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Pewaukee police chief on leave over merger leaks, attorney says (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
City of Pewaukee - The attorney for Police Chief Gary Bach said Monday that the chief is under investigation for discussing the possibility of merging the city and village police departments and telling employees job loss would result.
Moneymakers: Lawyer finds homes for old computers (Houston Chronicle)
Houston lawyer Jonathan Osha would like to take your old computer and give it to a local child who doesn't have one.
Attorney discredits Ragsdale response (Deseret Morning News)
David Ragsdale can argue he was mentally unstable when he fatally shot his wife 10 times in a Lehi parking lot, but his sister cannot she's not an attorney.
Edwards Scandal Puts Texas Plaintiffs Lawyer on the Defensive (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Even as some acquaintances questioned Fred Baron's judgment on Monday, they defended the trial lawyer, saying his loyalty to his friends and his passion for Democratic politics were behind his payments to John Edwards' mistress and the campaign worker who has identified himself as the father of her child.
L.A. lawyer in Milberg kickback case is sentenced (Los Angeles Times)
A Los Angeles lawyer was sentenced Monday to two months in prison for helping securities law firm Milberg make illegal kickbacks to a client who served as lead plaintiff in shareholder lawsuits.
Belarus court sentences U.S. lawyer to 3 years in prison (Los Angeles Times)
An American lawyer was sentenced Monday to three years in prison in Belarus in a case that raised already high tensions between Washington and the authoritarian ex-Soviet republic.
Charles Carroll dies; Love for family is attorney's legacy (Detroit Free Press)
The enduring legacy of Charles Carroll, the retired attorney and former president of a local auto insurance company, is the endless expressions of love and affection he displayed toward family members, his daughter said.
N.Y. attorney general widens securities probe (Philly.com)
NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that he was expanding his investigation into the collapse of the auction-rate securities market to include Wachovia Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Morgan Stanley.
Ex-Cass attorney faces ban, 4 years after removal (The Des Moines Register)
A state ethics commission has recommended that former Cass County Attorney James Barry be suspended from practicing law because of "his cowboy methods."
Tulsa Attorney Sentenced (News On 6 Tulsa)
A Tulsa attorney gets a five-year deferred sentence, a one year suspended sentence, and will serve one year at Avalon.
Tulsa attorney sentenced in partner's death (The Oklahoman)
TULSA --A Tulsa County judge has sentenced an attorney to one year in a private correctional facility on a felony manslaughter charge linked to the street-racing death of his law partner. District Judge Clancy Smith made no finding of guilt Monday on the first-degree manslaughter count to which Kenneth L. Morgan pleaded no contest to in June. Morgan, who also pleaded no contest to a ...
Lawyer argues that dad played role in beating (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - August 12, 2008 7:45 AM ET CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The lawyer representing a Webster, N.H., woman accused of brutally beating her stepdaughter argues the girl's father also was...
Imprisoned lawyer Paul Minor asks to be freed on appeal bond (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
Imprisoned trial lawyer Paul Minor is asking to be freed on an appeal bond, just as former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was by an appeals court.
Attorney sentenced in partner's death (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - August 12, 2008 7:55 AM ET TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa attorney who pleaded no contest to a felony manslaughter charge in the street-racing death of his law partner has been...
LA lawyer gets prison in lawsuit kickbacks case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer who pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense as part of a major lawsuit kickback scheme was sentenced Monday to two months in federal prison and fined $50,000.
N.Y. attorney general expands auction rate inquiry (Investment Executive)
Andrew Cuomo, attorney general of New York state, today announced that his office is expanding its investigation into the auction rate securities scandal.
Pastor's lawyer given more time to review evidence (CBC New Brunswick)
The lawyer of a prominent New Brunswick clergyman charged with sex crimes over three decades has been granted three weeks to review evidence gathered by the Crown.
U.S. attorney seeks Cherry Hill papers (Asbury Park Press)
The office of U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Chris Christie has asked Cherry Hill for documents related to all no-bid, professional contracts executed by the township from 2003 to the present. A spokesman for Christie, Greg Reinert, declined to comment, but Cherry Hill officials acknowledged that the township received the request from Christie last week and that it apparently emanated from a ...
Attorney General Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal (Detroit News)
NEW YORK -- Former Justice Department officials will not face prosecution for letting improper political considerations drive hirings of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday.
Lawyer M Ravi arrested and charged with disturbing mosque prayers (Channel NewsAsia via Yahoo! Singapore News)
SINGAPORE : Singapore lawyer M Ravi was charged in court on Monday for disturbing a religious assembly.
Lawyer argues that dad played role in beating (Boston Globe)
The lawyer representing a Webster, N.H., woman accused of brutally beating her stepdaughter argues the girl's father also was involved in the abuse, possibly the main culprit.
Texas attorney general sues Carrollton nursing home over death (Dallas Morning News)
A Carrollton nursing home sued for neglect by the Texas attorney general's office after a female patient died in April has passed only one inspection in eight years, state records show.
Lawyer argues that dad played role in brutal beating (Boston Herald)
CONCORD, N.H. - The lawyer representing a Webster, N.H., woman accused of brutally beating her stepdaughter argues the girl's father also was involved in the abuse, possibly...
Man could face long sentence for sewer grate thefts: lawyer (CBC Ottawa)
An Ottawa man could spend significant time in jail if he is convicted of mischief endangering life in relation to the alleged theft of 25 sewer grates in June, his lawyer says.
Attorney Arrested For Sex Crime Pleads Not Guilty (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
An attorney arrested by the FBI in an Internet sex-crime sting pleaded not guilty today to five charges, including attempted lewd act upon a child. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Henry J. Hall ordered David A. Cohn, 50, to return to court Oct. 14 for a hearing to determine if law enforcement authorities have enough evidence to take him to trial.
Terry Shannon may need another new attorney in homicide case against him (The Journal Times)
RACINE — Terry Shannon may need another new attorney before the homicide case against him can move forward.
Ousted lawyer ready for problems (The New Zealand Herald)
Former lawyer Christopher Harder has set up in opposition to the Auckland District Law Society, less than two months after declaring he would seek a career outside of the legal profession.
Defense attorney: Skaggs was not behaving recklessly (Springfield News-Sun)
Jason Skaggs was not behaving recklessly the day he was involved in a nine-car crash that killed three Urbana University students last year, defense attorney James Marshall told the jury in closing arguments Tuesday, Aug. 12.
State attorney clears St. Petersburg police officer in Dawson shooting (St. Petersburg Times)
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe today has concluded that a St. Petersburg police officer was justified in his use of deadly force in the death of Gibbs High School student Javon Dawson. Officer Terrence Nemeth shot Dawson,...
Lexington hires attorney in case annexation foes sue (Winston-Salem Journal)
Last night, the Lexington City Council voted to hire an attorney to represent the city in case opponents of annexation decided to sue.
State Attorney: St. Pete Officer Justified In Shooting Teen (The Tampa Tribune)
The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office today said a St. Petersburg police officer was justified June 7 when he fatally shot a 17-year-old boy twice in the back.
State attorney says police shooting of teen was justified (Miami Herald)
The state attorney says a St. Petersburg police officer was justified in fatally shooting a teenager who pointed a gun at him.
W.Va. attorney general files lawsuit against California lender to help struggling homeowners (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's attorney general accuses a national mortgage lender of making risky and unconscionable loans in a lawsuit that's similar to challenges filed in several other states.
Pennsylvania attorney general sues telemarketer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office said Tuesday it has sued a Baltimore-based telemarketer over what authorities allege is the biggest single violation of the state's "Do Not Call" law since it took effect in 2002.
Houstons in court: Lawyer asks 1st-degree murder charge be dropped (Knoxville News Sentinel)
KINGSTON - Clifford Leon Houston's lawyer asked a judge again today to throw out charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along friend two years ago.
Lawyer argues that dad played role in beating (7 News Boston)
CONCORD, N.H. -- The lawyer representing a Webster, N.H., woman accused of brutally beating her stepdaughter argues the girl's father also was involved in the abuse, possibly the main culprit.
Springfield lawyer faces jail for stealing nearly $15,000 from 87-year-old woman (The Republican)
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield lawyer faces a possible jail term for stealing nearly $15,000 from an 87-year-old woman. The length of the term the prosecution plans to recommend depends on how much of the woman's savings the lawyer repays in the next month.
Prosecutors seek defense lawyer's removal (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS -- Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to disqualify a defense lawyer from representing two siblings of a Louisiana congressman in a fraud case, claiming the attorney has divided loyalties.
State Attorney Candidate Jay Plotkin (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Jay Plotkin talks with First Coast News on why he should be the next State Attorney.
State Attorney Candidate Angela Corey (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Angela Corey talks with First Coast News on why she should be the next State Attorney.
State Attorney Candidates Tout Experience and Vision (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The city's war against violent crime will have voters in two weeks deciding who should be the  next State Attorney in charge of handling battles in the courtroom.
Lawyer: Granholm can't grant immunity at Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick's ouster hearing (South Bend Tribune)
DETROIT (AP) -- A lawyer for Gov. Jennifer Granholm says witnesses at an ouster hearing for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick aren't eligible for immunity.
West Union Town Council welcomes back attorney (Anderson Independent-Mail)
After a yearlong departure, Robert Owens has agreed to resume his old duties as West Union town attorney.
Taylorsville defense attorney charged with sexual battery (WCNC Charlotte)
TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. -- An Alexander County criminal defense attorney was arrested on Tuesday and charged with sexual battery. Vaughn Edward Jennings was arrested after a two-week investigation by the Taylorsville Police Department.
Rescued Melbourne lawyer recovering (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A Melbourne lawyer who was rescued by a U.S.
Former employee sues Pa. attorney general (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A state deputy attorney general filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday against state Attorney General Tom Corbett and several other officials, charging that he was denied a promised promotion because he tried to blow the whistle on what he alleged was illegal activity. ...
Pleasant Hills lawyer pleads guilty in child porn case (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A Pleasant Hills lawyer yesterday pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography after investigators found more than 600 deleted files on his office computer. ...
Former employee sues Pa. attorney general (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A state deputy attorney general filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday against state Attorney General Tom Corbett and several other officials, charging that he was denied a promised promotion because he tried to blow the whistle on what he alleged was illegal activity. ...
Inmate's Lawyer Argues Against Death Penalty (ABC 2 Baltimore)
The lawyer for an inmate accused of killing a corrections officer says Lee Stephens should not be considered for the death penalty.
Ramsey County / Weaver's attorney demands sanctions (Pioneer Press)
Ramsey County should suffer sanctions for the "complete and total fraud" involving blood test evidence introduced at Gordon Weaver's first murder trial, Weaver's attorney argued Tuesday.