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Holder Sworn in as Attorney General (Fox News)
The 82nd attorney general is the first African American to hold the job.
Holder Sworn in as Attorney General (Washington Post)
Eric H. Holder Jr. was sworn in today as the nation's first African American attorney general, opening a new chapter for a Justice Department that had suffered under allegations of improper political influence and policy disputes over wiretapping and harsh interrogation practices.
Holder sworn in as attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Eric Holder, sworn in Tuesday as attorney general, promised a clean break with the past policies of the Bush administration, saying the Justice Department will be "no place for political favoritism."
Holder becomes attorney general (CNN)
Eric Holder was sworn in Tuesday as U.S. attorney general, becoming the first African-American to lead the Department of Justice on a permanent basis.
Holder sworn in as attorney general (UPI)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Eric Holder, pledging to restore credibility to the Justice Department, was sworn in Tuesday as the first African-American U.S. attorney general.
Lawyer: Quick plea deal for 'Rockefeller' unlikely (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller says his defense team and prosecutors are still far apart on an agreement for Rockefeller to plead guilty to kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter.
Attorney general vows no Wall St "witch hunts" (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
New U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he would prosecute Wall Street crime but was not planning any "witch hunts" despite mounting outrage among Americans over corporate excess.
Eric Holder is sworn in as attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Eric Holder, on his first day on the job, signaled a clean break with past policies of the Bush administration and promised to hold Wall Street accountable if any major financial institutions engaged in fraud that contributed to the global financial crisis.
New US attorney general vows 'no favoritism' (AFP via Yahoo! News)
New US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he would not be guided by "political favoritism" as he heads up a Justice Department mired in scandal under the presidency of George W. Bush.
Former Farm Bureau lawyer gets 15 years (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A judge sentenced a former Virginia Farm Bureau lawyer to 15 years in prison today in Goochland County for stealing at least $2 million from the organization. Lawrence H. Bidwell, 49, of the Farmville area, pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to five embezzlement charges and a forgery count. Authorities say Bidwell had been stealing money since 1996, a pattern that was discovered last August.
Lawyer: Charges Against Kerik Too Old (WCBS-TV New York)
A lawyer for former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik says three corruption charges against Kerik should be dismissed because of the statute of limitations. Attorney Barry Berke says the charges involve Kerik's time as city corrections commissioner, which ended in 2000, so the five-year limitation applies.
RNC bomb suspect's lawyer has confidence (UPI)
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A Minnesota lawyer says he's confident he can win if federal prosecutors try his client a second time for an alleged firebomb plot at the Republican convention.
Lawyer walks out on celebrity drugs case (Stuff)
A lawyer has walked out on former television celebrity Peter Verschaffelt just minutes before the start of a court hearing to decide if he will stand trial on drug manufacturing charges.
Lawyer asks to quit FLDS custody case (Deseret Morning News)
A lawyer appointed to represent a 14-year-old girl believed to have been married at age 12 to Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs is seeking to drop out of the child custody case.
McDonnell resigning as attorney general (The Washington Times)
Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday he will resign to focus full time on his bid for governor.
Attorney to file more claims against BART police (Contra Costa Times)
The attorney who filed a $25 million claim against BART and the former police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant III said he plans to file additional claims against at least one other officer as early as this morning.
Former Farm Bureau lawyer gets 15 years (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A former Virginia Farm Bureau lawyer will spend 15 years in prison for stealing at least $2 million from the organization from 1996 through last summer. Judge Timothy K. Sanner yesterday sentenced Lawrence H. Bidwell in Goochland County Circuit Court to 30 years in prison but suspended half of that term, said Goochland Commonwealth’s Attorney Claiborne Stokes.
Role for Kilpatrick's fancy new lawyer not clear yet (Detroit Free Press)
Willie Gary, Kwame Kilpatrick's latest out-of-town legal legend, speaks with a silver tongue and writes with golden ink, say attorneys who have gone up against the Florida trial lawyer who has made a fortune tackling big-name, deep-pocket defendants for huge verdicts.
China: Human Rights Lawyer in Arbitrary Detention - Government Should Confirm Gao Zhisheng is Not Being Tortured or ... (Amnesty International)
(New York and London, February 2, 2009)—The Chinese government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of Gao Zhisheng, a leading human rights lawyer who disappeared two weeks ago, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Human Rights in China said today in a joint statement.
County attorney says Museum Plaza liens don't put city land at risk (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Liens filed against the developers of the Museum Plaza skyscraper couldn't tie up city-owned land, according to an opinion from Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell's office.
Application process begins for new U.S. attorney (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A day after new U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was sworn in to head the Department of Justice, potential candidates to be the next top federal prosecutor in San Diego await further instructions. Candidates will be applying for the opening to Sen. Barbara Boxer, whose committee will screen candidates and recommend a selection to President Barack Obama.
Family Man, Lawyer Sidney Philpot Was Active in Lakeland (The Lakeland Ledger)
LAKELAND | Lawyer Sidney Gordon Philpot Jr. had always been the kind of man to throw himself into everything he did, said his old college roommate, former law partner and friend, H. Guy Smith.
Nizar erred in announcing state assembly dissolution: Lawyer (The New Straits Times)
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has erred in announcing the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly prior to obtaining the consent of Sultan Azlan Shah, a lawyer said today.
Pole-dancer bends over backwards to start a new career - as a lawyer (Daily Mail)
A former lapdancer who now runs a poledancing club is embarking on a new career with a very different kind of bar - she's training to be a lawyer.
Lawyer-rapist wins a new sentencing (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - The state Appeals Court yesterday vacated one of suspended Gardner lawyer Gary R. LeBlanc's 2005 convictions in a case in which he was found guilty of drugging and raping an 18-year-old woman.
DAR condemns lawyer's killing (Sun Star)
THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) condemned the killing of a chief legal officer in Negros Oriental. Lawyer Eleazar Casipong was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen Friday night in Agan-an village in Sibulan town, some three kilometers north of Dumaguete City.
Missouri attorney general probes Office Depot pricing (Miami Herald)
Missouri officials are investigating allegations that Office Depot has overpriced government contracts for school supplies. The announcement from Attorney General Chris Koster follows similar probes in other states about the Delray Beach company's national contract.
French Finance Minister's Lawyer Threatens Libel Case (Nasdaq)
PARIS (AFP)--French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner's lawyer threatened Wednesday to sue the author of a new book that accuses him of having unethical ties to African regimes.
Court: Suspended lawyer cannot become Fla. judge (Miami Herald)
The Florida Supreme Court has advised Gov. Charlie Crist he cannot seat a suspended lawyer as a judge in Palm Beach County.
NH attorney general warns of charitable scams (Boston Globe)
In tough times, many people want to help charities, and in New Hampshire, Attorney General Kelly Ayotte says scam artists are trying to take advantage of their generosity.
NY lawyer wants divorce money back, blames Madoff (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A New York lawyer has sued his ex-wife to try to recover millions of dollars he paid in their divorce agreement. He says the amount was based on their belief that they had $5.4 million invested with fraud suspect Bernard Madoff
Texas Attorney General Warns Of Myspace Sex Offenders (FOX 7 News Austin)
The attorney general has a warning for parents: watch your kids on Myspace and Facebook. A recent results from a subpeona showed 90 thousand registered sex offenders have myspace account. Attorney general Greg Abbott says social networking sites are an easy tool for sex offenders to find their next victim. In the last four years, the AG's office has arrested more than 100 offenders for using the ...
Christian Ordered To Pay Attorney Fees For Contempt (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE — An attorney who ignored a court order in the Houston Nutt - Mitch Mustain e-mail fracus has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in attorney fees for being in contempt of court.
Qimonda lawyer books Asia trip to find investors (Business Times (Malaysia))
FRANKFURT: Michael Jaffe, the insolvency lawyer for Qimonda AG, will fly to Asia by the end of this week to meet potential investors for the German memory-chip maker.
Milan lawyer expects Beckham to return to L.A. (Sports Illustrated)
David Beckham has no other choice but to go back to the Los Angeles Galaxy after his loan deal expires, said AC Milan club lawyer Leandro Cantamessa in an Italian radio interview on Wednesday.
NY lawyer wants divorce money back, blames Madoff (Boston Herald)
NEW YORK - A New York lawyer has sued his ex-wife to try to recover millions of dollars he paid in their divorce agreement. He says the amount was based on their belief that...
Mich. attorney general appeals ruling on Blues deal (Business Insurance)
LANSING, Mich.—Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said he is appealing a trial court judge's January rejection of a lawsuit he filed against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan over its indirect purchase of certain for-profit companies.
Lawyer to ex-wife: Give settlement back, Madoff fleeced me (New York Daily News)
It wasn't his ex-wife who took him to the cleaners. It was Bernard Madoff. Now a prominent Manhattan lawyer wants to junk a pricey divorce settlement with his ex, charging that he paid her $2.7 million in cash from what he thought was a $5.4 million investment with the admitted Ponzi scheme mastermind.
NY Lawyer Wants Divorce Money Back (WCBS-TV New York)
A New York lawyer has sued his ex-wife to try to recover millions of dollars he paid in their divorce agreement. He says the amount was based on the belief that the couple had $5.4 million invested with fraud suspect Bernard Madoff. Steven Simkin says he gave Laura Blank $6.6 million as her share of marital assets in 2006 after more than 30 years of marriage. That included $2.7 million -- half ...
N.J. Attorney General investigates Springsteen ticket sale complaints (The Star-Ledger)
New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said today her office would investigate Monday's sale of tickets to Bruce Springsteen concerts at the Izod Center in May after consumers complained about problems they encountered with the Ticketmaster website. "Consumers are questioning...
Unprepared attorney fined by Hinds judge (The Clarion-Ledger)
A judge has sanctioned a Jackson attorney for being unprepared to go to trial this week in her client's aggravated assault trial.
Staten Island district attorney honored by recording industry (Staten Island Advance)
Photo by Staten Island D.A.'s officeDistrict Attorney Daniel Donovan, right, is presented with a "Gold Record" from Don Robbins, of the Recording Industry Association of America. To the music industry, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan tops the charts. Representatives...
Attorney O'Malley Running for Judge (WTAJ-TV Altoona)
Attorney Margaret O'Malley will run for judge in Cambria County. She currently works at the law firm, Yost & O'Malley. She will now seek a judgeship in the Court of Common Please.
Idaho lawyer: Guardians need background checks (KIVI Boise)
Associated Press - February 4, 2009 4:34 PM ET BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho lawyer says the state should protect children by checking to make sure their prospective guardians have not committed...
Idaho lawyer: Guardians need background checks (The Olympian)
An Idaho lawyer says the state should protect children by checking to make sure their prospective guardians have not committed a felony.
Updated 2/4: Mom's lawyer says relatives want answers (Skokie Review)
A lawyer representing the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after an incident Tuesday at Evanston's Oakton Elementary School said police and school officials have released no information to the boy's mother.
Ex-U.S. Attorney begins Gov. campaign (WABC-TV New York)
Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie has started his campaign for NJ Governor.
Lawyer: Guilty plea coming in TN church shooting (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defense lawyer says an unemployed truck driver accused of killing two people and wounding six plans to plead guilty to all counts he faces in the Tennessee church shooting rampage.
Lufti Lawyer: Money's Not Behind Britney Spears Lawsuit (E! Online)
Sam Lutfi ain't broke. At least, that's what his lawyer Bryan Freedman says. The attorney tells E! News any suggestion that Lutfi is suing former...
AC Milan lawyer believes Beckham will return to Los Angeles (Sports Illustrated)
David Beckham has no other choice but to go back to the Los Angeles Galaxy after his loan deal expires, said AC Milan club lawyer Leandro Cantamessa in an Italian radio interview on Wednesday.