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Ex-lawyer for Refco convicted in fraud case (Houston Chronicle)
Joseph Collins, Refco's former outside lawyer, was convicted by a federal jury of helping CEO Phillip Bennett and other executives defraud investors of $2.4 billion.
Attorney General Holder considers inquiry into torture (Denver Post)
Attorney General Eric Holder is leaning toward appointing a criminal prosecutor to investigate whether CIA personnel tortured terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001, setting the stage for a conflict with administration officials who would prefer the issues remain in the past, according to three sources familiar with his thinking.
Attorney general leaning toward torture inquiry (Baltimore Sun)
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric H. Holder is leaning toward appointing a criminal prosecutor to investigate whether CIA personnel tortured terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001, setting the stage for a conflict with Obama administration officials who would prefer that the issues remain in the past, according to sources familiar with his thinking. Naming a prosecutor to probe alleged abuses ...
District attorney's office reports drug convictions (Modesto Bee)
The Stanislaus County district attorney's office recently announced convictions in the followin
Find a lawyer to smooth out life's hassles (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 General Considers Torture Probe (New London Day)
Washington - Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's interrogation practices, a controversial move that would run counter to President Barack Obama's wishes to leave the issue in the past. Holder plans to make a final decision within the next few weeks, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press on ...
Nigeria rebel Okah agrees to government amnesty: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A top Nigerian rebel leader has agreed to the terms of a federal amnesty program, his lawyer said on Sunday, but analysts doubt that militants will halt attacks in Africa's biggest oil sector.
Nigeria rebel Okah agrees to government amnesty - lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo!7 News)
LAGOS (Reuters) - A top Nigerian rebel leader has agreed to the terms of a federal amnesty programme, his lawyer said on Sunday, but analysts doubt that militants will halt attacks in Africa's biggest oil sector.
Nigeria rebel Okah agrees to government amnesty - lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra News)
LAGOS (Reuters) - A top Nigerian rebel leader has agreed to the terms of a federal amnesty programme, his lawyer said on Sunday, but analysts doubt that militants will halt attacks in Africa's biggest oil sector.
Phony lawyer faces additional prison (Daily Pilot)
A Newport Beach man faces additional time in federal prison for his persistence in tricking people into believing he’s a lawyer, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Philly Attorney Arrested For Drug Smuggling (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
A Philadelphia attorney is on the wrong side of the law after being arrested for drug smuggling charges.
US attorney general mulls probe into CIA torture (New Kerala)
Washington, July 12 : US Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to probe allegations of the use of brutal torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to a media report Sunday.
Fort Smith Attorney Casts Hat In Ring For School Board Seat (Times Record)
Phil Milligan, Fort Smith attorney, announced his candidacy Friday for the District 3 Fort Smith School Board position in the Sept. 15 school elections.
Alexander Macgillivray: Twitter Steals Prominent Google Lawyer (The Huffington Post)
Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, has stolen a prominent Google lawyer. The startup has hired Alexander Macgillivray, deputy general counsel for products and intellectual property at Google, to be its general counsel, according to a person with knowledge of the hiring.
Attorney General, Obama Clash Over Torture Probe (KDKA Pittsburgh)
Contrary to White House wishes, Attorney General Eric Holder may push forward with a criminal investigation into the Bush administration's harsh interrogation practices used on suspected terrorists. Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor and will make a final decision within the next few weeks, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press.
Liberia's Taylor 'was peace broker': lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor tried to broker peace in Sierra Leone rather than fuel civil war, his defence lawyer said Monday, as his war crimes trial resumed.
Ex-parking Workers Hire Lawyer (FOX 5 Atlanta)
Laid off parking enforcement workers in the city of Atlanta have hired a lawyer to help get their jobs backs.
Sentencing set Monday for NY lawyer in $400M fraud (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A prominent lawyer faces up to 145 years in prison for defrauding hedge funds out of more than $400 million in a scheme that involved faking documents and impersonating clients.
DA: Attorney tried to get drugs into Pa. prison (WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg)
The district attorney's office says 61-year-old Randall Sommovilla was arrested Friday night.
Attorney: Astronaut, girlfriend involved in Lisa Nowak assault case are engaged (11 News Houston)
A Florida attorney says a couple who were rocketed into the public eye because of ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak are getting married.
Veteran S.D. attorney tapped for airport panel (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Veteran San Diego attorney John Davies has been picked to fill a seat on the regional panel that oversees Lindbergh Field.
US Attorney General Considers CIA Probe (HispanicBusiness.com)
US Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to probe allegations of the use of brutal torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to a media report published Sunday.
DA: Attorney Tried To Get Drugs Into Pa. Prison (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday for a Philadelphia attorney accused of trying to bring drugs into Delaware County prison while visiting an inmate.
Lawyer: 'Piazza' Murders Suspect Turning Himself In (KYW News Radio 1060)
The lawyer for the accused mastermind of a drug robbery last month in that ended in the fatal shooting of a man and woman inside an upscale Northern Liberties apartment complex says his client, James Wilson (left), was surrendering to authorities on Monday.
Contempt charge purged in drunk lawyer case (Toronto Star)
A Toronto lawyer will not face punishment from the court after her intoxication caused two mistrials in a murder case.
Lawyer: Liberia's Taylor was peacemaker (MSNBC)
Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor, on trial for war crimes, wants to set the record straight about his role in a savage civil war that tore apart Sierra Leone, his lawyer says.
Lawyer's appeal denied by Rutland judge (WCAX-TV Vermont)
A judge has denied a motion for a new trial in the case of a Killington lawyer convicted of hindering police investigating a traffic accident.
Attorney for John Fautenberry, who committed four murders, including one in Bloomsbury, seeks stay of execution (The Express-Times)
AP File PhotoJohn Fautenberry The attorney for a man who admitted to murders in multiple states, including one in Bloomsbury, is filing another appeal seeking to delay his Tuesday execution in Ohio. Attorney Dennis Sipe says John Fautenberry suffers from...
Ex-Stanford CFO to plead guilty in 2 weeks: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former Stanford International Bank Ltd Chief Financial Officer James Davis plans to enter a guilty plea to federal charges within two weeks, Davis' lawyer David Finn told a U.S. judge on Monday in Houston.
U.S. attorney hopeful gave big to Dems (The Pueblo Chieftain)
DENVER - A person proposed by two influential Colorado Democratic leaders to be U.S. Attorney for Colorado is a sizable financial contributor to Democratic candidates, including to the two party leaders.
Committee formed to find new city attorney for Fairview Heights (Suburban Journals)
At the urging of the Fairview Heights City Council, a special committee has been formed to help find a new city attorney for the municipality.
Ex-Stanford CFO to plead guilty within 2 weeks: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former Stanford International Bank Ltd Chief Financial Officer James Davis plans to enter a guilty plea to federal charges as early as next week, his lawyer said on Monday.
Texas FLDS raid: Defense attorney alleges search too broad, evidence tainted (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Texas authorities used a hoax call about abuse at a polygamous sect's Texas ranch as a pretext for an "unlimited, general search" in April 2008 -- a search law officers "had wanted for years to conduct," an attorney contends in a new court filing.
State's attorney to sue Flowers over unpaid loan (SouthtownStar)
The Cook County state's attorney's office is expected to file a civil lawsuit today against the Suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education and its superintendent Charles Flowers. The suit alleges Flowers "engaged in a scheme to defraud Cook County" when his office took out a $190,000 loan last year, state's attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly said. The loan was due June 30. The suit will be ...
Ex-Ballard Spahr Lawyer Arrested On Drug Charges (Law.com)
Randall Sommovilla, a former lawyer with Philadelphia firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll , was arrested Friday night for allegedly trying to smuggle packets of cocaine and heroin into a local jail while on a visit to see a client.
U.S. judge gives fraud lawyer 20 years in prison (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Marc Dreier, a high-profile New York lawyer who admitted to a $400 million investment fund fraud that unraveled at the same time as Bernard Madoff's huge swindle, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on Monday.
Just Five Months Into Office, Attorney General Bombarded With Pressure (Washington Post)
July cannot be counted as the warmest of months for Eric H. Holder Jr. The attorney general clashed with Congress over national security policy, fielded complaints from federal judges upset with bungled evidence and, in the most painful indignity, cracked his tooth.
Lawyer Gets 20 Years in $700 Million Fraud (New York Times)
Marc S. Dreier, a prominent lawyer, was sentenced in a scheme that bilked hedge funds and other investors.
China lawyer sues judge who handcuffed him to pole (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer in southern China is suing a judge who ordered him handcuffed to a basketball pole after he refused to sign court documents, a state newspaper reported Tuesday.
Lawyer sentenced in $700M fraud (UPI)
NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- A New York lawyer who pleaded guilty to devising a fraud scheme that conned hedge funds and investors of $700 million was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Missouri attorney general to testify about fraud before Congress (The Springfield News-Leader)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is scheduled to testify before a U.S. Senate committee about growing complaints of mortgage and debt repair fraud.
Lawyer: Extraditing UK hacker would violate rights (AP via Yahoo! News)
Prosecutors failed to consider the human rights argument against forcing an autistic British man accused of hacking into U.S. military computers to stand trial in the United States, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.
UNION LAWYER BUSTED FOR STEALING $350,000 FROM DANCERS (New York Post)
A longtime union lawyer was charged today with stealing $350,000 from dancers and stagehands at the American Ballet Theatre that he was supposed to be representing. Leonard Leibowitz, who was hired as the union lawyer in 1979, is accused by...
Lawyer fights retirement age law (BBC News)
A Kent lawyer who had to stop work at 65 challenges the retirement age in a Appeal court test case.
Nkwinti gets order against attorney (Independent Online)
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has obtained an urgent court order against an attorney who alleged "disappeared" with almost R5-million earmarked for a land claim settlement.
Attorney General: Beware of 'Cash for Clunkers' scams (WKYC Cleveland)
COLUMBUS -- Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is warning consumers of scams surrounding the federal Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) program.
Council's Attorney: Bing's Veto has No Standing (WDET-FM Detroit)
     The Detroit City Council President says Mayor Bing’s first veto has no legal standing.       A few weeks ago, the council passed a resolution asking its Research and Analysis division, also known as RAD, to look at hiring an outside attorney to seek a possible injunction against the trash incinerator. Mayor Dave Bing vetoed the resolution. City Council President Ken Cockrel, Junior says the ...
Attorney General accuses debt arbitrator of fraud (Minnesota Public Radio)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is accusing a St. Louis Park company that arbitrates consumer credit disputes of consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices and false advertising.
MN Attorney General Sues Debt Dispute Arbitrator (WCCO Minneapolis - St. Paul)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit Tuesday against National Arbitration Forum, one of the major arbitrators of debt disputes between consumers and credit cards.
MN attorney general sues debt dispute arbitrator (KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing National Arbitration Forum, one of the major arbitrators of debt disputes