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Attorney General candidate visits Kinston (Kinston Free Press)
Bob Crumley, who has spent more than a year traveling the state in his quest to unseat N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper in 2008, made his first visit to Kinston Thursday.
Judge slaps a six-time no-show attorney with a $1,000 fine (The Star-Ledger)
A judge has ordered a Plainfield attorney to pay a $1,000 fine for failing to show up six times in 15 months on his client's behalf.
Judge Rebuffs Claim Defense Attorney Slept During Trial (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Second Circuit Judge Rosemary S. Pooler has declined to vacate the conviction of a defendant who contended he was denied effective counsel because his attorney slept through large portions of his trial, presided over by Pooler in the Northern District of New York.
Lawyer: Spy boss undercuts security case by confirming AT&T role (San Francisco Chronicle)
A newspaper interview by the nation's spymaster, confirming that telecommunications companies have helped the Bush administration's clandestine surveillance program, has undermined the government's attempt to shield AT&T for its role in the effort, a lawyer...
Attorney General Sues Springdale "Natario" (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- The state has sued a Springdale "natario" and her business for allegedly charging for immigration assistance, visas, tax assistance, identification and power of attorney letters, according to the state Attorney General's Office.
Defense lawyer in Poutre case bows out (Boston Globe)
SPRINGFIELD -- The trial of Haleigh Poutre's stepfather, who is accused of beating the 13-year-old girl into a coma, was postponed indefinitely yesterday after the defense lawyer abruptly withdrew from the case.
L.I. MAN CONVICTED IN $6M LAWYER-SHAM SCAM (New York Post)
A Long Island businessman who impersonated a lawyer to dupe clients - and even represented himself at trial - was convicted yesterday of stealing $6 million. Mohammed Rafikian, 41, now faces significant time behind bars, theoretically up to 130...
Stepdad Of Brain-Injured Girl Gets New Lawyer (WCVB Boston)
The stepfather of a 13-year-old girl who authorities say was beaten into a coma is getting a new lawyer.
Nawaz could be arrested on return: Pak Attorney General (The Times of India)
Pakistan Attorney General said that the SC has not restrained the government from arresting Sharif, but has only asked them not to hinder his return.
Sharif could be arrested if he returns to Pakistan: Attorney General (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Islamabad, Aug.24 (ANI): Pakistan's Attorney General Justice (Retired) Malik Muhammad Qayyum has said that former Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif could be arrested when he returns to Pakistan later this year. Qayyum told Geo News that if one party dishonours an agreement, then the other one was not bound to honour it. He said that Thursday's Supreme Court order did not say that ...
New law relating to power of attorney (Coventry Evening Telegraph)
GRANTING someone enduring power of attorney will soon become a much more complicated and expensive procedure, following a change in the law from October 1, a Coventry law firm has warned.
Fake NYC Lawyer Convicted of Stealing (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A man who posed as a lawyer and investment adviser has been convicted of stealing nearly $6 million from his clients. Mohammed Rafikian, also known as Mo Kian, of Queens, owed millions after losing money day trading, and he took over the practice of an ailing attorney as a way to solve his financial troubles, prosecutors said.
N.B. doctor's lawyer seeks to step away from case (CBC New Brunswick)
A lawyer for a Rothesay doctor being tried on drug and conspiracy charges says he no longer wants to represent her in court.
New Mexico attorney general looking into possible 'Kid Nation' violations (Los Angeles Times)
A New Mexico official wants to know whether producers lawfully avoided obtaining work permits for children, and shut out inspection. The firestorm surrounding CBS' forthcoming "Kid Nation" picked up heat on Thursday when the New Mexico Attorney General's Office confirmed it was launching an investigation into whether state laws were broken during the production, and child activists called for ...
Former Grant attorney testifies at hearing (Detroit News)
MOUNT CLEMENS -- David Griem, an attorney who represented accused murderer Stephen Grant before removing himself from the case, testified in Macomb Circuit Court today, but he was interrupted several times because a judge thought he was too close to violating the attorney-client privilege.
Carver County narrows attorney search to two (Waconia Patriot)
Carver County's search for a new County Attorney to fill the vacancy created by Michael Fahey, who accepted a district court judge position, moved one step closer to a conclusion this week. Fahey's unexpired, elected term runs through Dec. 31, 2010.
Finalists named for County Attorney (Waconia Patriot)
Two people remain in the search for Carver County’s new attorney. The two finalists are James Keeler, Jr. and Thomas Harbinson and both were scheduled to present information to and be interviewed by the Carver County Board of Commissioners in the afternoon on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Attorney says former Celanese workers may have workers' comp case (The Daily Comet)
ROCK HILL, S.C. Former Celanese Corp. workers who are suffering a variety of health problems likely have a legitimate workers' compensation claim against the company, an attorney said Friday.
Attorney general declines to investigate missing guns (Boston Globe)
Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe has declined to investigate missing guns from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, calling it an internal matter.
City attorney, mortgage broker plead guilty to fraud (Baltimore Sun)
Pair helped secure loans for two suspected drug dealers A Baltimore attorney and a mortgage broker have pleaded guilty to charges related to a mortgage scheme in which they helped secure loans for two suspected drug dealers, federal prosecutors said today.
Witness claims wrong person shot at border, lawyer says (ABC 13 Texas)
A Mexican woman who witnessed a fatal border shooting claims the U.S. Border Patrol shot the wrong man, a lawyer in the case said Friday.
Attorney-General warns of arrest as Sharif vows to return (Indian Express via Yahoo! India News)
WITH the Supreme Court ending his exile yesterday, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to return home soon to help his party oust President Pervez Musharraf. He also confirmed that he plans to run for a third term as Prime Minister. "If the people of Pakistan elect me to serve the country, I'll be honored to do that," he said. But Attorney General Malik Abdul Qayyum warned that ...
Interview: Palestinian lawyer Raja Shehadeh (Guardian Unlimited)
Rory McCarthy: Palestinian lawyer Raja Shehadeh fought Israeli settlers in court. Now he takes battle to countryside.
City Attorney Wants Additional Positions (The Tampa Tribune)
ZEPHYRHILLS - City Attorney Joe Poblick has a unique proposal for the city council: Hire me as assistant city manager.
Austin Lawyer Charged In Theft, Drug Possession (KXAN 36 Austin)
Police have charged lawyer Bruce Garrison with theft and drug possession, and detectives said they believe he may be linked to other crimes. Garrison has been to the Travis County Courthouse to defend suspects at trial, but earlier this week he found himself behind bars.
Lawyer: FBI has evidence in priest death (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer working for the Roman Catholic Church said on Friday that the FBI hasn't hasn't released evidence related to the death of an American priest in Kenya seven years ago.
Lawyer: FBI Has Evidence in Priest Death (The Daily Comet)
NAIROBI, Kenya A lawyer working for the Roman Catholic Church said on Friday that the FBI hasn't hasn't released evidence related to the death of an American priest in Kenya seven years ago.
Town attorney foreshadowed dropping plan (The Beaufort Gazette)
The Yemassee Town Council's decision this month to delay adoption of a document seen as critical to controlling future growth in northern Beaufort County may have been foreshadowed by a comment that two top county officials say the town's attorney made three months ago.
Disbarred lawyer jumps to his death (Macomb Daily)
A 39-year-old lawyer who was disbarred and sentenced for embezzling one client recently committed suicide, leaving a long list of clients who say he stole from them, too.
City attorney says Keyser council will have to accept Chidester’s decision to leave (Cumberland Times-News)
Despite the Keyser City Council’s failure to approve Finance Commissioner George Chidester’s resignation Aug. 13, City Attorney Cody Pancake said the officials are going to have to accept it.
No jail for attorney on tax conviction (Tribune Chronicle)
CLEVELAND — Attorney John H. Large was given a sentence of six months placement in a community control facility, six months house arrest and electroni...
State again reprimands former Scott Co. attorney Bill Davis (Quad-City Times)
Former Scott County Attorney Bill Davis received his second public reprimand in three months for his failure to file documents on time in probate cases he took on in his private practice.
Attorney charged in illegal donations (Deseret Morning News)
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, best known for representing assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, was indicted on charges of conspiring to make more than $125,000 in illegal contributions to the 2004 presidential campaign of Democrat John Edwards.
WASHINGTON TWP.: Former Grant lawyer takes stand in case (Detroit Free Press)
Lawyer David Griem said he repeatedly told Macomb County sheriff's deputies not to interview his client. On March 4, they did anyway -- and got nearly four hours of what prosecutors deem a confession from murder suspect Stephen Grant.
Despite loss after loss, Escondido attorney joins presidential race (North County Times)
ESCONDIDO ---- After 11 failed bids for public office since 1978 ---- for everything from local school board to governor to president of the United States ---- Escondido attorney Diane Beall Templin hasn't given up.
Yukos accounts released in Switzerland did not belong to Khodorkovsky -lawyer (Interfax)
MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax) - The release of accounts earlier frozen in the framework of the Yukos criminal case at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's office is an important precedent, lawyer of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky Yury Shmidt believes.
Attorney General astounded by rape suspect's interference claims (Times of Malta)
The Attorney General admitted he was astounded by claims made by a man, scheduled to be extradited to Australia over rape allegations, that there had been interference in his case.
Trial a year away for Essex suspect, attorney says (The Burlington Free Press)
A trial for Essex shooting suspect Christopher Williams is likely at least a year away, a defense attorney said Friday, the one-year anniversary of a rampage in which two teachers were killed and three others, including Williams, were wounded.
Attorney General Sues Springdale "Natario" (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- The state has sued a Springdale "natario" and her business for allegedly charging for immigration assistance, visas, tax assistance, identification and power of attorney letters, according to the state Attorney General's Office.
Attorney general won't investigate missing guns from sheriff's office (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
MACHIAS (AP) - Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe has declined to investigate missing guns from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, calling it an internal matter.
Attorney General Martha Coakley Sues Health Insurers For Deceptive Marketing & Sales, Denying Mandated Benefits & ... (Medical News Today)
Attorney General Martha Coakley filed an amended complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against MEGA Life and Health Insurance, Mid-West National Life Insurance, and their parent company; HealthMarkets, Inc., raising serious new allegations about unfair and deceptive trade practices. [click link for full article]
U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman placed on leave (Mobile Press-Register)
The spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Mobile has been placed on paid leave. Greg Bordenkircher, the first assistant U.S. attorney, said he could not comment on the reasons for the action involving Charlie McNichol, a former Daphne police captain, because it is a personnel matter.
Late lawyer's sailboat Niobe sold at auction (Portsmouth Herald)
PORTSMOUTH — A 41-foot sailboat from which Exeter lawyer Stephen Woods presumably fell, then drowned, sold at auction Friday for $9,000 — $21,000 less than the estimated fair market value.
Attorney general: New state history standards legal (NWAnews.com)
Arkansas’ new state history curriculum is legal despite claims otherwise by a state senator and a group of historians, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Suspect to get new lawyer: Last attorney: Crawford made threatening calls to him, his staff (Texarkana Gazette)
A Texarkana man facing charges of drug possession and retaliation is looking for a new lawyer because the one he had doesn’t want to represent him anymore.
FAA Attorney General’s Office Runs Upgrading Course (AngolaPress)
Luanda, 08/25 – The Attorney General’s Office of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), holds from August 28 to 31, here, the fifth course of professional upgrading of military magistrates of the Prosecuting Counsel.
NEWS UPDATE Attorney Jeff Orr faces disciplinary charges before Supreme Court in Barista's case (Kearney Hub)
© Copyright 2007 Kearney Hub Publishing Co. KEARNEY - Kearney attorney Jeff Orr was charged today (Friday) in the Nebraska Supreme Court with violating his oath of office as an attorney and provisions of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
Ohio Attorney General Reacts to Legal Challenge of Video Gaming Machines (WFMJ Youngstown)
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is speaking out against a legal challenge of the state's ban of electronic gaming machines. On Friday, a judge granted a temporary restraining order requested by Ohio Skill Games, a company that distributes Tic-Tac-Fruit machines.
Sharif can be arrested on return: Attorney General (New Kerala)
Islamabad, Aug 25 : Pakistan's Attorney-General Malik Mohammad Qayyum said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could be arrested on return to the country from the seven-year exile.
Lawyer: Hole finds no sign of miners (The Charlotte Observer)
The latest hole drilled into a collapsed mine where six men are trapped broke through an area too small for the men to survive, a lawyer for several of the men's families said Saturday. "The only thing they told us is there is no void where the sixth hole is; there is no space," attorney Colin King said after a meeting between the families and mine officials. King said the families were ...