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Newspaper lawyer testifies at hearing in text message scandal (Detroit News)
A lawyer for the Detroit Free Press testified today the attorney representing police officers in a whistle-blower's lawsuit against the city provided two versions of a settlement agreement, one that mentioned text messages, which showed then Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lied under oath, and another that didn't.
Attorney disputes NTSB chopper crash report (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
PHOENIX - Two years after a horrific midair crash claimed the lives of four Phoenix reporters, a Valley attorney is disputing the NTSB's report into the cause of the crash.
N.Y. Defense Attorney's Trial Begins in Witness-Tampering Case (Law.com)
Trial began Monday in the prosecution of Robert Simels, a prominent New York defense attorney charged with plotting with a client to threaten and bribe witnesses to prevent them from testifying. In defending his client, drug kingpin Shaheed Khan, Simels employed a "win at all costs" strategy, the prosecutor told the jury. But according to Simels' attorney, Simels was simply practicing the ...
Myanmar court verdict on Suu Kyi due Friday: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A prison court in military-ruled Myanmar will deliver its verdict in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, a ruling that could see the democracy leader jailed for up to five years, her lawyer said.
N.Y. Defense Attorney's Trial Begins in Witness-Tampering Case (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Trial began Monday in the prosecution of Robert Simels, a prominent New York defense attorney charged with plotting with a client to threaten and bribe witnesses to prevent them from testifying.
Texas attorney general sues owners of Dallas-area college test-prep center (Dallas Morning News)
The Texas attorney general's office filed a fraud lawsuit Monday against a Cedar Hill couple who have a history of attracting consumer complaints.
'Girls Gone Wild' lawyer: NV bribe claim bogus (AP via Yahoo! News)
Federal prosecutors brought trumped up charges against a Hollywood associate of "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis, two ex-sheriff's deputies and a jail worker to pressure them to implicate Francis in an alleged bribery scandal, a lawyer said.
Lawyer: Kilpatrick-Beatty texts could have been bluff (Detroit Free Press)
William Mitchell -- a lawyer brought in by former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to keep his text messages from going public -- testified Monday that Kilpatrick's legal team never considered going to authorities about perjury or violations of court orders in the 2007 police whistle-blower case.
Putnam Commissioners Hire Nashville Attorney (News Channel 5 Nashville)
Three Putnam County Election commissioners being sued in Federal court have hired a Nashville attorney to represent them.
Lawyer will oversee octuplets estate (Sydney Morning Herald)
ORANGE: A California judge has appointed a lawyer to oversee the estate of a mother's octuplets, saying he wanted to ensure that they were not exploited in reality television shows, tabloid photo spreads or other paid ventures.
Lawyer defends song swapper in Mass. download case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a Boston University graduate student accused of illegally distributing music online says his client was "a kid who did what kids do" when he swapped songs.
Attorney General Nominee Appears Before Panel (WMUR New Hampshire)
Executive councilors questioned Gov. John Lynch's nominee for attorney general Tuesday.
Lawyer defends song swapper in BU student's download case (Boston Herald)
BOSTON - A lawyer for a Boston University graduate student accused of illegally distributing music online says his client was "a kid who did what kids do" when he...
Attorney General Cuomo Takes Action on "Tragedy Waiting to Happen" (WKBW-TV Buffalo)
New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has sent cease-and-desist letters to over 100 companies demanding that they immediately stop selling toy guns that are easily confused with real weapons.
Attorney General Cuomo Considers "Man Cave" Case (Gothamist)
To man cave or not to man cave —that's the question Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will face. His office is investigating the use of a workspace off the State Capitol's parking garage as a lounge/drug den, complete with board games, rolling papers and drug scales —allegedly created by two state employees. Cuomo is reportedly showing evidence to a grand jury. State janitorial worker Gary Pivoda ...
Jamal's lawyer withdraws from case (The New Straits Times)
SHAH ALAM: The trial of Malaysia's King of Pop Jamal Abdillah has been postponed for the 8th time after his lawyer today withdrew from the case. The singer is charged with criminal intimidation against his ex-wife two years ago.
Cumberland County Attorney Hospitalized (MyNC.com)
Cumberland County Attorney Grainger Barrett, 59, is in Durham Regional Hospital after suffering a stroke.
Alabama attorney general issues scam alert (NBC 13 Birmingham)
Alabama attorney general issues general scam alert.
Attorney: Casino compact changes will be similar to other agreements (Battle Creek Enquirer)
The governor's attorney said Tuesday the revised compact for FireKeepers Casino should be done within 60 days and offered clues to what the new document might look like.
Accused financial fraudster Allen Stanford has lawyer complain that he's too hot in jail (New York Daily News)
Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of a $7 billion fraud, should be transferred to another detention facility because there has been no air conditioning in the jail cell where he is being held, his lawyer said in a court filing.
Lawyer: Man accused of judge threat was FBI source (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a blogger accused of threatening to kill three Chicago-based federal judges says his client has been an FBI informant.
Lawyer defends song swapper in Mass. download case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A Boston University graduate student was "a kid who did what kids do" when he swapped songs through file-sharing networks like Kazaa, his lawyer said Tuesday as his copyright-infringement trial began.
Lawyer: Man accused of judge threat was FBI source (AP via Yahoo! News)
A New Jersey blogger accused of threatening to kill three federal judges has been an FBI informant and even told authorities about a potential plot to assassinate President Barack Obama, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Burress will appear before grand jury (Sports Illustrated)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will testify before the grand jury that is investigating weapons charges against him, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer: Song swapper on trial doing `what kids do' (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Boston University graduate student was "a kid who did what kids do" when he swapped songs through file-sharing networks like Kazaa, his lawyer said Tuesday as his copyright-infringement trial began.
Victims' lawyer: `Candid' Madoff explained fraud (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for victims of Bernard Madoff's (MAY'-dawf) Ponzi scheme says the financier told him during a 4 1/2-hour prison interview in North Carolina exactly how the fraud took place.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo targets toy guns (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on retailers, manufacturers and distributors that sell lifelike toy guns.
Lawyer: Plaxico Burress will testify before grand jury (USA Today)
A lawyer for Plaxico Burress says the former Giants wide receiver is set to testify before a grand jury that is investigating weapons charges against him. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress will appear at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Virginia's Attorney General Takes Action to Shut Down VES (WTKR Norfolk)
Virginia's Attorney General is taking legal action in an attempt to shut to the Virginia Employment Services. NewsChannel 3 took action and began investigating the agency that promise to find people work for a fee, but as dozens of people told NewsChannel 3, they rarely delivered.
Attorney general to avoid prosecuting child predators in Westmoreland (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Attorney General Tom Corbett will no longer prosecute child predator cases in Westmoreland because he believes a judge is too lenient in those cases.
Attorney for Jimmy Smith says state offered deal to ex-Jacksonville Jaguars receiver (ESPN)
An attorney for former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith says the state has made an offer to his client on felony drug charges.
Illinois Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against HIV/AIDS Nonprofit (Medical News Today)
The Illinois attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Center for AIDS Prevention for unlawful fundraising and falsifying official documents, ProPublica reports (Weaver, 7/27).
Attorney: Smith Gets Offer From State (WJXT Jacksonville)
Jimmy Smith appears before a judge in April on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An attorney for former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith said state prosecutors have made an offer to his client on felony drug charges.
Laurent attorney asks for change of venue (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
The attorney for Leo Laurent has filed a court motion asking that Laurent’s trial for the 2007 murder of his wife be moved outside Hancock County, because extensive news coverage of the case makes it impossible to find an impartial jury.
Intimate details on Berlusconi should be off limits: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The public has a right to some information on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's private life, but intimate details should stay in the bedroom, the scandal-plagued leader's lawyer told AFP.
Victims' lawyer: 'Candid' Madoff explained fraud (The Arizona Republic)
NEW YORK - A lawyer for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme says the financier told him during a 4 1/2-hour prison interview plenty of details about the fraud, including how it took place and how securities regulators missed catching him.
Board: No attorney necessary for group assessment appeals (Bucks County Courier Times)
Members of the Bucks County Board of Assessment Appeals decided against their solicitor's advice and will allow group assessment appeals to go forward this year without the attorney representation required by law.
WA state attorney accused of harassing neighbor (Seattle Times)
Investigators say an assistant state attorney general harassed a former neighbor in Seattle by posting her name and phone number on adult Web sites.
WA state attorney accused of harassing neighbor (KNDO - KNDU Tri-Cities)
Associated Press - July 29, 2009 12:15 PM ET SEATTLE (AP) - Investigators say an assistant state attorney general harassed a former neighbor in Seattle by posting her name and phone number on...
Westchester DA: Goldman Lawyer Charged With Soliciting Minor (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) lawyer has been charged criminally after he allegedly solicited an undercover investigator posing as a teenaged girl in online conversations, state prosecutors said.
Goldman Sachs Lawyer Is Charged With Soliciting Underage Girl (Bloomberg)
July 29 (Bloomberg) -- A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lawyer appeared in a New York state court after he was arrested for allegedly soliciting what he thought was a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors said.
Attorney general says he was racially profiled (AP via Yahoo! News)
Attorney General Eric Holder says he was racially profiled years ago.
Attorney: Ole Miss signee Jamar Hornby will be in court Friday (USA Today)
The attorney for Mississippi signee Jamar Hornsby said it appears his client will be indicted Friday on charges of felony aggravated assault and petit larceny.
Lawyer: Madoff thought 'gig was up' years ago (CNN)
Convicted felon Bernie Madoff expected authorities to catch him years ago, a lawyer representing Madoff's victims said Wednesday.
Sidney's attorney says NCAA looking for more records (USA Today)
The attorney for Mississippi State basketball signee Renardo Sidney says the NCAA requested more information Wednesday in its investigation of the heralded recruit's amateur status.
Ex-Girlfriend In Barry Case Seeks Lawyer (Washington Post)
Is there a lawyer in the house? Donna Watts-Brighthaupt , the woman at the center of the ethical questions swirling around D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), said that federal investigators had not approached her as part of their preliminary inquiry into the council member. But...
Attorney had a good sense of humor (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Attorney Hugh Gibert didn't like to push paper around or settle cases out of court. For him, the thrill of law meant arguing cases before a judge and jury.
Goldman Attorney Arrested for Soliciting Undercover Cop (New York Times)
An attorney for Goldman Sachs was arrested yesterday for soliciting an undercover cop he believed to be a 15-year-old girl.
Sudanese lawyer calls woman's flogging punishment 'degrading' (CNN)
The lawyer for the woman who faces 40 lashes for wearing clothes that Sudan deemed indecent called the law "degrading."
LA city attorney seeks documents in Jackson probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A spokesman says the Los Angeles city attorney has been requesting documents and conducting interviews as part of an investigation into the city's role in Michael Jackson's lavish memorial.