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Lawyer: Tentative $30m deal in nightclub fire case (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A TV station and a cameraman accused of getting in the way of people fleeing the nightclub fire that killed 100 people have reached a tentative $30 million settlement with survivors and victims' relatives, a lawyer involved in the deal said Saturday.
Attorney announces prosecutor bid (Coeur d'Alene Press)
COEUR d'ALENE -- Former assistant U.S. Attorney Barry McHugh announced his bid for the position of Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney on Saturday.
Lawyer neglected clients, state board says (The Altoona Herald-Mitchellville Index)
An eastern Iowa lawyer accused of repeatedly neglecting clients' cases is facing a possible suspension of her law license. The proposed sanctions stem from a five-count complaint filed last year by the Iowa Supreme Court Disciplinary Board against attorney Jean M. Curtis of Guttenberg.
Town picks attorney for negotiations (Westerly Sun)
CHARLESTOWN – Starting this month, the town will use Providence attorney Daniel K. Kinder to negotiate a new employment contract with a dozen town employees.
DeKalb state's attorney faces challenge Tuesday (The Beacon News)
Both of the Democratic candidates running for DeKalb County state's attorney think they're in the ideal position to be nominated on Feb. 5.
A new era for a familiar face in the role of U.S. attorney (San Jose Mercury News)
When Joseph Russoniello last served as Northern California's U.S. attorney, it was a different time and a different job.
Council president considers running for city attorney (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Council President Scott Peters confirmed yesterday what many San Diego political observers have believed for months: He is “strongly considering” taking on City Attorney Michael Aguirre in the June election.
Jailhouse 'lawyer' gets rare nod from U.S. Supreme Court (WSPA Spartanburg)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - While other prisoners are lifting weights or playing basketball, "jailhouse lawyer" Michael Ray is working 40 hours a week. He has his head buried in legal texts and journals as he helps fellow inmates file appeals.
Former Bishop's Attorney Claims Davenport Diocese Abandoned Him (KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids)
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) - An attorney for a former Roman Catholic bishop says the Davenport Diocese abandoned his client to save itself. Lawrence Soens has been accused of many acts of sexual abuse, but has not been charged with any crime.
Jailhouse 'lawyer' gets rare nod from U.S. Supreme Court (Florence Morning News)
While other prisoners are lifting weights or playing basketball, "jailhouse lawyer" Michael Ray is working 40 hours a week, his head buried in legal texts and journals as he helps fellow inmates file appeals. In and out of federal prisons for more than 20 years, he's represented dozens of clients with some success.
Attorney curious why police scrapped outside probe of deadly wreck (WQAD Moline)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An attorney for the family of 2 sisters killed when a state trooper collided with their vehicle wants to know why Illinois State Police abruptly scuttled plans for an independent probe.
Attorney curious why police scrapped outside probe of deadly wreck (KWQC-TV 6 Davenport)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An attorney for the family of 2 sisters killed when a state trooper collided with their vehicle wants to know why Illinois State Police abruptly scuttled plans for an independent probe.
Pakistan detains lawyer opposed to Musharrraf (Deepika)
LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 2 (Reuters) Pakistani authorities today detained a prominent opposition lawyer who spearheaded a campaign against President Pervez Musharraf a day after he was released from three months in detention.
Attorney asks why State Police scrapped outside probe of wreck (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An attorney for the family of two sisters killed when a state trooper collided with their vehicle on a freeway wants to know why Illinois State Police abruptly scuttled plans for an independent probe of the crash. State police in recent weeks had planned to turn over its probe of the Nov. 23 crash that killed Collinsville sisters Jessica Uhl, 18, and Kelli Uhl, 13, to an outside panel, even ...
Greaves breached conflict of interest rules, says lawyer (The Huntsville Forester)
A Toronto lawyer and seasonal resident of Lake of Bays and Huntsville says in his opinion, town councillor Mike Greaves was in breach of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when he wrote a letter to the municipality on behalf of a company he is an owner of.
State's Attorney: Don't prosecute smoking ban (Edwardsville Journal)
The St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office will not bring charges against violators of the state's month-old smoking ban because specifics of the rule are incomplete, a letter from the office to area police departments says.
Britney furious over dad's power of attorney (Splash via Yahoo!Xtra Entertainment)
Britney Spears is furious that her dad has power of attorney of her estate, according to reports.
Letter from dead attorney used to lease copy machines (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Memphis City Schools officials and prosecutors are investigating a fake letter with the signature of a deceased schools attorney endorsing the lease of copy machines for $517,000.
Van death victim's family hires lawyer (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The family of the Western Australia goldfields man who died while being transported in a prison van has engaged a lawyer to represent it during the investigation into his death.
Attorney pleads guilty to felony theft (The Oxford Press)
HAMILTON — Butler County attorney Bradley M. Kraemer pled guilty today to theft for stealing from the West Chester Twp. law firm where he was employed. The plea to the felony was entered before a visiting judge in Butler County Common Pleas.
Human rights lawyer, MP, and thorn in the Met's side (Guardian Unlimited)
Sadiq Khan is a rising star in Labour's ranks and a former human rights lawyer who championed cases which embarrassed Scotland Yard. He represented several ethnic minority police officers investigated for corruption who were cleared and received compensation from the Metropolitan police.
State's attorney candidates push for votes (ABC 7 Chicago)
Candidates fighting to be the next Cook County state's attorney spent Sunday stumping for votes.
Attorney: County could pay millions (Macomb Daily)
In the heated legal battle over Freedom Hill County Park, an attorney for the amphitheater's concert promoters is predicting that a supposed court victory registered by the county Tuesday could actually lead to a multimillion-dollar loss for county taxpayers.
Malaysia's former top judge got expensive gifts from lawyer, inquiry hears (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A high-profile lawyer accused of manipulating judicial appointments gave expensive gifts to Malaysia's former top judge and offered to buy him a house, the lawyer's brother told a public inquiry Monday.
Malaysia: Former Top Judge Got Expensive Gifts From Lawyer, Inquiry Hears (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: A high-profile lawyer accused of manipulating judicial appointments gave expensive gifts to Malaysia's former top judge and offered to buy him a house, the lawyer's brother told a public inquiry Monday (4 Feb).
West Windsor attorney conflict is a rerun (Princeton Packet)
WEST WINDSOR — It seems like déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra famously said. Another disagreement over an attorney is brewing between Township Council and Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh, as the Township Council moves forward with redevelopment planning duties.
Attorney loses 11-year battle against her former law firm (BizJournals)
A Honolulu attorney who accused her former law firm of firing and defaming her lost her 11-year legal battle last week when the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a decision favoring the firm.
Ambridge attorney gets district judge nomination (The Beaver County Times)
An Ambridge attorney has been nominated to fill a vacant district justice post.
Winsted keeps town attorney (Republican-American)
WINSTED --- Town attorney Kevin F. Nelligan has survived a move by some selectmen to replace him.
$21,000 Award Upheld Against Attorney Who Faxed Unsolicited Ads (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A $21,000 award against a lawyer who "knowingly" violated a prohibition against faxing unsolicited ads has been upheld by a divided New York appeals panel. In a 3-2 unsigned opinion, the Appellate Division, 1st Department, said the attorney's argument that the faxed "attorney malpractice reports" were "purely informational ... defies common-sense."
Foreign lawyer advises foreign companies on Labor Contract Law (People's Daily)
China's Employment Contract Law has been in effect since January 1, 2008. Foreign businesses expressed their comments on the law during the legislation process. How should they implement the law? A foreign lawyer in a Beijing-based law firm ...
Pakistan Authorities Detain Anti-Government Lawyer - AFP (Nasdaq)
QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP)--Pakistani authorities on Monday detained a second leading anti-government lawyer just days after he was freed from nearly three months under house arrest, police said.
Attorney announces prosecutor bid (Coeur d'Alene Press)
COEUR d'ALENE -- Former assistant U.S. Attorney Barry McHugh announced his bid for the position of Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney on Saturday.
Town picks attorney for negotiations (Westerly Sun)
CHARLESTOWN – Starting this month, the town will use Providence attorney Daniel K. Kinder to negotiate a new employment contract with a dozen town employees.
Utah Attorney General's Office Hires Richter7 (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
The Utah Attorney General's Office hired Richter7, a Salt Lake City-based advertising and public relations agency, to develop a website featuring a new media archive, allowing the media to easily access information released by the Attorney General's Office.
Outer Temple cements US ties with capture of trial lawyer (The Lawyer)
Outer Temple Chambers has firmed up its US alliances by bringing trial lawyer Cyrus Vance of New York firm Morvillo Abramovitz on board as an associate member. ...
Simon Mann 'kidnapped' - lawyer (iafrica.com)
A Briton alleged to be the mastermind behind a foiled coup in Equatorial Guinea has been "kidnapped" and his legal team has lost contact with him, his lawyer said Monday.
Attorney asks why state police scrapped outside probe of wreck (The Pantagraph)
BELLEVILLE -- An attorney for the family of two sisters killed when a state trooper collided with their vehicle on a freeway wants to know why Illinois State Police abruptly scuttled plans for an independent probe of the crash.
Top anti-Musharraf lawyer back in detention after brief release (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A firebrand Pakistani lawyer who organized street protests against President Pervez Musharraf was placed under house arrest Monday only three days after authorities freed him from three months detention, police said.
Top anti-Musharraf lawyer back in detention after brief release (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
A firebrand Pakistani lawyer who organized street protests against President Pervez Musharraf was placed under house arrest Monday only three days after authorities freed him from three months detention, police said.
Another anti-Musharraf lawyer detained (The Times of India)
ISLAMABAD: A top Pakistani lawyer who played a major role in organising protests against President Pervez Musharraf was on Monday again placed under house arrest in the southwestern city of Quetta just three days after he was freed.
Blunt Wants Lawyer Fees Paid (KFYR-TV Bismarck)
North Dakota`s former workers compensation director wants the state to pay his lawyer fees. Sandy Blunt was charged with three felonies while he was chief executive at Workforce Safety and Insurance.
Portland firefighter charged with killing mother now has lawyer (Seattle Times)
A retired Portland, Ore., fire lieutenant charged with killing his mother now has a defense lawyer.
FBI agent and U.S. attorney to make presentation at CMU (Boonville Daily News)
FAYETTE, Mo. - The general public is invited to join the Central Methodist University campus community at 11 a.m., Feb. 5, to hear a presentation about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Attorney's Office on the fourth floor of the CMU Student and Community Center.
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.
N.D. attorney general says Burke County officials broke open meetings law (Fargo Forum)
BISMARCK (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Burke County Commission broke the state's open meetings law.
Lawyer at inquiry questions probe into deadly Man. crash (CNews)
WINNIPEG - A lawyer who is representing a prosecutor at a public inquiry into a fatal crash caused by an off-duty Winnipeg police officer is questioning the quality of the investigation into the collision.
Lawyer questions police probe into Manitoba crash (The Globe and Mail)
Lawyer representing prosecutor at inquiry into fatal collision questions quality of investigation
Blunt Wants the State to Pay His Lawyer Fees (KX TV North Dakota)
North Dakota's former workers compensation director wants the state to pay his lawyer fees. Sandy Blunt was charged with three felonies while he was chief executive at Workforce Safety and Insurance. He was accused of misspending agency funds and cons