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Mazo attorney pleads guilty to porn charges (The Capital Times)
A Mazomanie attorney on Friday pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing child pornography. James Winch, 56, was charged last summer after police in New Waterford, Ohio, who had been conducting an undercover child pornography sting operation, tipped off Dane County law enforcement officials that Winch was likely downloading child pornography on his computer. Winch was initially charged with four ...
Police have suspect in attorney's murder in custody (Miami Herald)
Plantation Police have arrested a Miami Lakes man in the murder of a prominent attorney. Melissa Britt Lewis, the Las Olas 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.
RP lawyer takes extra-judicial killings to UN (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino lawyer, speaking on behalf of an international lawyers group, has appealed for help from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop the extrajudicial killings and abductions in the Philippines which has not spared lawyers and other human rights defenders.
Attorney requests different judge for trial (The Champaign News-Gazette)
Attorney Mark Christoff on Friday filed a motion for a substitution of judge, citing misconduct by special Prosecutor Michael Vujovich of the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor's Office. Vujovich's office was assigned to the case after a judge ruled that the Vermilion County state's attorney's office had a conflict of interest. "He tried to proffer evidence in the back room during an informal ...
County attorney scrutinizes land sale (El Paso Times)
The request by county attorney Jose Rodriguez to question those involved in the sale of 305 acres of county land is the first of several more as his office will continue to review every county transaction implicated in the public corruption case.
Call girl's lawyer blasts media over photos (MSNBC)
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.
Police Charge Man with Murder in the Killing of Plantation Lawyer (First Coast News)
MIAMI, FL -- Police have charged a Miami Lakes man with murder in the killing of a Plantation lawyer. Tony Villegas, the ex-husband of Melissa Lewis' best friend, was arrested at his sister's home in Miami about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
Arrest Made In Death Of Plantation Lawyer (CBS4 Miami)
Plantation Police have arrested a Miami Lakes man on Saturday morning in the murder of a prominent attorney.  Tony Villegas, 44, an estranged husband to a friend of slain lawyer Melissa Britt Lewis was charged in the  death
Lawyer is charged with drunk driving (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
LEOMINSTER - A local lawyer was arrested early yesterday and charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Evans out as Pontoon Beach attorney? (Granite City Press-Record)
Long-time Pontoon Beach Village Attorney Eric Evans may be replaced at Tuesday's Village Board meeting by Edwardsville attorney Ron Motil.
Village attorney sworn in (Granite City Press-Record)
Pontoon Beach has a new village attorney in Ron Motil.
Ashland attorney receives ACLU award (Ashland Daily Tidings)
The American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area has chosen Ashland attorney Ralph Temple as this year's recipient of the Alan and Adrienne Barth Award for exemplary volunteer service.
Prominent Trial Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Bribery (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A 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.
Arrest made in attorney's murder; motive unknown (Miami Herald)
A motive remains unclear in the arrest Saturday by Plantation police of a Miami Lakes man in the murder of attorney Melissa Britt Lewis, the lawyer whose body was found floating in a West Broward canal last week.
Man convicted in connection crash that killed lawyer (Boston Globe)
A Westfield man has been found guilty of drunken driving and motor vehicle manslaughter in connection with an accident that took the life of a prominent western Massachusetts lawyer.
Police: Plantation Attorney killed by best friend's estranged husband (7 News Miami)
MIAMI -- Police say a Plantation attorney died at the hands of the estranged husband of her best friend.
RP lawyer takes killings to UN (Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino lawyer, speaking on behalf of an international lawyers group, has appealed for help from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop the extrajudicial killings and abductions in the Philippines, which has not spared lawyers and other human rights defenders.
Attorney General says Indian Tribe operating illegal gambling machines (News 8 Austin)
Attorney General Greg Abbott said the Tigua Indian Tribe is operating illegal gambling machines in El Paso. On Friday he filed a motion in a federal court there.
Prominent Trial Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Bribery (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A 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.
County attorney Nieman gets contract extension (Boca Raton News)
Palm Beach County commissioners have approved a one-year extension to the contract with County Attorney Denise M. Nieman. The new pact extends her employment through March 25, 2013, said commissioners.
Police Make Arrest In South Fla. Attorney's Killing (WJXT Jacksonville)
PLANTATION, Fla. -- One day after a memorial service was held for an attorney whose body was found in a canal, Plantation police have made an arrest in connection with her death.
Reporter: State Attorney showed me porn (Northwest Florida Daily News)
ABC “Nightline” reporter Martin Bashir said in a Friday night broadcast that Panama City State Attorney Steve Meadows showed him portions of a tape that included sexual content with underage girls. Meadows, in a written pleading to the court in January, denied showing Bashir child pornography. “But in fact,” Bashir said during a “Nightline” report, “portions of the tape that we were shown ...
Hope Mills attorney, clerk to retire (The Fayetteville Observer)
HOPE MILLS — Two longtime town employees have turned in letters of retirement in Hope Mills. Town attorney William Davis and clerk Phyllis Register plan to retire in April, Town Manager Randy Beeman confirmed.
Man arrested in slaying of Plantation attorney (Sun-Sentinel)
Suspect is estranged husband of victim's best friend Relatives of a slain attorney said she would have given her life to help her best friend out of an abusive relationship. Now they wonder if she was killed for that very reason.
Environmental lawyer says Metea site unsafe (Daily Herald)
Even as Indian Prairie Unit District 204 moves toward breaking ground on the new Metea Valley High School site as soon as April 1, an environmental lawyer is vowing to stand in the way.
Environmental lawyer says Metea site unsafe (Daily Herald)
Even as Indian Prairie Unit District 204 moves toward breaking ground on the new Metea Valley High School site as soon as April 1, an environmental lawyer is vowing to stand in the way.
Former attorney general to speak at Reagan monument fundraiser in Temecula (The Press-Enterprise)
Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III will be in Temecula later this month to speak at a fundraiser for a monument honoring his longtime boss, the late President Ronald Reagan.
Former attorney general to speak at Reagan monument fundraiser in Temecula (The Press-Enterprise)
Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III will be in Temecula later this month to speak at a fundraiser for a monument honoring his longtime boss, the late President Ronald Reagan.
Attorney general will not rule on AFP claims (Kansas City Kansan)
Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six said Friday he would not issue an opinion on whether three endorsed casino proposals in Wyandotte County violate a law prohibiting the proposals from using public incentives.
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.
Attorney subpoenas news broadcasts (Casper Star-Tribune)
An attorney for a Natrona County man charged with murder recently filed two subpoenas for information from Casper's local television stations.
School board attorney challenges Utah AG (Casper Star-Tribune)
SALT LAKE CITY -- An attorney for the state school board is running for state attorney general.
Why it is so hard to find a lawyer to take a case? (Eureka Times-Standard)
Have you recently been in an auto accident which was entirely the fault of the other driver? Car damaged, sustained injuries, had a difficult time with insurance companies, and yet unable to find a lawyer to take your case?
Attorney: Metea site poses risks (The Naperville Sun)
Attorney Shawn Collins, who represents NFSOC in its lawsuit against District 204, maintains that it is inaccurate to say there are no environmental dangers at the Eola site for Metea Valley High School.
Attorney general's office can't meet requests (Daily Southtown)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is a champion of open government.
Lawyer for call girl in Spitzer scandal says photos used without consent (Mohave Valley News)
NEW YORK - 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.
South Florida: 'Misunderstanding' puts lawyer in 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.
Well-known Pa. defense attorney dead of cancer at 74 (WFMJ Youngstown)
READING, Pa. (AP) - A noted Reading defense attorney has lost his battle with cancer. Emmanuel Dimitriou's colleagues said he died Saturday of cancer. He was 74.
Friend's Ex-Husband Charged In Plantation Attorney's Death (NBC 6 Miami)
Police say evidence is "overwhelming" against the ex-husband of slain attorney Melissa Lewis' best friend.
Lawyer for suspect in attack on Bhutto rally will try to stop sale of her memoir (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
The lawyer for a suspect arrested in a deadly attack on a rally for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Sunday he would try to halt sales of her memoir because he believed it wrongly implicated his client in a plot to kill her.
Well-known Pa. defense attorney dead of cancer at 74 (phillyburbs.com)
READING, Pa. - A noted Reading defense attorney has lost his battle with cancer.
Village attorney sworn in (Granite City Press-Record)
Pontoon Beach has a new village attorney in Ron Motil.
Vacationing attorney helps end Thackerville standoff (KSWO Lawton-Wichita Falls)
Associated Press - March 16, 2008 5:55 PM ET THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) - An Ardmore attorney vacationing in Texas has helped negotiate the release of a woman and her baby who were being held...
Woman says attorney over-billed; attorney says claims unfounded (KJCT 8 Grand Junction)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An El Paso County woman is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit she filed alleging that her former attorney over-billed clients.
Fiji lawyer says he was threatened by military (Stuff)
A Suva lawyer representing a New Zealand man accused of plotting to kill Fiji's self-appointed leader and cabinet members claims he was threatened by the military.
Attorney subpoenas news broadcasts (Casper Star-Tribune)
An attorney for a Natrona County man charged with murder recently filed two subpoenas for information from Casper's local television stations.
Ex-lawyer's reinstatement bid to be heard (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Disbarred lawyer Christopher Harder is expected to have his bid to be allowed to practise again as a barrister heard in two or three months.
Attorney general for regionalizing (The Express-Times)
Attorney General Anne Milgram says she thinks regionalizing local police departments could fill the gap in police coverage that requires state police patrols in rural areas.
What are the most emotional cases you encounter as a divorce attorney? (BizJournals)
Two people in different places William L. Hoge III, divorce and family-law attorney
Hard-Drinking Defense Lawyer Is No Miss Manners (New York Times)
Imagine if ?The Devil Wears Prada? had featured a grisly crime as one of its subplots. What you might be left with is the aggravating new Fox drama ?Canterbury?s Law.?