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Lawyer: Jailed journalist to be freed (AP via Yahoo! News)
A freelance videographer who spent more time behind bars than any other journalist for refusing to testify to a grand jury is expected to be freed after reaching a deal with prosecutors, lawyers said Tuesday.
District attorney: Follow the law (The Enid News & Eagle)
By Joy Hampton CLAREMORE PROGRESS (CLAREMORE, Okla.) CLAREMORE, Okla. — Assistant District Attorney Barry Farbro has issued open meetings guidelines to county commissioners.
City to weigh hiring of attorney (Pasadena Star-News)
ROSEMEAD - The City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider hiring a new city attorney who has drawn fire for his billing practices and connection to a school district that is suing the city.
Shaver Shoots Man in Self-Defense says Attorney (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in the parking lot of a Texas bar in what his attorney says was a case of self-defense.
Attorney: Shaver Shot Man In Self-Defense (CBS 42 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.
Dems ask DoJ to set up safeguards in attorney probe (The Hill)
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Tuesday advised the Justice Department to set up safeguards to avoid conflicts of interest in their investigation of Monica Goodling’s role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, calling the Attorney General’s office “hopelessly conflicted.”
Ex-Qwest President Clashes With Attorney (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A former Qwest Communications president, considered a key government witness in Joe Nacchio's insider trading trial, clashed with a defense attorney Wednesday as he repeatedly said he couldn't recall comments he made in 2000 and 2001 about the company's financial performance.
Former U.S. attorney Ryan lands law firm job (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN FRANCISCO ( Map , News ) - Ousted U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, one of eight federal prosecutors at the center of a Department of Justice political tempest, is going to work for a private law firm specializing in real estate.
Attorney To Appeal Judge's OK Of Firing Of Teacher Who Viewed Porn (Channel 3000)
CEDARBURG, Wis. -- A union attorney said that she'll appeal a judge's ruling that the Cedarburg School District doesn't have to rehire a former high school teacher who was fired after viewing pornography on his school computer.
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.
Maloney Lawyer Attacks Supreme Court (WBAY Green Bay)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court clerk is receiving a scathing letter from the lawyer representing John Maloney, a former Green Bay police officer serving life for murder.
Ousted US Attorney Kevin Ryan lands at SF firm (BizJournals)
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, one of eight fired federal prosecutors at the center of a Department of Justice political storm, is joining a private law firm specializing in real estate, according to reports Tuesday.
Attorney sued over alleged misrepresentation (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON — A DeWitt County judge heard arguments Tuesday involving allegations of indirect civil contempt against a Clinton attorney accused of misrepresenting case law he cited in a divorce case that has been pending for seven years.
Attorney sued over alleged misrepresentation (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON — A DeWitt County judge heard arguments Tuesday involving allegations of indirect civil contempt against a Clinton attorney accused of misrepresenting case law he cited in a divorce case that has been pending for seven years.
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.
Attorney general on the ropes (Pawtucket Times)
WARWICK - Harshly critical of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, but stopping just short of calling for his resignation, Rhode Island Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed say it is up to President George W. Bush to decide what to do with the nation's chief law enforcement officer, who is rapidly losing support even among Republican lawmakers.
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.
ACLU attorney at college tonight (The Express-Times)
EASTON | American Civil Liberties Union attorney Ben Wizner will speak tonight at Lafayette College about American civil liberties after Sept. 11, 2001.
Attorney: Officers didn't treat Batts fairly (The Express-Times)
EASTON | A 15-year-old charged with the murder of Clarence "C.J." Edwards claims that after he was arrested his requests to end questioning and consult an attorney were ignored.
Attorney on trial for presenting false information in seven-year divorce case (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON - A DeWitt County judge heard arguments Tuesday involving allegations of indirect civil contempt against a Clinton attorney accused of misrepresenting case law he cited in a divorce case that has been pending for seven years.
Lamar scholarship named for trial lawyer (Beaumont Enterprise)
The late Joe Tonahill, an iconic trial lawyer who worked until days before his 2001 death, was honored Tuesday as the namesake of the fourth of a planned nine new Southeast Texas Legends scholarships at Lamar University.
District attorney's hearing set for April 13 (The Herald-Sun)
April 13 was set Tuesday as the date for District Attorney Mike Nifong to formally seek dismissal of N.C. State Bar charges that he mishandled the Duke lacrosse sex-offense case.
Extend cable deals, city attorney says (Columbian Missourian)
The City Council should extend its two cable television franchise agreements until June 19, the city attorney says, as negotiations continue under the shadow of a pending state law that will require video service providers to apply for statewide franchise agreements.
Attorney sued over alleged misrepresentation (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON — A DeWitt County judge heard arguments Tuesday involving allegations of indirect civil contempt against a Clinton attorney accused of misrepresenting case law he cited in a divorce case that has been pending for seven years.
Attorney on trial for presenting false information in seven-year divorce case (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON - A DeWitt County judge heard arguments Tuesday involving allegations of indirect civil contempt against a Clinton attorney accused of misrepresenting case law he cited in a divorce case that has been pending for seven years.
Septic opponents form group, hire attorney (Greenville Herald-Banner)
LONE OAK — About 50 area residents gathered to show their support for a new group dedicated to the opposition of a septic dump site and to hear about an attorney the group has hired.
Fired US Attorney Speaks for First Time (FOX 10 Phoenix)
US Attorney Paul Charlton of Arizona was one of 8 federal prosecutors fired by the Bush administration. Since the firings, a scandal has exploded i...
Lawyer named to panel picking legislative agenda (The Argus Leader)
Businessman and lawyer Dale Froehlich has been appointed to a county committee that will look ahead to the 2008 legislative session.
Lawyer claims student did nothing illegal (Daily Herald)
The lawyer for one of three Cary teens accused of secretly videotaping one of them having a sexual encounter with a girl unaware of the taping questioned Tuesday whether anything criminal occurred.
Crist faces opposition from attorney general on felon rights stance (Sun-Sentinel)
TALLAHASSEE Attorney General Bill McCollum is gaining some support in his bid to block Gov. Charlie Crist and the rest of the state's Clemency Board from streamlining the state's process for restoring civil rights to convicted felons.
Suspended cop’s lawyer wants info out of trial (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
A suspended Jessup cop accused of stealing drugs and a gun from his department’s evidence room is scheduled to go to trial April 16, but his lawyer has filed several requests to keep certain information out of the courtroom.
Platte County plans attorney investigation (Casper Star-Tribune)
WHEATLAND -- The Platte County Commission voted unanimously today to hire an investigator to look into complaints against Platte County attorney Mary Eikenberry.
Platte board plans attorney probe (Casper Star-Tribune)
WHEATLAND -- The Platte County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire an investigator to look into complaints against Platte County Attorney Mary Eikenberry.
Lawyer says system broke its own rules (Birmingham News)
TUSCALOOSA - Two-year college officials ignored their own rules when they sold a Shelton State Community College house for less than half its value to a mother and daughter who worked at the Alabama Fire College, a lawyer testified Tuesday.
Gonzales hires same attorney as witness had (San Jose Mercury News)
San Jose Former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales will retain prominent local attorney Allen Ruby to defend him on charges related to the city's garbage contracting scandal, despite a potential conflict of interest.
Fired U.S. Attorney Ryan lands at S.F. legal office (San Jose Mercury News)
Former San Francisco U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, among those ousted in the Bush administration's controversial purge of federal prosecutors around the country, has joined the San Francisco office of the Allen, Matkins,
Records should be returned to clients after a lawyer dies (Austin American-Statesman)
Q: Perhaps you can help me find where a deceased lawyer's client files can be stored. My son was in practice by himself when he died last year. Now I have many boxes of case files. Surely there is an official storage place where they will be safe until they can be destroyed.
Suspect secures celebrity attorney (The Fresno Bee)
A Fresno man accused of kidnapping, robbing and assaulting a newspaper carrier and her teenage son has hired pop star Michael Jackson's former attorney to defend him in a trial that began Tuesday.
Former U.S. attorney Ryan lands law firm job (KESQ)
SAN FRANCISCO Ousted U-S Attorney Kevin Ryan -- one of eight federal prosecutors at the center of a Department of Justice political tempest -- is going to work for a private law firm.
Attorney sued over alleged misrepresentation (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON — A DeWitt County judge heard arguments Tuesday involving allegations of indirect civil contempt against a Clinton attorney accused of misrepresenting case law he cited in a divorce case that has been pending for seven years.
Attorney on trial for presenting false information in seven-year divorce case (The Pantagraph)
CLINTON - A DeWitt County judge heard arguments Tuesday involving allegations of indirect civil contempt against a Clinton attorney accused of misrepresenting case law he cited in a divorce case that has been pending for seven years.
Jay Kemp Russell requests new attorney (Gaylord Herald Times)
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Register here to share your opinion on our reader forum. GRAYLING — Jay Kemp Russell will receive a new attorney after appearing in Crawford County’s 46th Circuit Court Monday and requesting dismissal of his current counsel.
Whitfield goes to jail in midst of appeal, attorney says (FOX 10 Mobile)
JACKSON, Miss. Former Circuit Judge John Whitfield's attorney says his client plans to surrender his law license and go to prison without a fight of his judicial...
Ex-judge ready to do time, attorney says (The Clarion-Ledger)
Attorney Michael Crosby said Tuesday that his client former Circuit Judge John Whitfield's decision to begin serving his time is meant to spare his children the pain of uncertainty during an appeal process.
Lawyer says system broke its own rules (Birmingham News)
TUSCALOOSA - Two-year college officials ignored their own rules when they sold a Shelton State Community College house for less than half its value to a mother and daughter who worked at the Alabama Fire College, a lawyer testified Tuesday.
Ex-lawyer starts 2-year sentence for stealing from clients (Journal Inquirer)
A former corporate lawyer left Hartford Superior Court through the back door on Monday - handcuffed and on his way to prison for two years for stealing from clients.
Lamar: Assistant state attorney on high-profile unit kills himself (Orlando Sentinel)
Scott Pignone was on the high-profile government accountability unit Orange County Assistant State Attorney Scott Pignone, who was a lead prosecutor on the office's high-profile government accountability unit, killed himself this morning at home, according to his office.
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.
Attorney general asks 3 public utilities commissioners to resign (News Journal)
COLUMBUS (AP) - Three members of the state's utility regulation commission should resign because their nominations were decided during meetings closed to the public, Attorney General Marc Dann said.
Birkhead's Lawyer Encouraged By Progress (WCBS-TV New York)
The lawyer for Larry Birkhead says that even though the court in the Bahamas hasn't issued a ruling about who's the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, Birkhead's custody challenge appears to be going in his favor. Slideshow: Anna Nicole Smith’s Odd, Short Life