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Weber County Attorney tapped to be new judge (Deseret Morning News)
Weber County Attorney Mark DeCaria has been tapped to become the new 2nd District Court judge here.
Blagojevich attorney pulls out of Senate trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief defense attorney said Friday he will not represent the governor at his Senate impeachment trial but still will defend him on criminal charges.
Top Detroit lawyer out after 'ghetto court' remark (AP via Yahoo! News)
Detroit's city's top lawyer has resigned and drawn outrage after describing one of the city's courts as a "ghetto court."
Top Detroit lawyer out after 'ghetto court' remark (San Francisco Chronicle)
Detroit's city's top lawyer has resigned and drawn outrage after describing one of the city's courts as a "ghetto court." Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. said Kathleen Leavey resigned Thursday after a complaint from the 36th District Court's chief judge, Marylin...
Lawyer: Turf war led to cop's botched prosecution (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
District Attorney Paul Howard botched the prosecution of a former Atlanta police officer because the crime was actually committed in DeKalb County — outside Howard's jurisdiction — the former cop's lawyer said Friday.
John Mortimer, Lawyer-Author of “Rumpole” Plays, Dies at 85 (Bloomberg)
Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- John Mortimer , a British lawyer and author of more than 50 novels, plays, biographies and memoirs who was best known for his many “ Rumpole of the Bailey” plays for stage and television, has died. He was 85.
Kehoe attorney given more time for motions (KWWL Iowa)
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An attorney for a Coralville woman accused of killing her 2-year-old son has been given more time to file pretrial motions.
Lawyer Cannot Be Prosecuted for Giving Advice, Panel Finds (Law.com)
A lawyer facing criminal charges for advising 10 nurses they could quit their jobs gave "objectively reasonable" advice and cannot be prosecuted, a New York appeals panel has unanimously ruled. "We cannot conclude that an attorney who advises a client to take an action that he or she, in good faith, believes to be legal, loses the protection of the First Amendment if his or her advice is later ...
Homicide Charge Not Expected Over Death of D.C. Lawyer (Law.com)
An Assistant U.S. Attorney said Friday in Washington, D.C., Superior Court that, "barring something unforeseen," the government does not plan to bring a murder case against Arent Fox lawyer Joseph Price, his domestic partner Victor Zaborsky and their roommate Dylan Ward. At Friday's hearing, the three men pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and evidence tampering ...
Terror Detainee Treatment 'Horrible,' Attorney Says (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
An Iowa attorney who represented four detainees held at Guantanamo Bay says shutting down the prison is not enough.
Attorney General Asks Judge To Dismiss Suit Over Adoptions (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new law banning unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children.
Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder Gains Support From GOP, Law Enforcement (Washington Post)
Attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. won support yesterday from another Republican lawmaker, all but ensuring his candidacy will proceed smoothly and not fall to a GOP filibuster.
Complaints filter into U.S. Attorney's Office regarding landlord (The Gazette)
CEDAR RAPIDS and#8212; The voice mail at the U.S. Attorney's Office filled up the first day after prosecutors asked victims of Cedar Rapids landlord Robert Miell to contact them.The prosecutors asked Miell's tenants to come forward if they rented from him between 2000 and 2007 and he fraudulently kept their damage deposit. The prosecutors want to have the total amount of restitution Miell owes, ...
Rincon attorney Bartos appointed mentor by Supreme Court of Georgia (Savannah Morning News)
Rincon attorney Ramona Murphy Bartos was recently appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia as a mentor in the Transition to Law Practice Program of the State Bar of Georgia.
Prosecutors seek to quiet Korbe's attorney (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Rivetti wrote that statements made to the media by attorney John Elash, defense counsel for Christina Korbe, and Korbe's former attorney Sumner Parker, broke rules concerning pretrial publicity.
The lawyer sniffled; the cop cried cocaine (Pioneer Press)
A trial involving an accused killer. A "Super Lawyer" allegedly with cocaine in his pocket. And a police officer, there to testify in that Winona, Minn., trial, who said he saw the defense lawyer duck out of a court restroom, pinching his nose and "sniffing profusely." Without flushing.
County attorney tapped to be judge (Deseret Morning News)
Weber County Attorney Mark DeCaria has been tapped to become the new 2nd District judge here.
Florida attorney general pursues inquiry in Ray Sansom case (Miami Herald)
The state attorney general opened an inquiry Friday into records made of a secretive meeting House Speaker Ray Sansom helped arrange of his hometown college's trustees.
Lawyer: 'Ghetto court' criticized lines, not judges (Detroit Free Press)
The City of Detroit's top lawyer's description of the city's 36th District Court as a "ghetto court" has led to her ouster.
British writer, lawyer noted for Rumpole of the Bailey (The Columbus Dispatch)
LONDON -- British lawyer and writer John Mortimer, creator of the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, died yesterday near London.
Man who threatened Lackawanna County district attorney pleads guilty (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
A man accused of trying to hire someone to harm the Lackawanna County district attorney pleaded guilty to harassment Friday and will continue to receive psychiatric help.
DJ's mocking angers attorney (The Monterey County Herald)
A 14-year-old Greenfield girl allegedly placed into an arranged marriage by her father has been further victimized by a nationally known disc jockey who mocked her on live radio, the father's attorney said Friday.
Court suspends LV attorney (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada Supreme Court has temporarily suspended Las Vegas attorney Philip Singer, who is accused of misappropriating client funds and accepting retainers without performing any services.
Credit crunch drives top SA lawyer to death (Independent Online)
A high-flying corporate lawyer has become the first reported South African fatality of the global financial meltdown.
Mehltretter to serve as acting U. S. attorney (The Buffalo News)
Kathleen M. Mehltretter will serve as acting U. S. attorney for the third time beginning today as she replaces Terrance
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Attorney is busted for drugs while in Winona court (Post-Bulletin)
WINONA -- The attorney representing an accused killer in Winona was in custody himself Friday for allegedly possessing drugs. Chuck Ramsay was arrested Thursday in a Winona County courtroom after a hearing in which Ramsay yelled at t
Attorney charged for allegedly possessing drugs (Post-Bulletin)
WINONA -- The attorney representing an accused killer in Winona was in custody himself Friday for allegedly possessing drugs. Chuck Ramsay, 41, was arrested Thursday in a Winona County courtroom after a hearing in which Ramsay yelled
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Arkansas Attorney General Asks Judge To Dismiss Suit Over Adoptions (KTHV Little Rock)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new law banning unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children.
Attorney General Launches New Online Service Providing Greater Transparency of Charities in Texas (Cleveland Advocate)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today launched a new online resource that will allow Texans to search Texas charitable organizations’ tax filings. The newly created database will provide instant, user-friendly access to Texas charitable organizations’ expenditure data so that potential supporters, committed contributors and the general public can easily learn how charitable dollars are being ...
Attorney General files to stop unlicensed home warranty company (Cleveland Advocate)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged a New York-based home warranty company with unlawfully doing business in Texas. The state’s enforcement action seeks to prevent National Home Protection, Inc. from doing business in Texas until it is licensed by the state and complies with requirements of the Texas Occupations Code.
DA, county attorney hosting DWI training for peace officers (Cleveland Advocate)
The offices of District Attorney Mike Little and County Attorney Wesley Hinch have been selected as the host offices for joint police and prosecutor DWI training by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation. The day-long seminar will be held on Friday, February 20, 2009 at the Liberty Center, in Liberty.
Estrada can’t run, his lawyer says (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
CONVICTED plunderer ex-President Joseph “Erap” Estrada will be putting his freedom at risk if he listens to calls for him to run for President in 2010, according to his former lawyer Alan Paguia.
Lawyer in Fraud Case Keeps Flag Flying (New York Times)
Marc S. Dreier?s law firm has collapsed, but a white banner emblazoned with his name in gray lettering was still flying last week outside a Park Avenue building.
Md. US Attorney General Hopes to Stay in Office (ABC 2 Baltimore)
Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein is hopeful he can remain in his position during the Obama administration.
Hoffman attorney seeks to stop city comments on case (Tallahassee Democrat)
The city should be prohibited from talking about the cost to taxpayers of a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of slain confidential informant Rachel Hoffman, an attorney for the Hoffman family said in a court motion.
County hires attorney who had law license suspended twice (Dayton Daily News)
A local attorney with two disciplinary suspensions on his license to practice law was hired by Montgomery County Commissioners as a staff attorney in the child support enforcement division.
Keyser attorney accused of conflict of interest in automobile fatality case (Cumberland Times-News)
The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case later this month concerning a Mineral County attorney accused of having a conflict of interest in an automobile fatality case, according to the West Virginia Record.
Attorney arrested at courthouse due to cocaine (Winona Daily News)
Police suspect defense attorney Charles Alan Ramsay snorted cocaine Thursday in a Winona County Courthouse bathroom moments before a hearing, and investigators later found the drug in his pocket and briefcase, according to court documents filed Friday.
Pee Dee attorney shares views on S.C. political rivalries (The Post and Courier)
Pee Dee attorney "Nick" Zeigler has written a penetrating personal and political memoir that reveals a first-hand glimpse of the rough-and-tumble, knock-down, drag-out nature of South Carolina politics.
Attorney General filing in Stevens case delayed (Anchorage Daily News)
The 5 p.m. Eastern time deadline came and went Saturday and no explanation was filed by the Attorney General in U.S. District Court in Washington about how an Alaska-based FBI's agent's complaint was handled by the Justice Department.
Chattanooga: Civil rights attorney Dees King Day speaker (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1968 that he had seen the promised land and with the election of the Barack Obama, the American people crossed into it, famed civil rights attorney Morris Dees said.
Sohler gets new attorney, hearing delayed (KTIV Sioux City)
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - A Sioux City man accused in the stabbing death of his wife in their Sioux City home, last month, has a new attorney.
Memphis attorney seeks changes to boost poor's legal representation (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
A poor economy may have slowed down activity in a lot of areas, but the legal system apparently isn't one of them. In fact, local attorney George T. "Buck" Lewis said the demand for legal services is greater now than it was when the financial situation was brighter.
Mortgage-fraud cases are flooding into Tarrant County district attorney’s office (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The district attorney's office has identified more than $42 million in mortgage scams. And it's even worse in other states.
City attorney has many duties (Maumelle Monitor)
City attorney salaries among similar and neighboring cities vary greatly. Larger cities have full-time city attorneys who perform myriad duties.
Attorney General Launches New Online Service Providing Greater Transparency of Charities in Texas (Eastex Advocate)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today launched a new online resource that will allow Texans to search Texas charitable organizations’ tax filings. The newly created database will provide instant, user-friendly access to Texas charitable organizations’ expenditure data so that potential supporters, committed contributors and the general public can easily learn how charitable dollars are being ...
ALABAMA EXPOSURE: Mobile lawyer a top candidate for U.S. attorney (The Tuscaloosa News)
A top-ranked candidate for U.S. attorney in Alabama would likely have to withdraw from prosecuting former Don Siegelman, if the former governor's conviction is overturned.
City council rejects attempt to cut funds for attorney post (Livonia Observer)
City Councilman Don Knapp has been appointed by Mayor Jack Kirksey to be the next city attorney, effective Feb. 2.