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Casey's Attorney Wants Justification For Possible Death Sentence (WFTV 9 Orlando)
Casey Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez, wants the legal justification for a possible death sentence in his client's case. JAIL VISITATION IMAGES: See Images JAIL VISITATION VIDEOS: Click To View Videos TEAM COVERAGE: Jail Visits | Expert's Opinion
Attorney says Birmingham's Larry Langford not allowed to turn himself in like other public figures (Birmingham News)
Attorney says he offered Langford's surrender months earlier
Attorney calls off settlement with Funkhouser (The Kansas City Star)
That lawsuit settlement Mayor Mark Funkhouser announced today? An angry attorney for a former mayoral aide said this afternoon that the settlement is off.
Hamilton County: WWTA attorney Anderson says he has not resigned as East Ridge attorney (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
John Anderson, who serves as attorney for the city of East Ridge and the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority, said he has not resigned as East Ridge city attorney.
Judge sends lawyer to jail for cussing in court (USA Today)
A foul-mouthed lawyer was sent to jail for six months yesterday after Judge Robert Ruehlman heard him use a bad word in court, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Michael Brautigam allegedly called opposing counsel a "a [expletive] liar" as they left the courtroom. "Judge Ruehlman absolutely did the right thing by attempting to maintain order, civility and decorum in his courtroom. Attorney ...
N.Y. lawyer accused of impersonating Toronto lawyer (Toronto Star)
A prominent New York lawyer walked out of a Toronto court today after posting $100,000 cash bail.
Attorney Calls Off Settlement With KC Mayor (KMBC-TV Kansas City)
The attorney for a former mayoral aide who is suing Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, his wife and the city has rejected an offer to settle the so-called Mammygate lawsuit.
Stites attorney receives March of Dimes award (BizJournals)
Fred Joseph, an attorney with Stites & Harbison, received the 2008 March of Dimes Commercial REACH Award.
NY lawyer arrested for impersonation (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A prominent New York corporate lawyer has been arrested in Toronto on a charge of impersonation, police said on Friday.
Willoughby not interested in U.S. attorney job (The News & Observer)
Colon Willoughby says he's not interested in being a U.S. attorney.
Goldmans' Attorney: We've Been Dogging This Guy (NBC4 Los Angeles)
A Goldman family attorney who pursued O.J. Simpson's assets talks about the armed robbery sentence.
Marc Dreier, U.S. Lawyer Charged With Impersonation, Gets Bail (Bloomberg)
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , founder and managing partner of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was released on $100,000 bail today after spending three days in a Canadian jail on a charge of criminal impersonation.
New York Lawyer Is Arrested in Toronto (New York Times)
A prominent New York lawyer, Marc S. Dreier, was arrested in Toronto earlier this week and charged with fraudulent impersonation, according to the Canadian authorities.
Devendorf's Lawyer Responds To Judicial Hearing (CBS 5 News Syracuse)
Eric Devendorf's lawyer, William Sullivan, is not happy with the actions of the lawyer representing a female student who says Devendorf assaulted her.
Attorney General ruling causes changes in ORN city agendas (The Woodlands Villager)
Oak Ridge North is trying to find a way to inform the city and council of the ongoing work without disrupting the Attorney General’s ruling.
Medtronic Violated Synthes Patent, Lawyer Tells Jury (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Medtronic Inc. , the world’s biggest maker of pacemakers and defibrillators, knowingly violated a patent for artificial spinal discs, a lawyer for a Synthes Inc. unit said at a trial in Tennessee.
North Miami Beach approves $200,000 salary for city attorney (Miami Herald)
Darcee S. Siegel will be North Miami Beach's newest city attorney. At a meeting Tuesday, the city council unanimously agreed to pay Siegel -- who had been the assistant city attorney -- $200,000 a year, not including benefits.
Attorney General warns of credit union scam (BizJournals)
The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is warning of a scam involving credit unions in the Santa Fe area.
Dreier, Lawyer Charged With Impersonation, Gets Bail (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , founder and managing partner of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was released on C$100,000 ($78,241) bail after spending three days in a Canadian jail charged with criminal impersonation.
Governor appoints South Salt Lake deputy city attorney to judgeship (Deseret Morning News)
Janice Frost, the deputy city attorney for South Salt Lake City, has been appointed by Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. to fill a vacancy in Utah's 2nd District Juvenile Court created by the retirement of 2nd District Juvenile Judge Diane Wilkins.
Bar Association suspends Somerset County attorney (MyCentralJersey.com)
A former borough attorney who has had a number of recent run-ins with the law temporarily is suspended from the New Jersey State Bar Association.
South Plainfield Republicans planning to file malpractice suit against ex-borough attorney (MyCentralJersey.com)
Just weeks before the Borough Council's political majority switches from Republican to Democrat, the Republicans next week are planning to hire a lawyer to sue former Borough Attorney Patrick J. Diegnan for malpractice.
County Attorney calls for judge in Stapley case to step down (ABC 15 Phoenix)
An ABC15 investigation uncovered what some are calling a major conflict of interest that has County Attorney Andrew Thomas demanding the judge step down.
Lawyer?s Arrest in Canada Has His Firm in Chaos (New York Times)
Marc Stuart Dreier, a New York lawyer with a large firm that bears his name, faces charges that he impersonated another lawyer at the offices of a Canadian pension fund.
Change, continuity for new state's attorney (The Harrisburg Daily Register)
COUNTY COURTHOUSE--State's Attorney Mike Henshaw is making quite a few changes in the office. The most visible change will be new office space. The State's Attorney's office is relocating to First Circuit Probation's current offices in the Saline County Law Enforcement and Detention Center; Probation will come across the street to the Courthouse.
Lawyer says police 'unjustified' in using Taser (Kingston Whig-Standard)
Kingston police were "totally unjustified" in Tasering a man who had ignored the orders of officers, says a Toronto lawyer who is a vocal critic [...]
Defense attorney accused of witness intimidation in Brockton, Wareham cases (The Patriot Ledger)
Fall River defense attorney is accused of calling witnesses — including police officers — while posing as a district attorney’s office employee and telling them not to come to court.
Attorney: Guerra on personal vendetta (Valley Morning Star)
RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra has 25 days remaining on his term, but he is not winding down his court appearances.
Attorney Details Suit In Terrace Hill Illness (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
Three Iowans and a local attorney prepare to file a class-action lawsuit against the state and a construction company after becoming ill following a gala at the governor's mansion.
Attorney says governor pal didn't wear wire for FBI (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CHICAGO | An attorney for one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's closest friends denied Friday that his client ever wore a wire or made recordings of the governor for the FBI and was unaware of any such recordings.
Former assistant state’s attorney gets jail time, probation in gun case (The State Journal-Register)
A former assistant state’s attorney was sentenced to two years probation and 90 days in jail Friday for pulling a loaded 9mm handgun on another man during an altercation Aug. 13 outside a Springfield bar.
El Tour crash probe turned over to county attorney (Tucson Citizen)
The Pima County Sheriff's Department's investigation of a hit-and-run bicycle crash involving El Tour de Tucson riders went to the Pima County Attorney's Office on Friday afternoon.
Bar Association suspends Somerset County attorney (MyCentralJersey.com)
A former borough attorney who has had a number of recent run-ins with the law temporarily is suspended from the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Myron Shwartz | 1921-2008: Defense lawyer known for helping plea talks in hard cases (The Columbus Dispatch)
Local defense lawyer Myron Shwartz has died after an extended illness and recent surgery. He was 87.
Top N.Y. lawyer gets bail here (Toronto Star)
A prominent New York City lawyer was released from custody on $100,000 cash bail yesterday after being charged with impersonating a Toronto lawyer.
Holmberg on track to be appointed Oxnard city attorney (Ventura County Star)
Alan Holmberg, a veteran assistant city attorney in Oxnard, is poised to become the city's top legal advocate.
Family of Slain Lawyer Sues Three Former Housemates (Washington Post)
The widow and family of a prominent Washington lawyer who was stabbed to death in 2006 filed a $20 million lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court yesterday, alleging that three friends of his concealed evidence and lied to police in a cover-up.
N.Y. lawyer wins bail on impersonation charges (Windsor Star)
TORONTO - Marc S. Dreier, a prominent New York City lawyer, has been granted release on $100,000 cash bail after his arrest in Toronto and spending three days in jail. He is accused of impersonation with intent.
Slagle named outstanding attorney for Ohio (The Marion Star)
COLUMBUS - Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Slagle was named Ohio's Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney for 2008 at the Annual Awards Banquet for the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association held at the Statehouse in Columbus Thursday.
City hall attorney’s hearing adjourned (The Oakland Press)
PONTIAC – The personal protection order against City Hall attorney Bruce Crossman will remain in effect after Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Charles Simon adjourned a hearing on the issue Friday.
Lawyer?s Arrest in Canada Has His Firm in Chaos (New York Times)
Marc Stuart Dreier, a New York lawyer with a large firm that bears his name, faces charges that he impersonated another lawyer at the offices of a Canadian pension fund.
City hall attorney’s hearing adjourned (The Oakland Press)
PONTIAC – The personal protection order against City Hall attorney Bruce Crossman will remain in effect after Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Charles Simon adjourned a hearing on the issue Friday.
Borough attorney to New Providence Council: Mayor broke no laws with newsletter use (Independent Press)
NEW PROVIDENCE -- The borough's attorney, Carl Woodward, said the mayor broke no laws when he used a borough newsletter to urge voters to support a non-binding referendum to expand permitted uses of the Open Space Trust Fund. Mayor John...
NYC Lawyer Arrested in Canada for Impersonating Another Lawyer (Gothamist)
A "high-living" and "prominent" Manhattan lawyer whose clients include Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Strahan was arrested by Canadian authorities . Marc Dreier, of Dreier LLP , was charged with impersonating "another lawyer on Tuesday at the offices of a large Canadian pension fund," according to the NY Times (which calls the arrest "bizarre"). See, Dreier went to the Ontario Teachers Pension ...
Wisconsin Attorney General Seeks To Reverify Voter Registrations (Washington Post)
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has gone back to court to compel tens of thousands of state voters to reverify their registrations.
'Humiliated' and disbarred Naples attorney pays off debt, judge ends his probation (Naples Daily News)
A Naples real estate attorney who lost his license after embezzling clients’ money has paid back a broker’s commission and won’t have to serve the full 12 years of probation. Collier Circuit Judge Elizabeth Krier has granted a motion to end 58-year-old David Szempruch’s 2005 sentence after he fully paid off $55,000 in restitution he was ordered to pay real estate broker Edie Dooley.
'Humiliated' and disbarred Naples attorney pays off debt, judge ends his probation (Naples Daily News)
A Naples real estate attorney who lost his license after embezzling clients’ money has paid back a broker’s commission and won’t have to serve the full 12 years of probation. Collier Circuit Judge Elizabeth Krier has granted a motion to end 58-year-old David Szempruch’s 2005 sentence after he fully paid off $55,000 in restitution he was ordered to pay real estate broker Edie Dooley.
Rites set for lawyer, philanthropist Joe Holliman (Tulsa World)
Joe M. Holliman, a lawyer and philanthropist who donated many hours of service to Tulsa-area projects, died Wednesday. He was 87. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church under the direction of the Cremation Society of Oklahoma.
There's a drummer in the court: Flint lawyer beats the drum for Detroit Pistons (The Flint Journal)
Duane Burleson | The Associated Press Luis Sanchez, of the Pistons Drum Line, performs in the third quarter of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008. FLINT, Michigan -- It's hard to beat Flint lawyer Luis...
Imprisoned Russian Lawyer Delivers Baby While in Custody (Washington Post)
MOSCOW, Nov. 28 -- Svetlana Bakhmina, the jailed lawyer whose request for a Kremlin pardon sparked an outpouring of support in Russian society, gave birth to a baby girl in state custody Friday at an undisclosed hospital outside Moscow, her attorney and friends said.