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Attorney: Shooting suspect has mental issues (The Arizona Republic)
An attorney for a man accused of killing a police officer and wounding two deputies says his client has a history of mental illness.
Auditor: No basis to investigate Minn. attorney general (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Minnesota's legislative auditor says there is no basis for a full-scale investigation of Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Lawyer: Woman accused in escort service linked to former NY governor to plead guilty (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A woman accused of helping run the prostitution ring patronized by New York's disgraced ex-governor plans to plead guilty Tuesday, her lawyer said.
Auditor: No basis to investigate Minn. attorney general (Pioneer Press)
Minnesota's legislative auditor said today he won't launch a full-scale investigation of Attorney General Lori Swanson, who has been accused of ethical lapses during a bitter dispute over a union drive in her office.
Ohio attorney general realigns staff to avoid conflicts (Akron Beacon Journal)
COLUMBUS: Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers says she's making personnel changes in her office to avoid possible conflicts of interest.
How and When To Hire a Lawyer for Your Small Business (MoreBusiness)
There is no good time to hire a lawyer, especially since they are most useful during bad times. Note that it is also an option to hire a lawyer that works in tandem with your business from its conception; they would grow along with it.
Lynch, Attorney Decline Comment (R News)
So far, no comment from either Marshawn Lynch or his attorney to Lynch's potential involvement in a Buffalo police investigation of an alleged hit-and-run accident over the weekend.
Former Toledoan quits post with state attorney general’s office (The Toledo Blade)
COLUMBUS — Former Toledoan Joyce Chapple Tuesday submitted her resignation as chief operating officer of the Ohio Attorney General’s office, but an office spokesman insisted the resignation has nothing to do with the office’s recent troubles.
Polygamist leader says BC attorney general guilty of religious persecution (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VICTORIA - A religious leader from the B.C. polygamous community of Bountiful is accusing the province's attorney general of religious persecution.
N.C. Attorney General Reports Uptick in Crime (WGHP Greensboro)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Attorney General Roy Cooper says the number of reported crimes in North Carolina increased slightly last year. Cooper released figures Tuesday show that the crime rate increased by about one-tenth of a percent in 2007. That marks the second year in a row the state's crime rate has increased.
City Attorney to Investigate Pool Drownings (FOX 13 Memphis)
The city's attorney says it may be at least a year before results can be revealed about an investigation of drowning deaths of two teenagers in city-owned swimming pools.
SC shocked by photo of lawyer, who died in judicial custody (Khaleej Times)
NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Monday expressed shock after seeing the photograph of a lawyer who died in judicial custody, chained to a hospital bed, after allegedly having been ordered to be handcuffed by two Allahabad High Court judges.
Attorney who took improper benefits to pay back $60,000 (Newsday)
A Long Island attorney has agreed to pay $60,000 to settle claims that he improperly received health and pension benefits by claiming to be a full-time employee of two school districts, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
S&P says it settles with New York attorney general to overhaul some of its business practices (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - Standard & Poor's says it has tentatively settled with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to overhaul some of its business practices in the aftermath of the subprime mortage crisis.
Lawyer rescues python from Indian dump (UPI)
CUTTACK, India, June 3 (UPI) -- An Indian lawyer who moonlights running a snake rescue center saved a python that had moved into a municipal dump by following its shed skin.
Granholm lawyer outlines 2-step plan for Detroit mayor case (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
DETROIT -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's lawyer proposes a two-stage process for considering whether to remove criminal defendant Kwame Kilpatrick as Detroit mayor.
Attorney: Feds investigating funds in Mayo case (ESPN)
The IRS and members of U.S. Attorney's office have launched a joint investigation into "possible income tax evasion and fraud arising from the misuse of charitable organization funds," according to an attorney retained by Louis Johnson.
Attorney: Feds investigating funds in Mayo case (ESPN)
The IRS and members of U.S. Attorney's office have launched a joint investigation into "possible income tax evasion and fraud arising from the misuse of charitable organization funds," according to an attorney retained by Louis Johnson.
Gottlieb's lawyer downplays client's role in Livent finances (Canada.com)
Myron Gottlieb was portrayed by his lawyer Tuesday as someone who was more concerned with the big-picture at Livent Inc. and not well-versed in the detailed financial operations of the theatre company.
Attorney general supports term-limit challenge (The Record-Courier)
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday in an effort to resolve the term-limit challenges facing many candidates for public office throughout the state, including Douglas County.
Attorney Calls Campaign Letter Jury Tampering in Shaken Baby Trial (News10 Sacramento)
The attorney for a nanny facing child abuse charges claims a Doug Ose for Congress mailer may have tainted the Auburn jury.
Lawyer challenges evidence by witnesses (The Borneo Post)
KOTA BAHARU: A lawyer representing businessman Nik Sapeia Nik Yusof who is charged with causing hurt to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and three others, yesterday urged the magistrates’ court here to strike out the evidence by four witnesses.
Granholm Lawyer Outlines Plan For Detroit Mayor Case (ClickOnDetroit)
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's lawyer proposed a two-stage process for considering whether to oust Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Attorney Explains Why Lawsuit Was Withdrawn (WCTV Tallahassee)
Tallahassee attorney Lilja Dandelake explains why she withdrew her lawsuit against Leon County's Supervisor of Elections.
Lawyer: Why did Arroyo 'alter ego' testify for Bolante? (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
An "alter ego" of President Arroyo and a retired military official testified for Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante, the alleged mastermind of the fertilizer fund scam, in his failed bid for asylum in the United States in 2006, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Race For San Diego City Attorney Results (Channel 8 San Diego)
In the race for San Diego City Attorney, 16 percent of the precincts have reported results as of 8:38 p.m. The results are as follows:
Aguirre Trails Goldsmith For City Attorney (NBC San Diego)
Absentee returns give Superior Court Judge Jan Goldsmith a narrow lead over incumbent City Attorney Michael Aguirre, but the race may be headed for a runoff in November.
COMELEC lawyer, husband found dead in Manila (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
A lawyer of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) lawyer and her husband were found dead inside their apartment in Sta.Mesa, Manila at dawn Wednesday.
Attorney General Brown To Announce Patient Drug History Database (KTVU 2 San Francisco)
LOS ANGELES -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown, accompanied by Danville father Bob Pack, will announce a plan Wednesday to enable doctors and pharmacies to check patients' drug history through an Internet program.
Class-Action Lawyer Gets 30 Months in Prison (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Melvyn I. Weiss, the prominent class-action lawyer, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by a federal district judge in Los Angeles for his role in concealing illegal kickbacks to plaintiffs.
Speculation Grows on Attorney General Job (Washington Post)
Interim D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles will hold a retreat for 100 senior managers and their families at his home in Great Falls this weekend, leading to speculation that he will be nominated for the permanent post by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).
Class-Action Lawyer Gets 30 Months in Prison (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Melvyn I. Weiss, the prominent class-action lawyer, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by a federal district judge in Los Angeles for his role in concealing illegal kickbacks to plaintiffs.
Lawyer: Khmer Rouge official in serious condition (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the Khmer Rouge's former head of state says the 76-year-old is in serious condition at a hospital.
Lawyer says former Khmer Rouge leader ailing (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Khmer Rouge's 76-year-old former head of state, who is awaiting trial on war crimes charges, has suffered an apparent stroke and can barely speak, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Goldsmith Leads Slightly Over Aguirre In City Attorney Race (KGTV San Diego)
Superior Court Judge Jan Goldsmith had a slim lead Tuesday night over San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre as the incumbent battled to be reelected.
Lawyer takes unusual step of defending colleague (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Writers of legal TV shows (the better ones, anyway) always manage to enhance cases with personal stakes. The star defense lawyer isn't just defending an innocent man, he's fighting to keep his own best friend out of jail.
Corporate gifts for Dallas district attorney's office staff party raise eyebrows (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
At least one defense attorney is listed among several corporate donors who gave Christmas party gifts to employees of the Dallas County district attorney as door prizes after the district attorney's office asked them to make the donations.
Attorney general tackles conflicts (The Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio's new attorney general took several steps yesterday to remove herself from a sticky web of relationships that could affect her ability to do her job impartially.
Gottlieb slept at Livent meetings: Lawyer (Toronto Star)
Livent president Myron Gottlieb knew too little about accounting to understand the manipulations that the company's top financial wizard was performing to cook the books, and would often fall asleep at meetings, his lawyer suggested yesterday.
Attorney general eyes online drug database (The Monterey County Herald)
LOS ANGELES — Doctors and pharmacists are having trouble cutting off drug abusers because of the state's clunky process for checking a patient's previous prescriptions, says Attorney General Jerry Brown, who wants to make the information instantly available.
(Update) Comelec lawyer shot dead by hubby who then kills self (GMA News)
(Update) MANILA, Philippines - The legal department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) lost another lawyer Wednesday when she was allegedly killed by her husband who then shot himself.
Attorney general outlines plan to avoid conflicts (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Attorney General Nancy Rogers said Tuesday she has reassigned her predecessor's top lieutenant and made other personnel changes to avoid possible conflicts of interest.
Attorney: Time out for death penalty (McComb Enterprise-Journal)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The attorney for James Ford Seale, the reputed Ku Klux Klan member serving three life sentences for his role in the 1964 abduction and deaths of two black Mississippi teenagers, argued before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday that the statute of limitations had expired, negating Seale’s conviction.
Granholm lawyer outlines 2-step plan for Detroit mayor case (The Grand Rapids Press)
DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's lawyer proposes a two-stage process for considering whether to remove criminal defendant Kwame Kilpatrick as Detroit mayor.
Attorney seeks dismissal of child abuse charge (Midland Daily News)
The attorney representing a Midland man charged with first-degree child abuse is asking that the case against his client be dismissed.
Clifton lawyer elected president of Richmond County Bar Assoc. (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Richmond County Bar Association, meeting last night in the Staaten, West Brighton, elected Island lawyer Jonathan B. Behrins president.
Dead British girl's probe falling apart, says lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The mother of a British teenager murdered in the Indian state of Goa fears the case against her daughter's killer is falling apart after a forensic test failed to find evidence of rape, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
St. Croix County's attorney draws rebuke from appeals court (Rivertowns.net)
St. Croix County's attorney won his case but provoked criticism from appeals court judges in a long-standing zoning dispute.
Danville attorney named to state environmental law post (BizJournals)
Deedra Benthall, a former special prosecutor in the Kentucky attorney general's office and adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has been named executive director of the Kentucky Office of Inspector General in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.
Ohio auditor launching probe of Attorney General's Office (BizJournals)
The Ohio Auditor's Office said Wednesday it plans to launch an investigation into the state Attorney General's Office in the wake of a scandal that cost the state's top lawyer his job.