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Attorney's office searched (Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON - Authorities searched an office of a Bloomington defense attorney Wednesday, but declined to say what they were looking for. Attorney Chris Gramm said authorities did search his office in connection with a client's property. But Gramm said he has not been charged with wrongdoing.
Lawyer: Vela was coerced into helping robbers (Sioux City Journal)
MADISON, Neb. (AP) -- A lawyer for one of the gunmen in the 2002 Norfolk bank murders argued Monday that his client was forced to participate in the plot.
Attorney disqualified from Davis scam case (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A federal magistrate on Monday disqualified attorney Paul Gotay from representing a Layton couple accused of bilking the Davis School District of millions of dollars meant to help disadvantaged students, ruling the lawyer has actual and potential conflicts in the case. U.S. Magistrate Brooke Wells made her decision after hearing arguments on a prosecution motion to remove Gotay, then advised
Rosses' attorney booted (Deseret Morning News)
A federal judge has ordered the attorney for a couple at the center of a Davis County School district scandal booted from the case, citing several conflicts of interest and the fact that he agreed to hold $381,000 in funds for his clients.
Attorney Disbarred After Deal Gone Bad Ponders Destruction of 56-Year Career (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
At age 83, Morton S. Robson is no longer trying to build his reputation as an attorney. He's doing his best to salvage it. A complicated deal gone bad a few years ago led to his disbarment in May, and he continues to face a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages.
Danville lawyer died from gunshot wound, not fire (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
It was a gunshot, not a fire that killed a Danville lawyer. Police say an autopsy determined that Gary Bengston died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Lawyer wants end to estate claims (Calgary Sun)
It's time to put an end to a Washington woman's claims against the estate of a Calgary oilman she said she secretly married, a lawyer said yesterday. Grant Stapon said Sherry Avena should not be allowed to proceed with an action seeking a share of Joe Phillips' estate as his common-law spouse.
Kline chosen as Johnson County district attorney (Lawrence Journal-World)
Republican activists picked Attorney General Phill Kline as Johnson County’s new district attorney Monday night to replace the Democrat who ousted him from statewide office last month.
Designer drug suspect's lawyer withdraws (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - Worcester lawyer Peter L. Ettenberg yesterday was allowed to withdraw as the lawyer for drug defendant Thomas J. Vigliatura in U.S. District Court.
Case of missing attorney headed to grand jury (The Leaf Chronicle)
District Attorney General John Carney said the case against missing attorney Van Riggins, who has been accused of taking $200,000 from his clients, will eventually be presented to a local grand jury.
DA asks for help finding lawyer (The Monterey County Herald)
The District Attorney's Office is asking the public's help in locating a former lawyer on the lam from a possible prison sentence for embezzling $412,000 from clients.
Missing mother led secret life, attorney says (Contra Costa Times)
The defense attorney representing murder suspect Hans Reiser painted missing mother Nina Reiser as a woman who had been engaging in deviant sexual behavior and whose family has ties to Russian secret police and intelligence agencies.
Cheaper to appoint con-con delegates -- Arroyo lawyer (INQ7.net)
THE proposed constitutional convention to amend the 1987 Charter may cost less if its members were to be appointed instead of elected by the people, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s election lawyer said Tuesday.
City lawyer killer's cousin guilty of murder too (Daily Mail)
A second member of killer Donnel Carty's family was facing life in jail after being convicted of murder. Carty, 19, was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 21 years two weeks ago for the murder of young lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce during a robbery
GMA’s lawyer pushes Con-con appointments (The Manila Times)
It gets curiouser and curioser at the House of Representatives. President Arroyo’s election lawyer Romulo B. Macalintal appeared on Tuesday with a packet of proposals for Speaker Jose de Venecia, chief proponent of Charter change.
Attorney Faces 30 Years For 'Mortgage Scheme' (NBC 5 Chicago)
A jury convicts a 60-year-old attorney of bank fraud in what prosecutors say was a mortgage scheme.
Attorney Convicted In Alleged Mortgage Scheme (CBS 2 Chicago)
A federal jury in Chicago has convicted a 60-year-old attorney of bank fraud in what prosecutors say was a mortgage scheme.
Cousin of City lawyer's killer facing jail (ITN via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A cousin of the teenager who killed City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce is facing jail for his part in a gang murder.
Lawyer charged (The Flint Journal)
FLINT - Investigators dug up $96,000 in cash buried in the backyard of a lawyer suspected of bilking upward of a half-million dollars from vulnerable clients.
Attorney drops Williams lawsuit (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A Norfolk, Va., attorney who claimed he gave money to Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jimmy Williams while he was a player at Virginia Tech has dropped a lawsuit against the rookie. Carl La Mondue filed suit against Williams, a Hampton native, and his father last month, demanding they reimburse him about $55,000. La Mondue filed a notice in Norfolk Circuit Court on Thursday that he was withdrawing the ...
Lawyer to block cash offer for spraying victims (CBC Saskatchewan)
A lawyer who wants to sue Ottawa on behalf of former workers at CFB Gagetown says he'll try to block a federal compensation package expected for people harmed by herbicide spraying.
Center City Park garden named in honor of Greensboro attorney (BizJournals)
A garden in Greensboro's new Center City Park has been named in honor of Charles E. Melvin Jr., a Smith Moore attorney whose 50-year practice has included service to the city and downtown.
GMA’s lawyer pushes Con-con appointments (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
It gets curiouser and curioser at the House of Representatives. President Arroyo’s election lawyer Romulo Macalintal appeared on Tuesday with a packet of proposals for Speaker Jose de Venecia, chief proponent of Charter change.
H. Candace Gorman: Reporter Envy (Or Why a Guantánamo Attorney Dreams of Being a Reporter) (HuffingtonPost)
I was a journalism major for three semesters in college, before I moved on to something more practical, philosophy. And now, after being an attorney for almost 25 years, I find myself wishing I had gotten that degree in journalism instead of philosophy. I go to bed dreaming of being a reporter. I dream about sneaking press credentials. I wonder if I can get anyone to give me credentials as a ...
Rep. Asks U.S. Attorney General To Examine Duke Lacrosse Case (WSOC-TV 9 Charlotte)
DURHAM, N.C. -- GOP Rep. Walter Jones wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the district attorney prosecuting three Duke lacrosse players charged with rape has violated their civil rights.
Attorney facing charges of embezzlement (The Saginaw News)
FLINT -- Investigators dug up $96,000 in cash buried in the backyard of an attorney suspected of bilking upward of a half-million dollars from vulnerable clients.
U.S. Attorney General asked to examine lacrosse case (Greensboro News-Record)
DURHAM (AP) — GOP Rep. Walter Jones wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the district attorney prosecuting three Duke lacrosse players charged with rape has violated their civil rights. In his letter to U.S. (Credit: "")
Shawnee County District Attorney says some new laws need tweaking (49 ABC News Topeka)
Unintended consequences of new laws spurred Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht to vocalize his concerns. One concern centers on a mandatory 90-day jail sentence for those caught driving on a suspended license.
Sanjay Dutt ropes in top defence lawyer (The Times of India)
The actor has roped in top defence lawyer V R Manohar as his counsel to seek further extension of time on Dec 19.
Local Lawyer Accused Of Stealing Thousands From The Elderly (WNEM TV 5 Mid-Michigan)
(TV5) -- A local lawyer is accused of violating the trust of the elderly and young, allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from them. The Genesee County Prosecutor says 35 year-old Shannon Pitcher bilked five people, three of whom were in their 90's, out of half a million dollars.
Jones asks U.S. Attorney General to examine Duke lacrosse case (News 14 Carolina)
DURHAM -- GOP Rep. Walter Jones wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the district attorney prosecuting three Duke University lacrosse players charged with rape has violated their civil rights.
County Attorney says governor's staff threatened retaliation (KTVK Phoenix)
PHOENIX (AP) -- Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Tuesday that a high-ranking official in Gov. Janet Napolitano's office threatened to withhold state funding as retaliation for the cost of his crackdown on repeat offenders.
Dingell, Markey Blast FCC Lawyer (MultiChannel News)
The two incoming House Democrats who will begin to oversee the Federal Communications Commission in January said Tuesday that the agency’s top lawyer failed to justify a decision allowing FCC Republican Robert McDowell to vote on AT&T’s merger with BellSouth.
Murdoch's lawyer challenges killer's conviction (Northern Territory News)
BRADLEY John Murdoch's murder conviction for the shooting death of backpacker Peter Falconio was a "substantial miscarriage of justice", his lawyer said yesterday.
Rights lawyer, Bayan Muna member killed (INQ7.net)
GUBAT, SORSOGON -- Human rights lawyer Gil Gojol had just attended a court hearing and was inside a van when men on motorcycles gunned him down. Bayan Muna member Cisanto Frivaldo was at home when two men burst in and shot him dead.
Attorney facingcharges ofembezzlement (The Saginaw News)
FLINT -- Investigators dug up $96,000 in cash buried in the backyard of an attorney suspected of bilking upward of a half-million dollars from vulnerable clients.
Attorney General Praises Internet Crime Task Force (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales visited the Philadelphia area Tuesday to discuss the importance of protecting kids online. Gonzales met with local law enforcement, and toured a facility in media that deals with Internet crimes against children.
Unorthodox attorney Ellis Rubin dies at 81 (MSNBC)
Longtime defense attorney Ellis Rubin, originator of such defenses as television intoxication leading to murder and nymphomania as prostitution's cause in a frequently unorthodox five-decade legal career, died Tuesday at 81.
Attorney Ellis Rubin Dies (365Gay.com)
(Miami, Florida) Longtime defense attorney Ellis Rubin, the first person to launch a federal lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, has died. He was 81.
Ellis Rubin, headline-grabbing Miami attorney, is dead (Miami Herald)
Ellis Stuart Rubin, the publicity-loving Miami attorney whose unconventional defense strategies and high-profile cases kept him in the headlines for decades, died Tuesday of cancer at 81.
Attorney, court official indicted in Abramoff hiring (Los Angeles Times)
Washington -- A grand jury in Guam on Tuesday indicted a California attorney and a former Guam court official on charges they conspired to circumvent the island territory's procurement laws in the secret hiring of then-Washington, D.C., lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Activist Chinese lawyer put on trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
An activist Chinese lawyer was put on trial on subversion charges but his family and lawyer were barred from attending, his attorney said Wednesday.
Murdoch lawyer argues theory of witness (The West Australian)
A key expert witness used an "entirely unenlightened" theory to identify Bradley John Murdoch in an Alice Springs truck stop the night he allegedly murdered British backpacker Peter Falconio, his lawyer has told an appeal hearing.
District attorney kicks off campaign to combat holiday drunken driving (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO - San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis joined about 40 of her counterparts from throughout the state Tuesday in launching a first-of-its-kind coordinated effort to combat drunken driving during the holidays.
Lawyer Calls Reiser Divorce 'Hostile And Acrimonious' (KRXI-TV Reno)
During the second day of testimony in Hans Reiser's preliminary hearing, a lawyer for his missing and estranged wife Nina Reiser characterized the two years of divorce proceedings between the couple as "extremely hostile and acrimonious."
Petition to Change Form of Govt. to be reviewed by Attorney General (WTVY-TV 4)
The legality of the controversial petition to change Dothan's form of government, will now be put to the test, by Alabama Attorney General Troy King. City officials are taking the matter to King, because they say the petition may not legally bind them to do what those who sign it want.
City of Atlanta Lawyer to Audition for Trump (Law.com)
A lawyer for the city of Atlanta has a chance to get a job from Donald Trump -- but he'll have to do better than other practicing attorneys have done on the first five seasons of NBC's "The Apprentice."
Rep. Jones asks U.S. Attorney General for help in Duke case (The Daily Reflector)
DURHAM — GOP Rep. Walter Jones wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the district attorney prosecuting three Duke University lacrosse players charged with rape has violated their civil rights.
City attorney: Barnwell project is likely to move forward (North County Times)
OCEANSIDE -- The city's top attorney said Tuesday that a relatively clean soil report for three homes being built on Barnwell Street means that construction at the controversial site will in all likelihood resume, despite continued outcry from the neighbors.
Attorney: Meeting should’ve been open (The Index-Journal)
Greenwood School District 50 should have handled its countersuit differently than it did, according to a South Carolina Press Association attorney.