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TARC to pay $7 million to lawyer hurt in crash (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Lawyer Kevin Hable suffered permanent brain injuries in a 2005 collision with a TARC bus driven by a woman with a history of drug abuse.
Canada investigating accused pedophile: lawyer (CTV.ca)
A B.C. man convicted in Asia of sex crimes against young boys is being investigated in Canada, says the man's lawyer.
B.C. man convicted in Asia of pedophilia being investigated in Canada: his lawyer (CNews)
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - A B.C. man convicted in Asia of sex crimes against young boys is being investigated in Canada, his lawyer says. Orville Mader's lawyer said Monday his client is being investigated for "a bunch of other charges," though he did not elaborate.
NY Attorney General Opposes Indian Point Reactor Licenses, Saying Plants Are Terrorism Risks (Canadian Business)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says New York state is opposing new licenses for the Indian Point nuclear power plants.
BMW witness knew defence lawyer: TV sting operation (The Times of India)
NEW DELHI: Sunil Kulkarni, the BMW case eyewitness whose credibility has taken a severe beating in the past, was in news again on Monday after a TV sting operation again showed him accepting favours from defence lawyer R K Anand.
Agency May Refer Ethanol Plant Case to Attorney General (KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids)
DES MOINES (AP) - A central Iowa ethanol plant accused of repeated environmental violations could be facing bigger fines. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources may ask the attorney general's office to pursue bigger fines against the Lincolnway Energy plant in Nevada.
Be mindful of wrongful convictions, MD's lawyer tells St. John's jury (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
A lawyer representing a St. John's medical doctor raised the spectre of wrongful convictions Monday, while attacking the credibility of the women who accused Sean Buckingham of sexual assault.
Be mindful of wrongful convictions, MD's lawyer tells St. John's jury (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
A lawyer representing St. John's doctor Sean Buckingham raised the spectre of wrongful convictions Monday during closing arguments.
City attorney defends his challenge of reporter shield law (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The Seattle city attorney has raised political hackles by simultaneously chairing a state commission to promote open government and fighting against the state reporter shield law.
Kahui's reception 'horrible' - lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
Chris Kahui's lawyer has said the reception he received at the community where he was due to live on bail was "horrible". The community outside Auckland, which cannot be named under court orders, refused to accept Kahui when he arrived yesterday.
CNN - Lawyer: 'Jena 6' Teen Reaches Plea Deal (CBS 46 News Atlanta)
Mychal Bell, The 17-year-Old Black Teenager Who Last Year Was Charged As An Adult With Attempted Murder In The Assault On A White Fellow Student At Jena High School, Has Agreed To A Plea Deal That Could Lead To His Release By June, His Lawyer Said Today.  
Former Las Animas County attorney shot to death; wife arrested (Summit Daily News)
WESTON Former Las Animas County Attorney Jim Tatum was shot to death and his wife was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder after a fight at their home, authorities said.
Kott's lawyer says about 3 years in prison enough (KTVA Anchorage)
The lawyer for former Alaska House Speaker Pete Kott says his client should serve less than three years in a federal prison. Jim Wendt made a 33-month recommendation in a court filing ahead of Kott's sentencing Friday for bribery, conspiracy and extortion. He was convicted in September.
Kott lawyer seeks 3-year prison max; maintains innocence (Alaska Public Radio Network)
A lawyer for convicted former-lawmaker Pete Kott is asking a judge to sentence his client to roughly three years in prison, about 1/3 of what the prosecution requested. Kott was convicted in September on charges of bribery, conspiracy and extortion, but in a sentencing memorandum filed today, Kott maintains his innocence. Sentencing is set for [...]
EPISD appoints ex-principal, lawyer as trustees (El Paso Times)
A retired principal and a young lawyer on Tuesday were appointed as the new members of the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Attorney general asks for execution to be reinstated (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
INDIANAPOLIS - The state attorney general's office asked a federal appeals court to reinstate the death penalty against a Fort Wayne man convicted of killing four people, including his brother and his sister's fiance.
N.Y. State Brief Defends Restrictions on Attorney Advertisements (Law.com)
A federal judge failed to recognize the limits the U.S. Supreme Court has placed on commercial free speech when he ruled that most of New York state's new restrictions on attorney advertisements are unconstitutional, the state is arguing on appeal. Promotional activities that the guidelines seek to prohibit are not protected by the First Amendment and Judge Frederick J. Scullin "erred" when he ...
Blogs Cited as Reason for Attorney's Change-of-Venue Request (Law.com)
A Tennessee defense attorney is arguing for a change of venue in a racially charged double murder by citing blog postings -- a move that observers say may become more common. Philip Lomonaco says in his brief that blogs "helped create an urban legend surrounding the details of the final state of the victims' bodies -- details meant to outrage and taint any jury pool." The chairman of the ABA's ...
Casteel attorney questioned on representation of client (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
A Chattanooga attorney will continue defending himself in Hamilton County Criminal Court today against claims that he did not adequately represent Frank Casteel, who twice was convicted of killing three men on his Signal Mountain property.
Benayer questions ex-lawyer's methods (The Palm Beach Post)
In February, Marc Benayer was charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his former lawyer.
Lawyer: Doctor arrested on manslaughter charges had no prior knowledge (The Lufkin Daily News)
The lawyer of a Lufkin doctor arrested Friday by U.S. marshals on a manslaughter charge pending in England said his client had no prior knowledge of the allegations.
N.Y. State Brief Defends Restrictions on Attorney Advertisements (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A federal judge failed to recognize the limits the U.S. Supreme Court has placed on commercial free speech when he ruled that most of New York state's new restrictions on attorney advertisements are unconstitutional, the state is arguing on appeal.
Blogs Cited as Reason for Attorney's Change-of-Venue Request (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A Tennessee defense attorney is arguing for a change of venue in a racially charged double murder by citing blog postings -- a move that observers say may become more common. Philip Lomonaco says in his brief that blogs "helped create an urban legend surrounding the details of the final state of the victims' bodies -- details meant to outrage and taint any jury pool."
Ex-county attorney's death recounted (Rocky Mountain News)
The wife of former Las Animas County Attorney Jim Tatum shot her husband repeatedly in their kitchen during a violent argument witnessed by a deputy sheriff, an arrest affidavit says.
Lawyer indicted (The Democrat)
Last week a rich and famous trial lawyer was federally indicted on allegations he and others paid a judge $50,000 to secure a $26.5 million legal fees dispute.
Lawyer believes conspirators hold key to brother's death (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols says in a new declaration that a lawyer claiming to represent the U.S. Department of Justice offered to stop his trial on state murder charges if he admitted to alerting the FBI in a telephone call to the planned attack the day before it was carried out in 1995.
Drew never misused police database, his lawyer claims (Chicago Sun-Times)
Drew Peterson never misused police databases to get information on family or friends, including a man with whom his missing wife, Stacy, traded sexually suggestive text messages, Peterson's lawyer said Monday.
Des Moines attorney dies after fall on ice (The Des Moines Register)
Des Moines attorney Lawrence Marcucci, described by friends and colleagues as "a lawyer’s lawyer," died Monday after an apparent early-morning fall...
Drew's lawyer says computer misconduct business as usual (The Naperville Sun)
BOLINGBROOK -- Drew Peterson's attorney claims he knows why the police chief wants his client arrested, but the department shot back that the lawyer doesn't know what he's talking about.
Suit claims attorney, district officer eavesdropped (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The mother of a student in the Fairport Central School District and her lawyer have filed a lawsuit claiming a district administrator and attorney eavesdropped on their private conversations.
Pompton Lakes attorney calls it quits (The Record)
Ken Petrie this week retired as borough attorney in Pompton Lakes, a post he held for almost 16 years. "I'm 61 years old," the borough resident said Monday. "When I was younger, I didn't mind working 12 hours a day.
Welcome to The Lawyer Hot 100 (The Lawyer)
It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part - or so the saying goes. But The Lawyer Hot 100 manages to mix both: by recognising the parts played by the eclectic mix of practitioners contained within these pages, winning is a given.
Public Q&A session with U.S. Attorney (The Record)
PARAMUS -- U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie, who has racked up dozens of corruption convictions since 2001, will participate in a question-and-answer session tonight with The Record's editorial page editor, Alfred P. Doblin, at Bergen Community College.
Lawyer wants Sungu jailed for contempt (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation)
Lawyer for the former Foreign Affairs minister the late Robert Ouko has asked the High Court to send former Kisumu Town East Member of Parliament to six month civil jail for defying a court order.
Lawyer: Doctor arrested on manslaughter charges had no prior knowledge (The Lufkin Daily News)
The lawyer of a Lufkin doctor arrested Friday by U.S. marshals on a manslaughter charge pending in England said his client had no prior knowledge of the allegations.
Newark teen wants to proceed with murder trial with new lawyer (CentralOhio.com)
NEWARK -- A Newark teen accused in a Mount Vernon Road shooting death said Monday she never agreed to change her not-guilty plea and wants to proceed to trial with a new lawyer.
Drew's lawyer tells her side on 'Today' (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
-- The lawyer for the woman linked to the suicide of a teenaged girl told the 'Today' show this morning that the woman "absolutely, 100 percent" did not know that Internet messages to the girl had taken a nasty turn.
Lawyer bids to free Ontario woman jailed 22 months in Mexico (CBC)
A Canadian lawyer was to argue Tuesday for the release of a Trenton, Ont., woman who has spent almost two years in a Mexican jail, accused of money laundering and being involved in a complex investment fraud scheme.
Caplan Named Economic Development Manager; Cowan Named Acting City Attorney (Berkeley Daily Planet)
Michael Caplan, acting manager of the Office of Economic Development, was named as manager, and Zach Cowan, assistant city attorney, was named acting city attorney, said Phil Kamlarz in a memo Monday to the mayor and City Council.
Pasco Approves Contract For New County Attorney (The Tampa Tribune)
DADE CITY - County commissioners unanimously approved a two-year contract this morning with Jeffrey Steinsnyder to be Pasco's next county attorney.
Lawyer says mother didn't know of cruel messages (The Kansas City Star)
ST. LOUIS | A woman linked to an online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide had no idea MySpace messages to the girl had turned cruel and did not write any of them herself, the woman’s lawyer said today.
Lawyer: Mom Didn't Know Of Cruel Messages (KMBC-TV Kansas City)
A woman linked to an online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide had no idea MySpace messages to the girl had turned cruel and did not write any of them herself, the woman's lawyer said.
Saudi Arabia: Lawyer must not be punished for defending gang rape victim (Amnesty International)
The disciplinary measures against Saudi Arabian lawyer Abdul Rahman al-Lahem must be dropped immediately if they appear have been initiated solely because of his legitimate activities in defending a rape victim who received a sentence of 200 lashes and a prison term, Amnesty International said today.
Kott's lawyer says about 3 years in prison enough (KTVF Fairbanks)
Kott's lawyer says about 3 years in prison enough
Lawyer: Mother unaware of cruel messages (AP via Yahoo! News)
A woman linked to an online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide had no idea MySpace messages to the girl had turned cruel and did not write any of them herself, the woman's lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Mother unaware of cruel messages (The Charlotte Observer)
A woman linked to an online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide had no idea MySpace messages to the girl had turned cruel and did not write any of them herself, the woman's lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Jim Briscoe appeared on NBC's "Today" show, as did the parents of Megan Meier. Megan, a 13-year-old girl from the St. Louis suburb of Dardenne Prairie, hanged herself last ...
MI attorney general insurance concerns (WPBN Traverse City)
Michigan's attorney general is blasting Blue Cross Blue Shield for backing legislation he says puts profits over people.
Attorney Sues Date-Dissing Web Site (WPBF Palm Beach)
A Pittsburgh attorney has revived his lawsuit against a date-dissing Web site where postings, he says, falsely claimed he was unfaithful and had sexually transmitted diseases.
Court allows Minn. attorney general to probe UnitedHealth (Pioneer Press)
Attorney General Lori Swanson has permission to investigate UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s backdating of stock options - but not without some limits.
District Attorney launches ticket investigation (The Fayetteville Observer)
Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis will launch his own probe into the Oct. 25 traffic accident that has mired the city of Fayetteville in controversy.