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Attorney: Orleans DA's office satisfies discrimination judgment (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office has paid off a $3.3 million discrimination judgment that once threatened to bankrupt the office and helped lead to the resignation of Eddie Jordan, the city's former top prosecutor.
Attorney general sues Christian County commissioners (The Springfield News-Leader)
OZARK — Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed a lawsuit this afternoon against the three members of the Christian County Commission, alleging the trio had violated state law when then appointed John Housley as county counselor. The lawsuit states commissioners John Grubaugh, Tom Huff and Bill Barnett violated the Missouri Sunshine Law when they appointed Housley by: • Convening a meeting ...
Lawyer Reveals Secret, Toppling Death Sentence (New York Times)
A lawyer who believed that prosecutors had committed misconduct stayed silent for 10 years due to ethics rules.
District Attorney Craig Appointed As Augusta Superior Court Judge (NBC 26 Augusta)
District Attorney Danny Craig has been appointed as the new Superior Court Judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.
Township attorney clears mayor (The Express-Times)
WASHINGTON TWP. | Mayor David Dempski did not commit the wrongdoing former Committeeman Michael Kovacs accused him of, the township attorney ruled.
Lawyer battles red-light cameras (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Lawyer battles red-light cameras
New KS Attorney General Named (KSNT Topeka)
Governor Sebelius announced the new Kansas Attorney General Friday. For an office that has recently been rocked by scandal, some think the replacement is just what Kansas needs, and some are just waiting for the next election.
Lawyer battles red-light cameras (Knoxville News Sentinel)
A Knoxville lawyer known for his flowing locks and liberal leanings is taking aim at the city's red-light camera enforcement program, contending it has marshaled in a "nightmare age" of government spying on its citizens.
Claudet decides to keep current parish attorney (The Daily Comet)
HOUMA – The parish government’s top attorney could remain in her job, if the Terrebonne Parish Council approves Parish President Michel Claudet’s choices for the parish legal department and other department heads Wednesday.
Office in turmoil awaits new attorney general (The Kansas City Star)
TOPEKA | Judge Stephen Six won over juries as a successful personal injury attorney and dispensed justice as a Douglas County judge.
Lawyer's testimony reverses death sentence (UPI)
A Virginia lawyer testified recently that 10 years ago he witnessed prosecutors coach a co-defendant into testimony that put a man on death row.
Attorney may testify for Morris (Baltimore Examiner)
A defense attorney for the inmate convicted Friday of murdering a correctional officer may take the stand before sentencing and testify on behalf of his own client next week in Howard Circuit Court.
Two from district attorney's office file for judicial seats (Lahontan Valley News)
Two members of the Churchill County District Attorney's Office have announced their intention to seek seats on the district court bench.
Attorney general sues commissioners (The Springfield News-Leader)
Ozark -- Christian County commissioners were caught off guard Friday when Attorney General Jay Nixon filed a lawsuit alleging they violated state law when they appointed John Housley as a county counselor.
Shootout suspect had death wish -- attorney (The Flint Journal)
A former Mt. Morris Township firefighter charged with killing his wife got into a shoot-out with police as part of a "death wish," his attorney said.
DEA eyes valley U.S. attorney for top spot (Modesto Bee)
WASHINGTON -- The Central Valley's chief federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, is one of the leading candidates to run the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to law enforcement sources.
Seattle lawyer hired to handle Wade defense (Anchorage Daily News)
The federal government is paying a high-profile Seattle lawyer to take over the defense of Joshua Wade.
Independence city attorney clears officer of misconduct complaints (The Courier)
INDEPENDENCE --- The Independence City Attorney cleared a city police officer accused of misconduct of any wrong-doing Friday, but cautioned that the city needed to develop a policy for dealing with citizens' complaints.
Seattle lawyer hired to handle Wade defense (Anchorage Daily News)
The federal government is paying a high-profile Seattle lawyer to take over the defense of Joshua Wade.
Friends and family remember local attorney Nick Priore (WKTV Utica)
Close friends and family reflected on the life of a local attorney who died unexpectedly in December. They held a remembrance service for Nick Priore on Friday at the United States Bankruptcy Court, the same place where most of Priore's cases where held.
Ticketed lawyer wants injunction against red-light cameras (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - January 19, 2008 1:55 PM ET KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A lawyer who was ticketed through Knoxville's red light camera enforcement program wants an injunction to stop the city...
Mastermind In Body Parts Scheme Will Plead Guilty, Lawyer Says (WNBC)
The alleged mastermind behind a scheme to plunder bodies and sell their parts for millions plans to plead guilty next week, his lawyer says.
NEW: Attorney General ruling on liquor law requested (St. Charles Journal)
St. Charles City Councilman Richard Veit, Ward 2, and R.T. Weiler's owner Marc Rousseau sought the state attorney general's opinion on whether or not state regulations prohibiting "indecent, profane or obscene language" violate free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Lafayette Attorney Arrested On Rape Charges (KLFY Lafayette)
Attorneys usually get people out of jail, but today a Lafayette Attorney was the one getting locked up. 34 year old Scott Hawkins, a well known Personal Injury Attorney, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail Thursday on a charge of simple rape.
Robert LaForge Named Sonoma Chief Deputy District Attorney (KTVU 2 San Francisco)
SANTA ROSA -- Robert LaForge has been appointed chief deputy district attorney in Sonoma County, District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua announced this week.
Extinguisher company gets hosed by attorney general (Jefferson County Journal)
A Farmington fire extinguisher salesman must comply with laws covering his business and pay $3,696 in restitution in a settlement reached with Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.
Lawyer says Quebec native not guilty in deaths of wife, four children (CNews)
MASON, Ohio - The lawyer for a Quebec man charged with murder and arson says his client will plead not guilty in the stabbing death of his wife and the fire deaths of their four children.
Lawyer says man not guilty in deaths of wife, children (WKYC Cleveland)
MASON, Ohio (AP) -- The lawyer for a man charged with murder and arson will plead not guilty Tuesday in the stabbing death of his wife and the fire deaths of their four children.
Victims of disbarred lawyer recover nearly $2 million (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
Most of the more than $2 million stolen by a crooked South Jersey lawyer has been returned.
Richmond lawyer pulls nomination for federal judge (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
Associated Press - January 19, 2008 6:55 PM ET RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Richmond lawyer is asking the White House to withdraw his nomination to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Qatif Girl’s Lawyer Gets His License Back (Arab News)
JEDDAH, 20 January 2008 — A disciplinary committee at the Justice Ministry in Riyadh yesterday returned the law license of the Saudi lawyer who represented the “Qatif Girl,” the 20-year-old woman who was kidnapped and raped by seven men last year.
Lawyer Seeks Injunction Against Red-Light Cams (WSMV Nashville)
A lawyer who was ticketed through Knoxville's red light camera enforcement program wants an injunction to stop the city from continuing the program.
Richmond lawyer pulls nomination for federal judge (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Richmond, VA - A Richmond lawyer is asking the White House to withdraw his nomination to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Last year, the Bush administration nominated E. Duncan Getchell Junior to join the court. Getchell is a partner at McGuireWoods law firm in Richmond.
District Attorney Opinion (KSNT Topeka)
The Shawnee County District Attorney has issued his opinion on the Topeka City Council decision to purchase a new police helicopter.
Candidates address public-access concernsKalamazoo city commissioners could pick new corporate attorney Tuesday (The Kalamazoo Gazette)
KALAMAZOO -- Kalamazoo city commissioners have delayed until Tuesday a decision on who will become the next city attorney.
Attorney must pay $5.8 million (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
A federal judge says Vicksburg attorney Robert Arledge, convicted in an investigation of false diet drug settlement claims in Mississippi, must pay $5.8 million in restitution.
Hal Jackson, lawyer of local renown, dies (Denton Record-Chronicle)
Celebrated defense lawyer Robert Hal Jackson died early Saturday in his home. He was 87. The retired Denton County lawyer, a World War II veteran and a two-term representative in the state Legislature, was known for his colorful antics in the courtroom.
Attorney: Judge should drop out of primary because of remarks (Dayton Daily News)
A local attorney is calling for Montgomery County Area Court Judge James Piergies to withdraw from the Democratic primary race for county common pleas court because of comments he made about his openly gay opponent.
Attorney applauded for public service efforts (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce has named a prominent local attorney and former City Council candidate as its Citizen of the Year. Robert “Grigger” Jones has been a consistent advocate for several organizations and nonprofit groups during his nearly three decades in Atascadero, chamber President Joanne Main said. Those groups include Loaves & Fishes of Atascadero, the Rotary Club of ...
Lawyer Christopher Fernando laid to rest (The New Straits Times)
Lawyer Christopher Fernando, who died close to midnight yesterday, was laid to rest at the Titiwangsa Muslim cemetery yesterday before the Zohor prayers. He was 66.
Attorney: Police justified in Appleton shooting (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
APPLETON Two officers involved in the Jan. 13 shooting of an armed man during a Lorain Street standoff were legally justified in their actions, Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider said Friday.
Olympic hopeful has attorney (New York Daily News)
Sadam Ali, Canarsie's beleagured U.S. Olympic boxer who is on voluntary suspension for testing positive for high levels of the stimulant cathine, has retained the services of noted New York attorney Salvatore Strazzullo.
Board to reappoint county's attorney (The Post-Standard)
The Madison County Board of Supervisors will reappoint John Campanie as county attorney at a special meeting Tuesday.
Gov. Perdue Picks District Attorney As New Superior Court Judge (FOX 5 News Atlanta)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Governor Sonny Perdue has selected District Attorney Danny Craig to be a Superior Court judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.
NL Attorney Named Mediator (New London Day)
New London — Local attorney Morris J. “Mickey” Busca of the Busca Law Firm LLC has been appointed as mediator with the state Board of
Lawyer: Man Not Guilty In Wife, Kid's Deaths (WCMH Columbus)
The lawyer for a man charged with murder and arson will plead not guilty Tuesday in the stabbing death of his wife and the fire deaths of their four children.
Winsted keeps town attorney (Republican-American)
WINSTED --- Town attorney Kevin F. Nelligan has survived a move by some selectmen to replace him.
Ramsey seeking GOP nod for district attorney (Waxahachie Daily Light)
Rodney P. Ramsey has announced his candidacy in the Republican Primary for the office of Ellis County and district attorney. Ramsey was born in Waxahachie and has resided in Ellis County for more than 45 years.
FRENCH JOURNALISTS HELD IN NIGER GRANTED BAIL: LAWYER (The Tocqueville Connection)
NIAMEY, Jan 18, 2008 (AFP) - A judge in Niger has ordered the release on bail of two French journalists who face a possible death sentence for interviewing Tuareg rebels, their lawyer said Friday.
Erie collar bomb defendant wants new lawyer (WFMJ Youngstown)
ERIE, Pa. (AP) - The Erie woman accused of planning an elaborate bank robbery that ended in the death of a pizza deliveryman in 2003 wants a new lawyer.