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Deputy attorney general pick headed for approval (San Francisco Chronicle)
David Ogden is probably headed for confirmation as deputy attorney general, although several conservatives oppose him because he has represented defendants in pornography cases. The Senate Democratic majority is behind Ogden, and he has the support of at...
Prostitution sting in West Des Moines nets lawyer, pastor (The Des Moines Register)
A lawyer, a pastor and the former head of a state agency are among the 13 men charged in a West Des Moines prostitution sting that drew online customers with a suggestive Web site.
Attorney wants jail to stop monitoring visits with Casey Anthony (Orlando Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's attorney Jose Baez wants the Orange County Jail to stop monitoring meetings between himself and Anthony.
Deputy attorney general pick headed for approval (AP via Yahoo! News)
David Ogden is probably headed for confirmation as deputy attorney general, although several conservatives oppose him because he has represented defendants in pornography cases.
Lawyer: S. Korean star's cancellation 'shameful' (AP via Yahoo! News)
A promoter's lawyer told federal jurors that South Korean pop star Rain and his agency engaged in "shameful and dishonest business practices" when they canceled a 2007 concert in Hawaii without explanation and kept a $500,000 appearance fee.
UPDATE: Zimbabwe PM's Aide Released On Bail - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
(Adds details, background.) MUTARE, Zimbabwe (AFP)--Roy Bennett, a top aide to Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, was released on bail Thursday one month after his arrest on terror charges, a lawyer for their party said.
N.J. Attorney General Anne Milgram plans to announce mortgage-fraud charges (The Star-Ledger)
Mike Derer/APAttorney General Anne Milgram New Jersey officials are scheduled today to announce the prosecutions of more than 10 lawyers, mortgage brokers and others suspected of preying on home and property owners. The Attorney General's Office said the allegations include...
Leone decides against pursuing U.S. attorney job (Sentinel & Enterprise)
BOSTON -- Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone has decided not to apply to become the next U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts after his name surfaced as one of the top contenders for the federal post.
Chairman questions payments to RI jail's ex-lawyer (Boston Globe)
The new chairman of the board that oversees the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls is questioning more than $300,000 in legal fees paid to the jail's former lawyer.
Attorney General says plant's claim false (Boston Globe)
State Attorney General William Sorrell says Vermont Yankee's zero carbon emissions claim is inaccurate. The nuclear plant in Vernon claimed to have zero emissions in advertisements last year, but the ads prompted a complaint by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. On Wednesday, Sorrell said he looked into the claim and found that while emissions generated by electricity production at ...
Justice call over lost Thai lawyer (Thailandnews.net)
Five years after the disappearance and presumed murder of a leading Thai human rights lawyer, an international rights group has called on Thailand's government to step up efforts to bring those respon...
St. John's lawyer donating cash for stories of breast cancer anguish (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
The lawyer who is spearheading a class-action lawsuit over botched breast cancer tests in Newfoundland and Labrador is paying cash for stories of mental anguish that patients have suffered.
Nutter, lawyer get into it over tax-deadbeat charge (Philadelphia Daily News)
Tax collection can get dangerous.Mayor Nutter yesterday had words on the sidewalk with Center City lawyer Robert Gamburg, after Gamburg took issue with being labeled a tax deadbeat.
N.J. Attorney General prosecutes alleged mortgage frauds (Asbury Park Press)
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has filed three new civil lawsuits against companies and people it claims were cashing in on the ongoing mortgage crisis.
Ogden Confirmed by Senate to Be Deputy U.S. Attorney General (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate began filling the Justice Department’s leadership ranks, confirming David Ogden to be deputy attorney general and preparing to approve Thomas Perrelli’s nomination for the No. 3 post.
New Call for Probe Into Thai Rights Lawyer (Thailandnews.net)
Human-rights groups have renewed calls for the Thai government to solve the case of the disappearance and suspected murder of a leading Muslim human-rights lawyer five years ago. The lawyer's widow ha...
Chris Brown's Lawyer Requests New Hearing (US Weekly)
Chris Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has requested an "in chambers" hearing set for March 23 -- two weeks before the singer, 19, is to be arraigned for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, 21, Usmagazine.com has confirmed. See photos of Brown and other stars at court. TMZ.com reports that the hearing will involve Rihanna's possible testimony in the domestic violence case. But Jane Robison of the ...
Allegation against attorney unfounded (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Louisa County authorities have ruled as unfounded an allegation that a defense attorney threatened a prosecution witness in a murder case. The allegation against John R. Maus prompted him to withdraw last month as defense attorney for Mathew G. Minster, who faces murder and other charges in the drug overdose in 2007 of Nichole Brockett.
AstraZeneca’s Seroquel Link to Diabetes Disputed by Lawyer (Bloomberg)
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- An AstraZeneca Plc lawyer said at a court hearing that a Kansas woman suing the company may have had diabetes before she began taking the Seroquel antipsychotic medicine, eliminating the drug as a possible cause.
Where’s Madoff Headed Next? One Lawyer’s Guess (New York Times)
Now that Bernard L. Madoff has pleaded guilty , one of the most pressing questions now is where he will serve out whatever sentence he is given on June 16. One defense lawyer told Esquire that he suspects it will be a medium-security prison about 70 miles from New York City.
Senate Confirms Ogden as Attorney General Holder's Top Deputy (Fox News)
Attorney General Eric Holder has been running the Justice Department without top aides, pending the confirmation of David Ogden and other nominees.
Ogden, Perrelli Confirmed for Attorney General Posts (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate began filling the Justice Department’s leadership ranks, confirming David Ogden to be deputy attorney general and Thomas Perrelli’s nomination for the agency’s No. 3 post.
Attorney charged in Curry murders seeks access to jail library (Chicago Sun-Times)
The attorney charged with slaying New York Knicks center Eddy Curry’s former girlfriend and 10-month-old daughter told a Cook County judge today jail officials are not letting him access the law library.
Lawyer: Feds probe death of RI immigrant detainee (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for an immigration detainee who died in Rhode Island last summer says federal authorities are investigating the case and seeking release of another man they think could be a key witness.
$20,000 reward offered for clues in lawyer's death (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA -- Family members are offering $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of Larry Higgins' killer or killers. The 61-year-old lawyer and horse racing aficionado, was discovered dead inside his Odessa home, 11523 Trotting Down Drive, on Oct. 10....
US attorney general out of Clemens steroids probe (Reuters via Yahoo! Canada News)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has removed himself from the criminal probe into whether baseball pitching great Roger Clemens lied to Congress about steroids, a Justice Department spokesman said on Thursday.
Lawyer: Feds probe death of immigrant detainee (NBC 10 Providence)
A lawyer for an immigration detainee who died in Rhode Island last summer said Thursday that federal authorities were investigating the case and pressing for the release of another man they think could be a key witness.
Pa. lawyer Karoly faces new tax, charity charges (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
An indicted Allentown criminal lawyer faces new charges of attempting a $500,000 charity scam and failing to report $5 million in income.
Source: attorney withdraws from Treasury job (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent New York attorney has withdrawn from consideration for the No. 2 job at the Treasury Department, the second person to drop out of the running for the post, a Democratic source said Thursday.
Pa. lawyer Karoly faces new tax, charity charges (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
A criminal lawyer who has won millions for clients in police brutality suits was charged Thursday with failing to report $5 million in income and attempting a $500,000 charity scam.
Source: Attorney Withdraws From Treasury Job (ABC News)
Democratic source: New York attorney has withdrawn from consideration for No. 2 Treasury job
Attorney Video Tips: Cameras (Law.com)
If you want to create your own video marketing content, know that most cameras sold today are good enough to develop and distribute video via the Web, says attorney Gerry Oginski. But you need to know the different types of cameras before deciding which is right for you and your budget.
George Hedges dies at 57; celebrity lawyer was also a noted archaeologist (Los Angeles Times)
George Hedges, the Hollywood lawyer to celebrities such as Mel Gibson and Simon Cowell who became a celebrity himself for his discoveries of the fabled ancient city of Ubar and the frankincense trade route in Yemen, died Tuesday at his home in South Pasadena. He was 57 and had been battling melanoma for seven months.
Hulk Hogan and Raymond Rafool, Linda's lawyer, got in an argument after their court hearing earlier today. Before the ... (Lords of Pain)
Hogan came in to court on crutches and asked the judge to allow him access to his $300,000 frozen marital assets in order to pay his lawyer bills, pending personal injury lawsuit for his son, and other business entanglements.
Assistant county attorney indicted (Louisville Courier-Journal)
An assistant Jefferson County attorney accused of fleeing police after driving three blocks with a woman on the hood of his vehicle was indicted today, a spokesman for the Commonwealth's Attorney's office said.
Attorney General Nickles Heightens Conflict With Council Member Over Late-Night Release of Ex-Prisoners (Washington Post)
The District's attorney general has ordered corrections officials to disregard a city law that bans the release of prisoners from the D.C. jail between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., saying it is unconstitutional for authorities to jail someone overnight who is legally entitled to go free.
Attorney General Nickles Heightens Conflict With Council Member Over Late-Night Release of Ex-Prisoners (Washington Post)
The District's attorney general has ordered corrections officials to disregard a city law that bans the release of prisoners from the D.C. jail between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., saying it is unconstitutional for authorities to jail someone overnight who is legally entitled to go free.
Attorney cleared of accusation he threatened a witness in Louisa case (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Attorney cleared of wrongdoing He was accused of threatening witness in Louisa murder case Louisa County authorities have ruled as unfounded an allegation that a defense attorney threatened a prosecution witness in a murder case. The allegation against John R. Maus prompted him to withdraw last month as defense attorney for Mathew G. Minster, who faces murder and other charges in the 2007 drug ...
Lawyer questions Peanut Corp. of America about leaky roof (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Peanut Corp. questioned about roof A lawyer representing people sickened during a national salmonella outbreak raised questions yesterday about a leaky roof during a bankruptcy proceeding involving the company blamed for the illnesses. Ron Simon questioned Lynchburg-based Peanut Corp. of America officials at a meeting with company creditors in U.S. District Court. The company shut down its ...
Bobby Shriver, first lady's brother, weighs running for state attorney general (The Sacramento Bee)
Bobby Shriver, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the brother of California first lady Maria Shriver, is mulling a run for state attorney general next year, according to his political adviser.
Lawyer returns part of fee after judge calls him incompetent (The Sacramento Bee)
A Sacramento lawyer blasted by a judge for his "flat-out incompetence" in a trial last year has returned about half his $85,000 fee to his client's father.
George Hedges dies at 57; celebrity lawyer was also a noted archaeologist (Los Angeles Times)
George Hedges, the Hollywood lawyer to celebrities such as Mel Gibson and Simon Cowell who became a celebrity himself for his discoveries of the fabled ancient city of Ubar and the frankincense trade route in Yemen, died Tuesday at his home in South Pasadena. He was 57 and had been battling melanoma for seven months.
Detroit news briefs: Berg sworn in as U.S. Attorney (Detroit Free Press)
Acting U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg became full-fledged U.S. Attorney in Detroit on Thursday. Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen swore Berg in as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan during a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse.
Accused of fraud, lawyer loses his licence (The Globe and Mail)
A Woodbridge lawyer accused of mortgage fraud has been stripped of his licence.The Law Society of Upper Canada, which governs Ontario's 30,000-plus lawyers and paralegals, issued its decision after concluding that lawyer Joseph Paradiso cheated a client, Paul Zeppieri, of roughly $89,000 in a real estate deal dating back to May, 2003.
Anna Nicole Smith's former lawyer boyfriend charged with giving her thousands of pills before she overdosed (Daily Mail)
Anna Nicole Smith's former lawyer boyfriend charged with giving her thousands of pills before she overdosed
Dissident lawyer's family flees China to US asylum (AP via Yahoo! News)
The wife of a crusading civil rights lawyer said Friday that she and their two children are now in the United States after paying human traffickers to smuggle them out of China to escape harassment by security agents.
Maine Attorney General Investigates College Fund (WCSH 6 Portland)
PORTLAND (AP) -- Unusually large losses in some of the funds that make up Maine's state-sponsored NextGen College Investing Plan are coming under scrutiny by the attorney general.
Carbon County promotes its deputy attorney (Billings Gazette)
Carbon County Deputy Attorney Alex Nixon was sworn in as the new county attorney Thursday, replacing Robert L. Eddleman, who pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal cocaine case.
Nigeria: Policeman Charged for Assaulting Female Lawyer (AllAfrica.com)
A serving policeman at the FCT police command and six other persons have been arraigned at the Life Camp Magistrate Court for allegedly assaulting a female lawyer and tearing her pants.
Dissident lawyer’s family flees China to US asylum (The Malaysian Insider)
BEIJING, March 13 — The wife of a crusading civil rights lawyer said today that she and their two children are now in the United States after paying human traffickers to smuggle them out of China to escape harassment by security agents. Geng He, wife of Gao Zhisheng, said the three made a harrowing eight-day trip by motorcycle from southern China across the mountains of Southeast Asia to ...