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Defense attorney: Shreveport cop shot himself (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - July 6, 2009 1:34 PM ET SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The attorney for a man accused of shooting a Shreveport policeman says the officer shot himself in the face and was ashamed to...
Minneapolis lawyer faces 90-day suspension (Pioneer Press)
A Minneapolis lawyer agreed to 90 days suspension after he was convicted on several criminal charges since 2005, including making harassing telephone calls and committing assault.
Defense attorney: Shreveport cop shot himself (KATC 3 Lafayette)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The attorney for a man accused of shooting a Shreveport policeman says the officer shot himself in the face and was ashamed to tell his colleagues the truth.
City man to plead guilty in cocaine case, his attorney says (Baltimore Sun)
A Baltimore man arrested in February after police found more than 91 pounds of cocaine in his pickup truck plans to plead guilty in federal court, according to his attorney.
Lawyer To Plead In $5M Fraud Case (FOX 29 Philadelphia)
An eastern Pennsylvania lawyer will admit he failed to pay $1.9 million in taxes on $5 million in unreported income.
Attorney says Debbie Rowe won't be at memorial (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Debbie Rowe says Michael Jackson's ex-wife is backing out of plans to attend the pop superstar's memorial service.
Md. U.S. Attorney Hires Prosecutors to Focus on Gangs (Washington Post)
Maryland's U.S. attorney is hiring three prosecutors to focus on gang-related cases.
A.I.G. Lawyer Says Greenberg Lied to Rewrite History (New York Times)
A lawyer for A.I.G. told a jury the company's former chief executive, Maurice R. Greenberg, lied under oath to show he is the beneficiary of a large block of A.I.G. stock.
A.I.G. Lawyer Says Greenberg Lied to Rewrite History (New York Times)
Maurice R. Greenberg, the former chief executive of the American International Group , fabricated documents and lied under oath in a bid to rewrite history and cloud who is the rightful beneficiary of a large and valuable block of A.I.G. stock, a lawyer for A.I.G., Ted Wells, told a federal jury on Monday, Reuters reported.
Palin's lawyer: no legal troubles driving her out (AP via Yahoo! News)
Gov. Sarah Palin spent Monday fishing with her family and away from the spotlight as her lawyer insisted that legal troubles did not drive her to announce her stunning resignation over the holiday weekend.
Who Is the Prominent Plaintiffs Lawyer Helping Sarah Palin? (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
As the political buzz continues over the significance of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's surprise resignation announcement this past weekend, the Am Law Daily takes a closer look at John Coale, the noted trial lawyer and Washington, D.C., plaintiffs firm name partner who set up Palin's political action committee.
Mayer Brown Loses Top Finance Lawyer to Dewey (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A top lawyer in Mayer Brown's global finance practice is leaving the firm to join Dewey & LeBoeuf. Marshall Stoddard, who served as co-chair of Mayer Brown's global finance practice and was the relationship partner to Bank of America, will become the U.S. head of bank and institutional finance at Dewey, resident in the New York and Los Angeles offices.
Judge gives lawyer, music executive temporary control of Jackson's estate (Los Angeles Times)
John Branca and Interscope Records founder John McClain, who were named executors in the singer's 2002 will, are granted temporary power to oversee his affairs, over the objections of his mother. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge gave an entertainment lawyer and a music executive temporary control of Michael Jackson's estate Monday over the objections of attorneys for his mother who said ...
Lawyer: GM's sale won't stall (Denver Post)
General Motors Corp.'s sale of most of its assets to a U.S. Treasury-funded buyer won't be stalled by the only appeal of a decision approving the transaction, a lawyer for objecting creditors said.
Real estate attorney sizes up short sales (The Star-Ledger)
LISA FLEISHER/THE STAR-LEDGERValerie Avrin is a Hazlet-based real estate attorney. Valerie Avrin spent about six years working for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, putting away mobsters and prosecuting white-collar criminals. She left that life for what used to be a...
'The kind of courage you see in movies': Owosso attorney presents eyewitness account of Palace Poker Room shooting (The Flint Journal)
BURTON, Michigan -- Remarkable. Life-saving. Heroic. Anthony Lubkin can't say enough about retired Flint police chief Brad Barksdale, and now he's asking the Burton City Council to speak for him. On Monday night, Lubkin, an Owosso attorney and eyewitness to...
Crime fighter 'gave lawyer drug case info' (The Courier Mail)
A LAWYER for Australia's top crime-fighting agency helped her defence barrister boyfriend pick holes in evidence compiled on one of the state's biggest drug busts.
U.S. attorney hires 3 gang prosecutors (The Capital)
GREENBELT (AP) - Maryland's U.S. attorney is hiring three prosecutors to focus on gang-related cases. U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said yesterday that using federal racketeering and conspiracy laws to prosecute gang members and leaders is reducing violent crime in Maryland.
Attorney, consultant sued in alleged foreclosure scam involving Bakersfield homeowners (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
The California Attorney General filed a $2 million lawsuit against a foreclosure consultant and an attorney Monday saying they defrauded 2,000 homeowners, including some in Kern County, into paying thousands...
Ayotte quits attorney general post to consider Senate run (The Nashua Telegraph)
CONCORD - Kelly Ayotte has resigned as New Hampshire's attorney general, and said she will consider running for the U.S. Senate. ...
Attorney General Goes After Mortgage Fraud and Scams (WIBW Topeka)
Kansas Attorney General, Steve Six, launched Operation Homestead on Tuesday in hopes of stopping mortgage fraud and scams that target Kansans.
Attorney Who Counsels On Sexual Harrassment Prevention Sued For Alleged Sexual Harassment (The Chattanoogan)
An attorney who specializes in sexual harassment prevention has been sued for sexual harassment. A 20-year-old employee of Big River Grille is suing Charles D. Lawson, 42-year-old attorney with Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel.
Lawyer warns motorists to avoid website (Toowoomba Chronicle)
DEFENCE lawyer Nathan Bouchier is warning Toowoomba motorists not to fall prey to a scam website when trying to avoid paying speeding fines.
Judge throws out parts of attorney's lawsuit against 36th District Court (Detroit News)
Detroit -- A federal judge today tossed out parts of a federal lawsuit brought by a top city of Detroit attorney who was demoted after calling the 36th District Court a "ghetto court."
Lawyer tells Congress: Gov't needs to probe BCS (Sports Illustrated)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lawyer for a college athletic conference told Congress on Tuesday that it would be in the public's interest if the government investigated the system that determines college football's No. 1 team.
Bourke Lawyer Assails ‘Diligence’ in Bribery Trial (Update1) (Bloomberg)
July 7 (Bloomberg) -- A lawyer for Connecticut entrepreneur Frederic Bourke assailed prosecutors for a flawed investigation that failed to detect lies told by government witnesses in a criminal case accusing him of paying bribes in a 1998 oil deal.
Sidney's attorney hopeful after eligibility talks with NCAA (USA Today)
The attorney for Mississippi State signee Renardo Sidney and his parents says meetings with the NCAA on Monday and Tuesday were "productive."
Why is the D-gang targeting Varun's lawyer? (rediff.com)
The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have been embroiled in a war of words over the security given to BJP leader Varun Gandhi. The BJP has demanded more security for the young Member of Parliament, after six members of the Chota Shakeel gang, who had planned to assassinate Varun's lawyer, were recently arrested in New Delhi.Varun, who is known for his fiery anti-Muslim speeches, has been ...
Indicted developer snags Jackson lawyer (Chicago Tribune)
The Sun-Times reports: Indicted Chicago developer Calvin Boender has hired Michael Jackson's onetime attorney Thomas Mesereau for his defense team. The celebrity lawyer defended the mega-pop star in 2005 when Jackson beat child molestation and conspiracy charges. A year earlier, Mesereau won a murder acquittal for actor Robert Blake. Boender and Ald. Ike Carothers (29th) face bribery charges. ...
Lawyer struck off rolls (Straits Times)
LAWYER David Tan Hock Boon, who was part of a group which swindled banks and the CPF Board by declaring inflated purchase prices, was struck off the rolls on Wednesday for gross professional misconduct. The Court of Three Judges, presided by Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang, took less than 10 minutes to make the ruling in the suit brought by the Law Society.
Jackson lawyer aids developer (Chicago Sun-Times)
He doesn't do the moonwalk or don a diamond-studded glove. But indicted Chicago developer Calvin Boender must have deep, diamond-studded pockets because he has somehow snagged Michael Jackson's onetime attorney Thomas Mesereau for his defense team. The celebrity lawyer famously defended the mega-pop star in 2005 when Jackson beat child molestation and conspiracy charges. A year earlier, ...
Michigan attorney general to discuss health care (Detroit Free Press)
LANSING -- Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is expected to again weigh in on the state's health care debate today.
Attorney: Blagojevich aide to plead guilty (USA Today)
The top aide who was by Rod Blagojevich's side in the final days before the governor's arrest is set to plead guilty, his attorney says.
Worcester lawyer disciplined for paperwork lapse (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - A Worcester lawyer has been suspended from practice for two months.
Hostage Situation Involved Connecticut Lawyer (Law.com)
A Hartford, Conn., lawyer was being held hostage by her former husband in their South Windsor, Conn., home on Tuesday afternoon, the latest episode in a long, messy divorce case.
Adele I. Stone is Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year (dBusinessNews.com)
South Florida - TALLAHASSEE, June 29, 2009 – Adele I. Stone of Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale has received the 2009 Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for The Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year. She is the first woman to earn the award.
Aide: Powerful Ill. attorney general Lisa Madigan won't run for governor, Senate (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
CHICAGO - An aide says Illinois' powerful attorney general, Lisa Madigan, has decided not to run for governor or U.S. Senate. Madigan's political director, Mary Morrissey, says the Chicago Democrat will seek another term as attorney general.
Attorney: Ex-Illinois governor's chief of staff expected to plead guilty to corruption charges (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
CHICAGO - A defense attorney for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's last chief of staff says his client will likely plead guilty to corruption charges.
Madigan To Seek Reelection As Attorney General (CBS 2 Chicago)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is not running for governor or the U.S. Senate, but will instead seek reelection as attorney general.
LA city attorney seeks funds for Jackson memorial (San Diego Union-Tribune)
The Los Angeles city attorney's office is investigating how the city can legally press third parties to pick up at least some of the bill for Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center.
LA city attorney seeks funds for Jackson memorial (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Los Angeles city attorney's office is investigating how the city can legally press third parties to pick up at least some of the costs for Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center.
Firefighters targeted in hate crime hire attorney (ABC 13 Houston)
The two Houston female firefighters who found racist graffiti in their quarters at Station 54 have hired the same attorney.
Prosecutors seek 145 years in prison for lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence a prominent Manhattan lawyer to 145 years in prison after he admitted to defrauding hedge funds of more than $400 million.
LA city attorney seeks funds for Jackson memorial (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
The Los Angeles city attorney's office is investigating how the city can legally press third parties to pick up at least some of the bill for Michael Jackson's memorial service...
Prosecutors seek 145 years in prison for lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent lawyer trained at Harvard and Yale universities who admitted defrauding hedge funds of more than $400 million should be sentenced to 145 years in prison, prosecutors told a judge Wednesday.
145-Year Term Suggested in Lawyer’s Fraud Case (New York Times)
Federal prosecutors recommended a 145-year sentence for Marc S. Dreier, the prominent New York lawyer who pleaded guilty to a scheme in which investors lost more than $400 million.
Lisa Madigan to pass on races for governor or Senate, will run again for attorney general (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
July 8, 2009 - Attorney General Lisa Madigan, accompanied by her husband, Pat Byrnes, gives a news conference in Chicago announcing that she's running for re-election instead of seeking higher office.
Prominent Lawyer To Be Sentenced For Fraud (NPR)
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence a prominent Manhattan lawyer to 145 years in prison, after he admitted to defrauding hedge funds of more than $400 million. Marc Dreier is to be sentenced on Monday. He is free on bail until his sentencing.
LAWYER RIPPED OFF CLIENTS: DA (New York Post)
A medical malpractice lawyer looted his clients' settlement awards, stealing $2.2 million, Manhattan prosecutors said yesterday. East Side resident Marc Bernstein's license was suspended by the Manhattan disciplinary committee of the Appellate...
Lawyer suggests Maine fired in self-defense (Boston Globe)
The lawyer for a Biddeford, Maine man charged with fatally shooting two brothers says he could have been defending himself.