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A Lawyer's Lament (Hartford Courant)
Writes To Son, Admits Stealing From Clients Lawyer Jonathan Hoyt was bankrupt, recently divorced and in too deep in an embezzlement scandal. Depressed, he penned a tell-all letter to his son - and then vanished.
State Attorney General leaving post next month (Billings Gazette)
CHEYENNE - Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank has resigned, effective Sept. 1, to go 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 understands ...
State Attorney General leaving post next month (Billings Gazette)
CHEYENNE - Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank has resigned, effective Sept. 1, to go into private law practice in Cheyenne.
Indonesian activist`s widow, lawyer optimistic over fresh evidence (Antara News)
The widow of murdered Indonesian activist Munir Said Thalib and his lawyer said Friday they were optimistic that fresh evidence submitted to Indonesia's top court would see his killer retried.
Carey named town attorney (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
RUMFORD - Thomas Carey of Rumford was appointed as town attorney Thursday night. He replaces Jennifer Kreckel, who served in the position for more than 15 years and had sought reappointment.
Haneef debacle being compared to apartheid regime: lawyer (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Sydney, Aug 3 (IANS) Australia's image in the world has taken a tumble following its treatment of freed terror suspect Muhammad Haneef, says a prominent rights lawyer drawing comparisons with South Africa's apartheid regime.
Report Lodged Against Troublesome Woman lawyer At Altantuya Hearing (Bernama)
SHAH ALAM, August 3 (Bernama) -- A policeman on duty at the High Court Friday lodged a police report against a woman posing as a lawyer who has been a nuisance at the trial into the murder of a Mongolian woman.
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.
Former attorney general to chair extrajudicial killings probe (MCOT - TNA English News)
BANGKOK, AUG 3 (TNA) – Former attorney general Kanit Na Nakhon has agreed to chair a special committee to investigate some 2,500 extra-judicial killings carried out during former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's 'war on drugs campaign', Justice Minister Charnchai Likhitjittha said Friday.
State can leave inmates on mainland, attorney general says (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
The state does not have to return hundreds of Hawaii inmates being held on the mainland even though a new state law says it does, according to an opinion from state Attorney General Mark Bennett.
Lawyer: JFK Terror Plot Suspect Has Mental 'Limitations' (WNBC)
The man charged with orchestrating a complex plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport's jet fuel supply cannot read and has limited analytical faculties, according to his lawyer.
Mayors ask lawyer in plot case to quit because of wife's politics (phillyburbs.com)
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - The Republican mayors of three communities around Fort Dix are criticizing a local politician because her lawyer husband was appointed to represent one of the six men accused of plotting an attack on the base.
Mayors ask attorney to quit case (phillyburbs.com)
The mayors of three towns near Fort Dix have written a letter criticizing 8th District state Assembly candidate Tracy Riley because her husband, defense attorney Michael Riley, is representing one of the six accused terrorists in the Fort Dix plot case.
Attorney wants DeLay rehearing (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
AUSTIN - An attorney who represents the state in cases before Texas' highest criminal appeals court has joined Travis County prosecutors in asking the court to reverse itself and reinstate an indictment against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Lawyer facing child porn charges (WBAY Green Bay)
Associated Press - August 3, 2007 8:15 AM ET MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Mazomanie (may-oh-MAY'-nee) lawyer is charged with possessing child pornography.
Subdivision?s residents at mercy of council, attorney general says (NWAnews.com)
BELLA VISTA — Residents of a former Benton County subdivision have no legal standing to challenge their inclusion in Bella Vista’s city limits and can only depend on the druthers of the City Council, Attorney General Justin McDaniel said Thursday. (Benton County Daily Record)
Mazomanie attorney charged with possessing child pornography (The Capital Times)
Suspended Mazomanie attorney James Winch, whose computer was seized in an earlier search warrant raid at his home and office, was charged Thursday with four counts of possession of child pornography but could face more charges. Dane County law enforcement officials executed a search warrant after being tipped off by police in Ohio who had been conducting an undercover child pornography sting ...
Mayors ask lawyer in Fort Dix six case to quit because of wife's politics (Asbury Park Press)
The Republican mayors of three communities around Fort Dix are criticizing a local politician because her lawyer husband was appointed to represent one of the six men accused of plotting an attack on the base. The mayors Lou DeLorenzo of North Hanover, Thomas Harper of Wrightstown and Dennis Roohr of New Hanover say Michael Riley should step down from the case. The three say it mars Riley's wife, ...
Lawyer says JFK plot suspect has mental "limitations'' (Asbury Park Press)
The man charged with orchestrating a complex plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport's jet fuel supply cannot read and has limited analytical faculties, according to his lawyer. Attorney Andrew L. Carter Jr. asked a federal judge Thursday to allow a psychological evaluation of accused plotter Russell Defreitas' "mental abilities and intellectual limitations.'' Carter told U.S. ...
Pregnant lawyer wrongly dismissed (BBC News)
A lawyer who was forced out of her job after becoming pregnant wins her claim for sex discrimination.
Alabama Attorney General issues warning of defective tires (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King has issued a consumer warning about potentially dangerous tires for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans.
Senate confirms Inhofe's choice for U.S. attorney post in OKC (Tulsa World)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed the nomination of Oklahoma City attorney Tim DeGiusti to be a federal judge in the western district of Oklahoma.
Attorney General Urges Motorists to Check Tires (WTVC Chattanooga)
Faulty tires were sold under brand names Westlake, Compass and YKS. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper is urging motorists to check their cars for Chinese-made tires that may be faulty.
Sudderth attorney: Trial may be postponed (The Ironton Tribune)
A trial date has been set in an Ironton shooting death case, but the defense attorney said Wednesday it is likely the trial will have to be postponed.
Wyoming's attorney general resigns (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- One of Pat Crank's best days as Wyoming's attorney general was when he helped an elderly couple solve a credit card mess.
Attorney, prosecutor in legal trouble (Independent Online)
A prosecutor and an attorney, friends since university days, have landed themselves in hot water.
Attorney General Warns About Faulty Tires (NBC 13 Birmingham)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King said drivers may be traveling on faulty tires. No recall yet but King said the tires could be prone to belt or tread separation.
Witness accused by defense lawyer denies he stabbed punter (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
GREELEY — Witness Kevin Aussprung took the stand in the trial of a college football player accused of trying to kill a teammate and denied a defense lawyer’s allegation that it was Aussprung, not the suspect, who was the attacker.
Lawyer: JFK plotter mentally 'limited' (UPI)
One of the men charged with trying to explode JFK airport in New York has limited mental abilities, his lawyer said Thursday.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney receives deferred sentence (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - August 3, 2007 5:35 PM ET MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - Former Assistant U.S. Attorney David "Mike" Littlefield has pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse in a plea bargain that...
Lawyer says JFK plot suspect has mental 'limitations' (AM New York)
NEW YORK (AP) _ The man charged with orchestrating a complex plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport's jet fuel supply cannot read and has limited analytical faculties, according to his lawyer.
Punjab HC judge questions lawyer's integrity but he is proposed for judge's job (Indian Express via Yahoo! India News)
"I have strong reservations about him even in respect of his integrity. A lawyer of substantial standing told me that while he was representing a cooperative bank of Haryana, Sh R K Jain offered him money for not opposing his client's case. Another counsel from the office of advocate-general, Haryana, told me that Sh RK Jain repeatedly offered him money, either to oppose or to concede claims for ...
Kinnelon lawyer admits accident scam (Daily Record)
NEWARK -- A 70-year-old Kinnelon lawyer admitted Friday that he paid "runners" to recruit people to falsely claim they were injured in auto accidents.
Missing lawyer accused of taking $2.35 million arrested at border (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - August 3, 2007 5:55 PM ET BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A missing lawyer suspected of stealing $2.35 million from a client was arrested as he tried to enter the United States from...
Interim U.S. attorney named for middle district (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - August 3, 2007 6:15 PM ET NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today named Paul M. O'Brien as interim US Attorney for the Middle District of...
Powe's attorney says NCAA stalling with eligibility information requests (The Clarion-Ledger)
The NCAA has provided the attorney for Jerrell Powe with a list of information it must have in hand before it can make a ruling on the defensive tackle's academic eligibility.
County Attorney indicted on abuse of power charge (The Kingsville Journal)
Kleberg County Attorney Alfred Isassi was recently indicted on one count of abuse of power in his official capacity and three counts of improper influence.
Investigation into Baby found in car goes the Wyoming County District Attorney (WKBW-TV Buffalo)
Police continue their investigation after Lynn Brol's son was found dead in her car Thursday. This case now goes to the Wyoming County District Attorney to decide what happens next.
Wharton lawyer tells story of representing baseball Hall of Famer (ABC 13 Texas)
It may have been the single biggest case ever tried by a lawyer from Wharton. And it involved baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson when racial tensions were at an all-time high.
Witness accused by defense lawyer of being attacker denies he stabbed Northern Colorado punter (San Diego Union-Tribune)
GREELEY, Colo. – A witness in the trial of a college football player accused of stabbing a teammate took the stand Friday and denied a defense lawyer's allegation that it was the witness, not Mitch Cozad, who was the attacker.
Missing attorney arrested at Canadian border (The Beaufort Gazette)
A Beaufort attorney, who police say stole $2.35 million from a client, was found Friday trying to cross the Canadian border back into the United States after being the focus of an 18-hour Coast Guard search near Edisto, according to authorities.
District Judge recused from other cases involving lawyer from rape, murder trial (San Antonio Express-News)
A judge ordered Friday that 175th District Judge Mary Roman be recused from two cases defended by a lawyer who has clashed with her in the past.
Priest's attorney asks for more time (The Express-Times)
BELVIDERE | An attorney for the Rev. Robert Ascolese told a judge Friday he needs more time to sift through 17 boxes of evidence linked to theft charges against the former pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Washington.
OKC attorney confirmed as federal judge (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - August 4, 2007 12:25 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Senate confirms an Oklahoma City attorney as the latest federal judge in Oklahoma City.
OKC attorney confirmed as federal judge (KSWO Lawton-Wichita Falls)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Senate confirms an Oklahoma City attorney as the latest federal judge in Oklahoma City. Timothy -D- DeGiusti will replace U.S. District Judge Timothy Leonard, who is taking senior status in the state's western judicial district.
Federal Judge Rejects Plea in Case of Disbarred Attorney -- Again (Law.com)
Prosecutors last week resubmitted a plea agreement calling for disbarred Miami attorney Louis Robles to get 10 years in prison and forfeit $1 million at sentencing. In a rare move, U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold in May rejected the agreement, which requires Robles to admit to two mail fraud counts in a 41-count indictment. This time, prosecutors included stories of Robles' sick and dying ...
'Missing' lawyer in N.Y. jail (The Post and Courier)
On Wednesday, the wife of Charleston real estate lawyer Michael T. Jordan reported her husband missing after not returning from a solo boat ride deep into the marshes south of Charleston. Friday morning, he was caught trying to get back into the United States from Canada in what police say...
Witness accused by defense lawyer of being attacker denies he stabbed Northern Colorado punter (Las Cruces Sun-News)
took the stand Friday and denied a defense lawyer's allegation that it was the witness, not Mitch Cozad, who was the attacker. Asked by the prosecutor if he stabbed Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza, Kevin Aussprung said loudly, "No, I did not."
Attorney balances trial, race (Kane County Chronicle)
ST. CHARLES – The attorney for a woman charged with stabbing her daughter to death said his candidacy for circuit judge would not interfere with the case.
Fletcher attorney fills PSC void (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed to the Public Service Commission a junior attorney from the defense team that represented the governor during the state hiring investigation. Caroline Pitt Clark, an associate with the firm Landrum & Shouse in Lexington, worked with Fletcher's chief defense counsel, R. Kent Westberry, during the personnel inquiry, particularly after a grand jury indicted Fletcher on ...