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Lawyer Joins Bomb Case (The Tampa Tribune)
A lawyer who represented Sami al-Arian and Wesley Snipes notified the court Thursday that she will defend a former University of South Florida student accused of trying to help terrorists.
Businessman awarded $7.4M defamation judgment from local attorney (The Post and Courier)
A Charleston lawyer who compared a local businessman to TV mobster Tony Soprano is on the losing end of a nearly $7.4 million jury verdict. Attorney Paul H. Hulsey was hit with the judgment after making statements against staffing agency operator Lawton Limehouse Sr. and his business, incl...
City attorney submits healthy legal bill (Northwest Indiana Times)
HAMMOND | City Attorney Kris Kantar, now working on a contractual basis, has billed the city $10,031 for the first two weeks of the year. But more than half the bill, or $5,281, is related to work connected to the demise of the Health Department.
Rosenthal foots bill for own attorney (Houston Chronicle)
District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has hired former U.S. Attorney Ron Woods to represent him while the Texas attorney general investigates whether Rosenthal broke the law by using his county computer for political campaigning.
He's a lawyer by day and a mime by night (Arizona Daily Star)
Grant Bashore's job as a lawyer makes him a better mime.
Lafleur pleads not guilty, wants to be tried by judge and jury, lawyer says (Montreal Gazette)
Guy Lafleur's lawyer pleaded not guilty on behalf of his high-profile client yesterday and announced that the former hockey great wants to be tried before a judge and jury on a charge of giving contradictory evidence at a court hearing for his son.
Defense Bar Rallies Behind Attorney Charged With Laundering Drug Money (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Colleagues call his ethics beyond reproach; Vice President Al Gore relied on him in his fight to get ballots recounted in the 2000 presidential election. But Miami attorney Ben Kuehne appeared Thursday before a federal magistrate charged with laundering $5.2 million in drug money that was transferred to defend a Colombian cocaine kingpin.
Best Buy Lawyer Admits Falsifying Docs in Suit (BetaNews)
Best Buy finds itself in the embarrassing position of having to explain its lawyer's conduct after he admitted to falsifying documents in a class-action lawsuit against the company.
Top Miami lawyer faces money-laundering charges (Miami Herald)
Ben Kuehne, a widely respected Miami lawyer whose clients have included former Vice President Al Gore and other major politicians, turned himself in Thursday to face federal criminal charges regarding his role in a complex international drug-trafficking case.
Murder suspect fires fifth attorney (The Burlington Free Press)
A Lamoille County man charged with committing a 2000 murder has won permission to fire his fifth court-appointed attorney, delaying his trial again.
S&P revamp of ratings won't stop Attorney General investigation (New York Daily News)
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said "supposed reforms" by Standard & Poor's and Moody's, which gave high ratings to subprime debt that later plummeted, won't stop his investigation of the companies.
State appeals court disbars Lolita Lawyer (New York Daily News)
A disgraced Manhattan lawyer who paid a mother to have sex with her two underage daughters was disbarred by a state appeals court Thursday.
Lawyer doesn't see the funny side of joke (Independent Online)
I don't fancy my chicken breast - I think I'll try yours instead, said a lawyer before biting a female colleague's breast.
Prosecutor defends charges that teen's attorney calls inconsistent (Ralston Recorder)
An Omaha attorney wants to know why two accidental shootings in Sarpy County resulted in different charges. The Sarpy County prosecutor says he has the answers.
Caught on tape: client punches lawyer in court (KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
A defendant punched his own public defender in the face after a judge ruled he could not have a new lawyer.
Well-known defense lawyer charged with money laundering in Miami (Sun-Sentinel)
A renowned criminal lawyer who consulted on behalf of Colombian drug kingpin Fabio Ochoa Vazquez was indicted on money laundering and other charges related to Ochoa's case, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.
News America Agrees Not to Disparage Competitors in Consent with Minnesota's Attorney General (Centre Daily Times)
Insignia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIG) welcomes a Consent Decree signed by News America Marketing In-Store LLC and the Minnesota Attorney General in the Minnesota Federal District Court Action. In the action, Insignia Systems and the State of Minnesota sued News America Marketing. Insignia Systems alleged that News America Marketing violated laws protecting competition and laws prohibiting ...
Lawyer doesn't see the funny side of joke (Independent Online)
I don't fancy my chicken breast - I think I'll try yours instead, said a lawyer before biting a female colleague's breast.
ICICI Bank fined Rs 10 lakh for denying credit card to lawyer (Press Trust of India)
New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) The Delhi Consumer Commission today imposed a Rs 10-lakh fine on ICICI Bank for refusing credit card to a lawyer for a "negative profile" profession.
French rogue trader detained after court hearing: lawyer (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
PARIS - French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, whose unauthorized deals at Societe Generale cost the bank billions of euros, was taken into custody Friday after a court hearing in Paris, his lawyer said.
Lawyer calls Md. town's mosque denial discriminatory Posted 11:55 a.m. (Carroll County Online)
WALKERSVILLE - A lawyer specializing in religious rights cases says a decision barring an American Muslim group from holding large gatherings in the town of Walkersville is "irrational and discriminatory."
French rogue trader detained after court hearing: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, whose unauthorised deals at Societe Generale cost the bank billions of euros, was taken into custody Friday after a court hearing in Paris, his lawyer said.
ICICI Bank fined Rs 10 lakh for denying credit card to lawyer (The Economic Times)
The Delhi Consumer Commission today imposed a Rs 10-lakh fine on ICICI Bank for refusing credit card to a lawyer for a "negative profile" profession.
Accused killer allowed to fire fifth attorney (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - February 8, 2008 2:35 PM ET HYDE PARK, Vt. (AP) - The suspect in a 2000 murder in Wolcott is being allowed to fire his fifth defense attorney, but a judge says the sixth will...
Attorney General spent $360,000 on failed Mangano trial (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
BATON ROUGE -- Former Attorney General Charles Foti spent more than $360,000 on the failed prosecution of the owners of a nursing home where more than 30 people died during Hurricane Katrina, including almost $82,000 for lessons in jury picking and advice on running the trial, according to documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Attorney to Pay for "Tony Soprano" Comments About Business Man (WLTX-TV Columbia)
A Charleston attorney has been ordered to pay more than $7 million for defaming a businessman by comparing him to television mobster Tony Soprano.
Lawyer: Abalos to sue Lozada for libel (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
Salvador Panelo, spokesperson and lawyer of former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr., said that his client will sue resigned Philippine Forest Corp. president Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada Jr. for libel, ABS-CBN News learned Friday.
Miss. attorney Scruggs asks judge to dismiss Ala. contempt case (The Houma Courier)
Attorneys for prominent Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss criminal contempt charges alleging he ignored a court order to turn over documents related to insurance claims after Hurricane Katrina.
Miss. attorney Scruggs asks judge to dismiss Ala. contempt case (KATC 3 Lafayette)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Attorneys for prominent Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss criminal contempt charges alleging he ignored a court...
Attorney General's Office to Represent Moore in Lawsuit (WRAL.com Raleigh)
The state Attorney General's Office agreed to represent State Treasurer Richard Moore in a lawsuit filed by a state employee's group over public-records requests.
Judge: Attorney’s client part of shooting investigation (Rockford Register Star)
Richard Wanke’s bond was revoked when he became part of the investigation into the shooting death of his court-appointed attorney, Gregory Clark. INSIDE Family, neighbors ‘somber’ after attorney's shooting death ‘Safe profession’ hit by recent trend of violence Gunman fatally shoots Rockford attorney in back
State attorney: NC workers' public records lawsuit 'unfounded' (The Herald-Sun)
A state attorney representing state Treasurer Richard Moore in a public records lawsuit said allegations by the State Employees Association of North Carolina are "unsupported and unfounded."
Attorney General settles Decker College bankruptcy (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Attorney General Jack Conway says his office and Decker College Inc.'s bankruptcy trustee have reached a settlement regarding former students. The settlement has been submitted to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court and is pending approval. A statement from Conway's office says thousands of Decker College trade program students who enrolled after April 1, 2004, would get relief under the proposal. The ...
Lawyer will appeal after Quebec man in alleged bomb plot denied bail (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - The lawyer for a Moroccan man facing terrorism-related charges says he intends to continue to fight for his client's freedom after a judge denied him bail Friday.
Lawyer withdraws for E. Idaho man accused in bomb case (The Olympian)
A lawyer for an east Idaho man accused of trying harm sheriff's two Bonneville County sheriff's deputies with a homemade bomb last April has withdrawn from the case.
Miami City Attorney May Soon Plead Guilty (CBS4 Miami)
CBS4 News has learned that Miami's City Attorney may be close to admitting he committed a crime. The CBS4 Investigation revealed the city's lawyer allegedly broke the law by living high on the hog at taxpayer's expense.
Miss. attorney Scruggs asks judge to dismiss Ala. contempt case (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - February 8, 2008 8:44 PM ET BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for prominent Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs asked a federal judge today to dismiss criminal...
LA LAWYER BATTLES GIANTS FOR ARMENIAN 'GENOCIDE' HEIRS (The Tocqueville Connection)
LOS ANGELES, Feb 5, 2008 (AFP) - 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.
Client may have killed Rockford lawyer, police say (Chicago Tribune)
Lawyer was fatally shot outside Rockford home A Rockford lawyer slain while clearing snow outside his home may have been gunned down by a man he had represented in a criminal case, authorities said Friday.
Police investigate attorney's killing (UPI)
Authorities in Illinois are investigating the shooting death of a Rockford attorney who was killed while clearing snow from his sidewalk.
Miami city attorney in plea-bargain talks (Miami Herald)
Miami City Attorney Jorge Fernandez is in plea-bargain discussions with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office over alleged misspending of his office expense account, according to sources close to the still-pending criminal investigation.
Attorney General settles Decker College bankruptcy (WAVE 3 Louisville)
Attorney General Jack Conway says his office and Decker College Inc.'s bankruptcy trustee have reached a settlement regarding former students. The settlement has been submitted to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court and is pending approval.
Lawyer: Pahrump man taking plea deal in sex tape case (North County Times)
LAS VEGAS -- A Nye County man who gave authorities a videotape showing the sexual assault of a 2-year-old girl intends to plead guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid trial on a felony child pornography possession charge, his lawyer said.
Attorney General Takes Action Against Gas Company (CBS 2 Chicago)
U.S. Energy Savings is an alternative energy supplier that makes millions selling natural gas to homes and business. Now CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports those tactics have gotten the company in big trouble with the Illinois attorney general.
Lawyer Gets 5 Years for Aiding Client's Escape Attempt (Law.com)
An attorney charged with smuggling a 14-inch saw blade to a jailed client was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday, although nearly one year will be subtracted because the lawyer has been jailed since his arrest last February. Georgia attorney William P. Keenan was representing Dareon Varner against charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the ...
SEC Settles With Calif. Lawyer Over Opinion Letter (Law.com)
A California lawyer incurred the Securities and Exchange Commission's ire for an opinion letter that led to a client's pump-and-dump stock scheme. According to the SEC, Kenneth Christison opined that client Michael Paloma did not have to register shares of four so-called microcap companies with regulators. Paloma used Christison's letter to persuade a transfer agent to issue millions of shares. ...
Attorney Decries Hogan's Moves (The Tampa Tribune)
Linda Bollea's divorce attorney released an exchange of letters Friday afternoon indicating the National Enquirer is poised to publish an article critical of her - and the attorney thinks her husband, former wrestler Hulk Hogan, is behind the effort to portray her in a bad light.
Kalamazoo set to hire city attorney Monday (The Kalamazoo Gazette)
KALAMAZOO -- The Kalamazoo City Commission is expected to officially ink an employment contract Monday night making Battle Creek City Attorney Clyde Robinson Kalamazoo's chief counsel.
SJ City Attorney To Report On Legality Of ‘Saigon’ Naming (NBC 11 Bay Area)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose's city attorney is expected to report to a City Council committee on Wednesday whether the controversial vote on naming the city's "Saigon Business District" violated state open meeting laws, a spokeswoman for Mayor Chuck Reed said Friday.
Jury finds attorney negligent (The Globe Gazette)
MASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County jury Friday found Mason City attorney Charles Levad negligent in advising a client in a 2002 criminal case, but did not award the plaintiff a monetary award in the civil case.