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Tulsa City Attorney, Family Killed In Crash (KOCO 5 Oklahoma City)
An assistant Tulsa city attorney, his wife and a woman believed to be his mother-in-law are killed in a fiery one-vehicle crash in Wichita, Kan.
U.S. Attorney Won’t Assist Blagojevich Impeachment (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he won’t help a panel of Illinois lawmakers considering impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich , to avoid compromising a criminal inquiry into political corruption.
Attorney victim of Internet fraud (9 News Denver)
CENTENNIAL - A Littleton attorney has become the latest victim of a Nigerian Internet scam. Now, the 18th Judicial District Attorney is warning others they too could be victims.
U.S. Attorney Won’t Assist Blagojevich Impeachment (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declined to help an Illinois impeachment panel targeting Governor Rod Blagojevich , saying cooperation may compromise his own inquiry into political corruption.
Prosecutor: Securities broker schemed to defraud hedge funds with prominent NYC lawyer Dreier (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A former securities broker was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud Tuesday, the second arrest in a fraud case against a prominent Manhattan lawyer accused of duping hedge funds into making bogus investments.
Judge quits after phoning lawyer (BBC News)
A judge resigns after admitting a "serious error of judgment" by phoning a prosecution lawyer outside court.
Michigan Attorney General's opinion: Remote-control fishing is illegal (The Kalamazoo Gazette)
LANSING -- Michigan's attorney general says it's illegal to use a remote-controlled boat and rod to catch fish in state waters....
State Attorney looks into charge against Cape Coral Councilman (The News-Press)
The state Attorney's Office is looking into an allegation against Cape Coral Councilman Eric Grill.
Obama attorney's review: No `deal' with Blagojevich (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON — Neither President-elect Barack Obama nor his top staff had any inappropriate contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about the state's vacant Senate seat, an internal review by Obama's attorney reported on Tuesday.
NYC lawyer Marc Dreier suspended from law practice (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - December 23, 2008 7:55 PM ET NEW YORK (AP) - A prominent New York lawyer who is accused of fleecing hedge funds in a $380 million investment scam has been suspended from...
NYC lawyer Marc Dreier suspended from law practice (The Post-Standard)
NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent New York lawyer who is accused of fleecing hedge funds in a $380 million investment scam has been suspended from practicing law.
Judge Finds Lawyer's Closing 'Aggressive' but Not Ground for New Trial (Law.com)
A defense attorney's statements during closing arguments that a plaintiffs lawyer and her doctors operated as a "team" and his implications they withheld information in a personal injury case were "undoubtedly aggressive and argumentative," but not grounds for a new trial, a judge has found. The plaintiff -- a topless dancer and flight attendant rear-ended by a sanitation truck -- was caught ...
5th Circuit Upholds Attorney's Conviction in Fen-Phen Case (Law.com)
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of an attorney for swindling a pharmaceutical company out of millions of dollars over the diet drug fen-phen. Robert Arledge was convicted in federal court in 2007 of one count of conspiracy, four counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud. He was sentenced to six years for his role in the scheme, which netted more than $6 million ...
Second attorney files to withdraw from Torres case (Grand Island Independent)
Accused double murderer Marco E. Torres Jr. has had an attorney file a motion to withdraw as his counsel for the second time this year.
Attorney General: Sheriff in violation of state law (Island Packet)
A new policy of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office violates the state's open records laws by not providing reasonable public access to police reports in a timely fashion, according to a state Attorney General's Office opinion released Tuesday.
Stapley votes on County Attorney issue despite criminal indictment (ABC 15 Phoenix)
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley voted to limit the role of County Attorney Andrew Thomas who is prosecuting Stapley on 118 criminal counts.
Lawyer: Tech’s Vassallo not guilty of shoplifting (WSLS Newschannel 10 Roanoke)
The lawyer representing Virginia Tech basketball player A.S. Vassallo says Vassallo did nothing wrong in an incident that led to his arrest and a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.
St. Paul city attorney has processed 241 RNC cases; about 400 more remain (Pioneer Press)
The St. Paul city attorney's office has made charging decisions on 241 of about 650 Republican National Convention cases it expects to process.
Dubai 'sex on the beach' Briton returns home: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A British woman convicted of having sex on the beach in the booming city-state of Dubai has returned home, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
Judge Finds Lawyer's Closing 'Aggressive' but Not Ground for New Trial (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A defense attorney's statements during closing arguments that a plaintiffs lawyer and her doctors operated as a "team" and his implications they withheld information in a personal injury case were "undoubtedly aggressive and argumentative," but not grounds for a new trial, a judge has found.
Nation briefs: U.S. attorney declines to help impeach Blagojevich (Newsday)
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has declined to help an Illinois impeachment panel targeting Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying cooperation may compromise his own inquiry into political corruption. Fitzgerald won't provide affidavits, wiretap applications, fundraising lists or names of anonymous witnesses, according to a letter the House legislative committee released today. He asked lawmakers to ...
Annapolis city attorney recertified to practice (Baltimore Sun)
Annapolis' acting city attorney has been recertified to practice law in the state, after what he described as an oversight left him uncertified for the past two years. Stephen Kling, who began serving as the acting city attorney in October, was recertified Monday, according to Angelita Plemmer, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary. Kling did not respond to a call requesting comment. Kling's ...
Six questions for Conrad Hafen, Chief Deputy Attorney General (Las Vegas Sun)
Chief Deputy Attorney General Conrad Hafen has kept a higher profile lately prosecuting public officials.
Attorney general: Sheriff violating SC records law (Live 5 News Charleston)
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina attorney general's office says a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office policy blocking access to public records on weekends and holidays violates the state's open records law.
Kaine Relative Eyed for U.S. Attorney Job (Washington Post)
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's brother-in-law is among the candidates for U.S. attorney in Alexandria, a key law enforcement job that is supposed to be free of political considerations, legal and political officials said yesterday.
Lawyer admits looting family trust (Cape Cod Times)
BARNSTABLE — John Roberts Jr. appeared before a district court judge yesterday, not in his capacity as a Hyannis lawyer, but because of it.
Dubai 'sex on the beach' Briton returns home: lawyer (Middle East Times)
An Emirati man walks past the Dubai Courts where the trial of a British couple accused of having sex on a beach was held in September. Michelle Palmer, 36, convicted of having sex on the beach. has returned home, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
Lawyer: Remove religious remarks (Texarkana Gazette)
The lawyer representing Tony Alamo in a civil lawsuit filed last month on behalf of two former followers wants the court to remove references to religion from legal documents.
Board votes to strip County Attorney Thomas of legal council (ABC 15 Phoenix)
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to partially strip County Attorney Andrew Thomas of his role as their legal council.
Annapolis city attorney recertified to practice (Baltimore Sun)
Annapolis' acting city attorney has been recertified to practice law in the state, after what he described as an oversight left him uncertified for the past two years. Stephen Kling, who began serving as the acting city attorney in October, was recertified Monday, according to Angelita Plemmer, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary. Kling did not respond to a call requesting comment. Kling's ...
Attorney: Nurse case coerced into confession (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - A defense attorney in Ohio says a former nightshift nurse accused of sexually abusing patients at a nursing home was coerced into giving a videotaped confession.
Alamo lawyer wants religious language removed from lawsuit (KSLA-TV Shreveport)
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A lawyer for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo has asked a federal court to remove religious references from a lawsuit against his client, saying they have the potential to draw the court into theological debate to decide the case.
Attorney general: Sheriff violating SC records law (The State)
The South Carolina attorney general's office says a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office policy blocking access to public records on weekends and holidays violates the state's open records law. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that the opinion released Tuesday says the state's Freedom of Information Act requires reasonable access to incident reports at night, on weekends and during holidays. ...
John Petrini, 1944-2008: Attorney put family, faith first (The Bakersfield Californian)
He argued a case before the California Supreme Court, prosecuted defendants as a deputy district attorney, donated legal services to community organizations, rose to a partnership in one of Bakersfield's most prestigious law firms, and valued faith, family and integrity as the bedrock principles of his life. John F. Petrini beat back cancer at least twice in the past six years before finally ...
Comptroller: ORDA lawyer received two state pensions (Lake Placid News)
LAKE PLACID - The state Olympic Regional Development Authority helped its lawyer wrongly receive retirement benefits, according to an audit released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The lawyer, John Cansdale, may also have misrepresented his hours in his full-time job as executive director of the state Racing and Wagering Board, for which he received retirement ben
Madonna 'snubs family get together to meet divorce lawyer' (New Kerala)
London, December 24 : Madonna reportedly snubbed a festive family get together to meet her divorce lawyer after arriving in England with kids.
Vote Facebook for California attorney general? (CNET)
Facebook's chief privacy officer is considering a run for California's state attorney general. Can he be trusted with the job?
50 years a lawyer (Daily News)
It gives me great pleasure to make this felicitation to a very close friend and schoolmate, Aelian Peiris, Attorney-at-Law, who completes 50 years as a lawyer.
Local lawyer to be freed from prison amid appeal (The Lancaster Times & Clinton Courier)
Local lawyer and businesswoman Cynthia Dziurgot is in prison after disobeying a court order in her divorce case, but her attorney said this week her 90-day sentence will be stayed.
Columbus attorney wins civil suit (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Columbus attorney Ben Land won $1.25 million on Friday in a neglect case against a DeKalb County nursing home.
Odessa attorney questions commissioners court (Del Rio News-Herald)
An Odessa attorney told county commissioners court Monday he wants to be on the court’s agenda to discuss the use of a lot in a Lake Amistad Subdivision by a National Park Service concessionaire.
City attorney indicted again (Fall River Herald News)
A city attorney already facing charges in Plymouth County has been indicted again by a Bristol County grand jury.
Prominent GOP lawyer charged in assault at posh White Plains restaurant (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - A Republican lawyer who served as a top aide to former state Sen. Nicholas Spano has been arrested in White Plains, accused of kicking and head-butting another lawyer during a brawl at a posh city restaurant.
Prominent GOP lawyer charged in assault at posh White Plains restaurant (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - A Republican lawyer who served as a top aide to former state Sen. Nicholas Spano has been arrested in White Plains, accused of kicking and head-butting another lawyer during a brawl at a posh city restaurant.
Martindale: Reports of Attorney Ratings' Demise Exaggerated (Law.com)
LexisNexis Group's Martindale-Hubbell has no plans to abandon its lawyer ratings, the company insists in response to blog postings about its layoff of attorney rating specialists. However, a LexisNexis spokesman confirmed the company has laid off three specialists and said the company will change the way it gathers the information underpinning the ratings.
Cascade County names new county attorney (ABC Montana)
GREAT FALLS - Cascade County commissioners have unanimously voted to appoint John Parker as the new county attorney. Parker, currently the deputy county attorney, takes over for Brant Light, who is leaving the office after 14 years to become the chief prosecutor for the state Justice Department.
Censure Urged for Attorney Whose Paralegal Acted as Lawyer in Court (Law.com)
A lawyer who sent his paralegal to a court hearing where she advocated for a client should be censured, a New Jersey disciplinary board said in an opinion released Tuesday. The sanction was one step up from the reprimand that an ethics committee recommended for Neal Pomper, who was found by both the committee and the board to have breached conduct rules involving assisting the unauthorized ...
Father in child-abuse case gets new attorney (The Kalamazoo Gazette)
CENTREVILLE -- The court-appointed attorney representing Anthony Springer -- who faces manslaughter and child-abuse charges in the February death of his 16-year-old daughter Calista Springer -- has been pulled from the case because of a conflict of interest....
Blagojevich's lawyer asks House for subpoenas (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Blagojevich’s lead lawyer has asked the Illinois House panel weighing whether to impeach the governor to subpoena three high-profile witnesses.
Sampson Heads Attorney General's Regional Offices (East Aurora Advertiser)
New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo this fall appointed East Aurora resident J. David Sampson to the post of New York State's deputy attorney general for regional affairs. Sampson will oversee 225 lawyers working statewide in the attorney general's 13 regional offices, managing what Sampson called the "front door to the attorney general's office."