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Imprisoned Canadian nearing final court hearing: lawyer (Canada.com)
The lawyer for a Canadian woman who’s spent more than two years in a Mexican jail without trial says he expects a judge will hold a final hearing in her case within two weeks.
Lawyer named to public defender spot in Suffolk has ties to region (The Virginian-Pilot)
SUFFOLK Lawyer Jim Grandfield has been named the city's lead public defender. Grandfield was previously with the Suffolk office from 1998 until 2004. Hired by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Grandfield has a staff of six lawyers. He replaces Anita Lester, who left the office to go int ...
County Attorney announces charges in Gilbert bus brawl (FOX 10 Phoenix)
The video of a bus brawl between a driver and a Gilbert student made national headlines last month. Now Country Attorney Andrew Thomas announces who, if anyone, is facing charges. FOX 10's Andrew Hasbun reports.
County attorney charges teen involved in bus brawl (12 News Phoenix)
A Gilbert teenager has been charged with one count of disorderly conduct after fighting with a Higley Unified School District bus driver. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said he decided not to prosecute the bus driver because she was well within her right to restrain the student.
Fairfax County senator eyes run for attorney general (The Virginian-Pilot)
State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, R-Fairfax County, said Monday that he's likely to run for attorney general next year. Cuccinelli, 39, has been a conservative, outspoken voice against abortion and state tax increases since joining the Senate in 2002. He sponsored legislation in 2007 that limited the ri ...
Lawyer warns against RAAF-RAF transfers (The West Australian)
A lawyer for Australia's first serviceman killed in Iraq hopes the British inquest into his death serves as a warning to airmen considering transferring to the Royal Air Force (RAF).
State health department refuses to turn over abortion records subpoenaed by Johnson County district attorney (The Kansas City Star)
A Kansas agency has refused to turn over abortion records subpoenaed by Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline.
State health department refuses to turn over abortion records subpoenaed by Johnson County district attorney (The Kansas City Star)
A Kansas agency has refused to turn over abortion records subpoenaed by Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline.
Dirshe retains his own attorney (Leavenworth Times)
A former substitute teacher accused of having unlawful sexual relations with students in Leavenworth is retaining his own attorney.
N.Y. Court Rejects Attempt to Classify Lawyer's Libel Action as SLAPP Suit (Law.com)
An environmental group and its director have lost their bid to recover attorney fees and compensatory and punitive damages from an attorney who filed an allegedly frivolous defamation suit against them, a New York appellate court has ruled. The Appellate Division, 1st Department held that the lawyer's claim did not amount to a "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," more commonly ...
Cuccinelli to run for attorney general (The Washington Times)
State Sen. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, one of Virginia's most conservative lawmakers, yesterday announced his plans to run for attorney general next year.
Attorney to appeal Elzahabi immigration fraud conviction (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
MINNEAPOLIS - The attorney for a Minneapolis man arrested in a 2004 terrorism investigation says he will appeal his client's conviction on charges of possessing fraudulent immigration documents.
N.Va. Conservative to Run for Attorney General (Washington Post)
State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax), one of Northern Virginia's few conservative elected officials with grass-roots support across the state, announced plans yesterday to run for attorney general next year.
Greene's family lawyer: City in contempt (Detroit News)
A lawyer for the family of a slain exotic dancer said Monday he is planning contempt of court proceedings against the city of Detroit after the city missed a court-ordered Friday deadline to supply him with certain text messages and police records related to a federal lawsuit.
PEOPLE: Court gives attorney civil trial designation (Courier-Post)
Richard Grungo Jr., a partner at Archer & Greiner, P.C., Princeton, has been designated a certified civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Ex-F&S Oil president in Connecticut, attorney says (Republican-American)
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WATERBURY -- Ousted F&S Oil President Christopher Carr is in Connecticut, and is in contact with state officials through his attorney, his lawyer said Tuesday. Brian E. Spears, a Westport attorney representing Carr, said he is regularly in contact with Carr, but would not disclose his location, or comment on the demise of F&S Oil. More details in Wednesday's ...
Montrealer's lawyer barred from Saudi courtroom (Montreal Gazette)
The appeal hearing for a Montreal man facing execution in Saudi Arabia got off to a rocky start yesterday as his lawyer was ordered out of the courtroom.
Lawyer: Arcata Indian food establishment gone for good (Eureka Times-Standard)
The only Indian eatery in Arcata will not be serving food ever again, according to the operator's lawyer. ”He's not going to open that again,” said M.
Canadian's lawyer threatened (Kitchener/Waterloo Record)
MONTREAL (Apr 1, 2008) -- A Saudi court has threatened the lawyer of a Canadian man who is facing a public beheading after the advocate submitted a bid to appeal the death sentence.
Man claims attorney failed to explain options (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
A defense attorney and a defendant took the stand in Wood County Circuit Court on Monday and painted a picture of an Illinois lawyer as being unprepared and unwilling to listen.
Lawyer found in contempt (Times Herald)
Port Huron lawyer David Black has been found in contempt of court after a judge ruled he tried to mislead another lawyer, then lied when asked about it in open court.
Attorney to appeal Elzahabi immigration fraud conviction (KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
The attorney for a Minneapolis man arrested in a 2004 terrorism investigation says he will appeal his client's conviction on charges of possessing
Lawyer will object to moving trial (phillyburbs.com)
MOUNT HOLLY - The lawyer for Burlington County Bridge Commission Chairman John Comegno says she will object to the transfer of her client's drunken-driving case from a municipal judge in Moorestown to the county's presiding municipal judge.
Egypt: 'Rendition' lawyer vows to take Italy and US to the Hague (Adnkronos)
Egypt: 'Rendition' lawyer vows to take Italy and US to the Hague (Aki) - The lawyer for a former Muslim cleric allegedly abducted by the CIA from a Milan street and tortured in an Egyptian jail, has pledged to take his client's case to the European Court of Human Rights in the Hague.Montaser al-Zayyat represents the cleric, Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar."I will ...
Attorney's trial set for June 23 (The Intelligencer)
Attorney Richard Patton, accused of causing the death of his girlfriend during a drunken spat in the parking lot of a Newtown Township restaurant last year, will stand trial on June 23.
County Attorney announces charges in Gilbert bus brawl (FOX 10 Phoenix)
The video of a bus brawl between a driver and a Gilbert student made national headlines last month. Now Country Attorney Andrew Thomas announces who, if anyone, is facing charges. FOX 10's Andrew Hasbun reports.
Lawyer Kurer to guide UBS through rapids (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Peter Kurer, the little-known lawyer named prospective chairman of UBS, faces the daunting task of leading the biggest victim of the global credit crisis after a series of emergency cash injections.
Cancer inquiry adjourns after counsel receives e-mail from N.L. gov't lawyer (Times & Transcript)
The inquiry into botched breast cancer tests in Newfoundland has been briefly adjourned after its counsel received an e-mail late Monday from the provincial government's lawyer.
IBM Served by US Attorney's Office (PC World via Yahoo! News)
IBM has received a grand jury summons from the U.S. Attorney's Office over possible procurement violations between employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and certain IBM employees, the company said Monday.
Cancer inquiry adjourns after receiving e-mail from N.L. gov't lawyer (Times & Transcript)
Testimony from Newfoundland's former health minister into botched breast cancer tests has been postponed until Thursday after the legal counsel for a public inquiry received an e-mail late Monday from the provincial government's lawyer.
Lawyer asks to dismiss assault charge against Centralia grandma (KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities)
Associated Press - April 1, 2008 12:15 PM ET CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - A lawyer for a 77-year-old Centralia woman accused of slapping her granddaughter-in-law is asking a Municipal Court judge to...
Pathologist 'demonized', lawyer says (Toronto Star)
Pathologist Dr. Charles Smith has been “demonized” at a public inquiry for simply doing what was expected of him while, his lawyer has told a public inquiry.
District Attorney plans Family Justice Center for NW Louisiana (Bossier Press-Tribune)
A cooperative effort between the district attorney and Willis-Knighton Health System may mean a new one-stop shop to assist the victims of domestic abuse in northwest Louisiana.
City’s attorney resigns Wilson County News October 24, 2007 (Wilson County News)
FLORESVILLE — City Attorney Howard Berger has resigned effective Oct. 15 at the request of City Manager Juan Cedillo. “The first conversation they had that day was asking if he’d support the majority of the [city] council,” Mayor Danny Tejada said.
Attorney resigns; salary increase tabled Victoria Dixon Wilson County News April 18, 2007 (Wilson County News)
FLORESVILLE — Mayor Danny Tejada is hoping to change City Attorney Howard Berger’s mind regarding his recent resignation. This was one of several items on the council’s April 12 agenda that were tabled.
Attorney Killed When Scooter Hits Deer (KCTV 5 Kansas City)
An attorney who represents Boone County is dead after his Italian motor scooter struck a deer.
Attorney general visits Jackson (MLive.com)
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox visited Jackson today calling for more transparency in government spending. Cox is asking the state House to act on a bill that would publish state spending online so computer users could track it.
Attorney general's office sues N. Idaho contractor (Fox 12 Idaho)
Associated Press - April 1, 2008 3:44 PM ET COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho attorney general's office is asking a 1st District judge to order a Post Falls contractor to pay back...
Utah Supreme Court: Defendant in capital murder case can get his lawyer back (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 1:34 PM- The Utah Supreme Court ruled today that a man accused of the 1984 slaying of a Perry convenience store clerk can be represented by a lawyer who was taken off the case because of a possible conflict of interest.
Columbia attorney dies in scooter accident (The Kansas City Star)
COLUMBIA | An attorney who represents Boone County died after his Italian motor scooter struck a deer.
Mills considering challenge on McCartney divorce gag: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Paul McCartney's estranged wife Heather Mills is considering trying to get the gagging order lifted on court transcripts from their divorce battle, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Local Attorney Gets License Reinstated (WHIO-TV 7 Dayton)
A controversial attorney who once served time in prison for his connection to the killing of a Dayton police officer has been reinstated to practice law.
Lawyer: Hold Napolitano accountable in ELL case (KVOA Tucson)
Associated Press - April 1, 2008 5:44 PM ET PHOENIX (AP) - A lawyer for lawsuit plaintiffs says Gov. Janet Napolitano hasn't done enough to resolve a yearslong dispute over funding for English...
Lawyer: Hold Napolitano Accountable in ELL Case (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
A lawyer for lawsuit plaintiffs says Gov. Janet Napolitano hasn't done enough to resolve a years long dispute over funding for English language instruction and that she and other top officials should be accountable in court.
Police ignored man's request for lawyer in Jewish center shooting (Seattle Times)
Much of a taped statement by Naveed Haq, accused in a shooting rampage at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, will be inadmissible at his trial because detectives ignored his requests for a lawyer, a prosecutor says.
Controversy In Race For Cook Co. State's Attorney (CBS 2 Chicago)
Republican state's attorney candidate Tony Peraica is raising questions about his opponent, Anita Alvarez. At issue is who she's posing with in a picture. As CBS 2's Mike Parker reports, the controversy swirls around a March 6 fundraiser for Alvares at a Southwest Side restaurant.
Yogurt shop lawyer walks out of court (KVUE-TV Austin)
A lawyer for a defendant in the infamous Yogurt Shop murders walked out of court Tuesday -- refusing to participate in a meeting with the judge because it wasn't open to the public.
Voorhis' lawyer makes opening statements (Denver Post)
Federal immigration agent Cory Voorhis sat at the defense table in federal court Tuesday, but opening statements by his lawyer indicated that the legal team would try to put the actions of Gov. Bill Ritter and the city of Denver on trial.
Attorney pleads guilty in Ohio Statehouse sex sting (WKYC Cleveland)
LEBANON, Ohio -- An attorney who was arrested in the basement of the Ohio Statehouse as part of an Internet child-sex sting has pleaded guilty today. Forty-eight-year-old Barry Mentser of New Albany faces up to 18 months in prison when sentenced next month in a Warren County court.
Ont. chief coroner’s office also at fault: Smith’s lawyer (GlobalTV Ontario)
TORONTO — He was “demonized” at public hearings that ended Tuesday but Dr. Charles Smith handled child-death investigations no differently than any other pathologist working in the same deeply flawed system, his lawyer argued.