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Attorney General launches investigation into Dimasi personal accountant (New England Cable News)
(NECN) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says she is launching an investigation into House Speaker Sal Dimasi's personal accountant. That's according to the Boston Globe, which cited government officials. A Grand Jury will focus on payments Richard Vitale received from business interests seeking legislation on Beacon Hill. Vitale refused to report several of those payments ...
Attorney General Targets Underage Drinking In N.M. (KOAT Albuquerque)
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Attorney General Gary King has proposed to ban the sale of caffeinated alcoholic drinks in New Mexico to help prevent and reduce underage drinking.
Mose Jefferson retains defense lawyer (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Political strategist Mose Jefferson told a federal magistrate judge Monday that he has retained veteran defense lawyer Michael Fawer of Covington to represent him in his upcoming trial on bribery charges.
NJ attorney general files foreclosure scam suits (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
New Jersey's attorney general announced lawsuits against 37 mortgage loan providers and employees who allegedly used bogus "foreclosure rescue" schemes to convince cash-strapped homeowners to sign over their homes.
Attorney General Corbett warns consumers of potential World Series ticket scams (BizJournals)
For most of western Pennsylvania, baseball season is over, but for those scattered Phillies (and random Tampa Bay) fans in the area, state Attorney General Tom Corbett is urging caution when purchasing tickets for the World Series.
Lawyer: Govt skewing evidence in Stevens trial (San Francisco Chronicle)
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is an honorable, trusting man who was taken advantage of by a corrupt friend who provided expensive gifts, not the architect of a "master cover-up by a sinister senator," as portrayed by prosecutors at his corruption trial, his lawyer...
Mortgage attorney found shot to death (WABC-TV New York)
A 44-year-old mortgage attorney was found shot to death on Long Island.
Lawyer: Lockerbie bomber has cancer (MSNBC)
The Libyan former intelligence agent convicted of the Lockerbie airline bombing has advanced cancer, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Genesee County officials to warn state attorney general of voter intimidation (The Flint Journal)
GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan -- Voters in Flint have been intimidated and harassed for at least a dozen years, Genesee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woodrow Stanley said today, and commissioners will make sure the attorney general knows about it. The...
Jailed, Pregnant Yukos Lawyer Appeals to Medvedev for Pardon (Bloomberg)
Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Svetlana Bakhmina , a jailed lawyer for OAO Yukos Oil Co. , asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to pardon her so she can give birth to her third child in freedom.
Jailed, Pregnant Yukos Lawyer Appeals to Medvedev for Pardon (Bloomberg)
Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Svetlana Bakhmina , a jailed lawyer for OAO Yukos Oil Co. , asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to pardon her so she can give birth to her third child in freedom.
Lawyer attacks sacking of judges set to rule on ex-Niger PM case (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a former Niger prime minister facing embezzlement charges hit out Tuesday at the "unjust" sacking of three Supreme Court judges who were set to rule on his case.
Long Island Lawyer Found Shot in Parking Lot (1010 WINS New York)
Police are trying to piece together the puzzling death of a Long Island mortgage lawyer found shot in the head near a busy road in the middle of the afternoon.
New Orleans strategist gets new lawyer (UPI)
NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- New Orleans political strategist Mose Jefferson says high-profile lawyer Michael Fawer will represent him in his bribery trial.
Attorney General Abbott Takes Legal Action To Prevent Beef Processors From Merging 10/21/08 (CBS 7 West Texas)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 12 state attorneys general, and the U.S. Department of Justice took legal action to block JBS Beef, S.A., from acquiring Smithfield Beef Group and National Beef Packing Co. Brazil-based JBS, currently the world’s largest beef processor, announced its intention to acquire Smithfield and National on March 5, 2008. If the planned acquisition were allowed to ...
Attorney for FGCU warned it would likely lose discrimination suit (The News-Press)
FGCU settled two federal lawsuits after its attorney warned that key witnesses weren't credible and a jury would see through holes in the defense,...
Lawyer: Government skewing evidence in Stevens trial (USA Today)
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is an honorable, trusting man who was taken advantage of by a corrupt friend who provided expensive gifts, not the architect of a "master cover-up by a sinister senator," as portrayed by prosecutors at his corruption trial, his lawyer argued Tuesday.
Ed Jew's Attorney Expects Guilty Plea, Jail Time (CBS 5 Bay Area)
The attorney for former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew said Tuesday morning that he expects Jew will resolve his state election fraud case in November and will eventually serve some time in federal prison.
Attorney General Abbott Honors National Domestic Violence Hotline For Milestone Two-Millionth Call 10/21/08 (CBS 7 West Texas)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) Chief Executive Officer Sheryl Cates today observed Domestic Violence Awareness Month by recognizing NDVH for fielding its two-millionth telephone call.
Attorney says Hughes' blame of opponent is off base (The Salt Lake Tribune)
An attorney who helped write the ethics complaint against Rep. Greg Hughes said Democrat Lisa Johnson adamantly refused to have anything to do with the allegations when she was asked to take part.
DuPage Democrats urge election attorney's ouster (Daily Herald)
Democrats in DuPage County are calling on the election commission to fire attorney Pat Bond and communications consultant Dan Curry.
Attorney sought in Mayor Lou D'Arminio probe (The Record)
SADDLE BROOK – The Township Council is seeking an attorney to advise it about possible action resulting from a recently completed investigation of Mayor Lou D'Arminio, Council President Omar Rodriguez said today.
Lawyer for NFL retirees accuses players union of deceit (WTHR Indianapolis)
Associated Press - October 21, 2008 7:13 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for retired NFL players has charged that the Players Association purposely excluded retirees from lucrative...
County attorney vows to go after Wall Street (East Valley Tribune)
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' pledge to prosecute Wall Street executives for crimes they might have committed more than 2,000 miles away is improbable - though not impossible.
Former police chief being investigated: Halifax lawyer appointed to investigate complaint against David Wilson (Cape Breton Post)
SYDNEY — A Halifax lawyer has been appointed to investigate a complaint against David Wilson who was working as the chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service at the time.
Attorney General Proposes Ban On Alcoholic Caffeinated Beverages (KFOX 14 El Paso)
The state attorney general plans to introduce ban on alcoholic caffeinated beverages to cut down on underage drinking. Jenn Dombrowski Reports: Ban On Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks
Local attorney seeks changes in Environmental Court system (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
A Columbus attorney is calling for changes in Environmental Court after two women were detained in the Muscogee County Jail while seeking appeal bonds in their cases.
Attorney general takes action to prevent merger (The Pasadena Citizen)
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 12 state attorneys general, and the U.S. Department of Justice took legal action to block JBS Beef, S.A., from acquiring National Beef Packing Co.
District attorney, police confer on fatal shooting of boy (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Allegheny County district attorney's office and Upper St. Clair police met yesterday to discuss the fatal shooting over the weekend of a 9-year-old boy by his identical twin brother.
Ohio attorney general candidates debate at forum (Dayton Daily News)
The three candidates for Ohio attorney general debated Tuesday, Oct. 21, at an election forum hosted by the Dayton Daily News, a session that also heard arguments for and against a constitutional amendment authorizing gambling in Ohio and a referendum capping payday lending interest rates.
FGCU attorney felt he was 'lied to' (The News-Press)
FGCU settled two federal lawsuits after its attorney warned that key witnesses weren't credible and a jury would see through holes in the defense,...
Attorney says Hughes rival was not part of ethics probe (The Salt Lake Tribune)
An attorney who helped write the ethics complaint against Rep. Greg Hughes said Democrat Lisa Johnson adamantly refused to have anything to do with the allegations when she was asked to take part.
Magazine to appeal against Singapore defamation ruling: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) is to appeal against a Singapore court ruling that it defamed the country's leaders in an article published in 2006, the magazine's lawyer said Wednesday.
Magazine to appeal against Singapore defamation ruling: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
SINGAPORE (AFP) - The Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) is to appeal against a Singapore court ruling that it defamed the country's leaders in an article published in 2006, the magazine's lawyer said Wednesday.
Samak to appeal in defamation case: lawyer (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
(BangkokPost.com) - Former premier Samak Sundaravej will lodge an appeal against the Appeals Court's verdict in a defamation case with the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, his lawyer Prachum Thongmee said.
Attorney found guilty in mortgage scam that bilked $67 million from celebrity investors (KXAN 36 Austin)
HOUSTON (AP) - A federal jury has returned a 22-count guilty verdict in a mortgage fraud case against an attorney who allegedly joined with two co-defendants to dupe celebrity investors -- including Chuck Norris -- out of $67 million.
LOAN LAWYER SLAIN ON LI (New York Post)
A Long Island real-estate lawyer who recently began making high-interest loans was fatally shot in the head in broad daylight in a restaurant parking lot, police said yesterday. "I don't believe it was random," said James Donovan about Monday...
McLean Board hires attorney to probe Milton harassment claim (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- A local employment attorney will investigate a harassment complaint against County Clerk Peggy Ann Milton. On Tuesday, the McLean County Board hired Robert Kearney to investigate a complaint filed Sept. 22 by Maria Pascua, a former chief deputy clerk who is currently employed as a contract worker in the clerk’s office.
Answer lawyer’s raps over Teehankee (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court ordered Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez and the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) to answer a lawyer’s allegations that rules were violated in the granting of clemency to convicted murdered Claudio Teehankee Jr.
Attorney general takes action to prevent merger (The Pasadena Citizen)
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 12 state attorneys general, and the U.S. Department of Justice took legal action to block JBS Beef, S.A., from acquiring National Beef Packing Co.
Lawyer in Maple Leaf suit says listeriosis death toll could be higher (CBC Toronto)
The lawyer representing families in a lawsuit seeking damages from Maple Leaf Foods, whose Toronto meat processing plant was linked to a listeriosis outbreak that may have claimed the lives of up to 20 people, told CBC News the death toll might be even higher.
Attorney General Candidates Spar Over Ethics in Debate (Indiana's NewsCenter)
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Indiana's candidates for attorney general are accusing each other of unethical acts. During a half-hour debate today, Republican Greg Zoeller criticized Democrat Linda Pence for doing legal work for a paving firm involved in a 1999 sidewalks-for-votes scandal in East Chicago.
Attorney general candidates boast of credentials (Post-Tribune)
HAMMOND -- The two candidates for Indiana Attorney General traded barbs on the East Chicago voter fraud case and the state's outsourcing of legal work in their debate at the Purdue University Calumet campus on Tuesday.
Attorney Found Guilty Of Duping $67M From Celebrities (KPRC Local 2 Houston)
HOUSTON -- A federal jury returned a 22-count guilty verdict in a mortgage fraud case against an attorney who allegedly joined with two co-defendants to dupe $67 million from celebrity investors, including Chuck Norris and retired baseball player Vince Coleman.
Lawyer in Maple Leaf suit says listeriosis death toll could be higher (CBC Saskatchewan)
The lawyer representing families in a lawsuit seeking damages from Maple Leaf Foods, whose Toronto meat processing plant was linked to a listeriosis outbreak that may have claimed the lives of up to 20 people, told CBC News the death toll might be even higher.
Hamburg police arrest attorney in fatal hit-and-run (The Buffalo News)
An attorney from Orchard Park is accused of driving the hit-and-run vehicle that struck and killed a 19-year-old Hilbert College student over the weekend.
Lawyer claims that Microsoft is "biggest hacker in China" (ZDNet)
Microsoft has decided to do something about piracy in China. In a country where 82% of all software is pirated Microsoft has this month decided to roll out Windows Genuine Advantage WGA. This has led one Beijing lawyer to label Microsoft the "biggest hacker in China." by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
Lawyer Arrested In Hit-And-Run That Killed Student (WNBC)
A western New York lawyer is in custody for the weekend hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old college student.
U.S. attorney to hold press conference (Louisville Courier-Journal)
U.S. Attorney David Huber will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. on a undisclosed topic.
Attorney: Mother's charge reduced in hot car case (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An attorney for a Kentucky mother accused of leaving her child in a hot van said a grand jury reduced a charge of wanton endangerment. Tanuja R. Patel was charged Sept. 6 with first-degree wanton endangerment after her 3-year-old son was found inside a locked van outside a Bed Bath & Beyond in Lexington. The child was unharmed. Her attorney, Fred Peters, told the Lexington Herald-Leader ...