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Former Gore advisor joins state attorney general's office (The Tennessean)
Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has named Lawrence Harrington as chief policy deputy in the state attorney general's office.
Lawyer: UBS, Finish Line to settle Genesco dispute (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
NEW YORK - UBS AG and Finish Line Inc. have agreed to settle a dispute with Genesco Inc. over whether UBS would be required to finance a $1.5 billion merger between Genesco and Finish Line, a lawyer said Monday.
Wright attorney says state House ethics panel is racially biased (The News & Observer)
An attorney for Rep. Thomas Wright says a state House ethics panel that could recommend the chamber kick the lawmaker out of office is racially biased.
Alcohol boosts Anderson attorney and another man from Chiquola to jail (Anderson Independent-Mail)
Two Anderson men, including a 29-year-old attorney, face an April court hearing to answer charges that accuse them of being publicly intoxicated about 12:02 a.m. Sunday a few feet from the steps to the Anderson County Courthouse.
ALS Takes Life Of State Attorney Ober's Mother (The Tampa Tribune)
Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober's mother, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died over the weekend.
City May Name Attorney Tonight (The Lakeland Ledger)
BARTOW | Nearly two months after the City Commission offered him the job, Sean Parker finally may become Bartow's new city attorney tonight.Parker, who works with the Boswell & Dunlap firm in Bartow, has spent the time hammering out a contract with city administrators.
Wright hearing begins after attorney claims racial bias (WAVY 10)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A state attorney says Rep. Thomas Wright repeatedly engaged in unethical and criminal conduct by misusing more than $340,000 in loans and campaign contributions while in office.
Chatham County Attorney resigns (The News & Observer)
Chatham County Attorney Kevin Whiteheart has resigned. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners accepted his resignation at its board meeting today, according to a news release.
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.
Miura's lawyer says U.S. transfer would constitute double jeopardy (The Japan Times)
SAIPAN (Kyodo ) Kazuyoshi Miura's lawyer told a Saipan court Monday that his client should not be transferred to California to stand trial for the 1981 fatal shooting of his wife and instead should... Read more ...
Senate confirms Chicago judge as deputy attorney general (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Monday confirmed a federal judge from Chicago as Attorney General Michael Mukasey's second-in-command, restoring the top tier of a Justice Department that had lost many of its officials to a scandal over the firings of nine federal prosecutors.
Senate confirms Chicago judge as deputy attorney general (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Monday confirmed a federal judge from Chicago as Attorney General Michael Mukasey's second-in-command, restoring the top tier of a Justice Department that had lost many of its officials to a scandal over the firings of nine federal prosecutors.
Attorney General Strikes Deal Aimed At Ending Mortgage Crisis (NY1 News)
Two of the nation's largest lenders have agreed to a deal aimed at protecting homeowners and ending the mortgage crisis. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will now be more selective when it comes to banks they purchase loans from.
Helm's lawyer: Fainting spell caused deadly wreck (The Spokesman-Review)
The tragic head-on accident that killed five children of a Mennonite family on U.S. Highway 395 was caused not by negligent driving but by a fainting spell suffered by Deer Park businessman Clifford Helm, his lawyer told a Spokane jury in opening statements today.
UPDATE: Lawyer in judicial bribery case claims witness lied to grand jury (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer charged with trying to bribe a Mississippi judge claims a key government witness lied to the grand jury that indicted him. Attorney Zach Scruggs asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss the indictment due to "prosecutorial misconduct."
Lawyer in judicial bribery case claims witness lied to grand jury (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - March 3, 2008 4:44 PM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawyer charged with trying to bribe a Mississippi judge claims a key government witness lied to the grand jury that indicted...
Logan lawyer appointed to 1st District Court (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 3:19 PM- A Logan lawyer has been appointed to the 1st District Court by Gov. Jon Huntsman. Kevin Allen is currently the senior partner in the firm Allen and Ericson in Logan. He must be confirmed by the state Senate.
Senate confirms deputy attorney general (The Hill)
The Senate confirmed Mark R. Filip by voice vote as Attorney General Michael Mukasey's second-in-command, providing incremental progress in the ongoing standoff between the White House and the Senate over confirmations.
MJ and Lawyer Fly the Snoopy Skies (PageSix.com)
L.A. attorney Mark Geragos has been awarded almost $2 million after being illegally videotaped on a chartered plane with onetime client Michael Jackson. The lawyer exclusively tells PageSix.com, "When this horrific incident occured, I said I would bring down a ton of bricks on the defendants, and I did. The judge awarded the appropiate amount of money to strip them of their assets." Geragos, ...
Attorney: No indictment for Kan. clinic (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Planned Parenthood says a grand jury has refused to issue an indictment against its clinic in suburban Kansas City.
Halverson Attorney Wants To Withdraw From Case (KTNV Las Vegas)
An attorney representing Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Halverson in a civil lawsuit has asked to withdraw from the case.
Student 'lied' about sexual assault, D'Amelio's lawyer says (Windsor Star)
A female student at St. Joseph's high school concocted a story about being sexually assaulted by biology teacher Steven D'Amelio to avoid getting a dismal grade in his class, the man's lawyer told Ontario court Monday.
Man sentenced to 6 months after punching lawyer in court (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A central Kentucky man who punched his lawyer during a court appearance last month has been sentenced to six months in jail. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that 30-year-old Peter Hafer was sentenced for contempt of court. No other charges have been filed against him in the incident. Hafer attacked public defender Doug Crickmer while the lawyer was speaking before Scott County Circuit Judge ...
City attorney asks Blue Cross to substantiate news release claims (The Fresno Bee)
The city attorney is asking the state's largest health care insurer to substantiate claims it made in a news release about the process of canceling a patient's coverage.
Fiji finance minister preparing to sue newspaper over tax evasion report, lawyer says (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
Fiji's finance minister plans to sue the Pacific island country's leading newspaper for US$660 million (€440 million) for alleging that he evaded taxes, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Man who punched his lawyer sent to jail (AP via Yahoo! News)
A man who punched his lawyer in a Kentucky courtroom last month has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Man who punched his lawyer in Kentucky courtroom is sentenced to 6 months in jail (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - A man who punched his lawyer in a Kentucky courtroom last month has been sentenced to six months in jail. Peter Hafer also has a new lawyer. Mark Bubenzer said his client is sorry and didn't mean to disrespect the court.
Brazos County Attorney's Race Between Two Firsts (KBTX 3 Bryan/College Station)
Brazos County's only contested primary Tuesday is for a spot soon to be vacated by a longtime attorney.
SEC Aims to Block Attorney, Other Viatical Fraudsters From Future Scams (Law.com)
Last year, Florida attorney Stephen Ziegler got sentenced to five years and had his law license suspended by the Florida Bar for his role in a $1 billion viaticals fraud through the now-defunct Mutual Benefits Corp. Now, the Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a complaint against Ziegler and two other convicted Mutual Benefits officials, in an attempt to bar them from participating in ...
Senate Confirms Federal Judge as Deputy Attorney General (Law.com)
The Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Mark R. Filip, a federal judge from Chicago, as Attorney General Michael Mukasey's second-in-command, restoring the top tier of a Justice Department that had lost many of its officials to a scandal over the firings of nine federal prosecutors. A conversation between White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over ...
Lawyer: Driver fainted in accident that killed 5 children (Seattle Times)
A man charged with causing a traffic accident that killed five children suffered a fainting spell at the wheel, his lawyer told jurors on Monday.
West Melbourne City Attorney Fired After 1 Month On Job (Central Florida News 13)
A controversial city attorney is fired in West Melbourne just weeks after he was first given the job.
Guilty lawyer gets more than he plea-bargained for (The Star-Ledger)
A Harvard-educated lawyer was sentenced to federal prison yesterday by a judge who added time to the negotiated plea deal.
Slaying was unplanned, lawyer says (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
The lawyer defending a man accused of killing his estranged girlfriend told a jury Monday that the killing was not intentional.
Cuadra’s attorney still up in air (Times Leader)
WILKES-BARRE – Homicide suspect Joseph Kerekes said he has no problem with attorney Demetrius Fannick defending suspect Harlow Cuadra.
Debate centers on role of city attorney (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
In their first debate, Milwaukee City Attorney Grant Langley argued Monday that challenger Pedro Colón...
SEC Aims to Block Attorney, Other Viatical Fraudsters From Future Scams (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Last year, Florida attorney Stephen Ziegler got sentenced to five years and had his law license suspended by the Florida Bar for his role in a $1 billion viaticals fraud through the now-defunct Mutual Benefits Corp.
Attorney general: Plea bargain measure is unconstitutional (The Tennessean)
The state attorney general says a proposal to ban prosecutors from offering plea bargains in drunken driving cases would violate the state constitution.
County attorney steps down (The News & Observer)
Chatham County Attorney Kevin Whiteheart has resigned for health reasons.
Lawyer says client, alleged attacker of Masterman students, an 'unlikely' assailant (Philadelphia Daily News)
A Benjamin Franklin High School senior charged with beating a Masterman High School student last week is a studious youth with no prior police record, his lawyer said yesterday.
Logan lawyer picked for court seat (The Salt Lake Tribune)
SALT LAKE CITY - A Logan lawyer has been appointed to the 1st District Court by Gov. Jon Huntsman.     Kevin Allen is currently the senior partner in the firm Allen & Ericson in Logan.
FG lawyer objects to the consolidation of the NBN-ZTE cases (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
Based on the objections and arguments he presented before the Office of the Ombudsman’s investigating panel on Tuesday morning, it appears that the strategy of lawyer Ruy Rondain in defending his client--First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo—against allegations of graft in relation to the botched broadband deal with Chinese company ZTE is to oppose the investigating panel’s decision to consolidate ...
Attorney Hailed For Helping After Bus Crash (Hartford Courant)
A local attorney has been honored for helping 13 students get off a school bus that had been hit by a truck, then sheltering them in his office while police cleared the scene.
State bar is investigating attorney (Salem Statesman Journal)
The Oregon State Bar is investigating Salem attorney Westly Allen Warner.
Attorney calls Wright 'Jim Crow' victim (The Charlotte Observer)
An attorney for state Rep. Thomas Wright argued Monday that Wright is the victim of a "Jim Crow hearing" and that Wright's fellow legislators are treating him harshly because he is black. The attorney, Doug Harris of Greensboro, made the comments at the opening of an ethics hearing that could lead to Wright's expulsion from the N.C. House of Representatives. The House has not expelled a member ...
Lawyer asks for delay in 1975 American Indian Movement killing (KVOA Tucson)
Associated Press - March 4, 2008 7:54 AM ET SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The defense lawyer for a Canadian man accused of killing a fellow American Indian Movement member 32 years ago wants to...
Lawyer: Slaying wasn't planned (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
The lawyer defending a man accused of killing his estranged girlfriend told a jury Monday that the killing was not intentional. Prosecutors said Billy Nathan Lee of North Myrtle Beach killed Carma Russell, 31, outside an Atlantic Beach church on March 4, 2006. The trial for 49-year-old Lee, who is charged with murder, began Monday at the Horry County Courthouse in Conway.
Lawyer wants trial delay in 1975 S.D. AIM killing (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The defense lawyer for a Canadian man accused of killing a fellow American Indian Movement member 32 years ago wants to delay the trial three months.
Attorney Turns Attention to Blue Cross (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The city attorney is asking the state's largest health care insurer to substantiate claims it made in a news release about the process of canceling a patient's coverage.
Jackson's Lawyer May Get $12M Over Secret Videotaping (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
The secret videotaping of Michael Jackson and his lawyer when the singer was surrendering on child molestation charges may ultimately cost a charter company $12 million.