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Discount health plan seller settles with attorney general (The Burlington Free Press)
Published: Tuesday, December 5, 2006 Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that his office has settled charges that HealthCare Advantage (HCA), a Plantation, Florida-based seller of discount health plans through telemarketing and over the Internet, violated the State’s Consumer Fraud Act. Among other things, the company will offer full refunds to all of its Vermont customers
'Prison Break' Star Can't Recall Fatal Crash, Attorney Says (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
An attorney for actor Lane Garrison says the "Prison Break" star doesn't remember the weekend accident that killed a teen riding in his SUV.
Lawyer: Kuwait appeals court overturns conviction of former Guantánamo prisoner (Miami Herald)
Kuwait's highest court of appeal overturned the conviction of a former Guantánamo Bay prisoner on Tuesday, acquitting him of terror-related charges, his lawyer said.
Stedman makes bid for district attorney (Lancaster Online)
The first time Assistant District Attorney Craig Stedman met the man whose endorsement today ushered in Stedman's bid for county district attorney, the circumstances could not have been worse.
Attorney General Sues Cornhole Game Seller (22 WSBT South Bend)
(AP) The state attorney general’s office has sued a Chesterton man accused of selling cornhole games and never delivering them. The attorney general’s office says Scott Thompson, also known as Scott Klenk, sold the bean-bag toss games to more than 30 people at community festivals around the state, at shopping malls and on the Internet.
Melchior Spiteri's defence lawyer casts doubt over the witnesses' testimony (di-ve)
VALLETTA, Malta (di-ve news)--December 05, 2006 - 2045CET-- The defence lawyer of the man accused of murdering Vittorio Cassone some 13 years ago on Tuesday argued that there was no prima facie evidence for the bill of indictment to be issued against Melchior Spiteri.
Attorney general pursues Chesterton case (Chesterton Tribune)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state attorney general’s office has sued a Chesterton man accused of selling cornhole games and never delivering them.
Judge turns away Saddam lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A federal judge turned aside one of Saddam Hussein's lawyers who wants an American court to step in and issue a stay of execution.
Closed meetings held regarding city attorney (Range News)
After three executive sessions to discuss the city attorney and whether or not council had violated the open meeting law in discussing him, City Council directed City Manager Michael Leighton to "conduct a prompt, thorough and accurate evaluation within 30 days, and directed "legal counsel to clarify questions raised in executive session."
Attorney Daniel Curtin, land use guru, dead at 73 (San Francisco Business Times)
Daniel J. Curtin Jr., a former Walnut Creek city attorney who was know as the dean of California land use law, died suddenly Thursday. He was 73.
Lawyer says death row client not strangler (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A lawyer for the so-called Columbus stocking strangler said Tuesday that serendipitously discovered new evidence bolsters his claim that his death row client, Carlton Gary, was wrongly convicted of raping and murdering three elderly women 20 years ago. Attorney Jack Martin said the evidence — which he says had been suppressed by prosecutors until now— suggests Gary was not the man who terrified
Twp. attorney asks AG to investigate councilman (Edison Sentinel)
Edison Township Attorney Jeff Lehrer has asked the state attorney general's office to consider investigating Councilman Salvatore Pizzi for allegedly disclosing confidential information from a township council closed-session meeting. "A letter has been sent to the state Attorney General's Office," Lehrer said.
NZ lawyer wins 'bizarre conduct' award (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
High profile NZ lawyer Bob Moodie has been named by a London columnist as winner of the world "award for bizarre conduct by a lawyer in 2006".
CMC deemed Aboriginal assault conviction unlikely: lawyer (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The lawyer of a mentally disabled Aboriginal man says a police officer was not charged with assaulting his client because Queensland's corruption watchdog had considered it unlikely he would be convicted.
Michael Gianakos granted court-appointed attorney (KXJB TV 4 Fargo)
A convicted murderer has been granted a court-appointed attorney by a federal judge. Michael Gianakos will be allowed to hire a public defender to appeal his murder conviction.
Attorney Says Teacher Was Not Smoking Marijuana (KITV TheHawaiiChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for one of two teachers accused of smoking marijuana in a car near Mililani Middle School denied there was ever any marijuana involved and said it is a misunderstanding.
Civil suit may block Saddam's hanging: Lawyer (The Times of India)
AMMAN: A lawyer for Saddam Hussein has said that he had appealed to an American court in an attempt to win a stay of execution for the deposed leader, arguing that Saddam's rights had been violated by American troops.
Virginia Attorney General Has Sights on Predators, Land Seizure Powers (Crosswalk.com)
(CNSNews.com) - An expanded mandatory minimum sentence for sexual offenders and additional protections for property rights are among the mix of legislative priorities Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell has pursued, in what he says is an effort to enhance public safety and advance economic freedom.
Nominee for U.S. attorney is in limbo (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Nine months after Rachel Paulose was named acting U.S. attorney for Minnesota, and four months after she was formally nominated for the job by President Bush, her appointment is slipping further into doubt. The U.S. Senate is expected to adjourn this week without acting on the nomination. That would mean that Bush, if he wishes, must resubmit her name to the next Senate, with a new Democratic
Recount: Ford beats County Attorney Mitchell (Mesabi Daily News)
DULUTH — It’s unofficial, but apparently challenger Melanie Ford has pulled a big upset by narrowly defeating incumbent Alan Mitchell in the St. Louis County Attorney race recount.
Esteemed Entertainment Lawyer Dina LaPolt to Teach Class at UCLA, 'Legal and Practical Aspects of the Recording and (SYS-CON Media)
Dina LaPolt, one of America's most esteemed entertainment lawyers, is once again teaching her hugely popular class at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles called, 'Legal and Practical Aspects of the Recording and Publishing Industries.' Dina will be offering her unique perspective starting Tuesday, January 9, 2007 for twelve weeks between 7:00PM - 10:00PM. Whether you are an artist, manager, lawyer,
When you'll need that attorney (Los Angeles Times)
Question : I started my own business a couple of years ago and don't have an attorney. Do I need one?
Lawyer: Actor has no memory of fatal crash (St. Petersburg Times)
Lane Garrison of TV's Prison Break can't recall the accident in which the car he was driving crashed into a tree, killing a teenage passenger and injuring two others, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Attorney playing Santa to kids in shelters (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
VALPARAISO | Northwest Indiana attorney Kenneth J. Allen and his wife, Nina, have played Santa for several years by buying hundreds of Christmas gifts for needy children.
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.
Lawyer: Grkinich just wanted to help people (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CROWN POINT | Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter watched as Robert "Bosko" Grkinich's lawyer told jurors his client was simply helping non-English speaking members of his church on a holy day -- not influencing their vote.
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.
2nd Man Arrested in Burglary at House Where Lawyer Was Killed (Washington Post)
D.C. police have made another arrest in a burglary of the Northwest Washington house where prominent lawyer Robert Wone was slain in the summer.
State's Attorney's Office Under Review (Washington Post)
A team of current and former state prosecutors from across the country is meeting this week with Prince George's County prosecutors, police, judges and defense attorneys to assess how well the state's attorney's office is performing and what it can do to improve.
Civil suit may block Saddam's hanging: Lawyer (The Times of India)
AMMAN: A lawyer for Saddam Hussein has said that he had appealed to an American court in an attempt to win a stay of execution for the deposed leader, arguing that Saddam's rights had been violated by American troops.
Attorney wrangles burglar to the floor (Greensboro News-Record)
GREENSBORO — Attorney Thomas Worth makes a living battling the IRS on behalf of his clients. Fending off a home invader, he realized early Sunday, can be just as taxing.
Lawyer hired to fight Choctaws (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday hired a lawyer to oppose a casino proposed in Jackson County by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Chaz Higgs' lawyer asks judge to postpone preliminary hearing (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Arguing that a crime might not have been committed, the lawyer for Chaz Higgs -- accused of killing his wife, Nevada state Controller Kathy Augustine -- asked a judge Tuesday to postpone Higgs' preliminary hearing so an expert can review the FBI report that found a paralyzing drug in her system.
Shooting victims family hires attorney (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
The family of the 22-year-old Green Bay man killed by a Brown County Sheriffs Department deputy has hired an attorney, according to Nancy Brown, the mother of the victim. Adam AJ Brown was shot and killed Friday.
Attorney general sues Viking Oil over suspended oil deliveries (Boston Herald)
BOSTON - The state has filed a lawsuit against a company that last week suspended heating oil deliveries to customers, who had prepaid for their winter supply. Attorney General Tom Reilly alleges that...
There was no victim, lawyer says (Mississauga News)
Police have not found a little girl allegedly abused sexually on a webcam a week and a half ago because none exists, the lawyer for the accused has charged.
Nixzmary's Mother's Request for New Lawyer Denied (1010 WINS New York)
The mother charged with killing her 7-year-old daughter earlier this year, Nixzmary Brown, has asked a Brooklyn court to dismiss her lawyer.
Mother Of Nixmary Brown Asks For New Lawyer (WNBC)
NEW YORK -- The mother charged with killing her 7-year-old daughter, Nixmary Brown, earlier this year has asked a Brooklyn court to dismiss her lawyer.
Mother of Nixmary Request For New Lawyer Denied (WCBS-TV New York)
The mother charged with killing her 7-year-old daughter earlier this year, Nixmary Brown, has asked a Brooklyn court to dismiss her lawyer. Nixzaliz Santiago, 28, made the request, which was later denied by a judge, on Tuesday in court. The request was made during a pre-trial convened to determine whether a statement Santiago gave to detectives and a videotaped confession about her daughter’s
Lawyer urges judiciary (The Nassau Guardian)
The Bahamian judiciary should recognize prenuptial agreements, a local lawyer has urged. Attorney Nerissa Greene of Halsbury Chambers said that in an ideal world everyone who marries would live happily ever after; however, the reality is that one out of every two marriages will end in divorce.
Zambia: Ndola Lawyer Mumba Escapes Lynching (AllAfrica.com)
IRATE former Swarp Spinning Mills workers yesterday threatened to beat up their lawyer after their appeal case which is before the Supreme Court was adjourned to March next year.
Lawyer hired to fight tribal casino (Casino City Times)
BILOXI, Mississippi – As reported by the Biloxi Sun Herald: "The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday hired a lawyer to oppose a casino proposed in Jackson County by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Attorney Boose pleads not guilty in Masilotti land deal scandal (Sun-Sentinel)
FORT PIERCE – Prominent attorney and lobbyist William R. Boose III pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charges he helped former Palm Beach County Commissioner Tony Masilotti conceal a financial stake in land deals that reaped $1.3 million in profits.
Lawyer seeks jail move for suspect in family's slayings (The Palm Beach Post)
The lawyer for Daniel Troya, one of four people named in connection with the Escobedo family's murders alongside Florida's Turnpike in October, filed a motion to transfer Troya out of the St. Lucie County Jail.
Prominent Attorney Avoids Jail (Hartford Courant)
Prominent Hartford defense attorney Joseph A. Moniz avoided jail time today for violating his probation when a judge ordered him to do more community service.
Bogus attorney in Cape court again (SABC News)
A candidate attorney, who allegedly illegally represented clients in the regional court, made his third appearance in the Wynberg magistrate's court today on three charges of fraud.
Tell all lawyer 'can't handle the truth' (Sydney Morning Herald)
A lawyer who threatens to reveal more about Schapelle Corby's drug conviction can't be trusted, Corby's sister says.
Closed meetings held regarding city attorney (Range News)
After three executive sessions to discuss the city attorney and whether or not council had violated the open meeting law in discussing him, City Council directed City Manager Michael Leighton to "conduct a prompt, thorough and accurate evaluation within 30 days, and directed "legal counsel to clarify questions raised in executive session."
Texas attorney general recognizes Austin hospital (KVUE Austin)
The Texas attorney general has recognized a Austin medical center for its work with children. The University of Texas Medical Branch Austin Women's Hospital was one of 14 Texas hospitals recognized for exemplary achievement.
Nevada Attorney General's Statement on Question 5 Lawsuit (KLAS Las Vegas)
The Attorney General's Office will work constructively with co-defendants, the court and the plaintiffs to both implement the lawful intent of the voters and to work constructively with all involved parties.