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Haleigh's father hires attorney after allegations (Orlando Sentinel)
Haleigh Cumming's father has retained an attorney, after the mother of his two children and her attorney accused him of being abusive on national television.
NY Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty To Money Laundering (WCBS-TV New York)
A prominent Manhattan lawyer accused of peddling $700 million in phony securities to hedge funds will likely forgo a trial and change his plea to guilty, his attorney told a judge Thursday. The defense announcement came at a hearing where Marc Dreier pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment accusing him of money laundering in addition to the charges he already faces of securities fraud, wire ...
Attorney General Holder Unveils New Freedom of Information Act Guidelines (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guidelines Thursday that direct all executive branch departments and agencies to apply a presumption of openness when administering the FOIA.
Ronald Cummings Hires Attorney (First Coast News)
PALATKA, FL -- The father of Haleigh Cummings has hired an attorney.
DA Julia Slater asks attorney general to appoint special prosecutor in Zach Allen, Frank Lumpkin cases (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
District Attorney Julia Slater has asked the Georgia Attorney General’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor in 87 Columbus cases, including those for Zach Allen and Frank Lumpkin.
NY lawyer pleads not guilty to money laundering (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Manhattan lawyer accused of peddling $700 million in phony securities to hedge funds will likely forgo a trial and change his plea to guilty, his attorney told a judge Thursday.
AIG gives NY attorney general list of AIG employees who received retention awards (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - New York's attorney general says American International Group Inc. has given him the list of employees who received a total of $165 million in retention bonuses.
N.J. Attorney General to investigate AIG bonus payments (The Star-Ledger)
New Jersey's attorney general is the latest to take a swing at American International Group for recently paying multimillion-dollar bonuses to employees responsible for billions in losses. Attorney General Anne Milgram said today she is investigating the company for securities...
Lawyer Expects Marc Dreier to Plead Guilty (New York Times)
Marc S. Dreier, the prominent Manhattan lawyer accused of cheating hedge funds out of hundreds of millions of dollars, is likely to forgo a trial and change his plea to guilty, his attorney told a federal judge on Thursday.
NY attorney general expects list of Merrill bonus recipients from Bank of America tonight (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - New York's attorney general expects to receive tonight the names of Merrill Lynch employees who got millions in bonuses before Bank of America Corp. bought the brokerage.
Denver Man, Attorney General Warn Of Job Scams (CBS4 Denver)
Colorado's attorney general has a warning for anyone looking for a job. Beware of con artists trying to take advantage of you.
Attorney For Suspect's Family Questions Shooting (KDKA Pittsburgh)
An attorney says police were not justified when they shot and killed a man on the South Side early Sunday morning. Attorney Jim Ecker says he sees no reason for killing 33-year-old Nicholas Haniotakis even though police claim the man was driving an SUV right at them.
What Makes a Lawyer Great? (Law.com)
What makes a lawyer great? There might be no better people to ask than those considered "a lawyer's lawyer" -- the kind of lawyer another calls for help or would recommend to a loved one, the kind of lawyer other lawyers respect. Molly Peckman, director of associate development at Dechert, raised the question with those she considers to be lawyers' lawyers. A few key qualities they mentioned ...
State’s case against disbarred Vero Beach attorney Ira Hatch depends on court hearing Friday (Vero Press Journal)
The future of the state’s criminal case against disbarred attorney Ira Hatch depends on a key pre-trial court hearing Friday in Indian River Circuit Court.
Lawyer: Evangelist too weak, old for sex crimes (AP via Yahoo! News)
The new defense lawyer for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo said Thursday that his client's poor eyesight and diminishing physique would have made it impossible for him to have had sex with underage girls, as federal prosecutors claim.
No intent to kill, Raul Sarinanas attorney argues (The Press-Enterprise)
Raul Ricardo Sarinana's killing of his 11-year-old nephew should be considered second-degree murder because he did not intend to kill, his defense attorney told a jury Thursday.
Attorney General Sets New FOIA Policy; Its Impact Remains to be Seen (Electronic Frontier Foundations)
Attorney General Eric Holder today issued new guidelines (PDF) on federal agency implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The guidelines were issued pursuant to a directive issued by President Obama on January 21, his first full day in office.
Attorney general announces lawsuit against Altieri Enterprises (The Sentinel)
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced the filing of a consumer protection lawsuit against a Maryland-based home builder accused of failing to complete construction, performing work in a shoddy manner, not honoring warranties and failing to pay sub-contractors for materials and services – leaving homeowners vulnerable to legal action by those businesses.
Lawyer hints at insanity defense for Clark (Boston Globe)
Boston lawyer Jeffrey A. Denner, who plans to mount an insanity defense for the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, has taken the case of James Patrick Maguire Clark, who is accused of killing his 80-year-old grandmother, and is laying the groundwork for the same defense.
Attorney general signals shift in marijuana policy (The Pantagraph)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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.
Morgan County's budget being snatched by criminal cases / Canine cop sniffing out more drugs on I-84, county attorney ... (Standard-Examiner)
MORGAN -- An influx of criminal cases in Morgan County -- mostly drug possession incidents along Interstate 84 -- is stretching the county attorney's budget thin.
Attorney general announces lawsuit against Altieri Enterprises (The Sentinel)
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced the filing of a consumer protection lawsuit against a Maryland-based home builder accused of failing to complete construction, performing work in a shoddy manner, not honoring warranties and failing to pay sub-contractors for materials and services – leaving homeowners vulnerable to legal action by those businesses.
Defense attorney for Eric D. Conner wants police record of John Remy included in Menasha murder case (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
OSHKOSH The attorney for a defendant in a 2008 Menasha homicide case will seek to use portions of the victims criminal record as evidence to back up a self-defense claim.
SMU to hire attorney versed in Delaware bankruptcy law (The Shawano Leader)
Shawano Municipal Utilities will hire an attorney versed in Delaware bankruptcy law to protect the utility’s interests after the Chapter 11 filing this week of Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology, Inc. and six of its subsidiaries.
County Attorney’s Office reviews accident that killed Claye Robb (Vernal Express)
The Uintah County Attorney’s Office is reviewing evidence from a Nov. 21, 2008, traffic accident that resulted in the death of Vernal resident Claye Robb.
BeBe Winans' attorney says ex-wife not credible (Baltimore Sun)
The attorney for gospel artist BeBe Winans has released a statement about the recent allegations of assault against her client by his ex-wife.
Castro to again challenge DiFiore for district attorney (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - Tony Castro, defeated twice in previous bids to become Westchester County's district attorney, hopes there won't be a strike three this time around.
Alleged Cobo briber gets attorney (Detroit Free Press)
A Southfield attorney filed paperwork this morning in federal court indicating he is representing a former Cobo Center contractor charged with filing false federal income tax returns.
'Fort Dix' convict tries to oust lawyer (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
One of the five men convicted in the Fort Dix trial wants to fire his lawyer and waive his right to appeal.
Richland Co. attorney arrested on tax charges (WIS News 10 Columbia)
A Richland County attorney is in jail on tax charges.
One of convicted Fort Dix plotters wants to fire lawyer, waive rights to appeal (The Star-Ledger)
One of five Muslim immigrants convicted of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers wants to fire his lawyer and waive his right to appeal. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler received an undated letter from Eljvir Duka on Thursday in which Duka...
Coleman attorney eyes appeal (Minnesota Public Radio)
Republican Norm Coleman's attorney told a Twin Cities radio station this week that Coleman will probably end up with fewer votes than Al Franken when the three-judge panel rules in Coleman's election contest.
The Board of Supervisors voted to take $528,000 from County Attorney Andrew Thomas's budget to establish its own ... (ABC 15 Phoenix)
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has been denied in its request to issue a temporary restraining order to keep the county manager from starting an in-house law firm.
Assistant county attorney: Ecstasy use is climbing (The Globe Gazette)
MASON CITY — Use of the street drug ecstasy along with marijuana is increasing in the Mason City area, according to Assistant Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen.
East Ridge: Attorney accuses mayor of perjury (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Attorney Charles Wright, who represents a group of East Ridge residents seeking to unseat Mayor Mike Steele, filed an addition to the ouster suit against the mayor, accusing him of “aggravated perjury.”
Ask an Attorney (The Temecula Valley News)
Dear Attorney, I really dont want to have to file for any type of bankruptcy. Being able to refinance my house will be a huge help. I need to find a Temecula appraiser to appraise my home before I can look into restructuring my mortgage loan. If I try to refinance my house or get my mortgage restructured, should I actually hire an attorney to help me with that? If I do decide to file for ...
NJ court: Lawyer unduly influenced fellow jurors (Burlington County Times)
Serving as a jury foreman, a former New Jersey state lawmaker and lawyer thought he was helping when he explained legal concepts and the judge's instructions to fellow jurors.
Convict in Fort Dix plot case tries to oust lawyer (Burlington County Times)
One of five Muslim immigrants convicted of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers wants to fire his lawyer and waive his right to appeal.
Lawyer seeks mercy for 'Family Secrets' witness (Chicago Tribune)
A lawyer for Outfit hit man Nicholas Calabrese has asked a judge for mercy by noting Calabrese's decision to cooperate in the landmark Family Secrets investigation almost certainly saved lives. Calabrese's choice to testify against mob leaders James Marcello, Joey "the Clown" Lombardo and his brother, Frank Calabrese Sr., undermined the Chicago mob's ability to carry out its work, lawyer John ...
SMU to hire attorney versed in Delaware bankruptcy law (The Shawano Leader)
Shawano Municipal Utilities will hire an attorney versed in Delaware bankruptcy law to protect the utility’s interests after the Chapter 11 filing this week of Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology, Inc. and six of its subsidiaries.
State attorney: Officers justified in shooting man (Bay News 9 Tampa Bay)
CLEARWATER (Bay News 9) -- The police officers who shot and killed a man earlier this month during a domestic disturbance were justified in their actions, according to a report by the state attorney's office.
Attorney General Calls For Cuts In Title Insurance Rates (WPXI Pittsburgh)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett called for sweeping changes in the way title insurance is handled in Pennsylvania Friday. Corbett also rejected a recent rate increase request filed with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and a substantial reduction in future rates.
Lawyer seeks mercy for 'Family Secrets' witness (Chicago Tribune)
A lawyer for Outfit hit man Nicholas Calabrese has asked a judge for mercy by noting Calabrese's decision to cooperate in the landmark Family Secrets investigation almost certainly saved lives.
State attorney clears Clearwater officers in shooting death (St. Petersburg Times)
CLEARWATER — The State Attorney's Office has cleared police officers Scott Durivou and Eliad Glenn of any wrongdoing in the March 2 shooting death of a man at a Clearwater apartment community. At 10:48 on the night of the shooting,...
Mother in "Prayer Death" Case Runs Out of Money for Defense, Attorney Says (WBAY Green Bay)
The attorney says Leilani Neumann has spent $12,000 in donations on her legal expenses and now has only a law book and Bible to defend herself.
Defense attorney: No evidence Kiplyn was murdered (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Provo » Is Kiplyn Davis a murder victim? Is she even dead? Scott Williams, an attorney for Christopher Neal Jeppson, said prosecutors lacked any evidence to prove that Friday.
Lawyer seeks mercy for 'Family Secrets' witness (Chicago Tribune)
Lawyer notes Calabrese's cooperation in Family Secrets trial A lawyer for Outfit hit man Nicholas Calabrese has asked a judge for mercy, noting Calabrese's decision to cooperate in the landmark Family Secrets investigation almost certainly saved lives.
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox says he's "dumbfounded" that Grand Rapids, Kent County leaders are questioning ... (The Grand Rapids Press)
GRAND RAPIDS -- Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said he is "dumbfounded" by the local opposition to some of the $750,000 he handed out earlier this week via a settlement from Countrywide Financial Corp. "I never expected that people would...
Sanction Affirmed of Lawyer Who Sued Adversary Over Deposition Questions (Law.com)
A New Jersey appeals court on Friday ordered lawyer Bruce Nagel, who had sued his adversary in a wrongful-death case over her intense questioning of his client about the death of the client's baby girl, to pay the opposing lawyer $11,630 in counsel fees. However, the appeals court said that Nagel didn't deserve to be hit with $2,500 in sanctions that a trial judge had imposed.
Indicted for Faking Brother's Will, Lawyer Now Faces Tax Evasion Charges (Law.com)
A Pennsylvania lawyer already under indictment for allegedly faking his brother's will is now facing charges of dodging taxes on more than $5 million in income and concocting a scheme to get a $500,000 tax deduction for charity by laundering money through a church. The new charges against John P. Karoly Jr. came two days after Karoly and his lawyer lodged their own accusations, alleging ...