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Attorney: No rat infestation at Keyser property (Cumberland Times-News)
The exterminator that Paula Piehl hired to assess her burned-out property on Mineral Street reported no evidence of rat infestation, according to attorney Tim Sirk.
Attorney: Problems triggered robberies (The Observer-Dispatch)
All Robert Ellisano wanted to do when he robbed two banks in Utica and Rome was to help support his family during hard economic times, the Oriskany man’s defense attorney said Friday.
Lawyer: Brazilian confessed to killing teen (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Brazilian man accused of killing and dismembering a British teenager and stuffing her torso in a suitcase confessed to the murder on Friday in a deposition to police, his lawyer said.
Lawyer jailed for behavior in court (The Kansas City Star)
When Kansas City lawyer Carlos D. Romious represented a man accused of fraud in southwest Missouri earlier this summer, he became the talk of the county courthouse.
Fargo attorney suspected of shoplifting (Fargo Forum)
A prominent local defense attorney who resigned from his post as an assistant U.S. attorney 11 years ago after two shoplifting arrests was arrested Friday on suspicion of shoplifting a hunting knife. Advertisement: GREEN MILL RESTAURANT Receive $5 off any order greater than $20! TEXT this to your phone and bring it in to GREEN MILL to receive $5 off any order greater than $20!
Attorney: Disclose any deals (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
The attorney for an off-duty Topeka police officer charged with aggravated battery in the shooting of two brothers filed documents with Shawnee County District Court this week — including a motion seeking to disclose potential agreements between the state and any witness.
Attorney general backs Whitehorn over Brolin videotapes (The Shreveport Times)
Shreveport Police Chief Henry Whitehorn has the discretion to show video tapes related to the arrests of seven people, including actors Josh Brolin and Jeffery Wright, to City Council members, according to an opinion issued by the Attorney General late Friday.
Lawyer: Snoop Dogg's bus' tags were valid (San Francisco Chronicle)
A lawyer says a bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with marijuana possession. Attorney Chris Lewis, who represents the two men charged with misdemeanor possession, said Friday...
City Attorney retires after more than 20 years on the job (Ventura County Star)
Oxnard City Attorney Gary Gillig has retired from his job after 20 years of service.
Famed O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro starts do-it-yourself legal service (New York Daily News)
No dream team needed for wills Famed O.J. Simpson lawyer starts do-it-yourself legal service; helps customers save on prep fees
District attorney dismisses charges in sexual assault (Sheboygan Press)
Charges alleging a 52-year-old Sheboygan man sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman have been dropped, according to the Sheboygan County District Attorney.
Fargo attorney accused of shoplifting (The Bismarck Tribune)
FARGO - A Fargo attorney and former federal prosecutor with a history of shoplifting has been arrested on charges that he stole a hunting knife from a sporting goods store and scuffled with employees.
Longtime lawyer helped set up legal services for needy (The Toledo Blade)
Robert W. Rowley, 87, a longtime Toledo lawyer and a former chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party who was a leader in statewide efforts to provide free legal services to low-income people, died Thursday in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township, of liver cancer. Mr. Rowley of Perrysburg Township retired in 1999 from his general law practice. In later years, he focused on ...
Lawyer: Brazilian confessed to killing teen (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By MARCO SIBAJA The Brazilian man accused of killing and dismembering a British teenager and stuffing her torso in a suitcase confessed to the murder on Friday in a deposition to police, his lawyer said. "He confessed," Odair de Meneses said, referring to Mohamed D'Ali Carvalho Santos. "But he is not fully responsible for his acts because he was taking drugs nonstop during the four days prior ...
Once-famed attorney to report to prison (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Not so long ago, Richard "Dickie" Scruggs was one of the most powerful civil lawsuit attorneys in the country. By Monday afternoon, Scruggs will be another number in this federal prison system. He's to report to a facility in Kentucky to serve a five-year sentence for bribing a judge. His law partner also is headed to prison Monday - and Scruggs' attorney-son has to report by August 25th. ...
Ex-lawyer Scruggs to begin 5-year sentence in Ky. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Not so long ago, Richard "Dickie" Scruggs was one of the most powerful civil lawsuit attorneys in the country. In prison, he will be inmate No. 12734-042. Scruggs, 62, must report to a federal prison in Kentucky by 2 p.m. Monday to begin serving a five-year sentence for conspiring to bribe a judge. His law partner goes to prison Monday, too. And Scruggs' son, a lawyer who also worked with his ...
Top tips: Importance of wills and enduring powers of attorney (The New Zealand Herald)
Grant Brenton, general manager of personal client services at Guardian Trust, explains the importance of wills and enduring powers of attorney. Why do I need to have a will?
Lawyer: Tags on Snoop Dogg pot-bust bus were good (The Arizona Republic)
A lawyer says a bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with marijuana possession.
Idaho defense attorney alleges jury tampering (KAJ Kalispell)
Associated Press - August 2, 2008 2:24 PM ET COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho defense attorney said a deputy prosecutor in a July 15 domestic case inappropriately sought to win a...
Idaho defense attorney alleges jury tampering (FOX 12 Idaho)
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho defense attorney said a deputy prosecutor in a July 15 domestic case inappropriately sought to win a mistrial with a drug test of a juror whom she had previously sought to disqualify.
Attorney: DNA Doesn't Match Killer's (WLEX-TV Lexington)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An attorney for an inmate on Kentucky's death row said on Friday that DNA found on two pieces of clothing in a 1979 slaying does not match the convicted killer's. The tests were performed on a shirt and jacket seized after the killing of Virgil Harris in Louisville.
NY attorney general threatens to charge Citigroup (Lexington Herald-Leader)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he is prepared to charge two units of Citigroup with fraudulent marketing and sales of auction-rate securities and with the destruction of documents. In a letter to Citigroup's counsel, Cuomo says a settlement is possible if Citigroup meets several requirements including buying back the securities from retail investors and reimbursing them for ...
Top tips: Importance of wills and enduring powers of attorney (The New Zealand Herald)
Grant Brenton, general manager of personal client services at Guardian Trust, explains the importance of wills and enduring powers of attorney. Why do I need to have a will?
Keelty spurns Attorney-General's call to release Haneef evidence (The Maitland Mercury)
THE Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, has refused to heed a call from the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, to release unclassified sections of the AFP's submissions to the Haneef inquiry.
Idaho defense attorney alleges jury tampering (KBCI Boise)
Christopher Schwartz, the defense attorney, told the Spokesman-Review he believes Kootenai County Deputy Prosecutor Terri Laird tampered with the jury.
Lawyer: Tags on Snoop Dog pot-bust bus were good (Bradenton Herald)
A lawyer says a bus carrying hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg did not have expired tags in a stop that led to two people on board charged with marijuana possession.
Local Attorney Killed in Motorcycle Accident (KFDM Beaumont)
A Beaumont Attorney was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday evening in Galveston. Department of Public Safety Troopers say 52 year old Garry Offerman was killed when his motorcycle collided with another bike on Highway 87. The accident happened around 5:00p.m.
Supreme Court rules lawyer must pay fees in defamation case (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rebuffed a lawyer's request that a decision be reversed, and it dismissed as...
LaBeouf lawyer asks for witnesses to accident (The New Sabah Times)
Shia LaBeouf could have a long road before him as he recovers from the accident that crushed his hand, his lawyer says. LaBeouf, 22, was injured in a late-night crash last Sunday in West Hollywood that flipped his truck.
Fargo attorney accused of shoplifting (The Bismarck Tribune)
FARGO - A Fargo attorney and former federal prosecutor with a history of shoplifting has been arrested on charges that he stole a hunting knife from a sporting goods store and scuffled with employees.
Attorney General supports cooperation (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Department of Justice is committed to collaborating with state and local law enforcement, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey told a gathering of conservative legislative and business leaders Friday.
Attorney wins award in investment lawsuit (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Reno attorney Margo Piscevich has been awarded more than $500,000 by a district court in a lawsuit against a financial adviser who Piscevich claimed made risky investments for her.
NY attorney general threatens to charge Citigroup (The Kansas City Star)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he is prepared to charge two units of Citigroup with fraudulent marketing and sales of auction-rate securities and with the destruction of documents.
U.S. Attorney objects to motion (Pacific Daily News)
The U.S. Attorney's office has filed an objection to a magistrate's order to sever a drug charge against Mark Anthony Bartolome from other charges related to cash smuggling.
Kenyan lawyer sued over fraud (The Monitor)
A Kenyan lawyer, Mr Clive Mutiso, who allegedly conned Bank of Africa Uganda Ltd of $385,914.16 (over Shs641m), has been sued over fraud.
Raleigh attorney represented detained journalist (WRAL.com Raleigh)
The U.S. military recently released Bilal Hussein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer working for The Associated Press, after holding him for two years. Bert Nunley, a Raleigh attorney, was among those who fought for his release.
Mokbel hires top lawyer (Daily Telegraph)
ACUUSED murderer and drug trafficker Tony Mokbel has hired a new lawyer to fight his charges.
Mokbel has new lawyer to defend charges (The West Australian)
Accused murderer and drug trafficker Tony Mokbel has hired a new lawyer to fight his charges. Renowned Melbourne lawyer Rob Stary on Monday told the Melbourne Magistrates Court he is now representing Mokbel.
Pettersen attorney wants judge recusal (The Observer-Dispatch)
A local defense attorney believes an Oneida County Court judge should recuse himself from handling the case of a substance abuse counseling center executive director accused of stealing Medicaid benefits, according to court documents.
Power of attorney no good at bank (Jewish World Review)
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Q: My father kept my mother in the dark financially, so, when he suffered a stroke several years ago and was admitted to a nursing home, my mother was not prepared to take responsibility. To further complicate matters, Dad had not signed a power of attorney.
Attorney General Hopeful Stops in Springfield (KOLR - KSFX Ozarks)
A candidate for for state government highlighted his platform in Springfield Sunday night. Representative Jeff Harris is campaigning for attorney general.
Four vie for EBR attorney position (The Advocate)
The field of candidates for the East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney shrank to four Friday after city-parish officials disqualified an applicant for not submitting the proper documentation.
Beijing Games ticket scam nets global victims - attorney (The Star)
BEIJING (Reuters) - Possibly thousands of people from Japan to Brazil may have paid for non-existent Olympics tickets from websites that are being sued by U.S. and International Olympics committees, a U.S. attorney said on Monday.
Mozambique: Tribute to Veteran Lawyer On 80th Birthday (AllAfrica.com)
The President of Mozambique's Supreme Court, Mario Mangaze, on Friday paid tribute to the country's first black lawyer, Domingos Arouca, "whose entire life and work enshrine a series of values that make certain men worthy of special esteem".
Lawyer Calls Former Paralegal's 'Sexual Predator' Claims 'Ridiculous and Not True' (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Prominent Texas plaintiffs lawyer Richard N. Laminack uses words such as "silly" and "ridiculous and not true" to respond to allegations in a lawsuit filed by former paralegal Angela Robinson that describes him as a "sexual predator" who participated in an effort to defraud fen-phen clients by overcharging them for expenses.
West Virginia lawyer: Mountaineer fans should be cheering for Rich Rodriguez to succeed (Detroit Free Press)
The West Virginia Metro News recently had an "Ask the lawyer" feature where members of the Peyton Law Firm touched on the recent Rich Rodriguez case settlement. They applaud the effort of the West Virginian legal team, but point out that "the ultimate outcome of this case puts us in a future partnership with Rich and Rita Rodriguez." An excerpt is below:
Suspects in Quezon newsman’s slay falls guys--lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- The lawyer of three brothers named as suspects in the killing of Quezon journalist Bert Sison last June refuted media reports that his clients have already been arrested.
District attorney proud to serve the public (San Mateo Daily Journal)
Growing up in both Potomac — a suburb of Washington, D.C. — and Los Angeles, Sean Gallagher thought he might go into architecture or advertising. Last week, Gallagher, 43, began his stint as the supervising deputy district attorney for the South San Francisco branch.
State Attorney-General quizzed (Bayside Bulletin)
STUDENTS at Cleveland District State High School had the opportunity to ask the tough questions of the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Kerry Shine, when he visited the school last week.
County attorney runs unopposed (Mohave Valley Daily News)
KINGMAN - Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith is running unopposed for his second full term as the county's chief prosecutor. Smith grew up in Erie, Pa., before graduating from Gannon University majoring in political science and pre-law classes before attending law school at the University of Arizona.