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Casey Anthony’s Attorney Wants Prosecutors Off The Case (WFTV 9 Orlando)
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Casey Anthony’s defense attorney said prosecutors are not playing fair. Jose Baez said prosecutors made anonymous complaints against him. The complaints centered around negative remarks Baez’s public relations firm made against the State Attorney and the judge in the case.
Alleged Shakedown Victim's Attorney Speaks Out (CBS 2 Chicago)
Part two of the governor's media offensive happened to fall on the same day four of the taped wiretapped conversations that led to his criminal case were played in the state Senate. The attorney for Johnny Johnston - the racetrack owner at the center of the alleged shakedown on those tapes - talked to CBS 2's Dana Kozlov Tuesday night.
EX-LAWYER CHARGED WITH CBT INVOLVING CLIENT'S MONEY (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
BUTTERWORTH, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- A former lawyer was charged in the Sessions Court here today with criminal breach of trust involving his client's insurance payout totalling RM277,141.61.
Hemet's city attorney defends his fees (The Press-Enterprise)
HEMET - Essentially auditioning to keep his job, Hemet City Attorney Eric Vail gave a presentation to the City Council on Tuesday justifying what he has charged the city for legal services, including $2.1 million in fees two years ago.
Attorney: Suspended cop a hypocrite (The Journal News)
PLEASANTVILLE - The village's attorney said he is seeking to have Detective Sgt. Stephen Bonura fired, accusing him of exposing an informant and demonstrating hypocrisy by using the same tactics for which he criticized the Westchester District Attorney's Office.
Weld DA Buck says he's not interested in attorney general job (Greeley Tribune)
Weld District Attorney Ken Buck will not run for Colorado's attorney general seat after incumbent John Suthers decided to seek re-election this week.
Villanueva inquiry 'crippled' - lawyer (Montreal Gazette)
The Quebec government has moved to cripple the potential scope of a public inquiry into last August's fatal shooting of Fredy Villanueva by a Montreal police officer, lawyer Alain Arsenault said yesterday.
Lawyer says accused Cdn. spy fled Saddam's Iraq (CTV.ca)
A Canadian citizen accused of working for Saddam Hussein's intelligence service while living in Maryland was in fact persecuted by the late Iraqi leader, his lawyer told a federal judge Tuesday.
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Former county attorney in critical condition (Dayton News)
According to reports, former County Attorney Jack Hartel is in critical condition in Methodist Hospital in Houston after suffering a fall on Monday.
U.S Attorney to Investigate Officer's Traffic Stop (WLTX-TV Columbia)
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- A local prosecutor has asked the U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina to investigate an Orangeburg officer for a traffic stop three months ago.
Mistrial after defendant smears feces on lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A San Diego judge has declared a mistrial in a kidnapping and assault case after the defendant smeared excrement on his lawyer's face and threw it at jurors.
Tunisian court jails 22 on terrorism charges: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Tunisian court jailed 22 men for up to 14 years for belonging to a terrorist cell, a defense lawyer said Wednesday.
Senate panel approves Holder as attorney general (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Senate committee voted to approve Eric Holder to be the first black attorney general, sending his nomination on Wednesday to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm him.
Senate panel approves Holder as attorney general (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Senate committee voted to approve Eric Holder to be the first black attorney general, sending his nomination on Wednesday to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm him.
Eric Holder nomination as attorney general moves to full Senate (Chicago Tribune)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder's nomination as the first African-American attorney general has moved to the full Senate with broad bipartisan support.
Holder Nomination to Be Attorney General Clears Panel (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee, after a one-week delay, approved Eric Holder ’s nomination by President Barack Obama to be U.S. attorney general and set the stage for confirmation by the full Senate.
Senate Judiciary Approves Nomination of Holder for Attorney General (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be attorney general.
Lawyer accused of ripping off elderly, kids (WABC-TV New York)
A Brooklyn lawyer was charged with ripping off millions from guardianship accounts.
Panel approves Obama attorney general pick (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved President Barack Obama's choice for attorney general, Eric Holder, setting the stage for a full confirmation vote.
Senate committee OKs Holder for attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Senate Republicans, who acted like lions in challenging Eric Holder, turned into lambs Wednesday as they joined Democrats in recommending President Barack Obama's choice for attorney general.
Attorney: Kilpatrick, family received death threats (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- An attorney for former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told a judge Tuesday that Kilpatrick and his family have received death threats.
Holder Nomination to Be Attorney General Clears Panel (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Eric Holder overcame Republican concerns over his nomination by President Barack Obama to be U.S. attorney general, winning lopsided Senate Judiciary Committee support that clears the way for his confirmation.
BROOKLYN LAWYER CHARGED IN $4M THEFT (New York Post)
Stealing candy from just any old babies allegedly wasn't good enough for one Brooklyn lawyer. Big-shot guardianship attorney Steven Rondos was indicted on charges he stole more than $4 million from nearly two dozen incapacitated clients -...
NY lawyer charged with stealing from palsy victims (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A New York lawyer appointed to oversee the assets of incapacitated clients, including children with cerebral palsy, pocketed $4 million for his own use, the Manhattan District Attorney's office alleged on Wednesday.
Brooklyn Lawyer Accused Of Bilking Kids, Elderly (WCBS-TV New York)
A lawyer and his firm stole more than $4 million from handicapped children and elderly people -- as well as a dead person -- whose bank accounts they supervised, prosecutors said Wednesday. Steven Rondos and Brooklyn-based Raia & Rondos P.C. stole the money after judges appointed them guardians of 23 mentally and physically impaired children and elderly people, and of the dead person's estate.
NY lawyer charged with stealing from palsy victims (Stuff)
A New York lawyer appointed to oversee the assets of incapacitated clients, including children with cerebral palsy, pocketed US$4 million (NZ$7.7 million) for his own use, the Manhattan District Attorney's office alleged.
NY lawyer accused of bilking kids, elderly, dead (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A lawyer and his firm stole more than $4 million from handicapped children and elderly people -- as well as a dead person -- whose bank accounts they supervised, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Prosecutor: Lawyer Stole From Kids, Elderly, the Dead (Fox News)
A lawyer and his firm have been charged in Manhattan of stealing more than $4 million from incapacitated and elderly people, and in one case a dead person, whose bank accounts he supervised.
Man smears feces on his lawyer, flings it at jury (AP via Yahoo! News)
A San Diego judge has declared a mistrial in a kidnapping and assault case after the defendant smeared excrement on his lawyer's face and threw it at jurors. The judge boosted defendant Weusi McGowan's bail from $250,000 to $1 million after the Monday incident.
Senate panel OKs Holder as attorney general (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. Senate committee approved the nomination of Eric Holder to be the first black attorney general on Wednesday and lead President Barack Obama's effort to close the Guantanamo prison.
Lawyer announces candidacy to be Norfolk's commonwealth's attorney (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK Attorney John Coggeshall announced that he will run as a Republican in the March 10 special election for Commonwealth’s Attorney. The post was vacated last year by Jack Doyle, who become a Circuit Court judge.
Court Declines to Hear Clergy-Abuse Lawyer's Suspension Appeal (Law.com)
The New York Court of Appeals has declined to hear the appeal of attorney John A. Aretakis' one-year suspension for engaging in "undignified and discourteous conduct" toward courts. Aretakis was found to have committed misconduct after being sanctioned by four courts between 2005 and 2008, mostly involving sexual abuse cases against Roman Catholic priests. "This is target practice on a lawyer ...
Man smears feces on his lawyer, flings it at jury (AP via Yahoo! News)
A San Diego judge has declared a mistrial in a kidnapping and assault case after the defendant smeared excrement on his lawyer's face and threw it at jurors. The judge boosted defendant Weusi McGowan's bail from $250,000 to $1 million after the Monday incident.
Lawyer charged with CBT (The New Straits Times)
BUTTERWORTH: A 40-year-old lawyer was charged at the Sessions Court yesterday with criminal breach of trust of RM277,141 from his client.
Manhattan DA targets 'predator' Brooklyn lawyer (New York Daily News)
A crooked Brooklyn lawyer ripped off disabled people to the tune of $4 million and used the cash to spruce up his plush suburban home, prosecutors charged Wednesday.
Holder Nomination to Be Attorney General Clears Panel (Update5) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Eric Holder overcame Republican concerns over his nomination by President Barack Obama to be U.S. attorney general, winning lopsided Senate Judiciary Committee support that clears the way for his confirmation.
Attorney to take girls' expulsion to state high court (The Press-Enterprise)
After an appellate court ruled Monday that the California Lutheran High School of Wildomar could expel two students for homosexual behavior, the students' attorney said he will likely take the case to the California Supreme Court.
Attorney General McCollum and Rep. Allen Boyd pass on Senate run (Miami Herald)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and Congressman Allen Boyd on Tuesday became the latest politicians to take a pass on Florida's open Senate seat in 2010.
Redundancies lawyer is found hanged in office (Evening Standard)
A MARRIED corporate lawyer specialising in redundancies and employment matters has been found hanged in his office in a suspected suicide. Henryk Santocki, 37, was discovered by colleagues at CKFT Solicitors in Hampstead, in the early hours of 9 January, after he had been working late.
Gaters sues attorney for slander (Chicago Sun-Times)
A day after earning her 900th career victory, Marshall girls basketball coach Dorothy Gaters filed a slander lawsuit against an attorney who allegedly accused her of stealing during a TV interview last year.
Birmingham lawyer Bill Slaughter said to have persuaded Jefferson County Commission president to consider lobbying firm (Birmingham News)
Bill Slaughter Birmingham lawyer Bill Slaughter persuaded Jefferson County Commission President Bettye Fine Collins to consider a Washington-based firm for a $237,500 lobbying contract, according to a partner with the Haskell Slaughter law firm....
Gotti lawyer on murder case (Honolulu Advertiser)
A 25-year-old Big Island murder suspect in the 2004 Pali Golf Course shootings who was represented by a court-appointed lawyer a year ago has mysteriously retained a prominent New York criminal defense attorney as his trial is set to begin on Friday.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sues Texas company for deceptive practices (The Ithaca Journal)
WATERTOWN — A Texas-based military contractor lured employees to a job at Fort Drum through false promises of long-term employment and health benefits, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Senate Judiciary Approves Nomination of Holder for Attorney General (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be attorney general.
Senate Judiciary Approves Nomination of Holder for Attorney General (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be attorney general.
Todd R. Craun, 58, lawyer, rowing coach (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Todd R. Craun, 58, of the Francisville section of the city, a lawyer, company vice president and rowing coach, died of heart failure Monday at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
City Council approves new top attorney (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- The City Council voted today to name attorney Krystal A. Crittendon as the city's corporation counsel, after the city's previous top lawyer resigned over comments some considered racially insensitive.
Detroit council confirms city's new top lawyer (Detroit Free Press)
The Detroit City Council unanimously confirmed city attorney Krystal Crittendon to be the city's new top lawyer.
Minnesota attorney general sues more 'foreclosure consultants' (Pioneer Press)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced today that she has sued two more companies that offer "foreclosure consultant" services, alleging that the firms have targeted homeowners facing foreclosure with illegal upfront fees and failed to deliver promised services.