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Rare move could force Ed Jew out / S.F. city attorney asks attorney general to intervene based on residency claim (San Francisco Chronicle)
City Attorney Dennis Herrera's request Monday for permission from the state attorney general to file a lawsuit that could force Supervisor Ed Jew out of office is a legal tactic rarely used in California and believed to be unprecedented in San Francisco.
Ex-Spector attorney held in contempt (AP via Yahoo! News)
An ex-defense attorney for Phil Spector was declared in contempt of court Monday after she tearfully refused to testify that she saw a defense expert in the murder case pick up possible evidence.
Craddick opponents seek attorney general's opinion (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By JOHN MORITZ AUSTIN -- Two allies-turned-adversaries of House Speaker Tom Craddick asked the Texas attorney general Monday to determine whether the embattled leader had overstepped his authority last month when he crushed a rebellion by refusing to allow his opponents to speak. Republican Reps. Jim Keffer of Eastland and Byron Cook of Corsicana, both chairmen of powerful House committees, ...
Hicks lawyer to be honoured by Aussie peers (Perth Now)
US military lawyer Major Michael Mori ? best known for his vigorous defence of convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks ? will be recognised by his Australian peers next week.
Ex-Spector Attorney Held in Contempt (ABC News)
Judge in Spector Murder Case Holds Music Producer's Former Defense Attorney in Contempt
Senate OKs judgeship for Medford attorney (phillyburbs.com)
Medford attorney Susan J. Claypoole becomes the 17th judge on the Superior Court bench in Mount Holly today. Claypoole, 57, was nominated by Gov. Jon S. Corzine last month.
Spector lawyer held in contempt (BBC News)
The Phil Spector trial judge holds a former defence lawyer in contempt of court after refusing to testify about possible evidence.
Attorney Who Got Paris Jailed Was Mum on Wife's Crash (Fox News)
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo apologized for keeping quiet about a 2004 accident in which his wife crashed his city-issued vehicle -- while driving on a suspended license.
Paulose fills top jobs in U.S. attorney's office (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Three veterans in the U.S. attorney's office have been named to management posts that were abruptly vacated in April when the former supervisors announced they would return to prosecuting cases. Jeff Paulsen, who has been with the office for 19 years, became chief of the Criminal Division after the resignations. Frank Magill, a 17-year veteran, agreed to serve as first assistant U.S. attorney. ...
Judge holds former Spector defense attorney in contempt (Orange County Register)
Attorney cites lawyer-client confidentiality, constitution for not speaking.
Lawyer tells of lost seasons for tennis player in vitamin trial (Asbury Park Press)
The lawyer for Guillermo Coria told a jury today that the young tennis player lost two seasons, millions of dollars and his reputation because of "sloppy manufacturing'' that tainted a multivitamin with a steroid. The trace amounts of a steroid, not listed on the label, led to a mandatory suspension for Coria, an Argentine who was once ranked No. 3 worldwide and is now suing Universal Nutrition, ...
State Farm Seeks to Disqualify Lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A prominent lawyer for hundreds of Mississippi homeowners who sued their insurers after Hurricane Katrina should be barred from one of those cases because of "serious and repeated ethical violations," State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. argued Tuesday in court papers.
Attorney General's office continues review of alleged De Anza rape case (San Jose Mercury News)
A spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown's office said prosecutors continue to review Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr's decision not to file charges in the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl at a De Anza College baseball player's birthday party.
Lawyer says Padilla went to Egypt to study Arabic, not to become fighter (Sun-Sentinel)
MIAMI -- A lawyer for Jose Padilla questioned an FBI agent Tuesday about a wiretapped phone call indicating the terror suspect traveled from Broward County to Egypt in 1998 to study Arabic, not to fight as a religious warrior.
Attorney: 'Vinny Gorgeous' is a mobster, not a killer (AM New York)
Vincent Basciano might be a member of the Bonanno crime family but federal prosecutors can't prove that he took part in a number of murder conspiracies and other crimes, a defense attorney told a federal court jury Tuesday morning.
Attorney: 'Vinny Gorgeous' is a mobster, not a killer (Newsday)
Vincent Basciano might be a member of the Bonanno crime family but federal prosecutors can't prove that he took part in a number of murder conspiracies and other crimes, a defense attorney told a federal court jury Tuesday morning.
Lawyer held in contempt in Spector trial (UPI)
Lawyer Sara Caplan broke down in tears in Los Angeles County Court as she was cited for contempt for refusing to testify against Phil Spector.
District attorney decides no on the death penalty (9 News Denver)
KUSA - The Larimer County District Attorney has decided he will not seek the death penalty in the case of Shawna Nelson, the woman accused of killing her ex-lover's wife.
Conrad Black Accuser a `Serial Liar,' Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)
June 19 (Bloomberg) -- A lawyer for Conrad Black, the ex- Hollinger International Inc. chairman on trial for fraud and racketeering, asked jurors in Chicago not to convict him on the word of ``a serial liar,'' his former partner, F. David Radler.
Don't send Lord Black to jail because he's rich: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Deposed media tycoon Conrad Black should not be sent to jail just because he's rich, his defense lawyer said in closing arguments Tuesday at a Chicago fraud trial.
Attorney: Mayor didn't violate rules (The News & Observer)
The Holly Springs mayor's new job promoting a golf course development in town does not violate state or town ethics rules, the town attorney says in a recent memo.
Lawyer Says Mitchell Johnson To Be Before Federal Grand Jury (Eyewitness News Memphis)
A lawyer for one of the Jonesboro school shooters says federal authorities want a grand jury to consider drug and weapons charges against Mitchell Johnson.
Conrad Black Accuser a `Serial Liar,' Lawyer Says (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)
June 19 (Bloomberg) -- A lawyer for Conrad Black, the ex- Hollinger International Inc. chairman on trial for fraud and racketeering, asked jurors in Chicago not to convict him on the word of ``a serial liar,'' his former partner, F. David Radler.
Deal fails, and ex-attorney is held in contempt at Spector trial (Court TV Online)
A judge found a former attorney for Phil Spector in contempt of court Monday for refusing to testify at the music legend's murder trial about a piece of evidence allegedly missing from the scene of an actress's death.
Conrad Black Accuser a `Serial Liar,' Lawyer Says (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)
June 19 (Bloomberg) -- A lawyer for Conrad Black, the ex- Hollinger International Inc. chairman on trial for fraud, asked jurors in Chicago not to convict him on the word of ``serial liar'' F. David Radler, Black's former business partner.
Hasselhoff's Ex Hires New Lawyer In Divorce Battle (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
David Hasselhoff's ex-wife was back in court Tuesday with a new lawyer to represent her in a divorce battle with the actor. SLIDESHOWS: View The Day's Top Photos VIDEO: Watch The Latest News
Attorney drops homicide, robbery case (The Times-News)
TWIN FALLS - A homicide and robbery suspect's secret financier is at the heart of why the suspect's attorney quit Monday morning.
Lesser charge recommended for Marine lawyer in Haditha killings (The Fresno Bee)
A Marine lawyer charged with failing to probe the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians was derelict in his duties, according to a report by an investigating officer. However, the investigator also found the lawyer was "selectively singled out" for prosecution while more senior officers escaped charges.
Counsel's Libel Suit Against Hiring Attorney Is Dismissed (Law.com)
A federal judge has tossed out a libel suit brought by a local counsel in New York City against a Pennsylvania attorney who hired and fired him. Southern District of New York Judge Shira A. Scheindlin found that the judicial proceedings privilege barred the libel claim, which centered on an e-mail sent to parties regarding a civil suit that was settled. Scheindlin rejected arguments that the ...
TU lawyer defends COMELEC's trip to Maguindanao (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
An election lawyer of the administration defended Wednesday the Commission on Elections' (COMELEC) latest move to look for documents pertinent to the May 2007 senatorial elections in Maguindanao province.
City Attorney urges San Diego mayor to halt work on office tower (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO - City Attorney Michael Aguirre called Tuesday on San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders to sign an order to halt all work on an office tower being built near Montgomery Field and deemed a hazard to pilots.
Attorney seeks to halt courthouse actions (The Advertiser-Tribune)
The legal battle surrounding the Seneca County Courthouse continued Tuesday when an attorney for six anonymous clients filed a motion to halt officials from tampering with the historic building or its grounds.
Conrad Black Accuser a `Serial Liar,' Lawyer Says (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)
June 19 (Bloomberg) -- A lawyer for Conrad Black, the ex- Hollinger International Inc. chairman on trial for fraud, asked jurors in Chicago not to convict him on the word of ``serial liar'' F. David Radler, Black's former business partner.
State Farm wants lawyer for homeowners off case (Houston Chronicle)
State Farm says Richard Scruggs, the lawyer for thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims disputing their insurance coverage, violated ethics rules and should be removed from at least one case.
New York attorney general attacks schools' effect on loan rate (Houston Chronicle)
Some student loan providers have been setting rates based on the schools borrowers attend, a practice New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo likens to "redlining" in the home mortgage market.
Former Interim U.S. Attorney Says He Would Not Take Job Again (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- Former interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin said Thursday that given a chance to do things over, he would not accept his controversial appointment in Arkansas.
Aurora attorney joins judicial race (The Beacon News)
A well-known local defense attorney has entered the race for the open judicial seat in Aurora.
Lawyer facing lewdness charge keeps ethics post (Herald News)
A Hackensack lawyer remains vice president of the Bergen County Bar Association and chairman of a regional state ethics panel while facing charges of exposing himself in public.
Pamela Bach dumps attorney Debra Opri (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Washington, June 20 (ANI): David Hasslehoff's ex-wife Pamela Bach has fired her high-profile attorney Debra Opri. Bach decided to move on from Opri just four days after the judge granted primary physical and sole legal custody of her daughters to Hasselhoff.oping to fight with a different lawyer, Bach appeared in the Los Angeles Superior Court on June 19 and requested a judge to hire Mark ...
Lesser charge recommended for Marine lawyer in Haditha killings (Orange County Register)
Investigator says lawyer was derelict in failing to order a use of force probe, but that matter should be handled administratively not criminally.
15 apply to be U.S. attorney (Orlando Sentinel)
Three Orlando-area attorneys are among 15 lawyers who have applied for the vacant U.S. attorney's job in Central Florida, the head of a screening panel said Tuesday.
Black's Lawyer Attacks Key Witness's Credibility (Washington Post)
CHICAGO, June 19 -- Conrad Black's lawyer accused prosecutors Tuesday of trying to prejudice jurors against the media mogul by focusing on his affluent lifestyle while basing their racketeering and fraud case on the word of a former business partner he described as "a proven liar."
Black's lawyer asks jury: Where are the victims? (Canada.com)
CHICAGO -- Defence lawyer Edward Greenspan struck back during closing arguments on Tuesday at the Conrad Black fraud trial by questioning why the prosecution never put a victim of the alleged scheme on the stand.
Lawyer: Employees Cleaned Kitchen After Killing Goat (WSOC-TV Charlotte)
A lawyer for a China Grove restaurant at the center of an E. coli investigation said employees cleaned the kitchen after slaughtering a goat inside.
Attorney: Man accused of fatal shooting passes polygraph (The Farmington Daily Times)
FARMINGTON — A local attorney representing an 18-year-old man charged with Kailie Sitta's March 18 shooting death claimed Tuesday his client passed a polygraph test and did not kill the young girl.
Lawyer tries to exclude tapes (Baltimore Sun)
Bromwell attorney says FBI recordings won't allow fair trial A new lawyer appointed to represent indicted former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell Sr. says that hours of secret FBI tapes peppered with the politician's racial and sexist epithets are irrelevant and should be excluded from his trial because they could impair a jury's ability to reach a fair verdict.
Statement of State Attorney Steve Meadows regarding the office of the 14th District Medical Examiner (WJHG Panama City)
State Attorney Steve Meadows on Tuesday held a news conference to announce Medical Examiner Charlkes Siebert will stay on as Interim Medical Examiner while a search committee looks for a permanent repolacement. This is Mr. Meadows full statement:
David Hasselhoff's Ex-Wife Hires New Divorce Attorney (Fox News)
Pamela Bach hired a new attorney to represent her in her ongoing divorce battle with the David Hasselhoff.
Hasselhoff's ex-wife gets new lawyer (USA Today)
David Hasselhoff's ex-wife returned to court with a new lawyer to represent her in a divorce battle with the actor.
NY Attorney General Sues Over Spyware (CBS News)
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer accused a major Internet advertising company of secretly installing spyware and sending ads through spyware already installed on personal computers. Spyware is installed without the user's knowledge.