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Bryant's attorney says 'Republicans did it too' (The Star-Ledger)
The attorney defending former state Sen. Wayne Bryant (D-Camden) against criminal fraud charges played the "Republicans did it too" card in testimony this morning. Attorney Carl Poplar questioned State Treasurer David Rousseau for about a half-hour over tens of millions...
County Attorney Files Charges In Council Bluffs Shooting (KETV 7 Omaha)
Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber wants more information before deciding whether to file charges in a weekend shooting death.
New State Attorney Assigned to Courthouse Investigation (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Florida governor Charlie Crist has assigned a new state attorney to oversee the grand jury investigation into the Duval County Courthouse project.
Attorney: Throw Out Confession for Woman Accused in Deadly Fire (FOX 26 Houston)
The attorney for a former nurse who is accused of setting a fatal mid-rise building fire in northeast Houston wants her confession to investigators to be expunged as evidence in the case against her.
Attorney For Bathtub Murder Suspect To Meet with Coroner (The Kentucky Post)
Ryan Widmer, the Hamilton Township man accused of killing his wife in the bathtub of their home, was back at the Warren County Courthouse Wednesday. His attorney and prosecutors met with a judge to discuss sharing documents in the case.
Attorney For Bathtub Murder Suspect To Meet With Coroner (WCPO Cincinnati)
Ryan Widmer's Attorney wants the Coroner to explain what made Sarah's death 'violent.'
Grateful Dead lawyer Hal Kant dies (The Hollywood Reporter)
Hal Kant, principal lawyer and general counsel for the Grateful Dead for more than 35 years who brought the band millions of dollars in revenue, died Oct. 19 in Reno, Nev., after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 77.
Lawyer: Voter Matching Can Be Done At Polls (NBC 6 Miami)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A lawyer for Florida 's elections supervisors' association disagrees with the state whether some potential voters must visit an elections office before their votes can be counted.
Defense attorney in bathtub death to meet with coroner (The Hamilton Journal News)
The defense attorney for Ryan Widmer, the Hamilton Twp. man accused of killing his wife of three months by drowning her in the bathtub, will meet with Warren County Coroner Russell Uptegrove Friday, Oct. 24, but a decision by a judge to release the doctor's grand jury testimony will not come until after that interview.
Lawyer asks that murder case against reputed mob boss be dismissed (The Star-Ledger)
The lawyer for a reputed organized crime boss charged with a 1977 mob hit at a Bridgewater motel has asked a judge in Somerville to dismiss the compaint on the grounds the state has taken too long to present evidence...
Namibia: Lawyer Quits Rape Trial (AllAfrica.com)
THE trial of an Okahandja resident accused of raping an 80-year-old woman in her home failed to start as scheduled in the Windhoek Regional Court yesterday, after the suspect's lawyer withdrew from the case.
Lawyer: Voter matching can be done at polls (Miami Herald)
A lawyer advising Florida's county elections supervisors disagrees with the state on whether some potential voters must visit an elections office before their votes can be counted.
Attorney general meets with GOP attorneys over Ohio election flaps (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers met with Republican attorneys on Wednesday to try stem the seemingly endless court litigation over the past month from GOP leaders against Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. A Republican fundraiser suddenly dropped his...
Santa Clara district attorney charges man with vehicular manslaughter (San Francisco Chronicle)
A 54-year-old diabetic man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a 2006 accident that killed two people in downtown San Jose, the Santa Clara county district attorney announced on Wednesday. John Mayfield was charged on Tuesday with...
Hamburg Attorney Arrested In Deadly Hit And Run Accident (WKBW-TV Buffalo)
Hamburg attorney John Duffy was arrested Tuesday night and charged in the hit and run accident over the weekend that killed Hilbert College student Meghan Sorbera. She was struck and killed while walking along South Park Avenue late Friday night.
Slaying of Nesconset attorney still under investigation (Newsday)
Suffolk County police detectives continued Wednesday to investigate the death of James DiMartino, an attorney and father who was fatally shot Monday in Commack.
N.Y. Lawyer Found Shot in Parking Lot (Law.com)
Police are puzzling over the death of a Long Island, N.Y., mortgage lawyer found shot in the head near a busy road in the middle of the afternoon. Police say a passing driver found the wounded man in the parking lot of a closed restaurant. James DiMartino, 44, died at a hospital some hours later.
8:44 p.m.: Attorney suspended for 30 days (The Herald Bulletin)
INDIANAPOLIS — An Anderson attorney’s law license will be suspended for 30 days after he allegedly showed up to court drunk more than two years ago. The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission suspended Paul E. Baylor, 37, for 30 days beginning Nov. 20, according to the order issued Oct. 10.
Attorney general files judgment against Pfizer (Las Vegas Sun)
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto today filed a stipulated judgment with Pfizer Inc., which resolves a five-year investigation by 33 states concerning the company's promotion of two drugs.
Lawyer dares presidentiables in the Senate: Arrest Joc-Joc (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - A civil society lawyer on Thursday urged senators who are prospective presidential candidates in the May 2010 elections to prove their mettle by making former Agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante culpable for the P728 fertilizer fund mess he is embroiled in.
Hickman city attorney, Scotts plan to discuss Peter Rabbit (Lincoln Journal Star)
On Oct. 14, the Hickman City Council authorized the city attorney to set up a meeting with Harley Scott to discuss a possible remedy the Peter Rabbit situation, said City Administrator Brett Baker.
Lawyer suggests Reid walked in bloody puddle (Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The lawyer for murder accused Liam Reid's has tried to suggest Reid accidentally picked up blood spots on his shoes.
Juneau County Attorney Found Dead (WEAU Eau Claire)
The Juneau County Sheriff's Department says its investigating the death of an attorney in Necedah.
Governor?s Aide Had ?Late-Filing Syndrome,? Lawyer Says (New York Times)
A lawyer for the aide, Charles J. O?Byrne, said that Mr. O?Byrne was clinically depressed and could not undertake the task of filling out his tax forms every year.
Pickton's first trial more prejudicial than banned evidence, media lawyer argues (Canada.com)
Nothing could be more prejudicial to the possible second trial of serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton than the guilty verdict and sentencing at the first trial last year, a media lawyer argued recently in an effort to get videotapes and other exhibits from that trial released.
Shaker Heights attorney Dea Character, 7 others indicted in mortgage fraud scheme (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
A Shaker Heights attorney and seven other people were indicted Tuesday in what prosecutors described as a mortgage fraud scheme that obtained $3 million worth of loans for seven Cuyahoga County properties. Prosecutors say Dea Character, 51, and her boyfriend,...
Computer crash hinders Texas Attorney General's Medicaid fraud case (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN – A massive computer crash that destroyed hundreds of the state attorney general's confidential documents may prevent scores of Medicaid fraud prosecutions and has revealed serious problems with a newly expanded state outsourcing of computer services.
Attorney appointed in alleged Campbell murder case (Herald-Banner)
An attorney has been appointed for a Hunt County man, charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife.
State's attorney candidates trade barbs in warmup for tonight (Daily Herald)
The two major candidates for Cook County State's Attorney traded barbs Wednesday night at a forum on WTTW's Chicago Tonight, sticking to their main themes of experience versus an emphasis on fighting corruption.
Lawyer who ran away now faces theft charge (The Columbus Dispatch)
TOLEDO -- A former Toledo lawyer who made up a story last year about being kidnapped and driven to Georgia while she was pregnant was indicted yesterday on an aggravated-theft charge.
State seeks to suspend attorney's license (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
HAMMOND | A Schererville attorney is facing federal fraud charges and suspension from his law practice.
PEP : Gabby's lawyer issues statement about Rose's complaint (GMA News)
For now, the lawyer can only say: "...as soon as we receive the copy of the complaint, we will promptly act on it based on the parameters of the law."
State attorney general reviewing Kane trust (The Citizens' Voice)
Projects Editor Criminal investigators from the state attorney general’s office are reviewing the operations of a charitable trust left by the late teachers union official Tony Kane, an office spokesman said Wednesday, one day after the state Superior Court affirmed a lower court ruling stripping control of the trust from Kane’s hand-picked executors.
Christian’s attorney wants jail records (The Iowa City Press-Citizen)
The attorney for the Iowa City man accused of killing his neighbor wants Johnson County Jail records.
Prosecution: Leviste witness a disbarred lawyer (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The prosecution in the murder case against former Batangas governor Jose Antonio Leviste on Thursday sought clarification for the identity of one of the witnesses presented by the defense, who they believed is a disbarred lawyer.
Lawyer: Agent acted in self defense (Mohave Valley Daily News)
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The lawyer for a U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with fatally shooting an illegal immigrant says his client acted in self defense and committed no crime.
Uzbekistan Human Rights Activist Jailed For 10 Years - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AFP)--Uzbekistan Thursday jailed an opposition human rights lawyer for 10 years for extortion, his defense lawyer said, in a case that Human Rights Watch has denounced as politically motivated.
Lawyer: Democrats Didn't Fully Probe Allegations Against Wilber (Hartford Courant)
The lawyer for the woman at the center of sex abuse allegations against state Rep. George Wilber is sharply criticizing the way state Democratic leaders handled the case.
Attorney: Man made threat (York Daily Record)
A federal grand jury indicted a Red Lion man Wednesday in connection with threatening the life of President Bush, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Martin Carlson
Analysis: County attorney candidates make their case (Cleveland Advocate)
The Box 20 Political Forum was supposed to be a chance for undecided residents of Liberty County’s Precinct 20 to meet those running for local office. Instead it turned into a debate between the candidates for county attorney.
Lawyer says court lifts life ban on Malik (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)
KARACHI (Reuters) - A court has lifted the life ban imposed on former Pakistan captain Salim Malik for alleged involvement in match fixing, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Seamen could sue ship owners who make them pass through Gulf of Aden, says maritime lawyer (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino seafarers could sue ship owners who would let them pass through high-risk areas like the Gulf of Aden, a Miami-based maritime lawyer said.
Former Winnebago County District Attorney Joe Paulus will remain in federal system to serve state sentence (Fond du Lac Reporter)
The Federal Bureau of Prisons will have the final say on where former Winnebago County District Attorney Joseph Paulus will serve his two-year sentence on state convictions.
Governor?s Aide Had ?Late-Filing Syndrome,? Lawyer Says (New York Times)
A lawyer for the aide, Charles J. O?Byrne, said that Mr. O?Byrne was clinically depressed and could not undertake the task of filling out his tax forms every year.
Orchard Park lawyer was drinking before fatal hit-and-run (The Buffalo News)
The Orchard Park lawyer who has been charged in Saturday's hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old Hilbert College student was drinking before the incident.
Tampa lawyer charged with DUI (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA -- Tampa lawyer Dustin D. Deese was arrested early this morning and charged with driving under the influence. Records indicate he was arrested at Waters Avenue and Benjamin Road shortly after 1 a.m. Deese, 33, was driving a 2004...
Crookston woman changes attorney in sexual conduct case for third time (Pioneer Press)
A Crookston woman changed her attorney Wednesday in Polk County District Court for the third time since the beginning of her case, in which she faces 10 felony charges involving sex with a minor, and three misdemeanors.
Lawyer In NY Cat-Kill Case Says Plea Deal Possible (WCBS-TV New York)
The lawyer for an actor and former minor league baseball player who killed his girlfriend's cat says he is trying to strike a plea deal with prosecutors so his client can avoid another trial. Jurors deadlocked 11-1 last month after 37-year-old Joseph Petcka's trial on a charge of felony aggravated animal cruelty.
Lawyer in NY cat-kill case says plea deal possible (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for an actor and former minor league pitcher who killed his girlfriend's cat says he is trying to strike a plea deal with prosecutors so his client can avoid another trial.
Mercury in lawyer's car not suspicious, French police say (International Herald Tribune)
French police are suggesting that mercury found in the car of a Russian lawyer who defends Kremlin foes was spilled accidentally.