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Ex-Comverse lawyer sentenced in backdating case (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) - The former top lawyer at software maker Comverse Technology Inc. was sentenced on Thursday to a year and one day in prison for his role in a stock options backdating scheme at the software maker.
U.S. attorney general faces grilling over prosecutor firings (Detroit News)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats are shifting their attention on the botched firings of eight federal prosecutors from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' fitness to head the Justice Department to the White House role in the dismissals.
Dems press for answers in attorney probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrats pressed for more answers on the firings of U.S. attorneys Thursday even as Attorney General Alberto Gonzales insisted he hasn't remembered any new details. Republicans demanded that the investigation be closed.
Ex-Comverse lawyer gets prison time for backdating (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) - The former top lawyer at software maker Comverse Technology Inc. was sentenced on Thursday to a year and one day in prison for his role in a stock options backdating scheme, becoming the first corporate executive to be sentenced for options-related crimes.
Embattled US attorney general faces new grilling (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Embattled US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced a new grilling in Congress Thursday regarding a widening scandal over the sacking of federal prosecutors.
AG says hire outside lawyer (The Daily Iberian)
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office met privately with five Iberia Parish Council members last week to suggest that the council hire an outside, independent lawyer to investigate discrepancies outlined in a recent legislative audit of parish finances.
Judge raps bank, keeps its lawyer on his feet (Indian Express via Yahoo! India News)
A REPRESENTATIVE (lawyer) of HSBC bank was on Thursday ordered to keep standing till the rising of the court during the hearing of a case filed against the bank by a judge for having submitted false evidence in another case. Additional Sessions Judge A K Sarpal filed a case against HSBC in 2004 after hearing a case filed by the bank against one Raj Kumar Verma in August 2002 for having issued a ...
Assistant attorney general suspended after road rage charge (NBC 15 Mobile)
An assistant attorney general charged with pulling a gun in a road rage incident has been placed on administrative leave while the case is being investigated, officials said.
Conrad Black's lawyer rips into key witness Radler (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Conrad Black's chief lawyer riddled the star witness against the former media baron with questions on Thursday about past lies he admitted to, suggesting that since he lied then the jury can't trust him to tell the truth now.
Conrad Black's lawyer rips into key witness Radler (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Conrad Black's chief lawyer riddled the star witness against the former media baron with questions on Thursday about past lies he admitted to, suggesting that since he lied then the jury can't trust him to tell the truth now.
US Attorney Gen. Gonzales endures another grilling (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Democratic lawmakers pushed U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Thursday for more information about his firing of federal prosecutors while fellow Republicans said it was time to move on.
Assistant attorney general suspended after road rage charge (7 News Miami)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- An assistant state attorney general accused of pulling a gun in a road rage incident was placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated, officials said.
Former State Attorney Charged With DUI, Reckless Homicide (WRTV TheIndyChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
The Marion County Prosecutor?s Office on Thursday filed criminal charges against Terry Record, a former state attorney accused in a fatal drunken driving crash.
Former State Attorney Charged With DUI, Reckless Homicide (WRTV Indianapolis)
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday filed criminal charges against Terry Record, a former state attorney accused in a fatal drunken driving crash.
Bain lawyer says more independence in NZ justice system needed (Stuff)
The lawyer for convicted murderer David Bain has called for greater independence at the top tier of the justice system, following Bain's successful appeal to Britain's Privy Council.
Hicks transfer closer as lawyer confirms Guantanamo trip (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
David Hicks's Australian lawyer David McLeod will fly to Guantanamo Bay on Sunday to advise Hicks about signing formal documents for his return to Australia.
Conrad Black's lawyer rips into key witness Radler (WIS News 10 Columbia)
By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Conrad Black's chief lawyer riddled the star witness against the former media baron with questions on Thursday about past lies he admitted to,...
Attorney General Accuses Anheuser-Busch of Marketing to Minors (News10 Sacramento)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown joined officials in 28 other states Thursday and accused Anheuser-Busch of marketing sweet tasting, caffeine-laced alcoholic drinks to teens.
Attack on Pak judge’s lawyer (The Telegraph)
Karachi, May 10 (Reuters): Gunmen in Karachi fired 16 shots at the house of a lawyer of Pakistan’s suspended top judge today, two days before the judge was due to visit the city, a government official said.
Attorney pact approved (Pasadena Star-News)
ROSEMEAD - The Rosemead City Council on Tuesday approved a contract for an attorney whose firm also represents a school district suing the city. Bonifacio "Bonny" Garcia of Los Angeles-based firm Garcia, Calderon and Ruiz, was hired April 3, after longtime city attorney Peter Wallin resigned.
Blue Hippo, Attorney General Reach Settlement (WBAL-TV Baltimore)
Maryland consumers who got a raw deal on a computer or plasma television will be getting money back, according to Maryland's attorney general.
CPJ outraged by police beating of award-winning media lawyer in Zimbabwe (CPJ Press Freedom Online)
New York, May 10, 2007— The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for a full and transparent investigation into the police beating on Tuesday of prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, a 2005 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, and three other attorneys.
House Panel Presses Gonzales on Attorney Firings (NPR)
Democrats questioned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the White House's involvement in the firings of U.S. attorneys. Gonzales was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. Republican committee members tended to ask friendly questions of Gonzales.
Federal appeals court says lawyer can sue in LA wiretap case (The Fresno Bee)
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawyer can sue over alleged illegal monitoring of his conversation with a client during a sweeping Los Angeles County wiretap program in the 1990s.
Man found guilty in retrial after lawyer wore mic (Boston Globe)
A jury found a man guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday in a retrial that a judge ordered because his lawyer wore a microphone without the man's consent during his first trial.
Lawyer rips into former Black aide (CNN.com)
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Media mogul Conrad Black's lawyer spent a second straight day Thursday attempting to demolish the government's star witness as a liar who would say anything to get in the good graces of prosecutors.
More independence in NZ justice system needed - lawyer (Stuff)
The lawyer for convicted murderer David Bain has called for greater independence at the top tier of the justice system, following Bain's successful appeal to Britain's Privy Council.
Ex-Comverse Lawyer Going to Jail in Options Backdating Plan (New York Times)
The former top lawyer at the software maker Comverse Technology became the first corporate executive to be sentenced for options-related crimes.
Democrats Push Gonzales on Attorney Dismissals (New York Times)
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales stuck to his past assertions that the firings were appropriate.
U.S. attorney defends prosecution of Border Patrol agents (Houston Chronicle)
Despite months of criticism from the media and members of Congress, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of the Western District of Texas has stepped up his defense in a decision to prosecute two former Border Patrol agents who shot an illegal immigrant and suspected drug smuggler two years ago.
Accused Murderer Asks For New Lawyer (WEAU Eau Claire)
A judge granted Irvin Ramirez's request for a new lawyer in his murder trial.
McKay: Attorney General Gonzales must go (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The only way to restore the public's faith in the Justice Department and boost the morale of federal prosecutors nationwide is for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to step down, John McKay, former U.S. attorney for Western Washington, said.
House Judiciary Committee Gets Its Turn With Gonzales Over Attorney Firings (Law.com)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced detailed and sometimes impassioned questions from House Democrats Thursday, during a second congressional hearing in as many months examining his role in the firing of at least eight U.S. Attorneys. But he provided few new answers, and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee expressed frustration that they have not received a clear explanation why some ...
Attorney general probes student lenders (The Palm Beach Post)
Florida's attorney general joined New York's Andrew Cuomo Thursday asking President Bush to support federal student loan reforms following an investigation opened this week into loan practices at Florida schools.
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.
Still racing after all these years: Lawyer likes the adrenalin rush (The Charleston Gazette)
Charleston lawyer Jon Snyder stands with the open-wheel race car he bought in 1982. Jon Snyder seems normal. He is a lawyer for the Compensation Litigation Division at the Attorney General’s Office.
'Green' lawyer earns defendants' applause (Adelaide Now)
A GROUP of protestors charged over violence at last year's G20 summit clapped in court today when their lawyer refused to accept paper documents for environmental reasons.
'Green' lawyer earns defendants' applause (Perth Now)
A GROUP of protestors charged over violence at last year's G20 summit clapped in court today when their lawyer refused to accept paper documents for environmental reasons.
House Judiciary Committee Gets Its Turn With Gonzales Over Attorney Firings (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced detailed and sometimes impassioned questions from House Democrats Thursday, during a second congressional hearing in as many months examining his role in the firing of at least eight U.S.
Attorney general stands firm through hearing (San Jose Mercury News)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales confidently deflected House Democrats' demands Thursday for details in the firings of U.
Man found guilty in retrial after lawyer wore mic (Boston Herald)
BOSTON - A jury found a man guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday in a retrial that a judge ordered because his lawyer wore a microphone without the man's consent during his first trial. Judge...
U.S. attorney sees no entrapment (The Record)
An attorney for one of six Muslim men accused in an alleged plot to murder soldiers at Fort Dix questioned the conduct of the FBI informants used in the case.
Black trial in uproar as lawyer is outfoxed (Daily Mail)
Like high-stakes poker, turning the table on your tormentor in a courtroom is a class act, requiring skill and patience. David Radler, the prosecution's star witness, unexpectedly got the better of Canada's best criminal lawyer and hired by Conrad Black
Lawyer To Enter Congressional Race (WMTW Auburn)
A Portland lawyer becomes the fourth Democrat to throw his hat into the ring for the 2008 1st District congressional race when he announces his candidacy on Friday.
FRENCH INVESTIGATORS VISIT SARKOZY'S LAWYER IN CLEARSTREAM PROBE (The Tocqueville Connection)
PARIS, May 11, 2007 (AFP) - French judges investigating a scandal over false claims that politicians held secret bank accounts turned up Friday at the offices of President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy's lawyer and of the satirical weekly Canard Enchaine.
Oil Companies Overcharged, Says Ky. Attorney General (WLWT ChannelCincinnati.com via Yahoo! News)
Kentucky?s attorney general has sued oil companies he accused of profiteering following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Forces playing public relations game over detainees, lawyer asserts (Canada.com)
OTTAWA - The Canadian Forces are "abusing" national security provisions by selectively releasing details about the beating of a prisoner by Afghan police to suit their own public relations objectives, says the lawyer who has launched a Federal Court challenge to ban detainee transfers.
Northeast Georgia district attorney submits resignation (WIS News 10 Columbia)
JEFFERSON, Ga. A northeast Georgia district attorney has resigned amid a state investigation into whether he misspent thousands of dollars from a victim's...
Marathon Oil countersues Ky. attorney general on profiteering charge (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Attorney General Greg Stumbo and Marathon Oil Corp. both filed lawsuits on Thursday, after Stumbo accused the oil company of profiteering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Bond Reduced For Attorney Involved In Fatal Crash (WRTV TheIndyChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Friday he wants a special prosecutor for the case of a former state health department attorney accused in a fatal drunken driving crash.