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Attorney General: Burke County Officials Broke Open Meetings Law (KQCD-TV Dickinson)
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Burke County Commission broke the state`s open meetings law. The commissioners held a secret, unannounced meeting in September to talk about the county budget.
E. coli lawyer is busier than ever (The Charlotte Observer)
A girl fell into a 40-day coma after eating a bad Jack in the Box hamburger. Fifteen years later, she is still suffering ill effects. That doesn't bode well for a toddler who spent six weeks in the hospital in 2006 after eating E. coli-tainted spinach from California. But both have lawyer William Marler in their corner - and that's no small consolation. The Seattle-based Marler is the undisputed ...
Prosecutor: Megahed's attorney mischaracterized FBI report (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA -- A federal prosecutor says in court papers filed today that Youssef Megahed's attorney mischaracterized an FBI report by describing explosive materials found in Megahed's trunk as "a harmless pyrotechnic mixture." "Nowhere in the FBI laboratory report is there...
Jailhouse Lawyer Gets a Hearing (Washington Post)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- While other prisoners are lifting weights or playing basketball, Michael Ray is working 40 hours a week, his head buried in legal texts and journals. Over the years, the jailhouse lawyer has helped dozens of fellow inmates file appeals, sometimes with success.
Jailhouse 'lawyer' gets rare nod from U.S. Supreme Court (The State)
While other prisoners are lifting weights or playing basketball, Michael Ray is working 40 hours a week, his head buried in legal texts and journals. Over the years, the jailhouse lawyer has helped dozens of fellow inmates file appeals, sometimes with success. But recently Ray secured an achievement rarely seen by even the most experienced of attorneys on the outside: The U.S. Supreme Court ...
Attorney general announces plan to deal with foreclosures (The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area)
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper and the Office of the Commissioner of Banks announced a plan Monday to help residents at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.
E. coli lawyer in Seattle makes good money from bad food (Seattle Times)
Seattle lawyer Bill Marler has built a national reputation on E. coli lawsuits -- making good money from bad food.
District Attorney Candidates Meet The Public (KXAN 36 Austin)
Monday night's your chance to hear from candidates up for Travis County's soon-to-be empty district attorney spot. Four candidates have thrown their hat in the ring: Gary Cobb, Rick Reed, Mindy Montford and Rosemary Lehmberg.
Attorney representing man accused of killing police officer discusses case (WAVY 10)
"I didn't know he was a cop." When Ryan Frederick told that to WAVY.com, Defense Attorney James Broccoletti believed him. "He has been consistent in that story to all the press and to you," explained Broccoletti when asked if he believed Frederick's story.
Jail lawyer's case makes Supreme Court (KABC-TV Los Angeles)
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments from a jailhouse lawyer in one of his cases.
Britney's Lawyer: Britney's Competency Must Be Determined (PageSix.com)
Britney Spears' lawyer, Adam Streisand, is challenging the claim made by a court-appointed attorney that the singer is not competent. Streisand, who had been asked to leave the courtroom, spoke to PageSix.com in response to the probate volunteer panel attorney who told the court that Britney "does not have a grasp of what is going on or the implications."Streisand, who was retained by Britney, ...
Lawyer: Spears doesn't want her father in charge of her welfare (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Britney Spears doesn't want her father in charge of her welfare, a lawyer told a court commissioner on Monday, but another attorney who interviewed her in a hospital psychiatric ward said the pop star can't even grasp what is going on in court.
Britney Spears' Father Battling Lawyer Who Wants To Fire Him As Conservator Of Her Estate (MTV Music Television)
Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, squared off at a hearing on Monday against a new lawyer who wants to fire him as conservator of her estate.
Britney Spears' 'Lawyer' Ejected From Courtroom After Judge Doesn't Recognize Him As Her Counsel (MTV Music Television)
Britney Spears' "lawyer" Adam Streisand was ejected from the courtroom during a Monday hearing after the court did not recognize him as her counsel.
Cook Co. State's Attorney Race Could Go Anywhere (CBS 2 Chicago)
Six candidates are battling for the Democratic nomination in the race for Cook County state's attorney. CBS 2'S Mike Parker reports on one of the most hotly contested races around.
Lawyer pushes child status for al-Qaeda accused (Sydney Morning Herald)
A Canadian accused of killing a US soldier in Afghanistan should not be tried as a war criminal because he was a child soldier for al-Qaeda, too young to voluntarily join its forces, his military defence lawyer told a US war court.
Lawyer Chronicles Struggle with Bipolar Disorder (NPR)
Tell Me More , February 4, 2008 · Terri Cheney was a successful entertainment lawyer, representing some of the biggest names in the business, but few knew of her inner struggle with bipolar disorder.
Prosecutors investigating Knox Co. district attorney's death (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - February 4, 2008 9:15 PM ET KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Special prosecutors say they are now investigating the 1992 death of a former Knox County district attorney as a possible...
Beach city attorney in running for judgeship (The Virginian-Pilot)
VIRGINIA BEACH Longtime City Attorney Les Lilley is a candidate for a soon-to-be-open judgeship. Lilley, in his 19th year as the city attorney, is among a handful of lawyers in the running for a Virginia Beach Circuit Court seat, he confirmed Monday. Judge Thomas Shadrick is retiring April 1. ...
Lawyer plans to sue 'negligent' financial advisers (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Christchurch lawyer Grant Cameron says he is "three or four weeks" from launching legal action against financial advisers he alleges have been negligent.
West Palm Beach attorney offers to redevelop Port of Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce Tribune)
A West Palm Beach attorney wants to front the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency $156 million to acquire 175 acres of land at the Port of Fort Pierce for the development of resort hotels, residential units and retail space.
District Attorney candidates debate face-to-face (CBS 42 Austin)
The four candidates running for the Travis County Democratic district attorney nomination met at an East Austin eatery Monday night.
Attorney for Dutch teen's associate denies involvement in Holloway case (KRON 4 Bay Area)
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - An attorney for an associate of Dutch college student Joran Van der Sloot (YOHR'-uhn VAN'-dur-sloht) is denying his client had anything to do with the death of Natalee Holloway, who vanished on a school trip to Aruba.
Garuda Indonesia pilot arrested over crash - lawyer (The Star)
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The pilot of a Garuda Indonesia aircraft that crashed at Yogyakarta airport killing 21 people last year has been arrested by police on charges that include manslaughter, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Attorney for Dutch teen's associate denies involvement in Holloway case (WANE-TV Fort Wayne)
Associated Press - February 4, 2008 11:43 PM ET ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - An attorney for an associate of Dutch college student Joran Van der Sloot (YOHR'-uhn VAN'-dur-sloht) is denying his...
Attorney's brother dies after stabbing (Trinidad Express)
THE brother of attorney Wayne Sturge was killed on Friday night near the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain by some men who attempted to pick his pocket.
Attorney General says meeting was improper (Minot Daily News)
BOWBELLS – The Burke County Commission violated North Dakota’s open meetings law when it held a secret, closed session to discuss budget matters last fall, according to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
Attorney General Reverses Curbs On Gay Group at Justice Department (Washington Post)
Five years after a gay advocacy group was told that it could no longer use the e-mail, bulletin boards and meeting rooms at the Justice Department, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has reversed that decision and issued a revised equal-employment-opportunity policy barring discrimination agains...
Knowing where body is isn't proof, lawyer says (Deseret Morning News)
A former police officer accused of strangling a woman pregnant with his child knew where her body was but had nothing to do with her death, a defense lawyer told jurors at the man's murder trial Monday.
Attorney: Chemical leak had happened before at plant (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Chemical leaks at DuPont's Eastern Kentucky facility happened before one in October 2004 that injured workers and emergency responders, said an attorney for more than 200 people suing the company. The attorney, Jean M. Geoppinger, said e-mails from DuPont released to the lawyers in the case contradict their public statements that a similar accident had not occurred before. Court records said ...
Defendant assaults his attorney (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A defendant unhappy with his court-appointed attorney punched the lawyer as they stood before a judge Monday. Peter Hafer, 30, of Cynthiana, assaulted his attorney Doug Crickmer while Crickmer was speaking before Judge Rob Johnson in Scott County Circuit Court. "I just couldn't take it anymore and I just snapped," Hafer said later at the Scott County jail. Court Bailiff Jim Traylor said Hafer ...
Garuda Indonesia pilot arrested over crash - lawyer (The Star)
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The pilot of a Garuda Indonesia aircraft that crashed at Yogyakarta airport killing 21 people last year has been arrested by police on charges that include manslaughter, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Rialto council to consider replacement for city attorney (The Press-Enterprise)
The Rialto City Council, which terminated its city attorney's contract two weeks ago, is poised to hire his temporary replacement tonight.
China sentences cyber-dissident to four years in jail: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
China on Tuesday sentenced writer and cyber-dissident Lu Gengsong to four years in jail for "inciting subversion of state power," his lawyer said.
Florida attorney general reviewing cruise lines' fuel surcharges (Sun-Sentinel)
Florida's attorney general is reviewing the legality of fuel surcharges that several cruise lines began collecting this month.
TAX LAWYER GUILTY AS TAX CHEAT (New York Post)
A lawyer who once argued an important tax case before the US Supreme Court pleaded guilty in Manhattan yesterday to cheating on New York state taxes. John Howley, a former partner at the prestigious law firm of Kaye Scholer, admitted he had failed...
Alabama Department of Human Resources lawyer reveals confidential information in letter about confidentiality (Birmingham News)
In a letter warning a woman to be mindful of Alabama confidentiality laws, the top lawyer for the Alabama Department of Human Resources named children involved in a closed court case and then copied the letter to a number of parties, including two media outlets.
Alabama Attorney General Troy King questions legality of Jefferson County District 1 commission election (Birmingham News)
MONTGOMERY - Attorney General Troy King said Monday the Jefferson County Commission District 1 special election is unconstitutional and it would be "appropriate" for a Circuit Court judge to stop certification of the results.
Rambus set 'patent trap,' lawyer claims (San Jose Mercury News)
Rambus ensnared memory chip manufacturers in a "patent trap" in its attempt to "control the industry," a lawyer for Hynix Semiconductor told a jury in San Jose on Monday.
Prosecutors investigating Knox Co. district attorney's death (WATE 6 Knoxville)
Special prosecutors say they are now investigating the 1992 death of a former Knox County district attorney as a possible murder, not a farming accident.
Man charged with threatening DSS attorney (Salisbury Post)
A Cleveland man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with threatening a pregnant Rowan County Department of Social Services attorney. Curtis Dean Hayes, 44, of 145 Rocky Point Road, was charged late last week with threatening an executive legal court officer.
Ex-Judge Denies Having Apologised To Lawyer (Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA))
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- Former High Court judge Datuk K.L. Rekraj has said he had never telephoned lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah to apologise to him over a police report he had lodged against Shafee.
Attorney General's Role Is Debated (Washington Post)
D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh and Peter Nickles, the mayor's former general counsel, clashed repeatedly yesterday over whether Nickles had compromised the independence of the office of the attorney general by intervening in the office's legal affairs.
Prisoner punches attorney after judge denies request (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A prisoner punched his court appointed-attorney after a Scott County judge refused to appoint him a different attorney. Peter Hafer is in jail, facing burglary charges. On Monday, the 30-year-old Cynthiana man tried to convince Judge Rob Johnson that his trial should be delayed and he should be given a new attorney. When the judge told him he could not chose who would represent him, Hafer ...
LA lawyer battles giants for Armenian 'genocide' heirs (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Lawyer Vartkes Yeghiayan has been waging a long and hard battle against US and French giants for million-dollar claims from Armenians dating back to the waning days of the Ottoman Empire.
Fugitive Russia lawyer seeks U.S. asylum (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A fugitive Russian attorney has applied for political asylum in the United States after accusing Russia's security service of waging a vendetta against him, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Florida attorney general reviews cruise fuel surcharge (Orlando Sentinel)
Florida's attorney general is reviewing whether cruise lines such as Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. adequately disclosed surcharges that they started billing passengers this month to offset rising fuel prices.
TASLEY: McDonnell, attorney general, to speak here (Eastern Shore News)
ACCOMAC — Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell will be the guest speaker at the Eastern Shore Christian Businessmen’s Association annual prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Elks Lodge here.
Sick attorney delays sentencing phase in Greene trial (WAVY 10)
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - The sentencing hearing for Lisa Greene has been delayed because 1 of her attorneys is sick. Judge Robert Bell said attorney Lisa Dubs of Hickory became ill while driving to the Cabarrus County Courthouse. State law requires both attorneys to be present in such cases.
Forest County attorney: Crandon families' claims will be denied (WBAY Green Bay)
Associated Press - February 5, 2008 3:45 PM ET CRANDON, Wis. (AP) - An attorney says Forest County will deny the claims filed by families seeking damages in a shooting rampage by an off-duty...