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Lawyer: NYC cop indicted in body-check of cyclist caught on video and posted on YouTube (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A New York City police officer has been indicted after being caught on video knocking a bicyclist to the ground. Lawyer Stuart London says Patrick Pogan must report to the Manhattan prosecutor's office on Tuesday morning.
Australian lawyer uses Facebook to serve court papers (Times Online)
In what may be a legal first, an Australian lawyer has used Facebook to serve legal documents on a couple who defaulted on their mortgage.
High-Profile Defense Attorney Takes On Gov's Case (CBS 2 Chicago)
For years the mob had him on speed dial. His clients know he'll do almost anything to win. And Monday night, CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker reports Gov. Rod Blagojevich has retained legendary Chicago attorney Ed Genson to fight the federal corruption charges against him.
Attorney says Obama didn't communicate with Blagojevich about a Senate replacement (The Kansas City Star)
CHICAGO | President-elect Barack Obama said Monday a review by his attorney shows he had no direct contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about the appointment of a Senate replacement.
Lawyer's bet: Poker's a skill (The State)
MOUNT PLEASANT — A lawyer for five people busted for playing poker in a Mount Pleasant home will get a chance to argue that a specific version of the card game requires too much skill to be included under South Carolina law banning games of chance. Mount Pleasant Municipal Judge J. Lawrence Duffy Jr. signed a ruling last month allowing the arguments to be made in the trials for five of the ...
Helton again interested in East Ridge attorney post (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
A year and a half after he was fired as East Ridge city attorney, Cris Helton is positioning himself for a possible comeback.
District attorney considering shutting down Natrona bar (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is still deciding whether to take steps to shut down a bar that was the common thread in a 24-hour period when a man was shot to death and another stabbed in separate incidents.
Former lawyer, 74, sentenced to 7 years in stolen art case (Boston Globe)
A retired Watertown lawyer was sentenced to seven years in federal prison yesterday for possessing six Impressionist paintings that he knew were stolen in 1978 from a house in the Berkshires in what is believed to be the largest private art theft in Massachusetts history.
Lawyer wants Connolly's conviction voided (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. filed a 36-page legal brief in Miami yesterday, arguing that Connolly's recent conviction of second-degree murder with a gun for a 1982 gangland slaying in Florida must be tossed out "to prevent a manifest injustice."
State Bar punishes lawyer (The News & Observer)
A Raleigh lawyer had his law license suspended this month for failing to do what his clients paid him to do.
Attorney General Nominee Reports More Than $2 Million in 2008 Income (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday posted online Eric Holder Jr.'s attorney general questionnaire. It looks a lot like the questionnaire he filled out as a nominee to be deputy AG, but for a few voyeuristic details.
Attorney urges judge to toss confession in child rape case (Sun-Sentinel)
Attorney argues defendant was unable to understand his rights The statement Milagro Cunningham made to detectives admitting he raped an 8-year-old girl should not be allowed as evidence, his attorney argued in court Monday.
Lawyer's pricey divorce leads to prison (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
CLINTON - A prominent Clinton lawyer and civic leader is in prison on a contempt of court charge stemming from the failure to pay money she owes her ex-husband in a drawn-out divorce settlement.
Lawyer uses Facebook to find defendants (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
SYDNEY -- An Australian lawyer has served legal documents on a couple via Facebook in what is thought to be a world first, his firm said on Tuesday.
District attorney reports to family (The Mississippi Press)
Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence met with the family of Billey Joe Johnson Jr. on Monday and released the official incident report of last week's shooting death of the George County High School football star.
Lawyer objects to ACA’s bid to have Eric Chia’s acquittal reviewed (The New Straits Times)
Lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah today objected to the attempt by an Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) prosecutor to have the High Court review Tan Sri Eric Chia’s acquittal last year.
7-year-old accused of robbery with plastic knife just 'play-acting,' attorney says (Sun-Sentinel)
A first-grader who police said robbed a classmate at knifepoint should not be prosecuted, because he and the other child were simply playing, the boy's attorney said.
New Attorney Represents Anthony Family (WESH 2 Orlando)
Attorney Brad Conway has become the latest attorney representing the family of Casey Anthony.
Ex-lawyer's child porn term increased (Sky News Australia)
A former lawyer who kept a hidden stash of nearly 300,000 child porn images and forged police documents to keep his job has had his sentence increased.
Lawyer: Even LR says closing jail records wrong (NWAnews.com)
The Arkansas Supreme Court should order the jail records of the man accused of murdering a Little Rock television anchor to be opened to avoid "needless multiple proceedings" that would ensnarl the public's right to know, a lawyer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette argued Monday in a brief submitted to the state's highest court. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Yahoo's Top IP Lawyer Quits (Law.com)
Joseph Siino, the lawyer who built Yahoo Inc. 's intellectual property department, is leaving the struggling search giant. Yahoo has lost a number of executives this year, its stock continues to slump, and it began the process of laying off 1,500 workers last week.
Lawyer sentenced in art theft (UPI)
BOSTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A retired 74-year-old lawyer with early dementia has been sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing stolen art by a federal judge in Boston.
Lawyer goes to jail on bribery charges (WLOX-TV Biloxi)
OXFORD, MS (AP) - Attorney Joey Langston has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for conspiring to influence a circuit judge to help resolve a legal fees lawsuit against lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.
Miss. attorney gets 3 years in bribery case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Mississippi attorney convicted of conspiring to influence a judge in a major judicial bribery case has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Ledger's Former Attorney Sues Life Insurance Co. (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
A judge today set an August trial date for a lawsuit brought by a former attorney for Heath Ledger suing over a $10 million life insurance policy that's allegedly gone unpaid since the actor's death earlier this year.
Legal aid services denies lawyer's claims (Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The agency which funds legal aid is surprised it is being criticised by Nai Yin Xue's lawyer via the media and says it has not paid the murder-accused's bills because he has not shown he is entitled to it.
Fears over Attorney-General's Finks application (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The South Australian Council for Civil Liberties is calling for the Attorney-General to reject the Police Commissioner's application to make the Finks bikie club illegal.
Legal aid services denies lawyer's claims (NZCity)
17 December 2008 The agency which funds legal aid is surprised it is being criticised by Nai Yin Xue's lawyer via the media and says it has not paid the murder-accused's bills because he has not shown he is entitled to it.
Attorney: Vick might move to halfway house (ESPN)
Michael Vick's bankruptcy attorney says the former NFL star could be moved from a federal prison in Kansas to a halfway house in Virginia by late January.
Center for Arizona Policy attorney Peter Gentala takes position with Arizona House (BizJournals)
Peter Gentala, head attorney for the socially conservative Center for Arizona Policy, is leaving that post to become general counsel for the Arizona House of Representatives.
Attorney: Vick might move to halfway house (ESPN)
Michael Vick's bankruptcy attorney says the former NFL star could be moved from a federal prison in Kansas to a halfway house in Virginia by late January.
Lawyer: Vick May Be Moved to Halfway House in Jan (ABC News)
Vick bankruptcy lawyer says ex-NFL star could be moved to Va. halfway house by late January
Lawyer: says former NFL star Vick may be moved to halfway house in January (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
NORFOLK, Va. - Michael Vick's bankruptcy lawyer says the former NFL star could be moved from a federal prison in Kansas to a halfway house in Virginia by late January.
Virginia Attorney General Proposes Voting Changes (Washington Post)
Attorney General Bob McDonnell is backing legislation to streamline the voting process, standardize guidelines to determine voter residence, and ensure that all ballots are properly counted.
One hand tied behind his back says Harkat lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
OTTAWA - A lawyer appointed to ensure that accused terrorist Mohamed Harkat gets a fair hearing says he's fighting with one hand tied behind his back because of gag rules that apply to his job.
Animal Abuser's Lawyer Says Dog Has No Rights (WFTV 9 Orlando)
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The lawyer for a woman who admitted to abusing her dog says the animal has no rights and his client shouldn’t have to go to jail while she appeals her sentence.
Madoff’s Indirect Investors May Recover Some Money, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Indirect investors who got ensnarled in Bernard Madoff ’s alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme have a better chance of recovering their money than direct investors, says a securities-arbitration lawyer.
Illinois Speaker, Attorney General Have Stormy Past with Blagojevich (Fox News)
House Speakaer Michael Madigan and his daughter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have clashed with Rod Blagojevich long before he was arrested on corruption charges last week.
Attorney General files preliminary injunction against Greenleaf Companies (The Springfield News-Leader)
Jay Nixon, the Missouri Attorney General, today filed a preliminary injunction against The Real Estate Company, Greenleaf Companies, Scott Dasal, Eric Gagnepain and Bill Strong in the Greene County Circuit Court.
Lawyer puts Facebook to work (Australian IT)
A LAWYER who won the right to serve legal documents on two defendants via Facebook says courts around the country will follow his lead.
Man accused of trying to swindle Petters acting as his own lawyer (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Man accused of trying to swindle Petters is acting as his own lawyer in court. Derrick Riddle is accused of attempting to swindle $250,000.
Coleman Hires Attorney Following Allegations of Illegal Money Funneling (Fox News)
Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has hired an attorney in connection with allegations that a wealthy businessman and longtime friend tried to illegally funnel him $75,000.  
Bent lawyer in Met police 'race war' is facing ruin (Daily Mail)
Shahrokh Mireskandari, the bent lawyer at the centre of Scotland Yard's 'race war', is facing ruin after being suspended from working as a solicitor.
Attorney Gets 3 Years in Major Judicial Bribery Case (Law.com)
A Mississippi attorney convicted of conspiring to influence a judge in a major judicial bribery case was sentenced Tuesday to three years in federal prison and fined $250,000. Attorney Joey Langston was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to trying to intervene in a lawsuit against well-known plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs. Scruggs went to prison in August for conspiring to ...
An In-House Lawyer's Wild Backdating Ride (Law.com)
A plea deal released Monday by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles shows how in-house lawyer Richard Hirst's California dreams got squashed. He's not the one who pleaded guilty; rather, he comes off in the documents as the unwitting instrument in a corporate coverup at KB Home. And while he'll likely escape jail, Hirst's role is very far removed from what he probably had in mind when the ...
Attorney: DC man charged in Boundary Waters wildfire kills himself (Pioneer Press)
WASHINGTON — A Washington, D.C., man accused of causing one of the most destructive forest fires in Minnesota history has committed suicide, his attorney said Tuesday.
Lawyer appeals for release of Tariq Aziz (UPI)
ROME, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The lawyer for former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz called on Pope Benedict XVI to facilitate his release from custody to mark the Christmas season.
Fired lawyer can pursue court case against Amgen (Los Angeles Times)
Darrell G. Dotson says the pharmaceutical giant dismissed him for engaging in whistle-blower activities. A former Amgen Inc. patent lawyer won a victory Tuesday in his effort to get restitution for his firing last year for what he called whistle-blower activities targeting the pharmaceutical giant.
Attorney General: Fund-raisers often stingy (Boston Herald)
It's been a tough few years for charities, but not for the people who are raising money for them. According to a new report from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha...
Mayor's former bodyguards have to pay 2007 attorney fees (WLBT 3 Jackson)
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson Mayor Frank Melton's former bodyguards will have to cover their own attorney fees in the 2007 state trial. City Council members failed to approve an order that would have paid 30-thousand dollars for Marcus Wright's attorney and 20-thousand for Michael Recio's attorney.