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At a glance: Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong (The Herald-Sun)
A look at Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, who is prosecuting three Duke University lacrosse players charged with rape, kidnapping and sexual offense.
Power firm bats for another rate hike: lawyer (Sun Star)
THE Panay Electric Company (Peco), sole power distributor of Iloilo City, is planning to increase their rate, said Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)-Iloilo Chapter Chairman lawyer Romeo Gerochi.
Corker says Ford stretching it to say he's lawyer (Knoxville News Sentinal)
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bob Corker is criticizing his opponent, Democrat Harold Ford Jr., for claiming to be a lawyer even though he's never passed the bar in Tennessee.
LIT's power of attorney with 'Today Homes' cancelled (New Kerala)
Chandigarh, Oct 6: Less than a month after dissolving Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) over a real estate scam, the Punjab government has cancelled a power of attorney that LIT executed with a private firm for developing a City Center in Ludhiana.
U.S. Attorney Catches Suspected Oak Park Drug Lord (CBS 13 Sacramento)
The U.S. Attorney tells CBS 13 they caught a big fish. Agents say 40-year-old Darrell Summerfield bought, packaged, and shipped powder cocaine for years in Sacramento. They say in Oak Park alone he may have been one of the main suppliers for the entire community.
Potter named U.S. attorney for Northern District (The Charleston Gazette)
WHEELING — Sharon L. “Shari” Potter was sworn in Friday as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, the first woman to permanently hold that job.
Judge removes attorney (The Frisco Enterprise)
Judge Charles Sandoval, of the 380th District Court, removed 25-year-old Kosoul Chanthakoummane's court-appointed attorney because of lack of qualification guidelines on capital murder cases, court officials said.
New NSB attorney authorized (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- City commissioners approved keeping a new assistant city attorney position in the budget during a special meeting Wednesday. The commission discussed the issue at its Sept. 26 meeting and held off on filling the job until it was determined if the position had to be advertised.
State attorney general closes Butler investigation (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A day after an Orleans Parish grand jury declined to indict former Criminal District Court Clerk Kimberly Williamson Butler on malfeasance charges, the state attorney general's office has closed a separate investigation of Butler, spokeswoman Kris Wartelle said.
Coryell group taps lawyer to aid appraisal fight (Killeen Daily Herald)
The Coryell Tea Party has retained an Austin lawyer to assist in its local efforts to change how the appraisal district determines property values. The citizens' group also has joined with other counties to expand its reform efforts statewide with a new group called the Texas Tea Party.
Candidate for county attorney in Bath indicted (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Former Bath County Attorney Donald "Champ" Maze, who was effectively elected to another term this spring, was indicted yesterday on federal vote-fraud charges in connection with the May Democratic primary, which he won by 16 votes.
Lawyer in theft probe is arrested at Sea-Tac (Everett Herald)
An Edmonds lawyer who is the subject of a widespread theft investigation was arrested Friday at Sea-Tac Airport before she was able to board an airplane bound for California, a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor said.
Attorney: Parents of bride puzzled by charges (Casper Star-Tribune)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The parents accused of kidnapping their 21-year-old daughter to prevent her from getting married are "puzzled and scared" by the case, an attorney said.
Quiz capo timing of attorney visit (New York Daily News)
Reputed Colombo crime boss Alphonse (Allie Boy) Persico was sitting in his lawyer's office on the afternoon that a rival gangster was allegedly murdered on his orders, his attorney testified yesterday.
2 candidates face off in race for attorney general seat (Reno Gazette-Journal)
The Nov. 7 contest for Nevada attorney general features Republican Don Chairez and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in an election without an incumbent.
ALLIE BOY'S EX-LAWYER GRILLED (New York Post)
The former lawyer for acting Colombo boss Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico was grilled by prosecutors yesterday about a meeting he had with his old client that took place the same day a mobster Persico is accused of murdering disappeared. Barry...
Rodger Heaton approved as U.S. attorney for district (The State Journal-Register)
It's finally official: Rodger Heaton is the U.S. attorney for the central district of Illinois.
Power firm bats for another rate hike: lawyer (Sun Star)
THE Panay Electric Company (Peco), sole power distributor of Iloilo City, is planning to increase their rate, said Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)-Iloilo Chapter Chairman lawyer Romeo Gerochi.
Former Page Set for FBI Interview, Attorney Says (RedNova)
By Nolan Clay, The Daily Oklahoman Oct. 7--Former congressional page Jordan Edmund could talk to the FBI as early as next week, his attorney said Friday. "I have agreed to produce my client for an interview," attorney Stephen Jones said.
Lawyer claims he was fired for being civil (UPI)
NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A New York lawyer claims in a wrongful termination lawsuit he was singled out by his co-workers for being too nice a person.
Attorney: Client innocent of serious charges in downtown shooting (KAALtv.com)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The attorney for a man accused of killing a bystander in downtown Minneapolis says he shouldn't be convicted of the most serious charges against him.
Fired state's attorney employee gets compensation (WCAX 3)
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The former victims' rights advocate in the Bennington County State's Attorney's office has been paid $30,000 to settle a claim she was fired in retaliation for complaining the office had become a "hostile workplace."
Attorney Eino Zapata announces for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 (Bandera Bulletin)
Local attorney Eino Zapata, Republican, has announced his candidacy for the office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3. He has been licensed to practice law in Texas for 33 years since his graduation from St. Mary's School of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in August of 1973. Attorney Zapata also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University.
Foley attorney David Roth is go-to guy for Palm Beach elite (Miami Herald)
David Roth, attorney extraordinaire in Palm Beach County's most notorious cases, had his hands full before his latest client demanded his attention.
Fury as idea of dyslexic lawyer branded 'bonkers' (Scotland on Sunday)
A LEADING Scots lawyer has provoked fury by saying that dyslexics should not be allowed to practise law.
Attorney: club owners says they won’t give up (Seguin Gazette-Enterprise)
SEGUIN — The owners of what authorities have branded an illegal strip club are vowing to stay in business, their attorney said.
Fired state's attorney employee gets compensation (WCAX 3)
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The former victims' rights advocate in the Bennington County State's Attorney's office has been paid $30,000 to settle a claim she was fired in retaliation for complaining the office had become a "hostile workplace."
California Attorney General Appoints Overseer of Reforms at J. Paul Getty Trust (New York Times)
A 14-month investigation finds a misuse of assets, but the state declines to take civil or criminal action against the former trust president, Barry Munitz.
Another Attorney on Scrushy Legal Team (WSFA Montgomery)
MONTGOMERY, Ala., September 29, 2006 --- Another attorney has joined Richard Scrushy's legal team.
Attorney General Considers Investigation of Dothan Police Chief (WSFA Montgomery)
DOTHAN, Ala. -- Attorney General Troy King said his office will determine within the next few weeks if they need to investigate allegations of ticket-fixing by Dothan Police Chief John Powell.
Lawyer is denied promotion (Miami Herald)
The Navy lawyer who took the Guantánamo case of Osama bin Laden's driver to the U.S. Supreme Court -- and won -- has been passed over for promotion by the Pentagon and must soon leave the military.
Guantánamo Navy defense lawyer forced out of Navy (Seattle Times)
The Navy lawyer who took a Guantnamo case to the U.S. Supreme Court — and won — has been passed over for promotion and must soon leave the military.
Granite stone unveiled to public Saturday in park to honor late city attorney (Belleville News-Democrat)
Little Brock Becker was only six weeks old when his grandfather, longtime Fairview Heights city attorney Robert "Bob" Becker, died last year.
Attorney: Parents of bride puzzled by charges (Casper Star-Tribune)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The parents accused of kidnapping their 21-year-old daughter to prevent her from getting married are "puzzled and scared" by the case, an attorney said.
Fired state's attorney employee gets compensation (WCAX 3)
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The former victims' rights advocate in the Bennington County State's Attorney's office has been paid $30,000 to settle a claim she was fired in retaliation for complaining the office had become a "hostile workplace."
Contrast in candidates adds to attorney general contest (Inside Bay Area)
SACRAMENTO — Oakland Democrat Jerry Brown, who cemented his reputation as California's most enduring political enigma by running for attorney general, and Republican Chuck Poochigian of Fresno,
Attorney General asks for fifth reprieve for condemned killer (The Canton Repository)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Attorney General Jim Petro on Friday asked Gov. Bob Taft for a fifth reprieve for a condemned killer to allow more time for DNA testing in the 24-year-old murder of an Ohio postm...
Lawyer who helped detainee is forced to retire (San Jose Mercury News)
The Navy lawyer who took the Guantánamo Bay case of Osama bin Laden's driver to the U.S. Supreme Court -- and won -- has been passed over for promotion by the Pentagon and must soon leave the military.
Attorney general (Contra Costa Times)
Though Democrat Jerry Brown is better known, has more money and has enjoyed a double-digit lead in the polls, a state Senate Republican is making a serious bid to defeat him for the office of state attorney general.
Saddam lawyers to boycott genocide trial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Saddam Hussein's defence team will continue to boycott his trial on charges of genocide against Iraq's Kurdish minority when it resumes this week, his lead Iraqi lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said.
Attorney says confrontation with Davis forced move (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
As District Judge Rick Davis was being served with papers last month charging him with using his office to carry out vendettas against his enemies, former assistant district attorney Laura Cass was beginning to settle in at her new home in Albuquerque, N.M.
Attorney: Councilman's MLK graffiti sentence excessive (KATC3)
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An attorney says the 18-month jail term and 15-hundred dollar fine given a Lafayette city-parish council member for writing Doctor Martin L. King Junior Drive on the council credenza was excessive and illegal.
Attorney general to take over Laf. bugging case (KATC3)
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson has agreed to allow the state Attorney General's Office to take over the illegal bugging case against former Lafayette Police Chief Randy Hundley.
The battle for Kansas attorney general (The Wichita Eagle)
The heated race for Kansas attorney general features two men with unmistakable differences. As they debate each other's priorities, values, records and motives, it isn't hard for voters to distinguish between Republican incumbent Phill Kline and Democratic challenger Paul Morrison.
Foley lawyer built career on handling tough cases (Miami Herald)
David Roth, attorney extraordinaire in Palm Beach County's most notorious cases, had his hands full before his latest client demanded his attention.
Fired state's attorney employee gets compensation (WCAX 3)
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The former victims' rights advocate in the Bennington County State's Attorney's office has been paid $30,000 to settle a claim she was fired in retaliation for complaining the office had become a "hostile workplace."
Detainee's Navy lawyer forced out of service (The Buffalo News)
NEWARK, N.J. - The Navy lawyer who took the Guantanamo case of Osama bin Laden's driver to the U.S. Supreme Court - and won - has been passed over for promotion by the Pentagon and soon must leave the military.
Slain journalist’s lawyer Slain journalist’s lawyer (The Daily Tribune)
Several days after successfully convicting three of her client’s killers, the lawyer of murdered journalist Marlene Esperat yesterday claimed having received death threats, supposedly from the masterminds.
Fired state's attorney employee gets compensation (WCAX 3)
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The former victims' rights advocate in the Bennington County State's Attorney's office has been paid $30,000 to settle a claim she was fired in retaliation for complaining the office had become a "hostile workplace."
Another Attorney on Scrushy Legal Team (WSFA Montgomery)
MONTGOMERY, Ala., September 29, 2006 --- Another attorney has joined Richard Scrushy's legal team.