Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Court Rejects Challenge to Lawyer Requirements

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court denying Montana legislator Jerry O'Neil's claim that he should be allowed to practice law, despite the fact that he is not a licensed lawyer. The state's high court upheld a 2004 District court ruling that found O'Neil in contempt and prohibited him from practicing law. Describing himself as an "independent paralegal," O'Neil has long sought for non-attorneys to be granted permission to prepare legal documents and give legal advice.

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