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Lawyer Says Spears' Custody Bid on Hold (ABC News)
Britney Spears' Bid for Custody of Young Sons Put on Hold by Court Commissioner, Lawyer Says
More charges possible against missing Breckenridge attorney (KJCT 8 Grand Junction)
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) - Police say a missing Breckenridge attorney accused of stealing up to $1 million from clients could face additional charges after a detective turns over more information to prosecutors.
Musharraf lawyer urges Pakistan court to uphold vote (Middle East Times)
ISLAMABAD -- A Pakistani government lawyer told the Supreme Court Monday that overturning military ruler Pervez Musharraf's victory in a presidential election would not be in the country's interests.
Former lawyer pleads not guilty to campaign finance charges (Rapid City Journal)
The Associated Press PIERRE -- A former South Dakota lawyer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he failed to report the transfer of nearly $500,000 from a tribal casino to a ballot campaign that sought to repeal the state's video lottery.
Defense lawyer, wife face domestic charges (The Fayetteville Observer)
Rising-star defense lawyer D.W. Bray Jr. and his wife, Dollie, were jailed over the weekend on charges they assaulted each other. D.W. Bray was supposed to begin picking a jury today in the retrial of Jermaine Martez Nash on a charge of first-degree murder. The trial now is postponed.
Teacher Facing Sex Charges 'Emotionally Distressed,' Attorney Says (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA A high school teacher whom police say had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy has been hospitalized because of emotional distress, her attorney said today.
Missing Breckenridge Attorney Could Face More Charges (FOX 31 Denver)
BRECKENRIDGE -- Police say a missing Breckenridge attorney accused of stealing up to 1 million dollars from clients could face additional charges after a detective turns over more information to prosecutors.
Missing Breck' attorney may face more charges (Vail Daily)
BRECKENRIDGE — A missing Breckenridge attorney accused of stealing up to $1 million from clients could face additional charges after a detective turns over more information to prosecutors, police say.
Conn. lawyer who stabbed neighbor insists daughter was molested (Boston Globe)
A lawyer insists in a letter from prison that a neighbor he fatally stabbed in Fairfield had molested his 2-year-old daughter and that the investigation that cleared the man was a "sham."
Injured Landlord's Attorney, Mom Clash Over Case (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - There has been a falling out between an attorney for notorious landlord Steven Green and Green's mother, who has been appointed Green's temporary guardian because of his extensive brain injuries, according to court documents.
Morgantown lawyer appeals reversal of Martinsburg football forfeits (The Herald-Mail)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Morgantown, W.Va., lawyer has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court challenging a lower court’s reversal of two forfeits by Martinsburg High School’s football team for using an ineligible player.
Kiwi lawyer hailed by World Bank for Tongan reforms (Stuff)
Wellington lawyer Anthony Ford, who now serves as Tonga's Chief Justice, has been hailed by the World Bank for his reforming of the court system in the Pacific kingdom.
Lawyer: Staph patient given allergy medicine (Addict 3D)
Just days before his death, the Brooklyn middle-school student who died from an antibiotic-resistant staph infection had visited a hospital with skin lesions and was treated with allergy medicine, according to the family's lawyer, Paul Weitz.
Accused royal blackmailers appoint high-profile lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Two men accused of blackmailing a member of the British royal family are being defended by a lawyer who once worked for Saddam Hussein.
Emergency – Email Attorney General Michael Cullen (Scoop.co.nz)
Michael Cullen is trying to do a Pontius Pilate act and wash his hands of the responsibility for the laying of terrorism charges for the first time in NZ. Under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 the decision as to whether charges can be laid under the Act belongs with the Attorney General, that is, Michael Cullen.
Motorcycle Parts Dealer Sued by Attorney General (KOLR/KSFX Ozarks)
A Springfield motorcycle parts business is accused of taking money for motorcycles or parts but not delivering the items or refunds to customers, in a lawsuit filed Monday by the Missouri Attorney General.
Guite's lawyer in Que court to appeal sponsorship conviction and sentence (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - The lawyer for former federal bureaucrat Chuck Guite is appealing her client's conviction and 42-month sentence for his role in the sponsorship scandal.
Royal aide boasts on tape about his fling with an MP, says lawyer (Times Online)
A royal aide boasts about his fling with an MP in a tape at the centre of the sex-and-drugs blackmail plot concerning a member of the Royal Family, a lawyer claimed yesterday.
Guite's lawyer asks Que appeal court to halt proceedings and order new trial (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - Chuck Guite's lawyer has asked the Quebec Court of Appeal for a stay of proceedings and a new trial for the 63-year-old former head of the federal sponsorship scandal.
Lawyer pleads guilty in kickback case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former partner at a New York law firm pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Monday, becoming the third lawyer to admit breaking the law in a class-action kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped net the firm hundreds of millions of dollars.
Attorney named open government group's director (KOB-TV Albuquerque)
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A veteran New Mexico attorney and former school board president has been named executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.
West Memphis Three: Defense Attorney Says New Evidence Clears His Client (Eyewitness News Memphis)
An attorney for Damien Echols say new evidence they filed in federal court on Monday, October 29, 2007, shows their client was wrongly convicted in the 1993 murders of three...
My client is innocent, says blackmail suspect's lawyer (Guardian Unlimited)
The lawyer for one of two men accused of blackmailing a member of the royal family insists his client was innocent.
Attorney General's Office Focused on Case for More Than a Decade (Tyler Morning Telegraph)
The KFC investigation had been a focus of the Texas Attorney General’s Office for more than a dozen years. State investigators joined the case in 1995. Shane Phelps, chief of the Prosecutor’s Assistance/Special Investigations Division, was placed in charge.
Class-action lawyer pleads guilty (Los Angeles Times)
Former Milberg Weiss partner William Lerach faces up to two years in prison for conspiracy in a scheme to bribe plaintiffs. William S. Lerach, the securities lawyer whose multibillion dollar recoveries on behalf of aggrieved shareholders made him a lightning rod, pleaded guilty today to a criminal charge that could send him to prison for up to two years.
Israel can't cut power to Gaza: attorney general (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Israel's attorney general told the government on Monday it could not cut electrical power to the Gaza Strip as part of its sanctions against the Hamas controlled territory, although he did approve other measures.
Lawyer: No DNA match to those convicted in 1993 killings (WREG-TV Memphis)
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A lawyer for one of the men convicted in 1993 slayings of three boys in West Memphis says DNA evidence gathered after the killings does not match the three teens imprisoned for the crimes.
Lawyer: No DNA match to those convicted in 1993 killings (FOX 16 Little Rock)
A lawyer for one of the men convicted in 1993 slayings of three boys in West Memphis says DNA evidence gathered after the killings does not match the three teens...
Trial begins for former district attorney (WAFF 48 News Huntsville)
The trial against former Franklin County District Attorney John Pilati is under way.
County Attorney Wants Investigation Of ASARCO (KFOX 14 El Paso)
EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso county attorney has joined those calling for a criminal investigation of ASARCO.
Landlord's Attorney, Mom Clash Over Case (The Tampa Tribune)
There has been a falling out between an attorney for notorious landlord Steven Green and Green's mother, who has been appointed Green's temporary guardian because of his extensive brain injuries, according to court documents.
McALLEN — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott urged school districts to overhaul their security measures, more ... (The Brownsville Herald)
McALLEN — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott urged school districts to overhaul their security measures, more frequently perform drills and create anonymous tip lines to help promote school safety.
District attorney faces Windber challenger (The Daily American)
Defense Attorney Bill Seger believes the old saying if something isn’t broke you shouldn’t fix it. But the 46-year-old Democrat from Windber said it is time for a change in the district attorney’s office.
Musharraf lawyer urges Pakistan court to uphold vote (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Pakistani government lawyer told the Supreme Court that overturning military ruler Pervez Musharraf's victory in a presidential election would not be in the country's interests.
Israel attorney general temporarily halts plan to cut electricity to Gaza (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
JERUSALEM - Israel's attorney general has temporarily halted the government's plan to cut back on electricity to the Gaza Strip, demanding more work to prevent humanitarian harm.
John Scott: Lawyer also was Pleasant Ridge mayor (Detroit Free Press)
Leadership through example was one of the defining aspects in John Scott's career as a respected lawyer and elected official, friends and colleagues say.
Ex-fraudster with NZ link acting as lawyer in royal blackmail case (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A convicted fraudster, who gained notoriety in Auckland in 1990, is back in the news as a lawyer defending one of the men accused of blackmailing a member of the British royal family.
Missing Lawyer Found Dead (Hartford Courant)
Westbrook Man Was Accused Of Stealing Clients' Money A lawyer from Westbrook who acknowledged embezzling money from his clients and vanished this summer was found dead Monday morning in an apartment in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Attorney general says Rocky Mountain Arsenal staying contaminated past cleanup date (Rocky Mountain News)
Rocky Mountain Arsenal is expected to remain contaminated beyond 2010 when a cleanup was scheduled to be completed, according to an assessment released Monday by the Colorado attorney general.
County Attorney requests TCEQ review of Asarco (El Paso Times)
Today, El Paso County Attorney Jose R. Rodriguez and a Texas peace officer requested the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to conduct a criminal enforcement review against Asarco on possible violations of federal and state environmental and health laws, including the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Texas Health and Safety Code, and the Texas Water Code.
Gary attorney is honored for civil rights (Post-Tribune)
GARY -- Former state Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson remembers her mother's first job as a secretary for the NAACP's Gary branch 40 years ago.
Interim U.S. attorney in place (Orlando Sentinel)
Prosecutor Robert O'Neill steps into the job, overseeing cases in the Middle District. Robert O'Neill starts this week as interim U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, the third man this year to oversee federal prosecutions from Fort Myers to Orlando to Jacksonville.
Missing Westbrook lawyer found dead in Iowa (WTNH-TV New Haven)
Westbrook (AP, Oct. 30, 2007 6:00 AM) _ Police in Iowa say a lawyer from Westbrook, who vanished after acknowledging embezzling money from his clients, has been found dead. 
Imprisoned Lawyer Insists Daughter Was Molested (New London Day)
New Haven — A lawyer insists in a letter from prison that a neighbor he fatally stabbed in Fairfield had molested his 2-year-old daughter and that the investigation that cleared the man was a “sham.”
Prosecutions plunge in tenure of US attorney (Boston Globe)
US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, who has long honed a reputation as a hard-nosed crimefighter, has brought fewer criminal cases almost every year since he was appointed to his post in 2001 as the ranking prosecutor in Massachusetts, according to federal statistics.
Missing Conn. Lawyer Found Dead In Iowa (Eyewitness News 3 Hartford)
Police in Iowa say a lawyer from Westbrook, who vanished after acknowledging embezzling money from his clients, has been found dead.
Attorney general supports hospital group on not reporting errors (The Olympian)
The Washington State Hospital Association was right about a law on reports of hospital errors, at least as far as the attorney general's office is concerned. The agency has decided a state law bars public disclosure of blunders committed by individual hospitals. The memorandum was issued last week and was obtained by The Seattle Times under a public disclosure request. By state law hospitals ...
Attorney general supports hospital group on not reporting errors (KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities)
Associated Press - October 30, 2007 8:25 AM ET SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington State Hospital Association was right about a law on reports of hospital errors, at least as far as the attorney...
No inquiry made in inmate beating case, lawyer claims (NWAnews.com)
A lawyer representing Miller County said Monday that officials never investigated allegations that two jailers beat an inmate so badly last year that he had to be hospitalized at least five times before he eventually died two weeks ago. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Car-deer crash kills Wausau attorney (Fond du Lac Reporter)
TOWN OF MARATHON A Wausau attorney was killed Monday when the vehicle he was driving struck a deer, Marathon County Medical Examiner John Larson said.