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Lawyer: Mother would kill man in Las Vegas child rape video case (San Diego Union-Tribune)
LAS VEGAS, 3:28 p.m. Oct. 16 (AP): The mother of a 3-year-old girl raped in an explicit homemade videotape is so angry that she would kill her daughter's assailant if she could, her lawyer said Tuesday after a nationwide manhunt ended with the arrest of Chester Arthur Stiles.
Attorney General: Put Health Alliance in receivership (BizJournals)
In scathing tones, Ohio's attorney general has asked that control of the Health Alliance be removed from the hospital system's board and its CEO, Ken Hanover.
Attorney general nominee facing questions on torture, wiretapping (CNN.com)
President Bush's nominee for attorney general will face tough questioning on a range of hot-button issues -- including no-warrant surveillance and torture policy -- during confirmation hearings Wednesday.
Lawyer Accuses Insurer's Ex-Workers (Hartford Courant)
A Texas lawyer indicted for allegedly paying two former employees of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. insurance settlement kickbacks has accused the employees of extorting $3 million from him.
Hofstra Polite as Lawyer Guilty in Terror Case Talks on Ethics (New York Times)
At Hofstra University, the reception for speaker Lynne F. Stewart, the radical lawyer convicted on charges of smuggling messages out of prison for a terrorist client, was generally courteous.
Two-newspaper group sues attorney general (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Citizens group sues the state attorney general, saying the office withheld public records in the JOA dispute between Seattle's two daily newspapers.
Terror suspect in Gitmo meets his lawyer (The Charlotte Observer)
A terrorism suspect whom the government considers among the 15 most dangerous detainees at Guantanamo Bay met with his civilian attorney for the first time Tuesday. Majid Khan met with Gitanjali Gutierrez, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, according to the group's spokeswoman Jen Nessell. "We've been his lawyer for more than a year and today we finally saw him," she ...
Attorney wants Sanford inquest (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
A Charleston attorney has asked the state attorney general to investigate Gov. Mark Sanford, saying his workers' compensation order could be considered a threat to commissioners. "I kind of like the governor, but this is out of line," said workers' compensation attorney Dusty Rhoades. "He can't walk in there and say: 'Judges, do it this way.'" In a letter dated Monday, Rhoades asked Attorney ...
Fumo gets a lawyer deadline (Philadelphia Daily News)
A federal judge said yesterday he expects state Sen. Vince Fumo to have a new lawyer by Monday to defend him at his forthcoming corruption trial.
Attorney Says Girl's Mother Disappointed Stiles Was Taken Alive (KLAS Las Vegas)
A police report details the graphic abuse the girl was forced to endure, and the family of that rape victim says they wish Chester Stiles would have killed himself.  Chris Saldana has more from Tuesday;s news conference with Jerry Donahue, the attorney for the victim's family .
Sanford should be impeached, attorney says (The Post and Courier)
Gov. Mark Sanford should be impeached for tampering with the S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission, a Charleston lawyer says. Attorney D. Dusty Rhoades said Sanford's order requiring the commission to use American Medical Association guidelines to judge injury cases equates to the governor...
Navy chief wants change of lawyer (Fijilive.com)
Navy commander Francis Kean has asked that another lawyer represent him in his murder trial, which was scheduled to begin today. Kean appeared before Justice Gerard Winter in the Suva High court today with his lawyer Abhay Singh and Mehboob Raza.
Fieger attorney calls charges political retribution (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- At a Tuesday hearing before U.S. District Judge Paul Borman, lawyers for Southfield attorney Geoffrey Fieger said Fieger's prosecution by the government over campaign contributions is political retribution against a staunch Democrat.
Court Rejects Bid for Return of $1 Million Paid to Suspended Attorney (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Former partners of a New York attorney convicted of a misdemeanor and suspended from the practice of law cannot recover $1 million they paid the attorney for his stake in their firm, a judge has ruled.
'Lawyer' barred from practising law (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
An aspiring lawyer who allegedly made a false declaration after she ran a red light has lost her appeal against a decision barring her from practising law.
Union lawyer disputes Mitchell's claim (Deseret Morning News)
A lawyer for baseball players says George Mitchell never told the union before last week that he was willing to show its members evidence of doping allegations against them.
Attorney: 'Spears is on the run from the paparazzi' (world entertainment news via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Britney Spears' attorney is hoping the authorities investigating his client's driving misdemeanours will take into account she's always on the run from the paparazzi.
Foxy Brown's lawyer drops out after wife threat (New York Daily News)
The defense lawyer for rapper Foxy Brown was scared off her case after his wife was threatened by a mystery man in the lobby of their Brooklyn building, the Daily News has learned.
Kathleen McCree Lewis: Lawyer loses cancer fight (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit lawyer Kathleen McCree Lewis died Tuesday after a long bout with cancer, her law firm said. Funeral arrangements are pending. No other information was available. Mrs. Lewis, 60, was a member of the Dykema Gossett firm in Detroit, and was married to Detroit lawyer David Baker Lewis. She also was a former nominee to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Disbarred terror lawyer Lynne Stewart held court at Hofstra yesterday - unrepentant about the help she gave to a World Trade Center bombing conspirator. Stewart was convicted in 2005 of smuggling secret messages out of prison for Islamic terrorist...
Attorney general nominee facing questions on torture, wiretapping (Sports Illustrated)
President Bush's nominee for attorney general will face tough questioning on a range of hot-button issues -- including no-warrant surveillance and torture policy -- during confirmation hearings Wednesday.
Facebook, N.Y. attorney general reach agreement on safeguards (KXXV Waco)
Associated Press - October 17, 2007 6:33 AM ET NEW YORK (AP) - New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Facebook have reached an agreement to protect underage members from sexual...
Attorney General says tax bills are public (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - October 17, 2007 7:05 AM ET MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Attorney General's Office says property tax bills and records sent to towns on behalf of property owners are...
The fugitive lawyer went missing in June last year with $12 million of client's money. (Straits Times)
IT WILL be a surprise to many if fugitive lawyer David Rasif turns up at a hearing before the Court of Three Judges on Nov 12. On that day, the court - the highest body to decide on disciplinary cases involving lawyers - meets to decide if Rasif should be struck off the roll.
Attorney general nominee praised (UPI)
U.S. President George Bush's nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey, was praised by a senior Democrat before confirmation hearings began Wednesday.
Lawyer vows to keep impeach raps v. Arroyo (7:40 p.m.) (Sun Star)
MANILA--A lawyer who filed an impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said he would not back out, adding that the planned filing of the United Opposition (UNO) of the similar complaint is already doomed.
Posted Oct. 17, 2007 – The attorney representing a 20-year-old West Virginia woman who says she was kidnapped, raped ... (BET.com)
– The attorney representing a 20-year-old West Virginia woman who says she was kidnapped, raped and tortured by six Whites, has called for a national march to call attention to rise in hate crimes against Blacks.
Mukasey Confirmation for Attorney General to Start (NPR)
Michael Mukasey spent nearly 20 years judging cases from the bench in New York. Now it's his turn to be judged. The Senate Judiciary Committee opens a confirmation hearing on Mukasey's nomination to be the next Attorney General.
Guantanamo lawyer says Gyllenhaal film rings true (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Hollywood's latest take on kidnapping and torture in the war on terror is surprisingly bold and realistic but won't change people's views overnight, a prominent lawyer for Guantanamo Bay prisoners says.
Attorney general pick disavows torture memo (Seattle Times)
Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey said today the president doesn't have the authority to use torture techniques against terrorism...
Attorney general nominee pledges independence (CNN.com)
Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey made it clear to senators Wednesday that he would be independent of the White House and would make legal decisions based "on facts and law, not by interests and motives."
Sentencing of Alberta man in dog torture case delayed again when lawyer quits (CNews)
DIDSBURY, Alta. - Sentencing for a central Alberta man who admitted to torturing his mother's dog has been delayed again after the man's lawyer abruptly quit today.
Mukasey Vows Independent Judgment as Attorney General (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey assured the the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that he would employ his own legal judgment as head of the Justice Department and resign if his views veered sharply from President Bush’s position.
New Jersey Corruption Keeps U.S. Attorney Busy (NPR)
By New Jersey U.S. Attorney Chris Christie's count, he's prosecuted 126 Garden State officials on corruption charges in his six years on the job. Most officials Christie has prosecuted have been Democrats, and some charge him of "political profiling."
San Diego mayor hires outside attorney to handle landslide (The Fresno Bee)
The mayor has hired an outside attorney to handle legal issues related to a landslide that damaged six homes in the upscale community of La Jolla, bypassing embattled City Attorney Michael Aguirre.
New Jersey Corruption Keeps U.S. Attorney Busy (NPR)
Day to Day , October 17, 2007 · When it comes to prosecuting corruption cases, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has been busy. Recently, 11 officials, including members of the Pleasantville school board, were charged with accepting bribes.
Nassif's lawyer mum over Kebble's death claim (SABC News)
Clinton Nassif's lawyer has refused to confirm "dramatic new details" about his role in the death of his boss Brett Kebble, supposedly contained in a draft affidavit leaked to the media today.
Albuquerque lawyer named to state Supreme Court (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - October 17, 2007 4:35 PM ET SANTA FE (AP) - Albuquerque lawyer Charles Daniels has been appointed to the state Supreme Court.
ABQ lawyer named to state Supreme Court (KOB-TV Albuquerque)
SANTA FE (AP) - Albuquerque lawyer Charles Daniels has been appointed to the state Supreme Court. Governor Richardson announced the appointment Wednesday. Daniels fills a vacancy caused by the death of Justice Pamela Minzner.
McDonald's hoax lawyer has fierce reputation (Louisville Courier-Journal)
While she may not be universally loved, Ann Oldfather, the lawyer who won a $6.1 million verdict this month for Louise Ogborn in the fiercely contested McDonald's strip-search trial, is widely respected and hugely successful.
Special prosecutor to press combined case against Rockwall district attorney (Dallas Morning News)
A Rockwall County grand jury on Wednesday consolidated the existing criminal charges against longtime District Attorney Ray Sumrow and added a few new ones.
Mukasey appears on fast track for confirmation as attorney general (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Former federal judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, on Wednesday repudiated the use of torture in the interrogation of overseas terrorist suspects.
Mukasey appears on fast track for confirmation as attorney general (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey pledged Wednesday to block political meddling at the Justice Department but did not distance himself from the Bush administration’s most controversial anti-terrorism policies.
Innovation Wednesday: Facebook Settles New York Attorney General Investigation, Reaches for Checkbook. (Fast Company Magazine)
Facebook settled an investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office in what must be record time yesterday, by announcing an agreement that will create and enforce new safeguards protecting young Facebookers from sexual predators and obscene content. The...
U.S. attorney general nominee treads careful line at confirmation hearing (International Herald Tribune)
Michael Mukasey, the nominee for attorney general, pledged Wednesday to block political meddling at the Justice Department.
Lawyer: Duke stingy on savings (The Charlotte Observer)
A lawyer for utility customers argued Wednesday that Duke Energy Corp. ratepayers were given short-shrift on savings the utility agreed to pass on from its merger last year with Ohio's Cinergy Corp. James West, a lawyer representing the Carolina Utility Customers Association, told the N.C. Utilities Commission that Duke's method for projecting its first five years of merger savings was flawed ...
Attorney general nominee rejects torture (Miami Herald)
Former federal judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, repudiated the use of torture in the interrogation of overseas terrorist suspects Wednesday, and he vowed to keep partisan politics out of the Justice Department's decision-making.
Lawyer backed for Dock Board (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The Jefferson Parish Council recommended Wednesday that Gov. Kathleen Blanco appoint Metairie lawyer Patricia LeBlanc to the New Orleans Dock Board. LeBlanc would replace Conrad Appel, a Jefferson contractor and the board's former chairman. Daniel Hughes now chairs the board.
Attorney General to Lead Inquiry of Greenway Investor (Washington Post)
Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) plans to review the business practices of an Australia-based company that controls the local operator of the Dulles Greenway, his spokesman said Tuesday.
Lillo's lawyer says actor unfit during NYPD interview (New York Daily News)
Police testified Wednesday that accused cop killer Lillo Brancato was coherent when they interviewed him in the hospital, but his lawyer contended the "Sopranos" actor was doped up with painkillers and in no shape to be making sense.