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Attorney's Bid to Challenge a 'Binding' Arbitration Award Succeeds (Law.com)
An attorney who included a provision in a retainer agreement providing that any future fee disputes with his client would be subject to "binding" arbitration may nonetheless pursue litigation to reverse an arbitration award that cut his claim for fees by $25,000, a Manhattan judge has ruled. The judge ruled that the attorney was not bound by the award because the retainer agreement did not ...
Commentary: Has a U.S. Attorney Knowingly Prosecuted Innocent People? (Law.com)
Has U.S. Attorney Alice Martin run amok? Commentator Scott Horton writes that a string of aggressive prosecutions brought by the Birmingham, Ala., U.S. Attorney have been marked by convictions overturned and innocent men wronged. Two judges have openly questioned whether Martin has knowingly prosecuted innocent people -- and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility ...
Lawyer warns local gov't vs property conversion (Sun Star)
A LAWYER has cautioned the local government in Cagayan de Oro City from converting the market and passengers' terminal facilities in Agora into a semi-private entity, saying the property has pending ownership disputes in courts.
Lawyer for Jeffs' daughter asks judge to decide if her client needs new attorney (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 7:58 PM- A Texas judge is set to consider a request from the teenage daughter of polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs that her attorney be replaced.
Attorney general's husband retires to avoid conflict (The Columbus Dispatch)
Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers' husband is retiring from a law firm that does more than $1 million in business with Rogers' office, but his resignation won't necessarily end the conflict of interest.
Lawyer to govt: Call bluff, junk Northrail (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
The government should call the bluff of the Chinese contractor to withdraw from the allegedly overpriced $500-million Northrail project, a lawyer said Tuesday.
Attorney murder trial wraps up for day (The Desert Sun)
Testimony wrapped up today in the trial of a homeless man accused of strangling an 85-year-old attorney and former State Bar president during a 2006 sexual encounter, setting the stage for closing arguments.
Charges dismissed against firm after Palm Springs attorney pleads guilty to felony (The Desert Sun)
A federal judge today dismissed all criminal charges against once-powerful securities law firm Milberg Weiss hours after the last defendant in the long-running criminal case -- a Palm Springs real estate attorney -- pleaded guilty to a tax-related felony.
Dallas attorney tackles escapee in courthouse (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
DALLAS – A Dallas County bailiff is recovering after a prisoner overpowered her, punched her in the face and escaped. But, he didn't get far. Turns out, an attorney, who once ran for sheriff, stopped him in his tracks.
Furor over Bush lawyer's racism in deport case (New York Daily News)
A top Bush administration pardon lawyer was fired for making racist remarks in the case of a beloved Brooklyn minister facing deportation, the Daily News has learned.
District attorney urges board not to release Manson crony (Winston-Salem Journal)
LOS ANGELES -- District Attorney Steve Cooley of Los Angeles County has urged California prison officials to reject a request for "compassionate release'' from Susan Atkins, a former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer.
Los Angeles district attorney opposes release of ailing Manson follower (The Kansas City Star)
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has asked the California parole board to deny Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins' request for compassionate release from prison.
Judge to consider new attorney for Jeffs girl (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A Texas judge is set to consider a request from the teenage daughter of polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs that her attorney be replaced.     Natalie Malonis, ad litem for Teresa Jeffs, requested that 51st District Judge Barbara Walther meet with the teen privately to hear why
Attorney general's husband retires (The Columbus Dispatch)
Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers' husband is retiring from a law firm that does more than $1 million in business with Rogers' office, but his resignation won't necessarily end the conflict of interest.
Birmingham lawyer J. Mart White is new president of the Alabama State Bar (Birmingham News)
Birmingham lawyer J. Mark White has become president of the Alabama State Bar and will serve the next year as head of the organization of nearly 16,000 lawyers.
Lawyer Says Police Have Arrest Warrant On Malaysia's Anwar Over Sodomy Case (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer says police have issued an arrest warrant for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in connection with a sodomy accusation by a former male aide.
Ex-lawyer's bid for lighter sentence dimming (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
Disbarred Princeton lawyer Alan Mason expects a recommendation from the U.S. Attorney's office for a lenient sentence because of Mr. Mason's assistance in the investigation of wrongdoing by others, his lawyer said in a sentencing memorandum last month, although the lawyer noted that he has not yet seen the government's recommendation for leniency.
Malaysia's Anwar faces arrest over sex charges: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim faces imminent arrest over a former aide's accusations of sodomy -- the same charge he was jailed over a decade ago -- his lawyer said Tuesday.
Disbarred attorney pleads guilty to grand larceny (Newsday)
A disbarred attorney who stole more than $400,000 from his clients - including money one woman intended to use for her daughter's heart surgery - pleaded guilty, Nassau prosecutors said yesterday.
Arrest warrant issued for Malaysia's Anwar over sodomy allegation, lawyer says (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
Malaysian police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in connection with a sodomy accusation by a male former aide, his lawyer said.
Man says He's Guilty of Abducting Attorney (Indiana's NewsCenter)
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - An Anderson man accused of abducting his attorney at knifepoint said he was guilty during his initial court appearance yesterday and asked the judge to sentence him immediately.
Asif to seek 'B' sample test, hires a top lawyer (Express India)
Asif will seek a 'B' sample test after flunking a dope test during the IPL and has hired a top lawyer to prove his innocence.
Asif to seek 'B' sample test, hires a top lawyer (Outlook India)
Pakistan's beleaguered pacer Mohammad Asif will seek a 'B' sample test after flunking a dope test during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has hired a top lawyer to prove his innocence.
Former district attorney accused of identity theft (Pioneer Press)
EAU CLAIRE — A former Eau Claire County district attorney accused of identity theft and forgery wants a different judge to hear his case.
Attorney general's office assisting in investigation and prosecution (SaukValley.com)
In addition to controlling the outlet of information to the public in the case against Nicholas T. Sheley, the Illinois attorney general's office is providing someone with expertise in murder cases.
Man Admits Abducting Attorney (WRTV Indianapolis)
A man accused of abducting his attorney at knifepoint says he is guilty during his initial court appearance and asks the judge to sentence him.
Asif to have his 'B' sample analyzed, says his lawyer (Fox Sports)
The lawyer for Mohammad Asif will ask a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory to analyze the Pakistan fast bowler's "B" sample after he tested positive for a banned substance.
LAWYER GETS REPRIMAND FOR MISLEADING COURT (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUCHING, July 15 (Bernama) -- Justice Datuk Clement Allan Skinner today reprimanded lawyer Henry Ling for misleading the election court here.
Malaysia's Anwar faces arrest over sex charges: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim faces imminent arrest over a former aide's accusations of sodomy -- the same charge he was jailed for more than a decade ago -- his lawyer said Tuesday.
Man says he's guilty of abducting attorney (WANE-TV Fort Wayne)
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- An Anderson man accused of abducting his attorney at knifepoint said he was guilty during his initial court appearance yesterday and asked the judge to sentence him immediately. The
Malaysia's Anwar faces arrest over sex charges: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim faces imminent arrest over a former aide's accusations of sodomy -- the same charge that saw him jailed a decade ago -- his lawyer said Tuesday.
Windfarm developers being investigated by state attorney general (The Buffalo News)
ALBANY -- The developer of the big wind turbine project in Lackawanna is under investigation by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for possible improper dealings with local government officials upstate.
Lawyer Weiss seeks fee payments from Milberg (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A New York judge is weighing whether to approve a fee agreement that could pay convicted class-action lawyer Melvyn Weiss substantial fees for past work at his former law firm, Milberg LLP.
NEWS: 50 Cent’s Lawyer In Jeopardy, Ex Pushes To Remove Him From Child Custody Case (SOHH)
The war between 50 Cent and mother of his preteen son Shaniqua Tompkins wages on. Now, she wants his lawyer booted from the case. Tompkins says Fif’s attorney Bret Kimmel actually gave her some legal advice in the past, before their current custody battle began, so he’s privy to her strategy.
John Payne announces for County Attorney (Bandera Bulletin)
My name is John D. Payne, a native Texan and I would like to be your next County Attorney. My wife Cindy and I have been living in Bandera County for the past four years, and owned property here even longer. We both practice law and are members of Grace Lutheran Church.
Attorney general targets potential double-dippers (Newsday)
Cuomo's office sends letter to professionals on public payrolls who raised 'red flags' New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office has sent out close to 200 letters statewide -- about 100 of them on Long Island -- to professionals on public payrolls whose employment arrangements raised "red flags" to investigators because they may be improper, state officials said Tuesday. ...
Attorney General Sets up Voter Fraud Hotline (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
(MONTGOMERY)- The Office of Attorney General will answer questions, examine any allegations of election fraud, and actively investigate any legitimate complaints of wrongdoing in the July 15 primary run-off
Lawyer says teen seen in interrogation video should go home (WTOL 11 Toledo)
The U.S. military lawyer for Omar Khadr says the video shows "a frightened boy" who should be sent back home.
Attorney General Launches Probe Into Wind Farm Companies (WWNY - WNYF Watertown)
The Office of the New York State Attorney General is investigating two wind farm companies for alleged improper dealings. First Wind and Noble Environmental operate wind farms in upstate New York but are not connected to Lewis County's wind farm and their websites list no interests in the tri-county area.
Notre Dame to announce new AD; reports say pick is lawyer who helped Indy land Super Bowl (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame will announce its new athletic director on Wednesday. The school declined to disclose who the new athletic director will be, although media reports indicated the likely choice would be Indianapolis lawyer Jack Swarbrick.
Attorney General's Office to handle Schleswig case (Southwest Iowa News)
A case involving alleged improprieties of the former Schleswig city clerk will be handled by the Iowa Attorney General's Office for possible prosecution, Interim Crawford County Attorney Michael Mundt announced.
Assistant state’s attorney suspended after relationship comes to light (Geneva Republican)
An assistant Kane County state’s attorney has been suspended after officials learned she had a personal relationship with an Aurora police officer.
Lawyer: British airline plot was just a stunt (AP via Yahoo! News)
The alleged ringleader of a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners in mid-air is guilty only of planning a childish stunt to make a political point, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer: British airline plot was just a stunt (San Francisco Chronicle)
The alleged ringleader of a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners in mid-air is guilty only of planning a childish stunt to make a political point, his lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Nadine Radford said Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27, has acknowledged planning to...
White House nominates Holland & Knight partner for local U.S. attorney (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA -- A. Brian Albritton, a Tampa native and partner at Holland & Knight law firm, has been nominated to serve as the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, the White House announced today. "I'm pleased," said Albritton,...
Judge lets rapper 50 Cent's lawyer stay on case (USA Today)
A New York judge says rapper 50 Cent's lawyer can stay on a case against the rapper's ex-girlfriend although she says he has a conflict of interest.
Lawyer says British airline plot defendant guilty of propaganda stunt, not murder conspiracy (Newsday)
LONDON (AP) _ The alleged ringleader of a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners in mid-air is guilty only of planning a childish stunt to make a political point, his lawyer said Tuesday.Attorney Nadine Radford said Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27, has acknowledged planning to release anti-Western videos and detonate explosives at a high-profile location as part of a campaign to change the British ...
Lawyer: British airline plot was just a stunt (AP via Yahoo! News)
The alleged ringleader of a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners in mid-air is guilty only of planning a childish stunt to make a political point, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Bush picks Considine as Connecticut U.S. Attorney (Boston Globe)
The White house has nominated Michael Considine as the next U.S. Attorney for Connecticut. A defense attorney from Stamford specializing in white-collar crime, Considine's name was submitted for consideration by U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, the only Republican member of the U.S. House from New England.
Wounded girl ‘escaped’ from Karapatan, says lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- She felt that the human rights group that took up her cause “was not working for her interest” and this made Rose Anne Gumanoy, the daughter of a slain peasant leader, leave their protection, her lawyer said.