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Poll: Is Suspect As Remorseful as Attorney Says? (FOX 26 Houston)
Defense attorney say a 24-year-old man suspected of fatally striking a Houston police officer with a car is remorseful even though he appeared to be laughing at the scene.
Attorney challenges ruling over justice's links to 'gays' (WorldNet Daily)
A Wisconsin attorney is challenging a state Supreme Court decision that he should pay a $90,000 penalty because the deciding vote was cast by a justice who accepted money from the attorney's opponents.
Lawyer: Ohio sex offender law too broad (Local 12 Cincinnati)
A lawyer says Ohio's sex offender laws could force anyone from movie theater ushers and Barnes & Noble clerks to register as sex offenders if they sell material later called...
Attorney: Teacher agrees to plea deal in sex case (CNN.com)
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- A former teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student and fleeing with him to Mexico is expected to plead guilty to reduced charges, her attorney said Tuesday.
Poll: Is Suspect As Remorseful as Attorney Says? (FOX 26 Houston)
Defense attorney say a 24-year-old man suspected of fatally striking a Houston police officer with a car is remorseful even though he appeared to be laughing at the scene. INSIDE: Share Your Thoughts on Our Poll
Dean Sacco Gets New Lawyer for State Court (FOX 40 Binghamton)
A new lawyer granted for Dean Sacco-- to represent him in the state court actions he's now facing. Sacco was found guilty last month of federal charges of sex trafficking and child pornography. Sacco requested to be represented in his state felony case by Kelly Fischer, the lawyer who represented him during his federal trial. Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dowd permitted Sacco's court-appointed ...
Attorney’s unbilled work on Utica school district’s suit against state — $60,000 (The Observer-Dispatch)
The city school district’s attorney said he has been “too buried in work” to bill the district for his work on a lawsuit during the last school year — and now a $60,000 bill is on the way. 
Local Attorney Facing More Sexual Assault Charges (CBS 13 Sacramento)
Five more women have now stepped forward saying a Sacramento attorney crossed the line and sexually assaulted them. These alleged victims are the latest in what appears to be a case that could include even more possible victims.
Bradley opts out of state's attorney race (Herald & Review)
Decatur attorney Mark Bradley did not file nominating petitions by the Monday deadline to run as an independent candidate for Macon County state's attorney.
Lawyer seeks spot on District Court (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Covington lawyer Stephen A. Yazbeck has announced his candidacy for the Division H judgeship on the 22nd Judicial District Court for St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
Lawyer Pepe found guilty (Perth Now)
LAWYER Josephine Pepe was today found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice by counselling a potential witness not to give evidence.
Nichols' lawyers say district attorney may have lied (Macon Telegraph)
Lawyers for a man charged with killing four people after escaping during his rape trial argued Tuesday that the district attorney may have lied under oath when he was questioned about the conduct of the lead prosecutor in the rape case.
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.
GOP picks lawyer for ballot in clerk race (The Columbus Dispatch)
A lawyer who just moved back to Franklin County was announced yesterday as the Republican candidate for clerk of courts.
‘Media case junking no excuse for abusive arrests’--lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) The dismissal of the class suit filed by media against government and security officials should not be used to justify the “abusive” arrest of journalists, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs said on Wednesday.
US Attorney General in SC to discuss voter rights (WBTV Charlotte)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The nation's top prosecutor is coming to South Carolina to talk about voter rights. U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey is scheduled to be in Columbia on Wednesday to discuss the Justice Department's efforts to protect voting rights.
Lawyer Mills acquitted in fen-phen fraud case (Louisville Courier-Journal)
After six days of deliberation, a federal jury yesterday acquitted a Lexington lawyer of defrauding hundreds of clients of millions of dollars in fen-phen settlement money. • Video: Melbourne Mills released from jail
Kilpatrick Lawyer's Letter to State Called 'Rant' (FOX 2 News 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 Rosenberg. William Goodman wrote Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office Tuesday in response to Sharon McPhail's letter seeking a halt to state removal proceedings against Kilpatrick.
Sulpicio agrees to raise Princess of the Stars--lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- Sulpicio Lines Inc. (SLI) has agreed to a proposal to re-float its ill-fated ferry, MV Princess of the Stars, a lawyer for the shipping firm confirmed Wednesday.
Florida Attorney General Files Suit Against Countrywide Financial (The Lakeland Ledger)
Florida's attorney general alleged Tuesday that Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, engaged in deceptive practices that left borrowers in the state with mortgages they couldn't afford.
Indon embassy hires lawyer to help duo in kidney-for-sale case (Straits Times)
THE Indonesian Embassy has appointed a lawyer to represent the two men in the kidney-for-sale case. The lawyer, Mr Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed, on Wednesday asked for a day's adjournment till Thursday to prepare a written mitigation plea for Sulaiman Damanik, 26, and Toni, 27.
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S CHAMBERS GUIDELINES DETERMINE COMPENSATION FOR PATIENTS (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 (Bernama) -- Compensation or ex-gratia payments to patients due to negligence by doctors and medical staff is given based on guidelines issued by the Attorney-General's Chambers. Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said the payments differed from case to case depending on the injury. "But we can review the case and the compensation if there is an ...
Erap lawyer accuses Adaza of extortion - report (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The former counsel of pardoned President Joseph Estrada accused lawyer Homobono Adaza and three retired military officials of extorting money from one of his clients to allegedly fund an uprising against the Arroyo administration.
Council, attorney spar over roles (The Garden Island)
The on-again, off-again relationship between the Kaua‘i County Attorney’s Office and the Kaua‘i County Council came to a boil this spring but has since cooled off to a simmering status quo, officials said yesterday.
Attorney general dubious of savings-backed bonds (NWAnews.com)
A 2005 law allowing cities and counties to repay certain bonds with money saved from cheaper energy bills is “constitutionally suspect,” according to the attorney general’s office. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
US Attorney General in SC to discuss voter rights (The State)
The nation's top prosecutor is coming to South Carolina to talk about voter rights. U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey is scheduled to be in Columbia on Wednesday to discuss the Justice Department's efforts to protect voting rights. Mukasey also will talk about helping ensure that all qualified voters have an opportunity to cast ballots. Mukasey will be speaking at an annual Ballot Access and ...
Lawyer: Parents share blame in alleged enticement (WFMJ Youngstown)
MASON, Ohio (AP) - The lawyer for a convicted sex offender accused of trying to entice three young girls into the woods says the girls' parents should have supervised them more closely.
Attorney: Driver Who Hit Officers Is 'Very Sorry' (KPRC Local 2 Houston)
HOUSTON -- An attorney said the driver accused of fatally running over a Houston police officer is "very sorry," KPRC Local 2 reported. Hung Truong, 24, appeared in court Tuesday morning for a probable cause hearing on a manslaughter charge.
Adorno & Yoss adds noted sports attorney (BizJournals)
Attorney James Thomas II has joined law firm Adorno & Yoss LLC in Atlanta.
Christie Brinkley's attorney: Peter Cook was sex addict (Newsday)
New demands by ex-model, husband unveiled in divorce trial Peter Cook is a self-obsessed sex addict who wooed a 17-year-old girl, Christie Brinkley's attorney said.
Lawyer for Fargo teenager seeks new judge (WBAY Green Bay)
Associated Press - July 2, 2008 11:45 AM ET FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The lawyer for a Wisconsin teenager accused of killing his sister says the judge in the case has told lawyers the only sentence he...
Anti-tobacco lawyer's son sentenced in bribe plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
The son of anti-tobacco lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for knowing about a judicial bribery scandal and not reporting it to authorities.
Attorney wants judge to remove himself from accused teen killer's trial; prosecutors say judge appears willing to ... (Fargo Forum)
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Lawyer for Sun Prairie teen accused in sister's killing seeks new judge (The Capital Times)
FARGO, N.D. -- The lawyer for a Wisconsin teenager accused of killing his sister says the judge in the case has told lawyers the only sentence he would accept is life in prison with the possibility of parole. Defense attorney Mark Beauchene said that shows Judge John Irby is biased against Sergei Carlson, and he filed a motion to have another judge hear the case. "The state does not join in the ...
Lawyer For Sun Prairie Teenager Seeks New Judge (WISC-TV Madison)
The lawyer for a Wisconsin teenager accused of killing his sister said the judge in the case has told lawyers the only sentence he would accept is life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Khawaja tricked at terror camp, lawyer says (Hamilton Spectator)
Torstar News Service OTTAWA – Momin Khawaja's defence lawyer says people who attended a supposed terrorist training camp in northern Pakistan were tricked into believing they were going to fight in Afghanistan, not participate in a bomb plot in Britain.
Daggett commission axes county attorney (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 11:11 AM- The Daggett County Commission, in a 2-1 vote Tuesday, terminated its contract with County Attorney Brian Sidwell.
Austin Lawyer Who Make Lewd Gesture to Judge Gets Appeal (CBS 42 Austin)
The highest criminal court in Texas will hear the appeal of an Austin lawyer jailed for making a lewd gesture in a Travis County courtroom.
Attorney general discusses possible changes to how the FBI investigates suspects (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
A partial transcript of Attorney General Michael Mukasey's June 5 remarks to reporters about changes to the Justice Department policy that governs how the FBI investigates crime and national security cases.
Would-be jihadis tricked into bomb plot, Khawaja lawyer suggests (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
OTTAWA - Would-be Islamic warriors who attended a supposed terrorist training camp in northern Pakistan thought they were going to fight in Afghanistan, not participate in a bomb plot in Britain, says Momin Khawaja's defence lawyer.
Brinkley's lawyer: Husband spent big money on porn (AP via Yahoo! News)
Christie Brinkley's estranged husband spent about $3,000 a month on pornographic Web sites, the model's lawyer said at the start of the couple's nasty divorce trial.
Christie Brinkley's lawyer: Husband spent money on porn (Baltimore Sun)
Christie Brinkley's estranged husband spent about $3,000 a month on pornographic Web sites, the model's lawyer said.
SF City Attorney Says NRA Lawsuit Has 'Glaring Legal Errors' (NBC 11 Bay Area)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Wednesday accused the National Rifle Association of filing a "factually slipshod" lawsuit challenging a Housing Authority ban on guns in public housing.
Terrorism suspect's lawyer questions star witness (CTV.ca)
Momin Khawaja's defence lawyer began to cross examine the prosecution's star witness Wednesday in his client's terrorism trial.
County board accepts attorney resignation, to post the vacancy (Redwood Falls Gazette)
The Redwood County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday morning at the county courthouse. At the meeting, Redwood County Attorney Michelle Dietrich submitted her resignation for the approval of the board.
Anti-tobacco lawyer's son sentenced in bribe plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
The son of anti-tobacco lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for knowing about a judicial bribery scandal and not reporting it to authorities.
Vcr safe-injection site case headed for Supreme Court of Cda, lawyer predicts (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER - The future of Vancouver's controversial supervised-injection site is likely headed for the Supreme Court of Canada, says the lawyer representing a group fighting to keep the facility open.
Mother says son had no reason to kill San Jose attorney (San Jose Mercury News)
The mother of Jason Cai said her son had no reason to kill San Jose attorney Xia Zhao and never talked about her. Read and sign guest book for Xia Zhao
Bail denied for Houston lawyer charged with child porn (Houston Chronicle)
A Houston lawyer who surfaced in two federal child porn investigations will remain in custody following his arrest Monday on a nine-count indictment.
Attorney Zach Scruggs Sentenced for Role in Judicial Bribery Scandal (Law.com)
Attorney Zach Scruggs was sentenced Wednesday to 14 months in prison and fined $250,000 for not alerting authorities to the bribery scandal that entangled his father, famed plaintiffs lawyer Richard Scruggs. Zach and Dickie Scruggs and a law partner were indicted in November after an associate secretly recorded conversations about a plan to bribe a judge. Prosecutors said the goal was to get a ...