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Attorney generals bag Coca-Cola for weight-loss tea claim (Boston Herald)
Coca-Cola has agreed to stop claiming its Enviga green tea spurs weight loss by helping burn more calories than it contains. In a settlement with Massachusetts Attorney...
Lawyer sues neighbor, building management for $500K over Chihuahuas' 'yapping' (New York Daily News)
A lawyer fed up with the "whining, barking, yapping and squealing" of the rambunctious Chihuahuas who live below her is suing her downstairs neighbor and the management of her Central Park West apartment complex.
Khmer Rouge Leader's Appeal Delayed By Lawyer No-Show (Nasdaq)
PHNOM PENH (AFP)--Cambodia's U.N.-backed war crimes court Friday delayed the Khmer Rouge head of state's appeal for release from jail after his famed lawyer Jacques Verges failed to appear at proceedings.
LAWYER CHARGED WITH ANOTHER TWO MONEY LAUNDERING OFFENCES (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- A lawyer who already faces three charges of money laundering, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to two more counts, involving RM428,101.
Bank of America honcho Ken Lewis mum on bonuses - so Attorney General Cuomo ups heat (New York Daily News)
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo grilled Bank of America honcho Ken Lewis Thursday about $3.6 billion in executive bonuses, but got little more than two-cents worth of information - so he's going to court.
KRouge leader's appeal delayed by lawyer no-show (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court delayed the Khmer Rouge head of state's appeal for release from jail after his famed lawyer Jacques Verges failed to appear at proceedings.
Lawyer says Seth Ireland's parents tried twice to get help (The Fresno Bee)
A lawyer defending the man accused of killing 10-year-old Seth Ireland said his client and the boy's mother took the child to a Fresno County-funded mental health center to get help but didn't get the treatment they sought.
Texas attorney general: Law sanctioning firms that hire illegal workers would hold up (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN - A law suspending the licenses and tax permits of businesses in Texas if they knowingly hired an illegal immigrant would probably be constitutional, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion released Thursday.
Attorney General Cuomo probing political links to state pension business (New York Daily News)
The attorney general's office is looking into whether financial firms are using politically connected consultants to get state pension business, the Daily News has learned.
2nd attorney latest to leave 'the circus' (Greensboro News & Record)
GREENSBORO — Guilford County is losing a deputy county attorney and looking at furloughs for county employees in the same week that it announced a layoff affecting 35 jobs. Deputy County Attorney Mike Newby is leaving the county’s already short-staffed legal office today. “I’m running away and leaving the circus,” Newby said Thursday morning. read more
Fen-phen trial: Why didn't lawyer return fees? (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Nationally known trial lawyer Stanley Chesley took the stand for the second day Thursday in the retrial of two Lexington-area lawyers accused of cheating their clients out of $94 million in a lawsuit settlement. Chesley's testimony revisited a key dispute in the case: Whether a Boone County lawsuit against American Home Products was settled as a class-action or as a normal lawsuit. The ...
New York Attorney General takes former Merrill Lynch CEO to court (National Post)
New York state’s attorney general filed a court motion on Monday to compel former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to discuss US$4-billion in employee bonuses, ratcheting up its probe into a hot-button issue in the recession.
Attorney General Holder says Guantanamo is well-run (The Mercury)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close — but he's still going to do it.
Fired security manager disappointed, says lawyer (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
The lawyer for Robert E. Mackie, the former security manager at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, said yesterday Mr. Mackie is deeply disappointed at being let go from the hospital earlier this week despite recent comments by hospital officials that he passed a criminal record check and had good references and experience for the job.
Casey Anthony photos, videos should not be released, her lawyer tells judge (Sun-Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's defense lawyer asked a judge Thursday to block release of personal photos he says could embarrass the 22-year-old murder suspect.
Former U.S. attorney Kendall Coffey on panel to pick federal judges (Miami Herald)
Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Miami, will head the South Florida contingent of a newly appointed statewide commission in charge of recommending candidates for top federal prosecutor jobs and judgeships.
Attorney General Martha Coakley Announces Multi-State Settlement Resolving Unsubstantiated Enviga Weight Loss And ... (Medical News Today)
Attorney General Martha Coakley's office, along with 26 other Attorneys General and the District of Columbia, announced a settlement with Coke, Nestle and Beverage Partners Worldwide (Coke/Nestle).
Liberia's Taylor to apply for acquittal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor will apply next month for his acquittal on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone's brutal civil unrest, his lawyer said on Friday.
Lawyer: Ohio teen facing trial in twin brother's death says 3 witnesses will testify on alibi (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The lawyer for a teen charged in the shooting death of his identical twin brother says three people will testify he couldn't have committed the crime.
Hariri killing suspects do not fear UN tribunal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Four Lebanese generals being held on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri do not fear Sunday's opening of a UN tribunal into the killing, a lawyer said on Friday.
Supreme Court puts attorney on probation for mishandling case (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week placed a Pittsburgh attorney on four years of probation for misconduct in representing an elderly couple trying to file suit to recover pension payments from West Homestead.
Manhattan District Attorney Said to Not Seek Re-Election (Bloomberg)
Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau , a New York state prosecutor who has had criminal jurisdiction over much of the U.S. financial industry for four decades, has decided not to run for a 10th term, a person familiar with the matter said.
Hariri killing suspects do not fear UN tribunal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo!7 News)
BEIRUT (AFP) - Four Lebanese generals being held on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri do not fear Sunday's opening of a UN tribunal into the killing, a lawyer said on Friday.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau To Retire (WPIX 11 New York)
NEW YORK (WPIX) -- Published reports say that longtime Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau will not seek re-election in the fall. He has held the post since 1974 and will turn 90 years of age in August. Sources have reportedly said he will make an announcement Friday afternoon. A 4:15 p.m. press conference has been scheduled for today with Morgenthau . Rumors have been swirling in ...
Attorney general says Mike Peterson shouldn't get new trial (WRAL.com Raleigh)
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says the 65-year-old convicted killer should not be granted a hearing on whether prosecutors withheld evidence in his 2003 murder trial.
Manhattan district attorney will step down (International Herald Tribune)
Robert Morgenthau, the Manhattan District Attorney, has decided not to run for re-election, marking the end of a long era for a prosecutor who has locked up murderous mobsters, corrupt CEOs and thousands of other criminals for five decades.
Sacked lawyer drops claim against Collins (Stuff)
Claims that Solicitor-General David Collins "aided and abetted" the sacking of a Conservation Department lawyer over an alleged conflict of interest have been withdrawn.
Fired security manager disappointed, says lawyer (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
The lawyer for Robert E. Mackie, the former security manager at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, said yesterday Mr. Mackie is deeply disappointed at being let go from the hospital earlier this week despite recent comments by hospital officials that he passed a criminal record check and had good references and experience for the job.
Manhattan District Attorney Morganthau to retire (Staten Island Advance)
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has decided not to run for re-election this year, marking the end of a long era for a prosecutor who has spent the last five decades locking up murderous mobsters, corrupt CEOs and thousands of...
Judge rips Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, dismisses several charges against Big Rapids Metron staff related to ... (The Grand Rapids Press)
AP File PhotoJudge says Attorney General Mike Cox filed the charges to maximize media exposure, "ignoring the requirements of justice." DETROIT -- A judge dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges against three people in the death of Sarah Comer at a Big...
Lawyer: missing Conn. prosecutor mailed letters (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
A lawyer for relatives of a Connecticut prosecutor who disappeared last month says the prosecutor has sent letters to his family from Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Tampa Lawyer Tapped To Lead Federal Nominating Panel (The Tampa Tribune)
Tampa lawyer John Fitzgibbons has been named to head a statewide panel that picks finalists for presidential appointments to district judgeships, U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals.
Lawyer says Eastern Health slow to settle breast cancer lawsuit (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
On the eve of the release of the report from the inquiry into faulty breast cancer testing, a lawyer who represents hundreds of the victims in the scandal says Eastern Health is slowing down attempts to settle a class action lawsuit.
Attorney speaks out about Freeman lawsuit (WMCTV Memphis)
The attorney representing Demaris Meyer, the woman suing actor Morgan Freeman, spoke about the lawsuit Friday to Action News 5.
Judge wants payoff probe of lawyer who contested Beltline (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
In a secretly recorded phone conversation played in a courtroom Friday, a lawyer who fights bond financing deals in Atlanta seeks $1.3 million from a developer to go away.
Lawyer: missing Conn. prosecutor mailed letters (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for relatives of a Connecticut prosecutor who disappeared last month says the prosecutor has sent letters to his family from Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Missoula Co. Attorney makes case against St. Dennis retrial (KPAX Missoula)
Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg isn't in favor of a new trial for a man already convicted of murder.
Lawyer pleads not guilty to money laundering charges (The Star)
KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer has pleaded not guilty to two counts of money laundering involving RM428,101.
Burris says state attorney general wrong, hints at running in 2010 (Daily Herald)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has misinterpreted the Constitution and the General Assembly would violate federal law if it ordered a special election to replace Democratic U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, his attorney said Friday.
Attorney General Mike Cox's office calls judge 'flat-out wrong' after she drops felonies in Metron case, rips AG for ... (The Grand Rapids Press)
Judge clears major charges connected to 2005 death of 50-year-old Sarah Comer in a nursing home while delivering a scathing critique of Attorney General Mike Cox, shown above.
New York Attorney General takes former Merrill Lynch CEO to court (National Post)
New York state’s attorney general filed a court motion on Monday to compel former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to discuss US$4-billion in employee bonuses, ratcheting up its probe into a hot-button issue in the recession.
Midyette lawyer under fire (Boulder Daily Camera)
Though Molly Midyette’s lawyer was in the hot seat this week — accused of providing ineffective counsel to a client in a murder case a decade ago — legal experts say Midyette’s chances of getting a new trial based on the same claim are slim.
U.S. attorney moves on, along with charts and maps (The Kansas City Star)
John F. Wood loves visual aids. If he left one lasting impression during his 22-month tenure as U.S. attorney in Kansas City, it was of him standing at a news conference, pointing to a map or chart that, depending on the case, showed how:
Weiss' style an issue in race for city attorney (Los Angeles Times)
The two-term city councilman, now seeking a new office, has drawn admiration and animosity in his district. When four of the candidates running for Los Angeles city attorney recently debated on the home turf of their chief opponent, City Councilman Jack Weiss, there was no question about whom they were targeting -- or the level of animosity that simmers among some of Weiss' Westside ...
Burris lawyer: Special Senate election would violate law (The State Journal-Register)
A lawyer for U.S. Sen. Roland Burris says setting an election date for his seat before 2010 would violate federal law.  
Well-known Twin Cities lawyer charged in meth case (Pioneer Press)
A well-known Twin Cities defense lawyer who has represented clients in cases ranging from drug possession to murder now finds himself behind bars.
Interim US attorney going back to Pittsburgh (Anchorage Daily News)
U.S. Attorney Nelson Cohen said Friday he is returning to Pittsburgh, leaving the job he accepted on an interim basis in August 2006. His replacement, also on an interim basis, will be assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler.
Swampscott attorney steps down from zoning board (The Daily Item)
SWAMPSCOTT - A local attorney has stepped down from the Zoning Bylaw Review Committee after allegations of conflict of interest.
Former U.S. attorney Kendall Coffey on panel to pick federal judges (Miami Herald)
Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Miami, will head the South Florida contingent of a newly appointed statewide commission in charge of recommending candidates for top federal prosecutor jobs and judgeships.
New York Attorney General takes former Merrill Lynch CEO to court (National Post)
New York state’s attorney general filed a court motion on Monday to compel former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to discuss US$4-billion in employee bonuses, ratcheting up its probe into a hot-button issue in the recession.