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State worker fired for leaking report, attorney says (Chicago Tribune)
Ex-worker says he exposed corruption A longtime state employee fired for leaking an internal investigative report critical of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration is seeking his job back on grounds that he acted to expose corruption, his attorney said.
Baseball's top labour lawyer defends sport's drug testing methods (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
NEW YORK - Baseball's top labour lawyer defended the way that drug testing is conducted, saying that players aren't given notice of tests.
State Attorney Files Request To Revoke Dentist's License (KCRA TheKCRAChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
The state attorney general has filed a formal request asking the state dental board to revoke the dental license of Dr. Mark Anderson.
Charged added against attorney (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
A disbarred attorney who is awaiting trial on numerous charges of child pornography and sexual assault of two...
On the Hill: Prospects for Mukasey's confirmation as attorney general dim (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Prospects for Michael Mukasey’s confirmation as attorney general dimmed Wednesday after he again refused to equate waterboarding with torture and more Democrats said they would vote against him.
Lawyer expects Jones to petition for reinstatement (USA Today)
Adam "Pacman" Jones' Las Vegas-based defense lawyer Robert Langford expects the suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback to petition for reinstatement to the NFL after his team's Nov. 19 game against the Denver Broncos. The Monday night game will be the Titans' 10th of the 2007 regular season and the first chance for Jones to ask Commissioner Roger Goodell to reconsider the season-long suspension ...
Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Clients (Law.com)
Disbarred lawyer Richard Boter has pleaded guilty to stealing $148,000 from at least 20 clients and agreed to a sentence of at least one year in prison and to pay $160,000 in restitution and forfeiture, according to the Manhattan DA's office. Boter was the 12th attorney to be netted by a probe into personal injury lawyers' use of runners to bribe hospital employees to gain access to potential ...
Attorney's Kilimanjaro climb to aid clients (Bradenton Herald)
Bradenton attorney Nelon Kirkland last week attended a motions hearing in Miami for a civil suit set for trial next month.
Next day dawns calmer in district attorney's office (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
By Wednesday morning, the drama had vanished from the offices of the Orleans Parish district attorney, along with Eddie Jordan's political career as the city's top prosecutor.
Ohio lawyer is arrested in Net child-sex sting (Deseret Morning News)
A former children's services lawyer was arrested in an Internet child-sex sting Wednesday in the basement of the Ohio Statehouse, minutes after the investigator who lured him there testified two floors above in favor of a bill that would increase penalties for such crimes.
Canadian's lawyer says barred from Guantanamo trial (Washington Post)
MIAMI (Reuters) - A civilian lawyer for the only Canadian terrorism suspect held at Guantanamo said on Wednesday he had been barred from his client's hearing at the U.S. base next week because of a dispute with military defense lawyers.
New $14.5 million school named for attorney (Asbury Park Press)
Despite his degree in juris prudence, the field of education still beckoned attorney John Dawes.
Drug ring broken up, attorney general says (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Five of 12 suspected drug dealers from Philadelphia were arrested yesterday as a $2.6 million prescription-drug distribution ring was broken up by the state attorney general's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, authorities said.
Beverly officer had seizure before fatal crash, lawyer says (Boston Globe)
A Beverly police officer suffered a seizure just before his cruiser rammed into a car in January, killing a 61-year-old woman sitting in the parked vehicle, the officer's lawyer said yesterday.
Lawyer's license revoked (Charleston Daily Mail)
A Fayette County lawyer had his license revoked by the state Supreme Court of Appeals. The state bar's Office of Disciplinary Counsel announced the revocation Wednesday.
Sen. Whitehouse to oppose attorney general's confirmation (WPRI 12 Providence)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says he'll join other Democrats in opposing the confirmation of Michael Mukasey as the nation's next attorney general. The Rhode Island Democrat announced his position from the Senate floor yesterday.
Attorney general sues SoCal contractor over minimum wage (The Fresno Bee)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to bust companies suspected of not paying minimum wage, overtime and other legally required charges.
Lawyer: Boy insane when he killed his father (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - November 1, 2007 8:25 AM ET RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The lawyer for a Chittenden teenager charged with shooting his father to death earlier this year says his client was insane at...
Best to get a lawyer for estate plan (The Record)
I finally made an appointment with a lawyer to write my will after publicly scolding myself several times about my lack of an estate plan. So why did I spend a recent Sunday afternoon writing my own will using a cheap software program?
School Board Chair, Delegate and Lawyer Differ in Background (Washington Post)
A delegate, a School Board chairman and a lawyer are running for Prince William County clerk of the court.
Kennedy opposes Mukasey as attorney general (MSNBC)
President Bush, seeking to salvage the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, on Thursday defended the former judge’s refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding as illegal torture.
Lawyer's license revoked (Charleston Daily Mail)
A Fayette County lawyer had his license revoked by the state Supreme Court. The state bar's Office of Disciplinary Counsel announced the revocation Wednesday.
Disbarred lawyer gets 5-year jail sentence (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - A disbarred lawyer from Grafton was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday in Superior Court for stealing about $750,000 from former clients.
Bush: Alleged torture not relevant to attorney general pick (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US President George W. Bush said Thursday that his attorney general pick should not have to say whether he considers the "waterboarding" of terrorism suspects to be torture, and therefore illegal.
Bush defends attorney general pick in torture dispute (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President George W. Bush said Thursday that his attorney general nominee will not tell lawmakers weighing his confirmation if he judges "waterboarding" of terrorism suspects is torture, thus illegal.
SF City Attorney Files Suit Against Ed Jew (NBC 11 Bay Area)
The city attorney of San Francisco filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to remove Ed Jew from the Board of Supervisors.
Canadian lawyer says he is barred from Omar Khadr's hearing at Guantanamo (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A civilian lawyer for Canadian terror suspect Omar Khadr says he has been barred from attending next week's arraignment for his client at Guantanamo Bay because of a dispute over legal strategy with Pentagon-appointed defence lawyers.
Kennedy opposes attorney general nominee (CNN.com)
Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts said Thursday he will oppose President Bush's nominee for attorney general.
S.F. city attorney sues to remove Ed Jew from office (San Francisco Chronicle)
(11-01) 12:54 PDT SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit today to seek the permanent removal of suspended Supervisor Ed Jew from the Board of Supervisors. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, contends that Jew did...
Attorney general may have House Dems' records, court rules (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
HARRISBURG -- The state attorney general's office today won access to 20 boxes of records seized in an August search of the House Democratic research offices.
Bush Presses Congress to Pass Defense Funding, Confirm Attorney General Nominee (Voice of America)
President Bush wants the opposition-led Congress to pass his request for military spending and approve his choice for attorney general, the nation's top law enforcement official.
McCain backs Bush's U.S. Attorney General candidate (BizJournals)
Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday he will back the nomination of Michael Mukasey as U.S. attorney general.
Bush: No attorney general if not Mukasey (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats do not confirm him.
City Attorney Releases Wildfires Report (KGTV TheSanDiegoChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
City Attorney Michael Aguirre released his report Thursday on the wildfires that raged throughout San Diego County last week.
Calif. attorney general seeks to revoke license of dentist accused of fondling patients (Court TV Online)
The California Attorney General's office filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to revoke the license of a Woodland dentist accused of fondling female patients during office visits.
Bush: No Attorney General if Not Mukasey (San Francisco Chronicle)
President Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats don't...
Lawyer: Chapman's son sold N-word tape (USA Today)
Television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman's private phone conversation, in which he used the N-word repeatedly, was taped and sold to The National Enquirer by his son, Chapman's lawyer said Thursday.
Bush defends attorney general pick in torture dispute (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President George W. Bush said Thursday that his attorney general nominee will not tell lawmakers weighing his confirmation if he judges "waterboarding" of terrorism suspects is torture, thus illegal.
Bush: No Mukasey, No Attorney General (Fox News)
President Bush warned that he will not nominate another person for attorney general if Democrats don't confirm nominee Michael Mukasey.
Lawyer: Chapman's son sold N-word tape (AP via Yahoo! News)
Television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman's son taped a private phone conversation in which the reality star used a racial slur repeatedly, then sold it to a tabloid for "a lot of money," Chapman's lawyer said Thursday.
Bush: No attorney general if not Mukasey (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats don't confirm him.
Honorary doctorate for top Canadian lawyer (Scoop.co.nz)
Emeritus Professor David Mullan, a highly distinguished lawyer in Canada and Victoria University alumnus, is being awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.
Come clean on secret plan: Haneef's lawyer (rediff.com)
Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef's lawyer has asked the Australian police and Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews to come clean on a so-called "secret plan" to thwart a court's decision to release the former terror suspect on bail.
Dog Chapman's son sold tape to Enquirer, lawyer says (Honolulu Advertiser)
Television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman's private phone conversation, in which he used the N-word repeatedly, was taped and sold to The National Enquirer by his son, Chapman's lawyer said today.
Bush Says There Might Not Be an Attorney General if Mukasey Nomination Fails (Law.com)
No Mukasey? No attorney general. That seemed to be President Bush's message Thursday during a double dose of remarks in which he complained that the Democrats were unfairly hesitating to confirm Michael Mukasey over his refusal to declare waterboarding torture. Opposition in the Senate continued to grow, however, when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., became the fourth of 10 Democrats on the ...
San Francisco city attorney files suit to remove Ed Jew from board (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit Thursday to seek the permanent removal of Ed Jew from the Board of Supervisors, an action that could lead to a relatively quick resolution of the suspended supervisor's fate in city government. The suit,...
Lawyer: Bounty hunter's son sold tape (Fox 12 Idaho)
Associated Press - November 2, 2007 12:53 AM ET HONOLULU (AP) - The lawyer for television bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman says his client's son taped a private phone conversation in which the...
Bush defends attorney general pick in torture dispute (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President George W. Bush said Thursday that his attorney general nominee will not tell lawmakers weighing his confirmation if he judges "waterboarding" of terrorism suspects is torture, thus illegal.
Bush: No attorney general if not Mukasey (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats don't confirm him.
Georgetown lawyer attacks Gormley's family court (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A family court race for a recently created judgeship is gearing up to be among the most contentious races this election. Judge Tamra Gormley was appointed in May to the bench in the 14th Judicial District, which consists of Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties. Her opponent is Neil Duncliffe, a Georgetown lawyer. Gormley's campaign ads note that she holds family court in a smaller courtroom "so ...