Adoptive Mother of Returned Russian Fires Her Lawyer

The attorney for a former Shelbyville resident who abandoned her adopted son from Russia has asked to withdraw from representing her in an ongoing lawsuit. Last week, Sandra L.M. Smith filed a motion to withdraw as counsel for Torry Hansen, saying that the woman terminated her legal services on Feb. 8. A hearing has been set for Thursday in Shelbyville to hear the motion. The Shelbyville Times-Gazette has the story.