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U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announces gun and drug indictments of 15 people following half-year federal investigation (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced this afternoon the indictments of 15 local men and woman on various federal gun and drug charges. The indictments resulted from a six-month undercover investigation run by a group of federal, state and local law...
Ill. attorney general proposes new ethics fines (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill . (AP) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to slap governments with up to a $1,000 fine for denying citizens the right to view public documents.
Stiles gets nod for city attorney in Virginia Beach (The Virginian-Pilot)
VIRGINIA BEACH The City Council has selected Deputy City Attorney Mark Stiles for the top legal job. The council came to the decision after interviewing three candidates. Stiles will replace Les Lilley, who will become a Circuit Court judge.
Attorney General: U.S. a nation of cowards on matters of race (Chicago Tribune)
Attorney General Eric Holder signs autographs at the Justice Department today after addressing the nation's reticence to confront racial issues. (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Lawyer: Religion not an issue in NY beheading case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Muslim-American television executive accused of decapitating his wife remained jailed without bail Wednesday as his lawyer dismissed suggestions that culture played a role in the crime.
Milgaard lawyer agrees to represent man appealing sentencing in RCMP killings (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
EDMONTON - A lawyer who helped overturn two of Canada's most high-profile wrongful murder convictions has agreed to represent one of the men convicted in the deaths of four Mounties near Mayerthorpe, Alta.
Lawyer: Religion not an issue in NY beheading case (The State)
A Muslim-American television executive accused of decapitating his wife remained jailed without bail Wednesday as his lawyer dismissed suggestions that culture played a role in the crime. Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan, 44, appeared subdued during a brief appearance Wednesday in Orchard Park Village Court, where his lawyer waived his right to a felony hearing. The beheaded body of Aasiya Hassan, 37, was ...
Lawyer: Religion not an issue in NY beheading case (The Charlotte Observer)
(By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer) A Muslim-American television executive accused of decapitating his wife remained jailed without bail Wednesday as his lawyer dismissed suggestions that culture played a role in the crime. Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan, 44, appeared subdued during a brief appearance Wednesday in Orchard Park Village Court, where his lawyer waived his right to a felony ...
US Attorney General to visit Guantanamo (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Eric Holder is to visit the controversial US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay next week, he said Wednesday.
Tyler lawmaker has words with Chinese-American lawyer from Dallas (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN — In a heated exchange Wednesday, Rep. Leo Berman shouted “go home!” to a Dallas lawyer of Chinese-American descent who had called the lawmaker “despicable” and “evil.”
Lawyer: Religion not an issue in NY beheading case (The Kansas City Star)
A Muslim-American television executive accused of decapitating his wife remained jailed without bail Wednesday as his lawyer dismissed suggestions that culture played a role in the crime.
Lawyer says religion not an issue in N.Y. beheading case (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - A television executive accused of decapitating his wife remained jailed without bail Wednesday as his lawyer dismissed suggestions that culture played a role in the crime.
Milgaard lawyer may represent Hennessey in sentence appeal (CBC Edmonton)
A lawyer who was involved in two of Canada's best known wrongful-conviction cases is planning to represent one of the men convicted of manslaughter in the slayings of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta.
Sweat Equity: Dallas Lawyer Exchanges Law for Career in 'Hot Yoga' (Law.com)
When Dallas lawyer David Buckner discovered Bikram Yoga -- often called "hot yoga" because it is practiced in rooms heated to about 105 degrees -- he was hooked. Today, Buckner and his wife co-own a Bikram Yoga studio. Never in love with the law, Buckner left legal practice for good in 2005 and says he never looked back. "The best thing about my job is that when people come in, no matter how bad ...
Still No Clues in Attorney Killing (NBC Philadelphia)
It's been a week since a Bucks County attorney was gunned down outside his office while walking into work.
Madoff Attorney Uses Savvy and Likability to Protect a Despised Client (Law.com)
A wide range of Ira Lee Sorkin's peers in the white-collar and securities bars describe him as an outsized personality who is effective because he is so likable. One attorney says Sorkin is "very gregarious and good-natured," but has "the residual toughness necessary in a criminal defense lawyer." That toughness will come in handy as he faces the challenging task of representing one of the most ...
Attorney General Holder Urges Justice Department to Discuss Race Openly (Washington Post)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. urged employees yesterday to take advantage of Black History Month to begin a dialogue about race, labeling the United States a "nation of cowards" for not discussing the country's checkered history openly.
Suspended attorney charged with felonies (Cumberland Times-News)
Suspended Romney attorney Donald Paul Cookman, who is also a former Hampshire County commissioner, has been charged with three counts of embezzlement and four counts of forgery following a five-week investigation by West Virginia State Police.
Wood to resign as U.S. attorney (The Springfield News-Leader)
John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today in a news release that he has submitted his resignation to President Obama, effective Feb. 28.
Attorney general says U.S. ‘nation of cowards' on racial matters (The Kansas City Star)
WASHINGTON | Eric Holder, America’s first black attorney general, said Wednesday the U.S. was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues.
Lawyer derides ethics decision (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for Everett School Superintendent Frederick Foresteire is rejecting as unwarranted a state Ethics Commission decision that Foresteire violated the state conflict-of-interest law.
Mike Bishop considers run for Michigan attorney general (Detroit Free Press)
Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, a Rochester Republican, has formed an exploratory committee to look at a possible run for state attorney general.
Milgaard lawyer represents man guilty in RCMP deaths (The Globe and Mail)
A lawyer who helped overturn two of Canada's most high-profile wrongful murder convictions has agreed to represent one of the men convicted in the deaths of four Mounties near Mayerthorpe, Alta.
Angry words fly between Texas legislator, lawyer after immigration discussion (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN – In a heated exchange over immigration Wednesday, Rep. Leo Berman shouted "go home!" to a Dallas lawyer of Chinese-American descent who had called the lawmaker "despicable" and "evil."
Ex-Fumo lawyer testifies against him (The Morning Call)
Sprague contradicts defendant on deletion of e-mail evidence. Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo's longtime friend and counsel testified Wednesday that he never believed Fumo when he said another lawyer had told him he could destroy e-mail evidence during an FBI corruption probe.
Sweden FSA Appoints Per Hakansson New Chief Attorney (Nasdaq)
STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Sweden's Financial Supervisory Authority Thursday said it has appointed Per Hakansson as its new chief attorney starting this spring.
U.S. Attorney General calls country "cowardly" on race matters (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder described the United States Wednesday as a nation of cowards on matters of race, saying most Americans avoid discussing awkward racial issues.
Rumford lawyer suspended (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
A justice at Maine's top court ordered a Rumford lawyer to stop practicing law in Maine for six months and a day. Maine Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Andrew Mead ordered Seth Carey suspended beginning March 30.
Attorney general urges conversations about race (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
February 18, 2009 - US Attorney General Eric Holder speaks with the media after participating in the Department of Justice African American History Month program at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.
Rwanda: Trial of Rwandan Lawyer Accused of Contempt of UN Court Begins Monday (AllAfrica.com)
The trial against Rwandan lawyer Leonidas Nshogoza, charged for contempt of court at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), is scheduled to begin on February 9 ,according to the ICTR Spokesperson, Roland Amoussouga.
Woman injured in Metra crash entitled to $16 million: rail line attorney (Chicago Tribune)
Commuter line attorney, though, says $16 million is sufficient A Metra passenger critically injured in a deadly 2005 derailment is entitled to as much as $16 million for medical care and other expenses, said an attorney for the commuter rail line.
Hamilton County: Former judge is new WWTA attorney (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Former Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Mike Carter started serving Wednesday as the county Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority’s attorney.
High court suspends lawyer (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas lawyer Darren Walker has received a 40-month suspension for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and for not responding to a formal complaint filed against him by the State Bar of Nevada.
‘Alabang Boy’ defies lawyer’s  advice to keep quiet at House hearing (The Manila Times)
Two of the three “Alabang Boys” zipped their mouths, except Richard Santos Brodett, to the apparent dismay of his lawyer during a congressional hearing on Thursday on charges linking all three of them to drug trafficking.
Casey Anthony's attorney says diary entry is from 2003 (Orlando Sentinel)
Defense attorney Jose Baez told the "Today" show that the diary entry was "before Caylee was even born." Baez is representing Casey Anthony, who is charged with daughter Caylee's murder.
Attorney: Coach charged with sex crimes innocent (The Oregonian)
COQUILLE --The defense attorney for a 36-year-old high school track coach charged with sexually abusing a teenage athlete has criticized Coquille police for their investigation and predicted the case will be dismissed. Attorney David Terry of Roseburg says Wendy Boutiette...
Texas political fundraiser convicted of falsely representing self as lawyer to collect fees (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A prominent Democratic political fundraiser was convicted Thursday of falsely representing himself as a lawyer to collect millions of dollars in attorneys fees.
Is Attorney General Eric Holder Right That We Are 'a Nation of Cowards' on Race? (US News & World Report)
The attorney general calls the U.S. "a nation of cowards" on race relations.
Pontoon Beach couple hires lawyer after house explosion (Belleville News-Democrat)
A couple whose home exploded Friday in Pontoon Beach has hired a lawyer, who said Thursday he had no reason to believe his clients would blow up their own home.
Will Google be targeted by new Attorney General for Antitrust? (ZDNet)
In an interview with Christine Varney, a newly nominated Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust by the Obama administration, she said that Google is a monopoly and should be investigated. If her nomination succeeds, we could see her going after the search giant in short order. "[Google]...
Deutsche Bank Attorney Named SEC Enforcement Chief (Fox News)
Deutsche Bank Attorney Named SEC Enforcement Chief
New: AG staff lawyer on job awaiting resolution of DUI charges (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
SCRANTON -- A senior staff lawyer with the state attorney general's office remains on the job while awaiting a resolution to driving under the influence charges, state officials said Thursday.
Attorney General's Remarks Ignite Debate Over Race Relations (Fox News)
Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks may have ripped open a scab that President Obama's election and much of his rhetoric had built on top of long-running wound.
Lawyer Says Death Penalty Illegal (KOAT Albuquerque)
The lawyer for a Santa Fe man accused of killing an alleged cocaine dealer is asking a state district court judge to declare New Mexico's death penalty unconstitutional.
Milgaard lawyer to help with appeal in Mountie killings (Fort Frances Times)
By admin Thursday, 19 February 2009 - 3:42pm. EDMONTON—A lawyer who helped overturn two of Canada’s most high-profile wrongful murder convictions has agreed to represent one of the men convicted in the deaths of four Mounties near Mayerthorpe, Alta.
LV attorney who stole $398,345 for gambling habit suspended (Las Vegas Sun)
A Las Vegas attorney who admitted stealing $398,345 from his clients to support his gambling habit has been suspended for five years by the Nevada Supreme Court. The court rejected the recommendation of the state Bar that he be disbarred.
Lawyer says NM death penalty illegal (1:40 p.m.) (Las Cruces Sun-News)
Lawyer says NM death penalty illegal (1:40 p.m.)
Angry words fly between Texas legislator, lawyer after immigration discussion (KVUE-TV Austin)
In a heated exchange over immigration Wednesday, Rep. Leo Berman shouted "go home!" to a Dallas lawyer of Chinese-American descent who had called the lawmaker "despicable" and "evil."
Chillicothe lawyer found guilty of disorderly conduct (The Columbus Dispatch)
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- A lawyer scheduled to go on trial on charges of tampering with records and obstruction of justice entered a plea agreement and was convicted of two misdemeanor counts.
Attorney: Coach charged with sex crimes innocent (KATU Portland)
The defense attorney for a 36-year-old Coquille High School track coach charged with sexually abusing a teenage athlete has criticized Coquille police for their investigation and predicted the case will be dismissed.