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City attorney says mayor's oil deals are not a conflict (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The city attorney says the mayor's oil and gas deals, which earned him at least $633,000 last year, are not a conflict of interest as Fort Worth continues its urban...
City Attorney: Moncrief's Oil Deals Pose No Conflict (NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth)
The city attorney says the mayor's oil and gas deals, which earned him at least $633,000 last year, are not a conflict of interest as Fort Worth continues its urban gas boon.
Tunisia jails 14 people for bomb-making - lawyer (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters TUNIS, May 8 (Reuters) - A Tunisian court sentenced 14 people to up to 14 years in jail for attempting to make a bomb, their lawyer said on Thursday. "The court decided to jail 14 suspects, ...
Wilkins nominated as U.S. attorney for S.C. (The Times and Democrat)
WASHINGTON – South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim DeMint today announced the nomination of Walt Wilkins of Greenville to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for South Carolina. 
2 Journalists, Lawyer Arrested In Zimbabwe (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Zimbabwean police have arrested two journalists and a lawyer who represented another in the recent weeks, said reports on Thursday. Zimbabwe newspaper, The Standard reported that its editor, Davison Maruziva, was arrested for publishing an opinion piece written by an opposition official.
Va. Attorney General sues car title lender (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
Associated Press - May 8, 2008 2:55 PM ET RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Bob McDonnell has filed a lawsuit against operators of a Charlottesville-based car title lender for violating...
Va. Attorney General sues car title lender (WAVY 10)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Bob McDonnell has filed a lawsuit against operators of a Charlottesville-based car title lender for violating Virginia's Consumer Finance Act.
Zimbabwe lawyer, editor arrested (GMA News)
HARARE, Zimbabwe - The editor of an independent newspaper and a prominent human rights lawyer have been arrested, and Zimbabwe's largest farm union said Thursday that 40,000 farm workers have been displaced in postelection violence.
Va. Attorney General Sues Car Title Lender (NBC4 Washington, D.C.)
Attorney General Bob McDonnell has filed a lawsuit against operators of a Charlottesville-based car title lender for allegedly violating Virginia's Consumer Finance Act.
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.
Lawyer: Tunisia jails 14 in hydrogen bomb case (CNN.com)
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A court in Tunisia convicted 14 young Islamic militants Thursday of trying to build a hydrogen bomb and sentenced them to up to 14 years in prison, a lawyer said.
Journalists, lawyer arrested in Zimbabwe (CNN.com)
Two journalists and the lawyer for a third have been arrested in Zimbabwe in recent days, their spokesmen said Thursday, amid signs that the Zimbabwean government is intensifying a post-election crackdown.
Warren city attorney questions handling of court worker's case (Detroit Free Press)
The Warren City Attorney's Office has asked the Macomb County Circuit Court to use "superintending control" to disqualify the entire 37th District Court in Warren from handling a drunk driving case that involves the district court administrator.
First Space Lawyer Graduates (SPACE.com)
The first lawyer to earn a degree specifically in space law graduates Saturday.
Lawyer for Canadian stuck in Sudan wants repatriation (CTV.ca)
The lawyer for a Sudanese-Canadian stranded in the Canadian embassy in Khartoum says Ottawa has created five years of unnecessary obstacles to Abousfian Abdelrazik's return. He has gone to Federal Court to try to get the 46-year-old man repatriated immediately.
Lawyer for Canadian stuck in Khartoum wants immediate repatriation (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - The lawyer for a Sudanese-Canadian stranded in the Canadian embassy in Khartoum says Ottawa has created five years of unnecessary obstacles to Abousfian Abdelrazik's return.
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 general clamps down on electronic bingo machines (The Sacramento Bee)
At least two Sacramento County bingo parlors have been ordered by the state attorney general's office to stop using electronic bingo machines.
Attorney General backs Crown lawyers at delayed murder-suicide inquest (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VICTORIA - B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal is defending a decision that two Crown lawyers not be called to testify before a coroner's inquest into a multiple murder-suicide in Victoria.
Marino Family Meets With Attorney General (WISC-TV Madison)
The family of a Madison man who was killed earlier this year met with the state attorney general Thursday.
Walt Wilkins nominated for U.S. attorney (The Post and Courier)
COLUMBIA — Federal prosecutor Walt Wilkins has been nominated to be the next U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.
Lawyer: Conflicting accounts surround death of Cal student (The Fresno Bee)
The lawyer for a 20-year-old man accused of stabbing a University of California, Berkeley student to death last weekend says he is not convinced his client committed a crime.
Breaking news: Former city attorney dies after accident (The Farmington Daily Times)
Former city of Farmington Attorney Dwight Arthur died Wednesday night from injuries suffered after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle along U.S. 64 Monday, the Sheriff's Office said.
Attorney General: Charity Bingo Parlors Must Dump Bingo Machines (News10 Sacramento)
State Attorney General Jerry Brown is ordering charity bingo parlors to stop using electronic bingo machines -- a move parlor operators say will cost charities millions.
U.S. attorney discusses ethics (The Warren Reporter)
FRANKLIN TWP. -- The overwhelming majority of officeholders are good but they are being defined by an unethical minority, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie told a gathering of municipal and county officials in Warren County.It's a situation that promotes public cynicism and "puts our system of government at risk," Christie noted.
Lawyer sentenced to jail for contempt (Times Herald)
Port Huron lawyer David Black was sentenced Thursday to serve three days in jail on a contempt of court charge.
Kahui prosecuter embarrassed as lawyer goes missing (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Proceedings at the Kahui murder trial came to an abrupt halt this afternoon after a Crown lawyer left the court before he was due to cross-examine a witness.
Zimbabwe: Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer On Politically-Motivated Charges Raises Fear of Broader Crackdown, Says Human ... (AllAfrica.com)
The Zimbabwe government's politically motivated arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Harrison Nkomo raises fears of a broader crackdown on government critics, Human Rights Watch said today.
Riverside County district attorney's office appeals a dollar-a-minute late fine (The Press-Enterprise)
The Riverside County district attorney's office has filed an appeal after a judge handed a $5 fine to a prosecutor who was late for a hearing -- one dollar for each tardy minute.
Pension Probe Will Snare 'Hundreds' of Attorneys, N.Y. Attorney General Predicts (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo predicted Thursday that 'hundreds and hundreds' of attorneys will ultimately be implicated in his office's investigation of government entities improperly enrolling non-employees in public pension funds.
Attorney: Officials shunning e-mail (The News & Observer)
Charlotte City Attorney Mac McCarley said Thursday that public information requests for e-mail had become so burdensome that top officials had quit sending sensitive messages for fear they might become public.
Attorney: Denville not paying fees for Hussa's legal defense (Daily Record)
DENVILLE -- The attorney defending Mayor Ted Hussa against a citizen complaint accusing him of illegally parking in a handicapped space said Thursday that the town is not paying the mayor's legal fees.
Matawan faces delay in naming attorney (Asbury Park Press)
The borough was not able to appoint a new borough attorney Tuesday night because officials wanted more time to review the proposed contract from the new lawyer, Mayor Paul Buccellato said — and that has also delayed the appointment of a new labor attorney, environmental attorney, and planner.
Frommer buys time, lawyer (Aspen Daily News)
Less than three weeks before the start of his Aspen trial on 30 fraud-related charges, alleged scam artist Peter Frommer has gotten some breathing room — and, he says, a new lawyer.
Ex-lead attorney in Yucca case dies (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Joe Egan, lead attorney for Nevada's opposition efforts against the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, died Wednesday at his home in Naples, Fla.
Sirianni Named Asst. City Attorney (The Lakeland Ledger)
Ramona Sirianni has been named assistant city attorney for Lakeland, city officials announced Thursday.Sirianni is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, where she earned a juris doctor in 2000.
Attorney general hopeful focuses on meth (Billings Gazette)
This is the second in a series of stories on issues being promoted by each of the five attorney general candidates.
Zimbabwe: Lawyer Applies for Exception to Charge (AllAfrica.com)
Harare lawyer Innocent Chagonda, who is being accused of causing disaffection among police officers under the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act, applied for exception to the charge on Tuesday.
Ex-attorney convicted of Edmond pharmacy robbery (The Oklahoman)
A former Edmond attorney who jumped from a hospital ledge after his arrest pleaded guilty Thursday t
Kansas Attorney General Six Applauds New Safety Agreement with Facebook (Kansas City InfoZine)
Attorney General Steve Six announced that Facebook has agreed to changes to better protect children from predators and inappropriate content and to participate in a task force on implementation of age and identity verification software.
Kilpatrick lawyer drops appeal of judge's ruling in public records battle (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told a Wayne County judge on Friday the mayor is withdrawing a planned appeal to a recent court ruling in a public records fight between the city and Detroit's two daily newspapers.
Defendant in slay trial, acting as own lawyer, turns accuser (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The defendant acting as his own lawyer turned accuser yesterday, grilling an eyewitness to the slaying of cab driver Kwame Appeigyei.
John-john’s lawyer files motion citing DOJ’s ‘manifest error, prejudice’ against client (Sun Star)
THE lawyer representing John Gregory “John-john” Osmeña wants the court to determine probable cause before deciding whether to arrest, arraign and hear the charge against the former Cebu vice governor.
Attorney General Says 'No' To E-Bingo Machines (KCRA 3 Sacramento)
The state attorney general has ordered bingo operators in Sacramento County to stop using electric bingo machines.
Attorney: Lake Forest Man Was Only A Gun Collector (CBS 2 Chicago)
A north suburban man charged with illegally possessing 85 weapons -- including at least one .50-caliber machine gun -- is a collector who acquired the firearms legally, his attorney said Friday.
Utah Attorney General Says Sects Won’t Be Raided (KWTX-TV Waco)
Utah’s attorney general says his state would never carry out a raid such as the one on the West Texas compound of a polygamous sect.
SF City Attorney Denies Tiger Attack Victims' Claims (NBC 11 Bay Area)
The San Francisco City Attorney's Office has denied a claim for physical and emotional injuries made against the city by two San Jose brothers wounded on Christmas Day by an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo.
Convicted NYC lawyer sentenced to 25-to-life for murder (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for arranging the murder of a client's husband.
Legislature to ask inspector general to investigate attorney general (Dayton Daily News)
Ohio lawmakers next week will invite state Inspector General Tom Charles to spearhead a sweeping investigation that looks at a wide range of issues in Attorney General Marc Dann's office — not just the sexual harassment complaints.
Convicted NYC lawyer sentenced to 25-to-life for murder (The Charlotte Observer)
A lawyer has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for arranging the murder of a client's husband. A Manhattan judge sentenced 57-year-old Manuel Martinez on Friday in the shooting death of George Kogan in 1990. Martinez had been convicted last month after being found in Mexico and extradited. He had represented Kogan's wife in a bitter divorce fight. She had been the beneficiary of ...