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Famed Plaintiffs Lawyer in Federal Judge's Crosshairs (Law.com)
A corporation's worst nightmare, famed plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has taken on asbestos companies, Big Tobacco and scads of insurance companies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But he may have finally met his match in the controversial and outspoken U.S. District Judge William M. Acker Jr., who has held Scruggs in criminal contempt for failing to abide by a court order to return ...
Detained NZ man set to leave Fiji hospital - lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
SUVA - A New Zealand man badly beaten by Fiji authorities during his arrest over a plot to kill Fiji's coup leader may be able to leave hospital today, his lawyer has said.
Lawyer: Noose isn't his clients' (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A lawyer for three white Jefferson Parish supervisors said Monday that a noose, bullwhip and other objects alleged by a black employee to convey racial intimidation in the workplace didn't belong to any of the three men and were likely practical jokes.
Disbarred Attorney Indicted in Theft From Clients (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A disbarred New York attorney is facing felony grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from two clients, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Lawyer: Pilot assumed bridge crash was minor (Provo Daily Herald)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The pilot of a cargo ship that struck the Bay Bridge, causing San Francisco Bay's biggest oil spill in nearly two decades, initially thought the impact was minor and reported it as such to authorities, his lawyer and investigators said Monday. Immediately after the Cosco Busan struck the bridge last week, the pilot, Capt.
No deal on pick for city attorney (Birmingham News)
Most of incoming Mayor Larry Langford's picks for appointed staff members and department heads will be named today, but Birmingham lawyer Michael Choy will not be among them as the city's next attorney.
Lawyer: Officer In Fatal Crash Broke No Laws (WCVB TheBostonChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the Boston police officer involved in Saturday's crash that killed a Braintree woman said his client was not breaking any laws when the accident occurred. Ann Marie McNally, 36, was killed when a marked Boston police cruiser crashed into her car in South Boston.
Lawyer: Bay Pilot Didn't Realize Damage (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
A lawyer for the ship pilot under investigation in San Francisco Bay's biggest oil spill in nearly two decades said his client didn't immediately realize the severity of the crash that led to the leak. Capt. John Cota was helming the cargo ship when it struck a bridge support last week, opening a 90-foot gash in the hull that dumped 58,000 gallons into the bay, fouling miles of ...
Teacher's attorney wants proof of boy's age in teacher-student sex case (KPLC)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The attorney for a Nebraska middle school teacher who fled to Mexico with an illegal immigrant student amid a sex scandal says he wants proof that the boy is only 13, as authorities are saying.
Lawyer: Bay pilot didn't realize damage (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the ship pilot under investigation in San Francisco Bay's biggest oil spill in nearly two decades said his client didn't immediately realize the severity of the crash that led to the leak.
Lawyer: Officer In Fatal Crash Broke No Laws (WCVB Boston)
A lawyer for the Boston police officer involved in Saturday's crash that killed a Braintree woman said his client was not breaking any laws when the accident occurred.
Teacher's attorney wants proof of boy's age in teacher-student sex case (WANE-TV Fort Wayne)
Associated Press - November 13, 2007 7:33 AM ET OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The attorney for a Nebraska middle school teacher who fled to Mexico with an illegal immigrant student amid a sex scandal says...
Indicted Houston lawyer says he's the real victim (Houston Chronicle)
Todd Hoeffner, a Houston plaintiff lawyer, says he was the target of an extortion plot in which routine settlements were held hostage by a claims manager and her boyfriend.
Teacher's attorney wants proof of boy's age in teacher-student sex case (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
OMAHA, Neb. The attorney for a Nebraska middle school teacher who fled to Mexico with an illegal immigrant student amid a sex scandal says he wants proof that the boy is only 13, as authorities are saying. James Martin Davis says he has information that the boy might be older.
District attorney has subpoenaed Randolph Recreation Dept. files (The Patriot Ledger)
RANDOLPH - Town officials have three more weeks to finish pulling together financial records of the town’s recreation department to comply with a subpoena from the Norfolk County district attorney’s office.
Lawyer: Bay Pilot Didn't Realize Damage (ABC News)
Pilot Tells Lawyer 'You Could Hardly Feel Anything' During Collision That Led to SF Bay Spill
Kevin Federline's Lawyer May Subpoena Britney Video (Fox News)
Kevin Federline's lawyer says he may try to subpoena video footage that apparently shows the pop princess running a red light at a Hollywood Hills intersection while driving with their two young sons in the back seat.
Attorney General Wants 'Justice' In Boot Camp Case (The Tampa Tribune)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is committed to helping Martin Lee Anderson's family continue any investigation into the teen's death, according to a statement released by McCollum and family attorney Benjamin Crump today. Anderson, 14, died after being restrained and struck by drill instructors at a Panhandle boot camp while a nurse looked on, occasionally checking his vital signs. The ...
Attorney: Child Killer Not An Animal (WKMG Local6.com via Yahoo! News)
Convicted child killer Mark Dean Schwab paces his cell for 14 hours a day worrying about Thursday's execution, his attorney said on Tuesday immediately after asking Judge Charles Holcomb for an evidentiary hearing.
Attorney General To Investigate Truck Stop Fuel Leak (KWWL Iowa)
Iowa's top prosecutor will review a case against a truck stop to determine if it's responsible for fuel leaks in Davenport and the Des Moines area. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has voted put the case of the Flying J in the hands of the attorney general's office.
Attorney General Releases Statement on Martin Lee Anderson Death (First Coast News)
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today released a statement along with Attorney Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing the parents of Martin Lee Anderson.
Attorney general backs Thompson (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Attorney General Bob McDonnell is backing Fred Thompson for the Republican presidential nomination.
Lawyer: Jones intends to take plea deal, get probation (NFL.com)
LAS VEGAS -- Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones is expected to take a plea deal that will get him probation in return for testimony about a Las Vegas strip club triple shooting, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Ex-Idaho Falls police officer reaches plea deal in gun case (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 12:05 PM- IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - A former Idaho Falls police officer facing felony weapons charges plans instead to plead guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a trial that could have put him behind bars for years, his lawyer said.
'Pacman' to take plea deal, lawyer says (Rocky Mountain News)
Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones is expected to take a plea deal that will get him probation in return for testimony about a Las Vegas strip club triple shooting, his lawyer said today.
District Attorney speaks out in Mary Winkler verdict (WAFF 48 News Huntsville)
The district attorney who helped prosecute convicted killer Mary Winkler in the slaying of her minister husband says evidence against her was (quote) "awfully good."
Cousins keen to play footie soon - lawyer (Daily Telegraph)
FORMER West Coast Eagles player Ben Cousins is keen to return to AFL football again as early as next year, his lawyer says.
Cousins keen to play footie soon - lawyer (Perth Now)
FORMER West Coast Eagles player Ben Cousins is keen to return to AFL football again as early as next year, his lawyer says.
Golf buddy: O.J. said bring heat; defense lawyer: that's a lie (The Fresno Bee)
In a day of dazzling courtroom drama, O.J. Simpson's one-time pal glared at him across the courtroom Tuesday and calmly gave testimony that could send him to jail for years. Minutes later, Simpson's lawyer accused the friend of being a pimp and a liar.
Miami City Attorney Faces Expense Account Probe (CBS4 Miami)
CBS4 News has learned that an investigation is underway by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office into expense reports filed by Miami City Attorney Jorge Fernandez and billed to city taxpayers. City employees have confirmed that subpoenas have been issued as part of a probe, but Fernandez told CBS4's Gary Nelson he is not aware of any investigation.
US House Adopts Attorney-Client Protection Act On Voice Vote (Nasdaq)
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a bill barring U.S. government employees from pressuring companies to waive basic legal protections, including attorney-client privileges.
Rep. Bob Allen's attorney files misconduct motions (Orlando Sentinel)
Four days after Rep. Bob Allen was convicted of soliciting an undercover officer for sex, his attorney is asking a judge to dismiss the charge, throw out the conviction, or at the very least, give his client a new trial.
Longtime defense attorney John Caine dies (Deseret Morning News)
Longtime northern Utah defense attorney John Caine, who handled more than 60 murder cases in his 34-year legal career, has died. He was 59. Mr. Caine died early Monday of myasthenia gravis, a nerve disorder.
Pacman Jones to File Plea in Strip-Club Shooting, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg.com)
Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Suspended National Football League cornerback Pacman Jones plans to plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a Las Vegas strip-club shooting in exchange for a suspended sentence, his lawyer said.
UPDATE: US House Adopts Attorney-Client Protection Act (Nasdaq)
(Updates with comments from Justice, starting in third paragraph.) WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a bill barring U.S. government employees from pressuring companies to waive basic legal protections, including attorney-client privileges.
John Caine, veteran Utah defense attorney, dies at 59 (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 8:23 PM- Veteran Utah defense attorney John Caine died early Monday at age 59, following a year-long struggle with health problems.
W. Windsor's attorney to take new post (The Trenton Times)
PLAINSBORO -- The lawyer West Windsor Township removed from redevelopment issues when a new majority assumed control of council in July has been appointed township attorney in Plainsboro Township and will assume the post in January.
Lawyer wants Khan back in hospital (Fijilive.com)
Lawyer Tevita Fa is seeking an audience with police to allow Ballu Khan to return to hospital rather then spend tonight at Central Police Station. Fa said police plan to keep Khan at CPS, in central Suva, tonight after interrogating him at the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department.
Attorney General revives wiretap probe (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | The Justice Department has reopened a long-dormant inquiry into the government's warrantless wiretapping program, a major policy shift only days into the tenure of Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
Lawyer skips disbarment hearing (Concord Monitor)
Suspended lawyer Caroline Douglas didn't show yesterday when the state Supreme Court took up her potential disbarment. Instead, Douglas had a friend deliver a written defense.
White Plains real estate lawyer gets 10 years for $22 million fraud (The Journal News)
Anthony Bellettieri thought he could make the numbers add up. The Harrison real estate lawyer played the float between his firm's two accounts, writing checks in an amount that gave the appearance that the more than $20 million he stole was still there. He gambled he could beat the system.
New attorney general set to take oath (AP via Yahoo! News)
The nation's top judge prepared to issue a ceremonial oath of office to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who in his short term at the Justice Department has promised to enforce laws fairly and independent of political pressure.
New attorney-general approved (The Nation)
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) Wednesday approved the appointment of Chaikasem Nitisiri as the new attorney general. The approval was granted with the votes of 113 to 0. Four members abstained from the secret balloting.
Lawyer for defendant in slaying seeks documents (Daily Journal)
BRIDGETON -- The lawyer for a 22-year-old Millville man accused in the shooting death of Charles "Bunky" Jones requested more information from the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office Tuesday.
Bertuzzi lawyer wants lawsuit files sealed (Toronto Star)
In a rare legal move, NHL star Todd Bertuzzi's lawyer will ask a judge on Friday to seal future court files related to a $15 million lawsuit filed against him by Steve Moore, the former player whose neck Bertuzzi broke in 2004.
Attorney: Rep. Allen didn't get fair trial (Orlando Sentinel)
Greg Eisenmenger accuses prosecutors of misleading jurors in the lawmaker's sex-solicitation case. Four days after state Rep. Bob Allen was convicted of soliciting an undercover officer for sex, his attorney is asking a judge to either dismiss the charge, throw out the conviction or, at the very least, give his client a new trial.
Lawyer is Malawi's new chief of prosecutions (Mail and Guardian)
Malawi, which is severely affected by corruption, has appointed a seasoned anti-graft lawyer as its new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), a parliamentary spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Attorney General Juggles Duties In Immigration Spat (KOTV 6 Tulsa)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's new immigration law is forcing the state's chief law enforcement officer to juggle his legal duties. State law requires Attorney General Drew Edmondson to render opinions on the legality of state laws. It also requires him to defend state laws when they are challenged in court.
District attorney calls criticism of Masters' prosecutors unfair (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
As lawyers for Tim Masters prepare tomorrow to resume their siege on the Larimer County justice system, District Attorney Larry Abrahamson is pushing back against the ongoing attacks.
Scott's attorney, client measure passes in House (Daily Press)
The bill would prohibit coercive tactics to get people to waive attorney-client privilege. The House passed a bill Tuesday sponsored by U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott to protect confidential discussions between attorneys and their clients for those who are under investigation.