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Alaska attorney survives icy swim, island stranding (CNN.com)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A former state lawmaker and prominent attorney was found hypothermic but conscious on an island Monday, a day after his boat was discovered cruising unmanned in a Juneau bay.
Attorney: SU president didn't thwart probe (The Daily Comet)
A report saying the president of the nation's largest historically black university system thwarted a sexual harassment investigation libeled and slandered him, his attorney says.
Lawyer: Lawson was not a focus of Southern U. probe (The Town Talk)
The Baton Rouge lawyer whom Gov. Kathleen Blanco put in charge of investigating a sexual harassment complaint at Southern University said Monday that Alexandria councilman and vice chairman of the university's Board of Supervisors, Myron Lawson, was not a focus in the investigation.
Syria jails leading human rights lawyer (Financial Times)
A Syrian court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer Anwar Bunni to five years in prison on charges of disseminating hostile information.
Syria rights activist Bunni jailed for five years: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Syrian human rights activist Anwar Bunni was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for "spreading false information" damaging to the country, his lawyer said.
Whitter principal considers plea deal in exposure case, lawyer says (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The trial for a North Seattle elementary school principal who has been charged with indecent exposure has been scheduled to start June 19, but his lawyer said Monday that a plea agreement was possible.
Judge releases attorney Opri in battle over Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge has signed an order releasing attorney Debra Opri from the battle over Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter.
Syria jails lawyer over reports of torture (International Herald Tribune)
The five-year prison sentence for a prominent human rights lawyer, Anwar al-Bunni, was seen by his lawyers and many analysts as a stark warning to the opposition.
Lawyer: ‘Conflict of interest’ (The Daily Iberian)
The Lafayette-based lawyer for Iberia Parish President Will Langlinais stated in a letter to District Attorney Phil Haney that Haney should not be involved in the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s case against his client because of a potential “conflict of interest.”
Former Apple lawyer sued by US in options fraud (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Apple's former top lawyer, Nancy Heinen, was charged by US federal regulators in a civil suit Tuesday with participating in a fraud related to Apple stock option awards.
Birkhead's Ex-Attorney Officially Released From Baby Case (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
Larry Birkhead's ex-attorney is officially out of Birkhead's battle for Anna Nicole Smith's daughter.
Defense lawyer said no evidence of theft in Spring Lake widow case (Asbury Park Press)
FREEHOLD - In his day-long summation to the jury, a lawyer for one of the two men accused of swindling a wealthy Spring Lake widow out of her estate said there was no attempt to deceive the woman. Edward Plaza, attorney for Michael Casale, told the jury today that a number of doctors and medical professionals testified in court that Madeline Stockdale was competent to make her own decisions while ...
Judge Releases Birkhead's Ex-Attorney From Case (NBC 5 Chicago)
The attorney who initially helped Larry Birkhead fight for parental custody of Anna Nicole Smith's baby is released from the case by a judge in Los Angeles.
L.A. judge releases attorney Debra Opri in battle over Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter (Daily Bulletin)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Superior Court judge has signed an order releasing attorney Debra Opri from the battle over Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter. The order was signed Monday.
Funding for A&P attorney questioned FC Mayor and Municipal League official say money generated by hamburger tax should ... (Forrest City Times-Herald)
The Forrest City Advertising and Promotion Commission on Monday agreed to hire an attorney to represent them; however, the question as to who will pay for the attorney’s services remains unanswered.
Attorney General Indicts 2 Youth Commission Officials (KXAN 36 Austin)
The Texas attorney general handed down 23 indictments Tuesday against former principal John Paul Hernandez and assistant superintendent Ray E. Brookins of the West Texas State School.
Defence lawyer tries to cast doubt on accused's intent at Edmonton girl's murder (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
EDMONTON (CP) - A young woman charged in the murder of Nina Courtepatte didn't know her companions planned to rape and kill the 13-year-old and may have thought she was helping a friend find a date, not a victim, her lawyer argued Tuesday.
Civil rights lawyer gets disbarment for terror aid case (Pravda)
Lynne Stewart , civil rights lawyer, convicted of helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik communicate with his disciples, was disbarred. The state Supreme Court's Appellate Division said Stewart became subject to losing her law license immediately upon being convicted of a felony on Feb. 10, 2005.
Attorney General Indicts 2 Youth Commission Officials (KXAN 36 Austin)
The Texas attorney general handed down 23 indictments Tuesday against former principal John Paul Hernandez and assistant superintendent Ray E. Brookins of the West Texas State School.
Attorney general seeks mandatory evaluations for convicted sex offenders (The Olympian)
Idaho's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the state can make psychosexual evaluations mandatory before convicted sex offenders are sentenced.
Judge Releases Birkhead's Ex-Attorney From Case (The Boston Channel)
The attorney who initially helped Larry Birkhead fight for parental custody of Anna Nicole Smith's baby is released from the case by a judge in Los Angeles.
World Bank chief hires top attorney (Chicago Tribune)
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has hired a prominent attorney as he fights to keep his job, in jeopardy for arranging a generous compensation package for a bank employee with whom he has been romantically linked.
Lawyer says W.Bank committee rejects Wolfowitz hearing (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A special committee looking into whether World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz breached rules by approving a promotion for his girlfriend has declined to meet with his lawyer, raising concerns it is rushing to judgement, the lawyer said on Tuesday.
NY civil rights lawyer is disbarred (AP via Yahoo! News)
A civil rights lawyer convicted of helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik communicate with his disciples was disbarred Tuesday.
W.Bank committee rejects Wolfowitz hearing-lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A special committee looking into whether World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz breached rules by approving a promotion for his girlfriend has declined to meet with his lawyer, raising concerns it is rushing to judgment, the lawyer said on Tuesday.
Defense attorney David Torres discusses Brothers' move to take the stand (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
There’s always a risk for both sides when the defendant in a murder trial takes the stand, as in the Vincent Brothers murder trial Tuesday. Defense attorney David Torres gave some perspective to the case’s “bold move” of Brothers taking the stand in his own defense. Click the video link to view the interview.
Prison for Syrian rights lawyer (Financial Times)
A Syrian court yesterday sentenced Anwar Bunni, the prominent human rights lawyer, to five years in prison on charges of disseminating hostile information. Mr Bunni was arrested with other activists who had signed a declaration criticising their government's policy in neighbouring Lebanon.
Lawyer falls victim to thieves (Mindanao Times)
By Salvador M. Sucayre, Jr. A LAWYER reported before the Sta. Ana Police Station that thieves stole his laptop worth P65, when they entered his house Monday evening.
Civil Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart Is Disbarred for Conviction in Terror Aid Case (Law.com)
Lynne Stewart, a civil rights lawyer convicted in 2005 of helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik communicate with his disciples, was disbarred Tuesday, and her request to resign denied by the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division. The panel said Stewart became subject to losing her law license immediately upon being convicted of a felony. Her request to resign was in a letter dated Nov. 14, ...
District Attorney's Office Works To Keep Repeat Offenders Behind Bars (KCBD-TV Lubbock)
New efforts are under way to keep criminals in jail before they can commit another crime. It's happening through the Lubbock District Attorney's Office Habitual Offender program. NewsChannel 11's Julia Bruck explains.
Terror Attorney Is Disbarred by Court (The New York Sun)
A five-member appellate court yesterday officially disbarred an attorney convicted of providing material support to terrorists. Lynne Stewart broke the law when she passed along messages from a client, the convicted terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, to his followers. She was convicted in 2005 and sentenced last year to 28 months in prison. Stewart had practiced law in New York since 1977.
Attorney general seeks mandatory evaluations for convicted sex offenders (The Times-News)
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the state can make psychosexual evaluations mandatory before convicted sex offenders are sentenced.
Mosqueda’s lawyer says disqualification raps a desperate move (Sun Star)
"IT IS purely political harassment and a desperate move of a losing candidate," said lawyer Salvador Panelo, legal counsel of retired General Restituto Mosqueda on the disqualification charges filed by Estancia Mayor Rene Cordero.
Poll lawyer to Rosales: Ask COMELEC for nominees' names (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
An election lawyer said Wednesday that Akbayan Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales and former Senate president Jovito Salonga didn't have to petition the Supreme Court to compel the poll body to reveal the nominees of party-list groups participating in the May 14 party-list system of elections.
Ex-cop who allegedly stole millions to be prosecuted by state Attorney General's office (Island Packet)
A former Bluffton police officer accused of bilking millions from an elderly Hilton Head Island couple in 2004 will now be prosecuted by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office.
SEC to File Suit Against Ex-Apple Lawyer (ABC News)
SEC Plans to File Lawsuit Against Former Apple Lawyer, Settles With Former CFO in Options Case
Gov. will not meet attorney (Los Angeles Times)
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declined to meet with an attorney from Ecuador who asked for help in pressing a lawsuit that alleges environmental damage by Chevron Corp., a financial supporter of the governor.
Lawyer: Student posed no threat with explosive (Denver Post)
The junior who set off a small explosive device Friday near Ponderosa High School in Parker posed no threat and intended no harm, his lawyer said Tuesday, adding that the teen has never been in trouble with the law.
Lawyer stays -- for now (Boston Globe)
Kevin Phelan has been a well-respected player in Boston's business and civic life for years. But he lasted only one week after being named to become chairman of Caritas Christi Health Care System, the Catholic Church's hospital chain. His sin: wanting to replace Wilson D. Rogers Jr., the hospital's controversial long time lawyer and his firm.
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.
Bella Vista Eyes Attorney For Legal Services (The Morning News)
The Morning News BELLA VISTA -- The Bella Vista Town Council will vote Monday on a resolution to contract for legal services with Bentonville attorney Jason Kelley.
Denver lawyer heads to insurer (Denver Post)
Denver lawyer and Democratic power broker Tom Strickland will become chief legal officer for UnitedHealth Group, the Minnesota health-insurance giant under investigation for stock-option backdating.
Bennett reconfirmed as Hawaii attorney general (KHNL News 8 Honolulu)
HONOLULU The state Senate unanimously confirmed Mark Bennett today to serve a second four-year term as the Hawaii's attorney general.
Attorney General targets minor sales (Mohave Valley News)
PHOENIX The Arizona Attorney General's Office is working with five counties to launch “Counter Strike,” an expanded operation aimed at stopping tobacco sales to minors.
Pryor, AG to discuss U.S. attorney scandal (Arkansas News Bureau)
By Aaron Sadler Stephens Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will meet with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., today in an effort to resolve an ongoing dispute over whether Gonzales lied to the senator about a U.S. attorney vacancy in Arkansas.
Terror case lawyer disbarred (Newsday)
Civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart, convicted on federal charges of helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik communicate with his disciples, was disbarred Tuesday in New York.
Attorney General's Office targets retailers selling tobacco to minors (Tucson Citizen)
The Arizona Attorney General's Office is working with five counties to launch "Counter Strike," an expanded operation aimed at stopping tobacco sales to minors.
Attorney Argues Federal District Courts Have No Jurisdiction Over Scrushy Case (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
Chief District Judge Mark Fuller has unsealed a motion from Scrushy attorney Jim Parkman which questions the jurisdiction of federal district courts and asks that Scrushy's case be dismissed.
Leavitt will join U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Education in Utah visit (Deseret Morning News)
Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, and Education, Margaret Spellings, will accompany Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Utah to explore and discuss the tragic shooting at Trolley Square as part of a multi-state exploration into public shootings in light of the recent massacre at Virginia Tech.
Lawyer pleads not guilty for Unser Jr. in DUI case (USA Today)
A lawyer for Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. entered a not guilty plea on Unser's behalf Wednesday to charges including driving under the influence in a January crash on a southern Nevada freeway. The Nevada Highway Patrol said Unser, who did not appear in person, failed field sobriety tests before he was charged.