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Former attorney Minor appeals bribery conviction (WLOX-TV Biloxi)
AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Lawyers for jailed former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn his bribery conviction.
Lawyer: Britney Spears Compares Dad's Control to "Prison" (US Weekly)
Britney Spears' life under her dad's conservatorship is like "prison," a lawyer for her former manager, Sam Lutfi, charged today in a hearing at L.A. Superior Court. John Anderson testified he was contacted by another lawyer, John Eardley, to represent Britney in her fight against the conservatorship (which gives Jamie Spears control over her personal and financial affairs). He also says ...
Warren Attorney Disbarred (WKBN 27 Youngstown)
Warren Attorney George Kafantaris can no longer practice law in Ohio. The State Supreme Court today permanently revoked his license for violating 14 of Ohio's attorney discipline rules.
Warren Attorney Disbarred (WYTV Youngstown)
Warren Attorney George Kafantaris can no longer practice law in Ohio.  The State Supreme Court today permanently revoked his license for violating 14 of Ohio's attorney discipline rules. By a 7-0 vote, the Ohio Supreme court voted to disbar George Kafantaris.  A separate commission had found him guilty of misappropriating funds entrusted to him by two different clients -- failure to disclose ...
Warner, Webb nominate four for U.S. attorney post (The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK Three political insiders and a federal prosecutor have emerged as nominees for the U.S. attorney position for the Eastern District of Virginia, Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb announced Wednesday.
GA Attorney General to Run for Governor (WCTV Tallahassee)
Contenders line up for the Georgia Attorney General Spot
Ex-Lobbyist, Va. Governor's Brother-in-Law Among 4 Recommended for U.S. Attorney (Washington Post)
A former corporate lobbyist and the brother-in-law of Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine are among four candidates recommended by Virginia's U.S. senators for U.S. attorney in Alexandria, one of the nation's most prominent law-enforcement posts, officials said yesterday.
Lawyer wants federal sexting law (UPI)
PITTSBURGH, April 1 (UPI) -- A New York lawyer is pushing for a federal law that would make it a misdemeanor for teenagers to send sexual pictures via cell phone.
Hopewell native named city attorney (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Hopewell City Council has hired a city native to be its next city attorney, ending a six-month search to fill the position. Thomas E. Lacheney, who has experience in business and litigation law, started yesterday. Lacheney, 48, is replacing interim City Attorney Stefan M. Calos, a Hopewell native and member of the Sands Anderson Marks & Miller law firm in Richmond. Calos was hired after City ...
Former Randolph assistant district attorney charged (Asheboro Courier-Tribune)
SMITHFIELD — A former Randolph County assistant district attorney is among six officers of the court charged with tampering with court documents in Johnston County to secure illegal dismissals for drunken drivers.
Woman: Lawyer doctored affidavit (Boston Herald)
A former Quincy College official's claim that her affidavit was "deliberately doctored" by a state Ethics Commission lawyer in an alleged nepotism case was...
Attorney disbarred by Ohioâs top court (Lisbon Morning Journal)
LISBON - The attorney in the Andrew G. Irwin murder case has been disbarred for life because of his fraudulent and dishonest dealings with other clients.
Native groups oppose attorney general choice (Anchorage Daily News)
An Alaska Federation of Natives committee voted unanimously to oppose Gov. Sarah Palin's pick for attorney general Wednesday.
Fortis Official Transferred PCCW Shares, Regulator Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- A Fortis Insurance Co. (Asia) Ltd. executive gave 494 people PCCW Ltd. shares after phone calls with a person associated with Richard Li , who is trying to buy out the phone carrier, a lawyer for the city’s regulator said.
Attorney seeks information on witnesses 'improper relationship' in AIM shooting case (Rapid City Journal)
The attorney for a man charged in the 1975 slaying of Annie Mae Aquash wants to know whether the federal government investigated what he says was an improper and unethical relationship between the supervising investigator and a government informant in the case.
IT Holding Owes Fabrics Suppliers EU100 Million, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- IT Holding SpA , the owner of the Gianfranco Ferre fashion label that was placed under bankruptcy protection last month, owes about 100 million euros ($133 million) to its suppliers, who may cut off deliveries, according to a lawyer representing the companies.
Casey Anthony lawyer won't get private hearing (Orlando Sentinel)
A judge on Wednesday denied a request from Casey Anthony's lawyer to have a private hearing without prosecutors or the public present. Defense lawyer José Baez had earlier filed a request for a private meeting without prosecutors with Orange Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland. Baez wanted to meet with the judge in private so "sensitive matters which are critical to the defense can be ...
NOMC attorney: Pontiac knew of $6M (The Oakland Press)
An attorney representing management for the former North Oakland Medical Centers said city officials knew about the estimated $6 million in Cayman Islands bank accounts since 1996 and that the city is not owed any of that money.
Fortis Official Transferred PCCW Shares, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- A Fortis Insurance Co. (Asia) Ltd. executive gave 494 people PCCW Ltd. shares after phone calls with an associate of Richard Li , who is trying to buy out the Hong Kong phone carrier, a lawyer for local regulator said.
Alabama Attorney General Warns Against Price-Gouging (WRBL Columbus)
Attorney General Troy King says he will not tolerate price-gouging and home repair fraud in 11 Alabama counties damaged by storms and floods. King says state law prohibits “unconscionable pricing” of items for sale or rent.
Attorney general: Legislature cannot overrule governor (The Rock Hill Herald)
State lawmakers have no ability to circumvent Gov. Mark Sanford's refusal of $700 million in federal stimulus money, according to an opinion issued Tuesday by Attorney General Henry McMaster.
Attorney: Cub Scout treasurer tries to repay money (WBTV Charlotte)
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) - An attorney for a South Carolina woman accused of taking her son's Cub Scout pack's money says she is working to repay more than $14,000.
Former attorney Minor appeals bribery conviction (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Lawyers for jailed former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn his bribery conviction.
Fortis Agent Transferred PCCW Shares, SFC Lawyer Says (Update2) (Bloomberg)
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- A Fortis Insurance Co. (Asia) Ltd. agent gave 494 people PCCW Ltd. shares after phone calls with an associate of Richard Li , who is trying to buy out the Hong Kong phone carrier, a lawyer for the local markets regulator said.
IT Holding Owes Suppliers EU100 Million, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- IT Holding SpA , the owner of the Gianfranco Ferre fashion label that was placed under bankruptcy protection last month, owes about 100 million euros ($133 million) to its suppliers, who may cut off deliveries, according to a lawyer representing the companies.
Grupo Mexico May Owe Asarco $6 Billion, Lawyer Says (Update2) (Bloomberg)
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Grupo Mexico SAB , Mexico’s largest mining company, may owe Asarco LLC $6.31 billion in damages over a lawsuit related to Asarco’s bankruptcy case, a lawyer for the Arizona mining company said.
Warren Attorney Disbarred (WKBN 27 Youngstown)
Warren Attorney George Kafantaris can no longer practice law in Ohio. The State Supreme Court permanently revoked his license for violating 14 of Ohio's attorney discipline rules.
Attorney: Man connected to booze party to plead guilty (The Morning Call)
Bethlehem Township man charged after racy photos of Freedom High School students boozing and dancing at a stripper pole at his home became public will plead guilty to the charges, his attorney says.
Casey Anthony's attorney questions four more people today (Sun-Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, will interview three corrections officers and a private investigator Today marks day three of depositions in the Casey Anthony criminal case.
Attorney accused of theft rejects plea deal (The Canton Repository)
An attorney facing theft charges rejects a plea offer that would have spared him jail time. Ed Asper is accused of taking money from clients.
Ex-attorney gets maximum sentence in fatal hit-and-run (The Buffalo News)
Disbarred local attorney John Peter Duffy today was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to spend the next two and a third to seven years in prison for what the judge called his "cowardly actions" in trying to cover up a fatal hit-and-run accident last October.
Family Confronts Hit and Run Attorney (WKBW-TV Buffalo)
Orchard Park Attorney John Duffy will spend 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison for hitting Meghan Sorbera with his SUV October 18th.
Lawyer: Vick will work construction after prison (Fox Sports)
A lawyer for suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court Thursday that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has lined up a construction job for when he gets out of prison. Vick, 28, appeared in court for the first time in his bankruptcy case to explain to a judge how he plans to emerge from his financial problems. Before the hearing began, he turned around to wave and smile at ...
Attorney General's Internet predator arrests top 200 (The Patriot-News)
The arrest of a Harrisburg man and six other men on charges they solicited sex from minors over the Internet brought the total of alleged predators snagged by the Attorney General's Internet Child Predator Units to more than 200.
Lawyer: Ex-NFL star Michael Vick will work construction upon release (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A lawyer for suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court Thursday that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has lined up a construction job for when he gets out of prison.
Lawyer: Vick has construction job already lined up (Sports Illustrated)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A lawyer for suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court Thursday that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has lined up a construction job for when he gets out of prison.
Attorney general's office warns of mortgage modification scams (The Wichita Eagle)
The Kansas attorney general's office is warning consumers about mortgage modification scams. "In this time of economic uncertainty, Kansans facing foreclosure are being targeted," Attorney General Steve Six said in a news release today. "Kansans should be aware that scams claiming to assist consumers with modifying their mortgage are popping up across the state."
Lawyer: Ex-NFL Star Vick To Be Construction Worker (CBS 2 Chicago)
A lawyer for suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court Thursday that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has lined up a construction job for when he gets out of prison. Vick, 28, appeared in court for the first time in his bankruptcy case to explain to a judge how he plans to emerge from his financial problems.
Michael Vick taking construction job after prison, lawyer says (CNN)
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will go to work for a construction company in Newport News, Virginia, after he leaves federal prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation, his lawyer said Thursday.
Lawyer: Ex-NFL star Vick will work construction (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court Thursday that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has lined up a $10-an-hour construction job for when he gets out of prison.
Venezuelan Ex-Defense Minister Detained, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuela’s former defense minister, Raul Baduel , who withdrew support for President Hugo Chavez in 2007 and has been under investigation, was detained today by military intelligence officers, his lawyer said.
Lawyer says former NFL star Vick will work construction upon release (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A lawyer for suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court Thursday the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has lined up a US$10-an-hour construction job for when he gets out of prison.
CORRECT: Venezuela Military Detains Prominent Chavez Foe -Lawyer (Nasdaq)
("Venezuela Military Detains Prominent Chavez Foe -Lawyer" published at 4:50 p.m. EDT, incorrectly stated that the prosecutor's office ordered the detention of Manuel Rosales in the seventh and eighth paragraphs. The prosecutor's office requested a court issue an arrest order against Rosales.
Lawyer: Vick has construction job lined up (CNN)
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will go to work for a construction company in Newport News, Virginia, after he leaves federal prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation, his lawyer said Thursday.
Student's paddling case was dropped by Dallas ISD police, district attorney says (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas ISD police sought advice in fall 2008 from the Dallas County district attorney's office in handling a case. But the district's police department never asked the district attorney to prosecute the Lincoln High School case ? and ended up dropping it.
Councilman's violation of gift law won't taint vote on downtown San Jose project, attorney says (San Jose Mercury News)
A San Jose councilman's revelation that he improperly accepted free admission to a Sharks hockey game from a part-owner of the team who sought city funding for his downtown project shouldn't require the council to reconsider its vote on the matter, the city attorney said Thursday.
North Providence councilmans lawyer seeks dismissal of drunken-driving charge (The Providence Journal)
The lawyer for North Providence Councilman Joseph J. Giammarco, who is charged with drunken driving, says his civil rights were violated.
2nd Circuit Scuttles Attorney Fees in Civil Rights Case (Law.com)
Attorney fees should never have been awarded in a civil rights lawsuit brought by students who challenged their punishment for walking out of a Yonkers high school in a protest, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a lower court judge was wrong to award fees because the judge never granted relief in the case and therefore should not have ...
Missouri Attorney General Files Locksmith Lawsuit (KCTV 5 Kansas City)
The Missouri attorney general has launched a campaign to stop fraud by phony locksmiths after KCTV5 exposed a scam.
Hamburg Attorney Sentenced in Hit-and-Run (WGRZ-TV Buffalo)
The Hamburg attorney who struck and killed a Hilbert College student last fall has been sentenced to two-and-a-third to seven years in prison. John Duffy was sentenced Thursday morning in State Supreme Court before Justice John Michalski.