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Top City lawyer fights pension overhaul (FT.com via Yahoo! News)
Top City lawyer Peter Bloxham suffered both direct and indirect age discrimination as a result of the change in pension introduced by law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, it was alleged on Monday.
Bond raters probed by Ohio attorney general (Akron Beacon Journal)
Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings are under investigation by Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, who is seeking to hold the three biggest ratings companies liable for losses in bonds tied to the subprime mortgage market, Fortune reported on its Web site.
Haneef's lawyer says client not treated fairly (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The lawyer for Queensland-based Doctor Mohammed Haneef says his client is not being treated fairly because he does not have access to the material that Federal police are relying on to keep him detained in relation to the failed UK car bombings.
Judge removes defense attorney in CIA fraud case (The Fresno Bee)
A judge on Monday removed high-profile defense attorney Mark Geragos from the case of a defense contractor charged with conspiring to defraud the CIA because the lawyer refused to submit to background checks.
Review of attorney general's role postponed (Guardian Unlimited)
Moves to review the attorney general's position in the government following concerns over a possible conflict of interest in the role have been delayed.
Top City lawyer fights pension overhaul (Financial Times)
Top City lawyer Peter Bloxham suffered both direct and indirect age discrimination as a result of the change in pension introduced by law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, it was alleged yesterday.
Judge removes attorney in CIA fraud case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A judge removed a high-profile defense attorney on Monday from the case of a contractor charged with conspiring to defraud the CIA because the lawyer refused to submit to background checks.
Lawyer may appeal terror detention (Adelaide Now)
THE lawyer for a Gold Coast doctor being detained over the bungled British bomb plots says he may launch an appeal.
Judge removes attorney in CIA fraud case (The Charlotte Observer)
A judge removed a high-profile defense attorney on Monday from the case of a contractor charged with conspiring to defraud the CIA because the lawyer refused to submit to background checks. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said Mark Geragos placed an undue burden on the court by refusing to obtain a security clearance. Prosecutors said they would have to spend six months sifting through 17,000 ...
Doctor detained over terror incidents denied natural justice: lawyer (Kyodo via Yahoo! Asia News)
_ The lawyer acting for a doctor detained in Australia over the failed terrorist attacks in Britain said Tuesday his client is being denied natural justice under the country's new antiterrorism laws.
Judge removes defense attorney in CIA fraud case (Fox 6 News San Diego)
A judge has removed high-profile defense attorney Mark Geragos (GAIR'-ah-gus) from a case involving CIA contracting because the lawyer refused to submit to background checks.
Judge releases lawyer from murder case (The Fayetteville Observer)
LUMBERTON — A Robeson County Superior Court judge granted Woodberry Bowen’s request to be removed as the lead lawyer for Myron Britt. Britt, a Wake County contractor, is accused of killing his wife, Nancy Melton Britt, in August 2003.
ATTORNEY GENERAL HOPEFUL (The Meridian Star)
Al Hopkins, left, and his wife, Ruth, make a campaign stop in Meridian on Monday to officially announce his candidacy for the office of attorney general. Hopkins, a Republican, will face Attorney General Jim Hood in the November election.
S.C. Supreme Court chastises lawyer in Graniteville case (The Post and Courier)
COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded a Louisiana-based lawyer who set up an office in South Carolina following a deadly train derailment and described himself as a "neighborhood attorney" in local advertisements. Douglas M. Schmidt, a lawyer for more than...
Loophole could hold Haneef indefinitely: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The lawyer for Gold Coast-based doctor Mohammed Haneef says a legal loophole could see his client held indefinitely by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for questioning over alleged links to terrorism.
Judge removes celebrity attorney Geragos from Wilkes case (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge removed celebrity attorney Mark Geragos as the attorney for Poway businessman Brent Wilkes on Monday in a case involving national security secrets because of Geragos' refusal to undergo a security clearance.
Ex-DA’s attorney questions supervisor (Muskogee Phoenix)
TAHLEQUAH — Former District Attorney Richard Gray is expected to testify today in his embezzlement preliminary hearing in Cherokee County District Court.
Lawyer may appeal detention (The Age)
Lawyer for a Gold Coast doctor being detained over the bungled British bomb plots says he may launch an appeal.
Attorney: Rejected pick can't run department (The Clarion-Ledger)
Charles Melvin's rejection by the Jackson City Council as director of Parks and Recreation bars him from heading that department, the city attorney's office said Monday.
Lawyer admits to kickbacks (Los Angeles Times)
Class-action attorney's plea could help the U.S. snag a bigger fish. A former senior partner of a pioneering law firm that won billions for clients in securities fraud cases pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy, giving prosecutors ammunition to go after the lawyer widely regarded as the master of shareholder class actions.
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.
Bihar lawyer arrested for forcibly marrying minor (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Patna, July 10 (IANS) A senior lawyer of the Patna High Court was arrested and sent to jail for forcibly marrying a minor girl, police said Tuesday.
Judge won't run for state's attorney (Daily Herald)
After months of pondering a return to her legal roots, Illinois Appellate Justice Susan F. Hutchinson announced Monday she will not challenge McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi for his job as the county's top lawyer.
Likely witness in boy's death has attorney named to aid him (Arizona Daily Star)
An attorney has been appointed for a potential witness in the trial of two Tucson women accused of beating a 5-year-old boy to death.
Wanted Australian fugitive sworn in as Solomons' attorney general (Kyodo via Yahoo! Asia News)
_ Relations between Australia and the Solomon Islands hit a new low Tuesday after a wanted Australian fugitive was sworn in as the archipelago nation's attorney general.
Wanted man becomes Solomons' top lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer sought in Australia on child sex charges was sworn in Tuesday as the Solomon Islands' attorney general, sparking condemnation from the Australian government.
Lawrence attorney backs closed meeting held by commission (The Decatur Daily)
MOULTON — Lawrence County attorney Cecil Caine on Monday defended the commission's decision to hold a closed meeting in June, but his statements appeared to discredit previous comments by Chairman Mose Jones.
Haneef's lawyer flags detention appeal (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The lawyer for Queensland-based doctor Mohammed Haneef says he will consider going to a higher court if his client continues to be kept in Federal Police custody over alleged links to terrorism.
Nigeria: Fake Lawyer Nabbed in Lagos (AllAfrica.com)
A middle-aged man identified as Shamsudeen Awere was yesterday apprehended at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere premises where he was allegedly impersonating as a qualified lawyer.
Bihar lawyer arrested for forcibly marrying minor (Calcutta News)
A senior lawyer of the Patna High Court was arrested and sent to jail for forcibly marrying a minor girl, police said Tuesday. Bharat Singh, 50, was arrested Monday on the charge of abducting and marrying Punita Kumari, 12, of Bhabhua town in Kaimur district, about 150 km from here.
Court rejects lawyer's proposal to declare Czech CSSD bankrupt (České noviny)
Prague- The Prague City Court has rejected the proposal by lawyer Zdenek Altner for declaring the senior opposition Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) bankrupt and launching bankruptcy proceedings against it, CSSD chairman Jiri Paroubek told journalists today.
Lawyer may appeal doctor detention (The West Australian)
The lawyer for a Gold Coast doctor being detained over the bungled British bomb plots says he may launch an appeal. Peter Russo, who is representing Indian-born Muslim doctor Mohamed Haneef, today visited his client in the Brisbane watchhouse.
City seeks assistant attorney, library chief (The Arizona Republic)
The city needs a new library director and assistant city attorney, jobs that come with five- or six-figure salaries.
Porn Star's Lawyer Talks About Name Lawsuit (KPRC Click2Houston.com via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a porn star accused of stealing a former friend's name spoke out on Monday, KPRC Local 2 reported.
Former State Attorney General Nesbitt Dies (KOCO 5 Oklahoma City)
Funeral services are set Tuesday for former Oklahoma Attorney General and Corporation Commissioner Charles Nesbitt.
Hopkins announces bid for state attorney general (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - July 10, 2007 11:54 AM ET JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Retired Major General Al Hopkins says it is time for new leadership in the Mississippi Attorney General's office.
Lawyer: Italy cannot try U.S. soldier (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer defending a U.S. soldier charged in the 2005 killing of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq argued in court Tuesday that Italy does not have jurisdiction in the case.
Spector Attorney Juggles Court, TV Show (CBS News)
Only in Hollywood would a defense attorney take a break from a murder trial for his own celebrity court show. That is just what Bruce Cutler did.
Blow to Spector defence as lawyer takes break (Daily Telegraph)
Phil Spector's lead lawyer is taking a break from the music producer's murder trial to film a television reality show in which he plays a judge.
Lawyer, activist joins DFL Senate field (Boston Globe)
Lawyer and environmental activist Jim Cohen said Tuesday that he's joining the increasingly crowded group of Democrats who want to take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman next year.
Defense attorney: Neabor got bad advice (Burlington County Times)
MOUNT HOLLY — The Shamong woman accused of poisoning her brother-in-law with an antifreeze-laced drink in 2004 is not guilty of murder, but only of taking bad advice from an attorney. That was the assertion made this morning by defense attorney Michael Riley during his opening statement as the trial of Maryann Neabor, 57, got under way in Superior Court.
Hopkins Announces Bid For Attorney General (WAPT Jackson)
Retired Maj. Gen. Al Hopkins said it is time for new leadership in the Mississippi Attorney General's office.
Famed Lawyer Mark Geragos Removed From Local Case (KGTV San Diego)
SAN DIEGO -- The attorney for indicted Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes, famed Los Angeles lawyer Mark Geragos, has been removed from the case because he refused to submit to a background check that would allow him to see classified information, it was reported Tuesday.
Scam lawyer struck off roll (The New Zealand Herald)
An Auckland lawyer convicted of fraud for his role in a multimillion-dollar property scam has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors.
Hopkins Campaigns for Attorney General (WJTV Jackson)
Hopkins announces bid for state attorney general
US Attorney in rehab facility after accident (The Clarion-Ledger)
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Dunn Lampton has been released from River Oaks Hospital and is now being treated at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center.
Judge Puts Motion By Nicole Richie's DUI Lawyer Put On Ice (AccessHollywood)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 10, 2007) -- A lawyer for Nicole Richie made a surprise appearance in court this morning to request the celebutante’s trial on a DUI charge, be postponed until August. Richie’s counsel was expected in court tomorrow for a hearing on the case, but turned up...
3 finalists named for vacant U.S. Attorney post (Orlando Sentinel)
A Tampa defense lawyer, a Gainesville prosecutor and another prosecutor who retired last week were selected as three finalists for the vacant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida post, the head of the state's federal nominating commission said today.
Attorney charged with stealing $12,000 from client (Boston Globe)
An attorney was arrested Tuesday on charges of stealing $12,000 from a client in a drug case by telling him that charitable contributions would keep him out of jail, state officials said.
U.S. attorney indicts 26 for mortgage fraud (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District in New York said on Tuesday he charged 26 individuals with taking part in "a wide-ranging scheme to commit mortgage fraud" at companies that brokered loans with a total face value of at least $200 million.