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Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Church-Porn Case (San Francisco Chronicle)
A lawyer admitted Thursday that he destroyed a computer containing child pornography that was evidence in an investigation at a prominent church. The lawyer, Philip Russell, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of misprision of a felony,...
Fake attorney to do real time: DA Brown (The TimesLedger Newspapers)
A 41-year-old Astoria businessman has been sentenced to up to 50 years in state prison after he was recently convicted of stealing $6 million from eight people by falsely purporting to be an attorney and a registered investment advisor, the Queens district attorney said.
Lawyer: Knicks Exec Fired Over Team Politics (WCBS-TV New York)
An ex-New York Knicks executive was fired over office politics, not because she dared to accuse famed head coach Isiah Thomas of abusing her with crude language, a defense lawyer said Thursday in closing arguments at a sexual harassment trial.
Harassment Never Happened, Lawyer for N.Y. Knicks Coach Says (Bloomberg.com)
Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The former executive who accused New York Knicks Head Coach Isiah Thomas of sexual harassment and verbal abuse made up the allegations and never documented them, a lawyer told jurors in Manhattan federal court.
Lawyer to ask for delay in Christian Nielsen's trial (Boston Globe)
A defense lawyer asked Thursday to delay Christian Nielsen's murder trial next month because his dramatic weight loss is causing his health to deterioriate. But the prosecutor is opposed to delays.
Lawyer: It isn't about sexual harassment (CBS Sportsline)
An ex-New York Knicks executive was fired over her own failings and office politics, not because she dared to accuse head coach Isiah Thomas of abusing her with crude language, a defense lawyer said Thursday in closing arguments at a sexual harassment trial.
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.
Attorney: Settlement Reached In Falk Explosion (WISC-TV Madison)
MILWAUKEE -- The attorney for 15 workers hurt in an explosion at Falk Corp. last year, including the families of three who were killed, said that they've settled a lawsuit against a mechanical contractor that installed propane pipe at the plant.
BALTIMORE - The state attorney general's civil rights unit is investigating a 30-year sentence given to a black man ... (WIBW-TV Topeka)
Carl O. Snowden, the attorney general's director for civil rights, said Wednesday he is investigating the sentencing of Andrew M. Fisher in response to a complaint filed by the Baltimore County branch of the NAACP.
Ethics panel grants request to release attorney general opinion (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - September 27, 2007 4:05 PM ET NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Ethics Commission has released a state attorney general's opinion on whether certain records and...
Attorney General finds no student loan scams in state (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath says he has not found any student loan abuses by Montana colleges like those reported in other states.
Attorney Accused Of Robbery Jumps From Hospital Ledge (KOCO ChannelOklahoma.com via Yahoo! News)
An Oklahoma City attorney accused of robbing an Edmond drug store last week jumped from the fifth floor of a metro hospital on Thursday, police said.
Floria Lasky, Lawyer Who Represented Broadway Greats, Dies at 84 (Playbill via Yahoo! News)
Floria Lasky, a lawyer who wielded great power in the theatre world through her representation of such talents as Elia Kazan, Tennessee Williams and Jerome Robbins, died Sept. 21 in Manhattan. She was 84.
Lawyer pleads guilty in church-porn case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer admitted Thursday that he destroyed a computer containing child pornography that was evidence in an investigation at a prominent church.
Las Vegas Doctor-Lawyer Medical Fraud Case Goes to Trial (KLAS Las Vegas)
A federal judge says there is enough evidence to send two men to trial in the doctor-lawyer medical fraud case. The trial is set for February. The Channel 8 I-Team was the first to report on the indictments .
Okla. attorney leaps from hospital ledge (The Charlotte Observer)
An attorney accused of robbing a pharmacy jumped head first from his fifth-floor hospital room Thursday, landing on the roof of a nearby two-story building. Robert Behlen "vaulted himself" through a narrow window in his room and screamed as members of a sheriff's office tactical team on tethers tried to reach him from an outdoor ledge, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said. His condition was ...
San Diego city attorney accuses mayor of having 'schizophrenic political personality' (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO - A political rumble at City Hall escalated today when City Attorney Michael Aguirre said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders suffers from a "schizophrenic political personality."
Okla. attorney leaps from hospital ledge (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney accused of robbing a pharmacy jumped head first from his fifth-floor hospital room Thursday, landing on the roof of a nearby two-story building.
City attorney never approved TKG deal (Contra Costa Times)
A 2003 development agreement to construct an office building on Pinole-owned property off Interstate 80 was drawn up by the developer's attorneys, but the city's legal team never signed off on it, the city attorney said this week.
What Will Former British Attorney General Bring to Debevoise? (Law.com)
In almost 700 years, no British attorney general has ever before thrown his lot in with a U.S. law firm after leaving office. So in hiring Lord Goldsmith, formerly the AG in Tony Blair's government, Debevoise & Plimpton has scored a major first. The appointment has gotten plenty of attention -- but exactly what does Goldsmith bring to Debevoise?
Attorney General Announces Collaborative Initiative Aimed At Combatting Fraud, Waste (The Post-Journal)
9/28/2007 - State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo issued an impassioned call to arms Wednesday for public officials in Chautauqua County to unite in the fight against Medicaid fraud.
Okla. Attorney Leaps From Hospital Ledge (ABC News)
Attorney Accused of Robbing Pharmacy Jumps From Oklahoma Hospital Room
MC responds to prison suit: Attorney denies all allegations of abuse (The Sentinel)
LEWISTOWN — The defense attorney representing Mifflin County in a civil suit has filed a response in federal court to allegations made by former priso...
Lawyer Admits Destroying Evidence of Pornography (New York Times)
STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 27 — A Connecticut lawyer who destroyed a laptop containing pornographic images of children last year while he was advising the Greenwich church that discovered them pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.
What Will Former British Attorney General Bring to Debevoise? (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In almost 700 years, no British attorney general has ever before thrown his lot in with a U.S. law firm after leaving office. So in hiring Lord Goldsmith, formerly the AG in Tony Blair's government, Debevoise & Plimpton has scored a major first.
Ethics Commission grants request to share attorney general's opinion (The Tennessean)
The Tennessee Ethics Commission on Thursday released a state attorney general's opinion on whether certain records and communications among commissioners and staff are public record.
Lawyer Shifts Course, Admits Guilt (Hartford Courant)
Negotiates Settlement In Controversial Case In an unexpected decision, a Greenwich lawyer with a high-profile client list pleaded guilty Thursday in an obstruction-of-justice case that defense lawyers have called an overreaching prosecution that threatens their ability to represent clients.
Lawyer files petition against Karunanidhi in Jharkhand High Court (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Ranchi, Sep 28 (IANS) A lawyer has filed a petition in the Jharkhand High Court seeking a directive to register a criminal case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for his remarks against Hindu god Ram.
Lawyer files petition against Karunanidhi in Jharkhand High Court (Calcutta News)
A lawyer has filed a petition in the Jharkhand High Court seeking a directive to register a criminal case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for his remarks against Hindu god Ram.
Sanders' lawyer: Isiah Thomas is a lewd operator (New York Daily News)
Anucha Browne Sanders' lawyer insisted that Isiah Thomas tormented her with locker-room language - and Madison Square Garden fired her when she dared to complain.
Lawyer sentenced in art theft (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Penfield lawyer John R. West was given five years "shock" probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service Thursday for his role in the theft of four works by artist Ramon Santiago.
City attorney never approved TKG deal (Contra Costa Times)
A 2003 development agreement to construct an office building on Pinole-owned property off Interstate 80 was drawn up by the developer's attorneys, but the city's legal team never signed off on it, the city attorney said this week.
Attorney: Teen girl wrongfully convicted of plotting to kill Clear Fork classmate (CentralOhio.com)
MANSFIELD -- Threatening notes and a phone message should not have been enough to convict a former Clear Fork High School student of plotting to kill her classmate, an attorney said Thursday.
Winger attorney sees chance to have first conviction tossed (The State Journal-Register)
An attorney for Mark Winger, who was convicted in 2002 of murdering his wife and the man he initially tried to set up as a patsy in his wife’s murder, says Winger’s argument to get the first case thrown out is even stronger now that he’s been convicted of a second crime.
Former Banks District Attorney Indicted (CBS 46 News Atlanta)
HOMER, Ga. -- A former district attorney, his wife and a former assistant district attorney have pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges that they misused public money while working in Banks County.
Lawyer reports repaying clients: Attorney selling 2 condos to pay back what he stole (The Patriot Ledger)
BROCKTON - The Norwell lawyer who stole $1.2 million from his clients returned to court Tuesday to report his progress on repaying them. Gerard E. Battista, 59, was found guilty in August on five counts of larceny and a charge of stealing from a client older than 60.
Slade's Attorney Asks For Mistrial (KPRC Click2Houston.com via Yahoo! News)
The defense attorney for Texas Southern University's former president is asking for a mistrial, accusing a prosecutor of making inappropriate remarks about the case to reporters.
Attorney Seeks Change Of Venue In Woman's Death In La Crosse (WISC-TV Madison)
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The attorney for an Onalaska man accused of killing a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student and dumping her body outside a La Crosse church is seeking to move the trial to another county.
Lawyer: Boy coerced to confess to fire (AP via Yahoo! News)
A 10-year-old boy accused of deliberately setting a house fire that killed his mother, sister and three other children was coerced into confessing, his lawyer said.
Lawyer: Boy Coerced to Confess to Fire (ABC News)
Lawyer: 10-Year-Old Charged in Fire That Killed Mom, 3 Children Was Coerced Into Confessing
Mason attorney pleads guilty to illegal financial transactions (The Western Star)
Prominent former Cincinnati attorney Clyde Bennett pleaded guilty to making illegal financial transactions in federal court in Dayton today. Bennett, a Mason resident, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and three years of supervision.
Qualcomm Hires Apple Lawyer; Apple Taps Oracle Lawyer (Update3) (Bloomberg.com)
Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Qualcomm Inc., the second-biggest maker of chips that run mobile phones, named Apple Inc. general counsel Donald Rosenberg as its new top lawyer to help it defend a series of patent and antitrust lawsuits against the company.
Qualcomm Hires Lawyer From Apple (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Qualcomm Inc. said Friday that former Apple Inc. executive Donald J. Rosenberg has joined the chipmaker as head lawyer and general counsel.
Attorney for sick girl questions meat recall timing (Daily Record)
TRENTON (AP) -- The attorney for a Florida teenage girl today questioned why it took nearly three weeks to recall Topps ground beef tainted with E. coli after tests showed she became seriously ill after eating one of the company's hamburger patties.
Lawyer says different man admits AC serial slayings (Asbury Park Press)
The lawyer for a man being investigated in the killings of four Atlantic City-area prostitutes says someone else has confessed to the slayings. James Leonard, the attorney for Terry Oleson, a Salem County man who has been jailed since April on an unrelated charge while authorities try to determine whether he was involved in the hooker deaths, said a different man contacted his office 10 days ago ...
Lawyer: Different Man Admits A.C. Prostitute Slayings (WNBC)
The lawyer for a man being investigated in the killings of four Atlantic City-area prostitutes says someone else has confessed to the slayings.
Lawyer: Boy coerced to confess (MSNBC)
A 10-year-old boy accused of deliberately setting a house fire in Ohio that killed his mother, sister and three other children was coerced into confessing, his lawyer said.
Interim City Attorney Resigns (Polk County Democrat)
Interim City Attorney John Murphy resigned Friday, citing a heavy public sector workload in a letter sent to Bartow commissioners. He recommended the city appoint Sean Parker as his replacement. Both are attorneys in the law firm of Boswell & Dunlap, LLP.
Attorney asks jurors to spare man convicted of murdering 2 women (AccessNorthGA)
The Associated Press - BRUNSWICK, Ga. The attorney for a convicted murderer asked a jury Friday to spare him from the death penalty despite his horrific crime _ forcing two Cobb County real estate agents to strip naked and give him their bank cards before shooting both women in the head.
Mayor, City Attorney Battle Over Audit (KGTV San Diego)
Mayor Jerry Sanders accuses City Attorney Michael Aguirre of holding up an audit of San Diego's 2005 financial statements, which must be completed before the city can re-enter the public bond markets.