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Lawyer of Chhota Shakeel's aide shot dead (New Kerala)
Mangalore, April 10: Naushad Kashim, the lawyer of Rashid Malbari, an aide of underworld don Chhota Shakeel was shot dead here by unidentified gunmen, the police said Friday. A hunt has been launched to arrest the killers.
Sullivan’s defense attorney ‘prepared to deal with’ new charges (The Observer-Dispatch)
State police Investigator Matthew Sullivan’s attorney Friday said he was “prepared to deal with” all of the new misdemeanor charges that have been lodged against Sullivan regarding his alleged flight from police following a traffic stop.
P.I. files complaint against Casey Anthony's attorney (Orlando Sentinel)
The Florida Bar confirmed that private investigator Dominic Casey filed the latest bar complaint against attorney Jose Baez, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.
U.S. attorney Sutton resigns (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - April 10, 2009 12:55 PM ET AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of Austin has notified President Barack Obama that he's resigning.
Widmer Attorney Asks For New Trial, Citing Juror Misconduct (WLWT-TV Cincinnati)
An attorney for a man convicted of killing his wife has filed another motion asking for a new trial, this time citing juror misconduct.
Sloppy lawyer fined (NBC 2 Fort Myers)
Neatness counts - especially to a Wisconsin appeals court. The judges were so angry with a lawyer's sloppy work, they've fined him $500.
Schweitzer chooses Billings lawyer for ed board (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer has chosen a Billings lawyer to serve on the state Board of Public Education.
Fearless lawyer upheld bar oath (The Times of India)
Naushad Kasim, the Mangalore-based criminal lawyer who was shot dead on Thursday night off Falnir Road, was acclaimed for his professional skills.
US attorney Sutton resigns (WOAI San Antonio)
The U.S. attorney who won the conviction of two Border Patrol agents for shooting of a fleeing drug dealer is resigning.
State Bar suspends Hampton attorney's law license (Daily Press)
The Virginia State Bar's Disciplinary Board has suspended a Hampton attorney's license to practice law for five years, following a misconduct hearing last month.
US attorney Sutton resigns (News 8 Austin)
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of Austin has notified President Barack Obama that he's resigning. Sutton's been the top federal prosecutor for 68 counties in Central and West Texas since his 2001 appointment by President George W. Bush.
US attorney Sutton resigns (News 8 Austin)
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of Austin has notified President Barack Obama that he's resigning. He said his last day as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas will be April 19.
Obama taps former Idaho attorney general, Pawnee tribe member to lead Indian Affairs (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - An American Indian who served as the attorney general of Idaho was nominated Friday to become the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. President Barack Obama nominated Larry EchoHawk, a law professor at Brigham Young University and a member of the Pawnee tribe, to the post.
Lawyer: Octo Mom Could Have Reality TV Deal "By End of Next Week" (US Weekly)
Octo Mom...coming to a TV near you. Nadya Suleman's lawyer Jeff Czech says she's met with four production companies so far this week about creating a reality show to follow her brood of 14. See what Octo Mom does all day. "Nadya has been interested in, and hoping to find, something not so intrusive to the family and babies while, at the same time, [something to] sort of focus on trying to...
US Attorney Probes Incident at Councilman's Home (NBC San Diego)
The office of the U.S. Attorney is investigating an incident at a San Diego City Councilman's home that occurred in February, according to a police spokesman.
Jacksonville attorney ordered to not handle client funds (Jacksonville Daily News)
A longtime Jacksonville attorney has been court ordered not to handle money for clients until his books are examined by the North Carolina State Bar.
GOP lawyer beats head-butt rap in White Plains restaurant flap (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - The case against a Republican lawyer accused of head-butting a lawyer and former state Assembly candidate during a brawl at a posh city restaurant has been dropped.
Attorney hopes for plea deal in underage-sex case (Deseret Morning News)
FARMINGTON — Plans for a plea bargain are still a very real option, but an attorney for a former Bountiful Junior High School teacher charged with having sex with a 13-year-old male student says he still needs more time to gather information before negotiating a plea in earnest.
President Obama picks former Idaho attorney general for Interior job (The Idaho Statesman)
WASHINGTON Larry EchoHawk, 60, a Democrat, served as attorney general from 1991 to 1995 after repr
California Senate insurance panel hires former State Farm lawyer (Los Angeles Times)
Consumer activists criticize close links between government and industry. Sen. Ron Calderon defends his appointment. A state legislative committee overseeing the insurance industry has hired a former lawyer for State Farm as a top advisor, alarming consumer activists who say the move is the latest spin of a busy revolving door between government and the industry.
Lawyer Loses Round in Fee Dispute Over Anna Nicole Smith Paternity Case (Law.com)
The lawyer who represented Larry Birkhead in his paternity suit to gain custody of Anna Nicole's Smith's child has lost a bid to compel arbitration in a lawsuit to recover legal fees from him. A state appeals court in California ruled last week that attorney Debra Opri will have to take her claim against Birkhead to court. Opri of Opri & Associates in Beverly Hills, Calif., is claiming more than ...
Lawyer claims former Liberal minister offered contracts for party fundraising (Vancouver Sun)
A Vancouver lawyer claimed under oath that former Liberal justice minister Martin Cauchon offered him federal prosecution contracts if he bought a table at a fundraising dinner for ex-prime minister Paul Martin, according to documents filed with the Supreme Court of Canada.
MILITARY: Attorney wants charges dropped against third Fallujah defendant (North County Times)
The attorney for the third and final Marine charged with killing an unarmed insurgent in Iraq says prosecutors should heed the acquittals of two co-defendants and drop the case against his client.
Attorney General Weathers Stevens Fallout -- for Now (Law.com)
For the DOJ, it was a week that might have echoed the toughest days of the Bush era. First, the department got a very public spanking from a federal judge for mishandling the corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens. Then, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. replaced the longtime head of the Office of Professional Responsibility with a veteran prosecutor. The thing that may have made last ...
State attorney general's office ends investigation into Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas physician rating program (Dallas Morning News)
The Texas Attorney General's office said Friday it ended a probe into a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas' physician rating program and reached an agreement with the insurer to stop ranking physicians using claims data.
Palin's attorney general pick under fire (KTVA Anchorage)
The controversy surrounding Gov. Palin's attorney general pick continued for a second day. This time Wayne Anthony Ross came under fire from House Judiciary members. Many wanted to know if some of Ross' past comments about women, homosexuals and Alaska Natives will affect the way he does his job.
Attorney general, police chiefs mark Alcohol Awareness Month (The Norman Transcript)
When jail is the best option, the alternatives must really be terrible.Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Norman Police Chief Phil Cotten and Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said for teens caught drinking and driving, the possibility of going to jail should be sobering -- but jail is preferable to the morgue.
GOP lawyer beats head-butt rap in White Plains (The Journal News)
WHITE PLAINS - The case against a Republican lawyer accused of head-butting a lawyer and former state Assembly candidate during a brawl at a posh city restaurant has been dropped.
Billings lawyer named to ed board (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer has chosen a Billings lawyer to serve on the state Board of Public Education.
MILITARY: Attorney wants charges dropped against third Fallujah defendant (North County Times)
The attorney for the third and final Marine charged with killing an unarmed insurgent in Iraq says prosecutors should heed the acquittals of two co-defendants and drop the case against his client.
Lawyer sworn in as new judge (The Republican)
GREENFIELD - Gov. Deval L. Patrick swore in a local lawyer Friday as a new Greenfield District Court judge. The ceremony, conducted in the Franklin County Courthouse, put 45-year-old William F. Mazanec III, of Shelburne, onto the bench.
City attorney: Burris did nothing wrong (The Springfield News-Leader)
Springfield's city attorney said Friday he reviewed the allegations against City Manager Greg Burris and found no evidence Burris violated the City Charter by forwarding an e-mail sent to him by council candidate Fred Ellison.
Vineland lawyer on N.J. Top 100 list (Daily Journal)
VINELAND -- Vineland lawyer Jay H. Greenblatt, has been designated one of the top 100 lawyers in New Jersey, according to the point totals in the 2009 New Jersey Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue-ribbon review program published in the April issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine.
Doctor in botched stillborn case 'stands by findings,' says lawyer (Montgomery Advertiser)
BIRMINGHAM -- The doctor whose bungled autopsy of a baby led to a murder charge that was dropped this week against an Alabama mother maintains the findings were correct, the medical examiner's law­yer said Friday.
Obama taps former Idaho attorney general, Pawnee tribe member to lead Indian Affairs (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American Indian who served as the attorney general of Idaho was nominated Friday to become the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Services Are Saturday For Texas Lawyer Killed In Plane Crash (KWTX-TV Waco)
Services are scheduled Saturday for a Texas lawyer who died in the crash of his single-engine plane.
Supreme Court suspends Cheyenne attorney (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Supreme Court suspended a Cheyenne attorney from the practice of law for two months for making improper comments about a district court judge and for failing to diligently pursue a matter for her client.
Board weighs keeping attorney (The Jackson Sun)
The Jackson-Madison County School Board has formed a Legal Issues Committee to consider whether it should continue to maintain a staff attorney. Board members expect to vote on the issue after receiving a recommendation from the committee.
Lawyer-moms aim to change law firms' punishing work culture (The Globe and Mail)
With her three children approaching school age, lawyer Sarah Hyndman Fitzpatrick felt an urge to resume her career. She ran smack into the same professional brick wall that has stopped numerous female lawyers before her. ''There was absolutely nothing for me,'' Ms. Fitzpatrick recalled. ''Nowhere to go. Nowhere to network. No way to understand what opportunities there were.''
Head-butt case dropped against NY lawyer (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - April 11, 2009 10:25 AM ET WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A former state Assembly candidate has dropped assault charges against a Republican lawyer accused of head-butting him at...
Head-butt Case Dropped Against Lawyer (FOX 5 New York)
A former state Assembly candidate has dropped assault charges against a Republican lawyer accused of head-butting him at a White Plains restaurant. A judge dismissed the charge against Anthony Mangone on Friday.
Lawyer claims former Liberal minister offered contracts for party fundraising (Ottawa Citizen)
A Vancouver lawyer claimed under oath that former Liberal justice minister Martin Cauchon offered him federal prosecution contracts if he bought a table at a fundraising dinner for ex-prime minister Paul Martin, according to documents filed with the Supreme Court of Canada.
Power of attorney help available (The Galesburg Register-Mail)
The public is invited to Galesburg Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to noon May 1 to complete an Illinois Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney for Healthcare.
Head-butt case dropped against NY lawyer (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A former state Assembly candidate has dropped assault charges against a Republican lawyer accused of head-butting him at a White Plains restaurant.
Exiting US attorney laments not catching "Whitey" (7 News Boston)
BOSTON -- U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's office prosecuted plenty of high-profile defendants, but there's one he wishes he could have brought to justice: fugitive mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.
Exiting US Attorney Regrets Not Catching Bulger (WBZ Boston)
Since Michael Sullivan became U.S. attorney for Massachusetts in 2001, his office has prosecuted a collection of high-profile defendants: former FBI agent John Connolly, carjack killer Gary Sampson and would-be shoe-bomber Richard Reid.
'Workers are not in sync with lawyer's campaign' (The Times of India)
As one of the best in the business, lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani has always been used to top billing and loads of attention.
Lawyer goes to court, seeks Lalu’s removal (Gulf Times)
A lawyer has filed a petition against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the Patna High Court, seeking his removal from the central ministry for his threatening remarks against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi.
Oakland attorney killed, girlfriend arrested. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Police say an Oakland attorney has been fatally shot, and arrested his girlfriend on suspicion of murder. Police found 36-year-old Michael Porcella dead on the porch of his Oakland home late Friday. Arrested was 28-year-old Rennie Pratt, who police say had...
City attorney hire may take longer than planned (San Pedro Valley News-Sun)
Thelma Grimes/San Pedro Valley News-Sun The search for a city attorney may take a little longer than planned, since the hiring committee, appointed by the Benson City Council, is now creating a list of questions for those selected to be interviewed.