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Wall St lawyer seen as contender for Treasury post (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Prominent Wall Street lawyer H. Rodgin Cohen is being considered by the White House for nomination to the position of deputy Treasury secretary, financial industry sources said on Tuesday.
Attorney general's ad seen as self-promotion (Miami Herald)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is starring in a long-running television ad promoting awareness about Internet predators that Democrats are calling a thinly disguised campaign commercial on the state's dime.
Madoff Lawyer Responds to $177 Billion Forfeiture Demand (New York Times)
A lawyer for Bernard L. Madoff on Tuesday argued with federal prosecutors’ demand that the financier forfeit about $177 billion in proceeds and property tied to his massive fraud.
Middletown attorney: Land transfer case unique (Middletown Journal)
COLUMBUS — Middletown City School District's request for the transfer of 1,600 acres of land is a case unlike any other, Middletown attorney Thomas Allen told a panel of judges.
Attorney Trying To Block Miss. Murderer's Parole (WAPT Jackson)
An attorney wants lawmakers to intervene in the release of a prisoner convicted of killing a pregnant college student decades ago.
Fla. Attorney General Seeks to Cap Fees for Outside Counsel (Law.com)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has drafted companion bills that would limit his authority to contract with private attorneys for litigation and impose a contingency fee cap of $50 million. The latter point is causing particular concern among plaintiffs lawyers, especially given the fact that the cap would be "irrespective of the number of lawsuits filed or the number of private attorneys ...
State Attorney General's office reviewing East Amwell standoff, trooper's shooting (MyCentralJersey.com)
The state Attorney General's Office is investigating the shooting of an East Amwell man by a state trooper after a standoff at the man's Amwell Road home the night of Friday, March 6.
Paul Hastings, Chadbourne & Parke, Venable Announce Attorney Layoffs (Law.com)
Paul Hastings, Chadbourne & Parke and Venable announced attorney and staff layoffs on Tuesday. Paul Hastings laid off 44 associates and 87 staff, Chadbourne & Parke cut 25 attorneys, and Venable announced it was laying off a total of 64 employees, including 16 attorneys. All three firms cited the ongoing economic downturn as the reason for the layoffs. Both Chadbourne & Parke and Venable said ...
Man killed ex-roommate in self-defense, attorney says (Austin American-Statesman)
Carmelo Trejo fatally stabbed his ex-roommate Marciano Flores Ramirez in 2007 in self-defense, defense attorney Bradley Urrutia said Tuesday during opening statements in an Austin courtroom.
Former military lawyer, author to speak in Richmond (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Army Capt. Robert P. McGovern, former NFL football player and veteran of the war on terrorism, will discuss his experiences as a military lawyer in Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond. McGovern is the author of the nationally recognized book “All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in Iraq.“
Vicksburg attorney sentenced for failure to file tax returns (WLBT 3 Jackson)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLBT) - Vicksburg attorney Marshall E. Sanders is headed to prison for 18 months for failure to file tax returns. In addition, Sanders has to pay over one million dollars to the IRS.
GOP candidates for attorney general each claim the lead (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Brownlee Cuccinelli Foster Since Feb. 1, John Brownlee, Ken Cuccinelli and David Foster, the three candidates for the Republican nomination for attorney general, have been traveling around the state, soliciting delegate votes and claiming a lead in the race for the nomination. Under Republican rules, each can. The outcome will not be known until the state nominating convention May 29-30 in ...
Lawyer: Madoff Will Plead Guilty to All Charges (ABC News)
Lawyer: Madoff will plead guilty to all charges without deal, faces up to 150 years in prison
Paul Hastings, Chadbourne & Parke, Venable Announce Attorney Layoffs (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Paul Hastings, Chadbourne & Parke and Venable announced attorney and staff layoffs on Tuesday. Paul Hastings laid off 44 associates and 87 staff, Chadbourne & Parke cut 25 attorneys, and Venable announced it was laying off a total of 64 employees, including 16 attorneys.
Attorney General Bill McCollum blasted for TV message (Miami Herald)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is starring in a long-running television ad promoting awareness about Internet predators that Democrats are calling a thinly disguised campaign commercial using state funds.
Drew's attorney says authorities don't believe stepbrother's claims (SouthtownStar)
Police and prosecutors don't believe Thomas Morphey's explosive claims that he helped stepbrother Drew Peterson remove a mysterious blue barrel on the day that Peterson's fourth wife vanished, Peterson's attorney said Tuesday.
Madoff's lawyer says he understands victims' anger (International Herald Tribune)
Ira Lee Sorkin, the lawyer for Bernard Madoff, provokes strong feelings: among those who like him and those who do not. And he has done so for a long time.
MCNAMEE LAWYER RIPS ROG (New York Post)
The lawyer for Roger Clemens' former trainer yesterday said he was not surprised federal authorities reportedly have found performance-enhancing substances on the materials Brian McNamee said he used to inject the former star pitcher. "There's...
Attorney General Bill McCollum gave TV contract to his 2006 campaign firm (Sun-Sentinel)
Attorney General Bill McCollum hired his campaign consultant in no-bid contracts to produce a $1.4million TV ad campaign on Internet safety, drawing criticism from a Democratic senator.
Madoff Lawyer Absorbs Part of the Rage (New York Times)
“As one Jew to another, I deeply regret that the Sorkin family did not perish in the Nazi death camps.” That is just one of the angry messages that have poured in to Ira Lee Sorkin since he became lawyer for Bernard L. Madoff, expected to plead guilty this week to a fraud that prosecutors call a giant Ponzi scheme.
Ex-lawyer sentenced in thefts (The Buffalo News)
A former Lackawanna lawyer was sentenced Tuesday to four months of weekends in jail for stealing about $102,000 from six clients--including one victim after the defendant had been suspended from practicing law.
Attorney sanctioned for lateness (NWAnews.com)
A Fayetteville attorney has been sanctioned because he filed a client's notice of appeal one day late. (Northwest Arkansas Times)
Lawyer: Reporter detained in Iran in good spirits (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a detained Iranian-American journalist said Wednesday his 31-year-old client was in good spirits and appeared healthy when he met with her for the second time this week.
ACLU attorney to speak March 21 (The Garden Island)
Kaua‘i will host a distinguished American Civil Liberties Union attorney from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 21, at the Kaua‘i Community College cafeteria, a news release states.
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 ...
Drew's attorney says authorities don't believe stepbrother's claims (Chicago Sun-Times)
Police and prosecutors don't believe Thomas Morphey's explosive claims that he helped stepbrother Drew Peterson remove a mysterious blue barrel on the day that Peterson's fourth wife vanished, Peterson's attorney said Tuesday.
District attorney says Ala. shooter had revenge list (Detroit News)
SAMSON, Ala. -- A man who killed 10 people in two rural Alabama counties before committing suicide had been keeping a list of those "who done him wrong," a district attorney said Wednesday.
Report: Attorney general Holder recuses himself from Clemens case (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
NEW YORK - Attorney general Eric Holder has cited a conflict of interest in recusing himself from any legal matters involving Roger Clemens, according to the Daily News.
Smooth confirmation hearing for former San Jose attorney (San Jose Mercury News)
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on whether to confirm Oakland attorney Tony West as assistant attorney general in charge of the U.
Burundi Court Acquits Opposition Leader - Lawyer, Sources (Nasdaq)
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AFP)--A Burundi court Wednesday acquitted leading opposition leader and former journalist Alexis Sinduhije, who had been charged with contempt for the president, his lawyer and judicial sources said.
Attorney enters not guilty plea for suspect in Illinois church shooting, stabbings (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - An attorney for a man accused of gunning down an Illinois pastor and wounding two churchgoers with a knife entered a not guilty plea for his client in court.
Attorney General on sidelines in Roger Clemens steroid probe (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder has recused himself from any role in deciding whether to charge baseball legend Roger Clemens with lying to Congress about steroids.
Attorney fees bill passes (Deseret Morning News)
A bill that stops community groups from receiving attorney's fees from government entities has passed through the Legislature and is on its way to the governor's desk.
Securities Attorney Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Investors In Stock Manipulation Schemes (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - A securities attorney pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding investors in stock manipulation schemes involving 19 different publicly traded companies.
Attorney General Holder on the Sidelines for Clemens Steroids Probe (Fox News)
Before becoming attorney general, Eric Holder worked at the firm Covington and Burling LLC, which had Roger Clemens as a client.
Attorney general recuses himself in Clemens case (Sports Illustrated)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder has recused himself from any role in deciding whether to charge Roger Clemens with lying to Congress about steroids.
Family of dead inmate hires lawyer to get answers (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The family of an inmate killed in Auckland's maximum security jail at Paremoremo 10 days ago have hired a lawyer to inquire into his death.
Lawyer: Man confesses to murders admitted by teen (AP via Yahoo! News)
A teenager's conviction in the shooting deaths of four people should be thrown out because another man has confessed to the murders, the teen's lawyer said Wednesday.
Lawyer: Bomb scare came from film shoot (UPI)
LAKELAND, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- A Florida lawyer said three men jailed after a bomb scare had created the fake bombs for use in a Mountain Dew online video-making contest.
Lawyer: Man confesses to murders admitted by teen (The Charlotte Observer)
(By ED WHITE, Associated Press Writer) A teenager's conviction in the shooting deaths of four people should be thrown out because another man has confessed to the murders, the teen's lawyer said Wednesday. Kim McGinnis said she was "absolutely confident" that her 16-year-old client, Davontae Sanford, was innocent and that she would ask a judge to throw out his conviction. Sanford was 14 when ...
Lawyer: Man confesses to murders admitted by teen (KOB-TV Albuquerque)
(AP) DETROIT - A lawyer for a teen convicted of killing four people in Detroit says another man has confessed to the shootings.
Madoff Lawyer Ira Sorkin Invested $18,860 With Madoff (Update2) (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 a letter to a federal judge filed in court today.
Police to investigate fight between Shelby cop, attorney (Detroit News)
MOUNT CLEMENS -- The Macomb County Sheriff's Office has been asked to investigate an alleged fight between a Shelby Township police officer and a defense attorney in the lobby of a local district court, Sheriff Mark Hackel said today.
Middlesex DA says he doesn't want US attorney job (Boston Globe)
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone has decided not to apply for the U.S. attorney's job in Boston.
N.J. Attorney General Anne Milgram sued for wrongful dismissal by former head of victims' compensation fund (The Star-Ledger)
Mike Derer/APAttorney General Anne Milgram in a July 29, 2008 file photo The former head of the New Jersey's victims' compensation fund has filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the state and Attorney General Anne Milgram. Edward Werner, who was...
Raw Video: Nutter Confronted by Tax Delinquent Attorney (NBC Philadelphia)
Raw video: Mayor Nutter is confronted by local attorney Robert Gamburg who the Mayor outed publicly, for owing back taxes.
Attorney lucks into a free Lexus (The Charlotte Observer)
Talk about auto care: Charlotte attorney Hal Spears stopped by Firestone Complete Auto Care on Park Road last summer, entered a sweepstakes on a whim and won a Lexus ES350. Spears had blown a tire on his old Mercedes and was driving around on a spare when he came across Firestone, which was celebrating its grand opening with balloons, free hot dogs and the drawing for the new car. He filled ...
Source: Obama Administration sought to replace U.S. Attorney Hanaway (KSDK St. Louis)
Source: Obama Administration sought to replace U.S. Attorney Hanaway
Leone not interested in US attorney job (Boston Globe)
WOBURN Count out Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. from those interested in becoming the US attorney in Massachusetts. Leone, a former first assistant US attorney who in January said through a spokesman that "he would have to consider returning" to the office if the Obama administration wanted him, yesterday took himself out of the running. "He's decided not ...
Lawyer, officer each blame other in Shelby Twp. courthouse fight (Detroit Free Press)
If anyone is going to face charges in a Tuesday altercation that sent a Macomb County defense lawyer to the hospital, it likely would be the lawyer, officials said Wednesday.