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City attorney drops subpoenas against 3 Seattle Times reporters (Seattle Times)
Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr has withdrawn his legal demand that three Seattle Times reporters reveal their confidential sources. Carr had subpoenaed the...
Katrina Lawyer Indicted on Bribery Charges (NPR)
Day to Day , December 5, 2007 · Lawyer Richard Scruggs, who represented the insurance cases of many Katrina victims, has been indicted on federal bribery charges. Some hurricane victims who haven't settled with their insurance company worry the indictment could hurt them.
Judge Assigns New Attorney (R News)
A Rochester man who was expected to go on trial earlier this week for the deaths of three people will now be tried early next year. A conflict of interest with Robert Hartle's attorney from the public defender's office forced the postponement.
Attorney General takes stand against Web sites (El Paso Times)
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today took legal action against two Web sites that cater to children, announced the Texas Attorney General's office today.
District Attorney Race Begins (WDSU TheNewOrleansChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
The new district attorney won?t be chosen for nearly a year, but a local lawyer has already thrown his hat in the ring.
Patent Attorney Offers $5k For Identity Of Anonymous Patent Troll Tracker (Addict 3D)
It had great info, and you've probably noticed that we're now linking to stories from that site on a fairly regular basis. Sometime before we became aware of the site however, the Troll Tracker got into a little scuffle with a bigshot patent attorney, Raymond Niro of the law firm Niro, Scavone.
Mississippi Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case (New York Times)
A lawyer 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.
U.S. navy chaplain to plead guilty to forcible sodomy charges: lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
WASHINGTON - A former U.S. navy chaplain plans to plead guilty to allegations that include forcible sodomy and failing to tell a sex partner he was HIV-positive, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Attorney offered judge bribe (The Washington Times)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An attorney has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a judge and is assisting federal...
Texas Attorney-General Files Complaint Against Games Radar [Texas V Games Radar] (Addict 3D)
Greg Abbott, Texas' Attorney-General, has filed a civil complaint in federal district court against gaming site Games Radar.
Lawyer Associated With Racing Association Is Subpoenaed (New York Times)
ALBANY, Dec. 5 — A state investigations commission on Wednesday subpoenaed the lawyer who used to oversee New York’s horse racing association, as part of an inquiry that comes amid strained negotiations between Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the State Senate over whether the association will continue to run the state’s thoroughbred franchise.
White House Eyes U.S. Attorney (The New York Sun)
Two months after the Department of Justice installed a career prosecutor, Benton Campbell, to serve as the interim appointee in charge of the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, the White House is interviewing candidates for the post, a source said. The development is surprising because many lawyers in New York had speculated that the White House would let Mr. Campbell ride out the rest of ...
Malaysia: Malaysia Promotes Ex-ruling Party Lawyer To Be Country's No. 2 Judge, Bar Surprised (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Malaysia's government has appointed a former ruling party lawyer as the No. 2 judge in the country, provoking sharp concerns among the Bar Council and the opposition at his meteoric rise through the ranks.
Auditor obtains e-mails related to attorney firing (The Springfield News-Leader)
Jefferson City -- State Auditor Susan Montee has obtained e-mails related to a fired governor's office attorney as part of an examination into whether Gov. Matt Blunt has complied with Missouri's open-records law.
Justices hear arguments in Guantanamo cases / / Prisoners' lawyer debates Bush team over detainees' right to challenge ... (San Francisco Chronicle)
A lawyer for six detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba and the chief lawyer for the Bush administration waged a spirited argument before the Supreme Court on Wednesday on whether the detainees have adequate means to challenge their...
Attorney who handled 1st state fetal homicide case to represent Town of Kaukauna man (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
APPLETON The attorney who handled Wisconsins first fetal homicide case will represent a Town of Kaukauna man charged with slipping his lover a contraceptive to cause a miscarriage.
County attorney puts brakes on sheriff's patrol car purchase (The Mississippi Press)
PASCAGOULA -- Jackson County Board of Supervisors Attorney Paula Yancey temporarily put the brakes on the Sheriff's Department purchasing 11 new patrol cars through a lease-purchase agreement with Estabrook Ford.
Ex-lawyer spared prison in thefts (The Buffalo News)
Disbarred lawyer Marc J. Hopkins was spared prison Wednesday but ordered to make full restitution to two elderly clients he embezzled out of more than $560,000.
Woman charged with hiring hitman to kill lawyer's wife (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - December 6, 2007 7:35 AM ET AUBURN, N.H. (AP) - A New Ipswich (New Hampshire) woman has been charged with hiring a hitman to kill the wife of a prominent lawyer to keep an...
Woman Charged With Hiring Hitman To Kill Lawyer's Wife (WCSH 6 Portland)
AUBURN, N.H. (AP) -- A New Ipswich (New Hampshire) woman has been charged with hiring a hitman to kill the wife of a prominent lawyer to keep an alleged romantic relationship going.
Attorney general's Web site designed to shed light on state government (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE -- Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is using the Internet to shine a little light on Albany's dysfunctional state government.
L.A. judge: Hudgens' lawyer can sue her for unpaid fees (USA Today)
A lawyer who claims High School Musical lead Vanessa Hudgens owes him $150,000 in legal fees can proceed with his lawsuit against the teen star, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Woman charged with hiring hit man to kill lawyer's wife (Boston Globe)
A New Ipswich woman has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill the wife of a prominent lawyer.
Pregnant local attorney reported missing (The Toledo Blade)
A local attorney and former city council woman was reported missing by her husband late Wednesday night, police said. Karyn McConnell-Hancock, 35, who is six months pregnant, was last seen at her office on North Michigan St. about 9 a.m. Wednesday before she left to attend a case at the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center, a police report said.
Don't send back Algerian Guantanamo inmate: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for an Algerian inmate at the US "war on terror" camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, asked a federal appeals court Thursday to block his client's extradition home for fear he will be tortured.
Attorney General Levies Civil Penalty (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A northwest Iowa dairy farm must pay a $65,000 fine for water pollution and manure handling violations, the Iowa attorney general's office said.
Attorney General files suits against out-of-state mortgage consultants (Minnesota Public Radio)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed two separate lawsuits Thursday against out-of-state mortgage consultants.
Attorney attacks AG for "desperate attempt to revive reputation'" (The Daily Comet)
NEW ORLEANS The leak of a report on the deaths of patients at a hospital that flooded during Hurricane Katrina was an effort to save the reputation and career of Louisiana's attorney general after the prosecution of a doctor in the case fizzled, an attorney charged Thursday.
Attorney attacks AG for "desperate attempt to revive reputation'" (KATC 3 Lafayette)
NEW ORLEANS -- The leak of a report on the deaths of patients at a hospital that flooded during Hurricane Katrina was an effort to save the reputation and career of Louisiana's attorney...
Hans Reiser's Lawyer Calls Wife's Boyfriend A Liar (NBC 11 Bay Area)
Murder defendant Hans Reiser's defense lawyer on Thursday accused the boyfriend of Reiser's wife, who's been missing since September 2006, of being a liar. The Judge calls the lawyer argumentative.
Schreiber says funds transferred to Mulroney's lawyer came from lobby firm connected to Airbus (Global TV Winnipeg)
OTTAWA — Karlheinz Schreiber told the Commons ethics committee Thursday that an aide to Brian Mulroney asked him to take funds from an Ottawa lobby firm that worked on the Airbus sale and send them to the former prime minister’s lawyer in Switzerland.
Attorney attacks AG for "desperate attempt to revive reputation' (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - December 6, 2007 3:54 PM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An attorney charged today that the leak of a report on the deaths of patients at a hospital that flooded during Hurricane...
Prosecutor Gaul leaves NY attorney general office (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Matthew Gaul, a lead prosecutor in some of former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's biggest financial industry investigations, has left successor Andrew Cuomo's office to join a New York commission weighing changes to the state's financial regulation.
Pou's Attorney Discredits Attorney General (WDSU New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS -- An attorney charged Thursday that the leak of a report on the deaths of patients at a hospital that flooded during Hurricane Katrina was an effort to save the reputation and career of Louisiana's attorney general after the prosecution of a doctor in the case fizzled.
Police: Woman Hired Hit Man To Kill Lawyer's Wife (WBZ Boston)
A New Hampshire woman has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill the wife of a prominent lawyer.
Former U.S. Attorney Says Police Should Record Interrogations (News Channel 5 Nashville)
A former U.S. Attorney who chaired the commission that reviewed Illinois' death penalty said Tennessee should consider requiring police to record interrogations.
MI Attorney General responds to mall shooting (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
In light of the mall shooting in Omaha that killed eight people, 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin questioned Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox about what, if anything, the government can do to prevent such violent acts.
Attorney Arrested At Public Housing Protest (WDSU TheNewOrleansChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
Police led an attorney away in handcuffs Thursday during a protest at City Hall.
Attorney Arrested At Public Housing Protest (WDSU New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS -- Police led an attorney away in handcuffs Thursday during a protest at City Hall. The arrest came after police had blocked the side door of the City Council chambers to keep former housing development residents out of the room.
Judge dismisses claim by Kerik attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
A judge on Thursday dismissed claims by an attorney for former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik that prosecutors tainted the potential jury pool in Kerik's upcoming corruption trial by publicizing some of Kerik's conversations with his lawyers.
Judge dismisses claim by Kerik attorney (The Charlotte Observer)
A judge on Thursday dismissed claims by an attorney for former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik that prosecutors tainted the potential jury pool in Kerik's upcoming corruption trial by publicizing some of Kerik's conversations with his lawyers. "I have seen nothing that would come close to tainting the jury," Judge Stephen Robinson said Thursday at a hearing. Federal prosecutors ...
Court says no right to court-appointed divorce lawyer (The Spokesman-Review)
OLYMPIA – In a closely-watched case, the state Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Thursday that indigent people do not have a right to a court-appointed divorce lawyer.
Motion Filed Against Trump Attorney Claiming Witness Tampering (NBC 6 Miami)
A motion filed by defendants being sued by Donald Trump claims the real estate mogul's attorney tampered with a possible key witness.
Another New York Attorney General Starts a Wall Street Crusade (New York Times)
Andrew M. Cuomo, New York?s attorney general, has been handing out subpoenas to Wall Street in an effort to find out how banks bought subprime home loans and packaged them into complex securities.
Lawyer: Snowball was "playful action", not assault (The Star)
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado (AP) - The lawyer for an Australian man on trial for hitting a co-worker with a snowball said Thursday it was just "playful action in the snow,'' not an assault.
Woman Charged With Hiring Hit Man to Kill Lawyer's Wife (Law.com)
A New Hampshire woman has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill the wife of a prominent lawyer. A law partner of B.J. Branch's said, contrary to some reports, that Katherine Mandola and Branch did not have a personal relationship, and that Mandola was a client. In a statement, the firm said Branch expressed concerns about the woman while representing her, and arranged to only see her when ...
Fla. Attorney Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Bilking Elderly Clients Out Of $13M (Law.com)
Saying he would mete out a longer sentence if he could, U.S. District Court Judge Alan Gold handed down the strictest prison sentence possible under federal guidelines -- 15 years -- for one-time high-flying Miami attorney Louis S. Robles for bilking elderly clients out of more than $13 million. Federal prosecutors said Robles operated an elaborate Ponzi scheme under which nearly 4,400 asbestos ...
Court Approves $3.1 Million Fee for Attorney in Holocaust Case (Law.com)
Attorney Burt Neuborne will receive $3.1 million in fees for representing Holocaust victims in litigation that resulted in a $1.25 billion settlement with Swiss banks. A New York federal judge said Thursday that Neuborne deserved the payout for work he did as lead settlement counsel in rendering post-settlement services beginning in January 1999. Neuborne's previous work on behalf of those who ...
Lawyer demands Government apology over woman's wrongful conviction (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A lawyer representing a woman who was wrongly jailed for murder 18 years ago has demanded the Attorney General Jim McGinty apologise on behalf of the state.
Woman charged with hiring hit man to kill lawyer's wife (7 News Boston)
AUBURN, N.H. -- A New Ipswich woman has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill the wife of a prominent lawyer.