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Lawyer calls ex-Marine a combat hero (AP via Yahoo! News)
An ex-Marine at the center of a probe into whether Camp Pendleton troops killed between five and 10 unarmed captives during a battle in Iraq is a hero who faced vicious enemies, his lawyer said Friday.
Suspect fires attorney; clears way to plead guilty to slayings (KVOA Tucson)
MESA, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale businessman accused of killing five people inside a Mesa home last year fired his attorney Friday, clearing the way for him to plead guilty to charges that...
US Attorney’s office considers assault case (WPDE-TV Myrtle Beach - Florence)
The US Attorney’s Office may prosecute the cases of four men charged with assault and battery with intent to kill. Police in Horry County and Myrtle Beach say the suspects went on a crime spree and shot five people shot over a four day period.
U.S. Attorney Joins Broad & Cassel (Law.com)
Robert Nicholson, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, has switched to private practice, joining Broad & Casse's white-collar criminal and civil fraud defense and health law practice groups. Broad & Cassel maintains eight offices throughout the state of Florida.
Teen hurt by bleacher has spine damage, lawyer says (The Trenton Times)
HAMILTON -- The 14-year-old township boy injured last month when a bleacher toppled over on him has left the hospital but has suffered permanent damage to his spine, a lawyer for the teen said yesterday.
Lawyer Accused of Secretly Filming Colleagues (New York Times)
Legal Aid lawyer Peter A. Barta pleaded not guilty to felony charges of unlawful surveillance.
Suspect fires attorney; clears way to plead guilty to slayings (KTVK Phoenix)
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- A Scottsdale businessman accused of killing five people inside a Mesa home last year fired his attorney today, clearing the way for him to plead guilty to charges that carry the death penalty.
Attorney seeks share of estate for James Brown II (Savannah Morning News)
AIKEN, S.C. - An attorney representing the 6-year-old boy bearing James Brown's name is suing to get the child a share of the late singer's estate.
U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman is leaving (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Rich Manieri, a former Fox29 News reporter producer who joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia as spokesman six years ago, is leaving next month.
Trial to begin for lawyer accused in bank robberies (The Advocate)
A Hammond lawyer accused of robbing six banks in Mississippi and Alabama between December and March is set to stand trial Monday in U.S. District Court at Jackson, Miss.
Lawyer wants fines imposed in ELL case (Tucson Citizen)
A lawyer wants a federal judge to fine the Arizona Legislature and declare it in contempt of a court order to spend more on English language programs.
Estrada lawyer appeals to court for just verdict (3:05 p.m.) (Sun Star)
MANILA -- A lawyer of detained former President Joseph Estrada has admitted that the odds of an acquittal are stacked against the defense but he called on the Sandiganbayan to render a decision based on the merits of the plunder case.
Broward County: Defense attorney carrying gun removed from case (Sun-Sentinel)
A defense attorney arrested for carrying a loaded gun into the Broward County courthouse was removed Friday from a murder case.
Lawyer wants state heavily fined (The Arizona Republic)
The state should be fined up to $2 million a day for violating a federal judge's order to fully fund programs for students struggling to learn English, the children's lawyer said Friday.
Murder suspect fires attorney (The Arizona Republic)
A defendant facing a possible death sentence in the slayings of five people in Mesa fired his attorney Friday against the advice of a judge, clearing a path to a possible guilty plea in the Barrington Estates murders.
No proof suspect helped al-Qaida, attorney says (The Columbus Dispatch)
A defense attorney said there is no evidence that stolen credit-card numbers his client reportedly gave a Worthington man were used to buy equipment for al-Qaida.
Girl didn't want family killed: Lawyer (Toronto Star)
Medicine Hat, Alta.–A 13-year-old girl accused of planning with her 24-year-old boyfriend to kill her family was morally responsible for the deaths and had a moral duty to protect her younger brother, but she is not guilty of murder, her lawyer said yesterday.
Lawyer said agreement protected takeover process (Toronto Star)
A standstill agreement, designed to prevent potential bidders from launching hostile takeovers, "protected the integrity" of the auction process for Osprey Media Income Fund, said Osprey lawyer Kent Thomson following a court hearing. Incorrect information was published in a July 6 article.
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.
Attorney faces more child porn charges (The Herald News)
-- After pleading guilty to attempted possession of child pornography in 2000, Aurora attorney Kenneth Mateas' law license was put on permanent probation.
Interim U.S. attorney decides to remain in post (Contra Costa Times)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Schools, the interim U.S. attorney for Northern California, told his staff Friday that he has had a change of heart and would remain in the post until a permanent successor is named.
Lawyers group backs backs indicted defense lawyer (Greenwich Time)
A group representing more than 300 Connecticut criminal defense lawyers has filed a motion urging dismissal of the case against a Greenwich lawyer charged with hindering federal investigators, saying his prosecution threatens their ability to defend clients.
Attorney General: US Supreme Court ruling may affect Vt. (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - July 7, 2007 7:55 AM ET MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont's attorney general says a US Supreme Court decision in an anti-trust case may affect Vermonters.
Lawyer asks state to declare intentions on death penalty (NWAnews.com)
A lawyer for a man accused as an accomplice to capital murder in the April deaths of a Fayetteville couple is asking the prosecutor’s office to declare whether the death penalty will be sought. (Northwest Arkansas Times)
Special attorney called for in killing (NWAnews.com)
JONESBORO ? Prosecuting Attorney Brent Davis of Jonesboro said Friday that he will seek the appointment of a special prosecutor to review a state police investigation into the June 22 shooting death of 12-year-old DeAuntae Farrow once he receives the investigative file. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Miller Fires Attorney; Guilty Plea Seen (CBS 5 Phoenix)
A Scottsdale businessman accused of killing five people inside a Mesa home fires his attorney, clearing the way for him to plead guilty to charges that carry the death penalty.
Prosecutors: Voyeur Lawyer Taped Female Colleagues (WNBC)
A voyeur lawyer spied on female colleagues changing clothes in their Legal Aid Society offices, using a video camera concealed in a clock to tape them as they undressed, prosecutors said.
Attorney calls for English program fines (East Valley Tribune)
An attorney for parents of English learners wants a federal judge to resume imposing stiff fines on the state for failing to properly fund instruction programs.
Lawyer charged with sodomy posts bond (St. Charles 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.
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.
Attorney General investigating council meeting (Monroe County Clarion)
The Illinois Attorney General's office is looking into reports the Columbia City Council's executive session June 25 was illegal.
Attorney General: Report that London bombs would be set off from Australia probably wrong (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
A report that the attackers in a failed London terrorist plot planned to trigger car bombs with mobile phone calls from Australia is probably wrong, Australia's attorney general said Sunday.
Lawyer wants Ariz. fined in suit over English programs (The Daily Dispatch)
PHOENIX (AP)- A lawyer wants a federal judge to fine the Arizona Legislature and declare it in contempt of a court order to spend more on English language programs.
Ecuadorian lawyer hangs with Sting, highlights oil conflict (phillyburbs.com)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ecuadorean lawyer Pablo Fajardo went from battling oil companies in his Amazonian hometown to rubbing elbows Saturday with the world's musical elite _ an admittedly strange trip that he hoped would bring attention to his environmental struggle.
U.S. Attorney Lampton Out Of Hospital (WAPT Jackson)
U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton is released from River Oaks Hospital in Flowood.
Underwood attorney asks for change of venue (Tifton Gazette)
Jamie Deamtrive Underwood’s attorney, Dennis Francis, Jr., with the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender in Atlanta, asked the court to have the death penalty trial moved out of Tift County due to media publicity and “incorrect information” given to the public by both the media and law enforcement.
Attorney: Bush aide wants to testify (MSNBC)
The attorney for a former White House aide told Congress on Saturday he expects the Bush administration to try to block the aide from testifying on last year’s firings of U.S. prosecutors, as the White House and Congress appeared headed for a court battle. [!]
District attorney says Oregon officer justified in killing (KMTR Eugene)
The Lane County district attorney says a police officer who fired 10 or 11 shots at a driver stopped for speeding was justified in using deadly force.
Attorney General: Report that London bombs would be set off from Australia probably wrong (Chinapost.com.tw)
Areport that the attackers in a failed London terrorist plot planned to trigger car bombs with mobile phone calls from Australia is probably wrong, Australia's attorney general said Sunday.
Police continue investigation into attorney's death (Danville Register & Bee)
Crews have been at work on the former home of Danville attorney Gary L. Bengston recently. The Danville attorney was found dead Dec. 7 at his home and office at 841 Main St. in Danville. Police say the investigation into his death is continuing.
VERDICTS: YOU MUST HIRE PAYOFF LAWYER (Sunday Mail)
MY lender insists I need a lawyer to prepare discharge documents when I pay off my mortgage. Is this the case?
Attorney charged in child-porn case (Kane County Chronicle)
ST. CHARLES – An Aurora attorney has been charged in connection with possessing and reproducing various forms of child pornography.
Attorney Responds To UA's Motion To Dismiss (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- The attorney for a Montgomery County man who filed a lawsuit against Arkansas Chancellor John White and System President B. Alan Sugg argued Tuesday that the university officials are not immune from being sued.
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.
Attorney hit with child porn charges (The Naperville Sun)
After pleading guilty to attempted possession of child pornography in 2000, Aurora attorney Kenneth Mateas' law license was put on permanent probation.
Attorney: Priest abuse case settled (The Naperville Sun)
A Gulf War veteran who served as a North Side altar boy in the 1970s will receive $875,000 from the Archdiocese of Chicago to settle sexual abuse allegations against his former parish priest, the man's attorney said Friday.
Lawyer wants Ariz. fined in suit over English language programs (Mohave Valley News)
PHOENIX - A lawyer wants a federal judge to fine the Arizona Legislature and declare it in contempt of a court order to spend more on English language programs.
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.
Attorney general’s office needs to be more forthcoming on oil tariff history (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
TARIFF CASE: In a game of 20 questions about trans-Alaska pipeline tariffs, the state attorney general’s office should keep playing.
District attorney's office to get volunteer (Hutchinson News)
The Reno County District Attorney's Office is getting help from a volunteer to speed up its filing of criminal cases.