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Lawyer: Sanchez was used by City hall fat cats (Chicago Sun-Times)
His voice trembling, a defense lawyer slammed a file on the table; How dare these fats cats, how dare they not come in and say the truth, attorney Tom Breen said of his client Al Sanchez, on trial in federal court. He was used.
Let Christians adopt, Egypt baby trial lawyer says (The Star)
CAIRO (Reuters) - A lawyer for a U.S. couple jailed in Egypt in an adoption case said Egypt should pass a law allowing Christian families to adopt, because a legal gap that disallows the practice is pushing them to do so in secret.
Attorney-General boosts fraud-busting powers (Times Online)
Judges will have new powers to bar convicted fraudsters from professsional practice including financial services, legal services and real estate under new anti-fraud measures announced by the Attorney-General today.
Eased restrictions on 'American Taliban' could allow him to tell his story, attorney says (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
INDIANAPOLIS - Federal prison officials are easing restrictions on American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh, moves that his attorney said Wednesday will allow Lindh to tell his story for the first time.
N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo provides details of AIG bonuses (BizJournals)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has informed federal lawmakers of a breakdown of bonuses paid by American International Group Inc., noting that 73 individuals received $1 million or more — a fact sure to rile the Obama administration. (AIG)
NJ man charged with killing wife at YMCA pleads not guilty; Lawyer: Man needs psych evaluation (Seattle Times)
A man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife at a YMCA last summer in front of their daughter pleaded not guilty Wednesday, and his lawyer said he would seek to have his client undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Former lawyer vows to fight fraud charges (CBC Manitoba)
Formerly Winnipeg lawyer David Wolinsky says he is "devastated" by fraud charges levied against him and three other business executives last week.
Attorney general signals shift away from raiding California marijuana dispensaries (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.
Attorney general signals shift in marijuana policy (San Francisco Chronicle)
Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law. That would be a departure from the policy of the Bush...
Attorney General Signals Shift In Marijuana Policy (The Kentucky Post)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder has signaled a change in policy on medical marijuana.
Lawyer Has 90 Days To Find Alleged Alamo Enforcer (KHBS - KHOG Fort Smith - Fayetteville)
A federal judge has given a lawyer who filed a civil lawsuit against Tony Alamo 90 days to find a man alleged to have worked as an enforcer for the jailed evangelist.
Prosecutor Ron Frantz asks attorney general to reassign review of Derek Copp case (The Grand Rapids Press)
GRAND HAVEN -- Ottawa County Prosecutor Ron Frantz said today he asked the state attorney general to reassign the Derek Copp shooting investigation to a special prosecutor. Frantz is on the operations board to the West Michigan Enforcement Agency, the...
Lawyer says Sanchez deserves 'civic award' (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.
Attorney General: Uighur Detainees May Go to U.S. (Fox News)
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday it was possible that members of a group of Uighurs at the U.S. military detention facility in Cuba could be released on American soil. 
Attorney General Indicates Reluctance to Examine Detainee Treatment (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. signaled Wednesday that the Justice Department is reluctant to examine allegations of illegal treatment of detainees imprisoned around the world during the Bush administration.
Sheriff asks U.S. attorney to investigate jail beating (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson has referred allegations that a detention officer struck a handcuffed inmate to U.S. Attorney David Nahmias for investigation. The detention officer, Denita Shaw, has been reassigned to a section of the jail where she is not in contact with inmates, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, said Deputy Tracy Flanagan, spokeswoman for the sheriff, ...
D.C. Lawyer To Head NFL Players Association (NPR)
The NFL Players Association has picked its new leader. DeMaurice Smith, a lawyer from Washington, D.C., takes over for the late Gene Upshaw. Smith already has big problems to tackle.
D.C. attorney general sues CashPoint (BizJournals)
The D.C. attorney general's office has sued consumer lender CashPoint for charging interest rates of 360 percent per year.
Bank of America Ordered to Give Bonus Data to N.Y. Attorney General (Law.com)
A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that Bank of America must turn over to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo a list of employees who received bonuses paid out by Merrill Lynch on the eve of the financially strained brokerage house's merger with the bank. Cuomo called the decision a "victory for taxpayers" that would "lift the shroud of secrecy surrounding the $3.6 billion in premature bonuses ...
Former state attorney general announces bid to run for Mat-Su Borough mayor (Seattle Times)
Former Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg wants to return to public service.
U.S. attorney general willing to reconsider newspaper merger policies (San Jose Mercury News)
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he is open to re-examining government antitrust policies that limit mergers in the struggling newspaper industry.
Retiring district attorney leaves a legacy of respect (The San Francisco Examiner)
San Mateo County District Attorney Jim Fox has held his office more than 26 years. Mike Koozmin/Special to The Examiner SAN FRANCISCO – Like the sprawling bedroom communities it represents, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office is known for low-key stability over fast-living glamour.
Lawyer: Sanchez deserves 'civic award' (Chicago Tribune)
Al Sanchez is painted as either a benevolent champion of Hispanic causes or as a corrupt figure who siphoned jobs away to a patronage army A Chicago hiring system that rewards political workers with city employment has been around a lot longer than former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez, his lawyer argued Wednesday at his fraud trial.
Board disbars one lawyer, suspends 2 (Knoxville News Sentinel)
One Knoxville lawyer has been disbarred, and in unrelated cases, two others recently were suspended, the Board of Professional Responsibility announced Monday.
Attorney: Turner legally applied merit system (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Former Municipal Court Judge Haywood Turner followed state law when he placed his staff under the merit system shortly after losing office in November, the Columbus city attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney general signals shift in marijuana policy (AP via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.
I've met worse says Fritzl's lawyer (The Sun)
LAWYER Rudolf Mayer defends decision to act for Josef Fritzl – saying that he has a heart
Divorce lawyer to take over as circuit judge (The Tennessean)
As a lawyer handling divorce cases, Philip Smith knows what it's like to see two people who once loved each other go to court and leave with nothing but bitterness between them, and he wants that to change.
Ex-Ohio attorney general to respond to allegations he misused campaign funds for trips, food (Seattle Times)
Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is ready to respond to allegations he misused campaign contributions for trips, family gifts and everyday expenses including coffee, meals and newspapers.
Death Threats For Josef Fritzl's Lawyer Mayer (SkyNews via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Josef Fritzl's lawyer Rudolf Mayer has told Sky News he is facing death threats - as his incestuous killer client awaits a possible life jail sentence.
Fritzl lawyer says he's been threatened again (AP via Yahoo! News)
Josef Fritzl's lawyer says he has received more threats as he wraps up his defense of the Austrian on trial for imprisoning his daughter for 24 years.
U.S. Attorney Bogden was unfairly fired, but some don't want him back (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Without any doubt, former U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden shouldn't have been fired for political reasons by the Bush administration. However, seven current or former prosecutors said, based on his poor management ability, he shouldn't be rehired.
Fritzl lawyer lists 'attenuating circumstances' (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Josef Fritzl's psychological abnormalities should be regarded as attenuating circumstances in any sentence handed down at his trial in Austria, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Fritzl lawyer lists 'attenuating circumstances' (AFP via Yahoo!7 News)
SANKT POELTEN, Austria (AFP) - Josef Fritzl's psychological abnormalities should be regarded as attenuating circumstances in any sentence handed down at his trial in Austria, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Attorney general signals shift in marijuana policy (Detroit Free Press)
Attorney General Eric Holder said federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.
Spano asks attorney general to investigate zone pricing (Mid-Hudson News)
WESTCHESTER – A new law that was supposed to keep residents in certain communities from paying more than others for gas isn’t working, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano said Wednesday, so he has asked the state attorney general’s office to use its powers and investigate the “unlawful and discriminatory practice” of zone pricing.
Board affirms attorney as employee (The Buffalo News)
The Lackawanna School Board on Wednesday approved a new protocol for the school district attorney that requires him to report to the superintendent on day-today business matters.
'Fritzl met Elisabeth's eyes - that changed his mind,' says lawyer (Times Online)
Josef Fritzl's sudden guilty plea to charges of rape and murder was explained in court by his lawyer today: his resistance crumbled after he caught sight of his daughter Elisabeth during her secret visit to the courtroom.
The California Pharmacists Association Denounces Attorney General Brown's Characterization Of Pharmacists As Drug ... (Medical News Today)
On Friday, March 13, 2009, Attorney General Jerry Brown held a press conference regarding arrests made in the investigation of Anna Nicole Smith's death. During the conference, Brown compared pharmacists in white smocks to drug dealers by saying: "Somebody died here," referring to Smith's 2007 death of an overdose at the age of 39.
Fritzl lawyer lists 'extenuating circumstances' (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Josef Fritzl's psychological abnormalities should be regarded as extenuating circumstances in any sentence handed down at his trial in Austria, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Attorney general signals shift in pot policy (Cape Cod Times)
Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.
Madoff lawyer asks court to reinstate bail (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Bernard Madoff's lawyer asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to reinstate the confessed swindler's bail and release him from jail while he awaits sentencing in June.
MADOFF LAWYER: SCAMMER NOT A 'FLIGHT RISK' (New York Post)
The lawyer for self-confessed scammer Bernie Madoff asked a federal appeals court this morning to let his client stay out of jail until he is sentenced in June. Ira Sorkin spoke to a three-judge panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals...
Madoff lawyer asks appeals court for jail release (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Bernard Madoff's lawyer argued to a federal appeals court on Thursday that the confessed swindler posed no serious risk of flight and should be released from jail ahead of his June sentencing.
Madoff Lawyer Presses Case for Bail (New York Times)
Bernard L. Madoff’s lawyer pressed a three-judge panel on Thursday to restore his bail while he awaits sentencing in a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, but the prosecution asserted that the risk of flight dictated his continued detention.
NJ Attorney General will hold Springsteen ticket drawing on March 31 (The Star-Ledger)
Attorney General Anne Milgram today announced the random drawing for tickets to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concerts at the Izod Center will be held March 31. The drawing is part of a settlement Milgran signed with...
Ohio's former attorney general found in violation of election law (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A divided Ohio Elections Commission found Thursday that former Attorney General Marc Dann violated elections law by using campaign funds to pay for an expensive in-home security system and a cell phone often used for personal calls.
Iran blogger jailed for Khamenei insult dies: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A young Iranian blogger jailed in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for insulting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday.
Defense lawyer kept in dark about terror suspect (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Federal authorities have refused to disclose to defense lawyers where they are holding Ali al-Marri, a suspected Al-Qaeda sleeper agent who was charged with terrorism offenses last month, his lawyer said Thursday.
DUI case results in State Attorney's Office aide resigning (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA - The man who represented Hillsborough's State Attorney's Office on numerous local boards has resigned. Elvin Martinez Jr. was placed on leave after his arrest in January on a charge of driving under the influence. His case has not...