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Craig Morford, who sent James Traficant to jail and busted up the Youngstown mob, named acting deputy U.S. attorney ... (The Plain Dealer)
Craig Morford, the federal prosecutor who helped convict former U.S. Rep. James Traficant and destroy the Youngstown mob, was appointed Wednesday as the acting deputy U.S. attorney general.
Attorney General Says Nothing Illegal In Huckabee Destroying Hard Drives (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- Former Gov. Mike Huckabee's administration did nothing illegal when it destroyed government hard drives before he left office in January, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday.
Terror suspect in tears over show of support in Australia: lawyer (Khaleej Times)
SYDNEY - An Indian doctor held on terrorism charges in Australia burst into tears after being told there was widespread concern about his treatment by authorities, the man’s lawyer told a protest rally Thursday.
Melbourne Beach sacks attorney (Florida Today)
The Melbourne Beach Town Commission has dismissed its attorney.
Bush Appoints Morford As New Acting Deputy Attorney General (New London Day)
Washington — President Bush named a longtime career prosecutor Wednesday as acting deputy attorney general, filling a key Justice Department position at a time of widespread tumult over the U.S. attorney firings scandal.
Ex-lawyer to plead guilty to swindling prominent firm (Charleston Daily Mail)
A former lawyer disbarred after stealing from his Charleston law firm has agreed to plead guilty to a federal fraud charge in the matter, court filings show.
Lawyer peddles pizza by night (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
GLASGOW, Ky. - Pizza is a meal that might find its way to a lawyer's table during a late-night session of prep work before a trial. But for Barren County public defender Adam Greenway, it puts meals on the table.
District attorney calls the double murder in Greenfield 'suspicious' (7 News Boston)
GREENFIELD, Mass.-- The district attorney calls the deaths of two people in a Greenfield apartment "suspicious."
Attorney's role 'unsustainable' (BBC News)
The current role of the attorney general is "not sustainable" and needs changing, MPs say.
China Arnold Attorney Wants Evidence Barred In Baby Death (WHIO-TV 7 Dayton)
DAYTON, Ohio -- The attorney for a Dayton woman who authorities suspect killed her month-old daughter by putting her in a microwave oven is expected to ask a judge to bar certain evidence from her trial.
District Attorney Asks Judge To Keep Sex Offender Locked Up Past Prison Term (WPTZ Plattsburgh)
Citing a civil confinement law enacted in March, Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne asked a judge to hold a sex offender in prison past his term because he refused treatment.
State's attorney might seek death penalty (The Champaign News-Gazette)
TUSCOLA – The Douglas County state's attorney filed additional counts of first-degree murder against two Chicago men on Wednesday, hours after the death of Douglas County Chief Deputy Tommy Martin. Mr. Martin, 59, died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, where he had been in grave condition since being shot on June 21 while on duty.
Committee calls for attorney general role to be abolished (The Lawyer)
The ancient office of the attorney general is not sustainable, a report by the Constitutional Affairs Committee alleged today (19 July). ...
Bush names acting deputy attorney general (The Tennessean)
WASHINGTON — President Bush appointed Nashville's interim U.S. attorney Wednesday as acting deputy attorney general, filling a key Justice Department position at a time of widespread tumult over the U.S. attorney firings scandal.
Attorney general role must be reformed, say MPs (Guardian Unlimited)
The current role of the attorney general is 'not sustainable' and must be reformed, MPs said today.
Masilotti-linked lawyer Boose pleads guilty (The Palm Beach Post)
Until last year a blue-ribbon member of Palm Beach County's power elite, land use lawyer William R. Boose III admitted in U.S. District Court on Thursday that he used his skills and connections to corrupt the county government he once served.
TWISTS SEEN IN 'TRANSCRIPTION' PRESENTED BY MA'S LAWYER: PROSECUTOR (Central News Agency)
Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Obvious discrepancies exist between the recorded verbal testimony of a witness in an embezzlement case allegedly involving former Taipei Ma Ying-jeou and the so-called "transcription" of the witness' testimony presented by Ma's lawyer to local news media, the prosecutor probing the case said Thursday.
Lawyer accused of stealing from widow's estate (WTNH-TV New Haven)
(Hartford-AP, July 19, 2007 12:09 PM) _ A Wallingford lawyer who was accused of stealing from the estate of a widow has been arrested while playing video poker at the Mohegan Sun casino.
York Twp. divided over call to hire outside attorney in TND tangle (The York Dispatch)
A York Township resident is asking that an outside attorney be hired to review an ordinance some residents believe would make approval of a traditional neighborhood development known as Bridgewater illegal.
Lawyer accused of stealing from widow's estate (Boston Globe)
A Wallingford lawyer, accused of stealing from the estate of a 99-year-old widow, has been arrested while playing video poker at the Mohegan Sun casino.
Man accused of DUI in wreck that killed 5 seeks attorney (phillyburbs.com)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A man accused of killing five people and injuring seven others while driving drunk says he can't afford to hire an attorney.
Man pleads not guilty to killing attorney (Newsday)
A Ridge man, accused of driving drunk when he killed a prominent Manhattan attorney riding a bicycle, pleaded not guilty Thursday to manslaughter.
Preserve Ramapo chairman files grievance against rabbinical college's lawyer (The Journal News)
POMONA - A critic of a proposed rabbinical college has mailed a letter of grievance against the group's lawyer. Robert Rhodes, chairman of Preserve Ramapo, accused Paul Savad of libeling him a lawsuit against the village of Pomona.
Lawyer ordered to refund $35.7 million (Houston Chronicle)
Houston plaintiff lawyer John O'Quinn has been ordered by an arbitration panel to refund at least $35.7 million to more than 3,000 former breast implant litigation clients. With interest and attorneys' fees, he could owe almost $60 million.
Priest's' lawyer asks for dismissal of charges (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The lawyer representing a priest accused of stealing from two Louisa County Catholic churches asked a county circuit court judge to dismiss all charges against the priest. In a motion filed last Friday, attorney John R Maus claimed that if his client, the Rev. Rodney L. Rodis, misused church funds his position as a priest makes the matter an internal affair for the Catholic Church.
Taylor's new lawyer seeks to defer war crimes trial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Charles Taylor's new lawyer Thursday said he would ask a UN-backed court trying the former Liberian strongman of war crimes to delay the trial, as he needed to familiarize himself with the case.
Attorney General faces new questions (USA Today)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales came under new questioning Thursday about President Bush's wiretapping program and the administration response to congressional subpoenas.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales came under new questioning Thursday about President Bush's wiretapping program and ... (AP via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales came under new questioning Thursday about President Bush's wiretapping program and the administration response to congressional subpoenas.
Lawyer Ordered to Pay Clients $35.7M (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Prominent trial lawyer John O'Quinn has been ordered to pay at least $35.7 million to more than 3,000 former clients for improperly deducting expenses from settlements he won for them.
Haneef truth will come out in court - lawyer (Perth Now)
THE only way to prove whether details behind a terrorism charge against Gold Coast based doctor Mohamed Haneef were incorrect will be in an open court, his lawyer says.
We tried to contact the attorney advertising to victims, but he has not returned our calls, so we spoke with a Reno ... (KOLO 8 Reno)
He said the Los Angeles-based attorney may have hit a jackpot, since the 200 plus South Lake Tahoe victims may have some pretty strong cases.
Court gags Broadway beast actor's lawyer (The Charlotte Observer)
A lawyer for a Broadway actor accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl may not publicize the teen's name in an effort to learn whether she has falsely accused anyone of molesting her, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The appeals court rejected the attempt by lawyer Ronald P. Fischetti to lift the limited gag order imposed on him by the judge who is overseeing the sex abuse case of ...
Court gags Broadway beast actor's lawyer (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By SAMUEL MAULL A lawyer for a Broadway actor accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl may not publicize the teen's name in an effort to learn whether she has falsely accused anyone of molesting her, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The appeals court rejected the attempt by lawyer Ronald P. Fischetti to lift the limited gag order imposed on him by the judge who is overseeing the ...
Haneef lawyer unsure about SIM reports (Adelaide Now)
THE lawyer for Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef says he had a suspicion an allegation his client's SIM card was found in a jeep used in a UK terrorist attack was inaccurate, but had not been able to confirm it.
Attorney turmoil delays probes into stock options (Financial Times)
Investigations into allegations of stock options backdating are being delayed and could be undermined by turmoil in the US Attorney's office in San Francisco, sources familiar with the probes say.
Court upholds gag on lawyer in Broadway actor's sex abuse case (Jam! Showbiz)
NEW YORK (AP) - A lawyer for a Broadway actor who is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl may not publicize the teen's name in an effort to learn whether she has falsely accused anyone of molesting her, an appeals court ruled.
Court gags Broadway actor's lawyer (USA Today)
A lawyer for a Broadway actor accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl may not publicize the teen's name in an effort to learn whether she has falsely accused anyone of molesting her, an appeals court ruled Thursday.
Is firing of U.S. attorney delaying cases? (UPI)
Prosecution of stock-options backdating in the San Francisco area has been delayed by the firing of the U.S. attorney and departure of top lawyers.
Lawyer for Chinese dissident say he was tortured (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
A Chinese dissident on trial for subversion and running an illegal business was tortured to confess to the charges, a copy of his lawyer's statement said.
Brookins in run for state's attorney (Chicago Tribune)
Alderman not waiting for Devine decision Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. (21st), who was recently elected to a second term on the City Council, says he plans to run for Cook County state's attorney next year.
Attorney Loses Bid to Publish Name of Client's Accuser (Law.com)
The attorney for a well-known Broadway actor charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl cannot publish the name of the alleged victim in order to investigate whether she has ever falsely accused a man of abuse, an appeals court in Manhattan ruled Thursday. Though the Appellate Division, 1st Department decided against him, it did express some interest in the claim that defense attorneys have ...
Corporation Loses Its Attorney, Then Its Case (Law.com)
A civil court judge has granted a default judgment against a corporation that was originally represented by an attorney but lost its "hired gun" and did not retain a substitute. In awarding the judgment for Mark Landsberg Consulting in its suit against Terral Corp., Manhattan Civil Court Judge Arthur F. Engoron said that "ingrained in the brain of every litigator" is the general rule that an ...
OKC attorney step closer to federal judge spot (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - July 20, 2007 12:15 AM ET TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma City attorney is a step closer to getting a slot on the US District Court for the Western District of...
Powerhouse lawyer loses $35.7 million ruling (Austin American-Statesman)
Powerhouse Houston lawyer John O'Quinn, one of the nation's most feared personal injury litigators, must repay $10.7 million improperly withheld from clients and forfeit $25 million for a "serious violation of a lawyer's duty," an arbitration panel ruled.
Lawyer: Helping girl led to arrest of Temecula's Neighbor of the Year (The Press-Enterprise)
A 70-year-old man recently named Temecula's Neighbor of the Year was trying to help a teenage girl who said her parents abused her when he was arrested last year, his lawyer said Thursday.
Case against lawyer Kuznetsov legal - prosecutor (Interfax)
MOSCOW. July 20 (Interfax) - The Moscow prosecutor's office has defended its decision to launch a criminal case against lawyer Boris Kuznetsov.
Los Angeles lawyer to police Chicago's police (Los Angeles Times)
Mayor Daley chooses Ilana Rosenzweig to head the troubled Office of Professional Standards. CHICAGO — Moving to counter an image of out-of-control cops, Mayor Richard M. Daley won passage Thursday of an ordinance overhauling the troubled police Office of Professional Standards and then named a Los Angeles lawyer to run it.
Top Google attorney to settle SEC charges (Boston Globe)
David C. Drummond, Google Inc.'s top attorney, agreed yesterday to pay nearly $700,000 to settle allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission that, in his former job at a New Hampshire technology training firm , he failed to keep proper accounting controls in place, officials said yesterday.
Teen boy's attorney asks judge for bail (The San Francisco Examiner)
The attorney for a teen boy charged as an adult for the attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl during a hold-up of her father appealed to a San Mateo County judge Thursday to set bail for her client's release.
U.S. attorney Fitzgerald quizzed on NPR (AP via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. attorney who prosecuted former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby faced a cross-examination of his own at the taping of a radio show.