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Attorney general may use high court to oust Blagojevich (Market Watch)
Illinois’ attorney general is looking into the possibility of using the state’s Supreme Court to oust embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according a media report Wednesday.
Ill. Attorney General Asks Blagojevich To Quit (NPR)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has called for the resignation of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the wake of his arrest Tuesday on corruption charges. Madigan talks about what comes next.
Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is ‘Candidate 5’ (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman is the “Senate Candidate 5” mentioned in the federal corruption complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Attorney James D. Montgomery Sr. said Wednesday that Jackson never had a “pay-to-play” conversation with Blagojevich.
Ill. Attorney General Denies Interest In Senate Seat (NPR)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is "candidate No. 2" named in Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest. She denies seeking Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat, however.
Lawyer files more complaints over police parking (KOIN News 6 Portland)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland lawyer who successfully cited a police officer for parking his patrol car in a no-parking zone during lunch says the officer violated the rules again.
Dreier Is ‘Cooperating’ With Firm Receiver, Defense Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , the jailed founder of New York law firm Dreier LLP, is “cooperating” with the temporary receiver who’s now running the business, his lawyer said.
Illinois Attorney General Says Release Sent in Error (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan ’s office said it mistakenly sent a news release today announcing an agreement to pay lost wages to workers at a closed Chicago factory, and retracted the statement.
Chick vows to carry on legal fight with city attorney (Los Angeles Daily News)
An angry and defiant City Controller Laura Chick, rebuffed by the City Council in her request for $100,000 to hire a private attorney, said Wednesday she will not back down from her legal fight with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.
Former Helena lawyer censured by 9th Circuit Court (ABC Montana)
HELENA - A suspended lawyer who formerly practiced in Helena has been censured by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Wis. man convicted of murdering college student 30 years ago for district attorney brother (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LADYSMITH, Wis. - A jury on Wednesday convicted a man of murdering a college student nearly 30 years ago in a hit-man plot that prosecutors say was masterminded by the defendant's brother, who was district attorney at the time.
Attorney to run for seat of retiring judge (The Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
City resident and attorney Marc F. Lovecchio announced Wednesday his intention to seek election next year as a Lycoming County judge. Lovecchio, 50, is managing partner of Campana Lovecchio Morrone, a five-attorney firm at 602 Pine St. He is the first person to announce his candidacy for the seat being vacated in January with the retirement of county Judge William S. Kieser.
Lawyer: Missing girl may be on tape (Boston Herald)
ORLANDO, Fla. - The lawyer for a Florida mother charged with murder of her missing daughter is seeking a court order for a mall surveillance video that may show the little...
Devendorf's Lawyer Appeals Suspension (CBS 5 News Syracuse)
Eric Devendorf's lawyer wasted little time filing an appeal of Syracuse University's decision to suspend the SU basketball player. He says the decision is "grossly inappropriate."
Lawyer Says Video May Show Missing Fla. Girl Alive (FOX 11 News Los Angeles)
The lawyer for a Florida mother charged with murder over her missing daughter is seeking a court order for a mall surveillance video that may show the little girl alive last month. Defense lawyer Jose Baez says a photograph taken by an unidentified shopper with a cell phone camera showed a girl who resembles Caylee Anthony playing at Florida Mall in Orlando in November. The photo was submitted ...
Versailles lawyer, sports enthusiast (Lexington Herald-Leader)
James L. "Jim" Gay, a lawyer who had a love for sports, died of complications from cancer Wednesday at his home in Versailles. He was 70. A lawyer since 1965, Mr. Gay practiced law in Versailles and Lexington for several decades before taking a job as director for administrative law judges with the state attorney general's office. His career also included stints as Versailles city police ...
29 indicted in connection with 2 alleged marijuana rings, U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse announces (The Post-Standard)
Twenty-nine indictments in two related marijuana rings with ties to Indian tribes in Central, Northern and Western New York were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse.
LAWYER'S 'SCAM' A FRAME JOB (New York Post)
Disgraced New York lawyer Marc Dreier may have ripped off a $37.5 million client escrow account - figuring he could replace the money by selling off his firm's art collection, according to court papers. The jailed founder of 250-lawyer Dreier...
Scam Artists Targeting Bank Customers in Cass County with Phone Scam, Attorney General’s Office Warns (Kansas City InfoZine)
The Missouri Attorney General's Office says Cass County residents are receiving phone calls that appear to be from the Community Bank of Raymore, but actually are from identity thieves.
Lawyer says critic in China still in detention (AP via Yahoo! News)
A leading writer who joined hundreds of other Chinese activists in signing a statement this week calling for greater freedoms in China remains missing three days after he was detained by police, his wife and lawyer said Thursday.
Bangladesh should thank ex-Beatle Harrison, says lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Bangladeshi lawyer who wants his country to officially recognise George Harrison and Ted Kennedy for highlighting its 1971 struggle for independence has taken his battle to the country's high court.
Lawyer says critic in China still in detention (Las Vegas Sun)
Thu, Dec 11, 2008 (3:42 a.m.) A leading writer who joined hundreds of other Chinese activists in signing a statement this week calling for greater freedoms in China remains missing three days after he was detained by police, his wife and lawyer said Thursday.
Detained militant lawyer 'resumes' legal work (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Nearly two months after being arrested and detained, a militant labor lawyer has resumed his work of dispensing legal advice, even from behind bars.
Attorney General: 'No kill' shelter killed nearly 1 of 3 animals (KOAA-TV Colorado Springs - Pueblo)
A lawsuit claims the Colorado Humane Society euthanized nearly one out of every three animals at its "no kill" shelters in 2004. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed a lawsuit and documents in Arapahoe County court Wednesday seeking to wrest control of the institution and place it under the care of a custodian.
Dreier Lawyer Says Client Is Cooperating With Receiver at Firm (Bloomberg)
Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Dreier , the founder of the New York law firm Dreier LLP who is charged with cheating hedge funds out of more than $100 million, is “cooperating” with the temporary receiver who’s running the business, his lawyer said.
Illinois attorney general threatens to act soon against embattled governor (Detroit News)
CHICAGO -- Illinois' attorney general on Thursday threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon.
Lawyer: China critic still in detention (AP via Yahoo! News)
A leading Chinese writer who joined hundreds of other activists in signing a statement calling for greater freedoms in China remains missing three days after he was detained by police, his wife and lawyer said Thursday.
Indicted Carbon County Attorney steps aside (Denver Post)
BILLINGS, Mont.—Carbon County Attorney Robert Eddleman says he has taken a leave of absence as he fights federal charges that he used and distributed cocaine at parties he hosted over the last four years. He was named along with the daughter of Jake Jabs, who heads Denver's American Furniture Warehouse chain.
Police stay mum on arrest of leading China dissident: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese police have failed to inform the family of leading political activist Liu Xiaobo on the reasons for his arrest, his lawyer said Thursday as intellectuals in China called for his release.
Ill. attorney general Blagojevich: Quit or be ousted (Detroit Free Press)
CHICAGO — Illinois' attorney general threatened today to go to the state Supreme Court to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon or get impeached by the Legislature.
Illinois attorney general threatens to act soon against governor (Deseret Morning News)
Illinois' attorney general on Thursday threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon or get impeached by the Legislature.
Bail denied for lawyer accused of "brazen" fraud (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A judge denied bail on Thursday for a prominent New York lawyer accused of selling sham investments to hedge funds, a scheme that prosecutors now say may have been much larger than originally thought.
Illinois attorney general threatens to have court remove Blagojevich (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
CHICAGO - Illinois' attorney general on Thursday threatened to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich removed by the state Supreme Court if he doesn't resign soon or get impeached by the legislature.
Attorney Says Defense For Ex-Soldier Is Insanity (WLKY Louisville)
An attorney says the “whole defense” for a former Army soldier charged with rape and murder in Iraq is the man is not guilty by reason of insanity.
Jury acquits attorney in bond case (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Louisville attorney William O. Ayers was acquitted today of charges that he illegally posted a $250,000 bond for a capital murder defendant through the defendant's sister.
N.D. attorney general says state is clean (Grand Forks Herald)
FARGO - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem takes issue with a report that North Dakota may be the most corrupt state, based on federal convictions. The USA Today report puts North Dakota first with 8.3 public corruption convictions per 100,000 residents that the federal government won from 1998 through 2007. The numbers do not include state convictions.
Lawyer: Council went too far (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
The ordinance Cincinnati City Council passed Wednesday to give itself the power to review all appointments to boards and commissions conflicts with state law and could open the city up to a lawsuit, the city's lawyer says.
Court suspends attorney John Aretakis (Capital News 9)
A local attorney known for representing alleged victims of abuse by priests in the Catholic Church has been suspended for one year.
Lawyer: Settlement reached in fatal balloon crash (The Fresno Bee)
A lawyer says the family and friends of a California woman who fell 70 feet to her death when the hot air balloon she was riding in was caught in power lines have reached a $1.4 million settlement. Read comments
Local attorney Aretakis suspended from practice for 'frivolous conduct' (WRGB Albany)
Local attorney John Aretakis has been condemned by the Committee on Professional Standards in Albany for professional misconduct, and is being suspended from practice for one year.
Lawyer: Tow-truck driver scapegoated (UPI)
GREENSBURG, Pa., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A lawyer for a Pennsylvania tow-truck operator accused of looting a crashed tractor-trailer after its driver was killed says that his client is a scapegoat.
Lawyer: Addison won't speak in court in NH case (Boston Globe)
Jurors will have to decide Michael Addison's fate without hearing from Addison himself. Addison's lawyer, Richard Guerriero confirmed Thursday that Addison would not be addressing the court as the sentencing phase of his capital murder trial reaches the last stages.
Cockrel cleared by attorney general in perjury probe (Detroit Free Press)
The state attorney general has cleared Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. of committing perjury when Cockrel signed a sworn statement asserting he was in compliance with election law when in fact he owed $42,000 in unpaid campaign fees.
Va. Attorney General Seeks to Revive Anti-Spam Law (Washington Post)
Virginia's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the state's anti-spam law.
UCF hires attorney to review football program (Sports Illustrated)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The University of Central Florida athletic department has hired an independent attorney well versed in NCAA matters to investigate "procedures and policies" surrounding its football program.
Attorney: Alcorn St. coach fired days after filing lawsuit (CBS Sportsline)
Alcorn State coach Ernest T. Jones has been fired days after filing a lawsuit seeking the reinstatement of seven assistant coaches, his attorney said Thursday.
UCF hires attorney to review football program in wake of Lely star’s death (Naples Daily News)
he University of Central Florida athletic department has hired an independent attorney well versed in NCAA matters to investigate "procedures and policies" surrounding its football program. The hiring of Kansas City-based Michael Glazier, who once worked for the NCAA, comes in the wake of an internal investigation following the recent collapse and hospitalization of a player during an offseason ...
Cockrel cleared by attorney general in perjury investigation (Detroit Free Press)
The state attorney general informed Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. that his office will not prosecute him for signing a sworn statement when he filed to run in the special mayoral election in which he asserted he was in compliance with election law -- although he owed $42,000.
GM Hires Lawyer Bienenstock to Create 21st Century Automaker (Bloomberg)
Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. has been working with New York lawyer Martin Bienenstock of Dewey & LeBoeuf to devise an option for using the U.S. bankruptcy process to create a “futuristic” automaker for the 21st century, according to a person familiar with the contingency plan.
Lawyer Indicted in Hiding of Drug Money (Washington Post)
A lawyer with offices in Prince George's County and the District was arrested yesterday after a federal grand jury in Maryland accused him of helping to hide tens of thousands of dollars that had belonged to a slain drug dealer.
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.