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Ill. governor's lawyer: Tapes don't show illegal actions (Baltimore Sun)
The lawyer for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said federal wiretaps may have caught the governor making some "unfortunate" remarks, but they don't show him doing anything that justifies impeachment.
Blagojevich attorney: No reason to impeach (Daily Herald)
Denied in his attempts to subpoena key Obama insiders, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorney called no witnesses in the governor's defense and has begun his closing arguments before an Illinois House committee investigating impeachment.
Ill. Gov.'s Attorney: Wiretaps Prove Little (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorney says wiretaps don't show the governor doing anything that justifies impeachment.
U.S. Attorney Connolly resigns (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Colm Connolly confirms he submitted his resignation to the White House and U.S. Dept. of Justice on Monday.
Fox attorney says studio will still try to stop release of 'Watchmen' movie (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - An attorney for 20th Century Fox says the studio will continue to seek an order delaying the release of 'Watchmen.'
U.S. attorney wants to give panel wiretaps (UPI)
CHICAGO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. attorney asked a court Monday to allow the release of wiretap evidence to the panel considering the impeachment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Koster names Dandurand deputy attorney general (BizJournals)
Missouri Attorney General-elect Chris Koster has named Joe Dandurand, a judge on the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals, as deputy attorney general.
Illinois Gov.'s Lawyer: Impeachment Not Justified (KDKA Pittsburgh)
A lawyer for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday that the evidence heard by a special House committee doesn't justify impeaching the governor. Attorney Ed Genson also said the hearings held by the impeachment committee weren't fair to Blagojevich.
Blagojevich Lawyer Says Impeachment Not Justified (ABC News)
'Fighting shadows': Blagojevich lawyer says vague charges, rules don't justify impeachment
Blagojevich lawyer: Wiretaps don't show illegal actions (The Pantagraph)
UPDATED 1:30 p.m. SPRINGFIELD -- The lawyer for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says federal wiretaps may have caught the governor making some "unfortunate" remarks but they don't show him doing anything that justifies impeachment. | Prosecutor wants to release wiretap tapes | Quinn: Blagojevich should be out by Feb. 12
Thomas G. Longo, disgraced lawyer, dies in prison (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Thomas G. LongoThomas G. Longo, a former lawyer, prosecutor and judicial candidate, died Dec. 3 while serving an eight-year prison sentence on firearms charges. That was not his first scrape with the law. Longo, 64, served three years in prison...
Lawyer takes up battle for abuse register mother (The Herald)
A NEW York lawyer is fighting to clear the name of a British woman who was put on the American child abuse register after her children were sent to an orphanage during a trip.
Illinois Gov.'s Lawyer: Impeachment Not Justified (WCBS-TV New York)
A lawyer for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday that the evidence heard by a special House committee doesn't justify impeaching the governor. Attorney Ed Genson also said the hearings held by the impeachment committee weren't fair to Blagojevich.
Salina woman linked to murders gets new attorney (Salina Journal)
12/29/2008 An attorney appointed to represent Anna Louise Hartman, 20, Salina, who is accused of aiding in the Sept. 26 double homicide in Salina of Taryn Dechant and Ernest Jones Jr., withdrew from the case Monday. A Wichita public defender was appointed to replace him.
Stuart lawyer Willie Gary gets $3,033 in legal costs relating to extortion lawsuit (Stuart News)
Attorneys representing Stuart lawyer Willie Gary wanted $14,000 in legal costs related to an extortion lawsuit that was voluntarily dismissed but instead they’ll have to settle for $3,033 according to a judge’s order released Monday.
Attorney General: Cheney Interview Protected by Executive Privilege (Law.com)
The president may assert executive privilege to withhold from Congress records of an FBI interview with Vice President Dick Cheney regarding the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity, Attorney General Michael Mukasey concludes in a legal opinion released Monday. Mukasey warned that, were the records turned over, White House officials would be less likely to cooperate in future ...
Blagojevich lawyer says impeachment not justified (AP via Yahoo! News)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyer said Monday that a vague array of charges and evidence doesn't merit removing the governor from office, and he urged a House committee not to recommend impeachment.
Local attorney runs for Jackson City Council (WLBT 3 Jackson)
Jackson, MS (WLBT) A well-known attorney is throwing his hat in the race for Jackson City Council's Ward 2 seat. Attorney Chokwe Lumumba announced his candidacy Monday outside Callaway High School.
New Piatt state's attorney chooses experienced assistant (Herald & Review)
MONTICELLO - When Dana Rhoades was campaigning to become the Piatt County state's attorney, she said she wanted to boost the office's felony conviction rate.
Blagojevich lawyer: Impeachment not justified (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer urged a special Illinois House committee not to recommend impeachment, arguing Monday that a vague array of charges and evidence don’t merit removing the governor from office.
Lee Anthony Hires Attorney (Central Florida News 13)
Casey Anthony's brother, Lee, has hired attorney Thomas Luka.
Obama's choice for attorney general faces tough confirmation fight (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By SCOTT HELMAN With Barack Obama anxious to take office, the public eager for fresh leadership and the economy demanding urgent attention, the Senate is likely to defer to the president-elect and swiftly approve his Cabinet nominees, congressional aides and political analysts say. But there will be one prominent exception: The confirmation hearing for Eric Holder, Obama’s pick for attorney ...
Blagojevich's lawyer appeals to House panel not to recommend impeachment (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer said Monday that a vague array of charges and evidence doesn’t merit removing the governor from office, and he urged a House committee not to recommend impeachment. Attorney Ed Genson complained bitterly about lawmakers considering snippets of tape-recorded conversations that are quoted in a criminal complaint against the Democratic governor. ...
Blagojevich's lawyer: Just 'unfortunate talk' (Chicago Tribune)
Blagojevich's lawyer Ed Genson bemoans inability to call witnesses SPRINGFIELD — Heading toward a decision on the ultimate political sanction, members of a House impeachment committee Monday rejected complaints by Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorney that he was battling "shadows" in his fight to keep the disgraced governor in office.
Lawyer defends Blagojevich (Denver Post)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyer said Monday that a vague array of charges and evidence doesn't merit removing the governor from office, and he urged a state House committee not to recommend impeachment.
Attorney General: Cheney Interview Protected by Executive Privilege (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The president may assert executive privilege to withhold from Congress records of an FBI interview with Vice President Dick Cheney regarding the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity, Attorney General Michael Mukasey concludes in a legal opinion released Monday.
Attorney: Illinois governor shouldn't be ousted (Seattle Times)
Members of the special Illinois House panel weighing the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday appeared to disregard his criminal attorney's rationale for keeping the governor in office and said the two-term Democrat's failure to answer their questions isn't helping his case.
Commissioners pick Fifer as Clark County attorney (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The Clark County Commissioners have agreed to name Greg Fifer as county attorney for 2009, Commissioner Mike Moore said.
Missouri Attorney General’s Office Provides $1.4 Million Check to Department of Social Services from Medicaid Fraud Case (Kansas City InfoZine)
The Attorney General's office presented the Missouri Department of Social Services with a check for $1,432,043, the result of a nationwide settlement with Pennsylvania pharmaceutical company Cephalon.
Salina woman linked to murders gets new attorney (Salina Journal)
An attorney appointed to represent Anna Louise Hartman, 20, Salina, who is accused of aiding in the Sept. 26 double homicide in Salina of Taryn Dechant and Ernest Jones Jr., withdrew from the case Monday. A Wichita public defender was appointed to replace him.
Lawyer released from jail (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
CLINTON - Cynthia A. Dziurgot, a prominent Clinton civic leader, lawyer and real estate agent who was serving a 90-day prison sentence for contempt of court in a divorce settlement, got to spend Christmas at home after all.
Vinnie's ace lawyer (iafrica.com)
Action hero Vinnie Jones has enlisted the help of a top US lawyer to defend his case in court.
Don't impeach, urges Blagojevich's lawyer (Baltimore Sun)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's lawyer said yesterday that a vague array of charges and evidence does not merit removing the governor from office, and he urged a House committee not to recommend impeachment. Attorney Ed Genson complained bitterly that lawmakers were considering snippets of tape-recorded conversations that are quoted in a criminal complaint against the Democratic ...
Casey Anthony's attorney: Appoint overseer in questioning of detective (Sun-Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's defense attorney wants a judge to appoint someone to oversee any law-enforcement questioning of a private investigator who worked on the case.
Police: Santa shooter planned to kill divorce attorney, mother (CNN)
The man who police say dressed as Santa Claus and killed nine people at a Christmas Eve party may have also had plans to kill his mother and his former wife's divorce attorney, police said Monday night.
Blagojevich's lawyer Genson bemoans inability to call witnesses (Chicago Tribune)
Blagojevich's lawyer Ed Genson bemoans inability to call witnesses SPRINGFIELD — Heading toward a decision on the ultimate political sanction, members of a House impeachment committee Monday rejected complaints by Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorney that he was battling "shadows" in his fight to keep the disgraced governor in office.
Santa-suit gunman planned to kill mother, lawyer: report (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The gunman who left nine people dead after a Christmas Eve rampage at his former in-laws home also planned to kill his mother and his ex-wife's lawyer, it was reported Tuesday.
Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom hires lawyer in ethics complaint (Miami Herald)
Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom has hired a well-known Tallahassee lawyer to defend him against an ethics complaint filed in connection with him taking a $110,000 job at his local college.
Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom hires lawyer in ethics complaint (Miami Herald)
Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom has hired a well-known Tallahassee lawyer to defend him against an ethics complaint filed in connection with his taking a $110,000 job at his local college.
Speaker hires attorney for ethics complaint (Miami Herald)
House Speaker Ray Sansom is hiring a Tallahassee attorney to help him defend against an ethics complaint resulting from the lawmaker's new six-figure job at a college he's helped get millions of taxpayer dollars.
Blagojevich names former state attorney general to Senate seat (Market Watch)
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appoints the state’s former attorney general, Roland Burris, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Senate Democrats vowed to block the decision.
Alabama Attorney General's office probing Smith dealings (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Montgomery, Ala. — The state Attorney General's office is looking into alleged contact involving University of Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith and an agent.
Sick former Yukos executive freed from Russian jail: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Vasily Aleksanian, the jailed former executive of the Yukos oil company battling AIDS, was released Tuesday after a long campaign for his freedom, his lawyer told Russian news agencies.
Lawyer: Ill Former Yukos executive freed on bail (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer says the former executive of dismantled oil giant Yukos, who was jailed in 2006 and suffers from AIDS and cancer, has been freed after posting a $1.8 million bail.
U.S. attorney Roper leaving to become partner in Dallas firm (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By MAX B. BAKER U.S. Attorney Richard Roper is stepping down as the top federal prosecutor in North Texas to become a senior partner at a Dallas-based law firm where he will handle white-collar fraud and corporate investigation cases. A Fort Worth native, Roper will work in Thompson & Knight's Fort Worth and Dallas offices. A firm with about 400 attorneys, the law firm has offices across Texas ...
Consumers recover $9.5 million, attorney general's office says (The Springfield News-Leader)
Complaining consumers recovered a record $9.5 million in 2008 by seeking help from the Missouri Attorney General's Office, according to a news release.
Lawyer: Jena Six teen shot himself out of despair (AP via Yahoo! News)
One of the teenagers at the center of the Jena Six civil rights case shot himself because he worried his Christmas Eve shoplifting arrest would ruin his dream of playing college football, a lawyer said Tuesday after speaking with the teen's family.
Blagojevich names ex-attorney general to replace Obama (The Champaign News-Gazette)
CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Rod Blagojevich has defied U.S. Senate leaders and his own state's lawmakers by appointing former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. Blagojevich announced his decision in Chicago on Tuesday with the 71-year-old Burris at his side.
Lawyer: Ill Former Yukos executive freed on bail (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
An ailing former executive of the dismantled oil giant Yukos who was jailed in 2006 was freed Tuesday after posting a $1.8 million bail, his lawyer said.
Ex-Illinois attorney general Burris appointed to Obama's senate seat (Channel NewsAsia)
CHICAGO: The corruption-tainted governor of Illinois announced on Tuesday that he was appointing former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris to the senate seat of president-elect Barack Obama.