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Lawyer to AP: Burress Will Enter Not Guilty Plea (WCBS-TV New York)
Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police Monday morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said. Benjamin Brafman wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Sunday that he was advised the New York Giants' star receiver will be charged after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh. He met with Burress for about an hour Sunday ...
State attorney general issues gift card guidance (The State Journal-Register)
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general wants consumers to be cautious before they purchase gift cards for presents this holiday season.
Lawyer: Burress expects plea soon (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police this morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said.
Pennsylvania's attorney general advises people to check their long-term heating contracts (Chambersburg Public Opinion)
State Attorney General Tom Corbett urges consumers during this heating season to look over the details of any long-term heating fuel contracts they may have signed.
Incoming Winnebago County state's attorney born, bred to be a lawyer (Rockford Register Star)
Winnebago County’s next state’s attorney is the oldest of six children, a widowed father of three who grew up wanting nothing more than to be a lawyer, just like his dad.
Lawyer: Plax to turn self in (The Record)
LANDOVER, Md. — Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police this morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said.
Lawyer: Burress to turn himself in (The News & Observer)
Plaxico Burress was to surrender to police this morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said.
Supreme court denies Mingo attorney practicing rights (Williamson Daily News)
CHARLESTON – Williamson Attorney William H. Duty, a member of the West Virginia State Bar since 1986, has failed to gain relief upon rehearing of charges that resulted in annulment of his license to practice law over a year ago.
Attorney, Businessman Face Off In District 62 (Times Record)
Greenwood attorney Bill Walters is seeking a return to the Arkansas General Assembly, while Waldron businessman Terry Rice is making his first run for elected office.
Attorney: Burress to plead not guilty to gun charge today (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
LANDOVER, Md. -- Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police this morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his attorney said.
Sanctions Upheld Against Lawyer for Informing Client About Trade Secrets (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A California appeals court affirmed sanctions of almost $44,000 against an IP lawyer last week for informing her client that trade secrets, which the opposing party intended to be filed under seal, were in the court's public file.
Lawyer in briefcase scandal to be sentenced (Miami Herald)
A Venezuelan lawyer sent by President Hugo Chavez's government to the U.S. as part of the attempted cover-up of a political cash suitcase scandal is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge.
Defense attorney wrong to defend client (Arizona Daily Wildcat)
I am writing in response to Galareka Harrison as she is sentenced to life without parole ("Harrison gets life without parole" Nov. 26, 2008). It puzzles me why defense attorney John O'Brien would believe for a second that Harrison would receive parole. Harrison, first off, is a thief and a murderer.
Nigeria: Drama in Court As Accused Person Rejects Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
THERE was a mild drama at the Federal High Court, Otor-Udu in Delta State, last week, when an accused person, Tina Okorodudu rejected a private legal practitioner based in Asaba, hired by the Attorney General of the Federation to defend her in a charge filed against her by the State in preference to a lawyer from the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Delta State, which offered ...
Jeffs' attorney to interview Texas officers (Mohave Daily News)
KINGMAN - Three Texas police officers will be interviewed in two weeks by the attorney for the convicted leader of a Colorado City polygamist church.
Alfred Castillo Jr. picked for County Attorney (Honolulu Advertiser)
Kaua'i County Mayor-elect Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. has selected Alfred B. Castillo Jr. as his nominee for County Attorney.
Lawyer to AP: Burress to turn himself in Monday (AP via Yahoo! News)
Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police Monday morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said.
Bankruptcy Lawyer Leaves Goldman for Law Firm (New York Times)
A prominent bankruptcy lawyer is returning to his roots, The New York Times’s Michael J. de la Merced reported. The lawyer, James H. M. Sprayregen, who spent the last three years at Goldman Sachs , will return Dec. 12 to Kirkland & Ellis , the law firm where he spent 16 years advising companies on restructuring and bankruptcy matters.
Stephenson Harwood mourns lawyer killed in Mumbai (The Lawyer)
Stephenson Harwood is grieving for colleague Lo Hwei Yen, a lawyer at the firms Singapore office who lost her life in the Mumbai terror attacks. ...
Obama Nominates Holder as Attorney General (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
President-elect Barack Obama on Monday tapped former Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to take the top spot in the Justice Department.
Kilpatrick lawyer wants law license back in play (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is expected to ask Michigan Attorney Discipline Board today to set aside a judge's revocation of Kilpatrick's law license.
SCENARIOS-Major issues facing U.S. Attorney General (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters Dec 1 (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Monday named former deputy attorney general Eric Holder as his choice to be Attorney General, the top U.S. law enforcement official. Here are ...
Alta man accused of slaying girlfriend's family admits to killing parents: lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
CALGARY - The lawyer for a man accused of murdering his young girlfriend's family in southern Alberta says his client admits he killed her parents.
Holder is Obama's Choice for Attorney General (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
President-elect Barack Obama's pick for attorney general wasted no time Monday in signaling that he intends to work closely with Congress, particularly regarding the new administration's anti-terrorism policies.
Attorney a suspect in hit-and-run (KRQE Albuquerque)
A well known attorney is expected to face a judge as a suspect in Santa Fe on Tuesday.
Lawyer in Venezuelan cash case faces sentencing (Miami Herald)
A Venezuelan lawyer who worked with his government's spy agency to cover up an $800,000 cash campaign donation to Argentina's president will be sentenced Monday afternoon in federal court in Miami on charges of being an illegal foreign agent.
Attorney: most charges against PR governor tossed (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for Puerto Rico's governor says a federal judge has thrown out most of the federal corruption charges against his client.
A&E Dispatch | Brooklyn lawyer Tommy Savitt wins Seattle comedy contest (Seattle Times)
Tommy Savitt, a Brooklyn lawyer-turned-comic, won the 2008 Seattle International StandUp Comedy Competition.
Attorney: most charges against PR governor tossed (The Charlotte Observer)
(The Associated Press) The attorney for Puerto Rico's governor says a federal judge has thrown out most of the federal corruption charges against his client. Attorney Thomas Green says the judge dismissed 15 of the 24 charges against Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila related to alleged campaign finance violations. He says all but two have been dismissed with prejudice and cannot be filed again. Green ...
Attorney: most charges against PR governor tossed (The State)
The attorney for Puerto Rico's governor says a federal judge has thrown out most of the federal corruption charges against his client. Attorney Thomas Green says the judge dismissed 15 of the 24 charges against Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila related to alleged campaign finance violations. He says all but two have been dismissed with prejudice and cannot be filed again. Green says Monday's ruling ...
Attorney: most charges against PR governor tossed (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
Associated Press - December 1, 2008 4:13 PM ET SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The attorney for Puerto Rico's governor says a federal judge has thrown out most of the federal corruption charges...
District attorney to bulk up cold-case, environmental prosecutions (San Bernardino Sun)
SAN BERNARDINO - Despite a tight budget, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said he plans to expand a few key areas of his office, including the Cold Case Unit and environmental- fraud prosecution, with existing resources in 2009.
Former city attorney King, 76, passes (The Columbian)
Jerry King, who spent almost three decades as the city of Vancouver's top attorney and remained active in community affairs during his retirement, died last Wednesday. He was 76.
Lawyer: Trampled NY worker lacked crowd training (Boston Herald)
MINEOLA, N.Y. - A family attorney says a temporary worker trampled to death by customers at a New York Wal-Mart store had no training in crowd control. Lawyer Jordan Hecht...
Lawyer says trampled New York-area Wal-Mart worker lacked crowd training (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MINEOLA, New York - A family lawyer says a temporary worker trampled to death by customers at a New York-area Wal-Mart store had no training in crowd control.
Hearing Set in Alleged Fake Lawyer Case (Fox News)
A hearing is scheduled this week for a man accused of violating the conditions of his release from jail while awaiting trial on charges of impersonating a lawyer.
American Apparel Aims to Bring Down "Celebrity Ambulance Chasing" Lawyer (Fast Company Magazine)
The Keith Fink/Dov Charney (lawyer who confirms all bad lawyer stereotypes/American Apparel CEO) standoff just got uglier. Keith Fink has a reputation for targeting celebrities to make a quick buck -- big names he has targeted include Marilyn ...
Venezuelan lawyer gets 2 years in suitcase plea (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Venezuelan lawyer dispatched by President Hugo Chavez's government to help cover up a cash suitcase scandal was handed a two-year prison sentence Monday by a judge who commended his prompt guilty plea and testimony against others.
Venezuelan lawyer gets 2 years in suitcase plea (The Charlotte Observer)
(By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer) A Venezuelan lawyer dispatched by President Hugo Chavez's government to help cover up a cash suitcase scandal was handed a two-year prison sentence Monday by a judge who commended his prompt guilty plea and testimony against others. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard imposed the sentence on Moises Maionica after prosecutors recommended prison time even as ...
Venezuelan lawyer gets 2 years in suitcase plea (The State)
A Venezuelan lawyer dispatched by President Hugo Chavez's government to help cover up a cash suitcase scandal was handed a two-year prison sentence Monday by a judge who commended his prompt guilty plea and testimony against others. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard imposed the sentence on Moises Maionica after prosecutors recommended prison time even as they lauded his willingness to cooperate. ...
Attorney general nominee inherits damaged department (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON — Attorney general nominee Eric Holder will face daunting challenges as the new head of the Justice Department, but those who know him say he's well suited in temperament and experience to tackle the assignment.
Lawyer gets 15 months in federal tax evasion case (The Fresno Bee)
A Las Vegas lawyer has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to failing to file federal income taxes over a five-year period. Read comments
Lawyer: Trampled NY worker lacked crowd training (AP via Yahoo! News)
A worker trampled to death when customers stormed a Wal-Mart for bargains on the day after Thanksgiving had no experience in crowd control and was placed at the entrance because of his hulking frame, police and a lawyer said Monday.
Attorney general nominee inherits damaged department (Miami Herald)
WASHINGTON — Attorney general nominee Eric Holder will face daunting challenges as the new head of the Justice Department, but those who know him say he's well suited in temperament and experience to tackle the assignment.
Attorney general nominee inherits damaged department (Lexington Herald-Leader)
WASHINGTON . Attorney general nominee Eric Holder will face daunting challenges as the new head of the Justice Department, but those who know him say he.s well suited in temperament and experience to tackle the assignment. Holder, who.d be the first black attorney general if confirmed by the Senate, would be taking the helm of a department that.s still recovering from charges of cronyism ...
Attorney general nominee inherits damaged department (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Attorney general nominee Eric Holder will face daunting challenges as the new head of the Justice Department, but those who know him say he's well-suited in temperament and experience to tackle the assignment. Holder, who'd be the first black attorney general if confirmed by the Senate, would be taking the helm of a department still recovering from charges of cronyism and partisan ...
Attorney wants change of venue from Tioga (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
An attorney for Calvin Harris said intense media coverage has made it impossible to find an impartial jury in Tioga County for his client's second murder trial.
Alvarez sworn in as state's attorney (Chicago Tribune)
With her family looking on, Anita Alvarez takes her oath of office at the Chicago Cultural Center. (Tribune / Alex Garcia) Anita Alvarez, the first woman and Hispanic to be elected Cook County state's attorney, took her oath of office today. Alvarez pledged to use the full force of her office when necessary but to temper power with compassion. "The office wields great power ...
Attorney General continues attempt to collect Entergy's records (WLBT 3 Jackson)
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The attempt by Attorney General Jim Hood to collect Entergy Mississippi's fuel purchasing records will go back to court. The state Public Service Commission issued a resolution last week asking Entergy to turn over it's records to Hood by the close of business this afternoon.
Charles T. Newton Jr., trial lawyer, ace recruiter of talent (Houston Chronicle)
Charles T. Newton Jr., a longtime partner in the Houston law firm Vinson & Elkins and an accomplished trial lawyer, died of multiple ailments on Nov. 20. He was 66.