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Rayney vilified since being named suspect in wife's murder: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A lawyer for Lloyd Rayney has told how his client has been vilified in public since being named by police in Perth as the prime and only suspect in the murder of his wife.
Holder is Obama's top choice for attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
President-elect Barack Obama's top choice for attorney general is Eric Holder, a former No. 2 Justice Department official in the Clinton administration and Obama campaign aide who would become the first African American to serve as the nation's chief lawyer.
In a Close Vote, D.C. Council Confirms Nickles as Attorney General (Washington Post)
The D.C. Council voted 7 to 5 yesterday to confirm acting Attorney General Peter Nickles, with Chairman Vincent C. Gray casting the deciding vote after telling his colleagues that he had stayed awake at night wrestling with the choice.
D.C. lawyer tops Obama's AG list (Detroit News)
President-elect Barack Obama's top choice for attorney general is Eric Holder, a former No. 2 Justice Department official in the Clinton administration and Obama campaign aide who would become the first African-American to serve as the nation's chief lawyer.
Lawyer: Client refused to be FBI informant (Boston Globe)
The FBI arrested Tarek Mehanna on charges he lied to investigators only after agents failed in their efforts to persuade the Sudbury man to become a confidential informant about terrorist activities, his lawyer said yesterday during a court hearing.
Obama picks first African-American attorney general: media (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US president-elect Barack Obama has named longtime lawyer Eric Holder to be attorney general, which if confirmed would make him the first African-American ever to hold the post, US media said.
Feds to foot tab for ex-AG's own lawyer (Denver Post)
The Justice Department has agreed to pay for a private lawyer to defend former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against allegations that he encouraged officials to inject partisan politics into the department's hiring and firing practices.
'Extraordinary' lawyer fought to the very end (Miami Herald)
The scene unfolding in the intensive-care unit was extraordinary. Milton M. Ferrell Jr. -- a second-generation Miami lawyer, philanthropist and Democratic Party activist just nine days past his 57th birthday -- lay dying. The primary cause: mesothelioma, an asbestos-linked cancer that cost him a lung in May.
LAWYER-SLAY GUNMAN RAP (New York Post)
A Queens man was accused yesterday of being the gunman in the slaying of a lawyer outside a Long Island restaurant. Darnell Festus, 23, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the Oct. 20 murder of Nesconset lawyer James DiMartino. "I was...
Vice President Cheney and Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Have Been Indicted by a Texas Grand Jury on Charges ... (Washington Post)
McALLEN, Tex., Nov. 18 -- Vice President Cheney and former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles under the outgoing prosecutor.
Lawyer tapped to take over Memorial presidential search (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
The Newfoundland and Labrador government has recruited a St. John's lawyer to head the board of regents at Memorial University and take over a controversial search for its next president.
Politkovskaya trial defendants plead not guilty: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Four men charged in connection with the killing of outspoken Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya entered not guilty pleas at their trial, a lawyer for one of the defendants told AFP on Wednesday.
Holder as Attorney General Would Expand Clinton Aides for Obama (Bloomberg)
Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama repeatedly is turning to the Clinton administration for his Cabinet and staff, the latest example coming yesterday when Eric Holder emerged as the leading candidate for attorney general.
British lawyer cited in phony title scheme (UPI)
LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A British lawyer faces discipline after allegedly enabling a scam to bestow fake feudal titles to foreigners over the Internet, investigators say.
AP: Obama eyes Holder for attorney general (USA Today)
President-elect Barack Obama's aides have been privately talking to senators about whether a former Clinton administration official would be confirmed as the next attorney general.
Lawyer: 3 Saints took no steroids (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The lawyer for three New Orleans Saints players facing suspension said Wednesday the NFL's independent drug adminstrator acknowledged he did not inform NFL players that the supplement StarCaps contained a banned diuretic. During the players' appeals hearing, attorney David Cornwell said that Dr. John Lombardo's testimony proved none of his clients - Deuce McAllister, Will Smith or Charles Grant ...
Attorney: NFL didn't tell brand had banned diuretic (ESPN)
The attorney for three New Orleans Saints players who tested positive for a banned diuretic said the administrator of the league's steroid policy did not reveal what he knew about a particular brand of supplements,.
Lawyer: Three Saints players innocent of steroid allegations (USA Today)
The lawyer for three New Orleans Saints players facing suspension says none of them took steroids. The three were accused of taking a banned diurectic and went before an NFL appeals hearing Tuesday.
Lawyer: MJ Too Sick to Go to Court (ABC News)
Michael Jackson's lawyer says singer may be too sick to travel to London court.
Lawyer: Three accused Saints didn't take 'roids (Sports Illustrated)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The lawyer for three New Orleans Saints players facing suspension said Wednesday the NFL's independent drug administrator acknowledged he did not inform NFL players that the supplement StarCaps contained a banned diuretic.
Lawyer: NFL drug czar didn't tell players about pills (Fox Sports)
The lawyer for three New Orleans Saints players facing suspension said Wednesday the NFL's independent drug administrator acknowledged he did not inform NFL players that the supplement StarCaps contained a banned diuretic. During the players' appeals hearing, attorney David Cornwell said that Dr. John Lombardo's testimony proved none of his clients - Deuce McAllister, Will Smith or Charles Grant ...
Lawyer: three New Orleans Saints players took no steroids (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
NEW YORK - The lawyer for three New Orleans Saints players facing suspension said Wednesday the NFL's independent drug adminstrator acknowledged he did not inform NFL players that the supplement StarCaps contained a banned diuretic.
Lawyer says alcohol testing device is racist (Boston Globe)
A lawyer representing a man charged with drunken driving claims Connecticut's breathalyzers discriminate against blacks.
Lawyer: 3 Saints took no steroids (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for three New Orleans Saints players facing suspension said Wednesday the NFL's independent drug adminstrator acknowledged he did not inform NFL players that the supplement StarCaps contained a banned diuretic.
Arlington Lawyer Enters Va. Attorney General Race (Washington Post)
Arlington lawyer Dave Foster has entered the Republican Party's three-way sweepstakes for the 2009 attorney general race.
Clinton attorney among Obama's new staff picks (USA Today)
President-elect Barack Obama tapped former Clinton attorney Gregory Craig as his White House counsel on Wednesday and said campaign strategist David Axelrod will join him in Washington as a senior adviser.
Lawyer says Agriprocessors may be sold (The Des Moines Register)
The Agriprocessors meatpacking plant could be sold within days, a lawyer for the company’s former executive said in court today.
Republicans Point to Attorney General Candidate Holder's Role in Clinton Pardons (Washington Post)
The Republican National Committee yesterday highlighted the role of attorney general candidate Eric H. Holder Jr. in controversial 2001 pardons, but GOP senators avoided direct attacks on Barack Obama's leading choice to lead the Justice Department.
District attorney: Chowan county budget a legal morass (The Virginian-Pilot)
By Connie Sage EDENTON After meeting with officials from three state agencies, District Attorney Frank Parrish is now wading through what he called a myriad of "legal issues" to determine the next steps in an investigation of Chowan County's budget crisis.
Lawyer Shows Tape With Confession to Fake Robbery (FOX 13 Memphis)
Jessie Misskelley was so easy to manipulate into saying what others wanted him to say that police would have had little trouble persuading him to confess to a role in the 1993 slayings of three 8-year-old West Memphis boys, his trial lawyer testified Wednesday.
Apparent nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder Jr., has Alabama connections (Birmingham News)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama's apparent pick for U.S. attorney general is a former federal prosecutor with personal and professional ties to Alabama....
Choose carefully your power of attorney (Bangor Daily News)
Have you thought about who will help you and carry out your wishes should you be unable to do so? Even temporarily? A power of attorney can ease your mind. And while many people assume that a power of attorney only goes into effect when someone becomes incapacitated, that is not the case.
Would-be attorney general Eric Holder haunted by Marc Rich pardon (Los Angeles Times)
Republicans say they're surprised that Barack Obama's transition team didn't gauge their feelings about the likely nominee. Seven years ago, after his name was dragged very publicly through the mud in a Clinton administration pardon scandal, President-elect Barack Obama's top pick for attorney general was certain that his long and successful career in public service was at an end.
Michael Jackson to testify in British court: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Singer Michael Jackson plans to testify next week in a British court in a lawsuit brought against him by a Bahrain prince, Jackson's lawyer said on Thursday.
Grassley questions Obama’s attorney general pick (The Des Moines Register)
Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley said Wednesday that President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Eric Holder as attorney general threatens his new administration with its first controversy.
Lawyer: Michael Jackson to testify in London (AP via Yahoo! News)
Michael Jackson's lawyer says the pop star has agreed to come to London to respond to a Bahraini sheik's $7 million lawsuit.
Michael Jackson will testify in London to respond to lawsuit by Bahraini sheik, lawyer says (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LONDON - Michael Jackson's lawyer says the pop star has agreed to come to London to respond to a Bahraini sheik's $7 million lawsuit. Jackson had asked to testify by a video link from the U.S. because of an unspecified illness.
Lawyer: Michael Jackson to testify in London (The Charlotte Observer)
(The Associated Press) Michael Jackson's lawyer says the pop star has agreed to come to London to respond to a Bahraini sheik's $7 million lawsuit. Jackson had asked to testify by a video link from the U.S. because of an unspecified illness. But his lawyer Robert Englehart informed the court Thursday that Jackson's doctors had cleared him to travel in two days' time. Jackson is scheduled to ...
Ex-agency attorney denied funds (The Buffalo News)
LOCKPORT -- The former attorney for the Niagara County Sewer District again has lost his bid to shake loose more than $17,000 he asserted he was owed for past legal work.
Attorney marks Thanksgiving with dinner for flood victims (Post-Tribune)
VALPARAISO -- Attorney Ken Allen has been commemorating the holiday season in a big way for awhile.
Obama’s top attorney general pick faces quizzing on Marc Rich (The World)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first black man elected U.S. president is poised to name Washington lawyer Eric Holder as the nation’s first black attorney general — a historic appointment but one with some potential political problems over a 2001 pardon.
Attorney General pummels Blue Cross plan to deregulate company (The Saginaw News)
The one consensus among mid-Michigan lawmakers is there is no consensus on how the final version of bills regulating Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan might look when it lands in the Legislature. In a press conference Wednesday in Saginaw, Attorney...
Lawyer: Michael Jackson to testify in London (AP via Yahoo! News)
Michael Jackson has agreed to appear in person at a London court to respond to a Bahraini sheik's $7 million lawsuit, the singer's lawyer said Thursday.
Lawyer alleges Drew not a cyberbully (UPI)
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The lawyer for Lori Drew alleged in a Los Angeles federal court the woman did not bully Megan Meier online until the 13-year-old committed suicide.
Attorney: Tampa trial puts Gotti at a disadvantage (AP via Yahoo! News)
Making John A. "Junior" Gotti stand trial on racketeering charges in Tampa instead of New York would be like "cutting off the supplies he needs to fight the fight," his attorney told a federal judge Thursday.
Attorney: Tampa trial puts Gotti at a disadvantage (Miami Herald)
Making John A. "Junior" Gotti stand trial on racketeering charges in Tampa instead of New York would be like "cutting off the supplies he needs to fight the fight," his attorney told a federal judge Thursday. Charles Carnesi, attorney for the New York Mafia scion, argued that a Tampa trial would be a "crushing burden" for Gotti and his family and make it difficult to get already reluctant ...
Attorney: Tampa trial puts Gotti at a disadvantage (The Charlotte Observer)
(By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer) Making John A. "Junior" Gotti stand trial on racketeering charges in Tampa instead of New York would be like "cutting off the supplies he needs to fight the fight," his attorney told a federal judge Thursday. Charles Carnesi, attorney for the New York Mafia scion, argued that a Tampa trial would be a "crushing burden" for Gotti and his family and make it ...
Mark NeJame quits as George and Cindy Anthony's attorney (Orlando Sentinel)
In a statement, the prominent Orlando attorney said "although I was quite successful in resolving a multitude of matters, I am unable to go further to help George and Cindy find Caylee in my current role."
Trail Blazers blog: Former Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox dies (Dallas Morning News)
Former Attorney General Jim Mattox, the colorful one-time Dallas congressman who was part of a team of Democratic progressives that dominated Texas politics in the 1980s and early 1990s, has died.
High profile attorney Mark NeJame resigns from representing Cindy and George Anthony (Sun-Sentinel)
High profile attorney Mark NeJame no longer represents George and Cindy Anthony.