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Palm Springs' attorney proposes medical marijuana co-ops (The Press-Enterprise)
The Palm Springs city attorney said he will soon propose that the city allow medical marijuana cooperatives. City Attorney Douglas Holland said he has studied the issue for more than 18 months and plans to bring his proposal to the City Council in coming weeks.
Patent Attorneys Sue Cisco and Blogging In-House Lawyer for Defamation (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
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.
Attorney wins VBA pro bono award (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
HARTLAND -- Attorney Maureen A. Martin has received the VBA Pro Bono award from the Vermont Bar Association. ...
Attorney general counsels young consumers (Arizona Daily Star)
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard was at the University of Arizona Friday to promote his new Consumer Guide for Young Adults.
Officials tried to force arms dealer Bout to US: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer representing Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout said Monday his client had to physically defend himself from being forcibly taken to the United States after his arrest in Thailand.
Lawyer: Alleged Russian arms dealer detained in Thailand committed no crime (Charleston Daily Mail)
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A lawyer for a purported Russian arms dealer says his client has committed no crimes "anywhere in the world'' and is optimistic that he will beat charges that allege he was buying arms for Colombian rebels.
Officials tried to force arms dealer Bout to US: lawyer (TODAYonline)
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout waits at a detention centre in Bangkok on March 8. A lawyer representing Bout said his client had to physically defend himself from being forcibly taken to the United States after his arrest in Thailand.
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.
Lawyer: Alleged Russian arms dealer detained in Thailand committed no crime (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A lawyer for a purported Russian arms dealer said Monday his client had not committed any crime "anywhere in the world," adding that he would beat U.S. allegations that he tried to supply arms to Colombian rebels.
Thais pressed armsdealer to go to U.S.: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Thai police pressed alleged international arms dealer Viktor Bout to board a plane for the United States, where he has been charged with aiding terrorism, after his arrest in Thailand, his lawyer said on Monday.
Lawyer tells of threatening call (TVNZ)
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.
Griswold Town Attorney Won't Draft Petition On Separating Budgets (New London Day)
Griswold — The town attorney will not be writing the question for a resident-driven petition intended to separate the school and government budgets on the
Villegas Attorney: Police Have Wrong Man (NBC 6 Miami)
As police try to determine a motive in the killing of a Plantation lawyer, the attorney representing her accused killer says his client was set up.
Attorney tossed from case for advising couple to move in statutory rape cas (Stamford Advocate)
STAMFORD - Prosecutors had a city attorney thrown off a sexual assault case last year, saying he encouraged an immigrant couple facing charges to move to the West Coast, court records show.
District Attorney General Ronald Davis dies (The Tennessean)
Ronald L. Davis, district attorney general in the 21st Judicial District, has died, his office announced.
Woman says attorney over-billed; attorney says claims unfounded (9 News Denver)
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) - An El Paso County woman is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit she filed alleging that her former attorney over-billed clients.
Suspected killer of Plantation lawyer to plead not guilty (Sun-Sentinel)
The man accused of killing Melissa Britt Lewis is expected to be moved from Miami to Broward County sometime this week and to plead not guilty to the charges, his lawyer said Monday.
Ex-US Attorney Cites GOP Voter Abuse (consortiumnews.com)
The Justice Department issued a directive to every U.S. Attorney in the country to find and prosecute cases of voter fraud in their states during the height of hotly contested elections in 2002, 2004, and 2006, even though evidence of such abuses was extremely thin or non-existent, a former federal prosecutor says in a new book.
Lawyer: Suspect In Attorney's Killing Framed (Local 10 Miami)
The man accused of killing a Plantation attorney is not fighting his extradition to Broward County, but his attorney and family members say he is being framed. INSIDE: Video
Heather Mills - Mills Attacks Mccartneys Lawyer (ContactMusic)
HEATHER MILLS has launched a scathing attack on ex-husband SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY's lawyer - accusing her of mishandling their divorce case. Mills won $33 million (GBP16.5 ...
Woman: Attorney over-billed clients (Vail Daily)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — An El Paso County woman is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit she filed alleging that her former attorney over-billed clients.
Chillicothe lawyer accused of creating false documents (The Columbus Dispatch)
A prominent Chillicothe lawyer is charged with creating false documents and advising a witness not to testify while handling a theft case against a client.
UNCA to host well-known disability rights attorney (Asheville Citizen-Times)
ASHEVILLE -- UNC Asheville's Equal Access student group will host a reading by Harriet McBryde Johnson, a noted disability rights attorney from Charleston, S.C., at 7 p.m. March 31, in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, Mountain Suites.
Culver appoints Cedar Rapids attorney to DOT Commission (The Gazette)
DES MOINES and#8212; Cedar Rapids attorney Amy Reasner was nominated today by Gov. Chet Culver to serve on the state Transportation Commission.Reasner, who practices at the Lynch Dallas firm in Cedar Rapids, will join the seven-member panel that oversees the Department of Transportation, if her nomination is approved by the Senate.Reasner, who earned her bachelor's and law degrees at the ...
Brit Will Pay Over a Million in Lawyer's Fees (PageSix.com)
Commissioner Scott Gordon has ruled that Britney Spears will continue to pay ex Kevin Federline's legal fees. Court documents obtained by PageSix.com today reveal that since November 8 last year, the pair have together racked up $1,116,153.22 in attorney costs - $305,196 of which is what Kevin owes his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan - and because the cost has been deemed reasonable, Brit, 26, will ...
Man Accused In Attorney's Murder To Be Extradited (CBS4 Miami)
The man accused of murdering his estranged wife's best friend and then dumping her body in a Plantation canal will be sent to Broward County to face charges.  44-year old Tony Villegas, accused in the murder of attorney Melissa Britt Lewis, 39, appeared before a Miami Dade judge via closed circuit video Monday morning for an extradition hearing.
Britney Spears ordered to pay Kevin Federline $375,000 for attorney fees (Baltimore Sun)
Britney Spears was ordered by a court commissioner Monday to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees in their child-custody dispute.
Lawyer suspended over illegal adoption (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Facilitating an illegal adoption which led to a baby being taken to Australia has resulted in suspension for a Christchurch lawyer.
NZ lawyer suspended for illegal adoption (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
Facilitating an illegal adoption which led to a baby being taken to Australia has resulted in three year suspension for a New Zealand lawyer.
Spears ordered to pay Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees (AM New York)
Britney Spears was ordered by a court commissioner Monday to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees in their child-custody dispute. Mark Vincent Kaplan, Federline's lead attorney, had asked for nearly $500,000.
Lawyer pleads to bribery charge (WALB Albany)
Albany -- A Mississippi lawyer who sued not for profit hospitals for overcharging uninsured patients, has pleaded guilty to trying to bribe a Judge. Richard Scruggs entered the plea Friday. Prosecutors say he offered a judge 50-thousand dollars in a Hurricane Katrina lawsuit.
Court Orders Spears To Pay Ex's Attorney Fees (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
A court commissioner orders Britney Spears to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees in their child-custody dispute.
Spears Ordered To Pay Federline's Attorney Fees (NBC 5 Chicago)
Britney Spears is ordered to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline's attorney's fees in their child custody battle.
Acting as his own attorney, Texas inmate wins Supreme Court review (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - A Texas inmate acting as his own attorney persuaded the Supreme Court on Monday to hear his case. Carlos Jimenez was sentenced to 43 years in prison in 1995 after pleading guilty to burglary and violating the terms of his probation.
Spears ordered to pay Federline's attorney fees (New York Daily News)
Britney Spears was ordered by a court commissioner Monday to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees in their child-custody dispute.
Inmates tried to attack student held in Crane High School killing, his lawyer says (Chicago Tribune)
A 15-year-old male charged in the fatal shooting of a Crane High School student has been in solitary confinement since Friday at the Temporary Juvenile Detention Center after a thwarted attack by several other residents, his lawyer said Monday.
Mills 'baptises' her least-favourite lawyer (The Age)
Heather Mills accused of dousing Paul McCartney's divorce lawyer.
Calif. Attorney General: H&R Block Duping Customers (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
Just as "rapid refund" time has come for millions of taxpayers, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Monday H&R Block is in fact duping its customers.
Attorney: Bryant McKinnie pleads not guilty to charges from brawl (Miami Herald)
An attorney for Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie says his client has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a street brawl outside a Miami nightclub last month.
Celebrity lawyer stonewalls hearing (The Age)
High-profile lawyer Michael Brereton "refused to swear oath".
Attorney: McKinnie pleads not guilty to brawl charges (Fox Sports)
Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a street brawl outside a Miami nightclub last month. McKinnie's attorney, Larry Kerr, said Monday that McKinnie also requested a jury trial. McKinnie faces charges including aggravated battery, which is a felony, and three misdemeanors after a street brawl outside Club Space in February.
Mills 'soaks' Macca's lawyer (Adelaide Now)
THE McCartney-Mills divorce hearing ended in farce when Heather Mills reportedly tipped a glass of water over the Beatle's posh lawyer.
Zach Scruggs Going to Trial with Former Attorney General (WLBT 3 Jackson)
Meanwhile, Monday, a former Mississippi Attorney General announced that he would be representing the last defendant in the justice for hire scheme who has yet to plead guilty. Zach Scruggs, the son of Dickie Scruggs, will now have Mike Moore at his side.
Mills 'throws water over Macca's lawyer' (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
Heather Mills threw a glass of water over Paul McCartney's lawyer after he was ordered to pay her just $A52.3 million for their divorce.
For Young Area Lawyer, The Supreme Compliment (Washington Post)
Even for a lawyer with decades of experience and a résumé of eminent achievements, an opportunity to help shape constitutional history might never come along.
Furious Mills throws water over McCartney's lawyer - report (The New Zealand Herald)
LONDON - Heather Mills threw a glass of water over the coiffed hair of Sir Paul McCartney's lawyer after McCartney was ordered to pay her just £24.3 million ($61 million) to settle their divorce, according to British media reports.
Attorney: DNC violates Constitution (CNN.com)
The Democratic National Committee is violating the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment by allowing only four states to hold caucuses or primaries before the first Tuesday in February, a Florida attorney argued Monday before a federal appeals court.
Westerly lawyer disbarred (The Providence Journal)
WESTERLY — Lawyer David W. Gervasini has been disbarred for a year and a day by the Rhode Island Supreme Court on evidence that he took or mishandled money entrusted to him.
Attorney on Trial for Rape Charges (KATC 3 Lafayette)
A well-known Lafayette attorney was in court on Monday. Scott Hawkins pleaded not guilty to a rape charge. A grand jury handed down an indictment in early January and Hawkins was booked into jail. He
Partin's Attorney Steers Blame To Roommate (The Tampa Tribune)
An attorney for slaying suspect Phillup Partin spent almost two hours Monday telling jurors that authorities charged the wrong man with the 2002 killing of 16-year-old Joshan Ashbrook.