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Attorney general gives opinion on zoning vote (Ravalli Republic)
A state attorney general’s opinion issued this week is likely to cause a stir across the state of Montana when it comes to municipal voters weighing in on county zoning initiatives, officials said.
Pleasanton school board decides to leave state attorney general out of trustee's residency issue (Contra Costa Times)
The Pleasanton school board unanimously decides against asking state attorney general to get involved in issue whether trustee Pat Kernan lives in the school district
Take the Missouri Attorney General candidate's quiz (The Springfield News-Leader)
Democratic Attorney General Jeff Harris has launched a Web site with an interactive quiz -- making sure voters know one of his opponents is a former Republican.
N.Y. High Court Revives Malpractice Suit Over Representation of Convicted Lawyer (Law.com)
The New York Court of Appeals on Wednesday revived a legal malpractice suit against law firm Larossa, Mitchell & Ross over its representation of personal injury lawyer Morris J. Eisen, who was found to have defrauded New York City by fabricating evidence in tort cases. The accusations and subsequent prosecution of lawyers and investigators for Morris J. Eisen PC -- once one of New York's top ...
Lawyer for former orphanage residents argues province liable for damages (The Guardian)
A lawyer representing a group of former Mount Herbert Orphanage residents who have filed a multimillion-dollar suit against the P.
Insurer lawsuit targets disbarred Vero Beach attorney (Vero Press Journal)
The parade of lawsuits against disbarred attorney Ira Hatch continued this week as an insurance company filed a federal lawsuit saying they shouldn't for liable for as much of Hatch's legal fees as he wants them to be.
Menifee City Council appoints city attorney (The Press-Enterprise)
The city attorney of Canyon Lake will now also represent the just-formed city of Menifee. Late Wednesday night the Menifee City Council emerged from closed session to announce it had settled on Betsy Martyn, of the Costa Mesa law firm Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, as interim city attorney.
FLDS girl's lawyer refuses to testify (Deseret Morning News)
The court-appointed lawyer for a 16-year-old member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church refused to testify before a grand jury investigating crimes within the polygamous sect.
Attorney for Jeffs' daughter refuses to talk (The Salt Lake Tribune)
ELDORADO, Texas - An attorney for the 16-year-old daughter of FLDS leader Warren S. Jeffs said Thursday that she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating the polygamous sect.
Attorney who took on big tobacco faces sentencing (The Charlotte Observer)
From Navy fighter pilot to prominent attorney, Richard "Dickie" Scruggs parlayed his Southern charm and legal savvy into a career that earned him hundreds of millions of dollars taking on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies. But Scruggs, 62, is scheduled to walk into a federal courtroom in Oxford on Friday to face sentencing for his role in a judicial bribery scheme that ended his storied ...
Pichit faces being delisted as lawyer (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
The Law Society of Thailand will today meet to decide on the punishment against Pichit Chuenban, lawyer of....
Isnajis change lawyer over ‘ransom’ statements (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- A mayor in the province of Sulu and his son who have been accused of allegedly kidnapping a television news team this June have changed their lawyer.
Patel coping well, Aussie lawyer says (Daily Telegraph)
JAYANT Patel wants to get things under way as he returns from the US to face manslaughter charges, his Australian lawyer says.
Questions as union lawyer quits (Perth Now)
EXCLUSIVE: LAWYER Tim Kucera has become embroiled in the feud between construction union boss Kevin Reynolds and his challenger Darren Kavanagh.
Lawyer Accused In Theft From Client, 95 (WCVB Boston)
A Walpole lawyer and a business associate have been charged with stealing insurance money from a 95-year-old client.
Attorney-general disagrees with suit to seize Bt76 billion worth of Thaksin's assets (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
The attorney-general disagreed with the Assets Examination Committee's decision to seize all of Bt76 billion worth of assets of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his family.
Woman Who Led to Downfall of Ohio Attorney General Pleads Not Guilty in Separate Case (Indiana's NewsCenter)
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - A woman whose sexual harassment complaint helped bring the downfall of former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct.
Attorney-general sends back CTX bomb scanner case to AEC (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
The acting attorney-general decided Friday to send back the case of alleged corruption in the CTX bomb scanner purchase to the Assets Examination Committee for further investigation.
Funeral Services Planned For Murdered Attorney (News On 6 Tulsa)
Funeral services will be held today for attorney Lori Kastner.
Attorney who took on big tobacco faces sentencing (AP via Yahoo! News)
Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, a prominent attorney who took on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his role in a high-profile judicial bribery case.
ICE attorney arrested for alleged immigrant bribes (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and his wife were arrested on suspicion of accepting thousands of dollars from both legal and illegal immigrants in exchange for immigration benefits, authorities said.
U.S. attorney who took on big tobacco faces sentencing on bribery charge (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
JACKSON, Miss. - Richard (Dickie) Scruggs, a prominent attorney who took on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his role in a high-profile judicial bribery case.
K-Fed Attorney: Mediation With Brit "Positive" Step (E! Online)
Kevin Federline wants Britney Spears to once again play a major role in their children's lives. Just not a bigger role than his. K-Fed's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, spoke...
Attorney who took on big tobacco faces sentencing (AP via Yahoo! News)
Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, a prominent attorney who took on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his role in a high-profile judicial bribery case.
High-profile lawyer Scruggs gets 5-year sentence (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a judge, according to a witness in the court.
Anti-tobacco lawyer Scruggs sentenced to 5 years in prison for conspiring to bribe judge (Canadian Business)
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Famed anti-tobacco lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is headed to prison for five years for conspiring to bribe a judge. Scruggs was sentenced Friday in a Mississippi federal court. He was also fined $250,000.
Judge sentences anti-tobacco lawyer Scruggs to 5 years in prison (San Jose Mercury News)
OXFORD, Miss. - Famed anti-tobacco lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is headed to prison for five years for conspiring to bribe a judge.
High-profile lawyer Scruggs gets 5 years in prison (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a judge, according to a witness who was in the courtroom.
High-profile US lawyer Scruggs gets 5-yr sentence (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters (Adds background, Backstrom details) By Matthew Bigg ATLANTA, June 27 (Reuters) - A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, was ...
Famed anti-tobacco attorney Scruggs sentenced to prison (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
OXFORD, Miss. — Attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, who earned his reputation in the 1990s by winning a $206 billion settlement from tobacco companies, was sentenced to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines for trying to bribe a Mississippi district court judge in an insurance case stemming from Hurricane Katrina.
Attorney wants DA's office disqualified from 2 cases (Colorado Springs Gazette)
A defense attorney has asked a judge to disqualify the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office from two cases because District Attorney John Newsome paid for a detective who will testify in those cases to go to a football game.
High-profile lawyer Scruggs gets 5-yr sentence (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a judge.
NH attorney general investigating death (Boston Globe)
The New Hampshire attorney general's office says a 20-year-old woman was fatally shot in the back while inside a parked SUV with three friends in Sandown.
Source of P15-M ransom for Ces Drilon unconfirmed -- lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- The new lawyer of Indanan, Sulu Mayor Alvarez Isnaji and his son Haider on Friday said there was no confirmation that a P15-million ransom was paid by a high ranking government official for the release of an ABS-CBN television team.
County attorney seeks new lawyer (Billings Gazette)
GILLETTE - Campbell County Attorney Jeani Stone says the workload in her office has risen dramatically and she needs at least one new attorney to help prosecute cases.
Obama's freebie OK, Reading schools lawyer says (The Morning Call)
The Reading School District's lawyer says it was OK to let Barack Obama hold a campaign rally on school property free of charge.
Attorney General Calls Sandown Killing 'Homicide' (WMUR New Hampshire)
New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said the killing of a 20-year-old woman is now being investigated as a homicide.
Guy Ritchie retains divorce lawyer, too (New York Daily News)
Madonna's estranged husband has lawyered-up too. Guy Ritchie has sought the help of the respected London law firm Forsters after the Material Girl hired divorce lawyer extraordinaire Fiona Shackleton, the Times of London reported Friday.
Gun Case Attorney Targets Laws in Other Cities (NPR)
New lawsuits are moving forward after a landmark Supreme Court decision affirming the rights of individuals to own guns. Attorney Alan Gura, who argued the case, says he will pursue similar cases in other cities to ensure the right is enforced.
Pa. lawyer, civic leader Dick Gerber dies at 73 (Centre Daily Times)
A. Richard Gerber, a delegate to the 1967 state constitutional convention, lawyer and longtime member of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, has died. He was 73.
Attorney, accountant charged in OC medical scam (San Francisco Chronicle)
An attorney and accountant have been charged with participating in a "rent-a-patient" scam described by authorities as the largest medical insurance fraud case in the nation. Roy Chester Dickson, 60, of Yorba Linda and Andrew Robert Harnen, 54, of Rosemead...
High-profile lawyer Scruggs gets 5-year sentence (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile Mississippi lawyer, who became unpopular on Wall Street for battling powerful companies, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a judge.
Britney Spears/ Kevin Federline Custody Trial Will Go Forward, K-Fed's Lawyer Says (MTV Music Television)
Despite Thursday's mediation session, the custody trial between Kevin Federline and Britney Spears will go forward, and K-Fed will push for full custody, his lawyer says.
ICE Attorney, Wife Arrested In Alleged Pay-For-Benefits Scheme (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
An attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and his wife are arrested on suspicion of accepting thousands of dollars from immigrants in exchange for immigration benefits, authorities say.
Lawyer: DNA Proves Franco's Innocence (KELO Sioux Falls)
Olga Franco's lawyer says the blood in the van that hit the Cottonwood MN school bus. He says that proves someone else was driving
Lawyer Wants Slaying Case Moved To Juvenile Court (CBS 13 Baltimore)
The lawyer for a Towson teenager accused of fatally beating his mother with a baseball bat wants to have the youth's case moved to juvenile court and have his confession erased from court records.
Longtime attorney pleads guilty to estate thefts (Austin American-Statesman)
A longtime Austin attorney pleaded guilty Friday to stealing from the estates of three elderly women that he was in charge of overseeing after their deaths.
Lawyer wants US to get Hambali to talk (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
A Cambodian lawyer has urged the United States to extract a written statement from chief terrorist suspect Riduan Isamuddin, who is better known as Hambali, which could vindicate his clients, two Thai Muslims convicted of colluding with Hambali in plotting terrorist attacks.
Utah Attorney Under Federal Investigation (2News Salt Lake City)
A Utah attorney is at the center of a federal investigation. Investigators allege the attorney participated in “double dipping,” meaning he possibly collected a salary at both the state and...
Rankin confirmed as Wyoming's U.S. Attorney (Billings Gazette)
WASHINGTON - Kelly Rankin has been confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Wyoming.