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Attorney calls on ORU to turn over financial audit (KJRH-TV Tulsa)
An attorney challenged Oral Roberts University Monday to make public an audit of the school's finances, saying that if school leaders had nothing to hide, they would turn it over.
B.C. attorney leaves city for Kalamazoo spot (Battle Creek Enquirer)
Clyde Robinson’s last day as the Battle Creek city attorney will be March 14. Thursday, Robinson signed a contract to become Kalamazoo’s next city attorney starting March 17. The Kalamazoo City Commission was expected to approve the contract tonight.
Pettitte's lawyer attempting to free him of Clemens hearing (The Pantagraph)
WASHINGTON -- Andy Pettitte’s lawyer has been in discussions with congressional staff to have the New York Yankees pitcher dropped from the witness list at a House committee hearing about Roger Clemens.
Lawyer: Woman Died After Surgery At Local Hospital (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
A Philadelphia lawyer said he filed suit Monday claiming a woman died because of a drug mistake that happened during plastic surgery at Nazareth Hospital.
Bar lets lawyer keep license (The Fayetteville Observer)
Lawyer Staples Hughes jeopardized his career in 2004 when he violated one of a lawyer’s most sacred precepts — keep secret your client’s secrets — to try to free a man he thinks is innocent of murder.
Fraud Case Ruins Real Estate Lawyer, Attorney Says (Law.com)
When Atlanta attorney R. Joseph Costanzo Jr. pleaded guilty to bank fraud this month, he did so as "a broken man," his attorney said. Costanzo received 41 months in federal prison and an order to pay jointly with his co-defendants more than $7.8 million in restitution to banking, insurance and investment firms. For two years, Costanzo closed fraudulent loans for a mortgage fraud ring that ...
Attorney General Hood Calls for Serious Campaign Finance Reform (WLBT 3 Jackson)
Attorney General Jim Hood is calling on lawmakers to get serious about campaign finance reform.
Attorney general: Denish had right to accept bills for governor (Las Cruces Sun-News)
SANTA FE—The lieutenant governor had the authority to accept bills from lawmakers who tried to deliver them to the governor's office only to find it shut, Attorney General Gary King said Monday.
State's attorney targets judge (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
BENNINGTON -- An ongoing dispute between the office of Bennington County State's Attorney Erica Marthage and Judge Katherine Hayes continued on Monday as Marthage asked that Hayes be recused from all cases involving her former law firm. ... - By PATRICK McARDLE Herald Staff
City's top lawyer acknowledges settlement role (Detroit Free Press)
The City of Detroit's top lawyer was personally involved in the settlement that led the cash-strapped city to pay $8.4 million and hide embarrassing text messages between Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his top aide.
Attorney general: Lieutenant governor can accept bills for governor (Silver City Sun-News)
SANTA FE — The attorney general says the lieutenant governor can accept bills that have been passed by the Legislature if the governor is unavailable.
Lawyer's money-laundering case might have N.Y. ties (Miami Herald)
A mysterious businessman is looming large in the controversial money-laundering indictment of prominent Miami lawyer Ben Kuehne. Hernando Saravia allegedly gave $1.8 million in drug proceeds to a Colombian kingpin's defense attorney in Miami, but Saravia was not charged in the recent indictment against Kuehne.
Class-action attorney Lerach sentenced to two years in prison (San Francisco Chronicle)
Attorney William Lerach, whose firm once dominated the area of shareholder class action suits and won billions from companies such as Enron, was sentenced to two years in federal prison Monday for conspiring to conceal kickbacks to clients. Lerach, 61,...
Helena attorney challenges Rehberg (Helena Independent Record)
A Helena attorney who spent years in the Montana National Guard says he plans to run for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.
Lawyer charged with theft (Baltimore Sun)
A Harford County lawyer has been indicted on theft charges in connection with a bankruptcy and foreclosure operation, the county state's attorney office said yesterday.
Scrap autism suit, lawyer says (Toronto Star)
A proposed $1.2 billion class-action lawsuit filed by parents of autistic children is a confusing grab bag of every gripe they've had against the province and their remaining pleas should be tossed out of court, a lawyer for Ontario's attorney general says.
Schmitz attorney calls indictment 'hollow' (The Huntsville Times)
The attorney for indicted state Rep. Sue Schmitz vows to "aggressively and vigorously" fight the charges the government has levied against the Toney Democrat.
Temasek requests delay in anti-trust case -lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
JAKARTA, Feb 12 - Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL ] has asked Indonesia's supreme court to postpone its anti-trust case and to explain which law the proceedings will be based on, its lawyer said on Tuesday.
Lawyer of slain stripper seeking Detroit employees' text messages (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
A lawyer for a slain stripper is seeking text messages for about 18,000 Detroit employees.
City attorney on to next adventure (Contra Costa Times)
Elizabeth Silver's career path was not a straight and narrow one. There were some twists and turns that eventually led her to take over the job of Dublin city attorney, a post she will step down from at the end of the month.
Lawyer wrote judge's defamation ruling: Malaysia corruption inquiry (AFP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A Malaysian corruption commission heard sensational testimony Tuesday that a lawyer at the centre of the inquiry wrote the judgement in a historic defamation suit, on behalf of the judge.
Attorney: FCC Order Does Not Change OpenBand Contract (Leesburg Today)
The order released by the Federal Communications Commission last fall will not put and end to the contract between developer Van Metre and OpenBand in the Southern Walk community, according to an attorney hired by the homeowner's association board of directors.
Attorney General's office reviewing land deal (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Attorney General Jack Conway's office is reviewing an unusual land deal in which the city of Versailles would use $56.5 million in bonds to finance the sale of nine Frankfort office buildings between private businessmen. The buildings are leased by the state government and owned or co-owned by Rodney Ratliff. The assessed value of the properties is $20 million. The deal has raised eyebrows by ...
Indictment dismissed in ex-lawyer's robbery case (The Houma Courier)
A federal indictment has been dismissed in the case of a former lawyer implicated in a string of Baton Rouge bank robberies. U.S. District Judge James Brady ruled that Eddie Stephens' speedy trial rights had been violated.
Attorney General warns about tax refund scam (Boston Globe)
Attorney General William Sorrell is warning Internet users about an e-mail scam offering a tax refund.
Ritter lawyer: Docs 'did everything wrong' (CNN.com)
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A lawyer for John Ritter's family told a jury that he would show doctors caused the actor's death by an improper diagnosis and substandard treatment.
Lawyer: Woman Died After Surgery At Local Hospital (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
A Philadelphia lawyer said he filed suit Monday claiming a woman died because of a drug mistake that happened during plastic surgery at Nazareth Hospital.
Attorney who represented former gov.'s office tapped for top post (Boston Globe)
An attorney who represented former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland's office during an impeachment scandal and federal investigation has been recommended to become the state's next top federal prosecutor, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Attorney: Piano Customers Hit Sour Note (NBC 5 Chicago)
An attorney says calculates at least 150 people paid for and never received pianos from a now-closed suburban piano store, costing customers a collective $500,000.
Lawyer dropped over lack of trust, bank tells court (The New Zealand Herald)
Arguments close in the High Court today over whether a lawyer who helped design a $3 billion tax avoidance scheme should be compensated for being dropped by Westpac.
First 9/11 defendant gets military lawyer (Miami Herald)
The Pentagon's chief defense counsel chose an Army lawyer on Tuesday to defend one of the ''Sept. 11 Six,'' a Saudi man who was held at Guantánamo for years and subjected to days of harsh military interrogation.
Date set for terror trial lawyer (BBC News)
A terror trial lawyer who criticised the conviction of his client will answer a contempt of court charge in April.
CUB, attorney general oppose proposed ComEd rate hike (Chicago Tribune)
The Citizens Utility Board and Illinois Attorney General announced Tuesday their opposition to a proposed rate hike by Commonwealth Edison, saying the electric utility overstated its expenses and understated its income in its requested $361 million increase.
Lawyer: Wrong Man Arrested In Mall Stabbing (NBC 7/39 San Diego)
A man arrested on suspicion of stabbing a 24-year-old woman in the parking garage of a mall is the victim of mistaken identity, his lawyer said. View Images | Watch Video
Lawyer welcomes Alta. court ruling on accident payouts (CBC Nova Scotia)
The lawyer for a group opposed to Nova Scotia's cap on insurance payouts in car accidents is hoping a recent court decision in Alberta bolsters his case.
Attorney General Files Brief On Gun Control Rights (KXAN 36 Austin)
It's no secret that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wants the right to carry her .357-caliber Magnum when she's in D.C., but now the Texas Attorney General is also voicing his opinion on the issue.
School Seeks Attorney About Charged Board Member (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul)
The Austin school board is shopping for an outside attorney to research whether a board member is in violation of the district's code of conduct and should be removed.
Attorney who represented former gov.'s office tapped for top post (Norwalk Advocate)
Gov. M. Jodi Rell has recommended an attorney who represented former Gov. John G. Rowland's office during an impeachment scandal and a federal investigation to become the state's next top federal prosecutor, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Attorney Peper enters council race (The Post and Courier)
Attorney Mark A. Peper of the Peper Law Firm announced Monday that he will run for Charleston County Council District 7.
Egyptian government hires Snipes' attorney in explosives case (Miami Herald)
An attorney who represented terrorism suspect Sami Al-Arian and accused tax cheat Wesley Snipes said Tuesday she has been hired to defend an Egyptian college student facing federal explosives charges.
Lawyer: dangerous dare victim's idea (UPI)
The lawyer for a man accused of making a woman violently ill by feeding her a caustic fluid argued in a Milwaukee court that she chose to drink it.
Attorney Hyde will challenge Ritchie for state Senate seat (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
In front of more than 150 people shoehorned into the back room at Wade's Family Restaurant, attorney Max Hyde formally announced today that he is challenging incumbent Jim Ritchie for South Carolina Senate in the Republican primary this June.
Lawyer: Bodyguard with Reggie Bush's lawyer shows gun at deposition (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
SAN DIEGO - A lawyer for a sports marketer who is suing football star Reggie Bush said he and his client walked out of a deposition Tuesday after a bodyguard for Bush's lawyer opened his jacket to expose a pistol.
Attorney who represented former gov.'s office tapped for top post (Stamford Advocate)
An attorney who represented former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland's office during an impeachment scandal and federal investigation has been recommended to become the state's next top federal prosecutor, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Bodyguard with Bush attorney shows gun (Fox Sports)
A lawyer for a sports marketer who is suing football star Reggie Bush said he and his client walked out of a deposition Tuesday after a bodyguard for Bush's attorney opened his jacket to expose a pistol. "He made sure we saw it," said attorney Brian Watkins, who represents sports marketer Lloyd Lake. Watkins said Bush attorney David Cornwell told him the bodyguard had a permit to carry a ...
Malaysian lawyer wrote client's judgment, vacationed with chief justice, inquiry hears (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A lawyer at the center of a judicial corruption inquiry wrote a judgment in favor of his client in a historic defamation case and the presiding judge used it as his verdict in court, the lawyer's former secretary testified.
Lawyer: Bodyguard for Bush attorney shows gun (CBS Sportsline)
A lawyer for a sports marketer who is suing football star Reggie Bush said he and his client walked out of a deposition Tuesday after a bodyguard for Bush's attorney opened his jacket to expose a pistol.
Malaysia: Lawyer Wrote Client's Judgment, Vacationed With Chief Justice, Inquiry Hears (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: A lawyer at the center of a judicial corruption inquiry wrote a judgment in favor of his client in a historic defamation case and the presiding judge used it as his verdict in court, the lawyer's former secretary testified.
Indian Rocks Beach fires town attorney (St. Petersburg Times)
PINELLAS -- In a unanimous vote, and with little discussion, Indian Rocks Beach city commissioners Tuesday night fired long-time City Attorney Andrew Salzman. The action took place during a special 30-minute meeting of the commission preceding the regular commission meeting....
Attorney plans lawsuit in two-week-old baby death (KHON 2 Honolulu)
A two week old baby died at the Honolulu airport last week. Local attorney Rick Fried believes the U.S. Immigration Agency is responsible for his death.