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Arrested Lawyer Quick to Charge Back (Washington Post)
Defense attorneys typically advise clients charged with criminal offenses to keep quiet. College Park lawyer Walter L. Blair, who is representing himself after being accused of money laundering and witness tampering, is taking a somewhat different approach.
Attorney advises New Providence Council: Newsletter broke no laws (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....
Lawyer Marc Dreier Is Charged by U.S. on Fund Scheme (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , managing partner of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was arrested and charged by federal prosecutors with fraud relating to a scheme to cheat hedge funds.
New state's attorney names top aides (Chicago Tribune)
A week after she was sworn in as the new Cook County state's attorney, Anita Alvarez this morning named her top three assistants. Adrienne Mebane was promoted from chief of staff in former State's Atty. Richard Devine's administration to be first assistant state's attorney under Alvarez. She had previously served  as supervisor of the office's homicide/sex crimes unit and the preliminary ...
Lawyer Dreier Charged by U.S. With $100 Million Fraud (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , the managing partner and namesake of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to cheat hedge funds out of more than $100 million.
Lawyer Dreier Charged by U.S. With $100 Million Fraud (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , the managing partner and namesake of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to cheat hedge funds out of more than $100 million.
The Bizarre Fall of a Lawyer (Portfolio.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In one of the most baffling fraud cases in years, a prominent New York securities lawyer has been accused of engaging in an elaborate scam against hedge funds. The lawyer, Marc Dreier, the founder and sole owner of the 250-lawyer ...
Attorney General Warns Of Check Scam (MyNC.com)
Attorney General Roy Cooper issued an annual alert to consumers to safeguard their personal information this holiday season
Attorney General Warns Of Check Scam (NBC 17 Raleigh)
Attorney General Roy Cooper issued an annual alert to consumers to safeguard their personal information this holiday season. Cooper said overall, identity theft is declining in North Carolina, but given the current economy, it is no time to let your guard down. Here are some tips to prevent identity theft, not just at the holidays, but all year: Prevent Identity Theft Keep social ...
Davis names committee to vet judicial, U.S. attorney applicants (Mobile Press-Register)
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Douglas Johnstone of Mobile will be part of a seven-member panel charged with screening applicants for U.S. attorney vacancies and federal judgeships, Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, announced today in a press release. Other members of...
U.S. Attorney: Cleveland councilman Robert White III charged with bribery (WKYC Cleveland)
CLEVELAND -- The U.S. Attorney's office and the Cleveland office of the FBI today announced that a one-count information was filed, charging Cleveland City Councilman Robert J. White III, 47, with one count of bribery in violation of the Hobbs Act.
Lawyer Dreier Charged by U.S. With $100 Million Fraud (Update3) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , managing partner and namesake of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was charged by federal prosecutors with cheating hedge funds out of more than $100 million.
Lawyer Dreier Charged by U.S. With $100 Million Fraud (Update3) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , managing partner and namesake of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was charged by federal prosecutors with cheating hedge funds out of more than $100 million.
Prominent lawyer charged with defrauding funds (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A prominent New York lawyer who heads the 250-attorney law firm Dreier LLP was charged on Monday with perpetrating a brazen, $100 million real-estate investment fraud that targeted hedge funds.
SEC Charges New York Attorney With Multi-Million Dollar Fraud (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that it has charged New York attorney Marc Dreier with multi-million dollar fraud.
Attorney: Deputy fired multiple times (WRAL.com Raleigh)
An attorney for Reginald Lee Witcher's family says he believes a Johnston County sheriff's deputy fired his gun multiple times before shooting the 54-year-old Kenly man at his home.
Family Attorney Says Deputy Fired Multiple Times (MyNC.com)
An attorney for the family of Reginald Lee Witcher says a Johnston County sheriff’s deputy may have fired as many as eight times, WRAL reports.
Alvarez Picks Leadership Team for State's Attorney's Office (Chicago Public Radio)
Audio Available The top two positions at the Cook County State's attorney's office are now held by minority women.
Prominent N.Y. lawyer charged with defrauding funds (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A prominent New York lawyer who heads the 250-attorney law firm Dreier LLP was charged on Monday with perpetrating a brazen, $100 million real-estate investment fraud that targeted hedge funds.
Attorney Says Deputy Fired Eight or Nine Times (NBC 17 Raleigh)
An attorney for the family of a Kenly man shot by a Johnston County deputy November 22nd says the deputy fired eight or nine times. Attorney Richard Hunter says more than one shot, and possibly two or three, hit Reginald Lee Witcher at his home at 2349 Glendale Road. The attorney said he has a forensic team investigating the site, talking to witnesses, and reviewing official documents. But he ...
Attorney offers advice to avoid foreclosure (WMCTV Memphis)
As the economic crisis tightens its grip on the nation, people nationwide are experiencing mortgage problems. According to Sopna Raj, an attorney at Memphis Area Legal Services, Shelby County is no exception.
New Oregon attorney general picks activists for executive team (The Oregonian)
Attorney General-elect John Kroger rounded out his executive team today, signaling once again that he'll be an activist attorney general -- and likely stir up controversy along the way. Kroger's new hires are designed to help him back up campaign...
Western District U.S. Attorney Resigning (KHBS - KHOG Fort Smith - Fayetteville)
The U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas is leaving the office.
'Red eye' keeps attorney away (Trinidad Express)
DEFENCE attorney Wayne Sturge was absent from court in the trial involving the murder of an oil worker yesterday, because he was said to be suffering with red eye.
Jailed attorney hoping for holiday miracle (Delaware County Times)
MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Jailed ex-Main Line attorney H. Beatty Chadwick’s plea for a Christmas furlough is becoming almost as traditional as George Bailey’s quest to prove it’s a wonderful life.
Lawyer Dreier Charged by U.S. With $100 Million Fraud (Update5) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , managing partner and founder of the 250-lawyer New York firm Dreier LLP, was charged by federal prosecutors with cheating hedge funds out of more than $100 million.
Power of attorney can be valuable and dangerous tool (USA Today)
The power-of-attorney document is a powerful estate-planning tool that can be used to protect your interests if you become incapacitated. But in the hands of someone who is dishonest or desperate, it can also create a powerful incentive to steal, advocates for the elderly say.
Former Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White searching for another lawyer (Birmingham News)
Former Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White has fired his lawyer and will represent himself until he can find a new one, according to papers filed today in U.S. District Court in Birmingham....
Attorney general's holiday message: Protect your identity (The News & Observer)
The state's attorney general on Monday delivered a holiday message to consumers: Protect your good name against identity theft.
Southwest Riverside County district attorney/public defender offices project in doubt (The Press-Enterprise)
Riverside County supervisors are threatening to replace the developer of new district attorney and public defender offices in French Valley because the builder has failed to finance the project.
Longtime U.S. Attorney To Take Private Sector Job (The Morning News)
Robert "Bob" C. Balfe, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, is resigning effective Jan. 4.
Council attorney moving on (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
VALPARAISO | David Hollenbeck brought an end to 33 years of service as an attorney to the Porter County Council on Monday night.
Attorney accused of posting bonds (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Louisville defense attorney William O. Ayers goes on trial in the first of two cases in which the commonwealth alleges he illegally operated as a bail bondsman — three decades after the practice was abolished in Kentucky.
City lawyer accused of $100M swindle (New York Daily News)
Marc Dreier, 58, a Park Avebue lawyer who repped Michael Strahan, Jon Bon Jovi and Jay Leno was busted Monday for a "brazen fraud" that swindled two top hedge funds of $100 million.
Lawyer rips Creba verdict (CNews)
A defence lawyer for the 20-year-old man found guilty in the 2005 Boxing Day shooting death of Jane Creba said yesterday the verdict was "unreasonable" and vowed to appeal it on several grounds.
Disbarred attorney sentenced (The Bismarck Tribune)
A former Garrison attorney who was disbarred by the state Supreme Court for defrauding clients has been sentenced to three years and five months in prison for mail fraud and income tax evasion.
New city attorney heaps criticism on predecessor (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Swearing-in ceremonies often take on a friendly and conciliatory tone, but the farewells lobbed at former San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre by his new replacement and a number of outgoing city leaders weren't fond yesterday.
Lawyer wants sanctions for Miss. lawmaker (WREG-TV Memphis)
Associated Press - December 9, 2008 6:44 AM ET JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A lawyer wants a federal court to sanction state Representative Willie Perkins for allegedly calling him a "young punk"...
Attorney Knizley arrested on DUI charge (Mobile Press-Register)
Dennis Knizley, a prominent Mobile attorney who frequently defends people charged with drunken driving, was himself arrested Saturday on suspicion of DUI, according to jail records. It was the second time authorities have accused Knizley of driving drunk. Dauphin...
?Zach is crazy? : Defense attorney admits client killed UA student (NWAnews.com)
Defense attorney W.H. Taylor told a Washington County jury Monday that Zachariah Marcyniuk is responsible for the stabbing death of Katharine “Katie” Wood but he’s not guilty of capital murder. (Northwest Arkansas Times)
Lawyer charged in 'brazen' fraud (Toronto Star)
The head of a prominent law firm who last week was charged with impersonating a Toronto lawyer, has also been charged in a "stunning, brazen fraud" that reaped at least $113 million in profit by tricking hedge funds into making bogus investments, prosecutors said.
Leading U.S. lawyer accused of $100 million hedge fund scam (International Herald Tribune)
Marc Dreier, who in 1996 founded the 250-lawyer firm that bears his name, is said to have tried to take advantage of the current financial crisis by selling phony debt to hungry hedge funds looking for deals.
Penniless man 'hired top lawyer' (Stuff)
A Penniless man who negotiated multimillion-dollar property deals in Hawke's Bay had hired a prominent Auckland lawyer at $400 an hour, a court has been told.
Panel Upholds $17M Attorney Fee Award, Cites Bad-Faith Patent Litigation by Drug Companies (Law.com)
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an attorney fee award of nearly $17 million because of baseless filings and bad faith patent litigation by two drug companies. A district court awarded the fees to Takeda Chemical Industries, which had sued two generic drug companies -- Mylan Laboratories and Alphapharm Pty. Ltd. -- for patent infringement.
N.Y. lawyer arrested for $100m fraud (UPI)
NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A prominent New York lawyer with impeccable credentials and a 250-lawyer firm bearing his name has been charged with conducting a $100 million fraud.
Lawyer: FBI probes Wayne Co. Commission chairwoman (Battle Creek Enquirer)
DETROIT — A lawyer says the FBI is investigating claims that Wayne County Commission Chairwoman Jewel Ware put felons on the county payroll so they could work at a bar and motel in northwest Michigan.
Ex-U.S. Attorney meets NJ biz crowd (phillyburbs.com)
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. - Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie gets down to business.
US Attorney: Gov. Blagojevich 'Has Taken Us to a Truly New Low' (FOX News Chicago)
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the corruption charges against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich represents "a truly new low." At a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Fitzgerald called it a sad day for the citizens of Illinois.
Read the news release from the U.S. attorney (Chicago Tribune)
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says: "The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering." Read the complete statement.
Casey Anthony's attorney says he's searching for fair trial location (Orlando Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's defense attorney appeared on the Today show this morning, where he told host Matt Lauer that his client's daughter is alive and that the public does not know the truth about the case.