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Under suspicion, attorney Russell stands his ground (Greenwich Time)
In the past months Philip Russell has struggled with the dual role of criminal defense attorney and defendant while trying to muster as much levity as he can, he said.
Missouri attorney a focus in firings (Boston Globe)
WASHINGTON -- Todd Graves brought just four misdemeanor voter fraud indictments during his five years as the US attorney for western Missouri -- even though some of his fellow Republicans in the closely divided state wanted stricter oversight of Democratic efforts to sign up new voters.
Attorney: Essay author set to return to school (The Courier News)
A Cary-Grove High School senior arrested for writing a violent essay for an English class more than a week ago can return to school and will be allowed to graduate with his class, his attorney said Friday.
Former Attorney Joe Morrissey Running for House of Delegates (CBS 6 Richmond)
A controversial former Richmond attorney is now trying to help run the state's government. Joe Morrissey is planning to announce he's running for the 74th district House of Delegates. Morrissey hopes to take over the seat Don McEachin is giving up to run against Senator Ben Lambert.
Linda Mabry -- lawyer who turned to community work (San Francisco Chronicle)
Linda Mabry was a woman driven to achieve as a corporate lawyer and Stanford law professor -- and she did, only to renounce it all to help disadvantaged families buy homes or learn to read. Ms. Mabry, who also became an award-winning writer, died April...
Robert Meagher, 96, was prominent local attorney (Democrat News)
Robert I. Meagher, 96, a prominent local attorney for many years, passed away at his home in Fredericktown on April 24, 2007.
Jury Selection for Columbia Attorney Trial to Begin Monday (WLTX-TV Columbia)
Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the trial of Dewain Herring, the 64-year-old attorney accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old nightclub manager John Johnson in January of 2006.
Defense attorney: Confession was coerced; wants it suppressed (Daily Courier)
Glenda Masciarelli, a Fayette County woman accused of drowning her only child in 1976, was incapable of giving voluntary statements to police last year, admitting she hurt the 2-year-old boy, because she has a history of serious mental illness, according to her attorney.
Third lawyer ditches killer (Gulf Daily News)
A THIRD defence lawyer yesterday refused to represent a convicted killer in his fight against a prosecution call for the death sentence. Bahraini Nooh Idrees Sanan Mubarak was convicted of murdering Bahraini father-of-two Mahdi Abdulrahman Mohammed in Muharraq last August.
Attorney: Student suspended for essay can return to school (CNN.com)
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A high school senior arrested for writing a violent essay for an English class can return to school and will be allowed to graduate with his class, his attorney says.
Leahy Targets White House in U.S Attorney Scandal (WCAX 3)
Senator Patrick Leahy says key Republicans agree that answers are needed on the record about alleged partisan motives in the U.S. Attorney firings.
District judges in lawyer’s sights (The Fayetteville Observer)
Fayetteville lawyer Bryce Neier wants to change the way District Court judges are elected. He also wants to limit the terms for all elected officials in state and local government.
Clear Channel TV group sale is a big deal for local attorney (BizJournals)
Clear Channel Communications Inc. could have enlisted the help of a high-powered New York attorney to spearhead its recent deal to sell 56 television stations to a private equity group for more than one billion dollars.
WP: On poverty, Edwards faces old hurdles (MSNBC)
As he makes his second bid for the White House, Sen. John Edwards is sounding a clarion call of a sort not heard on the presidential campaign trail since Robert F. Kennedy's run in 1968. A millworker's son who became a multimillionaire trial lawyer, Edwards brings to the subject a hard-edged rhetoric and a host of proposals culled from the University of North Carolina's poverty center, which he ...
Local attorney faces more charges (Evansville Courier & Press)
An Evansville attorney faces more meth-related charges after police found an alleged meth lab inside her home Saturday.
Community conversation: District Attorney Scott McNamara (Observer-Dispatch)
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara met with the Observer-Dispatch editorial board and answered questions submitted by readers.
17 Years Of Perspective: Attorney Gerald Edelstein Understands The Value Of Organ Donation (Medical News Today)
Entertainment industry attorney Gerald Edelstein was doing everything right to avoid a heart attack eating a heart-healthy diet with no red meat or dairy products and religiously working out at the gym. But one day in mid-February 1990, his best efforts were no match for the unstable plaque that had quietly accumulated in the arteries feeding his heart. [click link for full article]
Imus attorney: We'll sue CBS for full contract (The Record)
NEW YORK -- Disgraced radio host Don Imus, fired for racist and sexist comments barely three months into a five-year, $40 million contract, plans a lawsuit against CBS Radio to collect the huge unpaid portion of his salary, his attorney said Thursday.
Ex-lawyer set to run school (The Republican)
HUNTINGTON - Seven years ago, right around his 30th birthday, Todd H. Gazda realized that he needed a change from his profession as a lawyer.
Attorney general`s suspension not due to his performance (Antara News)
Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh said his suspension by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the cabinet reshuffle was not due to his performance during his 2.5 years in office.
Ousted U.S. Attorney: White House Behind Removal (The Morning News)
WASHINGTON -- The former U.S. attorney in Little Rock said he was told by a top Justice Department official that the White House was responsible for his ouster and for a plan to bypass Senate confirmation for his replacement.
Jordan court orders Al-Qaeda retrial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Jordanian court has ordered the retrial of nine Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists sentenced to death last year over a foiled chemical attack citing procedural violations, a defence lawyer said Monday.
Lawyer faces drug charges following police sting (The Indianapolis Star)
Evansville -- A lawyer faces charges for allegedly selling and delivering methamphetamine to a police informant at her law office.
'Robbie has suffered enough through this': defence lawyer: Supporters want case dropped against soldier charged with ... (The Halifax Daily News)
A Prince Edward Island soldier charged in the death of a comrade in Afghanistan last year has suffered enough and should not be made to stand trial, his lawyer said.
Potential Charles Taylor Witnesses Fear UN Sanctions - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
THE HAGUE (AP)--Potential defense witnesses for Charles Taylor are refusing to testify at the former Liberian president's war crimes trial for fear of being slapped with U.N. travel bans, Taylor's lawyer told a court Monday.
UPDATE: Potential Taylor Witnesses Fear UN Sanctions - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
(This updates an article published at 1028 GMT with judge's quotes.) THE HAGUE (AP)--Potential defense witnesses for Charles Taylor are refusing to testify at the former Liberian president's war crimes trial for fear of being slapped with U.N. travel bans, Taylor's lawyer told a court Monday.
Attorney to defend LR board (NWAnews.com)
The attorney representing the Little Rock School Board in its effort to remove Superintendent Roy Brooks also will defend the board members against the superintendent’s lawsuit against them, the board decided Sunday. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Imus lawyer: Stations could have blocked comment (USA Today)
A lawyer for Don Imus said Friday that the former radio host's bosses could have edited the on-air comments that got him fired and the fact that they didn't meant they saw his remarks as routine for his often-provocative show.
Soldier's lawyer wants charges dropped (CBC)
There should be no trial for Master Cpl. Robbie Fraser, who is charged with manslaughter in the death of a fellow soldier in Afghanistan, says his lawyer.
Alleged D.C. Madam Appointed New Attorney (Washington Post)
The alleged Washington Madam has a new attorney, appointed this morning by a federal judge who hasn't been too keen about the madam's previous civil lawyer.
Paris Hilton attorney calls 45-day jail sentence "ludicrous" (Reality TV World)
The attorney for hotel heiress Paris Hilton said the 45-day jail term ordered by a Los Angeles judge for driving with a suspended license was "ludicrous."
District Attorney Woolwine Fined for Contempt, Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanors (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Thomas Lee Woolwine, the county’s district attorney from 1915-23, had a fiery temper. On two occasions, he belted opposing counsel in court. The first time was in 1909, when he was a private practitioner.
Oregon attorney asks man in prison to pay for part of trial costs (News-Register)
BEND — A Deschutes County jury sent John Michael Nilles to prison last month for shaking to death a child he considered a son. Now, the county's district attorney wants the man to pay for some of the costs in the case that put him there.
Gambia: The True Story About Lawyer Sillah's Shooting (AllAfrica.com)
Ever since hails of lethal bullets were fired at veteran Gambian lawyer Ousman M.E. Sillah on that fateful Boxing Day December 25, 2003 (just after mid-night) numerous stories, speculations and endless innuendo were peddled in trying to unlock this mysterious yet withering indictment of both the judicial and political systems under President Yahya Jammeh's harrowing authoritarianism.
Attorney: Needville teen admits to setting school fire (Houston Chronicle)
The boy's attorney would not discuss a motive for the blaze but said it had nothing to do with the state-mandated TAKS tests, which burned in the fire.
Lawyer supports tampering allegation (Whittier Daily News)
LOS ANGELES - Prosecution claims that Phil Spector's defense concealed key evidence in an actress' shooting death were given surprise support Thursday when a lawyer who once worked for the record producer said she saw famed criminalist Henry Lee pick up a fingernail-sized object at the scene.
Rape victims' lawyer confronts priest in court (Newsday)
The lawyer for a man and woman who were raped as teenagers by a youth minister confronted the priest who hired him Monday during closing arguments in the first civil trial against the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Deputy county attorney settles into new position (Small Town Papers News Service)
James “Jim” T. Hallman has wanted to live in Wyoming since the 1980s and he recently got his wish. Hallman, formerly of Georgia, accepted a position as Deputy Big Horn County and Prosecuting Attorney ...
City's attorney selection committee to meet May 9 (Marco Island Sun Times)
The city's attorney selection committee has received interest from four firms that would like to serve as the city's legal counsel, according to City Manager Bill Moss.
Attorney general helps seniors fight mail fraud (KTVK Phoenix)
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is arming senior citizens with the tools to fight mail fraud. Goddard launched "Seniors Strike Back" this morning in honor of Older Americans Month.
Jackson lawyer named Municipal Court judge (The Clarion-Ledger)
The Jackson City Council today approved local lawyer Ali ShamsidDeen as a Municipal Court judge. The 6-0 vote received applause from city officials and ShamsidDeen's family members in the council chambers at City Hall. When asked how would he handle repeat offenders, ShamsidDeen said he would judge every case individually. "For me, it's always about the circumstances involved in that situation," ...
Carver County attorney appointed to judgeship (Waconia Patriot)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced to a packed courtroom at the Scott County Courthouse on April 30 that he was appointing Carver County Attorney Mike Fahey to a First Judicial district Judgeship.
Photo proves Foster met Blair: ex-lawyer (Hastings Gazette)
Conman Peter Foster's former lawyer Sean Cousins says he once feared UK security service MI5 would kill him and Foster over a photo he claims proved the disgraced Gold Coast businessman met British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Photo proves Foster met Blair: ex-lawyer (Nyngan Observer)
Conman Peter Foster's former lawyer Sean Cousins says he once feared UK security service MI5 would kill him and Foster over a photo he claims proved the disgraced Gold Coast businessman met British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Photo proves Foster met Blair: ex-lawyer (Nyngan Observer)
Conman Peter Foster's former lawyer Sean Cousins says he once feared UK security service MI5 would kill him and Foster over a photo he claims proved the disgraced Gold Coast businessman met British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Photo proves Foster met Blair: ex-lawyer (Tenterfield Star)
Conman Peter Foster's former lawyer Sean Cousins says he once feared UK security service MI5 would kill him and Foster over a photo he claims proved the disgraced Gold Coast businessman met British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Trial of 17-year-old accused in slaying of Edm girl delayed after she fires lawyer (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
EDMONTON (CP) - A 17-year-old accused in the sex slaying of a 13-year-old Edmonton girl has fired her lawyer just as her trial was about to begin.
Husain to move SC soon: Lawyer (The Telegraph)
New Delhi, May 7: M.F. Husain has asked his lawyer to move the Supreme Court for the transfer to Delhi of the Hardwar case, in which orders have been passed for the attachment of his property.
Death threat for imams' lawyer had a postmark from St. Paul (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The Manhattan lawyer for six imams who sued US Airways after being removed from a Minneapolis-to-Phoenix flight said Monday that a death threat mailed to his office had a postmark of St. Paul. Omar Mohammedi met with FBI agents Monday about the letter, a Microsoft Word-type document signed "American Jihad." The missive denounces the lawsuit, then says: "Come to Minneapolis. ... We have located ...
Platte attorney seeks to rescind resignation (Casper Star-Tribune)
WHEATLAND -- Platte County Attorney Mary Eikenberry is seeking to rescind her resignation, telling county commissioners in a letter Monday that she is withdrawing last week's letter of resignation and plans to do the work that she was elected to do.