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Senate Considers Attorney-Client Privilege (NPR)
The Senate Judiciary Committee weighed in on an issue Tuesday that's been consuming the corporate legal world. The hearing was on attorney-client privilege. Specifically, whether government prosecutors may urge companies to waive attorney-client privilege in exchange for leniency. Ari Shapiro reports.
Calif. Attorney General: HP Case Has Enough Evidence For Indictments (ChannelWeb)
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said he has enough evidence to indict people at Hewlett-Packard in an investigation into whether the computer maker had illegally obtained the private phone records of directors and reporters.
Anti-terrorism Act unconstitutional argues lawyer in terror trial (Canada.com)
Gerrorist suspect Momin Khawaja, shown arriving at the Ottawa courthouse in May 2004. OTTAWA - Drunk drivers, restaurant waitresses and political activists could be prosecuted as terrorists under the vague and sweeping provisions of the Anti-terrorism Act, an Ottawa lawyer told court Tuesday.
Outside lawyer OK'd for auditor (The Youngstown Vindicator)
YOUNGSTOWN — Judge Maureen A. Cronin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court has authorized appointment of a county-paid outside lawyer to defend county Auditor Michael V. Sciortino in the Ohio Supreme Court, where he is being sued by the county commissioners.
Lawyer downplays PET decision on Legarda poll protest (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal downplayed Wednesday the decision of Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to allow ex-senator Loren Legarda to present witnesses and evidence in her election protest against Vice-President Noli de Castro.
Evidence linking Jaballah to 1998 Nairobi bombing 'laughable,' lawyer argues (Brandon Sun)
TORONTO (CP) - A lawyer representing suspected Egyptian terrorist Mahmoud Jaballah calls the evidence against his client "laughable."
Chaplain's lawyer presents no witnesses in his defense (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK -- The lawyer representing a Navy chaplain on charges of disobeying an order and wearing his uniform at a press conference didn't present a single defense witness today. Former Alabama Supreme . . .
Calif. Attorney General may file charges in HP case in a week (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Attorney General Bill Lockyer may file criminal charges within a week in its investigation of tactics used by Hewlett-Packard Co. in an inquiry into boardroom leaks, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
Heed wins Democratic and GOP contests for county attorney (Boston Globe)
Former state Attorney General Peter Heed won both the Democratic and Republican primaries for Cheshire County attorney during a write-in campaign on Tuesday.
Ky. attorney general opposes Duke rate request (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo said Wednesday he'll oppose a request by Duke Energy Kentucky for a $66.6 million rate increase.
Spitzer endorses Cuomo for attorney general (WCAX 3)
NEW YORK Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today endorsed fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo to succeed him in office.
Judge: Teacher Killer Brazill's Lawyer Was Inneffective (WPBF TheWPBFChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
The Lake Worth teen who shot and killed his teacher scored a victory in court Wednesday.
Judge: Teacher Killer Brazill's Lawyer Was Inneffective (The WPBF Channel)
An appeals court ruled Wednesday that Nathaniel Brazill's lawyer did not effectively represent him at his trial.
Attorney asks to be removed from case (The Des Moines Register)
The attorney for Brian Street, who is facing federal child pornography charges, has asked to be removed from the case claiming his client is refusing...
Lawyer attempts to punch holes in federal case linking Jaballah to terrorism (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO (CP) - The federal case against a suspected Egyptian terrorist who fears he'll be tortured if deported back to his homeland is "laughable" and "amounts to nothing," his lawyer argued Wednesday.
Attorney General Candidates Agree That Experience Matters (WISC Channel3000.com via Yahoo! News)
Democrat Kathleen Falk and Republican J.B. Van Hollen agree on at least one thing -- their experience will decide the election for Wisconsin attorney general.
Attorney: Anna Nicole Smith had to be sedated (Los Angeles Daily News)
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- Anna Nicole Smith was so distraught by the death of her son Daniel that she had to be sedated and she later suffered memory loss of the event, said her Bahamian attorney, Michael Scott.
Attorney: Anna Nicole Smith Frantically Tried to Save Son (Fox News)
Anna Nicole Smith frantically tried to revive her son and had to be sedated after he died, her attorney said Wednesday. Authorities termed the death 'suspicious' and said criminal charges could be filed.
Newbie's off to fast start in attorney general race (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The congratulatory phone calls began coming in at 6 a.m. Wednesday to Lori Swanson, the DFL's almost-accidental nominee for attorney general. "It would have been nice if they'd waited until 7," said Swanson, who was up past midnight on election day before she knew she'd beaten state Sen. Steve Kelley and former U.S. Rep. Bill Luther in a three-way primary contest. But there's no rest for the
HP's investigation broke state laws, attorney general says (San Francisco Chronicle)
Crimes were committed after Hewlett-Packard hired private investigators to obtain the phone records of its own board members as part of a probe into press leaks. It's just not clear who committed those crimes. So declares California Attorney General...
N.Y. Attorney General Candidates Go on Attack (New York Times)
In their general-election battle for New York State attorney general, it is clear that Andrew M. Cuomo and Jeanine F. Pirro want to shred each other.
Suspect in attack on lawyer faces murder charge (Houston Chronicle)
The man charged with aggravated robbery against defense lawyer Rusty Hardin last month is facing a murder charge in the death of a 15-year-old who was shot at a southwest Houston apartment in early June.
Heed wins Democratic and GOP contests for county attorney (WCAX 3)
KEENE, N.H. Former state Attorney General Peter Heed won both the Democratic and Republican primaries for Cheshire County attorney during a write-in campaign yesterday.
Lawyer Believes Convicted Killer Wants To Die (WKRN Nashville)
In less than a week, Daryl Holton is scheduled to die in the electric chair for the 1996 shooting deaths of his four children. It's an execution that Holton has done nothing to stop. | | Holton's lawyer, John Appman, says Holton is suicidal and wants to die. Appman says that the facts of the case were never in question, but Holton's sanity was. Appman tried to convince a jury that Holton was...
Brazill wins right to claim his trial lawyer goofed (The Palm Beach Post)
Nathaniel Brazill, serving a 28-year prison sentence for killing teacher Barry Grunow, won a legal victory Wednesday that will allow him to argue his lawyer did not do an adequate job at his trial in 2001.
Harbison's lawyer seeks venue change (Tri-State Media)
PETERSBURG - Triple murder suspect Nicholas Harbison's lawyer has filed a motion for change of venue.
Calif. attorney general may be HP's biggest scandal hurdle (USA Today)
Hewlett-Packard's attempt to quell its boardroom scandal may be stymied by an unexpected source: California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Lockyer is gathering evidence against HP employees and its contractors. His office is being helped by Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly.
Juvenile judge says attorney disrupted hearing (Knoxville News Sentinal)
CLINTON - A newly seated Anderson County Juvenile Court judge said in a memo Wednesday that an attorney with no business in her court interrupted an emergency hearing and made derogatory remarks to her.
Attorney: Anna Nicole tried to revive son; charges possible (Knoxville News Sentinal)
NASSAU, Bahamas - Anna Nicole Smith frantically tried to revive her stricken son and had to be sedated after he died, her attorney said Wednesday. Authorities termed the death "suspicious" and said criminal charges could be filed.
HK man's 'flash mob rape' Internet post was joke--lawyer (INQ7.net)
HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong man who posted an Internet invitation to join a "flash mob" to gang rape women was joking, his lawyer said. Johnny Chan, a 42-year-old married man who called himself "MasterMind", posted messages last year on a website inviting strangers to team up with him in a "flash mob rape."
Chief's lawyer's latest: Stack is like Saddam (The Jersey Journal)
UNION CITY - The public feud between Mayor Brian Stack and Police Chief Charles Everett has found its way into Hudson County Superior Court. "This is an incredibly power-hungry person," Everett's lawyer, Timothy Smith, said of Stack yesterday.
A referendum on Hatch in attorney general contest? (Pioneer Press)
If you think Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch has stood up for the little guy and kept a tight leash on rapacious big businesses, vote for Lori Swanson. If you think Hatch has been a lawsuit-happy, partisan self-promoter, vote for Jeff Johnson.
Ex-wife’s testimony problem for lawyer (The Iowa City Press-Citizen)
The defense lawyer for accused killer Larry Babcock wants a judge to suppress testimony from Babcock’s ex-wife citing a state law that protects communication between spouses.
Attorney general sues to stop business's land protection claim (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A lawsuit has been filed to stop three Central Texas residents from claiming that they can protect property owners from losing land to the Trans-Texas Corridor, Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.
Hearing to name Carroll's lawyer postponed (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A Wednesday court hearing to appoint a lawyer for Liz Carroll in the death of her foster son, Marcus Fiesel, was postponed until Friday.
H-P's Scandal Brings to Light Private Investigator's, Attorney General's Contentious Pasts (SeekingAlpha via Yahoo! Finance)
Jonathan Liss submits: Excerpt from our One Page Annotated Wall Street Journal Summary : H-P Investigator Has Contentious Past and California Attorney General Takes H-P Spotlight Summary: A Massachusetts private investigator named Ronald DeLia has been connected to Hewlett-Packard's probe of directors and journalists.
Magdalo leader eyeing run for Senate – lawyer (INQ7.net)
THE acknowledged leader of the "Magdalo" rebel soldiers who took over the Oakwood Ayala Premier hotel in July 2003 is "seriously" thinking of running for the Senate, his lawyer said Thursday.
HP legal team under fire from California attorney general (The Lawyer)
Hewlett Packard’s in-house legal function and senior management is bracing itself for an investigation by California’s attorney general. In a US television interview on Tuesday night, California attorney general Bill Lockyer said: “People’s identities were taken falsely, and it’s a crime.
Brown Lawyer: Houston Filed For Separation (Local6.com Central Florida)
Bobby Brown's lawyer said Whitney Houston is seeking a legal separation, not a divorce.
Attorney claims intimidation charges (Observer-Reporter)
District attorney's office accused of 'creative prosecuting' to keep drug suspect jailed
Lawyer: Houston Filed For Separation, Not Divorce (Eyewitness News 3 Hartford)
Bobby Brown's lawyer is setting the record straight on reports that his wife Whitney Houston filed for divorce.
Lawyer: Houston Wants Separation, Not Divorce (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
Bobby Brown's lawyer is setting the record straight on reports that his wife Whitney Houston filed for divorce.
Lawyer: Amber Alert Case Called ‘Misunderstanding’ (WHIO-TV 7 Dayton)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Two grandparents are accused of abducting their own grandchild, but their lawyer said it was all a misunderstanding. George and Janet Tankersley took their 13-year-old grandson last June, prompting authorities to issue an Amber Alert.
Whose lawyer is Nachura anyway? (The Manila Times)
I’m no lawyer, but my layman’s mind senses something legally amiss in the announcement of Solicitor General Eduardo Nachura that he will side with the Sigaw ng Bayan movement against the Commission on Elections before the Supreme Court.
'Texas Hold 'Em' Players' Attorney Challenges Gambling Law (WYFF via Yahoo! News)
An Upstate attorney is challenging the constitutionality of a state anti-gambling law that is more than 200 years old.
Lawyer fined for mishandling of case (The Iowa City Press-Citizen)
An Iowa City lawyer has been fined and is temporarily barred from litigating cases in federal court, a magistrate judge ordered.
Democrats bet on former attorney general to take back Senate seat (Boston Globe)
Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse seems an unlikely champion for the common man. He grew up the son of a wealthy U.S. ambassador and spent parts of his childhood in South Africa, Cambodia, Guinea and Laos.
Attorney says Anna Nicole Smith tried to revive son; officials consider charges in death (Detroit News)
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Anna Nicole Smith frantically tried to revive her stricken son and had to be sedated after he died, her attorney said Wednesday. Authorities termed the death "suspicious" and said criminal charges could be filed.
Attorney: Anna Nicole Sedated After Son's Death (The Boston Channel)
Anna Nicole Smith frantically tried to revive her stricken son and had to be sedated after he died, her attorney says.
FCC ordered media study destroyed, lawyer says (USA Today)
The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says.