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New attorney general set to take ceremonial oath (Baltimore Sun)
Mukasey officially sworn in Friday so he could start working 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 to take ceremonial oath of office (ABC 15 Phoenix)
WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush's new attorney general is being given a ceremonial swearing-in today. Judge Michael Mukasey's actually been on the job since a private swearing-in last week. Today, he takes the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts, with the president looking on.
New attorney general to take ceremonial oath of office (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
Bush's third attorney general will have 14 months to right a Justice Department battered under Alberto Gonzales by scandals over fired prosecutors and warrantless wiretapping.
New attorney general to take oath Wednesday with Bush (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON 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. The White House said President Bush also was to speak Wednesday at the Justice Department ceremony, after which Mukasey would address his employees for the ...
Attorney: Bird expert thought he was shooting feral cat 8:20 AM CT (Dallas Morning News)
GALVESTON, Texas - A prominent bird-watcher on trial for fatally shooting a cat thought he was taking aim at a feral cat that had no owner, his attorney said.
Lawyer: Attempted Sex Assault Suspect Is Dying (KMGH 7 Denver)
The lawyer for an elderly Palisade, Colo. man accused of threatening to rape a nurse said his client couldn't attend a court hearing Tuesday because he is dying.
Mukasey becomes Bush's 3rd attorney general (Houston Chronicle)
Michael Mukasey was ceremonially sworn in as attorney general today, and President Bush promised to help him rebuild the top leadership of the Justice Department.
House bill backs attorney-client privilege for businesses (USA Today)
Federal prosecutors would not be able to threaten businesses with charges for refusing to hand over privileged corporate attorney-client communications under legislation passed by the House.
New attorney general sworn in (Los Angeles Times)
Bush welcomes Michael Mukasey, calling him 'the right man' to confront the challenges at the Justice Department. WASHINGTON -- Former federal Judge Michael B. Mukasey was sworn in as the nation's 81st attorney general today, capping a wrenching battle over what critics called the politicalization of the Justice Department by the White House.
Stoughton lawyer's license pulled again (The Capital Times)
A Stoughton lawyer's license was suspended today for the third time by the Wisconsin Supreme Court after she overbilled a client, failed to show proper credit for that client's payment and overstated the amount the client owed her. According to the high court decision, Susan L. Schuster, who practices at 724 E. Main St., Stoughton, repeatedly sent a client inaccurate bills for legal fees ...
Mukasey Sworn in as US Attorney General (Voice of America)
President Bush says America's new top law enforcement official will bring clear purpose and resolve to the Justice Department. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, Mr. Bush attended the ceremonial swearing-in of Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
Lawyer files contempt proceedings against newspapers (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A lawyer for a man arrested in last month's police anti-terrorism raids has filed contempt of court proceedings against Fairfax newspapers for running leaked evidence in the case.
Lawyer files contempt proceedings (Stuff)
LATEST: A lawyer for a man arrested in last month's police anti-terrorism raids has filed contempt of court complaint against Fairfax newspapers for running leaked evidence in the case.
Saudi lawyer reports harassment after defending rape victim (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Saudi lawyer and human rights activist said on Wednesday that a court in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom withdrew his licence after he objected to a ruling which penalised a female rape victim.
Decision to print disgusts lawyer (Newstalk via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The lawyer for one of those arrested in last month's terror raids is disgusted with the Dominion Post newspaper's decision to publish secret police evidence in the case.
Mukasey Sworn In As Attorney General (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Retired federal judge Michael Mukasey was ceremonially sworn in Wednesday as the United States' 81st attorney general.
A lawyer's long fight for democracy puts him in a familiar place (Taipei Times)
Twenty-five years ago, when US president Ronald Reagan treated Pakistani dictator Muhammad Zia ul-Haq to a White House state dinner, a promising young lawyer out of Cambridge University languished in jail. He had protested too loudly, and too often, about the lack of democracy in his country.
Decision to print disgusts lawyer (NZCity)
15 November 2007 The lawyer for one of those arrested in last month's terror raids is disgusted with the Dominion Post newspaper's decision to publish secret police evidence in the case.
Mukasey sworn in as attorney general (The Washington Times)
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today pledged to uphold the freedoms of U.S. citizens while fighting terrorism,...
O.J. lawyer: Kidnapping, robbery counts should be dropped (Chicago Sun-Times)
LAS VEGAS — Kidnapping and robbery charges against O.J. Simpson should be dropped, his lawyer argued Wednesday at the close of a preliminary hearing to determine whether he should stand trial in an alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia dealers.
Principal settles dispute with Conn. attorney general (The Des Moines Register)
Principal Financial Group Inc. on Wednesday settled a legal dispute with the Connecticut attorney general for $5 million.
Hannah Montana Ticket Problem Was 'Endemic,' Says Lawyer Who Filed Class-Action Suit (MTV Music Television)
Hannah Montana's official fan club had "more of a lottery" than a presale for its members, says a lawyer who filed a class-action suit against MileyWorld.com.
Attorney Disputes Felony Charges In Swim Coach Videotape Case (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - A former girl's swim coach at Tampa Preparatory School, who faces multiple charges that he secretly videotaped girls changing into their swimsuits, did not commit a felony, his attorney argues.
Saudi lawyer reports harassment after defending rape victim (Middle East Times)
Kingdom Tower, a landmark of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A Saudi lawyer and human rights activist said on Wednesday that a court in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom withdrew his licence after he objected to a ruling which penalised a female rape victim.
Crown lawyer accuses UK's top prosecutor (Daily Telegraph)
The country's top prosecutor "publicly humiliated" a Crown Prosecution Service lawyer by removing her from her job over unfounded bullying claims, a tribunal has heard.
DPP lawyer 'sorry' for Mallard's wrongful conviction (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Senior West Australian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lawyer Ken Bates has made an emotional admission to a Corruption and Crime Commission inquiry in Perth that he fell short of his obligations as a prosecutor in the case of Andrew Mallard.
Principal settles dispute with Connecticut attorney general (Boston Globe)
Principal Financial Group Inc. on Wednesday settled a legal dispute with the Connecticut attorney general for $5 million.
Assistant State Attorney Robbed At Gunpoint (WJXT News4Jax.com via Yahoo! News)
An assistant state attorney recently went from crime-fighter to crime victim when she was robbed at gunpoint.
Lawyer, client shot inside Las Piñas courtroom (Philstar.com)
A woman lawyer and her client were shot inside a courtroom in Las Piñas City this morning according to reports.
WA attorney general McKenna launches re-election bid (The Columbian)
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna launched his 2008 re-election campaign on Wednesday, touting his first-term work fighting identity theft and methamphetamine abuse.
US colluding to ruin Pakistan: Pakistani lawyer (Indian Express via Yahoo! India News)
A representative of Pakistan's deposed chief justice on Wednesday accused the US administration of helping to destroy his country, and urged it to cut off ties with President Pervez Musharraf. "With all respect and humility, apparently, this license to ruin the future of my country has been given by the US administration," said Mohamed Akram, a lawyer close to the sacked Pakistani Supreme Court ...
Fayette district ordered to ID students to attorney (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A Fayette County school district has been ordered to turn over to an attorney the names of 19 students included in discovery documents in a civil lawsuit involving a former teacher.
Ex-Lawyer Gets 10 Years for Defrauding Clients, Banks of More Than $24M (Law.com)
A former New York real estate lawyer who defrauded banks and clients of more than $24 million was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison. Anthony Belletieri used the money to make real estate investments, pay salaries at his now-defunct firm, make improvements to his home and pay for a family wedding. Southern District of New York Judge Charles L. Brieant said a tough sentence was necessary to ...
Firm Sued for Cheating Lawyer Out of Profits After $172M Wal-Mart Win (Law.com)
Fred Furth won a $172 million award two years ago for Wal-Mart employees who weren't paid for meal breaks. But in a suit filed Tuesday, a lawyer who worked at his firm for five years accuses him of cheating her and others out of promised bonuses. Carolyn Burton says she accepted a below-market salary because she was led to believe she'd be in line to earn bonuses of 3 percent to 5 percent of the ...
Elizabeth Township Teen accused in death of dad healing: attorney (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
An Elizabeth Township girl charged in the shotgun killing of her father remains in a residential treatment center and is rebounding from her abusive past, her attorney said Wednesday.
Assistant State Attorney Robbed At Gunpoint (WJXT Jacksonville)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An assistant state attorney recently went from crime-fighter to crime victim when she was robbed at gunpoint. "I didn't think anything until I saw the gun. As soon as I saw the gun, I knew exactly what was going on," said Assistant State Attorney Jessica Trudeau.
Mount Pleasant meeting legal, town attorney says (The Post and Courier)
MOUNT PLEASANT — A closed-door Town Council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the town's condemnation of the OK Tire property near Shem Creek was legal even though the specific purpose of the meeting wasn't stated on the agenda, Town Attorney Allen Young said Wednesday. On Tuesday, counc...
Governor's staff files complaint against fired lawyer, over disclosures (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Gov. Matt Blunt's office has filed an ethics complaint with the Missouri Supreme Court against fired staff lawyer Scott Eckersley, accusing him of "breach of confidentiality" for going public about his duties.
Firm Sued for Cheating Lawyer Out of Profits After $172M Wal-Mart Win (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Fred Furth won a $172 million award two years ago for Wal-Mart employees who weren't paid for meal breaks. But in a suit filed Tuesday, a lawyer who worked at his firm for five years accuses him of cheating her and others out of promised bonuses.
Ex-Lawyer Gets 10 Years for Defrauding Clients, Banks of More Than $24M (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A former New York real estate lawyer who defrauded banks and clients of more than $24 million was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison. Anthony Belletieri used the money to make real estate investments, pay salaries at his now-defunct firm, make improvements to his home and pay for a family wedding.
BELLEVUE: Attorney general kicks off 2008 campaign for re-election (Tacoma News Tribune)
Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna launched his 2008 re-election campaign Wednesday, touting his first-term work on identity theft and methamphetamine abuse.
Attorney disbarred for 10 years (Orlando Sentinel)
A veteran Melbourne attorney, already under suspension for financial irregularities with clients, has been disbarred for 10 years, The Florida Bar announced Wednesday.
Lawyer David Rasif struck off Bar for misconduct (Channel NewsAsia via Yahoo! Singapore News)
SINGAPORE: Lawyer David Rasif has been struck off the Bar.
Musharraf says will quit army before Dec 1: attorney general (Channel NewsAsia)
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said that he will quit as army chief before December 1, the country's attorney general told reporters Thursday.
McLaren lawyer seeks F1 title for Hamilton (Reuters via Yahoo! India News)
LONDON (Reuters) - A lawyer for McLaren called on Thursday for Lewis Hamilton to be handed the points that would make the Briton, and not Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, this year's Formula One world champion.
Pakistan's Musharraf will quit army before December 1: attorney general (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said that he will step down as army chief before December 1, the country's attorney general told reporters Thursday.
McLaren lawyer seeks Hamilton title at appeal (F1-Live.com via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Sport)
''The sanction, I'm afraid, has to be disqualification'' : The lead lawyer representing McLaren at the 'cool fuel' appeal on Thursday morning has called for Lewis Hamilton to be handed the title.
Attorney establishes school fund (CentralOhio.com)
LANCASTER - Attorney Craig M. Vandervoort wants to improve the quality of education in Lancaster City Schools. That goal prompted him to establish the Lancaster Public Education Foundation, a coalition of local residents, educators and entrepreneurs who share that mission.
Brevard lawyer in condo case is disbarred (Florida Today)
The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred a Melbourne lawyer for 10 years in connection with unbuilt condo projects that have spawned at least 10 lawsuits. Albert Scott Lagano, 49, was found guilty Wednesday of five counts related to trust fund shortages and the commingling of trust funds and operating funds of a number of clients, the Florida Bar said. According to a Florida Bar news release, an ...
SEBASTIAN COUNTY : Shue reveals plan to run for prosecuting attorney (NWAnews.com)
FORT SMITH — Deputy prosecutor Daniel Shue announced Wednesday that he will seek the Republican nomination for prosecuting attorney in Sebastian County. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)