kill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say Anthony Ray Casillas shot two people because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill. But his lawyer says Casillas’ behavior was too absurd to have been planned, implying alcohol and drugs may have influenced him the night Gary Payne and Melissa Ward died. Casillas, […]

Court has obligation to gut McCain-Feingold

Freedom New Mexico Because a government lawyer took an argument nearly to its logical extreme, the Supreme Court may be prepared to invalidate more provisions of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance restriction law passed in 2002. If the courts takes the Constitution seriously, it should invalidate pretty much the entire law. The law, officially titled […]

Clovis lawyer Dan Buzzard left too soon

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I used to go to Dan Buzzard, the lawyer in Clovis that I knew, who could keep me out of trouble when I would write up a column for the Curry County Times or the CNJ that some one didn’t like or I wrote something I shouldn’t had. I don’t […]

Nonacceptance biggest issue in Texas case

Freedom New Mexico Texas officials need to drop their crusade against the Yearning For Zion Ranch, a polygamist compound, unless they can lawfully produce a legitimate victim of a serious crime. It appears increasingly likely Texas officials raided the commune in response to the phone call of a troubled Colorado Springs woman with a history […]

This stuff seems to be everywhere

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist I don’t want to be indelicate (a word that guarantees an audience as surely as “viewer discretion advised”), but I’m increasingly miffed by the proliferation of lawyer droppings. You can’t drink a cup of coffee, buy a garden hose, wheel barrow, or power tool, install a computer program, take a […]

Legal battles difficult for veterans

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

Hawaii lawyer getaway sign of litigious times

Freedom Newspapers A wire story out of Hawaii last week had all the makings of a good lawyer joke come to life. “The nation’s lawyers are coming to Hawaii,” reported The Associated Press, for an annual meeting of the American Bar Association, “and some of them apparently have no fear of sharks — unless they’re […]

License laws unnecessary legal throwback

Freedom Newspapers The sentence seemed a bit outsized for the crime. Federal Judge David O. Carter sentenced Harold David Goldstein on Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison for fraud and perjury charges for running a legal firm without a license. “I lied about being a lawyer, but other than the lie, everything else […]