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A big stink: Councilman alleges county's lawyer violated Sunshine law (South County Journal)
A St. Louis County Councilman filed suit Nov. 16 alleging the county's lawyer violated state open meetings laws when she settled a lawsuit without notifying the county council.
Breaking News: Bear baiting case involving TWRA officers turned over to Sevierville district attorney (The Maryville Daily Times)
Blount County Circuit Court Judge Mike Meares has signed an order transferring the case of two Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officers accused of bear baiting over to Sevierville District Attorney General James Dunn. Dunn will serve as the district attorney pro tem on the case.
Lawyer arraigned on charges in alleged judicial bribery scheme (KATC 3 Lafayette)
NEW ORLEANS -- A Mississippi attorney was arraigned Tuesday in federal court on charges he conspired with high-profile tort lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and three others to bribe a...
Insider trading charges against attorney settled (BizJournals)
Insider trading charges have been settled in a case involving a Wyoming attorney who purchased shares of Western Gas Resources Inc. days before announcement of its merger with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday.
Miami attorney sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing from clients (Sun-Sentinel)
A Miami attorney who admitted stealing more than $13 million from thousands of clients suffering from asbestos-related illnesses was sentenced Tuesday in Miami federal court to 15 years in prison.
Former Attorney Gets 15 Years For Stealing Asbestos Settlements (NBC 6 Miami)
A disbarred attorney is sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for defrauding thousands of clients made ill by asbestos out of about $13.5 million in settlement money from lawsuits.
Bonds seeks lawyer as arraignment looms (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Barry Bonds' first date with a federal judge is Friday, when he is expected to plead not guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice charges, but the slugger still has yet to assemble his full legal team. Bonds and longtime attorney Mike Rains began shopping around the Bay Area for another lawyer with federal experience even before Bonds was charged Nov. 15 with lying to a grand jury about his ...
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 Daily Comet)
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 Tuesday.
Lawyer Balducci arraigned in Scruggs' alleged bribery scheme (The Clarion-Ledger)
A Mississippi attorney was arraigned today in federal court on charges he conspired with high-profile tort lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and three others to bribe a state judge.
Former attorney gets 15 years for stealing asbestos settlements (Naples Daily News)
A disbarred attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for defrauding thousands of clients made ill by asbestos out of about $13.5 million in settlement money from lawsuits. Louis S. Robles, 59, also was ordered to pay restitution.
Ex-attorney gets 15 years in thefts (AP via Yahoo! News)
A disbarred attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for skimming about $13.5 million in settlement money from thousands of clients made ill by asbestos and using it to support a swank lifestyle.
Lawyer: Man accused of shooting neighbor too ill for murder trial (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An 83-year-old man accused of murdering his neighbor is hospitalized and too ill to be in court when his trial resumes Wednesday, his lawyer said. "Quite frankly, we're very concerned that trying to transport him to the courtroom is going to hasten his death," attorney Ephraim Helton told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "He is going to have to come to the courtroom in a hospital bed or a gurney. He ...
Ex-attorney gets 15 years in thefts (The Charlotte Observer)
A disbarred attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for skimming about $13.5 million in settlement money from thousands of clients made ill by asbestos and using it to support a swank lifestyle. Louis S. Robles, 59, also was ordered to pay full restitution. The maximum sentence from U.S. District Judge Alan Gold came after Gold rejected a plea agreement that had been reached in ...
Saudi lawyer: Rape case emblematic (CNN.com)
The lawyer who represented a victim of gang rape predicted he would have his revoked license to practice law reinstated and would represent the Saudi woman again.
Letter from the District Attorney (The Fayetteville Observer)
Following is the text of the letter from District Attorney Edward W. Grannis Jr. to City Attorney Karen McDonald and Police Department attorney Tiffanie Sneed on his investigation of the traffic accident at the center of a controversy addressed by the City Council.
Commission OKs 2-Year Pact With New County Attorney (The Tampa Tribune)
County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a two-year contract with Jeffrey Steinsnyder, the next county attorney.
Lawyer arraigned on charges in alleged judicial bribery scheme (The Houma Courier)
A Mississippi attorney was arraigned Tuesday in federal court on charges he conspired with high-profile tort lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and three others to bribe a state judge.
Lawyer pleads not guilty in Scruggs case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Mississippi attorney pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he conspired with high-profile tort lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and three others to bribe a state judge.
Council, Federal Probes Won't Clash, Lawyer Says (Washington Post)
The lawyer who will oversee the D.C. Council's probe into the scandal at the Office of Tax and Revenue said he does not expect the work to interfere with the federal criminal investigation.
Death row attorney's appeal going back to court (Provo Daily Herald)
Death row inmate Douglas Stewart Carter will have to wait a few more months to find out if he still has a lawyer after a judge scheduled another hearing in the defense attorney's request to withdraw from the case. In October, 4th District Judge Lynn Davis heard arguments on whether defense attorney Mark Moffat should be allowed to withdraw as Carter's lawyer.
Wife retains high-profile lawyer in ex-county attorney's slaying (Rocky Mountain News)
High-profile defense attorney Pamela Mackey will represent the woman charged with gunning down her husband - former Las Animas County Attorney Jim Tatum - during a domestic dispute.
I might be jailed for years, fears Malaysian Indian lawyer (Indian Express via Yahoo! India News)
A Malaysian human rights lawyer, who helped organise 10,000 ethnic Indians to protest against racial discrimination, said on Wednesday he feared he might be jailed for years without trial for speaking up. But 46-year-old P. Uthayakumar, who said he was inspired by this year's demonstrations by monks in Myanmar against its military regime, said he would continue to champion his causes despite ...
Maverick Malaysian Indian lawyer says fears arrest (Reuters via Yahoo! India News)
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian human rights lawyer, who helped organise 10,000 ethnic Indians to protest against racial discrimination, said on Wednesday he feared he might be jailed for years without trial for speaking up.
City attorney says the store has a right to move into Sugar House location (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A debate on community standards raged in Salt Lake City Council chambers Tuesday night. But the city attorney said there is little the city could do to prohibit a lingerie shop that also sells adult novelty items from opening this month in a Sugar House neighborhood across from a park and near a
Bogus lawyer pulled in half a million, D.A. says (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
A Philadelphia man has been arrested in a complex scheme that netted him close to a half-million dollars by posing as a lawyer and setting up fraudulent businesses to steal goods and services in check-kiting schemes, the District Attorney's Office said yesterday.
Attorney pleads in Scruggs case (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
A Mississippi attorney was arraigned Tuesday in federal court on charges he conspired with high-profile tort lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and three others to bribe a state judge.
Saudi rape lawyer faces disciplinary hearing (CNN.com)
The Saudi lawyer who represented a victim of gang rape faces a disciplinary hearing Wednesday for "insulting the Supreme Judicial Council and disobeying the rules and regulations" of the judiciary.
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.
Attorney general takes global warming fight to the air (Contra Costa Times)
SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Jerry Brown -- declaring instant victory on a tobacco suit Tuesday -- plans to file a complaint today demanding that U.S.
Activists sent home after vigil for lawyer (The Scotsman)
Authorities in Pakistan have ordered two US human rights activists out of the country after they held a vigil to protest against the detention of an opposition lawyer.
Head of State Swears In New Attorney-General (AngolaPress)
Luanda, 12/05 - President José Eduardo dos Santos swore in Wednesday the recently appointed Attorney-General of the Republic, João Maria Moreira de Sousa, in a ceremony held in the Presidential Palace, in Luanda.
Outspoken Saudi lawyer to face hearing (UPI)
The Saudi lawyer representing a woman gang-raped and sentenced to 200 lashes faces a disciplinary hearing for insulting the Supreme Judicial Council.
Zambia: MPs Sue Speaker, Attorney General (AllAfrica.com)
Patriotic Front (PF) members of Parliament (MPs) have sued the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Attorney-General over the National Assembly's refusal to adopt the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) report.
Lawyer: Death should end East Hanover theft case (Daily Record)
The lawyer for a former home health aide, who is accused of stealing $100,000 from her East Hanover client, will ask a judge Thursday to dismiss the charges because the alleged victim has died.In addition, the lawyer says, the state has no solid medical evidence that the alleged victim suffered dementia.
Sex, Lies, and Blackmail: The Secret Life of a San Antonio Attorney (WOAI)
Prosecutors believe the case involves a tangled web of lies, affairs, and blackmail. A San Antonio attorney is on trial, accused of stealing money from her lovers.
Ex-Attorney Gets 15 Years in Thefts (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A disbarred attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for skimming about $13.5 million in settlement money from thousands of clients made ill by asbestos and using it to support a swank lifestyle.
Justices question detainee lawyer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lawyer for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay underwent a barrage of questions Wednesday from Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia, with the attorney portraying the case as a fundamental test of the U.S. system of justice.
Attorney pleads guilty to conspiracy (WHOI Peoria)
Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 at 11:10 a.m. JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An attorney has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a judge and is assisting federal prosecutors in a case involving one of the nation's wealthiest trial lawyers, according to court documents.
Attorney: Former CIETC CEO 'Incompetent To Stand Trial' (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
An attorney for the former CIETC CEO says that she's mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Lawyer: Alleged gunman, 17, wants deal (CBS Sportsline)
The lawyer for the 17-year-old accused gunman in the killing of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor wants to reach a plea deal.
Attorney says Cunningham Incompetent to Stand Trial (KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids)
DES MOINES (AP) - An attorney for the former CEO of a Des Moines-based job training agency says she's mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Attorney General's Reports Finds Use of Deadly Force Justified (The Lincoln County News)
Attorney General Steven Rowe announced today that a Waldoboro Police Officer, Zachary Curtis, was legally justified when he shot and killed Gregori S. Jackson, 18, during the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2007 in Waldoboro.
Lawyer for alleged Taylor gunman wants to talk to prosecutors (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
MIAMI - A lawyer for the 17-year-old accused gunman in the killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor said Wednesday he wants to work with prosecutors to resolve the case.
Attorney Says Former CIETC Executive Incompetent To Stand Trial (KWWL Iowa)
An attorney for the former CEO of a Des Moines-based job training agency says she's mentally incompetent to stand trial. Ramona Cunningham is one of four former officials with the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium charged with a variety of fraud and conspiracy charges in a pay scandal.
Lawyer for alleged gunman in Taylor case wants plea deal (International Herald Tribune)
A lawyer for the 17-year-old accused gunman in the killing of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor wants to reach a plea deal with prosecutors.
New York attorney general subpoenas Wall Street firms on subprime mortgages (International Herald Tribune)
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is said to be seeking information about the business of packaging and selling subprime loans.
Former Attorney Pleads Guilty Of Child Molestation (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
An attorney and former congressional aide pleaded guilty on Wednesday to molesting a 14-year-old boy he met via the Internet and a 13- year-old northern Virginia boy from whose family he rented a room. Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, 37, of Ladera Ranch, is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison on April 18 under terms of the plea bargain. But he will be in a lock-down sex offender program ...
Saudi rape lawyer's hearing adjourned (AP via Yahoo! News)
The disciplinary hearing for the Saudi lawyer who protested a sentence of 200 lashes for a gang-rape victim was adjourned to an unspecified date, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Texas Attorney General takes action to protect kids from online intrusion (ABC 7 El Paso)
State Attorney General Greg Abbott filed legal action Wednesday against two websites that cater to kids, but he says, do little to protect their privacy or safety.