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Lawyer wants raids charges dismissed after leak (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A lawyer representing Ruatoki residents following last month's police raids says charges faced by those arrested should be struck out after suppressed information was leaked.
Memo shows attorney challenged policy before firing (Jefferson City News Tribune)
ST. LOUIS - A former staff attorney for Gov. Matt Blunt sent an internal office memo challenging his boss's stance on deleting e-mails just weeks before the attorney was fired, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Associated Press.
Former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins Calls for Justice Department to Fire Communications Director (The Memphis Flyer)
From ThinkProgress.com: At the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys conference in Miami this weekend, former Arkansas U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, who was fired to make way for Karl Rove protege Tim Griffn, offered some advice to incoming Attorney General Michael Mukasey, saying he should fire Justice Department communications director Brian Roehrkasse.
Phil Spector Seeks New Attorney (About.com)
Phil Spector, whose murder trial ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked 10-2, is seeking a new attorney for his retrial, which is scheduled to begin early next...
District Attorney’s office keeps getting younger (Burlington Times-News)
Assistant district attorneys Amelia Knauff, left, and Meredith Bishop talk during a session Thursday in Alamance County District Court. Bishop, 26, joined the district attorney’s office on Nov. 1.
OC Fair Requests State Attorney General To Review Carona-Related Lease (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
Officials said Sunday that an Orange County Fair official asked the state attorney general to review a lease for a paintball gaming center on the premises. Video: County Fair Controversy
Attorney for Britney Spears sues Anna Nicole Smith estate for more than $160,000 in back pay (The Daily American)
LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears and the late Anna Nicole Smith have something in common — the same attorney. Sorrell Trope, the attorney currently representing Spears in her custody battle, is suing Smith’s estate for unpaid legal bills.
Patent attorney also volunteers time to inventors, entrepreneurs (BizJournals)
When Roger Belfay decided to become an attorney after 30 years of working as a software engineer, he knew he wanted to work with inventors. Belfay also knew he wanted to work for himself and be an attorney that his clients knew personally.
Obituary: Joseph J. Bernstein / Retired bankruptcy lawyer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Joseph J. Bernstein, a big man who loved food but even more so enjoyed practicing law and trying to help others through it, died Saturday of complications from diabetes and coronary artery ...
U.S. Attorney O'Connor juggles responsibility and family (Connecticut Post)
The morning after Halloween was like most others for U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O'Connor — busy. But rather than flying to Washington and managing the schedule of the U.
Video on myspace labelled gun victim as snitch, lawyer says (The Globe and Mail)
Lawyer says slaying raises questions about protection of witnesses who testify in cases involving threats and violence
Attorney General seeking over $31,000 (Newburgh Register)
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter will seek to recover more than $31,000 believed to be stolen from the Warrick County Treasurer’s Office in 2004.
McVeigh lawyer's case reveals costly tax-law error (El Paso Times)
I have a great story for you today -- about a greedy lawyer getting caught. The facts are tragic. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder rental truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The truck contained 4,000 pounds of explosives.
Attorney General Long hospitalized with bleeding ulcer (Rapid City Journal)
PIERRE -- South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long is hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer, his office said Friday.
Tom Zugibe has plans for Rockland District Attorney's Office (The Journal News)
Thomas Zugibe thought long and hard about running for Rockland district attorney. The Haverstraw Democrat and son of the former Rockland medical examiner said he had been thinking about becoming Rockland's top prosecutor since 1995, when the job first opened without an incumbent.
Fee Fight Delays Lawyer's Discharge in Bankruptcy (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Lawyer Elliot Gourvitz's bankruptcy is nearly over, now that a settlement has resolved most creditor claims and a trustee's action to block the discharges is resolved. But his largest unsecured creditor -- the firm that represented his former secretary in a discrimination suit -- is pressing a legal fees claim that must be resolved before the discharge is final.
Attorney acquitted of 2 meth charges (The Indianapolis Star)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- An Evansville attorney acquitted of two felony methamphetamine-related charges said he hopes to get his license back and resume his practice.
Harald Gesell: Lawyer stays on the case (FT.com via Yahoo! News)
Legal education and training for lawyers in the UK and continental Europe is very different. You cannot become a lawyer in Germany without studying law at university. In the UK, lawyers are taught to specialise early and have a formal requirement to maintain their practising certificates. In Germany, lawyers receive a more general legal education and have no formal requirements for continuing ...
Woman sleepwalking, says lawyer in rape case (The Columbus Dispatch)
CINCINNATI (AP) -- An attorney for the man accused of raping a University of Cincinnati student says the encounter could have been consensual because the woman has a history of sleepwalking.
Lawyer Dumps Clients' Documents In Dumpster (CBS4 Denver)
Police collected 17 boxes filled with Social Security numbers and other personal information from a trash dumpster behind an office building in Greenwood Village Sunday. A former victim of identity theft found the boxes and called CBS4 to complain.
Lawyer: Finnish Killer, Local Teen Plotter Chatted Online (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
A local teen's lawyer says his client spoke with a Finnish gunman in a chatroom dedicated to the Columbine killers.
Washington Digest: Senate confirms Mukasey for attorney general (Arkansas News Bureau)
By Tony Batt Stephens Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - After seeing his nomination almost derailed because of waterboarding, retired judge Michael Mukasey was confirmed as U.S. attorney general last week by a vote of 53-40 in the Senate.
BLG hires FSA lawyer for regulatory team (The Lawyer)
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has strengthened its financial services regulatory team with the hire of a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) enforcement division. ...
Washington Digest: Senate confirms Mukasey for attorney general (Arkansas News Bureau)
By Tony Batt Stephens Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - After seeing his nomination almost derailed because of waterboarding, retired judge Michael Mukasey was confirmed as U.S. attorney general last week by a vote of 53-40 in the Senate.
Attorney for Britney Spears sues Anna Nicole Smith estate for more than $160,000 in back pay (The Daily American)
LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears and the late Anna Nicole Smith have something in common — the same attorney. Sorrell Trope, the attorney currently representing Spears in her custody battle, is suing Smith’s estate for unpaid legal bills.
Attorney: Finnish school shooter, Pa. teen talked (USA Today)
A teenager who admitted plotting a school attack near Philadelphia had chatted online about the Columbine massacre with a teenage outcast who killed eight people and himself in a high school shooting in Finland, the Pennsylvania boy's attorney said Monday.
Attorney: Finnish school shooter had chatted with Pa. teen (KJCT 8 Grand Junction)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The attorney for a boy accused of plotting a Columbine-style attack on a suburban Philadelphia school says the teenager, Dillon Cossey (KOH'-see), chatted online with the teen who killed eight people and himself last week at a high school in Finland.
Salt Lake District Attorney pleads for money for attorneys (Deseret Morning News)
Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller publicly pleaded for more money to hire attorneys on Monday. The plea came a day before the Salt Lake County Council is scheduled to make a decision on funding levels for both the district attorney's and sheriff's budgets.
City to appoint new city attorney Tuesday (The Pampa News)
Pampa attorney Don Lane will take center stage at the Pampa City Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon. The city commission will go into executive session during their meeting Tuesday to discuss appointing a new city attorney.
Samsung?s Former Lawyer Details Bribery (New York Times)
South Korea?s next chief prosecutor and top anti-corruption agent face accusations of accepting bribes.
Memo shows attorney challenged policy before firing (Jefferson City News Tribune)
ST. LOUIS - A former staff attorney for Gov. Matt Blunt sent an internal office memo challenging his boss's stance on deleting e-mails just weeks before the attorney was fired, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Associated Press.
Can New Attorney General Restore Confidence to Justice Department? Time Will Tell (Skanner)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a two- to three-minute ceremony Friday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey formally brought an end to the Gonzales era at the Justice Department.
PAH Lawyer Johnson Develops www.jbclawfirm.com to Answer Questions About Fen Phen and PAH (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
PAH Lawyer Nick Johnson of Johnson Law Group, with principal offices in Houston, Texas, has created www.jbclawfirm.com, a website dedicated to providing much needed information on Fen Phen and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension or PAH.
Attorney general honors Vietnam War dead (NBC 12 Richmond)
In honor of Veterans Day, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell remembered the dozens of Virginians killed in the global war on terror. The wreath-laying ceremony took place at the attorney general’s state offices in Richmond.
Lawyer is asked whether senator split fees (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
State Sen. Derrick Shepherd is the subject of civil court questions about whether he asked "Katrina contractors" to hire politically active Gretna lawyer Wiley Beevers in exchange for "referral fees" that Beevers paid to Shepherd.
Jailed lawyer has long history of fighting military rule in Pakistan (International Herald Tribune)
When President Ronald Reagan greeted Pakistan's dictator, Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq, at a White House state dinner, Aitzez Ahsan was in jail for protesting too loudly about the lack of democracy. Now he is in jail again.
Was behind-the-scenes attorney pulling Knox appointment strings? (WATE 6 Knoxville)
Knoxville attorney John Valliant prefers to be behind the scenes of local politics.
Lawyer says Finn school killer contacted U.S. plotter (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Pennsylvania teenager who planned an armed attack on a local high school communicated with the Finnish student who killed eight people before committing suicide at a school near Helsinki last week, the U.S. boy's lawyer said on Monday.
K-Fed’s lawyer wants video of Britney driving (MSNBC)
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.
Absent lawyer raises judge's ire (The New Straits Times--All the News that Matter)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer who failed to turn up in court yesterday irked a High Court judicial commissioner, who described him as "irresponsible" and "not courteous".
Lawyer facing pot charges removed as family court judge (Boston Globe)
Facing felony marijuana possession charges, a 61-year-old Windsor lawyer will no longer serve as a family court judge.
Documents all retrieved, says Shred-it attorney (Honolulu Advertiser)
An attorney for a shredding company says all the patient-related documents contained in a bag that fell off a van on the H-1 Freeway last month have been retrieved.
Attorney: Finnish school shooter had chatted with Pa. teen (WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg)
The attorney for the teenager accused of plotting an attack on a suburban Philadelphia school says the teenager, Dillon Cossey, chatted online with the teen who killed eight people and...
Insulted by lawyer and fined $1000 (Daily Telegraph)
A SYDNEY man described by his lawyer as having "the sophistication of a dead fish" has been fined $1000 for uploading The Simpsons Movie onto the internet.
Attorney for teacher: Teen is 'no victim' (CNN.com)
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- The attorney for a Nebraska middle school teacher who fled to Mexico with a student who was an illegal immigrant said Monday that the woman could be guilty of nothing except poor judgment.
El Paso lawyer named district court judge (El Paso Times)
AUSTIN -- El Paso lawyer Christopher Antcliff has been appointed as judge to the newly created 488th Judicial District Court and will serve until the term expires at the end of 2008, Gov. Rick Perry announced today after making the appointment.
Nation in brief: Kidnapping charge against teacher should be dropped, attorney says (The Kansas City Star)
OMAHA, Neb. | The attorney for a teacher who fled to Mexico with a student said Monday that the woman might be guilty of nothing except poor judgment.
Attorney Says Peterson Not a Monster (KOLN Lincoln)
A Lexington teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old former student now has a high profile defense attorney.
Disbarred Attorney Indicted in Theft From Clients (Law.com)
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. Joseph Levine, who submitted his resignation in April and was disbarred in June, has pleaded not guilty, according to his attorney.
Duty of Confidentiality Is Broader Than Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege (Law.com)
Lawyers' need for complete information is at the root of their duty of confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege that protects it. The confidential nature of the attorney-client relationship and the protection of the privilege are key components of their ability to protect clients. But can lawyers violate their duty of confidentiality to protect their own interests? Montgomery McCracken ...