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Lawyer's letter sets tone for Dante debate; 'Cloud' over group because of trustee's funding queries, letter states (St. Catharines Standard)
An emotionally charged discussion centring on ties between Niagara's Catholic school board and a non-profit Italian cultural group based out of Hamilton began with a lawyer's letter.
Lawyer files $65.5M suit against dry cleaner who misplaced his pants (USA Today)
Roy Pearson, a lawyer and low-level judge in the nation's capital, brought his pants to the dry cleaners in May 2005 and asked them to perform $10.50 worth of alterations. The pants disappeared, and the ensuing dispute has resulted in...
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.”
Attorney: Test proves Lawrence cops telling truth (The Indianapolis Star)
David Brooks, attorney for four black Lawrence police officers who have filed federal EEOC complaints against the city of Lawrence, released documents this morning that he says proves they are telling the truth.
Accused killer drops lawyer (The Capital Times)
Britney Langlois, accused of a killing a Madison man last November in a drug robbery, dumped her lawyer Wednesday and wants the Public Defender's Office to appoint a new attorney to represent her.
Lawyer: Jail Inmate Died After Being Left Alone, Covered In Feces (NBC 6 Miami)
A lawyer says a Miami-Dade County jail inmate died after being left alone for more than a week in his cell.
Lawyer: Jail inmate died after being left alone, covered in feces (FOX 10 Mobile)
MIAMI A lawyer says a Miami-Dade County jail inmate died after being left alone for more than a week in his cell. Now the lawyer is calling for an investigation into...
Fake lawyer has sex with prisoner (KTVO-TV Kirksville)
BALTIMORE (AP) - Tiffany Weaver isn't really a lawyer -- but she faces jail time for pretending to be one to have sex with a prisoner. The Baltimore-area woman has pleaded guilty to using someone else's I-D to get some intimate time with an inmate serving time for manslaughter.
San Francisco City Attorney Sues Payday Lenders (CBS 5 Bay Area)
The San Francisco city attorney's office filed a lawsuit Thursday against two short-term loan establishments for exploiting borrowers with high interest rates and devious business practices.
Attorney to seek competency hearing for Turco (Lincoln Journal Star)
The attorney for 17-year-old Ricky Turco, who is facing a manslaughter charge in a March traffic death, said Thursday he will seek a competency hearing for his client.
Attorney Accused Of Sex With Teen Prostitute May Avoid Jail (WPLG Click10.com via Yahoo! News)
A former North Miami city attorney accused of having sex with a teenage prostitute, videotaping it and then trying to cover it up has arranged a deal with prosecutors that will likely keep him from serving any jail time, his attorney said Thursday.
Attorney Accused Of Sex With Teen Prostitute May Avoid Jail (Local 10 Miami)
THE LATEST: A former North Miami city attorney accused of videotaping himself having sex with a teenage prostitute has arranged a deal to stay out of jail, his attorney says.
Lawyer Says Agent Innocent in Illegal Immigrant's Death (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
The lawyer for a Border Patrol agent charged with fatally shooting an illegal immigrant says his client is innocent. Agent Nicholas Corbett faces an initial appearance in Douglas to be formally charged in the January shooting of Francisco Dominguez-Rivera of Puebla, Mexico.
Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Possession (KXAN 36 Austin)
Austin lawyer Douglas Stum pleaded guilty Wednesday to child pornography possession. FBI agents searched Stum's home last summer and found more than a thousand child porn images on his computers, including video of infants being abused.
Skakel's trial attorney braces for possible challenge (Boston Globe)
As Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel waits to find out whether he'll get a new trial, his former celebrity attorney is bracing for a possible challenge over how he handled the case.
Attorney Reprimanded Over Language, Fees in Lake View Case (KATV Little Rock)
Little Rock (AP) - An attorney for the now-defunct Lake View School District has been reprimanded for his handling of legal fees and strong language used before state Supreme Court justices in the school-funding lawsuit.
Attorney reprimanded over language, fees in Lake View case (WMCTV Memphis)
LITTLE ROCK An attorney for the now-defunct Lake View School District has been reprimanded for his handling of legal fees and strong language used before state Supreme...
Woman Poses As Lawyer For ‘Alone Time’ With Prisoner (KTHV Little Rock)
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Tiffany Weaver isn't really a lawyer but she faces jail time for pretending to be one to have sex with a prisoner. The Baltimore-area woman has pleaded guilty to using someone else's ID to get some intimate time with an inmate serving time for manslaughter.
U.S. Attorney's office probing RIM stock options (CBC)
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has opened a probe into Research in Motion's granting of stock options, adding to existing probes by the Ontario Securities Commission and the SEC.
Spector was framed for murder by the police, lawyer claims (Times Online)
With his huge frame stuffed into a designer suit, an unapologetic Brooklyn accent, and wildly theatrical arm movements, Phil Spector’s lawyer told a Los Angeles court yesterday that his client had been framed for murder.
Spector Will Be Cleared by Scientific Evidence, His Lawyer Says (Bloomberg.com)
April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Music producer Phil Spector, accused of killing a former actress four years ago, will be cleared by scientific evidence, his lawyer said during the second day of the murder trial.
Franklin attorney will 'look into' potential Sunshine Law violations (The Tennessean)
FRANKLIN — An after-meeting meal among four city aldermen is now being examined by City Attorney Karen Beyke in the wake of complaints from residents about the dinner possibly violating state open meetings laws.
Clarkson Put Gun in Her Mouth, Spector's Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)
April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Lana Clarkson, the former actress prosecutors claim was shot to death by ``Wall of Sound'' music producer Phil Spector, killed herself by putting a gun in her mouth and firing it, his defense lawyer said.
Attorney General Urges Henry To Veto Lawsuit reform (KOTV 6 Tulsa)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Attorney General Drew Edmondson is calling for Governor Brad Henry to veto a bill that would change lawsuits in the state -- often called "tort reform."
U.S. Attorney to file charges against HealthEssentials (BizJournals)
The U.S. Attorney in Louisville plans to intervene and file charges soon against HealthEssentials Solutions Inc. as part of three whistleblower lawsuits that were filed nearly four years ago against the Louisville-based company, according to documents filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Western District of Kentucky in Louisville.
Warren may hire outside lawyer for planning board (Warren Times-Gazette)
The Warren Town Council voted four to one on Monday night to grant the planning board the right to hire a lawyer when issues appear before the board of appeals. Council members said the planning board must request the outside legal counsel for each individual case.
Snoop Dogg is 'no threat to Australia': lawyer (The West Australian)
American rapper Snoop Dogg poses no threat to Australia, his Los Angeles criminal defence lawyer said. Federal Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews announced yesterday he had barred the gangsta rapper, who has a criminal record, from entering Australia for Sunday's MTV Australia Video Music Awards.
McCain Joins Call for Gonzales to Step Down as Attorney General (Bloomberg.com)
April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Senator John McCain has become the latest Republican lawmaker to urge embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to step down because of his role in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
Clarkson Put Gun in Her Mouth, Spector's Lawyer Says (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)
April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Lana Clarkson, the former actress prosecutors claim was shot to death by ``Wall of Sound'' music producer Phil Spector, killed herself by putting a gun in her mouth and firing it, his defense lawyer said.
Nevada court OKs lawyer ad rules (Sharewatch)
"Citizens often choose lawyers based solely on their advertisements," said Justice James Hardesty, who helped get the new rules passed. "Because choosing a lawyer can be such an important decision, we want our citizens to have accurate and complete information."
Assistant U.S. attorney sees some progress in Iraq's legal system (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
James Santelle, an assistant U.S. attorney in Milwaukee, has spent more than a year in Baghdad as an attaché to the U.S....
Skakel's trial attorney braces for challenge (Connecticut Post)
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — As Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel waits to find out whether he'll get a new trial, his former celebrity attorney is bracing for a possible
Memphis attorney says Clayton Smart arrests won't hurt Tennessee plaintiffs (WMCTV Memphis)
Shelby County District Attorney General, Bill Gibbons, has scheduled a news conference at 201 Poplar Friday, concerning Clayton Smart, the man who owned Forest Hill funeral businesses. The Oklahoma oilman's
Attorney general seeks to shut down 10 health clubs (The Providence Journal)
Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch has filed a Superior Court complaint against 10 Rhode Island health clubs that have failed to register with the attorney general’s office and show proof that they have been properly inspected.
Disbarred lawyer sentenced to 3 1/2 years in jail (The Brampton Guardian)
A recently disbarred Brampton lawyer has been sent to prison for 3 1/2 years for real estate fraud.
Closing arguments: Defendant’s words implicate him in Idreis Jones’ death, district attorney says (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
A jury will now decide the fate of a Philadelphia man accused of homicide. District Attorney Michael A. Dinges and Chief Public Defender William J. Miele made closing arguments Thursday in the trial of Jonathan R. Mitchell, 24, of Philadelphia.
Maryland: From Fake Lawyer to Perhaps Inmate in Waiting (New York Times)
A woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to using fake ID to pose as a lawyer and enter a Baltimore prison to have sex with an inmate, prosecutors said. The woman, Tiffany G. Weaver, 29, of Reisterstown, Md., was charged with identity theft and use of false government identification after entering the prison in November to meet the inmate, Jason B. Moody, who is serving 30 years for manslaughter. Ms. ...
Assistant U.S. attorney, wife charged (Muskogee Phoenix)
Prosecutors filed three felony child abuse charges Thursday against Assistant U.S. Attorney David “Mike” Littlefield and one charge against his wife, Dawn Littlefield.
Sami's lawyer files for early hearing (Fijilive.com)
Ousted Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive officer Jagannath Sami's lawyer filed summons for an early hearing date in the High Court today against the interim regime.
State attorney general's office in shake-up (Pioneer Press)
Minnesota's top law office is undergoing a major shake-up, as at least 25 employees have left the attorney general's office since January, including the departure of two top deputies this month.
Attorney to seek competency hearing for Turco (Lincoln Journal Star)
The attorney for Ricky Turco, the 17-year-old facing a manslaughter charge in a March traffic death, said Thursday he will seek a competency hearing for his client.
Dominatrix's lawyer says woman's spirits 'as good as can be' (The Journal News)
BEDFORD - A lawyer for the dominatrix accused of running a sex business out of her Bedford home said last night that his client did not do anything wrong and he would be prepared to go to trial.
Attorney general will seek chief justice post (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - Attorney General Mike McGrath said Thursday that he will run next year for the Montana Supreme Court chief justice's job, which is being vacated by Karla Gray. Gray announced Wednesday that she wouldn't seek re-election to an eight-year term ...
Prosecutors Want Defense Attorney Disqualified (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- Prosecutors want a defense attorney disqualified from an arson case because he'll be called to testify against his client at trial.
Tate lawyer defends computer destruction (Greenwich Time)
Prosecutors lack the required proof to show a Greenwich defense lawyer tried to impede a federal investigation when he destroyed a client's computer containing child pornography, according to a motion filed to dismiss an obstruction of justice charge against Philip Russell.
Area attorney reprimanded by state Supreme Court (Fond du Lac Reporter)
An area attorney has been publicly reprimanded by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin for his actions.
Skakelʼs Trial Attorney Could Be On The Spot If He Loses Retrial Bid (New London Day)
Stamford - As Michael Skakel waits to find out whether heʼll get a new trial, his former celebrity attorney is bracing for a possible challenge ...
Lawyer charged with forgery and cheating claims trial (The Star Online)
PENANG: An Ipoh-based lawyer has been charged in a Sessions Court here with forgery and cheating involving 2.6ha of land worth RM40mil in Gurney Drive.
SAN FRANCISCO / 'Payday loan' firm sued by city attorney (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued storefront lenders Check 'n Go and Money Mart on Thursday, accusing them of violating state fair business practices law by marketing short-term installment loans and charging exorbitant interest rates....
Attorney general says OKC to receive anti-gang grant (Tulsa World)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Oklahoma City is one of four cities that will receive $2.5 million through an anti-gang initiative, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Thursday.