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Opening statements start in former Athens attorney trial (WAFF 48 News Huntsville)
Opening statements have started in a trial involving an Athens attorney accused of sexually abusing two young girls.     
County attorney a no-show at jail-segregation meeting (The Arizona Republic)
County Attorney Andrew Thomas is a no-show at supervisors' meeting; county officials want to discuss Sheriff Arpaio's segregation policy
New Attorney General Orders Review of Bush-Era State Secrets (Wired News)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is opening a Justice Department review of litigation inherited from the previous administration. At issue is the so-called state-secrets privilege, which George W. Bush invoked more times than any other president.
County attorney a no-show at jail-segregation meeting (The Arizona Republic)
County Attorney Andrew Thomas is a no-show at supervisors' meeting; county officials want to discuss Sheriff Arpaio's segregation policy
Lawyer for ex-transit cop wants gag order lifted (The Fresno Bee)
The lawyer for the former Bay Area transit officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man is asking a judge to lift a temporary gag order in the murder case. Read comments
Lawyer for ex-transit cop wants gag order lifted (KESQ Palm Springs)
Associated Press - February 9, 2009 9:04 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lawyer for the former Bay Area transit officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man is asking the judge to lift a...
Convicted murderer a step closer to new trial, attorney says (The Grand Rapids Press)
Courtesy PhotoDiapolis Smith GRAND RAPIDS -- A federal appeals court has refused the state Attorney General's request to reconsider an earlier ruling that overturned the conviction of a man in a 1991 homicide inside a Grand Rapids bar. State prosecutors...
Lawyer for ex-BART cop wants gag order lifted (Napa Valley Register)
SAN FRANCISCO — The lawyer for the formerBART officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man is asking a judge to lift a temporary gag order in the murder case.
Lawyer: Americans 'abandoned' by government (WorldNetDaily)
A second member of Congress has refused to press for a World Court case against Canada over its jailing and torture of a former sheriff's officer from the United States, prompting a lawyer in the case to warn that the nation's apparent new policy is to abandon citizens overseas if they get into legal trouble.
Ex-BART Cop's Lawyer Seeks Lifting Of Gag Order (CBS 5 Bay Area)
The lawyer for a former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man has asked a judge to lift a temporary gag order in the murder case.
U.S. judge rejects most of lawyer's $5M lawsuit (Albany Times Union)
ALBANY ? A federal judge has dismissed most of a $5 million civil rights lawsuit filed by attorney John Aretakis against the town of North Greenbush in connection with his arrest in 2005.The lawyer was charged with harassment and petty larceny following a Sept. 6, 2005 confrontation with a process server named Robert D. Wells. Aretakis, who was acquitted of the charges, filed the lawsuit in ...
Lawyer for ex-transit cop wants gag order lifted (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN FRANCISCO – The lawyer for the former Bay Area transit officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man is asking a judge to lift a temporary gag order in the murder case.
Atascosa County attorney to dismiss pre-2008 cases (San Antonio Express-News)
Atascosa County Attorney Lucinda Vickers moved to jettison all pending cases dating from before Jan. 1, 2008 because of a 1,400-case backlog created by her predecessor's inaction.
Irvine lawyer Jeanne Rowzee pleads not guilty to credit card fraud (Los Angeles Times)
She had been found guilty last year in a separate case of conspiring with insurance salesman James Halstead to bilk investors. An Irvine lawyer convicted last year of conspiracy and securities fraud in a scheme that bilked investors out of tens of millions of dollars pleaded not guilty Monday to new charges of credit card fraud and forgery.
Colorado Attorney Under Fire After Drug Investigation (KMGH 7 Denver)
The Office of Attorney Regulations claims a Denver defense attorney lied about his past involvement in a federal drug investigation to get licensed to practice in Colorado.
His lawyer changed his mind (The Trucker)
Lawyer: "Now that you have been acquitted, will you tell me truly? Did you steal the car?" Client: "After hearing your amazing argument in court this morning, I’m beginning to think I didn’t."
A Kenyan lawyer takes on a coldly familiar case (Los Angeles Times)
Mbuthi Gathenji focuses on the pieces that don't fit in the case of Father John Kaiser's violent death. The deeper the lawyer probed, the more the case resembled a hall of mirrors, a maze of ambiguous characters and unknowable motives. There were hints of conspiracies, trap doors, scaffoldings of fact that vaporized into fiction. The trail was nearly three years old by the spring of 2003, ...
Charges in kirpan case fuelled by prejudice, lawyer says (The Globe and Mail)
Persistent anti-kirpan sentiment in Quebec combined with parental prejudice are at the root of criminal charges brought against a Sikh boy, his lawyer argued in a Montreal court yesterday.
Deal ends suit between city, attorney (Billings Gazette)
The City Council on Monday night approved a $125,000 settlement with a former assistant city attorney, ending a 5-year-old lawsuit.
Lawyer for ex-BART cop wants gag order lifted (Napa Valley Register)
SAN FRANCISCO — The lawyer for the former BART officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man is asking a judge to lift a temporary gag order in the murder case.
Blagojevich looking for new lawyer (Chicago Sun-Times)
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is accepting applications. And the job he's looking to fill is nothing to sneeze at. He needs a lead criminal defense lawyer. After one top Blagojevich lawyer quit, there's just one attorney officially representing him now -- his longtime friend Sheldon Sorosky. With a massive indictment due in April, he's looking for more.
Attorney general seeks new authority (Nevada Appeal)
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who had a limited role last year in a review of the biggest health insurance company merger in state history, wants new powers to ensure such deals don't lead to abuses of market power.
Lawyer blames Japanese 'discrimination' for Filipina's ordeal (AFP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A leading human rights lawyer Tuesday blamed Japan's "discriminatory" immigration policy for the plight of a Filipina girl whose parents are on the verge of deportation.
Attorney OVI Arrest (WKBN 27 Youngstown)
It was a little before midnight Friday, when Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Charles Mendenhall pulled over a jeep, driven by Warren Attorney Michael Rossi on Elm Road in Warren.
Attorney General Martha Coakley Enters Agreement With Bayer Corporation Resolving Allegations Of Deceptive Advertising ... (Medical News Today)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's office, along with 26 other states, reached an agreement with Bayer Corporation that supplements the requirements of a 2007 court-entered judgment concerning the advertising of Bayer products.
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.
Attorney: FOIA was violated at meeting (NWAnews.com)
SILOAM SPRINGS — Talking about a city employee's bonus or salary in executive session violates the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, a Little Rock attorney said. (Benton County Daily Record)
Lawyer for charged ex-cop wants gag order lifted (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a former Bay Area police officer charged with killing an unarmed man says a judge's gag order should be lifted so he can defend his client against a barrage of negative publicity.
Lawyer for charged ex-cop wants gag order lifted (The State)
The lawyer for a former Bay Area police officer charged with killing an unarmed man says a judge's gag order should be lifted so he can defend his client against a barrage of negative publicity. Court documents filed in Oakland, Calif., show lawyer Michael Rains has asked a judge to lift the gag order in the case of former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle. Rains says the order ...
Lawyer Wants Gag Lifted in BART Shooting Case (Officer.com)
The lawyer for a former Bay Area police officer charged with killing an unarmed man says a judge's gag order should be lifted.
Lawyer for charged ex-cop wants gag order lifted (The Charlotte Observer)
(By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press Writer) The lawyer for a former Bay Area police officer charged with killing an unarmed man says a judge's gag order should be lifted so he can defend his client against a barrage of negative publicity. Court documents filed in Oakland, Calif., show lawyer Michael Rains has asked a judge to lift the gag order in the case of former Bay Area Rapid Transit ...
U.S. lawyer presses for UK man's Guantánamo release (Miami Herald)
In a case that is raising uncomfortable questions for President Barack Obama's new government, an American military lawyer met with British lawmakers Tuesday in an appeal to free a British resident from Guantánamo Bay.
Alaska's attorney general resigns; was major figure in the Palin Troopergate investigation (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
JUNEAU, Alaska - A major figure in Alaska's abuse-of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin has resigned. Palin's office issued a statement Tuesday saying state Attorney General Talis Colberg had resigned "in the best interest" of Alaska.
Child molester asks for new lawyer before sentencing (The Bakersfield Californian)
A convicted child abuser said to have molested four young girls, including three adoptive siblings, is asking for a new lawyer. Justin James Erbacher, 24, was found guilty in August of nine felony counts, including continuous sexual abuse of the girls and sodomy of a victim under 14 years old. He was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning, but Erbacher motioned for a new lawyer first. After a ...
Noted Miss. attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
A noted anti-tobacco attorney jailed for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi judge has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a second bribery scheme.
Attorney Seeks Reimbursement For Pou Fees (ABC 26 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The attorney for Dr. Anna Pou is asking the state to reimburse her legal fees for the criminal case the former attorney general brought against her. Rick Simmons said Tuesday that as a state employee, Pou, the defense fund that was set up for her, and the LSU Healthcare Network are entitled to the reimbursement. After the August 2005 hurricane, then-Louisiana Attorney ...
US lawyer presses for UK man's Guantanamo release (AP via Yahoo! News)
In a case that is raising uncomfortable questions for President Barack Obama's new government, an American military lawyer met with British lawmakers Tuesday in an appeal to free a British resident from Guantanamo Bay.
NEW: Lawyer calls for new trial in Busken murder (The Norman Transcript)
The lawyer for the man convicted of raping and murdering a University of Oklahoma student asked this morning that he be given a new trial.Anthony Castillo Sanchez was convicted in a 2006 Cleveland County trial of the 1996 rape and murder of Jewell "Juli" Busken.
Noted Miss. attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud (San Francisco Chronicle)
A noted anti-tobacco attorney jailed for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi judge pleaded guilty to mail fraud Tuesday in a second bribery scheme. Richard "Dickie" Scruggs admitted he was involved in a scheme to entice a judge to rule in his favor in an...
Noted Miss. attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud (AP via Yahoo! News)
A noted anti-tobacco attorney jailed for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi judge pleaded guilty to mail fraud Tuesday in a second bribery scheme.
Attorney seeks reimbursement for doctor cleared of mercy killings (KTBS Shreveport)
The attorney for Dr. Anna Pou is asking the state of Louisiana to reimburse her legal fees associated with the criminal case the former attorney general brought against her in the deaths of patients at a flooded New Orleans hospital in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rick Simmons said today that as a state employee, Pou, the defense fund that was set up for her and the LSU Healthcare ...
Deal ends suit between city, attorney (Billings Gazette)
The City Council on Monday night approved a $125,000 settlement with a former assistant city attorney, ending a 5-year-old lawsuit.
District Attorney Asks LAPD For More Info On Brown (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
A district attorney's spokeswoman says the Los Angeles Police Department has presented a case regarding singer Chris Brown, but county prosecutors have asked for further investigation.
Officer: Athens attorney admitted to nudity in front of teens (WAFF 48 News Huntsville)
An attorney accused of sexually abusing two girls allegedly confessed to police that he walked around naked in front of two girls after bringing them to his Athens home.
Noted Miss. attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud (AP via Yahoo! News)
A noted anti-tobacco attorney jailed for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi judge pleaded guilty to mail fraud Tuesday in a second bribery scheme.
Scruggs, Ex-Lawyer, Admits More Crimes, Gets 7 Years (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Richard Scruggs , the disbarred Mississippi lawyer who won $206 billion from tobacco firms in a U.S. Medicaid settlement, pleaded guilty to corruptly influencing a state court judge and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Lawyer: St. Andrews parents are 'victims' (WNYT Albany)
The couple accused of allowing their son to repeatedly host underage drinking parties are the "victims of ... a search for a convenient scapegoat," their lawyer said...
Indiana Attorney General warns consumers about e-card scam (WHAS TV11 Louisville)
(WHAS11) -Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Indiana Attorney General is warning consumers about a scam involving e-cards. The Attorney General says that scammers create fake email notifications telling you that a family member or friend has sent an e-card and to click on the link.
Lawyer blames Japanese 'discrimination' for Filipina's ordeal (Yehey!)
Tokyo, February 10, 2009 (AFP) - A leading human rights lawyer Tuesday blamed Japan's "discriminatory" immigration policy for the plight of a Filipina girl whose parents are on the verge of deportation.
'The ACLU sued my district attorney & sheriff' (WorldNetDaily)
After authorities investigated thousands of tax files for bogus Social Security numbers used by illegals to steal refunds, the ACLU responded with a class-action lawsuit – but now a Colorado district attorney is fighting back.