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Mills poised to become Maine's attorney general (Boston Globe)
Barring any unforeseen obstacles, longtime lawmaker and former prosecutor Janet Mills is poised to become the state's new attorney general Wednesday.
Dade County Attorney Among Highest Paid In State (CBS4 Miami)
Miami-Dade's county attorney, Robert Cuevas, is considered the state's highest paid government lawyer, and on Tuesday received a nine percent pay hike in a vote by Miami-Dade commissioners.
Three to bid for Lehman's Neuberger auction: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc has received three bids for its investment management unit, including Neuberger Berman, Shai Waisman, a bankruptcy lawyer for the company, said on Wednesday.
Attorney General Mukasey holds first news conference since collapse, says he's fine (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey has held his first news conference since collapsing during a speech Nov. 20. Mukasey appeared in good health Wednesday at the news conference, saying he still doesn't know what caused his fainting spell.
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.
Ruling allows Stow lawyer to keep license (Akron Beacon Journal)
Ruling allows Stow lawyer to keep license
Lawyer: Giants' Antonio Pierce Cooperates in Burress Shooting Case (FOX 31 Denver)
A day after the New York Giants revoked wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ privilege to play in the NFL for the remainder of the regular season, the lawyer for Burress' teammate, Antonio Pierce, emphasized his client is cooperating with investigators.
Lawyer: Boulder adoption exec is scapegoat for clients (Denver Post)
A lawyer for a woman accused of bilking adoption clients out of thousands of dollars says her client is being made a scapegoat by people whose adoptions fell through.
CHR starts probe of militant lawyer's 'arrest' (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has started an investigation into the "arrest" of a militant labor lawyer in his house in Antipolo City last October.
Lawyer calls sex teenage case against ex-cop "garbage" (The Record)
The trial of former Garfield Police Officer Todd Mosby on charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in his patrol car in 2006 began this morning, with accusations flying between the prosecutor and Mosby’s defense lawyer.
Attorney General, teachers union settle dues dispute (Everett Herald)
A prolonged fight on the state teachers union use of dues for political purposes may finally be over. The Washington Education Association and Attorney General Rob McKenna announced an agreement today resolving litigation that's taken the two sides to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Whistleblower wins settlement against former US attorney (Minnesota Public Radio)
A federal watchdog agency has settled a whistleblower complaint by an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota, which he brought against former U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose.
Lawyer for Wyeth plaintiff says company exercised "selective enforcement" (The Journal News)
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. "possessed a discriminatory motive" when it suspended a black employee in 2002 for his role in mislabeling a batch of Centrum Silver vitamin tablets, the employee's lawyer said in court papers.
Lawyer: Georgia's voter photo ID law discriminates (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's voter photo ID law should be revived because the law is discriminatory and there is no evidence that justifies its burden, a lawyer argued Wednesday.
State lawyer takes over ill-gotten wealth cases from PCGG-deputized counsels (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The state"s lawyer has decided to take a direct hand in seeing to it that the prosecution of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth cases be fast-tracked.
Former Attorney Sentenced for Theft Charges (WTAJ-TV Altoona)
HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY --- Local railroad workers are getting some extra cash from a former Philadelphia attorney. Robert Kosseff was charged with theft and receiving stolen property.
Pontiac city attorney arraigned on stalking charges (Detroit News)
PONTIAC -- A Pontiac city attorney was arraigned today on charges of stalking and assault and battery.
Attorney: Citation Violates Truck Owner's Rights (WNEP 16 Pennsylvania)
Is profanity a case of disorderly conduct? Not if you ask a civil rights attorney. At issue is the message a man from Hughestown wrote on the window of his pick-up truck. The message includes a word many consider a profanity.
Lawyer for Nevada Legislature Endorses Borrowing Plan (KLAS Las Vegas)
The Legislature's top lawyer has endorsed a plan that would let state government borrow money from Nevada cities, counties and schools to help cover its bills.
Lawyer says public should know why cops not charged in B.C. man's freezing death (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The public has a right to know why prosecutors didn't charge two police officers involved with a man before he froze to death in a Vancouver alley, says a lawyer with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
Home Office mole who leaked documents to Tories acted in public interest, says lawyer (Guardian Unlimited)
Christopher Galley, the 26-year-old civil servant at the centre of the Damian Green affair, regularly leaked documents to the Tory frontbencher for nearly two years because he believed they would be "used in a responsible manner in the public interest", his lawyer said last night. Galley's solicitor, Neil O'May, insisted the information involved was of the "lowest level" and attacked the ...
Lawyer threatens to quit over Saudi's plea (The New Straits Times)
SHAH ALAM: The lawyer representing a Saudi Arabian student in a drug trafficking case warned that he would discharge himself if his client refused to plead guilty to a lower charge.
Maine Gets Its First Female Attorney General (Law.com)
Maine's glass ceiling developed a few more cracks Wednesday as women were sworn in as Senate president and House speaker. And in one of its first acts, the newly seated Legislature elected Maine's first female attorney general. Janet Mills, a Democrat, won bipartisan support to become the new AG, adding to Maine's history of elevating women in lofty positions. Among them: the current chief ...
Demoted Prosecutor Wins Whistleblower Settlement Against Former U.S. Attorney (Law.com)
A former U.S. Attorney for Minnesota retaliated against a top prosecutor in her office who reported her for careless handling of classified homeland security reports, a watchdog agency said Wednesday. The independent Office of Special Counsel said its investigation found that Rachel K. Paulose retaliated against John Marti by taking steps to remove him as her first assistant. Under the ...
NYC Lawyer Charged with Stealing Client's Money (1010 WINS New York)
A New York City lawyer has been indicted on charges of stealing a $735,000 apartment deposit from a couple from Hong Kong.
New attorney for Campbell County (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Dozens of people filled the fiscal court room Wednesday as the Campbell County attorney announced his retirement while his successor took the oath of office.
Vancouver appoints lawyer to investigate leak of confidential report (CBC British Columbia)
Vancouver city hall has hired a lawyer to investigate the leak of confidential documents about a loan to prop up the Olympic Athletes Village for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Lawyer claims Mac Haik Ford hikes up APR rates to make a profit (11 News Houston)
A local lawyer believes that a video taped deposition on youtube.com may be evidence that Mac Haik Ford and other dealerships are overcharging customers when it comes to car financing. 
Cascade County attorney to take helm as state's chief prosecutor (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - Brant Light, Cascade County attorney for the past 14 years, will take over next year as the Justice Department's chief prosecutor and trainer for county attorneys statewide.
Chattanooga: Mayor, council favor interim city attorney (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
The last opinion City Attorney Randy Nelson may give is the one on how Chattanooga will name his successor.
Horry attorney seeks judgeship Horry attorney seeks judgeship (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
Even though it means a pay cut, Horry County Attorney John Weaver wants to be the new master in equity for the county, a judge who decides certain types of property and contract cases.
Attorney General, teachers union settle dues dispute (Everett Herald)
A prolonged fight on the state teachers union use of dues for political purposes may finally be over. The Washington Education Association and Attorney General Rob McKenna announced an agreement today resolving litigation that's taken the two sides to the U.S. Supreme Court.
US can prosecute Mumbai attackers: US Attorney General (The Times of India)
WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said on Wednesday the United States would have jurisdiction to prosecute the surviving gunman captured during the deadly attack in Mumbai, where six Americans died. But he did not say whether there are plans to do so.
Attorney: Murder suspect a 'patsy' (Detroit News)
SOUTHFIELD -- A defense attorney is claiming his 15-year-old client is a "patsy" for the murder of a pregnant restaurant manager and that investigators have yet to provide any physical evidence tying him to the crime.
Boy George was 'too fat to attack male escort' claims lawyer (Daily Telegraph)
Boy George was too fat to have attacked a male escort in his flat according to his lawyer.
U.S. can prosecute Mumbai suspects, attorney general says (Denver Post)
The U.S. has authority to prosecute suspects involved in last week's terrorist attacks in Mumbai because there were six American victims, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said.
Attorney may lead Macomb County charter rewrite (Detroit Free Press)
A Mt. Clemens attorney described as nonpartisan, ambitious and reform-minded appears to be the front-runner to lead a commission charged with revamping Macomb County government, his colleagues said Wednesday.
Lawyer sues cops over 'false' arrest (CNews)
The city intends to defend against a $1.2-million lawsuit filed by a hi-tech lawyer who says he was arrested by police because they thought he was impersonating an attorney.
LAWYER STOLE 735G: MORGY (New York Post)
A Manhattan real-estate lawyer stole a $735,000 condo down payment from his wealthy clients, who found out only at the closing that both their lawyer and their money had vanished, prosecutors charged yesterday. James John Armenakis, 65, is facing...
Former county attorney for Dixie County indicted (The Gainesville Sun)
A former county attorney for Dixie County was behind bars Wednesday on federal charges alleging he was involved in two schemes that garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars, one involving the fraudulent billing of developers and the other to convince people to invest in a vitamin business he claimed he was starting.
New Attorney General Kroger names office staff members (Salem Statesman Journal)
SALEM — Incoming Attorney General John Kroger has named members of his office staff.
PEOPLE: Attorney Greenberg discusses Web law (Courier-Post)
Attorney Kevin Greenberg , with Flaster/Greenberg of Cherry Hill, organized a panel discussion on exploring the business and legal challenges faced by investors and new companies in 2008's Web 2.
(Un)civil action: Lawyer showdown underway (The Salem News)
MARBLEHEAD and mdash; It could have been a scene out of the television show "Boston Legal" as lawyer Sam Perkins greeted Elaine Whitfield Sharp before starting his cross-examination yesterday. "Good morning, Ms. Whitfield Sharp," he began.
Cascade County attorney to take post (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - Brant Light, Cascade County attorney for the past 14 years, will take over next year as the Justice Department's chief prosecutor and trainer for county attorneys statewide.
Judge denies bail to errant lawyer (Philadelphia Daily News)
It's been a nightmare, D. Scott Perrine told a judge yesterday.There was the hungry cat. The depression that kept him on his couch, unable to function. And the five days he spent in jail that were a horror because of his past as a prosecutor, his current job as a defense lawyer and his homosexuality.
Lawyer claims teen no killer (CNews)
Jane Creba's death shouldn't be "compounded by convicting an innocent person" based on faulty witness testimony, a defence lawyer representing a young man accused in her murder pleaded.
Alleged phony lawyer facing civil suit (Grand Forks Herald)
A Colorado woman convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her former husband has filed a civil lawsuit against a man accused of impersonating a lawyer in North Dakota and several other states.
Senior citizens can lose life savings via power of attorney (Courier-Post)
Vulnerable senior citizens are increasingly losing their life savings to unscrupulous individuals who have power of attorney over their finances, the AARP says in a report set to be released Thursday.
I-64 shooting suspect gets new defense attorney (NBC 12 Richmond)
ALBEMARLE, VA (NBC12) - A suspect in the I- 64 shootings last March has a new attorney. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports an Albemarle County judge assigned Slade Woodson new representation after he complained about his public defender.
Alleged Phony Lawyer Facing Civil Suit (KFYR-TV Bismarck)
A Colorado woman convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her former husband has filed a civil lawsuit against a man accused of impersonating a lawyer in several states. Howard O. Kieffer has pleaded not guilty in North Dakota to federal charges of mail fraud and false statements.