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Environmental attorney filed 200 lawsuits (Daily Bulletin)
Environmental lawyer Raymond Johnson is a thorn in the side of city officials throughout the region. In the nine years he's been an attorney, the Temecula-based Johnson said he has filed about 200 lawsuits, nearly all of them related to potential violations of state environmental laws.
Attorney: Merriman failed drug test due to supplement (Tucson Citizen)
SAN DIEGO - Shawne Merriman's attorney said the Chargers' star linebacker failed a drug test because of a tainted supplement and will continue to play while appealing his four-game suspension.
Attorney: Woman was driver in fatal July rollover wreck (Arizona Daily Star)
The attorney for a former Tucson man accused of killing his friend in a high-speed rollover crash says an unidentified woman caused the crash, and he wants the charges against his client dismissed.
RACE FOR KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL Ad heats up campaign (Kansas City Star)
The already heated race for Kansas attorney general got a little hotter over the weekend. Phill Kline, left, the incumbent Republican, is running a new TV commercial statewide raising the issue of an unproven, 15-year-old sexual harassment lawsuit against his Democratic opponent, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, below.
Attorney wants case records (The Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
The attorney for Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Chris Williams wants to see the sentencing records of 15th Judicial District Judge Marilyn Castle in property damage cases similar to Williams'.
Candidates bring experience to city attorney race (Reno Gazette-Journal)
In the first open race for Reno City Attorney in almost 20 years, Reno voters on
Skakel lawyer questions impartiality (Boston Globe)
STAMFORD, Conn. -- A lawyer for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted of murder four years ago, wants to know whether the state's lead investigator was paid for his role in a book about the case.
Local lawyer says licensed handguns legal in parks (ABC 13 Texas)
Harris County's ban on legally concealed handguns in parks exceeds state law, the county's lawyer said.
State high court clears Salem lawyer of defamation (Salem Statesman Journal)
Salem lawyer Daniel Gatti often is in the news, but occasionally he is in the unaccustomed position of making the news.
Licensed handguns legal in parks, Harris County lawyer says (WOAI)
HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County's ban on legally concealed handguns in parks exceeds state law, the county's lawyer said. County Attorney Mike Stafford said the county cannot restrict licensed handgun carriers from bringing their guns into parks and must take down signs announcing the ban.
Licensed handguns legal in parks, Harris County lawyer says (KTRE-TV East Texas)
HOUSTON A lawyer for Harris County says the county cannot restrict licensed concealed handgun carriers from bringing their guns into parks.
Smith doesn't Meet Birkhead's Lawyer (CBS 2 New York)
Anna Nicole Smith didn't appear Monday for a meeting in the Bahamas requested by the lawyer for an ex-boyfriend who claims he is the father of her 6-week-old daughter. Slideshow: Anna Nicole Smith's Odd Life So Far
Hinckley's lawyer argues for greater visitation rights (The Columbus Dispatch)
Presidential assailant John Hinckley’s four-day visits away from a mental hospital every six weeks should be expanded, his lawyer said yesterday, declaring "there is just no need" to supervise the man who shot Ronald Reagan.
Attorney: Ex-Hollinger director Perle won't face SEC charges (Journal Gazette & Times Courier)
WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified former Defense Department adviser Richard Perle that regulators won't bring charges against him in connection with a case involving his service as a Hollinger International Inc. board member, Perle's attorney confirmed on Monday.
Licensed handguns legal in parks, Harris County lawyer says (KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley)
HOUSTON A lawyer for Harris County says the county cannot restrict licensed concealed handgun carriers from bringing their guns into parks.
Murder talk a joke, defense lawyer insists (Asbury Park Press)
Did Diane M. Oakley intend to have her former husband killed? Her lawyer, Lawrence Welle, said in summation this morning that the Upper Freehold Township woman didn't. Welle said she and her friend, Ernest Stukes, would periodically joke about their former spouses and exchange stories. That included her going along with Stukes' joke that involved meeting his friend in November 2004, and
Lawyer: DNA Points To Gauthier As Killer (WCSH 6 Portland)
The lawyer for one of the defendants in a double murder trial in Maine says DNA evidence points to his client's co-defendant.
Attorney General has yet to ask for grand jury testimony (WLNE-TV)
Attorney General Patrick Lynch has yet to ask a judge for permission to release grand jury testimony in The Station nightclub fire case. Lynch said last month that he would ask the court to release the testimony -- but he hasn't yet filed a petition.
Indictment Accuses District Attorney Richard Gray Of Embezzlement (KOTV 6 Tulsa)
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) -- A multicounty grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses District Attorney Richard Gray of one count of embezzlement for allegedly taking money that had been seized in drug investigations.
Hession asks state Attorney General to investigate high gas prices (KHQ Spokane)
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession says he's fed up. He's asking the State Attorney General's Office why gasoline costs so much more in eastern Washington than it does in western Washington. >>INSIDE: Letter from Hession to Attorney General
Attorney: Licensed Concealed Handguns Legal In Parks (Click 2 Houston)
HOUSTON -- Harris County's ban on legally concealed handguns in parks exceeds state law, the county's lawyer said. County Attorney Mike Stafford said the county cannot restrict licensed handgun carriers from bringing their guns into parks and must take down signs announcing the ban.
Attorney: Ex-Hollinger director Perle won't face SEC charges (Southern Illinoisan)
WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified former Defense Department adviser Richard Perle that regulators won't bring charges against him in connection with a case involving his service as a Hollinger International Inc. board member, Perle's attorney confirmed on Monday.
Supreme Court clears Salem lawyer in defamation case (KGW Portland)
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a Salem lawyer did not defame a Portland doctor, capping a case that has stretched over a decade.
Attorney general: Sale of loan portfolio would be illegal (Southern Illinoisan)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has ruled that Gov. Rod Blagojevich can sell portions of the state's student-loan portfolio, but only if the money generated by the sales are used to support student loans.
West Fargo attorney charged with sexual assault (Fargo Forum)
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - An attorney was arrested after a woman said he assaulted her and asked for sexual favors instead of fees, police said. David Overboe, 63, of West Fargo, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor sexual assault and hiring someone to exchange in sexual activity.
Four Brownstein attorneys earn 'Best Lawyer' status (BizJournals)
Brownstein Hyatt & Farber's 10 lawyer Albuquerque office has placed four attorneys in "The Best Lawyers in America 2007." The quartet includes David Buchholtz and Perry Bendicksen who co-manage Brownstein's Albuquerque's operation.
Attorney General has yet to ask for grand jury testimony (WRGB)
(Providence, RI - AP) - Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch has yet to ask a judge for permission to release grand jury testimony in The Station nightclub fire case.
Carncross Lawyer Asks for Dismissial (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
The lawyer for motorcyclist James Carncross wants the charges against his client dropped in the death of Trooper Craig Todeschini. Sal Piemonte argued in Onondaga County Court this morning, Trooper Todeschini may have contributed to the crash.
S.F. city attorney wants to create gang-free zone / Injunction would put 4 blocks of Hunters Point off limits (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is seeking the city's first civil injunction against a street gang, asserting that a court order is needed to protect Bayview-Hunters Point residents from criminals who commute there to sell drugs and kill rivals and...
Lawyer Lashes Out At CBS4 Photographer (CBS4 Denver)
A lawyer attending his client's sentence hearing had an angry outburst in a Denver courtroom on Tuesday.
Suit targets lawyer for Enron victims (Houston Chronicle)
William Lerach, a securities fraud lawyer representing victims of Enron Corp.'s collapse, was sued by a law firm claiming a share of hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees Lerach's firm may reap from the litigation.
Attorney General candidates spar at Chamber of Commerce debate (The Palm Beach Post)
The Florida Chamber of Commerce already endorsed attorney general candidate Bill McCollum, but that didn't stop his Democratic opponent Skip Campbell from appearing before the group at its annual meeting Tuesday and asking members for their vote.
Fort Worth Lawyer Talks About Ordeal (CBS 11 Fort Worth)
A Fort Worth lawyer, missing for two nights, talked Tuesday about his ordeal after he crashed his car into a ravine.
More sponsorship charges likely: Gomery lawyer (CTV.ca)
Five people connected to the sponsorship scandal are likely to face criminal charges, says the lawyer who was chief counsel for the Gomery commission.
Carncross' Lawyer Wants Charges Dropped (WTVH)
Oct 24, 2006 - The lawyer representing a 21 year-old man charged in connection with the death of a state trooper says the trooper was driving recklessly when he crashed his patrol vehicle during a chase.
Attorney General Battle Continues with Tuesday's Debate in Mayetta (WIBW-TV Topeka)
Before a room full of broadcasters from all over Kansas, the attorney general candidates pushed their campaign messages, which have been focusing on what each sees as defects in his opponent.
Candidates Take Nasty Blows During Debate For Attorney General (KSNT Topeka)
The intense Kansas Attorney General's race continues with a nasty tone during a debate Tuesday afternoon.
Lawyer ends career after court upholds state bar's suspension for misconduct (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK - Billy Robinson, a sought-after defense lawyer and a former legislator, surrendered his license to practice law on Tuesday. A series of disciplinary actions by the Virginia State Bar for . . .
Attorney files request for UNC punter to live out of state (9 News Denver)
DENVER (AP) - A former college punter charged with trying to kill a teammate is "frightened" about his future, his attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney files request for UNC punter to live out of state (The Olympian)
DENVER (AP) — A former college punter charged with trying to kill a teammate is ``frightened'' about his future and has asked a judge for permission to live outside of Colorado, his attorney said Tuesday.
Candidate makes a third try for state’s attorney post (Gazette.Net)
Republican candidate James F. Shalleck is hoping his third run for Montgomery County State’s Attorney is the charm. Shalleck won the Republican primary in 1994, but lost in the general election. He ran again in 1998, but lost the Republican primary.
Gansler in court to defend eligibility for attorney general (Gazette.Net)
Montgomery County State’s Attorney Douglas F. Gansler (D) will appear before an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge this morning to prove his eligibility to serve as Maryland’s attorney general.
Vt. Attorney General Gets Into Movie Biz (WCAX 3)
The Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Vermont Attorney General's Office says prescription drug abuse is becoming such a problem, the eight-person office almost can't keep up. It hears an average of two or three complaints each week from nursing homes and hospitals reporting painkiller thefts.
Morrison thinks he can make things better as Attorney General (49 ABC News Topeka)
One of the most heated races in Kansas is the bid for Attorney General. Democrat Paul Morrison is challenging incumbent Phill Kline. Morrison sat down with 49 News Reporter Liz Zamora and shared his plan for making Kansas a safer place to live.
Vt. Attorney General Gets Into Movie Biz (WCAX 3)
The Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Vermont Attorney General's Office says prescription drug abuse is becoming such a problem, the eight-person office almost can't keep up. It hears an average of two or three complaints each week from nursing homes and hospitals reporting painkiller thefts.
Competency hearing needed, attorney says (Tallahassee Democrat)
The defense attorney for a registered sex offender charged with two counts of sexual battery asked a circuit judge Tuesday for a competency hearing to see if her client could stand trial.
Muscatine County Attorney running unopposed (Muscatine Journal)
MUSCATINE, Iowa — Gary Allison, Muscatine County attorney, is running unopposed on the Nov. 7 election ballot. He is seeking his second term. Following are his responses to a Muscatine Journal questionnaire. Unopposed candidates were sent questionnaires only, and not interviewed.
Attorney general race heats up, barbs fly (The News Journal)
Delaware's attorney general candidates clashed repeatedly Tuesday during a debate, with Republican Ferris Wharton belittling Democrat Beau Biden's credentials and ideas, and Biden charging that Wharton failed to stop violence from increasing during two-plus decades as a state prosecutor.
State’s attorney candidates land endorsements (The Burlington Free Press)
Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Each major-party candidates for Chittenden County state’s attorney picked up high-profile endorsements this week.
U.S. attorney: It's time for 'truth' (Daily Record)
RANDOLPH -- U.S attorney Christopher J. Christie called on the audience Tuesday at Morris Tomorrow's seventh annual summit to begin challenging the political system that has produced 99 convictions or indictments of public officials in his 4 1/2 years as the state's U.S. attorney.