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Report: U.S. Attorney taps Ashcroft's firm for big money deal (WABC-TV New York)
The law firm of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is set to collect more than $52 million to help the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey monitor leading manufacturers of knee and hip replacements.
Canadian denied basic rights in Mexico jail, lawyer says (Canada.com)
EDMONTON - A Canadian woman imprisoned for nearly two years in Mexico was denied her most basic legal rights and our consulate did nothing to help her receive due process, her new lawyer says.
New school labor lawyer job down to two finalists; Will negotiate to save taxpayers money (Eagle-Tribune Online)
HAVERHILL - The School Committee is close to hiring a new lawyer in an effort to save taxpayer money when negotiating contracts with groups like the 600-member teachers union.
Attorney: Suspects `Terrified' To Be Charged In Slaying Of Sean Taylor (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
MIAMI (AP) - A defense attorney says it's likely four suspects in the shooting death of Sean Taylor will be taken to Miami on Sunday. The men, who range in age from 17 to 20, are facing murder charges
Okruashvili’s lawyer, wife fly to Berlin (Itar-Tass)
TBILISI, December 2 (Itar-Tass) -- Former Georgian defense minister Irakly Okruashvili’s lawyer Eka Beselia and wife Irina Gordeladze have departed for Berlin, a source at the political movement For United Georgia told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
Schreiber lawyer chastises client's public humiliation (Canada.com)
OTTAWA -- Karlheinz Schreiber's lawyer says federal politicians are trying to humiliate his client while the Harper government attempts to ship him out of the country as fast as possible.
Schreiber's lawyer calls committee a 'circus' (CTV.ca)
Karlheinz Schreiber's lawyer says the parliamentary committee process reviewing his client's dealings with former prime minister Brian Mulroney is a "mockery of justice."
Attorney General finds officer's shooting of Whitefield man justified (Capital Weekly)
WALDOBORO — Waldoboro Police Officer Zachary Curtis was justified when he shot and killed 18-year-old Gregori Jackson of Whitefield Sept. 23, the Maine Attorney General’s Office announced Friday.
Lawyer: Teen accused of highway shootings wants plea deal (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A teenager accused of killing one man and wounding another in a series of highway sniper shootings in southern Indiana is expected to plead guilty to two felonies as part of a plea agreement, his lawyer said. Zachariah Blanton, 18, is expected to appear in Jackson Circuit Court Monday, where Judge William Vance could approve the plea agreement. Blanton, of Gaston, was scheduled to stand trial ...
U.S. OKs forced extraditions, lawyer says (UPI)
A U.S. lawyer told the London Court of Appeals the United States sanctions the kidnapping of foreign citizens suspected of violating its laws.
Lawyer upset over Schreiber's next parliamentary appearance (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
OTTAWA - The parliamentary committee examining Karlheinz Schreiber is more interested in scoring political points than in getting to the bottom of his dealings with Brian Mulroney, says the lawyer for the controversial German-Canadian businessman.
Lawyer admits he didn't pay taxes (The Record)
NEWARK – A lawyer who worked for a group of Montvale companies involved in a massive investor fraud pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to evading nearly $200,000 in income taxes.
Attorney: Suspects 'terrified' to be charged in slaying of Taylor (ABC 2 Baltimore)
A defense attorney says it's likely four suspects in the shooting death of Sean Taylor will be taken to Miami on Sunday.
Second accused killer asks to be his own attorney (The Joplin Globe)
Accused killer Gary Black’s assertion of the right to act as his own attorney at his third trial on a capital-murder charge may be affecting another murder case in Jasper County.
Attorney: Plea trying to be worked out in Jena 6 (The Houma Courier)
A member of the "Jena Six" is trying to work out a plea to a misdemeanor charge and avoid a second trial on felony charges stemming from a racially charged beating, a defense attorney said Sunday.
Attorney for Cynthia Sommer Speaks to News 8 (News 8 San Diego)
One day after Cynthia Sommer spoke about her new trial, the Marine widow's attorney spoke exclusively to News 8.
Lawyer pleads not guilty to perverting the course of justice (The West Australian)
A Perth lawyer has pleaded not guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice after she allegedly tried to stop a witness from testifying at a trial.
SAS bash case: lawyer 'innocent' (Perth Now)
A PERTH lawyer has pleaded not guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice after she allegedly tried to stop a witness from testifying at the trial of an SAS trooper.
Quigley's naming of undercover officers 'disgusting': Shervill's lawyer (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The lawyer for the Assistant Police Commissioner Mal Shervill has criticised the Labor MP John Quigley over his comments in the State Parliament last week.
Superstar' lawyer Ravenell joins city's Murphy Firm (BizJournals)
For seven years, William H. Murphy Jr. tried to convince prominent criminal defense lawyer Kenneth Ravenell to join his firm.
Lawyer: Teen at center of "Jena 6" case close to plea deal (Fox 12 Idaho)
Associated Press - December 3, 2007 12:13 AM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The lawyer for 1 of the so-called "Jena (JEE'-nuh) 6" says his client is close to a deal that would allow his client to avoid...
Lawyer: Teen at center of "Jena 6" case close to plea deal (KTRE-TV East Texas)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The lawyer for 1 of the so-called "Jena (JEE'-nuh) 6" says his client is close to a deal that would allow his client to avoid another trial.
Attorney General Tom Corbett alleged that a joint ordinance by four municipalities was tighter than state law allows. ... (Reading Eagle)
Attorney General Tom Corbett alleged that a joint ordinance by four municipalities was tighter than state law allows. Commonwealth Court disagreed.
Bell close to plea, says attorney (The Town Talk)
NEW ORLEANS — A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate led to one of the largest civil rights protests in years is close to a deal that would allow him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and avoid a second trial, his attorney said Sunday.
Minn. Attorney General Swanson Targets 3rd Insurance Firm (Insurance Journal)
After settling a similar case with a big industry player, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit against a smaller insurance firm that allegedly sold unsuitable deferred annuities to
Sights and sounds of Russian life to local attorney fascinating (Muskogee Phoenix)
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Roberts of Muskogee was in Russia for 14 days in November and compared court systems and lifestyles. He was on assignment with the U.S. Department of Justice. He wants to go back to see more of the country, the people and their legal system.
Attorney General finds officer's shooting of Whitefield man justified (Capital Weekly)
WALDOBORO — Waldoboro Police Officer Zachary Curtis was justified when he shot and killed 18-year-old Gregori Jackson of Whitefield Sept. 23, the Maine Attorney General’s Office announced Friday.
Kerens joins District Attorney's office (The Deming Headlight)
The newest addition to the Deming Office of the Sixth Judicial District Attorney is John Kerens, 48. "He's filling a position as a law clerk," District Attorney Mary Lynne Newell said. "He'll be taking the bar exam in February."
Attorney General's Office promotes Life Care Planning (Arizona Range News)
Cheryl Bowlby, left, of Willcox speaks with Debra Boehlke, community outreach coordinator from the Attorney General's Office about advance directives for life care planning.
Attorney: Plea trying to be worked out in Jena Six case (The Shreveport Times)
A member of the "Jena Six" is trying to work out a plea to a misdemeanor charge and avoid a second trial on felony charges stemming from a racially charged beating, a defense attorney said Sunday.
Council OK's city attorney firm hire (Benson News-Sun)
In a 5-2 vote Monday night the Benson City Council officially hired the Benevidez Law Group to replace Ann Roberts, who resigned as city attorney in August. The one-year contract was approved for $87,000, or $150 an hour.
Miami's attorney spends lavishly (Miami Herald)
Miami City Attorney Jorge Fernandez calls himself an ambitious visionary striving to build a ``world-class law firm serving a world-class city.''
State attorney gets names of vaccine-dodging parents (The Washington Examiner)
Promising to make good on threats that adults who fail to fully immunize their children could face jail time or fines, Prince George's County education officials began giving the names of derelict parents to State Attorney Glenn Ivey's office, schools spokesman John White said.
Lawyer: Sniper suspect to plead guilty (The Indianapolis Star)
Brownstown -- A teenager accused of killing one man and wounding another in a series of highway sniper shootings is expected to plead guilty to two felonies as part of a plea agreement, his lawyer said.
Sharif's lawyer fears exclusion from Pakistan vote (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
An election official is likely to disqualify former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif from running in a January election, his lawyer predicted on Monday.
Schreiber publicly humiliated: lawyer (Montreal Gazette)
Karlheinz Schreiber's lawyer says federal politicians are trying to humiliate his client while the Harper government attempts to ship him out of the country as fast as possible. "The notion that (Schreiber) was taken from Toronto to Ottawa in an orange jumpsuit, not only in handcuffs but in leg irons, is really unpardonable," lawyer Edward Greenspan said on CTV's Question Period yesterday. "I ...
Lawyer rejects claim Drew asked truckers to haul package (Chicago Sun-Times)
Drew Peterson's lawyer said Sunday it was highly improbable his client asked truckers to haul a package the day his young wife, Stacy, disappeared.
Lawyer: Teen at center of "Jena 6" case close to plea deal (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - December 3, 2007 6:14 AM ET JENA, La. (AP) - The lawyer for 1 of the so-called "Jena 6" says his client is close to a deal that would allow his client to avoid another...
Nigeria: Lawyer Faults N-Assembly on Bakassi (AllAfrica.com)
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Bamidele Aturu, yesterday faulted the position of the National Assembly on the ceding of the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon by the Obasanjo's administration, saying, "In international law a state is not permitted to use its failure to carry out necessary internal procedure to renege on its international obligation."
Lawyer: Teen at center of "Jena 6" case close to plea deal (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
The lawyer for one of the so-called "Jena 6" says his client is close to a deal that would allow his client to avoid another trial.
Canadian in Mexican prison denied basic rights: lawyer (Canada.com)
A Canadian woman imprisoned for nearly two years in Mexico was denied basic legal rights and the Canadian consulate is to blame, the woman's new lawyer said.
Schreiber lawyer chastises client's public humiliation (Canada.com)
Karlheinz Schreiber's lawyer says federal politicians are trying to humiliate his client while the Harper government attempts to ship him out of the country as fast as possible.
Report: Prosecutors probe Miami city attorney's spending (USA Today)
Miami City Attorney Jorge Fernandez has expensive tastes, according to The Herald. The paper says Fernandez authorized expensive junkets and oversaw a $300,000 renovation of his office that included new plasma televisions, in-wall speakers and DVD players. "Those expenses are...
Kerik's lawyer may have conflict (The Record)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Federal prosecutors said Thursday that the judge in the case against former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik should consider disqualifying Kerik's lawyer.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo urges feds to discontinue Indian Point license (New York Daily News)
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will urge the federal government Monday to discontinue the nuclear plant operating licenses for Entergy, the company that runs the Indian Point facility, when they expire in 2013 and 2015, state government sources told the Daily News.
Attorney: Fifth suspect sought in Taylor murder (ABC 7 Gulfshore News)
The attorney for one of the suspects in the murder of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor says there is a fifth suspect in the case.
Attorney: Jena plea deal being negotiated (USA Today)
The attorney for one of six black teens charged with beating a white student in rural Louisiana said this morning that defense attorneys and the prosecutor are negotiating a plea agreement that would avoid a second trial and more jail time for the youth.
NY attorney general opposes new Indian Point reactor licenses (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - December 3, 2007 1:35 PM ET WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says New York state is opposing new licenses for the Indian Point nuclear power...
NC Attorney General Asked to Review College Enrollment Policy (WRAL-TV 5 Raleigh)
A candidate for North Carolina governor wants Attorney General Roy Cooper to weigh in on a new policy that requires community colleges to admit eligible illegal immigrants.
Former Las Animas County attorney shot to death; wife arrested (KJCT 8 Grand Junction)
WESTON, Colo. (AP) - Former Las Animas County Attorney Jim Tatum has been shot to death in his Weston home and his wife has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.