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County attorney vows to defend sanctions law in court (BizJournals)
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Monday that he will defend the new state employer sanctions law in federal court and reiterated that he will enforce the statute if it goes into effect Jan. 1 as scheduled.
Lawyer: Fresno State to seek new trial in discrimination case (San Diego Union-Tribune)
FRESNO – A lawyer for Fresno State says he will ask a judge to overturn a multimillion-dollar verdict against the university in a sex discrimination case involving a former women's basketball coach.
Attorney: Nina Reiser Planned To File For Bankruptcy (NBC 11 Bay Area)
A bankruptcy attorney says Nina Reiser was seriously considering filing for bankruptcy at the time she disappeared on Sept. 3, 2006.
Pregnant Attorney Recants Kidnap Story (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
An attorney and former city councilwoman was getting treatment after admitting she fabricated her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint last week, her husband said Tuesday. Police said she probably will be charged with filing a false report. Karyn McConnell Hancock, who was found Saturday in Georgia, never was abducted outside Toledo's juvenile court building last Wednesday or forced ...
Pregnant attorney recants kidnap story (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney and former city councilwoman was getting treatment after admitting she fabricated her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint last week, her husband said Tuesday. Police said she probably will be charged with filing a false report.
Pregnant attorney admits kidnap tale was a lie (CNN.com)
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A pregnant attorney who vanished for four days last week now says her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to Georgia was fabricated, police said Tuesday. Her husband said she had "a meltdown."
Rape victim's lawyer disciplined (National Catholic Reporter)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Abdul Rahman Al-Lahem, the lawyer who represented a rape victim sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail for being in a car with a male who was not a relative, faced a closed-door disciplinary hearing Dec. 5.
Lawyer argues hospital may be assaulting man, 84, if he's taken off life support (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
WINNIPEG - A Manitoba lawyer is arguing that taking his client's 84-year-old father off life support could constitute an assault.
Lawyer argues hospital may be assaulting man, 84, if he's taken off life support (CNews)
WINNIPEG - A Manitoba lawyer is arguing that taking his client's 84-year-old father off life support could constitute an assault. Samuel Golubchuk's son and daughter believe it would be a sin under the Orthodox Jewish faith to "hasten his death" by taking the man off life support.
Texas attorney general sues Dallas pharmacist ApothèCure (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Tuesday filed a lawsuit against North Dallas pharmacist ApothèCure Inc. for creating a lethal painkilling mixture linked to three out-of-state deaths.
Lawyer spends night in jail after re-arrest (The New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer P. Uthayakumar was slapped with a second sedition charge yesterday and re-arrested immediately after posting bail of RM50,000.
Pickton lawyer calls for parole eligibility in 15-20 years (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - Robert Pickton's lawyer says the serial killer has a history of kindness to other people and should be eligible to apply for parole in 15 to 20 years.
Lawyer urges compassion in toddler case (Perth Now)
THE lawyer for a woman accused of murdering a toddler and dumping him in a Sydney park pond has appealed for public compassion for his client.
NZ millionaire's fiji lawyer pulls out (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The Fijian lawyer representing millionaire NZ businessman Ballu Khan says he has withdrawn his service because of unpaid legal fees.
Toledo attorney fabricated kidnapping (Times-Reporter)
Updated at 1:10 p.m. TOLEDO, O. (AP) — A pregnant Ohio attorney who admitted that she fabricated her kidnapping left her family behind because she “experienced a meltdown,” her husband said Tuesday.
Pa. Attorney Charged In Insurance Fraud Scheme (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
Prosecutors said a Main Line attorney is now taking the fall for decades of phony slip and fall accidents that netted him millions.
Attorney Who Made Up Kidnapping Had 'Meltdown,' Husband Says (Law.com)
A pregnant Ohio attorney who admitted that she fabricated her kidnapping left her family behind because she "experienced a meltdown," her husband said Tuesday. Investigators said the woman actually drove to the Atlanta area, where she was found three days later outside an amusement park. Relatives said both the attorney and her father, who is a judge, had received threatening calls that were ...
Victim shot in home, lawyer says (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
A San Luis Obispo man killed early Thursday was shot inside an Orcutt Road mobile home after an argument, then staggered outside where he died, the lawyer for one of the men accused of the shooting said Tuesday. Chad William Westbrook, 35, and Patrick Oren Wollett, 18, both of San Luis Obispo were scheduled for arraignment in the case Tuesday but did not enter pleas. Both men are set to return ...
Attorney rebuilt Iowa courthouse in Torrance as an office building (Los Angeles Times)
Dudley Gray, a prominent former South Bay attorney who bought a 19th-century Iowa courthouse and resurrected it as an office building in Torrance, died Friday at a hospital in Palm Springs. He was 85.
PERV LAWYER WRIST SLAP (New York Post)
A Manhattan lawyer who fought Internet sex charges all the way to the state's highest court - and lost - was sentenced to five years' probation yesterday for admitting to having solicited sex online from an undercover cop posing as a virginal...
Lawyer charged with running 25-year fraud (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
For a quarter-century, Center City lawyer H. Allen Litt allegedly ran an elaborate scheme in which he recruited others to scope out cracked sidewalks across the city to fake hundreds of trip-and-fall accidents.
Ohio lawyer gets care after kidnap hoax (Denver Post)
A lawyer and former city councilwoman was getting treatment after admitting she fabricated her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint last week, her husband said Tuesday. Police said she probably will be charged with filing a false report.
Lawyer seeks seat on appeals court (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
A Hartland lawyer announced his candidacy Tuesday for a seat on the 2nd District Court of Appeals.
Lawyer says alibi paints holdup in different colour (Calgary Sun)
A suspected bank robber who was literally caught red-handed was denied bail yesterday. But the lawyer for Larry Lee Cardinal said the case against her client isn't as open and shut as the Crown suggests.
West Va. Attorney General Wants Rape-Torture Case (Black Press USA)
What started out as one of the most horrendous racial rape/torture cases in recent memory, has now devolved into a legal circus, as the prosecutor in charge of the Megan Williams case, and the West Virginia State Attorney General, are engaged in a very public power struggle not only over the issue of whether hate crime charges should be leveled, but which office will actually try the case if it ...
Attorney: Mother wanted to attend wake (The Charlotte Observer)
Lisa Greene may have said she was responsible for her children's death because she believed doing so was the only way investigators would let her out of an hours-long interrogation in time to attend the wake for her son and daughter, Greene's attorney suggested Tuesday. On the night of Jan. 13, 2006, Greene was planning to attend the viewing for her children, Daniel Macemore, 10, and Addison ...
Suspect's Attorney: Facts About Shooting Unclear (WYFF via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for a man charged with killing 25-year-old Jandie Finley says his client did not know Finley before the fatal shooting.
Attorney general lauds law enforcement agent (The State Journal-Register)
A Springfield homeland security agent who investigates online child exploitation has been recognized by the state attorney general for his efforts.
Attorney approved by council (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
The Bryan City Council promoted a long-time employee Tuesday to serve as city attorney. Janis Hampton, 49, replaces Michael Cosentino, who left B ...
Lawyer: Doctor's reputation unfairly ruined (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - December 12, 2007 7:45 AM ET BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The lawyer for the Burlington eye doctor found guilty of unprofessional conduct with 10 patients says his client's...
Roanoke Rapids Hires Lawyer In Parton Dispute (NBC 17 Raleigh)
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. -- Roanoke Rapids City Council has voted to hire a lawyer to represent them in a dispute with Randy Parton, who's been banned from performing at the theater named for him on Interstate 95.
Litigation could continue, says attorney for Gardens residents (Burlington County Times)
MOUNT HOLLY - The decision by the state Supreme Court not to hear an appeal filed by residents battling redevelopment of the Mount Holly Gardens neighborhood does not mean the legal fight is over, their attorney said yesterday.
Phila. Lawyer Allegedly Ran a $2.5 Million Claim Scam (KYW News Radio 1060)
A Philadelphia lawyer is accused of running a 25-year scam to make at least $2.5 million by filing fake accident claims.
Drew Peterson attorney: Authorities should return seized items (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Eleven guns, two vehicles and other items seized from Drew Peterson's home should be returned, an attorney for the former police officer said Wednesday, arguing authorities are trying to "vex" his client.
Peterson attorney seeks items' return (The Charlotte Observer)
Guns, two vehicles and other items seized from Drew Peterson's home after his wife disappeared should be returned, an attorney for the former police officer said Wednesday, arguing authorities are trying to "vex" his client. John Carroll, who spoke at a hearing in Will County Court, also belittled the warrant that allowed for the seizures after Peterson's wife vanished more than a month ago. He ...
Attorney had a 'meltdown' (The Cincinnati Post)
TOLEDO - A pregnant Ohio attorney who admitted that she fabricated her kidnapping left her family behind because she "experienced a meltdown," her husband said Tuesday.
Peterson attorney seeks items' return (AP via Yahoo! News)
Guns, two vehicles and other items seized from Drew Peterson's home after his wife disappeared should be returned, an attorney for the former police officer said Wednesday, arguing authorities are trying to "vex" his client.
Brit a No-Show, Lawyer Says She Has 'Medical Condition' (Extra TV)
Britney Spears did not show up to her deposition today in court, and Kevin Federline's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said she's suffering from some sort of "medical condition."
Tragedy for family as top New Zealand lawyer dies on flight (The New Zealand Herald)
A top New Zealand lawyer living overseas has died suddenly while on a flight to London. Kirsty Margaret Clarke (nee Watterson), 35, died of a spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage and hypertensive heart disease in her sleep on December 4.
ABA Magazine Names Gonzales 'Lawyer of the Year' (Fox News)
A magazine published by the American Bar Association on Wednesday named former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales its Lawyer of the Year for 2007 — mostly for creating so much controversial news.
Peterson Attorney Seeks Items' Return (The Daily Comet)
JOLIET, Ill. Eleven guns, two vehicles and other items seized from Drew Peterson's home should be returned, an attorney for the former police officer said Wednesday, arguing authorities are trying to "vex" his client.
General Alberto Gonzales named Lawyer of Year for 2007 (Pravda)
The American Bar Association named in its magazine former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales its Lawyer of the Year for 2007 - mostly for creating so much controversial news.
Disgraced lawyer seeks return to practice (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Struck off lawyer Christopher Harder is to reapply to practice in New Zealand, the Matangi Tonga website has reported.
ONLINE EXTRA: Complete interview with Eric McLean's attorney (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Eric McLean's attorney said Wednesday he is outraged by the first-degree murder charge against his client and called it desperation on the part of the attorney general's office. Watch the full interview.
Gonzales named Lawyer of Year (MSNBC)
Negative news coverage may have cost former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales his job, but it won him a dubious honor Wednesday as  Lawyer of the Year.
Gonzales named lawyer of the year (AP via Yahoo! News)
Negative news coverage may have cost former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales his job, but it won him a dubious honor Wednesday from a magazine published by the American Bar Association: Lawyer of the Year.
District Attorney Files Charges in "Reckless" Shooting (WGRZ-TV Buffalo)
New York State Police have charged a 38-year-old man from Webster with manslaughter in a weekend shooting in Allegany County. Investigators say District Attorney Terrence Parker directed them to charge John Gisel with second degree manslaughter, due to the "reckless" nature of the shooting.
Lawyer argues case for tasers (TVNZ)
A Wellington lawyer is holding up the case of one of his clients as the best argument he has seen for the introduction of tasers. Fa'amanu Milford has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for an attack on his three young children in their Naenae home in February.
Peterson attorney seeks items' return (AP via Yahoo! News)
Guns, two vehicles and other items seized from Drew Peterson's home after his wife disappeared should be returned, an attorney for the former police officer said Wednesday, arguing authorities are trying to "vex" his client.
Gonzales named lawyer of the year (AP via Yahoo! News)
Negative news coverage may have cost former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales his job, but it won him a dubious honor Wednesday from a magazine published by the American Bar Association: Lawyer of the Year.