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Bedford District Attorney Admits To Sexual Affair In Courthouse (WJAC 6 Johnstown)
A Bedford County district attorney resigns from one of his posts after he admitted to having sex with a woman in the courthouse.
Everett should study sex offender housing, attorney says (Everett Herald)
Everett’s deputy city attorney on Wednesday recommended the city form a task force to examine sex offender housing issues and to prepare a report to send to state lawmakers.
Lawyer: Morgan Freeman, wife divorcing (UPI)
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Morgan Freeman's lawyer said the Hollywood actor and Myrna Colley-Lee, his wife of 24 years, are getting a divorce.
Morgan Freeman's Attorney Says He's Getting a Divorce (Fox News)
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is getting a divorce, the actor's Mississippi-based attorney and business partner Bill Luckett told "Access Hollywood."
Family, lawyer presses case against Dominican College after student's rape, suicide (The Journal News)
ORANGETOWN - A lawyer and the family of a New Jersey girl who killed herself after reportedly being gang raped plans to press their case today that Dominican College should be held responsible.
Wanke sentencing delayed with attorney's status in doubt (Rockford Register Star)
Sentencing for Richard Wanke Jr. has been delayed as Wanke, Judge Joe McGraw and Wanke’s attorney, Glenn Jazwiec, discuss whether Jazwiec will continue as Wanke’s attorney.
Attorney: Gotti Likely To Be Moved To Tampa Soon (The Tampa Tribune)
Despite efforts to keep John "Junior" Gotti in New York until his trial, the son of the deceased head of the Gambino crime family likely will be in Tampa by late next week or the beginning of the subsequent week for a court appearance, said his attorney, Charles Carnesi.
Lawyer: Tenn. church shooting suspect plans insanity defense (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An unemployed truck driver accused in a deadly Tennessee church shooting may be eyeing an insanity defense. Jim Adkisson waived a preliminary hearing today. His lawyer calls that an effort to lay the groundwork for an insanity plea.
William Goldstein, first Jewish lawyer hired by major Phila. firm, dies (BizJournals)
William M. Goldstein, 72, a well-known tax partner at Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, died Wednesday. Goldstein was the first Jewish lawyer hired by a major Philadelphia law firm when he joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius in 1960 and went on to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy under President Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s.
Rockefeller's attorney urges client to shun LA investigators (Boston Globe)
(Photo by Lydia Marano) John and Linda Sohus in happier times. By Shelley Murphy, Maria Cramer, and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff The attorney for accused kidnapper Clark Rockefeller has advised his client not to talk to two homicide...
Ethiopia: Court Sends Teddy Afro's Lawyer to Jail (AllAfrica.com)
When a judge at the Federal High Court, Eighth Criminal Bench, announced his verdict for sensational singer Tewodros Kassahun, a.k.a Teddy Afro, defend himself against an allegation of homicide last month, his fans were calculating the number of days he would spend behind bars before his next appearance on October 9, 2008. Today, this calculation turned to his lawyer, Million Assefa, who was ...
Attorney: Ortiz Probably Not Caylee's Father (WESH 2 Orlando)
An attorney representing the family of Jesus Ortiz says that as far as they know, Ortiz is not the father of Caylee Anthony.
Mississippi attorney general settles with State Farm over Katrina claims; insurer to pay $74M (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday that his office has settled its dispute with State Farm Insurance Cos. over how the insurer handled Hurricane Katrina damage claims in Mississippi.
Texas Attorney General takes action against Dallas debt collection firm (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged a Dallas-based debt collection firm Wednesday with using deceptive practices to collect payments from Texas consumers.
Phila. tax lawyer William Goldstein dies at 72 (Centre Daily Times)
William M. Goldstein, a prominent tax lawyer who argued an appeal of the definition of income in 1990 that is still cited in textbooks, died Wednesday. He was 72.
Greenberg Traurig Attorney Lori A. Sochin Selected Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Alternative Dispute ... (Centre Daily Times)
Greenberg Traurig attorney Lori A. Sochin has been selected as co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Sochin is a shareholder in the litigation practice group of the firm's Miami office.
Kilpatrick attorney: Charges coming; prelim to be waived (Detroit News)
Attorney James Parkman says he has "credible information" that leads him to believe charges against Kilpatrick, stemming from an alleged shoving incident last month, are imminent. Parkman also says he may waive Kilpatrick's Sept. 22 preliminary examination in the mayor's perjury case.
Feds narrow case against ex-McAfee lawyer (San Francisco Chronicle)
Federal prosecutors have narrowed their stock option tampering case against McAfee Inc.'s former top lawyer and dropped four of the original seven felony charges against him, according to a new indictment unsealed Wednesday. Kent Roberts is still charged with...
Feds narrow case against ex-McAfee lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Federal prosecutors have narrowed their stock-option tampering case against McAfee Inc.'s former top lawyer and dropped four of the original seven felony charges against him, according to a new indictment unsealed Wednesday.
Mayor's attorney expects charges soon in shoving incident (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Wednesday he believes state Attorney General Mike Cox will charge the mayor as soon as this week with a crime stemming from last month's porch-shoving incident with a sheriff's employee.
Lawyer jailed for stealing from elderly widow (The New Zealand Herald)
Lawyer Leuatea Peseta Iosefa, who took $83,700 from an elderly widow's trust account, was jailed for 10 months today in Christchurch District Court. An appeal was immediately signalled to the judge on his decision not to grant home detention, by defence counsel Richard Raymond.
Robert Montgomery, 78, a Big-Case Lawyer, Dies (New York Times)
Mr. Montgomery was a lawyer who marshaled a silvery Southern drawl and incisive strategy to win 65 settlements of $1 million or more, including billions from the tobacco industry awarded to Florida in 1997.
Attorney general's office reaches deal with 2 firms (Winston-Salem Journal)
RALEIGH -- The N.C. Attorney General's Office said yesterday that two companies geared toward helping people set up successful online businesses have agreed to change their ways and pay full refunds.
Man accused in fatal ATV crash meets lawyer for second trial (The Trenton Times)
The Trenton man who is accused of fatally injuring a pedestrian while on a reckless ATV ride before a bicycle race in Trenton met the lawyer yesterday who will handle his second trial.
Ethics board dismisses complaints against Koster; re-count may still be ahead in attorney general primary (The Kansas City Star)
JEFFERSON CITY | Chris Koster’s margin of victory narrowed slightly Wednesday as his closest competitor pondered whether to ask for a re-count in the Democratic primary for Missouri attorney general.
Ethics board dismisses complaints against Koster; re-count may still be ahead in attorney general primary (The Kansas City Star)
JEFFERSON CITY | Chris Koster’s margin of victory narrowed slightly Wednesday as his closest competitor pondered whether to ask for a re-count in the Democratic primary for Missouri attorney general.
PORCH SHOVING INCIDENT: Kilpatrick lawyer expects Cox to charge mayor, perhaps soon (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Wednesday that he believes state Attorney General Mike Cox will charge the mayor as soon as this week with a crime stemming from last month's porch-shoving incident involving a sheriff's employee.
Edwardsville recognizes district attorney for support of DARE (The Citizens' Voice)
Edwardsville’s mayor and members of the borough police department recently honored Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll for her support of the department’s DARE program.
Former municipal attorney charged with theft in real estate transaction (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A former municipal attorney on probation for child pornography charges was arrested for allegedly keeping $9,500 he was holding in escrow in a real estate transaction.
Attorney ill, mistrial declared in rape case (Post-Tribune)
The rape trial of Walter Lee Liddell of Gary ended in mistrial Wednesday when defense attorney John Cantrell told the judge he was still ill and not able to proceed.
Lawyer jailed for stealing from elderly client (NZCity)
7 August 2008 There was a shocked reaction to a jail sentence for a Christchurch lawyer, who stole money from an elderly client. Leuatea Iosefa has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for fraud. He misappropriated $83,000 from an elderly client over a five month period in 1999 and 2000.
8th lawyer off HIV murder case (CNews)
And another lawyer bites the dust.
Candidates for council, state attorney debate (Orlando Sentinel)
-Candidates for DeBary City Council and 7th Circuit state attorney will face off tonight at a debate at DeBary Golf & Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive. The League of Women Voters will moderate debates between Mayor George Coleman and challenger Bob Garcia and Seat 3 candidates Van Conoley and Mark Meister. State Attorney John Tanner is up against St. Augustine attorney R.J. Larizza. The ...
Lawyer says injured Morgan Freeman and wife of 24 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, are divorcing (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Morgan Freeman's lawyer says the actor and his wife of 24 years are getting a divorce. Freeman's lawyer, Bill Luckett, told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal newspaper that the divorce action is impending. Freeman's wife is Myrna Colley-Lee.
Attorney general to focus on 'meat and potato' issues (Staten Island Advance)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A standing-room-only crowd of borough residents greeted state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday afternoon as he brought his message of focusing on "meat-and-potato" issues to Staten Island.
Lawyer: Morgan Freeman and wife are divorcing (Bay News 9 Tampa Bay)
By The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Morgan Freeman's lawyer says the actor and his wife of 24 years are getting a divorce.
Lawyer: Morgan Freeman, wife getting divorced (CNN.com)
JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Morgan Freeman's lawyer says the actor and his wife of 24 years are getting a divorce.
Attorney gets new deal in sex case (Louisville Courier-Journal)
In a second deal with prosecutors, New Albany attorney Anthony Wallingford has agreed to plead guilty to sexual battery in connection with an attack on a 16-year-old girl at her Elizabeth home last year.
Lawyer confirms Morgan Freeman divorcing (The West Australian)
Morgan Freeman's lawyer has confirmed the actor and his wife of 24 years are getting a divorce. Freeman's lawyer, Bill Luckett, told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal newspaper that the divorce action was impending.
Attorney Details Anthrax Evidence Pointing To Ivins (NPR)
The Justice Department has made some evidence public in the case of scientist Bruce Ivins, the government's suspect in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people. A U.S. attorney said he is confident that the evidence would have been enough to make the case in court. Ivins committed suicide last week.
Lawyer: Morgan Freeman and wife are divorcing (AP via Yahoo! News)
Morgan Freeman's lawyer says the actor and his wife of 24 years are getting a divorce.
Wire feed: Options charges whittled down against ex-McAfee lawyer; SpaceX design flaw scuttled launch (San Jose Mercury News)
Federal prosecutors have narrowed their stock-option tampering case against McAfee's former top lawyer and dropped four of the original seven felony charges against him, according to a new indictment unsealed Wednesday.
NY attorney general settles for $7B with Citigroup (AP via Yahoo! News)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he's reached a settlement worth more than $7 billion with Citigroup that requires the company to buy back auction-rate securities from about 40,000 customers nationwide.
SC Attorney General gets Republican convention role (The State)
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster will be the chief sergeant at arms at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. The Republican National Committee announced new officers for the convention Wednesday. McMaster and Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer were the only statewide elected officials on a list of officers dominated by federal office holders and party leaders from ...
Attorney says suit vs. Osteen's wife 'extortion' (AP via Yahoo! News)
A flight attendant's assault accusations against the wife of renowned evangelical pastor Joel Osteen are simply a money grab, Victoria Osteen's defense attorney said Thursday.
Philadelphia tax lawyer Goldstein dies at 72 (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
William M. Goldstein, a prominent tax lawyer who argued an appeal of the definition of income in 1990 that is still cited in textbooks, has died. He was 72.
Attorney Calls Suit Vs. Osteen's Wife 'Extortion' (CBS 11 Dallas - Fort Worth)
Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown sued Victoria Osteen, accusing the co-pastor of Houston's popular Lakewood Church of assaulting her before the start of a 2005 flight to Vail, Colo. Osteen's attorney calls it simply a money grab.
Citigroup Settles With Attorney General For $7 Billion (NY1 News)
New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today a $7 billion settlement for investors who lost money on Citigroup securities. Cuomo said the financial services company will buy back securities from nearly 40,000 customers.
Arrested lawyer argues people don't have to show police ID (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
TACOMA – Olympia lawyer Lagrand Jones says it's not a crime to refuse to provide identification to police.
Michigan Attorney General to announce mayor assault decision (WZZM 13 Grand Rapids)
Michigan Attorney General to announce mayor assault decision