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Gazette files new case with Supreme Court over lawyer discipline documents (Billings Gazette)
The Billings Gazette has asked the Montana Supreme Court to revise its own rule that the newspaper alleges violates the Montana Constitution by shielding from public disclosure some lawyer disciplinary records.
Gazette files new case with Supreme Court over lawyer discipline documents (Billings Gazette)
The Billings Gazette has asked the Montana Supreme Court to revise its own rule that the newspaper alleges violates the Montana Constitution by shielding from public disclosure some lawyer disciplinary records. In a petition filed with the state's hig ...
3:56 p.m.: Condition of attorney’s wife upgraded (The Herald Bulletin)
INDIANAPOLIS — The condition of Sally Cowles, the wife of attorney Robert K. Cowles, has been upgraded, officials at an Indianapolis hospital said earlier Tuesday.
Attorney general to look into rising price of road salt (The Pantagraph)
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Attorney General’s office has begun investigating the drastically increased prices of road salt in some areas of the state, an issue that could lead to some more slippery roads when winter storms hit.
Lawyer Discounts 20%, Takes Game-Maker to New Firm (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Lawyer Mark Peroff made a promise to the Japanese maker of the video game ``Final Fantasy'' when he moved to Hiscock & Barclay , a 200-attorney firm in upstate New York: I'll cut my legal fees if you follow me.
Higgs' attorney argues for new trial in Augustine slaying (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CARSON CITY -- Chaz Higgs should get a new trial on charges he killed his wife, state Controller Kathy Augustine, because he did not have adequate time to prepare for his trial, his attorney told the Nevada Supreme Court today.
Former Barre attorney nearing end of prison term (The Burlington Free Press)
BARRE — A former Barre attorney sent to prison in 1995 for defrauding dozens of investors of millions of dollars is nearing the end of a 15-year prison sentence. A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons says 69-year-old Joseph Palmisano was released last week from a low-security prison in Texas and sent to a residential re-entry program in Arizona. He could become eligible for release in ...
Malaysian lawyer gunned down (The Star)
KOTA BARU: Lawyer Kasim Cha Tong, who gained fame during the 1980s as an anti-piracy enforcer, was gunned down by two assassins at his home in the Thai border town of Sungai Golok.
Former Barre attorney nearing end of prison term (Boston Globe)
A former Barre attorney sent to prison in 1995 for defrauding dozens of investors of millions of dollars is nearing the end of a 15-year prison sentence.
Fumo’s lawyer wrangles with prosecution witness (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's defense lawyer struck back hard today against a key prosecution witness, using FBI interview notes to suggest that a private detective had shifted his story to damage Fumo.
Cordray wins Ohio attorney general race (Dayton Daily News)
Democrat Richard Cordray, Ohio's state treasurer, has won the race for Ohio attorney general.
Richard Cordray wins Ohio Attorney General's job (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
COLUMBUS -- State Treasurer Richard Cordray has won the race for Ohio attorney general to retain the powerful office for the Democratic party following a high-profile scandal. The 49-year-old Cordray is Ohio's state treasurer. He defeated Republican Mike Crites, a...
Ma's Lessons for Being a Better Lawyer (Law.com)
Employment lawyer Michael Maslanka loved his mother -- she was really smart, he says, and as a kid, he was taught a lot by her. Therefore, her lessons made him a better lawyer, he claims. Maslanka describes the top five lessons his mother taught him and how they can be applied to the life of a lawyer. For example, lesson No. 4: When in doubt, resort to the truth. Many lawyers obfuscate their ...
Lawyer wins lawsuit over impersonation by another lawyer (Journal Inquirer)
A Hartford Superior Court jury has awarded West Hartford lawyer Wesley S. Spears a $73,000 verdict against Hartford lawyer Joseph S. Elder, who Spears says impersonated him during a criminal investigation in 2004.
It's Shurtleff in attorney general's race (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 8:30 PM- Early results show Republican incumbent Mark Shurtleff defeating Democrat Jean Welch Hill in the state attorney general's race.
Ohio backs Obama; casino issue failing; Cordray elected Ohio attorney general (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Obama picked up Ohio's 20 electoral votes toward the 270 needed to earn the White House. Voters were rejecting casino for southwest Ohio and attempts to overturn payday loan reform; Richard Cordray wins race for Ohio attorney general.
Kroger becomes Oregon's new attorney general (The Oregonian)
Election Day » National, state, local results John Kroger was elected Oregon's new attorney general Tuesday. Kroger effectively won the job in May, when he defeated Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, in the Democratic primary. The Republicans could not find...
Attorney Generals race still up in the air (Charleston Daily Mail)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With 87 percent of precincts reporting, the race for the state Attorney Generals office appears too close to call.Republican challenger Dan Greear now holds a 207-vote lead over embattled incumbent Darrell McGraw, whod been leading Gre...
Waller wins 5th term as Lake state's attorney (Daily Herald)
It appears Republican Michael Waller has earned his fifth term as Lake County state's attorney since being appointed to the post in 1991.
Putnam proposition: Board given power to fire county attorney (The Journal News)
CARMEL - Putnam County voters approved a measure that would allow the county Legislature to remove the county attorney.
Pa. attorney general Tom Corbett wins (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
First-term state Attorney General Tom Corbett has held off a challenge by Democrat John Morganelli.
Holyoke lawyer Gina Barry recently founded The Joy of Jasper Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing ... (The Republican)
HOLYOKE - Gina Barry would like to share the "joy of Jasper." Barry, a local lawyer and horse enthusiast, recently founded The Joy of Jasper Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned, neglected or unwanted horses and ponies.
Accused in stabbing death acted in self-defence: lawyer (Ottawa Citizen)
A man who admits to stabbing Steven Beriault to death in a downtown pedestrian underpass should be found not guilty of second-degree murder because he was acting in self-defence against a group of violent and racist street people, his lawyer argued in closing submissions Tuesday.
Metairie lawyer leading in PSC race (The Advocate)
Published: Nov 5, 2008 - Page: 4A - UPDATED: 12:10 a.m. With 684 of the 705 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Metairie lawyer Eric Skrmetta appeared to thwart John Schwegman’s attempt to return to a state Public Service Commission seat he held in the 1980s and 1990s.
Beltway lawyer works the phones in Denver (Rocky Mountain News)
DEMOCRATIC STAGING AREA, 999 BANNOCK ST. -- Jacky Spindler, a government lawyer in Washington, D.C., patiently answered the phone and told eager volunteers that streamed through the door late Tuesday afternoon, that their help wasn't needed here, so they were sending them to canvass as far away as Morrison.
Democrat defeats GOP incumbent for county attorney (Houston Chronicle)
Riding the coattails of President-elect Barack Obama, Democrat Vince Ryan beat Republican incumbent Mike Stafford in the race for Harris County attorney.
Zoeller wins attorney general race (The Indianapolis Star)
Hoosiers faced a clear choice for attorney general: the insider vs. the crusader.
Alvarez Beats Peraica For State's Attorney (CBS 2 Chicago)
Democrat Anita Alvarez is leading over Republican Tony Peraica 78 percent to 18 percent in the contentious race for Cook County State's Attorney, with 13 percent reporting shortly before 9 p.m.
Democrat Cordray rolls to win in Ohio attorney general race (The Columbus Dispatch)
Democratic state Treasurer Richard Cordray easily won a three-way contest for Ohio attorney general yesterday, while two Republicans held their seats on the state Supreme Court.
Canmore rapist's lawyer fights for shorter sentence (Calgary Sun)
Time a convicted Canmore rapist spent in a Hawaiian prison for violating his parole should be deducted from his Canadian sentence, his lawyer said yesterday.
1st Hispanic, female state's attorney wins (Chicago Tribune)
Polls show wide margin in victory over Tony Peraica Democrat Anita Alvarez won her bid Tuesday to become the first Hispanic and first woman state's attorney in Cook County, handing Republican Tony Peraica his second countywide election defeat in just two years.
Sedita is Erie County's Next District Attorney (WKBW-TV Buffalo)
Democrat Frank Sedita has been elected as Erie County's next district attorney. This is the first time in years that there hasn't been an incumbent in the race. Sedita will replace his boss, Frank Clark, who's been in office for the last 12 years.
Sedita elected district attorney by huge margin (The Buffalo News)
Frank A. Sedita III captured the Erie County district attorney's office Tuesday and became the latest in the Sedita lineage to hold a major local office.
Chisolm wins District Attorney race (Savannah Morning News)
Democrat Larry Chisolm was the come-from-behind winner Tuesday over David Lock in the race for Chatham County District Attorney.
Jury rules against attorney in estate case (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - November 5, 2008 7:45 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma County jury has returned a $1.1 million verdict against an attorney accused of usurping assets from the estate of...
Rogers bests Reid for county attorney (Concord Monitor)
Democrat Katherine Rogers, whose campaign to become the region's top criminal prosecutor focused on anti-truancy programs and alternative sentencing for non-violent and youthful offenders, was elected Merrimack County attorney yesterday, beating Republican Tom Reid of Epsom.
Lawyer pleads guilty to contempt count (NWAnews.com)
A Berryville lawyer was ordered to apologize as part of her punishment after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to contempt of court. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
GOP's Howe Wins Johnson County District Attorney Race (FOX 4 News Kansas City)
In the Johnson County district attorney race, Republican Steve Howe defeated Democrat Rick Guinn to succeed Kline. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Howe won with 53.5 percent of the vote.
Goldsmith claims city attorney post (San Diego Union-Tribune)
San Diego voters repudiated the tempestuous tenure of City Attorney Michael Aguirre yesterday, ousting him in favor of a judge who campaigned unswervingly on an oath to refocus the office from politics to the law.
Lawyer confirms federal Procynet investigation, Whitehouse invokes Fifth Amendment (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Edwin Whitehouse, the businessman associated with the defunct Maryville company Procynet, is under federal investigation and the local U.S. attorney’s office is involved, his lawyer confirmed Wednesday. Procynet closed in June and was forced into bankruptcy by creditors. At a creditors meeting held this morning at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Knoxville, Whitehouse invoked his Fifth Amendment right ...
Lawyer comes to defence of 'Pothole Poet' (Mississauga News)
The conviction of Meadowvale senior citizen Antonio Batista in the so-called 'Pothole Poet' case should be overturned, famed criminal lawyer Clayton Ruby said yesterday because the judge failed to admit critical testimony.
Casey Anthony's attorney asks to put check-fraud case on hold (Sun-Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's attorney asked a judge this morning to hold off on the check-fraud case against Anthony until after the first-degree murder trial was complete. Anthony, 22, is charged with murder in the death of her missing daughter, who would have turned 3 in August.
Casey Anthony's Attorney Gets Check Fraud Trial Delayed (WFTV 9 Orlando)
At first, the tactic was lie, lie, lie. Now, Casey Anthony's defense strategy may be stall, stall, stall. PRE-TRIAL HEARING: Raw Video | Baez Interview VIDEO REPORT: Attorney Wants Trial Postponed ARCHIVE: Read Previous Reports On Anthony Case
Jackson lawyer gets 32 months for fraud (The Clarion-Ledger)
A disbarred Jackson bankruptcy lawyer was sentenced today to 32 months in federal prison for stealing clients' money.
Rebel soldiers’ lawyer to file demurrer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines—A defense lawyer for the 28 Marines and Scout Ranger officers accused of staging a failed coup against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in February 2006 will plead a demurrer and challenge the “legal sufficiency” of the charges filed against them.
Adams trounces former staffer in Sparks city attorney race (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Despite controversy and a fundraising gap, incumbent Chet Adams won big on Tuesday night, capturing more than 60 percent of the vote in the contest for Sparks city attorney against a former staffer he had fired.
Fresno District Attorney Recovering from Crash (CBS 47 Fresno)
Fresno County District Attorney Elizabeth Egan is recovering after being involved in an automobile accident on Tuesday.
Holyoke lawyer Gina Barry recently founded The Joy of Jasper Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing ... (The Republican)
HOLYOKE - Gina Barry would like to share the "joy of Jasper." Barry, a local lawyer and horse enthusiast, recently founded The Joy of Jasper Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned, neglected or unwanted horses and ponies.
State attorney general sues Imperial Majesty cruises (Miami Herald)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Broward County cruising company, saying it has made about $4 million by sneaking a surcharge onto its customers' bills.
San Francisco City Attorney to file legal challenge to Prop 8 (Deseret Morning News)
The San Francisco City Attorney's office says he plans to challenge the validity of a ballot measure that would change the state constitution to ban gay marriage.