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Attorney for Rio Americano teacher waives arraignment (The Sacramento Bee)
A Rio Americano High School teacher charged with 17 counts of child molestation and sexual battery avoided his first courthouse appearance Friday as his attorney waived an arraignment hearing and, instead, expected to bring the embattled teacher to court later this month.
Rapist Who Stabbed Lawyer Has Courtroom Outburst (WBZ Boston)
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.
NY comptroller: Attorney has to pay back pension (Newsday)
Five school districts incorrectly classified a private attorney as an employee, allowing him to obtain a yearly pension of nearly $62,000 to which he was not entitled, the State comptroller said in an opinion released Friday.
Peterson says he was unaware wife, Savio contacted same divorce attorney (Chicago Tribune)
Stacy Peterson's family says move proves she wanted out of marriage Drew Peterson says he had no idea that just days before his wife Stacy disappeared she had contacted the same attorney who represented his previous wife in their divorce.
Lawyer missing after criticising China's record (Guardian Unlimited)
Prominent human rights lawyer missing, presumed detained, after police warned him against talking to foreign press
Lunsford's Lawyer Lashes Out At Bubba The Love Sponge (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - Mark Lunsford's lawyer sent a letter today to Bubba the Love Sponge Clem saying the radio personality's comments about Lunsford have been slanderous and libelous.
Seth Louis Needs A New Attorney... Again (WJFW Rhinelander)
- The Rhinelander man charged with killing his co-worker is looking for a new attorney- for the fourth time. 25-year-old Seth Louis is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Tracy Maurer.
Public Safety Groups Endorse Mindy Montford as District Attorney (FOX 7 News Austin)
Austin and Travis County public safety associations coming out to endorse Mindy Montford in the run-off race for Travis County District Attorney. They made their announcements Friday in Wooldrdige Square Park in Downtown Austin. Montford faces Rosemary Lehmberg in a run-off. Montford got 31 percent of the vote while Lehmberg won 35 percent in the March 4th primary. Their run-off is set for April ...
Illinois lawyer sues island casino for not paying up (The Kansas City Star)
ST. LOUIS | A Belleville, Ill., lawyer is suing a casino in the Virgin Islands, saying it didn’t make good on a slot machine payout, TV station KSDK reports.
Death row inmate claims his attorney did not adequately represent him (Stuart News)
A defense attorney's failure to completely investigate key witnesses in the 1982 Frances Julia Slater murder case caused a judge to improperly sentence one of the defendants to death, the man's new attorney said Friday.
Disbarred Lawyer Gets 3 Years For Robbing Clients (The Tampa Tribune)
Although some victims of disgraced ex-lawyer David Edward Olson said they were pleased to see him sent to prison this week, the woman who lost the most said Friday that she was outraged at the judge's decision.
Paralyzed Man Gets New Attorney (The Tampa Tribune)
Brian Sterner, the paralyzed man who was dumped out of a wheelchair by a Hillsborough County jail deputy, has retained a new attorney to represent him, according to the sheriff's office.
Kidnap of rights lawyer in China shocking, wife says (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Activists condemned Saturday the kidnapping of a prominent rights lawyer in the Chinese capital this week as shocking and unacceptable, amid a security crackdown ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
Kidnap of rights lawyer in China shocking, wife says (TODAYonline)
Activists condemned Saturday the kidnapping of Teng Biao, a prominent rights lawyer, seen here in December 2007, in the Chinese capital this week as shocking and unacceptable, amid a security crackdown ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
County attorney: Shooting justified (Arizona Daily Star)
The Pima County Attorney's Office has determined that a sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a man to death during a violent confrontation last week west of Tucson.
Lawyer Teng Biao Abducted in Beijing, Human Rights Group Says (Bloomberg.com)
March 8 (Bloomberg) -- Human rights lawyer Teng Biao was abducted in Beijing and remains missing, according to the Human Rights in China group. Teng was abducted on the night of March 6, the group said in a statement on its Web site dated yesterday, citing unidentified people.
Rights lawyer kidnap 'shocking,' say China activists (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese activists Saturday condemned the kidnapping of a prominent rights lawyer here as "shocking," as fears rose of a crackdown on dissent ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
Chinese police release rights lawyer Teng Biao (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Chinese police on Saturday released human rights lawyer Teng Biao just as his secret detention two days ago began drawing intense attention from domestic and foreign rights advocates.
Ex-district attorney sentenced to 42 months (Montgomery Advertiser)
FLORENCE -- A judge has sentenced the former district attorney of Franklin County to 42 months in federal prison for his conviction on charges accusing him of fondling young male inmates during strip searches or while they provided urine samples for drug tests.
Chinese Rights Lawyer: Freed After Being Held By Police -AFP (Nasdaq)
BEIJING (AFP)--Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Teng Biao was released Saturday after unidentified police took him two days ago, Teng said. "I was taken away on Thursday night. They shoved me into a car and put a bag over my head," he said.
Rights lawyer says released after kidnap by Chinese police (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Teng Biao was released Saturday after unidentified police kidnapped him two days ago, he said.
China frees rights lawyer, may try dissident (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Chinese authorities on Saturday released human rights lawyer Teng Biao after a secretive two-day detention even while they indicated a likely trial of the prominent dissident Hu Jia who Teng has boldly championed.
Rights lawyer says released after kidnap by Chinese police (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Teng Biao was released Saturday after unidentified police kidnapped him two days ago from outside his Beijing home, he said.
Chinese police release activist lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese police released a noted civil rights lawyer Saturday, but he said they warned him to keep quiet about his more than 40 hours in custody.
Attorney general not talking about cost of 'bonusgate' probe (The Beaver County Times)
HARRISBURG — State Attorney General Tom Corbett did not get any questions last week from members of the House Appropriations Committee about his yearlong “bonusgate” probe.
China dissident Hu Jia to stand trial: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia will soon face trial after prosecutors decided to press subversion charges, his lawyer said on Saturday, as another human rights lawyer close to Hu was freed from brief detention.
Exclusive: Fired U.S. attorney says he was told politics were behind his ouster (Post-Bulletin)
WASHINGTON -- A longtime protege 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
Attorney general not talking about cost of 'bonusgate' probe (The Beaver County Times)
HARRISBURG — State Attorney General Tom Corbett did not get any questions last week from members of the House Appropriations Committee about his yearlong “bonusgate” probe.
Chinese Lawyer, Human Rights Activist Vanishes (Washington Post)
BEIJING, March 7 -- A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer has disappeared, according to family members and fellow activists, who fear he may have been seized by police as part of a pre-Olympics crackdown.
Attorney: Stacy Peterson asked about divorce before she vanished (The West Frankfort Daily American)
BOLINGBROOK, ILL. — Days before she went missing, Stacy Peterson spoke with the same lawyer who represented Kathleen Savio in her divorce from Drew Peterson, the attorney said Thursday on Roe Conn’s WLS radio show.
Attorney Mark Geragos takes Japanese businessman's murder case (The Fresno Bee)
Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos confirmed Saturday he is representing a Japanese businessman accused of fatally shooting his wife in the 1980s and said his first order of business will be to try to get the charges dismissed on grounds of double jeopardy.
Attorney Mark Geragos takes Japanese businessman's murder case (KSBY San Luis Obispo)
Associated Press - March 8, 2008 2:14 PM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) - Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos says he has signed on to represent Japanese businessman Kazuyoshi Miura, who is accused of killing...
Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos takes Japanese businessman's murder case (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos says he has signed on to represent a Japanese businessman who is accused of killing his wife during a visit to Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Businessman Accused Of Wife's Killing Hires Celebrity Attorney (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos says he has signed on to represent Japanese businessman Kazuyoshi Miura, who is accused of killing his wife during a visit to Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Chinese police release human rights lawyer with a warning to keep quiet (Los Angeles Times)
Chinese police released a noted civil rights lawyer today, but he said they warned him to keep quiet about his more than 40 hours in custody.
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.
Man accused of attacking teen jogger in Litchfield wants new attorney, venue (Republican-American)
LITCHFIELD -- A man accused of attacking a teenage jogger last summer said Wednesday he is looking for a new attorney, then hinted he may ask to move his trial out of town.
Trovato named city attorney in Deltona (Orlando Sentinel)
George Trovato was named Deltona city attorney by a narrow majority of the City Commission Saturday.
Page files for county attorney (The McPherson Sentinel)
McPherson lawyer David A. Page has entered the race for the office of McPherson County Attorney. He filed as a Republican candidate on March 5.
Trovato Appointed City Attorney Despite Elections Fraud Investigation (Central Florida News 13)
In a controversial 4-3 vote, Deltona city commissioners selected interim city attorney George Trovato for the permanent position, even though Trovato is currently under investigation for election fraud.
Police in China Release Human Rights Lawyer (Washington Post)
BEIJING, March 8 -- A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was released Saturday after two days of secret police detention.
Attorney: Charred IBM Structure Was Up For Historical Accolades (NBC 11 Bay Area)
An attorney says that a 69,000-square-foot IBM building that was charred in a three-alarm blaze Saturday morning in San Jose was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Chinese police release rights lawyer (MSNBC)
Chinese police released a noted civil rights lawyer Saturday, but he said they warned him to keep quiet about his more than 40 hours in custody.
Attorney Mark Geragos takes Japanese businessman's murder case (North County Times)
LOS ANGELES -- Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos confirmed Saturday he is representing a Japanese businessman accused of fatally shooting his wife in the 1980s and said his first order of business will be to try to get the charges dismissed on grounds of double jeopardy.
With city attorney retiring, new lawyer sought (Pensacola News Journal)
Pensacola City Attorney John Fleming is retiring in July, and City Council members on Monday will discuss the process for hiring a new lawyer.
Attorney works for community (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Attorney S. Kato Crews returned to his southern Colorado roots two and a half years ago with a goal in mind: to get involved in the community and work on issues of importance to blacks and other minorities.
Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos takes Japanese businessman's murder case (Arizona Daily Star)
LOS ANGELES — Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos said Saturday he is representing a Japanese man accused of killing his wife in Los Angeles in the 1980s and that his first goal will be to get the charges dismissed on grounds of double jeopardy.
Deltona leaders not in agreement with attorney choice (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
DELTONA -- If the city successfully negotiates a city attorney contract with George Trovato in the coming weeks, it promises to be a bumpy tenure.
Attorney outlines defense in 2005 Metrolink crash that killed 11 (Los Angeles Times)
The man accused of murder in the Glendale derailment will testify that he tried but failed to move his SUV off the tracks. The attorney for Juan Manuel Alvarez has outlined how he plans to defend his client in the deadly Glendale Metrolink wreck case, saying the defendant will testify that he tried but failed during an abortive suicide attempt to move his vehicle off the tracks before it was ...
Commissioners select city attorney for Deltona (Orlando Sentinel)
George Trovato was named Deltona city attorney by a narrow majority of the City Commission on Saturday.