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Graft-Fighting Lawyer Harassed by Police (The Moscow Times)
03 October 2008 By Francesca Mereu / Staff Writer Lawyer Inna Yermoshkina gave little thought to the two dozen police officers waiting near the entrance of her apartment building when she returned home one evening in May. After all, she thought, she hadn't done anything wrong.
Lawyer: Mother 'Confused' in Frozen Girls' Deaths (Washington Post)
Maryland's chief medical examiner said yesterday that an initial autopsy of the bodies of the two children found frozen in a Calvert County home failed to reveal how they were killed or even to confirm their identities.
Graft-Fighting Lawyer Harassed by Police (The Moscow Times)
03 October 2008 By Francesca Mereu / Staff Writer Lawyer Inna Yermoshkina gave little thought to the two dozen police officers waiting near the entrance of her apartment building when she returned home one evening in May. After all, she thought, she hadn't done anything wrong.
Governor appoints attorney to judgeship (Deseret Morning News)
Utah attorney Christine S. Johnson has been appointed by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to the bench to fill a vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of 4th District Judge John Backlund.
Texas attorney general accuses hotel, motel of Ike price gouging (CNN)
The Texas attorney general sued a hotel and a motel Thursday, accusing them of price gouging during September's exodus of more than 1 million Gulf Coast residents ahead of Hurricane Ike.
Evangeline Parish District Attorney Race (KATC 3 Lafayette)
District Attorney Brent Coreil is running against former Assistant District Attorney Trent Brignac. Both men say they have some fundamental differences.
Lawyer: O.J. may be 'stupid,' but he's no 'crook' (New York Daily News)
O.J. Simpson may be "stupid" - but he's not a "crook," the defense lawyer said as the Juice's armed robbery trial wrapped up in Las Vegas Thursday.
Seattle Lawyer Says Amanda Knox Case 'Not Fair' (KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma)
Video of the crime scene where a British student was killed in her apartment, shared with American student Amanda Knox, shows where investigators messed up the investigation, said Seattle lawyer Anne Bremner.
Sentencing delayed after Bunnell's lawyer emigrates (The Woonsocket Call)
WOONSOCKET — A sentencing hearing for Katherine Bunnell, the city woman convicted of beating her 3-year-old nephew to death in 2004, was postponed Thursday after her lawyer, Gerard Donley, withdrew from the case recently and moved to Italy.
O.J. Simpson Witnesses Tried to Make Money off Him, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The men involved with O.J. Simpson in the alleged robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint were trying to make money off the former Buffalo Bills football player, his lawyer said.
Constitution Prohibits Casinos, Attorney General Says (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday his office will fully defend Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's proposed amendment to create a state lottery to fund college scholarships, though he disagrees with lottery supporters who say the state constitution does not ban casinos.
MURRIETA: Attorney attacks former prostitute's testimony in murder conspiracy case (North County Times)
FRENCH VALLEY ---- The defense attorney for a Murrieta pimp charged with conspiring from jail to have a teen prostitute killed attacked the testimony of another prostitute Thursday. Attorney James Curtis also questioned Sylvana Hines about whether sh
Eagle Trace developer's attorney: Client innocent (Vero Press Journal)
An attorney representing Eagle Trace developer Richard F. Rendina, who along with his former business partner, Stephen Siegel, is accused of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in deposits put down on new homes, said his client did nothing wrong.
Fla. Middle District Attorney Appointed (The Tampa Tribune)
The Senate on Thursday approved President Bush's choice of A. Brian Albritton of Tampa to be the next U.S. attorney for Florida's Middle District.
Hampton's Family Attorney Talks (WAFF 48 News Huntsville)
Still suffering from an unspeakable loss, their family attorney spoke to WAFF 48 News about the family's nightmare over the past two weeks.
O.J. Simpson Witnesses Sought Money for Themselves, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The men who testified against O.J. Simpson about the alleged robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint were trying to make money off the former Buffalo Bills football player, his lawyer said.
City attorney fills Orem judge position (Provo Daily Herald)
Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. chose a Spanish Fork city attorney Thursday to fill the 4th District Court position soon to be vacated by Judge John Backlund.
Harry Gross: What can you do about a foot-dragging lawyer? (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Dear Harry: My stepdaughter's natural father recently died. He left no other heirs. There was no will, and no joint accounts that we know of. I recommended to her that she retain a Philadelphia lawyer because he lived here. She lives in Texas. Well, this
Draper Rep. Greg Hughes hires attorney (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Draper Rep. Greg Hughes has hired an attorney to represent him before the House Ethics Committee on allegations he offered to help arrange $50,000 in campaign funding for a colleague if she would change her vote on school vouchers.
At Las Vegas trial, defense lawyer calls O.J.'s actions 'stupid' (Baltimore Sun)
incident mistake, not crime O.J. Simpson's lawyer told jurors yesterday that the former football star's effort to get items back from two sports memorabilia dealers was a mistake but not a crime, saying that "being stupid and being frustrated is not being a crook."
Attorney's ashes released at Yucca (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Joe Egan The attorney died in May at age 53 from gastro-esophageal cancer. WASHINGTON -- Joe Egan's dying wish was granted over the weekend, when the ashes of the attorney who led Nevada's fight against nuclear waste were scattered at Yucca Mountain.
LaBeouf lawyer asks for witnesses to accident (The Daily American)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shia LaBeouf could have a long road before him as he recovers from the accident that crushed his hand, his lawyer says. LaBeouf, 22, was injured in a late-night crash last Sunday in West Hollywood that flipped his truck.
OJ lawyer tells jury: 'My client is stupid and frustrated but he is not a criminal' (Daily Mail)
O.J. Simpson's lawyer has told jurors the former football star's effort to get items back from two sports memorabilia dealers was a mistake but not a crime, saying that 'being stupid, and being frustrated is not being a criminal'."
High-profile convictions top U.S. attorney's record year (Orlando Sentinel)
The U.S. Attorney for the district that includes the Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville metropolitan areas said his office has had a banner year.
Attorney General Suthers Makes Case in New Book (CBS4 Denver)
Attorney General John Suthers wants everyone to better understand the Colorado justice system he's charged with guarding. He told CBS4's Brooke Wagner, that's why he wrote his new book, 'No Higher Calling, No Greater Responsibility; A Prosecutor Makes his Case,' on shelves now.
Constitution Prohibits Casinos, Attorney General Says (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday his office will fully defend Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's proposed amendment to create a state lottery to fund college scholarships, though he disagrees with lottery supporters who say the state constitution does not ban casinos.
Ronnie Wood arrives for four-hour £50m divorce talks with lawyer in remarkably cheery mood (Daily Mail)
For a man who stands to lose a potential £50million, Ronnie Wood looks remarkably happy as he arrived at his lawyer's office for a four-hour showdown with wife Jo Wood.
Rights lawyer charged in burning of Globe cell site cries harassment (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines — A human rights lawyer who was charged with 26 others in the burning of a Globe Telecom cell site in Batangas on Friday said he was confident that the justice system could easily see through the false charges.
Lawyer Flach Douglas joins Rendigs Fry (BizJournals)
Milford lawyer Flach Douglas has joined the new Terrace Park office of Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis LLP. Douglas has more than 50 years of experience in real estate, probate, estate planning, business law and litigation.
Mich. lawyer, race driver Castroneves charged in US tax case (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
Associated Press - October 3, 2008 9:24 AM ET MIAMI (AP) - A suburban Detroit lawyer is under federal indictment, accused of helping 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves hide...
Voluntary group to press for Nalini's release: lawyer (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Vellore (Tamil Nadu), Oct 3 (IANS) Nalini Murugan, sentenced to death for her role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, has given the go-ahead for the formation of a voluntary group to press for her premature release, her lawyer S. Doraiswamy said Friday.
Attorney For Vallone Vows To Appeal In Tax Fraud Case (Nasdaq)
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Michael A. Vallone will appeal both his conviction and the 18½-year sentence he received Thursday for his leading role in a $ 60 million tax fraud conspiracy, his attorney said Friday.
Tenn. Supreme Court rebukes attorney (The Tennessean)
The Tennessee Supreme Court has censured attorney Randy Lucas, a candidate for the Gallatin City Council, for borrowing $6,000 from a client, which is an ethics violation.
Attorney for women in Dann case says state mediation tactics 'shameful' (The Columbus Dispatch)
Mediation appears ready to blow up in the sexual harassment cases involving two employees of former Attorney General Marc Dann, in part because the state's hired attorneys are arguing that the women "got what they asked for."
Longtime Torrington attorney retires (The Torrington Telegram)
After over 30 years of practicing law in Torrington, Attorney Mike Warren is retiring from the Sawyer law firm. Warren and his wife Joyce will be moving to “The Villages” retirement community in Florida. The community is just north of Orlando, and offers many activities for its residents.
BPU official, lawyer indicted on 57 counts (The Kansas City Star)
A high-ranking Board of Public Utilities official and a Kansas City, Kan., lawyer were indicted today in Wyandotte County District Court, each with two counts of felony theft of more than $125,000 from the utility. Read the indictment documents
Tampa lawyer Brian Albritton becomes U.S. Attorney (BizJournals)
U.S. Senator Mel Martinez said the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Brian Albritton as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
Salt Lake City attorney: No obligation to give Leonardo $10 million bond (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 1:08 PM- Calling downtown Salt Lake City's planned science, art and cultural center "insufficiently undefined," the City Attorney's Office says the city has no obligation to give The Leonardo its voter-approved $10.2 million bond.
Attack on lawyer’s house: Police to expedite probe (Daily News)
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday instructed Police Chief J. Wickramaratne to expedite investigations into the grenade attack on the residence of human rights lawyer J.C. Weliamuna and bring the culprits to book soon.
N.Y. Attorney General Intends to Sue Arbitron Over PPM (Mediaweek)
The Attorney General of the State of New York said Friday (Oct. 3) it would file suit against Arbitron to stop the company’s rollout of portable people meter in the Empire State. NYAG Andrew Cuomo alleged that Arbitron has engaged in “unlawful and deceptive acts and practices” in connection with “the marketing and planned commercialization in New York of the Portable People Meter (“PPM”) ...
Johnson also a client of attorney indicted with Castroneves on tax charges (That's Racin')
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Sprint Cup Series points leader Jimmie Johnson called "certainly shocking" the indictment Thursday of his attorney, Alan Miller, on three counts of tax evasion in connection with the indictment of IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, another of Miller's clients. "Alan has been my attorney since I was 15 years old. He's been a great friend and has helped me with a lot of different ...
Johnson also a client of attorney indicted with Castroneves on tax charges (Lexington Herald-Leader)
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Sprint Cup Series points leader Jimmie Johnson called "certainly shocking" the indictment Thursday of his attorney, Alan Miller, on three counts of tax evasion in connection with the indictment of IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, another of Miller's clients. "Alan has been my attorney since I was 15 years old. He's been a great friend and has helped me with a lot of ...
Grand Jury Indicts BPU Official, Lawyer (KCTV 5 Kansas City)
A grand jury accuses a Kansas City, Kan., utility's chief counsel and another lawyer of stealing at least $125,000 from the utility.
Jury acquits McAfee's ex-top lawyer of illegal stock option backdating charges (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SAN FRANCISCO - A jury has acquitted the former top lawyer at computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. of illegally tampering with his stock option grants to boost his pay package.
Attorney says his client did not kill a visiting Alabama woman (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Valentino Miranda's defense attorney says his client is not guilty of killing an Alabama woman in a Knoxville hotel room.
District Attorney Vows to Fight Illegal Bingo Halls (NBC 13 Birmingham)
The V.F.W. got their 60 bingo computers back today.  Sheriff’s deputies confiscated them six months ago from a Bessemer Superhighway location. However, today the District Attorney decided to hand them over if the V.F.W. agreed not to use them in the Bessemer Cutoff.
Birmingham lawyer has Jimmie Johnson's support (Detroit Free Press)
Alan R. Miller, the Birmingham attorney indicted for his alleged role in IndyCar star Helio Castroneves' tax evasion case, has served as two-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson's lawyer for more than 15 years. Miller was indicted along with Castroneves and his wife, Katiucia, for alleged failure to pay tax on income of more than $5 million.
Attorney fires back (Lebanon Daily News)
An attorney for embattled county prothonotary-clerk of courts Lisa Arnold yesterday blamed problems in her offices to poor working space, staffing constraints and the county commissioners’ rejection of overtime requests despite an increasing workload over the years.
Ashley Wright, District Attorney- One on One (News 12 Augusta)
Ashley Wright is the first woman to have her job. She's been District Attorney for just a few months now, but she spent a career building her reputation as a tough prosecutor. She sits down for this One on One with News 12 's Richard Rogers.
Lawyer withdraws from six cases before Judges Bridget McCafferty, Stephen Terry (The Plain Dealer)
e-mailed imageCuyahoga County Judge Bridget McCafferty Previous story: Cases from Judges Stephen Terry, Bridget McCafferty courtrooms linked to corruption probe Defense lawyer Joseph O'Malley has withdrawn from a half-dozen criminal cases before two Cuyahoga County judges whose offices were searched...