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Siegler Joins Race For District Attorney (KPRC Click2Houston.com via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile assistant district attorney known for her winning theatrics in the courtroom put in her bid for the top job, KPRC Local 2 reported Thursday.
Lindsay Lohan Seen Drinking In Video; Lawyer Says She's Now 'Back On Track' (MTV Music Television)
Lindsay Lohan's lawyer says the troubled actress drank on New Year's Eve while in Italy — but that her sobriety is "back on track."
Lawyer: Lohan is back on sobriety track (AP via Yahoo! News)
Lindsay Lohan rang in the New Year drinking champagne in Italy, her lawyer says, but is "back on track" in terms of sobriety.
Fewer escaping prosecution in New Orleans after district attorney's resignation (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The number of suspects set free because of delays by the prosecutor's office has dropped dramatically since the departure of Eddie Jordan as district attorney, officials said Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Nahmias reappointed to D.C committee (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
U.S. Attorney David Nahmias was reappointed Thursday to serve on the Attorney General's advisory committee in Washington. The panel advises Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, who made the appointment, on the Justice Department's law enforcement mission in areas such as terrorism, violent crime, public corruption and civil rights. Nahmias, who initially was appointed to the committee by former ...
Haneef wants to attend inquiry - lawyer (Perth Now)
FORMER terror suspect Mohamed Haneef wants to return to Australia to attend a full judicial inquiry into his case, his lawyer says.
Lawyer says Lohan back on sobriety track (AP via Yahoo! News)
Lindsay Lohan rang in the New Year drinking champagne in Italy, her lawyer says, but is "back on track" in terms of sobriety. A video obtained by The Associated Press shows Lohan, who spent much of 2007 in and out of rehab, taking a swig from a champagne bottle while in Capri, Italy.
Attorney General: No DNA evidence linking accused killer to scene (Times-Reporter)
Updated at 3:03 p.m. COLUMBUS, O. (AP) – The attorney general's office has concluded that no DNA evidence links an inmate with the killing for which he faces execution later this month.
Death Of Main Line Attorney Ruled A Homicide (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
Authorities said a Main Line attorney found dead inside his own home was murdered.
Former Solomon Islands attorney general bailed on child sex charges in Australia (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
The Solomon Islands' former attorney general was granted bail on multiple child sex charges in Australia on Friday, a week after he was extradited from the Solomons.
Federal Judge Rebukes Lawyer in FedEx Fee Fight (Law.com)
In a strongly worded order, San Francisco federal Judge Susan Illston has blocked a lawyer's attempt to torpedo the special master overseeing a hotly contested fee fight. Illston dismissed plaintiffs lawyer Waukeen McCoy's arguments that the special master, Edward Swanson, suffered from a conflict of interest and did not promptly disclose an ex parte conversation. McCoy won three discrimination ...
Haneef wants to return to Oz to attend judicial inquiry, work: Lawyer (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Melbourne, Jan 4 (ANI): Lawyer for Indian born doctor Mohamed Haneef has said that his client wants to return to Australia to attend a full judicial inquiry into his case. Peter Russo said that he would speak to Dr Haneef today to discuss his future after his return home to Bangalore, from the annual Muslim holy pilgrimage to Mecca. Russo said Haneef had already indicated that he wanted to ...
Lindsay Lohan Seen Drinking In Video; Lawyer Says She's Now 'Back On Track' (MTV Asia)
Lindsay Lohan is not getting her year off to a good start. The actress' lawyer has responded to a video posted Thursday (January 3) on TMZ.com that shows her drinking from a bottle of champagne while partying Monday night in Italy. Lohan was spotted drinking straight from the bottle at a party held during the Capri Hollywood Film Festival.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Magill named to replace Rachel Paulose (Pioneer Press)
Fellow attorneys, political leaders and court-watchers praised the appointment Thursday of an experienced prosecutor to replace Rachel Paulose in the U.S. attorney's office in Minnesota.
Bail for lawyer on child sex charges (Perth Now)
AN Australian lawyer has been granted bail after appearing in a Brisbane court on child sex charges.
Jalosjos ready to return to NBP, says lawyer (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
A lawyer of convicted child rapist Romeo Jalosjos said Friday that his client is ready to be ready to be brought back to New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
Federal Judge Rebukes Lawyer in FedEx Fee Fight (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In a strongly worded order, San Francisco federal Judge Susan Illston has blocked a lawyer's attempt to torpedo the special master overseeing a hotly contested fee fight. Illston dismissed plaintiffs lawyer Waukeen McCoy's arguments that the special master, Edward Swanson, suffered from a conflict of interest and did not promptly disclose an ex parte conversation.
Sympathy call vetoed by lawyer (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
Mary Mastagni testified Thursday that she didn’t contact families of the women who died when a building she owned partially collapsed in the San Simeon Earthquake to express her sympathies because her lawyer advised her against it. “It was an awful thing. It was horrible,” the 84- year-old said of the deaths of Jennifer Myrick and Marilyn Frost-Zafuto. The women, who were working in a clothing ...
Denver lawyer Stiles named to legal team (Rocky Mountain News)
A Denver-based lawyer has been appointed as part of the legal counsel team to the Democratic National Convention Committee and will work for the organization's chief legal counsel, Susana Carbajal.
Suspect poll's origin eludes N.H. attorney (The Salt Lake Tribune)
DES MOINES, Iowa - The New Hampshire attorney general on Thursday said she did not have enough information yet to say who was behind several phone survey calls in the state last November that raised critical questions about Mitt Romney and his Mormon religion.
Teens' guardian denies receiving money from Toledo attorney (The Toledo Blade)
Steven Coley said he was "nave" about his responsibilities as financial guardian of his three young cousins, so he enlisted the help of attorney Karyn McConnell Hancock.
State Supreme Court rules against county attorney Freeman in judge case (KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled against the Hennepin County attorney's office in its attempt to remove a district judge from the trial
Attorney: Try Lake case near SF home (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
UKIAH -- Now that he has secured a venue change for a racially charged Lake County murder trial, San Francisco attorney Stuart Hanlon is threatening to quit the case if it isn't moved close to his home.
Nationalist Movement attorney to argue suit against Town of Jena (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - January 4, 2008 8:04 AM ET ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal judge has assigned an attorney for the Nationalist Movement, a self-described "pro-majority" group from...
Attorney general's goal: Block Seminole slots deal (Miami Herald)
The federal government has given the nod to Las Vegas-style slots at Seminole Tribe casinos in Florida, but the state's attorney general is seeking an emergency hearing to block the deal.
Nationalist Movement attorney to argue suit against Town of Jena (KSLA-TV Shreveport)
A federal judge has assigned an attorney for the Nationalist Movement, a self-described "pro-majority" group from Mississippi, as the lead counsel in their lawsuit contending that the central Louisiana town of Jena is violating their constitutional rights.
Attorney: N.C. legislator not guilty (The Charlotte Observer)
An attorney for state Rep. Thomas Wright told a judge Friday that Wright is pleading not guilty to charges he took $350,000 from banks, corporations and campaign contributors. "He is pleading not guilty to all charges. He has read all the charges against him," the attorney, Douglas Harris, told Judge Donald Stephens of Wake Superior Court in a hearing. Wright, a Wilmington Democrat, is charged ...
Lawyer Suspended Pending Proceedings (Southwest Times Record)
LITTLE ROCK — Fort Smith lawyer Oscar Stilley has been placed on interim suspension while disbarment proceedings are pending against him, the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct announced Thursday.
Wright pleading not guilty, attorney tells judge (The News & Observer)
An attorney for state Rep. Thomas Wright told a judge today that Wright is pleading not guilty to charges that he took $350,000 from banks, corporations and campaign contributors.
Attorney challenges constitutionality of Walsh statute (Dayton Daily News)
DAYTON — An attorney for a convicted sexually oriented offender on Thursday challenged the constitutionality of Ohio's new Adam Walsh Act.
Lawyer on child sex charges granted bail (Parkes Champion-Post)
An Australian lawyer has been granted bail after appearing in a Brisbane court on child sex charges. The 42-year-old former politician is facing seven charges of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under 16.
Nationalist Movement attorney to argue suit against Town of Jena (The Advocate)
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday assigned an attorney for the Nationalist Movement, a self-described "pro-majority" group from Mississippi, as the lead counsel in their lawsuit contending that the central Louisiana town of Jena is violating their constitutional rights.
Haneef wants to attend full judicial inquiry, says lawyer (New Kerala)
Sydney, Jan 4: Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef, who was exonerated of terror charges in connection with the failed UK car bombings, wants to return to Australia to attend a full judicial inquiry into his case, his lawyer said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Schodorf retiring (BizJournals)
Richard Schodorf, who developed a reputation for prosecuting fraud cases in his 13 years as an assistant U.S. Attorney, is retiring.
Britney Spears Visits Kevin Federline's Attorney (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
Paparazzi sprinted after troubled pop princess Britney Spears as she left a Los Angeles office building housing the offices of ex-husband Kevin Federline's attorney. The photographer scramble Thursday came a day after Spears' lawyers filed a motion in court asking to be relieved as her attorneys due to a "breakdown" in communication with their client.
Attorney general accuses Ohio-based insurer of bid-rigging (WPRI 12 Providence)
BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Martha Coakley is accusing Great American Insurance Group of bid-rigging in a price quote it offered to a technology firm.
Ex-U.S. attorney hired by S.F. mayor (The San Francisco Examiner)
As homicides and violent crime plague The City, Mayor Gavin Newsom has hired a law enforcement heavy-hitter, former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, to lead the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.
Great American Insurance Group Contests Allegations by Massachusetts Attorney General (Centre Daily Times)
Great American Insurance Group issued the following statement today in response to allegations by the Attorney General of Massachusetts concerning the Company's conduct associated with one quotation for a Massachusetts company.
New Northern California US Attorney Sworn In (CBS 5 Bay Area)
A new U.S. attorney for Northern California was sworn in to the job in San Francisco Friday and will start work Monday.
Manish Patels attorney to withdraw from abortion pill case (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
APPLETON Appleton lawyer Thomas Zoesch said Friday he will withdraw as attorney for Manish Patel, the defendant in an abortion pill case who is now believed to have fled the area.
Padilla Sues Ex-Government Lawyer (New York Times)
Jose Padilla, the American citizen who was held in military detention for more than three years as an enemy combatant, filed a lawsuit against a lawyer who helped provide the legal justifications for the episode.
McGee's Attorney Asks For Withdrawal From Case (WISN TheMilwaukeeChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for a jailed Milwaukee alderman has asked to be removed from the case.
SF City Attorney Warns Geragos About Tiger Evidence Tampering (NBC 11 Bay Area)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera warns the lawyer of two boys attacked by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day about tampering with potential evidence in the case.
Jindal picks lawyer from AG's office as new inspector general (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - January 4, 2008 8:24 PM ET BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Governor-elect Bobby Jindal picked a lawyer in the state attorney general's office as Louisiana's new inspector general, a...
Padilla Sues Former U.S. Lawyer Over Detention (New York Times)
Jose Padilla, the American citizen who was held for more than three years as an enemy combatant, filed a lawsuit against a lawyer who helped provide the legal justifications for the episode.
Lawyer urges minimum-security Florida prison for Conrad Black (CNews)
TORONTO - A lawyer for Conrad Black denied Friday he has asked for special privileges for his client, despite requesting that U.S. authorities send the Canadian-born businessman to a minimum-security prison, a privilege usually denied to non-Americans.
Attorney General Says Firm Rigged Bids (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The state attorney general on Friday accused Great American Insurance Group of bid-rigging in a price quote it offered to provide coverage to a technology firm.
Rep. Jackson endorses Suffredin in Cook state's attorney race (Chicago Tribune)
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is endorsing Larry Suffredin for Cook County state's attorney in the Democratic primary, saying the county commissioner from Evanston represents the party's best hope of rooting out "waste, fraud and abuse" in local government.
Wagner asks BOE to pay for attorney (The Herald-Mail)
WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Washington County Board of Education member accused of making statements about a school board candidate that the candidate's attorney said "may be slanderous in nature" has asked the board to pay for her private attorney.
New Choices lawyer says Dann can't close school (Dayton Daily News)
A lawyer for a local charter school told a judge Friday that Ohio's attorney general has no legal authority to close schools.