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Attorney General candidate Mike Wheat visits the Tribes (Char-Koosta News)
PABLO - Superior native, Mike Wheat, recently visited the Flathead Indian Reservation on his State General Attorney campaign trail to discuss various issues important to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Defense Lawyer Wants School Stabbing Charges Dismissed (WCSH 6 Portland)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- A lawyer for a student accused of killing a classmate at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School has asked a judge to dismiss the charge.
Judge tells convicted former lawyer to get a job, even if it means shoveling snow off roofs (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
AUBURN, Maine - A former lawyer convicted of stealing from clients has been told by a judge to get a job, even if it means shoveling snow off roofs. John Frankenfield appeared before a judge in Auburn after being accused of violating a condition of probation.
Lawyer to Challenge Warrant in Maryland Escapee Case (WRAL.com Raleigh)
A defense lawyer says he plans to challenge the Maryland warrant used to arrest an ailing 81-year-old prison escapee and hold him in a North Carolina jail for a week.
Family Law Attorney Accused Of Touching Client (KCRA 3 Sacramento)
Sacramento deputies arrest a 56-year-old family law attorney on a sexual battery warrant.
UPDATE:Jefferson County Bankruptcy Among Possible Options-Lawyer (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Filing for bankruptcy is one option available to Jefferson County, Ala., as it seeks to find a solution to the the multi-billion dollar financial crisis linked to its sewer debt, but it isn't the only possible answer, a lawyer representing the county said Thursday.
Defense lawyer wants school stabbing charges dismissed (7 News Boston)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A lawyer for a student accused of killing a classmate at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School has asked a judge to dismiss the charge, arguing prosecutors improperly told the grand jury that it should not consider his mental disabilities.
Attorney will appeal unlawful touching conviction (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
A Gulfport attorney doesn't know what his client's sentence will be, but he plans to appeal today's conviction on unlawful touching of a 6-year-old child.
Sacramento Attorney Faces Sexual Battery Charge (News10 Sacramento)
A Sacramento attorney was arrested Thursday for allegedly touching a client in a sexual manner, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
Mayor asks attorney to look into secret meeting allegations (The Florence Times-Daily)
RED BAY - Mayor Jeff Reid has asked the city attorney to inquire into allegations that three council members have violated the state's open meetings law.
Judge to lawyer: Get a shovel, get job (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former lawyer convicted of stealing from clients has been told by a judge to get a job, even if it means shoveling snow off roofs.
Attorney General Opinion Clears Up Residency Requirements (The Morning News)
SPRINGDALE - A recent Attorney General's opinion opens the door for a wider range of applicants to at least one appointed commission.
City attorney challenger launches ads (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Pedro Colón is launching today what aides say will be a $100,000-plus television ad campaign against longtime Milwaukee City Attorney Grant Langley.
Qualcomm Team Can Defend Selves Despite Attorney-Client Privilege (Law.com)
Lawyers sanctioned for their roles in the Qualcomm discovery debacle have maintained that they would be exonerated if allowed to break attorney-client privilege and tell their side of the story. Now they'll get their chance. In a Wednesday order lifting the sanctions, a federal judge wrote that six lawyers from Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder and Heller Ehrman should be allowed to defend their ...
Acting City Attorney Accused Of Violating Election Laws (Central Florida News 13)
A Deltona homeowner claims acting city attorney George Trovato made illegal elections contributions through another person to a city commission candidate in 2007.
Former Lawyer Gets 3 Years For Bilking Clients Of $167,000 (The Tampa Tribune)
Disbarred, disgraced and facing grand theft charges as a result of a bizarre gambling habit, former lawyer David Edward Olson rolled the dice one last time Thursday and lost again.
US Attorney’s Office issue charges in absentia to Russian businessman (Itar-Tass)
NEW YORK, March 7 (Itar-Tass) - State Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York has issued charges in absentia to Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who was arrested in Thailand Thursday.
Suspect denies attorney conflict (Times Leader)
WILKES-BARRE – Homicide suspect Joseph Kerekes only spoke with attorney Demetrius Fannick about legal fees.
Rezko was friends with Obama, attorney tells jury (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
CHICAGO — Antoin "Tony" Rezko's attorney on Thursday invoked presidential front-runner Barack Obama's name in telling jurors what good judgment Rezko has in picking friends — an unwelcome compliment for Obama — as yet another federal corruption trial involving Illinois politics gets under way.
Qualcomm Team Can Defend Selves Despite Attorney-Client Privilege (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Lawyers sanctioned for their roles in the Qualcomm discovery debacle have maintained that they would be exonerated if allowed to break attorney-client privilege and tell their side of the story.
Attorney general subpoenas insurers in fraud case (The Charlotte Observer)
INVESTIGATION New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he issued new subpoenas to Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc., and other health insurers in a broadening investigation of possible fraud costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. Cuomo is also looking to subpoena testimony from the chief executives of those companies, as well as from ...
Fired U.S. attorney says he was told politics were behind his ouster (Seattle Times)
A longtime protégé of President Bush told former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias that he was fired for political reasons and that...
Ex-attorney: Peer called firing `political' (Miami Herald)
A longtime protégé of President Bush told former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias that he was fired for political reasons and that he shouldn't fight his ouster, Iglesias says in a new book.
Chinese activist lawyer disappears (AP via Yahoo! News)
An activist lawyer with close ties to a jailed Chinese dissident is missing, a rights group said Friday.
Immigrant death case: Accused ex-cop's new lawyer says no plea deal (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - The new lawyer for George Bubaris, a former Mount Kisco police officer accused of killing a homeless immigrant last year, said his client was not responsible for the death and would not take a plea deal.
Pakistan rulers conspiring to kill Dr AQ Khan, says lawyer (New Kerala)
Islamabad, Mar 7 : Pakistan's nuclear scientist Dr AQ Khan's lawyer has said that "some quarters" of the present day administration were hatching conspiracy to eliminate his client before the formation of the new government in Islamabad.
Everett hires law firm to fill in for retiring city attorney (Everett Herald)
EVERETT -- The largest private law firm in Snoho mish County is filling in as lead counsel for the largest city in the county. City Attorney Ned Johnston, who has worked in the city attorney's office for a decade, is retiring next week.
Attorney General Martha Coakley Releases Report On Caritas Christi Health Care System, Massachusetts (Medical News Today)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office released a report on its review of the Caritas Christi Health Care System ("Caritas"), conducted in partnership with Health Strategies & Solutions, Inc., a health care consulting firm. The report summarizes the findings of the review and makes recommendations with respect to several priority issues facing Caritas.
Lawyer hints death was accident (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
If accused killer Kirk Matthew Lankford did accidentally hit presumed victim Masumi Watanabe with his company truck, he might have concealed the incident for fear of losing his job, his lawyer suggested yesterday.
Peterson contacted attorney before disappearance (ABC 7 Chicago)
The divorce attorney for Drew Peterson's third wife says he talked with Stacy just before she went missing. The former Bolingbrook police officer's fourth wife, Stacy, has been missing since October.
Chinese lawyer missing after criticising regime (Guardian Unlimited)
A prominent human rights lawyer has gone missing, according to his family, in what is feared to be a move by the authorities to silence critics ahead of the Beijing Olympics
Missing Attorney's Cadillac Found Abandoned (Local 10 Miami)
Plantation police are searching for a civil attorney who was reported missing after she failed to show up for work Thursday. INSIDE: Video
Lawyer claims judge biased in UA decision (NWAnews.com)
A Fort Smith lawyer asserted Thursday that the circuit judge who dismissed a lawsuit against the University of Arkansas in the Mitch Mustain e-mail case was biased in favor of the university and helped university officials maintain a “cloak of secrecy over the actions of public employees who were implicated in a conspiracy to harass a university student.” In a brief tendered to the Arkansas ...
Law firm: Body in canal is missing attorney (Miami Herald)
A body found floating in a Plantation canal Friday morning is that of a missing Fort Lauderdale attorney, her law firm said. But neither Plantation police nor the medical examiner would confirm that the body has been positively identified as Melissa Britt Lewis.
China rights lawyer disappears and feared detained (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Chinese human rights lawyer who has defended dissidents and urged stronger citizens' rights ahead of the 2008 Olympics is missing, family and colleagues said on Friday, fearful he may have been secretly detained by police.
Tight security for testimony of serial rapist who attacked lawyer (Boston Globe)
The shackles restraining Che Sosa today in Suffolk Superior Court are anchored in the floor and have the serial rapist tied to a blue chair. The chains make it impossible for the man who once stabbed his own lawyer to lift his arms. When the burly man is thirsty, one of the 11 court and corrections officers guarding him have to lift a glass of water to his lips.
Veteran Attorney Resigns Abruptly (New London Day)
Attorney Gilbert Shasha announced today that he is closing his law practice after more than 40 years of practice in New London. Shasha made the announcement
Everett hires law firm to fill in for retiring city attorney (Everett Herald)
EVERETT -- The largest private law firm in Snoho mish County is filling in as lead counsel for the largest city in the county. City Attorney Ned Johnston, who has worked in the city attorney's office for a decade, is retiring next week.
School committee lawyer recuperating at home (The Republican)
SPRINGFIELD - School Committee lawyer Melissa M. Shea, who collapsed at the podium last night during a committee meeting at City Hall, was treated at Baystate Medical Center and released, a hospital spokesman said.
Los Angeles City Attorney Expands Probe Of Improperly Canceled Insurance Policies To Blue Cross Of California (Medical News Today)
The Los Angeles city attorney's office last week sent a letter to Blue Cross of California inquiring about claims the company made in a Feb. 23 news release explaining changes the company had made to help avoid improperly canceling policies, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Law Firm Says Body In Canal Is Missing Lawyer (CBS4 Miami)
The body of woman found in a Plantation canal Friday morning may be that of missing lawyer Melissa Britt Lewis, according to friends who work with her, however investigators have not officially confirmed it.
Man Accused In Fatal Stabbing Loses Third Attorney (WISC-TV Madison)
RHINELANDER, Wis. -- A Rhinelander man accused of killing his co-worker has lost another attorney. The trial for Seth Louis, 25, is in legal limbo as he waits for a fourth attorney to be appointed to his case.
IRS Aggressively Audited High Income Taxpayers, Businesses in 2007, . According to Noted Chicago Tax Attorney McKenzie (InfoBolsa)
According to Noted Chicago Tax Attorney McKenzie 07/03/2008 19:13:00 Business Wire Internal Revenue Service enforcement efforts increased dramatically during fiscal year 2007, reports Robert McKenzie, partner and noted tax attorney with the Chicago law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP.
Chinese rights lawyer 'disappears' (Japan Today)
BEIJING — The family of a lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing China's human rights record in the run-up to the Olympics said Friday they fear he has been "kidnapped." A rights group said he has probably been arrested.
Man convicted of stabbing lawyer testifies in his rape trial (Boston Globe)
A convicted rapist who stabbed his own lawyer last year has acted erratically in court again, this time singing "Amazing Grace" and giving rambling testimony in another rape case.
Attorney Releases Post-Crash Photograph Of Bollea (The Tampa Tribune)
Nick Bollea's defense attorney released a picture of Bollea in the hospital that he says helped persuade a state hearing officer to rule in his client's favor last week.
11:17 a.m. Crawford County attorney seeks re-election (The Joplin Globe)
Crawford County prosecuting attorney John Gutierrez has filed for re-election. Gutierrez, a Democrat, is serving his first full-term as the county attorney. He was appointed to finish former county attorney Julie Ritchie’s term in 2003. He is a 1992 graduate of Washburn University School of Law.
Attorney General Obtains $500,000 Judgement (KIVI Boise)
Idaho's Attorney General says he's obtained a settlement worth half a million dollars from a Texas company.  
Divorce lawyer says Stacy Peterson sought his help (WQAD Moline)
CHICAGO (AP) - A divorce lawyer says a missing suburban Chicago woman discussed divorce with him in the days before she disappeared. Stacy Peterson disappeared from her Bolingbrook home this fall. Investigators say her case is a possible homicide.
Police: Body in canal is missing attorney (Miami Herald)
A body found floating in a Plantation canal Friday morning is that of a missing Fort Lauderdale attorney, police said. A $251,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of Melissa Britt Lewis, who vanished two days ago. Police are looking for a red Prada purse Lewis was carrying the night she disappeared, said Plantation police Detective Phil Toman.