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Lawyer withdraws from accused's bail matter (Hindustan Times)
There was high drama in a Delhi court on Monday when a lawyer, representing the caretaker of a south Delhi house where militants were shot dead last week, withdrew from the bail matter due to the "interest of the nation".
Pa. treasurer's race pits lawyer vs. finance pro (The Mercury)
HARRISBURG - A bond lawyer and a venture capitalist are competing for the open seat of state treasurer - and with it the power to manage billions of taxpayer dollars - in the Nov. 4 election.
Need to hire a lawyer? New Web site can help (Deseret Morning News)
Need a lawyer and don't know where to start? The Utah State Bar has a new service that just might help.
Attorney General launches new website against home scams (News 10 Now Syracuse)
The Attorney General's office launches a new website to help residents avoid home improvement scams and dishonest contractors. Andrew Cuomo is touring the state promoting the site.
Accused wants black lawyer (News 24 South Africa)
A man accused with his brother of murdering a former Austrian footballer has requested that the Scottburgh High Court provided him with a black lawyer.
Lawyer for Ex-Corning Police Officer Cries Foul in Case (WETM 18 Elmira)
Jason Dininny's lawyer wants the Steuben County District Attorney's office disqualified from prosecuting the case, because he says they crossed a line.
Investigators still looking for Duncan attorney (The Oklahoman)
DUNCAN — State investigators continue to search Monday for a long-time Duncan attorney who has been missing since Thursday. Agents fear Charles L. Barnes has either harmed himself or is on the run, said Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown. Barnes, 57, was charged Sept. 8 with the embezzlement of $148,000 from the trust fund of a client's dead aunt. Since his ...
Search continues for missing Duncan attorney (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - September 22, 2008 2:25 PM ET DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - State investigators are continuing to search for a longtime Duncan attorney who has been missing since Thursday.
Lap Dance Discount Lands Lawyer In Hot Seat (KTHV Little Rock)
CHICAGO (AP) -- A northern Illinois attorney is getting stripped of his legal practice for giving a stripper a discount. Lawyer Scott Robert Erwin is being suspended by state bar officials for 15 months.
Attorney alleges evidence in Peterson case kept secret (ABC11 Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville)
According to Michael Peterson's newly hired defense attorney, court documents and photographs filed away on the top floor of Durham County courthouse hint at a possible murder weapon that police overlooked and prosecutors failed to mention during Peterson's murder trial.
Federal lawyer accuses Yukon premier of political interference (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
A federal lawyer says Ottawa has been kept in the dark about the Yukon government's plan to build a sewage treatment plant in Dawson, even accusing Premier Dennis Fentie of political interference.
Attorney General Cuomo Investigates LIRR (WCBS-TV New York)
The New York attorney general's office is issuing subpoenas to the Long Island Rail Road, calling for all records related to the approval of employee disability benefits. The railroad has said it is cooperating fully. Officials from the LIRR and the attorney general's office have meetings this week.
Pa. attorney general candidates set debate dates (Centre Daily Times)
The major candidates for Pennsylvania attorney general have agreed to a pair of debates in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 election.
Attorney says murder defendant 'hearing voices' (The Bakersfield Californian)
Saying his client was "hearing voices," a defense attorney made a last-minute request Monday in a murder trial for an evaluation on whether his client was mentally competent to stand trial. The highly unusual request just before opening statements were set to begin was made by defense attorney James Faulkner on behalf of one of two defendants in a two-year-old murder case. Superior Court Judge ...
Attorney Shaalu Mehra discusses emerging GPL trends (video) (NewsForge)
Shaalu Merhra, an attorney with Perkins Coie, spoke at LinuxWorld 2008 about the legal implications of adopting the GPL within one's organization, and about outsourcing and performing due diligence on the software stack. This was a high-level but compelling conversation about legal matters that are important to all open source software developers.
Collier schools' attorney to ask to be released from his contract (Naples Daily News)
The Collier County School District confirmed Monday that School Board Attorney Richard Withers has asked to be released from his contract so that he can take a job in the private sector.
Nigeria militant leader needs medical care : wife, lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The suspected leader of Nigeria's main militant group in the Niger Delta, who now is detained on treason charges, needs urgent medical attention for a kidney ailment, his wife and lawyer said Monday.
Prosecutor wants defense attorney removed from case (Daily Herald)
A prosecutor moved Monday to have a Waukegan attorney disqualified from representing a Wauconda man charged with child molestation.
Lawyer given 15 years in mauling murder (UPI)
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A lawyer was sentenced in San Francisco Monday to 15 years in prison for murder in the 2001 dog-mauling death of a lacrosse coach.
Salt Lake lawyer to receive Big Brothers Big Sisters award (Deseret Morning News)
Gary Doctorman, a banking and real-estate lawyer at Parsons Behle & Latimer, will receive the "Big Legacy Award" at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah 30th anniversary awards luncheon Oct. 14.
UT student hires a lawyer after FBI raid; friends worry what's next (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
The UT student at the center of an FBI investigation into the hacking of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal email account, has hired a lawyer.
Disbarred lawyer sentenced to 15 years (Austin American-Statesman)
A state district judge sentenced a disbarred Austin lawyer Monday to 15 years in prison for what prosecutors described as a two-decade practice of stealing from the estates of elderly clients after they died.
Federal lawyer accuses Yukon premier of political interference (CBC North)
A federal lawyer says Ottawa has been kept in the dark about the Yukon government's plan to build a sewage treatment plant in Dawson, even accusing Premier Dennis Fentie of political interferance.
State Attorney Reviewing Caylee Anthony Trust Fund (First Coast News)
ORLANDO, FL -- The State Attorney's Office is reviewing a trust fund that was set up for Caylee Anthony to assure there were no irregularities, an office spokesman said Monday.
Pa. Attorney General Deflects ''Bonusgate'' Partisanship Questions (KYW News Radio 1060)
Ending rampant speculation about his so-called “bonusgate” probe of the Pennsylvania state legislature, state attorney general Tom Corbett (left) on Monday announced that there will be no further charges brought before the November elections.
Disbarred attorney sentenced to 15 years (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
AUSTIN -- A disbarred Austin attorney who pleaded guilty to felony theft charges was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for stealing from the estates of dead clients.
Ex-U.S. attorney glad as feds change course on death penalty case (Tucson Citizen)
PHOENIX — Former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton said Monday he's relieved that the Department of Justice has reversed course on a death penalty case that led to his ouster in 2006.
Disbarred attorney sentenced to 15 years (KXAN 36 Austin)
AUSTIN (AP) - A disbarred Austin attorney who pleaded guilty to felony theft charges has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing from the estates of dead clients.
Judge Dismisses Prosecution of Attorney Accused of Court Altercation With Mom (Law.com)
After prosecutors "declined to follow through" with a plea deal proposal that called for 100 hours of pro bono work, a New York judge dismissed the prosecution of an attorney accused of sitting on or throwing herself on her mother, who was in a full body cast, during a divorce proceeding involving her parents. The court noted that the attorney "has already been enduring her parents' divorce saga ...
Disbarred attorney sentenced to 15 years (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - September 22, 2008 9:45 PM ET AUSTIN (AP) - A disbarred Austin attorney who pleaded guilty to felony theft charges has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing from...
Palin's lawyer meets with independent counsel in probe (CNN.com)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer met Monday with the independent counsel hired by the state to discuss the investigation into Palin's firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner, campaign officials said.
The Law Column: Attorney-General reveals hand on contempt (holdthefrontpage.co.uk)
A disgruntled QC's letter to The Times has provoked the Attorney-General to defend her enforcement of the law of contempt. Her response gives a rare insight into the approach of the Government law officer with primary responsibility for policing prejudicial reporting.
UT student accused of hacking Palin email hires an attorney (WATE 6 Knoxville)
A UT student accused of hacking into the private email account of vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, has hired an attorney.
Accused VP Palin hacker hires lawyer (WVLT-TV Knoxville)
David Kernell and his family have hired a lawyer just two days after the FBI searched his off campus apartment.
Malaysian blogger jailed for 2 years, lawyer says (GMA News)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia jailed a prominent political blogger for two years under a strict security law that can keep him in prison indefinitely, a lawyer said Tuesday.
Oklahoma investigators boost search for Duncan attorney (The Oklahoman)
LAKE TEXOMA — State investigators are seeking the public's help in locating a longtime Duncan attorney who has been missing since Thursday. Agents are desperate to locate Charles L. Barnes, who was charged Sept. 8 with embezzling $148,000 from the trust fund of a client's dead aunt. Now, as each hour passes with his whereabouts unknown, some are beginning to fear the worst. "We're looking at ...
Cockrel Picks Fromer U.S. Attorney as Deputy Mayor (WDET-FM Detroit)
     Detroit’s incoming interim Mayor is welcoming the first member of his cabinet.      City Council President Ken Cockrel, Junior says when he is sworn into office as Mayor on Friday his Deputy Mayor, Saul Green, will also take the oath of office.      “He is a noted attorney. He is known throughout the entire country, and probably internationally, for the work that he has done. He is also a ...
Drunk lawyer sentenced again (Victoria Times Colonist)
KELOWNA -- A former Kelowna lawyer, forced to resign as president of the B.C. Law Society in 2003 because of impaired-driving charges, has been sentenced for another such incident. Howard Berge, 71, of Narmata, was fined $1,200 after pleading guilty to impaired-driving. He also received a one-year driving ban. The sentence stems from a 2006 crash.
Pact in works for city attorney (Battle Creek Enquirer)
A week into Eileen Wicklund's tenure as Battle Creek city attorney, a committee is getting closer to drafting an employment agreement that might include an annual salary of around $100,000.
Real estate lawyer got creative (London Free Press)
The law caught up with a London real estate lawyer who claimed home renovations and groceries among his deductions on his tax return and was caught evading both income taxes and GST.
Former US attorney relieved with Ariz. murder case (The Charlotte Observer)
A former U.S. attorney fired in 2006 after clashing with his boss over a death penalty case says he's relieved the Justice Department is no longer seeking to execute the defendant. Federal prosecutors have reached a plea deal with Jose Rios Rico that takes the death penalty off the table. He was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday on murder, drug and firearm charges. Former U.S. Attorney Paul ...
Former US attorney relieved with Ariz. murder case (Yahoo! Asia News)
A former U.S. attorney fired in 2006 after clashing with his boss over a death penalty case says he's relieved the Justice Department is no longer seeking to execute the defendant.
Former US attorney relieved with Ariz. murder case (Las Vegas Sun)
Tue, Sep 23, 2008 (3 a.m.) A former U.S. attorney fired in 2006 after clashing with his boss over a death penalty case says he's relieved the Justice Department is no longer seeking to execute the defendant.
Caretaker Rehman’s lawyer pulls out of case 23 Sep 2008, 0438 hrs IST,TNN (The Times of India)
NEW DELHI: Abdur Rehman, the caretaker of the Batla house in Jamia Nagar where militants were shot dead last week, had to face a tough time in the court as his lawyer withdrew from the bail matter at the eleventh hour in the ‘‘interest of the nation’’.
FDLE attorney and his wife found dead (Sun-Sentinel)
Authorities are investigating the deaths of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement attorney and his wife.
Alleged fake lawyer pleads not guilty (Crookston Daily Times)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in federal courts in at least 10 states has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges.
Report price gouging to Attorney General's Consumer Complaint Hotline (The Pasadena Citizen)
In the wake of Hurricane Ike, the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Hotline has received hundreds of price gouging complaints from across the state. Most complaints allege price gouging on gas and lodging; others report price hikes involving food, water and power generators. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is investigating some consumers' claims that they were ...
Change of lawyer delays Hewana trial (Pretoria News)
Former Goodwood police station commander Siphiwo Hewana has changed his lawyer, causing a delay in his trial for allegedly interfering in a drunk driving case against former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni.
Jury selection continues in retrial of attorney strangling (The Desert Sun)
Jury selection will resume today in the retrial of a homeless man accused of strangling a retired Orange County attorney at his Palm Desert mobile home during a sexual encounter in 2006. In the midst of jury selection last week, Superior Court Judge James S. Hawkins determined that prospective panelists were discussing the case among themselves and dismissed all of them on grounds of misconduct. ...
Recruiting snag for legal aid: Province can't find lawyer to man Lab. West office (The Aurora)
The province is having trouble recruiting a lawyer for the Labrador West legal aid office. According to MHA Jim Baker, government advertised for a legal aid lawyer earlier this year, however, as far as he knows no one has applied for the position.