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Ulster committee turns over jail findings to district attorney (Mid-Hudson News)
Kingston -- Though no direct action was found by special investigative committee to have caused the drastic budget overrun for construction of the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center, several events which occurred during the process of preplanning the new jail have given the committee cause to involve the county district attorney’s office in the matter.
Lawyer: Musharraf could stay army chief (USA Today)
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will stay on as army chief if he is not re-elected, a government lawyer said Tuesday, as the Supreme Court prepared for a ruling that could decide the fate of his bid for another presidential term.
Fired U.S. attorney looking for truth (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
John McKay, one of eight U.S. attorneys fired Dec. 7 in a move that ultimately led to the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, said he believes the directive came from the White House and that more charges are likely.
Attorney General Madigan expecting second child (The Pantagraph)
SPRINGFIELD — Baby No. 2 is on the way for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Outspoken Chinese lawyer arrested (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Chinese lawyer convicted of subversion has again been detained after writing to U.S. lawmakers asking them to help expose what he called an "ongoing human rights disaster in China," an activist friend said Tuesday.
Poll shows Conway with lead over Lee in attorney general's race (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A new poll shows Democrat Jack Conway has a lead over Republican Stan Lee in the race to become Kentucky's next attorney general, but many voters remain undecided. The Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll published today shows Conway ahead of Lee with 48 percent to 27 percent among likely Kentucky voters, with 25 percent still undecided. The poll was conducted by phone September 13-18. Callers ...
Hindu wife can seek redress from High Court, says lawyer (New Straits Times)
PUTRAJAYA: The High Court should grant a Hindu wife an injunction to restrain her Muslim husband from dissolving their civil marriage in the Syariah Court, said a lawyer.
NY Attorney General: Facebook not "safe" enough for minors (Ars Technica)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has launched an investigation into Facebook over the purported "safety" of the site. Contrary to statements made by the company and its officials, Facebook fails to address complaints about sexual predators and obscene photos, says Cuomo. Read More...
Council approves new city attorney, interlocal agreement (La Vista Sun)
Bellevue has a new city attorney. But it's still unclear whether he'll be an employee or an independent contractor. The City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Pat Sullivan Monday night, but did not vote on how Sullivan will be paid by the city.
Masters' former attorney blasts case (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
Tim Masters’ conviction was so narrowly won that knowing eye surgeon Dr. Richard Hammond was a potential suspect in the 1987 death of Peggy Hettrick could have won Masters an acquittal, his former attorney testified this morning during a hearing at the Larimer County Courthouse.
Larry Birkhead's ex-lawyer sues him for defamation in LA (San Francisco Chronicle)
Larry Birkhead's ex-lawyer has filed suit, claiming Birkhead attempted to damage her reputation by making defamatory remarks. Debra Opri's lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Birkhead of falsely claiming in a CNN interview with...
Masters' former attorney blasts case (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
Tim Masters’ conviction was so narrowly won that knowing eye surgeon Dr. Richard Hammond was a potential suspect in the 1987 death of Peggy Hettrick could have won Masters an acquittal, his former attorney testified this morning during a hearing at the Larimer County Justice Center.
Larry Birkhead is sued by ex-lawyer (USA Today)
Larry Birkhead's ex-lawyer has filed a lawsuit claiming Birkhead attempted to damage her reputation by making defamatory remarks.
N.C. Attorney General Leads Probe Of Facebook (WXII ThePiedmontChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday said they are continuing to lead a 50-state investigation into Facebook, a social networking Web site.
Rep. McNerney divests money from tainted lawyer (The Fresno Bee)
Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney donated to charity $2,000 in contributions from William Lerach, a fundraiser and a well-known trial lawyer who pleaded guilty last week to a federal conspiracy charge.
Larry Birkhead's ex-lawyer sues him for defamation in LA (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
Larry Birkhead's ex-lawyer has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles claiming Birkhead attempted to damage her reputation by making defamatory remarks.
Prosecutor Advised Sen. Craig To Hire An Attorney (WCSH 6 Portland)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The prosecutor who brought charges against Sen. Larry Craig after his arrest in a men's room said he told Craig that he should hire an attorney, according to court papers filed Monday.
Vick Faces State Dogfight Count; Lawyer Questions Latest Charge (Bloomberg.com)
Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Vick faces new state counts in a dogfighting ring, with his lawyer saying he wants to make sure the suspended Atlanta Falcons' quarterback isn't being charged twice for the same crime.
3:35 p.m. Attorney encourages embattled Cherokee County prosecutor not to resign (The Joplin Globe)
Kurt Kerns, an attorney for Cherokee County Attorney Michael Goodrich, said today he is encouraging Goodrich not to resign as county prosecutor. Kerns said Goodrich is innocent until proven guilty and he plans to provide an aggressive legal defense.
White House drops choice for CIA lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The White House withdrew its nominee to become the CIA's top lawyer on Tuesday after Democrats raised concerns that the agency's interrogation techniques may be illegal.
White House drops choice for CIA lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The White House withdrew its nominee to become the CIA's top lawyer on Tuesday after Democrats raised concerns that the agency's interrogation techniques may be illegal.
Georgia will keep pushing for death penalty, says attorney general (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
While the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a Kentucky case that challenges lethal injection, Georgia's attorney general said he will continue pushing death penalty cases until a court tells him to stop. "The U.S. Supreme Court, in accepting the Kentucky case, did not enter a stay or other prohibition against other states proceeding with their executions," Attorney General Thurbert Baker ...
The Attorney General's Office Revoked Its Decision to Prosecute Officers of Bancolombia S.A. (FinanzNachrichten)
MEDELLIN, Colombia, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, the Attorney General's Office (Fiscal Delegado) of the Supreme Court of Justice (Corte Suprema de Justicia), upon an appeal, revoked the previous decision of the Attorney General's Office, dated January 4, 2007 and decided not to prosecute the President and the Executive Vice President of Bancolombia S.A. (
Black Wouldn't Have Defense Without Hollinger Deal, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg.com)
Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Conrad Black, the former Hollinger International Inc. chairman convicted of fraud and obstruction, wouldn't have had the money to fight the criminal charges without striking a deal with his former holding company, Hollinger Inc., that restricted his spending, his lawyer said.
Musharraf to remain army chief if not re-elected: attorney general (People's Daily)
President General Pervez Musharraf will remain army chief if he is not re-elected in the presidential elections due on Oct. 6, Pakistan's Attorney General told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum made th ...
B.C. city attorney to speak on rental ordinance (Battle Creek Enquirer)
Eileen Wicklund, from the Battle Creek city attorney’s office, is scheduled to address the Minges Brook/Riverside Neighborhood Planning Council Wednesday.
Beijing detains lawyer who penned US Congress letter (Taipei Times)
A Chinese lawyer convicted of subversion has again been detained after writing to US lawmakers asking them to help expose what he called an "ongoing human rights disaster in China," an activist friend said yesterday.
'Drowning' dad innocent: lawyer (Perth Now)
A FATHER accused of murdering his three sons was an innocent victim of a horrendous tragedy, a Victorian court has been told by his defence lawyer.
Rybak thinks it's time for a new city attorney (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has informed Jay Heffern that he's not going to be renominated as city attorney. "He thinks it's time for a change and it's time for fresh leadership," said Rybak spokesman Jeremy Hanson. He did not elaborate on that direction. Heffern is in his 11th year as the city's top lawyer and has presided over an expansion from 44 attorneys when he was appointed to 60 now. He ...
Oneida County District Attorney candidates square off (News 10 Now Syracuse)
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara and District Attorney Candidate David Longeretta squared off in a debate for the first time Tuesday night. News 10 Now's Jim McCann has more on some of the main issues discussed between these opponents.
City school board to hire attorney for lawsuit (Daily News Journal)
The Murfreesboro City School Board agreed to hire an independent attorney Tuesday night to advise it on legal questions regarding board member Ray Butrum’s libel suit against Director Marilyn Mathis.
Attack on lawyer delays murder trial (Connecticut Post)
BRIDGEPORT — Jury selection in a city man's attempted murder trial was delayed at least a month after the suspect attacked his lawyer in the courthouse lockup Tuesday.
Policy goes to state's attorney (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A controversial policy that would regulate when and how County Board members buy and sell property is on its way to the McHenry County state’s attorney’s office.
City pays 1,500 for employee attorney fees (Winona Daily News)
LEWISTON, Minn. — The Lewiston City Council paid 1,500 in attorney fees to defend the city administrator on a charge of vehicle tampering.
Attorney general urges schools to start anonymous tip lines (Houston Chronicle)
Texas school districts should create confidential telephone tip lines, write emergency plans and practice them annually to improve school safety, state Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday. State law requires school districts to have emergency plans, but they have to audit their security measures only every three years.
Attorney to tell of abuse of prisoners by U.S. (Deseret Morning News)
ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer's presentations on alleged prisoner abuse by U.S. military troops keep evolving and revealing more disturbing facts as government documents continue to surface about how prisoners have been treated in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
Illness halts questioning of KRouge leader: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Rocketing blood pressure and dizziness forced judges with Cambodia's genocide tribunal to stop questioning detained Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea Wednesday, his lawyer said.
Attorney: Larimer withheld suspect (Denver Post)
A former attorney for Tim Masters on Tuesday angrily accused Larimer County authorities of corruption for failing to disclose a sex-offender surgeon as a suspect in Peggy Hettrick's murder, calling it a devastating blow to his client's effort to prove his innocence in 1999.
Feb. 25 trial set in attorney's fatal DUI case (The Indianapolis Star)
A Marion Superior Court judge has set a February trial for a former state attorney accused of drinking at a strip club before a car crash that killed another driver.
Attorney general intervenes in E.C. fraud case (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
Times Staff Report INDIANAPOLIS | State Attorney General Steve Carter has filed a motion to intervene in the case of two East Chicago police officers charged with vote fraud in 2006.
100th b-day caps lawyer's legacy (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
They remembered the balloons, the cupcakes, the candles, but forgot to sing "Happy Birthday" to lawyer Mack Swigert.
DA WANTS 'MOB FED' LAWYER TOSSED (New York Post)
The lawyer representing rogue G-man Lindley DeVecchio tried to silence a star witness and should be thrown off the case so he can take the stand to describe his actions, according to bombshell charges leveled yesterday by the Brooklyn District...
Attorney challenges revenue agent (Mobile Press-Register)
Often raising his voice, a defense attorney for the Rev. Jonathan Yates told a state revenue agent Tuesday that key elements of tax evasion and other allegations against his client boiled down to the agent's word against that of a highly favored pastor.
Judges reappoint lawyer as interim U.S. attorney (Contra Costa Times)
The Bay Area's federal judges have voted to keep veteran Justice Department official Scott Schools as the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, increasing the likelihood he'll remain the region's top law enforcement official for the remainder of the Bush administration.
Lawyer says Bollywood's Dutt to stay free for a month (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra Entertainment)
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, sentenced to six years for keeping illegal arms linked to India's worst bombings, will remain out of jail on a legal technicality for at least another month, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Sanjay Dutt may stay free for a month: lawyer (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) There is good news for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been sentenced to six years in jail in connection with the March 1993 serial blasts here. He is likely to remain free for yet another month, albeit due to a legal technicality, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Policy goes to state's attorney (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A controversial policy that would regulate when and how County Board members buy and sell property is on its way to the McHenry County state’s attorney’s office.
State Attorney General comes to Rochester (WROC Rochester)
The Rochester community is invited to come out and talk with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and his staff today. He will be at the School of the Arts at 45 Prince Street, between 6:30 and 8:30 tonight.
Cox to be U.S. attorney for southern Illinois (The State Journal-Register)
Benton attorney Courtney Cox — controversial in Springfield for representing a group of black police officers in a racial discrimination lawsuit against the city — has been appointed the top federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Illinois.
Husband's hunting death an accident: wife's lawyer (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
A lawyer for an American woman who shot and killed her husband while hunting in central Newfoundland last year says what happened was an accident.