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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.
Madoff lawyer due to answer call to jail financier (Asbury Park Press)
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 Unloaded Jewels on Family: Attorney (TheStreet.com)
The Assistant U.S. Attorney filed papers Wednesday detailing a number of items Madoff sent to relatives and friends.
Sebelius names Overland Park lawyer to Supreme Court (BizJournals)
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Overland Park lawyer Dan Biles as a Kansas Supreme Court justice.
Attorney blames assault on sleep disorder (UPI)
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A 37-year-old man choked his wife while she was sleeping at their home in Coral Springs, Fla., because of a sleep disorder, his attorney alleges.
Detained Zimbabwe activists 'severely tortured', says lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Seven Zimbabwean opposition activists accused in a series of bombings have been "severely tortured" by state security agents, their lawyer told a court Wednesday, urging a probe into the alleged abuse.
Calif. Attorney General Pushes To Overturn Prop 8 (NPR)
Californians passed a proposition in November banning same sex marriage. But California's attorney general Jerry Brown is asking to invalidate the measure, saying constitutional rights would be violated.
N.Y. attorney general says Arbitron case resolved (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Media ratings service Arbitron Inc will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve claims that it undercounted minority radio listeners, the New York Attorney General's office said on Wednesday.
N.Y. attorney general says Arbitron case resolved (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Media ratings service Arbitron Inc will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve claims that it undercounted minority radio listeners, the New York Attorney General's office said on Wednesday.
FOI lawyer arrested on drug charges, tasered (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for the state Freedom of Information Commission has been arrested after a confrontation with East Hartford police that ended with him being shocked with a Taser, bitten by a police dog and subdued with a chemical spray.
Alamo Lawyer Asks For More Time Before Trial (KHBS - KHOG Fort Smith - Fayetteville)
A lawyer for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo is asking for more time to prepare his defense against federal charges of taking underage girls across state lines for sex.
Former attorney general Griffin Bell laid to rest (AP via Yahoo! News)
Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell has been laid to rest in his hometown in south Georgia, with friends and family looking on.
U.S. Attorney Eid plans to run for state attorney general (Rocky Mountain News)
U.S. Attorney for Colorado Troy Eid will step down Jan. 19 and plans to run for state attorney general in 2010, he announced today.
U.S. Attorney to resign Jan. 19, will run for attorney general (Denver Post)
Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid announced today that he will resign from office the day before a new presidential administration is inaugurated and will run for attorney general in 2010.
U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, 90; Voice of Moderation as Appeals Court Judge (Washington Post)
Griffin B. Bell, 90, a corporate lawyer and federal appeals court judge who became the first U.S. attorney general of President Jimmy Carter, his longtime friend and fellow Georgian, died Jan. 5 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
Madoff Should Remain Free, Defense Lawyer Tells Judge (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff should remain free on bail because he didn’t intentionally violate a judge’s order when he mailed jewelry including a diamond bracelet and watches to relatives and friends, his lawyer told a judge in a court filing.
Madoff Should Remain Free, Defense Lawyer Tells Judge (Update3) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff should remain free on bail because he didn’t intentionally violate a judge’s order when he mailed jewelry including a diamond bracelet and watches to relatives and friends, his lawyer told a judge.
Madoff Should Remain Free, Defense Lawyer Tells Judge (Update3) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff should remain free on bail because he didn’t intentionally violate a judge’s order when he mailed jewelry including a diamond bracelet and watches to relatives and friends, his lawyer told a judge.
State of California Appears Favored in Attorney Conflict Case (Law.com)
It wasn't a good sign for attorney Stuart Somach when California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard told him during oral arguments that he didn't have a single case to support his position -- except for one ruling that she seemed ready to void. Somach was arguing that staff attorneys for administrative law agencies shouldn't simultaneously serve as prosecutors in one matter while acting as ...
Madoff Confined By Security and FBI ‘Panic Button,’ Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- As Bernard Madoff awaits a ruling on whether he can remain free on bail, security officers monitor his Manhattan apartment, relying on a “panic button” connected to the F.B.I. “to prevent harm or flight,” his lawyer said.
PDEA joins mounting bid to disbar "Alabang Boys" lawyer (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Efforts seeking the disbarment of lawyer Felisberto Verano Jr. mounted on Thursday with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) joining two anti-crime groups in calling for penalizing the lawyer for alleged "unethical practice."
SC asked to disbar drug suspects’ lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- A petition to disbar the lawyer for the suspects in the controversial drug case has been filed at the Supreme Court by an anti-corruption group.
VACC files disbarment case vs "Alabang Boys" lawyer at SC (GMA News)
(Updated 12:35 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines - An anti-crime group on Thursday filed before the Supreme Court a disbarment complaint against lawyer Felisberto Verano Jr., counsel for two of the so-called Alabang Boys.
New Travis district attorney sworn in (Austin American-Statesman)
Promising to listen to the community and to tap the talents of her 80 assistants to not only prosecute criminals but also attack the causes of crime, Rosemary Lehmberg was sworn in Wednesday as Travis County's first new district attorney in 32 years.
Madoff Security Protects Against ‘Harm or Flight,’ Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff , awaiting a ruling on whether he can remain free on bail, is being monitored by security officers at his Manhattan apartment “to prevent harm or flight,” his lawyer said.
State of California Appears Favored in Attorney Conflict Case (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
It wasn't a good sign for attorney Stuart Somach when California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard told him during oral arguments that he didn't have a single case to support his position -- except for one ruling that she seemed ready to void.
NO ACTION PLANNED AGAINST MEN: Attorney general not investigating guards (Detroit Free Press)
Though 10 women testified last January that they were sexually abused and, in some cases, raped in the 1990s by guards at Scott Correctional Facility, the Michigan Attorney General's Office says it has no plans currently to investigate the men.
INSIDE WASHINGTON: Republicans seek to make an example of attorney general nominee (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Eric Holder Jr., President-elect Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, brings to his confirmation hearing next week a dream resume and a bull's-eye target with his picture in the middle.
Zimbabwe Opposition Members Not Guilty of Bombings, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The Zimbabwean lawyer defending seven opposition members accused of bombing police stations said his clients are not guilty, labeling the charges “ridiculous.”
Attorney general urges protection of aid funds for victims (The Des Moines Register)
Crime victims in Iowa might have to wait longer or drive farther for help if aid programs aren’t shielded from statewide budget cuts, Attorney General Tom Miller said Wednesday.
COURT DROPS DEAD MAN'S APPEAL ON LAWYER'S REQUEST (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
SHAH ALAM, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- On a lawyer's request, the High Court today dropped the appeal by a man who was convicted of rape without the victim being called to testify.
Conn. Lawyer Arrested on Drug Charges, Tasered (1010 WINS New York)
A lawyer for the state Freedom of Information Commission has been arrested after a confrontation with East Hartford police that ended with him being shocked with a taser, bitten by a police dog and subdued with a chemical spray.
Feds try to rebuild lawyer's money-laundering case (Miami Herald)
Federal prosecutors Wednesday took their first step toward rebuilding a drug-related money-laundering case against top Miami lawyer Ben Kuehne by appealing a key ruling issued against them last month.
Republicans hit U.S. attorney-general nominee (MSNBC)
Eric Holder Jr., President-elect Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, brings to his confirmation hearing next week a dream resume and a bull's-eye target with his picture in the middle.
Washington attorney general wants several laws passed (The Oregonian)
Attorney General Rob McKenna has a list of legislation he'd like to see passed, including a requirement ensuring that local governments are trained to comply with the Open Public Meetings Act. He also wants to see:...
Washington attorney general requests new laws (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna is asking the Legislature to require training for local governments to help them comply with the Open Public Meetings Act.
Civil rights-era lawyer for Bond, Ali dies in Fla. (Washington Post)
DESTIN, Fla. -- A civil rights-era lawyer from Alabama who represented Julian Bond and Muhammad Ali and argued for the "one man, one vote" principle has died at age 78.
Guy Lafleur's lawyer argues hockey great conspired against by Crown, cops (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - A lawyer for hockey great Guy Lafleur is arguing the retired Montreal Canadiens forward was the subject of a witch hunt by police, a Quebec justice of the peace and an overzealous Crown prosecutor.
FOI official to meet with arrested agency lawyer (Boston Globe)
A Connecticut state agency lawyer charged in a hit-and-run accident and a violent confrontation with East Hartford police faces a meeting about his job status with his boss.
France and Gabon in row over lawyer's visa rejection (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Authorities in France and Gabon were embroiled in a diplomatic spat Thursday after a French lawyer was prevented from travelling to represent his clients detained in Libreville.
Civil rights-era lawyer for Bond, Ali dies in Fla. (AP via Yahoo! News)
Charles Morgan Jr., a civil rights-era lawyer from Alabama who represented Julian Bond and Muhammad Ali and argued for the "one man, one vote" principle that redrew political maps, died Thursday. He was 78.
Blagojevich lawyers want US attorney off case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and all his assistants off the fraud and bribery case against him.
Blagojevich lawyers want US attorney off case (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and all his assistants off the fraud and bribery case against him. Chief defense counsel Edward Genson said in a motion Thursday that the news conference Fitzgerald held in announcing the charges was so filled with prejudicial publicity that the prosecutor should bow out. The full text ...
Blagojevich lawyers want US attorney off case (The Charlotte Observer)
(The Associated Press) Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and all his assistants off the fraud and bribery case against him. Chief defense counsel Edward Genson said in a motion Thursday that the news conference Fitzgerald held in announcing the charges was so filled with prejudicial publicity that the prosecutor should ...
Blagojevich Lawyers Ask Judge to Remove U.S. Attorney From Case (Fox News)
Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge Thursday to remove U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald from the fraud and bribery case facing the Illinois governor.  
Mukasey sets limit on immigrants' rights to lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Bush administration has decided that immigrants facing deportation do not have an automatic right to an effective lawyer.
Arbiter's reaction to lawyer no proof of bias against Fantino, court hears (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - An adjudicator had every reason to feel he was being threatened by an experienced lawyer acting for Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino, and his reaction did not show he was biased, a court heard Thursday.
Pioneering civil rights lawyer dies (MSNBC)
Charles Morgan Jr., a civil rights-era lawyer from Alabama who represented Julian Bond and Muhammad Ali and argued for the "one man, one vote" principle, died Thursday. He was 78.
Blagojevich lawyers want U.S. attorney off case (Daily Herald)
Attorneys for Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked the federal courts today to kick U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and his staff off the case and end the governor's prosecution.
Mukasey sets limit on immigrants' rights to lawyer (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Bush administration has decided that immigrants facing deportation do not have an automatic right to an effective lawyer. Attorney General Michael Mukasey says in a 33-page decision that the Constitution does not entitle someone facing deportation to have...