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Lawyer Preparing To Defend D.C. Handgun Ban Fired (NBC4 Washington, D.C.)
Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles has fired the city lawyer who had been preparing to defend the district's handgun ban.
Attorney: Driver in deadly wrong-way wreck distraught (Times-Reporter)
Updated at 12:05 p.m. TOLEDO, O. (AP) – A man accused of killing a woman and four children in a wrong-way crash on an interstate while he was drunk is distraught over the deaths, said an attorney speaking for the man's family.
US attorney general opens CIA tape probe (Deutsche Welle)
United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey has announced the opening of an inquiry into the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes of al-Qaeda detainees. Mukasey said in a statement that after a preliminary into the tape destruction there was a basis for a criminal investigation.
Attorney installs shark tank in office (AP via Yahoo! News)
It started out as a joke — a lawyer putting a shark tank in his office. "I said, 'What would it take to put a shark in a lawyer's office?'", and it kind of took off from there, said attorney Christopher Gillette.
City fires lead lawyer in gun ban case (The Washington Times)
The District's acting attorney general has fired the lead lawyer scheduled to argue before the Supreme Court in favor...
Candidates File To Be On Ballot For Milwaukee City Attorney (WISN TheMilwaukeeChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
Candidates for Milwaukee city attorney also turned in their paperwork Wednesday.
Lawyer: Zoo ignored tiger victims' pleas (UPI)
A lawyer for two brothers mauled by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo said zoo workers ignored their cries for help for about 30 minutes before calling 911.
Attorney: Zoo took too long to get help (AP via Yahoo! News)
The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday.
Lawyer refutes criticism of Metro employee in laptop theft controversy (The Tennessean)
A Metro Election Commission employee is being unfairly criticized in the wake of the thefts of two county-owned laptop computers bearing 337,000 voters' Social Security numbers, the employee's lawyer said tonight.
High-profile LA lawyer denied bail (The Fresno Bee)
A prominent civil-rights lawyer convicted of tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering has been denied bail.
High-profile LA lawyer denied bail (The Daily Comet)
LOS ANGELES A prominent civil-rights lawyer convicted of tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering has been denied bail. Stephen Yagman is set to begin a 3-year prison sentence later this month.
Spears Lawyer Demands To Quit (ContactMusic)
The lawyer representing BRITNEY SPEARS in her child custody battle has dramatically asked to quit due to a "communication breakdown" between himself a
Britney's Lawyer Quits (Extra TV)
Britney Spears' lawyer in her custody battle has quit, citing a "breakdown of communication" between the firm and the pop star. High-powered attorney Sorrell Trope filed papers today asking the court for permission to be relieved from representing Britney.
Brazos County Attorney Won't Run; Two Vie for Job (KBTX 3 Bryan/College Station)
The man who has served as Brazos County's top legal advisor and prosecutor for two-and-a-half decades won't seek reelection. Assistant County Attorney Rod Anderson and Assistant District Attorney Shane Phelps will vie for the post.
Defendant’s Disarray Points to Instability, Lawyer Says (New York Times)
The lawyer of a homeless ex-convict accused of raping and torturing a graduate student says his client was deeply mentally ill, but was having a hard time proving it.
City fires lead lawyer in gun ban case (The Washington Times)
The District's acting attorney general has fired the lead lawyer scheduled to argue before the Supreme Court in favor of the city's gun ban.
Attorney: Zoo Took Too Long to Get Help (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)
The two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend were denied help for at least 30 minutes by zoo security who did not take their claims seriously, the brothers' attorney said Tuesday. A zoo spokesman called the claim "unreliable."
Four Democrats running for Travis County district attorney job (Austin American-Statesman)
Meurer decides not to run to replace retiring Earle. Family law Judge Jeanne Meurer won't succeed Ronnie Earle as Travis County district attorney, nor will a Republican.
N.Y. Court Suspends Lawyer Accused of Taking Money From Judge's Estate (Law.com)
A lawyer accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a retired Brooklyn judge whose estate she was overseeing as a guardian has been suspended from practice for her alleged misconduct. Emani P. Taylor has acknowledged withdrawing some money from accounts of John L. Phillips, but claims she did so properly both to pay herself and others for services rendered. The court said that while ...
Attorney denies victims provoked tiger's attack (Los Angeles Times)
S.F. Zoo officials dispute his assertion that employees didn't want to aid the men during the assault. A high-profile attorney hired by the two brothers injured in a Christmas Day tiger attack at the zoo here said Wednesday that neither his clients nor the young man who died had provoked the 300-pound Siberian tiger to vault from her enclosure.
US attorney general opens CIA tape probe (Deutsche Welle)
United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey has announced the opening of an inquiry into the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes of al-Qaeda detainees. Mukasey said in a statement that after a preliminary report into the tape destruction there was a basis for a criminal investigation.
Jim Windholz, city attorney for several towns (Rocky Mountain News)
Jim Windholz, who served as city attorney for four different metro area municipalities, died of a heart attack Jan. 1 while in California attending the funeral of his sister Mary Beth Lind, who died Christmas Day. He was 65.
N.Y. Court Suspends Lawyer Accused of Taking Money From Judge's Estate (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a retired Brooklyn judge whose estate she was overseeing as a guardian has been suspended from practice for her alleged misconduct.
Brit Lawyer To Quit? (Yahoo! Launch UK & Ireland)
We had hoped that 2008 would be a new start for Britney Spears. But it hasn't begun so well. Sorrell Trope, Brit's lawyer in her ongoing battle for custody of her children, has filed papers asking to be relieved from representing the star.
Pay-to-play lawyer loses, and gains, job (The Record)
Dennis Oury, the lawyer who threatened to sue to keep pay-to-play alive in New Jersey, was ousted Wednesday night as borough attorney in Paramus.
Zuma trial unlikely before August: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The corruption trial of Jacob Zuma, leader of South Africa's ruling ANC, was unlikely to start earlier than the scheduled August date, his lawyer Michael Hulley said on Thursday.
Pakistan bars British envoy seeing detained lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Pakistani police stopped British High Commissioner Robert Brinkley from meeting on Thursday a detained lawyer who spearheaded opposition to President Pervez Musharraf, the British High Commission said.
Kenya's attorney general wants election probe (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Kenya's Attorney General Amos Wako said on Thursday there should be an independent investigation into vote results that led to President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election and unleashed riots nationwide.
District fires lead lawyer in gun-ban case (The Washington Times)
The District's acting attorney general has fired the lead lawyer scheduled to argue before the Supreme Court in favor...
Lazio Lawyer: Carrizo Will Sign In January (Goal.com)
Lazio’s lawyer Gianmichele Gentile has declared that Argentine goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo will sign for the club this month.
Attorney General urges Kenya vote probe (Reuters.co.uk)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Attorney General on Thursday called for an independent probe into Kenya's election after a day of battles in Nairobi between police and demonstrators disputing the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki.
Benton County attorney among Travelers for Clinton (NWAnews.com)
ROGERS — Rogers attorney Wesley A. Cottrell is part of a group of Arkansans headed to New Hampshire. (Benton County Daily Record)
Defense attorney: United flight fondling suspect "blacked out" (KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities)
Associated Press - January 3, 2008 8:45 AM ET PITTSBURGH (AP) - The attorney for a Seattle-area man says his client doesn't remember groping a female passenger aboard a United Airlines flight...
Ex-attorney arrested in Texas, faces charges in Ouachita (KATC 3 Lafayette)
MONROE, La. -- A former attorney arrested for stealing money from his clients is expected to return to Ouachita Parish later this week following his arrest in Texas.
Attorney's Leg Shattered During Attack (Cleveland - NewsNet5 via Yahoo! News)
A Shaker Heights attorney was brutally attacked New Year's Eve by seven people while exercising before dinner near the Shaker Heights-Cleveland border, police say.
Kenya's Attorney General Seeks Vote Verification (NPR)
Kenya's attorney general calls for an independent verification of the votes in the presidential election Thursday, as police and protesters clash in the fifth day of violence. Protests have left 300 dead and displaced 100,000.
Britney Spears' Lawyer Demands to Quit (Hollywood.com)
The lawyer representing Britney Spears in her child custody battle has dramatically asked to quit due to a "communication breakdown" between himself and the troubled pop princess.
Report: McNamee's lawyer says lawsuit possible (ESPN)
A lawyer for Brian McNamee told The New York Times he will sue Clemens if he accuses McNamee of lying in a "60 Minutes" interview scheduled for Sunday.
Kelly Siegler enters district attorney's race (Houston Chronicle)
Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler, known for theatrical tactics in court, plans to run for district attorney as a Republican after District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal's withdrawal.
Magill to succeed Paulose as U.S. attorney (Pioneer Press)
WASHINGTON - First Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Magill has been chosen to replace Rachel Paulose as U.S. attorney on an acting basis, according to a Senate staffer.
Minnesota Supreme Court rules against Hennepin Co. Attorney in judge case (Pioneer Press)
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled against the Hennepin County attorney's office in its attempt to remove a district judge from the trial of the man accused of killing 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards.
Lawyer: Expect lawsuit if Rocket claims lie (CBS Sportsline)
Roger Clemens will face a lawsuit if he says in a '60 Minutes' interview that his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, was not truthful when he said he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, a lawyer hired by McNamee told the 'New York Times' on Wednesday.
Lawyer for David Cornacchia is on the defense (WINK TV Southwest Florida)
Florida Everblades defenseman David Cornacchia's lawyer is on the defense about his clients arrest in dallas.
Attorney installs shark tank in office (Boston Globe)
It started out as a joke -- a lawyer putting a shark tank in his office. "I said, 'What would it take to put a shark in a lawyer's office?'", and it kind of took off from there, said attorney Christopher Gillette.
Lawyer: Rape-Torture Suspect's 'Madness' Evident In Appearance (WNBC)
A lawyer for an ex-convict accused of raping and torturing a Columbia University graduate student says evidence of his client's mental illness could be found just by looking at him.
Attorney General Mukasey Appoints Four New Members to Attorney General's Advisory Committee (Centre Daily Times)
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today announced the appointment of four new members of his 2008 Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys.
Magill To Replace Paulose As U.S. Attorney In MN (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul)
The Justice Department is replacing youth with experience, naming veteran prosecutor Frank Magill to take over for Rachel Paulose as U.S. attorney for Minnesota.
Video shows, lawyer confirms: Lohan was swigging (Chicago Sun-Times)
Lindsay Lohan had a little too much fun over the New Year’s holiday, but the embattled actress is back on the sober track, her lawyer said today. A TMZ video posted today shows Lohan swilling champagne straight from the bottle while at a New Year Eve party in Capri, Italy.
Haneef, lawyer to discuss possible return to Aust (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef is expected to make contact with his Australian lawyer today to discuss his future.
Justice names Magill U.S. attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Justice Department is replacing youth with experience, naming veteran prosecutor Frank Magill to take over for embattled Rachel Paulose as U.S. attorney for Minnesota.