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Attorney General sues Bulk Petroleum over environmental violation (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa attorney general's office is suing Bulk Petroleum Corporation over charges of failing to comply with underground storage tank laws.
Attorney's office subject of shakeup (Cheektowaga Times)
Reorganization is expected next week in the town attorney's office following Michael Stachowski's announcement that he will retire as Cheektowaga's top law advisor along with Jennifer Runfola's decision to step down as deputy town attorney and return to private practice.
LA city attorney posts prosecutors in gang-plagued middle school (The Fresno Bee)
The city attorney will assign two full-time prosecutors to work in a Watts middle school that he described Thursday as "a taxpayer-funded gang-recruitment center."
Pickton lawyer attacks cop interview (CNews)
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. -- RCMP interrogators repeatedly lied to, misled and even threatened accused serial killer Robert Pickton, his lawyer suggested Thursday.
LA city attorney posts prosecutors in gang-plagued middle school (KESQ)
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles city attorney will assign two full-time prosecutors to work in a Watts middle school that he described today as "a taxpayer-funded gang-recruitment center."
Obliging attorney faces polite accusers (Guardian Unlimited)
The attorney general faced his accusers yesterday. Except these accusers were peers in the House of Lords. It was not a gruelling experience, more like facing down very sleepy members of the Polite Society.
Harman breaks ministerial ranks over loss of public trust in attorney general (Guardian Unlimited)
The constitutional affairs minister, Harriet Harman, is to break ranks by arguing that public trust in the role of the attorney general has been undermined, and this should be addressed by requiring his legal advice, including on issues such as the legality of military action, to be published as a matter of course.
Attorney: DNA Disproves Girl's Sex Accusations (KSAT ClickOnSA.com via Yahoo! News)
Two Schreiner University seniors said they provided DNA proof that showed they didn't sexually assault a girl, defense attorney's said.
BREAKING NEWS: Mobile County District Attorney says David Thomas violated court order (NBC 15 Mobile)
In a motion filed late Thursday, The Mobile County District Attorney's Office has charges former Mobile County School Board Commissioner David Thomas has defied a circuit court's "no-contact" order by making more than a thousand telephone calls over several months last year to two school system employees. Read the news release here.
Attorney will file appeal of murder conviction of San Diego woman (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO - An attorney representing a 33-year-old mother of four plans to file an appeal following her conviction for first-degree murder in the poison death of her 23-year-old Marine husband, whose 250,000 life insurance policy she used in part to pay for breast implants.
District attorney says he's not bound by deals (Knoxville News Sentinel)
CLINTON - Anderson County's district attorney general says he's not bound by prior plea agreements in two murder cases because they were nixed by a judge.
Attorney wants more ID-theft protection (Winston-Salem Journal)
The number of people falling victim to identity theft dropped last year, but some North Carolina businesses aren’t doing enough to protect their workers’ personal identification, a local attorney said yesterday.
Attorney arrested on drug charges (The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia — Practicing Miss-Lou attorney Robert E. Clark was arrested on drug charges Saturday.
Longtime federal prosecutor will fill in as the interim U.S. attorney for Arizona (Arizona Daily Star)
The U.S. Justice Department has named Daniel Knauss as interim U.S. attorney for the Arizona District.
Interim U.S. attorney pick snubs senators (Tucson Citizen)
The Department of Justice, dodging recommendations from Arizona's two U.S. senators, has named veteran federal prosecutor Daniel Knauss as interim U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona.
Narbonne parents retain a lawyer (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Girls basketball: Injunction could overthrow ban. HARBOR CITY - Parents from the Narbonne High girls basketball team have retained a lawyer and will file a temporary injunction to overthrow a Jan. 9 ruling by L.A. City Section officials to ban the Gauchos from the upcoming playoffs.
Pension lawyer: County's order to cut benefits out of order (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO ---- County supervisors have no legal right to demand that the independent association that manages the county's 7.3 billion pension fund cut pensioners' health care benefits, the association's lawyer said Thursday.
Fired prosecutor gets lawyer of her own (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA - Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober is used to defense attorneys lobbying on behalf of their clients. But a letter from a Largo lawyer this week wasn't typical fare. "My client has suffered severe embarrassment and emotional trauma due to your draconian actions," the letter read.
Kane County attorney to quit (The Salt Lake Tribune)
KANAB - County Attorney John Hummel - who faced a legal challenge in Kane County over his residency status - will resign Feb. 12 after barely a month into his term. County Commission Chairman Mark Habbeshaw said commissioners negotiated a settlement this week that the legal action would be dropped if Hummel steps down. But Hummel will continue to serve as interim county attorney until a ...
Judge rejects ex-lawyer's bid (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
A Supreme Judicial Court associate justice has turned down a petition for a disbarred Shrewsbury lawyer to work as a paralegal.
Legal Aid lawyer, 38, dies after giving birth (New York Daily News)
A beloved Legal Aid lawyer, Becky Zalewski, died Monday of a stroke after giving birth to her first child, her colleagues said. She was 38.
Disbarred lawyer's petition for employment nixed by judge (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
A Supreme Judicial Court associate justice has turned down a petition for a disbarred lawyer to work as a paralegal.
Robert Preston, maritime lawyer was in Merchant Marine in WWII (The Plain Dealer)
South Russell- While serving as a deck officer aboard Merchant Marine vessels near the end of World War II, Robert B. Preston gained invaluable knowledge of ships and the seas that aided him later as a maritime lawyer on the Great Lakes.
Woman accused of robbery requests new attorney for trial (Wausau Daily Herald)
STEVENS POINT -- A 26-year-old Stevens Point woman who was expected to enter a guilty plea to one count of armed robbery in Portage County Circuit Court Thursday, instead requested a new attorney and asked that her case go to trial.
Toronto lawyer likely to shed some light (Vancouver Province)
With more and more information about the NHL Players' Association conference call during the all-star break leaking out, it's beginning to look like Toronto lawyer Sheila Block's investigation into the union's affairs from Jan. 1, 2004, is going to be very eye opening to many of the players.
Attorney General sues Bulk Petroleum over environmental violation (WQAD Moline)
DES MOINES, Iowa The Iowa attorney general's office is suing Bulk Petroleum Corporation over charges of failing to comply with underground storage tank laws.
Lawyer wants dismissal turned into resignation (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA - Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober is used to defense attorneys lobbying on behalf of their clients. But a letter from a Largo lawyer this week wasn't typical fare.
Attorney's lawsuit is third complaint over loss of work (Sterling Heights Mirror)
ROYAL OAK -- Assistant City Attorney C. Brian James' lawsuit against the city is the third complaint he has made against the city over work being taken away from him, leaving him with nothing but crossword puzzles to do.
Cox gives red-light cameras a red light in Michigan: Attorney general says drivers can be ticketed only for violations ... (South Bend Tribune)
LANSING -- A push to install cameras for catching drivers who run red lights was blocked Thursday by Attorney General Mike Cox, who said police officers must witness traffic violations to issue tickets.
Smith broke no law, says lawyer (Canada.com)
Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Trevis Smith may have violated a public health order -- and a moral obligation -- to disclose his HIV status to sex partners, but that doesn't mean he's committed a crime, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Orange relocates Commonwealth Attorney's office (News Democrat & Leader)
Commonwealth Attorney Charles Orange has announced the relocation of the office of Commonwealth Attorney for Logan and Todd counties.
Kidnapping Suspect Hires Attorney (FOX 28 South Bend)
A Chicago man accused of causing an Amber Alert in Elkhart, Indiana, that drew national attention has hired an attorney.
Outside lawyer probed in Jobs' stock grant (MacNN)
Federal investigators are focusing on the large 2001 share grant to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and are probing an outside lawyer, who acted as a consultant for the compensation package. Larry Sonsini, the lead partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and an expert on corporate governance, was consulted by Apple's board and legal department on a 7.5 mi...
Chicago man arrested in Amber Alert case hires attorney (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
GOSHEN, Ind. | A Chicago man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend and their four children, leading to an Amber Alert that drew national attention, has hired an attorney to defend him.
Chicago man arrested in Amber Alert case hires attorney (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
GOSHEN, Ind. - A Chicago man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend and their four children, leading to an Amber Alert that drew national attention has hired an attorney to defend him.
Lawyer for Quets asked judge for her release (News 14 Carolina)
RALEIGH -- A lawyer for the woman accused of fleeing to Canada with 17-month-old twins has asked a judge to release her from jail. A federal judge had ruled at a hearing last week that Allison Quets must stay in jail until her trial.
Attorney Seeks Drummond Coal Case Files (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
An attorney for a journalism professor asked a federal appeals court Thursday to allow the public access to thousands of pages of documents filed in a civil case accusing a Birmingham coal company of involvement in the killings of union mine leaders in Colombia.
Lawyer: Supervisors Have No Legal Right To Cut Retiree's Benefits (10 News San Diego)
A lawyer for the association managing the county's $7.3 billion pension fund has told county supervisors they have no legal right to demand that pensioners' health care benefits be cut.
Attorney General sues over fuel underground storage tank violations (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
DES MOINES --- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit Thursday against Bulk Petroleum Corporation for alleged environmental violations concerning 61 underground storage tanks at seventeen retail gasoline station sites in various Iowa cities, including two in Waterloo.
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Lawyer: PETA Workers Accused Of Cruelty Treated Animals Humanely (WSOC-TV 9 Charlotte)
WINTON, N.C. -- Two animal rights workers charged with animal cruelty euthanized animals turned over to them in the most humane way possible before dumping their carcasses into a trash bin, a defense lawyer said Friday in closing arguments.
Smith broke no law, says lawyer (Canada.com)
Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Trevis Smith may have violated a public health order -- and a moral obligation -- to disclose his HIV status to sex partners, but that doesn't mean he's committed a crime, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Defense Attorney Says PETA Workers Accused Of Cruelty Treated Animals Humanely (WITN 7 North Carolina)
The jury now has the case of two animal rights workers charged with animal cruelty. A defense attorney for one of two animal-right workers accused of dumping the bodies of euthanized dogs and cats says the co-defendants are "pawns between law enforcement and PETA."
LA city attorney posts prosecutors in gang-plagued middle school (CBS 47 Fresno)
The Los Angeles city attorney will assign two full-time prosecutors to work in a Watts middle school that he described today as "a taxpayer-funded gang-recruitment center."
City attorney resigns (Ashland Daily Tidings)
Ashland City Attorney Mike Franell has submitted his resignation, citing a desire to devote more time to his family and church.
Lawyer Wins 2-Year Fight Over $3.76 (WCBS-TV New York)
It took nearly two years, three courts and five judges, but a lawyer has cleared himself of a shoplifting conviction. There can be little doubt that the expense of the case far outweighed the amount in dispute: $3.76. The issue was settled in a 13-page ruling Friday by a state appellate panel.
N.J. Lawyer Wins 2-Year Court Fight Over $3.76 (WNBC)
It took nearly two years, three courts and five judges, but a lawyer has cleared himself of a shoplifting conviction. There can be little doubt that the expense of the case far outweighed the amount in dispute: $3.76.
D-O-T secretary defends lawyer's removal (WBAY Green Bay)
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi says his decision to replace his top attorney in 2004 wasn't related to how the lawyer...
D-O-T secretary defends lawyer's removal (WKBT La Crosse)
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi says his decision to replace his top attorney in 2004 wasn't related to how the lawyer handled the release of a politically sensitive document.
Suspended lawyer reinstated by appellate panel (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A panel of judges has reinstated suspended personal-injury lawyer James J. Shapiro to the practice of law.