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Obese Texas woman didn't strike nephew: Lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
EDINBURG, Texas - A nearly half-ton Texas woman charged in the death of her toddler nephew couldn't have beaten the boy to death because of her limited movement from weight problems, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Mike Arroyo lawyer admits making call for GSIS chief (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - A lawyer for First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo on Wednesday admitted calling up Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio and asking for "help" for the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) in its court row against the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
State: Nassau attorney's pension improper (Newsday)
Albert D'Agostino, the politically prominent Nassau attorney who got a six-figure public pension after the state retroactively approved 21 years of credit for him, must give up his pension and pay back the more than $600,000 he has collected, the New York State comptroller's office said Tuesday.
State: Attorney owes back pension (Newsday)
Albert D'Agostino, the prominent Nassau attorney who got a six-figure public pension, must back more than $600,000 he has collected.
Former Real Estate Attorney Indicted on Larceny Charges (Law.com)
A former Massachusetts real estate attorney who allegedly stole more than $2 million from mortgage lenders through false mortgage applications and documents has been indicted by a grand jury for larceny and making false statements. According to the Massachusetts attorney general's office, Kevin Carey allegedly raised the cash through a so-called "mortgage stacking" scheme by repeatedly ...
Half-ton woman too big to kill boy, attorney says (Dallas Morning News)
A nearly half-ton Texas woman charged with killing her 2-year-old nephew couldn’t have beaten the boy to death because of her weight, her attorney said Tuesday.
No evidence on Obama assassination, US attorney says (Islamic Republic News Agency)
Obama - Assassination There is not enough evidence to conclude that three people arrested with drugs and weapons posed a "true threat" to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the Denver US Attorney said Tuesday.
McAuliffe defeats challenger in Democratic race for state attorney (The Palm Beach Post)
State Attorney candidate Michael McAuliffe defeated rival Paula Russell in the Democratic race to become the county's top prosecutor.
U.S. attorney not high on Chong movie (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan is no fan of comedian Tommy Chong's movies and that likely won't change with his new documentary.
Lawyer admits calling GSIS (12:20 p.m.) (Sun Star)
MANILA -- A lawyer of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo who was linked by Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio in the ongoing row between the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) admitted calling up the pension fund last May.
Lawyer threatens lawsuit over campaign finance ruling (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
MONTPELIER -- A prominent Burlington lawyer said Tuesday he is in talks with supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina about filing suit in federal court over Vermont's campaign finance laws. ... - By DAVE GRAM The Associated Press
Cowan stood out as lawyer, volunteer (Windsor Star)
William "Bill" Cowan, a prominent Windsor lawyer and philanthropist, and father-in-law of former Prime Minister Paul Martin, has died.
Chamber president, former city attorney in runoff for Montevallo mayor (Birmingham News)
The president of the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce and the former city attorney will face each other in a municipal runoff election to decide who will lead the city as mayor for the next four years.
DENVER: No real threat to Obama, U.S. attorney says (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Authorities say three men who triggered an assassination investigation after their arrests in the Denver area did not pose a "true threat" to Barack Obama at this week's Democratic National Convention. U.S. Attorney Troy Eid describes the men as "meth heads" who weren't capable of such an attack.
Contractor gets new lawyer (The Herald News)
-- JOLIET -- A New Lenox contractor accused of cheating customers has a new lawyer.
City attorney, challenger face off (San Diego Union-Tribune)
RANCHO BERNARDO – City Attorney Michael Aguirre enjoyed a Perry Mason moment in a debate yesterday against his challenger in the Nov. 4 election, Superior Court Judge Jan Goldsmith.
Lawyer Al Cone dies at 87 (The Ocala Star-Banner)
OCALA - Al Jennings Cone, Jr. - successful lawyer, celebrated community leader, and decorated war hero - died last Friday morning at the Legacy House Hospice, from respiratory complications. He was 87.
Attorney Claims Search Improper (WEAU Eau Claire)
The attorney for a man charged with killing a convenience store clerk says police acted improperly during a search.
Attorney blames heroin for robbery of 71-year-old (Centre Daily Times)
An attorney says drug addiction drove a 22-year-old woman to snatch $100 from a 71-year-old man at an ATM in northeastern Pennsylvania.
State's attorney's office releases video of caregiver (WTOP Radio Network)
Four days after a Frederick County grand jury declined to indict a YMCA caregiver accused of assaulting a 2-year-old, the state's attorney's office released five minutes of tape documenting the encounter.
City attorney, challenger face off (San Diego Union-Tribune)
RANCHO BERNARDO – City Attorney Michael Aguirre enjoyed a Perry Mason moment in a debate yesterday against his challenger in the Nov. 4 election, Superior Court Judge Jan Goldsmith.
Lawyer says Mike Arroyo had no hand in call to Sabio (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Lawyer Jesus Santos admitted Wednesday he had asked Presidential Commission on Good Government Chairman Camilo Sabio to help the Government Service Insurance System in its fight against the Manila Electric Company but denied he had tried to influence the Court of Appeals, where Sabio’s younger brother sits as a justice
Utah Attorney General's Office to launch new Web site (Deseret Morning News)
The Utah's Attorney General's Office is launching a redesigned Web site that offers more features for constituents.
Miriam clears Camilo Sabio, Mike’s lawyer (The Manila Times)
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the lawyer of President Gloria Arroyo’s husband did not commit any illegal act in asking Chairman Camilo Sabio of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to intercede with Camilo’s brother, Justice Jose Sabio Jr., in a controversial case between Meralco and GSIS.
Miriam clears Camilo Sabio, Mikes lawyer (Yehey!)
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the lawyer of President Gloria Arroyos husband did not commit any illegal act in asking Chairman Camilo Sabio of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to intercede with Camilos brother, Justice Jose Sabio Jr., in a controversial case between Meralco and GSIS.
Mr. Arroyo’s lawyer ‘meddles’ in Meralco case (Sun Star)
MANILA -- A lawyer of First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo admitted calling up Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio last May.
Lawyer's rehab cited at contempt hearing (Hamilton Spectator)
Bob Mitchell Torstar News Service A Toronto lawyer's completion of an alcohol rehab program is a step in the right direction, but not enough to stop a contempt of court hearing, a Peel prosecutor told a court today.
New York attorney general's office confirms auction-rate probe into Goldman Sachs, Fidelity (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - The New York attorney general's office said Wednesday it is investigating whether brokers at Fidelity Investments were given incentives by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to sell auction-rate securities to investors.
Attorney General's office to meet with commissioners on mayor's office investigation (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
District Attorney John Gill has set a 3 p.m. meeting with Knox County commissioners and interested parties to the investigation into Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale's Office.
Fen-Phen Lawyer Released From Jail (WCPO Cincinnati)
A Kentucky lawyer accused of taking more than his share of the Fen-Phen settlement is out of jail on bond.
PEOPLE: Attorney named to program (Courier-Post)
Lizanne V. Hackett, an attorney with Flaster/Greenberg, P.C. was one of four attorneys nationwide selected to the American Bar Association Section of Litigation's 2008-2009 Young Lawyer Leadership Program.
Judge allows defense attorney to withdraw from case due to non-payment (Vero Press Journal)
A Circuit Judge is allowing Sebastian businessman Damien Gilliams’ private defense attorney to withdraw from his criminal case because Gilliams didn’t pay her, court records show.
Lawyer in B.C. kidnapping case says her client doesn't have accent as victim said (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER - The lawyer for one of five men charged with kidnapping university student Graham McMynn says there's a big hole in the Crown's theory that her client was involved.
Attorney Says Warrant Flawed In Tomahawk Slaying (WISC-TV Madison)
MERRILL, Wis. -- The attorney for an 18-year-old Tomahawk man charged with killing a convenience store clerk said police acted improperly during a search.
State: Lawyer owes NY $600K for pension payouts (The Post-Standard)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state has improperly paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension benefits to a Long Island lawyer.
Sex accused ambulance officer 'doing his job' - lawyer (Otago Daily Times)
A former St John ambulance driver's innocent examination of women had been turned into a "picture of perversion, his lawyer told Auckland District Court yesterday.
Mike Arroyo lawyer admits phone call, says it was for GSIS (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
A lawyer of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo admits he called up the chair of Presidential Commission on Good Government whose brother is a Court of Appeals justice to ask support for the campaign of the Government Service Insurance System to end the “mismanagement” of the Lopez family in Manila Electric Co.
New York attorney general confirms probe into Goldman, Fidelity (Canadian Business)
NEW YORK - The New York attorney general's office said Wednesday it is investigating whether Fidelity Investments was given incentives by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to sell auction-rate securities to investors.
Lawyer: Mendoza's chemicals ban is unfair disadvantage, unconstitutional - Argentina (Business News Americas)
A ban on the use of chemical substances such as cyanide, mercury and sulfuric acid for miners in Argentina's Mendoza province constitutes an unfair disadvantage for the mining sector, a lawyer specializing in natural resources and energy told BNamericas.
Defence lawyer at McMynn kidnapping trial says McMynn misidentified her client (News 1130)
The lawyer for one of five men charged with kidnapping Graham McMynn says there's a hole in the Crown's theory that her client was involved. Lawyer Lyndsay Smith says her client Jose Hernandez doesn ...
Lawyer in B.C. kidnapping case says her client doesn't have accent as victim said (Newstalk 1010 CFRB)
VANCOUVER - Jose Hernandez is apparently no saint but his defence lawyer told a B.C. court Wednesday he's no kidnapper either.
Utah Attorney General now posting arrest videos online (2News Salt Lake City)
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff began posting downloadable videos of suspected criminals online Wednesday in an effort to deter future crimes.
Mike Arroyo"s lawyer urged to give away GSIS allowances (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson dared a lawyer of first gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo to prove his "concern" for power consumers by "subsidizing" their power bills with his big perks at the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
Maine attorney general warns of Visa scam (Boston Globe)
Maine's attorney general is alerting people about a scam in which people receive phone messages warning that they've reached the credit limit on their Visa cards.
Branson's city attorney leaving after end of month (The Springfield News-Leader)
The Branson Board of Aldermen announced today that its city attorney, Paul Link, will be returning to private practice in Springfield.
Angela Corey First Woman in Local State Attorney's Seat (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A bruising campaign for state attorney on the First Coast came to an end Tuesday night.  Angela Corey and her supporters began their celebrations about nine o'clock, when the numbers showed she would defeat Jay Plotkin by a huge margin.
Attorney general rules that all GPAs will be calculated the same across Texas (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN – Attorney General Greg Abbott has decided that all high school graduates in Texas will have their grade point averages calculated the same way beginning with the Class of 2009.
Attorney general passes on West Warwick sign-swiping (The Providence Journal)
Candidates’ signs are disappearing in West Warwick and the attorney general says it’s a local matter to decide to prosecute.
DiNapoli: Lawyer Owes $600K for Pension Payouts (The New York Sun)
ALBANY --Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state has improperly paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension benefits to a Long Island lawyer. Mr. DiNapoli says Albert D'Agostino owes the retirement system about $605,000. Mr. D'Agostino was incorrectly listed as an employee at three school districts and a planning commission, and received pension payments between August 2002 and March ...
Avon hires new attorney (Vail Daily)
AVON, Colorado — Eric Heil, of Widner Michow & Cox LLP, has been contracted to serve as Avon’s town attorney. Heil will replace town attorney John Dunn, who will be resigning at the end of September.