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Police say client bound attorney, stole SUV (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
ANDERSON, Ind. - A man tied up his attorney and then stole his SUV on Monday as they were returning to jail from a hearing in Indianapolis, police said.
Disbarred lawyer's new career isn't much of a change (The Oklahoman)
If you can't make it as a lawyer, go into acting. Clearly. Disbarred Oklahoma City attorney Mike Gassaway isn't allowed to persuade juries, so he's trying to persuade an audience. He's taken up acting in Texas. Nothing big has turned up yet, his agent said, but he's auditioning. Acting might be the right career move for him. You can't get kicked out of acting. The state Supreme Court took away ...
Pittsburgh labor attorney appointed fed magistrate (Centre Daily Times)
A Pittsburgh-area labor attorney will be the newest federal magistrate to serve in the federal courthouse in the city.
Inmate steals attorney's SUV (14 WFIE Evansville)
Anderson, Indiana police are looking for a jail inmate who escaped after allegedly holding a knife to his attorney's throat and stealing his SUV on the way back to jail from a hearing in Indianapolis.
Defence lawyer wants cop fired, charged for testimony ruled 'likely false' (CBC Toronto)
A defence lawyer is calling on the Toronto Police Service to fire one of its officers.
Lawyer: 'Madonna Had an Affair of the Heart with Alex Rodriguez' (Hollywood.com)
Madonna had an "affair of the heart" with baseball star Alex Rodriguez, according to a divorce lawyer hired by the baseball player's ex-wife.
Jennings Strouss attorney to represent Mortgages Ltd. (BizJournals)
Carolyn Johnsen, a longstanding bankruptcy attorney with Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, was hired Monday to represent Mortgages Ltd.
Biovail lawyer defends annual meeting process assailed by Melnyk (Canadian Business)
TORONTO - A lawyer for Biovail Corp. (TSX:BVF) spoke in court Tuesday to defend the conduct of the annual meeting at which founder and former CEO Eugene Melnyk failed to shake up the drug company's board and management.
Lawyer: New Golisano PAC Can Spend Whatever it Wants (The New York Observer)
I just spoke with Tom Golisano's lawyer, Henry Berger, who told me that Golisano, through the new political action committee that he formally launched today , "can spend whatever he wants" in this fall's legislative races. Speaking by phone from his Manhattan office, Berger said Golisano's committee won't breach any state spending limits because it won't be donating directly to any ...
Police say client bound attorney, stole SUV (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
ANDERSON, Ind. - A jail inmate remained at large Tuesday, a day after police say he attacked his attorney, left him bound at a nature preserve and then stole his SUV.
Inmate attacks attorney (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
ANDERSON #8212; A jail inmate remained at large today, a day after police say he attacked his attorney, left him bound at a nature preserve and then stole his SUV.
Indiana inmate abducts attorney, escapes (UPI)
ANDERSON, Ind., July 8 (UPI) -- Indiana authorities were looking for an escaped jail inmate Tuesday who allegedly kidnapped his attorney and stole his car while on temporary release.
Biovail lawyer defends annual meeting process assailed by Melnyk (Canadian Business)
TORONTO - A lawyer for Biovail Corp. (TSX:BVF) argued Tuesday that the drug maker's board of directors was within its legal right to change some rules of a shareholder meeting in response to a procedural manoeuvre by dissident shareholder Eugene Melnyk.
Attorney General McDonnell, Comcast and iKeepSafe Unveil Internet Safety Video Available 'On Demand' (Broadcast Newsroom)
RICHMOND, Va. , July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Bob McDonnell , Comcast and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) unveiled a new video teaching children and parents about online safety.
Attorney seeks to force sale of Curlin (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An attorney is trying to persuade a judge to force the public auction of Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year.
Lawyer Charged With Sexual Battery (WLKY Louisville)
An August trial date is set for a New Albany lawyer accused of inappropriately touching a teen at her home in Elizabeth, Ind.
Canadian detained in China sentenced to 20 years in Chinese prison: lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - A Canadian detained in China has been sentenced to 20 years in a Chinese prison, his lawyer says.
Macon attorney named regional director for HUD (Macon Telegraph)
Macon attorney Burt Wilkerson has been named the regional director for the Housing and Urban Development's southeastern region.
Attorney in diet drug case seeks Curlin sale (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney wants a judge to force the public auction of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.
Attorney wants public auction of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin to settle diet drug judgment (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - An attorney wants a judge to force the public auction of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin. Lexington attorney Angela Ford asked a state judge Tuesday to force the sale to settle a $42 million civil judgment against attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion.
Senior lawyer shot dead in Quetta (Khaleej Times)
ISLAMABAD — Unknown gunmen shot dead a senior lawyer Ghulam Mustafa Qureshi in Quetta while he was going to office in his car.
Akron lawyer's license suspended for year (Akron Beacon Journal)
Akron defense lawyer Donald L. ''Doc'' Walker was suspended from practicing law for one year for violations of state disciplinary rules, Ohio Supreme Court officials announced today.
Attorney general candidate Koster used staff to channel money (The Springfield News-Leader)
E-mail communications obtained by The Associated Press show Democratic attorney general candidate Chris Koster's campaign staff helped direct donors wishing to give more than the state limit to the Economic Growth Council, then coordinated the...
Ex-attorney gets 90 days in jail in contempt case (St. Petersburg Times)
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Disbarred civil attorney Jessica Miller was sentenced to 90 days in the Pasco County jail for defying the commands of Circuit Judge Shawn Crane. "I've never been in this position before," Miller (left), dressed in a...
Lawyer denies claims on PKR links (The New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: The lawyer who appeared with private investigator P. Balasubramaniam when he made public his first statutory declaration has denied that he is linked with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Lawyer who prepared first document lodges police report (The Star)
KUALA LUMPUR: Americk Singh Sidhu, the lawyer who prepared the first statutory declaration for P. Balasubramaniam, has lodged a police report claiming that the private investigator had retracted the document under duress.
Man accused of double-homicide gets new attorney (KHQ Spokane)
SPOKANE, Wash. - Justin Crenshaw, the man accused of killing two people and setting a house on fire to cover up the murders is getting a new attorney. The judge in the case Tuesday heard a motion to disqualify the Public Defender's office filed by Crenshaw who cited a conflict of interest.
Lawyer: Wife of toxin suspect was unaware of alleged plot to kill her (Chicago Tribune)
FBI knew of 2005 murder-for-hire scheme, but Rebecca Bachner wasn't told, her husband's lawyer says The wife of a Lake in the Hills man charged in a bizarre toxin case was unaware that FBI agents interviewed her husband in 2006 for allegedly soliciting a hit man to kill her, her husband's lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer says defendant in murder-for-hire case died (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer for a Lexington strip club bouncer who faced trial next week in an alleged murder-for-hire case says the defendant has died.
Lawyer says defendant in murder-for-hire case died (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A lawyer for a Lexington strip club bouncer who faced trial next week in an alleged murder-for-hire case says the defendant has died. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn told the Lexington Herald-Leader that defense lawyer Jim Lowry informed prosecutors that 31-year-old Tristan K. Lobensommer is believed to have killed himself out of state. Lowry's office says he won't be ...
Ky. attorney seeks to force Jackson to sell Curlin (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Curlin's ownership could go up for grabs if an attorney can persuade a judge to force the public auction of the 2007 Horse of the Year. Lexington attorney Angela Ford asked a state judge on Tuesday to force the sale of Curlin to settle a $42 million judgment against Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion, the two minority owners of the horse. Jess Jackson, owner of Kendall-Jackson Winery, ...
Kentucky Fen-Phen Trial May Have Been Hung due to Pretrial Publicity, Attorney Says (Law.com)
An attorney for Shirley A. Cunningham Jr., one of three lawyers who were on trial in Kentucky on criminal charges that they allegedly bilked clients out of $65 million received in a fen-phen class action settlement, said his client's case may have ended in a hung jury because of pretrial publicity. The jury foreman for the trial told local newspapers that two of 12 jurors held out against an ...
Attorney describes kidnapping at knifepoint (WISH-TV Indianapolis)
A massive manhunt is on for an escaped convict wanted for kidnapping and robbing his own attorney.
Attorney: No crimes in botched Colo. murder case (The Charlotte Observer)
A detective and prosecutors did not commit crimes when they put together a murder case against a man whose conviction was later overturned on DNA evidence, a special prosecutor said Tuesday. Although he found no criminal conduct, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said he did find disturbing flaws in the investigation and prosecution of Timothy Masters. Buck was appointed special prosecutor ...
Attorney general rules districts must pay teacher benefits (Austin American-Statesman)
Texas school districts will have to pay $100 million in teacher benefits stemming from a 2-year-old state-mandated pay raise, Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled.
Former Lawyer Gets 90 Days For Contempt (The Pasco Tribune)
Former Port Richey lawyer Jessica Miller was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail Tuesday for failing to appear at a court hearing in December.
Lawyer suspended from handling cases (Fargo Forum)
Client accused of child pornography says man was never licensed attorney The chief federal judge in North Dakota has ordered the investigation of a defense attorney who authorities say lied about being a licensed lawyer before he was caught by a client accused of child pornography. Advertisement: GAMES GALORE PARTY RENTAL $175 Backyard Party!! $175 Backyard Birthday Party ...
Lawyer wants statements disallowed in Jaffrie case (Kane County Chronicle)
ST. CHARLES – The lawyer for the man charged in connection with the Hampshire crash that killed four made arguments in court Wednesday to suppress his client’s statements.
Attorney General endorses Wil Armstrong in District 6 (Rocky Mountain News)
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has endorsed businessman Wil Armstrong in the four-way Republican race for the District 6 Congressional seat.
Appeals court hears lawyer's bid to defend 3 linked to FBI case (El Paso Times)
Whether an El Paso lawyer gets to represent three men implicated in the ongoing FBI public corruption case is now in the hands of three 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges, who heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday morning in New Orleans. Related: Read past stories on the FBI investigation.
Attorney: Defendant in murder-for-hire case dead (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A Lexington strip club bouncer who was to go on trial Monday in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot has died, his attorney said in court documents filed Tuesday. Defense attorney Jim Lowry told prosecutors that Tristan Lobensommer, 31, is thought to have killed himself while out of state, First Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn said. Circuit Judge ...
Kentucky Fen-Phen Trial May Have Been Hung due to Pretrial Publicity, Attorney Says (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
An attorney for Shirley A. Cunningham Jr., one of three lawyers who were on trial in Kentucky on criminal charges that they allegedly bilked clients out of $65 million received in a fen-phen class action settlement, said his client's case may have ended in a hung jury because of pretrial publicity.
Funeral services set for slain attorney (San Jose Mercury News)
Funeral services for Xia Zhao, the San Jose attorney who was killed last week by a man who had threatened and stalked her, will be held this weekend.
Siegelman lawyer wants review of recusal (Montgomery Advertiser)
BIRMINGHAM -- A lawyer said Tuesday he wants a Justice Department review of the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman to focus partly on the reasons a federal prosecutor in Montgomery stepped aside from the case.
Lawyer gets more time to prepare plea for alleged county embezzler (Reno Gazette-Journal)
The lawyer for a former engineer charged with embezzling about $2.2 million from Washoe County while he worked with the Water Resources Division asked for more time Tuesday before entering a plea in Washoe District Court.
Street-closer gets attorney (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Batavia Council voted 5-0 Monday to appoint an attorney to defend Village Administrator Bob Stewart against a charge of closing a street without a permit.
Trump attorney targets woman fighting Jones Beach plan (Newsday)
Donald Trump's court battle to overturn the state's objections to his proposed Jones Beach catering hall and restaurant took a strange turn yesterday when his attorney tried to discredit the project's chief opponent.
Lawyer: Education Partnership finances in disarray (Boston Globe)
A lawyer has told a judge that the Education Partnership's financial records are in such disarray that a forensic accountant is needed to review them.
Teenager's Attorney Says Estranged Girlfriend's Shooting Death An Accident (WLOX-TV Biloxi)
GULFPORT(WLOX)--Testimony began on Tuesday in the trial of a teenager accused of killing his estranged teenaged girlfriend. Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Barfield is charged with shooting Tiffany Talley in December of 2006 at his Harrison County home. Barfield's attorney contends it was an accident.
Lawyer casts doubt over FSA shorting rule (eFinancial News)
A leading hedge fund lawyer has cast doubt over the legality of the Financial Services Authority's rules that force short sellers to disclose positions in UK-listed companies undergoing rights issues, by questioning whether they would stand up if challenged in court.