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Trial under way for Hebron lawyer accused in sex attack (Post-Tribune)
VALPARAISO -- The trial of a Hebron lawyer who is accused of sexually attacking a woman in a wheelchair began Wednesday.
Hansen: Immigration lawyer calls bill 'Jim Crow' (The Altoona Herald-Mitchellville Index)
Immigration lawyer Jim Benzoni felt like ranting. He had trouble finding an outlet, apparently, so he called me. I told him to take a number. People are in a foul mood these days waiting for the economists to tell them it's official, we're in a recession.
Hansen: Immigration lawyer calls bill ’Jim Crow’ (The Des Moines Register)
Immigration lawyer Jim Benzoni felt like ranting. He had trouble finding an outlet, apparently, so he called me.
Lawyer in judicial video scandal says he was only bragging (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A lawyer accused of brokering judges' appointments told a public inquiry Thursday that he was bragging and talking "rubbish" when he was caught making apparently incriminating statements on a secretly recorded video.
City consider new attorney (Orlando Sentinel)
City commissioners are scheduled to discuss hiring a new city attorney at a special meeting at 4:15 p.m. today at City Hall, 10 N. Grove St.
Alcala wants to limit search for new attorney (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
City manager Norton Bonaparte said Tuesday he doesn't intend to hire a "headhunter" to search for a new city attorney, but Councilman John Alcala still plans to put a proposal before the council next week to ask Bonaparte to forego contracting with a search firm.
Everett lawyer tapped for appeals court (Everett Herald)
EVERETT -- J. Robert Leach, an area lawyer for more than 30 years, will be the next state Court of Appeals judge representing Snohomish County. Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday announced her appointment to replace Judge William Baker, who plans to retire Feb. 29.
New Lex attorney denies charges (CentralOhio.com)
COLUMBUS - The attorney for the City of New Lexington has denied all charges in a federal lawsuit filed by a former city payroll clerk that she was unjustly fired and not paid properly.
District Attorney Gives Raise To Former Lover (NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth)
HOUSTON -- Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal recently approved an $11,000-a-year raise for his secretary, to whom he had sent a series of romantic e-mails, according to a published report.
Attorney: Fair Explosives Trial In Tampa Likely 'Impossible' (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA – A former University of South Florida student charged with transporting explosives may not be able to find a fair jury in Tampa, his attorney says in court papers.
Attorney General, hospitals team up on domestic violence outreach (Evansville Courier & Press)
Attorney General, hospitals team up on domestic violence outreach
19-Year-Old Suspected In Lawyer's Beating Faces Judge (Cleveland - NewsNet5 via Yahoo! News)
One of the teen suspects accused of attacking a Shaker Heights lawyer faced a judge on Thursday.
Assistant US Attorney Arrested For DUI (KELO Sioux Falls)
An Assistant U.S. Attorney in Pierre was arrested for Driving Under the Influence early this morning in Pierre
Crown kept defence in the dark about evidence clearing Phillion: lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - Romeo Phillion's defence lawyer said Thursday he's "disturbed" that Crown lawyers withheld evidence 25 years ago which could have cleared his client of the 1967 murder of Ottawa firefighter Leopold Roy.
Judge Says Lawyer Can't Represent Kerik (WNBC)
A judge has disqualified former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik's lawyer from representing him because of a potential conflict of interest.
Supreme Court affirms suspension of former county attorney (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The Kentucky Supreme Court has affirmed the temporary suspension of a former eastern Kentucky county attorney. The high court's ruling on Thursday means former Bath County Attorney Donald "Champ" Maze must reapply to practice law after being released from prison. The court's ruling upholds an automatic suspension of Maze imposed by the Kentucky Bar Association when Maze pleaded guilty to vote ...
Judge disqualifies defense lawyer in Kerik case (New York Daily News)
A federal judge on Thursday disqualified former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik?s lawyer from representing him because of a potential conflict of interest.
Attorney General Dismisses DA Allegations (FOX 13 Utah)
The Utah Attorney General's Office says allegations that Salt Lake County's top prosecutor threw raucous, late-night parties were untrue.
Lawyer disqualified from Kerik case (The Charlotte Observer)
A federal judge disqualified a lawyer Thursday from representing former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik because of a potential conflict of interest. Prosecutors had asked for the ruling in the criminal case against Kerik, arguing that defense lawyer Kenneth Breen was at meetings when Kerik gave his lawyers false information. The potential conflict is "so severe that no remedial ...
Connecticut attorney general endorses Hillary Clinton (Stamford Advocate)
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on Thursday picked up the endorsement of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the second statewide official to publicly back a candidate in the Feb. 5 presidential primary.
GE Attorney's Lawsuit to Go Forward (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A high-ranking attorney for General Electric Co. can go ahead with her class-action lawsuit against what she calls the "very male-dominated culture" in the international conglomerate, a federal judge has ruled.
Attorney general wants $200 million to bust gangs (CNN.com)
The Justice Department plans to propose $200 million in grants to cities to help combat gang and gun violence, Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced Thursday.
Lawyer reportedly says SocGen trader "not running away" (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
The French trader accused by Societe Generale of a fraud costing $7 billion (3.5 billion pounds) is ready to talk to police, a woman identified as his lawyer told French television on Thursday.
Connecticut Attorney General Endorses Hillary Clinton (NBC 30 Connecticut)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is throwing his support to New York Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.
State Attorney plans no further probe of possible Sunshine violations (Naples Daily News)
After a preliminary review, the State Attorney’s Office has cleared three Collier County School Board members of any Sunshine Law violations.
Judge Disqualifies Defense Lawyer In Kerik Case (WCBS-TV New York)
A federal judge on Thursday disqualified former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik's lawyer from representing him in his federal corruption case because of a potential conflict of interest.
Lawyer disqualified from Kerik case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A federal judge disqualified a lawyer Thursday from representing former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik because of a potential conflict of interest.
Osaka court bars Korean lawyer from mediation (The Japan Times)
OSAKA (Kyodo) The Osaka Family Court has rejected a South Korean lawyer who was recommended by the Osaka Bar Association to be a mediator in divorce and other family-affairs cases, the bar... Read more ...
Man Accused Of Murder In Washington County To Act As Own Attorney (WTAE ThePittsburghChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A Washington County man facing a possible death penalty for murder will act as his own attorney at trial.
Connecticut attorney general endorses Hillary Clinton (Boston Globe)
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on Thursday picked up the endorsement of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the second statewide official to publicly back a candidate in the Feb. 5 presidential primary.
Judge removes lawyer for ex-Giuliani aide Kerik (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. federal judge on Thursday removed the lawyer for Bernard Kerik, a former New York police commissioner and protege of Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani who faces federal corruption charges.
Lawyer drops blame-victim defense (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
LEXINGTON – A lawyer for a pilot who was the only survivor of a 2006 jet crash in Lexington said Thursday he will withdraw a defense that the 47 passengers on the flight share blame for their deaths.
Judge disqualifies defense lawyer in Kerik case (AM New York)
A federal judge disqualified a lawyer Thursdayfrom representing former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik because of a potential conflict of interest.
State's attorney confirms grand jury in Peterson case (Chicago Sun-Times)
JOLIET, Ill.---- For the first time, the Will County state's attorney confirms a grand jury is investigating the disappearance of former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson's fourth wife and the death of his third wife.
Attorney general in settlement with car dealership (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - January 24, 2008 9:05 PM ET WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that DealMaker Auto Group has agreed to pay more than $2 million for...
County Attorney Sits Out Mansionization Appeal (Washington Post)
Last year around this time, the county attorney's office took some heat from a group of residents over a mansionization project in Chevy Chase. The neighbors, who live on Thornapple Street, said Marc and Marianne Duffy , both lawyers, had illegally torn down and rebuilt a house, labeling it a...
Lawyer suggests Vancouver police didnIt want to publicize manIs death (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver police department tried to conceal the circumstances of an aboriginal man's in-custody death and the coroner's office made no effort to contact his family, the family's lawyer suggested Thursday at a public inquiry into his death.
Defence lawyer upset evidence of former client's innocence withheld (CBC)
The former defence lawyer of a man seeking exoneration from a 1972 murder conviction said he is "saddened and disturbed" that evidence proving his client's innocence may have been suppressed during his trial.
Lawyer won't blame victims in Ky. crash (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a pilot who was the only survivor of a 2006 jet crash said Thursday he will withdraw a claim that the 47 passengers on the flight share blame for their deaths.
Lawyer won't blame victims in Ky. crash (The Charlotte Observer)
A lawyer for a pilot who was the only survivor of a 2006 jet crash said Thursday he will withdraw a claim that the 47 passengers on the flight share blame for their deaths. William E. Johnson, an attorney representing the first officer of Comair Flight 5191, James Polehinke, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that defense attorneys claimed contributory negligence before they knew the facts of the ...
Judge Removes Lawyer for Kerik From His Case (New York Times)
The lawyer for Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, has been removed from Mr. Kerik’s criminal case in federal court because of a conflict of interest “so severe that no remedial measure will cure it,” according to a judge’s order issued Thursday.
Councilman To Enter City Attorney Race Next Week (NBC 7/39 San Diego)
Councilman Brian Maienschein is looking to turn campaign cash from 2004 into new currency in the city attorney's race. Watch Video
State attorney: Death in Fort Pierce was premeditated (Fort Pierce Tribune)
State attorney: Death in Fort Pierce was premeditated
Sheriff, state attorney tussle on crime (The Florida Times-Union)
Just a few hours before Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford told a group he needed more resources to help reduce the city's violent crime rate, State Attorney Harry Shorstein told another group that Rutherford needs to change the way he's using his existing resources.
Attorney questions constitutionality of town's noise ordinance - roanoke.com (The New River Valley Current)
A judge's ruling will determine whether police had cause to arrest a 22-year-old Virginia Tech student. BLACKSBURG -- A hearing for a Virginia Tech student whose arrest sparked a protest against town police ended when an attorney posed the question of whether the town's noise ordinance is unconstitutional.
Attorney wants DA's office removed from his client's murder case (The Press-Enterprise)
The Riverside County district attorney's office should be removed from prosecuting an alleged East Side Riva gang member's death penalty case because of "personal bias" by top prosecutor Rod Pacheco, court papers say.
Lawyer claimed 5191 victims shared blame (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A lawyer for the first officer of Comair Flight 5191 has asserted a novel, and controversial, defense in 21 lawsuits filed against him: that the 47 passengers of the doomed flight share the blame for their deaths. In response to questions from a plaintiff's lawyer, James Polehinke's lawyer asserted that the passengers killed in the Aug. 27, 2006, crash should have known that Blue Grass Airport ...
Ya gotta get rid of your lawyer, judge tells Bernie (New York Daily News)
White Plains Federal Judge Stephen Robinson Thursday said former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik will have to find a new lawyer to defend himself against charges of perjury, tax fraud and taking payoffs.
KERIK LAWYER NIXED (New York Post)
A federal judge yesterday disqualified a lawyer from representing former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik. Prosecutors had argued Kenneth Breen was at meetings when Kerik gave his defense team false information. The conflict is "so severe that no...
Woman, lawyer hurl insults (The Herald News)
-- A suggestion by Drew Peterson and his lawyer that the ex-Bolingbrook cop look for dates on a popular Chicago radio program irritated relatives of Peterson's missing wife and some listeners. But an e-mail response by Peterson's lawyer, Joel Brodsky, really ticked off one already angry listener.