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Linda Pence launches attorney general bid (The Indianapolis Star)
Indianapolis attorney Linda Pence today kicked-off her campaign to be Indiana's next attorney general.
Class Action Lawyer Lerach Seeks Alcoholism Treatment (The New York Sun)
A once-prominent class action lawyer who just began serving a two-year prison sentence for conspiring to pay kickbacks to plaintiffs in securities lawsuits, William Lerach, is seeking to enter a prison treatment program for alcoholism, according to court papers filed today. "Lerach has suffered for years with severe alcoholism and faces the substantial possibility of relapse without the ...
City attorney sues Time Warner Cable (Los Angeles Daily News)
The Los Angeles City Attorney today sued Time Warner Cable Inc., alleging that following the company's 2006 take-over of almost all cable services in Los Angeles, the company engaged in deceptive business practices and false advertising.
Agriprocessors hires former U.S. Attorney to help with compliance (The Gazette)
Agriprocessors, Inc., has hired former Missouri U.S. Attorney Jim Martin and his company, The Prevene Group, as an outside authority to help the meatpacking company comply with the law. Martin will begin immediately, according to a Thursday statement from the company."My job is to ensure the company operates in compliance with all applicable laws," Martin said in the statement. "Agriprocessors' ...
Democrat formally announcing bid for attorney general (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
INDIANAPOLIS - Democrat Linda Pence is formally announcing her bid for Indiana attorney general and is expected to be nominated for the office at the party's state convention.
Conrad Black's Lawyer Tells Court Trial Was Tainted (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)
June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Conrad Black , the former Hollinger International Inc. chairman, didn't receive a fair trial before he was jailed for fraud and obstruction of justice, his lawyer told a three-judge panel of a U.S. appeals court.
Port Coquitlam mayor drunk and off meds on night of assault: lawyer (CBC British Columbia)
The lawyer representing Scott Young said Thursday that the Port Coquitlam mayor was drunk and off his anti-depressants the night he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
Lawyer Tells Appeals Court Spam Law Unconstitutional (GigaLaw.com)
A lawyer for a man once considered one of the world's most prolific e-mail spammers urged the Virginia Supreme Court on to strike down a state anti-spam law, arguing it violates free speech protections under the First Amendment.
Quebec Innu threaten to torch Labrador cabins over land dispute, says lawyer (CNews)
MONTREAL - Members of a Quebec-based Innu community are threatening to torch cabins in Labrador if the Newfoundland and Labrador government forces them out of their ancestral land, a local lawyer says.
Katerina Thanou's lawyer threatens to sue IOC over delay in receiving Marion Jones' medal (Daily Telegraph)
The lawyer of Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou is threatening to sue the IOC unless it awards his client Marion Jones' forfeited 100 metres gold medal from the 2000 Olympics. Simon Hart reports.
Attorney: Bills' Lynch inside SUV at the time of crash (Sports Illustrated)
Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark calls Bills running back Marshawn Lynch the "principal suspect" in an alleged hit-and-run accident, saying the player was inside his vehicle when it struck and injured a pedestrian.
Williamson attorney who angered judges is fired (Austin American-Statesman)
A Williamson County attorney who was embroiled in a dispute with four county court-at-law judges whom he represented was fired Thursday, County Attorney Jana Duty said.
Cortland lawyer among four injured in Homer crash (The Post-Standard)
Homer, NY -- A Cortland lawyer was airlifted to University Hospital in Syracuse today after a two-car crash in Homer that sent three other people to the hospital by ambulance, according to the Cortland County Sheriff's Office.
Judge: DNA Can be Used Against Lafayette Attorney (KATC 3 Lafayette)
A judge has ruled DNA evidence can be used against a Lafayette attorney charged with rape. Attorney Scott Hawkins is accused of raping a former secretary. Thursday, a judge ruled that the DNA supplied
Democrat formally announcing bid for attorney general (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
INDIANAPOLIS - Democrat Linda Pence, an Indianapolis attorney and former trial lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice, formally announced her bid for Indiana attorney general on Thursday.
O'Leary lawyer suspended by P.E.I. Law Society (The Journal Pioneer)
O’LEARY – An O’Leary lawyer has been suspended from practising law in Prince Edward Island, but the Law Society of Prince Edward Island is not saying why.
Wilkins confirmed as U.S. attorney for S.C. (The State)
Federal prosecutor Walt Wilkins has been confirmed as the next U.S. attorney for South Carolina. Wilkins was confirmed late Wednesday by the Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint said Thursday in a news release. President Bush nominated Wilkins, an assistant U.S. attorney, on the advice of DeMint and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Wilkins, 34, replaces Reggie Lloyd, who resigned to become chief of the State Law ...
Wilkins confirmed as U.S. attorney for S.C. (The State)
Federal prosecutor Walt Wilkins has been confirmed as the next U.S. attorney for South Carolina. Wilkins was confirmed late Wednesday by the Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint said Thursday in a news release. President Bush nominated Wilkins, an assistant U.S. attorney, on the advice of DeMint and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Wilkins, 34, replaces Reggie Lloyd, who resigned to become chief of the State Law ...
Port Richey Hires Attorney (The Pasco Tribune)
The city has hired a new legal watchdog. City council members Wednesday night voted to enter into a contract with Michael J. Brannigan of The Hogan Law Firm to serve as the city's part-time attorney.
Walt Wilkins confirmed as U.S. attorney for South Carolina (The Times and Democrat)
WASHINGTON  – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced Thursday the confirmation of Walt Wilkins of Greenville to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for South Carolina. Wilkins was confirmed late Wednesday evening.
Developer, ex-lawyer gets two years in jail for bribes (The Star-Ledger)
A developer and former lawyer from Monmouth County was sen tenced yesterday to two years in federal prison for bribing a sewer authority official for help on projects in Marlboro Township and then obstructing a grand jury review of his actions.
Lawyer describes emerging friendship (Boston Globe)
New England Patriots offensive lineman Nicholas Kaczur was so friendly with a man accused of illegally supplying him with prescription painkillers that he took him on a shopping trip for sports gear at Reebok's company headquarters in Canton, a defense lawyer says.
Prosecutors could appeal acquittal of suspect in Chubais attemptedmurder case - lawyer (Interfax)
MOSCOW. June 6 (Interfax) - A lawyer for RAO UES CEO Anatoly Chubais has called a "judicial mistake" the acquittal of a suspect in the attempted assassination case of his client, adding that the prosecution was likely to appeal the verdict with the Russian Supreme Court.
Silicon Valley lawyer charged in options case (Financial Times)
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil fraud charges on Tuesday against a lawyer accused of improper options backdating at two different Silicon Valley companies.
Lawyer rejects deal for man charged with hiding slain boy (Macon Telegraph)
The lawyer for a man charged with helping hide the body of a slain 6-year-old Brunswick boy is rejecting a plea deal after months spent negotiating with prosecutors, according to court papers filed Thursday.
Thaksin's defence lawyer denies involving police to harass graft busters (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
Lawyer Pichit Chuenban on Friday dismissed the speculation that he was invoking the legal proceedings by police to intimidate graft busters in charge of investigating his client and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Former Rockwall district attorney says misdirected state money was an accident (Dallas Morning News)
The deposit of $68,000 of state money into the Rockwall County district attorney's personal bank account amounts to a mistake, not a grand, criminal conspiracy, his defense attorney contends.
Kentucky attorney general adds division on cybercrime (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Attorney General Jack Conway yesterday announced a new division in his office that will pursue criminals on the Internet, such as identity thieves and child predators.
Pence in attorney general race (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The race for Indiana attorney general appears set, with Indianapolis lawyer Linda Pence announcing yesterday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for the post.
Cortland lawyer, 3 others hurt in head-on crash (The Post-Standard)
A Cortland lawyer was airlifted to University Hospital on Thursday after a two-car crash in Homer that sent three other people to the hospital by ambulance, according to the Cortland County Sheriff's Office.
Tinley Park homeowners hire attorney in Wal-Mart dispute (SouthtownStar)
Two residents of a Tinley Park subdivision that might become neighbors with a retail center anchored by a Wal-Mart store have hired an attorney who specializes in land use and zoning issues.
Lawyer sentenced on bribery charge (Asbury Park Press)
A Monmouth County lawyer who admitted bribing a public official to expedite sewerage approvals for housing developments he represented was sentenced Thursday to 24 months in federal prison.
Thousands of pages in Byrne fraud case, lawyer says (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
The lawyer representing a former Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister on fraud charges says he is overwhelmed by the amount of evidence collected in the case.
Race developing for county attorney (Concord Monitor)
The filing period for state office opened Wednesday and already there is a race for Merrimack county attorney.
Attorney general race ramps up (The Indianapolis Star)
Greg Zoeller, the Republican nominee for attorney general, argues that this election will hinge on who has the best experience. Thursday, Democrat Linda Pence said that's fine by her.
Attorney: Jay Link tried to wrest control (Spooner Advocate)
Michael Freeborn, attorney for Link Snacks, told the jury during opening statements in the Link Snacks vs. Jay Link trial on Friday that the Links would have liked to settle their business/family dispute outside of court.
Jailed lawyer Lerach seeks alcohol treatment (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
William Lerach, a well-known U.S. plaintiffs' lawyer now serving a two-year prison term for conspiracy, is seeking to be placed in an alcohol abuse treatment program for inmates, according to court documents.
SoCal lawyer jailed after repeated lateness (The Fresno Bee)
A judge jailed a defense lawyer after the attorney was late to a string of court appearances.
Lawyer Sherman ribs two other authors at luncheon (Norwalk Advocate)
STAMFORD - Defense lawyer Michael Sherman, one of three writers speaking at the Friends of Ferguson Library's 27th Book and Author Luncheon yesterday afternoon, did not leave his trademark sense of humor at home.
Court rules lawyer must pay legal bill of gay group (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
By a 4-3 vote, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said in a decision released Thursday that a lawyer who brought a frivolous...
Attorney Grey joins race for Richmond mayor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Corporate attorney Robert J. Grey Jr. has entered Richmond's race for mayor. Grey, a partner with Hunton & Williams law firm, filed petitions and other papers late yesterday to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot, according to the city's Office of the General Registrar. Grey, 57, has considered running for mayor since Mayor L. Douglas Wilder announced three weeks ago that he would not seek re-election.
S.F. district attorney starts office layoffs (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris made the first of an expected dozen layoffs from her office Thursday, including a veteran prosecutor who got in trouble with her two years ago. Harris said she was under orders from City Hall to make cuts to help...
Lawyer describes emerging friendship (Boston Globe)
New England Patriots offensive lineman Nicholas Kaczur was so friendly with a man accused of illegally supplying him with prescription painkillers that he took him on a shopping trip for sports gear at Reebok's company headquarters in Canton, a defense lawyer says.
Former Singaporean lawyer Gopalan Nair out on bail (Channel NewsAsia via Yahoo! Philippines News)
SINGAPORE : Former Singaporean lawyer and ex—Workers’ Party (WP) election candidate, Gopalan Nair, is out on bail after nearly four days in custody.
Suspension of lawyer announced by Prince Edward Island law society (The Guardian)
O’LEARY — A P.E.I. lawyer has been suspended from practising law in the province, but the Law Society of Prince Edward Island is not saying why.
Judge says Mississippi AG conspired with trial attorney Scruggs to avoid court order (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A federal judge in Alabama says Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood conspired with prominent trial attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs to skirt a court order.
Wheaton attorney who spied on neighbor has license suspended (Daily Herald)
A former Wheaton attorney convicted in 2006 of spying on a female colleague has had his license suspended for another two years after admitting to spying on a neighbor in his apartment complex.
Judge: Miss. attorney general conspired with Scruggs (USA Today)
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood wrongly conspired with prominent trial attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs to skirt a court order in a case involving Hurricane Katrina insurance claims, a federal judge has ruled.
P.E.I. lawyer suspended by law society (CBC Prince Edward Island)
A well-known lawyer from O'Leary, P.E.I. has been suspended from her practice by the Law Society of P.E.I.
Former St. Tammany district attorney employee indicted in federal court (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A former St. Tammany Parish district attorney's employee has been indicted in federal court for allegedly selling peoples' criminal histories to private investigations firms.