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Mahoney's attorney defends pay to woman (Sun-Sentinel)
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.
Harris County attorney's hiring pick comes under fire (Houston Chronicle)
Harris County Republican Party leaders say they plan to ask County Attorney Mike Stafford to respond to a TV news report that raised questions about his relationship with a female employee.
Florida attorney general warns of 'debt relief' firms (Miami Herald)
Attorney General Bill McCollum took aim at companies who offer to help consumers get out of debt, saying an increasing number of these ''debt relief'' companies are taking advantage of the credit crunch to defraud consumers.
Lawyer sued over cart incident (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
FORT MITCHELL - Covington-based bankruptcy lawyer Michael Plummer is under criminal investigation after a friend fell out of a golf cart Plummer was driving on city streets.
French Police Probe Russian Human Rights Lawyer Poisoning Claim (Bloomberg)
Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- French police are investigating claims by a Russian human rights lawyer representing murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya that she was poisoned while in France, an assistant prosecutor said today.
COMMISSION HAD PREJUDGED ISSUES IT WAS SET UP TO ENQUIRE, SAYS LAWYER (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 (Bernama) -- The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the controversial video clip allegedly showing a senior lawyer brokering the appointment of judges with a former top judge had prejudged the issues it was set up to enquire, the High Court here heard today.
Putnam County attorney arrested in child porn case (Mid-Hudson News)
WHITE PLAINS – A Putnam County attorney from Patterson was arrested Wednesday on federal charges alleging that he received and possessed more than 40 images of child pornography on his computer and thumb drive.
Race for Pa. Attorney General's Office Getting Ugly (KYW News Radio 1060)
The Republican leader of the Pennsylvania House says he might consider a slander suit against Democratic attorney general candidate John Morganelli because of the candidate’s comments about the “bonusgate” probe of the state legislature.
Defense attorney sentenced in teen sex case (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - October 16, 2008 7:45 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A high-profile Oklahoma City defense attorney will spend a year in the county jail after pleading guilty in a sex case...
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.
New York attorney general targets AIG bonuses, trips (Miami Herald)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo threatened insurance giant American International Group (AIG) with legal action if the company did not immediately cease spending money on extravagant bonuses and trips while the company is being bailed out by federal taxpayers.
Attorney: Congressman Paid Off Staffer With Own Money (WPBF Palm Beach)
The attorney for a congressman accused of having an affair with a former campaign staff worker and paying her $121,000 to keep quiet says he used his own money.
Defence lawyer say Dec. 9 too soon for trial of Canadian woman slain in SDakota (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A lawyer for one of two men charged in the 1975 slaying of a Canadian woman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota says he cannot be ready to defend the case by early December.
Lawyer of murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya 'poisoned' (Times Online)
The lawyer representing the family of Anna Politkovskaya, the murdered Russian journalist, was recovering from an apparent attempt to poison her as the trial opened today of three men accused of involvement in the killing.
Petters' attorney: There's been 'rush to judgment' (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The attorney representing businessman Tom Petters said there's been a rush to judgment against his client, and that so far, the information he's seen about a purported $3 billion fraud scheme contains nothing but allegations.
Attorney wants statements suppressed (Post-Bulletin)
The attorney for a man accused of killing his father in a downtown Rochester hotel says his client's statements should not be admitted at trial. Peter Wold
Attorney General Tom Corbett announces break-up of $9 million methamphetamine operation (The Express-Times)
Authorities have toppled a $9 million methamphetamine operation that spanned Eastern Pennsylvania. Attorney General Tom Corbett announced the arrests of four individuals and seizure of equipment, money, methamphetamine and weapons in Montgomery, Berks and Carbon counties this morning during news...
French President Sues Ex-police Intelligence Chief - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
PARIS (AFP)--President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday filed suit for malicious falsehood against the former head of French police intelligence over diaries published in a news magazine, the president's lawyer said.
Tampa Lawyer Facing Sex Charge Placed In Pretrial Program (The Tampa Tribune)
Local defense lawyer Kevin Napper, accused of propositioning an undercover police officer, has been placed in a pretrial diversion program. Napper, married to Circuit Judge Katherine Essrig, was put in the misdemeanor program designed for first-time offenders.
Attorney General Sues Broward Foreclosure Company For Deceptive Practices (NBC 6 Miami)
Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Thursday that his office filed a lawsuit against a South Florida company and its owners for allegedly engaging in a deceptive foreclosure rescue and mortgage default mitigation scheme.
Attorney Milt Younger to leave Chain-Younger firm (The Bakersfield Californian)
Veteran civil attorney Milt Younger will leave the Chain-Younger law firm he's been at for 53 years. Younger, 77, said he will join his former law partner, Timothy Lemucchi, after the first of the year and they will be known as Younger and Lemucchi. Younger said it was his decision to leave the firm that he calls "the best known firm" in Kern County.
Lawyer says he may ask judge to find reporter in contempt (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer for the Detroit Free Press dismissed as "grandstanding" suggestions that a reporter for the newspaper could be found in contempt for not showing up Thursday to answer questions in connection with a former federal prosecutor's lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department.
Attorney arrested for computer hacking (KPLC Lake Charles)
Associated Press - October 16, 2008 2:54 PM ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says James G. Perdigao - already under indictment for tax evasion - has been arrested for hacking into...
Russian Lawyer Suspects Mercury Poisoning (CBS 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.
Indianapolis attorney arrested for bringing gun to court (WTHR Indianapolis)
A defense tactic backfired on a local attorney this week.
Tallahassee Attorney Accused of Sexual Battery on Child (WCTV Tallahassee)
A Tallahassee attorney is now behind bars and accused of sexual battery on a child under 12.
Voters undecided on District Attorney race (49 ABC News Topeka)
How much do Shawnee County residents know about the District Attorney's race? We found out many know who they want as their next president, but aren't so sure about their next D.A.
TEXT MESSAGE SCANDAL: City Council seeks $90,000 more to pay attorney Goodman (Detroit Free Press)
The Detroit City Council seeks an additional $90,000 to pay for the independent attorney it hired to assist with its investigation of the text message scandal.
A Lawyer Interested In Upping the Ante (Washington Post)
High-powered Washington lawyer by day, high-roller poker maniac . . . when he can squeeze it in.
Dallas lawyer Fred Baron allowed to use experimental drug in cancer fight (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas lawyer and Democratic Party fundraiser Fred Baron has won his fight to gain access to an experimental cancer drug, according to an e-mail sent out by his son late Thursday afternoon.
Roanoke lawyer explores run for attorney general (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
John P. Fishwick Jr., a Roanoke trial lawyer and Democrat, has formed a campaign committee to seek a possible run for attorney general in 2009. Fishwick said he will represent the middle class against "the banks, power companies and large corporations that get what they want in Richmond." "Each of the last four Republican attorneys general in Virginia have failed to protect the middle class's ...
Legislative Council to share confidential material with lawyer of second Palin investigation (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
JUNEAU, Alaska - A legislative panel has agreed to share personnel records with a lawyer leading a second abuse-of-power investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner.
Man found guilty of attorney's murder in Palm Desert (The Desert Sun)
An Indio jury has found a transient guilty of murdering a retired Orange County attorney in his Palm Desert vacation home during a paid sexual tryst in 2006.
Lawyer forced to share court space with pig (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A lawyer with the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Service has highlighted the need for changes to remote courtrooms, saying at one courtroom a pig walked in and could not be moved while he was trying to interview a client.
US attorney expects results soon in mortgage probe (WZZM 13 Grand Rapids)
US attorney expects results soon in mortgage probe
Lawyer: Investigation into ex-RI lawmaker is over (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for ex-Senate President William Irons says a criminal grand jury investigation into his client has ended.
Attorney General Investigates Outreach Housing (CBS4 Miami)
The fallout continues for a South Florida mortgage rescue company accused of taking advantage of struggling homeowners. CBS4 first told you that the company is now in the crosshairs of the Florida Attorney General's Office. Now, many of their customers are telling stories of broken promises and money lost.
UK again seeks to extradite suspected assassin after attempted poisoning of Russia’s most prominent human rights lawyer (Bellona Foundation)
British authorities have again asked Russia to extradite the man they suspect of using radioactive material to kill former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who resided in London following an apparent poisoning attempt against Russia’s leading human rights lawyer, Karina Moskalenko – whose career has earned her a place among the Kremlin’s most wanted.
Sentencing delayed for former defence attorney (News 10 NBC Rochester)
An update to a story we've been following for several years. Anthony Leonardo, the former high-profile defense attorney...
Magdalo lawyer taunts opposition on impeachment (Manila Standard Today)
Magdalo lawyer Roberto Rafael “Roel” Pulido yesterday claimed he was vindicated by the opposition’s admission that it could not muster enough votes to push the impeachment complaint filed by Joey De Venecia against President Arroyo.
State attorney won't seek charges in altercation (Stuart News)
The State Attorney's Office filed paperwork Thursday in Circuit Court that indicates charges will not be sought against a man arrested Sept. 18 after an altercation with his girlfriend on their sailboat in Jensen Beach.
Hennepin County / 'Ridiculous' choices but not a killer, lawyer says (Pioneer Press)
Zachery Otis Matthews is guilty of making "horrific, cruel, unthinkable decisions," but he isn't guilty of killing his former girlfriend last December, his lawyer told a jury Thursday.
Vivian Hultman mum on lawyer's petition to annul Teehankee clemency (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The mother of one of the victims of released convict Claudio Teehankee Jr, refused to comment on their lawyer's petition before the Supreme Court seeking to nullify the commutation of sentence and subsequent grant of executive clemency to Teehankee.
Roach, Ellquist stand in way of LaWall's fourth term as county attorney (Tucson Citizen)
A three-term incumbent, a former prosecutor and a longtime social activist are vying to become Pima County attorney in the Nov. 4 election.
Local attorney has long tally of presidential conventions (The Frederick News-Post)
Frederick attorney Dan Rupli has been to six presidential conventions
Local news in brief: Council gives city bill for attorney (Detroit Free Press)
The Detroit City Council has requested an additional $90,000 to pay for the independent attorney it hired to assist with its investigation of the text message scandal. The council filed the request Thursday with the clerk's office, and if approved it would bring the total paid to attorney Bill Goodman to $350,000.
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.
Bryant's farming out work was legal, lawyer says (Philly.com)
TRENTON - Although former State Sen. Wayne Bryant farmed out nearly all the legal work he had been hired to perform for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services, his lawyer said yesterday that the practice "is and was legal."
Independent Attorney General Candidate Says He Can Offer Something Major Parties Can’t (WCPN Cleveland)
Robert Owens is running as an independent for Ohio Attorney General. Owens says he has experience going after predatory lenders and would speak out in favor of reforming Ohio's system of school funding. He spoke with ideastream®'s Eric Wellman.
Velardi unopposed for county attorney (Foster's Daily Democrat)
DOVER — Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi faces no opposition for his position in November's election. Velardi, a Democrat, was also unopposed in September's primary.