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Madoff Will Appear in Court Over Lawyer’s Conflict (Update1) (Bloomberg)
March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff , accused of defrauding investors of $50 billion, will appear in Manhattan federal court so that a judge may explore whether he has waived his lawyer’s possible conflict of interest in representing him.
Madoff to Appear in Court in Possible Lawyer Conflict (Update2) (Bloomberg)
March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff , who is accused of defrauding investors of $50 billion, will appear in Manhattan federal court tomorrow so a judge can find out whether he will waive his lawyer’s possible conflict of interest.
Atlantic County lawyer charged with illegal narcotic sales (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
MAYS LANDING - An Atlantic County lawyer was arrested today on charges of distributing hundreds of Roxicodone pills, a form of oxycodone, in Galloway Township, Pleasantville and Atlantic City.
North Bay Village fires its attorney, upsetting crowd (Miami Herald)
North Bay Village attorney Robert Switkes was ousted from his position in a swift -- and not entirely unexpected -- move Friday night.
Attorney for Casey Anthony's dad: Keep suicide note private (Sun-Sentinel)
Family attorney wants judge to stop the release of George Anthony's suicide note The Anthonys don't want the note George Anthony wrote the night he threatened suicide from becoming public, according to a motion filed in Orange circuit court late today.
Hearing on Madoff attorney's possible conflict postponed (Newsday)
A court appearance this morning for accused Wall Street scammer Bernard Madoff over whether his attorney should be allowed to stay on the case has been postponed until next week, legal sources said yesterday.
FedEx Contract Drivers Deserve Overtime Pay, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
March 3 (Bloomberg) -- FedEx Corp. illegally denied contract drivers overtime pay and treated them like full-time employees without the benefits, their lawyer said at trial.
Madoff to Appear in Court in Possible Lawyer Conflict (Update3) (Bloomberg)
March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff , who is accused of defrauding investors of $50 billion, will appear in Manhattan federal court next week for a judge to determine whether he will waive his lawyer’s possible conflict of interest.
Newport lawyer faces ethics charges in connection with house purchase (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE - Newport lawyer John T. Sheehan Jr. is in more trouble with the Rhode Island Supreme Court's disciplinary counsel, this time in connection with the purchase of a house from state Sen. William A. Walaska, D-Warwick, which Sheehan has since lost in foreclosure.
Sheley's Attorney Wants Trial Moved (WEEK-TV Peoria)
Nicholas Sheley's attorney wants his Knox County trial moved because of pre–trial publicity. Sheley is accused of murder for the bludgeoning death of 65–year–old Ronald Randall of Galesburg last June.
Fayette district attorney admonished (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Pennsylvania's appeals courts have admonished Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon for failing to represent the state's interests in several serious cases, including a murder that resulted in a death sentence.
Attorney says couple shot for ‘no reason’ (Knoxville News Sentinel)
An attorney for one of the two victims shot outside a West Knoxville jewelry store Saturday said Tuesday that the security guard who fired the shots knew full well that neither person was armed.
Dacer-Corbito slay ‘brains’ named—lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines – A former police official tagged in the murders of a publicist and his driver has signed an affidavit identifying the mastermind, the lawyer for one of the victims disclosed Wednesday.
Washington Attorney General Releases Top Consumer Complaint Categories (KNDO - KNDU Tri-Cities)
The Washington Attorney General received the most amount of written complaints about phone companies. 
Lawyer accuses girl's doctor of misdeeds (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for the estate of Rebecca Riley, a Hull 4-year-old who died of an overdose of psychiatric drugs, argued before a malpractice tribunal yesterday that the girl's psychiatrist had committed a "laundry list" of medical misdeeds and should be held responsible in her death.
Madoff Appearance on Possible Lawyer Conflict Planned Next Week (Bloomberg)
March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff , accused of a $50 billion fraud, will appear in Manhattan federal court next week for a judge to consider a possible conflict of interest involving the investment adviser’s lawyer.
Weiss takes early lead in city attorney race (Los Angeles Daily News)
City Councilman Jack Weiss took a commanding lead in a five-way race for city attorney in early absentee ballot counting Tuesday, but it didn't appear big enough to avoid a run-off vote with attorney Carmen Trutanich.
Jeffs attorney faces drunkenness trial (Deseret Morning News)
ST. GEORGE (AP) — An attorney for polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor intoxication charge and a trial date has been set.
Lawyer: Malaysian Indian held was beaten to death (AP via Yahoo! Philippines News)
An autopsy revealed that an ethnic Indian man was tortured and beaten to death in Malaysian police custody, the family's lawyer said Wednesday in a case that has triggered complaints of racism and human rights abuse.
Former client wins lawsuit against attorney (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A California woman was awarded more than $1 million Tuesday after successfully suing attorney Lawrence Davidson in District Court for forging documents and settling a wrongful death lawsuit without her permission.
Attorney says couple shot for ‘no reason’ (Knoxville News Sentinel)
An attorney for one of the two victims shot outside a West Knoxville jewelry store Saturday said Tuesday that the security guard who fired the shots knew full well that neither person was armed.
Accused Pa. attorney quits solicitor position (Centre Daily Times)
A western Pennsylvania attorney accused of misusing money from the trust fund of a dementia patient has resigned as solicitor of a Pittsburgh suburb, but is keeping his seat on Allegheny County Council.
Longtime lawyer resigns over conflict (Boston Globe)
A longtime Portsmouth, N.H., lawyer has admitted to a conflict and agreed to stop practicing law.
Accused Pa. attorney quits solicitor position (WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg)
A western Pennsylvania attorney accused of misusing money from the trust fund of a dementia patient has resigned as solicitor of a Pittsburgh suburb, but is keeping his seat on...
Attorney: Sullivan left traffic stop, holed up in home 3 hours (The Observer-Dispatch)
State police Investigator Matthew Sullivan left a Feb. 6 traffic stop and drove to his home, where he remained for three hours before being charged with drunken driving, his attorney said Tuesday night.   Related content: • AUDIO: Attorney says Sullivan left the scene • AUDIO: Complete interview with Aney (Large) • COURT DOCUMENTS: Read ...
Attorney: "Dancing" winner no tax cheat (The Record)
Race car driver and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Helio Castroneves never sought to evade U.S. income taxes and planned to pay the Internal Revenue Service when he received $5 million from a deal made a decade ago, his attorney told a federal jury Tuesday.
Bar Council condemns MACC for questioning Sivakumar's lawyer (The Malaysian Insider)
By Debra Chong KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 - The Malaysian Bar Council hit out strongly against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for questioning one of the lawyers on the legal team representing Perak Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar this afternoon. Ipoh-based lawyer, Augustine Anthony, claimed MACC officers asked him about his dealings with Sivakumar, whom they are investigating for ...
Attorney who went on rampage sues psychiatrist (Norwalk Advocate)
STAMFORD -- A Stamford attorney who went on a rampage in 2007, shooting at a van driver then breaking into his ex-wife's home, has filed a lawsuit against his psychiatrist.
Mordovia court to transfer Yukos ex-lawyer case to Moscow court (Itar-Tass)
SARANSK, March 4 (Itar-Tass) - The court of the Zubovo-Polyansky district of the Mordovia Republic on Wednesday made a decision to transfer the criminal case of the former lawyer of the Yukos oil company, Svetlana Bakhmina, to Moscow’s Preobrazhensky court, the court’s press secretary Larisa Medvedeva told Itar-Tass.
Madoff Appearance on Possible Lawyer Conflict Planned Next Week (Bloomberg)
March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff , accused of a $50 billion fraud, will appear in Manhattan federal court next week for a judge to consider a possible conflict of interest involving the investment adviser’s lawyer.
NC attorney general urges South Carolina to let appointed commission settle water dispute (Canadian Business)
North Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday a water rights lawsuit filed by South Carolina should be settled by a river commission already
N.J. lawyer to Congress: Create torture panel (The Record)
A New Jersey lawyer who was the top counsel to the 9/11 Commission said today that Congress should create another nonpartisan panel to investigate the Bush administration's use of torture in the fight against terrorism.
N.J. top court orders re-trial for man who took lie detector without consulting lawyer (The Star-Ledger)
Another trial was ordered today for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl after agreeing to accept the results of a lie detector test he voluntarily took without consulting a lawyer. The state Supreme Court unanimously agreed with...
Obama, attorney general to attend police graduation (The Columbus Dispatch)
President Barack Obama will be accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder when he comes to Columbus on Friday to take part in a graduation ceremony for 26 police recruits whose jobs were saved with federal stimulus money, the White House announced today.
Miss. judge hires Ill. attorney in bribery case (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter has hired a former assistant U.S. attorney from Illinois to represent him in one of the most sweeping federal judicial bribery investigations in Mississippi.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa reelected; city attorney race in runoff (Los Angeles Times)
Jack Weiss and Carmen Trutanich are headed for a May 19 runoff for city attorney. Wendy Greuel appears to have won her bid for controller. Measure B, the solar energy proposal, is defeated. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa secured a second four-year term in Tuesday's election. But one of his closest allies, Councilman Jack Weiss, was headed for a May 19 runoff in the contest for city ...
Connecticut attorney general's office objects to bonuses in Journal Register Chapter 11 case (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
PHILADELPHIA - The Connecticut attorney general's office has filed an objection in Journal Register Co.'s case in bankruptcy court. The attorney general's office objects to a plan that would pay up to $1.7 million in bonuses to executives.
Retiring Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau won't support top aide's bid to replace him (New York Daily News)
Retiring Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said Wednesday he won't support his top deputy's bid for his job because he's an "inside man," not "an outside man.".
Nashville Attorney Arrested On Drug Charges (WSMV Nashville)
A Nashville attorney was arrested Tuesday and indicted on 17 charges.
Lawyer: Jury erred in NY poisoned husbands case (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - March 4, 2009 2:55 PM ET SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A defense lawyer is asking a judge to set aside the conviction of an upstate New York woman found guilty of killing her husband...
Lawyer: Jury erred in Stacey Castor case (WSTM NBC3 Central New York)
A defense lawyer is asking a judge to set aside the conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her husband with antifreeze and trying to poison her daughter with a deadly cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs.
Attorney General warns about fees on loan offers (KMTR Eugene)
The Oregon attorney general's office is warning homeowners facing foreclosure about offers to modify their mortgage loan for a fee.
Family hires attorney in jail suicide case (Ventura County Star)
The family of an Oxnard man found dead last month in a cell at Ventura County Jail has hired a Los Angeles attorney specializing in civil rights and inmate custody cases.
Lake Worth city attorney leaving job (The Palm Beach Post)
After spending more than eight years handling legal matters for Lake Worth, City Attorney Larry Karns will leave in June.
Polish government lawyer accuses police of cover-up at Taser inquiry (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The lawyer for the Polish government has accused a Mountie testifying at a public inquiry of collaborating with other officers and lying under oath to justify his use of a Taser.
Polish government lawyer accuses officer cover-up at Taser inquiry (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The lawyer for the Polish government accused a Mountie testifying at a public inquiry Wednesday of collaborating with other officers and lying under oath to justify his use of a Taser against Robert Dziekanski.
Lawyer: Jury erred in NY poisoned husbands case (CBS 5 News Syracuse)
A defense lawyer is asking a judge to set aside the conviction of an upstate New York woman found guilty of killing her husband with antifreeze and trying to poison her daughter with a deadly cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs.
Lawyer gets threats, wins praise over despised Madoff (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Lawyer Ira Lee Sorkin receives death threats for defending one of America's most vilified people, accused swindler Bernard Madoff.
Former Bush aides agree to testify before Congress under oath in US attorney firings (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Former Bush aides agree to testify before Congress under oath in US attorney firings. Comments are subject to the site's terms of use and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or approval of the Star Tribune.
Atlanta attorney David Cornwell on the NFLPA ballot for executive director (ESPN)
Atlanta attorney David Cornwell has met the requirements to be on the ballot when the NFL Players Association votes on its next executive director.