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Inmate attacks Kentucky attorney (14 WFIE Evansville)
A Kentucky attorney is knocked out cold by his client in a Georgetown courtroom and the entire thing is caught on tape.
Lawsuits coming against nurse accused of patient abuse, says attorney (News Journal)
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- More lawsuits will be filed within the next few days accusing a former nightshift nurse of abusing patients at a nursing home, an attorney said Tuesday.
Russian lawyer seeking US asylum (AP via Yahoo! News)
Boris Kuznetsov, a lawyer who challenged the Russian security services' wiretapping of his client, has applied for political asylum in the United States, his Moscow attorney said Tuesday.
Forest County Attorney: Crandon Families' Claims Will Be Denied (WISC-TV Madison)
CRANDON, Wis. -- An attorney said Forest County will deny the claims filed by families seeking damages in a shooting rampage by an off-duty deputy sheriff that left six young people dead and another severely injured.
Lawyer wants DNA evidence quashed in teen serial rapist trial (CBC)
A lawyer representing a teenager accused in the brazen sexual assaults of nearly a dozen women on Montreal's streets argued in court on Tuesday that DNA evidence should be thrown out of court.
Lawyer tracks 'immoral profits' from Ottoman massacres of Armenians (The Daily Star Lebannon)
Armenian-American Lawyer Vartkes Yeghiayan has been waging a long and hard battle against US and French insurance giants for million-dollar claims from Armenians dating back to the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. Thousands of unpaid insurance policy claims have flowed in from the Armenian diaspora.
Update: DeNaples' attorney considering appealing trustee appointment (Times Leader)
An attorney Louis DeNaples said he is considering filing an appeal that will challenge whether the state’s Gaming Control Board had the authority to appoint a trustee to oversee Mount Airy Casino and Resort.
Pardon attorney moved after racism claim (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Justice Department attorney responsible for recommending presidential pardons has been transferred out of his office following accusations of mismanagement and racism.
KCK asks attorney general for quick decision about casino proposal (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., wants a quick legal opinion from Attorney General Stephen Six about reconsideration of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. casino proposal for the county.
Candidates Battle In Hot Race For State's Attorney (CBS 2 Chicago)
Mayor Richard M. Daley used to be the Cook County State's Attorney. Tuesday, a bunch of candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination in that race. CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker, Vince Gerasole and Mike Parker report on the major contenders.
City Attorney Concerned About Reports Of Voter Confusion (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo calls on state and county officials to look into reports of voter confusion over the county's nonpartisan voter ballots.
Prominent Russian Lawyer Seeks Asylum In US (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - A prominent Russian lawyer accused by authorities of divulging state secrets by providing evidence of the wiretapping to the Constitutional Court has applied for political asylum in the United States, his Moscow attorney said on Tuesday.
Attorney general: Burke County officials broke open meetings law (The Bismarck Tribune)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Burke County Commission broke the state's open meetings law.
Jailhouse Lawyer Gets a Hearing (The Herald-Sun)
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.
Wis. county attorney: Families' claims in last year's shooting rampage will be denied (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
CRANDON, Wis. - A northern Wisconsin county will deny claims filed against it by the families of six young people killed and another injured in an off-duty deputy sheriff's shooting rampage, a county attorney said Tuesday.
Band-Aid Bandit's Sidekick Seeks To Fire His Lawyer (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - The Band Aid Bandit's sidekick wants to remove his court-appointed lawyer, according to a filing in federal court.
Jailhouse Lawyer Gets Rare Nod From U.S. Supreme Court (Law.com)
Jailhouse lawyer Michael Ray has accomplished something rarely achieved by even the most experienced of attorneys on the outside: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case for a fellow inmate, in prison for possession of crack with intent to distribute. Legal experts estimate the high court accepts less than 1 percent of the thousands of cases it receives each year. A former ...
Attorney General Reviewing Cruise Fuel Surcharge (The Tampa Tribune)
Florida's attorney general is reviewing whether cruise lines such as Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. adequately disclosed surcharges they started billing passengers this month to offset rising fuel prices.
Britney Spears' 'Lawyer' Ejected From Courtroom After Judge Doesn't Recognize Him As Her Counsel (MTV Asia)
The battle over Britney Spears' affairs heated up in court on Monday (February 4) as her father and his lawyers faced off against a new attorney who claimed to have been hired by the singer this weekend. The lawyer wanted to fire the singer's father as conservator of her estate, though the court ultimately did not recognize him as her counsel.
Alvarez Declares Victory In State's Attorney Race (CBS 2 Chicago)
First Deputy State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has declared victory in the Democratic race for Cook County State's Attorney.
Lawyer's threat led to secret deal in whistle-blower lawsuit (Detroit News)
A lawyer's threat to file court documents alleging possible perjury by Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick triggered the secret settlement of a police whistle-blower lawsuit, according to a source familiar with the case. A Wayne County judge had confirmed the existence of the secret deal earlier Tuesday, in ruling that the city unlawfully kept settlement details from public view.
Assaulted attorney says he holds no grudge (Lexington Herald-Leader)
He has a black eye, a cut and soreness in his face, but a public defender said Tuesday he doesn't hold a grudge against a client who slugged him during a court hearing. Attorney Doug Crickmer said he understood that Peter Hafer, 30, of Cynthiana was under "a lot of stress and he just snapped." "But I don't feel any ill will toward him; in fact, I understand his situation very much," Crickmer ...
Lawyer seeks woman's release (The Republican)
SPRINGFIELD - A lawyer is fighting for the release of a landlord from the women's correctional center in Chicopee, saying she is unable to comply with a court order to bring her rental property into compliance with the building code.
Braley touts Edwards for attorney general (The Des Moines Register)
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley said Tuesday he would like to see John Edwards named attorney general in a Democratic presidential administration.
Stallings' attorney faces bar hearing (The Charlotte Observer)
It started with $180 in an envelope, left by an 80-year-old woman in the check-out line at a Matthews grocery. Now the N.C. State Bar wants to discipline a Union County town attorney who was the next person in line and was photographed picking up the money, according to a complaint. Lawyer Rhonda Hipkins was interviewed by police and admitted taking the money, but was not charged with a crime. ...
Florida Attorney General Reviewing Cruise Fuel Surcharge (First Coast News)
MIAMI (AP) -- Florida's attorney general is reviewing whether cruise lines such as Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. adequately disclosed surcharges they started billing passengers this month to offset rising fuel prices.
Attorney: Stabbing victim was the aggressor (News Journal)
NEWARK -- The attorney for a Newark woman accused of killing her boyfriend said Tuesday his client was not the aggressor during a bloody confrontation Monday morning.
Pardon Attorney Leaves Amid Racism Claim (ABC News)
Charges of race, retaliation and mismanagement plague DOJ pardon attorney.
Triple homicide suspect's lawyer questions confession (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- The lawyer for a 31-year-old Albany man accused of gunning down two men and a teenage boy last week says he'll try to keep his client's...
Attorney: Stabbing victim was the aggressor (CentralOhio.com)
NEWARK -- The attorney for a Newark woman accused of killing her boyfriend said his client was not the aggressor during the bloody confrontation Monday morning.
ABC2 NETCAST - Lawyer Punched in Court (ABC 2 Baltimore)
Monday was a rough day in court for a public defender in Georgetown, Kentucky. The lawyer was punched in the face by a burglary suspect and it was all caught...
Florida attorney general reviewing cruise fuel surcharge (The Palm Beach Post)
Florida's attorney general is reviewing whether cruise lines such as Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. adequately disclosed surcharges they started billing passengers this month to offset rising fuel prices.
Triple homicide suspect's lawyer questions confession (WRGB Albany)
Albany, N.Y. The lawyer for a 31-year-old Albany man accused of gunning down two men and a teenage boy last week says he'll try to keep his client's confession out of the trial.
KCK asks attorney general for quick decision about casino proposal (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., wants a quick legal opinion from Attorney General Stephen Six about reconsideration of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. casino proposal for the county.
Report: Lawyer forced settlement in Detroit whistle-blower suit (WZZM 13 Grand Rapids)
A lawyer in a whistle-blower lawsuit against Detroit threatened to reveal racy text messages between the mayor and his chief aide to force the city into a settlement.
State attorney says officer justified in killing club patron (The Palm Beach Post)
The state attorney's office concluded Tuesday that a police officer was justified in shooting and killing a gun-wielding patron in the parking lot of Club T-Ray.
Gomery focused on facts in sponsorship inquiry, lawyer argues (CBC)
A federal lawyer argued Wednesday that it was not Justice John Gomery's responsibility to protect former prime minister Jean Chrétien's reputation in preparing his sponsorship inquiry report.
Montreal lawyer defends the sponsorship findings of John Gomery (CNews)
MONTREAL - A federal lawyer defending the sponsorship findings of John Gomery says the commissioner's job description didn't include protecting the reputation of Jean Chretien.
Former State’s Attorney Would Like To Practice Again (KELO Sioux Falls)
Former Minnehaha County State's Attorney Tim Wilka would face a difficult time regaining his license
Nixzmary case fireworks: Defense lawyer makes porn dig at prosecution (New York Daily News)
Fireworks erupted at the Nixzmary Brown child-abuse trial Wednesday when the defense lawyer made a snide comment about the prosecutor possibly having porn in her home.
Are cruise fuel surcharges legal? Florida attorney general is checking (Seattle Times)
Florida's attorney general is reviewing whether cruise companies such as Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruises adequately disclosed...
Florence Lawyer Appointed Special Justice (The Kentucky Post)
Eric Richardson, a lawyer and resident of Florence, has been appointed to serve as a special justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Stallings town attorney faces discipline (The Charlotte Observer)
Stallings Mayor Lynda Paxton said Tuesday she was “blindsided” by news that the N.C. State Bar wants to discipline town attorney Rhonda Hipkins for taking $180 cash left by another customer at a Matthews Harris Teeter checkout counter in March 2006. Hipkins was interviewed by police and admitted taking the money, but she was not charged with a crime. She returned the cash three days later to ...
3 Sheriffs Back State Attorney Candidate (WJXT Jacksonville)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the nation winds down from the Super Tuesday presidential primaries, political attention at home turned to an race garnering an unusually high profile: who will replace Harry Shorstein as Fourth District state attorney.
Oxley to be nominated as Highlands borough attorney (Asbury Park Press)
Mayor Anna Little announced she will nominate Joseph Oxley, former Monmouth County sheriff, as the borough attorney for 2008.
Gomery focused on facts in sponsorship inquiry, lawyer argues (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
A federal lawyer argued Wednesday that it was not Justice John Gomery's responsibility to protect former prime minister Jean Chr?tien's reputation in preparing his sponsorship inquiry report.
Alvarez Hopes To Make History In Top Attorney Race (CBS 2 Chicago)
In the race for Cook County State's Attorney, six candidates appeared on the Democratic ballot. The winner was the only woman in the running. CBS 2's Rafael Romo explains why Anita Alvarez could make history in November.
District attorney says no charges against former Romney aide (Boston Globe)
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said Wednesday he has no plans to bring criminal charges against Jay Garrity, a former top aide to Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney who was accused last year of impersonating a police officer during a rambling telephone call.
District attorney says no charges against former Romney aide (Boston Globe)
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said Wednesday he has no plans to bring criminal charges against Jay Garrity, a former top aide to Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney who was accused last year of impersonating a police officer during a rambling telephone call.
Former Asst. District Attorney Faces Prison Time (NBC 13 Birmingham)
A former assistant district attorney pleads guilty in court today.