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Canadian Lawyer Guilty of Unprofessional Conduct for Calling Judge a Bigot (Law.com)
A Winnipeg lawyer has been found guilty of professional misconduct for calling a judge a bigot in a letter sent to several colleagues. The Manitoba Court of Appeal upheld the ruling in a decision released Tuesday. Robert Ian Histed claimed he did nothing wrong and was simply exercising his freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He also accused the Law Society of Manitoba ...
Attorney Whose Blog Post Blasted Controversial Judge Fights Bar Investigation (Law.com)
Do lawyers check their free speech rights at the courthouse? That's what some wonder now that a defense attorney faces charges for blog comments he made about a Florida judge. Constitutional experts say attorneys give up the full force of the First Amendment when they join the Bar, but some lawyers say they have every right to speak their minds. The debate resurfaced after the State Bar found ...
Attorney General To Ask High Court To Rule In Favor Of Gun Owner's Rights (CBS 6 Richmond)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Robert McDonnell plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that individuals have a constitutional right to own firearms.
Iran to free jailed students: lawyer (Gulf Times)
TEHRAN: Iran is set to release three jailed students whose detention led to a string of campus protests in recent months, after a court quashed their most serious charges, their lawyer said yesterday.
CIA agrees to release papers about tapes, let lawyer testify (Detroit News)
WASHINGTON -- The CIA has agreed to make documents related to the destruction of interrogation videotapes available to the House Intelligence Committee and to allow the agency's top lawyer, John A. Rizzo, to testify about the matter, congressional and intelligence officials said Wednesday.
Pakistan temporarily releases opposition lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Pakistani authorities on Thursday temporarily released from detention a prominent opposition lawyer, who this year spearheaded a campaign against President Pervez Musharraf, the lawyer's son said.
Pakistan opposition lawyer freed for holiday (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Pakistani lawyer who spearheaded opposition to President Pervez Musharraf was temporarily released from detention for a Muslim holiday on Thursday and vowed to press ahead with his campaign.
Attorney Whose Blog Post Blasted Controversial Judge Fights Bar Investigation (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Do lawyers check their free speech rights at the courthouse? That's what some wonder now that a defense attorney faces charges for blog comments he made about a Florida judge. Constitutional experts say attorneys give up the full force of the First Amendment when they join the Bar, but some lawyers say they have every right to speak their minds.
Pakistan lawyer says given holiday detention leave (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A firebrand Pakistan lawyer who has helped galvanise opposition to President Pervez Musharraf said he had been given three-day leave from detention for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.
Attorney-artist's stained glass is stolen (The Sacramento Bee)
SACRAMENTO – Attorney Mark Merin was so captivated by a Henri Matisse painting he saw in Russia's Hermitage museum 20 years ago that he spent 18 months making a stained glass reproduction.
Wanted: State's Attorney (Washington Post)
Howard County has posted an opening for one of its higher-profile jobs: state's attorney.
Mendelson Moves to Redefine Attorney General's Role (Washington Post)
The day after D.C. Attorney General Linda Singer announced her resignation, District Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) introduced a bill to his colleagues to put some teeth into the job and toughen qualifications for applicants.
County announces interim attorney (News Leader)
VERONA — A former Rockingham County Attorney will serve as an interim attorney for Augusta County.
VIRGINIA: Attorney General seeks court's support on gun rights (Eastern Shore News)
RICHMOND -- Attorney General Robert McDonnell plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that individuals have a constitutional right to own firearms.
Attorney: I found gun (Modesto Bee)
An attorney representing a Modesto man who sits on death row has asked the California Supreme Court to grant a new trial after finding what could be the murder weapon in a field.
Philly lawyer faces sentence for sex assaults (Philly.com)
A sentencing hearing is scheduled today for Philadelphia lawyer Larry Charles, who in September pleaded no contest to charges that he raped or sexually assaulted six young girls over a seven-year period.
Lawyer planning to run for circuit judge (Charleston Daily Mail)
WINFIELD - A Putnam County lawyer says he's planning to run for circuit judge. Democrat Phillip Stowers said Wednesday he has filed pre-candidacy paperwork with the county clerk. Pre-candidacy paperwork allows someone to raise money for his or her campaign.
Educated Media CEO's lawyer lodges two complaints (Interfax)
MOSCOW. Dec 20 (Interfax) - The lawyer of Manana Aslamazyan, the head of the Educated Media nonprofit organization (a successor to Internews), has filed complaints with a court against decisions to suspend the criminal trial and to put her on the wanted list.
Former Abbeville city attorney pleads guilty in fraud (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - December 20, 2007 7:54 AM ET LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former Abbeville city attorney has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to more than $500,000 in bad checks drawn on...
City Lawyer Accused Of Sexual Assaults To Be Sentenced (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
Thursday marks sentencing day for a Philadelphia lawyer accused of assaulting six girls.
Bush appoints blind Utah attorney to federal disabilities panel (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 8:10 AM- BOUNTIFUL - A blind bountiful attorney has been appointed by President Bush to serve on the United States Access Board.
Personnel Cabinet lawyer says raises were mistakenly processed (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The top lawyer for the state's Personnel Cabinet said two raises for a staffer of former State Treasurer Jonathan Miller were wrongly processed, but the mistakes are easily fixable. Personnel Cabinet general counsel Dan Egbers said Wednesday that the pay raises weren't properly documented, but said they can be resubmitted to the cabinet as a bonus known to state employees as an Award for ...
Lawyer questions Baldago's decision on case v. suspected rapist (Sun Star)
COUNSEL of suspected rapist William Lim, lawyer Joseph Vincent Go, questioned before the Regional Trial Court the legitimacy of Prosecutor Efrain Baldago's approval of an information against his client and asked that it be quashed.
Spector sues his ex-attorney for $1-million refund (Los Angeles Times)
Music producer Phil Spector, who has cycled through defense attorneys since he was accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra mansion in 2003, is trying for the second time to get a refund of the $1 million he paid his first attorney.
Davis County Attorney's Office wants murder charge dismissed in cold case (Deseret Morning News)
The Davis County Attorney's Office plans to ask a judge to dismiss a murder charge lodged against Edward Lewis Owens, who had been accused of murdering Woods Cross resident Karin Strom in 1980.
Suspect in EMU student's rape-slaying seeks new lawyer (22 WSBT South Bend)
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of raping and strangling a fellow Eastern Michigan University student is asking a judge for a new public defender after his first lawyer quit.
U.S. Attorney's Office Gets Fired DUI Deputy Case (The Tampa Tribune)
The U.S. Attorney's Office will lead the investigation into allegations against former Hillsborough County Deputy Daniel Brock, the state attorney's office announced today.
New attorney at Friends of the San Juans (San Juan Journal)
Kyle Loring, an environmental, land use and natural resources attorney, is the new staff attorney at Friends of the San Juans. Loring succeeds Amy Trainer, who resigned to move to Alaska.
Attorney For Boy Starved By Father Files $22 Million Claim (Fox 12 Oregon)
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An attorney for a 5-year-old boy starved by his father has filed a $22 million tort claim against the state. It's the first step toward a civil lawsuit against the Department of Social and Health Services.
Link's petition contains 'obvious irregularities,' state's attorney says (Daily Herald)
State Sen. Terry Link's candidate petition contains "obvious irregularities" and is the focus of a criminal investigation, the Lake County state's attorney said today.
Lawyer: Woman had consensual sex with 5 troopers (The Record)
A lawyer representing one of the troopers suspended after a 25-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted last week by members of the state police said any contact with the woman was consensual.
Judge dismisses high-profile LA lawyer's suit against state bar (The Fresno Bee)
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a prominent civil-rights lawyer's suit against the State Bar of California over the interim suspension of his law license.
Russoniello confirmed as U.S. attorney in S.F. (San Francisco Chronicle)
(12-20) 18:03 PST SAN FRANCISCO - Joseph Russoniello, who served as U.S. attorney in San Francisco from 1982 to 1990, will return to the job in January after breezing through the Senate confirmation process. With no opposition, senators confirmed President...
In Witness Killing, Prosecutors Point to a Gang and a Lawyer (New York Times)
Officials in New Jersey who are struggling to combat witness intimidation have long been concerned about cases involving one lawyer’s clients, many of them gang members.
I'm still Solomons attorney, Moti says (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
Alleged child sex offender Julian Moti says he's still the Solomon Islands Attorney-General despite the new PM's pledge send him to Canberra to face charges.
Clemens' lawyer issues new statement (MLB.com)
Clemens' lawyer issues new statement
Westchester Lawyer Charged in Wife’s 2006 Shooting Death (New York Times)
A disbarred lawyer and a neighbor of former President Bill Clinton’s and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s in Chappaqua, N.Y., had told the police a story they said was “unusual.”
Senate Confirms Joe Russoniello As U.S. Attorney (NBC 11 Bay Area)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Veteran San Francisco lawyer Joseph Russoniello has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. attorney for Northern California and will take office in early January.
Taylor suspect's lawyer: gun used in slaying thrown in Everglades (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
MIAMI - The gun that killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was placed in a sock and thrown into the Everglades, a lawyer for one of the suspects said.
Attorney general seeks delay of Seminole Tribe gambling pact (Sun-Sentinel)
Attorney General Bill McCollum today will ask a federal court to stop the Seminole Tribe from offering Las Vegas-style gambling before the Florida Supreme Court can decide if it is legal.
Attorney says mother charged in son’s death tried to defend him (Standard Speaker)
By KELLY MONITZ Staff Writer The 19-year-old mother charged in the beating death of her 2-year-old toddler was also beaten, bitten and scratched as she tried to protect the boy, her attorney said Thursday.
Disbarred Lawyer Charged With Murdering His Wife (Law.com)
A disbarred lawyer and neighbor of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton was arrested Thursday and charged with murdering his wife. Carlos Perez-Olivo faces one count of second-degree murder and two counts of illegal weapon possession in connection with the November 2006 shooting of his wife. Perez-Olivo said a stranger cut off the couple's SUV on a dark suburban road, then ...
Attorney: Gun thrown into Everglades (CBS Sportsline)
The gun that killed Redskins star Sean Taylor was placed in a sock and thrown into the Everglades, an attorney for one of the suspects said.
Hicks will be model citizen: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The lawyer for convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks says his client intends being a model citizen after his release from Yatala prison in Adelaide at the end of next week.
Attorney: Taylor gun tossed into Everglades (Sports Illustrated)
The gun that killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was placed in a sock and thrown into the Everglades, an attorney for one of the suspects said.
Russoniello wins easy Senate to return as U.S. attorney in S.F. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Joseph Russoniello, who served as U.S. attorney in San Francisco from 1982 to 1990, will return to the job in January after breezing through the Senate confirmation process. With no opposition, senators confirmed President Bush's nomination of the San...
Lawyer given 25 to 50 years for sex offenses (Philly.com)
Saying "what we sow, we reap," a Common Pleas Court judge sentenced Philadelphia lawyer Larry Charles to 25 to 50 years in prison yesterday for raping and sexually assaulting six girls over an eight-year period.
Ottawa firm right to dismiss employee with bipolar disorder: lawyer (CBC Ottawa)
An Ottawa company deemed by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to have discriminated against a mentally disabled employee did "everything appropriate in the circumstances" to comply with human rights legislation before dismissing the worker, said the company's lawyer.
Lawyer for dead man's kin blames off-duty cop (Rocky Mountain News)
The lawyer for the family of a Montana man killed by an off-duty Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy said Thursday that the officer is to blame, despite police reports that say the dead man was the aggressor.
Pakistan rearrests opposition lawyer leader (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Pakistan authorities rearrested on Friday a lawyer who had spearheaded opposition to President Pervez Musharraf, less than 18 hours after he had been released from detention for a Muslim holiday, his family said.