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Famous French Lawyer's Body Found Washed up on Shore

Hemera/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- One of France's most notable lawyers was found dead of an apparent suicide on Sunday.

Olivier Metzner's body was found at about 9:00 a.m. Sunday, floating off the shore of an island that he owned in Brittany's Bay of Morbihan. Metzner left behind a note, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office told Bloomberg News.

The 63-year-old Metzner represented a number of high-profile clients during his career, including former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. He also defended Continental Airlines in the case of the Concorde crash in 2000.

According to Bloomberg, Metzner began his career defending gang members and gained notoriety by getting his clients freed on technicalities. Financial law was considered his expertise.

The results of an autopsy will be announced on Monday, according to Bloomberg.

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Lawyer for 'Barefoot Bandit' Will Represent Afghan Massacre Suspect

Hemera/Thinkstock(TACOMA, Wash.) -- A well-known Seattle defense attorney has agreed to represent the unidentified Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians this past weekend.

The office of attorney John Henry Browne confirmed to ABC News that Browne has agreed to represent the soldier who is based at Joint Base Lewis McChord just outside of Tacoma, Wash. Browne has represented various high-profile clients in the Seattle area, most recently Colton Harris-Moore, the thief and fugitive known by the moniker "the Barefoot Bandit" for committing some of his crimes barefoot.

The soldier has not yet been charged with the shooting deaths of 16 civilians who lived in two villages near his base in rural Panjwai District of Kandahar province in Southern Afghanistan.

His identity has not been made public by the Pentagon, though ABC News has learned that he is a 38-year-old staff sergeant and a married father of two serving his fourth overseas deployment. His deployment to Afghanistan this past December was his first after having served three previous combat deployments to Iraq.

According to Seattle press accounts, Browne says he spoke with the soldier by phone early Thursday, and is making plans to fly to Kuwait to meet with his new client. On Wednesday, the soldier was flown out of Afghanistan to Kuwait, where he is now being detained at a U.S. military detention facility.

ABC News has learned that shortly after the massacre suspect was detained for the shootings, he requested a lawyer and then did not volunteer much information. A military lawyer was assigned to him and represented him at a pre-trial confinement hearing on Tuesday. That hearing before a U.S. military magistrate in Afghanistan determined that there was probable cause to continue to detain the soldier.

The next step in the legal process will be the preferring of criminal charges against the soldier. Once those charges are presented the soldier's identity will be made public. Military service members have the option of including civilian attorneys to work with their military lawyers as their cases navigate through the military court system.

The soldier's family was immediately notified of his role in the shootings and was transferred from off-base housing to Joint Base Lewis McChord for their protection.

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Lawyer Hired to Work for American 'Spy' Sentenced to Death in Iran

ABC News(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Amir Mirzaei Hekmati's family has retained Los Angeles attorney Pierre-Richard Prosper to see what he can do to free 28-year-old Hekmati, who was sentenced to death by a court in Iran for allegedly spying for the CIA.

The White House has denied that Hekmati, a former Marine Arabic translator, was secretly spying while visiting his grandmother.  However, the State Department's options are limited since Washington and Tehran have had no formal diplomatic relations since the Islamic Revolution overthrew the Shah of Iran in 1979.

Prosper has an extensive background in international affairs, having served as an ambassador at large for war crimes under the Bush administration.  He also acted as prosecutor for the Rwanda war crimes tribunal at the Hague.

But what drew Hekmati's family, who live in Michigan, to Prosper was that he was able to free American businessman Reza Taghavi from an Iranian prison after he was accused of having ties to an Iranian opposition group.

Gaining Hekmati's release could prove more daunting since he has already been charged, convicted and sentenced, becoming the first American to receive the death penalty in the long and contentious relationship between the U.S. and Iran.

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Legal Rep for Joran Van Der Sloot Resigns

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) -- Joran van deer Sloot, accused of murder in the death of Stephany Flores in Peru, has lost his legal counsel.  His attorney Maximo Altez resigned Tuesday, according to Dutch media reports.

Dutch News reports that Altez had grown tired of having disputes with Van der Sloot over money and his defense strategy.  Altez also argued with American lawyers representing his client, who said last week that Van der Sloot was ready to be extradited to the U.S. even though Peru had no extradition treaty with the U.S.

Altez told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he is prepared to provide legal counsel to Van der Sloot regarding a separate case which concerns the violation of his human rights after his arrest.

Van deer Sloot has also been implicated in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager who went missing during a high school trip to Aruba nearly six years ago.

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