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Madoff cheated stars, family, lawyer: court document (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Newly released court papers show alleged Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff's victims include top Hollywood stars, the man rebuilding the World Trade Center, and Madoff's own family and lawyer.
Lawyer: Wal-Mart stampede witnesses get grand jury call (Newsday)
Witnesses to a shopper stampede that killed a man at a Valley Stream Wal-Mart on Black Friday last year have been called to testify before a special grand jury, their lawyer said.
Bail for Accused Lawyer, With Conditions (New York Times)
Marc S. Dreier, a Manhattan lawyer who is charged with stealing $380 million from hedge funds and investors, may post the $10 million bond by early next week.
NJ attorney general warns Ticketmaster after Web site directs Springsteen fans to reseller (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey's attorney general says Ticketmaster should stop steering consumers to a reselling subsidiary offering more expensive concert tickets because it may violate state law.
NJ attorney general scolds Ticketmaster (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
New Jersey's attorney general says Ticketmaster should stop steering consumers to a subsidiary offering more expensive concert tickets because it may violate state law.
Newly adopted ordinance will allow Hamilton Township to pass on attorney fees, other costs (The Evening Sun)
Hamilton Township officials have unanimously approved an ordinance that allows the municipality to recover expenses such as attorney fees charged during collections of accounts.
Attorney: Mom of hanged boy doubts suicide finding (The Pantagraph)
CHICAGO -- An attorney for the mother of a 10-year-old boy found hanged in a suburban Chicago school bathroom says there still are too many questions about the boy's death.
South Plainfield council extends contract of borough tax attorney (MyCentralJersey.com)
The Borough Council this week voted to extend a service contract with the borough tax attorney Martin Allen at least through the end of June.
LAWYER CHARGED WITH RM66,647.44 CBT (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
SEREMBAN, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM66,647.44.
N.J. attorney general scolds Ticketmaster (Asbury Park Press)
The state attorney general says Ticketmaster should stop steering consumers to a subsidiary offering more expensive concert tickets because it may violate state law.
Riverside County district attorney and sheriff balk at order to cut budgets (The Press-Enterprise)
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and Sheriff Stanley Sniff say they cannot make county-mandated 10 percent cuts to their budgets next year without taking officers off the streets, cutting prosecutors out of courtrooms and otherwise jeopardizing public safety.
Riverside County district attorney and sheriff balk at order to cut budgets (The Press-Enterprise)
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and Sheriff Stanley Sniff say they cannot make county-mandated 10 percent cuts to their budgets next year without taking officers off the streets, cutting prosecutors out of courtrooms and otherwise jeopardizing public safety.
Attorney: Slate Belt drug dealer more 'knucklehead' than 'kingpin' (The Express-Times)
Melinda Miller Melinda Miller is no kingpin, her attorney told Northampton County Judge William Moran on Thursday. A better description for Miller, who led a Percocet-for-heroin drug ring in the Slate Belt, would be queen of the "knuckleheads," Harry DeWalt...
Council to vote on deal with fired attorney (Billings Gazette)
The city of Billings has agreed to pay a former assistant city attorney $125,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit. The settlement must be approved by the City Council before it is official, and the council is scheduled to vote on the matt ...
Council to vote on deal with fired attorney (Billings Gazette)
The city of Billings has agreed to pay a former assistant city attorney $125,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit. The settlement must be approved by the City Council before it is official, and the council is scheduled to vote on the matter Monday night.
German Jailed for Djerba Synagogue Bomb to Appeal, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- A German al-Qaeda militant jailed for 18 years by a French court for plotting the 2002 suicide bombing of a Tunisian synagogue will appeal, his lawyer said.
Mike Arroyo seeks doctors’ advice—lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines – First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo’s doctors will decide whether or not he will testify before a Senate investigation into alleged corruption in World Bank road projects, his lawyer said Friday.
US attorney general to attend Selma event (Montgomery Advertiser)
BIRMINGHAM -- U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, has announced that newly confirmed Attorney General Eric Holder has accepted his invitation to take part in Selma's Bloody Sunday event next month.
Bail jumper requests new lawyer (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Chris Crosby, the bail-jumping burglar of Clermont County, tried to fire his lawyer moments before he was to be sentenced Thursday.
Joseph Citta, Toms River attorney and philanthropist, dies (The Star-Ledger)
Joseph Citta, a Toms River attorney and philanthropist whose name is on an elementary school, a Boy Scout camp, a college garden, died Saturday in in Boca Raton, Fla., according to a report in the Asbury Park Press. He was...
Attorney: Mom of hanged boy doubts suicide finding (The Pantagraph)
CHICAGO -- An attorney for the mother of a 10-year-old boy found hanged in a suburban Chicago school bathroom says there still are too many questions about the boy's death.
Lawyer: Wal-Mart stampede witnesses get grand jury call (Newsday)
Witnesses to a shopper stampede that killed a man at a Valley Stream Wal-Mart on Black Friday last year have been called to testify before a special grand jury, their lawyer said.
Leesburg Attorney Injured In Shooting (Leesburg Today)
Attorney Todd Sanders, 45, was injured in a shooting Monday evening while at his office on South King Street. The Leesburg Police Department is searching for motives and witnesses to the incidents, as there are currently no suspects in the incident.
Local attorney, 88, dies (Texarkana Gazette)
Ernest LeRoy Autrey, a local attorney known as an advocate for citizens and for his church work, died Tuesday at age 88.
INTERVIEW-Lawyer urges US, UK to end Guantanamo secrecy (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters * Alleged torture highlights UK-US secrecy - lawyer * U.S. threat to Britain was clear, he says By William Maclean LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Britain's refusal to release evidence on the ...
Edward F. Beatty Jr., 78, lawyer (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Edward F. "Ted" Beatty Jr., 78, of Villanova, a lawyer and real estate specialist, died of heart failure Jan. 25 at home.
Lawyer urges U.S., UK to end Guantanamo secrecy (The Star)
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's refusal to release evidence on the alleged torture of a Guantanamo Bay inmate is a worrying example of a growth in British-American official secrecy during the "war on terror", a lawyer said on Friday.
Former District Attorney Says Feds Have Stronger Case (WAPT Jackson)
Former Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson says the federal case against Jackson Mayor Frank Melton in connection with the sledgehammer attack on a Ridgeway Street duplex is stronger than the state case her office brought against him in 2007.
Florida Attorney General's Office urged to enforce black-history classes in schools (Tallahassee Democrat)
Members of the Tallahassee Inter-Civic Council are asking the Florida Attorney General's Office to enforce a 1994 state law requiring black history to be taught in all school districts.
Conflict sends bus-fatal case to state attorney general (Rockford Register Star)
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced today that the investigation into the Nov. 3 fatal accident, in which Rockford School District bus driver Leah Robinson, 37, struck and killed 9-year-old Nelson Elementary School student Miguel Angel Carreno when he walked in front of her bus, will be referred to the Illinois' Attorney General's office for review.
Defense: Suspect in son's death didn't understand right to attorney (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- A Bloomington man charged with murdering his 15-month-old son did not understand his right to have an attorney present during police questioning, according to defense lawyers for George Autman.
Arbitron Settles With Yet Another Attorney General (Mediaweek)
Arbitron has reached an agreement with Maryland's Attorney General that will require the company to implement measures to more reliably represent younger and minority listeners in its portable people meter ratings service in the Washington and Baltimore markets. The measures are similar to those Arbitron agreed to earlier to settle lawsuits brought by the Attorneys General of New York and New ...
Ramona Cunningham Says She Can't Afford Attorney (KCCI 8 Des Moines)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The ringleader of a scheme to misspend millions in government job training funds on huge executive salaries and bonuses said she can't afford an attorney for her appeal.
Cunningham Says She Can't Afford Attorney (KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids)
DES MOINES (AP) - The ringleader of a scheme to misspend millions in government job training funds on huge executive salaries and bonuses says she can't afford an attorney for her appeal.
Arizona Attorney General's office to implement furloughs (ABC 15 Phoenix)
Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Friday that his office is implementing a limited furlough program to help cover new budget cuts that earlier forced 20 layoffs in the office.
GOP Senators Push Attorney Ajit Pai For FCC Seat (FMQB)
A letter signed by a dozen Republican Senators has been sent to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), recommending FCC attorney Ajit Pai to fill the open Republican seat at the Commission.
Attorney for George and Cindy Anthony says Caylee 'deserves dignity' (Orlando Sentinel)
An attorney for the grandparents of Caylee Marie Anthony just said people must remain calm during next week's funeral for the slain toddler.
Lawyer: Casey Anthony like 'The Fugitive' (UPI)
NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A lawyer for the Florida woman accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter compared her to "The Fugitive," Dr. Richard Kimble, during a TV interview Friday.
Army victims’ lawyer ‘had death threats’ (Independent)
Police are investigating death threats made against a British human rights lawyer who claims to be the victim of a hate campaign stirred up by the Ministry of Defence. It is the second time in two days that the MoD has been blamed for "black propaganda" against human rights activists.
N.Y. Attorney Convicted of Mortgage Fraud (Law.com)
The bogus world of a New York attorney who built a profitable business on title insurance while earning high fees on real estate closings came crashing down on Friday as a federal jury convicted him in a subprime mortgage scam. Alexander M. Kaplan's defense lawyer argued that Kaplan was "played for a dummy" by the "ringleader" of the scam. But prosecutors persuaded the jury that Kaplan played a ...
Trial to Begin for Man Accused of Falsely Holding Himself Out as Lawyer (Law.com)
When Mauricio R. Celis, the majority partner in a former Texas law firm, goes to trial today, prosecutors will rely on a little-used law that makes it a crime to impersonate a lawyer for economic benefit. Carlos Valdez, the district attorney prosecuting Celis, says he has been able to identify only a couple previous instances when an individual has been charged under the section of the Texas ...
O.J. lawyer's law firm opens metro offices (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Johnnie Cochran -- O..J. Simpson's famous lawyer -- died four years ago, but remains a powerful brand for his law firm.
District attorney says officer's actions were justified (Deseret Morning News)
The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office announced Friday that the actions taken by an officer involved in a shooting outside a Salt Lake City nightclub in late January were justified.
Respected New Glasgow resident to participate in ceremony honouring first black lawyer in Nova Scotia (The News)
NEW GLASGOW – A local woman has been asked to speak at a ceremony in Halifax later this month that will honour Nova Scotia’s first black lawyer.
Ohio attorney general axes lead paint lawsuits by Dann (WKYC Cleveland)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray has dismissed lead paint lawsuits brought by former Attorney General Marc Dann.
Ex-Honolulu deputy prosecutor starts term as American Samoa's attorney general (Honolulu Advertiser)
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — A former Honolulu deputy prosecutor has been sworn in as the American Samoa's attorney general for four more years.
Dothan attorney arrested on possessing child pornography charges (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
A Dothan attorney is in jail facing 11 possession of child pornography counts. Deputies arrested 61 year old Randy Carroll Brackin after they found hard drives and one cd with images of child pornography.
Attorney General Says Council Gets Access To Tax Records (WAPT Jackson)
Attorney General Jim Hood says that the Jackson City Council should have access to tax records showing what the Mayor Frank Melton administration paid contract workers and employees.
Man acting as own attorney sentenced to 50 years (The Greenville News)
CHARLESTON -- A man acting as his own attorney has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing a man in North Charleston
Lawyer Accused Of Misusing Clients' Funds (The Pasco Tribune)
LAND O' LAKES - A 31-year-old former Port Richey lawyer, who's already spent time in jail on contempt of court charges, has been arrested on four felony counts of grand theft after a Florida Bar investigation that led to a criminal probe.