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Lykos-Siegler GOP district attorney runoff heats up (Houston Chronicle)
Harris County district attorney candidate Pat Lykos on Thursday accused opponent Kelly Siegler of taking several ethical missteps, prompting Siegler to paint Lykos as blind to courthouse reality because she has never been a prosecutor.
Attorney: Voices led man to microwave daughter (Houston Chronicle)
Voices told Joshua Joyce Mauldin to kill his mother and father when he was 13, part of a history of mental illness that led him to burn his 2-month-old daughter in a microwave oven last year, a defense attorney said Thursday.
Attorney: Squire's wife did not know of plot (Northwest Herald)
LAKE BARRINGTON – Attorney Elliot Pinsel said that when Denise Squire called 911 from her Lake Barrington home, she had no idea that the man who lay dead and burned beyond recognition was not her husband, Ari, but a 20-year-old named Justin Newman.
Sham audits may have hid theft by Republican treasurer, lawyer says (International Herald Tribune)
The former treasurer of a Republican congressional fund-raising committee may have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars by submitting forged audit reports, a lawyer for the committee said.
Lawyer clocked driving 140 mph (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
A Landrum lawyer with a criminal history including assault and battery was arrested Tuesday after officers said they caught him driving his 1989 Porsche 140 mph in a 70-mph zone.
Pakistan court quashes final Bhutto husband case: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Pakistani court Friday quashed the last remaining graft case against the widower of Benazir Bhutto, his lawyer said, removing the final possible hurdle to him standing for prime minister.
U.S. attorney general takes on Ressam before top court (Montreal Gazette)
A long-running appeal in the case of "Millennium Bomber" Ahmed Ressam - the Algerian-born Montrealer convicted of planning to blow up Los Angeles airport on New Year's Eve 2000 - is set to become a legal showcase later this month after U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey unexpectedly revealed he personally will argue the government's position at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lawyer: Arroyo derelict for not acting on Spratlys claim (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawyer has accused President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of dereliction of duty for inaction on the country's claim to the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) areas, which include the disputed Spratly Islands.
Evidence doctored to implicate Khadr: Lawyer (Toronto Star)
The U.S. government "manufactured" evidence against Omar Khadr when it changed a document two months after his arrest, his lawyer said yesterday.
Suspected Russian arms dealer pleads non guilty - lawyer (Itar-Tass)
BANGKOK, March 14 (Itar-Tass) - Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout pleads non guilty and considers his detention in Thailand illegal, the detainee’s lawyer Yan Dasgupta told Itar-Tass on Friday.
Attorney General To Update Figures On Killings (WMTW Auburn)
Maine's attorney general on Friday discusses the pattern of domestic violence killings in the state and what can be done about it.
Attorney Says Man Put Infant in Microwave to Protect Her (WOAI San Antonio)
A defense attorney for an Arkansas man who claims he was insane when he placed his infant daughter in a microwave oven says his client put her there to keep...
Leading China rights activist to stand trial next week: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese dissident Hu Jia will stand trial next week for subversion, his lawyer said Friday, in a case that is being seen as a litmus test for China's vow to improve human rights ahead of the Olympics.
Mich. attorney general to probe new claims of party with strippers at Detroit mayor's mansion (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LANSING, Mich. - The state attorney general said his office will look into new claims that Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick threw a party with strippers at the mayor's mansion in 2002.
Pakistan court quashes final Bhutto husband case: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Pakistani court Friday quashed the last remaining graft case against the husband of slain Benazir Bhutto, his lawyer said, removing the final possible hurdle to him standing for prime minister.
Miss. Attorney Pleads In Bribery Case (CBS News)
Mississippi plaintiffs attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy in a judicial bribery case.
Miss. plaintiffs attorney Richard Scruggs pleads guilty to conspiracy in judicial bribery case (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi plaintiffs attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy in a judicial bribery case. The surprise plea came Friday during a hearing in Oxford, Miss. on pretrial matters. His trial was set to begin at the end of the month.
Perry appoints interim Harris County district attorney (Houston Chronicle)
Kenneth Magidson, a federal prosecutor in Houston, was named today as interim Harris County district attorney to serve until the end of this year.
U.S. attorney general says don't execute 9/11 accused (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra News)
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said on Friday he hoped the six Guantanamo prisoners charged with the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington would not receive the death penalty.
Miss. attorney pleads in bribery case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Powerful plaintiffs' attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and a co-defendant pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bribe a judge for a favorable ruling in a case involving legal fees from a post-Hurricane Katrina lawsuit.
Attorney general won't issue opinion on casino applicants (The Kansas City Star)
The Kansas attorney general will not give his opinion on whether three Wyandotte County casino applicants should be disqualified for allegedly benefiting from public funds in violation of state law.
Miss. attorney pleads in bribery case (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
Associated Press - March 14, 2008 3:13 PM ET a0630 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A nationally known plaintiffs attorney has entered a guilty plea in a bribery case.
Miss. attorney pleads in bribery case (KRON 4 Bay Area)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A nationally known plaintiffs attorney has entered a guilty plea in a bribery case. Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and co-defendant Sidney Backstrom pleaded guilty today to attempting to bribe a judge handling legal fees from a massive Hurricane Katrina insurance lawsuit.
High-profile lawyer Scruggs pleads guilty (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, pleaded guilty on Friday in a case in which he was accused of conspiring to bribe a judge.
High-profile US lawyer Scruggs pleads guilty (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters ATLANTA, March 14 (Reuters) - A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, pleaded guilty on Friday in a case in which he was accused of ...
Bag of small bones found in reservoir where lawyer claims Madeleine McCann's body was dumped (Daily Mail)
Divers searching an Algarve reservoir for Madeleine McCann have found a plastic bag containing small bones. Police experts were last night examining the gruesome find made by a frogman working for a Portuguese lawyer
Attorney says neighbor has 'vendetta' (The Herald News)
Drew Peterson’s attorney claims his client’s next-door neighbor has a "vendetta" against him, tainting any testimony she might give in court. Sharon Bychowski was  puzzled by Brodsky’s accusations, asking, "(We have) a vendetta about finding Stacy?"
Bellevue lawyer indicted in tax evasion case (Seattle Times)
A Bellevue lawyer has been indicted on charges he evaded taxes and obstructed an IRS investigation.
High-profile lawyer Scruggs pleads guilty (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, pleaded guilty on Friday in a case in which he was accused of conspiring to bribe a judge.
Lawyer Looks to Protect Key Figure in Spygate (New York Times)
Lawyer Michael Levy finds himself in the middle of an N.F.L. investigation, standing between his client Matt Walsh and a long list of powerful people who want to talk to him.
Lawyer: Call girl not public figure (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the call girl linked to the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer says the 22-year-old has been thrust into the "public glare" without her consent.
Don't execute 9/11 accused: U.S. attorney general (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said on Friday he hoped Guantanamo prisoners charged in the September 11 attacks would not receive the death penalty, even though capital punishment would be fitting.
Attorney seeks to quash LA warrant for Japanese businessman (The Fresno Bee)
A defense attorney filed a motion Friday seeking to throw out the Los Angeles arrest warrant for a Japanese businessman being held in Saipan in the 1980s murder of his wife, claiming that a new trial for Kazuyoshi Miura would be double jeopardy because he was already tried in Japan.
Attorney seeks to quash LA warrant for Japanese businessman, cites double jeopardy (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - A defense attorney filed a motion Friday seeking the dismissal of a Los Angeles arrest warrant for a Japanese businessman accused in the 1981 killing of his wife.
Attorney General to weigh in on Bible courses in public schools (KVUE-TV Austin)
The Texas Attorney General may wind up deciding whether Bible classes are taught in public high schools, even though the Texas Legislature okayed it during the 2007 session.
Attorney General Files Contempt Of Court Motion Against Speaking Rock (KFOX 14 El Paso)
A day after KFOX airs a story about Speaking Rock's new way of winning money, the Texas Attorney General takes legal action to shut down illegal casino-style gambling. Monica Balderrama Reports: Speaking Rock Under Investigation
Guilty Plea by Lawyer to Bribery (New York Times)
The plea deal is a remarkable turn for Richard F. Scruggs, a politically well-connected plaintiff?s lawyer who has humbled some of the nation?s most powerful companies.
Kansas attorney general won't issue opinion on casino applicants (The Kansas City Star)
The Kansas attorney general will not give an opinion on whether three Wyandotte County casino applicants should be disqualified because each might benefit from public funds in violation of state law.
Lawyer for Spitzer call girl: Photos used without consent (USA Today)
The lawyer for the call girl linked to the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer lashed out at the media on Friday for thrusting the 22-year-old woman into the "public glare" without her consent and publishing revealing photos.
Patent Attorneys Sue Cisco and Blogging In-House Lawyer for Defamation (Law.com)
Before in-house lawyer Richard Frenkel outed himself as the Patent Troll Tracker blogger, he posted anonymous blog entries that alleged two Texas lawyers conspired with the Eastern District clerk's office to alter the filing date of an infringement suit filed against Frenkel's employer, Cisco Systems. Now, Frenkel and Cisco are defendants in two separate defamation suits filed by the two ...
District attorney's chief detective retires (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
One well-regarded homicide investigator has replaced another as the head of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.'s investigations unit. ...
Legendary lawyer admits guilt in plot to bribe judge (Houston Chronicle)
Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the legendary trial lawyer who made Big Business tremble every time he set foot in court, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bribe a judge.
'Clandestine' inquiry in Williams slaying, attorney says (Rocky Mountain News)
Federal prosecutors used a major drug case as a ruse to obtain wiretaps and conduct "a clandestine investigation" into the killing of Denver Broncos player Darrent Williams, a defense attorney alleged Friday.
Family, friends say goodbye to slain Plantation attorney (Miami Herald)
Friends remembered her as a hard-hitting, no-nonsense attorney. Family recalled her smile, how she spoiled her three nieces and her love of being in the kitchen.
Delray Beach: Misunderstanding lands attorney in holding cell (Sun-Sentinel)
A misunderstanding landed a Pembroke Pines traffic attorney in a Delray Beach courthouse holding cell for two hours Friday after a judge thought the lawyer had perpetrated a fraud on the court.
Lawyer admits conspiracy to bribe judge (San Jose Mercury News)
JACKSON, Miss. - Richard "Dickie" Scruggs used a mix of bare-knuckle tactics and country-lawyer charm to extract billion-dollar settlements from cigarette makers, asbestos companies and other big industries.
Miss. lawyer guilty in bribe (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
JACKSON, Miss. - High-profile plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and a codefendant pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to bribe a judge for a favorable ruling in a case involving legal fees from a post-Hurricane Katrina lawsuit.
Police make arrest in attorney's murder (Miami Herald)
Plantation Police have arrested a Miami Lakes man in the murder of a prominent attorney. Melissa Britt Lewis, the Fort Lauderdale lawyer whose body was found floating in a West Broward canal, was best friends with Debra Villegas, chief financial officer of the Las Olas law firm of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler. Lewis was a partner in the firm.
Attorney General takes action against Speaking Rock (El Paso Times)
UPDATE: AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday asked a court to stop alleged illegal gambling on the Tigua reservation, where the tribe has been offering cash payouts to customers at Speaking Rock Casino.
Police Make Arrest In Attorney's Killing (Local 10 Miami)
One day after a memorial service is held for an attorney whose body was found in a canal, Plantation police have made an arrest in connection with her death.