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Attorney releases photo of accused terrorist (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Marri has released a photo of the accused enemy combatant, the first since he was incarcerated in a South Carolina Navy brig in 2003.
Attorney releases photo of accused terrorist (The Charlotte Observer)
(The Associated Press) An attorney for alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Marri has released a photo of the accused enemy combatant, the first since he was incarcerated in a South Carolina Navy brig in 2003. Lawyer Andy Savage said Thursday he had asked for a photo to share with al-Marri's family. The government agreed to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to take one. The ...
Madoff's lawyer receives death threats and praise (National Post)
Lawyer Ira Lee Sorkin receives death threats for defending one of America’s most vilified people, accused swindler Bernard Madoff.
Rihanna's Attorney: She 'Would Like This Over as Quickly as Possible' (Extra TV)
A conversation between Rihanna's attorney Donald Etra and Chris Brown was overheard while they were standing in front of the microphone immediately following Brown's hearing this afternoon. Etra approached Brown and said, "I think Rihanna would like this over as quickly as possible.
Admin. lawyer repped Google foes (Politico via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer President Obama tapped to crack down on monopolies has criticized Google for cornering the market on online advertising and moving to do the same on so-called “cloud computing.”
Auffenberg's lawyer uncertain of IRS role (Belleville News-Democrat)
Metro-east car dealer James Auffenberg, acquitted Wednesday on tax evasion and conspiracy charges, still could face problems in connection with his participation in a federal tax shelter in the U.S. Virgin Islands, his lawyer said Thursday.
Admin. lawyer repped Google foes (The Politico)
The lawyer Obama tapped to crack down on monopolies has repeatedly criticized Google.
Rihanna's attorney to Brown: RiRi 'wants this over' (Los Angeles Times)
Was it possible to overhear a conversation between Rihanna's attorney Donald Etra and Brown?
Driver?s Lawyer Denies Confidentiality Breach in Curry Lawsuit (New York Times)
The lawyer representing Eddy Curry?s former driver is denying accusations that he violated terms of a confidentiality agreement relating to the driver?s lawsuit against Curry.
Chattanooga: 'People are still buying' says Prebul attorney (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Despite the state of the economy — and the auto industry in particular — attorney Jerrold Farinash says it hasn’t been hard to find potential buyers for Prebul AutoGroup’s three Chattanooga and Dalton, Ga., dealerships.
Attorney General: Filing For Unemployment Is Free (The Tampa Tribune)
Florida's Attorney General is warning residents about companies offering to file unemployment compensation claims for a fee - because online filing is free and secure.
Lawyer: Accused 'not a monster' (Boston Herald)
As slain 6-year-old Joanna Mullin's relatives looked on in anguish, the lawyer for a sobbing Ryan Bois yesterday pleaded with jurors to push past the horrific details...
Attorney General apologises for "daft" comment (Adelaide Now)
ATTORNEY-General Michael Atkinson has apologised for calling one of South Australia's most senior Magistrates "daft" and delusional.
Suspect in girl's killing 'tortured by demons,' lawyer tells court (Boston Globe)
DEDHAM - Ryan Bois sobbed and looked down yesterday in Norfolk Superior Court as his lawyer told a jury that the defendant, accused of raping and killing his 6-year-old cousin, had been "tortured by demons."
Former U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones may return to post (Pioneer Press)
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has turned to a former U.S. attorney for Minnesota to take back his old job and run an office that has gone through a rocky couple of years.
James L. Flournoys legacy that of noted attorney, political pioneer (The Press-Enterprise)
James L. Flournoy, an attorney who became the first African-American nominated for partisan statewide office in California, died Feb. 21 in his Moreno Valley home. He was 93. An attorney in Los Angeles for more than 50 years, Mr. Flournoy was the Republican candidate for California secretary of state in 1970.
San Bernardino city attorney suggests tapping into special-purposes funds is possible (The Press-Enterprise)
San Bernardino may be able to ease budget woes by dipping into accounts set aside for special purposes, the city attorney says. City Attorney Jim Penman acknowledged that Prop. 218, approved by California voters in 1996, prohibits San Bernardino officials from using funds for refuse, sewer and water utilities to pay general city expenses.
London lawyer fights extradition over £100m Nigeria bribes claim (Evening Standard)
A London lawyer is fighting extradition to the US after being arrested over claims he channelled £100 million in bribes to Nigerian officials. Jeffrey Tesler, 60, faces spending the rest of his life in an American jail if convicted.
U.S. attorney expects to leave (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
RENO -- Nevada U.S. Attorney Greg Brower says he expects to be replaced by the Obama administration.
Being a lawyer turns into a good racquet (The Fayetteville Observer)
John C. Bruffey Jr., always wanted to be a lawyer, from the time he was a youngster growing up in Fayetteville. But he also enjoyed playing tennis, so much so that he spent his summer breaks from college teaching tennis at a Rod Laver tennis center in Hilton Head, S.C.
Verdict expected in drug trial of Montreal lawyer (Montreal Gazette)
A Montreal lawyer will learn his fate Friday morning as a judge is expected to render a verdict on charges he acted as a middleman between a major Montreal-area drug dealer and a pilot who allegedly flew kilos of cocaine into the city on a regular basis.
Madoff's lawyer receives death threats and praise (National Post)
Lawyer Ira Lee Sorkin receives death threats for defending one of America’s most vilified people, accused swindler Bernard Madoff.
Florida 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 -- because online filing is free and secure.
Pittsburgh Attorney Imprisoned For Child Porn (WPXI Pittsburgh)
A Pittsburgh-area attorney has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for possessing child pornography and now faces the loss of his law license.
Ex-Assistant Attorney Disciplined For Ticket 'Fix' (CBS4 Denver)
Regulators with the Colorado Supreme Court have publicly censured a former assistant city attorney in Denver after she got a speeding ticket "fixed" for her fiancee.
South Park Attorney Imprisoned For Child Porn (WTAE-TV Pittsburgh)
A Pittsburgh-area attorney has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for possessing child pornography and now faces the loss of his law license.
Former attorney to stand trial for embezzlement (The Fresno Bee)
A former Redwood City attorney remains in custody after a judge ruled there is sufficient evidence to try him on embezzlement and grand theft charges. Read comments
Attorney Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Duane Morris (Law.com)
An attorney who performed work for Duane Morris hit the firm with a discrimination lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging that she was sexually harassed by another female attorney there and was fired after she complained about it.
Phillion's lawyer requests meeting with Ont. attorney general (CBC)
Romeo Phillion, who has served the longest prison sentence of any wrongful conviction claimant in Canadian history, and his lawyer have requested a meeting with Ontario's attorney general in an effort to win an acquittal.
Florida 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 -- because online filing is free and secure.
Judge arrested in Zimbabwe over Bennett case: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A judge in Zimbabwe has been arrested in the eastern town of Mutare for granting bail to a top aide of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai arrested last month, a lawyer said Friday.
School officials ignore attorney general, hold hearing (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Clayton County school officials proceeded Friday with a private disciplinary hearing for a Jonesboro High School assistant principal -- against the advice of the Georgia Attorney General's office.
Austria incest father expects life in jail: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Josef Fritzl, a 73-year-old Austrian who locked his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her, expects to spend the rest of his life in jail, his lawyer said on Friday.
Lawyer: La. woman didn't sell kids for bird, cash (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer representing a Louisiana woman accused of swapping two children for an exotic bird and $175 in cash says the charge is false.
Attorney for wife accused in Indian burglaries says decision on case needed (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The attorney for a Normal woman accused of theft by possession related to thousands of dollars worth of items allegedly stolen by her husband said decisions must be made on how to proceed with her case.
Lawyer pleads guilty in Dallas City Hall bribe scheme, will testify against Don Hill (Dallas Morning News)
John Lewis, a Dallas lawyer, pleaded guilty to a scheme in which prosecutors allege he helped former City Council member Don Hill solicit bribes. As part of a plea bargain, he agreed to testify against Hill and others.
Rihanna’s Lawyer: She Will Testify if Required (US Weekly)
Rihanna's lawyer Donald Etra tells Usmagazine.com that the 21-year-old singer could wind up testifying in the felony assault case against her boyfriend Chris Brown. "She is planning to do everything that the law requires her to do," Etra tells Us. "If she is required to testify, she will do so." Rihanna was not present Thursday as Brown, 19, briefly appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court ...
Attorney General Holder Announces $2 Billion in ARRA Funding Allocations for State and Law Enforcement and Criminal ... (INO News)
(RTTNews) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding allocations for state and local law enforcement and criminal justice assistance available through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).
Harkin to nominate U.S. attorney candidates (The Gazette)
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Thursday he will soon submit to the White House the names of several candidates for U.S. attorney in Iowa."It will be very soon, maybe this week and, if not, next week," Harkin said.The office of the White House counsel will review the candidates and recommend one for appointment by President Barack Obama. Harkin declined to say how many individuals had been ...
Lawyer: Rihanna will testify if required (UPI)
LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Rihanna's lawyer Donald Etra says the recording artist is cooperating with authorities in Los Angeles in the assault case against her beau Chris Brown.
Congo rebel's wife seeks his release in Rwanda: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The wife of detained Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has filed legal papers in Rwanda demanding his release, her lawyer Stephane Bourgon said Friday.
Attorney: Rihanna will testify if called (AP via Yahoo! News)
Rihanna's attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend's assault case.
Lawyer: La. woman didn't swap kids for bird, cash (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a Louisiana woman accused of swapping two children for an exotic bird and $175 in cash said Friday that the charge is false.
Attorney: Rihanna will testify if called (AP via Yahoo! News)
Rihanna's attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend's assault case.
Attorney: Rihanna Would Testify If Called (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
Rihanna's attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend's assault case. Donald Etra, who is representing the 21-year-old Barbados native, said Friday that Rihanna would be required by law to testify if prosecutors subpoena her.
Attorney: mom recalled to Army duty is discharged (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for a North Carolina mother who reported for Army duty with her two young children says she has received an honorable discharge.
Philly lawyer uses magic to make cases disappear (The Charlotte Observer)
(By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press Writer) Defense lawyers get paid to make clients' cases disappear. But lawyer Steven Leventhal can really make things vanish. Leventhal is a self-trained magician who sometimes practices his craft in court. He uses dollar bills, playing cards and other tools of the trade to remind jurors that what we think we see might just be an illusion. "I'm not making a ...
Philly lawyer uses magic to make cases disappear (Boston Globe)
Defense lawyers get paid to make clients' cases disappear. But lawyer Steven Leventhal can really make things vanish.
Corporate Attorney Censured for Failing to Pay Income Taxes (Law.com)
A New York appeals court has decided to publicly censure rather than suspend a high-profile corporate attorney who pleaded guilty to failing to file tax returns on $4.1 million in income between 2001 and 2005. In 2007, a hearing panel took note of Gerald A. Eppner's 40-year legal career, his "acceptance of full responsibility and contrition for his conduct" and the fact he paid back the taxes he ...
Lawyer Uses Magic To Make Cases Disappear (CBS News)
Defense lawyers get paid to make clients' cases disappear. But lawyer Steven Leventhal can really make things vanish. A slef-trained magician, Leventhal uses magic tricks in court to remind jurors that what we think we see might just be an illusion.