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Austrian 'horror house' suspect mentally ill: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who admits imprisoning his daughter and fathering children by her, may seek to avoid jail by pleading insanity, his lawyer indicated in comments published Sunday.
Rezko attorney spars with ex-finance agency chief (Lincoln Courier)
Political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko’s defense attorney and the government’s last major witness bickered sharply about campaign cash, clout and even the 9/11 attacks Friday as prosecutors prepared to rest their case after eight weeks.
Madeleine: Police should 'shelve their investigation', says Portugal's attorney-general (Evening Standard)
Police should shelve their investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance, Portugal's attorney-general appeared to say today.
Marcos victims’ US lawyer here for consultations (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
Robert Swift, the lead American lawyer of the 9,539 victims of martial law, will be in the country this week to meet with the leaders of the victims, to discuss the possibility of entering into a compromise agreement with the government regarding Marcos assets reaching $100 million but under litigations in US and Singapore courts in the last ten years.
Scandal in attorney general's office reaches back 7 months (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Transcripts of a recently concluded investigation show that a sexual harassment scandal inside Attorney General Marc Dann's office began about seven months ago when aides overlooked the concerns of a staff member who tried to raise the issue with human resources.
Lawyer says Austrian incest father "a broken man" (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer of the Austrian man who held his daughter captive and fathered her seven children said on Sunday his client was "emotionally a broken man."
Aziz lawyer wants trial moved to Iraqi Kurdistan (The Daily Star Lebannon)
The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Premier Tareq Aziz should be moved from Baghdad to the relatively safe autonomous northern Iraq Kurdistan region for security reasons, his lawyer said on Sunday. "I ask the Iraqi government to move the trial," Badie Aref told AFP in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
Austrian 'horror house' suspect mentally ill: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who admits imprisoning his daughter and fathering children by her, may seek to avoid jail by pleading insanity, his lawyer says.
District Attorney urges sanctions for prosecutors who withhold evidence (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
DALLAS - A district attorney in Dallas whose office leads the nation in wrongful convictions overturned by DNA testing says prosecutors who intentionally withhold evidence from the defence should face criminal charges.
Lawyer Feels Some Fired Guards Will Get Jobs Back (CBS 13 Baltimore)
A lawyer for a correctional officers' union says she's "confident" at least some of the remaining 23 officers fired during a brutality probe will be reinstated with back pay and benefits.
Late attorney had famous friends, sticky fingers, passion for prostitutes (9 News Denver)
DENVER - People who knew the late Denver attorney Fred Mazzulla say he had a strange interest in getting to know every possible prostitute or madam who worked the bawdyhouses of Salida, Central City and Denver.
Lawyer says Austrian incest father 'a broken man' (Straits Times)
VIENNA - THE lawyer of the Austrian man who held his daughter captive and fathered her seven children said his client was 'emotionally a broken man'.
Scandal In Attorney Generals Office Reaches Back 7 Months - 5/4/2008 (WLIO NBC Lima)
COLUMBUS , Ohio (AP) - Transcripts of a recently concluded investigation show that a sexual harassment scandal inside Attorney General Marc Dann's office began about seven months ago when aides overlooked the concerns of a staff member who tried to raise the issue with human resources.
Scandal in attorney general's office reaches back seven months (The Alliance Review)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A sexual harassment scandal inside Attorney General Marc Dann's office began about seven months ago when aides overlooked the concerns of a staff member who tried to raise the issue with human resources, according to transcripts of a recently concluded investigation.
Scandal In Attorney General's Office Reaches Back 7 Months (WCMH Columbus)
A sexual harassment scandal inside Attorney General Marc Dann's office began about seven months ago when aides overlooked the concerns of a staff member.
Lawyer: Austrian incest father "a broken man" (People's Daily)
The lawyer of the Austrian man who held his daughter captive and fathered her seven children said his client is "emotionally a broken man." Lawyer Rudolf Mayer told media on Sunday that it would be hard for Josef Fritzl to get a fai ...
Council considers former city attorney’s contract (The Victoria Advocate)
Former City Attorney David Smith could be going back to work for the city of Victoria on a contract basis beginning this month.
New U.S. Attorney appointed for Texas' Eastern District (Sherman Herald Democrat)
By Herald Democrat The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Becky Gregory, most recently a partner at Dallas-based law firm Curran Tomko Tarski LLP, as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
Republican attorney general hopefuls emphasize background, legal opinions (Missoulian)
Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series looking at the five men running for Montana attorney general in the June 3 primary. This story looks at the two Republicans. A Sunday story looked at the Democrats.
Legislators demand response from County on Attorney General’s opinion (South County Journal)
A letter sent to St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley from area state legislators says the county’s response to a Missouri Attorney General’s opinion on the legality of trash districting is incorrect.
N.Y. Judge Files $10 Million Defamation Suit Against Attorney, Newspaper (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A Brooklyn judge has filed an unusual $10 million defamation suit against attorney Ravi Batra and the New York Daily News . Justice Larry D. Martin's suit alleges that Batra was the source of two Daily News columns and related blog postings falsely accusing the judge of improperly presiding over a case involving a lawyer who had defended him before a judicial conduct commission.
Austrian suspect's lawyer preparing insanity defense (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for the Austrian man who allegedly imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her is preparing an insanity defense.
Austrian suspect's lawyer preparing insanity defense (WANE-TV Fort Wayne)
Associated Press - May 5, 2008 4:23 AM ET AMSTETTEN, Austria (AP) - The lawyer for the Austrian man who allegedly imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her is...
Austrian suspect’s lawyer preparing insanity defense (Las Vegas Sun)
Mon, May 5, 2008 (1:42 a.m.) The lawyer for the Austrian man who allegedly imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her is preparing an insanity defense.
Lawyer prepares insanity defense for incest captor (CNN.com)
The Austrian who reportedly admitted holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering seven children with her will plead insanity, his lawyer said.
Austrian incest man to plead insanity, says lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
AMSTETTEN, Austria -The lawyer for the Austrian man who allegedly imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her says he is preparing an insanity defence.
Judge apologizes for meritless suit filed as attorney (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN FRANCISCO – In an unusual act of contrition, a state court judge has publicly apologized and agreed to pay $100,000 to Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Siebel for wrongfully besmirching him in a lawsuit she filed as an attorney more than a decade ago.
Lawyer: Austrian suspect Fritzl has mental disorder (AP via Yahoo! Philippines News)
The lawyer for the Austrian man who allegedly imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her has said he is preparing an insanity defense. In an interview broadcast late Sunday, attorney Rudolf Mayer said he believes Josef Fritzl has a serious mental disorder and that anyone with that kind of psychological illness "didn't choose" to do what police allege he ...
Lawyer prepares insanity defense for incest captor (CNN.com)
The Austrian who reportedly admitted holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering seven children with her will plead insanity, his lawyer said.
Lawyer: Austrian suspect Fritzl has mental disorder (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for the Austrian man who allegedly imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her has said he is preparing an insanity defense.
Attorney: DNA Test Shows James Brown Fathered Boy (Fox News)
An attorney says a DNA test confirms James Brown fathered the son of a woman who claimed to be the singer's wife when he died.
FIA appoints lawyer to probe Nazi claim (F1-Live.com via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Sport)
President Mosley welcomes QC appointment : Senior FIA officers have appointed a top English lawyer to independently investigate the News of the World's claim that Max Mosley was involved in 'Nazi style' activities, F1's governing body announced on Monday.
Parmalat Seeking $2.2 Billion at New Jersey Trial, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg.com)
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Parmalat SpA , the Italian dairy company that collapsed in 2003, is seeking $2.2 billion in damages from Citigroup Inc. at a civil trial in New Jersey, a company lawyer told a judge today.
Governor, Dems call on Ohio attorney general to resign (AP via Yahoo! News)
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and other Democratic leaders are calling on the state's scandal-scarred attorney general to resign.
Moscow court refuses to dismiss Frenkel's defense lawyer (Interfax)
MOSCOW. May 5 (Interfax) - The Moscow City Court refused to dismiss Ruslan Koblev as defense lawyer for Alexei Frenkel, the man charged with the killing of Deputy Central Bank Chairman Andrei Kozlov.
Albany attorney leaves firm after state investigation (BizJournals)
An Albany, N.Y., attorney investigated by the state for allegedly exaggerating his time sheets has stepped down from his post at Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C.
NY attorney general backs film piracy bill (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
New York's attorney general proposed legislation on Monday that would set heavier penalties for people who record movies in theaters to illegally sell or distribute.
Attorney for woman accused of sex act with Stabenow's husband seeks dismissal (Detroit News)
TROY -- The attorney for a woman accused of performing a paid sex act on the husband of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, claims her arrest was illegal and is asking a judge to dismiss her case.
Fritzl has 'mental disorder,' his lawyer says (CBC)
The lawyer of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man accused of keeping his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering seven of her children, says his client has a severe mental disorder and that he is preparing an insanity defence for him.
Lawyer: Family frightened during Fieger probe (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for Geoffrey Fieger's law firm testified today that his children were terrified the night FBI agents confronted him at his home about contributions he made to the John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign.
Attorney: Fieger tried to influence grand jury testimony after FBI raid (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- An attorney in the Geoffrey Fieger law firm testified Monday he believed Fieger was trying to influence the grand jury testimony of attorneys who worked for the firm when Fieger called a staff meeting 17 days after the firm was raided by the FBI.
Former New York district attorney Jeanine Pirro gets own TV show (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Former district attorney Jeanine Pirro, rebounding from her recent personal and political problems, is becoming a judge on a new court TV show that plans to make use of her considerable "life experience."
4 p.m.: Ohio attorney general stays on job despite resignation pleas (Tribune Chronicle)
COLUMBUS — Attorney General Marc Dann, scarred by an extramarital affair and an office sexual harassment scandal, said he is staying on the job despite demands Monday from his own Democratic party to resign or face possible impeachment.
Detroit city council attorney recommends reforms in wake of text message scandal (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- The City Council's attorney concluded that he has "no doubt" the threatened release of embarrassing text messages between Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, prompted the mayor to abandon months of rhetoric and recommend settling police whistle-blowers lawsuits for $8.4 million.
Ex-corrections lawyer in NY no-show probe quits law firm (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - May 5, 2008 5:25 PM ET ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A lawyer who quit his part-time state job after New York's inspector general claimed he didn't show up for work is now leaving his...
Lawyer donates $1 million in legal fees to charity (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A Perth lawyer has been recognised for community service, after donating the equivalent of $1 million in legal fees since 2001.
Attorney: Officers skirted law in fatal raid (MSNBC)
The attorney for a former police officer charged in a botched drug raid in which an elderly woman was shot to death described a renegade Atlanta narcotics unit that routinely planted drugs.
Prominent business lawyer joins Doha law firm (The Peninsula)
doha • The Patton Boggs has announced that Hussein Damirji, a global business lawyer, has joined the Patton Boggs Doha office. Damirji has been heralded as "Iraq's most high-profile business lawyer", a statement added.
Texas attorney general gives says case against needle-exchange workers can proceed (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Those in possession of drug paraphernalia as part of a needle-exchange program can be prosecuted, the Texas Attorney General's Office said Monday, clearing the way for a case against three activists who passed out clean syringes.
Gregoire endorses Ladenburg for Washington attorney general (Seattle Times)
Jim Ladenburg has opened off his campaign for Washington state attorney general at a fundraiser in Seattle.