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Election Fraud Investigation Into City Attorney Confirmed (Central Florida News 13)
News 13 confirms two investigations by the State Attorney's Office into possible violations involving the city of Deltona -- the area's second largest city. At least one elected official is calling for firings.
Suspect in child sex case denied free lawyer (Austin American-Statesman)
A state district judge in Travis County refused Wednesday to appoint a lawyer for a man accused of sexually assaulting several girls.
Yogurt defense lawyer lashes out at prosecutors (Austin American-Statesman)
A lawyer for Robert Springsteen, facing retrial in the 1991 Austin yogurt shop slayings of four teenage girls, chided prosecutors Wednesday for failing to disprove his contention that DNA evidence disclosed this year exonerates his client.
Carroll will have to hire own attorney, judge rules (KXAN 36 Austin)
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- The former child advocate who was charged with six counts of sexually assaulting girls will have to pay for his own attorney, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Lawyer dismisses talk of credit downgrade for Great Plains Energy (The Kansas City Star)
A lawyer for Great Plains Energy Inc. said Wednesday that the company did not expect a credit downgrade because of a crane accident at one of its power plants.
Columbia attorney leads justice effort (The State)
From South Carolina to Ghana and to rest of the world, people’s lives are affected by their society’s application of the rule of law. Now a South Carolina attorney is leading efforts to apply that principle worldwide. Columbia attorney William Hubbard, chairman of the Commission for the World Justice Project, will help lead the discussions at the World Justice Forum, July 2 through July 5 in ...
New attorney in mayor's corner (Detroit News)
Robert A. Sedler, a civil rights attorney and Wayne State University law professor, has been retained as a special counsel by the city law department to fight the Detroit City Council's efforts to remove the mayor from office, Sedler confirmed Wednesday.
SA Attorney-General slams magistrate (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has hit out at one of the state's top magistrates, claiming he overstepped his role by suggesting lighter sentences for some criminals.
EASTPOINTE: After 22 years, no proof girl is dead, lawyer says (Detroit Free Press)
Before someone can be blamed for killing her, Cindy Zarzycki must first be dead. And that's how the sparring between both sides in the murder trial against Arthur Ream began Wednesday: with his lawyer arguing that the Eastpointe girl could have run away and still be alive somewhere, while the prosecution said she died the day she disappeared -- April 20, 1986, at age 13.
Former Rockwall district attorney gets 15-year prison sentence in theft case (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
Before this week, former Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow had lost his dignity and his career and was on track to lose his law license. Then he lost his freedom.
NBA denies first claims by Donaghy's attorney (Philly.com)
The intensifying presentencing battle between the NBA and Tim Donaghy continued yesterday when the league filed a letter rebutting charges made last month by the fired referee's attorney.
Lawyer says brokerage firms liable for losses from Jefferson County sewer bonds (Birmingham News)
A Chicago lawyer specializing in investment fraud says he intends to take on the Wall Street financial houses that had a role in Jefferson County's cash crisis, saying the bankers duped "unsophisticated" county officials into taking on investments that carried extreme risk.
Alabama Attorney General Troy King seizes Bullock County voting amid allegations of fraud (Birmingham News)
MONTGOMERY - Alabama Attorney General Troy King has seized voting records in Bullock County, and Secretary of State Beth Chapman said allegations of voting fraud in at least three other counties have been or will be referred to the attorney general for review.
Lawyer defends payments in diet-drug case (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Testifying yesterday in his own defense, suspended lawyer William Gallion argued that Kentucky fen-phen clients received far more lucrative settlements through their lawyers -- who now are charged with fraud -- than they would have under a national class-action suit.
Cunningham’s lawyer requests more time (The Des Moines Register)
The lawyer for indicted job-training executive Ramona Cunningham says he needs more time to prepare for her federal fraud trial scheduled to begin in Davenport this month.
Attorney: Council member committed ethics violation (Asbury Park Press)
Township Councilwoman Kathy M. Russell breached the ethics of her office by distributing conceptual plans for a proposed community and athletic center at the Ocean Ice Palace on Chambers Bridge Road, according to the township attorney.
U.S. lawyer faces more charges of Singapore judge insults (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S lawyer already facing a charge of insulting a Singapore judge was indicted on Thursday in a Singapore court for disparaging another member of the bench in an email he sent two years ago.
State attorney general says ECMC ad is inaccurate (The Buffalo News)
The state attorney general is criticizing an ad by Erie County Medical Center as inaccurate in the battle over a consolidation with Kaleida Health.
Attorney General Rings Up Calling Card Companies (WFTV 9 Orlando)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Residents who use prepaid calling cards can stop worrying about being cheated on their minutes. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Wednesday that the state has reached a settlement with nine calling-card companies.
Rwanda: Cameroonian Attorney Appointed Head of ICTR's Investigative Unit (AllAfrica.com)
Cameroonian Senior Trial Attorney, William Egbe, has been appointed to head the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Special Investigative Unit (SIU), reports Hirondelle Agency.
Ex-Siemens Chairman Von Pierer Declines to Testify, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg.com)
June 11 (Bloomberg) -- Former Siemens AG Chairman Heinrich von Pierer will assert his right not to testify at a trial over corruption at the company, claiming the privilege against self incrimination, his lawyer said.
Defense attorney wants church shooting trial moved (Centre Daily Times)
Defense attorney Michael Applebaum is seeking to have the trial of a Bucks County woman charged in the shooting death of a fellow church member heard by residents of another county.
Moore says state workers' attorney tried to bribe him (The News & Observer)
Raleigh attorney Kieran Shanahan claims that an attorney for the State Employees Association of North Carolina offered to drop a public records lawsuit in exchange for Richard Moore's support for a bill.
High court suspends Spring Valley attorney's license (Dayton Daily News)
DAYTON — The Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended Thursday, June 12, the law license of a Spring Valley attorney.
Attorney picked as StL County elections board chair (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo . -- Gov. Matt Blunt picks a St. Louis attorney to be the new chairman for the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners.
Report: Tom Cruise's Lawyer Compares 'Dr. Drew' to Nazi (Fox News)
Tom Cruise's lawyer is none too happy about "Celebrity Rehab" doctor Drew Pinsky's analysis of his client, comparing it to the "garbage spewed" by Nazi Joseph Goebbels, the New York Post's Page Six gossip column reports.
Lawyer For Bin Laden Driver Wants Charges Dismissed (CBS News)
Osama bin Laden's former driver may not go on trial this summer at Guantanamo after all. The military lawyer for Salim Hamdan says the Supreme Court ruling on the rights of Guantanamo prisoners is likely to at least delay the Yemeni's war crimes trial.
Lawyer says he'll file to dismiss case against Osama bin Laden's driver (Seattle Times)
Osama bin Laden's former driver may not go on trial this summer at Guantanamo after all. The military lawyer for Salim Hamdan says the Supreme...
Moore says lawyer offered him a bribe (The Charlotte Observer)
Attorneys for State Treasurer Richard Moore say a state employees' group offered him a bribe. Moore's lawyers said Thursday a lawyer for the State Employees Association of North Carolina offered to end the group's pending lawsuit against Moore he if would publicly endorse a bill sought by the association. A judge was holding an emergency hearing on the issue Thursday. Moore's attorneys have ...
Lawyer for bin Laden driver wants charges dismissed (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Osama bin Laden's former driver said Thursday he would try to stop the first scheduled war-crimes trial at Guantanamo Bay now that the Supreme Court says detainees have constitutional rights.
Former Marco Island City Councilman Glenn Tucker applies for city attorney job (Naples Daily News)
Former Marco Island City Councilman Glenn Tucker wants back in city government. Earlier this month, Tucker through his Marco law firm Rhodes, Tucker & Garretson applied to become the city attorney. "I work for a living that's why I want to do it," Tucker said.
NY Attorney General says 2 large pharmacy chains selling expired food and medicine (Canadian Business)
Valerie Bauman June 12, 2008 - 2:34 p.m. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two statewide drug store chains have been selling expired food, medicine and baby formula, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
Attorney's homicide trial delayed (phillyburbs.com)
The trial of a former Bucks County assistant district attorney accused of causing his girlfriend's death during a drunken argument outside a Newtown Township restaurant has been pushed back more than a month.
Former Hill District attorney gets jail for theft (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A former attorney who stole nearly $500,000 from the estate of a local civil rights and religious leader was sentenced this afternoon to 11 1/2 to 23 months in the Allegheny County Jail.
Attorney: Gitmo ruling helps alleged enemy combatant in S.C. (The Times and Democrat)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The attorney for the only enemy combatant being held on U.S. soil says a Supreme Court ruling that foreign terrorism suspects have the right to challenge their detention in civilian courts supports his client’s case.
Assistant county attorney who was fired gets job back (Austin American-Statesman)
A Williamson County attorney who was fired last week will get his job back Monday, according to his boss, County Attorney Jana Duty.
Tallahassee lawyer suspended in adoption case (Sun-Sentinel)
A lawyer who knowingly submitted false information in an adoption case was suspended for three years Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court, although two dissenting justices said she should have been disbarred.
Attorney General finds pharmacies selling expired products (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
The Attorney General is suing CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid, after finding over the counter drugs, milk and baby formula on their store shelves that were past the expiration date.
Attorney: Asbury Park man on trial for murder acted in self-defense (Asbury Park Press)
A defense attorney today described a series of violent acts that transformed Asbury Park into what he said was a shooting gallery in the fall of 2006. "We don't put people in prison for having better aim when it is in self defense," the attorney, Robert Tully, told a jury in his closing argument in defense of Shawn Johnson. "They have to prove that my client did not use self-defense," Tully ...
Canadian Commercial Paper Appeal May Start June 25, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg.com)
June 12 (Bloomberg) -- A group of Canadian companies holding frozen commercial paper will probably get a two-day hearing before the Court of Appeal for Ontario beginning June 25, a lawyer for two of the companies said.
Arkansas attorney general sues tax-relief firm JK Harris & Co. over keeping fees, false claims (Canadian Business)
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office has filed a lawsuit against a South Carolina company that falsely claims to settle tax liabilities for "pennies on the dollar."
Lawyer Alleges Race Discrimination At NYC Beach (WCBS-TV New York)
A recent sunny and beautiful day at Manhattan Beach was allegedly darkened by the shadow of racism. Brooklyn lawyer Gene Berardelli says a group of teens was denied access by police on Friday, and he blames discrimination. Police say the rejection rationale was simple. It was cut day, a time when students skip classes and they followed their protocol.
Rape charge dropped against lawyer, ex-'Bachelor' contestant (Boston Globe)
Prosecutors have dropped rape charges against a Boston lawyer who once tried out for TV's "The Bachelor" reality show.
Panel to probe office of attorney general (The Columbus Dispatch)
A bipartisan panel headed by a former federal judge will ask hard questions and give suggestions on how to improve the scandal-torn attorney general's office, Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers said in a memo to office staff members.
Rape Charge Dropped Against Lawyer, Ex-'Bachelor' Contestant (Law.com)
Prosecutors have dropped rape charges against a Boston lawyer who once tried out for TV's "The Bachelor" reality show. A memo filed Thursday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court shows prosecutors had no DNA evidence against 36-year-old Gary Zerola. The memo also says the victim had credibility issues because she lied about drug use and drinking, and gave various versions of events to investigators.
N.Y. Dead Man's Statute Doesn't Bar Attorney's Defense in Disciplinary Case (Law.com)
The New York Court of Appeals held Thursday that the Dead Man's Statute does not bar an attorney from defending himself against disciplinary charges for allegedly raiding a deceased client's escrow account funds. The court found that by describing an oral agreement with his client, attorney Richard A. Zalk was not testifying "against the executor, administrator or survivor" of the dead person, ...
Thaksin lawyer denies any part in snack-box cash bribe (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
A lawyer for Thaksin Shinawatra who appeared at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, denied any connection with a snack box found to contain two million baht in cash _ an incident seen as attempted bribery.
Retrial for Beaman rests with McLean state's attorney (Rockford Register Star)
Illinois prosecutors will not ask the state’s highest court to reconsider its decision to reverse the 1995 murder conviction of Rockford native Alan Beaman, a spokesman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Thursday.
Hicks conviction in question - lawyer (Perth Now)
DAVID Hicks's conviction for supporting terrorism may be invalided by a US Supreme Court ruling overnight, his Adelaide lawyer says.
US attorney general says Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo won't affect military trials (AP via Yahoo! Philippines News)
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey says a recent Supreme Court decision won't affect military trials against enemy combatants.