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Birkhead's Lawyer Encouraged By Progress (KDKA Pittsburgh)
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
BREAKING NEWS: Lawyer has til Monday to turn self in (The Telegraph)
EAST ST. LOUIS — Glen Carbon lawyer Gary Peel must turn himself in Monday after his conviction on charges of child pornography and bank fraud, U.S. District Judge William Stiehl has ruled.
District attorney's office steps down as legal advisor for county (Durant Daily Democrat)
DURANT - The Bryan County District Attorney's Office has removed itself as the county's legal advisor involving a lawsuit filed by a local bank.
Westgate appeal on hold as attorney Silver recovers from colon cancer (The Palm Beach Post)
Westgate Tabernacle's appeal to house the homeless on its floors is now on hold after its attorney, Barry Silver, headed to the hospital instead of the courtroom last week.
Attorney Cites Presidental Recount Decision In Murder Defense (WJXT Jacksonville)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- An attorney hopes the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that decided the 2000 presidential election will help persuade a judge to keep his client from being executed for two murders he is charged with.
Former mob lawyer wins in Sin City (Ashland Daily Tidings)
LAS VEGAS — Oscar Goodman, a former mob lawyer and self-proclaimed "happiest mayor in the world," breezed to a third term as mayor of Las Vegas. The Democrat won 84 percent of Tuesday's vote with all precincts reporting, easily avoiding a June run-off.
Judge Wants Teen's Defense Attorney To Slow Down (WFTV 9 Orlando)
The defense attorney for a student charged with murdering another at an Orange County high school said he's ready for trial, but the judge is not so sure. SLIDESHOW: Images From The Scene Of The Attack PRESS CONFERENCES: Principal | Sheriff | Superintendent
Meyers retain lawyer after son injured (Logan Herald-Observer)
Jeromie and Staci Meyer have enlisted the counsel of a well-known Council Bluffs lawyer following an accident with their 9-year old son, Jeromie. The accident occurred March 25 in Woodbine at the corner of Rawlins Avenue and Easton Trail.
State Takes on 10 Paint Makers: Attorney General Sues As Court Weighs Lead-Law Veto (RedNova)
By James Nash, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Apr. 4--Saying a veto fight between Gov. Ted Strickland and the legislature shouldn't block Ohio from potentially recouping millions of dollars from lead-paint manufacturers, Attorney General Marc Dann yesterday sued 10 of the companies.
State's Attorney: No charges for war protesters (The Burlington Free Press)
None of the 10 anti-war protesters arrested at the Burlington offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Tuesday will be criminally prosecuted, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Thomas J. Donovan said Wednesday.
County Attorney Defends Charge against Mesa Teen (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
County attorney Andrew Thomas is defending a decision to charge a Mesa teen as an adult. A 14-year-old Powell Junior High School student faces a number of counts including terrorism, for allegedly threatening to hold his class hostage.
Former Qwest attorney refuses to cooperate with prosecution, defense (Rocky Mountain News)
Former Qwest attorney Yash Rana has refused to cooperate with both sides in the Joe Nacchio trial and has indicated he would invoke the Fifth Amendment if called to testify, attorneys say.
Attorney: Whitfield Will Go To Jail (WAPT.com)
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 bribery conviction.
Lawyer, father push for leniency on behalf of Lindh (ABC 13 Texas)
The lawyer and parents of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh asked President Bush on Wednesday to commute his 20-year prison term.
Terror charge too much, teen's attorney says (KTVK Phoenix)
The attorney for a Mesa teen accused of planning to hold his class hostage tells 3TV the county attorney is using the case for his own political gain.
Millstone resident voted Super Lawyer for 2007 (Examiner)
MILLSTONE - New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine has again chosen township resident Peter Chamas as a Super Lawyer. Chamas has additionally been esteemed as one of the youngest attorneys to win this award for a third consecutive year. Only 5 percent of all attorneys in the state are named to the Super Lawyer list, according to a press release from the law office of Gill & Chamas.
Hatch To Take Over As U.S. Attorney General? (KUTV2 Salt Lake City)
As rumors abound that U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may be forced to resign, as a result of the mishandled prosecutor firings nationwide, talk is already generating about a possible replacement. Perhaps the most prominent: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
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.
Ousted U.S. Attorney Ryan Lands at Allen Matkins (Law.com)
A month and a half after leaving office, former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan has landed a job as a litigation partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, a 200-lawyer California firm known for its real estate practice. Ryan was criticized for his management style and fired last year, apparently after a federal judge tried to obtain government performance reviews of him. His departure ...
Longtime attorney hired as P'burg judge (The Express-Times)
PHILLIPSBURG | On May 1 there will be a new judge in town. Springfield, N.J., workers compensation attorney Dennis Baptista will take over for outgoing municipal Judge Robert Ellwood. Town council Tuesday night approved giving the job to the 50-year-old Newark native.
Longtime attorney hired as P'burg judge (The Express-Times)
PHILLIPSBURG | On May 1 there will be a new judge in town. Springfield, N.J., workers compensation attorney Dennis Baptista will take over for outgoing municipal Judge Robert Ellwood. Town council Tuesday night approved giving the job to the 50-year-old Newark native.
Official sues district attorney (Pasadena Star-News)
LOS ANGELES - A senior county official under scrutiny by the District Attorney's Office for more than 18 months sued the office, District Attorney Steve Cooley and the county for damages and the return of seized property, court papers showed Wednesday.
D.A. adds assistant attorney By BRANDON GLOVER/The Demopolis Times (The Demopolis Times)
DEMOPOLIS — Newly appointed Assistant District Attorney Vince Deas has found the positions he wants where he wants.
Bringing Families Together Through Adoption Is Passion That Motivates Attorney Kevin Weaver (The Memphis Daily News)
Attorney Kevin Weaver is passionate about adoption. He said he loves his job because it gives him the opportunity to help put families together.
S.C. attorney general challenges ultrasound bill (Savannah Morning News)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Forcing a woman who is seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound image of her womb would be unconstitutional, Attorney General Henry McMaster says.
June 11 trial date set for Evansville attorney (Evansville Courier & Press)
The trial date for an Evansville attorney accused of having a methamphetamine lab in his law office and adjoining apartment has been scheduled for June 11 in Vanderburgh County Superior Court.
Board says disbar lawyer (The Advocate)
LAFAYETTE — The state Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended permanent disbarment for a Lafayette lawyer accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
Local lawyer aided Google in search (The Greenville News)
Harvard-educated lawyer Larry Estridge of Greenville has had some high-profile clients during his 38-year legal career -- Bi-Lo, Milliken & Co, Belk heiress Sarah Gambrell of Charlotte.
Attorney charged with impeding income tax laws (Deseret Morning News)
A federal grand jury has indicted a Utah attorney for trying to impede income tax laws and for failing to file income tax returns.
Former Qwest attorney would take the Fifth (Rocky Mountain News)
Former Qwest attorney Yash Rana has refused to cooperate with both sides in the Joe Nacchio trial and has indicated he would invoke the Fifth Amendment if called to testify, attorneys said.
Ousted U.S. Attorney Ryan Lands at Allen Matkins (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A month and a half after leaving office, former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan has landed a job as a litigation partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, a 200-lawyer California firm known for its real estate practice.
Attorney general candidates discuss open government (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Five of the six candidates for Kentucky attorney general were peppered last night with questions about their philosophies and concerns surrounding open government.
Attorney general candidates discuss open government (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Five of the six candidates for Kentucky attorney general were peppered last night with questions about their philosophies and concerns surrounding open government.
Attorney general files paint suit (Akron Beacon Journal)
Attorney General Marc Dann has sued several paint manufacturers, alleging they continued to make and sell lead paint knowing it presented health hazards.
Attorney general seeks resignation of PUCO members (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
COLUMBUS - 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.
Attorney: SWAT team invaded Rush home during fatal shootout (CentralOhio.com)
MANSFIELD -- A law enforcement SWAT team did not announce itself before the deadly shootout Feb. 28 at 2619 Park Avenue East, a Cincinnati attorney representing the Gilbert Rush Jr. family said Wednesday.
Attorney General to join probe into Blairsville dentist's murder (Centre Daily Times)
Nearly a year after a dentist was found slain in his home, the state Attorney General's Office has joining the stalled investigation.
Lawyer for DWI victim seeks beer sale witnesses (The Record)
The lawyer for a Cliffside Park girl paralyzed by a drunken driver said Wednesday that he will continue to run newspaper ads in search of witnesses who have seen alcohol being sold to intoxicated fans at Giants Stadium.
Attorney general files paint suit (Akron Beacon Journal)
Attorney General Marc Dann has sued several paint manufacturers, alleging they continued to make and sell lead paint knowing it presented health hazards.
Attorney: Mendenhall official's arrest flawed (WMCTV Memphis)
MENDENHALL, Miss. The attorney for Mendenhall Police Chief James Sullivan says Sullivan's arrest violated a state law that calls for a probable cause...
Attorney: Mendenhall official's arrest flawed (FOX 10 Mobile)
MENDENHALL, Miss. The attorney for Mendenhall Police Chief James Sullivan says Sullivan's arrest violated a state law that calls for a probable cause...
Attorney General To Join Probe Into Dentist's Murder (Action News 4 Pittsburgh)
Nearly a year after a dentist was found slain in his home, the state Attorney General's Office is joining the stalled investigation.
Full time city attorney position eliminated: Councilman Joe Long resigns as attorney Jim Holland is pushed out (Range News)
City Attorney Jim Holland is out after city council's unanimous decision Monday night to eliminate the salaried employee position of city attorney. Shortly afterwards, Councilman Joe Long submitted his resignation, citing problems with City Manager Mike Leighton and Mayor Woody Johnson.
Federal grand jury indicts attorney on tax-related counts (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 7:38 AM- A federal grand jury has indicted an attorney for failing to file his own income tax returns for two years - and helping another alleged tax cheat hide assets. The offenses allegedly occurred while attorney Thomas T. Wood was representing one of the six defendants in a pending tax fraud case.
Lawyer: N.C. State assistant coach files complaint against cop (The Herald-Sun)
An assistant basketball coach at North Carolina State University filed a complaint against a city police officer Thursday, a day after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer, the coach's lawyer said.
Lawyer facing sex charges accused of witness tampering (Journal Inquirer)
A Hartford lawyer accused of child pornography and sexual assault - city police say he videotaped himself having sex with two 15-year-old girls - was served with a new warrant Wednesday accusing him of threatening and trying to bribe two people involved in the case.
Lawyer compares criticism of Justice official to McCarthyism (CNN.com)
The lawyer for a Justice Department official who has invoked the Fifth Amendment over the firings assailed congressional criticism of her decision Wednesday, comparing it to the abuses of former Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Attorney General rejects agreement between Fisk and O'Keeffe Museum (The Tennessean)
Attorneys for Fisk University said the school will "forge ahead " and is not surprised by today's decision by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper to decline to approve a proposed legal settlement between Fisk and New Mexico's Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The agreement would have granted the museum the exclusive right to purchase for $7 million O'Keeffee's "Radiator Building" painting, which is part ...
Attorney Charged WIth Bribery, Tampering With A Witness (Hartford Courant)
A Hartford attorney accused of sexually abusing two underage girls was arrested Wednesday on charges that threatened and bribed the victims, police said.
Court martialed soldier switches lawyer (KHQ Spokane)
HONOLULU - Fort Lewis Lieutenant Ehren Watada has found a new lawyer for his court martial for refusing to deploy to Iraq. His first trial ended in a mistrial after three days when the judge said Watada didn't fully understand a pretrial agreement he'd signed.