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Luther Jones indicted: Lawyer, district clerk face bribery charges (El Paso Times)
EL PASO -- Powerful El Paso lawyer Luther Jones pleaded not guilty Friday to four counts of bribery and mail fraud that allege he bribed District Court Clerk Gilbert Sanchez with a $750 check and an all-expense-paid trip to Las Vegas. KTSM Video: Jones and Sanchez indicted Photo gallery: Luther Jones Blog: Experience is on Luther Jones' side Download: Jones and Sanchez indictment Read past ...
Appearances do matter when you are state attorney general (The Fresno Bee)
It shouldn't be surprising that state Attorney General Jerry Brown received political contributions from relatives and associates of Darius Anderson.
Publisher, attorney to hold learning seminar June 16 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A local publisher and attorney will be holding the informational and networking seminar, "Publishing 101: An Introduction to Book Publishing, Contracts, and Copyright Protection," Tuesday, June 16th, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., at Jay's Diner, 2612 W. Henrietta Road.
Local Attorney Wants To Seek New Trial For Stepfather Of Murdered Boys (KWTX-TV Waco)
More than two decades after Ed Graf was found guilty of setting a fire in a backyard storage shed in a Waco suburb that killed his two young stepsons, a Central Texas attorney is hoping to ask for a new trial, in which he hopes to exonerate Graf using the same evidence that won a conviction.
Attorney-General considers scuba sentence appeal (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Queensland Attorney-General is considering an appeal against the sentence handed down to an American man jailed over the death of his wife in 2006.
How do you know when (or if) you need a lawyer? (Carteret County News-Times)
(ARA) - If you are waiting for your landlord to fix a leaky roof -- you may need a lawyer. If you are adopting a child -- you may need a lawyer. If your business partner, or spouse, is cheating on you -- you may need a lawyer.
Cocoa Beach attorney arrested on grand theft charge (Florida Today)
A local attorney has been arrested on charges of grand theft in connection with missing money from a family trust account, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.
Pedro Nava running for state attorney general (The Santa Ynez Valley News)
Pedro Nava, who represents the Santa Ynez Valley in the state Assembly, announced Thursday that he is running for state attorney general. Nava, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, will be forced out of the 35th Assembly District seat by term limits in 2010.
Smith attorney: New evidence in case (The Ames Tribune)
The Story County Attorney’s Office is fighting a motion for a new trial in the case of Glenn Smith, a homeless man found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of another transient.
Lawyer wants charges laid over background checks on jurors (Toronto Sun)
Either the attorney general or the OPP should be charged for allowing Barrie Crown attorneys to conduct illegal searches into the backgrounds of potential jurors, a Toronto lawyer said yesterday.
Boynton man charged in West Palm Beach nightclub shooting acted in self-defense, attorney says (The Palm Beach Post)
Narcisse "Nas" Antoine, the man suspected of killing one man and shooting another outside a local nightclub earlier this week, would be dead today if he hadn't defended himself, according to his attorney.
Leafs threaten to sue NHL over Hamilton franchise, Balsillie's lawyer says (Kitchener - Waterloo Record)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have threatened to sue the National Hockey League if a franchise is located in Hamilton, the lawyer for Jim Balsillie has advised.
Attorney: Drew Peterson bail reduction is denied (KWWL Iowa)
CHICAGO (AP) - A lawyer for Drew Peterson says an Illinois appeals court has denied a petition to lessen Peterson's $20 million bail. Attorney Joel Brodsky expressed disappointment in the ruling from the Illinois Third District Appellate Court in a statement late Friday.
Lawyer for ex-BART cop to seek new venue (Reno Gazette-Journal)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lawyer for a former Bay Area transit police officer ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man said Friday he intends to file a change of venue for his client.
Attorney: Drew Peterson's bail reduction denied (Chicago Tribune)
Murder suspect Drew Peterson's lead attorney released a statement late Friday saying the Illinois Third District Appellate Court has denied a petition to reduce Peterson's $20 million bail on charges alleging he killed his third wife.
David Carradine's lawyer believes he was murdered (3news)
David Carradine's lawyer is calling on Thai authorities to launch a murder investigation, because she believes the actor was killed and his death made to look like a suicide.
Lawyer: Drew's bail appeal denied (The Plainfield Sun)
A lawyer for Drew Peterson says an Illinois appeals court has denied a petition to lessen Peterson's $20 million bail. Attorney Joel Brodsky expressed disappointment in the ruling from the Illinois Third District Appellate Court in a statement late Friday.
Death Row Inmate Says He's Fine With Attorney (WLTX-TV Columbia)
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina death row inmate appealing his conviction because he says his lawyer at his trial was inadequate has told a judge he is fine with using the same attorney for a second death penalty trial later this year.
County attorney faults judge in sex-offender case (New Hampshire Union Leader)
The Rockingham County attorney says a Portsmouth man could have been behind bars before an alleged assault last month.
Attorney appointed to Portage Board of Works by Velazquez (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
PORTAGE | Mayor Olga Velazquez appointed local attorney Gregg Sobkowski to the Board of Works this week. Sobkowski will replace Tim Montania who recently resigned citing health reasons.
Bain's lawyer urges relatives to return inheritance (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The lawyer for David Bain hopes his relatives will be "generous" and give him back the inheritance that is legally his, he said today.
Attorney general charges BP Products with violating laws (The Pasadena Citizen)
HOUSTON — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has charged BP Products North America, Inc. with violating state health, safety and environmental protection laws, including the Texas Clean Air Act, the Texas Water Code, and the Texas Health & Safety Code.
Allan opts for lawyer (Highland Community News)
After serving as his own attorney for four years, Tristan Darnell Allan has decided he needs a professional lawyer. He is one of three defendants charged with the March, 2005 murder and robbery at CeeVee’s Liquor Store and Deli in Highland.
How do you know when (or if) you need a lawyer? (Carteret County News-Times)
(ARA) - If you are waiting for your landlord to fix a leaky roof -- you may need a lawyer. If you are adopting a child -- you may need a lawyer. If your business partner, or spouse, is cheating on you -- you may need a lawyer.
Attorney's motion for removal granted in teacher lawsuit (Baltimore Sun)
Lawyer cites 'irreconcilable differences' with woman who sued system in 2007 The attorney for a Howard County teacher who won a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school system two years ago has filed a motion to have herself removed from a current lawsuit, claiming that her client's actions have "blindsided her."
ACLU staff attorney to speak on issues raised by Prop. 8 (The Desert Sun)
ACLU staff attorney Lori Rifkin will discuss “More Than Marriage: Life in the Wake of Proposition 8” from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert at 72-425 Via Vail, Rancho Mirage.
Matteson lawyer fights for those who fight for us (SouthtownStar)
Navigating any government system - with piles of paperwork and phone extensions that go nowhere - can be exhausting. Now add to that a physical injury, strained personal relationships or mental illness and it can be downright excruciating. Lawyer Heidi Keenan says when members of the military return from overseas service, red tape is the last thing they should worry about.
NRI lawyer jailed in Northern Ireland (NDTV)
An Indian-origin lawyer based in Northern Ireland has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to inciting murder and perverting the course of justice.
Pedro Nava running for state attorney general (The Santa Ynez Valley News)
Pedro Nava, who represents the Santa Ynez Valley in the state Assembly, announced Thursday that he is running for state attorney general. Nava, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, will be forced out of the 35th Assembly District seat by term limits in 2010.
Why it’s a good idea to have an attorney for your interview or hearing - Part 2 (Good News Pilipinas)
By Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. In a previous article, I discussed some of the reasons why it is a good idea to hire an attorney for your case, especially for your interview or hearing, rather than trying to save money and do it on your own. Related posts: Why it’s a good idea to have an attorney for your interview or hearing - Part 1 By Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. Many people had relative ...
'Unfair appeal' process hooked defence lawyer (The Press)
Defence lawyer Michael Reed's involvement in the David Bain case came about almost by accident.
Vahanvati likely to be new Attorney General (The Times of India)
Senior advocate Goolam E Vahanvati is likely to be the new Attorney General of India.
Lawyer says China must free dissident writer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a prominent Chinese writer secretly detained six months ago called on authorities Monday to free his client or formally charge him.
Palin's Lawyer Denies She Lifted Gingrich Article (Fox News)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been accused of paraphrasing at length from an article co-written by Newt Gingrich when she gave a speech, but her lawyer says proper credit was given.
Palin's lawyer says proper credit given in speech (AP via Yahoo! News)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been accused of paraphrasing at length from an article co-written by Newt Gingrich when she gave a speech, but her lawyer says proper credit was given to the former House speaker.
Omagh lawyer hoping for precedent (BBC News)
The lawyer acting for the families of the Omagh bombing victims says he hopes today's judgement will open up the opportunity to pursue punitive damages.
Goolam E Vahanvati appointed Attorney General (NDTV)
Senior advocate Goolam E Vahanvati, who has articulated the government's views on sensitive cases like reservation in educational institutions and tainted ministers, was appointed as the Attorney General on Monday. He is going to be the country's top law officer.
Senator Dan Gelber to run for Florida Attorney General (WCTV Tallahassee)
State Senator Dan Gelber announces plans to run for Florida Attorney General in 2010.
Tamarac city attorney gets tough on country club meals (Miami Herald)
Tamarac officials are embroiled in a brouhaha over access to brisket sandwiches. Former City Commissioner Ed Portner, who termed out last year, is miffed about a letter he recently received from City Attorney Sam Goren telling him to cease and desist from ''trading upon your former relationship'' with the city to dine at the Woodlands Country Club.
Chattanooga: Defense attorney says murder trial witnesses not credible (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
The attorney defending a young woman accused of aggravated child neglect said many witnesses from a trial last fall — in which the woman’s ex-boyfriend was acquitted of murder in the child’s death — were not credible.
Gelber officially in race for Democratic attorney general nomination (Tallahassee Democrat)
State Sen. Dan Gelber, who recently dropped out of the U.S. Senate race, announced his candidacy today for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.
Obama lawyer: Chrysler-Fiat must be allowed (CNN Money)
A top Obama administration lawyer urged the Supreme Court on Monday to allow Chrysler's bankruptcy to proceed, noting that the needs of the economy outweigh the needs of the deal's detractors.
Life in the Limelight for New Attorney General (Law.com)
If you haven't seen Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in public, on Capitol Hill, at a commencement ceremony, on television, under klieg lights on a dais somewhere, someplace -- perhaps you're simply not trying.
Attorney General makes recommendation in Hindt case (The Fort Dodge Messenger)
A Fort Dodge police officer may receive a traffic citation following an investigation by the Iowa Attorney General's office. The officer, Galen Hindt, allegedly rear-ended a car at 2 a.m. on April 11 and later left the scene as a Fort Dodge officer responded.
Lawyer: Ex-Detroit mayor's payments back on track (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
DETROIT -- A lawyer for Detroit's former mayor says his client's up to date _ and even early _ with his monthly restitution payments. Michael Alan Schwartz tells the Detroit Free...
Lawyer: Ex-Detroit mayor's payments back on track (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Detroit's former mayor says his client's up to date — and even early — with monthly restitution payments in the criminal case that drove him from office.
San Francisco Attorney Julie Pearl Named Among the Nation's Top 10 Immigration Attorneys by HR Executive Magazine (dBusinessNews.com)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney Julie Pearl, founder of Pearl Law Group and Tracker Corp, was recently named among the Nation's Top 10 Immigration Attorneys in HR Executive Magazine's annual list of "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys." She is the only woman on the list.
Lawyer: Ex-Detroit mayor's payments back on track (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - June 8, 2009 1:15 PM ET DETROIT (AP) - A lawyer for Detroit's former mayor says his client's up to date - and even early - with his monthly restitution payments.
Texas Attorney General may take action against Reddy Ice 12:23 PM CT (Dallas Morning News)
The Texas Attorney General's office is "likely to initiate litigation" against Reddy Ice Holdings Inc. in connection with an antitrust probe, the agency said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Lawyer: Ex-Detroit mayor's payments back on track (KVOA Tucson)
Associated Press - June 8, 2009 1:23 PM ET DETROIT (AP) - A lawyer for Detroit's former mayor says his client's up to date - and even early - with monthly restitution payments in the criminal...