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Attorney says Popick's failure to appear in court 'an honest mistake' (The Daily Sentinel)
A Palisade man who failed to show for a court hearing Wednesday made the mistake unintentionally, his attorney said.
Florida Attorney General promotes cyber safety for children (Sun-Sentinel)
"LMIRL," a cryptic phrase that may not mean anything to a parent, can be the most dangerous set of letters to children surfing the Internet, said state Attorney General Bill McCollum on Thursday.
Lawyer pledges to fight for suspect in Joe Cool case (Sun-Sentinel)
A lawyer for an Arkansas man accused of murdering four people at sea pledged to vigorously defend the case Thursday, calling the government's evidence against his client "thin."
Lawyer had link to Siegelman before affidavit (Birmingham News)
A Republican lawyer who earlier said she wrote her own sworn statement suggesting White House influence in former Gov. Don Siegelman's prosecution testified last month that she received help from Siegelman supporters, and helped provide research for defense lawyers.
'Lolita Lawyer' among worst of sex offenders (New York Daily News)
The so-called Lolita Lawyer who paid a mother from a city housing project so he could have sex with her daughters was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and slammed with the most serious level of sex offender status.
Riley critic met with attorney about GOP's role (The Decatur Daily)
MONTGOMERY — Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate, an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Bob Riley, met with attorney Jill Simpson in July after the release of her affidavit alleging GOP politics appeared involved in the federal prosecution of former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman.
Flahertys' lawyer: State fails to give required information about case (Eagle-Tribune Online)
HAVERHILL - The last time James and Kevin Flaherty were in court on Aug. 17, their lawyer requested copies of investigative reports and answers to specific questions about the state's case against his clients.
Friends recall M'ville attorney's life (Post-Tribune)
A local legend in the courtroom perished Thursday when Merrillville attorney Stanley Jablonski suddenly died at his home in Lowell. He was 59. The confrontational, truck-driving lawyer was one of Lake County courts' most controversial characters.
Ex-CMS lawyer to lead N.C. charity (The Charlotte Observer)
Leslie Winner, a former state senator from Charlotte and former top lawyer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, was named as the new executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation on Thursday. Winner, legal counsel for the University of North Carolina system, will take the helm of one of the state's largest and most influential philanthropies. The Winston-Salem-based foundation is known ...
Attorney challenges credibility of witness in Miley sex crime retrial (CentralOhio.com)
MANSFIELD -- Milt Miley's defense attorney chipped away at the credibility of a key witness Thursday. Joseph Salzgeber specifically asked the 18-year-old man why he gave different years for when the alleged sexual abuse began.
Attorney General breaks out the shredder to curb ID theft (Tallahassee Democrat)
TALLAHASSEE — While the governor meets with constituents today and lawmakers take a final vote on more than $1 billion in budget cuts, Attorney General Bill McCollum will be furiously shredding sensitive documents.
U.S. attorney reveals Middle Eastern 'pipeline' (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of San Antonio on Thursday described "the pipeline" through which illegal immigrants from the Middle East are getting into the U.S. and said most are trying to improve their living conditions like those from other countries.
Lawyer: Yonkers fight was about barmaid, not baseball loyalties (7 News Boston)
YONKERS, N.Y. -- Was it about baseball or the bartender? A lawyer says a fight that left a construction worker with multiple facial fractures stemmed from comments about the woman behind the bar -- not from a patron's allegiance to the Boston Red Sox.
6:26 a.m.:Lawyer Sentenced In Fen-Phen Case (WAPT Jackson)
A Vicksburg lawyer who filed false Fen-Phen claims is going to prison for six and a half years.
Judge sends 'Jena 6' teen Mychal Bell back to jail for probation violation, attorney says (Asheville Citizen-Times)
NEW ORLEANS -- A judge decided the fight that thrust a teenager into the center of a civil rights controversy violated his probation for a previous conviction and ordered the boy back to jail, the teen's attorney said.
N.Y. Attorney General Broadens Student Loan Probe (NPR)
Morning Edition , October 12, 2007 · New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he's expanding his investigation into the student loan business. He says he's looking into whether direct marketers used deceptive tactics to persuade students to take our loans.
Warrior's mayor wants city's attorney to resign (Birmingham News)
Warrior Mayor Rena Hudson wants the city's municipal judge, Birmingham attorney Charles Gorham, to resign. Hudson has accused Gorham of improperly dismissing and sealing a court case for a woman whom he previously had represented in a custody case.
Lawyer: Al Jazeera captive looks sicker (Miami Herald)
A hunger-striking TV cameraman at the Guantánamo Bay prison has lost significant weight in recent weeks and his health appears to be worsening, the Committee to Protect Journalists says, citing the man's lawyer.
Attorney: New law could create 'immigration widows' (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - October 12, 2007 10:45 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City attorney says a law intended to crack down on illegal immigrants could mean more people on welfare in the...
O'Brien starts as U.S. attorney for the Central District (Pasadena Star-News)
PASADENA - Pasadena resident Thomas P. O'Brien has ascended the ranks in every aspect of his working life. Now, the former assistant U.S. attorney and Navy Top Gun fighter pilot has done it again.
Lebanon man to pay hunters, attorney general reports (The Springfield News-Leader)
A Lebanon man will pay back $9,500 to nine hunters who paid for deer and turkey hunting trips they didn't receive, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's office said. The office reached an assurance of voluntary compliance agreement with James R. Hill. The agreement was approved yesterday in Cole County circuit court. According to Nixon's office, the hunters purchased the trips from Hill after ...
Howlett's lawyer hopes police take 'sensible' view (The New Zealand Herald)
Doug Howlett's lawyer is "optimistic" the disgraced All Black will escape prosecution over the night of "tomfoolery" which has blotted his career.
Florida Attorney General promotes cyber safety for children (Sun-Sentinel)
"LMIRL," a cryptic phrase that may not mean anything to a parent, can be the most dangerous set of letters to children surfing the Internet, said state Attorney General Bill McCollum on Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Hanaway decides against AG run (Columbia Daily Tribune)
U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said it came down to following through for taxpayers when deciding against jumping into the race for Missouri attorney general.
U.S. attorney talks tough on public corruption (The Palm Beach Post)
With the convictions of former county commissioners Tony Masilotti and Warren Newell, and former West Palm Beach city commissioners Ray Liberti and Jim Exline, under his belt, U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta vowed Friday to press on with public corruption prosecutions.
Sullivan sworn in as U.S. attorney in Seattle (KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities)
Associated Press - October 12, 2007 3:55 PM ET SEATTLE (AP) - Jeffrey Sullivan has been sworn in as the U.S. attorney for Western Washington.
Civil rights suit 'mired' in motions, lawyer says (Columbia Daily Herald)
A lawsuit filed by Columbia residents detained in immigration raids against Maury County Sheriff Enoch George has become bogged down in motions, the plaintiff’s lawyer said Thursday.
Haneef lawyer pushes for charges inquiry (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The lawyer for Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef says there should be an inquiry into the charges laid against his client, after the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) yesterday admitted the court was provided with inaccurate information.
Attorney General Releases School Safety DVD (WOAI)
The deadly shooting at a Cleveland High School has safety on the minds of students and administrators all over the country. Now the Texas Attorney General is doing what he can to teach students what to do in case of emergency.
Big spending in the Attorney General, Ag commissioner races (KATC 3 Lafayette)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- One of Attorney General Charles Foti's opponents is hauling in campaign contributions from the lawyers, friends and family of a doctor and a nurse Foti once accused...
Lawyer: Co-defendant to plea, testify in O.J. Simpson armed robbery case (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
Associated Press - October 12, 2007 5:33 PM ET LAS VEGAS (AP) - A lawyer for 1 of O.J. Simpson's co-defendants says his client will plead guilty to a reduced charge and testify against Simpson...
Lawyer: All Black Howlett should get off with caution (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - All Blacks winger Doug Howlett likely will receive nothing more than a caution from British authorities after being arrested near the Hilton Hotel at London's Heathrow Airport earlier this week, his lawyer said Saturday.
Kane County lawyer arrested on drug charges (Chicago Tribune)
A Kane County lawyer has been arrested on drug charges after police seized more than a pound of marijuana in his Maple Park residence, authorities said Friday.
O. C. attorney admits paying bondsmen for clients (Los Angeles Times)
Joseph G. Cavallo will be sentenced Dec. 14. He faces up to three years and eight months in prison. His attorney would not comment on the possibility of disbarment. Prominent Orange County criminal-defense attorney Joseph G. Cavallo pleaded guilty Friday to three felonies stemming from a kickback scheme in which bail agents steered business his way.
WAFB POLL: Attorney General's Race (WAFB Baton Rouge)
A poll released by WAFB 9NEWS Friday evening shows Louisiana's incumbent Attorney General Charles Foti will likely head into a runoff on October 20th. 
Lawyer: Co-defendant to take deal, testify in Simpson robbery case (CNN.com)
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- A co-defendant in O.J. Simpson's armed robbery case will plead guilty to a reduced charge and testify that guns were involved in the theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers, the man's lawyer said Friday.
ACA out to humiliate me, lawyer tells Sessions Court (New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer charged with failing to declare his assets yesterday alleged his court appearance was a way to humiliate him.
Jeff Sullivan sworn in as U.S. attorney in Seattle (The Columbian)
SEATTLE (AP) -- Shortly before he died, longtime King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng was leading the effort to find a replacement for fired U.S. Attorney John McKay.
Former Asst. State Attorney Gets Prison for Fatal Crash (First Coast News)
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL -- Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gallagher received half of the maximum 15 years in prison he faced for a deadly crash. Gallagher pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for the crash that killed 23-year-old Coty Hastings in March 2006.
Big spending in the Attorney General, Ag commissioner races (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - October 12, 2007 9:34 PM ET BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - 1 of Attorney General Charles Foti's opponents is hauling in campaign contributions from the lawyers, friends and family...
Lawyer Represents Unborn Embryo in Federal Court Tuesday (Wired News)
A Maryland lawyer has filed a lawsuit representing an unborn embryo against California's stem cell agency. He says the destruction of human embryos violates the 13th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Attorney General Confirms New Anna Nicole Investigation (ContactMusic)
California's Attorney General JERRY BROWN has confirmed he launched a massive investigation into the death of ANNA NICOLE SMITH with a dawn raid on he
A Lawyer, a Poet, and a Love Rekindled (New York Times)
A few years ago, Paul L. Mills, a trial lawyer, Googled himself -- his earlier self, the young street poet who went by the name Poez -- setting off an adventure into his past.
Clues Scarce in Case of Missing Connecticut Lawyer (Law.com)
Police say the trail has gone cold in the case of missing Clinton, Conn., lawyer Jonathan Hoyt, a business law attorney who was last seen in early July before he left behind his car and cryptic letters in which he confessed to embezzling funds from clients. Clinton Sgt. Joseph Flynn said Hoyt, who he estimates embezzled close to $700,000 from about a dozen clients, has "totally dropped off the ...
Bar suspends Norman attorney's license (The Norman Transcript)
Violations of trust fund citedBy Tom BlakeyTranscript Staff WriterNorman attorney Hershel L. Franklin h...
Prominent OC attorney pleads guilty in bail bonds scheme (The Fresno Bee)
A prominent defense attorney pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with bail bonds agents to solicit business for his law firm.
Granting power of attorney can help avoid hassles (Akron Beacon Journal)
9p3 Here's something you can do right now to help protect you and your family: Grant a power of attorney. This fairly simple legal document allows you to appoint someone to handle your financial affairs in case you can't.
Big spending in the attorney general, ag commissioner races (The Shreveport Times)
BATON ROUGE — One of Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti's opponents is hauling in campaign contributions from the lawyers, friends and relatives of a doctor and a nurse Foti once accused of killing patients in New Orleans' post-Katrina chaos.
Council rejects Rampart settlement, lawyer says (Los Angeles Times)
A lawyer for the city says the council has rejected a $17-million settlement with four police officers who say they were wrongly accused. The Los Angeles City Council emerged from a closed session Friday without agreeing to settle several court cases brought by officers who say they were wrongly accused in the 1998 Rampart Division scandal.
Animal-law attorney to fight for Snowball (The Oregonian)
The debate over Oregon's most famous deer isn't done yet. Animal-law attorney Geordie Duckler said Friday that he will challenge state wildlife officials' decision to send Snowball to the Rosse Posse Acres elk ranch in Molalla.