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2nd UPDATE: Deal Reached To Bail Zimbabwean Activists -Lawyer (Nasdaq)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP)--Zimbabwe prosecutors have agreed that 18 detained activists can get bail, a defense lawyer said Wednesday, one day after they were held on charges of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe.
Iran stays execution of two minors: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Iran has ordered a stay of execution for two young convicts sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18, their lawyer told AFP on Wednesday.
Alamo's attorney seeks delay in abuse hearing (NWAnews.com)
An attorney for evangelist Tony Alamo on Tuesday requested a delay in his client's trial, saying he needs more time to investigate the credibility of the girls Alamo is accused of sexually abusing and to examine the locations where the abuse is alleged to have occurred. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Attorney General warns about scams (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Alabama Attorney General Troy King and the Better Business Bureau are warning consumers about scam artists who are looking to prey on fears regarding the spread of swine flu. People should be on the lookout for fraudulent emails and websites looking to take advantage of the public's heightened focus on the potential pandemic.
Police log: York attorney, ex-assistant accused of drunken driving (The York Dispatch)
State police arrested a local attorney Monday night for allegedly driving drunk, then arrested his former assistant, who police said drove to the crash scene drunk with her son in her vehicle.
Durham lawyer eyes Burr seat (The News & Observer)
Kenneth Lewis, a Harvard-educated lawyer in Durham and fundraiser for then-candidate Barack Obama last year, is running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate next year.
San Francisco firm probed as part of New York attorney general's pension corruption case (San Jose Mercury News)
A boutique San Francisco investment firm controlled by a prominent Sacramento lobbyist is under scrutiny by New York's attorney general as part of a rapidly expanding national probe into public pension fund corruption.
Lawyer Argues Zambry's Appointment Unconstitutional (Bernama)
KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 (Bernama) -- A lawyer for Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin argued in the High Court here Tuesday that Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir's appointment as Perak Menteri Besar on Feb 6 was unconstitutional.
Mercer lawyer blames Dobbert, county (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The lead lawyer for Mercer Inc. blamed former Milwaukee County official Gary Dobbert for the failure to provide a cost to the backdrop pension benefit before it was first approved in late 2000. Attorneys for the county earlier blamed the financial consultants.
Former MALDEF Attorney Joins Ridley-Thomas’ Staff (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Former Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney Richard P. Fajardo of Los Angeles has joined Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’s staff as senior deputy for justice and public safety issues.
Rocky River Lawyer Disbarred After Stealing From Estate (News Channel 5 Cleveland)
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- A Rocky River lawyer was disbarred from practicing law after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the estate of a deceased Catholic priest.
Report: Casey Anthony's attorney still questioning corrections officers (Orlando Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, questions corrections officers about the day Caylee's remains were found. Casey Anthony attorney Jose Baez is continuing his questioning today of an Orange County corrections officers about the day that his client learned that her daughter may be dead, a Web site is reporting.
Attorney for D'Club says Sheriff's Office has facts wrong (ABC 7 El Paso)
The attorney for the manager of D'Club says his client feels the club is being targeted, while sheriff's officials say they're just doing their job.
Attorney requests football player trial be pushed back (The Iowa City Press-Citizen)
The attorney for a former University of Iowa football player accused of sexually assaulting another student athlete in October 2007 has requested his client’s trial be delayed again.
Lawyer says sexual misconduct allegations surfacing about Hawkins (Belleville News-Democrat)
A Belleville lawyer, who handles sexual abuse civil cases, said Wednesday that he received several calls about Freeburg District 70 Superintendent Robin R. Hawkins before and after Hawkins committed suicide on Sunday.
Attorney appointed to Open Meeting Commission (Black Hills Pioneer)
PIERRE (AP) -- South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long has appointed Onida lawyer Emily Sovell to the Open Meeting Commission, a group of five state's attorneys who investigate complaints about violations of the state's open meetings law.
Iran stays execution of two minors: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Iran has ordered a stay of execution for two young convicts sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18, their lawyer told AFP on Wednesday.
New OPR Chief Predicts More Transparency in Attorney Investigations (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The new chief of the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility said Tuesday she expects more transparency in attorney misconduct investigations and a more open discovery process in criminal cases.
Frederick's lawyer wants to succeed him (The Washington Times)
RICHMOND (AP) | A conservative trial lawyer who represented the former Virginia Republican Party chairman when the central committee ousted him last month is now vying to be his successor. In announcing his candidacy Wednesday, Bill Stanley of Franklin County repeated many of former Chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick's themes. He said in a three-page statement that the party must be driven by its ...
Attorney Who Faked Death Pleads Guilty (News Channel 5 Nashville)
A local Music Row attorney accused of faking his own death has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal information.
N.J. trooper's lawyer says criminal trial a mistake (Daily Record)
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE. (AP) -- The lawyer for a New Jersey state trooper accused of killing two teenage sisters in a car crash says the case never should have been filed.
Chris Brown lawyer Mark Geragos files motions seeking LAPD records on Rihanna beating photo leak (New York Daily News)
Chris Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos filed two motions Wednesday asking for internal police records on the leaked photo of Rihanna's bruised and battered face, a source confirmed.
Lawyer charged after driving off in booted truck (Boston Globe)
A Millinocket lawyer has been charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly tried to drive off in his pickup truck that had been immobilized with the wheel-locking Denver boot.
Lawyer urges Penobsquis residents not to sign water contract (CBC New Brunswick)
Penobsquis residents should be able to negotiate their own water contracts instead of agreeing to one drafted by the nearby community of Sussex Corner, according to a lawyer.
Attorney Seeks Delay In Trial Of Former Hawkeye Player (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
The attorney for one of two former University of Iowa football players charged in a sexual abuse case wants the trial delayed. A judge could decide during a pretrial conference on Thursday whether to postponed Abe Satterfield's trial, which is set for May 18 in Johnson County.
Franklin attorney pleads guilty to faking own death (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
A Middle Tennessee attorney pleaded guilty Wednesday in Davidson County Criminal Court to faking his own death and trying to defraud a life insurance company.
Attorney General Wants Stricter Guidelines for Craigslist (WMUR New Hampshire)
Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is asking craigslist.org's CEO for stricter oversight of the site.
Welch will be interim U.S. Attorney in Kansas (BizJournals)
Lanny Welch is the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, taking over for Marietta Parker after her term as acting U.S. Attorney expired.
Plaintiffs' lawyer makes case for consent decree hearings (The Champaign News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN – The judge overseeing the Champaign school district's consent decree case should provide a public forum in which to consider whether the district has complied in good faith with the decree, says the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case. Carol Ashley, representing the district's black families, filed her reply on the question of the hearing late Wednesday afternoon.
Pregnant smuggler gets lawyer (News 24 South Africa)
A pregnant British woman awaiting trial in Laos on drugs charges has chosen a lawyer from a list provided by the government, says a Lao government spokesperson.
4th Circuit Vacates Defendant's Attorney Fees Award (Law.com)
It was a rare trial court ruling to award attorney fees to a defendant -- about $41,000 for the work Davis Wright Tremaine did to counter claims that federal agents stepped all over the Constitution in searching a Muslim family's home in Virginia in a terrorist-related investigation. On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, voting 2-1, struck the fee award. All three ...
Chris Brown's lawyer wants LAPD records (CTV.ca)
Chris Brown's lawyer is seeking police records to try to find out who leaked information about the alleged beating of Rihanna.
Chen fires lawyer in trial protest (Financial Times)
Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian, who is embroiled in Taiwan’s biggest corruption trial , has fired his lawyer and given up his legal defence to protest at what he claims to be an “illegal trial”.
FBI, U.S. attorney general to conduct probe of Summit jail death (Akron Beacon Journal)
FBI, U.S. attorney general to conduct probe of Summit jail death
LA city attorney candidates sharpen attacks against each other (KPCC Pasadena)
Frank Stoltze: The race for Los Angeles City Attorney is turning out to be one of the most negative political campaigns in recent memory. City Councilman Jack Weiss and criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich have launched blistering attacks on each other in what many expect to be a close vote. The election for the non-partisan but powerful post is less than two weeks away. KPCC's Frank ...
Interim U.S. Attorney in the District of Kansas is named (The Kansas City Star)
Veteran prosecutor Lanny Welch has been appointed the interim U.S. Attorney in the District of Kansas, officials said this morning.
Lawyer: Man admits phony Toni Braxton scam (MSNBC)
A concert promoter accused of trying to pass off a Las Vegas-based entertainer as six-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton has confessed to arranging the scheme in Suriname, his lawyer said Thursday.
Howrey Swipes Trial Attorney Billy Martin From Sutherland Asbill (Law.com)
Howrey has pulled a coup, luring well-known trial attorney Billy Martin to the firm as partner. Martin says Howrey's international platform will strengthen his practice, which he called a blend of white-collar, complex commercial litigation and professional liability work. Martin brings a high-profile book of clients, having represented NBA stars Allen Iverson and Jayson Williams, in addition to ...
Lawyer contends Janus execs lied to former fund manager (Denver Post)
Janus Capital Group officials lied to an ex-fund manager when they promised he would get all contract protections offered to his colleagues, and he deserves more than $9 million in damages for that broken promise, his lawyer argued Thursday.
Publisher: Lawyer sought favorable coverage (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
A lawyer for a charter school operator, who sued The Inquirer four months ago for libel, offered to withdraw a subpoena for the newspaper's chief executive officer, Brian P. Tierney, on the condition that Tierney guarantee positive coverage for the school, Tierney testified yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Did lawyer want favorable news coverage for client in libel suit? (Philadelphia Daily News)
Brian Tierney, chief executive of the company that owns the Daily News and Inquirer, asserted yesterday during a bankruptcy hearing that a lawyer for a plaintiff suing the Inquirer for libel offered to withdraw a subpoena for Tierney to testify if Tierney would give his client favorable coverage.
Lawyer: SC driver trying to miss deer before crash (News 12 Augusta)
The lawyer for a man charged with murder after his sports car ran off a South Carolina road and killed a man watching television in his home says his client lost control of the vehicle after swerving to miss deer.
Lawyer: Suriname promoter admits Braxton scam (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A Suriname promoter acknowledged trying to pass off a Las Vegas-based entertainer as six-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton at a disastrous show dubbed the "Phony Toni" concert by local media, his lawyer said Thursday.
Drew Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky does damage control on morning chat shows (Chicago Sun-Times)
Drew Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky appeared Friday on network morning news shows to call the Will County State's Attorney's evidence "at best a weak circumstantial case."
Venezuela government lawyer: Banco Nacional de Credito buys Stanford Bank SA for $111.6M (INO News)
(AP:CARACAS, Venezuela) Venezuela government lawyer: Banco Nacional de Credito buys Stanford Bank SA for $111.6M. Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Ky. attorney general warns of swine flu scams (WHAS TV11 Louisville)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says scam artists may be using the swine flu to swindle people. Conway says there's been a recent uptick in Internet domain names related to the swine flu.
State Sen. Dave Aronberg to run for attorney general (NBC 2 Fort Myers)
State Sen. Dave Aronberg says he will run for attorney general - if Gov. Charlie Crist runs for Senate and Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum then runs for governor.
Goochland County Attorney resigns (The Goochland Gazette)
Andrew R. McRoberts, Goochland County Attorney for the last eight years, announced his resignation Wednesday in a two paragraph letter to Board of Supervisors chairman Andrew PryorAndrew R. McRoberts, Goochland County Attorney for the last eight years, announced his resignation Wednesday in a two paragraph letter to Board of Supervisors chairman Andrew Pryor. “With a mixture of feelings, I ...
Lawyer: John Ludwig Was Trying To Miss Deer Before Deadly Crash Into House (WJBF-TV Augusta)
The lawyer for a man charged with murder after his sports car ran off a South Carolina road and killed a man watching television in his home says his client lost control of the vehicle after swerving to miss deer. Attorney Billy Wilkins told WYFF-TV that 36-year-old John Ludwig Jr. was returning from a wedding reception on April 25 when the wreck happened.
Peterson lawyer slams prosecutors' case (The Courier News)
Drew Peterson's lawyer went on television Friday morning to bash the cops' case against his client. "This is at best a weak circumstantial case," Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, said on the CBS "Early Show."