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Attorney general to aid in possible prosecutions from Texas sect raid (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By Bill Hanna and John Moritz A San Angelo judge has appointed the Texas attorney general's office as a special prosecutor in anticipation of criminal charges stemming from the raid on the West Texas polygamist compound near Eldorado. The order signed Monday by state District Judge Barbara Walther appoints the attorney general "to assist with the prosecution of any criminal cases that may ...
Tommy Suharto's lawyer to attempt to unfreeze overseas assets (Channel NewsAsia)
JAKARTA - A lawyer for the son of late Indonesian president Suharto said on Wednesday he would file a suit in the British dependency of Guernsey seeking the release of millions of dollars in frozen assets.
Togliatti defense lawyer attacked because of her work - local police (Interfax)
SAMARA. May 7 (Interfax) -The investigation into the attack on defense lawyer Vera Sokolova is underway, Togliatti police said. "Sokolova's professional work is considered as the most probable cause of the attack," it said.
Lawyer: Growth proposal's cost still vague (Orlando Sentinel)
A group wants to put the Hometown Democracy petition on the ballot. The state's revised statement on how much a proposed growth-management amendment would cost taxpayers is still vague and misleading, a lawyer for the plan's supporters told the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Top lawyer killed in police shootout 'tragedy' in London (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A 32-year-old lawyer was killed in a shootout with police in London's plush Chelsea district in what was described by colleagues Wednesday as an unexplained "tragedy."
Lawyer says skipper was in control (Sydney Morning Herald)
Lawyer maintains fatal harbour crash skipper was in control of the work boat despite not steering.
NY attorney arrested - again - on Red Bank harassment charges (Asbury Park Press)
A New York attorney was arrested after he made lewd comments to a teen-aged girl, police said. The same man, Richard Braunstein, had been arrested on April 14 in Red Bank, after he identified himself as a law enforcement officer and ordered a 24-year-old woman out of her car, police said at the time. Braunstein was released on bail after charges of impersonating a police officer and harassment ...
US lawyer of FM rights victims seeks dialogue with gov't (Philstar.com)
The American lawyer of the 10,000 human rights victims of the Marcos regime asked the Philippine government for a dialogue on a possible compromise on the disputed $35-million Arelma account and the $29-million account in a Singapore bank that form part of the ill-gotten Marcos wealth.
Bikers hire a lawyer over festival cancellation (Chicago Tribune)
Ironhorse Roundup was called off because of rumored gang feud Motorcycle enthusiasts have hired a lawyer and are filing Freedom of Information requests with the Village of Grayslake to find out more about a threat of gang rivalry that was cited as the cause of a last-minute cancellation of an event Sunday at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
Judge Orders County Attorney for Dad in Prayer Death Case (FOX 11 Green Bay)
A judge has ordered the county to pay for an attorney for one of the parents accused of reckless homicide in their 11-year-old daughter's death from diabetes.
Attorney for Tenn. death row inmate to fight new trial (Knoxville News Sentinel)
NASHVILLE - An attorney for a Tennessee death row inmate says he will ask a federal judge not to give prosecutors more time to retry Paul House, who's been imprisoned over 22 years and could be released later this month.
Niagara Falls Attorney Booted from State Pension System (WGRZ-TV Buffalo)
A Niagara Falls attorney is among several being removed from the New York State Retirement System by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. DiNapoli's office says Maria Massaro was incorrectly classified as an employee rather than an independent contractor for the Niagara Falls school district.
NF attorney out of NY retirement system (BizJournals)
Niagara Falls attorney Maria Massaro's state retirement system membership was revoked Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Judge to appoint attorney for prayer case dad (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
A man unable to pay for his defense against a second-degree reckless homicide charge will have an attorney appointed to represent him, a Marathon County judge ruled this morning.
County to Pay for Attorney for One Parent Charged in Daughter's Death (WBAY Green Bay)
A judge ordered Marathon County to pay for an attorney for the father accused of reckless homicide for his eleven-year-old daughter's death from untreated diabetes.
City attorney: Dodds ran from mansion as police arrived (Portsmouth Herald)
PORTSMOUTH — While state troopers converged on the Cutts Mansion Monday night with a warrant for the arrest of former congressional candidate and felon Gary Dodds, City Attorney Robert Sullivan was walking by and saw Dodds run out the front door.
Bikies glamorised by debate, warns lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A criminal lawyer says public debate over outlaw bikie gangs in South Australia has encouraged young people to seek out the lifestyle.
Attorney: Marine's sentence for killing Iraqi cut 4 years (The Charlotte Observer)
A Marine from Camp Pendleton who was sentenced to 15 years in the brig for killing an Iraqi civilian had his term reduced by four years, the man's attorney said Wednesday. Rich Brannon, the civilian lawyer for Lawrence G. Hutchins III, said the reduction came after he appealed for clemency to Lt. Gen. Samuel T. Helland, Hutchins' commanding general. "I was pleased to see a reduction, but I would ...
Scandal-scarred Ohio attorney general himself could be the one to appoint investigator (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislators weighing whether state Attorney General Marc Dann should be impeached over a sex scandal may need help from an unlikely source, Ohio's House leader said Wednesday: the attorney general himself.
Attorney: Marine's sentence for killing Iraqi cut 4 years (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Marine from Camp Pendleton who was sentenced to 15 years in the brig for killing an Iraqi civilian had his term reduced by four years, the man's attorney said Wednesday.
Attorney Questions Actions of State Attorney Candidate (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The campaign tactics of State Attorney candidate Jay Plotkin are the target of legal action by a Fernandina Beach lawyer. Wesley White says last fall he received a phone call from Plotkin asking for financial support.
Lawyer killed by police after siege (UPI)
LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- Investigators were trying to determine Wednesday why a London lawyer got involved in a violent standoff with police that ended with his death.
Local lawyer refused FBI wire request (Connecticut Post)
WATERBURY — FBI agents asked Charles Willinger Jr., a Bridgeport lawyer, to wear a wire and record conversations with former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P.
Benson hires new lawyer, will fight charges (Austin American-Statesman)
Ex-Longhorns running back Cedric Benson is stepping up his defense against charges of boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest, hiring a new lawyer in Austin.
Attorney says he will oppose new trial (Knoxville News Sentinel)
NASHVILLE - An attorney for a Tennessee death row inmate says he will ask a federal judge not to give prosecutors more time to retry Paul House, who's been imprisoned over 22 years and could be released later this month.
Attorney seeks to revive state 'crack tax' (Knoxville News Sentinel)
The state Department of Revenue isn't looking to punish drug dealers but rather to pillage the pockets of the tax evaders among them, a government attorney argued Wednesday in trying to convince the state's highest court to resurrect the controversial "crack tax."
Bush nominates next U.S. attorney for S.C. (The State)
President Bush has nominated Walt Wilkins to serve as the next U.S. attorney for South Carolina., U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint announced Wednesday. Wilkins is an assistant U.S. attorney in Greenville, where he has prosecuted cases involving mortgage fraud, large-scale gambling and human trafficking. He has a degree from USC’s School of Law.
More ire in race for state attorney (The Florida Times-Union)
Depending on who's asked, the latest skirmish in the race for state attorney is either a quest for the truth or a political dirty trick.
Benson hires new lawyer, will fight weekend charges (Austin American-Statesman)
Former Longhorn running back Cedric Benson is stepping up his defense against charges of boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest, hiring a new lawyer in Austin.
Lawyer who stole $2.2M from clients is disbarred (The Star-Ledger)
A Vernon lawyer has been disbarred in New Jersey after pleading guilty to theft of $2.2 million from 15 clients over eight years to fund his faltering law practice, authorities said.
Nassau Lawyer Files Lawsuit Against State Attorney (WJXT Jacksonville)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One phone call is at the center of a lawsuit recently filed against the state attorney and his top assistant after a local attorney questioned their campaign fund raising.
Lawyer who stole $2.2M from clients is disbarred (The Star-Ledger)
A Vernon lawyer has been disbarred in New Jersey after pleading guilty to theft of $2.2 million from 15 clients over eight years to fund his faltering law practice, authorities said.
Attorney Wants Gang Charges Dropped in Surfer Death (FOX 6 News San Diego)
Five young men charged with murder in the beating death of a professional surfer in La Jolla do not belong to a gang, says defense attorney.
Jefferson's lawyer rebuts assault charge (The Star-Ledger)
The lawyer representing Richard Jefferson characterized a minor assault charge on his client as bogus, and claims that the accuser of the Nets forward was "incredibly drunk" at the time of the altercation at a Minneapolis club last winter.
'Strong Arm' lawyer Azar loses suit (Rocky Mountain News)
"The Strong Arm," Franklin D. Azar, may have to do a few more dumbbell curls after a civil court jury found the lawyer of daytime TV fame guilty of negligence and misrepresentation.
Accommodating Lawyer's Vacation Doesn't Justify Inverting Order of Testimony (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Trial judges have a lot of leeway in deciding how a trial proceeds, and that includes being understanding of attorneys' busy schedules. But a judge who made a defendant put on his medical experts before the plaintiff's to accommodate the plaintiffs lawyer's vacation abused his discretion and deprived the defendant of a fair trial, a New Jersey appeals court says.
Chelsea lawyer's post-mortem results due (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The post-mortem results are expected Thursday on the body of a lawyer who was killed in a shootout with police in London's plush Chelsea district.
Lawyer blames school in shooting of gay Oxnard student (Los Angeles Times)
Attorney for youth facing arraignment on murder charges says officials failed to defuse tensions. As 14-year-old Brandon McInerney prepares to be arraigned today in the slaying of 15-year-old Lawrence "Larry" King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, his lawyer is advancing a defense that at least partly blames school officials for the tragedy.
Texas attorney general upholds ban on shipping horse meat across state (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN – Attorney General Greg Abbott said Wednesday that it's illegal to ship horse meat across Texas. His opinion affects two Texas horse-rendering plants that have fought to continue operating while waging battles in the Legislature, Congress and the courts.
Ohio congressional hopefuls swift to rebuke attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
As a sex scandal involving Ohio's attorney general becomes the butt of national jokes, Democratic congressional candidates who will face the state's voters this fall are scrambling to distance themselves from him.
Terror suspect persecuted in jail, lawyer says (Toronto Star)
The lawyer for a homegrown terror suspect says his client was praying in his cell and did nothing to provoke being "dragged" into segregation by guards at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex, which he described as "Abu Ghraib lite."
District attorney lays out staff plan (Sheboygan Press)
Addressing what he calls a desperate need for more Wisconsin prosecutors, Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco on Wednesday outlined a proposal that would help the nine most understaffed district attorneys offices using money already allocated for prosecutors.
Ohio congressional hopefuls swift to rebuke attorney general (Las Vegas Sun)
Thu, May 8, 2008 (2:02 a.m.) As a sex scandal involving Ohio's attorney general becomes the butt of national jokes, Democratic congressional candidates who will face the state's voters this fall are scrambling to distance themselves from him.
New U.S. Attorney for SC (WCBD-TV Charleston)
Federal prosecutor Walt Wilkins has been nominated to be the next U.S. Attorney for South Carolina. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint asked President Bush to nominate Wilkins. The U.S. Senate must approve.
Pension plan drops Falls school attorney (The Buffalo News)
NIAGARA FALLS — An attorney on the payroll of the Niagara Falls School District while working from the offices of a private law firm has been pulled out of the state's retirement system.
Latest Twist in Ohio Attorney General Scandal (Indiana's NewsCenter)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Democratic political consultant is questioning why Governor Strickland and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown voted against impeaching President Clinton, but are now seeking to force out state Attorney General Marc Dann.
Mayor's oil and gas, real estate dealings aren't conflicts, city attorney says (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By MIKE LEE FORT WORTH -- Mayor Mike Moncrief earned at least $633,000 from the oil and gas business last year and had an interest in several real estate projects, according to his annual financial disclosure. The filing comes as the City Council is preparing to vote on rules for natural gas drilling and fees that affect real estate development. The city attorney said Moncrief doesn't have a ...
Fort Worth attorney faces suspension of license (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By MAX B. BAKER The state Commission for Lawyer Discipline wants to temporarily suspend the license of a family law attorney accused of forging the signatures of judges and lawyers in several court cases. Kimberly Ashley-Stevens has been indicted on charges of forging the signature of former state District Judge Frank Sullivan on an annulment and of fabricating evidence and tampering with a ...
Chelsea lawyer Mark Saunders was shot three times by police (Times Online)
The lawyer killed after a five-hour siege was shot at least three times by police marksmen taking aim from outside his building, Times Online can reveal.
Utah's U.S. attorney to review call for Crandall Canyon Disaster criminal probe (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Updated: 1:53 PM- WASHINGTON - The U.S. Attorney for Utah says he will review a congressional request for a criminal investigation into whether the Crandall Canyon mine general manager "willfully misled" federal officials.