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Canandaigua Planning Board lawyer suspends services while seeking $20,000 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Michael Jones has stopped working as the lawyer for the Canandaigua Planning Board because he wasn't paid about $20,000 that Jones claims he is owed.
Lawyer pleads guilty, gets 2-year sentence (Miami Herald)
A Miami federal judge on Monday crafted a compromise two-year sentence for a Venezuelan lawyer who worked with his government's spy agency in a South Florida plot to cover up an $800,000 cash campaign donation to Argentina's president.
Obama attorney general pick defended Bush policy on Guantanamo Bay; stance at odds with Obama (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama's choice to become the next attorney general, Eric Holder, once defended the Bush administration's arguments for holding detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a position that runs counter to his more recent comments — and to a signature policy of the incoming administration.
Lawyer sentenced in tax case (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A Las Vegas lawyer was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Venezuelan Lawyer Gets Two Years for Role in Suitcase Scandal (Bloomberg)
Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- A Venezuelan lawyer who testified at the trial of a businessman convicted for his role in an Argentine election scandal was sentenced by a U.S. judge to two years in prison for acting as an unregistered foreign agent.
Obama's attorney general pick: Good on privacy? (CNET via Yahoo! News)
Eric Holder, President-elect Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, drew applause from liberal Democrats earlier this year when he denounced the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
Obama's attorney general pick: Good on privacy? (CNET)
Eric Holder, the deputy attorney general under President Clinton, has criticized the warrantless wiretapping program. But he wanted to limit encryption use, and his views on other online policies may not be that far from the Bush administration's.
Obama's attorney general pick: Good on privacy? (CNET)
Eric Holder, the deputy attorney general under President Clinton, has criticized the warrantless wiretapping program. But he wanted to limit encryption use, and his views on other online policies may not be that far from the Bush administration's.
Attorney general's office to lose some hired by Dann (The Columbus Dispatch)
As Richard Cordray prepares to take over the Ohio attorney general's office, a few of the remaining hires under former Attorney General Marc Dann are headed out the door.
Departing U.S. Attorney Garcia: keep focus on white-collar crime (Market Watch)
(This article was originally published Monday.) NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Probes into possible white-collar crime stemming from the U.S. financial crisis will likely be a major focus for the next U.S. Attorney for New York's Southern District when he or she takes office next year, departing U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said. In a wide-ranging interview reflecting on his tenure last week, ...
Lawyer: Trampled NY worker lacked crowd training (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
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.
Venezuelan lawyer gets 2 years in suitcase plea (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
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 prison after guilty plea, cooperation in suitcase scandal (Canadian Business)
A Venezuelan lawyer dispatched by President Hugo Chavez's government to help cover up a cash suitcase scandal was handed a two-year prison
Makhmudov wants "certain guarantees" before participating atPolitkovskaya investigation - lawyer (Interfax)
MOSCOW. Dec 2 (Interfax) - Rustam Makhmudov, who is wanted on charges of murdering Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya, is ready to show up for an interview with the investigator and to take part in the investigation, provided he is given certain guarantees, said Murad Musayev, a lawyer for one of the suspects in the criminal case.
Happ attorney denies client’s involvement in National Century fraud (BizJournals)
While two juries have concluded that National Century Financial Enterprises Inc. engaged in a multiyear fraud, a defense attorney for the last of the company’s executives to stand trial said in opening remarks that his client believed their actions were above board.
U.S. attorney in Milwaukee to step down (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Steven M. Biskupic, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, said today that he would resign from his post effective Jan. 9.
Thomas D. Arthur's attorney asks Jefferson County court to release DNA for Death Row case (Birmingham News)
An attorney for Death Row inmate Thomas Douglas Arthur has requested DNA evidence from his capital murder trial in a bid to prove his innocence in a 1982 contract killing in Colbert County. Attorney Suhana Han recently filed the request...
Pierce's lawyer: Pierce did not break any laws (The Times of Trenton)
Michael Bachner, the lawyer representing Giants LB Antonio Pierce, said his office has been in contact with the New York Police Department and New York County District Attorney's Office, but defended his client's actions on the night teammate Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself with his gun.
Raise bumps Dade County attorney's salary to $319,000 (Miami Herald)
Robert Cuevas, the state's highest paid county attorney, received a 9 percent raise Tuesday along with benefits that include paid health and medical insurance for him and his wife.
Lawyer sentenced in cash cover up (UPI)
MIAMI, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say a Miami lawyer has been sentenced to two years in prison for helping cover up an $8,000 donation to Argentina's president.
TBS Ignored Deal Over Sports Teams, Lawyer Contends (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- A Time Warner Inc. unit’s executives ignored an oral agreement to sell two professional sports teams to a Texas businessman so they could give the deal to corporate insiders, a lawyer argued today.
Gazette lawyer-discipline challenge dismissed (Great Falls Tribune)
BILLINGS (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from The Billings Gazette, challenging a court rule that keeps some lawyer disciplinary records secret.
SC lawyer gets more than 2 years for wire fraud (WBTV Charlotte)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Beaufort lawyer who fled to Canada after taking more than $2 million from a client has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.
Venezuelan lawyer gets 2 years in suitcase plea (New York Daily 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 U.S. judge.
Mississippi Attorney General Files Suit Against Entergy (FOX 13 Memphis)
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a fraud and antitrust lawsuit against Entergy Corp. and its subsidiaries Tuesday, claiming the companies manipulated the purchase and sale of electricity to maximize profits.
Should Eric Holder Be Attorney General? Sen. Mel Martinez Retires After One Term, Barack Obama's National Security ... (US News & World Report)
Is Holder qualified to be attorney general? Did Obama make good choices for national security?
Lawyer: OJ, co-defendant face 18 years (The Fresno Bee)
O.J. Simpson and a co-defendant face a recommended 18 years in prison in the gunpoint robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers, according to defense briefs and Simpson's lawyer. Read comments
Attorney Files Lawsuit to Get Rid of Red Light Cameras (FOX 4 News Dallas - Fort Worth)
A Dallas attorney wants to get rid of red light cameras that generate tickets to drivers who run them. He says the companies don't have the proper license to operate in Texas. FOX 4's Shaun Rabb says the attorney wants them to stop, and he's filed a class action lawsuit.
Lawyer Gets More Than 2 Years for Wire Fraud (Law.com)
A South Carolina lawyer who fled to Canada after taking more than $2 million from a client has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison. Michael T. Jordan was arrested when he tried to re-enter the United States; he had faced up to 20 years in prison.
Attorney general investigates Rockland nursing home (The Journal News)
RAMAPO - A top administrator at the Rockland County-run Summit Park nursing home is leaving the post, even as the facility where a nun was killed by a falling closet is being investigated by the state Attorney General.
Attempted murder suspect finally gets lawyer after repeated delays (The News)
NEW GLASGOW – A man charged with attempted murder will be represented by Halifax lawyer Pat Atherton when he appears again in New Glasgow provincial court Jan.
Riverside County district attorney hires 23 during hiring freeze (The Press-Enterprise)
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco swore in 23 recruits as new deputy district attorneys last week despite a countywide hiring cap and stern words recently from county supervisors about fiscal discipline.
S.A. lawyer accepts judgeship (San Antonio Express-News & KENS 5)
Veteran San Antonio family lawyer Solomon Casseb III, 60, said that he's accepted an offer by Gov. Rick Perry to fill the judicial vacancy in the 288th District created when Lori Massey retired in October to private practice.
SC lawyer gets more than 2 years for wire fraud (The Charlotte Observer)
A Beaufort lawyer who fled to Canada after taking more than $2 million from a client has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison. The Charleston Post and Courier reports 45-year-old Michael T. Jordan was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy in Charleston. Jordan fled to Canada last year before authorities realized he had wired a ...
Chattanooga: City attorney Nelson announces retirement (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Chattanooga city attorney Randy Nelson will retire at the end of the year, effective midnight Dec. 31.
Soares smashes district attorney vote record (Albany Times Union)
David Soares set a record last month for votes in an Albany County district attorney's race, garnering a total of 87,287, trouncing his challenger by more than 55,000 votes. Official figures at the county Board of Elections show Soares received 75,857 on the Democratic line; 6,548 on the Independence Party line and 4,882 on the Working Families Party line at the Nov. 4 general election for a ...
Beaufort Lawyer gets prison for stealing from client (The State)
A Beaufort lawyer who fled to Canada after taking more than $2 million from a client has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison. The Charleston Post and Courier reported that 45-year-old Michael T. Jordan was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy in Charleston. Jordan fled to Canada last year before authorities realized he had ...
Biskupic stepping down as U.S. attorney (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
As he announced his resignation as U.S. attorney Tuesday, Steven M. Biskupic - known for taking on corruption in politics and law enforcement - said he wished he had fought even harder.
The Next Attorney General (New York Times)
Eric Holder could be an exemplary choice for attorney general but he must answer serious questions before the Senate votes on his confirmation.
Man not competent for trial in father's death, attorney says (Rocky Mountain News)
An attorney for a Colorado Springs man accused of killing his father, a prominent surgeon, says his client is mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Defense lawyer: Evidence lacking (Tulsa World)
A defense lawyer who contends that John Robert Kastner's preliminary hearing was "infused with irrelevant, prejudicial material" also asserts that the order binding him over for trial should be reversed.
Miami-Dade County attorney gets 9 percent pay raise (Miami Herald)
A year after cashing in a six-figure lump sum payment, Miami-Dade's county attorney -- already the state's highest paid government lawyer -- landed a 9 percent pay hike and enhanced benefits in a vote by Miami-Dade commissioners Tuesday.
Hearing set in alleged phony lawyer case (The Bismarck Tribune)
FARGO (AP) - 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.
Legislative lawyer OKs funding plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CARSON CITY -- The Legislature's top lawyer gave her blessing Tuesday to a plan that would allow state government to take the unprecedented step of borrowing money from Nevada cities, counties and schools to cover its debts.
Campbell County Attorney retiring (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
After 31 years in the Campbell County Attorney's office, Democrat Justin Verst is retiring at the end of the month.
Lawyer sheltered ex-beau charged with killing her (Orlando Sentinel)
Theresa "Teri" Anderson, a Seminole County lawyer, was through with longtime boyfriend Andrew Conley, according to friends and family. He wouldn't get a job and wouldn't help around the house, so after nearly a decade she ordered him out.
Cleared trooper sues S.C.'s attorney general (The Charlotte Observer)
A white South Carolina state trooper – cleared by a jury of a civil rights charge after he struck a fleeing black suspect with his patrol car – has sued Attorney General Henry McMaster over his legal fees. Lance Cpl. Steven Garren said the state should have paid for his defense because he was acting as an officer of the state when the incident was captured on video in June 2007, according to the ...
South Florida: Attorney convicted (Sun-Sentinel)
A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday convicted a South Florida attorney and title agent of mortgage fraud, for using his position to help another man secure more than $5 million in fraudulent loans.
Attorney General sues pellet stove company (NBC 10 Providence)
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has filed suit against New England Pellet of Enfield.
Lawyer: Norfolk bank killer's trial unfair (Kearney Hub)
LINCOLN -- Norfolk bank killer Jose Sandoval was denied a fair trial because he was not allowed to know the identities of his jurors, his lawyer said Tuesday in a hearing before the Nebraska Supreme Court.