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Attorney General files suit to stop realty company (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Pennsylvania Attorney General today accused a North Hills real estate company and its president of a massive scam that accumulated nearly $3 million in fraudulent legal filings and second mortgages in Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties and asked Common Pleas Court to shut them down.
Judge: attorney must represent death-row inmate (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 10:42 AM- An appeal by murderer Ralph Lerory Menzies has stalled for almost a year because no attorney will represent him - most saying the pay is too low.
Khan has top Auckland lawyer in his corner (NZCity)
17 November 2007 The partner of a New Zealand man detained in Fjij is hoping a top Auckland lawyer will work his magic. Ballu Khan has been under interrogation by police over his involvement in an alleged plot to kill the country's military leader, Frank Bainimarama.
Lawyer and business associate indicted on insurance fraud charges (Boston Globe)
A Walpole lawyer and his business associate have been indicted in an insurance fraud scam for allegedly inflating medical bills to insurance companies.
N.H. attorney general investigates anti-Romney calls (Boston Globe)
New Hampshire's attorney general is investigating phone calls to voters that pretend to be opinion polls but then undercut presidential contender Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith -- and make favorable statements about Republican rival John McCain.
Attorney: Opening Jena 6 juvenile trial only partial victory (The Advocate)
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) -- A state judge's move to open the juvenile trial of one of the black teenagers known as the Jena Six is a good step but not enough, an attorney representing news organizations that sued to open the proceedings said Friday.
Senators back Humetewa's nomination for U.S. attorney (BizJournals)
U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., are backing President Bush's nomination of Diane Humetewa as U.S. attorney for Arizona, and are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to expedite the process.
Hopi lawyer nominated for U.S. Attorney post (Arizona Daily Sun)
PHOENIX (AP) — President Bush on Thursday nominated Diane J. Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Indian tribe, to serve as the next U.S. attorney for Arizona.
TV interview with Stephen Grant's lawyer may jeopardize trial (Lansing State Journal)
In what could be a violation of a court-issued gag order, the lawyer for murder suspect Stephen Grant has given an interview to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), a move that could - at minimum - delay Grant's Nov. 27 trial. Channel 7 is promoting the interview -- which refers to Grant as a "confessed killer" - on its Web site, on television and on the radio. This comes just as the court has begun mailing ...
Did Grant attorney violate gag order? (Detroit News)
A Macomb County Circuit Court judge is looking into whether the attorney for accused murderer Stephen Grant acted properly by giving an interview to a Detroit television station less than two weeks before Grant is to stand trial for killing and dismembering his wife, Tara.
Attorney says deal to pay DA's judgement hammered out (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - November 16, 2007 4:04 PM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An attorney for plaintiffs who won a $3.3 million court judgment from the the New Orleans District Attorney's office says a...
Attorney: DA Settlement Appears Worked Out (WDSU New Orleans)
An attorney for plaintiffs who won a $3.3 million court judgment from the the New Orleans district attorney's office says a settlement appears to have been worked out.
Lawyer Says James Brown Estate Missing Big Money (NBC 5 Chicago)
A lawyer for the family of James Brown says that the late soul singer's estate has significantly less money than it should.
Olson attorney points to another suspect in Berry murder (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Taylor Olson is accused of killing Johnia Berry, but his attorney now suggests it might be Noah Cox, who is already in jail.
NH attorney general investigates anti-Romney calls that pretend to be opinion surveys (WIS News 10 Columbia)
Republican presidential candidate John McCain calls it "disgraceful and outrageous," while his rival Mitt Romney calls it "un-American." Now, New Hampshire's attorney general has launched an investigation, and everybody's pointing fingers.
Palin names Fairbanks attorney to Alaska Supreme Court (KTVF Fairbanks)
A Fairbanks attorney has been appointed as a justice on the Alaska Supreme Court.
Man accused of posing as officer, lawyer (Austin American-Statesman)
CORPUS CHRISTI — A major contributor to Democratic causes and political races was indicted Friday on charges of falsely holding himself out as a lawyer and impersonating a public servant.
Attorney: Pasadena man didn't intend to kill (Houston Chronicle)
The Pasadena man whose shooting of two burglary suspects was heard in a dramatic 911 call as they left his neighbor's home did not intend to kill them, his attorney said Friday.
Local lesson in taser death - lawyer (Stuff)
The death of a Polish national by taser gun at Vancouver Airport should be a wake-up call for all New Zealanders, a leading Auckland lawyer says. Hear Auckland lawyer Marie Dyhrberg's taser warning
Haneef's lawyer urges ALP to change migration policy (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The lawyer for Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef says the archaic status of Australia's migration laws would not change under a Labor government.
Rep. Rachel Quintana Hires New Lawyer (KFOX 14 El Paso)
After getting charged with forgery, city councilmember Rachel Quintana has hired a new lawyer. Quintana will no longer be represented by candidate for District Attorney Theresa Caballero; instead, Luis Aguilar will now represent Quintana.
Palin names Fairbanks attorney to Alaska Supreme Court (KTVA Anchorage)
A Fairbanks attorney has been appointed as a justice on the Alaska Supreme Court. Governor Sarah Palin on Friday named Daniel E. Winfree as the 19th justice ever appointed to the state's highest court.
Bush Chooses District Judge for 3rd Circuit, With Reed Smith Attorney as Replacement (Law.com)
U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter has been nominated to take a seat on the 3rd Circuit and, in a rare move, President Bush nominated Reed Smith attorney Carolyn Short to replace Pratter on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania bench. Ordinarily, the nomination of a replacement for a district judge who is elevated to the appellate court comes after Senate confirmation. But in Short's case, ...
Cozen O'Connor: Lawyer Suing for Sex Discrimination Was Fired for 'Poor Judgment' (Law.com)
Cozen O'Connor has fired back at a woman lawyer who filed a sex discrimination suit against the firm, saying in its formal answer to the suit that she was fired for "poor judgment and poor decision-making" and for continuing to violate firm rules even after she was placed on probation. In the suit, attorney Patricia Biswanger claims the firm employed a double standard by prohibiting her from ...
Lawyer: Ammonia Teen Needs Time (The Tampa Tribune)
A lawyer representing the 16-year-old boy authorities say punctured an ammonia pipeline in Riverview on Monday while drilling for money said he hopes people will "take a deep breath" and allow the boy to recover before pursuing a criminal case.
Fernandina's new city attorney at work (The Florida Times-Union)
FERNANDINA BEACH - Tammi Bach took the reins as city attorney Tuesday.
Haneef's lawyer warns on Rudd (The West Australian)
The lawyer of former terror suspect Mohamed Haneef warned protesters at a rally in Brisbane a Rudd Labor government could be just as conservative as the coalition.
Bonds' defense: Lawyer may have talked his client into a corner (San Francisco Chronicle)
From the start of the BALCO steroids scandal, Michael Rains, Barry Bonds' aggressive defense lawyer, took a tough line. Bonds never used steroids, Rains declared, and the former Giants star never lied to the grand jury about his drug use. As federal agents...
James Brown's firm missing money: lawyer (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
A company that handles royalties and income for James Brown's estate has significantly less money than it should, a lawyer says.
Attorney general is misusing office in e-mail dispute, administration says (The Kansas City Star)
JEFFERSON CITY | Gov. Matt Blunt’s office accused Attorney General Jay Nixon on Friday of launching a “Washington-style” politically motivated investigation of the governor’s administration.
Big Democrat supporter indicted, charged with posing as lawyer (Houston Chronicle)
A major contributor to Democratic causes and political races was indicted Friday on charges of falsely holding himself out as a lawyer and impersonating a public servant.
'Contract' confounds Gillispie's attorney (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Billy Gillispie's seven-year deal to coach Kentucky's basketball team could potentially pay him in excess of $20 million. That UK considers a two-page preliminary memo a sufficient contract flusters Gillispie's attorney. "I'm at a loss, to be honest," Gillispie's Tulsa-based attorney, Stuart Campbell, said yesterday. "I've never experienced this before. That a coach goes into a seven-year deal ...
Baca backs two candidates for city attorney (Los Angeles Times)
After endorsing Jack Weiss in the 2009 race for city attorney, he urges another lawyer, Carmen Trutanich, to run against him. It must have seemed like a minor coup when Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss secured the backing of Sheriff Lee Baca, the county's top law enforcement officer, for his 2009 campaign for city attorney.
Bonds' defense: Lawyer may have talked his client into a corner (San Francisco Chronicle)
From the start of the BALCO steroids scandal, Michael Rains, Barry Bonds' aggressive defense lawyer, took a tough line. Bonds never used steroids, Rains declared, and the former Giants star never lied to the grand jury about his drug use. As federal agents...
Review tainted: lawyer (Montreal Gazette)
An expert review of an Ontario pathologist's work on suspicious child deaths might have been tainted from the start by the involvement of a high-profile lawyer for the wrongly convicted, the pathologist's lawyer charged yesterday.
Govt glosses over trauma of detention, says lawyer (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A Melbourne immigration lawyer says people have a right to be properly notified if they are going to be held in a detention centre.
New Attorney General Mukasey shows savvy (AP via Yahoo! News)
Just a week into the job, Attorney General Michael Mukasey has shown he knows how to stroke political detractors.
Petal attorney says officials failed to give notice of zoning ordinance amendment (Hattiesburg American)
PETAL - Petal City Attorney Thomas Tyner said city officials failed to give appropriate notice of a zoning ordinance amendment, which he deemed "vague and unenforceable," according to a letter to Mayor Carl Scott dated Nov. 1.
Dealership buys nearby homes: MacMulkin attorney says it's a "good business decision"; some residents refuse to sell (The Nashua Telegraph)
NASHUA -- MacMulkin Chevrolet has bought "a couple of homes" in the neighborhood that lies in the hotbed of opposition to expanding its dealership, according to an attorney who represents the dealership. ... - By PATRICK MEIGHAN Telegraph Staff
Storey County hires a new deputy district attorney who will start Monday (Nevada Appeal)
Storey County will have a new deputy district attorney on Monday when Laura Louise Grant is sworn in at the county justice court.
Lawyer-client immunity debated in court (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
BOSTON - A Central Massachusetts immigration lawyer who signed a naturalization application with substantial omissions came under fire yesterday in U.S. District Court.
Rubin returns to law firm, ends term as county attorney (The Buffalo News)
Laurence K. Rubin on Friday spent his final day as Erie County attorney and will soon return to the law firm Kavinoky Cook LLP, officials said.
Storey County hires a new deputy district attorney who will start Monday (Nevada Appeal)
Storey County will have a new deputy district attorney on Monday when Laura Louise Grant is sworn in at the county justice court.
Nand Lal accuses lawyer of manipulating his statement (Outlook India)
Nand Lal, father of Payal, a victim of Nithari serial killings, today charged his lawyer Khalid Khan with having 'manipulated' his statement given against Maninder singh Pandher to a CBI court in July this year.
Late attorney remembered for philanthropic spirit (Granite City Press-Record)
It's tough to tell what William W. Schooley Jr. would accomplish in his lifetime from the 1940s photo of him gracing the wall of the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame: his becoming an all-star football player, his graduating from West Point, his service in Korea, his election as County Bar president, his successful four decades as an attorney.
Brown's attorney said voters' trust in client not misplaced (NBC 15 Mobile)
An attorney for Autauga County coroner Billy Brown said his client is not guilty of the ethics and theft charges announced by Attorney General Troy King and claims they are...
N.H. attorney general investigates anti-Romney calls (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
CONCORD, N.H. New Hampshires attorney general is investigating phone calls to voters that pretend to be opinion polls but then undercut presidential contender Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith and make favorable statements about Republican rival John McCain.
Lawyer: Evidence Found Not Convicted Man's DNA (KMGH 7 Denver)
The lawyer for convicted murderer Timothy Masters says DNA found near the victim does not match his client.
Lawyer for convicted murderer says DNA found at scene does not his client's (KJCT 8 Grand Junction)
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The lawyer for convicted murderer Timothy Masters says DNA found near victim Peggy Hettrick in 1999 does not match his client.
Aaberg will run for county attorney (Wise County Messenger)
The race that was an uncontested one up until two weeks ago now has three candidates - Thomas Aaberg has announced his intention to run for Wise County Attorney, joining candidates Marilyn Belew and James Stainton.