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Rove, Miers To Testify On Attorney Firings (NPR)
The House Judiciary committee says former officials of the Bush administration have agreed to testify about the controversial U.S. attorney firings. The deal involves access for members of Congress to documents the Bush administration wanted withheld, and testimony from former aides Karl Rove and Harriet Miers.
New York Attorney General subpoenas 7 former Merrill execs as part of bonus investigation (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - The New York attorney general's office on Wednesday subpoenaed seven former Merrill Lynch & Co. executives as part of its ongoing investigation into the timing of year-end payments made to executives at the investment bank.
Family close to selling radioactive home: lawyer (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A family is close to signing a deal for the New South Wales Government to buy back a north-west Sydney home contaminated by radiation, the family's lawyer says.
Family close to selling radioactive home: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A family is close to signing a deal for the New South Wales Government to buy back a north-west Sydney home contaminated by radiation, the family's lawyer says.
Attorney Granted Right to Evict Daughter-in-Law Found to Be Licensee (Law.com)
A Long Island, N.Y., attorney can evict his daughter-in-law from the beach cottage she shared with his son prior to their estrangement, a New York state judge has ruled in what the judge called an apparent case of first impression. "As the relationship between a father-in-law and daughter-in-law would not ordinarily be recognized as part of the traditional nuclear family, this court acknowledges ...
Lawyer: Feds In Sacramento Investigate Perata (KCRA 3 Sacramento)
Former California Senate leader Don Perata's lawyer said federal attorneys in Sacramento are now pursuing a political corruption investigation against him.
Menzies seeks new attorney & #8212; again (Deseret Morning News)
Death row inmate Ralph Leroy Menzies is once again asking for a new attorney to represent him.
Veteran attorney in L.A. held on contempt of court charges (Los Angeles Times)
Richard Fine, 69, was jailed after refusing to answer a judge's questions and for practicing without a license. His disbarment becomes final next week, according to a state bar official. Sporting a burgundy bow tie and with silver-gray hair fringing a mostly bald head, 69-year-old veteran attorney Richard Fine made an unlikely arrestee as he was hauled off to jail this morning from a downtown ...
Lawyer accuses police of cover-up at Taser inquiry (CTV.ca)
The veiled suggestions of a coverup that have hung over the inquiry into Robert Dziekanski's death were put into words Wednesday, as the Polish government's lawyer accused a Mountie of lying during his testimony.
Attorney general objects to Journal Register newspaper company's bonus plan (The Patriot-News)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Connecticut attorney general's office objected Wednesday to a plan by Journal Register Co. to pay its top executives up to $1.7 million in bonuses even as the newspaper publisher seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors.
Attorney now says all council members had e-mail compromised (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS – Steven Lane, the New Orleans City Council's private attorney, told Eyewitness News on Tuesday only four members of the council – Stacy Head, Arnie Fielkow, Shelley Midura, and Jackie Clarkson – were believed to have had their e-mail compromised.
Feds In Sacto Resurrect Perata Probe, Lawyer Says (CBS 5 Bay Area)
Former California Senate leader Don Perata's lawyer said federal prosecutors in San Francisco have dropped their 4 ½-year political corruption investigation against him, but federal attorneys in Sacramento are now pursuing the case.
Spare Killer's Life, Lawyer Says (The Lakeland Ledger)
TAMPA | A lawyer for Jermaine Michael Julian urged jurors Wednesday to spare the 26-year-old Winter Haven man's life. Family members testified that Julian grew up in poverty, helped take care of his younger siblings and attempted to steer them away from becoming a criminal like him.
Lawyer: AVX withholding files (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
Myrtle Beach-based AVX Corp. has withheld documents that could shed light on how toxic pollution occurred at its headquarters and why company executives spent 14 years covering it up, a lawyer who represents property owners near the manufacturer told a federal judge here.
Lawyer gives deputy's account of shooting (Middletown Times Herald-Record)
GOSHEN — Orange County sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Yela fired five shots Saturday night, and the deputy's lawyer said all five of them struck a man who had already rammed two bar bouncers with an SUV and was menacing them again.
Bloomingburg lawyer to make bid for Sullivan district attorney’s job (Middletown Times Herald-Record)
MONTICELLO - Glenn Kroll, a lawyer from Bloomingburg, will formally announce Thursday his candidacy for Sullivan County district attorney.
Lawyer defending DeLaughter ironic pick (The Clarion-Ledger)
A prominent Chicago defense lawyer who represented a white supremacist in the killing of a federal judge is now representing a Hinds County judge who successfully prosecuted a white supremacist.
Jack Weiss' 36% showing in L.A. city attorney race surprises political experts (Los Angeles Times)
The councilman, forced into a runoff with Carmen Trutanich, had the most money plus mayor and police chief's support. Says one observer: 'To not break 40% means he's seriously wounded.' The morning after he was forced into a runoff election for city attorney, City Councilman Jack Weiss said his first-place finish gave him a "flattering feeling."
City officials were aware of attorney's private law work (Baltimore Sun)
In 2004, then-City Council President Sheila Dixon pledged to investigate issue of Kim Y. Johnson handling legal cases during work hours Officials knew as early as 2004 that a city attorney was handling private legal cases during work hours, with then-City Council President Sheila Dixon pledging to investigate.
Lawyer alleges cover-up in Taser case (Toronto Star)
A lawyer representing the government of Poland accused the RCMP officer who fired a Taser at Robert Dziekanski of cooking up his story and collaborating with other officers on how to justify the shooting.
Lawyer accused of misusing funds (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The State Bar of Nevada filed a 16-count complaint Wednesday that accuses Las Vegas lawyer Jeanne Winkler, who was suspended a year ago, of misappropriating nearly $150,000.
Attorney's unexpected death puts Heritage Discovery Center foreclosure in doubt (New London Day)
Norwich - A local attorney who headed a partnership that was on the verge of foreclosing on the Norwich Heritage Discovery Center died Sunday,
UBS made to disclose Luxembourg documents: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Luxembourg court ordered Swiss bank UBS to disclose certain documents relating to its Luxembourg subsidiary's handling of investments in Madoff products, according to a lawyer.
New York Attorney General subpoenas 7 former Merrill execs as part of bonus investigation (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - The New York attorney general's office on Wednesday subpoenaed seven former Merrill Lynch & Co. executives as part of its ongoing investigation into the timing of year-end payments made to executives at the investment bank.
New York Attorney General subpoenas 7 former Merrill execs as part of bonus investigation (Canadian Business)
The New York attorney general's office on Wednesday subpoenaed seven former Merrill Lynch & Co. executives as part of its ongoing
UPDATE: Attorney for South Brunswick man accused of killing parents: 'No doubt' client was abused (MyCentralJersey.com)
The attorney for a 20-year-old South Brunswick man accused in the slaying of his parents said he would seek to wage a "psychiatric defense" for his client.
N.J. lawyer urges torture investigation (The Record)
The Bush administration’s detention and treatment of suspected terrorists must be investigated by an independent commission, a former New Jersey attorney general who was the top lawyer on the 9/11 Commission told a Senate committee Wednesday.
B.C. CROWN LAWYER POINTS AT AIR INDIA SUSPECT MANIPULATING GOVERNMENT (DefenceIndia)
A lawyer for B.C. Crown said that a man acquitted in the Air India bombing trial has manipulated the government for years to avoid repaying millions of dollars in legal funding.
Castor Lawyer: Instructions Not Followed (R News)
A defense lawyer is asking a judge to set aside the conviction of a Syracuse-area woman in the poisoning death of her husband and an attempt to kill her daughter.
Attorney Wants Test for Lincoln Man in Mom's Death (KOLN Lincoln)
A defense attorney wants a mental evaluation for a Lincoln man accused of killing of his mother to determine if he's competent to stand trial.
Attorney General: filing for unemployment is free (Miami Herald)
Florida's Attorney General is warning residents about companies offering to file unemployment compensation claims for a fee - since online filing is free and secure.
Klobuchar recommends Jones for US Attorney post (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
MINNEAPOLIS - Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is recommending that B. Todd Jones be named as the next U.S. Attorney for Minnesota. Jones held the position before — from May 1998 through January 2001 — during the Clinton administration.
Klobuchar recommends B. Todd Jones for U.S. Attorney post (Pioneer Press)
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is recommending that B. Todd Jones be named as the next U.S. Attorney for Minnesota.
Melnyk believed truck crash impacted earnings, lawyer says (National Post)
Eugene Melnyk's lawyer says the Ontario Securities Commission is trying to pin the actions of others on the Biovail founder who only tried to do right by investors when the company released "admittedly imperfect" information about an earnings shortfall in 2003.
Klobuchar recommends Jones for US Attorney post (Minnesota Public Radio)
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is recommending that B. Todd Jones be named as the next U.S. Attorney for Minnesota. Jones held the post once before during the Clinton administration.
Attorney: Detective who fatally shot murder suspect saved life of Stockon judge (San Jose Mercury News)
The attorney for David Paradiso, a murder defendant who stabbed San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox in court Wednesday, said an officer saved the judge's life when he shot his client at point-blank range.
Sports lawyer Cornwell back in contention to take over NFLPA (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
Sports lawyer David Cornwell has the written support of three NFLPA player representatives, putting himself back in the running to take over as the union's executive director to replace the late Gene Upshaw.
Melnyk and Biovail were unaware of contract changes, lawyer tell OSC (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - Biovail Corp. (TSX:BVF) founder Eugene Melnyk was unaware of key changes to a contract at the centre of an Ontario Securities Commission into allegations he misled investors about the company's financial performance, his lawyer told the regulatory body Thursday.
Council Attorney: Don't Veto Mayor (WDET-FM Detroit)
     The Detroit City Council is scheduled to hold a special session this afternoon to consider overriding a Mayoral veto… but the council’s attorney says that might not be the best thing to do.      David Whitaker is the head of the city council’s Research and Analysis division. In a council report issued last week, he told Detroit’s legislative body that based on his reading of the state act ...
Biovail's Melnyk 'tried to do the right thing,' lawyer tells OSC (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - Biovail Corp. (TSX:BVF) and founder Eugene Melnyk "tried to do the right thing at the right time" after a 2003 truck crash which the Ontario Securities Commission alleges was used as an excuse to provide misleading information to investors, Melnyk's lawyer told an OSC panel Thursday.
Lawyer sent to jail for child pornography (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A Pleasant Hills lawyer was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison this afternoon for possessing child pornography.
Real estate lawyer in hot water, again (Mississauga News)
A Mississauga real estate lawyer has been reprimanded for professional misconduct after failing to maintain the books and records of his law practice.
Aussies jailed for Papua visa breach to be freed: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A lawyer representing five Australians jailed for flying into Papua without permission says the province's High Court has agreed to overturn their convictions.
Attorney pleads guilty in LIFT film industry scandal (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS – An attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing a state official so that a company he represented would receive more than $1 million in tax credits.
SC Attorney General wants sentencing reform (Live 5 News Charleston)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's top prosecutor is again pushing for reform in the state's sentencing laws. Attorney General Henry McMaster testified before the South Carolina Sentencing Reform Commission on Thursday.
Mistrial declared in Cipriano trial — Justice of peace and defence lawyer at odds (The Sault Star)
A justice of the peace has declared a mistrial into the Rita Cipriano trial. The declaration came Thursday afternoon, the third day into the trial after continued heated exchanges between JP Susan Hilton and defence lawyer Don Orazietti.[...]
West Orange attorney charged with unauthorized practice of law (The Star-Ledger)
An attorney from Essex County who had his law license suspended nearly three years ago has been charged with continuing to practice law, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office announced today. Andrew Kimmel, 65, of West Orange, who was suspended from...
McHenry County state's attorney's ex-secretary indicted (Daily Herald)
The former secretary to McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi plans to turn herself into authorities Friday following her indictment as part of a 15-month long special prosecutor's probe into her actions, her lawyer said late this afternoon.
Melnyk believed truck crash impacted earnings, lawyer says (National Post)
Eugene Melnyk's lawyer says the Ontario Securities Commission is trying to pin the actions of others on the Biovail founder who only tried to do right by investors when the company released "admittedly imperfect" information about an earnings shortfall in 2003.
Broward County ordered to pay attorney's fees for acquitted deputy (Sun-Sentinel)
Deputy was cleared in off-duty beating at bar Broward County must pay the attorney's fees for a Broward Sheriff's deputy who was acquitted of a brutal off-duty bar beating and later ordered reinstated to the force, a judge ruled Thursday.