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Judge jailed man to punish lawyer (WTSP-TV Tampa)
State officials say a Seminole County judge should be publicly reprimanded for jailing a man to punish his lawyer and for being insensitive to those asking for domestic violence injunctions.
Hearing on reimbursement of attorney fees for Dr. Pou (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The attorney for Dr. Anna Pou and those for the LSU Healthcare Network are scheduled to be in Baton Rouge on Tuesday to present their claims for fee reimbursement.
Death Row Inmate's Attorney Believes He's Delusional (News Channel 5 Nashville)
An attorney for convicted killer Paul Dennis Reid said he's delusional and believes he should have his mental competency re-evaluated.
Ark. attorney general says he supports hotline to report racial profiling (Seattle Times)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he supports a measure that would establish a hotline for people to report suspected racial profiling incidents by law enforcement officers.
Indianapolis law office sued for refusing to rehire attorney after service in National Guard (Seattle Times)
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing an Indianapolis law office on behalf of an attorney who was not rehired after his return from more than a year of active duty in the Indiana National Guard.
Michigan attorney general announces how Countrywide settlement millions will be given out (Seattle Times)
Nearly $10 million from a state settlement with mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. will go to about 3,700 borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Tuesday.
NY attorney general says 73 AIG execs got $1M bonuses (Contra Costa Times)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says troubled insurance giant American International Group paid bonuses of $1 million or more to each of 73 employees, including 11 who no longer work for the company.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says 73 AIG execs got $1 million bonuses, including 11 who no longer work there (The Grand Rapids Press)
Andrew Cuomo ALBANY, N.Y. -- Troubled insurance giant American International Group paid bonuses of $1 million or more to 73 employees, including 11 who no longer work for the company, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Cuomo subpoenaed...
Cement truck driver didn't intend to hurt anyone: lawyer (CBC Calgary)
A cement truck driver charged with killing five people in a Calgary rear-end collision was speeding and used the left shoulder to pass, but didn't intend to hurt anyone, his lawyer argued Tuesday.
Arizona's Attorney General told lawmakers in Washington, D.C. that drug violence in Mexico won't be contained there ... (ABC 15 Phoenix)
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has told lawmakers in Washington that Mexico and the United States need to collaborate more to confront cartels that smuggle drugs and immigrants into the U.S. and guns and money into Mexico.
New indictment filed against lawyer in fraud case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Prosecutors have unveiled a revised indictment against a New York lawyer suspected of bilking hedge funds out of about $700 million.
Lawyer Dreier Charged With Money Laundering In New Indictment (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Disgraced lawyer Marc Dreier has been charged with an additional crime of money laundering in a superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday.
N.Y. Attorney General: 73 AIG Executives Got $1M Bonuses (Washington Post)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Troubled insurance giant American International Group paid bonuses of $1 million or more to 73 employees, including 11 who no longer work for the company, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
New indictment filed against lawyer in fraud case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Prosecutors have unveiled a beefed up indictment against a New York lawyer suspected of bilking hedge funds out of about $700 million.
Money laundering charge added to $700M fraud case against lawyer Dreier (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - Prosecutors have unveiled a beefed up indictment against a New York lawyer suspected of bilking hedge funds out of about $700 million. The indictment released Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan accuses Marc Dreier with money laundering, among other charges.
NY lawyer Dreier indicted for money laundering (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
High-profile New York lawyer Marc Dreier, under house arrest on charges of running an investment fraud involving as much as $700 million, was indicted on an additional charge of money laundering on Tuesday.
Lawyer accused of violating Macomb County judge's gag order (Detroit Free Press)
A defense lawyer is accused of violating a Macomb County judge's gag order by talking to a Free Press reporter about Michael George, a former Clinton Township man accused of shooting his wife to death in 1990.
New indictment filed against lawyer in fraud case (San Francisco Chronicle)
Prosecutors have unveiled a beefed up indictment against a New York lawyer suspected of bilking hedge funds out of about $700 million. The indictment released Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan accuses Marc Dreier with money laundering, among other...
Peak Discovery Announces New Specialized Contract Attorney Division (dBusinessNews.com)
New York - NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 17, 2009) – Peak Discovery, Inc., a supplier of document review and discovery services, today announced the formation of a new Contract Attorney Division based on industry and practice experience.
Insurance attorney Drew Bagot joins Cowles & Thompson (dBusinessNews.com)
DALLAS – Cowles & Thompson, P.C., is proud to announce the addition of noted insurance industry attorney Drew Bagot as a shareholder in the corporate and business section of the Dallas-based law firm.
NY lawyer Dreier indicted for money laundering (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
High-profile New York lawyer Marc Dreier, under house arrest on charges of running an investment fraud involving as much as $700 million, was indicted on an additional charge of money laundering on Tuesday.
NY lawyer Dreier indicted for money laundering (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
High-profile New York lawyer Marc Dreier, under house arrest on charges of running an investment fraud involving as much as $700 million, was indicted on an additional charge of money laundering on Tuesday.
New York attorney general details A.I.G. bonuses (International Herald Tribune)
Seventy-three employees were paid more than $1 million in the latest bonuses at the insurance giant American International Group, according to the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo.
Lawyer faces new indictment in NY fraud case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The government expanded its criminal case Tuesday against a prominent lawyer accused of selling $700 million in fictitious investments, saying he caused 13 different hedge funds and three individuals to lose at least $400 million.
UPDATE: Disgraced Lawyer Dreier Charged In New Indictment (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Disgraced lawyer Marc Dreier has been charged with an additional crime of money laundering in a superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Attorney Says Paul Reid is Delusional (News Channel 5 Nashville)
An attorney for convicted killer Paul Reid says Reid is delusional. During a hearing in Davidson County Criminal Court Monday, Reid's attorney, Kelly Gleason, asked for his mental competency to be re-evaluated.
Haleigh's Mother's Attorney Says She Met With DCF (First Coast News)
PUTNAM COUNTY, FL -- Haleigh Cummings' mother's attorney met with case workers with the Department of Children and Families Tuesday.
Wis. lawmakers accuse attorney general of scare tactics, partisan manuevering (Seattle Times)
Democratic lawmakers pounded Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen during a budget hearing Tuesday, accusing him of using scare tactics to drive funding for the Department of Justice.
Disbarred St. Petersburg attorney skips out on his own trial (St. Petersburg Times)
LARGO — Martin “Kirby” Watson was already in deep trouble to begin with. The disbarred attorney faces prison if convicted of bilking clients out of $500,000. But this morning, authorities say, he made a mistake that no one who went...
ACLU Wants Attorney General to Investigate Allegations of Torture at Prisons (Washington Post)
The ACLU called on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. yesterday to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture at CIA secret prisons, following the leak last weekend of a secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
KBR keeps witness info concealed, lawyer says (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A lawyer for the parents of an electrocuted soldier on Tuesday accused defense contractor KBR Inc. of concealing information from unnamed witnesses interviewed after his 2008 death in Iraq.
Prosecutor drops domestic battery case against attorney (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Last week, Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants office dropped domestic battery charges against a Charleston attorney accused of throwing his wife, who was eight months pregnant, against a wall and to the ground.Charleston police a...
Portsmouth lawyer to run for Virginia House of Delegates (The Virginian-Pilot)
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY Stan Clark, a Portsmouth lawyer and member of the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors, announced Tuesday that he will run in the 64th District for the Virginia House of Delegates. Clark, a Republican, said he will seek the nomination when the state Republican Party meets this spring. The GOP nominee will challenge Democratic Del. Bill Barlow.
Jurupa-area financial planners attorney seeks documents to link Riverside County DAs office to conflict-of-interest ... (The Press-Enterprise)
The attorney for a Jurupa-area financial planner accused of embezzlement wants Riverside County prosecutors barred from the case, contending that District Attorney Rod Pacheco believes she stole $3,000 from one of his political campaigns when she worked as his treasurer.
Local news in brief: Free Press attorney named a leader in law (Detroit Free Press)
Attorney Herschel Fink, who has represented the Free Press in its fight for access to former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's text messages and on other First Amendment issues, has been named a Leader in Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Lawyer for mayor's former bodyguard says prosecutors are violating their own policy in retrial (Seattle Times)
The lawyer for Mayor Frank Melton's former bodyguard says federal prosecutors are violating their own policy in attempting to retry Michael Recio and the mayor.
Macomb County news briefs: Defense lawyer in trouble for talking (Detroit Free Press)
A defense lawyer is accused of violating a Macomb County judge's gag order by talking to a Free Press reporter about Michael George, a former Clinton Township man accused of shooting his wife to death in 1990, his law partner said Tuesday.
State attorney general argues against death penalty curbs (Baltimore Sun)
Gansler says proposed limits will 'almost nullify' capital punishment Maryland's attorney general and Baltimore County's top prosecutor, both death penalty supporters, want the General Assembly to abandon what they are calling haphazard and arbitrary restrictions on capital punishment cases approved by the Senate this month.
Ill. attorney general says more people sought help in 2008 accessing government information (Seattle Times)
More people sought help from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office last year in accessing government information and meetings, according to a new report released Tuesday.
New indictment in $700M lawyer fraud case (CNN)
Prosecutors unveiled an additional money laundering charge Tuesday against New York lawyer Marc Dreier, now claiming he defrauded clients of nearly $700 million.
Bangladesh Ship-Breaking Yards Told To Close - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP)--Bangladesh's High Court has given the country's 36 ship-breaking yards two weeks to cease work because of their failure to fulfill environmental regulations, a lawyer said Wednesday.
The lawyer, the mob probe, and the D.A. race (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
This is a story about politics and strange bedfellows, South Philly-style.It revolves around a young lawyer, Gregory Quigley, snared in a Delaware County mob investigation.
State attorney general argues against death penalty curbs (Baltimore Sun)
Gansler says proposed limits will 'almost nullify' capital punishment Betty Capano Williams (pictured in center), whose son was murdered in prison, listens to testimony on proposed death penalty restrictions. Maryland's attorney general and Baltimore County's top prosecutor want the General Assembly to abandon restrictions on capital punishment cases approved by the Senate this month.
Rwanda: Witness Denies Colluding With Local Lawyer to Fraud ICTR (AllAfrica.com)
Arusha — French lawyer, Aicha Conde, the first defence witness in the trial of Rwandan lawyer accused of contempt of court, Leonidas Nshogoza, denied allegations that she colluded with the accused to present false claims of fees and expenses he allegedly spent during his official missions.
Attorney: Foley Will Take Stand In Murder Trial (KDKA Pittsburgh)
A defense attorney says a state trooper will testify that he had no role in the slashing death of a western Pennsylvania dentist. Forty-three-year-old Kevin Foley is charged with criminal homicide in the April 2006 slaying of Dr. John Yelenic at his Blairsville home.
Hairspray - Blonsky Sued By Former Lawyer (ContactMusic)
HAIRSPRAY star NIKKI BLONSKY is facing legal action from the lawyer she hired after her alleged fight with model BIANCA GOLDEN, according to reports. The 20-year-old, ...
Lawyer: 'Fritzl had to be powerful' (BBC News)
Josef Fritzl's lawyer says the Austrian always wanted to be powerful but his daughter's testimony 'destroyed his emotions'.
Bangladesh ship-breaking yards told to close: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Bangladesh's High Court has given the country's 36 ship-breaking yards two weeks to cease work because of their failure to fulfil environmental regulations, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Defense attorney says retired Pa. judge's freedom is 'vital' to federal insurance fraud appeal (Seattle Times)
A defense attorney says it's "vital" for a retired Pennsylvania Superior Court judge to remain free while he appeals his insurance fraud conviction.
Sanchez deserves a 'civic award': his lawyer (Chicago Tribune)
Former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez walks through the lobby today of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune) Al Sanchez deserves a "civic award" rather than indictment on federal corruption charges, a lawyer for the former Streets and Sanitation boss said today. In his closing argument, attorney Thomas Breen said Sanchez did not intend to defraud Chicago's ...