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Three-strikes defendant gets new attorney (The Columbian)
A judge appointed a Kelso attorney to represent a defendant accused of overturning a heavy wooden table in a courtroom last summer, injuring a deputy prosecutor.
French court allows "Les Miserables" sequel: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Modern-day sequels to Victor Hugo's classic "Les Miserables" have been allowed after a French court threw out a suit from the 19th century master's descendants, a lawyer for publishers Plon said on Friday.
Collier Women’s Bar Association names Legal Aid attorney woman attorney of the year (Naples Daily News)
The Collier County Women’s Bar Association has named Sister Maureen Kelleher as the organization’s Woman Attorney of the Year for 2008. Kelleher is the managing attorney of Legal Aid Service of Collier County — a private, non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals in Collier County.
Prescott lawyer busted for feeding client (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A Prescott lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said.
French court allows "Les Miserables" sequel: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra News)
PARIS (Reuters) - Modern-day sequels to Victor Hugo's classic "Les Miserables" have been allowed after a French court threw out a suit from the 19th century master's descendants, a lawyer for publishers Plon said on Friday .
Attorney: Ex-NASCAR official 'needed closure' (ESPN)
he former official who filed a $225 million racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against NASCAR is very pleased with her settlement and looking forward to moving on, her attorney said Friday.
Lawyer: Ex-Official Pleased With NASCAR Settlement (ABC News)
Ex-official who filed a $225M lawsuit against NASCAR very pleased with settlement, lawyer says
Lawyer arrested for giving client a piece of candy (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said.
Attorney plans legal fight over wiretaps (The World)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney is offering a glimpse of his client’s unfolding legal strategy, saying he’ll challenge the lawfulness of court-ordered wiretaps at the heart of federal corruption allegations against the Democrat. But the two-term governor may go public to defend himself first.
Lawyer arrested for giving client a piece of candy (The Kansas City Star)
A lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said. Damon Rossi, 38, was arrested at his home on Thursday, a day after he asked two detention officers if he could feed his client a piece of candy, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said on Friday. Rossi went ahead and gave the inmate ...
Lawyer Arrested For Giving Client A Piece Of Candy (CBS News)
A lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said. Damon Rossi, 38, was arrested at his home on Thursday, a day after he asked two detention officers if he could feed his client a piece of candy, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said on Friday. Rossi went ahead and gave the inmate ...
Lawyer: O.J. evidence headed to eBay (CNN)
O.J. Simpson may be sitting in a Nevada prison, but the drama continues with hearings today in two states. It's all about sports memoriabila. Witness Al Beardsley is ordered to surrender a Hall of Fame ring Simpson gave him. Was it a bribe? A lawyer calls the saga 'Lord of the Rings in an Orange Jumpsuit.'
Former U.S. attorney interested in Senate appointment (Rocky Mountain News)
Henry Solano, former U.S. attorney for Colorado, has let Gov. Bill Ritter know he's interested in being appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Lawyer arrested for giving client a piece of candy (Boston Globe)
A lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said. Damon Rossi, 38, was arrested at his home on Thursday, a day after he asked two detention officers if he could feed his client a piece of candy, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn ...
Prescott lawyer busted for feeding client candy (The Arizona Republic)
A Prescott lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said.
Lawyer arrested for giving client a piece of candy (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said.
California attorney general asks state's top court to void gay-marriage ban (USA Today)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, arguing that the voter-passed ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Brown, the state's chief law enforcer, said after the measure passed last month that he would defend it in court. But in his surprise filing this afternoon, Brown said Prop. 8 "deprives people of the right to marry, an ...
California Attorney General Urges Court to Void Same-Sex Marriage Ban (KRON 4 Bay Area)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California attorney general has changed his position on the state's new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
Attorney calls for mental health evaluation (Peoria Journal Star)
The attorney for a man accused of starving his 5-month-old child to death cited 19th century English Common Law as precedent to include a lesser charge if and when there is a trial.
Pioneering environmental lawyer dies at 92 (Austin American-Statesman)
Dallas environmental lawyer and activist Edward C. Fritz, who proved in federal court in the 1970s that illegal logging was occurring throughout the national forests of Texas, died Friday at age 92.
California attorney general urges court to void Prop. 8 (The San Francisco Examiner)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has changed his position with respect to the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
NLJ Lawyer of the Year: DOJ's Glenn A. Fine (Law.com)
The National Law Journal has named Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine as lawyer of the year. During a year in which the DOJ's reputation suffered several black eyes, Fine emerged as a beacon of nonpartisanship and independence. Fine's investigation into the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys may be the "flagship" report of 2008, notes former boss Michael Bromwich, but Fine's ...
Proposition 8 Proponents React to Attorney General Jerry Brown's Request to Invalidate Proposition 8 (Christian News Wire)
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 19 / Christian Newswire / -- Responding to the Attorney General's announcement that he is asking the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, Andrew Pugno, General Counsel for Prop 8's official proponents, said:
Lawyer ordered to leave grandma's former home (San Antonio Express-News & KENS 5)
The San Antonio lawyer jailed this fall for contempt of court in a bizarre case involving her grandmother's estate and allegations that she had embezzled from it was ordered by a Bexar County probate judge on Friday to leave the Monticello Park home she bought with the fortune, even as her own lawyer raised questions about her competence.
Former Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge (Mobile Press-Register)
FOLEY, Ala. -- David Whetstone, a former Baldwin County District attorney and municipal judge, was arrested tonight on a misdemeanor DUI charge, a Foley jail dispatcher said. Another dispatcher confirmed that Whetstone would remain at the jail until this morning....
Attorney who stole from clients gets 4 years (Daily Herald)
A disbarred Algonquin attorney who admitted to stealing from his clients was sentenced to four years in prison Friday
California's attorney general asks state high court to void gay marriage ban (Chicago Tribune)
The state attorney general, who had earlier vowed to defend Prop. 8, offers a novel legal theory for why it should be overturned. The action surprises some legal experts. California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to invalidate the voter-approved ban on gay marriage, declaring that "the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional ...
Lawyer arrested for giving client a piece of candy (The Times of India)
PRESCOTT, ARIZ: A lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said.
Calif. attorney general changes stand, urges court to void gay marriage ban (Daily Record)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The California attorney general has changed his position on the state's new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
Deceased attorney Reber's former client to be reimbursed (The Marion Star)
COLUMBUS - A Marion County attorney failed to distribute or otherwise account for funds belonging to the estate of a client, the Board of Commissioners of the Clients' Security Fund of Ohio has determined.
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Lawyer Says DPA is ‘Going back to the Chinese roots’ (The Epoch Times)
Mr. Smith, a lawyer, and Ms. Bryan, a Marketing Director, attended Divine Performing Arts’ first show in Atlanta on December 19. Ms. Bryan was enthusiastic about the show, and said she had been promoting it to her acquaintances and colleagues in advance.
Court allows late appeal in attempted rape case ! Defense attorney filed notice of appeal one day after deadline (NWAnews.com)
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday granted a Missouri man convicted of attempted rape in Washington County a chance to appeal despite his attorney's tardiness in seeking the high court's review. (Northwest Arkansas Times)
Former Ohio attorney general raided campaign cash (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper reports that former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann used his campaign account to bankroll home repairs and family vacations.
Gay marriage ban is against constitution says California Attorney General (Daily Telegraph)
California's Attorney General has ruled that an attempt to ban gay marriage is against the state's constitution boosting the claims and morale of embattled gay rights campaigners.
U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald To Speak At Bradley U. (CBS 2 Chicago)
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is scheduled to give the midyear commencement address at Bradley University in central Illinois.
Lawyer Reprimanded For Sleeping With Client (Times Record)
LITTLE ROCK — A committee that regulates the conduct of Arkansas lawyers has reprimanded a military lawyer from Jacksonville for having sex with a client and lying about it.
State attorney general urges court to void Proposition 8 (The Monterey County Herald)
SAN FRANCISCO — California Attorney General Jerry Brown changed course on the state's same-sex marriage ban Friday and urged the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
Attorney: PUSD suit would be costly (Pasadena Star-News)
PASADENA - Suing contractors suspected of defrauding the Pasadena Unified School District would be unproductive and costly, an attorney who represents the school district wrote in a Dec. 15 letter to the school board.
Attorney General Jerry Brown Declares Prop 8 Invalid (SFist)
Whoa. This is big. Attorney General and former Governor of California Jerry Brown says prop 8 is invalid . Yesterday Brown filed a legal brief claiming the same-sex marriage ban, which would amend the California Constitution to include discrimination and gays and lesbian couples, " is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right . " What is this ...
State Attorney probe looks into Hoover land deals (Whittier Daily News)
WHITTIER - The state Attorney General's Office is investigating the Arizona and California land deals of former Whittier Police Chief Brad Hoover, officials said Friday.
Noli hires lawyer vs illegal recruiters (Cebu Daily News)
MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Noli de Castro has hired a lawyer to work full time to ensure the conviction of illegal recruiters already charged in court.
Former Ohio attorney general raided campaign cash (Port Clinton News Herald)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper reports that former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann used his campaign account to bankroll home repairs and family vacations.
US Attorney Fitzgerald speaks at Bradley U. (Chicago Sun-Times)
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's nine-minute commencement address at Bradley University doesn't contain any juicy new details about the corruption case he's brought against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Report: Former Ohio attorney general raised campaign cash for vacations, Christmas presents (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann used his campaign account to bankroll home repairs and family vacations, according to a newspaper review of state investigative reports.
Attorney General wants court to void Prop 8 (KGO-TV Bay Area)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown changed course on the state's new same-sex marriage ban Friday and urged the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
Attorney John Ogden seeks judgeship (York Daily Record)
Attorney John M. Ogden has practiced in many areas of law, including criminal, family and zoning, over the past 15 years.
Moore’s NHL playing career over: Lawyer (National Post)
While the assumption has always been there, it was publicly acknowledged on Thursday that Steve Moore’s playing career is over. Moore, who was playing with the Colorado Avalanche when he was sucker-punched by Todd Bertuzzi during a March 8, 2004, game, has not played since the incident. His lawyer, Tim Danson, told the Rocky Mountain News that Moore won’t play hockey again
Former Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone charged with DUI; vehicle was swerving, police say (Mobile Press-Register)
David Whetstone, who served as Baldwin County District Attorney for more than two decades, was pulled over for erratic driving and arrested for DUI in Summerdale Friday, according to Summerdale Police Chief Dwain Riebeling....
California attorney general wants state to invalidate anti-gay marriage proposit .. (norsorpor.com)
California attorney general wants state to invalidate anti-gay marriage proposition LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed court papers, urging the state Supreme Court to invalidate Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage, it was reported on Saturday.