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Calif. attorney general to review De Anza rape case (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN JOSE, Calif. ( Map , News ) - The state attorney general's office has agreed to review the case of an alleged gang-rape of a teenage girl by De Anza College baseball players to determine if county prosecutors erred by not filing charges.
Lawyer seeks arbitration in legal tussle with father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby (Los Angeles Times)
Celebrity lawyer Debra Opri is trying to drop the gavel of arbitration on Larry Birkhead, her former client who fought in no fewer than three courts to win the daughter he fathered with dead Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith.
Attorney investigates Kronberg residency (Aspen Daily News)
Though Toni Kronberg's loss in Tuesday's runoff election spared Aspen City Council from having to decide if she is qualified to sit on the board, the city attorney's office is still investigating three citizen complaints against her.
Point, click, find a lawyer (The Sacramento Bee)
A Web site launched this week is positioning itself as a guide along what for many consumers is an unfamiliar path to finding a lawyer.
Prison Opinion Issued by Attorney General (KXMB CBS12 Bismarck)
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says today a decision legislators made this session could be found unconstitutional. In his opinion, Stenehjem says giving a group of legislators the authority to decide the State Prisons future is unconstitutional
Lawyer: No payoff in dismissal of alleged museum groping suit (Boston Herald)
Boston business attorney Stephen Kunian offered "not a penny" to artist Gloretta Baynes to persuade her to suddenly drop an assault and battery charge against him, Kunian's lawyer, Richard...
Attorney-general appoints special prosecutor in Bountiful case (Vancouver Province)
Anti-polygamy activists were outraged yesterday to learn that B.C. Attorney-General Wally Oppal appointed a special prosecutor to review possible charges against members of the Bountiful polygamist community.
Lawyer urges Vioxx plaintiff to take $1.6M (The Star-Ledger)
A South Carolina man whose $51million Vioxx damage award was overturned as excessive should accept the $1.6million proposed by the judge rather than go to a second jury, his lawyer said yesterday.
Attorney rips MTSU's policy on harassment (The Tennessean)
The attorney for a woman who accused MTSU President Sidney McPhee of sexual harassment told the Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday that the university's sexual harassment policy "may look real pretty on paper," but is inadequate.
Former Spector attorney could be held in contempt for refusal to testify (Los Angeles Times)
Sara Caplan refuses to tell jurors of seeing Henry C. Lee remove an object from crime scene. An attorney who earlier had said she saw famous forensic scientist Henry C. Lee remove an object from the crime scene refused to testify Wednesday in the Phil Spector murder trial, sparking an intense confrontation between her lawyer and Judge Larry Paul Fidler.
Plugged in: Web site risks suits with lawyer ratings (The Sacramento Bee)
A Web site launched this week is positioning itself as a guide along what for many consumers is an unfamiliar path to finding a lawyer.
E-mail in attorney firings suggests secret got out (The Sacramento Bee)
A leader of an influential conservative legal group recommended a replacement candidate for the U.S. attorney in San Diego just days after the sitting prosecutor's name was secretly placed on a Justice Department firing list, according to a document released Wednesday.
Ivan Miller, 93, attorney, served as honorary consul of Belgium in Ohio (The Plain Dealer)
Cleveland Heights -- Ivan Miller was a Cleveland attorney who served as the honorary consul of Belgium in Ohio, and legal adviser to the British consulate-general and Canadian consulate and Trade Commission.
Lawyer should go to jail, official says (Winston-Salem Journal)
A lawyer convicted of criminal contempt for saying "Lord" during a trial should start serving a jail sentence because he missed a filing deadline to appeal the conviction, court papers filed Tuesday say.
Assault charge vs. lawyer dropped (Boston Globe)
Prosecutors have dropped the case against a prominent Boston lawyer accused of groping a woman at an art museum gala.
State attorney general will review De Anza rape case (Contra Costa Times)
Women's rights activists Wednesday praised Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr's decision to ask the state attorney general to review a gang rape investigation.
City attorney says advice was ignored by Berkeley managers (Contra Costa Times)
BERKELEY -- Berkeley's city attorney blasted city management "at every level" Wednesday for ignoring her legal advice, which she contends could have prevented the housing authority scandal.
THE BALCO CASE / Lawyer who leaked athletes' testimony seeks less prison time (San Francisco Chronicle)
A lawyer who admitted leaking grand jury transcripts of athletes' testimony in the BALCO steroids case has asked a federal judge to sentence him to 15 months in prison, nine months shorter than prosecutors' recommendation. Troy Ellerman, who once...
Landfill neighbors hire attorney (The Buffalo News)
City of Tonawanda residents living near a landfill contaminated with radioactive wastes have retained a prominent attorney to ensure their interests are represented in its closure.
Diana lawyer vows to fight Israeli academic boycott (Guardian Unlimited)
The prominent lawyer Anthony Julius has said he will represent individuals or institutions affected by the proposed academic boycott of Israeli universities.
The protesters, many of them students, handed a series of demands to the attorney-general [AFP] (Aljazeera)
Thousands of protesters have marched to the attorney general's office in the Venezuelan capital to denounce the effective closure of RCTV, the country's oldest and most-watched private channel.
Attorney-General wants more evidence against Thaksin, wife (The Nation)
The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) Thursday asked the Assets Examination Committee for more evidence on the Ratchadapisek land purchase to make the case against deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra more solid.
Akon's Attorney Denies Criminal Conduct in Fan-Throwing Incident (MTV Music Television)
Akon's attorney denied criminal conduct by his client after the rapper threw a fan from the stage during a concert on Sunday.
Judge Delays Decision About Holding Lawyer In Contempt (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
The judge threatens a former Spector defense lawyer with contempt after she refuses to testify about the possible withholding or destruction of evidence. Special Section: Spector Trial
U.S. considering Guantanamo ruling options: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. government is looking at options to appeal a surprise decision by military judges this week to dismiss war crimes charges against two prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. government lawyer said on Thursday.
Helena lawyer enters attorney general's race (KAJ Kalispell)
Associated Press - June 7, 2007 3:04 PM ET HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Helena lawyer is seeking the 2008 Republican nomination for attorney general.
Attorney General Rejects Lottery Amendment (KTHV Little Rock)
The state attorney general has rejected the language of a proposed ballot measure that would amend Arkansas' constitution to create a state commission to license and regulate a statewide lottery, gambling games, charitable bingo, and raffles.
Lottery amendment rejected by Ark. attorney general (FOX 16 Little Rock)
The state attorney general has rejected the language of a proposed ballot measure that would amend Arkansas' constitution to create a state commission to license and regulate a statewide lottery,...
Ohio Attorney General Rep Meets With Commissioners (Whiz News Southeastern Ohio)
A representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office met with Muskingum County Commissioners today about their concerns in the community. Commissioners are pleased with the support they’re gettin...
Democratic Lawyer Challenges Hans Von Spakovsky's Nomination To FEC (CBS News)
J. Gerald Herbert, a Democratic lawyer and former Justice Department prosecutor, has asked the Senate Rules Committee to reject the nomination of Hans von Spakovsky to the Federal Election Commission.
Judge threatens to hold Spector's former attorney in contempt of court for refusing to testify (CourtTV via Yahoo! News)
LOS ANGELES (Court TV) - A judge threatened to hold a former defense attorney for Phil Spector in contempt of court Wednesday after she refused to testify at the legendary music producer's murder trial.
Woman Who Posed As Lawyer For Sex With Inmate Sentenced (WBAL-TV Baltimore)
A woman is sentenced to three years of probation after using a lawyer's identification to gain access to the prison so she could have sex with an inmate.
Defense attorney says home where teenager was held was a "safe haven" (KLAS Las Vegas)
Associated Press - June 7, 2007 4:33 PM ET HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A defense attorney for 1 of the three people who lived at the home where a teenage girl was discovered in a tiny room says the...
Attorney files lawsuit in apartment blast (Florida Today)
The attorney representing Amanda Lewis, the woman who lost her boyfriend and her infant son in an explosion at the Tucker Heights housing complex in Melbourne in April, filed a public records lawsuit today in Brevard County to enable them to access information and evidence from the blast site. Joshua Leigh Jackson, 18, and his 8-month-old daughter were killed in the blast. In addition, Attorney ...
Take the worry out of finding a lawyer (WTVG-TV Toledo)
A new website claims to take away all the worry when trying to find a lawyer. But some attorneys aren't convinced.
Defense attorney says home where teenager was held was a "safe haven" (Fox 19 Cincinnati)
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A defense attorney for 1 of the three people who lived at the home where a teenage girl was discovered in a tiny room says the home was a "safe haven."
Wyoming U.S. attorney announces resignation (Billings Gazette)
CHEYENNE - Wyoming U.S. Attorney Matthew Mead, mentioned as a potential nominee for Wyoming's open U.S. Senate seat, announced Thursday that he would resign at midnight.
Lawyer says suspect in dragging death was threatened during confrontation (Orlando Sentinel)
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Even as the man accused of killing a Fort Lauderdale woman by dragging her for miles under a minivan was flown back to New York to face murder charges his lawyer was already defending him.
City Attorney Blasts Paris' 'Reassignment' (NBC 11 Bay Area)
Los Angeles city attorney Rocky Delgadillo says he's "extremely troubled" at the Sheriff's Department's decision to reassign Paris Hilton from jail to home confinement.
Ferguson won't run for prosecuting attorney (Seattle Times)
King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, D-Seattle, has decided not to run for prosecuting attorney, saying he wasn't prepared to take on...
Lawyer admits tampering in MSN, Best Buy case (Addict 3D)
Falsified docs on his own. HonestA Best Buy lawyer has admitted to falsifying court documents in the longstanding racketeering case against Microsoft and Best Buy, which recently reached a Superior Court in Seattle.…
Wyoming U.S. attorney resigns (AP via Yahoo! News)
Wyoming U.S. Attorney Matthew Mead, mentioned as a potential nominee for Wyoming's open U.S. Senate seat, announced Thursday that he would resign at midnight.
Wyoming U.S. attorney resigns (The Charlotte Observer)
Wyoming U.S. Attorney Matthew Mead, mentioned as a potential nominee for Wyoming's open U.S. Senate seat, announced Thursday that he would resign at midnight. Mead offered no explanation for his resignation. He declined to say whether he was interested in replacing Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., who died Monday amid treatment for leukemia. "I'm leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office and I have no comment ...
‘Lawyer a victim of ACA trap’ (The Star Online)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer here, who faced two charges of corruption, was a victim of a trap set by the Anti-Corruption Agency, a Sessions Court heard. Judge Akhtar Tahir said this when deciding on a second charge against lawyer P. Vijian, 43.
LA attorney blasts Paris release decision (The New Zealand Herald)
Socialite Paris Hilton's early release from prison has sparked fury in several quarters. Among those critical of the hotel heiress' early release is Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, whose department handled Paris Hilton's probation violation case.
A TB Patient Turns to His Inner Lawyer (New York Times)
In a weeklong stream of appearances on news programs, Theodore and Andrew Speaker have made effective use of numerous tactics from the plaintiff?s lawyer?s playbook.
Lawyer says Callow not a high risk to public (CTV.ca)
The lawyer for convicted rapist Paul Callow believes his client has a greater risk of being harmed than reoffending in a Surrey, B.C. neighbourhood.
LA City Attorney asks judge for hearing on Paris Hilton reassignment (Reality TV World)
The Los Angeles City Attorney, saying he was "extremely troubled" by Paris Hilton 's home monitoring, has asked the court to consider returning her to jail.
FGCU, Edison respond to Attorney General’s query into lender kickbacks (Naples Daily News)
Florida Gulf Coast University is among the state institutions responding to an inquest from the Florida Attorney General’s Office as it looks into the relationship these institutions have with the lenders and banks they promote to students.
City attorney accuses mayor of corruption (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO - San Diego's city attorney Thursday called the mayor corrupt and accused him of bailing out a campaign contributor by secretly helping him get approval to put up an unsafe building near Montgomery Field.