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Attorney General Files Motion for Execution Date (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
Montgomery, Al. -- Attorney General Troy King has filed a renewed motion to set an execution date for Thomas Arthur, following the U.S. Supreme Court's order today that terminated a stay of execution that
Reiser's Lawyer Compares Trial To War In Iraq (NBC 11 Bay Area)
The defense lawyer for computer engineer Hans Reiser compares his marathon murder trial to the war in Iraq, telling jurors that in both instances the government has failed to prove its case.
Lawyer: Nina Reiser's death not proven (KGO-TV Bay Area)
The defense lawyer for Hans Reiser told jurors that prosecutors have failed to prove that Nina Reiser is dead.
Lawyer says Italian court allows Parmalat to sue Citigroup (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer for Parmalat says the dairy company will seek damages of more than $16 billion from Citigroup Inc. after a court allowed the Italian company to attach a lawsuit to a criminal trial in Parma.
Attorney, military say 'Chemical Ali' hospitalized (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney says a cousin of Saddam Hussein known as "Chemical Ali" has been hospitalized after going on a hunger strike.
Supporters cheer new attorney (The Arizona Republic)
On March 20, when Konnie K. Young took her attorney's oath before the Supreme Court of Arizona and was officially admitted to practice law as a member of the State Bar of Arizona, her four sons, A.J., Clipper, Dean, and Blake Arnold, were there, cheering her on.
Lawyer, U.S. military say Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' hospitalized (CNews)
BAGHDAD - A lawyer says a cousin of Saddam Hussein known as "Chemical Ali" has been hospitalized after going on a hunger strike. Lawyer Badee Izzat Aref says Ali Hassan al-Majid and a co-defendant were admitted to a U.S. medical facility on Sunday after they passed out.
Polygamy decision coming soon, says B.C. attorney general (CBC)
Attorney General Wally Oppal says he'll decide soon what to do about the polygamous community at Bountiful, near Creston, B.C., but cautioned police can't just march into the area and start making arrests without a formal complaint.
Underbelly brief: lawyer Zarah fights on (Hastings Gazette)
Controversial lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson won a partial victory today in her fight to have her practising certificate reinstated when the Victorian Court of Appeal granted her leave to re-apply to have the decision reviewed in the Supreme Court.
Attorney, military say 'Chemical Ali' hospitalized (Charleston Daily Mail)
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An attorney says a cousin of Saddam Hussein known as "Chemical Ali'' has been hospitalized after going on a hunger strike. Lawyer Badee Izzat Aref says Ali Hassan al-Majid and a co-defendant were admitted to a U.S. medical facility Sunday after they passed out.
NBC 4 Awaits E-mails From Attorney General's Office (WCMH Columbus)
E-mails between attorney general employees could be the key to proving or disproving allegations of sexual harassment against a state employee. NBC 4 has the e-mails.
State Attorney Won't Appeal Decision To Toss Latin Kings Charges (The Tampa Tribune)
TAMPA The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office has decided it will not appeal a judge's decision to throw out racketeering and conspiracy charges against 23 defendants in the case against suspected members of the Latin Kings street gang.
Lawyer says Italian court allows Parmalat to sue Citigroup (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Parmalat will seek damages of more than $16 billion from Citigroup Inc. after an Italian court allowed the dairy company to attach a lawsuit to a criminal trail, a Parmalat lawyer said Monday.
Lawyer says Italian court allows Parmalat to sue Citigroup (INO News)
(AP:ROME) Parmalat will seek damages of more than $16 billion from Citigroup Inc. after an Italian court allowed the dairy company to attach a lawsuit to a criminal trail, a company lawyer said Monday.
If he did it, it was only manslaughter, Reiser attorney tells jury (San Francisco Chronicle)
There is no evidence that Hans Reiser murdered his estranged wife or even that she is dead, but if jurors in his trial are convinced he killed her, they should convict him of nothing more serious than voluntary manslaughter, his attorney argued in court...
San Diego district attorney clears police in cyclist's death (The Fresno Bee)
The San Diego district attorney has found that three police officers should not face criminal charges in the homicide death of a cyclist who struggled against restraints, according to a report released by police Monday.
I-Team: Doctor-Lawyer Fraud Case Re-Trial Bombshell (KLAS Las Vegas)
Federal prosecutors are ready to drop a bombshell on Las Vegas attorney Noel Gage when the lawyer is re-tried on conspiracy charges next month. His first trial ended in a hung jury. But that jury didn't get to hear the evidence that could be introduced the second time around. Chief investigative reporter George Knapp has the details.
Lawyer literally pours water on prosecution’s line of query (The Star)
KUALA LUMPUR: A senior lawyer was so galled with a prosecutor’s line of questioning over a burn injury on Indonesian maid Nirmala Bonat’s right thigh that he suddenly splashed water on his co-counsel in the maid abuse trial.
Environmental group to host attorney general (Muskogee Phoenix)
A local environmental group will play host to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson during an awards dinner May 8. The theme for the event, sponsored by Save the Illinois River Inc., is “STIR Up Your Passion for the Illinois River.”
Brenda Martin's lawyer optimistic she will be released but Canadian ‘terrified' (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Brenda Martin's lawyer and childhood friend are optimistic she will be released from a Mexican prison Tuesday, but say the jailed Canadian is terrified that a Mexican judge's decision may not go her way.
Attorney General Makes Request in Berry Execution (WLBT 3 Jackson)
Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the state supreme court to set a new execution date for Earl Wesley Berry. The attorney general filed papers requesting Berry be executed by May 5th.
Judge says child killer Duncan must have mental evaluation before he can act as own lawyer (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
BOISE, Idaho - A confessed child killer must be evaluated for mental competency before he can act as his own lawyer in death penalty proceedings, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Attorney expects new felony charges against bay spill pilot (North County Times)
SAN FRANCISCO ---- The pilot of the container ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay is expected to be slapped with two new felony charges, his attorney said in a court filing Monday.
SD District Attorney Clears Police In Cyclist's Death (NBC 7/39 San Diego)
San Diego's district attorney says three police officers should not face criminal charges in the death of a cyclist who struggled against restraints.
Singapore lawyer admits 'cry for help' Hong Kong hotel theft (EARTHtimes.org)
Hong Kong - A top Singapore lawyer who earns half a million US dollars a year was due to be sentenced Tuesday after admitting to stealing items worth about 1,200 US dollars from a Hong Kong hotel. Choy Chee Yean, a 40-year-old arbitration lawyer, ple...
Lawyer says politics behind senator’s DUI arrest (The State)
SUMMERVILLE A state senator from Summerville has been charged with driving under the influence. Randy Scott was pulled over Saturday night for driving erratically and was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, Dorchester County deputies said. But Scott’s lawyer says the Dorchester County Republican struggled with walking heel-to-toe in the rain because he lost a leg in a hunting ...
R.C. attorney gives up license amid allegations (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA - A well-known local attorney has surrendered his law license amid allegations he took tens of thousands of dollars from clients and then abandoned them. PDF Document: State Bar Allegations Against William Gebbie
Attorney: State rules don't cover road deal (The Greenville News)
County attorney Mark Tollison said Monday that Greenville County's $10.5 million road paving contract with Ashmore Bros. isn't subject to state contracting rules because the county created its own method of awarding all its annual road work to a single firm.
At trial, attorney cross-examines prosecutor's star witness (Ventura County Star)
The attorney representing murder defendant John "Big Rock" Lewis cross-examined the prosecution's star witness, Bakari Pitts, on Monday about robberies, dope-dealing and his relationship with Lewis
Paul Walter chosen Clinton city attorney (Quad-City Times)
CLINTON, Iowa — Paul Walter of Des Moines has been selected to be the new Clinton city attorney.
Attorney pleads guilty in money laundering (Arizona Daily Star)
A Tucson attorney arrested four years ago, along with reputed members of a large drug-trafficking ring, pleaded guilty Monday to solicitation of money laundering.
N.J. attorney general subpoenas Atlantic City records (Philly.com)
ATLANTIC CITY - Another criminal investigation is going on at City Hall. Mayor Scott Evans confirmed yesterday the state Attorney General's Office delivered four subpoenas to City Hall on Friday seeking municipal records from 2000 to 2007.
Chinese dissident Hu chooses not to appeal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Leading Chinese dissident Hu Jia will not appeal a guilty verdict meted out to him for attempting to overthrow the Chinese government, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Chinese dissident Hu chooses not to appeal: lawyer (TODAYonline)
File photo shows prominent human rights activist Hu Jia at his apartment in Beijing. Jia will not appeal against a guilty verdict meted out to him recently, his lawyer said on Tuesday
NZ lawyer withdraws from Fiji vote role (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
A New Zealand lawyer who failed to disclose he had once been disbarred by the New Zealand Law Society has withdrawn as Fiji's Supervisor of Elections.
Lorenson starts as Oshkosh city attorney (The Oshkosh Northwestern)
The acting officially came off City Attorney Lynn Lorensons title Sunday.
Schmitz's lawyer files to dismiss fraud case (The Huntsville Times)
MONTGOMERY - A lawyer for Rep. Sue Schmitz, D-Toney, has filed several motions seeking the dismissal of fraud charges against her, including one alleging misconduct by federal prosecutors during grand jury proceedings.
French lawyer for Khmer accused (BBC News)
A French lawyer nicknamed "the Devil's advocate" will defend ex-Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan.
Tearful attorney recalls corruption on Ill. pension board (Belleville News-Democrat)
Fighting back tears, a Chicago attorney testified Monday that he heard five years ago how Antoin "Tony" Rezko and another political fundraiser were going to be allowed to reward Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign donors with business from a state pension fund.
Khmer accused gets French lawyer (BBC News)
A French lawyer nicknamed "the Devil's advocate" will defend ex-Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan.
Attorney seeks juvenile trial for teen who stabbed brother (Centre Daily Times)
An attorney says a 14-year-old accused of fatally stabbing his older brother over a video game should be tried as a juvenile.
Lawyer says politics behind senators DUI arrest (The State)
SUMMERVILLE A state senator from Summerville has been charged with driving under the influence. Randy Scott was pulled over Saturday night for driving erratically and was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, Dorchester County deputies said. But Scott’s lawyer says the Dorchester County Republican struggled with walking heel-to-toe in the rain because he lost a leg in a hunting ...
Lawyer suspended for conduct (Hattiesburg American)
Hattiesburg lawyer Thomas Dale Beavers II has been suspended from practicing law for six months by order of the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Attorney Admits Role in Drug Ring (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
A Tucson attorney arrested four years ago when police broke up a large drug-trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to soliciting money laundering. Pima County prosecutors say 52-year-old Hector Montoya will be placed on probation for 18 months and must report his conviction to the state bar.
Texas attorney general calls for stricter sexually oriented business laws 12:40 PM CT (Dallas Morning News)
The state needs more robust laws to quickly shut down strip clubs and bars where minors are found performing, Attorney General Greg Abbott said today.
NZ lawyer withdraws from Fiji election supervision (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
New Zealand lawyer Maurice Coughlan has withdrawn as Fiji's Supervisor of Elections.
Lawyer: Colombia leader's cousin seeks political asylum (CNN.com)
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- An attorney says a cousin of Colombia's president who is wanted for alleged paramilitary ties is in the Costa Rican Embassy in Bogota requesting political asylum.
Attorney General says open meeting law needs to be revamped (KTVB Boise)
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says state lawmakers need to revamp Idaho's open meeting law to remove ambiguities that make it difficult to enforce.
Defense attorney says oil spill pilot may face more charges (San Jose Mercury News)
SAN FRANCISCO - The pilot of a ship that spilled nearly 54,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in November may soon face two new federal criminal charges, according to his defense attorney.
Attorney says Seattle ready to negotiate Sonics move (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - April 22, 2008 3:15 PM ET SEATTLE (AP) - The lead attorney for the city of Seattle says the city is willing to negotiate with the Oklahoma City-based owners of the...