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Lawyer charged with scamming client arrested (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
E. Larry Kovel, a suspended South Hills lawyer accused of scamming a client and practicing law without a license, was arrested at a Downtown pawn shop today attempting to sell his wife's jewelry
Kilpatrick attorney demanding $100M from SkyTel (Miami Herald)
An attorney for Kwame Kilpatrick says he is demanding SkyTel Communications pay $100 million for releasing text messages from the ex-Detroit mayor's city-issued pager.
U.S. Attorney for N.C.'s Western District resigns (Greensboro News & Record)
CHARLOTTE (AP) - The U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Western District says she is leaving her post for another position with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert's office announced Monday afternoon that she would be resigning the post effective midnight Saturday. Shappert began her career in the western district in Charlotte, which conducts ...
Bernard Madoff’s Wife Ruth Will Hire Her Own Lawyer (Update1) (Bloomberg)
March 9 (Bloomberg) -- Ruth Madoff , the wife of accused con artist Bernard Madoff , plans to hire her own attorney, according to a lawyer at the firm that represents the couple.
Attorney: Man charged with shooting Ill. pastor has Lyme disease (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
Terry Sedlacek's mental condition was deteriorating as a result of Lyme disease, his attorney said Monday within hours of Sedlacek being charged with murdering a pastor.
Dague to ask attorney general to charge Gabler (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The losing candidate in a judicial primary election says he will ask Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to consider criminal charges against an opponent he contends lied about him in a campaign flier last month.
Arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler back in court for hearing; defense attorney calls him disoriented (The Press-Enterprise)
Raymond Lee Oyler, convicted Friday of arson and murder in the deaths of five federal firefighters in the 2006 Esperanza Fire, was described by his attorney as "mentally disoriented" while Oyler fidgeted through a Monday court hearing. "He doesn't know where he is ... he keeps staring at the clock" the attorney, Thomas K. Eckhardt, told Riverside County Superior Court Judge W. Charles Morgan.
OCEANSIDE: Attorney says gang member falsely confessed to killing officer (North County Times)
VISTA ---- Tired, cold and stuck in an interrogation room overnight, a young gang member made "the biggest mistake of his life": He falsely confessed to killing Oceanside police Officer Dan Bessant, the man's attorney told a jury Monday.
Court dismisses most of attorney's false arrest case (The San Francisco Examiner)
A prominent local attorney has sued for false arrest after police mistakenly decided he was passing counterfeit $100 bills. AP file photo SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court Monday dismissed much of a civil rights lawsuit filed by a prominent Filipino-American attorney against two San Francisco police officers who mistakenly arrested him on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $100 bill.
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.
Ohio Attorney General Sues CertifiChecks Inc. (WCMH Columbus)
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray says he has filed a lawsuit against Dayton-based CertifiChecks Inc., accusing the company of failing to honor its gift certificates and for misleading consumers.
Mt. Lebanon lawyer arrested in theft from client (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Pittsburgh police arrested a South Hills lawyer Monday on charges of bilking a client out of $2,500 and then failing to show up for the court hearing.
Lawyer accused of scamming client arrested Downtown (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
E. Larry Kovel, a suspended South Hills lawyer accused of scamming a client and practicing law without a license, was arrested at a Downtown pawn shop yesterday attempting to sell his wife's jewelry.
Ruth Madoff, Wife of Accused Money Manager, Will Hire Lawyer (Bloomberg)
March 10 (Bloomberg) -- The wife of accused con artist Bernard Madoff plans to hire her own attorney, according to a lawyer at the firm that has represented the couple.
U.S. attorney will take D.C. position (The News & Observer)
The U.S. attorney for North Carolina's Western District says she is leaving her post for another position with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Defense in Case of Murdered Lawyer Calls Indictment Vague (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Lawyers for three men accused of crimes related to the 2006 murder of lawyer Robert Wone are demanding more information about a three-count indictment that the attorneys say is vague and factually deficient.
Wife of Madoff to hire her own lawyer in Ponzi-scheme case (Denver Post)
Ruth Madoff, wife of accused con artist Bernard Madoff, plans to hire an attorney, according to a lawyer at the firm that represents the couple. Ruth and Bernard Madoff have been represented by Ira Sorkin and Dan Horwitz at Dickstein Shapiro.
OCEANSIDE: Attorney says gang member falsely confessed to killing officer (North County Times)
VISTA ---- Tired, cold and stuck in an interrogation room overnight, a young gang member made "the biggest mistake of his life": He falsely confessed to killing Oceanside police Officer Dan Bessant, the man's attorney told a jury Monday.
N.Y. attorney general seeks Merrill bonus data (Asbury Park Press)
New York's attorney general and a key congressman are demanding that the chief executive of Bank of America Corp. immediately disclose details about individual bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch & Co. employees in December.
Former utilities attorney agrees to $117G payback (Asbury Park Press)
Former Western Monmouth Utilities Authority attorney James J. Cleary has agreed to return $117,000 the authority claimed it was bilked out of in an allegedly improper health benefits claim.
Lawyer claims political motivation in slay case (Boston Herald)
WORCESTER - The lawyer for a Massachusetts man accused of killing his mother claims the prosecution's decision to seek a first-degree murder conviction is politically...
Special election today for interim Norfolk commonwealth's attorney (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK The city will choose an interim commonwealth’s attorney today in a special election. Residents will choose between prosecutor Greg Underwood and criminal defense attorney John Coggeshall. The winner of today’s election will serve as the city’s top prosecutor until a successor is chosen in November for a full term.
Attorney General, Health Advocate Urge Ban On Gifts To Doctors From Drug Companies (New London Day)
A bill pending in the state Legislature that would ban drug company gifts to doctors has drawn strong support from Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, state
Charlotte loses U.S. attorney to D.C. (The Charlotte Observer)
After two decades of chasing some of Charlotte's most high-profile criminals, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert is stepping down this week to take a job with the Department of Justice in Washington. The 52-year-old Republican is going to work for the Obama administration's Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, where she will likely coordinate gang and violent crime prosecutions across the country. ...
Lawyer claims political motivation in murder case (7 News Boston)
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The lawyer for a Massachusetts man accused of killing his mother claims the prosecution's decision to seek a first-degree murder conviction is politically motivated.
Bernard Madoff expected to clear any potential lawyer conflicts of interest (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - Bernard Madoff (MAY'-dawf) was likely to speak in court in an attempt to clear his lawyer of any potential conflicts of interest. Defense attorney Ira Lee Sorkin's late father once had an account with Madoff.
Malaysia's Anwar To Face Sodomy Trial In July - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)--Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will go on trial for sodomy in the High Court in July, his lawyer said Tuesday, after a long wrangle over where the case should be heard.
Firm that provided some local gift certificates sued by Ohio attorney general (Chillicothe Gazette)
A national company that partnered with local businesses and filed for bankruptcy at the end of February is now facing a lawsuit filed by Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.
Dallas lawyer Clay Jenkins to run for Dallas County judge in 2010 (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas lawyer Clay Jenkins announced his candidacy for county judge Monday, promising a more unified Dallas County.
Dallas lawyer Clay Jenkins to run for Dallas County judge in 2010 (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
Dallas lawyer Clay Jenkins announced his candidacy for county judge Monday, promising a more unified Dallas County. Surrounded by supporters, Jenkins, 44, said he would work to improve air quality and jail conditions and to encourage development in southern Dallas County.
Ruth Madoff, Wife of Accused Money Manager, Will Hire Lawyer (Bloomberg)
March 10 (Bloomberg) -- The wife of accused con artist Bernard Madoff plans to hire her own attorney, according to a lawyer at the firm that has represented the couple.
Editorial: Keep Jim Letten as U.S. Attorney for Louisiana's eastern district (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Ellis Lucia / The Times-PicayuneJim Letten Residents across metro New Orleans appreciate the value of dedicated public servants like U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. Under his leadership, the office has kept up a relentless war on public corruption and has helped...
Prosecutors Detail Conflicts for Madoff’s Lawyer (New York Times)
Hours before Bernard L. Madoff was scheduled to appear in a New York court Tuesday afternoon, federal prosecutors released a document outlining three potential conflicts of interest for Mr. Madoff’s defense lawyer, Ira Lee Sorkin.
Madoff, lawyer have conflict over investments: prosecutors (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The family of the lawyer representing Bernard Madoff invested with the disgraced Wall Street money manager, creating a conflict of interest, prosecutors said Tuesday ahead of a court hearing.
Lawyer Says Madoff Will Plead Guilty (NPR)
The accused investment scheme mastermind will admit to committing fraud and other crimes when he pleads later this week, his lawyer told a federal judge Tuesday.
Wisconsin attorney general won't appeal decision on minimum gas markup (Pioneer Press)
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen won't appeal a federal judge's decision striking down Wisconsin's minimum markup on gasoline.
Madoff's attorney receives death threats (CNN Money)
Bernard Madoff's defense attorney Ira Lee Sorkin tells CNN he has received death threats and virulently anti-Semitic hate mail.
Federal judge denies Fla. money manager's request to release assets to pay attorney fees (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
TAMPA, Fla. - A federal judge has denied Florida hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel's request for a hearing to consider releasing some of his frozen assets to pay attorney fees.
OCEANSIDE: Attorney says gang member falsely confessed to killing officer (North County Times)
VISTA ---- Tired, cold and stuck in an interrogation room overnight, a young gang member made "the biggest mistake of his life": He falsely confessed to killing Oceanside police Officer Dan Bessant, the man's attorney told a jury Monday.
Attorney Bailey: Relaxing residency rule for cops is a plot (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
Although his clients removed it from their lawsuit against the city, attorney Javier Bailey said the City Council’s decision to relax the residency rule for police officers was part of a plot to put more white officers on the streets.
Attorney General Won't Appeal Minimum Gas Markup Decision (WISC-TV Madison)
MADISON, Wis -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he won't appeal a federal judge's decision striking down Wisconsin's minimum markup on gasoline.
Madoff's Lawyer Says His Client Will Plead Guilty (ABC News)
Madoff's lawyer says his client will plead guilty Thursday to 11 counts including fraud
Wisconsin attorney general won't appeal decision striking down state's minimum markup on gas (Canadian Business)
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen won't appeal a federal judge's decision striking down Wisconsin's minimum markup on
Madoff to Be Questioned on Possible Lawyer Conflict (Update1) (Bloomberg)
March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Ira Sorkin , the lawyer for accused fraudster Bernard Madoff , invested $18,860 with his client in the early 1990s through a retirement account, prosecutors said in papers filed before a hearing on whether he may continue to defend the money manager.
Sprewell's Attorney Says Real Estate Agent Was Negligent (FOX 11 Reno)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- An attorney for former Golden State Warriors basketball star Latrell Sprewell asked jurors Tuesday to "right a wrong" by finding that his real estate agent was negligent and breached her fiduciary duty when she handled the sale of his Hayward home in 1999.
Madoff's lawyer says his client will plead guilty (AP via Yahoo! News)
Bernard Madoff's lawyer has told a judge his client will plead guilty later this week to 11 counts including money laundering, perjury and securities, mail and wire fraud.
Bernard Madoff will plead guilty: lawyer (Chicago Tribune)
NEW YORK -- Bernard Madoff's lawyer has told a judge his client will plead guilty later this week to 11 counts including money laundering, perjury and securities, mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors say the disgraced money manager will face up to 150 years in prison on the charges. The details of the criminal case emerged at a hearing today in a lower Manhattan courthouse to resolve several ...
Lawyer: Madoff To Plead Guilty (NPR)
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was in court Tuesday for a hearing on whether he is aware his lawyer has potential conflicts of interest. Madoff is expected to waive his right to a trial and plead guilty at a hearing Thursday.
Madoff to plead guilty to 11 counts: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff has agreed to plead guilty to 11 counts of fraud, his lawyer said in court Tuesday.
DC's Attorney General Says City Will Fight Beard Ruling (WUSA 9 Washington, D.C.)
Attorney General Peter Nickles tells 9NEWS NOW that firefighter safety is too important an issue to be decided on a technicality.