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Attorney: Not guilty plea planned in rape case (Dyersburg State Gazette)
The attorney for accused rape suspect Timothy Byars said at his arraignment Friday in Knoxville his client will enter a not guilty plea. A trial was set for July 12.
Calif. Attorney General Hails Ruling On Emissions (CBS 5 Bay Area)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Monday morning's U.S. Supreme Court decision on greenhouse gases "is a resounding affirmation of California's actions to address global warming."
Attorney General Sues Radio Shack for Dumping Customers' Records in Trash (WOAI)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- The state Attorney General's Office sued RadioShack Corp. on Monday for exposing customers to possible identity theft after records that included Social Security and bank account numbers were found in garbage containers behind a store.
Appeal dropped in Anna Nicole Smith baby battle (CNN.com)
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The lawyer-turned-partner of Anna Nicole Smith dropped his bid Monday to halt the use of DNA to prove the paternity of the former Playboy playmate's infant daughter.
Orleans district attorney fights discrimination ruling (KTBS Shreveport)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A lawyer for Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan told a federal appeals court today that jurors who decided Jordan used race as a factor when he fired dozens of white employees after taking office in 2003 had too little evidence to reach such a conclusion.
Former lawyer admits to embezzlement (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A former lawyer from Sewickley today admitted to embezzling $119,000 from former clients in bankruptcy cases.
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) - An embattled South Texas district attorney's request to ban a local judge from hearing any ... (The Brownsville Herald)
Willacy County District Attorney Juan Guerra had sought to remove District Judge Migdalia Lopez, claiming she had a vendetta against him and had swayed a grand jury to indict him on corruption charges.
County attorney: Inquire inmates' citizenship status (The Arizona Republic)
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas asked that an order asking court officials not to inquire about an inmates' citizenship status be rescinded immediately.
Larry Birkhead's Lawyer Bills Top $620,000 (Extra TV)
Is Larry Birkhead being taken to the cleaners by the lawyer he fired two weeks ago?
Hope Mercer Found Not Guilty In 'Lawyer Murder' Trial (WKRN Nashville)
Jurors deliberated for nearly eight hours in total, but in the end, reached a verdict of not guilty for Hope Mercer, the Nashville attorney accused of shooting and killing her lawyer husband in the couple’s Brentwood home two years ago . | | Hope Mercer was very emotional after hearing the verdict, but her defense team said...
Attorney: Scrushy's travel plans miscommunicated to government (FOX 10 Mobile)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. An attorney for former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy says his client did not purposely violate the terms of his release on bond. Prosecutors...
Lawyer pleads guilty to embezzlement (WFMJ Youngstown)
PITTSBURGH A former lawyer admitted taking 119-thousand dollars from former clients in bankruptcy cases. Robin Musher, who is from Sewickley, pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement today in federal court in Pittsburgh.
Attorney: Shaver shot man in self-defense (NewsChannel 10 Amarillo)
AUSTIN His lawyer says country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a Texas bar and is cooperating with police. Attorney...
Former Pa. lawyer pleads guilty to embezzlement (Centre Daily Times)
A former lawyer pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement in connection with $119,000 allegedly taken from former clients in bankruptcy cases.
Woman accused of trying to poison husband 'snapped,' lawyer says (Boston Globe)
A Coventry woman had "snapped" when she allegedly tried to poison her husband after learning he wanted a divorce so that he could be with someone else, her lawyer told a Vernon Superior Court judge on Monday.
Lieberman expresses ‘concern’ over Attorney General controversy (Norwich Bulletin)
STONINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., said earlier today that he is concerned about the controversy surrounding embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Complaint Against Knox County State's Attorney - video included (WEEK-TV Peoria)
The union representing Knox County deputies and courthouse security will file another complaint against Knox County State's Attorney John Pepmeyer.
Lawyer in CIA fraud case to ask charges be dropped (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO, 6:39 p.m. April 2 (AP): A lawyer for a defense contractor accused of bribing a congressman and committing fraud with a top CIA official said Monday that he would seek dismissal of the charges because details of the investigation were leaked to news organizations.
Billy Joe Shaver Shot Man In Self-Defense, Attorney Says (KXAN 36 Austin)
Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a bar Saturday in McClennan County and has cooperated with police, according to his attorney.
Hoke: County hires new attorney (The Fayetteville Observer)
What happened: Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to make Raeford lawyer William Fields Jr. the county’s attorney. The board approved a contract with Fields at a yearly retainer of $4,000 and an hourly rate of $150, billed in 15-minute increments.
County Attorney: Courts Failing to Enforce Prop 100 (FOX 10 Phoenix)
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas claims the Superior Courts are not enforcing a proposition voters passed last November. Proposition 100 denies bail to illegal immigrants accused of committing serious felonies. Thomas says the courts are looking the other way when citizenship questions come up. Fox 10's Steve Krafft has more....
Jury Finds Prominent Attorney, Two Ex-Judges Guilty of Bribery (Law.com)
A prominent Mississippi attorney and two former judges he was accused of lavishing gifts and money on in exchange for favorable rulings were convicted of bribery Friday. Paul Minor, who amassed a fortune from asbestos, tobacco, medical malpractice and car safety litigation, was found guilty of all 11 counts against him, which ranged from racketeering to bribery. He faces up to 95 years in prison. ...
Ex-lawyer from Sewickley admits embezzling $119,000 (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A former lawyer from Sewickley on Monday admitted to embezzling $119,000 from clients in bankruptcy cases.
Wilkes' attorney continues push for source of leak (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO ---- The attorney representing indicted Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes continued his push Monday for an investigation to find out who leaked information to reporters in early February that the government was about to seek indictments against Wilkes and former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo.
Client says lawyer kept cash award (Altoona Mirror)
HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Blair County lawyer is charged with theft and receiving stolen property for keeping money that should have gone to his client...
Natchez attorney attends conference (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — City Attorney Everett Sanders was in Washington, D.C., last weekend. Sanders was at the Democratic National Committee conference as a representative for the state.
Attorney arrested on drug charges (The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia — Practicing Miss-Lou attorney Robert E. Clark was arrested on drug charges Saturday.
Former Pa. lawyer pleads guilty to embezzlement (phillyburbs.com)
PITTSBURGH - A former lawyer pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement in connection with $119,000 allegedly taken from former clients in bankruptcy cases.
Attorney says country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot a man (Arizona Daily Star)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a bar, his attorney said Monday.
Dismissal of verdict against lawyer Mills is upheld (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A Fayette judge's ruling throwing out a $900,000 jury verdict against trial lawyer Melbourne Mills has been upheld by the Court of Appeals.
Attorney says politics not a factor for him (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
In light of the increased national scrutiny on how U.S. Attorneys are hired and fired, the Ledger-Enquirer has prepared this profile of U.S. Attorney Maxwell Wood, who represents the Middle District of Georgia in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, as an explanatory piece for readers.
Dismissal of verdict against lawyer Mills is upheld (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A Fayette judge's ruling throwing out a $900,000 jury verdict against trial lawyer Melbourne Mills has been upheld by the Court of Appeals.
Attorney: warrant out for country singer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Police have issued arrest warrants for country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar, the entertainer's attorney said.
Sparks city attorney decries city's support of measure (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Embattled Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams charged Monday that the Sparks City Council is going behind the backs of voters and its own charter committee with its support of a bill that would change the city attorney positions in Sparks and Reno from elected to appointed.
Attorney general preparing for Senate showdown over firings (Boston Globe)
WASHINGTON -- His job on the line, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales shelved plans for a family vacation and began prepping yesterday for a showdown with senators over the firings of federal prosecutors.
Attorney: Shaver Shot Man In Self-Defense (KXAN 36 Austin)
Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a bar Saturday in McClennan County and has cooperated with police, according to his attorney.
Attorney: Shaver Shot Man In Self-Defense (KXAN 36 Austin)
Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a bar Saturday in McClennan County and has cooperated with police, according to his attorney.
Attorney: Country Singer Shot Man In Self-Defense (CBS 11 Fort Worth)
Billy Joe Shaver's attorney says police have issued arrest warrants for the country singer after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar. More Local & State Headlines More Entertainment News
Lawyer pleads guilty to embezzlement (WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg)
A former lawyer admitted taking 119-thousand dollars from former clients in bankruptcy cases.
Poplar Bluff attorney has day in court over drug charges, bound over to Div. I (Southeast Missourian)
A Poplar Bluff attorney who was arrested in December went before Judge Joe Z. Satterfield in the Circuit Court of Dunklin County Wednesday afternoon. Richard Bascom of the Bascom Law Firm appeared...
No grump, attorney Lerner was 'absolute delight' (The Champaign News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN – A veteran Champaign attorney known as an aggressive advocate for his clients, especially in divorce cases, is also being remembered as a softie with a great legal mind and an even better sense of humor. Arthur "Art" Lerner, 71, of Dewey, died early Saturday from complications from Crohn's disease, according to his son Scott, who practiced law with him in Champaign.
Bromwell given a new lawyer (Baltimore Sun)
Court appoints free counsel to former state senator facing federal racketeering charges Thomas L. Bromwell Sr., the former state senator facing federal racketeering charges, has been given a new lawyer provided at no cost, even though a judge said he believes the Baltimore County Democrat may be able to pay for his own defense.
Robber fires lawyer; sentencing put off (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Facing a minimum of 20 years to life after being convicted in January of armed robbery, Titus Miller fired his lawyer yesterday.
Bromwell given a new lawyer (Baltimore Sun)
Court appoints free counsel to former state senator facing federal racketeering charges Thomas L. Bromwell Sr., the former state senator facing federal racketeering charges, has been given a new lawyer provided at no cost, even though a judge said he believes the Baltimore County Democrat may be able to pay for his own defense.
Attorney: Billy Joe Shaver Shot Man in Self-Defense (Fox News)
A drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed country star Billy Joe Shaver into the parking lot of Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, his attorney says.
Attorney: Shaver shot man in self-defense (KVUE Austin)
Billy Joe Shaver's attorney says police have issued arrest warrants for the country singer after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar.
Attorney: Country Singer Shot Man In Self-Defense (NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth)
Police have issued arrest warrants for country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar, his attorney said.
Attorney says country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot a man in self-defense outside Texas bar (Asbury Park Press)
Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a Texas bar, his attorney said Monday. A drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed Shaver into the parking lot of Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena on Saturday night, said Shaver's attorney, Joseph A. Turner of Austin. Turner would not say whether anything had occurred inside the bar. Police in Lorena — about 80 ...
Jury verdict against lawyer is tossed out (WAVE 3 Louisville)
A Fayette County judge's ruling throwing out a $900,000 jury verdict against trial lawyer Melbourne Mills has been upheld by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Appeals Court Agrees With Lower Court's Verdict Against Trial Lawyer (Fox 19 Cincinnati)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Fayette County judge's ruling throwing out a 900-thousand dollar jury verdict against trial lawyer Melbourne Mills has been upheld by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.