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Judge says attorney for FLDS can't pursue lawsuit against trust (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 8:47 PM- An attorney who represented a polygamous sect for 17 years in various court battles over its communal property trust can not switch sides and now represent members who want to sue the trust, a Utah judge ruled Wednesday.
Sebastian fires City Attorney Rich Stringer (Florida Today)
SEBASTIAN — In a move that could have significant implications in the upcoming City Council election, longtime City Attorney Rich Stringer was fired without cause tonight in a 3-2 vote, according to a report by Scripps-Treasure Coast newspapers.
Backe's lawyer: 'No legal or factual basis' for brawl charges (11 News Houston)
Astros pitcher Brandon Backe met with his lawyer and a Galveston police sergeant Wednesday to discuss the brawl at the San Luis. Backe's lawyer said his client wants to restore his good name.
Judges rule against suspended lawyer (San Antonio Express-News & KENS 5)
Suspended San Antonio lawyer Ted H. Roberts, who extorted $100,000 from his wife's lovers, is another step closer to prison.
Rosenberg Stepping Down as U.S. Attorney (Washington Post)
Chuck Rosenberg has resigned as U.S. attorney in Alexandria, one of the most prominent federal prosecutor's jobs in the country, Justice Department officials said yesterday.
PAD leaders to surrender if treason charge revoked, lawyer (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
The leaders of People's Alliance for Democracy are ready to report to police if the Court of Appeals will revoke the treason charge, defence lawyer Suwat Apaisak said on Thursday.
Gutsy Lawyer Machin Dies From Cancer (The Tampa Tribune)
Manny Machin, a well-known Tampa defense lawyer who had been a star witness in a local corruption trial in the 1990s, died Monday following a battle with cancer. He was 50.
Attorney tapped for judge role (Boston Herald)
Boston attorney Frank J. Bailey has been tapped to replace disgraced cross-dressing judge Robert Somma in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Massachusetts, it was announced yesterday. ...
Attorney is focus of probe into possible securities fraud (The Kansas City Star)
An Independence attorney who invested memorial fund money for two murdered children in his own company earlier this year is now under investigation by the Missouri Securities Division for possible securities fraud.
Judge rules attorney can't flip sides (The Salt Lake Tribune)
An attorney who represented a polygamous sect for 17 years in various court battles over its communal property trust cannot switch sides and now represent members who want to sue the trust, a Utah judge ruled Wednesday.
Accused man asks for ‘jailhouse lawyer’ (New Haven Register)
MILFORD — A 41-year-old city man facing attempted murder and other charges after allegedly dousing a coworker with gasoline and setting him on fire demanded Wednesday that his special public defender be removed and a “jailhouse lawyer” take his place.
Prosecutors win ruling on questioning ex-Fumo lawyer (Philly.com)
With the corruption trial of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo set to start in less than two weeks, a federal judge ruled yesterday that prosecutors may interview Fumo's former lawyer and longtime confidant, Richard A. Sprague, without Fumo's current defense attorney present.
Longtime Fumo lawyer may testify against senator (The Morning Call)
Sprague to meet with prosecutors in corruption case. The longtime lawyer and confidante of state Sen. Vincent Fumo is poised to become a prosecution witness at the Philadelphia Democrat's upcoming corruption trial.
Canandaigua seeks attorney general's opinion on who can fire lawyer (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The Canandaigua Town Board passed a resolution Tuesday asking the state Attorney General's Office for an opinion on whether the Planning Board or the Town Board, or both, has the authority to dismiss Michael Jones as Planning Board attorney.
Phony lawyer charges lodged (The Post-Standard)
Dominic Niccoli is no stranger to Syracuse City Court. According to authorities, he has appeared as a lawyer representing landlords in numerous eviction proceedings over the past two years.
Firefighters' lawyer seeks parade-participation ban (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO COURTS: A lawyer representing four firefighters ordered to attend last year's gay pride parade told a judge yesterday that the move violated the firefighters' free-speech rights under the state constitution.
Attorney would be elected if plan OK'd (San Diego Union-Tribune)
CHULA VISTA – Chula Vista activists and politicians, who often don't agree on the simplest issues, are aligned on whether to turn the city attorney into a political office.
Police: B-ville man illegally poses as lawyer (WSTM Central New York)
A central New York businessman is facing charges that he illegally posed as a lawyer in Syracuse court over two years.
Attorney wants Pa. family bomb suspect in juvenile (WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg)
The attorney for a suburban Pittsburgh teenager accused of trying to kill family members with homemade chemical bottle bombs wants the case moved to juvenile court.
Attorney: Fla. girl's mom prepared 'for the worst' (The Charlotte Observer)
The lawyer for the mother of a missing Florida girl won't say whether he expects her to be indicted on homicide charges. But attorney Jose Baez tells the "Today" show Thursday that he and 22-year-old Casey Anthony have been preparing for the worst. Three-year-old Caylee Anthony was reported missing in July, but her mother tells police she hasn't seen the girl since June. The Orange County ...
Attorney: Fla. girl's mom prepared 'for the worst' (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
The lawyer for the mother of a missing Florida girl won't say whether he expects her to be indicted on homicide charges. But attorney Jose Baez tells the "Today" show Thursday that he and 22-year-old Casey Anthony have been preparing for the worst.
Attorney: Fla. girl’s mom prepared ‘for the worst’ (Las Vegas Sun)
Thu, Oct 9, 2008 (5:33 a.m.) The lawyer for the mother of a missing Florida girl won't say whether he expects her to be indicted on homicide charges. But attorney Jose Baez tells the "Today" show Thursday that he and 22-year-old Casey Anthony have been preparing for the worst.
Attorney: Fla. girl's mom prepared 'for the worst' (Yahoo! Asia News)
The lawyer for the mother of a missing Florida girl won't say whether he expects her to be indicted on homicide charges. But attorney Jose Baez tells the "Today" show Thursday that he and 22-year-old Casey Anthony have been preparing for the worst.
Mo. lawyer sentenced for $867K fraud (Jefferson City News Tribune)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A northwest Missouri lawyer will spend four years and two months in federal prison for defrauding a bank of nearly $867,000. Dawn Renee Harpster must also pay back the full amount she received as loans from North Kansas City's Norbank.
Attorney would be elected if plan OK'd (San Diego Union-Tribune)
CHULA VISTA – Chula Vista activists and politicians, who often don't agree on the simplest issues, are aligned on whether to turn the city attorney into a political office.
Lawyer: Fla. girl's mom prepared 'for worst' (USA Today)
The lawyer for the mother of a missing Florida girl won't say whether he expects her to be indicted on homicide charges.
Thailand cannot extradite suspected arms dealer to U.S. - lawyer (Thailandnews.net)
MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian lawyer for a suspected Russian arms dealer detained in Thailand said the United States has no chance of securing his extradition under Thai law. Viktor Bout...
New Development in Canandaigua Town Attorney Probe (WROC Rochester)
The town board of Canandaigua is asking the state attorney general if it has the leverage to fire the town attorney. According to paperwork, Jones was billing the town at $200/hour for legal advice, when the resolution hiring him said his fee was supposed to be $135.
Cass County sheriff, North Dakota attorney general to discuss new DUI prevention program (Fargo Forum)
FARGO - Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem will hold a news conference at 1:15 p.m. today to talk about the 24/7 DUI program, which was instituted in parts of North Dakota earlier this year. The aim of the program is to stop repeat DUI offenders from continuing to drink and drive. Keep watching www.inforum.com for more information. ...
Lawyer demands release for Afghan reporter on death row (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer of an Afghan reporter sentenced to death on blasphemy charges accused authorities Thursday of holding his client beyond a legal deadline, as the young man neared a full year in detention.
Burglary charges dropped against Portland attorney Randy Ray Richardson (The Oregonian)
Portland attorney Randy Ray Richardson no longer faces criminal charges stemming from accusations that he burglarized a former girlfriend's apartment. A Clackamas County grand jury last week declined to indict Richardson, 39....
Romley Makes Surprising Endorsement in County Attorney Race (FOX 10 Phoenix)
The Maricopa Co. Attorney race has been a heated campaign. With just weeks to go before the Nov. 4th election, former county attorney Richard Romley is speaking out. FOX 10's Marc Martinez reports on Romley's surprising endorsement.
Lawyer Probed Over Alleged Children's Memorial Fund Fraud (FOX 4 News Kansas City)
An Independence lawyer who invested two slain children's memorial fund money into his own company is being investigated for possible securities fraud.
Kentucky's attorney general continues to investigate possible gas price gouging (FOX 41 Louisville)
The attorney general indicates there's a chance his office could file a suit over high gas prices.
Slain Children's Former Lawyer Under Investigation (KCTV 5 Kansas City)
An Independence lawyer who invested money from a memorial fund for two slain children into his own company is being investigated for possible securities fraud.
Attorney: Lawsuit against Denville police will continue (Daily Record)
The attorney for Ruben Martinez’ family said today that he intends to pursue a lawsuit despite a grand jury’s decision not to indict the Denville police officer who shot and killed Martinez following a traffic stop in Denville June 26.
Slain children’s former lawyer under new investigation (Columbia Missourian)
KANSAS CITY — An Independence lawyer who invested money from a memorial fund for two slain children into his own company is being investigated for possible securities fraud. The probe involves another investment in which Kent Desselle allegedly lost a woman's $400,000 savings and did not tell her for eight years. He was to invest the money in low-risk funds. The allegations are outlined in ...
Lawyer: CBS' 'fraud' hurt Rather's income (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
Dan Rather could have made millions of dollars more per year if CBS had not defrauded him before firing him, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer files offbeat suits to get out of condo sales deals (Miami Herald)
Would-be condo buyers suing to get out of deals isn't new. But Miami lawyer Robert H. Cooper has hit on a new tack in seeking to extricate his clients from contracts.
Lawyer sues 'Opie & Anthony' show over X-rated jokes (New York Daily News)
A lawyer who appeared on the "Opie & Anthony" show expecting intelligent debate but was instead trashed as a "dumb a------" who wants to have sex with chickens is suing the potty-mouthed comic who ripped him on the air.
Romley endorses Nelson over Thomas for county attorney (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
There's one vote Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas will not be able to count on in his re-election campaign - that of his predecessor. At a press conference, former County Attorney Rick Romley said he will endorse Democrat Tim Nelson.
Lawyer denies making signals to client (KGO-TV Bay Area)
In the latest sideshow at Sen. Ted Stevens's corruption trial, the federal judge overseeing the case accused the lawyer for the government's star witness of making secret signals to his client during a crucial cross-examination.
Lawyer files unusual suits to get clients out of condo sales deals (Miami Herald)
Would-be condo buyers suing to get out of deals isn't new. But Miami lawyer Robert H. Cooper has hit on a new tack in seeking to extricate his clients from contracts.
Bogus Divorce Lawyer Found Guilty (CBS 5 Phoenix)
A man who passed himself off as an Arizona licensed divorce lawyer and attorney at a firm bearing his name is found guilty on 23 counts of theft and one count of fraud.
Former Gen Re Lawyer Could Face Life in Prison (Law.com)
Robert Graham, a former senior lawyer at General Re Corp., faces life in prison for doing what his defense attorney calls a "few hours work" on a fraudulent deal. Prosecutors want to sentence Graham to a "substantial" term -- up to 230 years behind bars -- because more than 250 American International Group investors lost at least $544 million from the fake deal with Gen Re. The defendants have ...
Harassed lawyer calls for inquiry in Samoa (Stuff)
A prominent Auckland lawyer who fled Samoa after a group of plain-clothed police officers visited her without explanation during a court case in the capital Apia is demanding an urgent and independent inquiry into what is happening.
Bogus divorce attorney found guilty of theft, fraud (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
A man who passed himself off as an Arizona licensed divorce lawyer and attorney at a firm bearing his name has been found guilty on 23 counts of theft and one count of fraud.
Former county attorney Romley blasts Thomas (East Valley Tribune)
Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley ridiculed his successor, Andrew Thomas, on Thursday, accusing the current top prosecutor of poor courtroom performance and harassment of Hispanics.
City Attorney's Office Removes First Person From Gang Injunctions (FOX 11 News Los Angeles)
A reformed gang member has become the first person on a gang injunction to be removed from the court order, which prohibits gang members from associating with one another, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced today. It took more than two years for the city to develop a way for the 11,000 people named to have themselves removed from gang injunctions by showing that they are no longer a member ...
U.S. Attorney's office alleges Deerfield-area home used to grow pot (Wisconsin State Journal)
Authorities found 25 marijuana plants, about six pounds of processed marijuana and items used to grow the drug at a home north of Deerfield on Thursday, court filings say. The home at 4408 Smith Drive is owned by Christian Hopka and allegedly was being used in a marijuana-growing operation.The U.S. Attorney's office on Thursday filed a complaint to seize the home under federal drug forfeiture ...