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Attorney did not violate ethical rules, state Supreme Court says (Wisconsin State Journal)
Stephen Hurley, the Madison defense attorney who used a ruse to get access to the computer of a sexual assault victim in a 2003 case, didn't violate any ethical rules and won't be disciplined, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided.
Santa Anita attorney explains bankruptcy (Whittier Daily News)
ARCADIA - An attorney for Magna Entertainment Corp., the parent of Santa Anita Park, on Friday appeared before a special meeting of the California Horse Racing Board to explain the ramifications of his company's bankruptcy filing.
U.S. Attorney Reverses Course on Marijuana Ban (FOX40 Sacramento)
The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles ordered prosecutors to stop filing charges against medical marijuana dispensaries in a confidential memo last week, but then abruptly lifted the ban on Friday, according to a published report. The initial order from U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien was reported by the Los Angeles Times, citing three people who read the memo but requested anonymity because ...
Attorney says Smock woman mentally unfit for trial (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A Fayette County woman who told police voices told her to stab her mother to death is mentally incapable of standing trial on a homicide charge, according to her attorney.
Attorney In Possession Of Council E-Mails Reports Threats (WDSU New Orleans)
Attorney Tracie Washington -- the woman who is in possession of hundreds of thousands of city council e-mails -- says police have told her they will provide extra patrols around her home, and she says it's needed.
Mazoltuv Borukhova totally innocent in shooting murder of dentist husband Daniel Malakov: lawyer (New York Daily News)
Blasting the case against his client as "rotten" to the core, the lawyer for a Queens woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her dentist husband urged jurors to let her walk free.
NSB city attorney says Angler's Club lease valid (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- While there may be some question about the validity of its public purpose, New Smyrna Beach's lease with the Angler's Club is valid, according to the city's attorney.
Shreveport attorney tapped for Pentagon post (The Shreveport Times)
A Shreveport attorney will be sworn in Monday as a civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, representing the state of Louisiana.
Memo: U.S. attorney lifts ban to stop filing charges on pot dispensaries (North County Times)
LOS ANGELES ---- The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles ordered prosecutors to stop filing charges against medical marijuana dispensaries in a confidential memo last week, but then abruptly lifted the ban Friday, according to a published report.
Rihanna is willingto testify, lawyer says (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Rihanna is willing to testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in his assault case, her lawyer said. Her statements to police can be used only if she testifies, a local prosecutor said.
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, will testify against Hill in Dallas City Hall corruption case (Dallas Morning News)
Federal authorities on Friday got another step closer to former Dallas City Council member Don Hill after a lawyer pleaded guilty to a scheme in which prosecutors allege Hill solicited bribes.
US lawyer uses magic to make cases disappear (GMA News)
PHILADELPHIA - 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.
Attorney says Rihanna will testify against Chris Brown if called by prosecutors (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
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.
Rihanna willing to testify against Chris Brown, attorney says (Chicago Tribune)
Rihanna's attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in his assault case, The Associated Press reports.
Attorney slapped in open court (WTSP-TV Tampa)
Last month, attorney Geoff Cox was slapped by his client in open court.  Cox continued defending the murder suspect and eventually cleared him of all charges that carried a life sentence.
Lawyer for detained Fargo journalist turned away from Iran prison (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
FARGO, N.D. - The father of a North Dakota-born journalist imprisoned in Iran says his lawyer has not been able to meet with her. Reza Saberi says his attorney planned to visit his daughter, Roxana Saberi, today, but was told he didn't have the proper paperwork.
Attorney General Chided for Language on Race (New York Times)
President Obama chided his attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., for describing America as a ?nation of cowards? when discussing race.
Committee formed to select US attorney for Conn. (Boston Globe)
Connecticut's two U.S. senators have formed an advisory committee to screen candidates for U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal and other coveted federal positions.
Attorney: Rihanna Would Testify If Called (KNX 1070 Los Angeles)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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.
Lawyer for journalist detained in Iran turned away (Pioneer Press)
FARGO, N.D. — The father of a Fargo journalist imprisoned in Iran says his lawyer has not been able to meet with her.
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.
Obama takes a somewhat different approach from Attorney General Holder on race comment (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he would not have used the same language that Eric Holder did last month when the attorney general declared that the United States is a nation of cowards on matters of race.
Stephen Moses, attorney and political adviser, dies at 70 (The Record)
Stephen Moses, a Bergen County attorney who served as political adviser and fundrasier to the New Jersey’s most powerful Democrats, died today. The cause was heart failure, his family said. Moses, who last lived in Englewood, was 70.
Imprisoned Midwest Journalist Can't Meet With Lawyer (Northland's News Center)
The father of a North Dakota-born journalist imprisoned in Iran says his lawyer has not been able to meet with her.
Rihanna will testify if called: lawyer (Sunshine Coast Daily)
Rihanna's lawyer says the singer will testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend's assault case.
Ex-HomeGold chairman tells lawyer he never cheated investors (The Rock Hill Herald)
LEXINGTON -- The former chairman of HomeGold Financial quietly and calmly told his lawyer Wednesday that he never lied, cheated or stole from investors in the South Carolina company.
Galesburg native, now Dallas attorney, elected to Knox Board (The Galesburg Register-Mail)
Charles R. Gibbs of Dallas has been elected to the Knox College Board of Trustees. An attorney, Gibbs focuses on financial restructuring in a variety of industries, with a particular emphasis on the real estate, energy, retail and textile industries.
District Attorney Lykos advocates justice (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Pat Lykos, a lifelong Republican whose office is in the Criminal Justice Center in Houston, heads a staff of 500 which serves some 3.5 million people in the nation's third most populous county in her new role as district attorney.
Doctor faults attorney for drug conviction (Macon Telegraph)
Suspended Perry physician Spurgeon Green Jr., who was implicated in the death of one his patients, wants to fire his Macon attorney.
The book keeper: Charleston lawyer feeds need to read with tons of tomes (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The public library has nothing on Sam Brock.Hes a lawyer. Hes also a bookkeeper. His Stonehenge home in South Hills brims with books. Living room, dining room, bedroom, foyer, everywhere you look. Books in every nook.Where theres a wal...
Lawyer, selectman, father answers to higher calling (The Eagle-Tribune)
NORTH ANDOVER -- Mark Caggiano seems to have achieved it all -- he's a respected selectman, a successful lawyer, chairman of the town's Democratic committee and a doting father of two. But there was something missing for this Harvard University and Boston College graduate. Caggiano, 42, found the answer when he enrolled at Harvard Divinity School, graduating last year. He is now interviewing ...
Attorney: Rihanna will testify if called (The New Sabah Times)
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 General Chided for Language on Race (New York Times)
President Obama chided his attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., for describing America as a ?nation of cowards? when discussing race.
Attorney General Eric Holder (Sun-Sentinel)
Eric H. Holder Jr. Attorney General Age, hometown: 57, New York, N.Y.
Philly lawyer uses magic to make cases disappear (The Indiana Gazette)
PHILADELPHIA - 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.
Lawyer Robert Rotenberg's debut thriller features Toronto starring as itself (Toronto Star)
The first novel by lawyer-turned-author Robert Rotenberg is a crime thriller with its wingtips planted firmly on Toronto's meanish streets. For many readers, of the local variety especially, this will be the most pleasing aspect of Old City Hall .
6 may seek U.S. attorney's job (Post-Tribune)
The U.S. attorney is a region's top federal prosecutor, the federal Department of Justice figure responsible for prosecuting criminal cases like drug trafficking and civil lawsuits for breaking environmental regulations. Of course, in Northwest Indiana, the U.S. Attorney's office makes its biggest headlines not when it announces charges against drug lords or polluters, but when it targets ...
Attorney general chided for language on race (International Herald Tribune)
President Barack Obama chided his attorney general, Eric Holder Jr., for describing America as a "nation of cowards" when discussing race.
Lawyer for detained journalist turned away (The Bismarck Tribune)
FARGO (AP) - The father of a North Dakota-born journalist imprisoned in Iran says his lawyer has not been able to meet with her.
Committee formed to select US attorney for Conn. (Hartford Courant)
Connecticut's two U.S. senators have formed an advisory committee to screen candidates for U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal and other coveted federal positions.
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.
Steve Dettelbach rises to the top for U.S. attorney post (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Before Steve Dettelbach became a hard-nosed lawyer and the presumptive nominee for U.S. attorney in Cleveland, he made a name for himself on the basketball court. His height, 6 feet 5, and eaglelike wingspan helped make him a prolific shot...
Woodside fireman grew pot in Queens Village home: U.S. attorney (YourNabe.com)
A Queens firefighter was arraigned on federal drug charges last week in connection with growing $500,000 worth of marijuana that was stored in a rented Queens Village home, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn said.
Man guilty of stalking his lawyer (The Mercury)
NORRISTOWN — With emotion and obvious concern, a Montgomery County defense lawyer recalled the fear she felt after receiving sexually offensive letters from a defendant she once represented.
Spurgeon Green seeks to fire attorney as sentencing nears (Macon Telegraph)
Suspended Perry physician Spurgeon Green Jr., who was implicated in the death of one his patients, wants to fire his Macon attorney.
Ex-Israeli President To Be Indicted For Rape - Attorney General (Nasdaq)
JERUSALEM (AFP)--Israel's attorney general Sunday decided to indict former president Moshe Katsav on several charges including rape, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
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.
U.S. Attorney General speaks in Selma (NBC 13 Birmingham)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to hundreds of people in Selma to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march.
Sports lawyer Cornwell wants review of NFL discipline policy (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
Sports lawyer David Cornwell is challenging the NFL's right to discipline players by proposing to appoint an independent arbitrator to review - and have the power to change - rulings made by the commissioner.