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Attorney General Gonzales Quits Amid Controversy, Official Says (Bloomberg.com)
Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, accused by lawmakers of politicizing the U.S. Justice Department and misleading Congress over the firing of U.S. prosecutors and wiretapping of suspected terrorists, is resigning, a Bush administration official said.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns (Washington Post)
Embattled Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has resigned from his post, ending a controversial cabinet tenure that included clashes with Congress over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the scope of efforts to spy on U.S. citizens, according to an administration official,
Dewey Ballantine, LeBoeuf Plan to Merge as 1,300-Lawyer Firm (Bloomberg.com)
Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, both based in New York, agreed to merge and create a 1,300-lawyer firm with revenue of more than $900 million.
Attorney General Gonzales resigns (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned from office on Monday, ending a controversial tenure as chief law enforcement officer that blemished the administration of President George W. Bush.
Attorney General Gonzales resigns (AP via Yahoo! News)
Alberto Gonzales, the nation's first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday — ending a nasty, monthslong standoff over his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department.
City lawyer questions ex-cop's retaliation fear (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer for the city spent this morning tearing apart an ex-cop's claim that he feared for his life because he had reported on misdeeds of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's bodyguards.
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns (International Herald Tribune)
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned. He is expected to announce the decision to reporters in Washington on Monday.
US Attorney General quits (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday he would resign, after a scandal-tainted tenure marred by claims he was incompetent, hid the truth and demands by Democrats for a perjury probe.
Attorney General Gonzales steps down (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned on Monday under pressure after months of controversy and political turmoil that President George W. Bush angrily blamed on his administration's critics in Congress.
Democrats: Next attorney general should put law first (CNN.com)
Democrats heaped criticism on the Bush administration Monday after the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, saying the president should nominate a replacement who will put law before politics.
Phil Spector's Lead Lawyer Leaves Case (ABC News)
Lawyer Bruce Cutler says he's leaving the case over a "difference of opinion."
Phil Spector's lead lawyer leaves case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Phil Spector's often-absent lead lawyer, Bruce Cutler, announced Monday that he is leaving the music producer's murder case because of "a difference of opinion between Mr. Spector and me on strategy."
Attorney General Gonzales resigns (USA Today)
Alberto Gonzales, the nation's first Hispanic attorney general and a close friend of President Bush, resigned Monday after months of mounting bipartisan criticism over issues of competence and his handling of the firings of several U.S. attorneys.
Phil Spector's Lead Lawyer Leaves Case (San Francisco Chronicle)
Phil Spector's often-absent lead lawyer, Bruce Cutler, announced Monday that he is leaving the music producer's murder case because of "a difference of opinion between Mr. Spector and me on strategy." Cutler made the announcement as the trial resumed...
Lawyer held with 10 kg opium (Indian Express via Yahoo! India News)
Khanna police on Monday arrested a lawyer on charges of smuggling opium. Krishan Kumar, a resident of Amargarh in District Sangrur, and practising at Malerkotla, was arrested possessing 10 kg opium worth of Rs four lakh. A noted smuggler Mohammad Sidique, a resident of Malerkotla, reportedly an associate of Krishan Kumar, is absconding. "Sub-inspector Gurmail Singh, incharge, narcotic cell of ...
Phil Spector's Lead Lawyer Leaves Case (ABC News)
Spector Lead Lawyer Bruce Cutler Leaves Case Over 'Difference of Opinion'
Key defense lawyer quits Spector trial (Los Angeles Times)
The record producer says he decided against having Bruce Cutler spearhead the closing arguments because of the attorney's bruising courtroom style. The high-profile lawyer brought in from New York to help defend Phil Spector against a murder charge abruptly quit the case today as it wound to a close, over a disagreement about him making the closing statement to the jury. ...
Lawyer: Vick has reached plea deal (The Record)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael Vick's lawyer said Monday the NFL star will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, putting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a possible prison term.
Clement to stand-in as attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Paul Clement, who will serve as interim attorney general, is a meticulous, affable conservative with friends across the political spectrum.
US Attorney General Gonzales resigns (AP via Yahoo! News)
Alberto Gonzales, the nation's first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, driven from office after a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence.
High-profile lawyer quits Spector trial before closing arguments (CBC)
A high-profile lawyer brought in from New York to defend music producer Phil Spector on charges of murder has stepped down from the case.
US Attorney General resigns (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he would resign Monday, after a scandal-tainted tenure marred by critics' claims he was incompetent, hid the truth and may be guilty of perjury.
Attorney General Gonzales leaves under pressure (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation on Monday after months of questions about his competence and accusations from Congress that he politicized the office to benefit President George W. Bush.
US Attorney General Gonzales resigns (AP via Yahoo! News)
Alberto Gonzales, the nation's first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, driven from office after a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence.
Spector's Lead Lawyer Departs Case (ABC News)
Spector Says He Decided Lead Lawyer Cutler Shouldn't Do Closings
Spector's lead lawyer departs case (AP via Yahoo! News)
The often-absent lead defense lawyer in Phil Spector's murder trial announced Monday that he is leaving, and the music producer said outside court that he decided the attorney should depart.
Embattled attorney general resigns (International Herald Tribune)
President George W. Bush Monday praised Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by accusations of perjury before Congress, as "a man of integrity, decency and principle."
Former Client Who Settled With BP Sues Lawyer Who Is Now Defending BP (Law.com)
The high-stakes battle over whether Houston lawyer Ronald D. Krist should help defend BP from suits filed over a deadly explosion at the company's Texas refinery took another twist last week when a former client who had hired Krist's firm to sue BP over the explosion filed a professional negligence suit against Krist, the firm and others. Ronald Krist had negotiated settlements for Jose L. ...
Lead Defense Lawyer Cutler Leaves Spector's Murder Case (Law.com)
The often-absent lead defense lawyer in Phil Spector's murder trial announced Monday that he is leaving, and the music producer said outside court that he decided the attorney should depart. Bruce Cutler, known for representing the late mob boss John Gotti in New York, had been sidelined since early in the trial when he delivered an opening statement that drew poor reviews in the legal community, ...
Our view on the attorney general: Gonzales' successor faces damage-repair challenge (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)
Alberto Gonzales wasn't the first presidential pal to be named attorney general, and he probably won't be the last. But his stormy, unsuccessful tenure at the Justice Department demonstrates yet again why the job is too important to be filled on the basis of cronyism.
Murder accused 'denied a lawyer' (Perth Now)
A MAN accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in a Perth shopping centre toilet says police interviewing him ignored his request for a lawyer.
Lawyer defends day care record (The Star-Ledger)
The operator of a Woodbridge child care facility where an 11-month-old boy suffered a fatal head injury last week has cared for dozens of children without any problems during 12 years of run ning the business in the basement of her home, her lawyer said yesterday.
Spector's lead lawyer departs case (AP via Yahoo! News)
The often-absent lead defense lawyer in Phil Spector's murder trial announced Monday that he is leaving, and the music producer said outside court that he decided the attorney should depart.
US Attorney General heeds calls for resignation (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally bowed to calls for his scalp, resigning after a scandal-tainted tenure marred by rows over his honesty and demands by Democrats for a perjury probe.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- the nation's troubled top law enforcement officer -- ended speculation Monday and resigned. For much of the past eight months, Gonzales withstood a barrage of criticism that he had politicized the Department of Justice and misled Congress while giving testimony about the firings.
Attorney General Gonzales steps down (New York Daily News)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales caved to his critics yesterday and abruptly quit, finally owning up to the devastating toll his personal gaffes and possible perjury before Congress had on the Justice Department.
Lawyer hit with $5 million verdict (Louisville Courier-Journal)
A Jefferson Circuit Court jury yesterday walloped Louisville lawyer Steven Keeney with a $5 million verdict after finding he bungled a lawsuit filed by a Kentucky woman who lost her home and possessions in a small-plane crash.
CUTLER AND RUN: LAWYER'S A SPECTOR DEFECTOR (New York Post)
Phil Spector's legal dream team has lost its star. On the final day of testimony in the music producer's sensational slay trial, his celebrity lawyer, Bruce Cutler, yesterday announced he was leaving the case over "a difference of opinion between...
Lawyer who led Spector defense quits (San Diego Union-Tribune)
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (COPLEY NEWS SERVICE): The flamboyant New York lawyer who once led Phil Spector's defense quit yesterday hours before testimony concluded in the four-month murder trial.
Court rules Louisville lawyer must pay for bungling lawsuit (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A Louisville lawyer has lost a $5 million lawsuit in a Jefferson Circuit Court case. A jury found yesterday that Steven Keeney bungled a lawsuit filed by a Kentucky woman who lost her home and possessions the result of a small-plane crash. The verdict included $3.5 million in punitive damages against Keeney, who was twice suspended from practice in the 1990s. After deliberating for three hours, ...
Russia charges four in Politkovskaya case: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Russian prosecutors have formally charged at least four people as accomplices in the murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya, local news agencies quoted a lawyer of one of the defendants as saying on Tuesday.
Lawyer says suspects charged in Politkovskaya murder (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Russian prosecutors have formally charged at least four of 10 suspects detained over the murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya, a defence lawyer was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Suspects charged in Politkovskaya murder: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Russian prosecutors have formally charged at least four of 10 suspects detained over the murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya, a defense lawyer was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Spector lawyer quits at trial's end (CNN.com)
The final day of testimony in Phil Spector's trial began dramatically, with the music producer's often-absent lead defense lawyer announcing that he was leaving the case.
Spector agreed to let attorney go (UPI)
Phil Spector, on trial for an actress' death in his Los Angeles-area home, says he thought he would be better represented if a key defense attorney left.
Lawyer in sex case drops suit (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Eric Tolen, a lawyer accused of having sex with underage boys, dropped his civil suits this morning against police and prosecutors -- at least temporarily.
Foundation swindled rural Minnesotans, attorney general says (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
A rural Minnesota charity ripped off investors by fraudulently promising hefty returns that never materialized, the Minnesota attorney general said Tuesday. The Ashmore Family Foundation lured people to lend or otherwise contribute money to it by assuring them that they'd earn returns of up to 70 percent, Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a lawsuit against the charity. The foundation made ...
Lawyer picked for spot on Miami election board (Dayton Daily News)
Lawyer Jose Lopez was recommended Monday by Miami County Republicans to fill a seat on the county Board of Elections.
Lawyer: Fieger singled out because of "many enemies" made (Battle Creek Enquirer)
SOUTHFIELD — The prosecution of former Jack Kevorkian attorney Geoffrey Fieger over alleged campaign finance violations is politically motivated, Fieger’s lawyer said today.
Ottawa wrong to reject 'unofficial' residential school forms: lawyer (CBC Edmonton)
Regina lawyer Tony Merchant says he can't understand why Ottawa would reject application forms for Indian residential school payments and is accusing the government of foot-dragging.