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Court suspends lawyer accused in finance scam (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer who is accused of taking $357,000 from a home-refinancing transaction and using most of it to make a loan that carried a 15-percent interest rate.
Sanctions sought against attorney in custody dispute (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The attorney for a Latrobe physician is asking a federal judge to sanction an opposing attorney for revealing his client's identity in court documents that were suppose to be kept confidential.
Attempted poisoning of Russian lawyer probed (Denver Post)
French police have opened a criminal case into an attempted poisoning of Russia's leading human-rights lawyer, the representative of murdered investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya said Tuesday. Karina Moskalenko, 54, who is also a lawyer for former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said Strasbourg police had found a huge amount of a substance similar to mercury in her car.
In District Court, residents can now take legal action without attorney (Maumelle Monitor)
For the past two months, the Small Claims Division of the Sherwood District Court has made available to the public a new computer system where residents can come in and file lawsuits without an attorney.
Attorney General Questions Waiving Birth Certificate Fees (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- Waiving the state fee for duplicate birth certificates for the homeless and victims of domestic violence would be unconstitutional unless the lost revenue is replaced, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an opinion released Tuesday.
Attorney-general debate gets contentious quickly (The Columbus Dispatch)
Democrat Richard Cordray might be the front-runner in the race for Ohio attorney general, but he showed his scrappy side last night during the first debate to feature all three candidates for the office.
MSD ordered to pay attorney fees in whistleblower case (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The Metropolitan Sewer District has been ordered to cover the attorney fees of two of its former workers who were found to have been improperly dismissed as whistleblowers.
Lawyer: 2nd teenager may be linked to MySpace hoax (The Charlotte Observer)
(By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent) The teenager who committed suicide after an Internet hoax was not the only girl exchanging messages with a fake MySpace address allegedly operated by a woman now charged in the girl's death, the woman's lawyer said. Attorney Dean Steward filed a request in federal court for the phone records of a second teenage girl identified by the initials "S.D." ...
Acting U.S. attorney returns to Washington after 18 months in Grand Rapids (The Grand Rapids Press)
Charles R. Gross GRAND RAPIDS -- Charles R. Gross, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, is returning to Washington next week. Gross, 55, was appointed 18 months ago to serve as the interim U.S. Attorney, eventually replacing...
Lawyer: 2nd teenager may be linked to MySpace hoax (USA Today)
The teenager who committed suicide after an Internet hoax was not the only girl exchanging messages with a fake MySpace address allegedly operated by a woman now charged in the girl's death, the woman's lawyer said.
Russia: Rights lawyer in possible poison attempt (CNN)
A prominent Russian human rights lawyer says she and her children are ill after a suspicious substance was found in their car in France.
RI Supreme Court suspends lawyer (Boston Globe)
A Rhode Island lawyer accused of using nearly $350,000 from a home refinancing transaction to make a loan with a 15 percent interest rate has been suspended.
Attorney says Florida woman is innocent in murder charge (The Star Press)
ORLANDO, Fla. — The mother of a missing Florida 3-year-old wept as her attorney told reporters she is innocent and going through a 'nightmare.'
Attorney General: Smoking ban allowed but violations shouldn't be criminal (The State)
MYRTLE BEACH -- The S.C. attorney general's office has issued an opinion that the town of Surfside Beach is allowed to ban smoking on its beaches, up to a mile into the Atlantic, as long as it does not criminalize any violation. The council received the opinion late Tuesday from Attorney General Henry McMaster, said Mayor Allen Deaton. Deaton asked for the opinion after the Town Council reviewed ...
Lincoln attorney suspended for videotaping sex (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- A Lincoln attorney accused of secretly videotaping sex with five women and drunk driving was suspended from practicing law for nine months by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
Yoder: Milton unfairly blamed state's attorney office for voter registration problems (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The McLean County state’s attorney says the county clerk has unfairly blamed his office for a voter registration snarl involving the county and the city weeks before Election Day.
Lawyer says investors could recoup part of their cash through class action suit (Channel NewsAsia)
SINGAPORE: There's still a glimmer of hope for investors who've bought structured products linked to troubled Lehman Brothers, according to a lawyer.
Attorney: Congressman didn't use campaign funds to silence ex-aide (Chicago Tribune)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney did not use campaign funds to buy the silence of a former aide with whom he is accused of having an affair, his attorney said Wednesday.
Toxic pellets found in Russian rights lawyer's car (International Herald Tribune)
French police have opened an inquiry into the discovery of pellets of toxic mercury in the car of a prominent Russian human rights lawyer, Karinna Moskalenko, who became ill days before scheduled pretrial hearings in Moscow into the murder of Anna Politkovskaya.
Albritton Sworn In As Area's New U.S. Attorney (The Tampa Tribune)
A. Brian Albritton is officially the new U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
Toxic Pellets Found in Russian Rights Lawyer?s Car (New York Times)
The lawyer was taken ill days before pre-trial hearings into the murder of one of her clients, Anna Politkovskaya.
Tampa lawyer sworn in as local U.S. attorney (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA -- A. Brian Albritton was sworn in today as the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, the top federal prosecutor for a large region of the state that includes the Tampa Bay area. President Bush, who nominated...
Slain Reporter Lawyer: My Family Was Poisoned (Fox News)
A Russian human rights lawyer said she and her family have been poisoned by a suspicious substance found in her car, making her too ill to attend Wednesday's opening day in the trial of three men accused of slaying journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Poison found in Russian lawyer's car (UPI)
STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Police in France say they are investigating the discovery of poisonous mercury in a car belonging to the lawyer for a slain Russian journalist.
Lawyer says Stevens to testify (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer says Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens plans to testify at his corruption trial.
Lawyer says Sen. Stevens to testify (USA Today)
A lawyer says Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens plans to testify at his corruption trial.
State's attorney candidates trade barbs over police relationships (Daily Herald)
Stung by criticism his office received earlier this year from law enforcement groups and even a former supporter, Sheriff Keith Nygren, McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi launched an effort this spring to rebuild relationships with local police.
Texas attorney general wants towing near Fair Park investigated (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said today his office would like to investigate allegations of a towing scam last weekend near Fair Park that left dozens of fairgoers without their wheels.
Committee chooses Washington attorney for Porteous impeachment probe (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
WASHINGTON -- A veteran Washington attorney who helped oversee the impeachments of two federal judges in the 1980s was selected today by the House Judiciary Committee to lead its impeachment inquiry of federal Judge Thomas Porteous.
Russian rights lawyer suspects she was poisoned (USA Today)
A Russian human rights lawyer said Wednesday she suspects she and her family have been poisoned by mercury found in her car, preventing her from attending the trial of three men accused in the slaying of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Mahoney's Lawyer Defends Client To The AP (CBS News)
The lawyer for embattled Rep. Tim Mahoney defended his client on Wednesday, providing the AP with documentation that he says will exonerate the Florida Democrat. Attorney Gary Isaacs allowed the AP to view several financial documents, hoping to prove that Mahoney paid his alleged mistress out of his own funds and not out of any campaign coffers. According to Isaacs, Mahoney used his own ...
State Attorney General Takes Aim At Debt Relief Companies (The Tampa Tribune)
The state attorney general's office is taking legal action against five companies that have been offering debt relief services, and it is opening formal investigations into five similar companies.
Russian lawyer suspects mercury poisoning (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Russian lawyer said Wednesday she suspects she and her family were poisoned by mercury found in her car, keeping her away from the start of the trial of three men accused in the slaying of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Texas attorney general calls for stricter monitoring of sex offenders online 2:37 PM CT (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today called for stricter monitoring of sex offenders on the Internet after a Dallas man was accused of running a "modeling and exotic dancer" business on MySpace.com.
Attorney General Gives Remarks At National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wreath Ceremony (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Attorney General Michael Mukasey spoke at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wreath Laying ceremony Wednesday.
Norfolk city attorney says gun rights advocate will be prosecuted in Waterside case (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK City Attorney Bernard A. Pishko said his office will prosecute Hampton resident Dan Moore for trespassing after he was ordered to leave Waterside for wearing a gun on his hip, and, according to police, refused to leave.
Lawyer for Russian dissidents may have been poisoned (Los Angeles Times)
Karina Moskalenko, who has represented some of the Kremlin's harshest critics, says she fell ill after finding a mercury-like substance in her car. Colleagues suspect political motives. A lawyer who has championed some of the Kremlin's most virulent critics said Wednesday that she fell ill after finding a mercury-like substance in her car, raising suspicions of politically motivated poisoning.
Petters' attorney: 'There's been rush to judgment' (Minnesota Public Radio)
The attorney for businessman Tom Petters says there's been a rush to judgment against his client. Authorities say Petters masterminded a $3 billion fraud scheme over 14 years.
Russian lawyer suspects poisoning (MSNBC)
A Russian lawyer said Wednesday she suspects she and her family were poisoned with mercury, just before the trial of three men accused in the slaying of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Dying Lawyer's Son, Clintons Beg Biogen to Use Drug (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The son of Fred Baron is pleading with Biogen Idec Inc. to let his dying father, the Dallas trial lawyer who served as finance chairman for John Edwards's presidential campaign, use the experimental cancer drug Tysabri.
Landfill contract looms large in county attorney race (Austin American-Statesman)
Controversy over Williamson County's landfill has become one of the key issue in the race for county attorney between incumbent Jana Duty and attorney Jaime M. Lynn.
Home saver settles with Washington attorney general (The Spokesman-Review)
Another company that claimed to help save Washington homeowners from foreclosure – but purportedly did little or nothing in return for its fees – has agreed to a settlement with the state attorney general’s office.
U.S. Attorney Buchanan Goes After Seller Of Device Used To Beat Drug Test (WPXI Pittsburgh)
PITTSBURGH -- U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan filed criminal charges against Puck Technology, which sells devices that it claims can be used to beat workplace drug tests.
Drug charges against SLO attorney dropped (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
Drug charges were dropped against a San Luis Obispo attorney Wednesday. Kirk Callan Endres appeared in court representing himself in the drug case that ended with both misdemeanor marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges being dropped. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dow said Endres had a physician’s permission to use medical marijuana that predated the drug offense.
Suspect's lawyer blames cop for his own death (New York Daily News)
The lawyer for accused cop-killer Steven Armento brought the sister of slain Officer Daniel Enchautegui to tears Wednesday when he blamed the Bronx hero for his own murder.
Williamson County Attorney race heats up (News 8 Austin)
There are several highly contested races coming out of Williamson County. One of those is for County Attorney. There's been a number of controversies this past year involving the County Attorney's Office.
Williamson County Attorney race heats up (News 8 Austin)
There are several highly contested races coming out of Williamson County, including the race for County Attorney. That's why Democratic newcomer Jaime Lynn said he's running, but Republican incumbent Jana Duty said she has the experience to continue her role.
Mahoney's attorney defends pay to woman (Sun-Sentinel)
He says congressman used his own money to pay an alleged lover U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney did not use campaign funds to buy the silence of a former aide with whom he is accused of having an affair, his attorney said Wednesday.
Lawyer suspects poisoning (Denver Post)
A lawyer who has championed some of the Kremlin's fiercest critics said Wednesday that she fell ill after finding a mercury-like substance in her car, raising suspicions of politically motivated poisoning.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum vows to close down debt-relief fraud (Sun-Sentinel)
Florida's attorney general said Wednesday he's going to wipe out debt-relief companies that are defrauding Floridians in financial distress out of millions of dollars in fees and charges.