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District Attorney's controversial new hire resigns just weeks into new post (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A former New Orleans police officer hired by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro weeks after he was fired by police for misconduct announced his resignation today.
Lawyer: Right-to-die group did not help Athens County woman commit suicide (The Columbus Dispatch)
An Athens County woman joined the Final Exit Network in hopes that its volunteers would help her die, but none were present when she committed suicide this week, the group's lawyer said today.
Attorney general closes UP office in Escanaba (Lansing State Journal)
ESCANABA - State budget cuts are forcing the closing of the Michigan attorney general's Upper Peninsula office.
Ex-Napolitano aide expected to be U.S. Attorney (East Valley Tribune)
A Phoenix attorney and former top aide to former Gov. Janet Napolitano is expected to be the next U.S. Attorney for Arizona.
Stern Was Killed in Crime of Passion, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
June 16 (Bloomberg) -- Edouard Stern ’s mistress killed him out of passion after he described her as a “whore” during a sex game, not out of greed, a lawyer for the slain French financier’s former lover told jurors in Geneva.
Guilty plea postponed for attorney in county corruption probe (Times Leader)
The hearing for Attorney Robert Powell's guilty plea to charges connected to the Luzerne County corruption probe has been postponed until July 1.
Attorney In Trouble For Suspended License (News Channel 5 Nashville)
The state attorney general alleged that Michael Sneed took on new cases, lied to his clients and continued to represent them even after the state Supreme Court suspended his license in March 2009.
Lawyer seeks ouster of LA judge in Dole case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer is seeking removal of a judge who denounced him as an engineer of a scheme to bring fraudulent claims against the Dole food company by men pretending to have been harmed by pesticides on Nicaraguan banana plantations in the 1970s.
Chris Brown attorney seeks delay in assault case (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for R&B singer Chris Brown has asked the California Supreme Court to delay the assault case against the pop star until it can rule on the lawyer's attempt to get information from police.
Palin nominates Sullivan as attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday appointed a former Anchorage lawyer with White House and State Department service to be Alaska's new attorney general after her earlier choice was rejected by state lawmakers.
Iran Arrests Human Rights Lawyer (NPR)
Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi is a longtime advocate for human rights in Iran. Ebadi, who's in Switzerland, tells NPR that human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has been arrested in Tehran.
Sen. Espada Takes Aim At Bronx District Attorney (WCBS-TV New York)
New York State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. plans to file a formal complaint against Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. The dissident Democrat who helped Republicans take over the Senate said he'll ask the Inspector General on Wednesday to investigate Johnson for "prosecutorial misconduct and selective prosecution."
Hearing set for lawyer accused of extorting Dole (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer accused of taking part in a scheme to extort Dole food company for billions of dollars is under orders to appear at a contempt hearing Wednesday.
Hearing set for lawyer accused of extorting Dole (San Francisco Chronicle)
A lawyer accused of taking part in a scheme to extort Dole food company for billions of dollars is under orders to appear at a contempt hearing Wednesday. Juan Dominguez is accused of bringing fraudulent claims against Dole by men pretending to have been... Sponsored Topics: Dole Food Company - Juan Dominguez - Lawyer - Business - Products and Services
Palin names Daniel S. Sullivan as Attorney General (KTVA Anchorage)
June 16, 2009, Soldotna, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin announced her Attorney General appointment today. Daniel S. Sullivan is an Alaskan attorney and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State.
Chris Brown's Lawyer Seeks Delay In Assault Case (Billboard)
Chris Brown's lawyer has asked the California Supreme Court to delay a key hearing in the singer's assault case.
Jackson Council To Pay Melton's Attorney $37,500 (WAPT Jackson)
The Jackson City Council agrees to pay $37,500 of $103,500 in attorney fees for the late Mayor Frank Melton.
Israel To Free Hamas Parliament Speaker - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP)--The detained Hamas speaker of the Palestinian parliament is to be released after an Israeli military tribunal refused to keep him behind bars beyond his sentence, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Lawyer seeks apology for traffic ticket (UPI)
WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- A policeman picked the wrong person when he ticketed a Washington lawyer for flashing his headlights to acknowledge an upcoming speed trap, the lawyer says.
Senator: Attorney General Holder soft on terror (AP via Yahoo! News)
The senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says Attorney General Eric Holder is too soft on terrorism.
Attorney General Holder says there could be 50 or more trials of Guantanamo detainees (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday there may be 50 or more trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees as the Obama administration works to shut the detention center by early next year.
Lawyer for Holocaust Victims Claims Trust-Fund Dipping Was Inadvertent (Law.com)
The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Tuesday heard Edward Fagan , a Livingston, N.J., lawyer who helped secure a multibillion-dollar settlement for Holocaust victims and survivors, argue why he should not be disbarred for misappropriating clients' funds.
PBC Tax Collector Anne Gannon endorses Dan Gelber for attorney general (Sun-Sentinel)
State Sen. Dan Gelber reached into the home turf of state Sen. Dave Aronberg and picked up an endorsement for the Democratic nomination for attorney general – a job both Senate colleagues are seeking.
Lawyer: Missing Webio exec called me (Chicago Tribune)
David Hernandez, who disappeared Monday after federal regulators accused him of securities fraud, told one of his former attorneys Wednesday morning that he is staying at a Downers Grove hotel -- but police don't believe his story. Avni Shah, a Chicago lawyer who said her firm has done some transactional work for Hernandez, said she received a call at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from Hernandez. He ...
Fort Lauderdale Attorney to Become 61st Florida Bar President (dBusinessNews.com)
Fort Lauderdale attorney Jesse H. Diner will become The Florida Bar's 61 st president on Friday, June 26, when he is sworn in by Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince during the Bar's 2009 Annual Convention . Orlando attorney Mayanne Downs will be sworn in as president-elect at the same ceremony, which is being held at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
Attorney General Holder says immigration agents will get new anti-drug powers (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder says federal immigration agents will get expanded powers to help fight Mexican drug cartels. Holder says an announcement is imminent on a new agreement between the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
Sick Lawyer Delays Murder Trial (WCVB Boston)
The murder trial of an ex-convict accused of gunning down another man in a Newton parking garage has been suspended because of a medical issue with a defense lawyer.
Vietnam defends free speech after lawyer's arrest (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Communist Vietnam has defended its commitment to freedom of speech in the face of widening global opposition to the recent arrest of a prominent lawyer and writer.
STAR LAWYER STIFFED ME: EX (New York Post)
The ex-wife of celebrity divorce lawyer Dominic Barbara claims in court papers that he cheated her out of alimony with a bogus claim that he's broke. Barbara says he can't pay the $128,000 he owes his ex, Irma -- but she says he's living large...
Attorney: Four Not In Room Where Explosion Occurred (WSOC-TV Charlotte)
The attorney for a contractor being sued by two workers injured in the explosion at the Garner Slim Jim processing plant says its four workers were not near the site of the explosion.
Alvarez first state's attorney to head bar group (Chicago Tribune)
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is set to become the first sitting state's attorney to lead the Chicago Bar Association. Alvarez will be sworn in as president of the Chicago Bar Association at the group's annual meeting. She's also the first Hispanic female president of the bar association. She's been an active member of the association for many years and most recently served as first ...
San Diego lawyer and A's settle class-action sex discrimination lawsuit (Contra Costa Times)
A San Diego lawyer and the Oakland Athletics baseball organization have settled a class-action lawsuit over a Mother's Day weekend giveaway of free plaid reversible bucket hats.
Lawyer: Mother Of 555-Pound Teen Complied With DSS (FOX Carolina)
The lawyer for the mother of a 555-pound teenager says his client complied with everything DSS has asked her to do.
Attorney: Suspect only a pawn (Centre Daily Times)
BELLEFONTE — When 24-year-old local boxer Katongo Mulenga realized "helping a friend" really meant helping arrange a killing, he tried to bow out, his attorney said Wednesday.
Lawyer: Choosing Between US, Brazil Not Up To Boy (WCBS-TV New York)
The lawyer for a New Jersey man engaged in a battle to have his son returned from Brazil says a videotaped interview with the 9-year-old could cause lasting psychological damage. The boy says in a transcript released Wednesday that he wants to remain in Brazil. In the transcript, he tells the psychologist if he's sent back to Tinton Falls he'll "break down totally."
Lawyer for Monmouth County father in custody battle criticizes interview with son (The Star-Ledger)
MOUNT LAUREL -- The lawyer for a New Jersey man engaged in a battle to have his son returned from Brazil says a videotaped interview with the 9-year-old could cause lasting psychological damage. The boy told a psychologist in a...
Lawyer: Choosing between US, Brazil not up to boy (Asbury Park Press)
The lawyer for a New Jersey man engaged in a battle to have his son returned from Brazil says a videotaped interview with the 9-year-old could cause lasting psychological damage.
Lawyer: Choosing between US, Brazil not up to boy (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a New Jersey man fighting to have his son returned from Brazil says a videotaped interview with the 9-year-old could cause lasting psychological damage.
Lawyer: Choosing between US, Brazil not up to boy (KTNV Las Vegas)
Associated Press - June 18, 2009 11:13 AM ET MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - The lawyer for a New Jersey man fighting to have his son returned from Brazil says a videotaped interview with the...
Riviera Beach renews contract with city attorney (The Palm Beach Post)
The city council voted unanimously Wednesday to renew for two years the contract with City Attorney Pamela Ryan.
Justice Dept. attorney under investigation in Stevens case removed from corruption prosecution (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - A top Justice Department attorney under criminal investigation for withholding evidence in the case against former Sen. Ted Stevens has been removed as the supervisor of another congressional corruption trial.
Attorney follows dad’s footsteps (Bowling Green Daily News)
Growing up, Buzz English was surrounded by it. “The only vacation they ever had was going with me to bar (association) meetings,” said his father, local attorney Charles English Sr. “Their mother and I were always going to bar functions, and they tagged along.”
Attorney General asked to take over investigation of police chief, city attorney (Dothan Eagle)
Dothan’s city manager recently sent a letter to Alabama Attorney General Troy King, asking his office to take over and stop an investigation currently underway by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office into a complaint filed against two other city officials.
Crash claims retired Port Dover lawyer Ash Winter, 66 (The Simcoe Reformer)
A two-vehicle collision in the north end of Haldimand County Wednesday claimed the life of a well-known retired lawyer in Port Dover, Hugh “Ash” Winter.[...]
Island painting co. fined by Attorney General (The Inquirer and Mirror)
(June 18 , 2009 ) A Nantucket painting company was fined by the state Attorney General's office on Thursday for allegedly misclassifying employees between April and December 2007.
District attorney to present dead suspect’s case (Dothan Eagle)
A 90-year-old Troy man recently charged with murder died earlier this week. But the Pike County district attorney said he still plans to present his murder case to a grand jury for an indictment.
Pakistani acquitted over attack on French never freed: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A man acquitted last month for a 2002 bombing that killed 11 French engineers was never released, his lawyer told a court in Pakistan's southern Karachi city on Thursday, demanding an explanation.
Attorney: Leaf will face Texas charges Friday (Sports Illustrated)
DALLAS (AP) -- Ryan Leaf's attorney says the former NFL quarterback is back in Texas and plans to surrender Friday on burglary and drug-related charges.
Attorney: Ryan Leaf Will Face Texas Charges Friday (ABC News)
Ryan Leaf's attorney says former NFL quarterback will face Texas burglary, drug charges Friday
Attorney: Ryan Leaf will face Texas charges Friday (USA Today)
Ryan Leaf's attorney says the former NFL quarterback is back in West Texas and plans to surrender Friday on burglary and drug-related charges.