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Metro Briefing | New York: White Plains: Kerik Lawyer on Offense (New York Times)
The defense lawyer for Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, has accused federal prosecutors of trying to taint the jury pool in his case and said they “irreparably harmed” his ability to get a fair trial. The federal prosecutors, Perry A. Carbone and Elliott B. Jacobson, called the allegations by the lawyer, Kenneth M. Breen, “entirely baseless and unfounded.” The ...
Fla. Attorney Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Bilking Elderly Clients Out Of $13M (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
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.
Court Approves $3.1 Million Fee for Attorney in Holocaust Case (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
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.
Lawyer appointed as PUC commissioner (Denver Post)
Gov. Bill Ritter on Thursday appointed lawyer Jim Tarpey to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to fill the term of retiring commissioner Carl Miller.
Slain lawyer's 1st wife also shot at him, some say (Rocky Mountain News)
Trinidad lawyer Jim Tatum was gunned down in his kitchen by his wife, according to a Las Animas county deputy who witnessed the shooting.
Throwing of snowball not assault, lawyer says (Rocky Mountain News)
The lawyer for an Australian man on trial for hitting a co-worker with a snowball said Thursday that it was just "playful action in the snow," not an assault.
KERIK LAWYER FIGHTS TO STAY ON CASE (New York Post)
A lawyer for Bernard Kerik accused the feds of trying to ruin the disgraced former police commissioner's chances at a fair trial by trying to force him off the case, but he could be fighting an uphill battle. In a blow to Kerik's bid to...
$3M FEE FOR 'FREE' LAWYER (New York Post)
A lawyer who won a $1.25 billion settlement for Holocaust victims against the Swiss banks that plundered their accounts is entitled to a $3 million fee, a federal judge ruled yesterday. NYU law professor Burt Neuborne had been locked in a battle...
Attorney Quits Case (WILX 10 Lansing)
New this morning--- suspended Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Beverly Nettles-Nickerson's attorney quits her case...
Supreme Court justice apologizes for comments to Pakistani lawyer (Charleston Daily Mail)
State Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher has apologized to a Virginia lawyer for referencing her Pakistani heritage during a hearing in a discrimination case.
Pregnant Attorney Reported Missing In Toledo (WCMH Columbus)
A pregnant attorney who had received suspicious phone calls was reported missing by her husband Thursday.
Attorney: Noise nearly aborted Taylor burglary (ESPN)
One of the four men charged in the shooting death of Redskins safety Sean Taylor heard noises during their burglary attempt, but the alleged gunman pushed them forward, saying he was the one making the noises, according to Taylor's attorney.
U.S. Attorney Unveils Anti-Crime Project (WDSU TheNewOrleansChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
On Friday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney?s office is expected to unveil a new crime fighting strategy called Street Smarts NOLA.
Lawyer On Trial Takes Witness Stand (KSAT ClickOnSA.com via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer on trial told jurors Friday that her intimate affairs with four men were a catalyst for a sex scam she and her husband are accused of taking part in.
Spector's Lawyer Wants Sept. 2008 For Retrial Date (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
A San Francisco lawyer said he will represent Phil Spector in his retrial on a murder charge and that he could not be ready to proceed until September.  
Murder suspect's lawyer says bakery officials want him off the case (San Francisco Chronicle)
(12-07) 11:09 PST OAKLAND - Your Black Muslim Bakery officials are urging a handyman charged with murdering Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey to fire his lawyer in hopes a new one will negotiate a plea bargain for manslaughter, the attorney said today....
Kachha Baniyan gang kill lawyer's son (Hindustan Times via Yahoo! India News)
THE notorious Kachha Baniyan gang struck a lawyer's house and battered his son to death before fleeing with valuables and cash worth several lakhs. The incident occurred at New Azad Nagar on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. The notorious gang struck at a time when the police were on high alert and all the police stations had been asked to intensify patrolling in view of the ...
Phil Spector retrial impossible before late 2008: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Phil Spector's retrial for the alleged 2003 murder of a B-movie actress will not be possible before September next year, a defense lawyer told a judge here Friday.
Court to Rule on Acting As Own Lawyer (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Friday it will review whether a defendant who is judged competent to stand trial has the right to be his own lawyer, even if he has a history of serious mental illness.
Attorney: Suspects Almost Fled Taylor House Before Shooting (NBC 6 Miami)
The burglary that led to the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor almost didn't happen when one of the suspects heard a noise and wanted to flee, an attorney close to the case says Friday.
Spector's new lawyer proposes Sept. retrial (USA Today)
A San Francisco lawyer says he will represent Phil Spector in his retrial on a murder charge and that he could not be ready to proceed until September.
Attorney: Suspects Almost Fled Washington Redskin Sean Taylor's House Before Shooting (19 Action News Cleveland)
MIAMI (AP) - The burglary that led to the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor almost didn't happen when one suspect heard a noise and wanted to flee, an attorney close to the case said
Attorney: Taylor suspects almost fled (Fox Sports)
The burglary that led to the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor almost didn't happen when one suspect heard a noise and wanted to flee, an attorney close to the case said Friday. But the lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, said the alleged triggerman told police he was the cause of the noise and talked the others into continuing, leading to a confrontation early Nov. 26 that ended ...
Justice Dept. weighs taking over case filed by indicted lawyer (The Daily Comet)
NEW ORLEANS Famed plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has waited months for the U.S. Department of Justice to decide if it will intervene in one of his signature cases - a "whistleblower" lawsuit that accuses insurers of overbilling the federal government for Hurricane Katrina damage.
One gets to represent himself; the other keeps his lawyer (Boston Globe)
One defendant will represent himself, another will keep his lawyer as the case of four men charged with helping convicted tax evaders Ed and Elaine Brown moves toward trial.
Suspects almost fled Taylor house before shooting, attorney says (Sun-Sentinel)
The burglary that led to the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor almost didn't happen when one of the suspects heard a noise and wanted to flee, an attorney close to the case said Friday.
Metro's top lawyer steps down (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
ST. LOUIS — M. Celeste Vossmeyer, the Metro transit agency’s top lawyer, stepped down today, marking the second high-level departure since the agency lost a lawsuit against former MetroLink designers.
Lawyer: suspects almost fled Sean Taylor's house before shooting (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
MIAMI - The burglary that led to the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor almost didn't happen when one suspect heard a noise and wanted to flee, an lawyer close to the case said Friday.
Nagin, City Council at odds over city attorney (WWL-TV New Orleans)
Over the past few months, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and the City Council have been at odds over a number of issues. At the heart of some of the disagreements: city attorney Penya Moses Fields. That's because she's stuck in the middle, giving legal advice to the mayor and council.
Attorney: 3 U.K. residents to be released from Guantanamo (USA Today)
Three of five British residents held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay will soon be released under a repatriation agreement with the British government, an attorney for one of the detainees said Friday.
Former attorney unequivocal in opposing extension (Guardian Unlimited)
The former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, was uncharacteristically unequivocal in his criticism yesterday of the government's attempt to bring in 42-day detention without trial.
Britain to take three Guantanamo detainees: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Three Guantanamo inmates who are British residents will be released under an agreement between Britain and the United States, their lawyer said on Friday.
Attorney: Taylor suspects almost fled before shooting (USA Today)
The burglary that led to the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor almost didn't happen when one suspect heard a noise and wanted to flee, an attorney close to the case said Friday.
Pakistan to end emergency rule on Dec 15: Attorney Gen (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will lift emergency rule and restore the suspended constitution on December 15, a day earlier than previously announced, Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum said on Saturday.
Pakistan to end emergency rule on Dec 15 - Attorney Gen (Reuters via Yahoo! India News)
ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will lift emergency rule and restore the suspended constitution on Dec. 15, a day earlier than previously announced, Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum said on Saturday.
Police union consults lawyer (The Express-Times)
GREENWICH TWP. | Officials of the union representing township police officers were consulting with their lawyer Friday, a day after a previously approved contract was withdrawn.
Pakistan to lift emergency on December 15: attorney general (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf will lift the state of emergency on December 15, a day earlier than previously planned, the attorney general told AFP.
Dead lawyer allegedly shot by two wives (UPI)
A Colorado lawyer whose second wife has been charged with shooting him dead was also shot by his first wife.
Suspect in Bailey slaying urged to seek new attorney, plea bargain (San Francisco Chronicle)
Your Black Muslim Bakery officials are urging a handyman charged with murdering Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey to fire his lawyer in hopes a new one will negotiate a plea bargain for manslaughter, the attorney said Friday. Devaughndre Broussard, 20, was...
Phil Spector lawyer needs time for retrial (New York Daily News)
The lawyer who will be representing Phil Spector in his retrial on a murder charge, said he could not be ready until September, a year after the first one ended in a hung jury.
Rights groups voice concern over illness of jailed anti-Musharraf lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
A top lawyer, jailed for leading a campaign against Pakistan's president for imposing emergency rule, is seriously ill and wants to go abroad quickly for treatment, a prominent activist said Saturday, claiming he may have been poisoned.
Attorney says shooting suspects nearly fled home (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
MIAMI -- The burglary that led to the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor almost did not happen -- when one of the suspects heard a noise and wanted to flee, an attorney close to the case said Friday.
'Loony' lawyer in a Bronx courtroom (New York Daily News)
Victor Martinez wanted a new lawyer, but he got the boot instead - from his public defender - right in the seat of his pants.
Date set for county attorney election (Ottumwa Courier)
OTTUMWA — The process of selecting a new county attorney became much clearer Friday. The auditor’s office announced Jan. 15, 2008 as the election date. Both parties also announced convention schedules and the Wapello County Board of Supervisors’ agenda indicates an interim solution for Tuesday.
Putnam County attorney retires (Mid-Hudson News)
Carmel – Putnam County Attorney Carl Lodes is resigning. The county’s top legal eagle has held that post for the past 17 years and has been “a trusted friend and advisor” to county executive Robert Bondi.
Jockey Kieren Fallon Fails Drugs Test - Lawyer (FOX 35 Orlando)
Former champion jockey Kieren Fallon has failed a drugs test, according to his lawyer.
Activist lawyer still detained in Pakistan (The Washington Times)
The Pakistani government refused to release prominent lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan from house arrest as expected yesterday, two...
Missing Pregnanat Attorney Found Alive (Cleveland - NewsNet5 via Yahoo! News)
A pregnant attorney who was reported missing this week has been found alive, a Toledo police spokeswoman said Saturday.
Attorney General Warns Of Rose Bowl Ticket Scams (CBS 2 Chicago)
Attorney General Lisa Madigan Friday urged University of Illinois football fans purchasing tickets and making travel arrangements to attend the 2008 Rose Bowl to exercise caution and be wary of last-minute bargains.
Jockey Fallon failed drug test, lawyer admits (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon has failed a drugs test, his lawyer said on Saturday, a day after he was cleared of race-fixing charges when a two-month trial collapsed.