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Ex-U.S. attorney to run for N.J. governor (UPI)
TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said Thursday he plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor of New Jersey.
Mukasey sets limit on immigrants' rights to lawyer (The Fresno Bee)
The Bush administration has ruled that immigrants facing deportation do not have an automatic right to an effective lawyer, stoking outrage among immigrant advocates who say the government aims to weaken immigrants' right to fair hearings. Read comments
Blagojevich Lawyers Want U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald Thrown Off Case (FOX News Chicago)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and all of 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.
Patton Boggs Fights N.Y. Lawyer's 'Kafkaesque' Detention in KGB Prison (Law.com)
New York lawyer Emanuel Zeltser awoke on a private plane headed for a KGB-monitored detention center in Belarus last March. His last memory before waking was drinking coffee at a London cafe. Since then, he's been held at three prison facilities in the former Soviet country, deprived of medications and physically tortured. He is now languishing in a KGB penal colony. It sounds like a nightmare, ...
Former Attorney Sues Judge Over Alleged Bias, Favoritism (Law.com)
An attorney disbarred for failing to pay sanctions and fees in a lawsuit to recover damages for Holocaust survivors from Austrian and German banks has sued a federal judge claiming bias and favoritism in the appointment of special masters and committee members. Edward D. Fagan was disbarred in December for failing to pay the Bank of Austria $350,000 in fees as well as more than $20,000 in ...
Limits set on immigrants' rights to attorney (Contra Costa Times)
n Attorney general says Constitution does not entitle someone facing deportation to have a case reopened based on shoddy work by an attorney
Washington attorney general requests new laws (Seattle Times)
Attorney General Rob McKenna is asking the Legislature to require training for local governments to help them comply with the Open Public Meetings Act.
Bush administration sets limit on immigrants' rights to lawyer (Los Angeles Daily News)
SANTA ANA - The Bush administration has ruled that immigrants facing deportation do not have an automatic right to an effective lawyer.
Court Questions Lawyer's Bid to Take Ex-Girlfriend's Condo (Law.com)
A lawyer who married a woman 19 years his junior while he was still married to another woman should not have been given the go-ahead to foreclose on a condominium he bought for her, a split New York appeals panel ruled Thursday. The majority found that the question of whether solo Joseph I. Rosenzweig loaned or gave the woman money for the condo needed closer scrutiny. The dissenting judge wrote ...
A Lawyer?s Call for a Greater Black Presence in Agencies (New York Times)
A project announced by the N.A.A.C.P. and lawyer Cyrus Mehri aims to increase the number of black workers on Madison Avenue.
Attorney accused of lying, practicing without license (Knoxville News Sentinel)
He's been suspended, jailed and indicted to no avail, and now a state disciplinary board is poised to seek disbarment of a Knoxville attorney accused of lying about his ability to practice law, working without a valid license and taking clients' money.
Kline tells court he won't take abortion records when he departs as district attorney (The Kansas City Star)
With only a few days left as Johnson County district attorney, Phill Kline told a judge Thursday he won’t take any abortion records with him when he leaves office.
Attorney general sets limit on immigrants' rights to lawyer (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
WASHINGTON — 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 people facing deportation to have their cases reopened based on shoddy work by a lawyer. Mukasey says Justice Department officials do have the discretion to ...
Christie, Former U.S. Attorney, Enters Governor?s Race in New Jersey (New York Times)
Christopher J. Christie, the Republican former United States attorney for New Jersey, filed papers on Thursday announcing his candidacy for governor.
Charles Morgan Jr.; Lawyer Championed Civil, Voting Rights (Washington Post)
Charles "Chuck" Morgan Jr., 78, a civil rights lawyer who challenged the racist society of his native South and won numerous landmark cases for equal rights before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Jan. 8 at his home in Destin, Fla. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Indonesia Jails 11 Papuans For Raising Banned Flag - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
JAKARTA (AFP)--A court in Indonesia's remote Papua region has jailed 11 activists for "subversion" after they raised the region's banned independence flag, a lawyer said on Friday.
Patton Boggs Fights N.Y. Lawyer's 'Kafkaesque' Detention in KGB Prison (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
New York lawyer Emanuel Zeltser awoke on a private plane headed for a KGB-monitored detention center in Belarus last March. His last memory before waking was drinking coffee at a London cafe.
Prominent Miami lawyer Ben Kuehne's trial pushed back (Miami Herald)
A federal judge Thursday delayed the trial of prominent Miami lawyer Ben Kuehne on drug-related money-laundering charges until April 27 because of a major appeal in the controversial case.
Attorney general nominee pushed for controversial clemency (Chicago Tribune)
As deputy attorney general in 1999, Holder -- now attorney general nominee -- pressed subordinates to drop objections to clemency for 16 members of violent Puerto Rican nationalist organizations. Attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. repeatedly pushed some of his subordinates at the Clinton Justice Department to drop their opposition to a controversial 1999 grant of clemency to 16 ...
Attorney: Teen shouldn't be charged as adult in son's death (Seattle Times)
The attorney for a Port Angeles teen suspected of drowning an infant boy in a toilet says the murder charges against her client are inappropriate and the teen is a child who didn't even know she was in labor and went into shock after giving birth on a toilet.
Attorney general objects to plan changing FOI law (NWAnews.com)
State Rep. Dan Greenberg filed a package of legislation Thursday seeking to tweak the state's Freedom of Information Act, but one bill put him crossways with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Attorney: Close Casper juvenile jail ASAP (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- An attorney who has led numerous class action lawsuits over the rights of jailed youth says a much-criticized juvenile detention center in Casper should be closed as soon as possible.
Satyam chief Raju will appear before SEBI Saturday, says lawyer (Calcutta News)
Disgraced Satyam chief B. Ramalinga Raju will appear before market watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) at 4 p.m. Saturday to answer the summons served on him in connection with a Rs.70-billion accounting fraud, his lawyer confirmed Friday.
Bigamist Lawyer Fails to Evict Former 'Wife' (1010 WINS New York)
A New York lawyer who ``married'' a college student when he already had a wife has failed in his attempt to evict the younger woman from an apartment he financed.
Carefree attorney warns of trouble with mayor-vote initiative (The Arizona Republic)
A Carefree initiative asking voters if they want to elect their own mayor could face legal opposition if it passes, a town attorney said.
Barrett's attorney asks judge to throw out case (The Tennessean)
An attorney for Jerome Barrett asked a judge to dismiss the murder charge against him this morning over questions about whether an autopsy report from the 1975 death of Sarah Des Prez is missing.
New Orleans district attorney withdraws request to file for bankruptcy; still faces $15M debt (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' district attorney is backing off the idea of his office filing for bankruptcy. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro had warned Louisiana officials that his office may need Chapter 9 protection.
Governor wants U.S. attorney off case (UPI)
CHICAGO, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants outspoken U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald off his corruption case, court records say.
Attorney: Ford Co. Leaders Violated Meetings Law (WIBW Topeka)
The Ford County attorney says the county commission unintentionally violated the state's open meetings law last fall when talking to a casino developer.
Defendants need lawyers at bail hearings, lawyer says (Baltimore Sun)
A lawyer for poor defendants in Baltimore today told Maryland's highest court that his clients and others like them are entitled to taxpayer-funded lawyers at bail hearings held within 24 hours of their arrest.
Disbarred attorney Bruno charged with tax fraud (Chicago Sun-Times)
Anthony Bruno -- a disbarred attorney whose consulting work on suburban development projects has come under federal scrutiny -- has been charged with tax fraud, authorities announced Friday.
Urbana attorney takes woman's DUI/reckless homicide case (The Champaign News-Gazette)
URBANA – Urbana attorney Harvey Welch has agreed to represent a Champaign woman on charges that her drunken and reckless driving caused the death of an Ogden woman last month. Welch appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon on behalf of Elizabeth Drewes, 53, of the 1000 block of Churchhill Downs Drive.
Ferry crew 'had no idea' where Queen of the North was, claims family's lawyer (Vancouver Province)
A lawyer for the family of one of the two victims of the Queen of the North sinking today claimed that the B.C. Ferries crew was reckless, had no idea where the vessel was just prior to collision and had no evacuation plan.
Sumner County attorney suspended (The Tennessean)
The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Sumner County attorney Jocelyn D. Mims.
What to Watch for at Attorney General Nominee's Hearing (Law.com)
Two months of preparation will reach a climax Thursday when Eric Holder Jr. enters his confirmation hearing to be attorney general. His opponents will look for opportunities to question his judgment -- and perhaps score political points. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has "guaranteed" that the Senate will confirm Holder. But Republicans, led by Sen. Arlen Specter, ...
Judge refuses motion by Roman Polanski's lawyer to disqualify LA county court from rape case (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles County judge has rejected a motion by Roman Polanski's lawyer to disqualify the staff of the county court from the director's rape case because of bias.
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney announces bid to replace Fuller (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fast on the heels of Bill Fuller’s announcement that he will not seek re-election as the commonwealth’s attorney in Danville, a senior assistant on his staff has said he will run for the position.
New Mexico attorney general investigates administration of $6 million voter education project (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SANTA FE, N.M. - The New Mexico attorney general's office is investigating the state's administration of a voter education project following an audit that uncovered problems with the way more than $6 million in federal dollars was spent on the effort.
Obama Attorney General Pick Eric Holder Facing Increasing Criticism (Washington Post)
Eric H. Holder Jr. is facing increasing resistance to his bid to become the next attorney general, emerging from President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees as the prime target of Senate Republicans, both because of troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration and because...
Obama Attorney General Pick Eric Holder Facing Increasing Criticism (Washington Post)
Eric H. Holder Jr. is facing increasing resistance to his bid to become the next attorney general, emerging from President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees as the prime target of Senate Republicans, both because of troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration and because...
Attorney disciplined for drug charge (La Crosse Tribune)
A La Crosse attorney convicted of manufacturing an illegal drug will lose his license for 90 days effective Jan. 19, according to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Mansfield lawyer must give up license (The Sun Chronicle)
MANSFIELD - A Fall River defense lawyer from Mansfield has been ordered to surrender his law license while charges of forgery and intimidation of a witness are pending against him in New Bedford Superior Court.
Madoff should remain free, defense lawyer tells judge (The Journal News)
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 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.
Attorney disciplined for drug charge (La Crosse Tribune)
A La Crosse attorney convicted of manufacturing an illegal drug will lose his license for 90 days effective Jan. 19, according to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Misconduct suit against District Attorney's Office, Rochester police dismissed (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the Monroe County District Attorney's Office took steps to ensure that Rochester police officers accused of anti-gay epithets and excessive force would not face criminal charges.
Lawrence eyes U.S. Attorney position for Maine (Portsmouth Herald)
ALFRED, Maine and#8212; York County District Attorney Mark Lawrence said he wants to be the next United States attorney from Maine, a presidential appointment.
Lawyer prepares to become priest (Ventura County Star)
Christopher Fagan was a successful lawyer seeking to settle down and raise a family when he was called to the priesthood.
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Schmitz finds new challenges away from county attorney office (Post-Bulletin)
Ray Schmitz called its quits two years ago after voters ended his 24-year run as Olmsted County Attorney. But it didn't take him long to pick up a new passio