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Chinese lawyer given three-year prison sentence for subversion (Japan Today)
BEIJING — A Chinese human rights lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison, reprieved for five years, for "subversion," the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.
Attorney wants lawsuit against ex-prison chief's wife dropped (FOX 10 Mobile)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The attorney for the ex-wife of former Florida prisons chief James Crosby says the lawsuit against her should be dismissed because she never spent or...
Former Texas attorney general Morales transferred to a halfway house (San Antonio Express News)
Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales has come home to San Antonio to serve out the remainder of a four-year sentence for his federal case related to the state’s record settlement with big tobacco.
Former Texas attorney general Morales transferred to a halfway house (San Antonio Express News)
Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales has come home to San Antonio to serve out the remainder of a four-year sentence for his federal case related to the state’s record settlement with big tobacco.
Ex-attorney general Morales at halfway house (Houston Chronicle)
Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales has arrived home in San Antonio to serve out the remainder of a four-year sentence for his federal case related to the state's record settlement with the tobacco industry.
Charges Filed Against Doctor By Kansas Attorney General Dismissed (RedNova)
WICHITA, Kan. _ A Sedgwick County, Kan., judge dismissed 30 misdemeanor criminal charges against Wichita physician and abortion provider George Tiller, less than a day after recently defeated Attorney General Phill Kline filed them. Judge Paul W.
Former Texas Attorney General Morales out of prison (Austin American-Statesman)
Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales, imprisoned for mail fraud and tax evasion for scheming to funnel millions of dollars from Texas' $17 billion tobacco settlement in 1998, has been released from a federal prison, officials said Friday.
Lawyer: Witness defends Regan in dispute (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for fired publisher Judith Regan says a new witness has emerged to dispute allegations that she called four industry veterans a "Jewish cabal" conspiring against her.
?Lawyer? Accused of Doing a Little Too Much for a ?Client? (New York Times)
The woman, who claimed to be a lawyer with a local law firm, demanded to see a prisoner in a private room and was seen engaging in sexual activity.
Martinsburg attorney indicted on criminal contempt charge (The Herald-Mail)
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg attorney was indicted this month on a charge of criminal contempt after she allegedly disobeyed a grand jury-issued subpoena to appear in court and produce requested items, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Woman Impersonated Attorney to Have Sex With Inmate, Say Police (Law.com)
Baltimore police said a woman assumed the identity of a local attorney apparently to have sex with a prison inmate. The real attorney is out on maternity leave and says her reputation is at stake.
Kansas Attorney General's Charges Against Doctor Dropped (RedNova)
WICHITA, Kan. _ A Sedgwick County judge dropped misdemeanor charges Friday against Wichita-based abortion provider George Tiller at the request of the district attorney, who said that Kansas' top law enforcement official overstepped his authority.
Insurer Can Rescind Convicted Lawyer's Malpractice Coverage (Law.com)
A federal judge in Manhattan has permitted a professional liability insurer to rescind coverage for a lawyer recently sentenced to four years in prison for participating in an elaborate corporate fraud scheme.
China Gives Rights Lawyer Light Sentence (New York Times)
The lawyer was convicted of subversion, but given an unusually light sentence under terms that may mean he will soon be released.
Lawyer admits to fraud (Connecticut Post)
John M. Claydon Jr., a Fairfield lawyer accused in state court of bilking at least 17 clients out of more than $2.5 million, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to one count of bank fraud.
Saudi Lawyer Takes On Religious Court System (Washington Post)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi human rights lawyer Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem said he had been waiting years for a case like this: A woman and her daughter, both accused of promiscuity, were followed by the morals police as they left a private residence on the outskirts of the capital.
Attorney for pit bulls' owner says destroying dogs would be 'genocide' (Dayton Daily News)
Four days after the Humane Society of Greater Dayton asked a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge for permission to destroy 39 pit bulls being held at its center, attorney John H. Rion filed a response, calling the destruction of the animals "genocide."
Lawyer accused of breast-feeding while on cocaine (The Advocate)
A local lawyer was arrested Thursday and accused of breastfeeding her month-old son while using cocaine and two prescription drugs, which showed up in the baby’s system.
Attorney for pit bulls' owner says destroying dogs would be 'genocide' (Dayton Daily News)
Four days after the Humane Society of Greater Dayton asked a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge for permission to destroy 39 pit bulls being held at its center, attorney John H. Rion filed a response, calling the destruction of the animals "genocide."
County Attorney To Step Down Next Month (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- County Attorney Edwin Gartin will step down in January after two years of service, he confirmed during a telephone interview Monday.
Kansas attorney general files criminal charges against abortion provider Tiller, attorney says (KSHB-TV Kansas City)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas' attorney general, a vocal abortion opponent, has filed criminal charges against Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, the doctor's attorney said Friday.
Lawyer admits to fraud; pleads guilty in scheme to steal People's funds (Connecticut Post)
John M. Claydon Jr., a Fairfield lawyer accused in state court of bilking at least 17 clients out of more than $2.5 million, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to one count of bank fraud.
Former Texas Attorney General Morales out of prison and in halfway house (ABC 13 Texas)
Authorities say former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales is out of federal prison and now in a halfway house near San Antonio.
City attorney prevents lawsuit against sewer director (NWAnews.com)
Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams successfully prevented a lawsuit against the city’s sewer director Friday and filed a motion for summary judgment in the case. (Northwest Arkansas Times)
Infant boy is brain dead, district attorney says (Boston Herald)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A nine-week-old Dracut boy who authorities say was violently shaken has died. Prosecutors say the case is being treated as a murder. Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley says...
City attorney says law unclear about closing streets for festivals (NWAnews.com)
The protocol for how long a city can close a street for a festival is one that is open for discussion, said City Attorney Kit Williams. (Northwest Arkansas Times)
Lawyer: Ex-wife innocent (Orlando Sentinel)
A state lawsuit against the ex-wife of former Florida prisons chief James Crosby should be dismissed because she never spent or received any of his retirement money, her lawyer said.
Commission hires attorney in salary squabble (Jefferson City News Tribune)
The Cole County Commission has approved hiring a local attorney to seek a declaratory judgment to decide the legality of the Cole County Salary Commission's actions in 2004 and 2005.
Attorney general seeking information from Carthage Humane Society (Jefferson City News Tribune)
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Jay Nixon has filed a court petition to force the Carthage Humane Society to produce records as part of a probe into mismanagement and misallocation of funds.
Martinsburg attorney indicted on criminal contempt charge (The Herald-Mail)
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg attorney was indicted this month on a charge of criminal contempt after she allegedly disobeyed a grand jury-issued subpoena to appear in court and produce requested items, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Lawyer takes on Saudi Sharia police (UPI)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Saudi human rights lawyer says the morals police oppress people in the name of religion and act as if the law does not apply to them.
Lawyer accused of breast-feeding newborn while using cocaine (KPLC)
BATON ROUGE, La. A lawyer has been accused of breast-feeding her month-old son while using cocaine and two prescription drugs, which showed up in the baby's system.
Lawyer accused of breast-feeding newborn while using cocaine (KATC3)
BATON ROUGE, La. A lawyer has been accused of breast-feeding her month-old son while using cocaine and two prescription drugs, which showed up in the baby's...
Iraqis sue BNP, AWB over UN oil-for-food: attorney (AFP via Yahoo! News)
French bank BNP Paribas and Australian wheat exporter AWB face a lawsuit in the UN oil-for-food scandal, a lawyer for Iraqis claiming they were denied benefits of the program said.
Attorney General-elect takes on cell phone providers (KAALtv.com)
ST. PAUL (AP) - Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson says she'll push for a new law requiring cell phone companies to be more clear about what can trigger an extended service contract.
Perry March's attorney: No comment (Tennessean)
John Herbison, Perry March’s attorney, said tonight he had been asked not to comment on Arthur March’s death on Perry’s behalf. He would not say who asked him not to comment.
Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng says judical procedures for his case fair (People's Daily)
The newly sentenced Beijing-based lawyer Gao Zhisheng said the judicial procedures for his case was fair.
Louisiana lawyer accused of breast-feeding newborn while using cocaine (ABC 13 Texas)
A lawyer has been accused of breast-feeding her month-old son while using cocaine and two prescription drugs, which showed up in the baby's system.
Anti-Abortion Attorney General Overruled (RedNova)
By Roxana Hegeman Kansas' attorney general, a vocal opponent of abortion, charged a widely known abortion provider with illegally performing late-term abortions, but a Sedgwick County judge on Friday threw out the charges after less than a day. Judge Paul W.
Randa, Goldinger to run for district attorney (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A year after Butler County District Attorney Randa Clark stepped into the top prosecutor's position to fill an unexpired term, the veteran attorney has said she will ask voters to give her a full term in office.
Lawyer gives up practice for life of ministry (The Longview News-Journal)
Ed Blackstone was a successful lawyer when he decided to raise the bar.
Next Steps: Bad advice from the lawyer? (The State)
QUESTION: My husband and I married ten years ago, he for the third time and me for the second after the deaths of our spouses. I have four grown children, and he has three. We both had assets we acquired before we married that we wanted to make sure passed on to our children. We were advised by the lawyer we saw together that instead of going through the hassle and expense of each of us getting a ...
Jury hires attorney for case with gas company (The Natchez Democrat)
VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday to hire an attorney to represent the parish tax assessor in legal proceedings against a gas company.
County attorney to draft ambulance ordinance (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — Adams County may soon have an ordinance to regulate ambulance services. County Attorney Bob Latham said he was planning to have an ordinance that would regulate ambulance services to the board of supervisors this week.
Attorney general seeking information from Carthage Humane Society (Jefferson City News Tribune)
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Jay Nixon has filed a court petition to force the Carthage Humane Society to produce records as part of a probe into mismanagement and misallocation of funds.
Shurtleff honors top attorney, employee (Deseret Morning News)
Stopping serial identity theft and helping uninsured Utahns get health coverage earned two members of the Utah Attorney General's Office top awards.
Jury hires attorney for case with gas company (The Natchez Democrat)
VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday to hire an attorney to represent the parish tax assessor in legal proceedings against a gas company.
County attorney to draft ambulance ordinance (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — Adams County may soon have an ordinance to regulate ambulance services. County Attorney Bob Latham said he was planning to have an ordinance that would regulate ambulance services to the board of supervisors this week.
Attorney Wants Coroner's Statement Tossed (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- Coroner Kimberly Scott's defense attorney is fighting to keep statements she made to police from being introduced during her trial on felony drug and theft charges.
Former Bush senior aide named to U.S. attorney post (The Morning News)
WASHINGTON -- A former Republican political operative and top aide to President Bush was named late Friday as interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.