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Attorney says charge against Brolin to be dropped (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for actors Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright says prosecutors have agreed to drop all charges in an incident at a Louisiana bar last year.
Nixon nominates St. Louis lawyer as Missouri economic development director (The Kansas City Star)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. | A St. Louis lawyer who specializes in finances is Democratic Gov.-elect Jay Nixon’s nominee for director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
State attorney general's help sought in Broward murder case dispute (Miami Herald)
The Broward State Attorney's Office plans to call on the help of the Florida attorney general after a judge kicked the entire office off a murder case because of the conduct of two prosecutors during trial.
Nixon names Bryan Cave lawyer as economic development chief (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Gov.-elect Jay Nixon has tapped a St. Louis lawyer with a long record of working alongside business to lead the state’s Department of Economic Development.
Franco attorney files notice to appeal conviction (Pioneer Press)
An attorney for Olga Franco has filed a notice to appeal the Guatemalan woman's conviction on four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and 17 counts of criminal vehicular injury in the Cottonwood, Minn., bus crash that killed four children and injured 16 more.
DA says no to U.S. attorney job (Rocky Mountain News)
The man many considered the frontrunner to be Colorado's next U.S. attorney said Monday he is not interested in the job.
Lawyer: Feds intend to charge former Blackwater employee in Baghdad shooting that killed guard (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SEATTLE - Federal prosecutors intend to charge a former security contractor for Blackwater USA in the killing of an Iraqi guard in 2006, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Jailed British couple in Gambia will not appeal sentence: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
The British missionary couple sentenced to one year of hard labour for criticising the Gambian leadership will not appeal the sentence, and are instead hoping to get clemency, their lawyer said Tuesday.
Jailed British couple in Gambia will not appeal sentence: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The British missionary couple sentenced to one year of hard labour for criticising the Gambian leadership will not appeal the sentence, and are instead hoping to get clemency, their lawyer said Tuesday.
Jailed British couple in Gambia will not appeal sentence: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The British missionary couple sentenced to one year of hard labour for criticising the Gambian leadership will not appeal the sentence, and are instead hoping to get clemency, their lawyer said Tuesday.
Boys’ lawyer drafted release order (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines—The lawyer for the so-called “Alabang Boys” Tuesday admitted preparing the order for the release of the drug suspects for the signature of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez two days before Christmas.
Father's conviction in death of infant son should be quashed, lawyer says (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - Richard Brant's conviction more than 13 years ago in the death of his infant son was the result of disgraced pathologist Charles Smith's work and should be quashed, the man's lawyer said Tuesday as he prepared to file an appeal.
Wis. Lawyer Dubbed Best Liar Of 2008 (KETV 7 Omaha)
A Wisconsin lawyer takes honors as the best liar of 2008.
Utah attorney general's office investigating whether BCS violates antitrust laws (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's attorney general is investigating the Bowl Championship Series for a possible violation of federal antitrust laws after an undefeated Utes team was left out of the national title game for the second time in five years.
Obama picks RIAA's favorite lawyer for a top Justice post (CNET)
A courtroom lawyer who has sued individual file swappers in multiple federal courts is President-elect Barack Obama's choice for a top Justice Department position.
Attorney who duped judge may face rap (New York Daily News)
Queens prosecutors could bring criminal charges against the defense attorney who helped free a convicted murderer using a taped confession that turned out to be a fake, lawyers revealed in court Tuesday.
'Alabang Boys' lawyer may face disbarment case - IBP (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - For preparing a draft release order for his affluent clients held allegedly for drug peddling, lawyer Felisberto Verano Jr may face a disbarment case, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines said Wednesday.
Bell, Carter's Attorney General, Dies at 90 (San Jose Mercury News)
Griffin B. Bell, a Southern judge who earned both enmity and praise during the civil-rights era -- and later served as a reform-minded attorney general under President Jimmy Carter -- died Monday.
2nd Circuit Upholds Denial of Fees to Ex-Lawyer in Malpractice Suit (Law.com)
A federal judge acted within his authority when he denied all fees to a lawyer who won a $2.4 million medical malpractice case but failed to investigate the future needs of a child disabled at birth and overcharged his client, the 2nd Circuit ruled. The court upheld the discretion of Eastern District of New York Judge Edward Korman to refuse Steven F. Goldman's application for $388,000 in fees. ...
Utah attorney general looking at BCS (WIS News 10 Columbia)
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is investigating the college football's Bowl Championship Series for a possible violation of federal antitrust laws.
Utah attorney general's office investigating whether BCS violates antitrust laws (Sun-Sentinel)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's attorney general is investigating the Bowl Championship Series for a possible violation of federal antitrust laws after an undefeated Utes team was left out of the national title game for the second time in five years.
US train conductor text messaging before fatal crash: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The train conductor blamed for a crash that killed 24 people in Los Angeles in September was reported to his French employers for text messaging while at work, making the company liable, a lawyer for the victims said Tuesday.
Alabang Boys lawyer admits drafting the release order (Manila Standard Today)
THE lawyer of three affluent Alabang residents, arrested in an anti- drug operation, yesterday said he drafted an order for their release that was sent to Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez for signing.
Lawyer's drafting of release order questionable - DOJ chief (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Wednesday said the move of the lawyer for two of the "Alabang Boys" to prepare an order for their release may be a breach of ethics.
Flynn stepping down as U.S. attorney for WNY (The Buffalo News)
U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn is leaving his high-profile law enforcement job to become a partner with a major law firm.
"Alabang Boys" lawyer says drafting orders done in US courts (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The lawyer of the so-called Alabang Boys on Wednesday insisted there was nothing wrong in drafting a release order on behalf of his clients and having Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez sign it, claiming such was a common practice in US courts.
Attorney Ed Peters forfeits his license (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
JACKSON — Former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters, who has been linked to a high-profile judicial bribery investigation, has given up his law license over an undisclosed bar complaint.
Attorney: Sleep disorder to blame in Weston principal's attack on wife (Sun-Sentinel)
Sleep disorder to blame in attack on wife, attorney says The principal of a Weston middle school was arrested at his Coral Springs home Sunday on a domestic violence charge of battery by strangulation, according to police.
Lawyer says client was not at scene (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The lawyer for a woman described as a person of interest in the New Year’s Eve death of a rival said yesterday that the woman was not present at the slaying scene. “She has told me that she was not there at that apartment,“ lawyer Dennis Martin said yesterday after a Henrico County judge set a $25,000 bond on burglary and vandalism charges against Kayla C. Armstrong, 25.
Attorney general backs bills on crime for session (Montgomery Advertiser)
Attorney General Troy King announced a package of bills Tuesday that deal with online solicitation of children, gambling, evading police officers, revising the Com munity Notification Act for convicted sex offenders, voter identification, felon vot ing, and cock fighting.
‘Highly improper,’ says lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- It was "highly improper'' for Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez to meet with a drug suspect's parents and lawyer while a drug case was pending before his office, a lawyer said on Wednesday.
Former Agriprocessor executive takes case to U.S. attorney general (The Des Moines Register)
Attorneys for Sholom Rubashkin urged the U.S. attorney general to drop its argument that the former executive at Agriprocessors Inc. is a flight risk because he is Jewish.
Mount Morris native stepping aside as U.S. Attorney to clear way for Obama pick (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Terrance P. Flynn, the U.S. attorney for western New York for three years, is stepping down.
Inquiry needed into youth mental health services: lawyer (CBC)
A prominent St. John's lawyer is calling for a full public inquiry into mental health services for young people in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Wall attorney choice draws criticism (Asbury Park Press)
The Republican Party chairman in Monmouth County is about to be named the municipal attorney here despite having little experience in that type of law. The appointment of Joseph W. Oxley also would come following a political donation, which critics link to his law firm, to the winning candidates for Township Committee.
State attorney: 'Healing has begun' (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
BUNNELL -- Calling Flagler County a symbolic launching point for his new administration, political newcomer Ralph Joseph Larizza on Tuesday announced "the healing has begun" as he was sworn in as state attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit.
Arizona Attorney General begins layoffs (ABC 15 Phoenix)
Attorney General Terry Goddard said Tuesday his office is laying off 20 workers, apparently the first such cuts by a state agency in response to Arizona's worsening budget crisis.
Madoff lawyer due to answer call to jail financier (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defense lawyer for Bernard Madoff is expected to submit written arguments Wednesday to a judge who is probing whether the disgraced Wall Street financier should be jailed before trial.
Madoff lawyer due to answer calls to jail the financier (The Journal News)
NEW YORK (AP) - A defense lawyer for Bernard Madoff is expected to submit written arguments today to a judge who is probing whether the disgraced Wall Street financier should be jailed before trial.
Madoff lawyer due to answer call to jail financier (KXXV Waco)
Associated Press - January 7, 2009 8:33 AM ET NEW YORK (AP) - Should Bernard Madoff (MAY'dawf) be sent to jail until his trial? A lawyer for the disgraced Wall Street financier today is...
Madoff lawyer due to answer call to jail financier (WIS News 10 Columbia)
Should Bernard Madoff be sent to jail until his trial? A lawyer for the disgraced Wall Street financier Wednesday is expected to submit written arguments to a judge considering that question.
Senator Ben Cardin on Obama's Pick For Attorney General (FOX 5 Washington D.C.)
A leading Republican Senator is also slamming President-elect Barack Obama's pick for Attorney General. In a 25 minute speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector suggested that Eric Holder is too willing to do the president's bidding. On Wednesday, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin will join fellow lawmakers on the hill to urge holder's quick nomination. Senator Cardin ...
State's attorney to speak at meeting in Parkville (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger will be the speaker at the Greater Parkville Community Council's meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road. Information: 410-668-2580.
Madoff lawyer due to answer call to jail financier (KWWL Iowa)
NEW YORK (AP) - Should Bernard Madoff (MAY'dawf) be sent to jail until his trial? A lawyer for the disgraced Wall Street financier today is expected to submit written arguments to a judge considering that question.
Maine lawyer sentenced for indecent conduct (Boston Globe)
A Searsport lawyer who's been found guilty of indecent conduct has been given a suspended 20-day jail sentence and ordered to undergo counseling.
Utah attorney general says BCS may violate antitrust laws (USA Today)
Utah's attorney general is investigating the Bowl Championship Series for a possible violation of federal antitrust laws after an undefeated Utes team was left out of the national title game for the second time in five years.
T.I. cuts $8,000 check for overdue lawyer fees (USA Today)
Rapper T.I. has paid an $8,000 overdue lawyer bill for the mother of two of his sons, telling a judge the debt was an oversight.
T.I. cuts $8,000 check for overdue lawyer fees (AP via Yahoo! News)
Rapper T.I. went to court and promptly paid an $8,000 overdue lawyer bill for the mother of two of his sons, telling a judge the debt was an oversight.
N.Y. attorney general says resolved Arbitron case (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The New York Attorney General's office said media ratings service Arbitron Inc will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve claims that it undercounted minority radio listeners.
Democrats Defend Holder's Nomination as Attorney General (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Senate Judiciary Democrats and the leaders of several civil rights groups defended attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr.'s political independence and character Wednesday one day after the panel's ranking Republican sharply critiqued his record in a floor speech.