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Lawyer says accused Vegas machete slayer plans to plea not guilty (Las Vegas Sun)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada man held in the machete slaying of a woman and the slashing of the woman's son and daughter intends to plead not guilty. That's according to the lawyer representing 29-year-old Victor O. Cruz-Garcia.
Police officials, state’s attorney dispute request (Northwest Herald)
Cary Police officials on Friday denied seeking reckless-homicide charges against a man who accidentally ran over and killed his wife, and they criticized State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi for saying that the department did.
Local attorney suspended (Wahpeton News)
The North Dakota Supreme Court suspended Wahpeton attorney Samuel Johnson for 60 days for his conduct relating to truthfulness in statements to others relating to respect for rights of third persons.
4 quit or are fired at Dade state attorney (Florida Today)
A prosecutor with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, an intern and a secretary were fired and another prosecutor resigned last week in what officials said today were four unrelated incidents. Assistant State Attorney Antonio Jimenez was fired last Thursday because he ''misrepresented information regarding a case,'' spokeswoman Terry Chavez said. ''We have a zero tolerance for that,'' she ...
Lawyer: I had 'no reason' to kill wife (The Pantagraph)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A disbarred lawyer who lives three doors from Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton says he's being "abused for publicity's sake" after being charged with murdering his wife.
Report: Clemens' attorney launches probe; Rocket to talk to reporters (NJ.com)
From ESPN.com "Roger Clemens' lead attorney told The New York Times that his firm is launching its own investigation into allegations the seven-time Cy Young winner used steroids and human growth hormone."
Lawyer says accused Vegas machete slayer plans to plea not guilty (Las Vegas Sun)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man charged in the machete slaying of a Las Vegas woman who took him in off the streets and the slashing of the woman's son and daughter intends to plead not guilty, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Lawyer: Allentown couple gets complaints over lawsuit against boy (The Morning Call)
People upset over an Allentown man who sued an 8-year-old boy and his father over a ski collision have subjected him and his wife to "an electronic tar and feathering," their lawyer said.
Anglo-American unit sues Senegal over iron ore contract: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A South African affiliate of mining giant Anglo-American is suing Senegal for 667 million dollars (460 million euros) for tearing up an iron ore extraction contract, the firm's lawyer said Wednesday.
Williams lawyer quits to work for city of Burlington (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - December 26, 2007 3:25 PM ET BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A lead defense lawyer in 1 of Vermont's most notorious criminal cases is quitting the case.
Williams' Defense Lawyer Quits Case for New Job (WCAX-TV Vermont)
The lawyer who represents one of Vermont's most notorious murder suspects is quitting.
Charles Orange, the Commonwealth Attorney for the 7th District, passed away Wednesday morning at his home. (News Democrat & Leader)
Charles Orange, the Commonwealth Attorney for the 7th District which includes Logan and Todd counties, passed away Wednesday morning at his home. Orange was re-elected to the post in 2006 after running unopposed.
Mayor-elect names new city attorney (The Post-Star)
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mayor-elect Scott Johnson on Wednesday named Joe Scala as his choice to become city attorney when Johnson takes office. Scala is the principal of his own law firm.
Newton County losing its prosecuting attorney (KOAM-TV Pittsburg)
Newton County prosecuting attorney, Scott Watson, says he is stepping down in just over two weeks. Watson has been the Newton County prosecutor for 14 years and his current term does not expire until
Drew Peterson Attorney In Greenville (WITN 7 North Carolina)
Attorney believes Drew Peterson had nothing to do with the disappearance of wife Stacey.
State Attorney's Office Employees Fired Amid Questions About Charitable Donations (Law.com)
The Miami-Dade state attorney's office fired three employees and disciplined three others just before Christmas weekend for a host of alleged transgressions. Also, a top prosecutor, division chief Herbert E. Walker III, resigned by e-mail Friday. Some of the disciplinary actions stemmed from two prosecutors' alleged agreement to drop misdemeanor criminal cases in exchange for defendants' ...
Lawyer's Bid to Keep 'Gift' Above Legal Fees Rejected (Law.com)
A New York judge has shot down a lawyer's claim that a client meant to give him more than $450,000 as a gift rather than as part of a fee in a medical malpractice case. Norman L. Cousins received about $948,000 in legal fees but sought more, claiming the litigation had bankrupted him. The judge found, in part, that the claimed gift wouldn't be acceptable under state ethics rules, which say that, ...
Solomons' ex-attorney general deported to Australia: officials (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The Solomon Islands' former attorney general Julian Moti was deported Thursday to Australia where he faces child-sex charges, officials said.
Mayor-elect names new city attorney (The Post-Star)
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mayor-elect Scott Johnson on Wednesday named Joe Scala as his choice to become city attorney when Johnson takes office. Scala is the principal of his own law firm.
Police officials, state’s attorney dispute request (Northwest Herald)
Cary Police officials on Friday denied seeking reckless-homicide charges against a man who accidentally ran over and killed his wife, and they criticized State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi for saying that the department did.
Lawyer's Bid to Keep 'Gift' Above Legal Fees Rejected (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A New York judge has shot down a lawyer's claim that a client meant to give him more than $450,000 as a gift rather than as part of a fee in a medical malpractice case. Norman L. Cousins received about $948,000 in legal fees but sought more, claiming the litigation had bankrupted him.
State Attorney's Office Employees Fired Amid Questions About Charitable Donations (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The Miami-Dade state attorney's office fired three employees and disciplined three others just before Christmas weekend for a host of alleged transgressions. Also, a top prosecutor, division chief Herbert E.
Prison-birth mom’s lawyer loses license (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
The civil lawyer for the woman who gave birth in a Lackawanna County Prison cell last July has lost his license to practice law — at least temporarily.
Lawyer says couple hit with complaints (Casper Star-Tribune)
DENVER (AP) -- People upset over a man who sued an 8-year-old boy and his father over a ski collision have subjected him and his wife to "an electronic tar and feathering," their lawyer said.
Roger Clemens' lawyer launching probe (New York Daily News)
Roger Clemens' lawyer says he is launching his own investigation into the allegations in the Mitchell Report that the Rocket used steroids and HGH and Clemens plans to take questions from the press after his scheduled "60 Minutes" interview airs Jan. 6.
Clemens' lawyer hires own P.I. (San Jose Mercury News)
Roger Clemens' lawyer has hired private investigators to try to challenge the credibility of Brian McNamee, the trainer who told federal agents and former Sen.
Attorney: Furstenau dodging responsibility (The Naperville Sun)
The Sun gives attorney Jim Sotos a chance to respond to last week's interview with Councilman Richard Furstenau. Sotos, who is representing Police Chief David Dial, city attorney Margo Ely and other defendants in Furstenau's civil rights lawsuit, says the councilman is offering misleading information.
Lawyer again charged with DUI (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
An Anderson Township lawyer who a month ago had her driving privileges restored following a drunken-driving conviction spent Christmas in jail charged with driving drunk again.
Sobhraj victim of Nepal's racism, lawyer tells French president (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Kathmandu, Dec 27 (IANS) Making a fresh effort for the release of Charles Sobhraj, who has been fighting a murder conviction in Nepal since 2003, his lawyer in Paris has asked the French president to intervene.
Another new lawyer for suspect Christopher Williams (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - December 27, 2007 7:05 AM ET ESSEX, Vt. (AP) - A man accused of shooting two people to death during a school shooting spree in Essex last year is getting a new lawyer.
Hoak's attorney seeks mistrial in Kearneysville slaying (The Herald-Mail)
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., attorney said Wednesday he might subpoena jurors from Raymond Hoak's voluntary manslaughter trial to find out more information about questionable juror notes that were found after the trial.
District Attorney To Investigate 7-Eleven Robbery Shooting (WTAE ThePittsburghChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is reviewing whether a Pittsburgh-area 7-Eleven clerk was justified in shooting a robbery suspect.
House Fire Leaves Attorney Dead In Kankakee County (CBS 2 Chicago)
Authorities in Kankakee County say a 68-year-old attorney is dead after an overnight house fire.
Lawyer who fought STRESS has died (Detroit Free Press)
Justin Ravitz, who began his career as a prominent radical lawyer that successfully forced reforms in the Detroit Police Department, later became a judge and then returned to representing high-profile clients as an attorney, has died.
Report: Clemens' lawyer to put P.I.'s on case (ESPN)
Roger Clemens' lawyer has hired private investigators in an attempt to challenge the credibility of Brian McNamee, who has claimed to have injected Clemens with steroids, a lawyer familiar with the matter told The New York Times.
Druken's lawyer aims to have charges dropped (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
The St. John's lawyer representing Randy Druken, a wrongfully convicted man who remains in custody on assault charges in a different case, wants the Crown to drop its case.
Mugabe appoints tribunal to probe attorney misconduct: report (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Robert Mugabe has appointed a three-man tribunal to probe misconduct charges against Zimbabwe's suspended attorney-general Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, state radio reported Thursday.
Man Accused In Essex School Shooting Gets New Lawyer (WPTZ Plattsburgh)
A man accused of shooting two people to death during a school shooting spree in Essex last year is getting a new lawyer.
High court reaffirms attorney client privilege in school case (KPAX Missoula)
Associated Press - December 27, 2007 2:55 PM ET OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A sharply divided state Supreme Court reaffirmed attorney-client privilege exemptions from the state's Public Records...
'Toga Mayor-Elect Johnson Names New City Attorney (WRGB Albany)
Saratoa Springs mayor-elect Scott Johnson has appointed local corporate lawyer Joe Scala to the position of city attorney in Johnson's new administration.
WA high court reaffirms attorney-client privilege in school case (The Olympian)
A sharply divided state Supreme Court reaffirmed attorney-client privilege exemptions from the state's Public Records Act, and said government agencies can challenge records requests in court before releasing any information.
Attorney General Wants Review Of Bentley Case (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday it is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Iowa Supreme Court in the James Bentley case.
Solomons extradites ex-attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Solomon Islands government extradited its former attorney general Thursday to face child sex charges in Australia.
Disbarred attorney facing OVI charges (The Western Star)
CINCINNATI — The arraignment for a former Butler County attorney charged with operating a vehicle under the influence while her children were in the back seat has been delayed.
Hicks' priority is to assimilate: lawyer (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks' lawyer says his client's main priority is to assimilate into the community.
Hicks' priority is to assimilate: lawyer (The West Australian)
Convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks' lawyer says his client's main priority is to assimilate into the community. The former Guantanamo Bay inmate is scheduled for release from Adelaide's high security Yatala Prison after 8am (CDT) Saturday.
Attorney General: No driver's license for illegal immigrants (WZZM 13 Grand Rapids)
LANSING - Michigan's attorney general says illegal immigrants can no longer get a state driver's license. Mike Cox's legal opinion overrules an opinion
Solomons' ex-attorney general to face Australian court (TODAYonline)
Solomon Islands Attorney-General Julian Moti(R), is seen with two Solomon Islanders, Chris Hapa, a lawyer working for Moti's law firm Pacific Lawyers and Robson Djokovic, and a political appointee in the Office of the Prime Minister in Honiara are escorted by Australian Federal Police in Honiara in 2006. Moti was due to face an Australian court on Friday after being deported on child sex charges.
Illegal immigrants can't get Michigan driver's licenses, state attorney general says (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LANSING, Mich. - Illegal immigrants are ineligible for driver's licenses, Michigan's attorney general said Thursday in an opinion that affects one of the few states that have been granting licenses to undocumented residents.
Fugitive Thai banker Rakesh Saxena, his former lawyer facing suit over shares (Canadian Business)
The Canadian Press December 27, 2007 - 8:31 p.m. VANCOUVER - The B.C. Supreme Court has cleared the way for a lawsuit launched by three Americans against fugitive Thai banker Rakesh Saxena, his former lawyer Russ Chamberlain and Vancouver investment dealer Alexandra Triffo.