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Lawyer Pleads Guilty In Foreclosure Fraud Scheme (NBC4 Washington, D.C.)
A lawyer has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors have described as a $35 million scheme to defraud homeowners facing foreclosure.
Attorney General to have dog at desk for day (Boston Herald)
PRINCETON - A "ruff" day of work is ahead at state Attorney General Martha Coakley's office. On Thursday, Coakley and 11 employees will partner with six...
Lawyer: OJ Simpson ready for trial in Las Vegas (The Evening Sun)
LAS VEGAS—O.J. Simpson's lawyer on Tuesday declared the former football star all set for jury selection to begin next week in his trial on allegations of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint almost a year ago.
Facebook tests N.J. attorney general's 'abuse' icon (USA Today)
The popular social networking website Facebook has agreed to test replacing its own link for reporting abuse with a bigger one developed by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
Dr. Bob Nelson to Deliver Keynote Address at The American Lawyer Law Firm Human Capital Forum (Centre Daily Times)
Incisive Media, publisher of The American Lawyer, announced today that best-selling author Dr. Bob Nelson of Nelson Motivation, Inc. will deliver the keynote address at its upcoming Law Firm Human Capital Forum, to take place September 24-25 2008 at The Harvard Club in New York City. The topic of Nelson's talk will be "The Rewards of Recognition: Motivating Today's Employees." Targeted to chief ...
Lawyer Pleads Guilty In Foreclosure Fraud Scheme (CBS 13 Baltimore)
A lawyer has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors have described as a $35 million dollar scheme to defraud homeowners facing foreclosure.
Mayor, attorney give depositions in Bible park zoning dispute (The Tennessean)
County Mayor Ernest Burgess and County Attorney Jim Cope were among witnesses who gave depositions to attorneys behind closed doors Wednesday regarding a Blackman family's lawsuit over the failed rezoning for Bible Park USA.
Board hires attorney to deal with Crew's contract (Miami Herald)
The Miami-Dade School Board on Thursday moved forward with plans to hire a special attorney to advise them on Superintendent Rudy Crew's contract.
Private lawyer hired for Palin in 'troopergate' probe (Bradenton Herald)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — Republican John McCain's pick for vice president — now has a private lawyer representing her and others in the governor's office in an investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner
Palin lawyer, legislator tangling over 'troopergate' probe (Bradenton Herald)
The state has hired a private lawyer to represent Gov. Sarah Palin's office in the legislature's investigation into the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The lawyer already has challenged whether lawmakers even have authority to oversee the inquiry.
Lawyer: Man charged with killing actor's friend (KMIR 6 Palm Springs)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A defense lawyer says his client has been charged with stabbing actor Ashton Kutcher's 1-time girlfriend to death in 2001 in the Hollywood Hills and with the 2005 murder of another woman.
Defense attorney: No plea bargain yet in Wilberger murder case (The Oregonian)
An attorney for accused killer Joel Courtney said there would be no plea bargain announced Friday. Steven L Krasik said the defense team wasn't finished looking through the 26,011 pages of documents they obtained from prosecutors in July.
Defense attorney says McKnight didn't plan Oakland killings (Oakland Tribune)
Former sailor didn't premeditate murders of five young women in 1985, defense attorney says.
Attorney general warns of scams, price gouging (WRAL.com Raleigh)
State law gives the attorney general power to investigate potential price gouging in states of emergency and to seek refunds for consumers who pay too much.
Judge talks convicted murderer Andrew Allred out of firing attorney (Orlando Sentinel)
A judge today talked convicted murderer Andrew Allred out of firing his attorney.
Pakistani Tortured, Her Attorney Says (Washington Post)
NEW YORK, Sept. 4 -- The attorney for an American-trained behavioral scientist charged with trying to kill U.S. personnel in July said in court Thursday that she believes that her client was imprisoned and tortured for several years before the incident and now could be mentally incompetent.
Texas attorney general: Inmate shouldn't die until romance allegations investigated (Dallas Morning News)
The Texas attorney general’s office on Thursday took the unusual step of joining the defense in saying that death row inmate Charles Dean Hood should not die until after an investigation into an alleged romantic relationship at the time of his trial between the prosecutor and judge.
Kilpatrick's lawyer: Deck was stacked against mayor (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's chief lawyer says he agreed to plead guilty after weighing the impact on his family and deciding he no longer could effectively govern.
State Bar launches 'find a lawyer' directory (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 1:49 PM- The Utah State Bar has launched a new Web site in an effort to help people seek attorneys and better understand how to successfully work with a lawyer.
Slaying Suspect Can Act As Own Attorney, Judge Says (The Tampa Tribune)
BARTOW - Leon Davis won the right to act as his own attorney when he stands trial in the slayings of five people during two attacks in December.
County attorney wants former Iowa players tried together (The Gazette)
Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson should be tried together and Satterfield's statements about accusations he sexually assaulted another student allowed in court, a prosecutor says.Assistant Johnson County Attorney Anne Lahey filed resistance motions this week in Johnson County District Court, asking a judge to deny Alfredo Parrish's motions to sever the trial and suppress his client's ...
Attorney-Client Privilege Becomes Key Issue in Suit Against Law Firm (Law.com)
Positive Software Solutions upped the ante in its request for sanctions against Susman Godfrey by filing a pleading that includes once-privileged attorney-client communications between Susman and New Century, a former Susman client and longtime adversary with which the software developer entered into a settlement. Positive Software's use of information from that settlement could have serious ...
Lawyer Pleads Guilty in $35 Million Foreclosure Fraud Scheme (Law.com)
A lawyer has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors have described as a $35 million dollar scheme to defraud homeowners facing foreclosure. Authorities say the conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud occurred while Richard Allison did legal work for companies that offered services to homeowners in financial trouble.
Joc-Joc in RP jail by Christmas, lawyer claims (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - After being denied asylum on his birthday last August 27, former Agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante may spend Christmas in a Philippine jail, a civil society lawyer claimed Friday.
Nassau attorney removed from pension system (Newsday)
Attorney Carol Hoffman, who was improperly listed as an employee of four Nassau County school districts, has had her membership in the state retirement system revoked, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said yesterday.
Palin's lawyer has already questioned 2 witnesses (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - September 4, 2008 11:43 PM ET ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The lawyer for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has begun questioning witnesses who potentially could testify against her in a...
Palin’s lawyer has already questioned 2 witnesses (Las Vegas Sun)
Thu, Sep 4, 2008 (8:57 p.m.) The lawyer for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has begun questioning witnesses who potentially could testify against her in a probe of whether she abused her public office by firing the state public safety commissioner.
Lawyer says cops' rights violated (The Trenton Times)
TRENTON -- A lawyer representing six city police officers re cently placed on "restricted duty" yesterday filed a court motion seek ing that the officers be reinstated to full duty and have their guns and badges returned.
Palin's lawyer has already questioned 2 witnesses (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has begun questioning witnesses who potentially could testify against her in a probe of whether she abused her public office by firing the state public safety commissioner.
Palin's lawyer has already questioned 2 witnesses (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The lawyer for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has begun questioning witnesses who potentially could testify against her in a probe of whether she abused her public office by firing the state public safety commissioner. The Associated Press learned Thursday night that at least two of the potential witnesses were questioned by the attorney for Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee. The ...
Mill's Attorney Questions Whereabouts of Records (KXXV Waco)
Where are boxes of missing evidentiary records? That's what the attorney for Margaret Mills wants to know.
Palin's lawyer has already questioned 2 witnesses (Rocky Mountain News)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ The lawyer for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has begun questioning witnesses who potentially could testify against her in a probe of whether she abused her public office by firing the state public safety commissioner.
Investigators turn St. HOPE report over to U.S. attorney (The Sacramento Bee)
Federal agents investigating the use of taxpayer dollars by Kevin Johnson's St. HOPE have turned the case over to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento, officials confirmed Thursday.
Palin lawyer, legislator tangling over 'troopergate' probe (Centre Daily Times)
The state has hired a private lawyer to represent Gov. Sarah Palin's office in the legislature's investigation into the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The lawyer already has challenged whether lawmakers even have authority to oversee the inquiry.
Birmingham lawyer Kathryn Harrington, who served with McCain, remembers him with respect, even though he won't get her ... (Birmingham News)
Birmingham lawyer Kathryn Harrington recalls the first time she met John McCain. It was in the ready room at Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla. McCain was not a senator then but a commander, and she was not a lawyer but Ensign Kathryn Sumrall.
Lawyer will drop charge if McGreevey pays ex-wife (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
TRENTON - A lawyer for Dina Matos says she will drop a charge that she was duped into marrying former New Jersey Gov. Jim E. McGreevey if he agrees to pay her $109,000 that a judge says he owes.
Baldwin County, Alabama DA, attorney for capital murder defendant clash (Mobile Press-Register)
BAY MINETTE — The attorney for the man facing the death penalty for allegedly murdering service station owner Arthur "Bobby" Wilson last year continued to argue Thursday that the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office is withholding evidence.
Palin’s lawyer has already questioned 2 witnesses (Las Vegas Sun)
Fri, Sep 5, 2008 (2:03 a.m.) So far, the lawyer for Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, has done a masterful job of handling a controversy known as "Troopergate."
Shreveport attorney indicted (KATC 3 Lafayette)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- A Shreveport attorney has been indicted on charges he failed to file federal income tax returns for three straight years.
Shreveport attorney indicted (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - September 5, 2008 5:14 AM ET SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport attorney has been indicted on charges he failed to file federal income tax returns for three straight...
Consult a lawyer if you co-sign loan (Bankrate.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Consult a lawyer to clarify your obligations when co-signing a loan, says Bankrate car columnist Terry Jackson.
Killer, eager to speed up case, drops request to fire his attorney (The Ocala Star-Banner)
SANFORD - No one wants the case of the State of Florida v. Andrew Allred to be over more than Allred himself.So, for a second time in recent months, Allred has tried to fire his attorney, frustrated with what he deems a slow pace.
Palin's lawyer has already questioned 2 witnesses (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is moving swiftly to head off the controversy known as "Troopergate."
Attorney general wants child killer to stay out of NH (The Nashua Telegraph)
CONCORD -- Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is trying to keep the killer of a 12-year-old Nashua boy from returning to New Hampshire. Raymond Guay poses "an unacceptable public safety risk to our citizens" if he were to return to New Hampshire, Ayotte wrote in a letter to Thomas K. Tarr, the chief U.S. ... - By MICHAEL CLEVELAND Staff Writer
Palin's lawyer heads off probe, questions witnesses (GMA News)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The lawyer for Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is moving swiftly to head off a controversy over whether she pressured a state official to fire a state trooper involved in a messy divorce with her sister.
Texas attorney general backs inquiry on district attorney, judge in execution case (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
The Texas attorney general's office on Thursday took the unusual step of joining the defense in saying that death row inmate Charles Dean Hood should not die until after an investigation into an alleged romantic relationship at the time of his trial between the prosecutor and judge.
Lawyer for boards questioned (NWAnews.com)
Legislators grilled a lawyer who receives more than $100,000 a year in fees from three state boards, accusing him Wednesday of being “unjustly punitive” to doctors and others. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Palin's lawyer moving fast in 'troopergate' (Boston Herald)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The lawyer for Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is moving swiftly to head off a controversy over whether she...
Maine lawyer going to prison on tax charges (Boston Globe)
There was no extortion. No lavish vacations. No gambling debts. No drug addiction. Instead, a former partner in a major Maine law firm stole more than $300,000 simply because he felt he needed greater savings, his lawyer said.
Palin's Lawyer Has Already Questioned Two Witnesses (Law.com)
The lawyer for Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is moving swiftly to head off the controversy known as "Troopergate." With the country's attention focused on Palin the national candidate, lawyer Thomas Van Flein has worked aggressively to undermine an Alaskan legislative inquiry and has started questioning potentially damaging witnesses against the ...