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Metro Attorney Accused Of Robbing Edmond Drug Store (KOCO ChannelOklahoma.com via Yahoo! News)
An Oklahoma City attorney robbed an Edmond drug store and escaped in his Lincoln Navigator, hitting another vehicle and leading officers on a chase before surrendering on Tuesday, police said.
Lawyer Lerach in plea deal with prosecutors (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
William Lerach, a lawyer who won billions of dollars for shareholders suing corporations, will plead guilty to criminal conspiracy and go to prison for his involvement in a kickbacks scheme at his former law firm, Milberg Weiss LLP, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.
U.S. attorney's office here is target of federal probe (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The internal upheaval that roiled the upper ranks of the U.S. attorney's office in Minnesota last spring has prompted an investigation by an independent federal agency that looks into whistleblower and discrimination complaints involving federal employees. The investigation by the Office of Special Counsel was revealed Tuesday morning by Eric Black on his blog, ericblackink.com. Citing unnamed ...
Defense says woman's life improved after handing over power of attorney (Chicago Tribune)
The life of an elderly Joliet woman appeared to improve after she gave Cheri Drick power of attorney, a retired personal banker testified Tuesday in the Will County trial of Drick and her husband, former Joliet Fire Chief Joe Drick.
Attorney general nominee visits the Hill (AP via Yahoo! News)
Michael Mukasey, President Bush's choice to be the next attorney general, would fire any Justice official who receives a call from a politician and does not report it to higher-ups, one of his chief Senate patrons said Tuesday.
Guilty Plea to End Crusading Lawyer's Lucrative Run (Washington Post)
In a three-decade career, California lawyer William S. Lerach won tens of billions of dollars for his clients by suing executives embroiled in corporate scandal. Casting himself as the voice of victimized shareholders, he chalked up unprecedented awards in the Enron accounting mess and the Exxon ...
Attorney in Courthouse Shooting Case Asks Judge to Reject Attempt to Reduce Attorney Fees (Law.com)
Arguing that his team is outmanned by prosecutors and has been "pilloried" by the press and state legislators, the lead attorney for accused courthouse shooter Brian G. Nichols said Monday that the state of Georgia's unwillingness to provide adequate funding "has crippled our ability to have a fair trial." Henderson Hill said he and his team are still waiting for about $100,000 for fees, ...
Disbarred Attorney Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud, Faces up to 15 Years in Jail (Law.com)
After verging on a trial that neither side wanted, disbarred Miami asbestos attorney Louis S. Robles pleaded guilty Tuesday to three federal counts of mail fraud, for which he could receive up to 15 years in prison. Robles agreed to pay restitution of more than $13.5 million, to give up $1 million in funds frozen by federal authorities, and to relinquish his Bar license. At the plea hearing, ...
To Some, Hiring of Top Criminal Lawyer Suggests Worries in Deutsche Bank Case (New York Times)
Some legal experts say the hiring of Gary P. Naftalis, a highly regarded criminal defense lawyer, suggests that the city is concerned that prosecutors are focusing on city agencies as possible defendants.
Disbarred Attorney Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud, Faces up to 15 Years in Jail (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
After verging on a trial that neither side wanted, disbarred Miami asbestos attorney Louis S. Robles pleaded guilty Tuesday to three federal counts of mail fraud, for which he could receive up to 15 years in prison.
S.F. city attorney blasts public defender, urges him to reject profiling claims (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera lashed out Tuesday at Public Defender Jeff Adachi for siding with critics who deride civil injunctions against gang members as "the criminalization of people of color." As lawyers went to court to argue whether to...
Attorney general nominee says he'd root out political pressure (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
WASHINGTON - Michael Mukasey, President Bush's choice to be the next attorney general, would fire any Justice official who receives a call from a politician and does not report it to higher-ups, one of his chief Senate patrons said yesterday.
Class-action attorney Lerach agrees to plea deal over kickbacks (San Francisco Chronicle)
Attorney William Lerach, once a titan among shareholder class-action lawyers who won billions in courtroom battles with companies such as Enron and was the bane of Silicon Valley's high-tech industry, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge...
Passaic attorney nixes bid in scandal's wake (Herald News)
PASSAIC -- Gary Schaer's attempt to hire a special counsel to represent the City Council in the wake of the mayor's arrest in a statewide sting was thwarted by a city attorney's legal opinion.
LAWYER ONCE SHOWED GRID GREAT FOR THE COWARD HE IS (New York Post)
NEW YORK lawyer John Q. Kelly is one of the few men on earth who's wiped the sneer off O.J. Simpson's face. "He can beat women, he can threaten anyone when he's got his back up, but the truth is he's a sheep in wolf's clothing," Kelly told me...
Lawyer sues School Musical star (BBC News)
High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens is sued by a lawyer who claims she owes him money.
Bush selects outsider for attorney general (Contra Costa Times)
WASHINGTON -- In choosing his new attorney general, President Bush departed Monday from one of his more unshakable core values: the known commodity. Instead, the White House, seeking consensus over confrontation, tapped former New York federal Judge Michael Mukasey to helm the troubled Justice
Choice for Attorney General Given Warm Welcome on Capitol Hill (New York Times)
Michael B. Mukasey, President Bush?s choice for attorney general, received a warm reception on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Miami lawyer to be liaison with universities (Miami Herald)
Gov. Charlie Crist has tapped Miami lawyer, political advisor and University of Miami board member Dean Colson to be his special advisor and relations-mender between him and the state's universities.
Lawyer dives into prison ship protest (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a right-wing Colombian warlord donned scuba diving gear on Tuesday to confront the nation's prison authority for imprisoning his client on a ship.
Vanessa Hudgens Sued by Attorney (Hollywood.com)
High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens' troubles have doubled--her attorney is suing the actress for unpaid fees.
Passaic attorney nixes bid in scandal's wake (Herald News)
PASSAIC -- Gary Schaer's attempt to hire a special counsel to represent the City Council in the wake of the mayor's arrest in a statewide sting was thwarted by a city attorney's legal opinion.
Lawyer for Guantanamo prisoner fears phone was tapped (Boston Globe)
A prominent Vermont lawyer who represents a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and makes frequent calls to Afghanistan on behalf of his client is concerned that his phone may be tapped by the federal government.
Prison term for producer lawyer (BBC News)
A lawyer who produced the radio version of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is jailed.
District Attorney Barnett to seek re-election (Newport News-Times)
Promising a candidacy based on "independence, integrity and experience," Bernice Barnett this week announced she will run for a third term as Lincoln County District Attorney.
Britney Does the Lawyer Shuffle (E! Online)
Britney Spears is apparently making a habit of switching up her legal representation. After Laura Wasser confirmed Monday that she had stepped down as the tarnished pop princess' lawyer,...
Hamilton's lawyer says ban would have been disaster (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
LONDON (Reuters) - Banning McLaren from this and next year's championship would have been disastrous for rivals Ferrari as well as Formula One, Lewis Hamilton's lawyer said in documents released on Wednesday.
Attorney Asks For Release Of Jailed Jena Teen (KTHV Little Rock)
The attorney for a Louisiana teenager whose conviction in a racially charged schoolyard beating was overturned last week has asked the court to release him from jail.
Attorney general suing consulting company over lost data (Boston Globe)
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he's suing a consulting company over the loss of confidential information about 58 Connecticut taxpayers and hundreds of state bank accounts.
Attorney general suing consulting company over lost data (Stamford Advocate)
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday that he is suing a technology consulting firm over the loss of confidential information about 58 Connecticut taxpayers and hundreds of state bank accounts.
Drowning victim ID'd as attorney (The Charlotte Observer)
Searchers identified the man who apparently fell off his Jet Ski in Lake Norman on Monday and drowned as a Charlotte attorney who gained national attention in the 1990s over a suit he filed against Bank of America predecessor NationsBank. Searchers found Darryll Walter Bolduc's body Tuesday evening on the Catawba County side of Lake Norman, said Maj. Coy Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff's ...
Conservatives may not like Bush's attorney general nominee, but they are not rebelling (San Diego Union-Tribune)
WASHINGTON, 2:31 p.m. Sept. 19 (AP): Conservatives may not like President Bush's nominee for attorney general, but they are not rebelling against Michael Mukasey.
U.S. attorney imbroglio hits Puerto Rico (The Hill)
The nominee for U.S. attorney in Puerto Rico — who is investigating corruption allegations against the district’s sitting governor — is being held up in secret in the Senate amid a vicious political battle that could reshape the future of the island.
Edwards divests money from lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
John Edwards' presidential campaign has donated to charity $4,600 in contributions from William Lerach, a top fundraiser and a well-known trial lawyer who pleaded guilty this week to a federal conspiracy charge.
Vanessa's love over, lawyer sues (Adelaide Now)
VANESSA Hudgens, the teen star at the centre of a nude internet photo scandal, is being sued by her lawyer amid rumours of a split with her boyfriend, Zac Efron.
Denying immigrants denies our past, lawyer says (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Madison - A great difference between the wave of immigration a century ago and what has hit Wisconsin in the past decade is that America is less welcoming now of people seeking to improve their lives, a Milwaukee immigration lawyer told an audience here....
U.S. attorney: Nooses, beating at Jena High not related (CNN.com)
There is no link between the nooses hung by white students outside a Louisiana high school and the alleged beating of a white student by black teens, according to the U.S. attorney who reviewed investigations into the incidents.
k1096 BC-OK-PharmacyRobbed 09-19 0417 9/19/2007 Police say Edmond attorney robbed pharmacy 3 times (Hays Daily News)
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- Police have arrested an attorney from Edmond on numerous charges after they say he robbed the same pharmacy three times within an 11-minute time span.
Questions for the attorney general nominee (The Record)
MICHAEL MUKASEY, the retired judge nominated to be attorney general, is called a "law and order" conservative. That description is, however, not especially informative now that the Bush administration's sweeping claims of presidential powers have unsettled some understandings of what the law is.
3:25 p.m. Cherokee County Attorney Michael Goodrich indicted in connection with extortion at Sensations Gentlemen’s Club (The Joplin Globe)
Cherokee County, Kan., Attorney Michael Goodrich has been indicted in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kan., on two felony counts of extortion, one felony count of wire fraud and one felony count of intimidating a witness.
Willacy County District Attorney (KRGV-TV Texas)
A petition filed to remove District Attorney Juan Guerra from office.
Veteran Singapore opposition figure reinstated as lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A veteran opposition figure has been reinstated as a lawyer four months after paying libel damages which allowed him to emerge from bankruptcy, a court spokeswoman said Thursday.
Longtime gig as lawyer for Simpson has paid off (Miami Herald)
Yale Galanter was angry Wednesday as he strode from a Las Vegas courtroom to the gaggle of reporters waiting outside. The longtime Miami defense lawyer had just succeeded in getting his star client, O.J. Simpson, released from jail pending arraignment on robbery and kidnapping charges. Just after midnight, a USAir flight touched down in Fort Lauderdale with Simpson on aboard, en route to his ...
Orleans DA loses another attorney (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
An Orleans Parish prosecutor abruptly quit her job Wednesday after yet another judge scolded the district attorney's office for not being prepared to go to trial in a violent case.
Prominent lawyer named as suspect in wife's murder (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Perth detectives have named prominent lawyer Lloyd Rayney as a suspect in the murder of his wife, Corryn.
Lawyer: 'Anti-paparazzi' law has no teeth (Jam! Showbiz)
Blair Berk, lawyer for celebrities the likes of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Cameron Diaz, is categorical: "Police must become more aggressive. The paparazzi no longer follow the rules.
Now, Britney's on a lawyer switching spree (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Washington, Sep 20 (ANI): It seems that Britney Spears is a habitual lawyer switcher, for she is set to fire the new legal counsel again, after just a day on the job. Spears' divorce attorney Laura Wasser stepped down on Sep 17, on the grounds that the singer was a 'problem client,' following which she hired attorney Melvin Goldsman on Sep 19. But the 'Toxic' singer is ...
Attorney: Jury should have heard video game theory (Montgomery Advertiser)
An attorney for Devin Moore, sentenced to death for the killing of two Fayette police officers and a dispatcher, argued that Moore did not get a fair trial because the judge refused to allow expert testimony that he shot the victims because of a violent video game.
Appleton lawyer, 55, finally gets chance to work for Peace Corps (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
APPLETON Did you hear the one about the lawyer who went into the Peace Corps
Area attorney charged in try to sneak jail visit (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
A Noble County attorney is charged with a felony, accused of trying to sneak a client’s fiancée into the jail.