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Ethics charges filed against lawyer (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE –– The chief disciplinary counsel of the Rhode Island Supreme Court has filed ethics charges against lawyer Steven J. Coaty, a former state representative from Newport, including allegations of forgery and failing to furnish proper bills and accountings to clients.
Man jailed for 25 years on wrongful rape conviction, lawyer tells court (CNews)
VANCOUVER, B.C. - A defence lawyer for a man who's spent 25 years in jail for a series of rapes says there is overwhelming evidence to suggest his client was wrongly convicted just like several other Canadians who struggled for decades to clear their names.
SC starts deliberations on disbarment case vs 'Alabang Boys' lawyer (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court on Tuesday started en banc deliberations on the disbarment case filed against Felisberto Verano Jr., lawyer of two of the three drug suspects in the "Alabang Boys" fiasco.
A Fill-In U.S. Attorney Makes the Job His Own (New York Times)
Lev. L. Dassin, who became district attorney in Manhattan last month and will likely be replaced by the next president, is making the most of his short tenure.
New district attorney, others in Johnson County (The Kansas City Star)
With the exuberance reserved for Allen Fieldhouse in March, fans of Steve Howe whooped and hollered Monday after Johnson County’s new district attorney was sworn in.
US marshals, lawyer criticized over escorts of Fox sportscasters (Boston Globe)
Several US marshals and a lawyer for the federal agency violated ethics regulations by assigning deputy marshals to escort Fox Sports broadcasters to and from sporting events, including two games of the 2007 World Series in Boston, according to a report released yesterday by US Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.
Prosecutor named acting U.S. attorney (Rocky Mountain News)
David M. Gaouette, who has been a federal prosecutor since 1984, has been named acting U.S. attorney for Colorado. He took over on Saturday.
State's Attorney Won't Prosecute Homicide (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Washington County State's Attorney Tom Kelley says he will not press charges in connection with a man's death, which was ruled a homicide.
 Mount Vernon attorney wants to run for city judge (Mid-Hudson News)
MOUNT VERNON – Attorney Tamika Coverdale Monday announced she would seek the Democratic nomination to run for Mount Vernon City Court judge. The post was vacated with the retirement of Judge Brenda Dowery-Rodriguez.
Lawyer: Winehouse's husband to file for divorce (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Amy Winehouse's jailed husband says his client will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity.
Disbarment vs "Alabang Boys" lawyer appears meritorious - SC spokesman (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The move to disbar lawyer Felisberto Verano Jr, counsel for two of the so-called Alabang Boys, appeared to have gained ground Tuesday with the Supreme Court asking the lawyer to comment on the complaint.
Wash. court rules that truants entitled to lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A panel of judges has apparently made Washington the first state to rule that juvenile students accused of chronically cutting classes in public schools are entitled to a lawyer in their first court hearing.
Wash. court rules that truants entitled to lawyer (The State)
A panel of judges has apparently made Washington the first state to rule that juvenile students accused of chronically cutting classes in public schools are entitled to a lawyer in their first court hearing. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that denying a juvenile the right to a lawyer from the outset violated constitutional requirements. Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King ...
Lawyer: Winehouse's husband to file for divorce (USA Today)
A lawyer for Amy Winehouse's jailed husband says his client will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity. Attorney Henri Brandman said Monday that he had been instructed by Blake Fielder-Civil "to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy's adultery."
SC attorney general fights Duke Energy, Charlotte (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
South Carolina's attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to block Duke Energy and others from intervening in the state's federal lawsuit against North Carolina.
Wash. court rules that truants entitled to lawyer (The Charlotte Observer)
(By TIM KLASS, Associated Press Writer) A panel of judges has apparently made Washington the first state to rule that juvenile students accused of chronically cutting classes in public schools are entitled to a lawyer in their first court hearing. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that denying a juvenile the right to a lawyer from the outset violated constitutional requirements. ...
Attorney Discusses Vince Fumo Case (FOX 29 Philadelphia)
Defense attorney Fred Perri appeared on "Good Day Philadelphia" Tuesday to discuss the Vince Fumo case.
SC attorney general: US Supreme Court should bar utility, cities from water lawsuit against NC (Canadian Business)
South Carolina's attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to block Duke Energy and others from intervening in the state's federal
Lawyer: Winehouse's husband to file for divorce (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Amy Winehouse's jailed husband says his client will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity.
Local lawyer charged with fraud on trial today (Barrie Examiner)
A jury trial is expected to begin today for a prominent Barrie-area lawyer accused of fraudulently mortgaging the home of one of his employees for [...]
A Fill-In U.S. Attorney Makes the Job His Own (New York Times)
Lev. L. Dassin, who became district attorney in Manhattan last month and will likely be replaced by the next president, is making the most of his short tenure.
A Fill-In U.S. Attorney Makes the Job His Own (New York Times)
When the United States attorney in Manhattan resigned last month, his deputy, Lev L. Dassin, was named to fill the job until President-elect Barack Obama takes office and chooses a replacement. That could make Mr. Dassin’s tenure very short.
B.C. man jailed 25 years on wrongful conviction: Lawyer (CTV British Columbia)
A defence lawyer for a man who's spent 25 years in jail for a series of rapes says there is overwhelming evidence to suggest his client was wrongly convicted just like several other Canadians who struggled for decades to clear their names.
New district attorney, others in Johnson County (The Kansas City Star)
With the exuberance reserved for Allen Fieldhouse in March, fans of Steve Howe whooped and hollered Monday after Johnson County's new district attorney was sworn in.
NY Attorney General probes charities in Madoff scandal (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
New York state prosecutors are investigating frauds on charities caught up in the scandal of accused swindler Bernard Madoff, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.
Comptroller revokes another attorney's pension (Newsday)
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Tuesday that his office has revoked the public pension of another private Long Island attorney because he was erroneously reported as an employee by a local village.
Other women for doctor who gave kidney - lawyer (New York Daily News)
The Long Island man who donated a kidney to his estranged spouse isn't the altruistic hero of their increasingly bitter divorce, the wife's lawyer suggested Tuesday.
Second Amendment attorney discusses rolling back gun laws in lecture (The Iowa City Press-Citizen)
The attorney who successfully persuaded the Supreme Court to overturn Washington, D.C.’s gun ban last year said the case is just the first step in a process to limit governments from restricting a person’s right to own a gun.
Senator Leahy Defends Obama's Attorney General Pick (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - A leading Senate Democrat is urging Republicans not to turn the confirmation hearings for President-elect Barack Obama's choice for Attorney General into a rehash of their complaints against former President Clinton.
Lawyer 'aided illegal passports' (BBC News)
A lawyer tried to help criminals get passports by using the stolen identities of dead children, a court hears.
Lawyer 'aided illegal passports' (BBC News)
A lawyer tried to help criminals get passports by using the stolen identities of dead children, a court hears.
Salem police arrest lawyer, wife on drug charges (KOIN News 6 Portland)
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a West Salem lawyer and his wife have been arrested on marijuana charges. Lt. Jim Anglemier of the Salem police says William "Billy" Carl and his wife, Stacie, were arrested Jan. 2.
Khadr trial date up in air after 'secret' refiling of charges: defence lawyer (CBC Toronto)
The trial of Canadian Omar Khadr has been thrown into fresh uncertainty after the head of the U.S. military commission process at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, secretly withdrew, then re-issued charges against all defendants, Khadr's lawyer said Tuesday.
Hilary Duff Returns To TV As A Teen Lawyer In 'Barely Legal' (MTV Asia)
Hilary Duff isn't new to starring in her own sitcom. She made a name for herself playing the title character in Lizzie McGuire on Disney, and now she's ready to move on from tween fare to take on a more challenging role: a lawyer.
Supreme Court hears death row appeal involving right to lawyer (USA Today)
The Supreme Court took up a Louisiana death row prisoner's appeal Tuesday in a case that explores how a defendant's constitutional right to a lawyer plays out during police encounters.
Judge helps accused contact a lawyer (The News)
NEW GLASGOW – A New Glasgow woman who has spent six days in jail without seeing a lawyer got some sympathy from the judge and Crown prosecutor in provincial court Monday.
Legal manoeuvring creates uncertainty for Khadr trial, lawyer tells CBC (CNews)
TORONTO - Omar Khadr's military lawyer says legal manoeuvring by the Pentagon has created uncertainty for those facing trials at the Guantanamo Bay prison, including Khadr.
William Lynch eyes U.S. Attorney post in Rhode Island (The Providence Journal)
Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch is hoping to join his brother, Patrick — the state’s attorney general — in the top prosecutorial ranks.
Local Attorney Organizes Inaugural Bus Ride to DC (WLTX-TV Columbia)
Columbia (WLTX) - Attorney Sheila McMillan from Columbia organized a bus trip to Washington, D.C. for almost sixty people wanting to witness history at this years inauguration.
Village of North Hills lawyer snagged in pension flap (Newsday)
The Village of North Hills incorrectly reported its lawyer as an employee for 19 years, even as it paid his law firm hundreds of thousands of dollars in retainer fees, according to the state comptroller's office.
Ex-attorney found competent for trial (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A former Fayette County attorney who once worked as an assistant district attorney has been found competent to stand trial on theft charges.
Dan May sworn in as District Attorney (KOAA-TV Colorado Springs - Pueblo)
In front of a packed auditorium, Dan May became El Paso and Teller county's 27th District Attorney. He defeated John Newsome in the August primary election and was uncontested in the November general election.
Minneapolis' newest city attorney came from county (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
A Hennepin County prosecutor will lead the criminal division in the Minneapolis city attorney's office.
Committee will recommend next US attorney (Boston Globe)
Senator Edward M. Kennedy plans to form a committee this week that will recommend to President-elect Barack Obama candidates to succeed longtime US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan as the top federal law enforcement official in Massachusetts.
Tax lawyer doubts business reason for officials' spending (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The Internal Revenue Service allows for reasonable business expenses, but some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses charged by Blue Grass Airport directors might not have been reasonable, a Lexington tax lawyer says. "It's going to be extremely hard to say that the acquisition of Wii games is a necessary business expense," said Bill Rigsby, of The Rigsby Group. If the ...
Yolo dentist who touched patients' breasts 'not a molester,' lawyer tells jury (The Sacramento Bee)
Dr. Mark Anderson was trying to treat a jaw disorder, his attorney said in an opening statement. A Woodland dentist accused of fondling his female patients was trying to massage their chest muscles to treat a stress-related jaw disorder, his defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court. During opening statements in the trial of Mark Anderson, attorney Michael Rothschild ...
At least 6 lawyers seek U.S. attorney post (Louisville Courier-Journal)
At least six lawyers have met with U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth to talk about their interest in being recommended for nomination as U.S. attorney for Kentucky's Western District. The list includes a judge, a former judge, an assistant U.S. attorney and a federal public defender.
Howard undeserving of freedom medal: Hicks lawyer (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The former lawyer of convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks has criticised the awarding of the United States's highest civilian honour to former Australian prime minister John Howard.
Howard undeserving of freedom medal: Hicks lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The former lawyer of convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks has criticised the awarding of the United States's highest civilian honour to former Australian prime minister John Howard.
Zimbabwe's attorney general says activist a threat (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra News)
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's attorney general branded detained human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko a threat to society and said he would oppose her release, in comments published Wednesday.