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Attorney General Offers Proposals To Make Voting Easier, Laws Clearer (Washington Post)
RICHMOND, Dec. 16 -- Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell unveiled a package of election reform proposals Tuesday aimed at reducing long lines at polls, adding workers to count ballots and improving voter registration lists.
Lawyer is sentenced in stolen art case (Boston Globe)
BOSTON Retired lawyer Robert M. Mardirosian was sentenced yesterday in US District Court to seven years in prison for possessing and trying to sell paintings stolen from a Stockbridge home in 1978, one of the largest art heists in state history. Mardirosian, 74, of Falmouth, also received three years of supervised release and a $100,000 fine. The art was returned ...
DSHS settles case of boy's death; lawyer asks how state lost track (Seattle Times)
Robley Carr Jr., according to his lawyer, was a victim of the state Department of Social and Health Services' (DSHS) mistakes. He was a victim not once, but twice. In 2003, state and federal authorities paid $5 million to settle claims that Robley and three siblings were horribly abused in foster care. Now, the state has agreed to pay an additional $320,000 to settle a claim that it failed to ...
Ill. impeachment panel awaits Blagojevich attorney (The Charlotte Observer)
(By CHRISTOPHER WILLS, Associated Press Writer) An impeachment inquiry against Gov. Rod Blagojevich hit a speed bump shortly after getting under way, with state lawmakers seeking guidance from federal prosecutors and postponing any real action until the governor's attorney arrives. The attorney, Ed Genson, planned to attend Wednesday's meeting of a special Illinois House committee reviewing ...
'HEDGE-HOG FRAUD' LAWYER SIDESTEPS BANKRUPTCY (New York Post)
A prominent Manhattan lawyer charged with masterminding a massive fraud has decided against filing for bankruptcy protection, his lawyer said yesterday. A receiver appointed to run Mark Dreier's firm had predicted last week that he would seek...
Indian Lawyer Steps Up for Mumbai Suspect (ABC News)
Only Indian lawyer to take the case may be risking his life.
Ill. impeachment panel awaits Blagojevich attorney (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
An impeachment inquiry against Gov. Rod Blagojevich hit a speed bump shortly after getting under way, with state lawmakers seeking guidance from federal prosecutors and postponing any real action until the governor's attorney arrives. The attorney, Ed Genson, planned to attend Wednesday's meeting of a special Illinois House committee reviewing potential impeachment and may provide the ...
Ill. impeachment panel awaits Blagojevich attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
An impeachment inquiry against Gov. Rod Blagojevich hit a speed bump shortly after getting under way, with state lawmakers seeking guidance from federal prosecutors and postponing any real action until the governor's attorney arrives.
Attorney General Offers Proposals To Make Voting Easier, Laws Clearer (Washington Post)
RICHMOND, Dec. 16 -- Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell unveiled a package of election reform proposals Tuesday aimed at reducing long lines at polls, adding workers to count ballots and improving voter registration lists.
Blagojevich lawyer plans to attend Ill. House session (KIVI Boise)
Associated Press - December 17, 2008 8:13 AM ET SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The lawyer for lllinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) is planning to attend today's meeting of a special...
Blagojevich lawyer plans to attend Illinois House session (KSDK St. Louis)
Blagojevich lawyer plans to attend Illinois House session
Former Sabah Attorney-General welcomes JAC Bill (The New Straits Times)
The former attorney-general of Sabah, Datuk Mohamed Bazain Idris, said the JAC Bill should be heralded because it is an attempt to make the appointment of judges more transparent and responsible.
Blagojevich Lawyer Speaks Out (WCTV Tallahassee)
Blagojevich lawyer plans to attend Ill. House session.
Blagojevich lawyer plans to attend Illinois House session (ABC 15 Phoenix)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The lawyer for lllinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is planning to attend today's meeting of a special House committee reviewing possible impeachment.
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.
Ill. impeachment panel awaits Blagojevich attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
An impeachment inquiry against Gov. Rod Blagojevich hit a speed bump shortly after getting under way, with state lawmakers seeking guidance from federal prosecutors and postponing any real action until the governor's attorney arrives.
Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' remains in US hands: lawyer (AFP/File via Yahoo! News)
Saddam Hussein's notorious hatchet-man Hassan al-Majid, who is on death row for massacres of Iraqi Kurds and Shiites, is still being held in US custody, a defence lawyer said on Wednesday.
Attorney General Mukasey Recuses Himself From U.S. Madoff Probe (Bloomberg)
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Attorney General Michael Mukasey has recused himself from the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into Bernard Madoff ’s alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme, a department spokesman said today.
Jail term sought for British lawyer in Berlusconi graft case (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Prosecutors sought Wednesday a jail term of four years and eight months for a British lawyer accused of accepting a bribe from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in exchange for giving false testimony.
BLAGOEJEVICH ATTORNEY CHALLENGES IMPEACHMENT PANEL (New York Post)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants some lawmakers removed from the panel that will recommend whether the governor should be impeached. Attorney Ed Genson says some committee members have made public...
Blagojevich’s Attorney Challenges Impeachment Panel (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich ’s attorney challenged the authority of state lawmakers to decide the political fate of the governor, who federal prosecutors say attempted to sell Barack Obama ’s U.S. Senate seat.
Blagojevich Attorney Challenges Impeachment Panel (Fox News)
The Illinois panel reviewing grounds for impeachment against Gov. Rod Blagojevich rejects a series of challenges from his attorney.   
Italy prosecutor wants lawyer Mills jailed (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
An Italian prosecutor has asked for British lawyer David Mills to be jailed for 4 years and 8 months at a trial where he is charged with taking a bribe from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi 11 years ago.
Blagojevich attorney: State should appoint lawyers (AP via Yahoo! News)
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyer wants the state to appoint and pay for attorneys to represent the governor because Attorney General Lisa Madigan has a conflict of interest and can't do it.
Blagojevich's lawyer fights back (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Blagojevich's lawyer Edward Genson appeared before a House panel studying whether to impeach the governor and asked that three members be removed from the committee because of the tone of their statements about the governor.
Blagojevich lawyer clashes with Illinois impeachment committee (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
CHICAGO - A lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich sharply challenged a panel considering the governor's impeachment Wednesday, arguing that some members should be removed because they've clearly already made up their minds.
Blagojevich’s Attorney Challenges Impeachment Panel (Update3) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich ’s attorney challenged the authority of state lawmakers to decide the political fate of the governor, who federal prosecutors say attempted to sell Barack Obama ’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Blagojevich’s Attorney Challenges Impeachment Panel (Update3) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich ’s attorney challenged the authority of state lawmakers to decide the political fate of the governor, who federal prosecutors say attempted to sell Barack Obama ’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Attorney General nominee to earn $4.6 million (AP via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General-designate Eric Holder will earn $4.6 million from his law firm this year and next, according to financial records he provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
GMAC Debt Swap May Get 75% Participation, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- GMAC LLC may reach its goal of getting 75 percent of bondholders to participate in a debt swap designed to avert a collapse of the auto and home lender, said a lawyer for bankers handling the exchange.
Lawyer: 4 children associated with Alamo ministries to stay in state custody; 36 seized in all (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A lawyer says four children involved in the Tony Alamo (uh-LAW'-mo) Christian Ministries will remain in state custody after officials seized them last week.
Attorney General nominee to earn $4.6 million (San Francisco Chronicle)
Attorney General-designate Eric Holder will earn $4.6 million from his law firm this year and next, according to financial records he provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee, which is preparing for Holder's confirmation hearing on Jan. 15,...
Lawyer in murder retrial case says state police lab unreliable (The Republican)
NORTHAMPTON - The lawyer for convicted murderer Paul L. Fickling told a Superior Court judge Wednesday that he does not want evidence in his client's case turned over to the state police laboratory.
Ex-Farm Bureau lawyer in Goochland court on theft charges (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Former Virginia Farm Bureau insurance lawyer Lawrence H. Bidwell is scheduled to appear in Goochland County Circuit Court today for arraignment on embezzlement charges. He is accused of stealing an insurance claim check. Today he faces additional theft charges. Bidwell, 49, was arrested in August and charged with embezzling a $30,000 claim check this year. He had worked for the Farm Bureau’s ...
Ex-Farm Bureau lawyer guilty (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A former Virginia Farm Bureau lawyer pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing at least $2 million from the organization since 1996 while serving as the bureau’s claims attorney. Judge Timothy K. Sanner convicted Lawrence H. Bidwell, 49, after his plea to five embezzlement charges and a forgery count during a brief hearing in Goochland County Circuit Court.
Attorney general takes himself out of Madoff probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
The fraud investigation of Wall Street money manager Bernard L. Madoff took unusual twists Wednesday as the U.S. attorney general removed himself and the Securities and Exchange Commission looked into the relationship between Madoff's niece and a former SEC attorney who reviewed Madoff's business.
Attorney: Blagojevich won't pick Obama's replacement (Houston Chronicle)
Attorney Ed Genson said Illinois Senate leaders have already said they won't accept an appointment by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, so there's no reason for the Democratic governor to select someone.
Trial date set in case of suspended lawyer (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A state district judge has set a March 30 trial date for a case involving a Fort Worth attorney initially accused of neglecting his clients, failing to carry out obligations as their attorney and practicing law with a suspended license. State District Judge Steve Emmert of Wheeler set the case for trial after the state Commission for Lawyer Discipline accused Ben Boothe of altering a document ...
Sentence in abduction case fair, says lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
The lawyer for a woman sentenced to home detention for the five month abduction of her six-year-old son says her sentence is fair. Kay Skelton received nine months' home detention and community work at the High Court in Hamilton today.
Judge says defense attorney in Medina death penalty case was qualified (Dallas Morning News)
A Dallas County judge quickly ruled Wednesday that the lead defense attorney in the Hector Medina death penalty trial was qualified for the job, even though her name was not on a list of attorneys approved to handle capital punishment cases.
Vigorous Blagojevich Defense by Noted Lawyer (New York Times)
When asked on Wednesday why he took Rod R. Blagojevich?s case, Edward Genson, the governor?s new lawyer, said, ?I take the cases that are fun.?
Attorney: Ill. Governor Won't Fill Senate Vacancy (ABC News)
Blagojevich attorney says embattled Illinois governor won't name Senate replacement for Obama
Cellini may need new lawyer (The State Journal-Register)
Prosecutors moved Wednesday to force Springfield developer William Cellini to get a new lawyer to defend charges he plotted to raise an illegal $1.5 million campaign contribution for Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  
Chicago Lawyer Should Be Barred From Corruption Case, U.S. Says (Bloomberg)
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Dan Webb , the Winston & Strawn lawyer for a former Illinois Republican Party leader accused of corruption, has a conflict of interest and should be barred from the case, U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing.
RI attorney general meets with Obama team (Boston Globe)
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch asks President-elect Barack Obama's transition team to give state governments more power to regulate mortgage lenders and consumer products.
Illinois governor won't go quietly, lawyer warns (Seattle Times)
Any prospect that the saga over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's hold on power might end swiftly evaporated Wednesday when the state Supreme Court refused to hear a request to remove him, and Blagojevich's lawyer made it clear to an impeachment inquiry in Springfield that the governor had no intention of going quietly.
Judge orders Karoly to appoint lawyer over will (The Morning Call)
January deadline set to name his defense in fraud case. A federal court judge has given attorney John P. Karoly Jr. a mid-January deadline to appoint a defense lawyer against charges he submitted a phony will in an attempt to gain the bulk of his late brother's estate.
Chief Justice says Kasab should get lawyer for 'fair trial' (IBN live)
Several lawyer bodies have refused to take up Ajmal's case.
Blagojevich lawyer Genson rips into hearing (The State Journal-Register)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s criminal defense lawyer tore into Illinois House impeachment proceedings Wednesday, saying the impeachment committee’s procedures are illegal, demanding that he be allowed to subpoena U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and arguing that three committee members should be removed because they are biased.   MORE BLAGOJEVICH NEWS AND OPINION SUPREME COURT: ...
N.J. Attorney General plans to appeal beach-access ruling (The Star-Ledger)
The state Attorney General's Office plans to appeal a court ruling that said the Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its authority in a beach-access case involving Avalon, according to a report in the Press of Atlantic City. The report said...