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Black case lawyer sought top advice (FT.com via Yahoo! News)
Mark Kipnis, the former Hollinger lawyer accused of helping Conrad Black and others engineer a $60m fraud at the newspaper publisher, relied heavily on the legal and accounting advice of a top law firm in Canada and KPMG, according to his attorney's opening defence statement on Wednesday.
Interview: Attorney Emily Gardner on the Pet Food Recall (KHNL News 8 Honolulu)
(KHNL) - Lawyers are preparing to file lawsuits against the makers of the tainted pet food. Honolulu attorney Emily Gardner represents several families whose pets have been affected, have become ill or have died after eating the recalled food.
Attorney fined in Lotto case (Orange County Register)
The attorney who sued the Lucky 7 Lotto winners on behalf of other Kaiser employees who were the winners' colleagues was fined by a judge Tuesday for bringing the lawsuit.
Roseland Town Attorney Resigns (22 WSBT South Bend)
(WSBT) Roseland town attorney Jamie Woods says he can't represent a divided town council anymore. He submitted his resignation to the Council's President last week, and even that action has sparked a division between elected officials.
Lawyer: Media mogul Black's co-defendant lacked knowledge (USA Today)
An attorney criminally charged with helping former media mogul Conrad Black swindle the Hollinger newspaper empire out of $60 million was a news business "outsider" who did the best job he could, his lawyer told a federal court jury Wednesday.
Asbestos Cancer Lawyer Named to Top Ten in California (Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
Asbestos cancer lawyer Nick Johnson has been named as one of the top ten attorneys in California by internet site www.topsinamerica.com.
Defense Lawyer Serra Sues Over His Prison Pay (Law.com)
The government got 10 months of J. Tony Serra's freedom for his long-running tax boycott, but this week, the rebel lawyer from San Francisco struck back. The criminal defense lawyer wants at least the minimum wage for himself and other inmates who've worked in prison industries at California's Lompoc federal prison, comparing the prison's pay practice to slave labor. "I got 19 cents an hour. Some ...
Attorney appointed in multiple shooting case (Greenville Herald-Banner)
GREENVILLE — A local teenager charged in connection with a shooting on Sayle Street in which the victim survived being shot multiple times has had an attorney appointed to represent him.
Former U.S. Attorney who was fired sympathizes with others (The Charleston Gazette)
Kasey Warner refused to resign from his post as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia in the summer of 2005, but neither he nor the Justice Department would ever reveal why he was fired.
Couey's Attorney Makes Bid For New Trial (The Tampa Tribune)
INVERNESS - The sex offender convicted of murdering Jessica Marie "Jessie" Lunsford deserves a new trial because the presiding judge made several errors and the guilty verdict is contrary to the evidence, a defense attorney argued in a two-page motion filed this week.
Lawyer's hoax spurs legal tactics debate (AP via Yahoo! News)
When a prominent lawyer was defending a businessman on charges of sexually assaulting a boy and possessing child pornography, he used a ruse to obtain the boy's computer to aid his case.
Defense Lawyer Serra Sues Over His Prison Pay (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The government got 10 months of J. Tony Serra's freedom for his long-running tax boycott, but this week, the rebel lawyer from San Francisco struck back. The criminal defense lawyer wants at least the minimum wage for himself and other inmates who've worked in prison industries at California's Lompoc federal prison, comparing the prison's pay practice to slave labor.
Holocaust lawyer eyes bankruptcy (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA - High-profile lawyer Edward Fagan traveled the world collecting multimillion dollar claims for Holocaust victims. But now the New Jersey lawyer has a new client: himself.
Lawyer: Taylor dodged inquiry (The News & Observer)
Four years ago in Asheville, a lawyer filed a document containing a scandalous accusation: The U.S. attorney general had intervened in a local bank fraud case and prevented investigators from questioning one of Congress' most powerful members, then-U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor.
Lawyer: Taylor dodged inquiry (The News & Observer)
Four years ago in Asheville, a lawyer filed a document containing a scandalous accusation: The U.S. attorney general had intervened in a local bank fraud case and prevented investigators from questioning one of Congress' most powerful members, then-U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor.
U.S. Attorney: You can fight corruption (Asbury Park Press)
Speaking to a packed crowd at the borough hall, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie warned his audience to make it clear to politicians that "honesty and integrity" is the one and only platform by which candidates should be judged.
Syracuse lawyer to run for DA (The Post-Standard)
A lawyer who moved to Onondaga County four years ago announced Wednesday she is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to challenge District Attorney William Fitzpatrick in his bid for a fifth term.
County Attorney Must Review Condo Bond (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- The county attorney must review any completion bond submitted by Grandview Heights Condominiums, not the Benton County Planning Board.
Lawyer who did time doesn't like the pay (The Monterey County Herald)
A well-known civil rights lawyer who served a 10-month sentence for failing to pay income taxes has sued the federal Bureau of Prisons over what he claims are unfairly low wages paid to inmates.
Attorney fined in Lotto case (Orange County Register)
The attorney who sued the Lucky 7 Lotto winners on behalf of other Kaiser employees who were the winners' colleagues was fined by a judge Tuesday for bringing the lawsuit.
Attorney general's job on thin ice (Daily Bulletin)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' hold on his job grew more uncertain Monday as the Senate debated removing his authority to unilaterally name U.S. attorneys and the White House said it merely hoped he would survive the tumult.
Disbarred attorney admits taking money from trust (Helena Independent Record)
HARLOWTON, Mont. (AP) - A recently disbarred Billings attorney admitted in court here Tuesday that he stole money from a 200,000 trust account he was appointed to oversee.
U.S. Attorney Sullivan named director of ATF (Boston Herald)
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Wednesday announced he would nominate U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan of Massachusetts to be the director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Sullivan,...
Attorney says Whittaker's home was drug haven for teens (Charleston Daily Mail)
WINFIELD--Powerball winner Jack Whittaker's Scott Depot home was a popular teenage hangout where illegal drugs were plentiful and there was no supervision, said an attorney in the millionaire's wrongful death trial.
Former Duchesne County Attorney Karen Allen arrested (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 6:30 AM- Former Duchesne County Attorney Karen Allen was arrested after crashing her car. She was booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Allen, 60, drove off the right side of the roadway and crashed into some rocks at the bottom on an embankment. She was not injured.
Lawyer reprimanded by court (Charleston Daily Mail)
The state Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded the son of Justice Joseph P. Albright for lawyer misconduct. The court agreed with a recommendation from the state Lawyer Disciplinary Board to sanction Joseph P. Albright Jr. in relation to complaints filed by four of his clients.
Lawyer in $315 million lottery lawsuits ordered to pay fine (Lottery Post)
A lawyer representing three people who sued their co-workers seeking a share of their $315 million lottery win was ordered Tuesday to pay a nearly $382,000 fine.
Nasser Zarafshan, Iranian lawyer and human rights defender, released (Payvand Iran News)
Lawyer and human rights defender Nasser Zarafshan was released from Evin Prison on 15 March. He had been sentenced to five years' imprisonment on 19 March 2002, after a secret trial before a military court. -Amnesty International
Attorney General vows to stay in office (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, under fire over the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys, vowed again Thursday in St. Louis that he would not step down.
Giuliani: US Attorney General Should Get Benefit Of The Doubt (Nasdaq)
WASHINGTON (AP)--Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney in New York, said Thursday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should get "the benefit of the doubt" in the uproar over the firings of federal prosecutors.
Attorney: Police Faked Evidence To Justify Killing (CBS 2 Chicago)
An attorney Thursday accused police of fatally shooting an unarmed man without provocation a year and a half ago, then fabricating tire tracks to make it look like an officer been run over by a car. NEW AT 5PM CBS 2's Mike Parker has more on the case of Emmanuel Lopez, who was shot and killed by police in 2005.
Corzine charge lawyer raises questions (Courier-Post)
Gov. Jon S. Corzine must detail all gifts to former girlfriend and union boss Carla Katz now that he's amended U.S. Senate disclosure forms, said a lawyer who filed an ethics charge against Corzine in 2005.
Black's lawyer grills government witness on hefty paychecks (WQAD Moline)
CHICAGO Former press lord Conrad Black's defense lawyer grilled the government's lead-off witness today about hefty paychecks and a stock deal he got when he joined the Hollinger International newspaper empire.
U.S. Attorney Claims Pressure on Tobacco Case (NPR)
A key Justice Department attorney in the lawsuit against big tobacco says she was pressured by the office of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to weaken the government's case.
Lawyer wants client to get job back (Argus Observer)
Thursday, March 22, 2007 1:03 PM PDT SALEM (AP) — The lawyer representing former Oregon prison food purchasing manager Fred Monem said his client should get his job back because his firing was based on ‘‘hearsay’’ information.
Attorney General Says He Won't Resign (KOLR/KSFX Ozarks)
(St. Louis) -- United State Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says won't resign from his post. Gonzales made the comment in St. Louis today, where he was meeting with local law enforcement officials and others about child abuse programs.
Cardin: Ouster of Balt. U.S. Attorney not related to wider probe (The Daily Times)
ANNAPOLIS — Sen. Benjamin Cardin said Thursday he doesn’t believe the forced resignation of former Maryland U.S. Attorney Thomas DiBiagio is related to the firings of eight other U.S. attorneys that are being investigated in Congress.
N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo sues California student loan company (WCAX 3)
ALBANY, N.Y. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says his office plans to sue a California student loan provider, claiming the company is making illegal kickbacks to schools in...
N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo sues California student loan company (KESQ)
ALBANY, N.Y. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says his office plans to sue a California student loan provider, claiming the company is making illegal kickbacks to schools in exchange for business.
Nacchio judge explodes at lead defense attorney (Rocky Mountain News)
The eruption comes soon after Judge Edward Nottingham has rebuked lead defense attorney Herbert Stern for summarizing witness testimony, telling Stern that "if you've established something, move on, you can do that in your closing argument."
A New Attorney General (RedNova)
The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday, March 21: Despite President Bush's bluster to the contrary, it would seem to be only a matter of time before Alberto Gonzales leaves the post of U.S. attorney general.
N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo sues California student loan company (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says his office plans to sue a California student loan provider, claiming the company is making illegal kickbacks to schools in exchange for business.
N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo sues California student loan company (CBS 47 Fresno)
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says his office plans to sue a California student loan provider, claiming the company is making illegal kickbacks to schools in exchange for business.
Lawyer wants ex-prison food purchasing manager to get job back (News-Register)
SALEM — The lawyer representing former Oregon prison food purchasing manager Fred Monem said his client should get his job back because his firing was based on "hearsay" information.
U.S. Attorney Christie to meet with Assembly Budget Committee (The Record)
TRENTON -- The U.S. attorney who has subpoenaed budget documents from the governor's office and legislative leaders and staff has agreed to meet with the Assembly Budget Committee next month, officials said Thursday.
Black's lawyer grills government witness on hefty paychecks (WQAD Moline)
CHICAGO Former press lord Conrad Black's defense lawyer grilled the government's lead-off witness today about hefty paychecks and a stock deal he got when he joined the Hollinger International newspaper empire.
'Christian Right Mafia' comment gets attorney barred (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an attorney who claimed the Bar Association was run by the "Christian Right Mafia" can no longer practice law in the state.
U.S. Attorney in Michigan Disputes Reason for Removal (New York Times)
An ousted United States attorney said she was told that she was being forced out to make way for another lawyer the Bush administration wanted to groom.
Environmental lawyer raises white flag to Norfolk (The Bradford Era)
EMPORIUM - A prominent environmental lawyer who tried to rally the citizens of Cameron County to sue Norfolk Southern Railroad after last summer's train derailment this week raised the white flag.
Supervisors OK Funds to Improve District Attorney's Elder Abuse Unit (The Signal)
Victimized senior citizens gained further assistance to fight elder abuse after the Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday its approval of a $180,000 state grant for the county District Attorney's Elder Abuse Unit.