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Lawyer to discuss jail safety issues as Kahui put behind bars (The New Zealand Herald)
A lawyer for alleged double murderer Chris Kahui was to meet prison authorities last night to formulate a plan for keeping her client safe after he was yesterday jailed for bail breaches.
Former congressional page at center of Foley scandal unlikely to file lawsuit, lawyer says (Naples Daily News)
A former congressional page who received sexually explicit online messages from former Rep. Mark Foley said through his lawyer that he would not file a civil suit against Foley, and that he is satisfied with the news that the Florida Republican is unlikely to be charged with a crime.
Clement to Stand-In As Attorney General (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON -- Paul Clement, who will serve as interim attorney general, is a meticulous, affable conservative with friends across the political spectrum.
Milwaukee Attorney Receives Goat Head In Gift Bag (WISN TheMilwaukeeChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
In the movie "The Godfather," a horse's head was used to intimidate and that is exactly what Milwaukee police said they believe is behind the discovery of a bloody goat's head at an attorney's office.
Attorney General Bruce Fein (The Nation via Yahoo! News)
The Nation -- It is likely -- though not entirely certain in these tumultuous times for the dangerously adrift Bush-Cheney administration -- that the next Attorney General of the United States will be a conservative.
5 Top Contenders for Attorney General (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON -- Moving quickly to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, White House officials are considering five names that "have kind of emerged" as possible candidates to take over the beleaguered Justice Department, according to a senior Bush administration official.
Class-action attorney Lerach to retire Aug. 31 (The Fresno Bee)
Pioneering class-action attorney William S. Lerach said Tuesday that Aug. 31 will be his last day at the firm that bears his name.
Silicon Valley lawyer charged in options case (Financial Times)
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil fraud charges on Tuesday against a lawyer accused of improper options backdating at two different Silicon Valley companies.
William Lerach To Step Down During U.S. Attorney Investigation (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Attorney William Lerach, who represented Enron investors and other shareholders suing big corporations, will leave his post at the law firm he founded to defend himself against allegations of improper activity.
Third local lawyer accused of backdating stock options (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday accused the former top lawyer for two Bay Area companies of secretly backdating stock options granted to company employees and causing the two firms to overstate their net incomes by hundreds of millions of...
Bush May Fight for New Attorney General (Washington Post)
A half-dozen or so lawyers are being discussed among administration officials as possible candidates to replace Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, but no clear favorite has emerged, and President Bush is willing to fight for the right candidate, administration officials and Republican advisers...
The Buzz: Patrick Fitzgerald the next attorney general? (The Kansas City Star)
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democratic, speculated that Patrick Fitzgerald, a U.S. attorney and the prosecutor in the CIA leak investigation, had a chance — albeit a small one — of replacing Alberto Gonzales: “If the choice is made to bring in somebody truly independent who will be quickly confirmed, Patrick Fitzgerald’s one.”
Former page at center of Foley scandal unlikely to file suit, lawyer says (Bonita Daily News)
WASHINGTON — A former congressional page who received sexually explicit online messages from former Rep. Mark Foley said through his lawyer that he would not file a civil suit against Foley, and that he is satisfied with the news that the Florida Republican is unlikely to be charged with a crime.
Lawyer to appeal over transit authority (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A Richmond lawyer said yesterday that he will appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court a lower court judge's ruling upholding the constitutionality of a state transportation package authorizing regional taxing authorities.
Hired lawyer never lost a criminal case (Detroit News)
As he faces a federal indictment that threatens his career, Geoffrey Fieger has turned to a lawyer with even more star power than himself.
Attorney general mum on resignation (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
In a carefully orchestrated visit to New Orleans the day after he announced he will resign, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales helped launch a new center for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, then heard a small group of business executives rail about threats to storm recovery posed by street crime.
SEC sues former lawyer for Juniper, KLA-Tencor over backdating (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday accused the former top lawyer for two Bay Area companies of secretly backdating stock-options granted to company employees and causing the two firms to overstate their net incomes by hundreds of millions of...
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.
Pols to Bush: Don't pick a pal for attorney general (New York Daily News)
President Bush's next pick for attorney general will be speedily confirmed if the nominee is seen as a respected caretaker for the Justice Department and not a political crony, experts said.
Dr Ali penalised for cooperation: lawyer (The West Australian)
The lawyer for sacked Gold Coast doctor Dr Mohammed Asif Ali says the cancellation of his medical registration is like kicking a man when he is down.
Hire a lawyer, would-be juror told (Salem Statesman Journal)
A Lyons man facing a contempt-of-court charge after refusing to show for jury duty has been given 30 days to hire a lawyer to represent him.
Lawyer admits conspiracy to commit wire fraud (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Court documents unsealed in Lexington contain an admission by a 41-year-old lawyer that he conspired to commit wire fraud. Kim Clay of Lexington admitted in documents unsealed yesterday that he worked with real estate buyers and sellers to falsify information on mortgage forms, deceiving banks and mortgage companies. Clay is the owner of Universal Title. He was indicted in May, last year on state ...
Former U.S. attorney for Vermont a possible contender (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - August 29, 2007 6:55 AM ET WHITE HOUSE (AP) - A senior administration official says five names are already being pondered to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Lawyer: Wheeler sex convictions could be at risk (The Decatur Daily)
The validity of convictions and plea agreements arising out of a July 2006 undercover operation at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge could hinge on a state Supreme Court decision, according to a lawyer for a Decatur defendant.
Next attorney general nominee could face a nasty hearing from skeptical Democrats (Daily Journal)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ replacement — whoever that may be — faces a potentially nasty Senate confirmation and a beleaguered Justice Department badly in need of leadership.
Five top contenders for attorney general (MSNBC)
Moving quickly to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, White House officials are considering five names that "have kind of emerged" as possible candidates to take over the beleaguered Justice Department, according to a senior Bush administration official.
Craig Crawford’s Trail Mix: Bush’s Best-Case Attorney General Might Be No One (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Why should George W. Bush even want a Senate-confirmed attorney general for the remainder of his term? Given that the White House was not soon ready with a replacement nominee when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned on Monday, you have to wonder if the president is in much of a hurry.
Lawyer under cloud to retire (Los Angeles Times)
William Lerach says he s stepping down to focus on the fraud case that implicates him. William S. Lerach, the class-action securities lawyer Wall Street loves to hate, is retiring Friday from the San Diego firm he co-founded to "focus single-mindedly" on resolving questions about his role in an alleged kickback scheme operated by the law firm where he made his name.
Ex-U.S. attorney joins Jenne plea deal talks (Miami Herald)
A former U.S. attorney and federal judge in Miami has joined the legal defense team for Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne -- participating in key talks Wednesday with prosecutors poised to seek charges against him for allegedly using his office for personal gain.
Ex-U.S. attorney joins Jenne plea deal talks (Miami Herald)
A former U.S. attorney has joined the legal defense team for Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne. Thomas Scott, who also served as a former federal judge in Miami, participated in key talks today with prosecutors poised to seek charges against Jenne for allegedly using his office for personal gain.
iPodObserver - DMCA Exemption Attorney Weighs in on iPhone Unlocking (The Mac Observer)
The attorney who won the exemption to the DMCA for her clients to unlock a mobile phone has weighed in on the iPhone unlocking issue. The exemption doesn't offer blanket protection for mobile phone unlocking and doesn't apply to those offering unlocking services to others, according to Jennifer Granick on Wednesday
Lawyer: 150 percent toll hike plausible under Corzine plan (phillyburbs.com)
TRENTON, N.J. - The average New Jersey Turnpike commuter may pay $2,400 in tolls annually under Gov. Jon S. Corzine's plan to try to resolve state fiscal problems by increasing highway tolls, according to a Wall Street lawyer.
Lawyer: Husband of missing Emerson mom innocent (phillyburbs.com)
EMERSON, N.J - The lawyer for an Emerson man claims his client is innocent in the disappearance of his wife, saying the man attempted suicide by jumping in front of a car because he was "despondent" after she vanished.
Phil Spector gets new attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
Phil Spector's murder trial is headed toward closing arguments next week with his former lead defense attorney gone and a newly appointed lawyer on the music producer's team.
Phil Spector Gets New Attorney (San Francisco Chronicle)
Phil Spector's murder trial is headed toward closing arguments next week with his former lead defense attorney gone and a newly appointed lawyer on the music producer's team. In a surprise development Tuesday evening, a day after the trial's final...
Judge: New Spector Lawyer Not Chief Counsel (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
Both the judge and a new lawyer brought into Phil Spector's murder defense say the attorney is a member of the music producer's legal team and not the defendant's new chief counsel.
New attorney joins Phil Spector defence as trial enters home stretch (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Phil Spector's murder trial is headed toward closing arguments next week with his former lead defence attorney gone and a newly appointed lawyer on the music producer's team.
A lawyer with a bag of tricks (Ottawa Business Journal)
How many lawyers does it take to manipulate a seven-foot rabbit? Just one, specifically the lawyer who has been entertaining kids for charitable purposes for the last 30 years.
Dr Ali penalised for cooperation: lawyer (Ararat Advertiser)
The lawyer for sacked Gold Coast doctor Dr Mohammed Asif Ali says the cancellation of his medical registration is like kicking a man when he is down.
Federal attorney moving to Ivy Tech job (The Indianapolis Star)
U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks has accepted a job as the top lawyer for Ivy Tech Community College, officials confirmed this afternoon.
Judge says new Spector lawyer is not defense chief counsel (Fox 6 News San Diego)
Both the judge and a new lawyer brought into Phil Spector's murder defense say the attorney is a member of the music producer's legal team and not the defendant's new...
Lawyer: Big N.J. Toll Hike Plausible (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The average New Jersey Turnpike commuter may pay $2,400 in tolls annually under Gov. Jon S. Corzine's plan to try to resolve state fiscal problems by increasing highway tolls, according to a Wall Street lawyer.
Former Vermont prosecutor eyed for Attorney General (Boston Globe)
George Terwilliger III, who served as the top federal prosecutor in Vermont in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is being mentioned as a possible successor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Conn. U.S. attorney returning after Gonzales' resignation (Boston Globe)
Connecticut's top federal prosecutor says he hopes to return to the state full-time soon, ending a temporary assignment as chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Conn. U.S. attorney hopes to return after Gonzales' resignation (Boston Globe)
Connecticut's top federal prosecutor said Wednesday he hopes to return to the state full-time soon, ending a temporary assignment as chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Sask. Crown lawyer appealing his malicious prosecution to Supreme Court (CNews)
SASKATOON (CP) - A Saskatchewan Crown lawyer found to have maliciously prosecuted a Saskatoon family in a bogus ritual child sexual abuse case is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Police: Fla. lawyer killed daughter, self (UPI)
Police in Boca Raton, Fla., suspect a local family lawyer may have killed her 6-year-old daughter before turning her gun on herself this week.
Police: Fla. lawyer killed daughter, self (Moldova.org)
Police in Boca Raton, Fla., suspect a local family lawyer may have killed her 6-year-old daughter before turning her gun on herself this week.The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported Wednesday the bodies of 41-year-old Marie-Anne Oatley and her young daughter, Agatha, were found dead in the lawyer's Boca Raton condominium.On her professional Web site, Oatley urges her potential clients to talk ...
US Attorney General resigns (NDTV)
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, ending a months-long standoff with Republican and Democratic critics who called for his ouster.
County attorney steps into strip club entanglement (The Arizona Republic)
Tempe's move to allow Elite Cabaret to open is illegal, according to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' office.