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NY attorney general near Fannie, Freddie deal (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mortgage firms Fannie Mae (FNM.N) and Freddie Mac (FRE.N) would require their mortgage lending partners to have independent appraisals of home values under a deal being thrashed out with New York's attorney general, sources familiar with a draft deal said on late Monday.
Attorney Files Suit Against Sheriff, Deputy (The Morning News)
SPRINGDALE -- A Rogers attorney whose civil rights lawsuit against the state and Benton County was tossed last week from federal court is trying again in a state court.
Defense attorney: Police coerced teen to confess to killing OPD officer (North County Times)
VISTA -- The confession made by a teenager accused of fatally shooting Oceanside policeman Dan Bessant was "coerced and involuntary" and thus should not be used as evidence, the teenager's attorney argued in recent court filings.
District attorney sets bail at $5 million for at-large alleged sexual predator (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY -- An at-large sexual assault suspect faces a felony kidnapping to commit rape charge and a $5 million bail, according to an arrest warrant issued earlier today by the San Diego District Attorney, Sheriff's Lt. Mike McClain said.
Lawyer pushes legal help in foreclosures (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A Cincinnati lawyer wants homeowners in foreclosure to have the same right as accused criminals do: the right to a lawyer.
Attorney General Martha Coakley Reaches Settlement With Drug Second Manufacturer In Oral Contraceptive Lawsuit, ... (Medical News Today)
Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office, along with the attorneys general of 33 other states and the District of Columbia, entered into a $5.
Chinese activist lawyer beaten, detained (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Chinese activist lawyer who was beaten and harassed several times in recent days has been taken away by police again, a fellow activist in Shanghai said Tuesday.
Lawyer tries to break conservatorship of Britney Spears in federal court (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - February 26, 2008 6:34 AM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears' father and a lawyer who claims to represent her have traded legal barbs in an intensifying fight over whether...
Spears' dad, lawyer trade legal barbs (AP via Yahoo! News)
Britney Spears' father and a lawyer who claims to represent her traded legal barbs Monday in an intensifying fight over whether James Spears is violating her civil rights by controlling her finances and life.
Attorney general not talking about cost of 'bonusgate' probe (The Beaver County Times)
HARRISBURG — State Attorney General Tom Corbett did not get any questions last week from members of the House Appropriations Committee about his yearlong “bonusgate” probe.
Lawyer tries to break conservatorship of Britney Spears in federal court in Los Angeles (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears' father and a lawyer who claims to represent her traded legal barbs in an intensifying fight over whether James Spears is violating her civil rights by controlling her finances and life.
County attorney closes Ariz. vets home probe without charges (FOX 10 Phoenix)
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has closed its investigation of the state veterans home's care for residents without filing criminal charges against anyone.
Local attorney to help draft Naugatuck's Rennaisance Place zone (Republican-American)
NAUGATUCK -- A local attorney and staunch supporter of Renaissance Place leading up to last year's referendum on the project will oversee the creation of a special zone to make the plan a reality.
Attorney general's office investigating Watertown Housing Authority (Republican-American)
WATERTOWN -- The state attorney general's office is investigating allegations from two local companies that the Watertown Housing Authority's executive director improperly replaced them midway through an apartment renovation project in favor of a more expensive contractor.
Board Recommends Disbarment for Bismarck Lawyer (KFYR-TV Bismarck)
The attorney for the state Supreme Court disciplinary board says a Bismarck lawyer should be disbarred for operating a scam involving credit histories.
Salisbury attorney Bill Graham files for governor's race (Salisbury Post)
Salisbury attorney Bill Graham made it official Monday, filing for the Republican nomination for governor. Graham filed at the State Board of Elections office in downtown Raleigh.
Lawyer challenges Spears' conservatorship (CNN.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Britney Spears' father and a lawyer who claims to represent her traded legal barbs Monday in an intensifying fight over whether James Spears is violating her civil rights by controlling her finances and life.
Lawyer: Suspect In Officer's Death Coerced Into Confession (Channel 8 San Diego)
The defense lawyer for a teenager accused of killing Oceanside Police Officer Dan Bessant claims his client's confession was coerced.
Lunsford Attorney: Sheriff's Botched Investigation Led To Jessica's Death (The Tampa Tribune)
Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy and his deputies did a poor job searching for Jessica Marie "Jessie" Lunsford when she was missing, and that failure directly led to her death, an attorney for the girl's parents told the media this afternoon.
Lawyer: Bush Skips Scheduled Deposition (ABC News)
Lawyer: Reggie Bush Skips Deposition in Lawsuit Over Gifts He May Have Received While at USC
Lawyer files impeach raps v. Arroyo (Sun Star)
LAWYER Oliver Lozano on Tuesday filed another impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the anomalous US$329 national broadband network (NBN) deal with China's ZTE Corp., six months earlier before the lifting of the one-year ban on filing in October.
Accused state's attorney also now faces gun charge (The Capital)
OCEAN CITY (AP) - Ocean City Police are seeking a gun charge against Wicomico County State's Attorney Davis Ruark, who was arrested on Friday for drunken driving.
Coliseum Authority rehires attorney (News 12 Augusta)
Augusta's Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday morning to re-hire its attorney, Ed Enoch. Several weeks ago, the board voted to fire him. Tuesday was the first meeting for the full Authority in several weeks.
'High-value detainee' gets lawyer (Miami Herald)
Alleged arch-terrorist Abu Zubaydah, whom the CIA waterboarded in secret overseas interrogations, has agreed to let a civilian American attorney handle his case, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Svekla's lawyer questions sister's testimony (CTV.ca)
The lawyer for a man on trial in the deaths of two Alberta prostitutes is questioning the testimony of the accused's sister.
Attorney: Lindon signmaker not guilty of hiring illegal workers (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 1:18 PM- An attorney for an Orem company accused of hiring undocumented workers says Universal Industrial Sales is not guilty of a federal indictment handed up earlier this month.
NY attorney general subpoenas Comcast (MSNBC)
The New York attorney general's office has requested information from Comcast Corp. on the company's handling of Internet traffic.
Attorney: Lindon signmaker not guilty of hiring illegal workers (2News Salt Lake City)
An attorney for a company accused of hiring undocumented workers says Universal Industrial Sales is not guilty of a federal indictment handed up earlier this month.
School board offers $4,023 to attorney in case (Bakercityherald.com)
The Baker School Board voted 4-0 Monday to offer $4,023.16 in attorney's fees to settle a longstanding lawsuit filed by a Baker City couple over special education services provided to their son, who has autism.
Three Years Later, Search Continues For Missing District Attorney (WJAC 6 Johnstown)
A book could contain possible clues to the mysterious disappearance of former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar.
Miura's lawyer tries to cut out Japan (Los Angeles Times)
The Japanese government should not cooperate with the U.S. investigation of a Japanese businessman arrested on suspicion of shooting his wife to death in Los Angeles in 1981, his lawyer said.
'No purpose in second Pickton trial': B.C. attorney general (CBC)
There will be no second trial for Robert William Pickton on 20 additional murder counts if he is denied an appeal of his convictions for the murders of six women, B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal says.
Thaksin to return home Thursday : lawyer (The Nation)
Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will definitely return to Thailand from China on Thursday, his lawyer said late Tuesday.
Johnson-Elie: Accomplished attorney makes history at law firm (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Donsia Strong Hill brings the kind of professional credentials and work experience any law firm would covet. She's a former Brown County assistant district attorney, cabinet secretary under Gov. Jim Doyle and senior adviser to Preside...
Lib leader's link to lawyer questioned (The Australian)
THE Queensland government has accused state Liberal leader Mark McArdle of retaining links to a disgraced lawyer whose firm cost investors $30 million in failed mortgage schemes.
Racism fueled N.O. bar fight, RTA workers' attorney says (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The attorney for four people involved in a bar fight with off-duty New Orleans police officers said Tuesday that the officers' version of events is untrue and that several people in the group that included the police officers used racial epithets, including the "n-word," before the fight.
Defense attorney: Police coerced teen to confess to killing OPD officer (North County Times)
VISTA -- The confession made by a teenager accused of fatally shooting Oceanside policeman Dan Bessant was "coerced and involuntary" and thus should not be used as evidence, the teenager's attorney argued in recent court filings.
Jailhouse lawyer probed for legal help (The Charlotte Observer)
A prison law clerk who convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a fellow inmate's case is being investigated by South Carolina authorities for practicing law without a license, the prisoner's attorney said Tuesday. Lawyer Rauch Wise confirmed the state attorney general's office informed him last week they were investigating Michael Ray, a federal inmate in South Carolina. The Associated Press ...
Spears' dad, lawyer trade legal barbs (East Valley Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears' father and a lawyer who claims to represent her traded legal barbs Monday in an intensifying fight over whether James Spears is violating her civil rights by controlling her finances and life. Attorney John Eardley, who told The Associated Press he was the "only person who represents Britney Spears," filed documents in federal court asserting that she is being ...
Kansas attorney general to seek $430,000 to fight cyber crime (The Kansas City Star)
TOPEKA | Attorney General Steve Six wants Kansas to bolster efforts to prevent and prosecute cyber crime, and he’s asking lawmakers for money to do it.
Travis district attorney candidate Reed shakes up race (Austin American-Statesman)
Longtime prosecutor invokes DeLay case, wouldn't seek death penalty. Far behind his three opponents in fundraising and organized support, Rick Reed has shaken up his campaign for Travis County district attorney.
District attorney Kline balks at refusal by abortion agency (The Kansas City Star)
Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline says Planned Parenthood’s refusal to comply with a subpoena for records has tainted a grand jury investigation of the agency.
Lawyer Disbarred for Splitting Fees, Other Misconduct (Law.com)
In 2002, real estate lawyer Keith G. Rubenstein, eager to bolster his shaky finances, signed on to an unusual arrangement to serve as a front for a personal injury practice owned by a non-lawyer entrepreneur who made his fortune in taxicab medallions. Now, a New York court has disbarred Rubenstein, finding that the deal violated several disciplinary rules involving fee-splitting with ...
Attorney: Jailhouse Lawyer Under Investigation for Providing Inmate Legal Help (Law.com)
The prison law clerk who convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a fellow inmate's case is being investigated by South Carolina authorities for practicing law without a license, the prisoner's attorney said. Michael Ray helped fellow inmate Keith Lavon Burgess appeal his conviction for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. Ray, who is a member of the ABA and a certified ...
Lawyer charged with theft from elderly client's estate (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A criminal trial began yesterday for a lawyer charged with stealing more than $260,000 from the estate of an elderly client before and after the client's death. ...
Lawyer: Plea deal could free Salemme by Christmas (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for former New England Mafia boss Frank Salemme says his client could be free by the end of the year in a deal with federal prosecutors.
Rockets center, not Rocket client, on attorney's mind (Houston Chronicle)
Attorney Rusty Hardin on Tuesday appeared much more concerned about the NBA's Rockets than his prominent client who is known as Rocket, Roger Clemens.
Racism fueled N.O. bar fight, attorney says (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The attorney for four people involved in a bar fight with off-duty New Orleans police officers said Tuesday that the officers' version of events is untrue and that several people in the group that included the police officers used racial epithets, including the "n-word," before the fight.
Lawyer Disbarred for Splitting Fees, Other Misconduct (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In 2002, real estate lawyer Keith G. Rubenstein, eager to bolster his shaky finances, signed on to an unusual arrangement to serve as a front for a personal injury practice owned by a non-lawyer entrepreneur who made his fortune in taxicab medallions.
Henrico hires attorney in advance of land deal (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Henrico County has retained a private attorney as it considers buying -- perhaps by force -- land on Kain Road in Short Pump for a school, park and other uses. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 last night to hire Francis A. Cherry Jr., of the firm Randolph, Boyd, Cherry and Vaughan, after a 50-minute, closed discussion on the potential purchase of the 205-acre property.