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Lawyer: Wilkes never bribed Cunningham (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO, 1:17 p.m. Oct. 9 (UNION-TRIBUNE): The defense lawyer for Poway businessman Brent Wilkes told a federal court jury Tuesday morning that his client never bribed former San Diego congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham – and he guaranteed he would call the imprisoned ex-legislator to back that up.
Attorney general files complaint against mortgage lender (Boston Globe)
Maine's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a South Portland mortgage lender charging the company and two employees with engaging in unfair and deceptive practices.
Lawyer: AC Mayor was at Clinic (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
Mayor Robert Levy is at home after leaving a Somerset County clinic known for treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Iowa Attorney General Sues Drug Firms (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Drug companies inflated prices of prescription drugs by millions of dollars causing state and federal governments to overpay for medicine prescribed for Medicaid recipients, a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Tom Miller on Tuesday alleged.
Lawyer: Missing mayor was at clinic (CNN.com)
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) -- Mayor Robert Levy, who's been missing for almost two weeks, is at home after leaving a Somerset County clinic known for treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer tapped as new commissioner of Environmental Conservation (Boston Globe)
An environmental lawyer working to reorganize the Agency of Natural Resources will become the next commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
State disbars lawyer in land battle with Tyler Perry (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The state Supreme Court has unanimously disbarred a Buckhead lawyer who's been locked in a bitter fight with entertainment mogul Tyler Perry over a 17-acre tract along the Chattahoochee River.
Attorney to take appeal of Dynegy's Olis for free (Houston Chronicle)
Houston attorney John O'Quinn says he is taking on the appeal of former Dynegy worker Jamie Olis for free because the case is an extreme example of prosecutorial misconduct.
Tribe sues its former lawyer, financial adviser (The Sacramento Bee)
The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians, owners of the Cache Creek Casino Resort in the Capay Valley, have sued their former lawyer and financial adviser, claiming the two bilked them out of millions of dollars for more than a decade.
Lawyer allegedly threatened client (The Japan Times)
MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) A Tokyo-based lawyer faced a fresh arrest warrant Tuesday for allegedly coercing one of his clients to stay silent during an interrogation so he could protect his accomplices,... Read more ...
Lawyer: Missing N.J. Mayor Is Home Again (CBS News)
Mayor Robert Levy, who's been missing for almost two weeks, is at home after leaving a Somerset County clinic known for treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues, his lawyer said.
Wisconsin attorney general: Deputy died from shooting himself in the head after rampage (Chinapost.com.tw)
CRANDON, Wisconsin -- An off-duty sheriff's deputy who killed six people apparently shot himself three times, with the last shot hitting him in the right side of the head, the Wisconsin attorney general said.
Attorney: Felony Charges Against Sheriff Are Absurd (News Channel 5 Nashville)
A day after Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Williamson County Ricky Headley, his attorney said the charges are bogus.
Personal Injury Lawyer Runs TV Ads Questioning Competitor's Credentials (Law.com)
Tired of waiting for the State Bar of Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee to respond to a complaint he filed in May, personal injury lawyer Thomas J. Henry began running TV ads last month questioning the credentials of Mauricio Celis, a partner in CGT Law Group International, which also represents plaintiffs. In the commercial, Henry alleges that Celis is not licensed as a lawyer and ...
OCC Attorney Says Fax Will Prove to Be Former Greenberg Partner's Downfall (Law.com)
An attorney for banking regulators pointed to a fax Tuesday that could prove crucial in determining whether attorney Carlos Loumiet tried to protect corrupt Hamilton Bank executives. The fax from Hamilton Bank to West Merchant Bank of London discussed the dumping of a Russian loan and the purchase of a junk Hong Kong loan at above-market prices. Special Counsel Lee Strauss claims that Loumiet ...
N.J. RICO Claims Against Lawyers Survive, for Now, in Long-Running Attorney-Client Dispute (Law.com)
Lawyers routinely file lawsuits and win judgments against clients who refuse to pay their fees. But Ellen Marshall's disputes with a former divorce client have been anything but routine. Then again, Warren Matthei is no ordinary client. The millionaire spent nearly a decade in jail, for refusing to pay child support and later refusing to pay attorney fees. Now, Marshall is pursuing RICO claims ...
Odessa's City Attorney Larry Long suspended for 30 days (News West 9 Midland)
ODESSA - NewsWest 9 is learning more about why Odessa's City Attorney Larry Long received a 30 day unpaid suspension.
Attorney in Pollard case seeks sanctions (The Daily Reflector)
An attorney representing Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning and two deputies has asked a federal judge to sanction his counterpart in a federal wrongful death suit.
O'Brien starts as U.S. attorney (Whittier Daily 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.
OCC Attorney Says Fax Will Prove to Be Former Greenberg Partner's Downfall (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
An attorney for banking regulators pointed to a fax Tuesday that could prove crucial in determining whether attorney Carlos Loumiet tried to protect corrupt Hamilton Bank executives.
Tribe sues lawyer, two others (Los Angeles Times)
Three are accused of taking millions while helping the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians grow rich on gambling, investments. SACRAMENTO -- They profited together from the rise of tribal gambling in California, but on Tuesday the rift between the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians and the lawyer who led them out of poverty was laid bare in a lawsuit.
Iowa attorney general sues drug firms (Quad-City Times)
TODAY: (Updated 1:45 p.m.) DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today the state has filed a lawsuit against 78 pharmaceutical companies, alleging the companies inflated drug prices for Medicaid patients, costing the state millions of dollars over several years.
Attorney files appeal in sex assault case (Quad-City Times)
The second trial of a Hillsdale, Ill., man facing sexual assault charges was delayed Tuesday after his attorney filed an appeal.
Lawyer adds to her affidavit on Siegelman (Birmingham News)
A Rainsville lawyer who first suggested White House influence in the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman told congressional lawyers last month that Siegelman dropped his 2002 election contest after Alabama Republicans promised to end the federal investigation of him.
Fargo attorney picked as the new insurance commissioner (The Bismarck Tribune)
Fargo attorney Adam Hamm will take over as North Dakota insurance commissioner on Oct. 22, the governor's office announced Tuesday morning.
EX-MILBERG LAWYER GUILTY (New York Post)
Former Milberg Weiss lawyer Steven Schulman pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks to plaintiffs in securities-fraud lawsuits, becoming the firm's second ex-senior partner to admit crimes after an eight-year investigation. Schulman admitted one count...
Incumbent district attorney, candidate debate job turnover at forum (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A candidate for the District Attorney's Office insisted Tuesday that seasoned prosecutors are leaving the office out of discontent, while the incumbent says the turnover is not unusual and the office has decades of experience in its top ranks.
Pasadena resident sworn in as U.S. Attorney (Pasadena Star-News)
PASADENA - Resident Thomas P. O'Brien has ascended the ranks in every aspect of his working life. And the former assistant U.S. Attorney and Top Gun pilot has done it again.
‘Highly probable’ Palace using lawyer, he says (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Wednesday that he was “very disappointed” over the impeachment complaint filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by his former lawyer and alleged that it was “highly probable” that Malacañang was using him to preempt a stronger case on the President.
Lawyer: Missing Atlantic City mayor at clinic, back home now (Asbury Park Press)
ATLANTIC CITY — Mayor Robert Levy, who's been missing for almost two weeks, is at home after leaving a Somerset County clinic known for treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues, his lawyer said yesterday.
Trillanes hits ex-lawyer's impeach rap vs Arroyo (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
Detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday scored an impeachment complaint against President Arroyo filed by lawyer Roberto Pulido, former legal counsel of many of the junior military officers detained for alleged involvement in the failed Oakwood mutiny.
Lawyer: Atlantic City Mayor Resigns (Chicago Tribune)
The mayor of this seaside gambling resort resigned Wednesday after a mysterious two-week absence from office during which he sought treatment at a rehabilitation clinic, his lawyer said.
Attorney offers to withdraw lawsuit against Board of Trustees (The Bay City Times)
Bay City attorney Kim A. Higgs offered to withdraw his Open Meetings Act lawsuit against the Delta College Board of Trustees on Tuesday, with one stipulation: The board had to agree to adopt a resolution written by Higgs and presented just before the start of the board's regular meeting.
Lawyer: Atlantic City Mayor Resigns (San Francisco Chronicle)
The mayor of this gambling resort resigned Wednesday after a two-week absence from office during which he sought help at a clinic known for treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues, his lawyer said. Mayor Robert Levy's resignation is...
Hamilton County attorney to fill Ohio House vacancy (The Cincinnati Post)
COLUMBUS - Republicans on Tuesday appointed an attorney from Hamilton County's Green Township to fill a vacant seat in the Ohio House.
Town justice censured for saying female attorney “had a nice butt” (Mid-Hudson News)
Albany -- The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has released its determination that LaGrange Town Justice Edmund Caplicki, Jr., should be censured, for gratuitously reiterating and repeatedly joking about a defendant’s inappropriate comments about his attorney’s physical appearance.
Civil rights attorney Austin to apply for District 5 seat (The Arizona Republic)
Phil Austin, a civil rights attorney and president of the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens, is putting his name in to fill the District 5 City Council seat vacated by Rex Griswold, and plans to run for the permanent seat in March.
Horse Racing: Jockey Kieren Fallon was driven by winning his lawyer says (International Herald Tribune)
Fallon had a higher winning percentage than normal during the time he was allegedly trying to fix races by losing, defense lawyer said.
Egypt holding 62 student Islamists: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Egyptian authorities have arrested 62 young Islamists on charges of belonging to an organised militant group, a charge they deny, their lawyer told AFP on Wednesday.
Attorney: FBI used informant with wire (The Kentucky Post)
LOUISVILLE - An assistant to one of three lawyers charged with bilking clients of millions of dollars in a diet drug settlement wore a wire and turned over notes of meetings to the FBI, a defense attorney said.
Riverside County district attorney creates team to handle death penalty cases (The Press-Enterprise)
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco has created a new pay level for prosecutors who handle death penalty cases. Pacheco said the 5 percent raise will initially go to eight prosecutors in different parts of the county who handle the specialty cases.
NY: Fake Lawyer Theft Plea (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Brian Valery wasn't really a lawyer. But he admits that he played one at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. Valery started as a paralegal at Manhattan's Anderson Kill & Olick, then falsely claimed he later got his law degree and passed the bar.
Lawyer of man accused of six murders says others were the killers (Asbury Park Press)
Three weeks after six people were killed and one was wounded in a winter 2002 Camden County shooting spree, 16-year-old Llewelyn James confessed. But his lawyer told a jury Wednesday that James did not commit the murders. Defense lawyer Jaime Kaigh suggested as the trial opened that a cousin and a friend of James did the killings, which rank as among the deadliest killing sprees in New Jersey ...
Manitoba lawyer urges U.S. water review for Devils Lake outlet (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Health Department should have studied the water quality consequences of changes it endorsed for the Devils Lake outlet's operating permit, a Canadian lawyer told the state's Supreme Court.
District Attorney won’t prosecute Base Village voters (Snowmass Village Sun)
The Pitkin County district attorney’s office will not be moving forward with the prosecution of any Snowmass Village property owner who voted in the 2005 Base Village referendum in Snowmass Village.
Lawyer: Al-Jazeera cameraman’s health deteriorates at Guantanamo (CPJ Press Freedom Online)
New York, October 10, 2007— An Al-Jazeera cameraman held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay for five years without charge is in deteriorating health as a result of a hunger strike, his lawyer told the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Points to consider in selecting an estate planning attorney (Princeton Packet)
Q: We are finally ready to address our estate planning needs, such as our wills, trusts and protecting our assets. What are the most important considerations when selecting an estate planning attorney? What are the most common estate planning mistakes?
Jockey Kieren Fallon Was Driven by Winning, Defense Lawyer in Race-Fixing Case Says (Canadian Business)
October 10, 2007 - 3:09 p.m. LONDON (AP) - Champion jockey Kieren Fallon had a higher winning percentage than normal during the time he was allegedly trying to fix races by losing, the jockey's defense lawyer said Wednesday.
Attorney calls surgeon's hiring at Marion VA hospital 'egregious' (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An attorney for a Kentucky woman whose husband died after gallbladder surgery at a VA hospital in southern Illinois says the VA's hiring of the surgeon with a questionable record is "the most egregious" concern in the case. Bob Shank, 50, bled to death a day after his Aug. 9 laparoscopic surgery by Dr. Jose Veizaga-Mendez at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Marion, according to his widow's ...
Lawyer: Pesticide Left Workers Sterile (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer for a dozen banana workers from Nicaragua argued Wednesday that Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and Dow Chemical Co. robbed his clients of the ability to have children by overexposing them to a harmful pesticide that left them sterile.