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Lawyer in steroids case pleads not guilty, expected to plead guilty (CBS 47 Fresno)
A lawyer who admitted in court papers that he leaked secret grand jury documents in a federal steroids probe to reporters made an initial court appearance this morning on obstruction ...
Conte "Outraged" at Lawyer's Confessed Leaks (KRON 4 Bay Area)
Posted February 15, 2007 at 12:55 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- BALCO founder Victor Conte says it's "outrageous" that his former lawyer has admitted to leaking detailed grand jury transcripts to two San Francisco Chronicle reporters.
Lawyer in steroids case pleads not guilty, expected to plead guilty (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
A lawyer who admitted in court papers that he leaked secret grand jury documents in a federal steroids probe to reporters made an initial court appearance this morning on obstruction ...
New: Assistant McHenry County state's attorney fired (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK -- An assistant McHenry County state’s attorney was fired Thursday, a day after he crashed his car into a utility pole and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Hewitt named to fill in for U.S. Attorney Lam (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO, 2:06 p.m. Feb. 15 (UNION-TRIBUNE): Karen P. Hewitt, third-in-command at the San Diego U.S. Attorney's office, has been chosen by Justice Department officials to replace outgoing top prosecutor Carol Lam on a temporary basis while a committee searches for a permanent candidate.
Ex-Monster lawyer in fraud plea (BBC News)
A former top lawyer for website Monster pleads guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud regarding stock options.
Colorado lawyer pleads guilty in BALCO leak case (ESPN)
A Colorado lawyer pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by leaking grand jury documents to reporters covering the government's probe of steroids in sports.
Lawyer admits obstructing justice in steroids probe (Houston Chronicle)
A Colorado lawyer pleaded guilty Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government's probe of steroids in sports.
NEW: Interim U.S. Attorney named to succeed Ryan (Oakland Tribune)
The Justice Department named an interim replacement today for U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, who'll spend his last day as Northern California's top federal prosecutor Friday. Ryan was one seven U.S.
Qualcomm Hires Ousted U.S. Attorney (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday that recently ousted U.S. Attorney Carol Lam will join its legal department as senior vice president and legal counsel, effective Feb. 26.
Lawyer's guilty plea gets BALCO reporters off hook (USA Today)
Lawyer Troy Ellerman pleaded guilty Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking grand jury documents to reporters covering the U.S. probe of steroids in sports. He could receive a two-year prison term and $250,000 fine. The plea means San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams will not be jailed for failing to reveal their source.
County attorney, HOA to meet (The Arizona Republic)
Maricopa County Attorney's Office staff members said they will meet with a Gilbert HOA to clear up what they deem ''inappropriate misinformation'' and a ''passing of the buck'' by Chandler police.
Attorney pleads guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO -- An attorney with a La Jolla office and a Carlsbad residence has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy and wire fraud charges in connection with investment program that authorities allege caused investors to lose millions of dollars.
Attorney general's office to look into deadly Vista shootings by officers (North County Times)
Prosecutors with the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday that they will investigate seven recent officer-involved shootings that occurred in San Diego County -- including the Sept. 3 shooting of Chargers linebacker Steve Foley by an off-duty officer.
Hewitt Named Interim U.S. Attorney In San Diego (10 News San Diego)
The Justice Department announces the appointment of Karen P. Hewitt, currently the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, to be the Interim U.S. Attorney, replacing Carol Lam.
Poultry Firms Seek Oklahoma Attorney General's Testimony (KOTV 6 Tulsa)
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- An attorney for an Arkansas poultry company targeted in a lawsuit over water quality in Oklahoma's rivers asks a federal judge Thursday to allow his firm to depose Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson.
Colo. Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Charge in Steroids Probe (Washington Post)
A Colorado lawyer pleads guilty Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government's probe of steroids in sports.
PCFA commissioners clash on attorney, budget (The Warren Reporter)
OXFORD -- Antagonism between Pollution Control Financing Authority (PCFA) board members surfaced at the Feb. 7 re-organization meeting when commissioners disagreed on selection of an interim attorney and a budget line item.
Cole lawyer presses for large damages (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
NORFOLK -- A lawsuit against Sudan by the families of the 17 sailors killed in the 2000 terrorist bombing of the destroyer Cole should be tried under a law allowing the families to seek more than $100 million in damages, the plaintiffs' lawyer argued yesterday.
Attorney general says he's open to changes (Knoxville News Sentinel)
NASHVILLE - Tennessee shouldn't have to rely on the federal government to investigate public corruption in the state, lawmakers told Attorney General Bob Cooper on Wednesday.
Appeals court: 'Clear evidence' attorney was derelict in his professional duties (Savannah Morning News)
Judges acted properly when they suspended Savannah attorney Benjamin Eichholz from practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Attorney general urges PUC to end fixed-rate gas plans (Winona Daily News)
ST. PAUL (AP) — Attorney General Lori Swanson on Thursday asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to investigate fixed-billing programs for natural gas offered by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.
Assistant McHenry County state's attorney fired (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK -- An assistant McHenry County state’s attorney was fired Thursday, a day after he crashed his car into a utility pole and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Natchez attorney attends conference (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — City Attorney Everett Sanders was in Washington, D.C., last weekend. Sanders was at the Democratic National Committee conference as a representative for the state.
Lawyer admits obstructing justice in steroids probe (Houston Chronicle)
SAN FRANCISCO — A Colorado lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government's probe of steroids in sports. Troy Ellerman could be sent to prison for as long as two years and fined up to $250,000 for the convictions. He also could lose his license to practice law.
Colorado lawyer pleads guilty to obstructing justice (Denver Post)
A Colorado lawyer pleaded guilty Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government's probe of steroids in sports.
Man Sues Attorney, Real Estate Investor (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- A Rogers man has filed a lawsuit against a Bentonville attorney and a real estate investor, saying they mismanaged his money, knowing he was severely dyslexic and had spent time in a mental treatment facility.
Scalia's daughter hires top attorney in DUI case (Chicago Sun-Times)
The daughter of a U.S. Supreme Court justice has retained a prominent DUI attorney to fight charges she drove drunk with three children in her van. Ann S. Banaszewski, 45, was arrested Monday by Wheaton police as she drove away from a McDonald's.
City attorney launches investigation (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN FRANCISCO - Questions raised over the amount of money paid out to a former city staffer who had an affair with Mayor Gavin Newsom has prompted an investigation by the city attorney.
Interim federal attorney appointed (Tri-Valley Herald)
The Justice Department named an interim replacement Thursday for U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, wholl spend his last day as Northern Californias top federal prosecutor today. Ryan was one of seven U.S.
Interim attorney named to replace Ryan (Inside Bay Area)
The Justice Department named an interim replacement Thursday for U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, who will spend his last day as Northern California's top federal prosecutor today.
Lawyer faces two years for BALCO leaks (Contra Costa Times)
A Colorado lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to obstructing justice by leaking secret grand jury documents to two reporters covering the government's investigation of steroids in sports.
SAN FRANCISCO / Interim U.S. attorney is appointed / Justice Dept. picks an insider from Washington, D.C. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Justice Department named an interim replacement Thursday for U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, who resigned last month as the top federal prosecutor for coastal Northern California and whose final day on the job is today. Scott Schools, 44, now serves as...
Lawyer enters guilty plea as BALCO leaker / Government backs off reporters -- they avoid prison terms (San Francisco Chronicle)
Two Chronicle reporters avoided possible prison terms Thursday when federal prosecutors dropped their demands that they identify their confidential source for athletes' testimony in the BALCO steroids case, after a lawyer pleaded guilty to leaking grand jury...
IN Attorney General Offers Tips to Protect You from Super Bowl Ticket Scams (News 25 Evansville)
INDIANAPOLIS - Attorney General Steve Carter is warning Hoosiers heading to the Super Bowl to beware of bogus ticket scams. Many of the scams, Carter said, are happening through online auction websites.
Attorney accused of secretly taping sex acts (The State Journal-Register)
A Lincoln attorney has been accused in a disciplinary complaint with secretly taping sexual encounters with five different women, including three former clients and an employee, in his home between 1991 and 1997.
Westchester Lawyer Admits Stealing Millions (1010 WINS New York)
A Westchester real estate lawyer has admitted to stealing more than $20 million from clients and banks.
NEW LOCAL: District attorney disputes police claim (New Castle News)
The district attorney said an Ellwood City officer’s claims police were not included in a plea arrangement are untrue.
Scalia's Daughter Hires Top DUI Attorney (NBC 5 Chicago)
"She's a good mom, she's a good wife, a good family person," a prominent attorney says of his high-profile client who's accused of driving drunk with her children in her car.
Lawyer enters guilty plea as BALCO leaker / Government backs off reporters -- they avoid prison terms (San Francisco Chronicle)
Two Chronicle reporters avoided possible prison terms Thursday when federal prosecutors dropped their demands that they identify their confidential source for athletes' testimony in the BALCO steroids case, after a lawyer pleaded guilty to leaking grand jury...
Dutch Court Orders Goudstikker Heir to Pay Lawyer a Guarantee (Bloomberg.com)
Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- A Dutch court ordered the heir to Jacques Goudstikker, a Jewish gallery owner who fled the advancing Nazis, to pay her lawyer a 7.9 million-euro ($10.4 million) bank guarantee for helping recover 202 artworks.
Lawyer: Dismiss gun charges against Tank Johnson (Chicago Tribune)
Hoping to capitalize on Illinois' complex definition of residency, the lawyer for Bears player Terry "Tank" Johnson said Friday that misdemeanor gun possession charges against his client should be dismissed because the defensive lineman is a "non-resident" not bound by the state's registration laws for firearms owners.
New York lawyer admits stealing $20 million for condos, wedding, high pay for staff (Boston Herald)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A lawyer pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20 million from a bank and at least one client, spending the loot on vacation homes, a wedding and generous salaries for his employees,...
Miss. attorney general seeks to block State Farm from barring new business in state (Boston Herald)
JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday he will seek legislation aimed at blocking State Farm Insurance Cos. from refusing to write new homeowners and commercial policies in...
Attorney Guilty of BALCO Testimony Leak (ABC News)
Colorado Attorney Pleads Guilty to Leaking BALCO Testimony, Could Face Significant Prison Time
Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Bilking $20M to Fund Wedding, Homes (Fox News)
A real estate lawyer on Thursday admitted that he had fraudently gained $20 million, which he used on such extravagances as a wedding and vacation homes.
Miss. Attorney General will try to block State Farm's pull-back (USA Today)
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday that he will seek legislation aimed at blocking State Farm Insurance from refusing to write new homeowners and commercial policies in the hurricane-battered state.
Attorney indicted over probe at church that elder Bush attended (Boston Globe)
A prominent Greenwich defense attorney was charged Friday with obstructing justice and destroying evidence in a probe of child pornography involving the music director at a church where former President Bush once worshipped.
Attorney indicted over probe at church that elder Bush attended (WTNH-TV New Haven)
(New Haven-AP, Feb. 16, 2007 3:07 PM) _ A prominent Greenwich defense attorney has been charged with obstructing justice and destroying evidence.
Lawyer: Anna Nicole Smith obsessed with death, had burial dress (Reality TV World)
The late Anna Nicole Smith was obsessed with death and already had a dress selected for her burial, a lawyer told a Broward County, Fla., judge.