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Controversial Lawyer-Rating Service to Expand (Law.com)
The controversial lawyer-rating Web site run by Avvo Inc. is taking its rating system to the Florida and Massachusetts legal markets. The Seattle-based Avvo announced that its Avvo Ratings and Avvo Profiles will now include every attorney in those two states. With the expansion, Avvo said it rates and profiles about 60 percent of licensed U.S. attorneys and is available in 11 states and the ...
Lawyer gets a $500 fine and probation (The Star-Ledger)
An East Orange lawyer cited for contempt during a municipal court trial of a motor vehicle matter last fall was sentenced to a year's probation and fined $500 yesterday by the Superior Court judge who upheld her conviction.
U.S. attorney office to open St. George branch (Deseret Morning News)
The Office for the U.S. Attorney for Utah has announced it has received U.S. Department of Justice funding to open a satellite office in St. George to better handle federal cases in the southern part of the state.
City attorney exceeds budget (Pasadena Star-News)
ROSEMEAD - The city attorney is over his legal budget by $43,000, with six months remaining in the billing cycle, records show.
Defense attorney calims evidence withheld by federal prosecutors (Sun-Sentinel)
Defense attorney claims evidence withheld Excerpt from the motion filed Thursday by defense attorney Donnie Murrell on behalf of his client, Ricardo Sanchez Jr.
City lawyer now recalls signing the secret deal (Detroit Free Press)
A city lawyer who told a Wayne County judge that she wasn't aware of any confidential agreements in Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's text message scandal changed her mind Friday.
Ex-Miami attorney who misused expense account wants $275,000 (Miami Herald)
Former Miami City Attorney Jorge Fernandez won't give up his nearly $275,000 severance package without a fight. Fernandez -- who resigned in February as part of a plea deal with prosecutors over misuse of his city expense account -- has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, demanding City Hall pay up.
Last-minute entrant chosen as Howard state's attorney (Baltimore Sun)
After months of speculation, and some political intrigue, longtime deputy Dario Broccolino was announced yesterday as Howard County's new state's attorney.
Victim-rights lawyer can participate in case (The Salt Lake Tribune)
KANAB - A victims rights lawyer can participate in the sexual-abuse case facing a former Bureau of Land Management administrator, a judge ruled Friday.
Latest appointed lawyer seeks to quit killer's case (The Salt Lake Tribune)
WEST JORDAN - Just weeks after 3rd District Judge Stephen Roth appointed an unwilling attorney to represent death-row inmate Ralph Leroy Menzies in an appeal, the lawyer on Friday asked to withdraw from the case.
Feds pay fees for Junior Gotti lawyer (New York Daily News)
The feds tried to set up John A. (Junior) Gotti's lawyer on a money laundering rap, but ended up footing nearly $10,000 of the mob scion's legal fees, the Daily News has learned.
Mack lawyer wants trial judge thrown off case (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A lawyer for Darren Mack, convicted of fatally stabbing his estranged wife and shooting their divorce judge, has filed a motion asking to have the trial judge thrown off the case, claiming he made unfair and prejudicial rulings against Mack because of his friendship with Mack's former lawyer.
Canadian wins OK to act as his own attorney (The Buffalo News)
A Canadian man plans to act as his own attorney when he goes to trial for allegedly slugging a U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer at the Peace Bridge last November.
Austin lawyer's tax jokes fetch $10,000; Southwest president, chef to speak at women's conference (Austin American-Statesman)
Austin lawyer's tax jokes fetch $10,000 prize
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 ...
Pretrial hearing for attorney charged with OUI continued (Sentinel & Enterprise)
LEOMINSTER -- The pre-trial hearing for a local attorney charged with hitting a parked car while driving drunk in Leominster was continued until April 10 after a short hearing in Leominster District Court on Friday.
Attorney: Bailiff missed court for medical problem (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CROWN POINT | Though an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court was issued Friday for a bailiff charged with sex crimes, the defendant's attorney said the man was hospitalized with a serious medical condition.
City lawyer tells judge she recalls confidential agreement (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
DETROIT -- A city of Detroit lawyer who told a judge she wasn't aware of any confidential agreements in a text-messaging sex scandal involving Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has changed her...
Little known facts on attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Little known facts about Attorney General Michael Mukasey:
Carey hires top US lawyer (Daily Telegraph)
FALLEN AFL star Wayne Carey has hired a $US500-an-hour celebrity lawyer to defend him at his US court appearance for assault charges later this month.
Little known facts on attorney general (Boston Globe)
Little known facts about Attorney General Michael Mukasey: --Last movie seen: "The Great Debaters."
Mukasey slowly adjusting to Attorney General job (San Francisco Chronicle)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey says he never has sought the spotlight, instead living by his parents' axiom of achieving success by keeping his head down and working hard. Look where that landed him: at the helm of the Justice Department, defending...
City lawyer tells judge she recalls confidential agreement (The Muskegon Chronicle)
DETROIT (AP) -- A city of Detroit lawyer who told a judge she wasn't aware of any confidential agreements in a text-messaging sex scandal involving Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has changed her recollection.
Attorney General Mukasey on his sudden fame (KABC-TV Los Angeles)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey says he never has sought the spotlight.
Broccolino Takes Over As Howard State's Attorney (CBS 13 Baltimore)
Dario Broccolino has been named state's attorney in Howard County.
Attorney now recalls signing secret deal (Detroit News)
A day after a Circuit Court judge ordered a City of Detroit attorney to turn over emails relating to Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's secret deal involving text messages, that attorney said her memory had been "refreshed."
Gillette lawyer announces bid for U.S. Senate seat (Casper Star-Tribune)
Democrat Nick Carter, a lawyer from Gillette, formally announced his candidacy for his party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Sen. John Barrasso.
Lawyer Tells Judge She Recalls Confidential Agreement (FOX 2 News Detroit)
A city of Detroit lawyer who told a judge she wasn't aware of any confidential agreements in a text-messaging sex scandal involving Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has changed her recollection.
Why run for attorney general? Teacher isn't telling (The Kansas City Star)
Now let us consider the strange case of Molly Williams, candidate for Missouri attorney general. “Odd” only begins to describe it. Here she is, a teacher at St. Elizabeth School in Kansas City and running for the second-most-powerful job in state government. But darn if I can get her on the phone, and I’ve tried four or five times. Called her house, called her cell, called her school.
U.S. Attorney to open Branch Office in St. George (FOX 13 Utah)
A satellite U.S. Attorney's Office will be opened in St. George. The new office will be paid for by a federal grant and is intended to better handle federal cases in the southern part of the state. U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman office says the branch will be staffed by two assistant U.S. attorneys and a legal administrative specialist.
Mexican attorney general's staff questioned by military (El Paso Times)
The Mexican army has detained 22 employees of the Chihuahua state attorney general's office and the state public safety office as part operations targeting organized crime, according to a news release from Mexican military and federal authorities.
Abbott gets new lawyer (Juneau Empire)
Jason Abbott on Friday was assigned a new lawyer, one with experience in high-profile murder cases.
Attorney Bross teaches session on environment (Courier-Post)
Parker McCay attorney Phyllis E. Bross was an instructor at a recent two-day course titled "Environmental Law and Regulation," presented by the Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education.
Bangladesh to set up graft truth commission: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Bangladesh's emergency government plans a "truth commission" to let people confess to graft and avoid jail as long as they refund ill-gotten gains, a prominent lawyer said Sunday.
R. Eugene Pincham, civil rights attorney (San Jose Mercury News)
CHICAGO - 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.
Potomac Fever: U.S. attorney nomination moves along, sort of (The Des Moines Register)
The nomination of Matt Dummermuth as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa may finally be on its way to a Senate vote.
District Attorney rules officers acted acceptably in shooting of Topock man (Mohave Valley Daily News)
BULLHEAD CITY - A review of facts and circumstances in the Oct. 23 fatal shooting of a Topock man near San Bernardino, Calif., revealed the four officers involved acted in self-defense and the defense of others, according to information from the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.
Gillette lawyer announces bid for U.S. Senate seat (Casper Star-Tribune)
Democrat Nick Carter, a lawyer from Gillette, formally announced his candidacy for his party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Sen. John Barrasso.
Ask An Attorney starts in Hibbing (Hibbing Daily Tribune)
HIBBING — A program that provides people with free, face-to-face advice from an attorney got off to a promising start in Hibbing this week.
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 ...
Lawyer in urgent application for release of journalists in Zimbabwe (EARTHtimes.org)
Harare - The lawyer for two foreign journalists arrested while covering Zimbabwe's elections made an urgent application Sunday for the release of the two men on the third day of their detention. Barry Bearak, a correspondent for the New York Times an...
Gillette lawyer announces bid for U.S. Senate seat (Casper Star-Tribune)
Democrat Nick Carter, a lawyer from Gillette, formally announced his candidacy for his party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Sen. John Barrasso.
Lawyer's close scrape with underbelly (The Australian)
WHEN lawyer George Defteros rattles off a list of his former clients, it sounds like the cast of characters from the Underbelly series based on Melbourne's bloody gangland war.
Lawyer Banned for Threatening File-Sharers (Slashdot)
S. Hare brings us a report from TorrentFreak about a lawyer working for a Swiss anti-piracy group who was recently given a 6-month ban for her attempts to intimidate file-sharers though letters threatening fines and court fees. Elizabeth Martin demanded 400 Euros each from "hundreds of thousands of file-sharers," and suggested that they would have to face large settlements if they did not ...
Lawyer seeks release of reporters held in Zimbabwe (Deepika)
HARARE, Apr 6 (Reuters) A lawyer for two foreign journalists arrested in Zimbabwe for violating media laws today said she has filed an urgent request for their release.
R.I. attorney general skeptical of newest LNG proposal (Boston Globe)
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch has joined a chorus of opponents to the newest version of a plan to develop a liquefied natural gas terminal near Fall River.
Lawyer: Steroid investigator wants to ask Canseco about Clemens (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
SAN FRANCISCO - The federal government's top steroid investigator has asked to meet with Jose Canseco to speak to the former slugger about Roger Clemens.
Lawyer: Investigator wants to ask Canseco about Clemens (Sports Illustrated)
The federal government's top steroid investigator has asked to meet with Jose Canseco to speak to the former slugger about Roger Clemens.
Attorney General Proposes Alternative Court For Nonviolent Crimes (WLTX-TV Columbia)
Nonviolent offenders could avoid prison through an alternate court system being pushed by Attorney General Henry McMaster as both a better way to rehabilitate people and save the state money.
Status of Lawyer for Clemens at Issue (New York Times)
A federal judge in Houston will hear arguments Wednesday on a motion to disqualify Roger Clemens?s lead lawyer, Rusty Hardin, from representing him in a defamation lawsuit.