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School board meeting heated by lawyer's letter (Niagara Falls Review)
An emotionally charged discussion centred on the ties between Niagara's Catholic school board and a non-profit Italian group based out of Hamilton began with a lawyer's letter.
Project Truth inquiry judge unloads on lawyer (The Ottawa Sun)
Fri, April 27, 2007 Project Truth inquiry judge unloads on lawyer By CP CORNWALL — A judge berated a lawyer representing victims at an inquiry probing the institutional response to allegations of systemic sexual abuse in the Cornwall area for not ensuring affidavits filed with the commission were accurate. Commissioner Normand Glaude told Dallas Lee he wasn’t interested in hearing excuses for why ...
Pryor repeats call for attorney general to resign (NWAnews.com)
BENTON COUNTY — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., repeated Wednesday his call for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and said he plans to offer legislation aimed at helping some wounded veterans to get past government red tape. (Benton County Daily Record)
Babysitter allegations about Atkins sent to attorney general (Cape Gazette)
The House Ethics Committee has turned over information on former Rep. John Atkins to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office implicating he intimidated a 15-year-old babysitter by telling her to lie to police.
Mortgage scheme nets disbarred lawyer 3½ years in jail (CBC Toronto)
A disbarred lawyer has been sentenced to 3½ years behind bars for his part in a multimillion-dollar mortgage scheme, according to newspaper reports.
Dante hired lawyer to defend group: Di Ianni (St. Catharines Standard)
A Hamilton Italian cultural group hired a lawyer to protect itself after questions were raised about its ties to the Niagara Catholic District School Board, the organization's executive director says.
Developer's lawyer claims Aguirre misused his powers (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO, April 27 (UNION-TRIBUNE): San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre is abusing his powers in his prosecution of Tom Story, the Sunroad Enterprises executive charged with violating the city's ethics code, according to Story's lawyer.
Justice Dept. had concerns about former U.S. attorney for Minn. (Minnesota Public Radio)
Senior Justice Department officials had raised concerns about Tom Heffelfinger, the former U.S. attorney for Minnesota, according to a source close to the agency. Heffelfinger, however, reiterates that he was not pressured to resign.
Attorney general: Voters would have to repeal school tax limit (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
Voters would have to undo a current limit on the amount of property tax a school district can collect, the state Attorney General's Office said today.
Lawyer pleads not guilty for Al Unser Jr. in Henderson DUI case (KVBC Las Vegas)
A lawyer entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Junior today on charges including driving under the influence in a Las Vegas-area crash.
Attorney plans to request dismissal of murder case (Mooresville/Decatur Times)
The trial for one of two men charged with a murder that occurred 22 years ago is scheduled to begin May 21 in Morgan County Circuit Court, but his attorney wants to stop the proceedings before they begin.
‘Missing’ sister of Barrameda not a battered wife – lawyer (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
The missing sister of actress Rochelle Barrameda is not a battered wife, the lawyer of her estranged husband claimed.
Defense lawyer: Ala. militia raids `much ado about nothing' (The Daily Comet)
Raids that resulted in the arrest of six alleged members of a ragtag group calling itself the Alabama Free Militia and the seizure of hundreds of hand grenades and bullets were "much ado about nothing," a defense lawyer said Friday.
Albuquerque attorney pleads guilty to tax evasion (NewsChannel 10 Amarillo)
SANTA FE An Albuquerque attorney has pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax evasion. Robert Fiser was accused of not filing or paying gross receipts taxes in 2003 and...
Ont. Attorney General says man convicted in niece's killing should be acquitted (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO (CP) - The case of an Ontario man convicted of killing his four-year-old niece is likely a miscarriage of justice, Attorney General Michael Bryant said Friday in urging Ottawa to expedite a review he said should result in William Mullins-Johnson's acquittal.
Union lashes out at Attorney General (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Turning up the heat in a rare and rancorous dispute between organized labor and a top DFL official, the head of the state's largest public employee union Friday denounced Attorney General Lori Swanson and expressed regret for having endorsed her candidacy. "Four words disgust us today: 'AFSCME endorsed Lori Swanson,'" said Eliot Seide, executive director of the American Federation of State, ...
Albuquerque Attorney Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion (KOAT.com)
An Albuquerque attorney has pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax evasion.
Union official lashes out at Attorney General Swanson (Minnesota Public Radio)
The labor turmoil continues in the state attorney general's office. Minnesota's largest state employee union says Attorney General Lori Swanson has reneged on her campaign promises to support labor unions.
Scrushy attorney questions why order and motion not sealed (The Daily Comet)
An attorney for former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy said Friday a federal judge should not have issued a public order refusing to recuse himself from Scrushy's case without also letting the public see the defense filing that called on him to step down.
Statement by John F. Burness on Summary of Conclusions by N.C. Attorney General's Office (Duke University)
Durham, NC -- “Attorney General Cooper’s Summary of Conclusions that was released today documents the absence of any credible evidence that would justify any conclusion in this case other than the one Mr. Cooper announced a few weeks ago -- that David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann are innocent of all charges brought against them last spring by District Attorney Nifong.
Attorney: Lott settles lawsuit vs. State Farm (The Daily Comet)
U.S. Sen. Trent Lott has agreed to settle the lawsuit he filed against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for refusing to cover Hurricane Katrina's damage to his Gulf Coast home, an attorney for the Mississippi Republican said Friday.
Attorney: Lott settles lawsuit vs. State Farm (The Houma Courier)
U.S. Sen. Trent Lott has agreed to settle the lawsuit he filed against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for refusing to cover Hurricane Katrina's damage to his Gulf Coast home, an attorney for the Mississippi Republican said Friday.
Scrushy Attorney Questions Judge's Order (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
An attorney for former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy said Friday a federal judge should not have issued a public order refusing to recuse himself from Scrushy's case without also letting the public see the defense filing that called on him to step down.
District Attorney Drops All Charges Against Daniel Baldwin (KTLA 5)
The Orange County District Attorney's Office has DROPPED all criminal charges against actor Daniel Baldwin, who had been accused of stealing a friend's GMC Yukon. Baldwin was arrested Nov. 7 and charged with unlawful taking of a vehicle and receiving stolen property.
U.S. ATTORNEYS: Administration considered firing Minn. U.S. attorney (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
The Bush administration considered firing the former U.S. attorney in Minnesota, but he left his job voluntarily before the list of attorneys to be ousted was completed, two congressional aides said Thursday.
Ford attorney says he'll `keep fighting' (WMCTV Memphis)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The attorney for former state Senator John Ford says Ford will, "keep fighting." Mike Scholl commented after Ford was convicted today of accepting $55,000 in bribes. Scholl described
Mortgage scheme nets disbarred lawyer 3½ years in jail (CBC)
A disbarred lawyer has been sentenced to 3½ years behind bars for his part in a multimillion-dollar mortgage scheme, according to newspaper reports.
Ontario law society not told B.C. legislature raid witness bribed officials:lawyer (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER (CP) - A special prosecutor investigating a police raid on the B.C. legislature failed to disclose to Ontario's law society that a man who'd applied to be a lawyer had confessed to bribing government officials, a lawyer said Friday.
Lawyer says Ala. militia raids overblown (AP via Yahoo! News)
Raids that resulted in the arrests of six alleged militia members and the seizure of hundreds of hand grenades and bullets were "much ado about nothing," a defense lawyer said Friday.
MyFox Birmingham | Defense Lawyer Says Ala. Raids Were Overblown (FOX6 WBRC-TV Birmingham)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (MyFoxAL.com AP) -- A defense lawyer said on Friday that raids resulting in the arrest of six alleged members of a ragtag group calling itself the Alabama Free Militia and the seizure of hundreds of hand grenades and bullets were "much ado about nothing."
Lawyer faces forgery charge (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 in Gurney Drive.
Norfolk lawyer rebuked for delaying case to go shopping (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK - A local lawyer has been disciplined by the Virginia State Bar for telling a judge she had to postpone a case because of a commitment in another court when in fact she went shopping instead. . . .
Special prosecutor in B.C. Rail case seemed to protect former lobbyist:lawyer (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER (CP) - A special prosecutor investigating a police raid on the B.C. legislature is shirking his public duty to be neutral in the case, a defence lawyer suggested Friday.
State attorney general sues San Bernardo County general plan over global warming (San Diego Daily Transcript via Yahoo! News)
A suit by the California attorney general voiding San Bernardino County's general plan for failing to consider global warming could have far-reaching implications for general plans around the state. The county's general plan update was just approved March 13.
Former U.S. attorney was on early firing list (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger's name was on an early list of attorneys that the Justice Department considered firing, a congressional aide said Friday. Heffelfinger, who was appointed by President Bush in 2001, resigned voluntarily in February 2006, nearly six months before the first of eight U.S. attorneys were sent packing. Heffelfinger said Friday that if his name did ...
Attorney: Lott Settles Lawsuit vs. State Farm (WLOX-TV Biloxi)
U.S. Sen. Trent Lott has agreed to settle the lawsuit he filed against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for refusing to cover Hurricane Katrina's damage to his Gulf Coast home, an attorney for the Mississippi Republican said Friday. Terms of Lott's settlement with State Farm were not disclosed.
GOP Lawmaker Told of Plan to Fire U.S. Attorney (Washington Post)
The White House told a Republican member of Congress last summer about its plans to fire a U.S. attorney in Arkansas and replace him with a former aide to presidential adviser Karl Rove, but it did not tell Democratic lawmakers, according to a new Justice Department e-mail released yesterday.
Attorney files to revive park suit (The Derrick)
Michael Hadley is asking the state Superior Court to grant permission for re-argument. Attorney Michael Hadley has been sharpening his pencils – and his rhetoric – for another round in the legal wrangle over Two Mile Run County Park.
Attorney predicted uproar (Dallas Morning News)
WASHINGTON – The U.S. attorney in Arkansas warned the Justice Department five months before he and seven federal prosecutors were fired that "there may be some stink about this down the road" – in part because of White House involvement.
Ex-Justice Dept. Lawyer Under Scrutiny in Probe (Washington Post)
A federal task force investigating the activities of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has in recent weeks been looking into whether one of Abramoff's colleagues improperly traded favors with a Justice Department lawyer, sources familiar with the Abramoff investigation said yesterday.
Union’s feud with Attorney General Swanson escalates (Winona Daily News)
The Associated Press ST. PAUL — The leader of Minnesota’s largest state employee union lashed out at Attorney General Lori Swanson on Friday, as more details emerged about turmoil in her office.
Illness, not vendetta, caused man to hit memorial, lawyer says (The Charleston Gazette)
The Roane County man accused of squeezing his car through the West Virginia Veterans Memorial has no ax to grind with the military, his lawyer said.
Legislators, union enter attorney general's fray (Pioneer Press)
The controversy over the Minnesota attorney general's office boiled over on Friday with more fallout from the recent exodus of more than 30 employees, including top deputies.
Fed raid on militia group not a 'big deal,' lawyer says (Knoxville News Sentinel)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Raids that resulted in the arrest of six alleged members of a ragtag group calling itself the Alabama Free Militia and the seizure of hundreds of hand grenades and bullets were "much ado about nothing," a defense lawyer said Friday.
County attorney: Methamphetamine is most prevalent drug (Fremont Tribune)
The impact of illegal drugs on local residents and businesses is impossible gauge, but Dodge County Attorney Paul Vaughan said it s something he and his staff face on a regular basis.
Contract for new attorney approved (Whittier Daily News)
MONTEBELLO - The city approved the contract of its city attorney the same day investigators with the District Attorney's Office asked for city documents connected with possible open-meeting violations.
Attorney General’s office speaking to local company about complaints (Plano Courier)
Two Collin County residents have filed complaints with the Texas Attorney General’s Office about McKinney-based real estate company the Vasquez Team regarding money allegedly lost with down payments handled by the company.
Clement T. Cooper, 76; D.C. Lawyer (Washington Post)
Clement Theodore Cooper, 76, a Washington lawyer who was involved in mining law cases, died of cancer April 16 at his home in Silver Spring.
U.S. attorney calls unlicensed gun sales a hazard (Deseret Morning News)
U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman says people who sell guns without a federal license at gun shows are putting the public at risk.
Ray Kurtzman, 79; entertainment lawyer at Creative Artists Agency (Los Angeles Times)
Ray Kurtzman, 79, an entertainment lawyer who was one of the original 20 employees when Creative Artists Agency was launched in the 1970s, died Monday at his Beverly Hills home of complications from Alzheimer's disease, the agency announced.