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League labor lawyer Pirates' new president (CBS Sportsline)
Frank Coonelly, a top labor lawyer in the commissioner's office, has been selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates to become their next team president, according to the only other known finalist for the job.
ConocoPhillips reaches agreement with attorney general on Rodeo project (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
ConocoPhillips will spend $10 million to fund emissions-cutting programs in California as part of an agreement with California Attorney General Jerry Brown that will allow it to proceed with its refinery expansion project in Rodeo without opposition from Brown.
Bush nearing attorney general pick (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush appeared close Tuesday to selecting a new attorney general, government officials said, weighing candidates who could survive a rocky confirmation process after months of scandal at the Justice Department.
Taxpayers' advocate to audit City Attorney's Office (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO, 2:33 p.m. Sept. 11 (SIGNONSANDIEGO): The San Diego Municipal Employees Association announced Tuesday that veteran taxpayers' advocate Scott Barnett will conduct an audit of the City Attorney's Office.
Attorney: Drug charges dropped for Reed (Fox Sports)
Houston Rockets player Justin Reed was cleared of misdemeanor marijuana charges Tuesday because others submitted affidavits claiming the drugs, his attorney said. Reed was arrested on Sept. 4 and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, which carries a fine from $100 to $250. He posted a $500 bond and was released later that night. Reed's attorney, Jackson lawyer Dale Danks Jr.
Tribe lawyer: No role in deal for lawmakers (Miami Herald)
As legislative opposition mounts to the proposed gambling deal being worked out between Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe, the tribe's top lawyer is forcefully making the case that lawmakers should play no role.
Attorney: Government sought to rob activist of free speech (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO, 5:03 p.m. Sept. 11 (AP): A radical environmentalist was charged with violating a law adopted after the Oklahoma City bombing because the government wanted to silence him, depriving him of free speech, his defense attorney told a federal jury Tuesday.
U.S. man axed Dutch student, lawyer says (AP via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. citizen who hoped to punish the Netherlands for its government's support of the war in Iraq has confessed to axing a 22-year-old Dutch student to death after failing to find a soldier to kill, his lawyer said Tuesday.
MLB Lawyer Appears to Be Pirates' Choice (Washington Post)
Frank Coonelly , a top labor lawyer in the commissioner's office, is selected by the Pirates to become their next team president, according to the only other known finalist for the job.
County Attorney: No Court At St. Mary's (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- Holding juvenile court at St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers may not be legal, said Benton County Attorney Robin Green at the Committee of 13 meeting Tuesday.
City attorney announces retirement (Winston-Salem Journal)
Few people have worked for the city of Winston-Salem longer than Ronald G. Seeber, the city attorney.
City Attorney's office to be audited (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Municipal Employees Association announced today that veteran taxpayers' advocate Scott Barnett will conduct an audit of the City Attorney's Office.
Attorney: Stuart officials are the real party poopers (The Palm Beach Post)
Willie Gary wasn't the one to cancel his firm's holiday block party this December, the prominent trial attorney said Tuesday.
Lawyer concedes attacks on 6 girls (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Lawyer Larry Charles - who this year was found naked with a 14-year-old girl at the Criminal Justice Center - pleaded no contest yesterday to charges that he raped or sexually assaulted six young girls over a seven-year period.
Trial lawyer O'Quinn must fork over more cash (Houston Chronicle)
With interest added, Houston trial lawyer John O'Quinn must pay $41.4 million because he improperly charged expenses to his former breast implant litigation clients, an arbitration panel ruled Tuesday.
No deal in Ed Jew case - lawyer for supervisor says he won't resign (San Francisco Chronicle)
Supervisor Ed Jew will reject an offer from prosecutors to settle their criminal case against the lawmaker in exchange for his resignation from office, a lawyer for the supervisor said today. "Everything is negotiable except that," defense attorney Bill Fazio...
Franklin County: Suspect attacks attorney, misses first day of trial (The Columbus Dispatch)
A man whom deputies shocked with a stun gun after he kicked his defense attorney was absent from the courtroom yesterday when his aggravated-robbery trial began.
Bush said close to choosing attorney general nominee (San Jose Mercury News)
WASHINGTON - The White House is closing in on a nominee to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, with former Solicitor General Theodore Olson considered one of the leading candidates, administration and congressional officials said Tuesday.
Bali bombers, on death row, won't seek pardon - lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! India News)
SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Three Islamic militants sentenced to death for the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali will not seek a presidential pardon, their lawyer said on Wednesday.
Man kicks lawyer, gets Tasered (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defendant brought to court in a wheelchair began kicking his court-appointed lawyer and had to be subdued with a stun gun.
Attorney says misdemeanor drug charges dropped against Reed (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - September 12, 2007 7:15 AM ET JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Justin Reed's attorney says the Houston Rockets player has been cleared of misdemeanor marijuana charges in...
Attorney says misdemeanor drug charges dropped against Reed (KSLA-TV Shreveport)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Justin Reed's attorney says the Houston Rockets player has been cleared of misdemeanor marijuana charges in Mississippi. Reed was arrested Sept. 4 and charged in Jackson, Mississippi, with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Man kicks lawyer, gets Tasered (The Charlotte Observer)
A defendant brought to court in a wheelchair began kicking his court-appointed lawyer and had to be subdued with a stun gun. One deputy was accidentally shocked by the Taser and recoiled during Tuesday's scuffle with Wendell Hollingsworth, 43. The defense attorney was treated for a cut on the hand. When Hollingsworth arrived in Franklin County Common Pleas Court for jury selection on charges ...
Lawyer: Nudity fleeting in 'wardrobe malfunction' (Courier-Post)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- CBS Corp. should not be fined for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction" because the stunt was both fleeting and unauthorized, a lawyer for the company argued Tuesday.
Board appoints construction attorney (phillyburbs.com)
The Centennial school board approved a motion Tuesday night to appoint the construction attorney Venzie, Phillips and Warshawer to work toward the future construction of the new Centennial high school.
Man Attacks Attorney In Courtroom (WBNS-10TV Columbus)
Moments after entering a courtroom a man attacks his attorney and scuffles with deputies. Get the story and see the video inside.
Attorney General Jim Hood Campaigns Against Giving Teens Alcohol (WJTV Jackson)
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to appear in commercials against giving teens alcohol as part of national campaign.
Subpeona improper, lawyer says (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The showdown between New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and City Councilwoman Stacy Head over the balance of power at City Hall heated up Tuesday when the city's top lawyer declared that a council subpoena of a high-ranking Nagin staffer was issued improperly.
Batavia school counsel to discuss options with assistant principal's attorney (The Columbus Dispatch)
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — School officials want their attorney to discuss possible options with the lawyer for an assistant principal who has been on paid leave since her 2-year-old daughter died in the woman's sweltering car in southwest Ohio.
City attorney's lawyers want invoices to be paid (San Diego Union-Tribune)
8:49 a.m. Sept. 12 (UNION-TRIBUNE): SAN DIEGO: Two attorneys representing San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre have complained to Mayor Jerry Sanders about unpaid invoices amounting to $2 million, and questioned if the inaction is due to curbs the City Council placed on Aguirre.
Lawyer: 'Top Chef' Woman Hate Crime Victim (WGAL 8 Susquehanna Valley)
A former contestant on the reality show "Top Chef" is beaten and her attackers used anti-gay slurs during the alleged incident, her lawyer says.
Mozambique: Assistant Attorney-Generals Dismissed (AllAfrica.com)
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Wednesday dismissed all six of the country's assistant Attorney- Generals.
Lawyer For Accused Rapist Withdraws From Case (KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities)
The Franklin County inmate accused of raping a former cellmate now no longer has a lawyer.
Zimbabwe: Land Resettlement Minister Allocates Farm And School to His Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
A well known farm school with over 200 pupils is under threat after Minister of State Security and Land Resettlement, Didymus Mutasa, gave the farm on which it is located to his personal lawyer.
Cooper's Attorney Asks For Two Juries (WINK TV Southwest Florida)
Accused murderer Fred Coopers' defense attorney is now asking a judge to allow two separate juries.
Business Pulse Survey: Attorney a must for doing business (BizJournals)
Just more than half of those responding to an online survey said they have used the services of an attorney in the last year.
Lawyer of death-row Bali bomber complains over appeal turndown (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for one of the Bali bombers on death row criticised Wednesday Indonesia's Supreme Court for announcing the rejection of his client's final appeal before he was notified.
Wyeth's warnings on menopause drug faulted by lawyer (Daily Record)
Wyeth, the largest maker of hormone-replacement treatments, failed to properly warn patients about the risks of its Prempro menopause drug and is responsible for three women developing breast cancer, a lawyer told jurors.
Lawyer of death-row Bali bomber complains over appeal turndown (TODAYonline)
Indonesian Amrozi(C) is escorted to a courtroom in Cilacap in 2006. A lawyer for Amrozi who is on death row criticised Wednesday Indonesia's Supreme Court for announcing the rejection of his client's final appeal before he was notified.
Senate Republicans recommend offering a consensus attorney general nominee (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON---- Senate Democrats will block Ted Olson from succeeding Alberto Gonzales as attorney general if President Bush nominates him, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday.
City Attorney To Investigate KPBS Decision To Cancel Show (KGTV San Diego)
City Attorney Michael Aguirre is looking into why KPBS decided to cancel its public affairs TV show "Full Focus" and how it selects participants for its "Editors Roundtable" show, it was reported Wednesday.
Defense Attorney Says Father Did Not Burn Child (The Chattanoogan)
A defense attorney said Wednesday that severe burns suffered by an 11-month-old boy were not done by his father, but by a friend the father was staying with.
Tornado victims' attorney questions the release of Enterprise students on March 1 (Dothan Eagle)
ENTERPRISE - A Birmingham attorney who has filed two claims seeking a total of $20 million in damages from the City of Enterprise and the Enterprise City School System stemming from a student's death and a teacher's injuries in the March 1 tornado said further legal action will depend on results of an ongoing investigation into whether school officials refused to release students until 1 p.m. ...
Amrozi lawyer hits out at court (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A lawyer for Bali bomber Amrozi criticised Indonesia's Supreme Court for announcing the rejection of his client's final appeal before he was notified.
Senate Democrats Object to Olson as Attorney General (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Democrats served notice they would try to block confirmation of former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson if President George W. Bush nominates him to be the next attorney general.
Lawyer: Pack's Barnett will plead not guilty (Sports Illustrated)
Packers linebacker Nick Barnett will plead not guilty to two charges of disorderly conduct when they are formally filed, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Lawyer Reveals Details in Arij’s Torture Death (Arab News)
TAIF, 13 September 2007 — A lawyer came up yesterday with new details into the murder of eight-year-old Arij, who was allegedly tortured to death early last month by her 29-year-old father and his second wife.
Democrats fire salvo over attorney general nomination (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats will block Ted Olson from succeeding Alberto Gonzales as attorney general if President Bush nominates him, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday. "Ted Olson will not be confirmed," Reid, D-Nev., said. The comment gave weight to Republican warnings that Olson, a former solicitor general, would face brutal confirmation hearings and that the White House can't afford ...
County attorney withdraws request for Abbott's opinion (Austin American-Statesman)
County Attorney Jana Duty said she's still at odds with county commissioners over whether or not they can hire outside counsel without her consent.
Lawyer rips McDonald's (Louisville Courier-Journal)
McDonald's failed to protect Louise Ogborn from the strip-search hoaxes that it knew had occurred at its restaurants since 1994, and jurors should punish the company for its "reprehensible conduct," her lawyer told a jury.