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State's attorney's office confirms grand jury (The Herald News)
JOLIET -- For the first time, the Will County state's attorney confirms a grand jury is investigating the disappearance of Drew Peterson's fourth wife and the death of his third wife.
Attorney calls for special state investigation of Cobbs’ death (Mid-Hudson News)
Goshen – Civil rights attorney Michael Sussman Thursday asked Governor Spitzer to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate cases of police involved deaths.
Pilot's lawyer will withdraw defense that passengers share blame (WVLT-TV Knoxville)
A lawyer for a pilot who was the only survivor of a 2006 jet crash in Lexington says he'll withdraw a defense that the 47 passengers on the flight share blame for their deaths.
Judge scolds attorney over men's magazine (Salisbury Post)
A Rowan County District Court judge held a local attorney in contempt Wednesday for reading a men's magazine during a court session, according to a contempt order filed in the Rowan County Clerk of Court's Office.
Robbers tie up lawyer, ransack office (Sydney Morning Herald)
HE IS a lawyer, a race-car owner and runs home loan and online divorce businesses.
State's attorney candidate resigns from county board (The Champaign News-Gazette)
DANVILLE – A candidate for Vermilion County state's attorney has resigned his seat on the Vermilion County Board, because he has accepted a new job as an assistant public defender at the Vermilion County Courthouse. Bill Donahue's resignation is effective today, leaving a vacancy in District 7. He starts Monday as an assistant in the office of Vermilion County Public Defender Bob McIntire.
State's attorney confirms grand jury in Peterson case (Daily Herald)
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.
Former Bogota mayor's attorney sees "witchhunt" (The Record)
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan said Friday that he is the target of an investigation by the Attorney General’s office.
Attorney general rails against shortened crack sentences (Contra Costa Times)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Thursday attacked plans to roll back the sentences of thousands of federal prisoners convicted under harsh crack-cocaine laws, saying that the move could return many violent offenders to the streets and increase the crime problems of U.
Salisbury Attorney Held In Contempt Of Court For Men's Magazine (WSOC-TV Charlotte)
SALISBURY, N.C. -- A local attorney was held in contempt of court Wednesday after the judge said he caught the man reading an inappropriate magazine during court.
Complainants invented accusations against notorious Arctic pedophile: lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
IQALUIT, Nunavut - The lawyer for a former teacher accused of molesting boys in the Eastern Arctic communities where he taught decades ago concluded his case Friday by attacking the credibility of the complainants.
U.S. Attorney announces indictments following raids (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
HAMMOND | Six Lake County men have been arrested and face multiple drug trafficking indictments following police raids at homes in both Schererville and Hobart, the U.S. Attorney's office in Hammond announced today.
Thumbs up for Roger Ebert after latest bout of surgery, lawyer reports (CBC)
Venerable film critic Roger Ebert is recovering after another bout of surgery, his lawyer said on Friday.
Spears drivers licence case delayed, lawyer hopes it won't go to trial (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears' lawyer won more time Friday to work on the pop star's case in which she is charged with driving without a valid licence.
Britney Spears' Lawyer Wins More Time for License Case (Fox News)
Britney Spears' lawyer won more time Friday to work on the pop star's case in which she is charged with driving without a valid license.
Attorney punished for reading Maxim in court 3:44 PM (WCNC Charlotte)
SALISBURY, N.C. -- An attorney in Rowan County is in trouble with a local judge for allegedly having a Maxim magazine in the courtroom. Court documents say Judge Kevin Eddinger has found Salisbury attorney Todd Paris in contempt of court.
Lawyer says SocGen trader 'not running away' - TV (The Star)
PARIS (Reuters) - The French trader accused by Societe Generale of a fraud costing $7 billion is ready to talk to police, a woman identified as his lawyer told French television on Thursday.
Lawyer to replace Butler in House (Salem Statesman Journal)
Cliff Bentz, a lawyer in Ontario and chairman of the Ontario School Board, will be sworn in as the replacement for Tom Butler in the House District 60 seat.
Attorney speaks at Jefferson College (Daily Journal)
An attorney who advised prosecutors of the Iraqi High Tribunal in the trial of Saddam Hussein will speak Feb. 1 at Jefferson College’s Friday speaker series.
Attorney Fined for Reading Maxim Magazine in Court (WGHP Greensboro)
SALISBURY, N.C. (WGHP) -- A judge fined an attorney $300 and gave him a 15-day suspended jail sentence after the attorney was discovered reading a men's magazine in the courtroom. Judge Kevin Eddinger found Rowan County attorney Todd Paris in contempt for reading Maxim magazine.
Lawyer charged in RM637,500 CBT case (The New Straits Times)
BATU PAHAT: A lawyer involved in purchasing a building for the Johor Land Development Co-operative was charged with criminal breach of trust of more than half a million ringgit meant for the building.
Indonesia Convicts Killer of Human Rights Lawyer, NYT Reports (Bloomberg.com)
Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Indonesia's Supreme Court convicted a former airline pilot of the 2004 poisoning of human rights lawyer Munir Said Thalib and sentenced him to 20 years in prison, the New York Times reported.
Change of heart: It's now `I do' Miami attorney James Ferraro, who... (Miami Herald)
Change of heart: It's now `I do' Miami attorney James Ferraro, who left fiancé Patricia Delinois at the altar in front of 70-plus guests at a Fisher Island wedding on Jan. 11, finally married her on Friday -- at the Coral Gables branch courthouse.
Lawyer admits to being a foreign agent (UPI)
A Venezuelan lawyer hired by his country's government to contain a political scandal has pleaded guilty to being an illegal foreign agent in the United States.
Lolie, Barnard unopposed in Shelby County state's attorney primaries (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
SHELBYVILLE — Shelby County State’s Attorney Allan Lolie, seeking a third term, is unopposed in the Feb. 5 primary election but says he hopes more than just his fellow Democrats will be voting for him.
Consulting attorney on zoning matters up to supervisor (Gaylord Herald Times)
ALBERT TWP. — Following more than an hour-long closed session at a special meeting Wednesday, Albert Township officials emerged to say until new guidelines are adopted, zoning enforcement matters requiring an attorney’s attention will go through the township supervisor.
Lawyer admits to being a foreign agent (Moldova.org)
A Venezuelan lawyer hired by his country's government to contain a political scandal has pleaded guilty to being an illegal foreign agent in the United States.Moises Maionica pleaded guilty in Miami federal court Friday to charges of conspiring and acting as an unregistered agent in the United States for the Venezuelan government by working in the United States to contain a political scandal ...
Lawyer to go to prison for obstruction involving Stuart firm (Stuart News)
Lawyer to go to prison for obstruction involving Stuart firm
S.C. Bar honors Aiken attorney (The State)
A longtime Aiken attorney received the state’s most prestigious legal award during Friday’s annual S.C. Bar convention in Charleston. The S.C. Bar Foundation board of directors awarded the 29th DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award to B. Henderson Johnson Jr., who has been a lawyer since 1963. A graduate of Newberry College and the USC School of Law, Johnson founded the Johnson Law Firm in ...
Land-use attorney William Boose sentenced to two years in prison (Sun-Sentinel)
Attorney created a trust to conceal ex-commissioner's stake in land deal Once prominent land-use attorney William Boose, who helped former County Commissioner Tony Masilotti conceal his $1.3 million stake in a secret land deal, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.
Lawyer put on trial for recording drug arrest (Boston Herald)
A 31-year-old lawyer is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on multiple charges in Boston Municipal Court for using his cell phone camera to record police making a drug arrest. ...
No primary opponents, Shelby County state's attorney campaign begins to take shape (Herald & Review)
SHELBYVILLE - Shelby County State's Attorney Allan Lolie, seeking a third term, is unopposed in the Feb. 5 primary election but says he hopes more than just his fellow Democrats will be voting for him.
Tulare attorney to be county judge (The Fresno Bee)
VISALIA -- Gov. Schwarzenegger announced Friday the appointment of a Tulare attorney to fill an open slot on the county judicial bench.
CHIEF OF STAFF'S POSITION: Beatty out but not quitting, her lawyer says (Detroit Free Press)
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's chief of staff, Christine Beatty, is staying away from the office, but her attorney said Friday that she has no plans to resign. The lawyer, Elliott Hall, said Beatty is still out of town "and going to sit tight right now."
$8.4-MILLION SETTLEMENT: Ex-cops' lawyer must tell more about the deal (Detroit Free Press)
A Wayne County judge Friday ordered Mike Stefani, the lawyer for two former Detroit police officers awarded $8.4 million in a whistle-blower lawsuit against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, to submit to a Free Press deposition to tell what he knows about confidential agreements to settle the suit.
South Florida: Attorney pleads guilty in campaign finance case (Sun-Sentinel)
A Venezuelan attorney pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Miami to helping with a scheme to cover up the source of $800,000 allegedly bound for the campaign of Argentina President Cristina Fernandez.
Lawyer charges U.S. violated attorney privilege (The World)
PORTLAND (AP) — The attorney for a defunct Islamic charity has asked a federal judge to prohibit the Bush administration from intercepting communications protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Attorney speaks at Jefferson College (Daily Journal)
An attorney who advised prosecutors of the Iraqi High Tribunal in the trial of Saddam Hussein will speak Feb. 1 at Jefferson College’s Friday speaker series.
City attorney charged with DWI (Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald)
ROANOKE RAPIDS - Newly appointed City Attorney Gilbert Chichester was charged with driving while impaired in Nash County last week. His legal problems will not change is relationship with city government, according to Mayor Pro tem and Councilman Reggie Baird.
Statement By Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey (Washington Post)
"Following a preliminary inquiry into the destruction by CIA personnel of videotapes of detainee interrogations, the Department's National Security Division has recommended, and I have concluded, that there is a basis for initiating a criminal investigation of this matter, and I have taken steps ...
Attorney Struggled Over Case For Years (Washington Post)
YORKTOWN, Va. -- Lawyer Leslie P. Smith brooded over what he knew for a decade: information that might spare the life of an inmate on Virginia's death row. He had thought about disclosing it long ago. But back in 1998, he had been told not to jeopardize the interests of his own client.
Claremont city lawyer says mayor's resignation stands (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - January 26, 2008 9:05 AM ET CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) - The former mayor of Claremont (New Hampshire) wants his job back but the city's lawyer says it's too late.
Fouratt named to replace Iglesias as U.S. attorney for New Mexico (Albuquerque Tribune)
A veteran federal prosecutor has been named the new U.S. attorney for New Mexico by a panel of federal judges. Greg Fouratt, 42, was sworn in Friday in Dallas. He had been in Oklahoma to argue a case.
Fouratt named to replace Iglesias as U.S. attorney for New Mexico (Albuquerque Tribune)
A veteran federal prosecutor has been named the new U.S. attorney for New Mexico by a panel of federal judges.
New U.S. Attorney For New Mexico Chosen (KOAT Albuquerque)
New Mexico has a new U.S. attorney. Roswell native Greg Fouratt was picked for the position on Friday. The job opened when interim U.S. Attorney Larry Gomez's appointment expired. Fouratt brings years of experience in several areas including immigration, narcotics, and white collar crimes.
Lawyer admits being Venezuelan agent (Miami Herald)
A Venezuelan lawyer who got a call from his government's spy agency last summer to coordinate a coverup of an $800,000 campaign contribution to Argentina's new president admitted Friday to being an illegal foreign agent in the United States.
Attorney General Finds Ability To Clean Up Bay Is Limited (Washington Post)
He promised to be "the environmental attorney general," cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay by prosecuting polluters with the full force of the law. But, a year after Douglas F. Gansler took office in Maryland, he's run into one significant problem.
NY Attorney General probes drug companies on Vytorin claims (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - January 26, 2008 1:55 PM ET ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed drug companies as part of an investigation into whether they...
NY Attorney General probes drug companies on Vytorin claims (Press of Atlantic City)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Saturday said he has subpoenaed drug companies as part of an investigation into whether they concealed the results of research that found a brand-name drug was no more effective than a cheaper, generic alternative. Cuomo said his office...
Edwards touted as Obama pick for attorney general (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwards would be named attorney general in an Obama administration.