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City attorney rejects POP petition for referendum (Naples Daily News)
The attorney for Marco Island filed a memo this afternoon recommending the City Council throw out a petition that seeks to subject the city manager to a vote of confidence. The petition would place a referendum on the ballot every four years asking voters if "the city manager’s performance has been to (their) satisfaction."
Rebuke of killer's lawyer riles victim's kin (Miami Herald)
The family of a Broward murder victim is outraged that the convicted killer's defense lawyer will receive only a minor punishment for giving money to a witness in the case.
Redmond city attorney: The bagel baker's attorney has his dough (KOMO Seattle)
The city attorney said the bagel baker who has been waiting for the city to pay him a buck should ask his own attorney for the dough.
Lawyer: Politicking on state time is OK (The State)
S.C. law may allow state workers to use taxpayer computers and time to promote presidential campaigns, a state Ethics Commission lawyer said. The comments from commission general counsel Cathy Hazelwood came after an Associated Press review of e-mails that showed former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel exchanged messages promoting GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani during office hours. ...
Senator-Lawyer Did Not Wield Undue Influence as Jury Foreman, Judge Finds (Law.com)
A New Jersey jury that handed up an $860,000 verdict in a supermarket slip-and-fall case last year was not unduly influenced by one of its members -- a state senator who is also a lawyer -- the trial judge says. Turning down a defense motion to overturn the award, the judge ruled that Robert Martin, the panel's foreman, had not been the sage he portrayed himself to be in an article he wrote about ...
Case Steering Probe Catches 11th Attorney (Law.com)
A personal injury lawyer who pleaded guilty Wednesday became the 11th attorney to be ensnared by an investigation ongoing since 1999 into the steering of negligence cases. David Sheeger pleaded guilty to filing a false instrument in a case where Manhattan prosecutors claimed he had paid $500 each for 67 cases brought to him by a "runner" who bribed hospital employees to identify potential ...
New York: Manhattan: Lawyer Admits Using a Runner (New York Times)
A Manhattan lawyer pleaded guilty yesterday in State Supreme Court to obtaining clients in personal injury cases from a go-between and lying to the state Office of Court Administration to hide the arrangement, prosecutors said. The lawyer, David Sheeger, 50, was charged with offering a false instrument for filing by paying the go-between to bribe hospital workers to obtain information about ...
Lawsuit filed by lawyer's ex-girlfriend dismissed (Quad-City Times)
A federal lawsuit filed by an ex-girlfriend of a Davenport lawyer has been dismissed, with an agreement that permanently cuts contact between the two.
U.S. Attorney's Office close to resolving inquiry of Broward County sheriff (Sun-Sentinel)
Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne's lawyer will meet today with federal prosecutors to again try to resolve a long-running investigation of Jenne's private and public business dealings, the attorney, Dave Bogenschutz, said on Wednesday.
Attorney general sues Life Time Fitness (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sued Minneapolis-based Life Time Fitness Inc. and its subsidiaries Wednesday, accusing them of failing to protect the personal information of their customers here and of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Case Steering Probe Catches 11th Attorney (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A personal injury lawyer who pleaded guilty Wednesday became the 11th attorney to be ensnared by an investigation ongoing since 1999 into the steering of negligence cases. David Sheeger pleaded guilty to filing a false instrument in a case where Manhattan prosecutors claimed he had paid $500 each for 67 cases brought to him by a "runner" who bribed hospital employees to identify potential ...
Man shouldn't testify about fire, lawyer says (Deseret Morning News)
=The man whose rock band pyrotechnics display triggered a deadly nightclub fire should not have to testify in civil lawsuits about the case because he still could face criminal charges elsewhere, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Rebuke of killer's lawyer infuriates family of victim (Miami Herald)
The family of a Broward murder victim is outraged that the convicted killer's defense lawyer will receive only a minor punishment for giving money to a witness in the case.
State's Attorney Quietly Sworn In (Hartford Courant)
Hartford District Appointment Sparked Controversy Gail Hardy, whose appointment as Hartford state's attorney sparked discontent among some prosecutors, was quietly sworn in Wednesday at a private ceremony at the state Appellate Court in Hartford.
Judge chastises government attorney (Casper Star-Tribune)
Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Downes chastised a prosecuting attorney for quoting a racially charged remark by a defendant in an illegal weapons jury trial on Wednesday.
Thaksin lawyer hits back at abuse claims (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Thailand's ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra hit back Thursday at two rights groups which accused the millionaire politician of being unfit to own English Premiership side Manchester City.
Disbarred lawyer pleads innocent in records case (The Toledo Blade)
A Sylvania lawyer recently disbarred for ethical misconduct was arraigned yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on felony charges stemming from her interaction with an elderly client.
Attorney mulls run at Bianchi (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A former McHenry County prosecutor said Tuesday that he was considering a run for McHenry County state’s attorney, an announcement that came just days after his wife left the state’s attorney’s office.
Attorney assigned to Avery case for appeal (Sheboygan Press)
Steven Averys new attorney says it could be months before she knows what issues she will raise in the appeal of his homicide conviction.
Nelson to retire as Saline state's attorney in 2008 (The Southern Illinoisan)
HARRISBURG - Saline County State's Attorney David Nelson is convinced that one term in office is long enough for him.
Lawyer fears Haneef could be 'set up' to lose visa second time (Outlook India)
Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef could be "set up" to lose his visa a second time if he won an appeal in the Australian Federal Court against the cancellation of his visa by the country's immigration minister, his lawyer feared.
INTERVIEW-Lawyer for Liberia's Taylor pleads for more time (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters By Alexandra Hudson AMSTERDAM, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Charles Taylor's new defence lawyer has urged the court trying the former Liberian president for atrocities in Sierra Leone to again delay ...
California attorney general asks court to reject Calpine plan (The Fresno Bee)
California's attorney general has asked a bankruptcy judge to reject Calpine Corp.'s bankruptcy reorganization plan, saying it is "fatally flawed" because it would illegally allow Calpine to eliminate a large power supply contract signed with the state.
Wyoming's Attorney General Resigns (KIFI)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank has resigned effective Sept. 1. He's going into private law practice in Cheyenne. Crank has served four and a half years under Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal.
Scott County attorney resigns (The Des Moines Register)
Davenport, Ia. _ Scott County Attorney Bill Davis has resigned, citing the suspension of his law license.
State Attorney Joins In DeLay Rehearing Request (CBS 42 Austin)
A state attorney has joined Travis County prosecutors in seeking reinstatement of an indictment against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Get news alerts via email , RSS feed and on CBS 42 News, Cable Channel 5.
Pat Crank resigns as Wyoming attorney general (Billings Gazette)
CHEYENNE _ Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank has resigned effective Sept. 1. He's going into private law practice in Cheyenne. Gov. Dave Freudenthal said Thursday that he's sorry to see Crank leave public office. However, the governor said he underst ...
Pat Crank resigns as Wyoming attorney general (Billings Gazette)
CHEYENNE _ Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank has resigned effective Sept. 1. He's going into private law practice in Cheyenne.
WA Attorney General: Check your car for potentially unsafe tires (KHQ Spokane)
SPOKANE - Attorney General Rob McKenna Thursday urged consumers to check the tires on their SUV, pickup or van in case they are among those being recalled. Attorneys General in 24 states issued consumer alerts and have formed a working group to look into concerns that an estimated 270,000 tires brought into the U.S. from China may be potentially unsafe. >>INSIDE: Important Information
State attorney joins in DeLay rehearing request (KHOU)
A state attorney has joined Travis County prosecutors in seeking reinstatement of an indictment against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Lawyer files complaint against Lalu (The Hindu)
PATNA: A lawyer in Muzaffarpur on Thursday filed a complaint before the Chief Judicial Magistrate against the landing of an IAF chopper carrying two Union Ministers on the National Highway 28 while on an aerial survey to assess the flood ...
Attorney General Issues Tire Warning (KOIN News 6 Portland)
PORTLAND - Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers issued a warning Thursday about potentially dangerous tires manufactured between 2002 to 2006 for light trucks, sports utility vehicles, and vans.
Kenyan minister arrested for aiding prisoner escape: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Kenyan Health Minister Charity Ngilu was arrested Thursday for allegedly helping a woman who had complained of torture to escape from police custody, her lawyer said.
Sheriff's Lawyer Quiet About Meeting With Prosecutors (WPLG Click10.com via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne met with federal prosecutors Thursday in a last-ditch effort to stave off an indictment of Jenne on criminal charges.
Lawyer fined, loses boat over scallops (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Two brothers, one a lawyer, who took more than three times their limit of scallops, have each been fined $750 and forfeited their father's runabout.
State attorney joins in DeLay rehearing (News 8 Austin)
A State attorney has joined Travis County prosecutors in seeking reinstatement of an indictment against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Attorney Jeffrey Van Horn filed a friend of the court brief with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
State attorney joins in DeLay rehearing (News 8 Austin)
Attorney Jeffrey Van Horn says the court erred by not upholding a conspiracy indictment against the Sugar Land Republican, who quit Congress last year.
Calif. Attorney General Issues Warning On Tires (CBS 5 Bay Area)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is joining other attorneys general nationwide urging drivers to have certain tires inspected immediately.
Attorney: Banned sprinter taped coach's calls (USA Today)
Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin testified at his arbitration hearing this week that he cooperated with the federal government in the BALCO investigation by secretly recording his track coach in telephone conversations last year, according to Gatlin's attorney. Graham was indicted last fall on charges of lying to federal investigators.
Florida Attorney General: China Tires Hazardous (CBS4 Miami)
Attorney General McCollum said on Thursday that he will join several state Attorneys Generals in issuing a consumer advisory about potentially dangerous tires that were imported from China.
Texas Attorney General Warns About Chinese Tires (CBS 42 Austin)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office is asking Texas drivers to check their tires.
Tires Sold In Md. May Be Hazardous, Attorney General Says (NBC4 Washington, D.C.)
The attorney general of Maryland, Douglas F. Gansler, warned consumers Thursday about potentially dangerous tires that may have been sold to Maryland drivers.
NY Attorney General Investigates University Of Nevada, Reno (KTNV Las Vegas)
The New York attorney general's office says the alumni association from the University of Nevada, Reno sold the names of alumni to a student loan consolidation company.
Suspended Spitzer Assistant Is Blameless, His Lawyer Says (New York Times)
Darren Dopp, the top aide to Gov. Eliot Spitzer who was at the center of an effort to tarnish Mr. Spitzer’s chief political rival, emerged Thursday as his lawyer lashed out at Republicans.
Lawyer Seeks Mental Testing of Suspect in J.F.K. Case (New York Times)
The lawyer said his client, Russell M. Defreitas, understands that he has been charged in a terrorist plot but cannot read and may have a fairly low intelligence.
Teen who accused attorney of sexual abuse changes story (KMOV St. Louis)
(KMOV) - The attorney for Eric Tolen says the boy who accused Tolen of sexually abusing him has changed his story. Reportedly, the 16-year-old admitted under oath that he made false accusations against Tolen, and admitted that he recruited another teenager to make similar allegations.
Lawyer kept clients' money after settling (Macomb Daily)
A lawyer likely will be disbarred and may face additional criminal charges after he pleaded no contest to secretly settling a civil case and keeping the money for six months.
Lawyer in £9,000 fine over work on M&S bid (Financial Times)
A top Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer was fined yesterday for professional misconduct over the firm's controversial work for Sir Philip Green during one of his failed bids for Marks and Spencer.
Man accused in 2002 slaying was appointed an attorney on Thursday (Bristol Herald Courier)
ABINGDON – A Washington County judge on Thursday appointed an attorney to represent a Bristol Virginia man charged last week with killing a woman five years ago.
Feds seek dismissal of James' lawyer (The Star-Ledger)
Federal prosecutors yesterday argued that a prominent defense attorney can't represent former Newark Mayor Sharpe James at his upcoming corruption trial because they say the lawyer represents two people who could become witnesses for the government.