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Lead attorney for casino foes quitting post (The Buffalo News)
Joseph M. Finnerty, the Buffalo attorney who has helped shepherd the fight against the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, is stepping down as lead counsel for casino opponents Citizens for a Better Buffalo.
Zsa Zsa Gabor's attorney dismisses her lawsuit against her own daughter (Pravda Ru)
An attorney representing Gabor and her ninth husband, Frederic Von Anhalt, voluntarily moved to dismiss the case, according to lawyers for both sides.
De La Hoya Attorney Fishnet Photos Are Fake (ContactMusic)
Internet photos of OSCAR DE LA HOYA wearing a fishnet bodysuit, wig and high heels have been ruled fake by the boxer/singer's attorney. The shocking
Edwards Divests Money From Lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
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.
Britney Spears May Fire New Lawyer (Fox News)
Britney Spears may be set to give her new lawyer the ax after hiring him on Tuesday, IMDB.com reports.
Man Who Attacked Attorney Sentenced (WBNS-10TV Columbus)
A man whose trial drew national attention when he attacked his attorney in court comes to a close. Get the outcome from 10TV.com.
MyFox Boston | Attorney General Martha Coakley on FOX25 (FOX 25 Boston)
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley joins the FOX25 Morning News every month. This month Coakley discussed how her office will work wit... A package of Dole salad mix that tested positive for E. coli has triggered a recall in Massachusetts and at least eight other states.
Khadr lawyer calls on Canada to 'step up' (CTV.ca)
Despite facing political heat here at home for his decision calling on Ottawa to demand the release or repatriation of Omar Khadr, Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is getting support from a U.S. military lawyer.
Orthodox Jew tapped for Attorney General (Deseret Morning News)
Interesting story about the religious background of Attorney General designate Michael Mukasey. To read the story from the Beliefnet Web site please click here.
Miami lawyer Galanter vaulted to limelight as 'O.J.'s lawyer' (Miami Herald)
Despite decades toiling as a South Florida prosecutor and defense attorney, Yale Galanter has become "O.J.'s lawyer" and has parlayed that to become a frequent legal analyst for TV, newspapers and magazines.
Lawyer husband prime suspect in wife's slaying (Stuff)
The lawyer husband of slain West Australian Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney has become the prime suspect in his estranged wife's murder.
Wounded Lawyer Recalls Iraq Shootings (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Lawyer Hassan Jabir was stuck in traffic when he heard Blackwater USA security contractors shout "Go, Go, Go." Moments later bullets pierced his back, he said Thursday from his hospital bed.
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 ...
Urbana attorney loses law license for at least 6 months (The Champaign News-Gazette)
SPRINGFIELD – Urbana attorney Charles E. Petit will lose his law license for at least six months, under an Illinois Supreme Court order filed on Tuesday. The penalty the court imposed was recommended by the commission's hearing board, which found that Petit had "knowingly and repeatedly" made false statements to a client over a two-year period and attempted to obtain fees for work that he ...
Lawyer: Beltline rapist not a lost cause (CNews)
Beltline rapist Wafid Delaa is not a lost cause who needs to be locked up and have the key thrown away, his lawyer insisted yesterday. Defence counsel David Andrews said Delaa's rapes of two women in their Beltline-area homes were heinous crimes, but there is still hope for his rehabilitation.
MyFox Boston | Attorney General Martha Coakley on FOX25 (FOX 25 Boston)
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley joins the FOX25 Morning News every month. This month Coakley discussed how her office will work wit... A package of Dole salad mix that tested positive for E. coli has triggered a recall in Massachusetts and at least eight other states.
Kroger begins campaign for Oregon attorney general (KMTR Eugene)
A former federal prosecutor turned law professor says he is running for Oregon attorney general.
Md. U.S. Attorney Announcing Money Laundering Indictments (Washington Post)
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has handed up four indictments in an international money laundering case that involves 39 defendants, including one accused of concealing terrorist financing, the U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday.
Attorney General files sanctions against 2 local pharmacies (14 WFIE Evansville)
Attorney General files charges against pharmacies and pharmacists for leaving personal prescription information unguarded.  
Former Enron Prosecutor Joins Race For Attorney General (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The former federal prosecutor who went after energy giant Enron announced Thursday that he is running to be the next Oregon Attorney General. The field of Democratics in the race for the office is getting crowded.
Police: Edmond attorney robbed pharmacy 3 times (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)
EDMOND (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.
Being 'O.J.'s Lawyer' Keeps Miamian Busy (ABC News)
Miami Attorney Vaulted From Locally Known to National Limelight As 'O.J.'s Lawyer'
Iraqi lawyer says Americans weren't shot at before opening fire (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
Associated Press - September 20, 2007 4:33 PM ET BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi lawyer who was wounded in a shooting incident in Baghdad over the weekend that involved American security contractors is...
No attorney for Dassey appeal (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)
The state public defenders office has been unable to find an attorney willing to take the appeal of a 17-year-old boy who was convicted of the murder and mutilation of Teresa Halbach.
Spitzer Aides Committed No Crime, Albany District Attorney Says (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Albany County District Attorney found that aides to Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer didn't commit any crime when they used the state police to track Republican Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's travel.
Top class-action lawyer indicted (CNN Money)
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted prominent class-action lawyer and Milberg Weiss co-founder Melvyn Weiss for conspiring to make illegal payments to plaintiffs in more than 250 lawsuits that generated $250 million in attorneys' fees for the firm, the government said Thursday.
Railtrack lawyer to look into a class-action suit following crisis (Daily Telegraph)
The lawyer who brought a misfeasance case against the Government on behalf of 50,000 Railtrack shareholders is working on a potential class-action suit against Northern Rock and its directors.
Prosecutors in Simpson case are overreaching, says lawyer for co-defendant (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
LAS VEGAS - Prosecutors overreached with charges against O.J. Simpson and co-defendants in a case accusing them of armed robbery, kidnapping and other counts, a lawyer for one of the suspects said Thursday.
Taxpayer Advocate To Audit City Attorney's Office (News 8 San Diego)
A taxpayer advocate says he will audit the city attorney's office to find out if Michael Aguirre is wasting taxpayer money. The financial probe comes on the heels of a number of legal setbacks for the city attorney that have cost the city dearly.
Russell's attorney ask for blood evidence to be tossed (KXLY-TV Spokane)
COLFAX -- The attorney for vehicular homicide suspect Fred Russell was making his case in a Colfax courtroom Thursday that blood evidence that would show his client’s blood alcohol content the night of a fatal collision that killed three WSU students should be thrown out of the case.
County Attorney Challenges Mexico's Policy (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is calling on the government of Mexico to change its policy of not extraditing people back to the U.S. if they could possibly face the death penalty.
Simpson prosecutors overreaching, says lawyer for co-defendant (Naples Daily News)
Prosecutors overreached with charges against O.J. Simpson and co-defendants in a case accusing them of armed robbery, kidnapping and other counts, a lawyer for one of the suspects said Thursday. Bail was set at $32,000 for Michael McClinton, whose lawyer said his client won’t be able to raise the money to get out of jail.
U.S. Attorney Outlines Hsu's Alleged Fraud Scheme (WCBS-TV New York)
The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan is accusing Norman Hsu of running a "massive" fraud scheme and using some of the profits to make illegal donations to candidates running for Congress and the presidency. Hsu gave early and often to Democratic candidates, but according to the feds, his donations were part of a scheme to defraud investors out of $60 million.
American military lawyer rips Canadian hypocrisy on Omar Khadr (CNews)
OTTAWA - Canada has been an international leader on the plight of child soldiers but is now showing "reckless indifference" to one of its own, the American military lawyer for Omar Khadr said Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Marino to call it quits (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
A relaxed U.S. Middle District Attorney Thomas A. Marino announced Thursday that he was resigning effective Oct. 12 and pursuing work in the private sector, perhaps a law firm or industry.
Fired U.S. Attorney McKay honored by state bar association (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
In the past year, former U.S. Attorney John McKay has been both sacked and honored for his contributions to the local legal community -- two distinctions seemingly at odds.
Lawyer for Stanko asks for new trial (The Daily Comet)
COLUMBIA, S.C. Death row inmate Stephen Stanko should get a new trial because potential jurors were not asked about how they felt about someone using an insanity defense, his lawyer argued before the state Supreme Court.
Attorney is reprimanded (Bridgeton News)
VINELAND -- The New Jersey Supreme Court has given a reprimand to Vineland attorney Seymour Wasserstrum, according to an announcement from the state Office of Attorney Ethics Thursday.
Attorney: Sloppy businesses can run afoul of the law (Middletown Journal)
Businesses with poor record keeping and sloppy hiring practices risk running afoul of federal immigration laws and should make safeguarding against such violations a top priority, an attorney said Thursday.
Two Ballot Measures Filed With Attorney General (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to create a state lottery and a ballot initiative to restrict who can adopt and foster children in the state filed the measures with the state attorney general's office Thursday.
Attorney general plans push for open government laws (Belleville News-Democrat)
Attorney General Lisa Madigan called Thursday for a united lobbying front to strengthen access to open government, which she says is improving in Illinois but still has a long way to go.
Attorney: Witness's testimony incorrect (Lansing State Journal)
A corrections official testified inaccurately this week when he said Judge Beverley Nettles-Nickerson went against the department's advice and released a probationer early, her attorney said.
Lawyer for O.J.'s co-defendant says prosecutors overreaching (Chicago Sun-Times)
LAS VEGAS -- Prosecutors overreached with charges against O.J. Simpson and co-defendants in a case accusing them of armed robbery, kidnapping and other counts, a lawyer for one of the suspects said Thursday.
Brendan Dassey awaits attorney for appeal in Halbach homicide (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
The state public defenders office has been unable to find an attorney willing to take the appeal of a 17-year-old boy who was convicted of the murder and mutilation of Teresa Halbach.
Perth lawyer Rayney denies murdering wife (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Prominent Perth lawyer Lloyd Rayney has denied any involvement in the murder of his wife, Corryn.
Bar Council to take action against lawyer in video recording (New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Bar Council is moving to take disciplinary action against the lawyer caught on video in 2002 for allegedly seeking to influence judicial appointments.
Lawyer agrees to pay $237,332 in tax case (The Buffalo News)
A lawyer from Getzville has pleaded guilty to income tax evasion and agreed to reimburse the state $237,332 in back taxes, penalties and interest, the state Department of Taxation and Finance reported Thursday.
Lawyer for Stanko asks for new trial (The State)
Death row inmate Stephen Stanko should get a new trial because potential jurors were not asked about how they felt about someone using an insanity defense, his lawyer argued before the state Supreme Court. Stanko, 39, was sentenced to death last year for killing his 43-year-old live-in girlfriend Lisa Ling and assaulting and leaving for dead her then 15-year-old daughter in April 2005. Attorney ...
O.J. Simpson's history with his current attorney (CBS 47 Jacksonville)
The attorney most famously associated with O.J. Simpson is the late Johnnie Cochran, who came up with the now-famous line, "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit." And while Cochran...
Lawyer for one of Simpson's co-defendants speaks out (NBC 15 Mobile)
It's not clear if it's the same kind of defense O.J. Simpson will use when he faces his charges. But the lawyer for one of Simpson's co-defendants says the prosecution...