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Suspect's wife, landlord raised alarms in Plantation lawyer's murder (Sun-Sentinel)
Arrest record unsealed in lawyer's death At least two people close to Tony Villegas, the man charged with killing Fort Lauderdale lawyer Melissa Britt Lewis, told detectives shortly after the murder that he may have been involved, according to court documents released Wednesday.
Kansas attorney general will have no role in Morrison investigation (The Kansas City Star)
No one has asked, but Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six says it would be inappropriate for him to be involved in the investigation of his predecessor, Paul Morrison.
Haneef's lawyer says inquiry is weak (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The inquiry into Australian authorities' handling of the Mohamed Haneef case needs stronger powers, the former terror suspect's lawyer says.
Chinese activist Hu Jia jailed ahead of Olympics: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Activist Hu Jia was on Thursday jailed for three years and six months for subversion, his lawyer said, amid what rights groups charge is a campaign by China to silence dissent before the Olympics.
Haneef's lawyer says inquiry is weak (The West Australian)
The inquiry into Australian authorities' handling of the Mohamed Haneef case needs stronger powers to avoid becoming a "toothless tiger", the former terror suspect's lawyer says.
Fatal ambulance crash negligent, not criminal: attorney (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Criminal charges should be dismissed against an ambulance driver charged with causing a fatal crash that killed a Westmoreland County prison guard because it is not a crime to run through a red light, an attorney argued Wednesday.
Fonder innocent, attorney insists (The Express-Times)
Mary Jane Fonder's attorney says his client, in prison on first-degree murder charges, maintains her innocence. "We have every reason to believe her," said Michael Applebaum of Bensalem, Pa.
Chinese activist Hu Jia jailed ahead of Olympics: lawyer (TODAYonline)
Prominent human rights activist Hu Jia, seen here in 2007 in Beijing. Hu 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.
Ex-attorney faces charge of stealing from estate (Daily Dispatch)
A FORMER Maclear attorney stands accused of stealing thousands of rands after forging a document to withdraw funds from the bank account of a deceased estate.
Wright's attorney hints at conspiracy (The News & Observer)
A defense attorney suggested Wednesday that former Rep. Thomas E. Wright has been unfairly targeted for prosecution, possibly because he is black or unpopular among leaders in the Democratic Party.
Attorney general OKs Bible classes in public schools (The Tennessean)
Tennessee's public school students are legally safe to learn about the Bible's impact on literature, art and politics so long as the lessons aren't sermons, a new opinion from the state's Attorney General says.
Kerviel lawyer says has not sued SocGen (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Jerome Kerviel, at the centre of a rogue trading scandal at French bank Societe Generale, has not launched any legal action against his past employer for now, a lawyer representing the former trader said.
Attorney: Driver in trooper's death to be charged (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The driver who hit and killed a 24-year-old state trooper last Thursday night will be charged with homicide by vehicle at the very least, her attorney said yesterday.
Chinese activist Hu Jia jailed ahead of Olympics: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
Activist Hu Jia was on Thursday jailed for three years and six months for subversion, his lawyer said, amid what rights groups charge is a campaign by China to silence dissent before the Olympics.
Malaysia's top lawyer defends detention of ethnic Indian activists (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
Malaysia's top lawyer defended Thursday the indefinite detention of five Indian activists, dashing hopes they would be released following a plea by a former Cabinet minister who had once condemned them.
Haneef's lawyer renews calls for inquiry powers (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The Brisbane-based lawyer for Dr Mohamed Haneef is again calling on the Federal Government to provide stronger powers for the inquiry into his client's case.
Malaysia: Top Lawyer Defends Detention Of Ethnic Indian Activists (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA: Malaysia's top lawyer defended Thursday (3 Apr) the indefinite detention of five Indian activists, dashing hopes they would be released following a plea by a former Cabinet minister who had once condemned them.
Suspect's wife, landlord raised alarms in Plantation lawyer's murder (Sun-Sentinel)
Arrest record unsealed in lawyer's death At least two people close to Tony Villegas, the man charged with killing Fort Lauderdale lawyer Melissa Britt Lewis, told detectives shortly after the murder that he may have been involved, according to court documents released Wednesday.
South Carolina State Attorney Generals Seeks To Abolish Parole (WSOC-TV Charlotte)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A bill to abolish parole in South Carolina would give the public more confidence in the justice system, save money and wouldn't cause a big increase in the number of inmates, state Attorney General Henry McMaster told a House subcommittee Wednesday afternoon.
Local attorney is reprimanded (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
A 77-year-old Corpus Christi attorney has accepted a public reprimand as part of disciplinary action from the State Bar of Texas, according to this month's issue of the Texas Bar Journal.
Chinese activist Hu Jia jailed ahead of Olympics: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese activist Hu Jia was jailed Thursday for three-and-a-half years for subversion, his lawyer said as rights groups said the charge is a campaign by China to silence dissent before the Olympics.
Attorney general says detained Malaysian Indians a security threat (Channel NewsAsia)
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's attorney general Thursday said five detained ethnic Indian activists should not be freed as they are a threat to national security.
Orange Taylor III's attorney questions evidence in murder trial (The Saginaw News)
The attorney for Orange Taylor III went on the offense Wednesday, attacking the credibility of evidence collectors who scoured an Eastern Michigan University student's dorm room after her body was found.
Attorney General Office Joining Vote Probe in Jeffersonville Mayor's Race (Indiana's NewsCenter)
UNDATED (AP) - The Indiana Attorney General will join an investigation of alleged absentee vote fraud in last year's Democratic primary for Jeffersonville mayor.
Stolen iPhone gave cops key lead in attorney's slaying (Miami Herald)
In the days after Melissa Lewis was strangled inside her Plantation garage, puzzled police detectives questioned friends and relatives, and concluded that the attack on the attorney was random.
Detained ethnic Indians a security threat: Attorney General (Outlook India)
Malaysia's attorney general today said five detained ethnic Indian activists should not be freed as they are a threat to national security.
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.
COURT ALLOWS NEW LAWYER TO TAKE OVER KUDUS CASE (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) -- Former Ampang Jaya Municipal Council enforcement director Capt (R) Abdul Kudus Ahmad has engaged a new lawyer to represent him in his corruption trial.
Attorney Suggests Wright Unfair Target (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A defense attorney suggested Wednesday that former Rep. Thomas Wright has been unfairly targeted for prosecution, possibly because he is black or unpopular among leaders in the Democratic Party.
Former judge and prominent attorney R. Eugene Pincham dies (Daily Herald)
R. Eugene Pincham, a former judge and prominent Chicago defense attorney, has died. He was 82. His son, Robert Eugene Pincham Jr., says Pincham died early today after a long illness.
Attorney General Approves Bible Classes in Schools (WTVC Chattanooga)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee attorney general's opinion approves of public schools offering classes on the Bible as long as the lessons don't include endorsements of a particular religion.
Chinese activist Hu Jia jailed ahead of Olympics: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Activist Hu Jia was on Thursday jailed for three years and six months for subversion, his lawyer said, amid what rights groups charge is a campaign by China to silence dissent before the Olympics.
Ask-A-Lawyer (FOX 4 News Kansas City)
Get your legal question answered during Ask-A-Lawyer Week on FOX 4. Ask-A-Lawyer Week is Monday, April 7- Thursday, April 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 8:00-10:00 p.m. Call 816-576-7107 to get your question answered.
Attorney: Revenge At Center Of Oakland Bakery Kidnapping Case (NBC 11 Bay Area)
The attorney for Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV Thursday accused the man's half brother Joshua Bey of falsely accusing his client in a kidnapping and torture case because he felt betrayed.
Attorney says Bey is falsely accused (KGO-TV Bay Area)
The attorney for Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV accused the man's half brother of falsely accusing his client.
U.S. Attorney's Office responds to racial prosecution allegations (WATE 6 Knoxville)
The U.S. Attorney's Office responded Thursday to allegations of racial prosecution in the murders of a young Knoxville couple in 2007.
Lawyer: Murder Suspect Previously Tried To Kill Missing Mom (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
A man charged with murdering his mistress by beating her over the head with a metal tool once tried to kill her with sleeping pills, an alleged accomplice's lawyer claims.
U.S. attorney hopes meth raid reduces crime in Western Washington (The Olympian)
U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan says he hopes that busting a meth smuggling ring will reduce the number of crimes - robberies, burglaries and car thefts - typically carried out by users.
U.S. attorney hopes meth raid reduces crime in Western Washington (KAJ Kalispell)
Associated Press - April 3, 2008 3:55 PM ET TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan says he hopes that busting a meth smuggling ring will reduce the number of crimes - robberies,...
Lawyer: Murder suspect previously tried to kill N.J. missing mom (phillyburbs.com)
TRENTON, N.J. - A man charged with murdering his mistress by beating her over the head with a metal tool once tried to kill the woman by drugging her with sleeping pills, a lawyer for an alleged accomplice claims.
Dismissed teachers retain lawyer (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Six of the nine Santa Rosa teachers told they would not be rehired next fall because they are not a good fit for the district have retained a lawyer, according to a union representative.
State attorney candidates highlight their differences at forum (The Palm Beach Post)
State attorney candidate Michael McAuliffe highlighted his experience as a federal prosecutor while Democratic primary rival Paula Russell pointed to her work in the "trenches" as a longtime local prosecutor during a candidate forum this afternoon.
Denver attorney helps launch fair housing group (BizJournals)
Denver attorney Amy Robertson of Fox & Robertson is one of the creators of a new, national housing advocacy group called Fair Housing for All.
Lawyer: DiGirolamo plotted to kill Giordano (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
A lawyer is talking about the case of a murdered mom in New Jersey.
Chicago Civil Rights Attorney Dies at 82 (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
R. Eugene Pincham, a longtime civil rights attorney who helped win a multimillion-dollar settlement after two young boys were falsely accused of killing an 11-year-old girl, has died.
Chicago civil rights attorney dies at 82 (AP via Yahoo! News)
R. Eugene Pincham, a longtime civil rights attorney who helped win a multimillion-dollar settlement after two young boys were falsely accused of killing an 11-year-old girl, has died. He was 82.
Lawyer: Missing mom poisoned first (UPI)
A man charged in New Jersey with killing his mistress allegedly tried to poison her before bludgeoning her, a lawyer claimed.
Lawyer: More have come forward with abuse allegations (The News & Observer)
A lawyer who has filed five lawsuits accusing a UNC pediatrician of abuse said about 16 other people have contacted him with similar allegations since he called a news conference Monday.
State attorney candidates highlight their differences at forum (The Palm Beach Post)
State attorney candidate Michael McAuliffe highlighted his experience as a federal prosecutor while Democratic primary rival Paula Russell pointed to her work in the "trenches" as a longtime local prosecutor during a candidate forum this afternoon.
Former commissioner's lawyer says whistleblower in alley death ‘grandstanding' (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER - A lawyer for British Columbia's former police complaint commissioner says the man who exposed an alleged coverup was a grandstander who wanted to publicly embarrass the government for not calling a coroner's inquest into the death of a homeless alcoholic in a Vancouver alley.