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Disgraced US attorney general Gonzales 'Lawyer of the Year' (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Alberto Gonzales spent much of 2007 fighting in vain his ouster as US attorney general, but that has earned him a consolation prize: a top law magazine named him on Wednesday its "Lawyer of the Year."
Lawyer who destroyed evidence in porn case asks for probation (Boston Globe)
A lawyer who admitted he destroyed a computer containing child pornography that was evidence in an investigation at a prominent Greenwich church is asking that he be spared prison, calling it an impulsive act in an otherwise law-abiding career.
Police arrest assistant city attorney (Greeley Tribune)
Police arrested a long-time Greeley assistant city attorney and booked into the Weld County Jail last week, accused of domestic violence.
Nueces County District Attorney's Office Steps Aside from Murder Trial (KIII Corpus Christi)
For the first time in Nueces County History, the District Attorney has recused his office from re-trying a murder case. D.A. Carlos Valdez says it's necessary because a prosecutor in his office was once the defendants attorney.
Attorney-General gags himself on Hicks (Adelaide Now)
FEDERAL Attorney-General Robert McClelland says it would be inappropriate for him to discuss a reported move to impose a control order on imprisoned terrorism supporter David Hicks.
Loyola student never intended to shoot up campus, attorney says (The Fresno Bee)
A 21-year-old Loyola Marymount University student arrested for posting an online message threatening a campus shooting spree never intended to carry it out, his attorney said Wednesday.
Rape victim could sue state, says lawyer (Adelaide Now)
A SENIOR lawyer says the 10-year-old victim of a gang rape on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula could sue the state for negligence.
Attorney General's office gets involved in Excellus X-Ray program (WROC Rochester)
The Attorney General's office is now getting involved in a plan by Excellus to require prior approval for basic imaging tests. The AG's office met with the Monroe County Medical Society Wednesday. Tuesday night The group held a town hall meeting of Rochester doctors to air concerns over the plan.
Loyola student never intended to shoot up campus, attorney says (The Star)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Loyola Marymount University student arrested for posting an online message threatening a campus shooting spree never intended to carry it out, his attorney said.
Corrupt cop repaired some damage: lawyer (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Corrupt former crime commission officer Samuel Foster had done much to repair some of the damage he had done, his lawyer says.
ABA Journal names Gonzales lawyer of the year amid lingering inquiries (KIFI)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Negative news coverage may have cost former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales his job, but it's also won him a dubious honor. The Journal of the American Bar Association has named Gonzales its Lawyer of the Year for making the most news.
Missouri attorney general candidate sues state ethics panel (The Kansas City Star)
JEFFERSON CITY | Democratic attorney general candidate Margaret Donnelly on Wednesday sued the Missouri Ethics Commission, alleging its plan to hold closed meetings about candidates’ campaign contributions is illegal.
ABA Magazine Names Gonzales Lawyer of the Year Amid Lingering Inquiries (Law.com)
ABA Journal named Gonzales' successor, Michael Mukasey, as its top lawyer for 2008, mostly in anticipation of how often he'll be in the spotlight for trying to repair the Justice Department. The publisher notes that the awards are based on candidates being most newsworthy, not necessarily the best.
School board asks lawyer to patch split over debt (Boston Globe)
The Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee has hired a lawyer to seek a solution to a disagreement between the two towns about how much each should pay for recently completed renovations to their shared high school.
Lawyer Says Confession in Linda Stein Homicide Was Coerced (New York Times)
The woman accused of killing Linda S. Stein, the punk rock manager turned Fifth Avenue real estate broker, was coerced into confessing and should be released on bail, her lawyer said.
Lawyer Who Showed Producer Around Wants a Cut From ‘The Sopranos’ (New York Times)
A lawyer is claiming that he is owed money and credit for helping the producer David Chase gather the ideas, people and locations for the HBO series “The Sopranos.”
Warren council OKs mayor's friend as city attorney (Detroit News)
WARREN -- Attorney David Richards of Royal Oak will take over as the new city attorney on Monday after Warren City Council members unanimously approved his appointment.
Lawyer pleads guilty in child porn (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
In a courtroom thronged with family members and supporters, veteran New Orleans lawyer Mayer Finkelstein pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possessing child pornography.
Lawyer will manage Farash Corp. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A veteran real estate lawyer has been named interim chief executive of Farash Corp., one of the largest real estate development companies in Rochester.
Attorney wants gag order for Daytona Beach police chief in sex-sting case (Orlando Sentinel)
Remarks could influence Mike Shallow's sex-sting trial, his lawyer says. An attorney wants to put a muzzle on Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood.
Lawyer says SEC ok of Oriental Peninsula IPO a violation (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has violated its own mandate by allowing the listing of Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc., which failed to disclose certain cases involving its unit that are under litigation and that may affect its profitability prospects, a lawyer said.
Myanmar Activist Charged With Inciting Unrest: Lawyer -AFP (Nasdaq)
YANGON (AFP)--One of the activists who helped ignite mass protests against Myanmar's military government has been charged with inciting public unrest, his lawyer said Thursday.
State Attorney Lawson Lamar works to clear a backlog of deadly force cases for Orlando-area cops (Orlando Sentinel)
Extra prosecutors were assigned to help get cases out of limbo. Twenty-eight Orlando-area cops who had been waiting up to two years for a prosecutor to evaluate their use of deadly force have been cleared during the past two months by State Attorney Lawson Lamar.
Killer's attorney says jury divided over sentence (Honolulu Advertiser)
A jury in the extended sentencing hearing of convicted murderer John K. Lorenzo Jr. could not reach a decision on whether Lorenzo should be sentenced to life in prison without parole, his defense attorney said yesterday.
Attorney wants to be removed from Baker case (CentralOhio.com)
NEWARK -- The attorney for a Newark teenager accused in a May robbery that turned deadly has petitioned to be removed from the case.
Accused killer seeks removal of his attorney (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The former policeman charged with killing his ex-wife has asked a judge to remove his court-appointed attorney -- who several sources say has done "an excellent job" in raising doubts that John Galtieri was the man caught on videotape shooting Jeanne Kane at the Pleasant Plains park-and-ride.
More than 100 pray for Toledo attorney who made up kidnapping (FOX 45 Dayton)
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Family and friends have come together in prayer for the pregnant Toledo attorney who has admitted she made up her story about being kidnapped last week.
Senior lawyer to challenge Musharraf (UPI)
A senior Pakistani lawyer said his cohorts will challenge the legitimacy of President Pervez Musharraf's re-election when the country's state of emergency ends.
Attorney says stepdad didn't kill Texas toddler known as `Baby Grace' (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
An attorney for the stepfather accused of killing the toddler known as `Baby Grace' said Thursday that his client didn't kill the girl, and blamed her mother for mischaracterizing what happened.
Driver's lawyer denies alcohol involved in deadly Macleod Trail crash (CBC Calgary)
The lawyer for a truck driver charged in a Calgary crash that killed five people said he's confident alcohol was not a factor.
Fort Peck residents to address U.S. Attorney Mercer at forum (Billings Gazette)
FORT PECK - U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer will attend a community forum Monday on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Sacked CJ ’07 lawyer of the year (asianage via Yahoo! India News)
Islamabad, Dec. 13: The US based National Law Journal has selected sacked Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry as the 2007 Lawyer of the Year recognising his efforts for judicial independence and rule of law.
Attorney General warns about clean-up related scams (KJRH-TV Tulsa)
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson says to exercise caution when hiring people to help clean up debris and make repairs
Thanou lawyer confident of IOC decision after Jones stripped of medals (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
ATHENS, Greece - A lawyer representing Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou believes the IOC will rule in her favour when it considers reallocating Marion Jones' Olympic medals.
Jerry Brown fights global warming as California attorney general (The Daily Comet)
OAKLAND, Calif. Nearly four decades after entering California politics, Jerry Brown has reinvented himself yet again, this time as a carbon-fighting attorney general.
N.W.T. Mountie shooting suspect yet to hire a lawyer (CBC North)
A man accused of killing an RCMP officer in Hay River, N.W.T. in October made his second court appearance Thursday, although he has yet to retain a lawyer.
Attorney Says Stepdad Didn't Kill Toddler (NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth)
An attorney for the man accused in the torture-death of the toddler known as "Baby Grace" blamed the girl's mother Thursday for her gruesome death.
Jerry Brown fights global warming as California attorney general (San Francisco Chronicle)
Nearly four decades after entering California politics, Jerry Brown has reinvented himself yet again, this time as a carbon-fighting attorney general. In less than a year as the state's top law enforcement official, the former governor, presidential...
'Governor Moonbeam' Remakes Self As Green Attorney General (NBC 11 Bay Area)
Nearly four decades after entering California politics, Jerry Brown has reinvented himself yet again, this time as a carbon-fighting attorney general.
Attorney General Launches New Help Center (WCMH Columbus)
The attorney general has launched a new way for citizens to get help and information from their state government.
Pregnant Lawyer Who Allegedly Concocted 'Kidnap' Faces Charges (WDIV ClickOnDetroit.com via Yahoo! News)
More charges may be on the way for a pregnant lawyer in Toledo who admitted to concocting her own kidnapping story.
U.S. Attorney says "law breaking has ended" at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (The Record)
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will end its two-year oversight of the state’s health sciences university, saying progress has been made in routing out corruption, political interference, mismanagement and waste.
Jerry Brown fights global warming as California attorney general (San Diego Union-Tribune)
OAKLAND, 12:29 p.m. Dec. 13 (AP): Nearly four decades after entering California politics, Jerry Brown has reinvented himself yet again, this time as a carbon-fighting attorney general.
Clemens enlists attorney to fight steroid allegations (Houston Chronicle)
After being implicated of steroids use in the report former Senator George Mitchell released this afternoon, Roger Clemens has enlisted the services of powerful Houston attorney Rusty Hardin to defend him from the accusations.
Attorney says man didn't kill Baby Grace (UPI)
The attorney for a Texas man accused of killing 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers says his client did not kill the girl known as Baby Grace, who is his stepchild.
Malaysian Bar sued for RM2m by lawyer (The New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer filed a RM2 million suit against the Malaysian Bar for initiating a committal proceeding against him but not pursuing it further.
Attorney General: Pakistan to lift state of emergency on Dec. 15 (People's Daily)
Pakistan's Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum said Thursday the state of emergency would be lifted on Dec. 15 and five presidential orders would be issued the same day. The official APP news agency quoted Qayyum as saying that ...
Attorney says Clemens has been 'slandered' (UPI)
The attorney for superstar pitcher Roger Clemens said Thursday his client had been "slandered" by baseball's investigation into steroid use.
Attorney General Seeks Permission To File In Oklahoma Case (The Morning News)
ROGERS - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday he would seek permission to file a brief in Oklahoma's federal lawsuit against Arkansas-based poultry companies.
Fearing Class Action, Carrier Removes Lawyer's Dental-Bill Suit to Federal Court (Law.com)
Eric Katz, a New Jersey lawyer who won a $45 million class action settlement last year from Horizon Blue Cross, is suing the carrier in small claims court for not paying his $462 dental bill. And the carrier, saying it fears the suit may be a prelude to another class action, has hired McCarter & English, the state's largest firm, to make a federal case out of it. Given Katz's history, it's not ...