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Man accused of being fake lawyer won't defend self (Boston Herald)
BISMARCK, N.D. - A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal courts in at least 10 states has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges - and won't be representing...
Alleged fake lawyer faces trial (CNN.com)
BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) -- A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal courts in at least 10 states has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges -- and won't be representing himself at trial.
Accused Phony Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty (KMGH 7 Denver)
A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in 10 states -- including Colorado -- has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges in North Dakota.
Attorney general eyes price gouging (News 14 Carolina)
NORTH CAROLINA -- Attorney General Roy Cooper held a news conference on Monday to talk about his investigation into complaints about gas price gouging.
Petersen's attorney requests change (The Montana Standard)
The man accused in a fatal hit and run crash that left a Butte teen dead can't get a fair and impartial jury in Butte-Silver Bow County, according to his defense attorney.
Attorney General defends the law (BBC News)
Jersey's Attorney General defends the island's legal system from allegations of "cover-up", in his annual speech to advocates.
Man who represented NHLer Mike Danton accused of being fake lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
BISMARCK, N.D. - A man who once represented former NHLer Michael Danton in a murder conspiracy case has been accused of impersonating a lawyer in at least 10 U.S. states.
Man Accused of Being Fake Lawyer Won't Defend Self (Fox News)
A man facing federal charges of impersonating a lawyer has pleaded not guilty to two charges, but will not represent himself at trial.
County alerted to alleged fake lawyer in Duluth (Pioneer Press)
DULUTH — St. Louis County Attorney Melanie Ford was asked in early June to investigate the credentials of a Duluth resident accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal courts.
Attorney general warns of scams involving home repairs (The Champaign News-Gazette)
Those hit by recent storms may face a hazard other than damaged roofs or flooded houses. Attorney General Lisa Madigan warned in a press release Monday that home-repair scam artists are known to prey on people scrambling to make repairs on flood-damaged properties.
Lawyer: $450M stock fraud swindler remains incompetent (New York Daily News)
A $450 million stock fraud swindler wore a shirt and tie to court Tuesday - but his lawyer says drug-addled Samuel Israel 3rd needs more time to clean up.
Former Danton lawyer charged (The Globe and Mail)
Man who represented former NHLer accused of impersonating a lawyer in at least 10 states
Accused Fake Lawyer Won't Defend Self (ABC News)
Howard Kieffer is accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal court.
Attorney general candidate talks Gricar case, proposes cold case unit (Centre Daily Times)
John Morganelli, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General, today appeared at the Centre County Courthouse to talk about the disappearance of former county District Attorney Ray Gricar, and his own proposal to form a cold case unit if he's elected.
Attorney: NY swindler who fled still not competent (AP via Yahoo! News)
A hedge-fund swindler accused of faking his own death is not yet competent to enter his long-expected guilty plea for skipping out on a 20-year prison term, his attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney General Prepares Subpoenas For Fuel Vendors (KHBS - KHOG Fort Smith - Fayetteville)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said Tuesday he is issuing more than 30 subpoenas to gasoline retailers over spikes in fuel prices as Hurricane Ike approached.
Attorney: NY swindler who fled still not competent (The Charlotte Observer)
A hedge-fund swindler accused of faking his own death is not yet competent to enter his long-expected guilty plea for skipping out on a 20-year prison term, his attorney said Tuesday. A federal judge postponed Samuel Israel III's hearing until Oct. 22 after defense lawyer Barry Bohrer told him drug therapy is affecting Israel's "ability to perceive and actively understand what's going on." ...
Attorney general warns elderly Pennsylvanians to be wary of 'sympathy' scams (The Express-Times)
Attorney General Tom Corbett Attorney General Tom Corbett is warning Pennsylvania consumers about a scam in which con artists posing as victims' relatives claim to have been in a Canadian car crash. The attorney general's office has received several complaints...
Cocke Co. judge's attorney wants records of previous charge (WATE 6 Knoxville)
A Cocke County judge's attorney wants records showing a previous official misconduct charge against him was dismissed.
Lawyer says UW student Knox calm during court hearing in Italy (KAJ Kalispell)
Associated Press - September 16, 2008 4:05 PM ET PERUGIA, Italy (AP) - The lawyer for University of Washington student Amanda Knox says she was calm and did not speak during an eight-hour court...
Attorney: Rangel Will Not Step Down From Post (Fox News)
Rep. Charlie Rangel will not step down from his post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, an attorney for the Democratic congressman announced Tuesday during a conference call with reporters.
Belleville lawyer faces battery charges (Belleville News-Democrat)
A Belleville lawyer will be on trial next month on battery charges after an employee claimed he grabbed her.
McCain Lawyer Tries to Shut Down the Palin Ethics Probe (Newsweek)
A McCain lawyer scrambles to block a Palin ethics inquiry.
State's Attorney Candidates Debate Over Corruption (CBS 2 Chicago)
In Campaign '08, there was a fiery debate between the top candidates for Cook County State's Attorney. Democrat Anita Alvarez and Republican Tony Peraica clashed over corruption and over who would bring real change. CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports it boiled down to a battle over credibility.
Attorney in alleged blackmail plot barred from practicing in federal court (Detroit News)
Attorney Lee M. O'Brien, the lawyer who was singled out as the go-between in an alleged blackmail plot aimed at Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, was suspended indefinitely Tuesday from practicing law in federal court in Detroit.
Dallas County district attorney to review death penalty convictions (Austin American-Statesman)
A Texas district attorney known for his willingness to examine cases of possible wrongful convictions now plans to investigate all death row cases prosecuted in his county.
Lawyer: Vatican grants Venezuelan dissident asylum (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Venezuelan government opponent who has sought refuge inside the Vatican's diplomatic mission for the last year and a half has been granted asylum by the Holy See, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Compensate terror acquitted: lawyer (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
The federal government should compensate four men found not guilty of being members of a Melbourne terrorist cell, a defence lawyer says.
Lawyer: Vatican grants Venezuelan dissident asylum (The Charlotte Observer)
A Venezuelan government opponent who has sought refuge inside the Vatican's diplomatic mission for the last year and a half has been granted asylum by the Holy See, his lawyer said Tuesday. Lawyer Alonso Medina Roa told The Associated Press that the Vatican approved diplomatic asylum for 34-year-old Nixon Moreno, who has been holed up in the Vatican's mission in Caracas since March 2007. The ...
Jeffersons must look for a new attorney (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Attorney Ike Spears has a conflict of interest and therefore cannot represent political strategist Mose Jefferson and his sister, 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, in their upcoming trial on charges that they looted a group of publicly financed charities, U.S....
'Repressive regime': lawyer criticises Australian terrorism laws (ABC Radio Australia)
A prominent Melbourne lawyer wants a review into the Australian Government's anti-terrorism laws.
Lawyer asks for delay in release of priests' files (The Fresno Bee)
A lawyer for Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse is asking a judge to postpone the release of his clients' confidential files to the court for two months. Read comments
Filing: Wisconsin Attorney General Van Hollen should be disqualified from suit (Wisconsin State Journal)
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen should be disqualified from a controversial lawsuit against state election officials because he ignored lawyers' ethics rules, according to a filing expected to be made in the case. Van Hollen, a Republican, cannot continue in the lawsuit because he and state Department of Justice attorneys also are representing the elections officials in two separate ...
Attorney: Client Not Responsible for Baskin-Robbins Crash (FOX 31 Denver)
AURORA - 23-year old Francis Hernandez may not be to blame for the triple fatal car wreck in Aurora two weeks ago. At least that's what his attorney is saying.
Alleged fake lawyer worked terrorism-related case (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
FARGO, N.D. - A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal courts around the country testified earlier this year for one of three men convicted in a terrorism-related case, documents show.
Federal judge threatens lawyer with contempt (The Kansas City Star)
A federal judge has threatened a Kansas City lawyer with contempt for contacting jurors who ruled against his client — a Lee’s Summit police officer — in a recent civil case.
Attorney general race heats up (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Democrat John Ladenburg is stepping up attacks on Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna. McKenna is ahead in the polls and in fundraising.
Florida attorney general gets hundreds of price-gouge complaints (Miami Herald)
Florida's attorney general's office says it has received more than 1,800 complaints about gasoline price-gouging. Hillsborough County had the most with 172 complaints, followed by Leon County with 135. The Economic Crimes Division will review the complaints.
District attorney says no to Oak Hill investigation (The Tennessean)
Oak Hill is in the middle of a political dispute, not a criminal case, Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson says.
Attorney General sues Phoenix country club for allegedly discriminating against women (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
PHOENIX - Arizona's attorney general has sued the Phoenix Country Club, alleging it discriminates against women by prohibiting them from enjoying the same amenities and networking opportunities as men.
Australia's PM defends Attorney-General over terror trial comments (ABC Radio Australia)
Australia's Federal Opposition has attacked the Attorney General after he was reprimanded by a Victorian Surpreme Court judge.
Attorney: No proof man escaped (The Columbus Dispatch)
Billy Jack Fitzmorris broke out of restraints, took one prison guard's clothes and another guard's gun, but did not commit a crime by leaving, his attorney argued yesterday.
O.J. lawyer squeezes key witness in heist trial (New York Daily News)
O.J. Simpson's lawyer Tuesday said the memorabilia dealer at the center of the gridiron great's robbery trial intended to make a profit from the heist.
Former Attorney General backs calls for transparent appointments (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The former Tasmanian Attorney General Judy Jackson has backed calls for a return to more transparency in legal and judicial appointments.
Lawyer suspended for forgery (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A Cincinnati lawyer who was trying to impress his wife, who is also a lawyer, was suspended Tuesday by the Ohio Supreme Court for forging his wife's name on a loan.
Alleged fake lawyer pleads not guilty (Aspen Daily News)
BISMARCK, N.D. — A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal courts in at least 10 states, including Colorado and Aspen, has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges and he won’t be representing himself at trial.
Lawyer: No proof Ohio inmate escaped (WTOL 11 Toledo)
Associated Press - September 17, 2008 7:25 AM ET COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A defense lawyer says there's no proof an Ohio inmate escaped from federal custody to go on the daylong crime spree that...
Lawyer: No proof Ohio inmate escaped (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A defense lawyer says there's no proof an Ohio inmate escaped from federal custody to go on the daylong crime spree that authorities have described.
State attorney issues 12 subpoenas in price-gouging probe (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster's office issued four subpoenas Monday and eight more Tuesday questioning retailers about high gas prices. Names of the retailers weren't released.
Compensate terror acquitted lawyer (Sky News Australia)
The federal government should compensate four men found not guilty of being members of a Melbourne terrorist cell, a defence lawyer says.