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Spector's lawyer urges jurors to discount driver's testimony (world entertainment news via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
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 by what he heard following the death of actress Lana Clarkson.
New city judge, attorney named in Mount Vernon (Mid-Hudson News)
MOUNT VERNON - Mayor Clinton Young, Jr. has announced that Helen Blackwood has been chosen as the new Mount Vernon City Court Judge and that City Councilwoman Loretta Hottinger, will replace Blackwood as the City’s Corporation Counsel. Hottinger is an attorney.
Attorney: Exclude DNA evidence in Linn County case (KWWL Iowa)
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- 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.
Military lawyer guilty of hiding fugitive (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
A military lawyer was found guilty and dismissed from the service by a court martial of harboring a member of the Magdalo group of rebel officers who was being sought by authorities.
Lawyer who asked to tickle kids acquitted (KSDK St. Louis)
Lawyer who asked to tickle kids acquitted
Lawyer accused in fraud found to have $100M in assets (Journal Inquirer)
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.
Jindal's top lawyer considers high court run (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's top lawyer is considering a run for the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Ask the Attorney General (FOX 25 Boston)
Once a month, we have the opportunity to chat with the attorney general of the Bay State, Martha Coakley, in a segment we call Ask the AG.
Attorney general: Statement in full (BBC News)
The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, has announced a police investigation is to take place in relation to allegations an MI5 agent was complicit in the torture of Binyam Mohamed. Here is her statement in full.
Singh case reason to scrap bill - lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
Top criminal lawyer Greg King says Virender Singh's case is a perfect example of why pre-trial depositions hearings should not be abolished. Two justices of the peace dismissed two charges laid against Mr Singh after hearing evidence...
Madonna to file for 2nd Malawian adoption: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Pop superstar Madonna is to file papers with a Malawi court for a second adoption in that country, her lawyer said Thursday.
Veon attorney blasts AG at arraignment (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The new lawyer for former top Democratic leader Mike Veon blasted Attorney General Tom Corbett today, calling the additional criminal charges against Mr. Veon yesterday ???nothing more than political assassination.???
Madonna to file for second Malawian adoption: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Pop superstar Madonna is filing legal papers with a Malawi court seeking to adopt a second African child, her lawyer said Thursday.
Madonna to file for second Malawian adoption: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Pop superstar Madonna is filing legal papers with a Malawi court seeking to adopt a second African child, her lawyer said Thursday.
Attorney enters not guilty plea for alleged Ill. church shooter despite bid to plead guilty (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The attorney for a man accused of fatally shooting a southwestern Illinois pastor in church has entered a not guilty plea on the man's behalf — despite his client's attempt to plead guilty.
Chef accused of rape of drunken lawyer acquitted in 45 minutes (Daily Telegraph)
A jury took just 45 minutes to acquit a chef wrongly accused of raping a lawyer who claimed she was took drunk to give her consent.
Attorney: Landlord working with authorities (Boston Herald)
An attorney for the Quincy landlord who rented an illegal basement apartment where a dad and two kids perished yesterday says his client is cooperating with authorities and...
Media lawyer passes (Kelowna Capital News)
Noted B.C. media lawyer Barry Gibson passed away Tuesday at the age of 60 after suffering a major heart attack. He advised Black Press newspapers, as well as dozens of other media outlets across Western Canada.
Florida attorney general sues 4 Miami firms over loan fees (Miami Herald)
The state attorney general's office is suing four Miami companies for allegedly charging customers upfront fees for loan-modification services in violation of Florida law.
Lawyer can't practice privately for 10 years (Billings Gazette)
UPDATE 1:45 p.m. :BUTTE - A Butte lawyer has been barred from engaging in private practice for the next 10 years for his “breach of ethical duties,” according to the Montana Supreme Court.
Attorney: Casey Anthony should not answer questions in civil case (Orlando Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's attorney wants civil court to put questioning off until criminal case is done. The attorney for Casey Anthony in her civil case this week filed paperwork, saying the 23-year-old mother should not have to answer questions while her criminal case is pending.
Judge to ask attorney general to oversee case in which North Brunswick officer killed (MyCentralJersey.com)
A judge will ask the state Attorney General's Office to oversee the case of a North Brunswick police lieutenant charged with vehicular homicide in the high-speed crash that killed a fellow officer last summer.
Lawyer can't practice privately for 10 years (Billings Gazette)
UPDATE 1:45 p.m. :BUTTE - A Butte lawyer has been barred from engaging in private practice for the next 10 years for his “breach of ethical duties,” according to the Montana Supreme Court. The high court recently issued the orde ...
Stanford Denies Running Ponzi Scheme, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire R. Allen Stanford denies running a Ponzi scheme and claims U.S. regulators caused investors to panic, creating a fatal run on his financial empire, his lawyer said today.
Stanford Denies Running Ponzi Scheme, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire R. Allen Stanford denies running a Ponzi scheme and claims U.S. regulators caused investors to panic, creating a fatal run on his financial empire, his lawyer said today.
Palin to announce new attorney general today (Anchorage Daily News)
Gov. Sarah Palin will announce her new attorney general today at 1:30 p.m. in Anchorage.
Plaxico Burress' attorney working to resolve gun case (ESPN)
The attorney for Plaxico Burress has been in constant communication with the Manhattan district attorney's office, trying to get the charges against Burress resolved so that the Giants wide receiver can avoid a lengthy trial and possible jail time.
Lawyer Blasts Father of Missing Florida Girl (Fox News)
A lawyer for the mother of a missing Florida girl slammed the childs father in an interview, saying the little girl was exposed to a 'typical sex, drugs and rock-and-roll lifestyle' before she disappeared, MyFOXOrlando.com reported.
Plaxico Burress' attorney working to resolve gun case (ESPN)
The attorney for Plaxico Burress has been in constant communication with the Manhattan district attorney's office, trying to get the charges against Burress resolved so that the Giants wide receiver can avoid a lengthy trial.
Palin names new Alaska attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has picked an Anchorage lawyer and National Rifle Association director as the state's new attorney general.
N.J. Attorney General looking for evidence of fraud at AIG (The Star-Ledger)
The Attorney General's Office is scouring information received today from American International Group for fraudulent statements that could be used in a lawsuit again the beleaguered insurance giant, spokesman David Wald said. New Jersey, backed by attorneys general from 19...
Allen Stanford talks with Texas criminal attorney (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Allen Stanford, accused by U.S. regulators of an $8 billion Ponzi scheme, is in talks with a Houston criminal attorney who is assembling a group of lawyers to represent the billionaire Texan.
Madonna to file for second Malawian adoption: lawyer (Channel NewsAsia)
LILONGWE - Pop superstar Madonna is filing legal papers with a Malawi court seeking to adopt a second African child, her lawyer said Thursday. "We are expected to be in court on Monday to file papers for a possible adoption," Alan Chinula told AFP.
Palin picks Anchorage lawyer as new Alaska attorney general to replace Troopergate figure (FOX 13 Utah)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has picked an Anchorage lawyer and National Rifle Association director as the state's new attorney general.
CFO scolds attorney general on ads (FOX 35 Orlando)
Florida's chief financial officer doesn't like Attorney General Bill McCollum spending state money on a no-bid contract with his out-of-state political strategist.
Indictment Dropped Against Lawyer Over Advice to Clients (Law.com)
An indictment against a Manhattan lawyer charged with conspiracy for advising his clients that they could quit their jobs at a nursing facility has officially been dismissed, according to the attorney who represented the lawyer. The decision to close the case against attorney Felix Vinluan comes after a Brooklyn appeals panel ruled earlier this year that allowing the conspiracy charge to stand ...
Kinsella worked for both sides, defence lawyer says (Vancouver Sun)
VANCOUVER – A defence lawyer in the Basi-Virk corruption trial said Thursday that Liberal insider Patrick Kinsella was working for both CN Rail and BC Rail before the $1-billion privatization sale of BC Rail to CN was finalized.
Palin's attorney general pick Ross (KTVA Anchorage)
Thursday, Gov. Sarah Palin named her 2006 gubernatorial campaign co-chair, Wayne Anthony Ross, as her pick for the state's new attorney general.
Ex-Lobbyist in Running for U.S. Attorney's Job in Alexandria, Virginia (Washington Post)
A former corporate lobbyist has emerged as a top candidate for U.S. attorney in Alexandria, raising questions about how his appointment would square with the Obama administration's efforts to change the culture of Washington, according to legal and political sources.
Veon attorney blasts Corbett over 'political assassination' (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Defense attorney Joel Sansone tore into the attorney general a day after former Democratic Whip Mike Veon and an aide were charged with misusing state tax money sent to a Beaver County nonprofit that Veon controlled.
$80,000 cash spares lawyer from jail (The Naperville Sun)
Access to a sizable amount of cash $80,000, to be precise has helped a beleaguered Naperville lawyer avoid a trip to DuPage County Jail in Wheaton. An $800,000 warrant was issued earlier this week for the arrest of Steven D. Gustafson, 44, of far east-central Naperville. He faces trial on charges of stealing more than $100,000 from his partners in their now-defunct law firm.
Defense lawyer challenges witness in Grace trial (ABC Montana)
MISSOULA - A key government witness says his former bosses at W.R Grace & Co. conspired to deceive the government, but a defense lawyer Thursday accused Robert Locke of being the chief architect of any deception.
N.C. attorney general files brief in support of voting act (Winston-Salem Journal)
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper made a very public intervention this week 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.
Kerviel Changes Lawyer for Third Time, La Tribune Reports (Bloomberg)
March 27 (Bloomberg) -- Jerome Kerviel , blamed by Societe Generale SA for a 4.9 billion euro ($6.7 billion) trading loss, changed his lawyer for the third time after losing confidence in Eric Dupond-Moretti , the French daily La Tribune said, citing unnamed associates of Kerviel.
Florida attorney general sues 4 Miami firms over loan fees (Miami Herald)
The state attorney general's office is suing four Miami companies for allegedly charging customers upfront fees for loan-modification services in violation of Florida law.
LV attorney admits to misconduct (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas attorney Philip Singer, who was temporarily suspended in November, resolved his disciplinary proceedings Thursday by agreeing to accept disbarment.
Chef Peter Bacon accused of rape of drunken lawyer is acquitted in 45 minutes (Daily Mirror)
A chef walked free yesterday after being found not guilty of raping a lawyer who claimed she was too drunk to consent to sex.
Adrian attorney named to probate court bench (The Toledo Blade)
ADRIAN An Adrian attorney has been appointed to fill the probate court vacancy created last year when Judge Margaret Noe was elected to Lenawee County Circuit Court. Gregg Iddings was appointed this week to the Lenawee County Probate Court judgeship by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The term runs through Jan. 1, 2011.
Operation of Le Tran Luat lawyer's office suspended. Why? (Nhân Dân)
The Law Office Phap Quyen headed by lawyer Le Tran Luat, located in Phan Rang City, Ninh Thuan province, has just been suspended by the provincial Justice Department. Why? Pham Thuy Ha explains.
Florida attorney general goes on offense about name-building ads (Miami Herald)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum upped the financial and political stakes of his campaign against Internet sex crime, urging Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink Thursday to greenlight another $975,000 in television spots under a no-bid contract with his former campaign consultant.