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FBI investigating marketing firm that tried to recruit Bush, attorney says (Houston Chronicle)
The FBI has opened an investigation into a fledgling San Diego sports marketing firm that tried to recruit Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, the attorney for the football star's family told The Associated Press today.
Lawyer: Border Patrol should be investigated for racial profiling (The Daily Comet)
A civil rights lawyer on Wednesday demanded authorities investigate a roundup of hundreds of undocumented immigrants in what he called a desert dragnet based on racial profiling.
Abducted Alabama Attorney Found Safe (CBS News)
A family law attorney was abducted from a parking lot Wednesday by a gunman who dragged her back into the Lexus she had been driving and then drove off. Sandra Eubank Gregory was later found safe and the alleged abductor was arrested.
Lawyer: Border Patrol Racially Profiled (CBS 13 Sacramento)
A civil rights lawyer is demanding an investigation into possible racial profiling in a recent roundup of hundreds of undocumented immigrants in Southern California.
Ala. attorney found alive after abduction (AP via Yahoo! News)
A family law attorney was found Wednesday about nine hours after she was abducted at gunpoint from a parking lot and police arrested a man suspected in the kidnapping, officials said.
Shayana Kadidal: Judge Orders Ashcroft, DOJ To Come Clean on Attorney-Client Surveillance (HuffingtonPost)
Yesterday a judge ordered the Bush Administration to finally come clean about spying on some attorney-client conversations. As The New York Times reports , the order means that the administration "cannot dodge" a "persistent and unwelcome question: Are members of the United States trial team and likely witnesses -- including Mr. Ashcroft and Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director --
LAWYER CRUSHED IN ROCK DEBATE (Daily Record)
A LAWYER who tried to claim a court could not assume Edinburgh Castle rock was in the capital lost his argument yesterday. John Good was defending Thomas Crowley, 21, a student accused of painting a life-size knight on to the castle rock in January.
Scottsdale city attorney can live in PV (The Arizona Republic)
Deborah Robberson has been Scottsdale's city attorney for six months, but she will not need to move from her Paradise Valley home to meet the city charter's residency requirements.
Cave Creek appoints town attorney (The Arizona Republic)
Tempe Deputy City Attorney Cliff Mattice will become Cave Creek's new town attorney June 12.
Fine would fit hit-run crime, lawyer argues (The Ottawa Sun)
Thu, June 1, 2006 Fine would fit hit-run crime, lawyer argues By SEAN MCKIBBON , OTTAWA SUN A man who ran a group of cyclists off the road and took off shouldn't spend any time in jail and should only be subjected to a fine and possibly probation, his lawyer argued yesterday. Richard Martin, 41, was convicted in April of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and leaving the scene of an accident.
Slade, attorney meet with DA (Houston Chronicle)
Ousted Texas Southern University President Priscilla Slade and her attorney met with prosecutors Wednesday to answer questions about the use of school money to furnish and landscape her house.
Ex-minister Adamov suffers third heart attack in jail - lawyer (Russian Information Agency Novosti)
MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - A lawyer acting for ex-nuclear minister Yevgeny Adamov said his defendant had early Thursday suffered a third heart attack since being in custody.
N.J. attorney general carries out her civic duty (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
As a prosecutor and a public defender, New Jersey Attorney General Zulima Farber spent plenty of time in courtrooms. This week, she was up for another judicial job: jury duty.
No criminal cases under way against Kyrgyz ex-president - lawyer (Interfax)
BISHKEK. June 1 (Interfax) - The Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office is not investigating any criminal cases against former president Askar Akayev, lawyer Maxim Maximovich said in Bishkek on Thursday.
Lawyer charged in bilkings is freed One of alleged victims is portrayed in filing as 'serial killer and arsonist' (The Arizona Daily Star via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer and an Ajo woman he once defended appeared in Pima County Superior Court on Tuesday, but this time it was the lawyer who was in shackles.
Hold the lawyer jokes: Gun belonged to client (The Plain Dealer)
Painesville -- Richard Orosz peered out his third-story window as police swarmed the bank below with rifles drawn. When another lawyer warned him to lock his door to keep out an armed robber, it suddenly dawned on Orosz that he was the gunman.
Ala. attorney found alive after abduction (AP via Yahoo! News)
A family law attorney was found Wednesday about nine hours after she was abducted at gunpoint from a parking lot and police arrested a man suspected in the kidnapping, officials said.
Ala. Attorney Found Alive After Abduction (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A family law attorney was found Wednesday about nine hours after she was abducted at gunpoint from a parking lot and police arrested a man suspected in the kidnapping, officials said. Sandra Eubank Gregory, 34, was found in a motel a few miles from where she was abducted. Lt. Henry Irby said Gregory was "reportedly all right.'' He would not comment further on her
Lawyer demands probe of border dragnet (The Monterey County Herald)
A civil rights lawyer on Wednesday demanded that authorities investigate a roundup of hundreds of undocumented immigrants in what he called a desert dragnet based on racial profiling.
Lawyer Admits Fraud Scheme (The Ledger)
A Lakeland lawyer pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges stemming from a fraudulent real estate scheme. Robert Emerson Jackson II is scheduled for sentencing July 14. As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Jackson is expected to serve five years' probation. He must also pay $114,185 in restitution by his sentencing date.
Birmingham attorney found safe after abduction, suspect held (Boston Herald)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The ordeal began early in the morning, when witnesses say they saw a gunman force a family law attorney back into the Lexus she was driving. Then, they sped away. It ended nine hours...
Attorney General Candidate Brown Best Known As Former Governor (KCRA TheKCRAChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
His father was governor and decades later so was he, and his sister Kathleen served as state treasurer. Now Jerry Brown is a Democratic candidate for attorney general.
Star's Lawyer Calls For Dismissal (Billboard Radio Monitor)
Star, who was arrested, posted bail and fired earlier this month from Clear Channel Radio R&B/hip-hop WWPR (Power 105.1) New York on child endangerment charges, moved for a dismissal during his court case May 30. Ben Brafman, Star's lawyer, highlighted crosstown hip-hop WQHT (Hot 97) rival air personality Miss Jones' pot shots, calling Star a "faggot" among other things in an effort to say the
Lawyer says FBI is investigating pro-Lieberman blog postings (Journal Inquirer)
A Hartford lawyer says the FBI has agreed to investigate postings promoting Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's re-election on a popular Connecticut-based Internet "blog" in the names of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Lawyer to speak to school administrators about Internet bullying (Desert Sun)
Administrators for the Palm Springs Unified School District are learning about the problem of Internet bullying. District principals, vice principals and counselors are attending a workshop on this topic and will learn more about the issue during a discussion today lead by an Orange County lawyer.
Biden's son runs for Del. attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, son of Delaware's senior U.S. senator, kicked off his campaign for state attorney general Thursday.
Biden's Son Runs for Del. Attorney General (Los Angeles Times)
DOVER, Del. -- Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, son of Delaware's senior U.S. senator, kicked off his campaign for state attorney general Thursday. Biden pledged not only to prosecute criminals, but also to prevent crimes such as identity theft and Internet stalking of children by sexual predators.
Biden's Son Runs for Del. Attorney General (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Joseph R. "Beau'' Biden III, son of Delaware's senior U.S. senator, kicked off his campaign for state attorney general Thursday. Biden pledged not only to prosecute criminals, but also to prevent crimes such as identity theft and Internet stalking of children by sexual predators. "I truly believe that this office has the potential to greatly improve the lives and well-being of
Texas woman, accused of being a fake attorney, held in Alabama (KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley)
GADSDEN, Ala. A Houston woman wanted in Florida on marijuana charges is jailed in Gadsden, Alabama, after claiming to be an attorney for a man arrested on drug charges.
Texas Woman, Accused Of Being Fake Attorney, Held In Alabama (NBC 13 Birmingham)
GADSDEN, Ala. -- A Texas woman wanted in Florida on marijuana charges is jailed in Gadsden after claiming to be an attorney for a man arrested on drug charges. Authorities contended it is part of a pattern of targeting Hispanic drug defendants and charging high fees.
Attorney For Victims' Families Criticizes Fletcher Administration (WAVE 3 Louisville)
An attorney for mine families is demanding an apology from Gov. Ernie Fletcher and his administration for the "disrespectful and insensitive treatment of the widows and families" of the miners killed in a southeastern Kentucky mine.
Completion of Gadsby Hannah Acquisition Brings 430-Lawyer McCarter & English to Boston (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWARK, N.J.----June 1, 2006--McCarter & English, LLP announced the completion of its combination with Boston's 64-lawyer Gadsby Hannah LLP.
RCMP have wrong suspects, lawyer says (CBC Nova Scotia)
A lawyer and the RCMP cannot agree on a reported attempted abduction of a 14-year-old girl last Sunday. RCMP say two 15 year olds and one 16 year old turned themselves in Wednesday regarding the case, and investigators are not looking for any other suspects.
Texas Attorney General secures injunction against BioPerformance (San Antonio Business Journal)
Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office were successful Thursday in winning an injunction against a company that markets a pill that the owners claim can boost gas mileage and save drivers money.
Saddam lawyer says witnesses were arrested (Independent Online)
Four defence witnesses were arrested after giving their testimony in Saddam Hussein's trial this week, the former Iraqi leader's chief lawyer has claimed.
Texas woman, accused of being a fake attorney, held in Alabama (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
GADSDEN, Ala. A Texas woman who police say has been faking being an attorney now needs a real lawyer. Police in Alabama say Carmen Saldana Meyer traveled state-to-state...
Assistant attorney general accused of assault (New Hampshire Union Leader)
A Portsmouth psychologist is expected to file simple assault charges today against an assistant attorney general who prosecutes complaints filed with the boards of medicine and mental health practice.
Former Sullivan County attorney pleads guilty to felony (Terre Haute Tribune Star)
A former Sullivan County attorney charged with stealing more than $349,000 from a client’s trust fund pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony. As part of the plea agreement, Julia A. Johnson-Sheffler would avoid prison time, spending two years on probation for the class-C felony theft charge.
Lawyer seeks Peterson testimony (The Herald-Sun)
A civil lawyer will seek judicial approval next week to elicit sworn out-of-court testimony from convicted wife-killer Michael Peterson, but the successful Durham novelist apparently will resist.
Area lawyer faces DWI, traffic offenses (SEMissourian.com)
A Cape Girardeau-area lawyer was arrested in Cape Girardeau on suspicion of driving while intoxicated over the Memorial Day weekend.
Texas woman, accused of being a fake attorney, held in Alabama (KWWL-TV Iowa City)
GADSDEN, Ala. A Texas woman who police say has been faking being an attorney now needs a real lawyer.
Gage County attorney wonders why cell bills grew so quickly (Lincoln Journal Star)
BEATRICE — The Gage County Sheriff’s Office continues to operate without cell phones or credit cards as the county attorney investigates for misuse of county property.
Iranian dissident journalist, Zimbabwe lawyer win top rights award (Middle East Times)
GENEVA -- 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 on Tuesday.
New ire over '87 lawyer murder (Suburban Chicago Newspapers)
Her name is synonymous with the murder of lawyer Tim McNamee. Now, the former Nadine Walter wants to become a lawyer herself. An investigator with the Florida Bar Association has discreetly made inquiries into the former Elgin woman's past.
Safavian lawyer plans short defense (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Bush administration executive David Safavian plans a short defense to charges he concealed giving assistance from his government post to his former partner, Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff.
Teens deny attempt to abduct girl: Lawyer (The Chronicle Herald)
A lawyer representing one of three teenage boys questioned by police in an alleged abduction attempt near Halifax last Sunday said the matter is being blown out of proportion.
Safavian Lawyer Plans Short Defense (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The lawyer for Bush administration executive David Safavian plans a short defense to charges he concealed giving assistance from his government post to his former partner, Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday after a Senate investigator testified Safavian gave contradictory accounts last year about whether or not he accepted free
Police, lawyer disagree on abduction story (The Halifax Daily News)
Three teens who went to police after hearing reports of an attempted child abduction in Hammonds Plains over the weekend are caught in a "maelstrom" of misunderstandings, according to a lawyer representing one of the boys.
CAMPAIGN 2006: State attorney general / Brown's rivals question commitment to death penalty / He says regardless of his (San Francisco Chronicle)
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown insists that his 46 years of opposition to the death penalty is a "nonissue" in the race for California attorney general. But his opponents argue that Brown -- who opposed the death penalty as a Catholic seminarian, as...
Attorney: Woman accused in baby snatching was adopting infant (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
LOS ANGELES -- A wealthy woman accused of kidnapping a 6-week-old baby was in fact adopting the boy, her attorney said. Police, however, say Annette Pinkard, a 47-year-old real...