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Four to contend for Sixth Judicial District Attorney post (Silver City Sun-News)
For more information on municipal, county, state and national elections, visit election central. SILVER CITY — Incumbent Sixth Judicial District Attorney Mary Lynne Newell will have to defend her seat against three Democratic challengers in the June 3 primary election.
Chiero's lawyer seeks dismissal (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - The lawyer for an Uxbridge man accused of stabbing his mother to death will ask that the murder charge be dismissed because prosecutors allegedly failed to present evidence favorable to his client to a grand jury.
Attorney: Feds violated client's rights (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Federal authorities violated the rights of a man accused of setting off a bomb at the downtown Salt Lake City Main Library by listening to recordings of his phone conversations with his lawyers, a defense attorney told a judge Wednesday.
Lawyer was known for his practical attitude, wit (The Toledo Blade)
BOWLING GREEN - Harry G. Roebke, 92, who retired last year after 65 years as a lawyer and who once was solicitor for more than a dozen Wood County villages, died Friday in Heritage Corner, where he'd lived in assisted living about a year.
Woman in Oceanide shooting hires Foley attorney (North County Times)
OCEANSIDE -- A woman shot Saturday night by an off-duty San Diego police officer during an alleged road-rage incident has hired the attorney who represented former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley after he was shot by another off-duty officer in 2006.
1 lawyer disbarred, 1 suspended (Orlando Sentinel)
An Altamonte Springs lawyer was disbarred and an Orlando lawyer was suspended for ethical violations, The Florida Bar said.
Helena attorney to run for chief justice post (Great Falls Tribune)
HELENA — Helena attorney Ron Waterman announced Wednesday he is running for Montana Supreme Court chief justice against current Attorney General Mike McGrath.
Picture Perfect: 62 pounds lighter, North Andover attorney now keeping up with his son (Eagle-Tribune Online)
NORTH ANDOVER — A picture may be worth a thousand words to some, but it's probably even more meaningful for North Andover attorney Scott Masse. More than a year ago, he studied a family photo in which he didn't seem to fit in.
Lunsford Won't Sue Sheriff, Attorney Says On Bubba Show (The Tampa Tribune)
An attorney for Mark Lunsford, the father of a Citrus County girl abducted and slain three years ago, announced on a morning talk radio show that he has abandoned plans to sue the sheriff's office over the case.
Local attorney’s license annulled (Williamson Daily News)
WILLIAMSON – The office of a local attorney, William H. Duty, remains closed as a result of action by the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel which served notice on him that his license to practice law in West Virginia had been annulled.
St. Paul Attorney Looks To Unseat 4-Term Dem. (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul)
A defense attorney from St. Paul is taking a shot at a seat in Congress, but he'll have to unseat four-term Democratic incumbent Betty McCollum to get there.
Arrest Affidavit Quotes Slain Plantation Lawyer (NBC 6 Miami)
An arrest affidavit for the suspect in the killing of a Plantation lawyer featured quotes from an e-mail written by the victim.
Shareholder lawyer Melvyn Weiss to plead guilty (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.S. class-action lawyer Melvyn Weiss, known for suing large corporations on behalf of investors, has agreed to plead guilty in a criminal case contending his firm paid secret kickbacks to plaintiffs in lawsuits, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Shareholder lawyer Melvyn Weiss to plead guilty (Business Insurance)
NEW YORK (Reuters)—Class-action lawyer Melvyn Weiss, famed for suing large corporations on behalf of investors, will plead guilty in a criminal case contending his firm paid secret kickbacks to plaintiffs in lawsuits, his lawyer said Thursday.
Shareholder lawyer to plead guilty in kickback case (USA Today)
Class-action lawyer Melvyn Weiss, known for suing large corporations on behalf of investors, has agreed to plead guilty in a criminal case contending his firm paid secret kickbacks to plaintiffs in lawsuits, his lawyer said Thursday.
Defense lawyer held in contempt for lewd gesture at judge (Austin American-Statesman)
Adam Reposa jailed briefly while representing DWI client. An Austin defense lawyer was jailed briefly last week after being accused of making a lewd gesture at a judge while representing a driving while intoxicated client in court.
Defense says Poulsen wanted lawyer involved in discussions at heart of bribery case (BizJournals)
Lance Poulsen, the former CEO of Dublin-based National Century Financial Enterprises Inc. wanted to include his lawyer in conversations with a fellow executive that eventually led to the witness-tampering charges against him, a defense attorney alleged Thursday morning.
Lawyer to plead guilty in class-action kickback scheme (Los Angeles Times)
Melvin Weiss faced up to 40 years in prison on charges that were to be tried in Los Angeles. His ex-partner William Lerach pleaded guilty last month to the scheme that generated millions in legal fees Lawyer Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he participated in a wide-ranging kickback scheme that generated millions in legal fees by filing class-action lawsuits against ...
On lawyer's ethics, Florida Bar can help (Miami Herald)
Q. My late boyfriend's estate is going through probate; I'm the beneficiary. The probate lawyer is dragging his feet and won't return my calls. What are my options?
Accused killer of Plantation attorney denied bond (7 News Miami)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Broward judge denied bond to the man arrested for the murder of a Plantation attorney.
Statements by Weiss and Attorney on Plea (New York Times)
ATTORNEY FOR MELVYN I. WEISS.
Scott announces for Caddo district attorney (KTBS Shreveport)
Retired Caddo District Judge Charles Scott today formally announced his candidacy for Caddo district attorney. Scott, 60, was chief judge of the 1st Judicial District Court when he retired at the end of last month. He is running for the office being vacated by retiring Caddo District Attorney Paul Carmouche,
New Wiggins attorney specialist in town law (The Fort Morgan Times)
Sam Light of Light, Harrington and Dawes has replaced Deanna Durfee as the Wiggins town attorney.
Prominent Lawyer to Plead Guilty (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Melvyn I. Weiss, a prolific filer of lawsuits against publicly held corporations, has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, according to his defense lawyer.
Skakel's former attorney publishes memoir (Boston Globe)
Defense attorney Mickey Sherman, who lost Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder trial, defends his unorthodox ways in a book being published next month.
Weber County attorney asks for more information on crash that killed cheerleader (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 3:19 PM- Ogden police officers and the Weber County Attorney's Office are screening an investigation into the death of Alyssa Lopez, a West High School cheerleader killed last month in a traffic accident.
Tryst costs lawyer his license (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A Butler County lawyer's sexual relationship with a female divorce-court client has cost him his law license.
Gitmo lawyer accuses U.S. soldiers of war crimes (USA Today)
The military lawyer for an alleged al-Qaeda fighter at Guantanamo Bay said Thursday that accounts of the firefight in which he was captured indicate some U.S. soldiers and not his client should be charged for war crimes.
Prominent lawyer pleads guilty in kickback scheme (Austin American-Statesman)
Lawyer Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he participated in a kickback scheme that generated millions in legal fees by filing class-action lawsuits against some of the biggest names in corporate America.
Langford's Attorney Takes Stand in His Defense (KHNL News 8 Honolulu)
HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The defense attorney in the murder trial of the man accused of killing missing Japanese visitor Masumi Watanabe will take the stand in his defense.
Prominent Lawyer to Plead Guilty (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Melvyn I. Weiss, a prolific filer of lawsuits against publicly held corporations, has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, according to his defense lawyer.
Wade's attorney wants access to autopsy report (KTVA Anchorage)
Joshua Wade's attorney wants access to Mindy Schloss' autopsy report. Wade has been charged with four counts, including bank fraud, for allegedly using the ATM card of the Anchorage nurse whose body was found six weeks after being reported missing August 6th.
U.S. attorney: public vigilance crucial (TCPalm.com)
The only way to prevent corruption is through the community, a U.S. attorney who prosecuted two Palm Beach County commissioners and a Broward County sheriff told The Martin County Consensus Thursday.
Wildomar names interim manager, attorney (North County Times)
WILDOMAR -- Former Elk Grove City Manager John Danielson was named Wildomar's interim manager and Julie Hayward Biggs, the attorney for Banning and Goleta, was named temporary city attorney during Wednesday's meeting of the Wildomar City Council-elect.
Woman in Oceanide shooting hires Foley attorney (North County Times)
OCEANSIDE -- A woman shot Saturday night by an off-duty San Diego police officer during an alleged road-rage incident has hired the attorney who represented former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley after he was shot by another off-duty officer in 2006.
Military lawyer for Guantanamo detainee: evidence suggests US soldiers committed war crimes (Charleston Daily Mail)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The military lawyer for an alleged al-Qaida fighter at Guantanamo Bay said Thursday that accounts of the firefight in which he was captured indicate some U.S. soldiers -- and not his client -- should be charged for war crimes.
Fla. Supreme Court Sanctions Attorney and Limits His Filings (Law.com)
Embattled attorney Jack Thompson was sanctioned Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court, which won't accept more filings from him without another Florida Bar member's signature. Thompson, who is fighting potentially career-ending Bar disciplinary charges, could face contempt of court proceedings or other sanctions if he disobeys the order, warned the court, which referred to Thompson's "continued ...
Judge Found in Violation of Conduct Code After Ordering Attorney to Be Shackled (Law.com)
The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure determined last week that D.C. Superior Court Judge John Bayly Jr. violated the code of judicial conduct when he ordered a Public Defender Service attorney to be shackled after an argument. Attorney Liyah Brown was also subjected to a pat-down search and held in a cell with misdemeanor defendants for about 45 minutes. The commission said in ...
High-Profile Lawyer Plans Guilty Plea In Kickbacks (The Tampa Tribune)
Prominent lawyer Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering in a lucrative kickback scheme involving payments to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits targeting some of the largest corporations in the nation, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Lawyer to plead guilty in scheme (The Washington Times)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prominent lawyer Melvyn Weiss agreed to plead guilty to racketeering in a lucrative kickback...
Digest: Attorney agrees to plead guilty (Houston Chronicle)
Prominent attorney Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering in a lucrative kickback scheme involving payments to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits.
Fla. Supreme Court Sanctions Attorney and Limits His Filings (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Embattled attorney Jack Thompson was sanctioned Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court, which won't accept more filings from him without another Florida Bar member's signature. Thompson, who is fighting potentially career-ending Bar disciplinary charges, could face contempt of court proceedings or other sanctions if he disobeys the order, warned the court, which referred to Thompson's "continued ...
Judge Found in Violation of Conduct Code After Ordering Attorney to Be Shackled (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure determined last week that D.C. Superior Court Judge John Bayly Jr. violated the code of judicial conduct when he ordered a Public Defender Service attorney to be shackled after an argument.
Prosecutor: Attorney to plead guilty in kickback scheme (The Charlotte Observer)
Prominent attorney Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering in a lucrative kickback scheme involving payments to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits targeting some of the largest U.S. corporations, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Weiss, 72, also will acknowledge that he and others concealed secret payment arrangements that his firm, Milberg Weiss, had with named plaintiffs in ...
Region's U.S. attorney's office disbands public integrity unit (The Press-Enterprise)
The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has done away with a specialized public integrity unit and reassigned about 17 lawyers to two other divisions.
Former Hollywood deputy city attorney wins top post (Miami Herald)
Hollyood decided to bring back its former deputy city attorney to become the city's top legal advisor, when commissioners voted Thursday to make Jeffrey Sheffel the next city attorney.
Attorney general's opinion may help protect Luke field (The Arizona Republic)
An auxiliary field vital to the mission of Luke Air Force Base would be protected from encroaching development if Maricopa County ended up following a legal opinion released Thursday by state Attorney General Terry Goddard.
Kerviel no fall guy in scandal: Lawyer (Toronto Star)
PARIS–Former Société Générale trader Jérôme Kerviel has emerged from a spell in prison determined not to become the fall guy over a trading scandal at the French bank, his lawyer said yesterday.
Attorney admits guilt in kickback scheme (New York Daily News)
Attorney Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering in a lucrative kickback scam. It involved payments to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits targeting some of the largest corporations in the nation, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Lawyer suspended over relationship with divorce client (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A Butler County lawyer's sexual relationship with a female divorce-court client has cost him his law license.