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Gregg County district attorney resigning this month (Houston Chronicle)
Gregg County District Attorney Bill Jennings is resigning Sept. 21. Jennings, who has been the county's lead prosecutor for the past 11 years, said in a news release Wednesday his decision came "after much thought." He declined to answer questions about his future plans and whether he might seek another public office or a judgeship.
MLB lawyer defends drug testing program (CBC)
Major League Baseball's chief labour lawyer is tired of the constant criticism the game receives for its drug testing policy.
Reprimand Sought for Attorney Who Wrote Scare Letter to Ethics Grievant (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
When an attorney-client relationship turns nasty and litigation seems imminent, is it OK for the lawyer to send the kind of aggressive letter that attorneys sometimes write to scare off potential adversaries?
Jailed Lawyer Fights Contempt Charge (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- A lawyer jailed Monday for contempt of court is asking the judge to reconsider or give him a trial.
Ironton lawyer named to fill judge post (The Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
IRONTON -- Ironton lawyer D. Scott Bowling was named Lawrence County Common Pleas judge Thursday by the office of Gov. Ted Strickland. The appointment is effective Monday, Sept. 24, and runs through Feb. 9, 2009.
Stebic case heads to state's attorney's office (The Herald News)
Police may have to wait until next week to discuss the case of a missing Plainfield woman with prosecutors. When they do meet, grand jury proceedings will be on the agenda, according to the Will County State's Attorney's Office. In their quest to re-interview the children of missing mom Lisa Stebic, authorities have tried to avoid what they say is a last resort: subpoenaing the kids to testify ...
Deputies endorse Budelmann for district attorney (The Post-Standard)
The Cayuga County Deputy Sheriff's Police Association has endorsed Jon E. Budelmann for district attorney.
Attorney general says he'll sue more charter schools (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
COLUMBUS - Ohio's attorney general plans to file additional lawsuits seeking to shut down charter schools that aren't meeting academic and financial requirements, a spokesman said Thursday, a day after he filed suit against two Dayton schools accused of repeated academic failings.
Lawyer: Employees warned of hoax calls (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. had policies in place and warned employees in an effort to deal with a series of strip search hoaxes across the country, the lawyer for the restaurant chain said Thursday during opening statements in a civil trial.
Lawyer says McDonald's did all it could (Louisville Courier-Journal)
A lawyer for McDonald's Corp. said yesterday that the company tries to protect its 800,000 U.S. employees, but that it's unrealistic to think it could have warned every one of them about a hoax caller who was precipitating strip searches by pretending to be a police officer.
Lawyer suspended after charges (The Nashua Telegraph)
MANCHESTER (AP) -- The New Hampshire Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a lawyer who was chief of a real estate title company that closed suddenly last month. ...
Lawyer argues Hells Angels are not a criminal organization (Canada.com)
REGINA - A charge against a member of the Regina chapter of the Hells Angels fell apart because authorities couldn't prove the notorious motorcycle club is actually a criminal organization, says the man's lawyer.
Court stops execution at district attorney's request (Dallas Morning News)
A twice-convicted murderer was spared lethal injection Thursday after the Dallas County district attorney's office asked that the execution be halted because evidence was not turned over to Joseph Roland Lave Jr.'s attorneys.
Lawyer: Microsoft patent claims won't affect UK (ZDNet UK)
The patents which Microsoft claims are infringed by open-source software do not apply in the UK, a leading British tech lawyer has said
Rogers lawyer asks for reconsideration of contempt finding (NWAnews.com)
A Rogers lawyer who ser ved time in jail this week for contempt is asking the court to withdraw the order and expunge the charge. (Northwest Arkansas Times)
Colleague's death won't hinder attorney's effort (The Grand Rapids Press)
GRAND RAPIDS -- Robert Mirque Jr. will ask for a change of venue for his client Kevin Elder, accused of fatally stabbing his wife, local attorney Leontyne "Tina" Partee-Elder.
Republican joins race for Vermilion state's attorney (The Champaign News-Gazette)
DANVILLE – A Vermilion County assistant state's attorney hopes to take over as top prosecutor when his boss steps down next year. Randy Brinegar on Thursday announced he will run as a Republican candidate for state's attorney in the 2008 election.
Execution stopped because district attorney's office wanted it called off (ABC 13 Texas)
The scheduled Thursday night execution of a Texas prisoner for his part in the slaying of two workers during a robbery was stopped after the Dallas County district attorney's office asked that the execution order be withdrawn.
Lawyer says McDonald's did all it could (Louisville Courier-Journal)
A lawyer for McDonald's Corp. said yesterday that the company tries to protect its 800,000 U.S. employees, but that it's unrealistic to think it could have warned every one of them about a hoax caller who was precipitating strip searches by pretending to be a police officer.
Cadwalader raids Sidley for derivatives lawyer (The Lawyer)
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has snared a structured finance lawyer from rival US firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. ...
Lawyer gets five years in sex case (The Jackson Citizen Patriot)
A Jackson lawyer who sexually attacked a 21-year-old woman at a Young Republicans convention said Thursday that he had disgraced himself, his family and his political party.
County Attorney Wants Death Penalty for Illegal Immigrant (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
An ex-felon and illegal immigrant deported five times will make a final exit if County Attorney Andrew Thomas gets his way. "When somebody keeps coming across the border and is caught no fewer than five times, he shouldn't get a slap on the wrist for that," said Thomas.
Attorney: Morial's Brother Has Plea Deal (WDSU New Orleans)
Jacques Morial, the brother of former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, has reached a plea deal with federal proseuctors, his attorney says.
PEORIA: Peoria attorney gets 14-year prison sentence (Peoria Journal Star)
PEORIA — A former Peoria attorney convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl was sentenced today to 14 years in prison. Robert Becker, 39, was convicted in May of using a toy microphone to assault the girl on Easter weekend in 2003. He had faced a prison sentence between 6 and 14 years.
Lawyer: Employees warned over strip-search hoax (The Kentucky Post)
SHEPHERDSVILLE - Fast food giant McDonald's Corp. had policies in place and warned employees in an effort to deal with a series of strip search hoaxes across the country, the lawyer for the restaurant chain said Thursday during opening statements in a civil trial.
Gonzales leaves attorney general's post (UPI)
Alberto Gonzales ended his turbulent tenure as U.S. attorney general Friday, reflecting on his public service in a speech at an airbase in Washington.
Spanovic Lawyer Claims Serbs Face Discrimination in Croatia (Institute for War and Peace Reporting)
Lawyer for Croatian Serb says he would not receive a fair trial. Milan Spanovic, whose extradition Zagreb is seeking so that he can be put on trial for war crimes, will call on witnesses from Croatia to support his contention that as a Serb, he would not receive a fair trial there.
Gambia: New Attorney General Appointed As Kebba Sanyang Takes Works (AllAfrica.com)
President Yahya Jammeh, acting on the powers vested on him by the constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, yesterday appointed Marie Saine-Firdaus, as the Attorney General and Secretary of State for Justice.
Virginia's Anti-Spam Law Unconstitutional, Lawyer Argues (GigaLaw.com)
Virginia's law banning the massive distribution of junk e-mail is an unconstitutional barrier to free speech, a lawyer for a former spammer told the state's highest court.
County attorney says murder shows holes in border security (BizJournals)
An illegal immigrant from Mexico faces capital murder charges and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said the case underscores the holes in U.S. border security.
Lawyer; Journal entries show Benoit depressed (ESPN)
Journal entries written by wrestler Chris Benoit show he was wracked with grief and preoccupied with death after his best friend died in 2005, according to a lawyer representing Benoit's father.
Arson suspect wants new attorney (The Rhinelander Daily News)
A Rhinelander man accused of setting fires in the Pine Lake area will get a new attorney.
Niceville attorney advises against Christmas tour (Northwest Florida Daily News)
NICEVILLE — Busing people around town to Christmas displays is something the city should stay out of, according to city attorney Dixie Dan Powell.
It ain't over till it's over; County Attorney Noe leads court into battle (News Democrat & Leader)
Logan County Attorney Thomas Noe III presented a resolution at Tuesday's Fiscal Court meeting asking magistrates for their approval to obtain settlement monies from the Rockwell Corporation which would go for public improvement projects in the county.
Gonzales Says Goodbye on Last Day as Attorney General (Fox News)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales bid goodbye Friday on his last day as head of the Justice Department.
GOP lawyer deposed on Alabama case (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
A Republican lawyer who says Karl Rove may have been involved in the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman emerged without comment Friday from four hours of questioning at the House Judiciary Committee. Jill Simpson was called to the Capitol to provide sworn testimony about her claim that she heard discussions in 2002 suggesting that Rove, a former top White House political ...
Gonzales bids farewell as attorney general (USA Today)
Alberto Gonzales' turbulent tenure as attorney general ended today. On his last day at the Justice Department he received a standing-room-only sendoff from the likes of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Theodore Olson, the...
GOP lawyer deposed on Alabama case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Republican lawyer who says Karl Rove may have been involved in the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman emerged without comment Friday from four hours of questioning at the House Judiciary Committee.
GOP Lawyer Deposed on Alabama Case (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)
A Republican lawyer who says Karl Rove may have been involved in the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov.
Attorney who gave ex-fire chief's wife control of estate has 2nd thoughts (Chicago Tribune)
An attorney who prepared a document giving control of Gladys Farrington's $1.1 million estate to the wife of former Joliet Fire Chief Joe Drick testified Friday that he wouldn't have done it if he had been aware that Cheri Drick knew Farrington less than five months.
Spears' lawyer moves to seal docs in custody battle with K-Fed (KSBY San Luis Obispo)
Associated Press - September 14, 2007 9:34 PM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears' lawyer wants to seal all court papers in her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their two...
Britney Spears' lawyer moves to seal docs in custody battle with ex-husband (The Star Online)
LOS ANGELES (AP): Britney Spears' lawyer wants to seal all court papers in her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their two young children.
Candidate for Missouri attorney general agrees to send back donations that exceeded limit (The Kansas City Star)
Jeff Harris, a Missouri House member running for attorney general, said Friday that he planned to refund individual contributions that exceeded the newly restored limit of $1,275.
City Attorney: Man Posed As Worker, Stole Televisions (NBC 7/39 San Diego)
The city attorney's office said Friday that a man who impersonated a TV repairman and stole his customer's television sets will face more than a dozen criminal charges in connection with the thefts.
Attorney suggests acne drug affected Monroeville teen (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The boyfriend of a Gateway High School cheerleader could have been suffering side effects from an acne drug when police said he stabbed his girlfriend to death, his attorney said Friday.
Attorney General files restraining order against James Barbee (Daily Journal)
FARMINGTON — The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is trying to stop a California man they believe is pocketing money that was solicited for veterans organizations.
Lawyer: Former pastor was drugged before attacking wife (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — A former Bloomington pastor claims he was drugged when he allegedly assaulted his estranged wife last year, according to materials his lawyer filed Friday in court.
S.C. native top contender for U.S. attorney general (The Post and Courier)
COLUMBIA — Federal Judge William W. Wilkins is one of the top contenders to be nominated for U.S. attorney general, Sen. Jim DeMint said Friday. DeMint, R-S.C., said he spoke Friday with White House officials and was told that Wilkins, an Anderson native, was "near the top of the sta...
Attorney: No plea deal in the works (Philadelphia Daily News)
The attorney for one of disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy's alleged conspirators in a betting ring vehemently denied that his client is in plea negotiations despite the wording in court documents.
Lawyer: Former pastor was drugged before attacking wife (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — A former Bloomington pastor claims he was drugged when he allegedly assaulted his estranged wife last year, according to materials his lawyer filed Friday in court.