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Senators OK subpoenas in attorney probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Senate panel authorized subpoenas for Justice Department officials Thursday in a probe of the prosecutor firings that have jeopardized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' job and raised questions about White House involvement. A second Republican senator urged Gonzales' departure.
Calls for attorney general to resign miss real target (USA Today)
Calls for attorney general to resign miss real target
A Lawyer Like a Hurricane (New York Times)
Richard F. Scruggs, the lawyer representing homeowners affected by Hurricane Katrina has turned the case into a nightmare for the insurance industry.
China's elderly "people's lawyer" pushes for justice beyond politics (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Throughout his five-decade career, Zhang Sizhi has never won a politically sensitive case, yet he is hailed by supporters as "the people's lawyer" and "the conscience of China's legal community".
Attorney general probe advances (The State)
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales attempted to restore congressional confidence in his office Thursday as the Senate Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas to compel his top aides to testify about the firings of U.S. attorneys.
Early Rove role in attorney firings traced (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
WASHINGTON - Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded further yesterday amid an intensifying furor over his role in the firings of federal prosecutors. New e-mails surfaced indicating that White House political adviser Karl Rove had an early hand in the dismissals.
Lawyer Who Demanded Payments From Wife's Lovers Convicted on 3 Counts (Law.com)
A Texas jury has found lawyer Ted Roberts guilty on two counts of theft and one count of a continuing course and scheme to commit theft, for threatening to sue two men who had affairs with his wife unless they paid him. However, Roberts was found not guilty of theft from two other men to whom he had made the same threats. Roberts' attorney said the jury "didn't buy" the prosecution's argument ...
Rove linked to early inquiry over attorney dismissals (Dallas Morning News)
WASHINGTON – White House senior adviser Karl Rove made an inquiry about firing federal prosecutors in January 2005, prompting a Justice Department aide to respond that Alberto Gonzales, who would be confirmed as attorney general weeks later, favored replacing a group of "underperforming" U.S. attorneys, according to e-mail messages released Thursday.
Barrington lawyer chosen to head GOP (The Providence Journal)
Giovanni Cicione, a Barrington lawyer, was elected last night as the new chairman of the state Republican Party.
Lawyer asks for independent prosecutor (The Trenton Times)
TRENTON -- A lawyer for a corrections officer who is suing the state over a suspension asked At torney General Stuart Rabner to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate alleged corruption within the Department of Correc tions.
Attorney arrested on drug charges (The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia — Practicing Miss-Lou attorney Robert E. Clark was arrested on drug charges Saturday.
Lawyer Who Demanded Payments From Wife's Lovers Convicted on 3 Counts (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A Texas jury has found lawyer Ted Roberts guilty on two counts of theft and one count of a continuing course and scheme to commit theft, for threatening to sue two men who had affairs with his wife unless they paid him.
Attorney general getting more pressure to go (Seattle Times)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced more pressure to resign Thursday as new evidence suggested he and presidential adviser Karl Rove...
Fired U.S. Attorney McKay calls for criminal probe of firings (Seattle Times)
Fired U.S. Attorney John McKay said Thursday he's "extremely disappointed" in the White House and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for...
U.S. attorney nominee gets committee’s OK (Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Kansas City is one step closer to getting a new U.S. attorney. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the nomination of John Wood, a former top aide to Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. His name now goes to the full Senate. A vote has not been scheduled.
Lawyer up for Missouri post (Kansas City Star)
St. Joseph lawyer and part-time judge Suzanne Bocell Bradley has been nominated by Gov. Matt Blunt to the Missouri Gaming Commission.
Rove tied to attorney ousters (The Arizona Republic)
WASHINGTON - Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded further Thursday amid an intensifying furor over his role in federal prosecutor ousters as new e-mails surfaced indicating that top White House political adviser Karl Rove had an early hand in the dismissals.
Lawyer launches online gay national newspaper (Sun-Sentinel)
Fort Lauderdale lawyer Norm Kent announced this week the launch of an online daily gay national electronic newspaper, www.nationalgaynews.com.
Calls for attorney general to resign miss real target (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)
Calls for attorney general to resign miss real target
Probe of U.S. attorney firings intensifies (MSNBC)
The White House is being pulled further into the intensifying probe over federal prosecutor firings amid new questions about top political adviser Karl Rove's role and as GOP support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales erodes. [!]
Lawyer up for Missouri gaming post (Kansas City Star)
St. Joseph lawyer and part-time judge Suzanne Bocell Bradley has been nominated by Gov. Matt Blunt to the Missouri Gaming Commission.
Larry Birkhead, Attorney Debra Opri Part Ways (Fox News)
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, who is fighting to prove he is the father of the former Playboy Playmate's 6-month-old daughter Dannielynn, has parted ways with his attorney, Debra Opri.
Court: Defendant should have lawyer at deferred sentence hearing (WCAX 3)
CONCORD, N.H. New Hampshire's Supreme Court has ruled that an inmate who was denied a lawyer for a hearing on whether he should serve a deferred sentence is...
Court: Defendant should have lawyer at deferred sentence hearing (Boston Globe)
A prisoner who was denied a lawyer for a hearing on whether he should serve a deferred sentence is entitled to a new hearing, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Smith 'boyfriend' Birkhead fires attorney (UPI)
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, the California photographer who claims he's the father of Smith's baby, has fired his attorney, Debra ...
Anna Nicole's Ex Gets Rid of Lawyer (WOAI)
Photographer Larry Birkhead and his lawyer Debra Opri have gone their separate ways. Opri released a statement Friday saying, "Larry Birkhead and I have terminated our attorney-client relationship effective immediately.
'Hazy memories' cited in attorney firings (USA Today)
The White House on Friday backed off its earlier contention that then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers first raised the idea of firing U.S. attorneys an act that led to a firestorm of criticism of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Birkhead's attorney out of Smith baby fight (CNN.com)
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- One of the men who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby is splitting with the high-profile Beverly Hills attorney who has been representing him in the case.
Court: No lawyer for non-custodial dad in child neglect case (Boston Globe)
A Pennsylvania man whose daughter never lived with him was not entitled to a lawyer during an abuse and neglect case against her mother, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Birkhead attorney off Smith case (USA Today)
One of the men who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby is splitting with the high-profile Beverly Hills attorney who has been representing him in the case.
U.S. Attorney candidate White can't practice law in this state (Seattle Times)
Former Congressman Rick White, one of the three men whose names reportedly have been submitted as candidates for U.S. Attorney for Western Washington...
U.S. Attorney Firings: Political Fallout (NPR)
Day to Day , March 16, 2007 · More released e-mails show that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales considered firing a fifth of U.S. attorneys when he took charge of the Justice Department. Will Gonzales will be able to withstand political pressure and keep his job?
Lawyer: Client indicted in NYPD shooting (AP via Yahoo! News)
A grand jury Friday indicted at least one of the five police officers whose 50-shot barrage killed an unarmed man on his wedding day, the lawyer for the officer said.
Birkhead Says Goodbye to His Lawyer (TheCelebrityCafe.com)
Larry Birkhead and his lawyer call their professional relationship quits.
NY attorney general accuses colleges, lenders of gouging students (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has accused colleges across the country of taking kickbacks from student loan companies and reaping other benefits while making it harder for students to get better deals on their loans. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday an investigation he began last month into the $85 billion student loan industry found numerous arrangements made ...
Birkhead Splits With Lawyer For Anna Nicole Paternity Case (NBC 5 Chicago)
A lawyer for the Los Angeles photographer who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby is stepping out of the ongoing paternity battle.
Bangor attorney nominated to Superior Court judgeship (Boston Globe)
Bangor attorney Kevin Cuddy was nominated Friday by Gov. John Baldacci to become a Superior Court judge.
Attorney general, staff to cooperate in probe? (Chicago Tribune)
The attorney general, several members of his staff and a senior White House aide face threats of subpoenas to testify before a congressional committee unless they volunteer to cooperate with a congressional investigation.
'Hazy memories' fog up U.S. attorney investigation (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - More than two weeks after a New Mexico U.S. attorney alleged that he was fired for not prosecuting Democrats, the White House and Justice Department are still struggling to explain the roles of President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other key officials in the dismissals of eight federal prosecutors late last year. Friday, the White House retreated from its four-day-old ...
Va. attorney takes interim role with Gonzales (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Embattled Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales yesterday appointed Chuck Rosenberg, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, his interim chief of staff.
Secretary accused of fraud and stealing Louisa lawyer's identity (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- A former secretary accused of using a lawyer's identity to rack up more than $145,000 in fraudulent purchases and cash was arrested Thursday on federal identity theft charges.
Attorney Scandal Threatens Gonzales' Job (Law.com)
The damage is done. The Justice Department's top two officials gave misleading information to Congress under oath. The attorney general's chief of staff has resigned, and the job security of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is in serious doubt. Regardless of whether Gonzales becomes a casualty of the U.S. Attorney scandal, former DOJ officials and lawmakers agree that the White House and Justice ...
U.S. attorney candidate can't practice law (Seattle Times)
Former Republican congressman Rick White, one of three candidates the Republicans have submitted to replace John McKay as U.S. attorney for Western Washington...
Bangor attorney named to court (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
AUGUSTA (AP) - Bangor attorney Kevin Cuddy was nominated Friday by Gov. John Baldacci to become a Superior Court judge. Cuddy, 62, would take the position being left vacant by Andrew Mead, who will be sworn in next week as the newest member of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Renew inquiry into removal of U.S. attorney in Guam (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
COMPLAINTS by the former interim U.S. attorney for Guam and the Northern Marianas that he was removed because of his investigation of yet-to-be-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff were determined by the Department of Justice inspector general last year to have been unfounded.
Payments to Rizzo didn't help him, attorney testifies (The Flint Journal)
BURTON - The attorney who authorized payments to developer Blake Rizzo for the Pebble Creek subdivision testified Friday that he doesn't see how the payments helped the developer.
U.S. attorney appointment deemed legal (NWAnews.com)
A judge on Friday denied a Little Rock attorney’s request to declare the appointment of Tim Griffin as interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas unconstitutional. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Birkhead attorney leaves Smith custody case (Sun-Sentinel)
One of the men who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby is splitting with the high-profile Beverly Hills attorney who has been representing him in the case.
Lawyer: Leominster officials did not break law over dam repairs (Sentinel & Enterprise)
LEOMINSTER -- A lawyer for the city has determined officials did not break the law by letting a contractor do about $295,000 worth of work on two dams last year before the documents authorizing the work were signed.
Attorney General Announces Layoffs (ClickOnDetroit)
Attorney General Mike Cox says he's laying off 22 legal secretaries and clerical staff next month because of the state's budget deficit.