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Scamming lawyer for 9/11 victims sues casinos for her gambling addiction (New York Daily News)
A 9/11 victims lawyer who swindled clients to feed her gambling habit has turned the blackjack tables on the casinos - she's suing them for letting her ante up.
I object! Ace Attorney comes with endless clicking (Daily Southtown)
The fourth game in the Ace Attorney series, Apollo Justice introduces a new defense lawyer to the franchise but brings back some of the old characters for continuity.
Ex-lawyer sues casinos over gambling compulsion: AP (Market Watch)
A former lawyer and media commentator who lost nearly $1 million from gambling is claiming in a lawsuit that the casinos at which she played had a duty to notice her compulsion and to stop her, the Associated Press reported.
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 party critic Hu to go on trial: lawyer (Sydney Morning Herald)
THE prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia will face trial soon, after prosecutors decided to press subversion charges, his lawyer said, as another human rights lawyer close to Hu was freed from brief detention.
State Attorney General creates ID theft unit (The Evening News and the Tribune)
Attorneys and investigators will assist identity theft victims and provide additional resources to law enforcement, under a new ID theft unit created by the Indiana Attorney General.
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.
TBI, district attorney investigating Ray for inappropriate sexual conduct (The Middlesboro Daily)
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The District 3 Attorney General's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is awaiting forensic analysis of items connected with an investigation into accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct by Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray.
Police Probe Serial Killer Link In Lawyer's Death (NBC 6 Miami)
Police are investigating whether a Plantation lawyer found dead in canal could be the victim of a possible South Florida serial killer.
Lawyer works on cleaning up Duroville (The Desert Sun)
The Santa Monica lawyer in charge of cleaning up a 40-acre mobile home slum known as Duroville said he was taken aback by some of the conditions.
Lawyer, family visit suspected Niger Delta rebel leader (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The suspected leader of a Niger Delta oil rebel group is alive and well, a lawyer said Sunday, after weeks of uncertainty about his fate since being extradited from Angola to Nigeria on treason charges.
Lawyer: Venezuela detains man wanted by US on drug trafficking charges (Charleston Daily Mail)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A man accused of helping smuggle many tons of cocaine into the U.S. has been detained by Venezuelan authorities, his lawyer said Sunday, insisting his client is innocent.
Attorney general to attend conference on smuggling (Summit Daily News)
DENVER Colorado Attorney General John Suthers plans to attend a three-day conference on international smuggling, including human trafficking, starting Monday in Phoenix.
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.
State's attorney Russell to run for House (Rapid City Journal)
Fall River County State's Attorney Lance Russell will run for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 30, he announced Friday in a letter to supporters.
Attorney General warns of car dealer 'yo-yo' sales scam (KING5 Seattle)
Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna is issuing a consumer alert about an illegal vehicle sales practice that's catching car buyers off-guard.
Gambler lawyer loses all and sues casinos (Daily Telegraph)
A former lawyer who gambled away nearly £500,000 has lodged a £10 million lawsuit against seven casinos, claiming that they had "a duty of care" to spot her compulsive behaviour and intervene.
State Attorney General Attending Conference on International Smuggling (KKTV 11 Colorado Springs)
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers plans to attend a three-day conference on international smuggling that starts Monday.
Attorney's Family Speaks Out About Unsolved Death (CBS4 Miami)
The family of local attorney found dead in a Plantation canal said they are shocked and heartbroken over her mysterious death. Tears flow on many as they try to express what Melissa Lewis meant to them.
Lawyer seeks Bali bombers' testimony (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A lawyer for the Bali bombers is trying to have the terrorists brought to Bali to testify in their last-ditch appeal.
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.
Lawyer promises new evidence in Bali bombers case (The West Australian)
A lawyer for the Bali bombers is trying to have the terrorists brought to Bali to testify in their last-ditch appeal. Defence lawyer Fahmi Bachmid has promised “new evidence” will be presented during current judicial review hearings being held in the Denpasar District Court.
Attorney joins Stilwell Legal Aid staff (Muskogee Phoenix)
David P. Madden has joined Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. as staff attorney in the Stilwell Law Office. Madden has tried more than 150 jury cases in his legal career.
State's attorney Russell to run for House (Rapid City Journal)
Fall River County State's Attorney Lance Russell will run for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 30, he announced Friday in a letter to supporters.
Beaverhead County attorney resigning soon (The Montana Standard)
DILLON — Beaverhead County Attorney Marv McCann plans to resign within a month to move back to his native Billings, he said Thursday.
Attorney: 'It's a good thing I am healthy' (Detroit Free Press)
Sue Fabian asks every elected official she can: What will it take to make Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan policies more affordable? "The middle-class is really getting hit right now," said Fabian, 53, of Royal Oak, an elder law attorney and geriatric caseworker who cares for her 86-year-old mother.
Bali bombers had legal rights ‘amputated’: lawyer (The West Australian)
A lawyer for three death-row Bali bombers today said their legal rights had been “amputated” because they could not testify at their last-ditch appeals against execution.
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.
Fil-Am lady lawyer’s historic run in Illinois (Inquirer)
Chicago, IL -- A top Filipino-American real estate lawyer is eyeing a chance to make history in Illinois when she runs for a seat in the State Assembly.
Nigeria: Okah, Atatah Alive, Healthy -Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
DETAINED leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah and his alleged accomplice, Edward Atatah, are alive and well, their lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, said yesterday.
Indiana attorney general starts unit to fight identity theft (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The Indiana attorney general's office has formed an identity-heft unit to help investigate cases and advocate for victims of the crime.
Attorney's office in budget squeeze (The Buffalo News)
The Amherst town attorney's office is handling so many major lawsuits that it's running out of money to cover the printing costs associated with them.
Chinese rights lawyer says he was detained by security agents (International Herald Tribune)
Teng Biao said that he was detained for two days by Beijing public security agents who questioned him sternly and warned him about recent articles he had posted on the Internet.
Frogmen resume search of reservoir in which lawyer claims Madeleine McCann's body was dumped (Daily Mail)
Divers have resumed their search of a remote Algarve reservoir where a Portuguese lawyer claims the body of Madeleine McCann was dumped
Attorney General announces identity theft unit (The Star Press)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter is announcing a new Web site to provide information on identity theft. The Web site is part of the attorney general’s new Identity Theft Unit, created to assist victims and law enforcement personnel.
Attorney General announces identity theft unit (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter is announcing a new Web site to provide information on identity theft.
Bali Nine lawyer demands to see Rudd (News Interactive)
A SHOWBUSINESS lawyer responsible for helping three members of the Bali Nine heroin gang escape the firing squad has demanded an audience with Kevin Rudd during an expected visit by the Prime Minister to Jakarta next month.
Tips examined to find attorney's killer (Miami Herald)
Plantation police are continuing their search for the person who killed a prominent attorney and dumped her in a canal. Investigators will spend Monday looking into tips called into Broward Crime Stoppers, Detective Phil Toman said.
Lawyer fears fair trial for Xue prejudiced (Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The lawyer for Nai Yin Xue claims intense media interest may have prejudiced his client's right to a fair trial.
Britney's Lawyer: "Ms. Spears is Not a Checkbook" (PageSix.com)
The gloves came off in an L.A. court today with Britney Spears' lawyer arguing with Kevin Federline's lawyer over skyrocketing legal fees arising from the former couple's bitter custody battle. Britney's new lawyer, Stacy Phillips, argued that K-Fed's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan's fees are excessive, saying that four months of fees for both sides added up to a whopping $900,000. Additionally, ...
Accused killer asks judge for appointed lawyer in Memphis slayings case (The Tennessean)
MEMPHIS -- A man charged with killing four adults and two children in Memphis has told a judge he cannot afford a lawyer.
Former U.S. Attorney To Be WellCare's General Counsel (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA - WellCare Health Plans, which administers Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs, has named a former U.S. attorney and specialist in government affairs as its general counsel.
Spears' lawyer argues against paying Federline's legal costs (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears' lawyer told a Los Angeles court commissioner that the pop star has already spent $1 million on legal fees in her child-custody case and objects to paying another $500,000 to ex-husband Kevin Federline's lawyers.
Wife knew nothing of faked death plot, her attorney says (Chicago Tribune)
A Lake County woman whose husband killed a man and assumed the identity of his victim knew nothing of the bizarre plot, despite police labeling her a "person of interest" in the case, her attorney said at a news conference Monday.
Spears' attorney argues against paying $500,000 in Federline legal costs (Asbury Park Press)
Britney Spears' attorney says the pop star has already spent $1 million on legal fees in her child-custody case and objects to paying a half-million dollars to Kevin Federline's lawyers. Attorney Stacy Phillips told a Los Angeles court commissioner Monday that Federline's lawyers are only entitled to about $150,000 to $175,000. She also says Spears' ex-husband can pay his lawyers on his own. ...
Wife knew nothing of faked death plot, her attorney says (Chicago Tribune)
A Lake County woman whose husband killed a man and assumed the identity of his victim knew nothing of the bizarre plot, despite police labeling her a "person of interest" in the case, her attorney said at a news conference Monday.
Spears Lawyer: Federline Has More Money Than He Lets On (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
Kevin Federline left a $2,000 dinner tip and spent $20,000 on jewelry -- indications that he has more money than he lets on, Britney Spears' lawyer alleged Monday in arguing that the pop star should have to foot less of her ex-husband's legal bills.
Lawyer To Challenge Warrant In Maryland Case (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)
posted 6:57 pm Thu March 06, 2008 - Clinton, N.C. 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.
Defense attorney expected to accept plea bargain, faces prison term (The Fresno Bee)
A Woodlake attorney accused of drug offenses is expected to plead no contest at a bedside court hearing Tuesday at a Visalia health care center.
Attorney: Spears Has Paid $1M In Legal Fees (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
Britney Spears' attorney told a Los Angeles court commissioner that the pop star has already spent $1 million on legal fees in her child-custody case and objects to paying $500,000 to ex-husband Kevin Federline's lawyers. Attorney Stacy Phillips said Monday that Federline's lawyers are only entitled to about $150,000 to $175,000.