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Phila native in limelight as 'O.J.'s lawyer' (Courier-Post)
MIAMI (AP) -- Despite decades toiling as a South Florida prosecutor and defense attorney, Yale Galanter has become "O.J.'s lawyer," and the Philadelphia native has parlayed that to become a frequent legal analyst for TV, newspapers and magazines.
Attorney general plans push for stronger open government laws (The State Journal-Register)
Attorney General Lisa Madigan called Thursday for a united lobbying front to strengthen access to open government, which she said is improving in Illinois but still has a long way to go.
Wounded lawyer recalls horror of shootings in Baghdad (Asheville Citizen-Times)
BAGHDAD -- 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.
Sentencing for lawyer accused of child pornography (WREG-TV Memphis)
Sentencing is expected to start today in the child pornography case for a former Memphis lawyer.
Attorney general nominee makes rounds through Congress (Indian Country Today)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Michael Mukasey, President Bush's choice to be the next attorney general, on Sept. 18 began his courtship of senators who will question him about his independence from the White House and his fitness to head the troubled Justice Department.
Attorney general to host seminars on open meetings and public records (West Salem Coulee News)
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will host six free seminars across the state to promote public awareness of and compliance with the state’s open meetings and public records law.
Trillanes to present 'surprise' witness, says his lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- DETAINED Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, will present a "surprise witness" at his trial on coup d'etat charges next month, his lawyer said Friday.
Conflicted lawyer Sprague out of Fumo corruption case (phillyburbs.com)
PHILADELPHIA - A judge ruled Friday that state Sen. Vincent Fumo's lawyer may step down from his corruption case and told the senator to come back in a week to update the court on his search for a new lawyer.
Sprague departs Fumo case; indicted senator seeking new lawyer (Centre Daily Times)
A judge ordered indicted state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo to quickly find a new lawyer after allowing the Philadelphia powerbroker to dismiss his longtime friend and mentor because of a potential conflict.
Judge: Fumo's Lawyer May Step Down (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
A judge ordered indicted state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo to quickly find a new lawyer after granting permission for the Philadelphia powerbroker to split with his longtime lawyer-confidante.
Metro attorney admits to role in $20M mortgage fraud ring (BizJournals)
A Roswell, Ga., real estate attorney on Thursday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank, mail and wire fraud, bank loan application fraud, money laundering and wire fraud in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme.
LAWYER MOVES COURT AGAINST KARUNA (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
LAWYER MOVES COURT AGAINST KARUNA
District Attorney Offers Details on Spitzer Finding (New York Times)
The Albany County district attorney said in a news conference today that he did not believe the Spitzer administration conspired to smear the Senate majority leader.
Lawyer: Chechen official charged as accomplice in journalist's murder (USA Today)
The former head of a district in Chechnya has been charged as an accomplice in organizing the execution-style murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, his lawyer said Friday.
DeLuca lawyer questions need to release FBI tapes of senator (WTNH-TV New Haven)
Hartford (AP, Sept. 21, 2007 3:34 PM) _ The lawyer for Woodbury Senator Louis DeLuca is raising questions about whether tapes of the lawmaker talking with an uncover federal agent can be released to a legislative panel.
Nevada attorney general to speak at candlelight vigil (The Record-Courier)
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto is the guest speaker for the 10th annual candlelight vigil Oct. 1 to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Supreme Court Revokes Attorney's License (KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids)
DES MOINES (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is revoking the license of an attorney serving a prison sentence on child sex charges. Michael Blazek of Des Moines is serving a 235-month sentence in a federal prison in Marion, Illinois.
Attorney General files suit against another charter school (BizJournals)
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann filed a lawsuit Friday asking a Montgomery County court to close a Moraine charter school.
Supreme Court Revokes DM Attorney's License (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
The Iowa Supreme Court is revoking the license of an attorney serving a prison sentence on child sex charges.
Lawyer ordered to repay $100,000 stolen from client (Norwalk Advocate)
A former New Haven lawyer has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay $100,000 that he stole from a disabled client who won the money in a car accident settlement.
Attorney: Erin McLean and sons missing (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Erin McLean has left Nashville with her two sons, according to Bruce Poston, the attorney for Erin's estranged husband who allegedly killed her teenage lover.
Attorney General: Tobacco trust funds off limits to lawmakers (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - September 21, 2007 4:25 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An opinion from the attorney general's office says state lawmakers have no authority to spend money from the Oklahoma...
County attorney, sheriff team up to enforce immigration law (BizJournals)
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are teaming to enforce a new state law that will punish employers that hire illegal immigrants.
Lawyer ordered to repay $100,000 stolen from client (Boston Globe)
A former New Haven lawyer has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay $100,000 that he stole from a disabled client who won the money in a car accident settlement.
No Lawyer Found For Dassey Appeal (WISN 12 Milwaukee)
APPLETON, Wis. -- A teen convicted of helping his uncle kill a Wisconsin woman doesn't have a lawyer for his appeal. The state pubilc defender's office said it's having trouble finding an attorney to handle the mandatory appeal for Brendan Dassey's conviction.
Fayetteville Attorney Announces State Court Of Appeals Candidacy (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- Attorney Courtney Henry, 35, of Fayetteville announced her bid for the Arkansas Court of Appeals on Friday.
Attorney: Landis still mulling options (AP via Yahoo! News)
Floyd Landis' attorney figures if the American cyclist couldn't win his doping case, nobody can.
Attorney: Landis still mulling options (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Floyd Landis' attorney figures if the American cyclist couldn't win his doping case, nobody can. Maurice Suh said Friday that Landis was discouraged and needed time to consider his options, which include an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and even possible litigation outside the anti-doping system. "Here you have the perfect test case," Suh said in a telephone interview with The ...
Lawyer: Handyman told to confess killing (UPI)
A lawyer for the young man charged with killing a California newspaper editor says his client was coerced into confessing by members of a black Muslim group.
Lawyer: Handyman told to confess killing (EARTHtimes.org)
A lawyer for the young man charged with killing a California newspaper editor says his client was coerced into confessing by members of a black Muslim group. Devaughndre Broussard, 19, was a handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery, a group that had long been...
Power of attorney costs 'to rise tenfold' (Daily Telegraph)
Obtaining powers of attorney over the affairs of a sick or elderly relative will cost 10 times as much, be more onerous and take far longer under rules to be introduced within a fortnight, lawyers have warned.
'God' gets an attorney in lawsuit (AP via Yahoo! News)
The mystery of one response to a lawsuit against God has been solved. Eric Perkins, an attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas, said Friday he filed a response to the lawsuit from Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers. "It's kind of a turn on 'What would Jesus do?'" Perkins said. "I thought to myself, "what would God say?"
Alaska's first African American lawyer (KTVA Anchorage)
She was Alaska's first African American lawyer. On Friday, the Anchorage branch of the NAACP held a luncheon in her honor. Ashley Dickerson passed away back in February.
David Carliner, Lawyer and Immigration Advocate, is Dead at 89 (New York Times)
Mr. Carliner was an influential left-leaning lawyer whose work for clients ranging from scholars and scoundrels to cooks and cabdrivers helped define modern immigration law.
Attorney wants apology (The Express-Times)
BETHLEHEM | A prominent attorney said Friday he believes city police treated him unfairly last week in a traffic stop, and he points to the fact police dropped a disorderly conduct charge as proof.
City attorney's contract gets OK (The Florida Times-Union)
FERNANDINA BEACH - The City Commission Tuesday, approved a contract for new city attorney Tammi Bach, but Commissioner Joe Gerrity and Mayor Bill Leeper voted against it, saying its severance clause was too generous.
Builder's attorney charges officials hostile (The Express-Times)
FORKS TWP. | An attorney representing developer Gary Strausser called the township's reaction to the loss of eight maple trees unprofessional. "Any effort to try and work with the township has been met with sharp words and hostility," attorney Gary Asteak said.
Detectives vote no confidence in district attorney (7 News Boston)
BOSTON -- The Boston police detectives union votes of "no confidence" in Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley.
Hindu cleric, lawyer up in arms over Lord Rama row (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) / New Delhi, Sept. 22 (ANI): A Hindu cleric in Ayodhya and a Madras High Court lawyer have reacted strongly to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's questioning of Lord Ram's existence. Ramvilasdas Vedanti, former lawmaker and a member of Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi Trust, said Karunanidhi had insulted Lord Rama. "The one who will bring the head and tongue ...
Mayor 'close' on city attorney (Rocky Mountain News)
Mayor John Hickenlooper is on the brink of appointing a new city attorney, seven months after the late Larry Manzanares resigned amid a criminal investigation.
Jeffs' attorney says religion is really on trial (Los Angeles Times)
In closing arguments, the county prosecutor counters: 'Belief is one thing. Hurting young people is another.' -- A polygamous sect's leader on trial here is a scapegoat charged with an inflated offense for political reasons, his defense attorney said Friday.
Librarian faces racism at trial if extradited, lawyer tells court (Toronto Star)
A Toronto librarian accused of shooting a white police officer in Chicago almost 40 years ago should not be extradited to face trial in the U.S. because as a black man, he won't get a fair trail, his lawyer has told three appeal court judges.
Attorney vows to get Siegelman trial papers (Tuscaloosa News)
MONTGOMERY | An attorney for former Gov. Don Siegelman says he believes the U.S. Justice Department will eventually be forced to release 514 pages of documents concerning the recusal of U.S. Attorney Leura Canary in 2002 from the federal investigation of Siegelman.
Lawyer: Fake Bomb Charge an Overreaction (ABC News)
Lawyer: Arrest of MIT Student Wearing Fake Bomb She Claims Is Art Was an Overreaction
Mom's lawyer blames deaths on daughter (The Post-Standard)
The lawyer for a woman accused of poisoning one husband with antifreeze and under investigation in the death of another claimed Friday the woman's daughter actually is responsible for the two deaths.
Spitzer appoints Syracuse lawyer to commission (The Post-Standard)
A Syracuse lawyer and former U.S. attorney has been appointed by Gov. Eliot Spitzer to sit on the new state Commission on Public Integrity. Daniel J. French, 43, of DeWitt, is a partner at the French-Alcott law firm in Syracuse.
Fayetteville Attorney Announces State Court Of Appeals Candidacy (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- Attorney Courtney Henry, 35, of Fayetteville announced her bid for the Arkansas Court of Appeals on Friday.
Attorney seeks to overturn Hsu's fraud conviction (Contra Costa Times)
After weeks of embarrassing disclosures and new criminal charges, an attorney for Democratic financier Norman Hsu mounted a counteroffensive Friday, calling for dismissal of Hsu's 1992 fraud conviction and blasting the FBI for tactics that led to new fraud charges this week.
Attorney gives name in Murrieta suit (The Californian)
MURRIETA -- There may not be multiple "Murrietans for Smart Growth," as the nonprofit's name would suggest, but the attorney representing the group recently produced one, in response to a court order.
Lawyer: Fake bomb charge an overreaction (AP via Yahoo! News)
The MIT student who walked into Logan International Airport wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her sweat shirt claimed it was harmless artwork. But to troopers who arrested her at gunpoint, it was a fake bomb.