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NZ company's $15m cash offer 'ghost bid' - US lawyer (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A New Zealand company's $15.5 million cash offer for a Las Vegas energy drink company is a "ghost bid", according to an American lawyer.
Lawyer: 'Thrill kill' was self-defense (Detroit News)
The teen accused of beheading and mutilating a man for the thrill of the kill acted in self-defense during an extortion scheme gone wrong, his lawyer said during opening arguments of his murder trial Monday. Daniel Sorensen, a bouncer who lived in a world of "crime and drugs," pulled a gun on Jean Pierre Orlewicz, 18, when a strong-armed plot for $3,000 collapsed, defense attorney Joseph Niskar ...
Lawyer blames defendant's daughter in elderly women's murder-for-profit trial in Los Angeles (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - A lawyer for one of two elderly women accused of killing two transient men for insurance money told jurors Monday that his client's daughter ran over one victim and the mother had nothing to do with it.
3 stay in race for city attorney (Boulder Daily Camera)
No matter what happens when the Boulder City Council votes tonight on who should be the next city attorney, it's bound to be awkward.
Being Hicks's lawyer 'confronting': McLeod (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The lawyer for convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks says it was a highly confronting experience to represent him.
Ottawa, defence agree on Khadr, lawyer says (Montreal Gazette)
The chief military lawyer for Omar Khadr says the Conservative government has acknowledged the United States is unlawfully prosecuting the young Canadian for war crimes.
ACCOMACK: Attorney, ag agent trade barbs on budget (Eastern Shore News)
PARKSLEY — The hunt for ways to trim Accomack County’s proposed budget took on a confrontational tone at a public hearing Monday in a clash between a longtime agricultural extension agent and the new county attorney over the skyrocketing cost of legal services paid for by taxpayers.
Stebic lawyer: Family is digging for info on Lisa (The Herald News)
JOLIET -- Craig Stebic's in-laws are using a petition seeking visitation rights to his children to mine for information about his wife's disappearance, Stebic's lawyer said Monday.
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 ...
District attorney works to keep $5.4M in border-related grants (The San Francisco Examiner)
Although the U.S. Department of Justice has asked San Francisco to repay $5.4 million in grant money intended for border-related crimes, District Attorney Kamala Harris said her office is working to prove that The City's cases were eligible for the federal funds.
Delavan fires city attorney after letter (The Pantagraph)
DELAVAN -- Delavan’s city attorney has been fired after sending a letter questioning a closed meeting by the city council.
Murder trial delayed by lawyer's illness (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
The first-degree murder trial of Wilfrid Hathway has been postponed because his defence lawyer is ill.
Jervis' DUI OK, his lawyer says (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Former Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis was justified in driving while drunk near his home in Lanikai last month to prevent a greater offense, his lawyer Paul Cunney said yesterday.
Lawyer says defendant's daughter killed indigent (Contra Costa Times)
LOS ANGELES -- A lawyer for one of two elderly women accused of killing two indigent men for insurance money told jurors Monday that his client's daughter ran over one victim, and the mother had nothing to do with it.
U.S. Attorney's office to open in St. George (Saint George Spectrum)
ST. GEORGE - With the growth of Southern Utah has come a lot of new opportunities, including criminal opportunities. After a year and half of work, Brett L. Tolman, U.S. Attorney, announced Monday morning the opening of a branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office here.
Jervis' attorney may be gagged (Honolulu Advertiser)
The city prosecutor's office is moving to stop the attorney for former Bishop Estate trustee Gerard Jervis, who is facing charges stemming from a Lanikai egg-throwing incident last month, from making "unfair public statements."
Lawyer: Zimbabwe's High Court to hear petition for vote info (Detroit Free Press)
HARARE, Zimbabwe — An opposition lawyer says Zimbabwe's High Court has agreed to hear a petition demanding the release of the results of the March 29 presidential election.
Top Ohio Attorney General aide faces harassment claims (WKYC Cleveland)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has put one of his top advisers on paid leave while the agency investigates allegations that he sexually harassed two female workers.
Attorney: South Carolina Textile Firm, Railroad Settle in Train Wreck Lawsuit (Insurance Journal)
A South Carolina textile company that closed after a train wreck and toxic chemical spill in 2005 settled a lawsuit with a railroad company, ending a trial that began a month ago, an attorney for the
Attorney General: Almost All of 156 Payday Outlets in Arkansas Plan to Close (Eyewitness News Memphis)
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says most of the payday lending companies operating in Arkansas have said they will close in response to his threat last month to sue them...
State Attorney clears Boynton Beach policeman in shooting (Sun-Sentinel)
State Attorney Barry Krischer cleared a police officer in the shooting of a suspected carjacker who pulled out a gun, calling it "a clear case of self -defense," police said Tuesday.
Man Accused In Attorney's Murder Denied Bond (CBS4 Miami)
The man accused of killing Plantation attorney Melissa Britt Lewis and then dumping her body in a nearby canal will remain behind bars until his trial.
Attorney general: Almost all payday loan outlets in Arkansas plan to close (KY3 Springfield)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told payday loan companies last month that they are violating the state constitution.
Fen-Phen Attorney Wants Judge In His Case Disqualified (WLEX-TV Lexington)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington attorney charged with defrauding clients has asked that the federal judge overseeing his case be disqualified due to bias.
Lawyer Shows She Has Heart and Fashion Sense (New York Lawyer)
Natalie Holder-Winfield would rather help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace than litigate a sexual harassment claim. The employment lawyer applies that same philosophy of staying ahead of the curve to her volunteer commitments as well.
Attorney: Memo shows flawed analysis led to detention (WAVY 10)
The attorney told a federal court in Richmond that the memo was rescinded nine months after it was written.
Penn State Football Player Hires New Attorney (WJAC 6 Johnstown)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- There was a shake-up in the court case involving suspended Penn State football player Chris Baker. Shortly before he was to appear in court Monday, Baker hired a new attorney, which will mean delays for his case.
Attorney sues Detroit mayor, Beatty to recover settlement payout (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A Detroit attorney filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday seeking to recover what he alleges are millions of dollars defrauded from city taxpayers by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty.
Attorney General seeks dismissal of death row inmate's lawsuit (NBC 15 Mobile)
Attorney General Troy King wants a federal court in Birmingham to dismiss an amended lawsuit by a death row inmate who says Alabama's execution method is still cruel and unusual...
Boulder council taps Gordon to be next city attorney (Boulder Daily Camera)
Acting city attorney Jerry Gordon, a 10-year veteran of the office, was selected by the City Council today to head the legal office.
Carey ditches 'Super Lawyer Eric' (The Age)
Former AFL star Wayne Carey hires new lawyer in fight against Miami charges.
Mokbel's appeal inevitable - lawyer (Perth Now)
A DECISION by convicted cocaine smuggler Tony Mokbel to fight his extradition to Australia in the European Court of Human Rights was inevitable, his former Australian lawyer said today.
Attorney denies Saints' Lehr is target of steroids probe (USA Today)
An attorney representing New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Matt Lehr declined to say Tuesday whether his client is being investigated by federal authorities for illegal distribution of performance-enhancing substances but did stress that, either way, Lehr is not a party to any illegal activity.
Rokita Says He Won't Run For Attorney General (WRTV Indianapolis)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita says he will not seek the Republican nomination for attorney general this year. Rokita had considered seeking the post since Attorney General Steve Carter, a Republican, announced last month he would not run for a third four-year term.
Johnson Hires Attorney To Aid Annexation Fight (The Morning News)
JOHNSON - Aldermen voted to hire an attorney versed in municipal law and attempt to meet with Fayetteville officials about a proposed deannexation of Johnson property into Fayetteville.
Lehmberg victorious in district attorney runoff (KXAN 36 Austin)
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- Rosemary Lehmberg became Travis County's district attorney Tuesday after defeating Mindy Montford by an almost 2-to-1 margin. Supporters at Lehmberg's campaign party were fired up Tuesday night. The crowd erupted in tears when those results came in.
U.S. Navy lawyer to defend alleged 9/11 mastermind (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The self-described mastermind of the September 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon has been assigned a U.S. military lawyer to defend him in the Guantanamo war court, where he could face execution if convicted, The Miami Herald reported.
Rokita won't run for attorney general (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita will not seek the Republican nomination for attorney general this year.
Navy lawyer to defend 9/11 'mastermind' (AAP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The "mastermind" of the September 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon has been assigned a US military lawyer to defend him in the Guantanamo war court.
Swain's lawyer asks for dismissal (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — While David Swain spent 23 hours of yesterday, like every day, locked in his Caribbean prison cell, his lawyer asked the state Supreme Court to throw out the civil suit conviction instrumental in the former Jamestown Town Council member now facing a murder charge.
Swain’s lawyer asks for dismissal (The Providence Journal)
The lawyer for David Swain, being held in the Caribbean on a murder charge after being found responsible in Rhode Island for his wife’s death, wants the state Supreme Court to throw out the conviction.
Navy lawyer to defend 9/11 'mastermind' (The West Australian)
The self-described mastermind of the September 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon has been assigned a US military lawyer to defend him in the Guantanamo war court, according to media reports.
Trusty’s attorney files motion to exclude evidence (Jackson County Chronicle)
The attorney for a man accused of threatening Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Laabs has filed a motion to exclude key evidence in the case before it goes to trial.
9th Circuit Judges Blast Order Barring ADA Lawyer (Law.com)
Nine 9th Circuit judges publicly sided with a controversial plaintiffs lawyer in his fight to keep filing ADA lawsuits in California's Central District. But for Thomas Frankovich and his client, nine wasn't enough: The appellate court declined to take the case en banc Monday, over those judges' objections. Frankovich argues his litigation is authorized under the law and helps bring businesses ...
Lawyer Sanctioned for Suing Over Adversary's Deposition Questions (Law.com)
A plaintiffs lawyer who alleged in court that his adversary's questions at a deposition caused his client emotional distress has been sanctioned for filing a frivolous suit and ordered to pay his adversary's legal fees. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Alfonse Cifelli found that attorney Bruce Nagel failed to state a claim, holding the litigation privilege allowed his adversary to pursue ...
State attorney's office clears Boynton officer in shooting (Sun-Sentinel)
Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer has cleared a Boynton Beach police officer in the shooting of a suspected carjacker who pulled a gun, calling it "a clear case of self-defense," police said Tuesday.
Attorney, Disney executive appointed to board (The Palm Beach Post)
A Coral Gables attorney and an executive at Walt Disney have been appointed to the South Florida Water Management District board. Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced Paul C. Huck Jr., and Robert "Jerry" Montgomery will serve until March 2012 if they are confirmed by the Senate.
Leading Pakistan lawyer resigns (BBC News)
A leading anti-government lawyer resigns after attorneys attack a former cabinet minister.
Leading Pakistan lawyer resigns (BBC News)
A leading anti-government lawyer resigns after attorneys attack a former cabinet minister.
Briefs: Teen gets private attorney (Daily Herald)
An Elgin teenager accused of stabbing his teacher has a private attorney to represent him on unrelated sex assault charges.