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N.C. attorney general sues insurance provider claiming fraud (The Daily Comet)
Two financial services companies took hundreds of thousands of dollars from senior citizens through deceptive tactics, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday in a lawsuit against the estate advisers.
Judge Tosses Saddam Lawyer From Court (AP via Yahoo! News)
Guards pulled the sole woman on Saddam Hussein's defense team from the court Monday after she had a shouting match with the chief judge, prompting her to throw off her lawyer's robe in rage.
Judge Tosses Saddam Lawyer From Court (ABC News)
Iraqi Judge Throws Defense Lawyer for Saddam Hussein From Court After Shouting Match
Group Asks District Attorney To Charge Milwaukee Police Officer (WISN TheMilwaukeeChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A citizens group is asking the Milwaukee County district attorney to file criminal charges against a Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed a man.
Pellicano Attorney Says Feds Were 'Outrageous' (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
An attorney for indicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano says the federal government engaged in "outrageous" conduct by using Pellicano's girlfriend as a source of information after she visited him in prison.
Hoffa Tipster's Ex-Lawyer Meets With FBI (AP via Yahoo! News)
A one-time lawyer for the prisoner whose tip triggered the FBI-led search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa met with authorities Monday to talk about information he claims to have about where the labor leader is buried.
Attorney general to lead case against Kenneth Hinson (WIS-TV Columbia)
(Columbia-AP) May 22, 2006 - The attorney general's office will lead the prosecution of a Darlington County man charged with abducting two teenage girls and raping them in an underground room.
Attorney pleads guilty in Milberg case (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Los Angeles attorney has admitted to passing illegal kickbacks from Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, the nation's No. 1 class action law firm, to a plaintiff as part of a widening federal probe, according to court documents filed on Monday.
N.C. attorney general sues insurance provider alleging fraud (phillyburbs.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. - Two financial services companies took hundreds of thousands of dollars from senior citizens through deceptive tactics, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday in a lawsuit against the estate advisers.
Insurance Lawyer Admits to Giving Milberg Weiss Payments to Lead Client (Law.com)
Los Angeles insurance lawyer Richard Purtich's specialty was bad faith. L.A. federal prosecutors say that's not the case in a plea deal in which the lawyer has agreed to cooperate with the prosecution of securities class action firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman.
High Court Won't Hear Appeal From Murderer Turned Attorney (Law.com)
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider the case of a convicted murderer who graduated from law school and is being thwarted in his efforts to become a practicing attorney in Arizona.
Constitution under siege? ACLU attorney says Pennsylvania is a target state (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
The Constitution of the United States is, in fact, under siege,” and Pennsylvania is a target state, said American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Paula Knudsen.
Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Funneling Money (New York Times)
A Los Angeles lawyer pleaded guilty to a tax charge related to claims that he funneled money to a client of a law firm that was indicted for paying kickbacks.
Hergert should be removed, attorney says (Lincoln Journal Star)
Nebraska Regent David Hergert’s flagrant violation of state campaign laws and his disregard for democratic principles make him unfit to hold office, an attorney argued in court papers Monday.
U.S. Attorney Disputes Prosecutions Report (AP via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. attorney disputed a document that stated Border Patrol agents were demoralized by a lack of prosecutions of suspected immigrant smugglers, saying Monday the language reflected an individual's opinion and was not approved for release by Border Patrol management.
Insurance Lawyer Admits to Giving Milberg Weiss Payments to Lead Client (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In a plea agreement Monday, L.A. insurance lawyer Richard Purtich admits to taking payments from Milberg Weiss and passing them on to Steven Cooperman, an ophthalmologist who is the lead client in several Milberg Weiss securities class actions.
Murder suspect says he was denied attorney (Peoria Journal Star)
HAVANA - A Havana man jailed on charges of killing his ex-girlfriend with a knife says he was denied an attorney during police questioning.
Borough attorney in Matawan rejects call for resignation (Asbury Park Press)
Borough Attorney Pasquale Menna rejected a Republican candidate's call for his resignation, saying he did nothing wrong by contributing to borough Democrats during last year's election.
Ex-attorney testifies in priest-abuse trial (The Arizona Republic)
Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley testified Monday that he didn't bring felony charges against suspended Monsignor Dale Fushek four years ago because there was no evidence that the Mesa priest had touched anyone sexually.
CAMPAIGN 2006: San Francisco Judge / Ex-judge, lawyer contending for seat on Superior Court / Both have careers working (San Francisco Chronicle)
A former judge who ventured briefly into politics but now wants back on the bench and a lawyer known for taking on police brutality cases are vying for an open seat on San Francisco's Superior Court. For Lillian Sing, coming back to the court would be...
Judge Throws Out Saddam's Lawyer (CBS News)
Guards forcibly pulled a defense lawyer out of the courtroom and the chief judge shouted down Saddam Hussein in a stormy start to a new session of the trial of the former Iraqi leader and members of his regime.
Lawyer indicted on new theft charges (Boston Globe)
A Nashua (New Hampshire) lawyer already charged with stealing a half (M) million dollars from one client now faces new charges involving more than a (M) million dollars more.
San Diego U.S. attorney disputes report on smuggling prosecutions (WKYT 27 NEWSFIRST & WYMT Mountain News)
SAN DIEGO The U-S attorney in San Diego is disputing a document that states Border Patrol agents are demoralized by a lack of prosecutions of suspected immigrant smugglers.
Turkey court annuls Tupras bourse stake sale-lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
ANKARA, May 23 (Reuters) - A Turkish administrative court has annulled the sale of a 14.76 percent stake in refiner Tupras which was sold in a block on the Istanbul Stock Market, a lawyer for the union which brought a case against the sale said on Tuesday.
Simpson's attorney looking into 'issue' (The Huntsville Times)
The attorney representing Alabama linebacker Juwan Simpson said his client is doing well in the wake of his weekend arrest in Bessemer for a felony and two misdemeanors.
Attorney: Councilwoman Unfairly Singled Out (KDKA Pittsburgh)
The attorney for Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle says his client has done nothing wrong and is being unfairly singled out.
Turk court annuls Tupras bourse stake sale-lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
ANKARA, May 23 (Reuters) - A Turkish court has annulled the sale of a 14.76 percent stake in refiner Tupras which was sold as a block on the Istanbul Stock Market, a lawyer for the union which brought a case against the sale said on Tuesday.
Local attorney suing city of Troy (Capital News 9)
Local attorney John Aretakis is suing the city of Troy. The attorney represents many alleged victims of clergy-sex abuse. Now he is upset with the Collar City for hiring former State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Spargo.
Attorney: Councilwoman Unfairly Singled Out (KDKA Pittsburgh)
The attorney for Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle says his client has done nothing wrong and is being unfairly singled out.
California attorney general seeks Medicaid billing records from LabCorp (The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area)
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings said in a filing with regulators that it had been subpoenaed by the California attorney general's office.
Tipster's Attorney Provides More Details In Hoffa Search (WDIV ClickOnDetroit.com via Yahoo! News)
The former attorney of a man who provided the FBI with the latest tip in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa provides agents with more details in the search.
Fairness U.S. attorney goal (The Kentucky Post)
As the new U.S. attorney in eastern Kentucky, Amul Thapar will likely oversee high-profile cases against political officials, child molesters, drug rings and employers who circumvent immigration laws.
Attorney pleads guilty in Milberg case (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Los Angeles attorney has admitted to passing illegal kickbacks from Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, the nation's No. 1 class action law firm, to a plaintiff as part of a widening federal probe, according to court documents filed on Monday.
California attorney general seeks Medicaid billing records from LabCorp (Sacramento Business Journal)
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings said in a filing with regulators that it had been subpoenaed by the California attorney general's office.
Accused Nicarico Killer Gets Private Attorney (CBS 2 Chicago)
A private attorney was appointed Tuesday to help defend the man accused in the 1983 abduction, rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico.
Perez to run for Md. attorney general (Baltimore Sun)
Montgomery County councilman says he has 'battle scars' needed for job Saying he has the breadth of experience to protect minorities, consumers and the environment, Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez announced his candidacy for attorney general today.
Jailed Syrian lawyer on hunger strike (The Daily Star Lebannon)
Prominent Syrian lawyer and rights activist Anwar Bunni has been on hunger strike since his arrest six days ago as part of a crackdown on opposition figures seeking better ties with Lebanon, a lawyer said Tuesday. "Mr. Bunni told me that he has been on a hunger strike since Wednesday as a protest action against his arrest," Khalil Maatouk said.
Attorney Pleads Not Guilty to Mail Fraud (AP via Yahoo! News)
A disbarred attorney pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges that he defrauded thousands of clients out of $13.5 million in settlement money from lawsuits claiming they were made ill by exposure to asbestos.
Polk requests lawyer for her cross-examination (San Francisco Chronicle)
(05-23) 13:15 PDT MARTINEZ - Susan Polk has spent more than two months defending herself against a murder charge, but she told the judge today that she wants a lawyer's help when she is cross-examined by the prosecutor. Polk, 48, made the announcement...
Former District Attorney dies (WALB News 10)
Crisp county - - A well known lawyer and former district attorney has died. Former Cordele District Attorney Gary Christy died at the age of 57 from heart complications.
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox Stops Port Huron Car Dealer's Unlawful Transactions and Excessive Termination Fees (The Auto Channel)
LANSING, Mich., May 23 -- Attorney General Mike Cox announced today that his office has reached an agreement with Port Huron automobile dealer Bob Fox Auto Sales following an investigation into the company's business practices initiated as a result of consumer complaints received by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.
Lawyer contacts lottery about Powerball jackpot (Boston Globe)
The South Dakota Lottery was contacted Tuesday by a Pierre lawyer representing someone who claims to have the winning Powerball lottery ticket worth nearly $117 million.
Lawyer: God Told Mother To Toss Children Into Bay (KRXI-TV Reno)
A woman accused of murdering her three young sons by tossing them into frigid San Francisco Bay said God summoned her to sacrifice her children, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer indicted on new theft charges (WCAX 3)
NASHUA, N.H. A Nashua (New Hampshire) lawyer already charged with stealing a half (M) million dollars from one client now faces new charges involving more than a (M) million dollars more.
Former District Attorney dies (WALB News 10)
Crisp county - - A well known lawyer and former district attorney has died. Former Cordele District Attorney Gary Christy died at the age of 57 from heart complications.
Perez announces attorney general bid (Gazette.Net)
Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez announced his candidacy for Maryland attorney general on Tuesday, vowing to be an aggressive consumer advocate while promising leadership in the fight for civil rights, affordable health care and environmental protection.
Lawyer's Close Ties to Ehrlich Bring Booming Practice (Washington Post)
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s personal lawyer has parlayed his close ties to the governor into a booming Annapolis government relations practice.
Attorney: Woman who tossed kids into San Francisco Bay said God commanded her (KTRE-TV East Texas)
SAN FRANCISCO The attorney for a woman accused of throwing her three young sons to their deaths in San Francisco Bay says her client believes God told her to sacrifice them.
Hamm counsel wants attorney reinstated (Pantagraph)
CLINTON -- The lead counsel for Amanda Hamm asked Tuesday that a second attorney be reinstated to help with her triple-murder case.
Ganji & Zimbabwe lawyer win top rights award (IranMania.com)
LONDON, May 24 (IranMania) - A dissident Iranian journalist, Akbar Ganji, and a lawyer and broadcaster in Zimbabwe, Arnold Tsunga, will share a leading international human rights award this year, advocacy groups announced, AFP reported.