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Attorney: Joe Horn probably will talk to grand jury if asked (Houston Chronicle)
Joe Horn, the Pasadena man who killed two men he suspected to be burglars exiting his neighbor's home, would likely testify to a Harris County grand jury about the Nov. 14 shooting if asked, his attorney said.
Australian Lawyer: American's Death Was Murder (CBS News)
A lawyer for a state coroner said Thursday an American tourist should be charged with murder in the drowning of his wife while scuba diving on their honeymoon in Australia.
Lawyer to sort out Flagler Title's finances; $2.5 million, owner missing (Sun-Sentinel)
Circuit judge appoints lawyer to sort out Flagler's finances With its founder and at least $2.5 million missing, a Palm Beach County Circuit Court judge this week placed Flagler Title Co., one of the oldest locally owned title insurers, under the control of an outside lawyer who will sort out the company's finances.
Attorney: Embarrassment no shield (The Salt Lake Tribune)
OGDEN - An attorney for the Sierra Club told a judge Wednesday that there can be only one reason - fear of political embarrassment - for Ogden City to keep secret its records of negotiations on a gondola.
West Chester lawyer charged for part in 'anti-tax underground' (Philadelphia Daily News)
A West Chester lawyer and businessman was charged yesterday by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to defraud the IRS and related offenses.
U.S. Attorney's Office to hold press conference on Mortgage Fraud Initiative (Miami Herald)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami is planning to hold a press conference to provide an update on the status of the Mortgage Fraud Initiative.
Attorney denies CHP's version of woman's death (The Fresno Bee)
An attorney says the 52-year-old woman killed by a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop last week couldn't have been waving a fake handgun, which authorities say caused her death.
Attorney general backs vote on elected Orange County schools chairman (Orlando Sentinel)
Attorney General Bill McCollum sided Wednesday with a group that wants to let voters decide whether to create the post of elected chairman on the Orange County School Board.
Gangland lawyer's boyfriend charged (Perth Now)
THE boyfriend of gangland lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson has been charged with spray painting Versace handbags worth nearly $30,000.
Lawyer, son sue cops for $550K (CNews)
An Edmonton lawyer and his son have launched a $550,000 lawsuit against city police, alleging they were assaulted and arrested by officers during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoff celebrations on Whyte Avenue.
Lawyer charged with sexual battery (Knoxville News Sentinel)
CHATTANOOGA — A Chattanooga lawyer has been charged with sexual battery.
Murder defense lawyer requests leave (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - Raising the possibility that he will have to testify about his client's mental state at the time of his arrest and questioning by police, the lawyer for one of two men charged with a double murder last year in Dudley is seeking to withdraw from the case.
Murder suspect's lawyer seeks to toss evidence (phillyburbs.com)
An Ethiopian immigrant awaiting trial in an 8-year-old murder case in Towamencin was in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday as his lawyer attempted to have evidence against him suppressed for use at trial.
Man allegedly defrauded people as their lawyer (The Springfield News-Leader)
Trial could begin today in the case of a former Springfield man accused of claiming to be a lawyer and defrauding at least eight people of more than $60,000.
Cape Elizabeth Student To Be Charged By District Attorney (WMTW Auburn)
The Cumberland County district attorney will charge one of the 10 Cape Elizabeth students who vandalized the high school back in March.
Military Lawyer Makes Unlikely Defender of Detainees, NYT Says (Bloomberg.com)
June 19 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander William C. Kuebler, the lawyer for a Canadian terrorism suspect held at Guantanamo Bay, said the U.S. administration's war- crimes system wants convictions with ``no real evidence,'' the New York Times said.
Disgraced Ohio attorney general attends national AGs’ meeting (The Toledo Blade)
CLEVELAND — The former Ohio attorney general who resigned after saying he was not prepared for office is now part of a group that mentors attorneys general across the country.
U.S. attorney charges 28 people in Metro Detroit with mortgage fraud (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy described mortgage fraud Thursday as a widespread economic scourge in Michigan and said his office has launched a crackdown with the assistance of the FBI and other agencies.
Lawyer: CSI chief will be cleared (Gretna Breeze)
A lawyer representing a suspended crime lab commander said he expects the investigator will be vindicated in connection with a Nebraska double murder investigation.
Supreme Court rejects extradition appeal by former U.S. lawyer (Canada.com)
Organic farmer Stuart Collins, a former lawyer who is wanted in Texas on fraud charges, has asked the federal justice minister to step in after the Supreme Court of Canada decided Thursday it will not hear his extradition appeal.
Capitol lawyer defends military, CHR (Sun Star)
CAPITOL lawyer Erwin Vergara defended both the Philippine Army and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) against charges from militant groups.
Court limits right to act as own lawyer (CNN.com)
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a state has the right to prevent a possibly schizophrenic defendant from serving as his own lawyer in a criminal court.
Berkeley Plans Search for New City Attorney (Berkeley Daily Planet)
City Manager Phil Kamlarz has told a number of councilmembers, including Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmember Dona Spring, that he is planning a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for former City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque after the budget has been put to rest.
Flood lawyer: latest NV breach builds case to slow flows (AG Weekly)
RENO, Nev. - A lawyer for flood victims said Friday that this week’s failure of another canal provides more ammunition in the legal battle to slow water flows in a century-old northern Nevada irrigation system because it shows “these ancient embankments are not as strong as they appear to be.”
Brinkley's attorney: Open divorce trial to media (Newsday)
Former supermodel Christie Brinkley's lawyer said Thursday that her divorce trial should be open to the media, while an attorney for her ex-husband said Brinkley was a bad mother for wanting to expose her two children to the proceeding.
Chattanooga Lawyer Charged With Sex Crime (WTVC Chattanooga)
A Chattanooga lawyer has been charged with sexual battery. According to court records, Charles Lawson was arrested for allegedly touching a female inappropriately late Saturday night.
GOP prosecutor won't run for Ohio attorney general (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A county prosecutor in central Ohio has told Republicans that he doesn't want to be the party's nominee for attorney general.
Former Deputy District Attorney Pleads Guilty (KSEE 24 Fresno)
Former Fresno Deputy District Attorney David Jones pleaded guilty today to one count of false impersonation, while other charges against him were dropped. Jones faced several charges stemming from allegations made by a county employee that he had been harassing her after she broke off a romantic relationship with him. Among the accusations was that Jones used confidential information to post ...
SF City Attorney Sues Exxon Mobil Over Cleanup (CBS 5 Bay Area)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Thursday morning sued Exxon Mobil Oil Corp. for allegedly refusing to clean up decades of oil pollution from a former fueling facility at the city's famed Fisherman's Wharf.
Capitol lawyer defends military, CHR vs militant group’s accusations (GMA News)
DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines - Provincial Capitol lawyer Erwin Vergara defended both the Philippine Army and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) against charges from militant groups.
Rahy's Attorney Makes Case in Singspiel (BloodHorse)
Rahy's Attorney, a surprise winner of the Connaught Cup (Can-III) last month, will try to make it back-to-back stakes victories on the Woodbine turf course in the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-III) June 22. The race marks the return to action of 2007 Queen's Plate victor Mike Fox.
Attorney: Condemned man sealed his fate at trial (The Times and Democrat)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - An attorney for death row inmate James Earl Reed says his client made a fatal mistake in choosing to represent himself at trial.
Attorney: Condemned SC man sealed his own fate (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
James Earl Reed, scheduled to die in South Carolina's electric chair Friday, made two fatal miscalculations: killing his ex-girlfriend's parents and representing himself at trial, one of his attorneys said. "Had James not represented himself, he would not be on death row today, that's for certain," said Columbia attorney Joe Savitz, who represented Reed during his appeals. Reed, ...
Murder defense lawyer requests leave (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - Raising the possibility that he will have to testify about his client's mental state at the time of his arrest and questioning by police, the lawyer for one of two men charged with a double murder last year in Dudley is seeking to withdraw from the case.
McRae's attorney says video is not the whole story (WMCTV Memphis)
An attorney representing Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae says video of a police beating at 201 Poplar shows a different story when it is slowed down.
City Attorney Sues SDG&E Over October Wildfires (KGTV San Diego)
City Attorney Michael Aguirre sued San Diego Gas & Electric, seeking to recover millions of dollars in damages caused to city property and for firefighting costs associated with the October wildfires.
Lawyer says Puno urged Isnaji to negotiate with kidnappers (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Interior secretary Ronaldo Puno encouraged Indanan, Sulu mayor Alvarez Isnaji to negotiate with kidnappers for the release of television crew and a professor abducted in Sulu, a lawyer said Thursday.
Lawyer says Puno encouraged Isnaji to talk to kidnappers (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno encouraged Indanan, Sulu Mayor Alvarez Isnaji to negotiate with kidnappers for the release of television crew and a professor abducted in Sulu, a lawyer said Friday.
Attorney Calls Ban On Sex Clubs Unconstitutional (CBS 11 Dallas - Fort Worth)
The attorney for a Duncanville house that throws swinger parties filed a motion in Municipal Court Thursday morning asking a judge to declare a city ban on sex clubs unconstitutional.
Republican City Attorney Candidate Gets Democrat's Endorsement (FOX 6 News San Diego)
Democratic Councilman Ben Hueso endorsed Republican Jan Goldsmith in San Diego's city attorney race.
Attorney General Warns Storm Victims to Beware of Scams (KSNT Topeka)
The Attorney General's office says scam artists take advantage of natural disasters to rip people off and then run with their money.
Attorney Drops Incarceration Suit (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE - A Rogers attorney who sued the Benton County Jail three times this year alleging jailers wouldn't show him their authority for holding one of his clients has dropped his latest suit.
Give legal protection, says lawyer (The New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: A human rights activist and lawyer has called for amendments to be made to the Immigration Act which will provide the very basic protection to a refugee.
Forrest City Lawyer Cautioned (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK - Forrest City lawyer and former state Sen. Alvin Simes has been fined $500 and cautioned in connection with his handling of an appeal in a personal injury lawsuit.
Attorney general rebuffs payday loan industry (Akron Beacon Journal)
COLUMBUS: Ohio Attorney General Nancy Hardin Rogers has refused to approve petition language proposed by payday lenders seeking to overturn a law that tightens industry regulations.
Policemen were in on ransom payments, Isnaji lawyer claims (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Police officials were in on ransom payments made to the Abu Sayyaf for the release of a television crew and a university professor who were abducted in Sulu last week, a lawyer claimed Friday.
Prosecutor: Defense lawyer cries on cue (Moldova.org)
An Ohio prosecutor has asked a judge to bar a defense lawyer from crying while speaking to the jury for his client.Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Jason Phillabaum has been assigned to represent the state next month at the trial of James O'Hara, who is charged with a fatal stabbing last year in Middletown. The trial is to be something of a rematch, the Hamilton Journal-News reported. O'Hara ...
Media attorney questions Greenville County Council vote (WBTV Charlotte)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A media attorney says a Greenville County Council vote to suspend its rules and give a committee contractual authority may have violated the state's Freedom of Information Act.
Wanted: GOP attorney general candidate (The Columbus Dispatch)
Up against a self-imposed Saturday deadline to nominate a candidate to run for attorney general in the Nov. 4 election, the Ohio Republican Party is scrambling.
Attorney: Condemned man sealed his fate at trial (The Times and Democrat)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - An attorney for death row inmate James Earl Reed says his client made a fatal mistake in choosing to represent himself at trial.