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Attorney firings were political, former aide says (Sports Illustrated)
Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush's priorities, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff says in remarks prepared for delivery Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Attorney firings were proper, former aide says (CNN.com)
The decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys in December was "properly made but poorly explained," a former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will tell a Senate committee Thursday.
Ex-clients lash out at crooked lawyer (Connecticut Post)
BRIDGEPORT — A tearful John Claydon wiped his nose on the sleeve of his yellow prison uniform Wednesday in Superior Court as, one by one, his victims told how the Trumbull lawyer had fleeced
2nd Circuit Rebuffs Government Agency's Demand That Attorney Return Fees (Law.com)
The Social Security Administration does not have the authority to demand the return of fees it paid to an attorney, even though the firm's client, a disability claimant, disputed the bill in a bankruptcy petition, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Charles Binder said in an interview that, despite the small amount of money involved, the case was an important win for his firm because ...
Senators backing attorney general (The Kentucky Post)
Although both of Kentucky's senators have questions about the way the Justice Department handled the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys, they are standing by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
2nd Circuit Rebuffs Government Agency's Demand That Attorney Return Fees (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The Social Security Administration does not have the authority to demand the return of fees it paid to an attorney, even though the firm's client, a disability claimant, disputed the bill in a bankruptcy petition, the 2nd U.S.
Senate misled in attorney firings (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Washington —- Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush's priorities, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff says in remarks prepared for delivery today to Congress. Separately, the Justice Department admitted Wednesday it gave senators inaccurate information about the firings and presidential political adviser Karl ...
Murder suspect seeks to have lawyer replaced (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
BURLINGTON -- A man charged with killing two people in a shooting rampage asked a judge Wednesday for a new lawyer, saying his current attorney had told him he didn't like black people. ... - Associated Press
Tallassee lawyer named new Elmore prosecutor (Montgomery Advertiser)
WETUMPKA -- A lawyer from Tallassee has taken over as the senior prosecutor for Elmore County. James Houts, 32, recently replaced Glen Goggans, who accepted a district court judgeship in Elmore County.
Lawyer says boy facing gun charges is sweet, polite (Boston Globe)
The 11-year-old boy who allegedly brought a loaded .44-caliber handgun to a Dorchester elementary school is a baby-faced fifth-grader who loves math, excels at swimming, and volunteers for the city's Head Start program, his lawyer said yesterday.
City attorney says he is resigning (Contra Costa Times)
Richmond City Attorney John Eastman has submitted his resignation to pursue a career in private practice and to develop interest in a book he wrote on land use.
Rape convict's ex-attorney takes stand (The Toledo Blade)
Elissa Schuster's former attorney told a Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge yesterday he was not aware of potential juror misconduct until after his client was found guilty of rape during her 2005 jury trial.
Lawyer blasts sex-sting charges (Boston Globe)
Federal officials are "looking to make an example" out of a former Southborough selectman accused in an Internet sex sting, according to the man's lawyer.
Lawyer cites Hooksett murder case in arguing for reduced sentence (WCAX 3)
CONCORD, N.H. A lawyer trying to get his client out of prison early is citing the recent resolution of a 20-year-old murder case in Hooksett (New Hampshire) to back up...
Mexico's attorney general calls on U.S. to stop guns and drug money from heading south (Boston Herald)
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's attorney general on Wednesday demanded U.S. authorities do more to stop guns and drug money from heading south and fueling the drug violence in Mexico that left more 2,000...
Ex-Gonzales Aide Defends Attorney Firings (CBS News)
Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush's priorities, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff says, calling the policy legitimate.
Attorney firings were proper, former aide says (CNN.com)
The decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys in December was "properly made but poorly explained," a former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will tell a Senate committee Thursday.
Lawyer cites Hooksett murder case in arguing for reduced sentence (Boston Globe)
A lawyer trying to get his client out of prison early is citing the recent resolution of a 20-year-old murder case in Hooksett (New Hampshire) to back up his argument.
Gonzales' Ex-Deputy to Testify on Attorney Firings (NPR)
All Things Considered , March 28, 2007 · So far, Kyle Sampson is the only person who has resigned over the scandal surrounding eight fired U.S. attorneys. The former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is scheduled to testify Thursday morning on Capitol Hill.
S.C. attorney general says N.C. water plan violates Constitution (Salisbury Post)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will sue to block a plan to let two North Carolina towns take water from the Catawba River, Attorney General Henry McMaster said Wednesday.
Attorney firings were proper, former aide says (Sports Illustrated)
The decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys was "properly made but poorly explained," a former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will tell a Senate committee Thursday.
Nashville Lawyer's Murder Trial Continues (WKRN Nashville)
The murder trial for the Franklin attorney accused of killing her lawyer husband continues Thursday. | | So far, jurors have heard emotional taped interviews from Hope Mercer, including a surprising re-enactment of her last fight with her husband Joe Mercer. | | In a teary taped interview with police, Mercer said her husband was shot during an...
Dems reject reasons for attorney firings (AP via Yahoo! News)
Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush's priorities, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff said Thursday, defending a standard that Democrats called "highly improper."
Ex-Gonzales Aide Defends Attorney Firings (CBS News)
Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush's priorities, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff says, calling the policy legitimate.
Porn Cop vs. US Attorney (The Nation via Yahoo! News)
The Nation -- In September 2006, just weeks before pivotal Congressional midterm elections, Paul Charlton, US Attorney for the District of Arizona, opened a preliminary investigation into Rick Renzi, the Republican Congressman representing the state's 1st Congressional District, for an alleged pattern of corruption involving influence peddling and land deals.
Arrested Zimbabwe activists thoroughly beaten: lawyer (EARTHtimes.org)
Johannesburg/Harare - A group of Zimbabwe opposition activists arrested in police raids earlier this week were thoroughly beaten, lawyer Alec Muchadehama said Thursday. Nine members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were brought to court in ...
US attorney general knew about prosecutors purge: ex-aide (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A former senior aide on Thursday directly implicated embattled US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the controversial sackings of eight prosecutors, but denied there was any wrong-doing.
US attorney general approved firing prosecutors: ex-aide (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A former senior aide to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales directly implicated him Thursday in a scandal over the sacking of eight federal prosecutors, saying he had approved the dismissals.
Beazer Receives Subpoena From U.S. Attorney on Mortgage Service (Bloomberg.com)
March 29 (Bloomberg) -- Beazer Homes USA Inc. received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's office in the Western District of North Carolina for documents related to its mortgage origination services.
Firearms Experts Testify In 'Lawyer Murder' Trial (WKRN Nashville)
Testimony continued Thursday in day two of the so-called “Lawyer Murder” trial. | | Franklin Lawyer Hope Mercer is accused of killing her husband, attorney Joseph Mercer in their Brentwood home two years ago. | | His wife Hope contends the gun fired by accident during an argument, when her husband grabbed her hand. | | On Wednesday, jurors heard emotional taped police interviews...
Award Reversed Because Lawyer-Juror Hid Accident Claim (Law.com)
A Florida appeals panel unanimously reversed a $450,000 auto negligence verdict this week because the jury forewoman, a shareholder at a major Miami law firm, hid pertinent personal information during voir dire. According to the opinion, Lisa Berg, a lawyer at Stearns Weaver, did not respond when prospective jurors were asked if they had ever sought medical treatment due to an accident. But it ...
Surrogate Rejects Will Leaving $5 Million to Former Lawyer (Law.com)
A probate court has tossed a will that bequeathed about $5 million to the now-disbarred lawyer who drafted it on behalf of her deceased "paramour." Michele Okin, named the chief beneficiary in Pasquale Coviello's will, had been the estate lawyer for Coviello and his wife before she began an affair with Coviello. In a decision issued Tuesday, a New York surrogate ordered the bequests to Okin to be ...
CEO of 1-800-Attorney Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges (Law.com)
The chief executive of lawyer referral company 1-800-Attorney Inc. has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy charges in the Eastern District of New York. Dan Rubin, also the CEO of Rubin Investment Group Inc., has agreed to forfeit $2 million and faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years plus additional fines.
Former Top Aide Contradicts Gonzales' Testimony Over Attorney Firings (Law.com)
In testimony before the Senate Thursday, the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales contradicted Gonzales' account of his role in the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys last year. D. Kyle Sampson, who resigned as Gonzales' top aide this month, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he and the attorney general discussed the firings over the past two years. Sampson's testimony ...
US attorney general approved firing prosecutors: ex-aide (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A former senior aide to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales directly implicated him Thursday in a scandal over the sacking of eight federal prosecutors, saying he had approved the dismissals.
McCain Names Lawyer To Head N.Y. Campaign (The New York Sun)
Senator McCain announced yesterday that a prominent lawyer, Edward Cox, will head Mr. McCain's presidential campaign leadership in New York State. Mr. Cox has held several governmental posts in New York and ran briefly against Senator Hillary Clinton for the Senate in 2006. He is President Nixon's son-in-law and a senior partner at the law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.
Local lawyer eyes legislative seat (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Geri Broussard-Baloney, a lawyer from Garyville, has announced her intentions to enter the race to replace state Rep. Robert R. "Bobby" Faucheux Jr. in the 57th District of the House of Representatives.
Disbarred Yonkers lawyer repays money stolen from four clients (The Journal News)
A disbarred lawyer avoided incarceration by paying back $180,000 he stole from four clients.
Former Top Aide Contradicts Gonzales' Testimony Over Attorney Firings (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In testimony before the Senate Thursday, the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales contradicted Gonzales' account of his role in the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys last year. D.
CEO of 1-800-Attorney Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The chief executive of lawyer referral company 1-800-Attorney Inc. has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy charges in the Eastern District of New York. Dan Rubin, also the CEO of Rubin Investment Group Inc., has agreed to forfeit $2 million and faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years plus additional fines.
In short: Lawyer had the wrong defendant (The Post-Standard)
It was fairly obvious something was wrong when Onondaga County Judge Tony Aloi called the case of Anthony Smith in court this month and defense lawyer Jim Weeks turned to look at his client.
LIBERAL DOSE OF PAP FROM BLEEDING-HEART LAWYER (New York Post)
AT ONE stage, I thought de fense lawyer Mitch Dinner stein was about to throw himself on a funeral pyre after building a statue in the name of Ronell Wilson. If it had been a made-for-TV movie, it would have been three soaking wet handkerchiefs...
Aide testifies on Gonzales' role / Attorney general regularly consulted on firings of prosecutors, ex-chief of staff ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
The former chief of staff to Alberto Gonzales testified Thursday that he had consulted regularly with the attorney general about dismissing U.S. attorneys, disputing Gonzales' public account of his role as very limited. Kyle Sampson told the Senate...
Environmental attorney gives update on air quality in area (Salisbury Post)
When it comes to cleaner air, small changes can make a big difference. David Franchina, an environmental attorney and chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Concerns Committee, said that Thursday morning at Catawba College.
Hill Hears Sampson's Account of Attorney Firings (NPR)
Kyle Sampson -- former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- testifies before a Senate panel. He says his boss was far more involved in the plan to fire eight federal prosecutors than Gonzales has previously acknowledged.
Kingston lawyer gets part-time city judgeship (Kingston Daily Freeman)
A 45-year-old lawyer who is not affiliated with any political party has been appointed to Kingston's part-time judgeship by Mayor James Sottile.
Attorney for accused courthouse killer resigns (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Accused courthouse killer Brian Nichols' longest-serving defense attorney withdrew from the case Friday, citing health concerns. Gary Parker, 57, will be replaced by a former public defender in Delaware who will waive all attorneys' fees to work on the case. Parker's withdrawal was disclosed Friday by the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, which oversees the statewide public defender ...
White House backs attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
The White House said Friday it believes embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales can survive the uproar over the firing of eight federal prosecutors, a day after his one-time chief of staff undercut Gonzales' account of the firings.
IndyMac's top lawyer Terrence Hughes leaving mortgage lender (Market Watch)
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- IndyMac Bancorp's top lawyer Terrence Hughes is leaving the mortgage lender in the midst of a downturn in the industry.
Top Lawyer Departs Nichols Case (WXIA-TV Atlanta)
The longest-serving lawyer for courthouse murder suspect Brian Nichols quit the case Friday, saying the case has taken a toll on his health. » 11Alive.Com Indepth: The Nichols Trial