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Florida attorney general sues mortgage lender Countrywide Financial (Canadian Business)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Countrywide Financial Corp., the largest mortgage lender in the United States, was sued Monday by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum for misleading and unfair trade practices.
Testimony in the trial of a transient accused of killing lawyer continues (The Desert Sun)
The paid companion and sometimes sex partner of an 85-year-old Orange County attorney strangled in his Palm Desert vacation trailer nearly two years ago testified today that he was with the victim when the lawyer picked up the transient who allegedly murdered him.
School Board attorney's expenses questioned (Miami Herald)
The Miami-Dade school district's inspector general is investigating a payment made to School Board attorney JulieAnn Rico for relocation expenses.
Kansas Attorney General Talks About Gas Scams (KSNT Topeka)
The Kansas Attorney General is asking for the public's help regarding gas station scams.
China activist beaten in jail: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Chinese activist has lodged a complaint accusing police of beating her in custody in what her lawyers and husband said was part of a crackdown on dissent ahead of the Olympic Games.
Penn Hills attorney again nominated for judgeship (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Penn Hills attorney Joseph K. Williams III will get another shot at the Allegheny County bench.
Attorney nominated to Common Pleas Court (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Gov. Ed Rendell yesterday announced that he has nominated Pittsburgh attorney Joseph K. Williams to fill a vacancy on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. ...
Lawyer charged in crash that injured four (Daily Herald)
A Fox Lake lawyer is charged with felony driving under the influence after a Sunday morning crash that injured four people.
SLC attorney hit with $10K sanction (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A 2nd District judge is sanctioning Salt Lake City civil-rights attorney Brian Barnard for filing what the judge last fall called a frivolous lawsuit that attempted to push Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey off the ballot.
Countrywide sued by Florida attorney general (Denver Post)
Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, was sued Monday by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who alleges misleading and unfair trade practices.
Dade schools attorney's moving expenses in question (Miami Herald)
The Miami-Dade school district's inspector general is investigating a payment made to School Board attorney JulieAnn Rico for relocation expenses.
Malaysia's Anwar files police complaint against national police chief, attorney general (AP via Yahoo! Philippines News)
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has filed a police complaint against the national police chief and the attorney general.
Anek appointed new defence lawyer for Thaksin (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
Defence lawyer Anek Khamchum said on Tuesday he has been appointed to represent former prime minister Thaksin....
Anek appointed new defence lawyer for Thaksin (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
Defence lawyer Anek Khamchum said on Tuesday he has been appointed to represent former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Khunying Pojaman for the graft litigation on the Ratchadapisek land case.
Ex-ICA officer accuses his lawyer of incompetence (Straits Times)
A SENIOR immigration officer who is appealing against a two-year jail term, has blamed his former lawyer for advising him to plead guilty to offences he claimed he did not commit.
Nashua woman in abuse case hospitalized: Lawyer says diabetic emergency required treatment; asked judge to consider ... (The Nashua Telegraph)
NASHUA -- A city woman jailed last week while facing child abuse charges has been admitted to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for treatment of a diabetic emergency, her lawyer told Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge William Groff Monday. ... - By ANDREW WOLFE Staff Writer
Aamer Anwar: Terror lawyer "not guilty of contempt" (The Herald)
A Scottish lawyer who claimed his client did not receive a fair trial on terror charges was today found not guilty of contempt of court. But Aamer Anwar was told he had put forward misleading views and his conduct fell short of the highest professional standards.
State attorney general to talk about Countrywide lawsuit (Orlando Sentinel)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is set to discuss details of a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender.
Gunmen attack rights lawyer, N Vizcaya mayor (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - A town mayor in Nueva Vizcaya province escaped an assassination attempt perpetrated by unidentified suspects Monday night. Two of his companions, one of them a human rights lawyer, were hurt, the local police said.
Anwar files complaint against police chief, Attorney General (Outlook India)
Malaysia's embattled opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today filed a complaint against the national police chief and Attorney General for allegedly fabricating evidence against him in a sodomy case a decade ago.
Rights lawyer cleared of contempt (West Lothian Courier)
A human rights lawyer who spoke out after his client was convicted of terrorism charges has been cleared of contempt of court. Three High Court judges found that Aamer Anwar did make a "misleading" statement after his client, Mohammed Atif Siddique, was found guilty last year.
Perkasie attorney nominated for county court (phillyburbs.com)
A Perkasie attorney Wallace "Skip" Bateman has been nominated by the governor to replace the retired Judge Biehn.
Attorney Minor appeals bribery conviction (The Clarion-Ledger)
Incarcerated attorney Paul Minor wants a new trial and a different judge to hear the bribery case that sent him to federal prison.
Navajo attorney general's job safe (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
The job of the Navajo Nation's attorney general is safe. The Tribal Council voted 60-20 Monday in a special session to keep Louis Denetsosie in the post he has held since 2003.
Florida Attorney General Sues Countrywide (The Tampa Tribune)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's office said today it has filed a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial for engaging in "deceptive and unfair trade practices." The suit says Countrywide, one of the nation's largest mortgage companies, knowingly put Florida borrowers into mortgages they couldn't afford or into loans with rates and penalties that were "misleading."
U.S. attorney to reopen inquiry into '88 blast that killed 6 firefighters (The Kansas City Star)
In a highly unusual move, the U.S. attorney in Kansas City is asking the Justice Department to review “new assertions” in the firefighters’ explosion case.
Jury clears one lawyer in fen-phen fraud trial (Louisville Courier-Journal)
A jury has found lawyer Melbourne Mills Jr. not guilty of defrauding 431 clients of $65 million in settlement money. Deliberations continue on two more lawyers.
State attorney general to talk about Countrywide lawsuit today (Orlando Sentinel)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is set to discuss details of a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender.
Disgraced lawyer under scrutiny (Stuff)
British police are investigating a disgraced lawyer and her dishonest husband who fled to Blenheim leaving 14 clients with $500,000 of legal bills.
Democrats pick Ardmore attorney (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - July 1, 2008 1:55 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State Democratic Party officials have chosen an Ardmore attorney to run for the southern Oklahoma House seat of the late Rep.
Democrats pick Ardmore attorney (The Oklahoman)
State Democratic Party officials have chosen an Ardmore attorney to run for the southern Oklahoma House seat of the late Rep. Terry Hyman. Democratic Party chairman Ivan Holmes said the party's central committee Tuesday unanimously chose 42-year-old Samson Ray Buck as a candidate for the seat. The party had until Wednesday to pick a candidate replacement for Hyman, who died on Friday following ...
Jury Clears 1 Lawyer In Kentucky Fen-Phen Fraud Case -Report (Nasdaq)
A federal jury in Covington, Ky., has found one lawyer innocent of charges that he defrauded 431 patients of part of their share of a settlement involving the diet drug Fen-Phen, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
Son of legendary attorney Dickie Scruggs faces sentencing Wednesday in bribery scheme (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
JACKSON, Miss. - There was a time when Zach Scruggs seemed to have it all, graduating cum laude in his law class before joining the successful firm started by his father, legendary attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.
Utica schools to vote on attorney contract (The Observer-Dispatch)
The Utica Board of Education could vote tonight on a contract for its part-time attorney - Donald Gerace.
Attorney: Clerks At Risk If Sex Stores Deemed Obscene (WLWT-TV Cincinnati)
Store clerks who sell materials later deemed obscene are at risk of being forced to register as sex offenders, an attorney says.
Suspect in Maine crash is retarded, lawyer says (Boston Globe)
The lawyer for a 26-year-old motorist accused of leaving the scene of an accident in Berwick that killed a pedestrian says his client is mentally retarded.
Construction company settles with attorney general (Capital News 9)
A Rochester-based construction company has settled with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office over $100,000 in wages for 11 workers who were underpaid.
Lawyer cleared of contempt charges (The Herald)
Judges yesterday delivered a stinging rebuke to controversial lawyer Aamer Anwar - but cleared him of contempt of court. Mr Anwar had faced the possibility of a jail term after a landmark inquiry into comments he made at the end of Scotland's first Islamic terror trial.
Suspect In Berwick Crash Mentally Disabled, Lawyer Says (WMTW Auburn)
The lawyer for a 26-year-old motorist accused of leaving the scene of an accident in Berwick that killed a pedestrian said his client is mentally disabled.
Questions may delay school attorney's appointment (The Observer-Dispatch)
The annual appointment of the Utica City School District ’s attorney may be tabled tonight because of unanswered questions about his contract, board president Barbara Klein said this afternoon.
Slain lawyer's wife says she's devastated (WKRN Nashville)
The wife of murdered Nashville lawyer James Cannon spoke out for the time since his death Tuesday.
India: Protect Honored Kashmiri Rights Lawyer From Attacks (AlertNet)
Source: Human Rights Watch (New York, July 1, 2008) – The Jammu and Kashmir state government should protect Parvez Imroz, an award-winning human rights lawyer who survived an armed attack on June 30 in Srinagar by alleged ...
Alabama Attorney General's Release on Drug Trial Verdict (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
(MONTGOMERY)-Attorney General Troy King today announced a second major victory in his litigation against drug companies for massive overcharges to the Alabama Medicaid Agency. A jury in Montgomery County
Law: Scottish high court clears human rights lawyer of contempt (Guardian Unlimited)
Comments by leading Scottish lawyer did not threaten court's authority rule senior judges in unprecedented case
Houston lawyer indicted on child pornography charges (Houston Chronicle)
A Houston lawyer has been indicted on charges accusing him of having child pornography.
India: Protect Kashmiri Rights Lawyer From Attacks (Scoop.co.nz)
(New York, July 1, 2008) - The Jammu and Kashmir state government should protect Parvez Imroz, an award-winning human rights lawyer who survived an armed attack on June 30 in Srinagar by alleged security forces members, Human Rights Watch said today.
Kilpatrick lawyer's letter to state called 'rant' (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
DETROIT -- A lawyer for the Detroit City Council says Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's lawyer went on a "rant" when she compared her client's treatment to that of atomic spies Julius and Ethel...
Attorney General Questions Energy Law (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- A 2005 state law allowing local governments to issue revenue bonds to finance energy-saving projects may conflict with the state constitution, according to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
Thaksin lawyer to join consumer board (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
The cabinet yesterday appointed Thana Benjathikul, a lawyer for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a member of the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB).
Fen-phen lawyer Mills is found not guilty (Lexington Herald-Leader)
COVINGTON . For the first time in almost a year, Lexington-area lawyer Melbourne Mills Jr. will wake up today in his own bed. After six days of deliberation, a jury on Tuesday found Mills .who argued that he was too drunk to take part in a criminal conspiracy . not guilty of taking millions from his former clients in a $200 million fen-phen settlement. Mills' face broke into a wide ...