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Attorney General appeals contempt orders from lead paint case (Boston Globe)
Attorney General Patrick Lynch has appealed contempt orders that resulted in a $15,000 fine for comments he made during the state's case against former lead paint manufacturers.
Florida Bar honors Sarasota lawyer (Bradenton Herald)
The Florida Bar Thursday recognized an area lawyer for his work on behalf of poor and indigent clients during a ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court.
Savio Family Hires Lawyer To Open Civil Case (CBS 2 Chicago)
Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson is about to face another legal battle, this time involving the family of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio's relatives just hired a big-name New York lawyer. CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli has an exclusive report on a new lawsuit.
Haneef lawyer cleared of misconduct (Perth Now)
A LAWYER for Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef has been cleared of acting unprofessionally in the leaking of a police transcript to the media.
Dallas district attorney's office seeks to withdraw death row inmate's execution date (Dallas Morning News)
The Dallas County district attorney's office requested Thursday to withdraw the upcoming execution date for a Texas death row inmate while it awaits a U.S. Supreme Court decision about the death penalty.
Kansas new attorney general takes office (The Kansas City Star)
TOPEKA | When Stephen Six was named the new attorney general for Kansas, he didn't have to look far for someone to administer the oath of office.
Haneef's lawyer cleared for leaking police interview to media (Outlook India)
A legal regulatory body today cleared a lawyer of Mohammed Haneef of professional misconduct charges for leaking to the media a transcript of the Indian doctor's police interview, saying his actions were justified under the extraordinary circumstances of the case.
Attorney says Rosenthal should have known not to delete e-mails (Austin American-Statesman)
Harris County district attorney faces contempt of court charge in hearing.
Attorney: Washington Twp. mayor did not break law (The Warren Reporter)
WASHINGTON TWP. -- A four-page legal opinion issued by Township Attorney Michael Lavery concluded Mayor David Dempski did not violate a state statute governing the disbursement of municipal funds for contracted professional services.
Attorney: More must be done to protect identities (La Crosse Tribune)
Recent data breaches that put millions of Americans at risk of identity theft show the government should seriously consider restricting how Social Security numbers can be used, said a La Crosse attorney who specializes in employee fraud and identify fraud issues.
'Lawyer' is convicted of deception (The Star-Ledger)
A Plainfield man who sold himself as a lawyer is now a felon, found guilty of theft by deception and the unlicensed practice of law.
Kansas' new attorney general takes office (The Kansas City Star)
TOPEKA | When Stephen Six was named the new attorney general for Kansas, he didn't have to look far for someone to administer the oath of office.
Bucks lawyer will face homicide trial (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Amid new details of the bizarre end to a strife-filled romance, a Bucks County lawyer accused of negligently killing his girlfriend in a Newtown parking lot was ordered held for trial yesterday.
Australia Won?t Punish Terror Suspect?s Lawyer for News Leak (New York Times)
Sydney, Australia The lawyer for an Australian resident who had been a suspect in connection with the bungled bombings in London and Glasgow last June will not be subject to any disciplinary action for leaking the transcript of the police interview with his client, a state agency reviewing the matter said on Friday.
Attorney: Pacman wants to stay with Titans (The Tennessean)
MURFREESBORO — The attorney for Pacman Jones said the suspended cornerback is eager to return to the Titans, provided the suspension ultimately is lifted.
Florida's attorney general investigating Countrywide (The Charlotte Observer)
Florida's attorney general is investigating Countrywide Financial Corp., the country's largest mortgage lender, which Charlotte-based Bank of America Corp. plans to acquire, for possible unfair and deceptive business practices related to its home loans. A subpoena dated Jan. 17 directs Countrywide to provide documents and other information describing procedures used to determine whether ...
San Jose city attorney backs 'sunshine' plan (San Jose Mercury News)
San Jose's lawyers on Thursday disputed an assertion from the Santa Clara County District Attorney that the city can't require police to release reports and records under a proposed "sunshine law.
Pakistani opposition lawyer freed (TVNZ)
A Pakistani lawyer who has spearheaded opposition to President Pervez Musharraf has been released from nearly three months of detention, his wife said.
Pakistani lawyer says Musharraf must go (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Pakistani lawyer who has spearheaded opposition to President Pervez Musharraf has come out of three months of detention as defiant as ever and insisting the president step down.
Update: Mayor Reed Makes Statement On Attorney Fees (WGAL 8 Susquehanna Valley)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- News 8 has an update to our exclusive report on Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed allegedly paying his attorney to attend one of his fundraisers.
Freed Pakistani lawyer urges Musharraf to quit (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A firebrand Pakistani lawyer called Friday for President Pervez Musharraf to step down, a day after authorities freed him from nearly three months of detention.
U.S. attorney has limited role in Bonds case (Contra Costa Times)
SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello, the Bay Area's new top federal law enforcement official, may not play a direct role in the pending perjury case against former Giants slugger Barry Bonds or other matters related to the Bay Area Laboratories Co-Operative steroids scandal.
Zimbabwe deports British 'coup mastermind' to E Guinea: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Simon Mann, the alleged British mastermind of a foiled coup in Equatorial Guinea, has been deported from Zimbabwe to face trial in Malabo, his lawyer said on Friday.
Countrywide Financial comes under scrutiny of Florida attorney general (Tacoma News Tribune)
Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation’s largest mortgage lender, is finding itself under increasing scrutiny by shareholders and state governments. Florida’s attorney general is investigating the company for possible unfair and deceptive business practices.
Zimbabwe deports 'coup mastermind' to E Guinea: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The alleged British mastermind of a foiled coup in Equatorial Guinea has been deported from Zimbabwe to Malabo even though he was still appealing against his extradition, his lawyer said on Friday.
Bomb plot suspect's lawyer cleared of wrongdoing in Australia (International Herald Tribune)
The lawyer, Stephen Keim, has said that he took the unusual, and controversial, step of providing the transcript to a reporter because the police were leaking information that was falsely portraying his client, a suspect in connection with the failed bombings in Britain last June.
Lawyer: MIT Student's Fake Bomb Was Free Speech (WCVB Boston)
A lawyer for an MIT student held at gunpoint after she walked into Logan International Airport wearing what authorities believed was a bomb asked a judge to throw out the charges Friday, saying the device was a legitimate form of free speech.
Torsell's attorney seeks new trial (Centre Daily Times)
BELLEFONTE — Only a cold-hearted person would feel no compassion for a man crippled in a drunk driving crash, defense attorney Joe Amendola said Friday.
Lawyer: Woman charged with wearing fake bomb at Boston airport had free speech right to do so (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
BOSTON - A computer science student who unwittingly created an airport bomb scare by wearing a blinking circuit board attached to her shirt had a First Amendment right to express herself in that manner, her lawyer argued Friday.
PEORIA: U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to speak in Peoria (Peoria Journal Star)
PEORIA — U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is the featured speaker at the Peoria County Bar Association’s 100th annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet dinner Feb. 7.
Essex attorney sentenced (WTNH-TV New Haven)
Essex (WTNH, Feb. 1, 2008 1:35 PM) _ An attorney in Essex has been sentenced to two years probation for not reporting a series of large deposits.
Murder suspect finally gets an attorney (The Columbian)
Retired Portland firefighter David F. Gaul finally has an attorney to defend him from charges he killed his mother. Gaul, 55, retained Brian A. Walker and will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Contempt hearing for district attorney ends abruptly (KXAN 36 Austin)
HOUSTON (AP) - The contempt hearing for Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has abruptly ended after his lawyer requested a delay. Attorney Ron Lewis asked for the delay after Friday's lunch break. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt did not set a date for the hearing to resume.
Contempt hearing for district attorney ends abruptly (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
HOUSTON -- The contempt hearing for Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has abruptly ended after his lawyer requested a delay.
Contempt hearing for district attorney ends abruptly (KXXV Waco)
Associated Press - February 1, 2008 3:15 PM ET HOUSTON (AP) - The contempt hearing for Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has abruptly ended after his lawyer requested a...
Stolen Generations compo the cheaper way: lawyer (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The lawyer for the first member of the Stolen Generations to successfully sue a state government says setting up compensation schemes would be a cheaper and easier way to achieve justice.
Lawyer: Maui MIT Student's Fake Bomb Was Free Speech (KITV Honolulu)
The lawyer for a Hawaii computer science student who created an airport bomb scare by wearing a blinking circuit board argues that she had a First Amendment right to express herself.
Freda Black To Run For Durham District Attorney (NBC 17 Raleigh)
Durham, N.C. -- In front of her family, friends and local media, former assistant district attorney Freda Black announced she plans to run for the Durham district attorney position.
Judge Says Peterson Attorney Can Call Expert To Testify (NBC 5 Chicago)
A judge says he'll let Drew Peterson's attorney call an expert to testify about why authorities should return cars, guns and other items seized from the former police officer.
Black announces district attorney bid (The News & Observer)
Freda Black announced today that she is running for Durham County district attorney. Black is a former assistant district attorney who had tried to unseat then-district attorney Mike Nifong in 2006.
St. Pete Beach Commission chooses new attorney - or does it? (St. Petersburg Times)
ST. PETE BEACH - The St. Pete Beach City Commission voted to hire a new city attorney this week, but now a dispute has arisen over how the decision was reached. It's all about math. The commission met Tuesday and...
Butler Co. Attorney Pleads Guilty To Theft (The Kentucky Post)
A Butler County Attorney pleaded guilty to theft on Friday. Prosecutors said Bradley Kraemer stole more than $7,000 from his employer, Lyons and Lyons Law Firm in West Chester.
Ten lawyers still in running for Collier County attorney (Naples Daily News)
The search for Collier County’s new county attorney has been narrowed to 10 contenders. Among those chosen for the next round of the application process are current Collier County Attorney David Weigel, Collier County Assistant Attorney Jeff Klatzkow and Lee County Assistant Attorney John Turner.
Attorney in Dancer's Death Wants Texts Saved (WXYZ-TV Detroit)
Attorney Norman Yatooma represents the family of Tamara Greene who he says danced at a Manoogian Mansion party. Greene was killed and Yatooma wants to preserve any mayoral text messages...
Cambodia: Cambodia Bars Dutch Lawyer From Addressing Genocide Tribunal Hearing (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: A Dutch lawyer for a detained former Khmer Rouge leader will not be allowed to address a U.N.-backed genocide tribunal hearing next week because Cambodia's bar association refused to swear him in, officials said Friday (1 Feb).
Doctor sues ex-lover's lawyer for RM5m (The New Straits Times)
GEORGE TOWN: A doctor, who is being charged with intimidating and threatening his former lover and her family, yesterday filed a RM5 million defamation suit against their lawyer.
Attorney general appeals contempt findings (The Providence Journal)
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is appealing two contempt of court findings by Judge Michael Silverstein stemming from comments Lynch made to reporters during the lead paint trial.
Attorney general appeals contempt findings (The Providence Journal)
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is appealing two contempt of court findings by Judge Michael Silverstein stemming from comments Lynch made to reporters during the lead paint trial.
Lawyer: Bomb hoax count violates free speech (Boston Herald)
The lawyer for an MIT student arrested at gunpoint after she walked into Logan International Airport wearing what authorities believed was a bomb yesterday asked a judge to...
State Attorney's Office adding a grand theft count against Hatch (Vero Press Journal)
The State Attorney's Office on Friday morning charged former attorney Ira C. Hatch Jr. with the same criminal offenses police arrested him for three weeks ago and added a count of grand theft because another victim came forward, Assistant State Attorney Lev Evans said.