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SBI opens probe into missing attorney (The Herald-Sun)
The State Bureau of Investigation's Financial Crimes Unit has opened an investigation into missing Chapel Hill attorney John G. McCormick, at the request of the Orange-Chatham district attorney.
Prenuptial Pact's Attorney Fee Provision Nullified (Law.com)
An appeals court in Brooklyn has declared unenforceable provisions of a prenuptial agreement that barred a spouse from seeking attorney fees.
Trial Lawyers Bar Backs Tougher Rules for Attorney Ads (Law.com)
New York's Academy of Trial Lawyers says the proposed tough new rules on attorney advertising are welcome and overdue. In fact, the 500-member group contends, if anything they do not go far enough.
Negron quits attorney general's race (The Palm Beach Post)
When state Rep. Joe Negron started campaigning for attorney general last year, he figured he would be running against a state representative, a state senator, maybe even a relatively inexperienced congressman.
Not just a lawyer, but also a lord (Knoxville News Sentinal)
MEMPHIS - Memphis lawyer D. Jack Smith, 68, has worked a lifetime as a supporter of local history that spans Civil War sites in Memphis and the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton.
Attorney: Nursing home sold, not closing (Williamson Daily News)
Monday, July 17, 2006 5:15 PM CDT WILLIAMSON - Steve Thompson, attorney for the corporate owners of Mingo Manor Health Care, said although the nursing home has been sold, it will not be closed.
Prenuptial Pact's Attorney Fee Provision Nullified (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A New York appeals court has declared unenforceable provisions of a prenuptial agreement that barred a spouse from seeking attorney fees. A unanimous panel of the Appellate Division, 2nd Department said its ruling was a matter of public policy, considering the wealth of the husband -- his assets are valued at nearly $5.6 million -- compared to the wife, whose assets are valued at $160,000.
Trial Lawyers Bar Backs Tougher Rules for Attorney Ads (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
New York's Academy of Trial Lawyers says the proposed tough new rules on attorney advertising are welcome, overdue and, if anything, don't go far enough. "We need to take back the profession and restore some dignity so people respect and understand the causes that we stand for and realize that they are legitimate, appropriate and meritorious," says the group's president, Robert Lahm.
CA scolds lawyer at hearing on Lim’s habeas corpus petition (INQ7.net)
THE COURT of Appeals has given a prosecution lawyer a dressing down for allegedly “trying to mislead the court” on the status of a case against a ranking military official who has been linked to a foiled coup in February.
Negron quits attorney general race (Sun-Sentinel)
Former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum chased his last Republican competitor from the state attorney general race with the withdrawal of state Rep. Joe Negron on Monday.
Smart lawyer, dumb move (NorthJersey.com)
OUR EMBATTLED New Jersey attorney general, Zulima Farber, is clearly a smart lawyer. You don't get to be attorney general, indeed, the first Hispanic female attorney general, without being smart.
GOP's race for attorney general ends (Orlando Sentinel)
State Rep. Joe Negron is out, so the Dems' candidate faces Bill McCollum. Former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum chased his last Republican competitor from the state attorney-general race with the withdrawal of state Rep. Joe Negron on Monday.
Lawyer says state unlikely to drop call center contractor (KXAN 36 Austin)
AUSTIN The top lawyer for the Health and Human Services Commission says the agency probably won't fire the contractor in charge of enrolling people in public assistance.
One republican left in race for state attorney general (Miami Herald)
GOP left with only one candidate Despite jumping into the race for state attorney general after three other Republicans had already started campaigning, veteran politician and former congressman Bill McCollum found himself Monday as the lone GOP candidate left in the race.
Lawyer says state unlikely to drop call center contractor (KLTV Texas)
AUSTIN The top lawyer for the Health and Human Services Commission says the agency probably won't fire the contractor in charge of enrolling people in public...
Attorney general: No favorite in race (Baltimore Sun)
Democratic primary voters have yet to settle on a favored candidate to replace retiring Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., a new Sun poll shows.
Former City Attorney Accused Of Sex With Teen Enters Plea (Local10.com)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A former North Miami city attorney entered a plea of not guilty to charges that he had sex with a teenage prostitute, videotaped it and then tried to cover it up.
Lawyer says state unlikely to drop call center contractor (Houston Chronicle)
The Health and Human Services Commission probably won't act on a request made by 60 lawmakers that it fire the contractor in charge of enrolling people in public assistance, the agency's top lawyer said.
Former City Attorney Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Charges (NBC 6 Miami)
A former North Miami city attorney has pleaded not guilty to charges he had sex with a 16-year-old prostitute.
Prominent Iranian rights lawyer gets jail term (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has said he had been sentenced to five years in jail on charges of disclosing confidential information and opposing the regime.
Nonprofit offering healing devices sued by attorney general (Boston Globe)
A nonprofit healing organization that calls itself The Gentle Wind Project is being sued by Maine's attorney general for allegedly violating the Unfair Trade Practices Act by making false claims about its products.
Iranian human rights lawyer jailed (Aljazeera)
Abdolfattah Soltani, an Iranian human rights lawyer, has been sentenced to five years in jail on charges of disclosing confidential information and opposing the regime.
Lawyer Allegedly Stole Inheritance, Lost It In Scam (NBC 6 Miami)
A former South Florida lawyer pleads guilty to stealing a client's $300,000 inheritance, but she says she lost the money in an e-mail scam.
Attorney General: Bush blocked probe of eavesdropping program (CNN.com)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that President Bush personally blocked Justice Department lawyers from pursuing an internal probe of the warrantless eavesdropping program that monitors Americans' international calls and e-mails when terrorism is suspected.
Attorney General: Bush Blocked Internal Probe of NSA Program (Fox News)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that President Bush blocked an internal probe by the Department of Justice of the terrorism surveillance program.
Attorney General: Bush blocked probe of eavesdropping program (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said today that President Bush personally blocked Justice Department lawyers from pursuing an internal probe of the warrantless eavesdropping program that monitors Americans' international calls and e-mails when terrorism is suspected.
Entenza quits attorney general race (Pioneer Press)
Matt Entenza, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota attorney general, dropped his campaign today.
Attorney General: Bush Blocked Spy Probe (Local6.com Central Florida)
President George W. Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation into warrantless domestic spying, the U.S. attorney general says.
Sierra Leone: Taylor's Lawyer's Contract Extended (AllAfrica.com)
Special Court Deputy Chief of Press and Public Affairs Peter Anderson Monday disclosed that former Liberian President, Charles Taylor's lawyer; Karim Khan's contract has been extended for another three months.
Attorney General Nixon: Missouri Seniors Team Up to Tackle Scam Mailers (Direct Marketing Association)
July 18, 2006 – Seniors from across western Missouri were in Kansas City today, helping Attorney General Jay Nixon expose con artists who target Missourians using the mail.
US attorney general asks Congress to keep terrorism tribunals (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asked the Senate to reinstate military tribunals to try war-on-terror prisoners at Guantanamo, Cuba because the nation is still at war.
Britney lawyer hails rare apology (BBC News)
A US magazine's apology to singer Britney Spears was "a rare if not unprecedented gesture," her lawyer claims.
FBI: Padilla didn't seek lawyer, immediate end of interview (Sun-Sentinel)
MIAMI -- Jose Padilla didn't immediately request a lawyer or try to cut off an interview with the FBI until it had lasted nearly three hours, FBI agents testified Tuesday at a hearing on whether Padilla's rights were violated during the May 2002 session.
Hialeah lawyer accused of stealing inheritance, losing it all in e-mail scam (Sun-Sentinel)
MIAMI -- A former South Florida lawyer has pleaded guilty to stealing $300,000 from a client, and she said she lost the money in an e-mail scam, news partner NBC 6 reported on Tuesday.
Lawyer propses further Telecom split (TVNZ)
A lawyer acting for various internet stakeholders believes the government needs tougher regulation to make sure Telecom keeps to its bargain on separating its wholesale and retail businesses.
Hialeah lawyer accused of stealing inheritance, losing it all in e-mail scam (Sun-Sentinel)
MIAMI -- A former South Florida lawyer has pleaded guilty to stealing $300,000 from a client, and she said she lost the money in an e-mail scam, news partner NBC 6 reported on Tuesday.
Prominent Iranian rights lawyer gets jail term (IranMania.com)
LONDON, July 19 (IranMania) - Accoridng to AFP, prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani said he had been sentenced to five years in jail on charges of disclosing confidential information and opposing the regime.
Ombudsman probe violates Constitution, says lawyer (INQ7.net)
THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman would be violating the Constitution if it persists in investigating impeachable officials like the commissioners of the Commission on Elections, according to the lawyer of the Comelec commissioner found liable for the controversial P1.3-million Mega Pacific poll modernization contract.
Former U.S. attorney Shelby found dead (Houston Chronicle)
Former U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby was found dead this morning at his home in northwest Houston. Shelby, who stepped down a year ago after a three-year term to become a partner with the Fulbright & Jaworski law firm, was found dead about 11 a.m., said Lt. John Martin of the Harris County Sheriff's Department. An autopsy was pending.
Eli Aroch to pay lawyer 23.5% of NIS 100m award (Haaretz Daily)
Eli Aroch, who was awarded some NIS 100 million by arbitrator Yakov Meltz in his case against Clal Finance, will have to pay his lawyer Amnon Itzhaknia 23.5 percent of the sum in lawyer's fees, under a ruling by Tel Aviv District Court Judge Drora Pilpel.
Valley Man Accused of Posing as a Fake Lawyer (KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley)
A McAllen man is behind bars accused of pretending to be a lawyer. Police say he scammed at least two people out of hundreds of dollars. This all came about after two people felt nothing was being done with their cases by the man they hired as their lawyer to get them out of a legal jam.
Iran: Prison Term for Rights Lawyer (New York Times)
Abdolfattah Soltani, a lawyer who works with Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner, and has defended the journalist Akbar Ganji, one of the country’s most prominent dissidents, said he had been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of disclosing confidential information and opposing the government. Mr. Soltani was arrested a year ago while defending two people accused of
Former U.S. attorney Shelby dies at 47 (Houston Chronicle)
Former U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby was found dead this morning at his home in northwest Houston. He was 47.
Locals line up to fill attorney general post (Nashville Business Journal)
Fourteen Tennessee lawyers have applied to become the state's attorney general, replacing Paul Summers, who did not seek re-appointment. The application deadline was close of business on July 17.
Mafia Memories Inspire Woods New Tv Attorney (ContactMusic)
JAMES WOODS is using his childhood memories of Mafia negotiations to inform his new hardball TV attorney character SEBASTIAN STARK. The revered movie
County Attorney Making It Easier To Find Hot Check Writers (KFOX 14 El Paso)
The El Paso County Attorney's office is allowing businesses quick access to those writing hot checks, which may help businesses who have had to deal with this in the past. Sara Morris reports: Hot Checks
Former Houston U.S. attorney dead at 47 (KXAN 36 Austin)
HOUSTON Former Houston U-S Attorney Michael Shelby has died. He was 47. His successor as Houston's chief federal prosecutor says Shelby died of cancer.The Harris County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a house yesterday in the same block where Shelby lived.
Former Houston U.S. attorney dead at 47 (ABC 7 El Paso)
HOUSTON Former Houston U-S Attorney Michael Shelby has died. He was 47. His successor as Houston's chief federal prosecutor says Shelby died of...
Hialeah lawyer accused of stealing inheritance, losing it all in e-mail scam (Sun-Sentinel)
MIAMI -- A former South Florida lawyer has pleaded guilty to stealing $300,000 from a client, and she said she lost the money in an e-mail scam, news partner NBC 6 reported on Tuesday.
Lawyer in DCFS case defends local teacher (Freeport Journal)
FREEPORT - A lawyer representing the Center School teacher accused of child abuse spoke out Tuesday in defense of his client.