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'Innocent explanation' for RCMP inaccuracies, gov't lawyer tells Taser inquiry (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
VANCOUVER, B.C. - A lawyer for the Canadian government says there is an "innocent explanation" for inaccuracies in the accounts from four RCMP officers of Robert Dziekanski's death.
Corrections Officer 'Remorseful', Attorney Says (KETV 7 Omaha)
The attorney for a Douglas County Corrections officer who's accused getting drunk and chasing deer with his pickup truck said his client is remorseful about the event and is taking action to address some issues.
Chris Christie attends fundraiser by lawyer who benefitted from no-bid contract (The Star-Ledger)
Christopher Christie is attending a campaign fundraiser hosted by a lawyer whose firm got a lucrative no-bid contract when the Republican gubernatorial candidate was U.S. attorney. Christie was scheduled to be at the $500-per-plate Morristown fundraiser today, a week after...
Administration lawyer delays Supreme Court debut (AP via Yahoo! News)
Elena Kagan, the Obama administration's top Supreme Court lawyer, is passing up the chance to make her first high-court argument in a big case over minority voting rights.
Filipino Lawyer is Finalist in Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards (Newsbreak)
Filipino lawyer Harry Roque is shortlisted for an Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. Index on Censorship is Britain’s...
Child porn lands Orange lawyer in prison (Connecticut Post)
Eric Gaynor lived a double life, according to a federal prosecutor. In public, Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang said Gaynor is a 46-year-old respected lawyer with a wife and two children.
Attorney General to Ramp Up Training for Prosecutors (Law.com)
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Tuesday he would require additional training for prosecutors to reinforce their understanding of rules that govern discovery in criminal cases, following the advice of a federal judge who recently dismissed the government's indictment against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. Holder said the DOJ will also create a working group of senior prosecutors and ...
Man Accused of Posing as Lawyer Across the U.S. Goes on Trial for Fraud (Law.com)
A man accused of illegally posing as a lawyer in at least 10 states is back in court -- as a defendant. Howard Kieffer is charged in North Dakota, the first state to prosecute him, with mail fraud and making false statements. In addition to working on federal cases, Kieffer led an Internet discussion group and appeared at seminars throughout the U.S. to speak on federal sentencing, authorities ...
Barber charged in attorney's slaying (Contra Costa Times)
A 28-year-old Walnut Creek barber was charged with murder for the shooting death Friday night of her Oakland attorney boyfriend.
Weber attorney appointed 2nd District judge (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Weber County Attorney Mark R. DeCaria has been appointed to replace Judge Parley Baldwin, who retired from Utah's 2nd District Court. Gov. Jon Huntsman made the announcement on Friday.
Jury Chosen In Trial Of Alleged Phony Lawyer (WCCO Minneapolis - St. Paul)
Howard O. Kieffer never attended law school, a federal prosecutor says. But three attorneys testified Tuesday that they thought Kieffer was a lawyer because of his expertise in federal court matters and because they saw him at attorney training seminars.
Attorney close to case: Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich wants to go to Costa Rica to be on reality TV (FOX 13 Utah)
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney close to Rod Blagojevich 's (blah-GOY'-uh-vich-is) legal team says the ousted Illinois governor wants permission to leave the country to appear on a reality TV show in Costa Rica.
Attorney for accused cop-killer says teen wasn't there (San Diego Union-Tribune)
The attorney for a man accused of killing Oceanside police Officer Dan Bessant in a gang-related attack said his client wasn't in front of the house where prosecutors maintain he and two others were drinking when they fired multiple shots at the officer.
Henrico lawyer advances in tourney (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Henrico County resident Ellis Baggs won his opening-round match last night at the 2009 Monopoly U.S. National Championship at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington County. Baggs, a lawyer with Hunton & Williams, bankrupted his three opponents to earn 28 points in the opening round. He bankrupted his last opponent with about six minutes remaining in the 90-minute match.
School attorney: Mistake won't stop school closings (Orlando Sentinel)
Federal court order not violated, Kruppenbacher says Orange County's public school officials can push forward with their controversial plans to close six schools next year despite the failure of a special biracial committee to review those plans, a school district attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney: man killed in G-20 riots by hemorrhage (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney representing the family of a man who died during the riots before Group of 20 summit said Friday he suffered from an abdominal hemorrhage — not a heart attack, as was first thought.
Stalking suspect just Tyra Banks' fan, lawyer says (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Georgia man accused of stalking Tyra Banks was simply responding to the model-turned-TV host's invitation for fans to reach out to her when he followed her from coast to coast, a defense lawyer said Friday.
Lawyer: Stalking suspect just Tyra Banks' fan (MSNBC)
A Georgia man accused of stalking Tyra Banks was simply responding to the TV host's invitation for fans to reach out to her when he followed her from coast to coast, a defense lawyer said Friday.
Mel Gibson's Lawyer Vetoes Judge in Divorce Case (US Weekly)
Mel Gibson received a new judge after his lawyer has requested to remove Judge Rafael Ongkeko from presiding over his divorce case against his wife, Robyn. Check out some of Hollywood's most expensive divorces. The case was reassigned to Judge Frederick Shaller "for all future court proceedings," Usmagazine.com confirmed on Friday. The star's attorney, Robert Kaufman, filed legal papers on...
Attorney Loses Law License Over Unpaid Student Loans (Law.com)
A Texas appeals court has revoked the license of a Houston attorney for failing to repay his student loans and other debts. The Austin court found that, because solo Frank P. Santulli III did not adhere to a previous order to pay his debts, he lacked the trustworthiness necessary to represent clients. Santulli said the decision set a bad precedent for the board of law examiners' "unfettered ...
Ex-attorney general to head Rutgers Law (The Record and Herald News)
Former New Jersey Attorney General John J. Farmer Jr. has been tapped as dean of Rutgers Law School in Newark, the university announced Friday. Farmer will begin the job on July 1, President Richard McCormick said in a note to the university community.
Attorney evades tax, goes to prison (Deseret Morning News)
A federal judge Friday ordered a former attorney from Cottonwood Heights to spend three years in prison and to pay a total of about $307,000 for his attempt to circumvent taxes.
File leak leads to sanctions vs. County Attorney's Office (The Arizona Republic)
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Friday imposed sanctions against the County Attorney's Office for allowing the Sheriff's Office to leak a sealed court document to the media.
U.S. Attorney Hanaway to join law firm with John Ashcroft (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
St. Louis — U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway is leaving her position to start a law firm with John D. Ashcroft, the former Missouri governor and U.S. attorney general, she said Friday.
Gibson's lawyer calls for judge to be removed from divorce trial (world entertainment news via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Mel Gibson's lawyer has moved to strike the judge overseeing his divorce trial from the proceedings.
Office of courts clarifies new rules on lawyer ethics (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The day after the Kentucky Supreme Court announced it had approved the first major changes in lawyer ethics rules in 20 years, the Administrative Office of the Courts said some of the changes were incorrectly described in a document released to news outlets and posted on the court's Web site.
Lawyer: Iran convicts US journalist of spying (The Toledo Blade)
TEHRAN, Iran An Iranian court has convicted an American journalist of espionage and sentenced her to eight years in prison. That's according to Roxana Saberi's lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi. He told The Associated Press on Saturday that he'll appeal the verdict. It's unclear when Saberi was convicted. She was put on trial on Monday. The American-Iranian citizen was arrested in January and ...
Lawyer: Iran jails U.S. journalist for spying (MSNBC)
An American journalist jailed in Iran has been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison, her lawyer said Saturday, dashing any hopes for her quick release.
Iran jails U.S.-Iranian reporter for 8 years - lawyer (The Star)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian-American journalist accused in Iran of spying for the United States has been sentenced to eight years in jail, her lawyer said on Saturday, five days after she was put on trial.
Delaware Co. Prosecutor To Run For Ohio Attorney General (WBNS-10TV Columbus)
Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost is expected to announce his plans to run for Ohio Attorney General in 2010.
Lawyer: Iran convicts U.S. journalist of spying (Detroit News)
Tehran, Iran -- An American journalist jailed in Iran has been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison, her lawyer said Saturday, dashing any hopes for her quick release.
Lawyer: Iran convicts US journalist of spying (AP via Yahoo! News)
An American journalist jailed in Iran has been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison just days after she was tried behind closed doors, her lawyer said Saturday, dashing any hopes for her quick release.
Lawyer: Iran convicts U.S. journalist of spying (Chicago Tribune)
TEHRAN, Iran -- An American journalist jailed in Iran has been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison, her lawyer said Saturday, dashing any hopes for her quick release. The verdict was the first time Iran has found an American journalist guilty of spying, and it was unclear how the conviction would affect recent overtures by the Obama administration for better relations and ...
Former Keys attorney Hendrick hopes Stevens case bolsters appeal of corruption conviction (Florida Keys Keynoter)
A federal prosecutor who won a 2007 conviction against former Monroe County Attorney Jim Hendrick now has legal issues of her own.
File leak leads to sanctions vs. County Attorney's Office (12 News Phoenix)
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Friday imposed sanctions against the County Attorney's Office for allowing the Sheriff's Office to release a sealed court document to the media.
Attorney's suspension on dismissal (Alma Journal)
Van Buren City Attorney N. Donald Jenkins Jr. has appealed a three-month suspension of his law license to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
NJ lawyer sues over teen driver decals (Burlington County Times)
A Morris County lawyer is suing to overturn a New Jersey law that will require drivers younger than 21 to display identifying decals on their vehicle license plates.
Lawyer for Cantu Murder Suspect Wants Body Exhumed (Fox News)
The lawyer for a Northern California Sunday school teacher charged with murdering and raping an 8-year-old girl said this week he wants the child's body exhumed.
Lawyer: Iran convicts US journalist of spying (AP via Yahoo! News)
An American journalist jailed in Iran has been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison just days after she was tried behind closed doors, her lawyer said Saturday, dashing any hopes for her quick release.
Lawyer: Iran convicts US journalist of spying (ABC 13 Houston)
The sentence comes just days after she was tried behind closed doors, her lawyer said Saturday
Man who stalked District Attorney Dick Gammick back in court (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A California man sentenced to 45 years in prison for threatening Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick and shooting into empty houses was back in court Friday, after the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the man's judge coerced him to pleading guilty.
Iran Convicts U.S. Journalist of Spying; Lawyer Plans Appeal (Bloomberg)
April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Roxana Saberi , a U.S.-born freelance reporter, was sentenced to eight years in jail by an Iranian court after she was convicted of espionage, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported, citing her lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi.
Husband of slain BR lawyer released on bail (The Advocate)
The husband of slain Baton Rouge lawyer Chiquita Tate was released from jail Friday after making bail. The release comes on the same day he was booked on additional counts pertaining to a stolen vehicle authorities found at the couple’s Baker home.
NJ lawyer sues over teen driver decals (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
A Morris County lawyer is suing to overturn a New Jersey law.
Man who stalked District Attorney Dick Gammick back in court (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A California man sentenced to 45 years in prison for threatening Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick and shooting into empty houses was back in court Friday, after the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the man's judge coerced him to pleading guilty.
Lawyer: Iran finds U.S. journalist guilty of espionage (Boston Herald)
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran convicted an American journalist of spying for the United States and sentenced her to eight years in prison, her lawyer said yesterday, complicating the...
Indycar driver, Birmingham lawyer acquitted in tax case (The Oakland Press)
MIAMI — Brazilian race car driver and “Dancing With The Stars” champ Helio Castroneves was acquitted Friday of most charges that he worked with his sister and lawyer to evade more than $2.3 million in U.S. income taxes. A federal jury acquitted Castroneves on six counts of tax evasion, but was hung on one count of conspiracy. When the sentence was read, Castroneves broke into sobs and leaned ...
Attorney General Masto visits Fallon on Monday (Lahontan Valley News)
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto will speak twice on Monday in Fallon.
County attorney OKs library pact (Argus Observer)
ByKatie PizzaArgus Observer Ontario -The intergovernmental agreement between the newly formed Ontario Library District board and the City of Ontario appears to have entered its final stages — after the county’s attorney voiced support for the pact document.
Fairground’s public meeting tonight on future development; County attorney says there is no risk of reversion (Montrose Daily Press)
MONTROSE — The Montrose County attorney didn’t agree entirely with Montrose attorney Frank Woodrow’s letter to commissioners last week regarding the fairgrounds property and use restrictions contained in the deed.