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Lawyer says alleged ‘20th hijacker' attempted suicide at Guantanamo (The Kansas City Star)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | The alleged “20th hijacker” in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, tried to kill himself at Guantanamo Bay last month, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer ambushed at Cebu capitol (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
A well-known lawyer in Cebu province who is also the spokesman of the mayor of Lapu-Lapu City was shot by a lone gunman in the provincial capitol on Wednesday morning.
Defense lawyer for mayor in lamppost mess ambushed in Cebu (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The lawyer of a Cebu mayor linked to a Cebu lamppost overpricing mess was shot and seriously wounded after motorcycle-riding men ambushed him in Cebu City before noon Wednesday.
Vicksburg Attorney Faces Tax Evasion Charges (WLBT 3 Jackson)
A Vicksburg attorney is arraigned in Jackson on tax evasion charges. The indictment alleges Marshall Ezelle Sanders, an attorney who owns and operates a law practice, evaded federal income tax years 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Chief justice warns League, attorney of repercussions (The Patriot-News)
The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the League of Women Voters "slanders" the court and its former chief justice in a federal lawsuit, and he warned the group and its attorney could face repercussions.
Democrats Switch Support in District Attorney's Race to Sedita (WGRZ-TV Buffalo)
Erie County Democrats have endorsed Frank Sedita in the race to succeed Frank Clark as District Attorney. Sedita has worked in the D.A.'s office for nearly 20 years.
Brownlee running for attorney general (The Washington Times)
ROANOKE (AP) — The former top federal prosecutor in western Virginia, John Brownlee, announced his candidacy yesterday for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Lawrence mayor says he'll ignore city attorney over water plant changes (The Eagle-Tribune)
LAWRENCE — The city attorney said Mayor Michael Sullivan is violating the city charter by trying to privatize work at the water treatment plant. But Sullivan maintains his plan had previous approval by city attorneys and he will move forward even if it means risking legal action.
Kroger Becomes New Oregon Attorney General (Fox 12 Oregon)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- John Kroger clinched the title of Oregon attorney general in the statewide election Tuesday.
Corzine taps Haddonfield lawyer to be Camden County prosecutor (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Gov. Corzine nominated trial lawyer Warren W. Faulk yesterday to become the next Camden County prosecutor, potentially filling a seat that has been vacant for more than two years.
Waukesha attorney convicted of forgery (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Waukesha - A Waukesha attorney was convicted Tuesday of three misdemeanor forgery counts and was ordered to pay fines...
Sanctions Hearing Set for Lawyer Found to Have Humiliated Litigants, Other Attorneys (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A referee has recommended that outspoken lawyer Jack Thompson be found guilty of numerous Florida Bar rule violations. Judge Dava Tunis concluded that Thompson made false statements to tribunals, disparaged and humiliated litigants and other lawyers, and improperly practiced law outside the state of Florida.
Kroger defeats Macpherson for attorney general (The Oregonian)
Democrat John Kroger is likely to become Oregon's next attorney general after defeating rival Greg Macpherson and heading into the November election with no declared Republican opposition.
Top Greek swimmer tests positive for banned steroid: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Top Greek swimmer Yiannis Drymonakos, a European record-holder in the men's 200m butterfly, on Wednesday said he was pulling out of all competition after testing positive for a banned steroid, his lawyer said.
Lawyer: Swimmer's 2nd sample positive (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for top Greek swimmer Ioannis Drymonakos says the Olympic hopeful has tested positive for a banned substance.
Shirley Harden Condra; San Diego research attorney, choir member; 87 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Her parents raised her to be a cultured young lady who studied art, music and French, but as the only child of a Superior Court judge and one of the few female lawyers of that era, it may have been natural that Shirley Harden Condra became an attorney.
Murphy attorney: Ruling is political (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
An attorney for Democratic nominee Kevin Murphy suggested Tuesday an Election Board decision to count more than 400 disputed write-in votes for Rep. Frank Shimkus in the 113th Legislative District was a political move intended to aid the incumbent’s candidacy.
Supreme Court suspends law license of KCSO attorney (Knoxville News Sentinel)
The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Knox County attorney Carleton E. “Butch” Bryant, who also represents the Sheriff’s Office, for six months.
LCRA, County Attorney withhold audio of Cedric Benson's arrest (KXAN 36 Austin)
The Travis County Attorney's Office and the LCRA have chosen to withhold audio taken during the arrest of Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson earlier this month. Benson was arrested by LCRA police officers the night of May 3 rd after they suspected him of boating while intoxicated.
Cunningham's attorney wants mental competency hearing closed (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
Associated Press - May 21, 2008 7:54 AM ET DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for the former top executive of a now-defunct job training agency wants a mental competency hearing in Des Moines...
Cunningham's attorney wants mental competency hearing closed (KWWL Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for the former top executive of a now-defunct job training agency wants a mental competency hearing in Des Moines on Friday closed to the public.
Attorney General Martha Coakley Files Judgment Against Merck Pharmaceutical For The Company's Deceptive Marketing Of ... (Medical News Today)
Attorney General Coakley's Office filed a settlement with New Jersey-based drug manufacturer Merck and Company, Inc.(Merck) resolving concerns about the company's deceptive advertising and promotion of the "Cox-2" inhibitor drug Vioxx which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritis.
State Attorney General's Office exonerates Sanders on Sunroad allegations (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Eleven months after City Attorney Michael Aguirre accused Mayor Jerry Sanders of being corrupt in his dealings with Sunroad developer Aaron Feldman, the state Attorney General's Office called the allegation unfounded.
Ex AIG CEO Greenberg receives Wells notice: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, former chief executive of American International Group Inc , may face civil charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Brownlee running for attorney general (The Washington Times)
ROANOKE (AP) — The former top federal prosecutor in western Virginia, John Brownlee, announced his candidacy yesterday for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Woman: Lawyer tricked me into buying 3 houses for $5M (Dayton Daily News)
The Warren County prosecutor's and the Ohio attorney general's offices are investigating claims by a woman who says a lawyer duped her into buying houses worth almost $5 million that she has never lived in and cannot afford.
Wis. attorney general finds $600,000 to give back to state (Pioneer Press)
MADISON — Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen quietly handed $600,000 back to the state after Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle asked state agencies to cut their budgets to head off a shortfall.
Platte County Attorney Gets Federal Post (KOLN Lincoln)
The U.S. attorney for Nebraska said the new prosecutor he hired from Columbus should hit the ground running because of her extensive experience.
Matawan names borough attorney (Asbury Park Press)
Following disagreement at Borough Council meetings about who should be named the next borough attorney, the panel Monday night appointed James G. Aaron of the Ansell, Zaro, Grimm & Aaron firm of Ocean Township.
Lawyer: Swimmer's 2nd sample positive (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The lawyer for top Greek swimmer Ioannis Drymonakos says the Olympic hopeful has tested positive for a banned substance. Drymonakos is ranked second in the world for the 200 meters butterfly, according to the sport's world governing body, FINA, and holds the European record in the event. He was a strong medal hopeful for Greece at the Beijing Olympics. His lawyer, Stavros Mavromatis, said ...
Wis. attorney general finds $600,000 to give back to state (WBAY Green Bay)
Associated Press - May 21, 2008 1:55 PM ET MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has quietly given $600,000 in taxpayer money back to the state.
Attorney: Peterson charged with weapons violation (SouthtownStar)
BOLINGBROOK (AP) - The attorney for Drew Peterson says the former police sergeant suspected in his wife's disappearance will turn himself into authorities on a weapons charge.
Power-of-attorney vs. unleashing $88,212.06 (Miami Herald)
Q. My father passed away last October. I was grateful that I had the foresight to have durable power of attorney for both of my parents -- or so I thought.
Attorney charged with bringing drugs to Cook County Jail inmate (Chicago Tribune)
An attorney and two other people have been arrested and charged with trying to smuggle drugs to a Cook County Jail inmate, the Cook County sheriff's office said Wednesday.
Man admits extortion against North Jersey lawyer (Asbury Park Press)
A Newark man admitted to a judge Tuesday that he tried to extort $2,000 from an elderly lawyer in East Hanover by threatening to tell people the attorney solicited prostitutes. James L. Pugh Jr., 45, originally was charged last May 31 with theft by extortion and terroristic threats after police said he extorted between $50,000 and $100,000 over five years from an East Hanover resident, now a ...
Jury's comments unprecedented - lawyer (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The lawyer of a man yesterday found guilty of attempting to murder his terminally ill mother today described the jury's comments on delivering its verdict as "unprecedented".
Ex-chief judge pepper sprayed for 'no reason,' attorney claims (Chicago Tribune)
Police reports show pepper used on Hall, he says; cops silent Vernon Hills police used pepper spray on former Lake County Chief Judge David Hall during a traffic stop last month that sparked DUI and resisting arrest charges against the jurist, his attorney said Wednesday.
Serial killer suspect's lawyer says brother at murder scene (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
PHOENIX - The lawyer for suspected serial killer Dale Hausner says Hausner's brother is being investigated for one of the murders in the case. Ken Everett said in court Wednesday that a witness placed Jeff Hausner at the scene of the shooting of Nathaniel Schoffner on Nov. 11, 2005.
Rights group urges release of Saudi lawyer (Financial Times)
An international human rights organisation on Wednesday called on Saudi Arabia to immediately release a prominent Saudi lawyer, the latest reformist to be detained in the conservative kingdom.
Earl Beasley to get new attorney (Quad-City Times)
The former Quad-City Times maintenance supervisor who pleaded guilty to stealing from the newspaper is getting a new attorney.
Attorney General Spurns Severance Tax Ballot Proposal (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Wednesday rejected a proposed ballot initiative that would increase the state severance tax on natural gas and specify how proceeds from the tax would be allocated.
Attorney For Assemblywoman Francis Allen Releases Statement (KTNV Las Vegas)
The lawyer representing arrested Assemblywoman Francis Allen says she is innocent. According to the police report, Assemblywoman Francis Allen was arrested Saturday night after she got into an argument with her husband and stabbed him in the arm with a steak knife. In a statement, Attorney Richard Wright says his client denies the allegations she stabbed her husband.
Former judge joins commonwealth's attorney's office (The Virginian-Pilot)
VIRGINIA BEACH Chuck Griffith, a controversial judge who lost his bid for reappointment to the Norfolk Circuit Court this year, has accepted a position at the Virginia Beach commonwealth's attorney's office. Chief prosecutor Harvey Bryant said Griffith assumed a newly created position May 1 as ...
Discredited ref's attorney attacks NBA (The Kansas City Star)
An attorney who represents former NBA referee Tim Donaghy asserted in court papers Monday that games had been affected by relationships between referees, players and coaches.
Attorney withdraws from Williamson County teen sex case (KXAN 36 Austin)
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- A Williamson County teen who pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault after having consensual sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 17 was back in court Wednesday to say goodbye to his attorney.
KCSO attorney's license suspended (Knoxville News Sentinel)
The list of complaints that put Knox County Sheriff's Office attorney Carleton "Butch" Bryant in disciplinary hot water made him sound like his former boss's legal hatchet man.
Brownlee running for attorney general (The Washington Times)
ROANOKE (AP) — The former top federal prosecutor in western Virginia, John Brownlee, announced his candidacy yesterday for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Medway lawyer says election is valid (The Milford Daily News)
The town's top lawyer has issued a written opinion that the May 5 election is valid, saying the results were not affected when the warrant was not publicly posted in advance. PDF: Read the letter from town counsel
Lawyer becomes first Orissa woman to scale Everest (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Bhubaneswar, May 22 (IANS) An Orissa lawyer has become the first woman from the state to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.
Judge clears Wonder Lake attorney of theft (Daily Herald)
A McHenry County judge today exonerated Wonder Lake attorney Charmane Ruckoldt of charges she stole more than $40,000 from an elderly client, ending more than three years of criminal proceedings against the veteran lawyer.