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Attorney: ICE official did not release unauthorized information (Summit Daily News)
DENVER The defense attorney for a government official accused of using restricted criminal information for a campaign ad says he is not a political activist and he was just doing his job.
Bill on alcopop drinks targeted by attorney general (Baltimore Sun)
Proposal allows the beverages to be taxed as beer Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and public health advocates launched a campaign Tuesday to make sure drinks like Mike's Hard Lemonade and Jack Daniel's Black Jack Cola are considered legally the same as liquor, not beer.
Greenburgh hit & run suspect's lawyer denies involvement in fatal crash (The Journal News)
GREENBURGH - The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run of an Elmsford pedestrian a month ago is a medic for the New York City Fire Department and insists he is not to blame for the fatal crash, the man's lawyer said today.
Ohio attorney arrested in Internet child-sex sting at statehouse pleads guilty (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LEBANON, Ohio - A former children's services lawyer accused in an Internet child-sex sting pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges. Barry Mentser, 48, of New Albany, pleaded to importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, his attorney and a prosecutor said.
Boone County attorney dies after motor scooter hits deer (Southeast Missourian)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An attorney who represents Boone County is dead after his Italian motor scooter struck a deer.
Attorney Pleads Guilty In Internet Sex Sting (The Kentucky Post)
An attorney arrested in an internet sex sting at the Ohio Statehouse has entered a guilty plea.
Attorney Unlicensed in Florida Still Awarded $1 Million in Fees in Messy Probate Case (Law.com)
A Florida judge has awarded a North Carolina attorney $1 million in fees for representing a wealthy widow in a messy probate case even though the attorney was not licensed to practice law in Florida. The judge noted that the solo's work helped produce "an excellent result," and that the widow "behaved despicably" during legal proceedings and was not a credible witness. The settlement gave the ...
Pottawattamie County Attorney Facing More Legal Trouble (KWWL Iowa)
A former assistant Pottawattamie County attorney convicted of stealing drug evidence has been charged with drunken driving. Jeff TeKippe was arrested at his home after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a parked car.
Spiezio's lawyer says case moving to end (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The lawyer for soon-to-be Richmond Brave Scott Spiezio said yesterday that the legal case against Spiezio is "proceeding to a resolution." Spiezio faces a court proceeding Monday stemming from a car crash in late December in Newport Beach, Calif., that resulted in six misdemeanor charges. Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County, Calif., District Attorney's office, said Spiezio is ...
Spiezio's lawyer says case moving to end (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The lawyer for soon-to-be Richmond Brave Scott Spiezio said yesterday that the legal case against Spiezio is "proceeding to a resolution." Spiezio faces a court proceeding Monday stemming from a car crash in late December in Newport Beach, Calif., that resulted in six misdemeanor charges. Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County, Calif., District Attorney's office, said Spiezio is ...
Essex County jurist again accused of cursing at lawyer (The Star-Ledger)
An Essex County judge who is the focus of an ethical proceeding after allegedly cursing at an attor ney from the bench is now accused of giving a similar treatment to a second lawyer.
Lawyer: Client not involved in fatal crash (The Journal News)
GREENBURGH - The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run of an Elmsford pedestrian a month ago is a emergency medical technician for the New York City Fire Department and insists he is not to blame for the fatal crash, the man's lawyer said yesterday.
Mills may contest McCartney divorce gag: lawyer (Servihoo)
Paul McCartney's estranged wife Heather Mills may try to get the gagging order lifted on court transcripts from their divorce battle, her lawyer said on Tuesday.
Labor board to talk about attorney fees (The Salt Lake Tribune)
For employees trying to recoup lost wages, leave your attorney behind when coming to the state Labor Commission for help - unless you plan to pay those legal fees yourself.
Mills may contest McCartney divorce gag: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Paul McCartney's estranged wife Heather Mills may try to get the gagging order lifted on court transcripts from their divorce battle, her lawyer has said.
Gahanna lawyer pleads guilty in child-sex sting (The Columbus Dispatch)
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- A Gahanna lawyer arrested in the Ohio Statehouse basement in an Internet child-sex sting pleaded guilty yesterday to two charges.
Inmate not likely to get district attorney's backing in 1987 murder case (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
The Dallas County district attorney's office is likely to object to a judge's opinion that a man convicted in a fatal aggravated robbery is actually innocent, a high-ranking prosecutor said this week.
Lawyer: Toss fatal crash verdict (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- The lawyer for a woman convicted in a drunken-driving crash that killed a 10-year-old Gillette girl asked the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn her conviction.
'Too early' to discuss compensation: lawyer (Montreal Gazette)
It's too early to discuss the issue of compensation for the families of the seal hunters killed on Saturday, a lawyer representing one of the survivors said yesterday.
GOP takes breather on attorney general race (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans considering a run for the state attorney general’s post this year are heeding advice from Gov. Mitch Daniels and state GOP officials who have asked for a timeout after Steve Carter’s sudden announcement not to seek re-election.
Medicaid fraud case yields forfeitures :U.S. attorney shares $900,000 with state law enforcement. (South Bend Tribune)
SOUTH BEND -- The U.S. attorney's office on Tuesday presented a check for nearly $900,000 to its crime-fighting partners in the case of a former Warsaw dentist who is serving a five-year prison term for Medicaid fraud.
Attorney resigns in Patrick (Martinsville Bulletin)
The Patrick County Board of Supervisors has hired Alan Black as the new county attorney, replacing Eric Monday, who resigned earlier this week “to pursue other career opportunities.”
Motion seeks documents in slain attorney case (Miami Herald)
A Broward judge will decide Wednesday morning whether to make public an arrest warrant for Tony Villegas, the man accused of strangling a Fort Lauderdale attorney and dumping her body in a canal.
Attorney General in T.C. to Promote New Website (9&10 News Cadillac)
Attorney General Mike Cox will be in Traverse City today, promoting the creation of a Web site to show taxpayers where every penny sent to state government is spent.
Attorney: ICE official did not release unauthorized information (9 News Denver)
DENVER (AP) - The defense attorney for a government official accused of using restricted criminal information for a campaign ad says he is not a political activist and he was just doing his job.
Lawyer Testifies That D.C.'s Child Welfare Agency in Crisis (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)
Stay on top of breaking news! Sign up for ABC 7 News e-mail alerts. A children's rights lawyer says D.C.'s child welfare agency is in crisis after thousands of new reports flooded the agency in recent months.
District attorney expected to drop case against Murrieta psychiatrist (The Press-Enterprise)
Dr. Joel Stanley Dreyer is scheduled to return to the Southwest Justice Center next week, when lawyers expect the Riverside County district attorney’s office to drop the case because the 70-year-old Murrieta psychiatrist because the federal government has indicted him, said his attorney Wayne Rozenberg said.
Cambridge Bay murder suspect gets OK for Toronto lawyer (CBC North)
A man accused of murder in a triple-shooting in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, last year can use a lawyer from outside the territory, a judge has ruled.
Judge Unseals Documents In Murdered Attorney Case (CBS4 Miami)
New details will soon be released concernign the investigation into the murder of an attorney in Plantation.  Wednesday, a Broward judge unsealed all of the documents related to the arrest of 44-year old Tony Villegas who has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Melissa Britt Lewis.
Conn. U.S Attorney Confirmed For Federal Post (NBC 30 Connecticut)
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Connecticut U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor for a top Justice Department post.
Steve Schaefer announces for County Attorney (Bandera Bulletin)
My name is Steve Schaefer. I am running for County Attorney. I am a local Bandera Attorney, with my office on Main Street. I was born and raised in Texas. I am 52 years old. I live in Vanderpool, Texas. I have two daughters: Blanche, who is 13 years old, and Cecelia, who is 10 years old.
City selects firm to find new attorney (Florida Today)
West Melbourne officials have hired a professional firm to find a new city attorney.
Reiser's Attorney Reveals Missing Hard Drives (NBC 11 Bay Area)
Two hard drives that computer engineer Hans Reiser removed from one of his computers shortly after his estranged wife, Nina, disappeared on Sept. 3, 2006, were produced in court Wednesday by his attorney, William DuBois.
Appeals court rejects defendant's claim that lawyer failed to properly represent him (The Palm Beach Post)
An appeals court on Wednesday denied claims by Michael Roman, who pleaded guilty to the September 2003 murders of five members of a Lake Worth family, that his lawyer did not effectively represent him.
N.C. inmate on death row for 14 years to be freed: lawyer (CNews)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After 14 years on death row, an inmate whose murder convictions were thrown out because investigators withheld evidence will soon be freed, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Defense attorney indicted on witness tampering charges 3:54 PM (WCNC Charlotte)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte attorney has been indicted in federal court, accused of witness tampering and obstruction of justice. The U.S. Attorney of the District of South Carolina released an indictment Wednesday of Tolly A. Kennon, III, a criminal defense attorney practicing in Charlotte.
Fowler to replace Farrell as SR city attorney (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Assistant City Attorney Caroline Fowler will succeed her longtime boss, Brien Farrell, as Santa Rosa city attorney.The City Council unanimously agreed to elevate Fowler effective July 22, Mayor Bob Blanchard announced Tuesday.
FRANCE MUST PAY UP FOR CHAD CHILDREN: LAWYER (The Tocqueville Connection)
N'DJAMENA, April 2, 2008 (AFP) - A Chadian lawyer charged Wednesday that France had failed to keep its word to pay millions of euros that six French charity workers were ordered to compensate families whose children they tried to fly out of the country.
Ozark attorney withdraws from alderman race (The Springfield News-Leader)
Ozark attorney Bruce Galloway announced today he has withdrawn as a candidate for Ward 2 alderman in Ozark. Galloway indicated in a news release he has withdrawn for personal reasons and asked that supporters vote for Jay Johnson in the municipal election.
Lawyer: N.C. inmate on death row for 14 years to be freed (KRON 4 Bay Area)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The lawyer for a man who has spent the past 14 years on death row in North Carolina says his client will soon be freed. The attorney says prosecutors have dropped murder charges against Glen Chapman.
Lawyer: N.C. inmate on death row for 14 years to be freed (WTOL 11 Toledo)
Associated Press - April 2, 2008 4:33 PM ET RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The lawyer for a man who has spent the past 14 years on death row in North Carolina says his client will soon be freed.
Teen shocked by Taser while handcuffed: lawyer (CNews)
VICTORIA — A Victoria lawyer says his 15-year-old client was locked in handcuffs in the back seat of a police cruiser when an RCMP officer twice zapped him with a Taser.
Oregon attorney general demands EPA action on greenhouse gases (BizJournals)
Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers on Wednesday joined a coalition of state attorneys general and environmental advocacy groups demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency decide whether to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Lawyer complains his 15 year-old client was shocked by Taser while handcuffed (CNews)
VICTORIA - RCMP are using their electronic shock weapons to adjust attitudes rather than as a last resort, said a Victoria lawyer whose 15-year-old client was zapped twice while in handcuffs.
Mo. Senate rejects a proposal to remove the attorney general’s power over the state’s no-call list. (Columbian Missourian)
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate rejected a proposal to remove the attorney general’s power over the state’s no-call list Wednesday.
Wright attorney suggests client being unfairly singled out (WAVY 10)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A defense attorney has suggested that former Rep. Thomas Wright has been unfairly targeted for prosecution, possibly because he is black or unpopular among leaders in the Democratic Party.
Lawyer: Feds delaying indictments in prostitution ring (Newsday)
A lawyer for the man accused of running the Emperors Club prostitution operation, which figured in former Gov. Eliot Spitzer 's downfall, said federal prosecutors have delayed until next month the date by which they expect to bring indictments.
Valley Stream lawyer got six-figure pension (Newsday)
The state comptroller's office retroactively gave a politically influential Nassau lawyer 21 years' credit in the state pension system - even though he had been paid as a private contractor.
Chinese activist Hu Jia jailed ahead of Olympics: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Activist Hu Jia was sentenced Thursday to three years and six months in jail for subversion, his lawyer said, amid what rights groups charge is a campaign by China to silence dissent before the Olympics.
Documents show enough evidence of who killed Plantation attorney (7 News Miami)
MIAMI -- Police released court documents with enough evidence to accuse a man of murder of a Plantation attorney.