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Cannizzaro swears in for full term as district attorney (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS -- Leon Cannizzaro took his second oath of office Sunday afternoon as the Orleans Parish District Attorney. The swearing in was held at the Hellenic Cultural Center and it marks the start of Cannizzaro's full, six-year term.
A Case May Test a Lawyer?s Bond With the Police (New York Times)
A former prosecutor from Brooklyn has strained his relationship with police for defending Lilo Brancato, Jr., the former actor charged in the murder of an off-duty officer.
N.L. lawyer resigns from judge posting because of DUI (CTV.ca)
A Labrador lawyer who was recently named a provincial court judge says he is stepping down from the appointment because of an impaired driving conviction 20 years ago he had "completely forgotten about."
Attorney says Frei Montalva poisoned (UPI)
SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A forensic expert's report confirms ex-Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva was poisoned to death 27 years ago, an attorney for the family says.
Attorney says Frei Montalva poisoned (Moldova.org)
A forensic expert's report confirms ex-Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva was poisoned to death 27 years ago, an attorney for the family says.Alvaro Varela said Saturday the report by forensic expert Carmen Cerda, who examined the former Chilean leader's skeletal remains, shows Frei Montalva's death by poisoning is established, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported. Who was ...
No vindication in golf club's decision - lawyer (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The Valley Golf Course and Country Club's decision to expel Delfin de la Paz does not vindicate the sons of Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Sr from the alleged mauling incident, de la Paz's lawyer said Monday.
US Attorney expects to be replaced (Marshalltown Times-Republican)
U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker says he doesn't think he'll keep his job with the new presidential administration, but says he and his office acted correctly during the 2006 immigration raids at the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant.
Charges of theft against ex-lawyer tossed (Knoxville News Sentinel)
A Knoxville lawyer who surrendered his license amid allegations he bilked clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has plowed new legal ground and earned a dismissal of criminal charges in the process.
Highest court hears U.Md.'s right-to-attorney case (Baltimore Examiner)
Defendants in Maryland deserve an attorney before first facing the possibility of being jailed until their court date, according to a lawsuit argued Friday in front of Maryland's highest court.
Charles Morgan Jr. dies at 78; lawyer challenged racism in the South (Los Angeles Times)
Charles Morgan Jr., a civil rights lawyer who challenged the racism of his native South and won numerous landmark cases for equal rights before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Thursday at his home in Destin, Fla. He was 78 and had Alzheimer's disease.
Bare-knuckle defense a hallmark of Dixon attorney (Baltimore Sun)
Lawyer doesn't wait for mayor's trial to denounce charges and prosecutor Hours after Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted on charges of theft, perjury and misuse of office, she headed to the industrial-chic offices of her lead defense attorney, where dozens of reporters and photographers had gathered.
US attorney meeting with reporters in Wilmington (WBTV Charlotte)
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - U.S. attorney George Holding is meeting with reporters in Wilmington to discuss a criminal investigation.
Lawyer Will Seek Bail for Jailed Satyam Officials (New York Times)
The brothers who founded the outsourcing company Satyam have been interrogated and jailed, and the Indian government announced a new board for the company.
Attorney in Teti trial will try insanity defense (The Ocala Star-Banner)
OCALA - When Robert Teti stands trial this week in circuit court on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, his attorney will be arguing a lesser-used criminal defense: insanity.
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.
Lawyer Will Seek Bail for Jailed Satyam Officials (New York Times)
The co-founders of the Indian software company Satyam Computer Services , who are at the heart of a corporate fraud scandal that has sent shock waves through Indian business circles, were expected to seek bail on Monday, even as Satyam’s newly appointed board meets to discuss the company’s future, The New York Times’s Jeremy Kahn and Bettina Wassener reported.
Utah attorney general defends BCS antitrust investigation (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's attorney general is using his personal blog to answer criticism that he's wasting state resources by investigating whether the Bowl Championship Series violates federal antitrust laws.
NM attorney general proposes bankruptcy reform (ABC 7 El Paso)
Associated Press - January 12, 2009 7:55 AM ET SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is urging Congress to change the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to allow homeowners facing...
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Temporary Replacement Named for U.S. Attorney (WSAW Wausau)
A temporary replacement has been named for U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, who has resigned as the top prosecutor in Milwaukee's federal court.
Arkansas Attorney General Focuses on Ethics, Animal Cruelty for '09 (Arkansas Business)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's paring down his wish list for this year's legislative session, focusing instead on a handful of controversial issues where it may take more time to build support among lawmakers.
New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro to announce staff appointments today (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro will hold a press conference today at 11:30 a.m. to announce his staff appointments. Cannizzaro, who served as a judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal before retiring last year to run for...
Lawyer: Winehouse husband to file for divorce (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the husband of Amy Winehouse says he is seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's infidelity.
Mega Coney Island fire still under investigation, attorney says (The Flint Journal)
Flint Journal extras: See below for previous articles on this story. FLINT, Michigan — The attorney for the co-owner of a recently closed downtown coney island said his client has not been cleared in a suspicious fire there last fall....
District attorney, other officials sworn in (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
Moments after he was sworn in this morning, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor promised to kick off his duties to prosecute criminals.
Amy Winehouse's husband seeks divorce: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The husband of British pop singer Amy Winehouse is seeking a divorce, a lawyer acting for Blake Fielder-Civil said on Monday.
Lawyer: Winehouse's Husband Wants Divorce (CBS News)
A lawyer for Amy Winehouse's jailed husband said his client will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity.
Attorney General: Economy Is A Concern (NBC 17 Raleigh)
Attorney General Roy Cooper gave chiefs of police from across North Carolina an update on statewide priorities for crime fighting. Cooper spoke on Monday morning at the annual chiefs of police conference at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. Cooper said chiefs must insist on keeping law enforcement on the streets, despite cutbacks in many local budgets. He recommended chiefs consider ...
Attorney General: Economy Is A Concern (MyNC.com)
Attorney General Roy Cooper gave chiefs of police from across North Carolina an update on statewide priorities for crime fighting.
Hilary Duff to play young lawyer in new sitcom (CBC)
Singer-actress Hilary Duff has been signed to play a young lawyer in a new sitcom about a very young woman who qualifies for the bar.
Lawyer William Vaughn, who defended Rather, dies (The Fresno Bee)
William W. Vaughn, a lawyer whose courtroom successes included the defense of Dan Rather in a 1983 slander case, has died. He was 78. Read comments
Clinton lawyer: State will be allowed to review overseas contributions to Clinton's charity (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Ethics officials at the State Department will be allowed to review overseas contributions made to former President Clinton's charity if his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is confirmed as secretary of State, according to a lawyer for the former president.
Lawyer: Winehouse's husband to file for divorce (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Amy Winehouse's jailed husband said Monday his client will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity. Attorney Henri Brandman said he had been instructed by Blake Fielder-Civil "to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy's adultery."
In jail 25 years on wrongful rape conviction, lawyer tells B.C. appeal court (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER, B.C. - A defence lawyer for a man who's spent 25 years in jail for raping eight women says there is overwhelming evidence to suggest his client was wrongly convicted.
Utah's attorney general defends probe of BCS (ESPN)
Utah's attorney general is using his personal blog to answer criticism that he's wasting state resources by investigating whether the Bowl Championship Series violates federal antitrust laws.
Malta Government Nominates Indus Relations Lawyer To Become President (Nasdaq)
VALLETTA, Malta (AFP)--An industrial relations lawyer and a prominent member of the opposition Labor Party, George Abela, was nominated Monday by the government as the next president of Malta.
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 ...
Attorney general says Virginia Countrywide clients may be due for help to avoid foreclosure (Canadian Business)
Attorney General Bob McDonnell says a settlement with Countrywide Financial could provide some mortgage relief for some of the lender's
Temporary Replacement Named For U.S. Attorney (WISC-TV Madison)
MILWAUKEE -- A temporary replacement has been named for U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, who has resigned as the top prosecutor in Milwaukee's federal court.
Amy Winehouse's husband seeks divorce, citing adultery: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The husband of troubled Grammy Award-winning British singer Amy Winehouse is seeking a divorce on the grounds of her adultery, his lawyer said Monday.
Gaouette steps in as acting U.S. attorney for Colorado (BizJournals)
David Gaouette has been appointed acting U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado by the U.S. Department of Justice, officials said Monday
Federal prosecutor named acting US attorney (Denver Post)
Longtime federal prosecutor David Gaouette has been named acting U.S. attorney for Colorado, replacing Troy Eid.
Federal prosecutor named acting US attorney (Denver Post)
Longtime federal prosecutor David Gaouette has been named acting U.S. attorney for Colorado, replacing Troy Eid.
Report: Lawyer misused U.S. Marshals at events (CBS Sportsline)
Investigators say a lawyer for the U.S. Marshals Service used government cars and armed deputies to drive himself and broadcasters to major sporting events like the Super Bowl and the World Series.
Dallas attorney Mike Barrett dies (BizJournals)
Dallas attorney Michael C. Barrett, founder and chairman of mortgage banking law firm Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel LLP, died Sunday, Jan.11 at his Dallas-area home.
Illinois attorney wins battle to take Obama's Senate seat (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Democratic leaders Monday endorsed the bid by Illinois attorney Roland Burris to succeed president-elect Barack Obama in the Senate, after a row over his appointment by the state's impeached governor.
Wash. court: truants entitled to lawyer (Seattle Times)
Juvenile students accused of chronically cutting classes in public schools are entitled to a lawyer in their first court hearing, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
Attorney: Many Claim Bellaire PD Racially Profiled Them (FOX 26 Houston)
The attorney for a man shot by a Bellaire police officer says his office has been flooded with calls from people claiming they have been a victim of racial profiling within the city limits.
Illinois attorney wins battle to succeed Obama (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Democratic leaders endorsed the bid by Illinois attorney Roland Burris to succeed president-elect Barack Obama in the Senate, after a row over his appointment by the state's impeached governor.
Farmington Council Approves City Attorney's Annexation Request (The Morning News)
FARMINGTON -- At the request of City Attorney Steven Tennant, the Farmington City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night to simultaneously detach his property from the city of Fayetteville and then annex it into Farmington.