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Top U.S. attorney in Bay Area resigns (San Jose Mercury News)
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan on Tuesday resigned as the Justice Department's top law enforcement official in Northern California, ending a stormy tenure as his powerful office continues to probe Silicon Valley's stock-option backdating scandal, the Balco steroids case and the Hewlett-Packard spying drama. Post a Comment
Top U.S. attorney in Bay Area resigns (San Jose Mercury News)
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan on Tuesday resigned as the Justice Department's top law enforcement official in Northern California, ending a stormy tenure as his powerful office continues to probe Silicon Valley's stock-option backdating scandal, the Balco steroids case and the Hewlett-Packard spying drama.
U.S. Attorney for Bay Area resigns / Ryan investigated stock options fraud, violent gang crime and steroids in sports, ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan announced his resignation Tuesday as chief federal prosecutor for coastal Northern California, ending a 4 1/2-year tenure marked by high-profile cases on stock options fraud and steroids in sports and some high-level criticism of his...
Attorney: Rapist convicted on bad evidence (News Journal)
MANSFIELD -- The most serious charges against Charles Merritt should be dismissed because of a lack of physical evidence, an attorney said. Merritt, 48, was convicted of six counts, including two counts of rape involving an 11-year-old girl, in a January 2006 trial.
Ruling on media ban request may hasten Cornwall abuse inquiry: lawyer (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
A lawyer for abuse victims at a public inquiry in Cornwall believes the latest ruling striking down a request for a publication ban on the identity of a priest, who was acquitted of sexual abuse, will help speed up the hearing.
Lawyer challenges Bali death sentences (Sydney Morning Herald)
A LAWYER for two Australian heroin traffickers on death row in Bali has filed a constitutional challenge against the death penalty.
Attorney Says Tomi Rae Suing For Half Of James Brown's Estate (NBC 26 Augusta)
Tomi Rae Brown's attorney says she is planning to sue for half of James Brown's estate.
Judges unfit to rule on anti-terror policy, says Attorney General Gonzales (Detroit News)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says federal judges are unqualified to make rulings affecting national security policy, ramping up his criticism of how they handle terrorism cases.
Navy Lawyer from Topeka Arraigned Today for Passing Secret Info About Guantanamo Inmates (WIBW-TV Topeka)
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Navy lawyer charged with passing secret information about Guantanamo Bay detainees to an unauthorized person will be arraigned today in a military court, the Navy said.
Haditha attorney accuses Pentagon of deception (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for the leader of a group of U.S. Marines accused of murdering 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, said on Wednesday that Pentagon officials intentionally misled or deceived the public about the case.
Coakley sworn in as new state attorney general (Boston Globe)
Attorney General Martha Coakley returned to her hometown Wednesday and took the oath of office as the state's top law enforcer, becoming the first woman to hold the job.
U.S. Attorney for Bay Area resigns / Ryan investigated stock options fraud, violent gang crime and steroids in sports, ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan announced his resignation Tuesday as chief federal prosecutor for coastal Northern California, ending a 4 1/2-year tenure marked by high-profile cases on stock options fraud and steroids in sports and some high-level criticism of his...
Coakley Sworn In As State Attorney General (The Boston Channel)
Attorney General Martha Coakley returned to her hometown Wednesday and took the oath of office as the state's top law enforcer.
Defense attorney claims search by Fostoria police chief was illegal (The Toledo Blade)
FOSTORIA — A Fostoria attorney is asking a Seneca County Common Pleas judge to prohibit prosecutors from using crack cocaine and the defendant’s statements as evidence in a trial because he claims the discovery was based on an illegal search of the suspect’s car.
Lawyer: Judge is biased (The Daily Iberian)
LAFAYETTE — The lawyer for a New Iberia teenager accused of killing three of his friends while driving drunk has asked that a judge be removed from the case due to a possible conflict of interest.
Utah attorney argues brother's death in Denver court (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 12:53 PM- DENVER - In the past dozen years, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue has lost his parents, his law partner and his younger brother. The latter was the most traumatic. Kenneth Trentadue was found hanged in 1995 in a federal prison in Oklahoma.
BALCO prosecuting attorney resigns: reports (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney Kevin Ryan, whose prosecution of the BALCO steroid trafficking scandal led to five convictions, has reportedly resigned.
Cops: Lawyer Naked With Teen in Court (phillyburbs.com)
A criminal defense lawyer was arrested after a sheriff's deputy found him naked with a 14-year-old girl in a courthouse conference room, authorities said Tuesday.
Lawyer accused of spilling Guantánamo secrets (Miami Herald)
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Navy lawyer charged with passing secret information about Guantánamo Bay detainees to an unauthorized person was arraigned today in a military court.
Attorney in caged kids case seeks new trial (The Toledo Blade)
NORWALK, Ohio — An attorney for the Huron County parents who were convicted of abusing their 11 adopted children by forcing some of them to sleep in cages said today he has filed a request for a new trial, based on a missing report from the state and possible perjury.
US Navy lawyer faces court-martial over Guantanamo leaks (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A US Navy lawyer accused of leaking the names of detainees at a US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a non-governmental organization will be court-martialed, the navy said.
Hewlett-Packard Ex-Chairwoman Dunn Offered Deal, Lawyer Claims (Bloomberg.com)
Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, charged with felony conspiracy and identity theft in a boardroom leak probe at the company, was offered a plea bargain to one misdemeanor charge, a co-defendant's lawyer said.
Conyers, Berman call seek answers from Attorney General (The Hill)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and ranking member Howard Berman (D-Calif.) Wednesday called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to clarify the administration's request for U.S. Attorney Carol Lam's resignation.
Lawyer earns rare French honour (Daily Telegraph)
Beneath the crystal chandeliers and gilt carvings of an 18th-century Paris salon, the French government granted one of its highest honours to a British lawyer on Tuesday evening.
New Questions in Bonds Investigation After a U.S. Attorney Resigns (New York Times)
The sudden resignation of Kevin V. Ryan, the United States attorney for the Northern District of California who was leading an investigation of Balco, raises questions of what this will mean for Barry Bonds.
Stock options, steroids mark departing U.S. Attorney's tenure (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN FRANCISCO - Kevin Ryan may not be a household name, but two criminal investigations that the departing U.S. attorney for coastal Northern California is overseeing are widely known: steroids in sports and stock options backdating by corporate America.
Lawyer tried over detainee leak (News Interactive)
A US Navy lawyer accused of spying over the leaking of the names of inmates at Guantanamo Bay will be court-martialled, the navy confirmed today.
U.S. Attorney Lam resigns (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO -- Ending days of speculation, San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Carol Lam announced Tuesday afternoon in a news release that she will step down from the job on Feb. 15.
Lawyer tried over detainee leak (News Interactive)
A US navy lawyer accused of leaking the names of detainees at a US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a non-governmental organisation will be court-martialled.
Lawyer: Marine has agreed to plead guilty in Iraqi murder case (The San Francisco Examiner)
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine corporal has agreed to plead guilty in the death of an Iraqi man last year, becoming the fifth person to do so, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Police: Lawyer Arrested After Found Naked With Adolescent in Courthouse Building (Law.com)
A Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer who had been suspended from practicing for a year and a half in the mid-1990s has been arrested after being found naked on Monday with an adolescent in a local Criminal Justice Center conference room.
Suit: Lawyer was victim of police beating (The Daily Record)
A Bowie lawyer who claims that a police brutality incident cost him his career is suing Montgomery County and two of its police officers for $10 million.
U.S. Attorney Ryan's Departure May Be Part of Bush Administration Purge (Law.com)
Just about the entire San Francisco federal bar figured U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan would be on his way out this year. They just didn't bank on his departure being part of an apparent Bush administration purge of U.S. Attorneys.
Suit: Lawyer was victim of police beating (The Daily Record)
A Bowie lawyer who claims that a police brutality incident cost him his career is suing Montgomery County and two of its police officers for $10 million.
Roe V. Wade Lawyer Stops By (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - Despite her success helping to protect abortion rights, famed Texas lawyer Sarah Weddington acknowledged the fight is never over.
U.S. attorney demands records of builder's deals (The Star-Ledger)
The U.S. Attorney's Office has subpoenaed all records of Somerville's dealings with builder Jack Morris since 2003, when the borough chose him to undertake its showpiece redevelopment project that remains stalled.
Whalen attorney decries delays in DNA testing (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The attorney for convicted killer Donald Whalen complained Wednesday that delays in DNA testing may be delaying justice for his client.
Attorney is disbarred by high court for stealing from client (Bismarck Tribune)
A Dickinson attorney has been disbarred by the North Dakota Supreme Court, which said Tuesday that the disciplinary hearing board's recommendation to suspend his license for 18 months wasn't strict enough.
Attorney general: NSA spy program to be reformed (ZDNet India)
The Bush administration will substantially alter its controversial domestic surveillance program by seeking approval for wiretaps from a secret court, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday.
Defense: Murder suspect was denied an attorney (St. Petersburg Times)
Hillsborough sheriff's detectives "ignored and then thwarted" David Lee Onstott's repeated requests to speak with an attorney before charging him in the slaying of a 13-year-old Ruskin girl, his lawyers say.
Latest water fight: $367K lawyer bill (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- Oakland County officials are balking at bills from a lawyer who charged water customers more than $367,000 last year while trying to settle a fight for control of the Detroit system.
U.S. Attorney Ryan's Departure May Be Part of Bush Administration Purge (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Just about the entire San Francisco federal bar figured U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan would be on his way out this year. Rumors of Ryan's departure have gained steam over the past year, as his first four-year term neared its end last July -- and since two Department of Justice audits knocked his management style and cited the office's flagging morale.
Police on lookout for other assault victims of lawyer (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Police are looking for other possible victims of a criminal defense lawyer who allegedly was caught naked with a 14-year-old girl in a courthouse conference room.
'Civil Action' attorney to speak to Danvers neighbors (Boston Globe)
Later this month, the attorney who became famous for fighting on behalf of residents of a Woburn neighborhood made sick by toxic waste will speak to Danvers residents whose neighborhood was devastated last year by a chemical explosion.
Lawyer posts $1M after indictment made (Asbury Park Press)
NEW YORK: A New Jersey lawyer indicted on charges of running a former client's brothel was released on bail Wednesday after posting a bank account worth more than $1 million as collateral.
'PIMP' LAWYER FREE (New York Post)
The disgraced lawyer accused of helping a piggish pimp launder thousands in dirty money - then brazenly taking over the cathouse when his client ended up in the clink -- was released on $1 million bail yesterday. Paul Bergrin, a former federal...
Floyd County attorney gets anew staff (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
CHARLES CITY --- Floyd County supervisors on Tuesday approved County Attorney Jesse Marzen's recommendations for new staff members.
Rights lawyer joins top Bayan Muna nominees (INQ7.net)
MANILA, Philippines -- A human and civil rights lawyer was chosen on Thursday to be one of the top three nominees of the militant party list Bayan Muna for the May elections.
Lawsuit Filed Against Attorney Accused of Murder (WCBS 880 New York)
As the criminal case continues, the family of a Fairfield man allegedly killed by an attorney who thought he had molested his daughter has filed a $5 million lawsuit.
Attorney To Meet With Danvers Blast Victims (WCVB TheBostonChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A well-known attorney will meet with Danvers residents affected by that chemical plant explosion back in November.