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Lawyer charged with sodomy posts bond (St. Peters Journal)
Lawyer Eric Tolen, who once represented the St. Charles City Council, was released from St. Louis County Jail on Tuesday after a judge allowed him to post property as bond.
The accused wanted to steal her money, not to kill her - defence lawyer (di-ve)
VALLETTA, Malta (di-ve news) -- July 02, 2007 -- 1730CEST -- Defence lawyer Joe Mifsud told the court that the prosecution failed to prove that Ivan Cauchi had killed his aunt, Elizabeth Cauchi, on the night between February 24 and February 25, 2004 in Gozo.
Russia charges Berezovsky with coup plot: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Russian prosecutors have charged emigre tycoon Boris Berezovsky with plotting to seize power, his lawyer said on Monday.
Geddings enters prison, attorney says (The Charlotte Observer)
Former N.C. lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings reported Monday morning to a federal prison camp in Georgia, his attorney said. Geddings, 42, began a four-year prison term for fraud charges stemming from his appointment to the nascent lottery commission in 2005. He did not disclose on his state ethics form that lottery companies had paid him thousands in consulting fees in the years leading up to ...
Attorney: Benoit's doctor surrenders (Chicago Sun-Times)
ATLANTA---- The personal doctor of pro wrestler Chris Benoit surrendered to authorities to face a federal charge in connection with a drug probe, the physician's attorney said.
Attorney: Benoit's personal physician will turn himself in to face federal charges (Fox 19 Cincinnati)
ATLANTA (AP) - The attorney for the personal doctor of pro wrestler Chris Benoit (ben-WAH') says his client will turn himself in today to face federal charges in connection with a federal drug probe.
W.F. attorney accused of hiring for sex pleads guilty to disorderly conduct (Fargo Forum)
A 63-year-old West Fargo attorney pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct Monday in Cass County District Court.
SA Attorney Accused Of Theft, Perjury (KSAT ClickOnSA.com via Yahoo! News)
Attorney James Myart was arrested on Sunday night on several charges.
Attorney changes plea in sex case (KXMB CBS12 Bismarck)
A West Fargo attorney is scheduled to change his plea today on charges of sexual assault and soliciting prostitution. David Overboe is accused of asking for sexual favors instead of legal fees. The state Supreme Court suspended Overboe's law li
City attorney cited in neighbor dispute (UPI)
An outgoing city attorney in Boulder, Colo., has been cited for misdemeanor harassment and criminal mischief after a dispute involving his dog.
PEKIN: Officer justified in shooting, State’s Attorney said (Peoria Journal Star)
PEKIN - A member of the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team was justified in shooting and killing an armed Creve Coeur man following a five-hour standoff in May, according to Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz.
Lawyer: US asks Hong Kong to extradite American wanted in child abuse case (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
U.S. authorities have formally asked Hong Kong to extradite an American man accused of raping his daughter and posting videos of the abuse online, the suspect's lawyer said Tuesday.
Attorney To Stand Trial For Girlfriend's Murder (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
An attorney, 43, was ordered Monday to stand trial for allegedly killing a girlfriend at his Hollywood Hills home last month.
Mich. attorney suing state, U.S. officials (UPI)
Michigan attorney Geoffrey Fieger is suing both the Michigan Supreme Court and the U.S. Justice Department for alleged bias.
Lawyer accused of killing girlfriend ordered to stand trial (San Diego Union-Tribune)
LOS ANGELES, 2:18 p.m. July 2 (AP): A lawyer suspected of killing his girlfriend in his Hollywood Hills home then dumping her body in the desert was ordered Monday to stand trial.
West Fargo Lawyer, David Overboe, Uses “Alford” Plea (KXJB TV 4 Fargo)
A West Fargo lawyer entered an "Alford" plea to two misdemeanor charges. 63-year-old David Overboe previously pleaded "not guilty" to the two disorderly conduct charges.
Lawyer Claims Police Denied Him Access To Client (NBC 10 Providence)
WOONSOCKET, R.I. --- Woonsocket police are under investigation in a case that either has police overstepping their bounds or a powerful lawyer trying to influence a case, according to NBC 10's Bill Rappleye.
Bush appoints local lawyer to avisory board (Manassas Journal Messenger)
Manassas resident Paul C. Harris said he takes any opportunity he can to serve the public. And as a lawyer and former representative to the Virginia General Assembly, Harris said he's had many such opportunities.
State attorney asks Gov. to investigate judge in Anna Nicole case (7 News Miami)
MIAMI -- The Broward State Attorney's Office asked Governor Crist to launch an independent investigation into allegations of impropriety against the judge who presided in the dispute over Anna Nicole Smith's remains.
State attorney asks Gov. to investigate judge in Anna Nicole case (The Daily Comet)
MIAMI The Broward State Attorney's Office asked Gov. Charlie Crist Monday to launch an independent investigation into allegations of impropriety against the judge who presided in the dispute over Anna Nicole Smith's remains.
Trenton: Attorney General’s New Top Deputy (New York Times)
Attorney General Anne Milgram yesterday selected John Vazquez, a former federal prosecutor in Newark, to be her top deputy as first assistant attorney general. Mr. Vazquez, 37, becomes the third top prosecutor to be recruited by the Corzine administration out of the office of Christopher J. Christie, the United States attorney for New Jersey. The two others are Stuart Rabner, who, after stints as ...
Celebrity lawyer’s home no longer is his castle (The Kansas City Star)
Legendary trial lawyer Lantz Welch has put his Weatherby Lake house up for sale. The asking price: $7.995 million.
Tazewell state’s attorney says shooting justified (The Pantagraph)
PEKIN — The shooting of a Creve Coeur man by police on May 24 was justified, according to an opinion issued Monday by the Tazewell County state’s attorney.
Indictment Accuses Lawyer of Paying 'Bribes and Kickbacks' in Connection With Silica Suits (Law.com)
Houston plaintiffs lawyer Warren Todd Hoeffner was named in a federal indictment that alleges he paid more than $3 million in "bribes and kickbacks" to two former claims adjusters for The Hartford Insurance Co. in connection with $34 million in settlements of silica-related suits. Hoeffner's firm represented hundreds of individuals who claimed they had silicosis and/or other silica-related ...
State Attorney's Office asks Gov. Crist to open investigation of Broward County judges (Sun-Sentinel)
The Broward State Attorney's Office on Monday asked Gov. Charlie Crist to launch an independent investigation into allegations that a Broward judge inappropriately took a loan from an attorney. It's the second request in three days that the governor appoint an outside agency to investigate the behavior of a Broward judge.
Columbia attorney to be tapped for 4th Circuit seat, sources say (The Herald)
COLUBMIA -- A Columbia attorney with Washington connections is President Bush's nominee for the seat of now-retired 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William "Billy" Wilkins of Greenville, several sources said Monday.
W.F. attorney pleads to lesser charges (Fargo Forum)
A 63-year-old West Fargo attorney, accused of sexual assault and soliciting prostitution, pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to two counts of disorderly conduct.
State Attorney's Office asks Gov. Crist to open investigation of Broward judges (Sun-Sentinel)
The Broward State Attorney's Office on Monday asked Gov. Charlie Crist to launch an independent investigation into allegations that a Broward judge inappropriately took a loan from an attorney. It's the second request in three days that the governor appoint an outside agency to investigate the behavior of a Broward judge.
Attorney general picks a fraud-buster as her top assistant (The Star-Ledger)
Attorney General Anne Milgram chose her second in command yesterday, a former federal prosecutor who investigated wide-scale fraud in New Jersey's top hospitals.
Indictment Accuses Lawyer of Paying 'Bribes and Kickbacks' in Connection With Silica Suits (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Houston plaintiffs lawyer Warren Todd Hoeffner was named in a federal indictment that alleges he paid more than $3 million in "bribes and kickbacks" to two former claims adjusters for The Hartford Insurance Co. in connection with $34 million in settlements of silica-related suits.
Lawyer appeals disbarment recommendation (Tucson Citizen)
Attorneys for embattled Tucson lawyer Lourdes Lopez say the Disciplinary Commission of the Arizona Supreme Court doesn't have the authority to recommend her disbarment.
George Cooney Jr.: Ferndale lawyer was a watchdog for the elderly (Detroit Free Press)
Safeguarding the rights of the aged, while ensuring that their golden years were rewarding ones, was a role attorney George Cooney Jr. steadfastly played throughout his career. Mr. Cooney, a private practice lawyer concentrating on elder law, estate planning and probate administration, died Saturday at his home in Ferndale after an extended battle with prostate cancer.
Attorney wants Anna Nicole judge probe (Florida Today)
MIAMI -- The Broward State Attorney's Office has asked Gov. Charlie Crist to launch an independent investigation into allegations of impropriety against the judge who presided in the dispute over Anna Nicole Smith's remains. The state attorney's office said Monday it received a complaint from a lawyer regarding Circuit Court Judge Larry Seidlin and possible gifts he may have accepted from another ...
Beach Haven attorney joins Superior Court (Asbury Park Press)
A medical malpractice attorney and former Beach Haven commissioner on Monday became the first new Superior Court judge in Ocean County since 2004.
Siegelman's attorney's office is burglarized (The Decatur Daily)
MONTGOMERY (AP) — Montgomery police are investigating a weekend break-in at the office of an attorney for Don Siegelman, just a couple of days after the former Alabama governor was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in a government corruption case.
Lawyer's title-fraud case heads for trial (Portsmouth Herald)
PORTSMOUTH — There is probable cause to believe a downtown lawyer committed three counts of felony title fraud by registering cars in New Hampshire in spite of his Maine residency, a district court judge has ruled.
Firehouse lawyer jumps the gun in announcing win (The Record)
FAIRVIEW -- The press release was sent at 11:51 a.m. Monday, and it appeared to disclose some important news: Seven borough firefighters accused of using donations to pay for a trip to a Mexican resort had been cleared of any wrongdoing, their lawyer said.
Attorney general names her No. 2 (The Record)
TRENTON -- A former federal prosecutor who helped document health-care fraud at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey was named Monday to the No. 2 position in the Attorney General's Office.
Lawyer abducted in Sunsari (Nepalnews. com)
A gang led by a former local leader of Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM, Jwala Singh faction) abducted a lawyer in Sunsari district Tuesday afternoon.
(AFX UK Focus) 2007-07-03 12:10 GMT: Former Thai prime minister Thaksin to fight extradition effort - lawyer (Interactive Investor)
BANGKOK (Thomson Financial) - Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will fight any attempt by Thailand's military-installed government to extradite him back to the kingdom, his lawyer Noppadon Pattama said Tuesday.
Birkhead Files Court Papers Against Attorney (ContactMusic)
LATEST: ANNA NICOLE SMITH's ex-boyfriend LARRY BIRKHEAD has accused his former attorney DEBRA OPRI of making unsecure loans totalling $200,000 (GBP100
Namibia: Street Child Murder Suspect Fires Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
A FORMER street child accused of raping and murdering a 14-year-old boy in Windhoek on the eve of Christmas 2003 chose the scheduled starting date of his trial in the High Court yesterday to dismiss his defence lawyer.
Birkhead files court papers against attorney (world entertainment news via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead has accused his former attorney Debra Opri of making unsecure loans totalling GBP100,000 to a criminal.
Editorial: L.A. City Attorney Should Resign (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
An editorial in The Los Angeles Times called for the resignation of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. SLIDESHOWS: View The Day's Top Photos VIDEO: Watch The Latest News
LA Times Calls On City Attorney Delgadillo To Resign (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday editorially called on City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to resign.
Attorney has DUI hearing (The Indianapolis Star)
A former state attorney accused in a fatal drunken-driving crash had a hearing this morning in Marion Superior Court. Terry J. Record, 27, is on house arrest until his trial, which has not been set.
McGee's Lawyer Files Motion To Dismiss Charges (WISN TheMilwaukeeChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer of an embattled Milwaukee alderman filed a motion Monday to dismiss the charges against the public official, calling it a case of "discriminatory prosecution."
State Attorney General to investigate MySpace use by sex offenders (The Record)
Nearly 150 registered sex offenders in New Jersey -- more than half of them on parole or probation -- have used MySpace, the state Attorney General announced this morning.
Vioxx short-term risk not seen in other data: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer who represents Merck & Co. in its litigation over Vioxx said on Tuesday that an unpublished study that reportedly shows heart risks with the withdrawn painkiller in short-term use is not supported by other data.
Mozambique: Police Shoot Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
Police in the southern Mozambican city of Matola on Monday beat up and then shot a young lawyer, an assault described as "barbaric" by Jose Caldeira, the deputy chairperson of the Mozambican Bar Association.