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Okla. attorney general's fight gets support from key senator (KJRH-TV Tulsa)
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer says she's ready to side with Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson to fight the powerful farm lobby to make sure animal waste, including poultry litter, isn't...
Lawyer called in to sue over press allegations (Times Online)
A newspaper article that claimed the McCanns were suspects in the “killing” of Madeleine triggered the couple’s decision last month to hire a high-profile Portuguese lawyer.
Lawyer-Impersonator Pleads Guilty over False C&Ds (CircleID)
As if there weren't enough problems with lawyers sending out improper cease-and-desists , Wired News reports that a Nevada man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a lawyer to extort domain registrants to turn over their domain names. "A Nevada man pleaded guilty Thursday to his plotting to steal domain names from their legitimate owners by impersonating a California intellectual property ...
Karoi lawyer probed (The Herald)
Chinhoyi Bureau. PROMINENT Karoi lawyer and member of the Rydings Primary School board of governors, Mr Gerald Mlotshwa, has been questioned by police for allegedly abusing public funds.
U.S. judge rules Noriega can be extradited for trial in France; lawyer appeals (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge ruled against Manuel Noriega for a second time Friday, concluding that the former Panamanian dictator could be extradited to France to face trial on money laundering charges. Noriega's lawyer immediately filed notice that he would appeal.
New Interim Durham District Attorney Sworn In (NBC 17 Raleigh)
DURHAM, NC -- The new acting district attorney in Durham was sworn in Friday morning.
Biloxi Attorney Paul Minor and Two Former Mississippi State Court Judges Sentenced on Conviction in Bribery Scheme (The San Francisco Examiner)
WASHINGTON ( Map ) - A Biloxi attorney and two former Mississippi state court judges have been sentenced for their roles in an extensive bribery scheme, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.
Lawyer: New trial for convicted sex offender (Reno Gazette-Journal)
The Washoe County jury that convicted a Reno man of sexually assaulting his daughter was allowed to hear “disgusting” information that should not have been released, and that strongly influenced their decision, the man’s lawyer told the Nevada Supreme Court on Friday.
Attorney Indicted For Theft (News Channel 5 Nashville)
A Clarksville attorney was indicted Friday on 10 counts of theft. Van Riggins, 48, is accused of stealing more than $180,000 from his clients and business associates.
Maddie father named as suspect: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Gerry McCann, the father of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, has been named as a suspect in the case, his Portuguese lawyer said Saturday, as McCann left a police station after being questioned.
State Attorney's Office will not prosecute former BPD officers in prostitute case (Bradenton Herald)
BRADENTON - The State Attorney's Office has decided there is not enough evidence to criminally charge former Bradenton police officers who were accused by a prosititute of trading money and drugs for sex.
Jury must acquit, says Phil Spector's lawyer (Daily Telegraph)
Prosecutors had singularly failed to prove that Phil Spector fired the gun that killed Lana Clarkson and jurors had a "moral obligation" to acquit the legendary producer, his lawyer said in her final words to the jury.
Attorney claims teen boys may have assaulted woman (San Diego Union-Tribune)
CORTE MADERA, 5:40 p.m. Sept. 7 (AP): An attorney representing a former teacher who was charged with having sex with two teenage boys during a drunken party has claimed the woman might have been sexually assaulted.
Klaudt Defense Lawyer Objects To Evidence (KELO Sioux Falls)
The lawyer for former state Representative Ted Klaudt is objecting to some additional evidence and testimony.
Clarksville attorney indicted on theft from clients (Eyewitness News Memphis)
A Clarksville attorney accused of stealing more than $180,000 from clients has been indicted.
Bush Expected to Nominate Attorney General Next Week (Washington Post)
President Bush is expected to choose a replacement for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales by the middle of next week, and former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson has emerged as one of the leading contenders for the job, according to sources inside and outside the government who are familiar...
B.C. attorney general's brother target of land deal probe (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
A special prosecutor has been appointed to look into a land deal in Abbotsford, B.C., involving Harry Oppal, the brother of British Columbia Attorney General Wally Oppal.
Will Michael Chertoff Be the Next Attorney General? (Law.com)
Lawyers had wildly different responses when asked about the prospect of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff replacing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. While some said Chertoff is the clear front-runner for the nod due to his impressive resume and his close ties to Bush, others said they would be shocked by the pick if only because Chertoff faces a torturous confirmation battle that ...
Five-Lawyer Boutique Is Calif. Governor's Go-To Firm (Law.com)
Mennemeier, Glassman & Stroud is a five-lawyer litigation boutique in the California capital with a high-powered client list and a low public profile. The three name partners have developed a niche handling matters for private companies and public agencies that the big-name firms can't or won't take on. And since 2005, Mennemeier Glassman has become something of a go-to law firm for Gov. Arnold ...
Bush poised to name new attorney general (Pioneer Press)
WASHINGTON - President Bush is expected to choose a replacement for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales by the middle of next week, and former Solicitor General Theodore Olson has emerged as a leading contender, according to sources inside and outside the government who are familiar with White House deliberations.
Both parents now suspects in Madeleine McCann disappearance: lawyer (CBC)
The British parents who have run an international campaign to find their missing preschooler were declared suspects in the case Friday, their lawyer said, after traces of blood were allegedly found in their rental car.
Lawyer: I didn't set FBI on Fieger (Detroit News)
SOUTHFIELD -- Lawyer Joseph Bird has been described as a whistleblower but insists he did not set the FBI on Southfield attorney Geoffrey Fieger.
Spector attorney says motive has not been revealed (Daily Bulletin)
LOS ANGELES - Five women who testified in Phil Spector's murder trial that he threatened them with guns long before the death of Lana Clarkson did not reveal a motive, his attorney argued to the jury Friday.
Lawyer: Fugitive fund-raiser Norman Hsu suffers from stress (New York Daily News)
Fugitive fund-raiser Norman Hsu was under an "enormous and, perhaps, unbearable" strain when he fled on a train instead of showing up for a California court date, his lawyer said.
Ala. lawyer to be questioned by House panel investigators (Montgomery Advertiser)
Attorneys for a congres­sional committee will ques­tion an Alabama lawyer un­der oath next week about her claims that a Republican campaign operative talked about White House influ­ence over the investigation of former Alabama Demo­cratic Gov. Don Siegelman.
Parents are now suspects: lawyer (Chicago Sun-Times)
PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal -- In a shocking twist, the British parents who have run an international campaign to find their missing daughter were declared suspects in the case Friday, their lawyer said, after traces of blood were found in their rental car.
Lawyer: Legislator's remarks didn't violate policy (The Post-Standard)
A county legislator's remark was "improper conduct" but not a violation of the county' s sexual harassment policy, a lawyer has found.
Attorney General Coakley Files Suit Against Unlicensed Nursing Education Providers, USA (Medical News Today)
Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has filed a lawsuit against an Indiana-based seller of educational materials, and the Massachusetts operator of a nursing program that was not approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing or the Department of Education. The complaint, filed yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, names Distance Learning Systems Indiana, Inc. [click link for ...
Attorney seeks probe of electoral vote plan (Contra Costa Times)
SACRAMENTO -- A Lafayette attorney who specializes in election law is seeking a Congressional investigation into whether the White House was involved in pushing a California ballot initiative to change the way the state allocates its electoral votes.
Human rights lawyer at rally (The Scotsman)
FORMER British diplomat Craig Murray and human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar will be among the speakers at an anti-war meeting in the Capital next week.
Request for attorney fees denied (South Bend Tribune)
SOUTH BEND -- A judge ruled Friday that Roseland Clerk-Treasurer Cheryl Gridley is not entitled to have her attorney fees paid in a case she filed against Ted Penn, a Roseland Town Council member.
Attorney accused of misconduct in cases (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By MAX B. BAKER A Trophy Club attorney is being sued by the State Bar of Texas, which accuses him of improperly representing his clients. Ben Boothe Jr. missed court appearances, failed to file documents on time and practiced law with a suspended license, the bar said. The accusations of misconduct date to 2003. The lawsuit says Boothe collected about $9,000 in retainers from eight clients but ...
New attorney requested for murder suspect (NWAnews.com)
BENTONVILLE — Another attorney may have to be appointed to represent a man facing a death sentence for the 2006 murder of Daniel Francis. (Benton County Daily Record)
Miss. Gulf Coast lawyer Minor gets 11 years for bribing Miss. judges (NBC 15 Mobile)
Wealthy Gulf Coast attorney Paul Minor was an ambitious young lawyer when he tried his first case in a federal courtroom 33 years ago. But on Friday, in the same...
Clarksville attorney indicted on theft from clients (Eyewitness News Memphis)
A Clarksville attorney accused of stealing more than $180,000 from clients has been indicted.
Thomson says county attorney tried to smear him (El Paso Times)
Western Playland's owner, Pat Thomson, claims County Attorney José Rodríguez this summer tried to turn the community against the amusement park by accusing him of being involved in illegal activity, a court document states.
County adds deputy attorney (Sidney Herald-Leader)
A Sidney attorney has been hired as the second deputy county attorney by Richland County commissioners. Janet Christoffersen has owned a practice in Sidney since February of 2005, but she’s excited to now serve as a deputy county attorney.
Lawyer says slain man feared ex would kill him (The Record)
A Ramsey businessman who was found shot dead in his home last year told his lawyer he believed his ex-wife and her father would kill him if they got the chance, a detective testified Thursday.
Lawyer says ex-teacher, Benicia resident might be victim in teen sex case (Vallejo Times-Herald)
A 41-year-old Benicia woman charged with having sex with two Redwood High School teenagers might have been the victim of a sexual assault by the boys, the woman's lawyer claims.
$1,200 in lawyer's fees: Would refund be appropriate? (Miami Herald)
Q: I was making installment payments to a lawyer, a sole practitioner, who agreed to represent my son in court. The lawyer died before I finished making all the payments, and my son is now represented by a public defender.
Top auditor in attorney general's office quits over resume flap (WFMJ Youngstown)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top fiscal watchdog inside Attorney General Marc Dann's office has resigned for failing to indicate on his resume that he was no longer a licensed accountant. That's according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch.
Top auditor in attorney general's office resigns over resume flap (News Journal)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The top fiscal watchdog inside Attorney General Marc Dann’s office resigned for failing to indicate on his resume that he was no longer a licensed accountant, a newspaper reported today.
Q&A: Justice Lawyer Who Defied White House (Newsweek)
Former Justice Department lawyer Jack Goldsmith explains why he fought the White House’s aggressive legal maneuvers in the fight against terror.
Attorney begins campaign to oust Steve Meadows (The News Herald)
There are signs that State Attorney Steve Meadows’ race for a second term won’t be a smooth one. Those signs have read “Anyone But Steve,” “Dump Steve” and “Sack Steve Meadows ’08” on a banner that was pulled behind a plane over a recent high school football game.
Thomson says county attorney tried to smear him (El Paso Times)
Western Playland's owner, Pat Thomson, claims County Attorney José Rodríguez this summer tried to turn the community against the amusement park by accusing him of being involved in illegal activity, a court document states.
Clarksville attorney indicted on theft from clients (Eyewitness News Memphis)
An attorney who briefly disappeared last year has been indicted for stealing more than $180,000 from clients.
District Attorney Mark C. Baldwin says he is waiting for the findings before filing homicide charges against three men ... (Reading Eagle)
District Attorney Mark C. Baldwin says he is waiting for the findings before filing homicide charges against three men held in the beating of a KU freshman.
Lawyer seeks to depose O'Malley (The Washington Times)
The lawyer for a former state employee wants to depose Gov. Martin O'Malley for statements he made last week about the employee being fired.
Gordon B. Hyde, 92, former estate lawyer (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Gordon B. Hyde, a former property and estate lawyer who won the Bronze Star for combat valor in World War II, died Friday at his family home in New Orleans. He was 92.
Sioux City attorney Sikma dies following crash (Sioux City Journal)
Robert Sikma, a Sioux City lawyer and former assistant U.S. attorney, was one of two people killed in an automobile crash Friday on Interstate 29 in Sioux City Friday. He was 66.