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Attorney for widow decries suspicion (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The attorney for Wendy E. Bookler, who found her husband dead Wednesday in their Tredyffrin Township home, said yesterday that the "grieving widow" had nothing to do with the death.
11th Circuit Upholds Lawyer's Conspiracy Conviction (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The 11th Circuit has affirmed the felony convictions of now-disbarred Florida lawyer Donald Frank Mintmire, who was sentenced to 21 months in prison for conspiring with a Georgia attorney to obstruct government inquiries into two companies.
Controversial U.S. attorney gets new post (Los Angeles Times)
The reassignment of Rachel Paulose, who clashed with career prosecutors in Minnesota, suggests the new attorney general seeks to quickly address Gonzales-era problems. The U.S. attorney in Minnesota, whose clashes with career prosecutors came to symbolize the problems of the Justice Department under Alberto R. Gonzales, resigned Monday to accept a less-visible post at Justice Department ...
Minnesota's U.S. attorney takes less visible position / Justice Department moves prosecutor who spurred probe (San Francisco Chronicle)
Rachel Paulose, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota who sparked staff rebellions and a federal probe into her handling of classified information, is resigning to return to the Justice Department's Washington headquarters, department officials said Monday....
Suspect's lawyer says officials overlooked evidence in stabbing (Boston Globe)
The lawyer for a Dorchester man accused of stabbing a man to death in a South Boston bar fight said yesterday that Boston police and prosecutors have overlooked evidence incriminating someone else because he has ties to police and may be a confidential informant.
STONEWALL GOV MUM ON LAWYER (New York Post)
ALBANY - Gov. Spitzer is stonewalling questions on whether he's hired a criminal defense lawyer to help him prepare to testify before a state commission and, possibly, an Albany grand jury on the Dirty Tricks Scandal. Spitzer's communications...
SCION'S 'ABUSED' EX A PEST: LAWYER (New York Post)
The woman who claims the millionaire great-grandson of a Macy's founder beat her with a lobster trap last year has an order of protection barring him from contacting her - but keeps calling and threatening him, his lawyer said yesterday. William...
Lawyer, trouble together again (Dallas Morning News)
A Dallas criminal defense lawyer with her own history of brushes with the law – including as a murder suspect – is in trouble again.
Police played no role in DVP death, lawyer says (Toronto Star)
The police officers who arrested a man after he fled a single-vehicle accident on the Don Valley Parkway played no role in his death, their lawyer says.
Local attorney to head OCC Foundation (Asbury Park Press)
Local attorney and longtime Ocean County College volunteer Frank J. Dupignac Jr. has been named chairman of the OCC Foundation, the fundraising group that provides financial help to the college and its students.
Riviera Beach man sues his ex-attorney for legal malpractice (Sun-Sentinel)
Florida Atlantic grad alleges legal malpractice in case A Riviera Beach man who spent two years in prison and seven years defending himself against charges of aggravated battery has filed a lawsuit against the attorney who initially represented him, alleging legal malpractice.
Indian-American attorney quits post after stormy tenure (rediff.com)
The bumpy, 20-month tenure of Minnesota US Attorney Rachel Paulose ended abruptly on Monday when she announced that she will return to Washington in January to serve as a legal policy adviser to Attorney General Michael Mukasey and his staff.
Police arrest `phony lawyer' (Miami Herald)
Even other lawyers, and at least one doctor, were fooled by the clean-cut young man who passed himself off as a Harvard-educated lawyer while illegally collecting thousands in retainer fees, investigators said.
Former Attorney General Gonzales Speaks, Draws Protestors At Univ. Of Fla. (WFTV 9 Orlando)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales endured screams of "criminal" and "liar" during a speech at the University of Florida on Monday evening.
Embattled U.S. Attorney to Leave Minnesota Post (Fox News)
Rachel Paulose, the embattled U.S. attorney for Minnesota, will be leaving the post to take a position at the Justice Department in Washington, ending a tenure marked by complaints about her management style.
Minnesota's Embattled U.S. Attorney Steps Down (NPR)
Rachel Paulose, the beleaguered U.S. attorney for Minnesota, is leaving her post to take a position at the Justice Department in Washington, ending a tenure marked by complaints about her management style. She will become counselor to the assistant attorney general in the office of legal policy.
Attorney: 16-year-old shot by police is partially paralyzed (phillyburbs.com)
ROSELLE, N.J. - A police officer's teenage son who was shot Friday night by Roselle police is partially paralyzed, his attorney said.
Defence lawyer calls on Britain to press Ottawa to intervene in Khadr case (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
LONDON - Omar Khadr's lead lawyer wants Britain to put pressure on Ottawa to intervene in the case of the young Canadian detained at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Minnesota's U.S. Attorney Being Moved To D.C. (CBS 13 Sacramento)
An embattled U.S. attorney whose appointment to the Justice Department's Minnesota office has been questioned in light of the Alberto Gonzales attorney firings scandal, and whose tenure has been marked by complaints about her management style and the resignations of top management in protest, is being reassigned.
Attorney: Gun dealer takes plea deal in Trolley case (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 12:09 PM- The gun dealer accused of selling Trolley Square killer Sulejman Talovic the shotgun used in the attack has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. In exchange, prosecutors will drop a felony count, his attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney for Woman Accused of Poisoning Marine Testifies Next Week (Fox 6 News San Diego)
The trial attorney for a woman convicted of poisoning her Marine husband will testify next week about decisions he made that allowed damaging character evidence to go before a jury,...
Victor Rabinowitz, left-wing lawyer, dies (UPI)
Victor Rabinowitz, a left-wing New York lawyer who represented scores of controversial clients, including the Cuban government, has died at the age of 96.
Victor Rabinowitz, Lawyer Of Leftist Causes, Dies (WCBS-TV New York)
Victor Rabinowitz, a New York lawyer who represented leftist causes and whose clients included Alger Hiss, the Black Panthers and Fidel Castro, has died at age 96.
Leftist lawyer Victor Rabinowitz dies (AP via Yahoo! News)
Victor Rabinowitz, a lawyer who represented leftist causes and clients such as Alger Hiss, the Black Panthers, Fidel Castro and Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin, has died at 96.
Leftist lawyer Victor Rabinowitz dies (The Charlotte Observer)
Victor Rabinowitz, a lawyer who represented leftist causes and clients such as Alger Hiss, the Black Panthers, Fidel Castro and Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin, has died at 96. Rabinowitz died Friday at his Manhattan home, his longtime law partner, Michael Krinsky, said Tuesday. In a 1996 memoir, "Unrepentant Leftist," Rabinowitz said that he had been a member of the American Communist ...
Canada should intervene, Khadr lawyer says (The Globe and Mail)
Omar Khadr's lawyer wants Britain to pressure Ottawa to intervene in the case of the young Canadian detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Thirty third America's Cup could be postponed to 2011 - lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The 33rd America's Cup, initially set for 2009 in Spain, could be postponed until 2011, a lawyer for Alinghi said Tuesday, but the defending Swiss champions said an official announcement is not imminent.
Murder suspect's lawyer wants change of venue (The Record-Courier)
Because of the extent of pretrial publicity, the lawyer for accused murderer Karen Bodden wants her trial moved from Douglas County.
Man charged with claiming to be lawyer (UPI)
A Florida man has been charged with misrepresenting himself as a lawyer, using his charm and connections to win real clients.
Judge Denies Motion To Kick Grant's Attorney Off Trial (WDIV ClickOnDetroit.com via Yahoo! News)
A move by prosecutors to punish the attorney representing accused murder Stephen Grant was denied on Tuesday in a Macomb County Court.
Disbarred Berwyn attorney sentenced to 12 years for real estate scheme (Chicago Tribune)
Phillip Radmer, the disbarred Berwyn attorney who created phony corporations and invented board members to steal the properties of poor churches, nonprofits and businesses, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison.
Nolan Country District Attorney (KRBC TV Abilene)
Another top Nolan County official will not be running for reelection this year. Mark Edwards announced that he will not run for district attorney again; however, former district attorney Frank Conard is running for the position.
City Attorney's Office sues city's pension system, board (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20 (UNION-TRIBUNE): The San Diego City Attorney's Office filed suit Tuesday against the city employee pension system and its board to wipe out a program that allowed city employees to buy credit for up to five years they had not worked, increasing their pension pay.
Kohlberg Hires Deal Adviser to Be Top Lawyer (New York Times)
The private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has hired as general counsel the lawyer who worked on several of its biggest deals, an indication that it may be moving ahead with plans to go public.
Across Kansas: Attorney argues that Tiller grand jury should proceed (The Kansas City Star)
An attorney for a Sedgwick County judge has told the Kansas Supreme Court that a grand jury investigation into a Wichita abortion provider should move forward.
Think Like a Plaintiffs Attorney to Lower Litigation Costs (Law.com)
Once your company becomes a defendant in a high-stakes commercial litigation matter, it is exposed to a double-headed monster: substantial liability risks and open-ended litigation costs. The two need not go hand in hand, says attorney Stewart Weltman. In-house counsel could greatly benefit -- lowering litigation costs and improving results -- by requiring their outside counsel to adopt some of ...
Federal Judge Cites Crime-Fraud Exception in Ordering Attorney's Testimony (Law.com)
A judge has cited the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege in ordering a lawyer to testify about work he performed for a group of stock-fraud defendants. The ruling stems from an investor suit charging that Defense Technology Systems' stock was used in a "pump and dump" scheme. Judge Shira Scheindlin said the attorney's deposition testimony provided adequate probable cause to ...
Manatee lawyer seeking circuit judge position (Bradenton Herald)
BRADENTON - Local lawyer Gilbert A. Smith Jr. on Tuesday announced he will run for circuit judge next year.
BP fine not tough enough, lawyer says (Houston Chronicle)
BP should pay at least $1 billion in criminal penalties for the deadly Texas City refinery explosion instead of the $50 million agreed to in a plea bargain with the U.S. government, a lawyer for blast victims said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Accused Canada farmer innocent (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a farmer accused of being Canada's worst serial killer said Tuesday that the care taken in disposing of human remains found on his farm means his client cannot possibly be the murderer.
Federal Judge Cites Crime-Fraud Exception in Ordering Attorney's Testimony (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A judge has cited the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege in ordering a lawyer to testify about work he performed for a group of stock-fraud defendants. The ruling stems from an investor suit charging that Defense Technology Systems' stock was used in a "pump and dump" scheme.
Former Denver city attorney to be remembered with scholarship (Denver Post)
A scholarship in the name of former Denver City Attorney Larry Manzanares will provide financial support for future Latino college students.
Exorcism case: Tempers flare between plaintiff's son and defence lawyer (Straits Times)
TEMPERS flared in court on Wednesday as Mr Jairaj Kumar Jeyabal, the 27-year-old son of the woman at the centre of the Novena Church 'forced exorcism' lawsuit, locked horns with a defence lawyer who accused him and his family members of telling 'a pack of lies'.
Attorney suing ORU says he should remain on case (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - November 21, 2007 7:35 AM ET TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The attorney for three former professors suing Oral Roberts University says he should remain on the case.
Lawyer approved as appellate court judge (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Corporate lawyer Katherine Leonard, the governor's second nominee for a judicial vacancy on the state Intermediate Court of Appeals, was unanimously approved by the Senate yesterday.
CHIRAC UNDER FORMAL INVESTIGATION FOR CORRUPTION: LAWYER (The Tocqueville Connection)
PARIS, Nov 21, 2007 (AFP) - Former French president Jacques Chirac was placed under judicial investigation Wednesday as part of a probe into the improper use of city funds when he was mayor of Paris, his lawyer said.
City attorney joins secretary of state in suing voting-machine maker (The San Francisco Examiner)
One day after California's secretary of state filed suit against Election Systems & Software for nearly $15 million, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a separate lawsuit against the electronic voting machine company.
Former U.S. Attorney Gerald Gallinghouse dead at 87 (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - November 21, 2007 8:24 AM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gerald Gallinghouse, a former U.S. attorney who obtained convictions of several New Orleans area politicians, has died of...
Former U.S. Attorney Gerald Gallinghouse dead at 87 (KATC 3 Lafayette)
NEW ORLEANS -- Gerald Gallinghouse, a former U.S. attorney who obtained convictions of several New Orleans area politicians, has died of congestive heart failure. He was 87.
Pickton's lawyer asks jury to consider 'weak-minded' client (Canada.com)
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - On Day Two of closing arguments by the defense at Robert (Willie) Pickton's murder trial, lawyer Adrian Brooks asked the jury to consider what his "weak-minded" client was thinking during the 11-hour police interrogation.