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BART officer who hit victim was provoked, lawyer says (The Monterey County Herald)
SAN FRANCISCO — The lawyer for a Bay Area transit officer who struck an unarmed man who was later killed by another officer said his client was provoked into using force.
District attorney to run despite controversies (Penn State Collegian)
After three years marked by numerous controversial court cases, Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira announced Saturday he will seek a second term in office.
Former county attorney in critical condition; blood drive planned for Hartel, donors needed (Dayton News)
According to reports, former County Attorney Jack Hartel is in critical condition in Methodist Hospital in Houston after suffering a fall on Monday.
Lawyer: Vick could go to halfway house ‘any day’ (WSLS Newschannel 10 Roanoke)
A lawyer for Michael Vick told a federal bankruptcy judge Friday that the imprisoned NFL star could be transferred to a halfway house in Virginia any day.
Attorney general confirmation vote today (WSLS Newschannel 10 Roanoke)
The Senate is poised to confirm the president’s choice to be attorney general. Eric Holder’s confirmation is assured when the senate votes later today.
Free the Grapes!: Massachusetts Attorney General to Spend Taxpayer Money to Maintain Discriminatory Ban on Wine Direct ... (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NAPA, Calif.----Despite a decisive opinion and remedy order by widely respected U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will spend taxpayer dollars to appeal the judge's decision, which promised an expansion of consumer choice in fine wine.
Lawyer: cop who hit victim was provoked (KFTY TV50 Santa Rosa)
The lawyer for a Bay Area transit officer who struck an unarmed man who was later killed by another officer said his client was provoked into using force.
Chinese dissident's trial postponed, lawyer says (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Chinese court has delayed the trial of an activist who criticized the government's earthquake response, the man's lawyer said Monday.
Chinese dissident's trial postponed, lawyer says (Boston Herald)
BEIJING - A Chinese court has delayed the trial of an activist who criticized the government's earthquake response, the man's lawyer said Monday. Mo Shaoping,...
Gunmen fire on Peru attorney general's car (AP via Yahoo! News)
A top prosecutor says gunmen tried to kill Peru's attorney general, who is heading a high-profile corruption investigation.
Gunmen fire on Peru attorney general's car (The Charlotte Observer)
(The Associated Press) A top prosecutor says gunmen tried to kill Peru's attorney general, who is heading a high-profile corruption investigation. Prosecutor Jose Pelaez says Saturday's attack on Attorney General Gladys Echaiz was an assassination attempt - not a robbery, as officials earlier suggested. He said Monday that many prosecutors are being threatened for doing their jobs. Officials say ...
Attorney wants Zellweger's diary, depo (KABC-TV Los Angeles)
An attorney wants Rene Zellweger to hand over her diary and give a deposition.
Francophone lawyer demands that immigration case be heard in French (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - A francophone lawyer is demanding that the federal government switch the language of proceedings for his client's immigration hearing to French from English.
Lawyer: Man unstable when biker bunker torched (CNews)
The lawyer for a Quebec man accused of torching a Hells Angels bunker last October says his client was mentally unstable at the time.
U.S. attorney won't investigate State Rep. Williams for homestead issue (The News-Press)
Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy said he won't investigate whether State Rep.
DWI Attorney arrested for DWI (WAVY TV 10 Portsmouth)
- Dashcam rolls as New Mexico DWI attorney is busted for DWI. Cris Ornelas reports.
Aetna settles student pay probe: NY Attorney General (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Health insurer Aetna Inc will pay more than $5 million to reimburse students for medical claims and resolve an investigation by New York state, the attorney general's office said on Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Reid Voices Support for Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voiced his support for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder while speaking on the Senate floor Monday.
'Equal justice for all' is lawyer's creed (Rexburg Standard Journal)
Walking into the office of Rexburg attorney Ray Rigby is a little awe inspiring. By far the most prominent feature in the room is his "award wall." On it are more than two dozen plaques naming Rigby, sometimes multiple times, as the "Citizen of the Year," or as a "Distinguished Lawyer." There is a "Lifetime Achievement" award, a "Man of Excellence" award and several "Who's Who" awards.
Lebanon attorney announces candidacy for county judge (The Patriot-News)
LEBANON--Citing 35 years of experience as an attorney, education and community involvement, John Kelsey has announced he is a candidate for Lebanon County judge.
Gangland lawyer sells her story to mag (News Interactive)
CONTROVERSIAL gangland lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson has posed with her new-born daughter in a paid interview with a magazine.
Judge denies lawyer's request to view text messages in stripper lawsuit (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A federal judge today denied a lawyer's request to look at a handful of text messages that have been identified as potentially relevant to a lawsuit brought against the city of Detroit by the family of a slain exotic dancer.
Justice Rehires Attorney Fired Amid Gay Rumor (NPR)
On Monday, the Justice Department undid a small part of the damage that top officials caused in a scandal of politicized hiring and firing during the Bush administration. The department rehired an attorney who was improperly removed from her job because she was rumored to be a lesbian.
Greene lawyer may see homicide file (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for the family of slain stripper Tamara Greene will get a chance to review her homicide file, a judge ruled today. U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen said attorney Norman Yatooma has the right to see it.
Senate Confirms Holder as Attorney General With Strong GOP Support (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
The Senate on Monday confirmed Eric H. Holder Jr. as attorney general, in an anticlimax to what was once President Obama's most contentious Cabinet nomination.
Holder Is Confirmed as Attorney General (New York Times)
In a 75-21 vote, the Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Eric H. Holder Jr. to be the new attorney general of the United States.
Senate confirms Holder as attorney general (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The Senate confirmed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general on Monday, putting him in position to oversee President Barack Obama's plans to overhaul U.S. legal policy in the war on terrorism.
Jailed Lawyer Dreier Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Other Chgs (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Jailed lawyer Marc S. Dreier pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and fraud charges in an alleged scheme to sell fictitious promissory notes to hedge funds and misappropriate client funds, costing investors and others more than $400 million.
Holder confirmed as attorney general (CNN)
The U.S. Senate confirmed Eric Holder as attorney general Monday, voting 75-21 to place him in charge of the Department of Justice.
Accused NY lawyer Dreier stays in jail for now (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
An indicted high-profile New York lawyer will remain in jail until at least the end of the week on charges of running a $400 million investment scheme selling fake promissory notes.
Judge told accused NYC lawyer accused in $400 million fraud has no cash stash (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
NEW YORK - A court-appointed receiver has told a judge that a prominent lawyer accused in a US$400-million fraud does not appear to have a big stash of money somewhere.
Holder is confirmed as U.S. attorney general (International Herald Tribune)
The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Eric Holder Jr. to be the new attorney general of the United States.
Holder confirmed as attorney general (USA Today)
The Senate has voted 75-21 to confirm Eric Holder as the first African-American attorney general.
US Senate confirms Obama attorney general (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The US Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's choice for attorney general, Eric Holder, making him the first African-American to hold that office.
Judge told accused NYC lawyer has no cash stash (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A prominent lawyer accused in a more than $400 million fraud does not appear to be hiding a big stash of money, a court-appointed receiver said Monday.
Self-Marketing Is Key to Being a Top Lawyer (Law.com)
Young attorneys beginning their careers may find that navigating the profession is far more complex than the bar itself. A multitude of smart folks pass the bar, only to find themselves stuck behind prefabricated desks, wondering why opportunities fail to abound. Attorney Shai Littlejohn writes that career success requires being three parts lawyer and one part marketing agent. If you are ...
Holder Confirmed as Nation's First Black Attorney General -- He Overcame Objections of Some in GOP (Washington Post)
The Senate confirmed Eric H. Holder Jr. as the nation's first African American attorney general by a vote of 75 to 21 yesterday, opening a new chapter for a Justice Department that had suffered under allegations of improper political influence and policy disputes over wiretapping and harsh interr...
Judge told accused NYC lawyer has no cash stash, by receiver (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
NEW YORK - A prominent lawyer accused in a more than US$400 million-fraud does not appear to be hiding a big stash of money, a court-appointed receiver said Monday.
Holder Confirmed as Nation's First Black Attorney General — He Overcame Objections of Some in GOP (Washington Post)
The Senate confirmed Eric H. Holder Jr. as the nation's first African American attorney general by a vote of 75 to 21 yesterday, opening a new chapter for a Justice Department that had suffered under allegations of improper political influence and policy disputes over wiretapping and harsh...
Lawyer Hurt After Shots Fired Into Office (Washington Post)
A lawyer working in downtown Leesburg last night was wounded when gunshots were fired through his office window, town police said.
Lawyer Hurt After Shots Fired Into Office (Washington Post)
A lawyer working in downtown Leesburg last night was wounded when gunshots were fired through his office window, town police said.
China Must Reveal Location of Missing Lawyer, Rights Groups Say (Bloomberg)
Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- China must immediately disclose the location of a leading human rights lawyer who was taken by security forces about two weeks ago and hasn’t been heard from since, three groups said.
Rights groups: China rights lawyer missing (AP via Yahoo! News)
An outspoken Chinese human rights lawyer went missing two weeks ago, several international rights groups said Tuesday, expressing fears for his safety.
Lawyer For Taiwan's Former First Lady Quits Graft Trial (Nasdaq)
TAIPEI (AFP)--The lawyer for the wife of former Taiwan president Chen Shui- bian said Tuesday he had quit, just one week before the ex-first lady is due to appear in court as her corruption trial continues.
Obama attorney-general confirmed (BBC News)
The US Senate confirms President Barack Obama's choice for attorney-general, Eric Holder, in the post.
Lawyer OK'd to review Greene's homicide file (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for the family of slain stripper Tamara Greene will get a chance to review her homicide file, a judge ruled Monday.
Melbourne lawyer becomes new Labor MP (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A joint sitting of the Victorian Parliament has unanimously approved the selection of Melbourne lawyer Jennifer Huppert as a new Labor MP.
Rights groups: China rights lawyer released (AP via Yahoo! News)
An outspoken Chinese human rights lawyer who disappeared for two weeks and was allegedly being held by security forces at an unknown location has returned home, an international rights group said Tuesday.
Freed former mayor 'not bitter,' lawyer says (USA Today)
Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick left jail early Tuesday morning with a new look, an apparent new appreciation for freedom and a new high-powered lawyer who said he doesn't have any plans to sue anybody ... yet.
Defense lawyer wants trial moved (UPI)
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter says he wants the trial moved from Orlando, Fla., to ensure an unbiased jury.