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Jackson lawyer wins damages (BBC News)
Michael Jackson's former lawyer is to recieve up to $18m in damages from an air charter service who secretly taped him.
Attorney general suing Slotky, Huff over asbestos (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing a downtown building owner for improperly removing asbestos found in floor tiles from the Front ‘N Center Building in 2006.
Man sentenced to 6 months after punching lawyer in court (The Kentucky Post)
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - 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.
Senate Confirms Filip As Deputy Attorney General (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Mark Filip was confirmed as deputy attorney general by the Senate on Monday and will replace Paul McNulty as second in command at the U.S. Justice Department. McNulty resigned in August 2007 following the firing of nine U.S. attorneys by the department.
Wife of former FBI agent has hired lawyer in Iran to help (Miami Herald)
The wife of a missing former FBI agent said Tuesday she hired a lawyer in Iran to try to persuade authorities there to investigate her husband's disappearance almost a year ago.
Council's attorney to subpoena mayor's texts (Detroit Free Press)
The Detroit City Council's independent attorney will subpoena all of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's text messages sent via his city-leased SkyTel pager, Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. said today.
Attorney General Targets Duval Furniture Seller (The Tampa Tribune)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Tuesday filed suit against a Duval County Internet furniture retailer, saying the company has violated a prior settlement agreement and is continuing to conduct deceptive business practices.
District attorney fires veteran prosecutor (Deseret Morning News)
Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller fired longtime prosecutor Kent Morgan on Monday, but Morgan plans to contest the termination.
Lawyer argues historic sex charges should be dropped (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The lawyer for a pensioner charged with rape and indecent assault has argued that some of the charges should be dropped because they date back to the 1950s.
KY: Man sentenced to 6 months after punching lawyer (14 WFIE Evansville)
A central Kentucky man who punched his lawyer during a court appearance last month has been sentenced to six months in jail.  
Wife Of Former FBI Agent Hires Lawyer In Iran To Help (NBC 6 Miami)
The wife of a missing former FBI agent says she hired a lawyer in Iran to try to persuade authorities there to investigate her husband's disappearance almost a year ago.
No right to pick lawyer in internal inquiries: SC (The Times of India)
The SC has ruled that those facing internal inquiry have no absolute right to be represented by a lawyer or through another person.
Sheriff’s Lawsuit… Motion Withdrawn to Remove County Attorney (The McKenzie Banner)
Sheriff Bendell Bartholomew is represented by attorney Matt Maddox in the sheriff’s lawsuit for more personnel and a pay increase for the sheriff’s department.
Attorney Challenges Judicial Candidates Rules (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul)
A Golden Valley attorney is challenging Minnesota's rules for judicial candidates -- again.
Tuesday’s Nuggets report: Karl’s lawyer defends coach (Rocky Mountain News)
Nuggets coach George Karl said he was unaware of his lawyer, Bret Adams, sending an e-mail to the Web site www.firegeorgekarl.com threatening possible legal action. Adams said the e-mail was sent to “defend’’ his client,’’ but no legal action is now being considered.
Attorney says no proof defendant burned down his Manchester home (Asbury Park Press)
The defense attorney for a 72-year-old man accused of torching his home in a Manchester retirement community told the jury deciding his fate today that the state has presented no evidence to prove her client committed the crime.
Man Who Posed As Attorney Sentenced in Immigration Fraud Case (Los Angeles Daily News)
LOS ANGELES - A convicted felon who posed as an attorney and preyed on immigrants seeking "green cards" pleaded guilty Monday to 19 felony counts and was immediately sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
Former attorney gets 34 months in prison for violating probation in St. Lucie County (Fort Pierce Tribune)
Former attorney Vincent Lloyd, once a prominent figure in downtown redevelopment efforts, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of violating terms of his probation for a cocaine conviction and was sentenced to 34 months in prison.
Anderson Wins Brazos County Attorney Race Decisively (KBTX 3 Bryan/College Station)
Rod Anderson has defeated Shane Phelps in the Republican race for Brazos County attorney.
Court: 'No Way on Earth' Attorney Fee Request Justified (Law.com)
Police officer Michael Harrington sued after getting snookered out of $44.63 in overtime pay. He later settled for $10,500 and sought about $46,000 in attorney fees. If that seems out of proportion, Los Angeles' 2nd District Court of Appeal agrees with you. The court reduced the fee award to $500. "At the risk of understatement," Justice Miriam Vogel wrote last week, "there is no way on Earth ...
Texas Lawyer Handling NYSE Matter Found Entitled to Fee (Law.com)
A Texas lawyer brought to New York for an arbitration case should get the largest share of $4 million in fees from the action despite a fellow attorney's claim that the Texan had been engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, a federal judge has ruled. A family in the case received $11.8 million in damages -- one of the largest awards in the history of the New York Stock Exchange arbitration ...
Lawyer and Client Sanctioned Over Client's Conduct, Use of 'F Word' During Deposition (Law.com)
A federal judge has levied sanctions of more than $29,000 on a lawyer and his client after finding that a deposition was a "spectacular failure" because of the client's constant use of vulgar language and insults and dodging or refusing to answer questions, and his lawyer's failure to rein him in. The judge found that Aaron Wider, the CEO of HTFC, used the "F word" or variations of it 73 times ...
Former Piedmont district attorney pleads guilty to theft charges (Athens Banner-Herald)
[ HOMER - A visiting judge from DeKalb County sentenced former Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tim Madison to six years in prison and six years on probation Tuesday after Madison pleaded guilty to theft charges.
Exclusive | Legislators get bar’s ear on lawyer discipline (The State)
Two House members pressing to take the power to regulate lawyers away from the State Supreme Court have won a meeting with an American Bar Association committee visiting Columbia. The committee is in town reviewing the state’s lawyer discipline system. Chief Justice Jean Toal requested the review more than a year ago, long before the questions were raised about the court’s handling of a bar exam ...
New attorney ready for job; constable lacking license stays (San Antonio Express-News/KENS 5)
Atascosa County elects a new county attorney.
Logan attorney named to 1st District bench (Deseret Morning News)
A Logan attorney has been tapped to fill a judgeship in the state's 1st District.
Court: 'No Way on Earth' Attorney Fee Request Justified (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Police officer Michael Harrington sued after getting snookered out of $44.63 in overtime pay. He later settled for $10,500 and sought about $46,000 in attorney fees. If that seems out of proportion, Los Angeles' 2nd District Court of Appeal agrees with you.
Lawyer and Client Sanctioned Over Client's Conduct, Use of 'F Word' During Deposition (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A federal judge has levied sanctions of more than $29,000 on a lawyer and his client after finding that a deposition was a "spectacular failure" because of the client's constant use of vulgar language and insults and dodging or refusing to answer questions, and his lawyer's failure to rein him in.
Texas Lawyer Handling NYSE Matter Found Entitled to Fee (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A Texas lawyer brought to New York for an arbitration case should get the largest share of $4 million in fees from the action despite a fellow attorney's claim that the Texan had been engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, a federal judge has ruled.
Wife hires a lawyer in Iran to find ex-FBI agent (Miami Herald)
The wife of a missing former FBI agent said Tuesday that she hired a lawyer in Iran to try to persuade authorities there to investigate her husband's disappearance almost a year ago.
Attorney general won't issue opinion on Versailles plan (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The state attorney general's office will not issue an official opinion on a defunct property transaction and bond issue that had been contemplated by Versailles City Council. But the city might ask state legislators to press for an answer. The council voted Feb. 19 to seek an opinion on whether it would have been legal for Versailles, through its public-properties corporation, to acquire nine ...
Attorney wants charges dropped (The Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
An attorney representing Brian Verret, who faces charges in a 2006 traffic crash with four fatalities, is pushing to have the charges dropped, citing a "firestorm of publicity" that makes a fair trial impossible.
Pakistan Court Drops Bhutto Husband Graft Cases: Lawyer -AFP (Nasdaq)
ISLAMABAD (AFP)--A Pakistani anti-corruption court Wednesday officially terminated five cases against the husband of assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and released his frozen assets, his lawyer said.
Lawyer wants off former Jeffco Commissioner Gary White case; judge schedules hearing (Birmingham News)
Birmingham lawyer Mike Rasmussen, who defended former Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White and got him a new trial, now wants off the case. Rasmussen is requesting to withdraw as White's lawyer, which White opposes, court records show.
Attorney demands acting police chief gets full pay (The Florence Times-Daily)
A lawsuit filed against the city by acting Police Chief Terry Sherron has been amended to request the court to order the city to pay Sherron the police chief's salary.Terry Sherron has been Tuscumbia's acting chief for 30 months, his attorney, Billy Underwood, said.
Lawyer wants delay in 1975 S.D. American Indian Movement killing (The Bismarck Tribune)
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 delay the trial three months.
Attorney general backs CSU firing of teacher (Contra Costa Times)
HAYWARD -- The state attorney general's office has sided with California State University, East Bay's decision last week to fire a math teacher who modified her state-required Oath of Allegiance to conform with her Quaker beliefs.
Amherst lawyer tapped as county attorney (The Buffalo News)
Erie County Executive Chris Collins confirmed Tuesday that he will appoint an Amherst lawyer today as county attorney. If confirmed by the County Legislature, Cheryl A. Green, 38, will be the first woman to serve in the post.
Attorney to run for Sandwich selectman (Cape Cod Times)
John Kennan, a local attorney, is the fourth candidate to announce his bid for one of two seats on the board of selectmen.
PDO's request to withdraw as lawyer in sex abuse case denied (Saipan Tribune)
The Superior Court has denied the Public Defender's Office's request to withdraw as lawyer for a man charged with sexual abuse of a minor.
Lawyer: Polehinkle Wants To Fly Again (WLEX-TV Lexington)
(AP) - The lawyer for the co-pilot at the controls when a Comair jet crashed in Kentucky killing 49 people says his client is determined to fly again.
Lawyer: Co-pilot who survived deadly crash wants to fly again (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The lawyer for the co-pilot at the controls when a Comair jet crashed in Kentucky killing 49 people says his client is determined to fly again. Attorney Larry Moore says James Polehinke is using the potential of returning to the cockpit as partial motivation for his recovery. Moore says Polehinke has been talking about it since the first time they met - three months after the August 2006 crash ...
District Attorney gives annual report (Newport News-Times)
When reviewed in December, the number of open cases the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office possessed was 2,672, excluding 108 juvenile delinquency and an estimated 550 Child Support Enforcement cases, according to District Attorney Bernice Barnett.
Race For City Attorney: Brian Maienschein Interview (Channel 8 San Diego)
He was praised for his handling of the San Diego wildfires. Now, City Councilman Brian Maienschein wants to ride that good will into the city attorney's office. Councilman Maienschein appeared on the News 8 Morning to discuss the race for city attorney.
Civil rights lawyer warns election will test nation (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Americans will have to overcome their systemic biases against gender and race if they are to take advantage of the historic possibilities in this year's presidential election, a prominent civil rights lawyer said Tuesday at Sonoma State University.
Lepine To Enter Race For City Attorney (Channel 8 San Diego)
The race for city attorney may get yet another candidate Wednesday.
Testimony begins in Rockwall district attorney's corruption trial 1:09 PM CT (Dallas Morning News)
Testimony started this morning in the criminal trial of Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow on charges of taking public money and electronic equipment, forging an assistant's signature and altering an invoice submitted to the county for payment.
Richard's attorney files motion to reconsider sentence (KRQE Albuquerque)
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Elton John Richard's attorney has filed a motion in court asking Judge Albert Murdoch to reconsider Richard's sentence.
Well-Known Attorney Dies (WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg)
John Kenneff worked as a prosecutor for the district attorney's office for more than 20 years. He switched sides nine years ago to become a public defender.
Son of St. Paul attorney arrested on suspicion of drug possession (Pioneer Press)
The son of a prominent St. Paul criminal defense attorney has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine and marijuana.