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Lawyer says Chatman wants $900,000 from LSU (WWL-TV New Orleans)
A lawyer representing former LSU Lady Tigers Basketball Coach Pokey Chatman is demanding the university pay Chatman nearly $900,000 to cover the remainder of her employment contract.
Williams drops racism charge, request for new lawyer (WCAX 3)
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A man charged with killing two people in a shooting rampage last summer dropped his request for a new lawyer Tuesday, less than three weeks after accusing his current...
Nomination contest could keep MP Anders from his work, lawyer says (Calgary Sun)
Dragging Calgary West MP Rob Anders back from Ottawa to fight a nomination campaign will force him to abandon his Parliamentary duties, his lawyer argued today.
Williams drops racism charge, request for new lawyer (Boston Globe)
A man charged with killing two people in a shooting rampage last summer dropped his request for a new lawyer Tuesday, less than three weeks after accusing his current attorney of making a racist remark.
Lawyer says alleged bomber saved lives (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for one of six men accused of trying to bomb London's transit network told jurors Tuesday that his client may have saved many lives by dismantling a booby-trapped device in a high-rise apartment building.
Lawyer says no agreement yet on custody of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - A lawyer for Anna Nicole Smith's mother said Tuesday that talks with the former Playboy Playmate's ex-boyfriend have so far failed to produce a custody agreement concerning Smith's infant daughter.
Senate Ethics Confirms Domenici Probe On U.S. Attorney Firing (CBS News)
The Senate, through a resolution it just adopted, has confirmed that Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is the subject of "preliminary inquiry" over his involvement in the firing of former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias.
Attorney General Brown jumps into student loan probe (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN FRANCISCO, 5:32 p.m. April 17 (AP): California Attorney General Jerry Brown jumped into the burgeoning student loan scandal on Tuesday by demanding that two finance companies turn over details of their business deals with state colleges and universities.
Senate Ethics Confirms Domenici Probe Over U.S. Attorney Firing (CBS News)
The Senate, thanks a resolution it just adopted, has confirmed that Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is the subject of "preliminary inquiry" over his involvement in the firing of former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias.
Former aide to attorney general may be given immunity to testify about firings (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Monica Goodling, once Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' liaison to the White House, would be granted immunity from prosecution and forced to testify under a plan being considered by a House panel investigating the firings of federal prosecutors. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said on Tuesday that Goodling, who has refused to testify, has much to contribute. "I am ...
Black?s Co-Defendant Sought 2nd Opinion on Payments, Lawyer Says (New York Times)
A former vice president of Hollinger International asked a law firm for advice on whether the company needed to publicly disclose payments.
School Board attorney looks for more personnel (Naples Daily News)
School Board Attorney Richard Withers says that when he was hired, he was told Collier County was a quiet school district. But Withers told School Board members Tuesday evening that was not the case. In fact, since he arrived in Collier County, the district has only gotten busier.
Disbarred Emlenton attorney arrested (The Derrick)
There were several outstanding warrants for James A. Hickey. A former Emlenton attorney was arrested Monday in connection with a series of outstanding warrants held by several police agencies.
U.S. attorney Buchanan's role in firings questioned (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan might have played a role in determining which of her colleagues got the ax.
Accident fells avid bike racer, attorney (The Patriot-News)
Cycling enthusiasts are voicing concern and support as Gary Kelley, a midstate attorney and well-known bicycle racer, struggles to recover from a head injury received in a mysterious accident.
Chatman’s attorney seeks $800,000 plus damages from LSU (The Advocate)
LSU rushed to judgment and never talked to Coach Pokey Chatman about allegations of misconduct with former players before conducting a “surprise, unscheduled meeting” on March 7 to force her resignation, her attorney says in a letter.
Texas attorney general hits CVS with privacy lawsuit (Houston Chronicle)
The Texas Attorney General sued CVS/pharmacy Tuesday, saying customer records were found in a trash bin behind a former store in Liberty County.
County lawyer steps down (Tallahassee Democrat)
A lawyer in the Leon County Attorney's Office has resigned from her job and accepted a severance package worth $44,589.
Platte attorney says she hasn't heard gripes (Billings Gazette)
WHEATLAND - Platte County attorney Mary Eikenberry told the Platte County Commission on Tuesday that no one has complained to her about her job performance.
Lawyer testifies before panel in Congress (Greensboro News & Record)
In September, Greensboro lawyer Craig Kabatchnick was laboring in obscurity on veterans' issues. On Tuesday , he testified about them to Congress. Kabatchnick was among 10 witnesses invited to speak at a subcommittee hearing on four bills that would expand services for veterans.
Voters won’t have chance to hear district attorney, judicial candidates debate (The Citizens' Voice)
Candidates in Luzerne County’s judicial and district attorney races will not have to answer voters’ questions in a public forum prior to the May 15 primary election.
Essex shooting suspect changes mind on firing lawyer (The Burlington Free Press)
The suspect in last year's shooting spree in Essex, who last month called his attorney a racist and asked for a new lawyer, said in court Tuesday that he's changed his mind.
Anders' lawyer urges stay of court order (Calgary Sun)
Dragging Calgary West MP Rob Anders back from Ottawa to fight a nomination campaign will force him to abandon his parliamentary duties, his lawyer argued yesterday.
Federal Indictment Against Foster Parent Near Certain, Attorney Says (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- Bella Vista former foster parent Brian Bergthold will almost certainly face federal indictment for child pornography and computer exploitation of children in addition to state charges, his attorney said during a Monday hearing.
City lawyer to represent Worley in campaign case (The Huntsville Times)
Former Secretary of State Nancy Worley has retained a Huntsville lawyer to represent her against charges she used her government office to solicit political contributions from employees.
Chatman had no choice in resigning, may sue, attorney says (San Diego Union-Tribune)
April 18 (UNION-TRIBUNE): Pokey Chatman was given two hours to resign or be fired, says her attorney, arguing the former Louisiana State University women's basketball coach is entitled to damages and compensation for the final two years of her contract.
Fernandina Beach city attorney resigns (The Florida Times-Union)
FERNANDINA BEACH -Debra Braga, Fernandina Beach's first full-time city attorney, has resigned.
Lawyer says to challenge "rendition" in Pakistan (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a Pakistani man, whose family say was abducted from South Africa as part of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, said on Wednesday he would challenge the secret detention of his client in Pakistan's Supreme Court.
Lawyer says to challenge ‘rendition’ in Pakistan (Khaleej Times)
ISLAMABAD - A lawyer for a Pakistani man, whose family say was abducted from South Africa as part of the US-led war on terrorism, said on Wednesday he would challenge the secret detention of his client in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
Lawyer: Former foster parent likely to face federal charges, too (WMCTV Memphis)
BENTONVILLE, Ark. A lawyer for a former foster parent in Benton County who faces 21 felony sex charges involving young boys says his client is also on track to face...
Legal challenge to 'Comp Lite' should proceed, lawyer says (Baltimore Sun)
The legal challenge against the county's use of "Comp Lite" to rezone dozens of properties should proceed because motions to dismiss the case are "fundamentally inconsistent" and amount to the defendants trying to "have it both ways," a lawyer representing the opponents contends.
Council honors city attorney's long service (Marie Evening News)
Story created Apr 17, 2007 - 11:32:36 EDT. ST. IGNACE - City Council took paused from otherwise routine business to honor the Eastern UP's longest-serving city attorney Monday night.
Ciresi enters Senate race, touts trial lawyer experience (Fargo Forum)
ST. PAUL - Mike Ciresi formally announced his campaign Wednesday saying the toughness he showed as a trial lawyer in major cases will make him a strong U.S. Senator from Minnesota.
Governor Names Century City Lawyer Peter Lopez to State Athletic Commission (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez has been appointed to the State Athletic Commission. The governor’s office named Lopez and four others to the commission, which regulates professional boxing in the state, on Monday.
WSJ: Gov. Gibbons' lawyer making move (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Prominent defense lawyer Abbe Lowell -- who is representing Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons -- is being named to head a law firm's white-collar criminal-defense practice in Washington, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Lawyer: Former Foster Parent Likely To Face More Charges (KTHV Little Rock)
A lawyer for a former foster parent in Benton County who faces 21 felony sex charges involving young boys says his client is also on track to face federal charges.
Pico Rivera's long-time city attorney resigns (Whittier Daily News)
PICO RIVERA -- James M. Casso, who had served as Pico Rivera's city attorney for the past six years, has resigned, Casso confirmed Wednesday. Casso released a statement saying he is leaving to pursue other opportunities. He said he was proud of the work he has done for the city.
Local attorney to chair N.C. School of Science and Mathematics (The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area)
Bill Cary, an attorney and partner at the law firm Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard in Greensboro, has been named chairman of the board of trustees for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
New Former state's attorney worker pleads guilty to $550,000 theft (Daily Herald)
A former employee of DuPage State's Attorney Joe Birkett pleaded guilty today to stealing more than $550,000 from the office. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Deborah S. O'Brien, 42, of Addison, pleaded guilty to charges of theft, forgery and official misconduct.
Mozambique: Crime Rate Falling, Claims Attorney-General (AllAfrica.com)
The crime rate in Mozambique fell by 21 per cent in 2006, according to Attorney-General Joaquim Madeira.
Group seeks to make city attorney an elected post (San Diego Union-Tribune)
CHULA VISTA, April 18 (UNION-TRIBUNE): A Chula Vista activist group that wants to make the city attorney an elected post has completed its petition drive aimed at forcing a public vote on the issue.
Attorney: SC man accused of dungeon rapes used room to hide pot (Asheville Citizen-Times)
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- A convicted sex offender accused of raping two teenagers in an underground room used the dungeon-like space to store marijuana he later sold, his attorney said Wednesday during the man's trial.
Lawyer says she tried to correct bad advice to Hollinger execs (WQAD Moline)
CHICAGO A lawyer who advised former media mogul Conrad Black's co-defendants says she told them to keep "non-compete" payments quiet. Beth DeMerchant says she later changed her mind and tried to fix the mistake.DeMerchant is a former attorney with the Toronto firm Torys L-L-P.
Lawyer says she tried to correct bad advice to Hollinger execs (KWQC-TV 6 Davenport)
CHICAGO A lawyer who advised former media mogul Conrad Black's co-defendants says she told them to keep "non-compete" payments quiet. Beth DeMerchant says she later changed her mind and tried to fix the mistake.DeMerchant is a former attorney with the Toronto firm Torys L-L-P.
State treasurer wants to investigate payments to attorney general's office (East Valley Tribune)
The Arizona Treasurer has called for an independent investigation to decide if $1.1 million in payments to the attorney general's office last year was legal.
Lawyer: I tried to correct bad advice (Daily Southtown)
A lawyer who advised former media mogul Conrad Black's co-defendants to keep "non-compete" payments quiet later changed her mind and tried to fix the mistake, a jury heard today.
Lawyer says she tried to correct bad advice to Hollinger execs (KWQC-TV 6 Davenport)
CHICAGO A lawyer who advised former media mogul Conrad Black's co-defendants says she told them to keep "non-compete" payments quiet. Beth DeMerchant says she later changed her mind and tried to fix the mistake.DeMerchant is a former attorney with the Toronto firm Torys L-L-P.
US Attorney General to Testify Thursday Before Congress on Prosecutor Firings (Voice of America)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday about the controversy surrounding the firing of federal prosecutors. VOA's Deborah Tate reports from Capitol Hill.
Gonzales to face tough questions on attorney firings (CNN.com)
In what some lawmakers call a make-or-break session, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is expected to face a grilling Thursday testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys last year.
Lawyer says questioned payments to Hollinger execs (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Canadian lawyer who advised Conrad Black recounted in taped testimony on Wednesday maneuvers by the former media baron and his associates about how to characterize payments at the heart of their fraud trial.