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City Council Hires 2nd Attorney for Cobo Case (WDET-FM Detroit)
     A second attorney will be helping the Detroit City Council in its case against Mayor Ken Cockrel, Junior concerning Cobo Hall.      Attorney Adam Shakur has been retained to assist Research and Analysis Director David Whitaker with the case. The issue is whether Mayor Ken Cockrel, Junior has the authority to veto council’s resolution blocking Cobo from becoming part of a regional authority. ...
County attorney to fight gag order in Lamb case (The Monterey County Herald)
The attorney for Monterey County plans to file a motion in Superior Court either today or Thursday asking Judge Richard Curtis to consider lifting the gag order on the James Lamb case, and also to consider whether "extraordinary circumstances" might warrant finding a home outside of Monterey County
Pa. Supreme Court disbars Downtown attorney (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The state Supreme Court announced the disbarment of a Downtown attorney on Tuesday.
Attorney tells jury that evidence proves actress killed herself in Spector’s home (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
LOS ANGELES — Phil Spector’s defense attorney told a jury in closing arguments Tuesday that scientific evidence proves actress Lana Clarkson pulled the trigger of the gun that killed her in the music producer’s mansion six years ago. Attorney Doron Weinberg listed 14 points of forensic evidence, including blood spatter, gunpowder residue and DNA, that he said were proof of a self-inflicted ...
Lawyer says Singh decision not precedent-setting (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A lawyer who helped a shop owner get off violence charges today has warned others that the court decision doesn't give them licence to take unwarranted retribution against possible offenders.
Human rights advocate named State Department's top lawyer (Los Angeles Times)
Harold Hongju Koh, dean at the Yale Law School, has been one of the most vocal critics of the Bush administration's approach to the detention and trial of terrorism suspects. Harold Hongju Koh, an outspoken advocate of human rights and international law, has been chosen to be the top lawyer at the State Department.
Judge says lawyer can gather evidence for suing governor (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The lawyer for Chrissy Mazzeo can begin collecting some evidence for her lawsuit against Gov. Jim Gibbons and others, but cannot question the defendants, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
HIT MOM: AX KID'S LAWYER (New York Post)
The woman who hired a hit man to kill her estranged husband in front of their 4-year-old daughter wants a judge to fire the lawyer appointed to look after the girl's interests. Mazoltuv Borukhova, convicted of murder this month, is upset with the...
Spector 'innocent,' lawyer says (Stuff)
Forensic evidence in music producer Phil Spector's murder retrial proves he is not guilty of the shooting death of a Hollywood actress six years ago, his lawyer told the jury.
Attorney: Man punched by Fort Lauderdale police plans suit (Sun-Sentinel)
An attorney representing the man punched in the face by a Fort Lauderdale police officer, on a widely viewed video, put the city on notice he plans to file a lawsuit.
District Attorney Craig Watkins cashes in with national fundraisers (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins has developed a national following, largely because of his commitment to exonerating the wrongly convicted.
District Attorney Craig Watkins' wife launches consulting firm (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
Tanya Watkins, the wife of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, has jumped into the political consulting business. She's started a company called Grassroots Strategies and has a handful of clients, including judicial candidates and a city council challenger.
District Attorney Craig Watkins' wife launches consulting firm (Dallas Morning News)
Tanya Watkins, the wife of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, has jumped into the political consulting business.
Attorney General Says Texting While Driving Already Illegal (News Channel 5 Nashville)
The Tennessee Attorney General said texting while driving is already illegal.
Legislature Dems Want Attorney General Review Of Maxwell Case (Oswego County Today)
Democrats on the Oswego County Legislature will ask the state Attorney General to review the findings of an investigation into how social services agencies dealt with the case of Erin Maxwell.
Lawyer pleads not guilty in tax, charity cases (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
An eastern Pennsylvania criminal lawyer who has won millions for clients in police brutality suits has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of tax fraud and money laundering.
Judge: No conflict exists between Casey Anthony, lawyer (Sun-Sentinel)
Judge says no conflict exists between Casey Anthony, lawyer 11:46 a.m.
Attorney: NTSB erred in the cause of I-35W bridge collapse (Pioneer Press)
Experts hired by attorneys for victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse say the National Transportation Safety Board got the cause of the disaster wrong, their lead attorney said today.
Senate backs Kris for assistant attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former Justice Department attorney who criticized the legal justifications behind former President George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping was confirmed Wednesday by the Senate to head the department's national security team.
Attorney: NTSB got bridge collapse cause wrong (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By STEVE KARNOWSKI The National Transportation Safety Board got the cause of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse wrong, the lead attorney for most victims of the disaster claimed Wednesday. Attorney Chris Messerly said experts from the engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti Inc. told survivors and families of victims Tuesday night that the "initiating event" wasn't the fracture of a key gusset plate ...
Nigerian Politics Behind Scrapped S Korean Oil Deal - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP)--Nigeria's cancellation early this year of oil exploration rights awarded to a South Korean state energy company was politically motivated, a lawyer for the firm said Wednesday.
Defense lawyer suggests motive for rape charges (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE - A defense lawyer suggested yesterday that the Massachusetts woman who has accused three men of raping her might have done so to avoid being charged with drunken driving after she found herself stranded with a flat tire.
Missouri attorney sues Mayo Clinic for malpractice (Pioneer Press)
A federal jury will decide if Mayo Clinic doctors were negligent in their treatment of a Kansas attorney who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, underwent surgery and then learned he didn't have cancer after all.
Attorney: NTSB got bridge collapse cause wrong (AP via Yahoo! News)
The National Transportation Safety Board got the cause of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse wrong, the lead attorney for most victims of the disaster claimed Wednesday.
Deadbeat Dad Might Deserve Break, Defense Lawyer Says (The Tampa Tribune)
The new defense lawyer for David Earley, who owes more than $377,000 in child support to his ex-wife and four children, says Earley might deserve a break because of mental illness or drug addiction.
Attorney: NTSB got bridge collapse cause wrong (Boston Herald)
MINNEAPOLIS - The National Transportation Safety Board got the cause of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse wrong, the lead attorney for most victims of the disaster claimed...
Attorney: Exclude DNA evidence in Linn County case (The Des Moines Register)
An attorney for a man accused of sexual abuse in Linn County wants DNA evidence suppressed because its original source was lost in last year’s floods.
Octomom's fired nurses fire back: She only visits babies when cameras rolling, says lawyer (New York Daily News)
Octomom Nadya Suleman is more interested in milking her newfound fame than feeding her own babies, the lawyer for charity group Angels in Waiting alleges.
Former La. attorney sentenced in fraud case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A former attorney who pleaded guilty to stealing millions of dollars from a prominent New Orleans law firm and a casino operator he once represented was sentenced Wednesday to just over 15 years in prison and ordered to repay about $23 million.
Accused judge acted appropriately, attorney says (Deseret Morning News)
The city's justice court judge shouldn't be charged with obstructing justice because she did nothing wrong when she rebuffed two police requests to interview her adult son, according to the woman's attorney.
Suburban attorney faces arrest warrant (Chicago Tribune)
An arrest warrant was in effect today for a Naperville attorney who has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the Naperville law firm where he formerly worked. Steven D. Gustafson, 44, of the 1900 block of Morgan Circle in Naperville, is charged with 12 criminal counts stemming from an alleged scheme that took place from 2001 through 2006. Gustafson would write unauthorized checks ...
Lawyer Had $100 Million in Swindled Assets, $18.5M Yacht (Fox News)
An official appointed to recover the assets of a prominent Manhattan lawyer accused of defrauding hedge funds of at least $400 million says he has safeguarded more than $100 million in assets.
N.C. attorney general files brief in voting rights lawsuit (The Virginian-Pilot)
GARY D. ROBERTSON RALEIGH Attorney General Roy Cooper made a very public intervention Wednesday into a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case, telling a sympathetic crowd of civil rights and social justice advocates that he filed a brief in a voting rights lawsuit.
More than $100 million in assets recovered in case of lawyer accused of duping hedge funds (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - An official appointed to recover the assets of a prominent Manhattan lawyer accused of defrauding hedge funds of at least $400 million says he has safeguarded more than $100 million in assets, including an $18.5 million yacht.
Phil Spector - Spectors Lawyer Urges Jurors To Discount Drivers Testimony (ContactMusic)
Record producer PHIL SPECTOR's defence lawyer has urged jurors in the mogul's murder retrial to disregard his former chauffeur's testimony, suggesting the Brazilian is confused ...
Judge denies Rogers' attempt to fire lawyer (Anchorage Daily News)
Day two of Christopher Erin Rogers' murder trial started with most of the participants waiting in the hall while Rogers tried to fire his lawyer. Once the trial got under way, Rogers' attorney asked police called to the stand if they saw any sign of aliens or extra teretrial vehicles at the scene when Rogers was arrested. Already convicted of killing his father with a machete, Rogers is ...
Stanford’s Davis Met With Investigators, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
March 25 (Bloomberg) -- James M. Davis , accused of helping R. Allen Stanford swindle investors in an alleged $8 billion Ponzi scheme, met today with investigators, his lawyer said.
Lawyer: ‘Politics Behind Scrapped Korean Oil Deal’ (This Day)
Nigeria's cancellation early this year of oil exploration rights awarded to a South Korean state energy company was politically motivated, a lawyer for the firm said Wednesday.
Lawyer For Man Who Shot 10-Year-Old Says Shooting Was Unintentional (KTVU 2 San Francisco)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The defense lawyer for Jared Adams told jurors Wednesday that Adams didn't intend to pull the trigger or intend to kill anyone during a gas station robbery in which a bullet struck a 10-year-old boy and left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Gas rules bill concerns Tennessee attorney general (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
A legislative effort by Chattanooga Gas and other natural-gas companies to change how their price increases are regulated are generating concern from the state attorney general and outright opposition from a manufacturers group and seniors.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Kacavas in running for U.S. Attorney (New Hampshire Union Leader)
Shhh! It's being kept very quiet, but we understand veteran Manchester criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor John Kacavas is in the running to become the next U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire.
Eligibility lawyer says Homeland Security shadowing him (WorldNetDaily)
A lawyer spearheading the effort in Washington state to bring light to the issue of Barack Obama's eligibility to be president says he was shadowed all day today by officers with the federal Department of Homeland Security, the Snohomish County sheriff's office and the Everitt city police department.
Downtown attorney disbarred?for misappropriating funds (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A Downtown attorney was disbarred by the state Supreme Court this week.
Stanford Finance Chief Davis Meets With FBI, SEC, Says Lawyer (Bloomberg)
March 26 (Bloomberg) -- James M. Davis , accused of helping R. Allen Stanford swindle investors in an alleged $8 billion Ponzi scheme, met yesterday with investigators, his lawyer said.
Oakland attorney: Recovery will take time for fifth officer wounded in shootout (San Jose Mercury News)
An Oakland police officer who survived Saturday's shootout with a wanted parolee at an Oakland apartment building is finding solace by caring for the families of his slain colleagues, his attorney said today.
Advocates urge power of attorney laws (Denver Post)
A big concern to elderly advocates in recent years has been abuse of power-of-attorney documents. The financial instruments, commonly used by senior citizens, authorize a relative or acquaintance to make transactions on their behalf.
Attorney: Candidates' use of server broke rule (Asbury Park Press)
Two candidates running for the Toms River Regional Board of Education should not have used district e-mail to send out campaign messages because state regulation forbids it, attorney Thomas E. Monahan told the board Wednesday.
Vietnam Rights Lawyer Says Office Shut Down (Nasdaq)
HANOI (AFP)--Vietnamese authorities have closed the office of a human rights lawyer who was due Friday to represent Catholics appealing their conviction in a land dispute with the communist state, he said.
Prosecutors want to drill lawyer of Brooke Astor's son on past misdeeds (New York Daily News)
Prosecutors hope a lawyer charged with helping Brooke Astor's son loot her $200 million fortune takes the witness stand at trial so they can grill him about past clients.
Attorney: LI DWI-fatal suspect had green light (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - March 26, 2009 6:05 AM ET GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - The attorney for a man accused of a drunken driving crash says the Long Island policeman who was killed was going over the...