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John Kacavas confirmed as US attorney for NH (Boston Globe)
The U.S. Senate has confirmed John Kacavas as the United States attorney for New Hampshire.
Four killers of US official could escape death: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Four men convicted of murdering a U.S. aid official and his driver in Khartoum could escape the death penalty if the family of the American victim rescinded its request for execution, the defense lawyer said Monday.
Attorney: Oakland Hit-And-Run Victim Hoped To Start New Life (WPXI Pittsburgh)
PITTSBURGH -- The attorney of a man struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident in Oakland spoke to Channel 11 News during the suspect's preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
Attorney General on hand for Vance’s swearing-in (NBC 13 Birmingham)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder will be in town this month for U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance’s swearing-in ceremony.
Columbia Attorney Running for Governor (WLTX-TV Columbia)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Columbia attorney Dwight Drake is announcing for the Democratic nomination for South Carolina governor, joining an increasingly crowded field.
Jacksons' lawyer attacks Lester's paternity claims (CBC.ca)
A lawyer for the family of late pop star Michael Jackson has blasted claims made by British actor Mark Lester that he is the father of Jackson's daughter, Paris.
Orlando lawyer, industry counsel Tom Cardwell named state's top banking regulator (Orlando Sentinel)
Long-time Orlando banking lawyer and industry counsel J. Thomas Cardwell has been named the new commissioner of Florida's Office of Financial Regulation, state officials said Tuesday.
Attorney, lobbyist joins Dems running for SC gov (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Columbia attorney and lobbyist Dwight Drake, who worked on the staffs of two South Carolina governors, announced Tuesday he will run as a Democrat in an increasingly crowded field for next year's gubernatorial election.
Tainted affair: Bonita murder suspect gets new attorney after relationship revealed (Naples Daily News)
A Cape Coral teenager charged with sodomizing and killing a man behind a Bonita Springs pool hall will receive new counsel due to his attorney once having relationship with a former prosecutor on the case.
Mose Jefferson to take the stand, his attorney says as trial opens (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Mose Jefferson will testify in his federal bribery trial, his attorney said today in his opening statement. Jefferson, the brother of convicted former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, is accused of giving $140,000 for former Orleans Parish School Board President Ellenese...
Rove key to New Mexico attorney firing (Politico via Yahoo! News)
Documents released today by the House Judiciary Committee show that Karl Rove, the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush, played a critical role in the firing of the U.S. attorney in New Mexico following the 2006 elections.
Former Attorney General Makes the Mistake of Talking (Washington Post)
In early July, when last we checked in with former attorney general Alberto "Fredo" Gonzales , he had finally landed a job at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. That -- assuming he's not indicted by special prosecutor Nora Dannehy , who's investigating the firing of those U.S. attorneys -- would be...
Australia to China: Give Rio Tinto exec a lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Australia is urging China to let a Rio Tinto executive accused of bribery and stealing commercial secrets to consult a lawyer now that he's been formally arrested.
Patrick Kane's lawyer said the Chicago Blackhawks star did not rob or assault cab driver (ESPN)
Patrick Kane's lawyer said the Chicago Blackhawks star did not rob or assault a cab driver, and that Kane's cousin was involved in the financial transaction.
House Judiciary Chairman Says U.S. Attorney Firings Were ÃÂPetty Patronage' (Washington Post)
The dismissal of U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias of New Mexico in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and...
Documents: Rove involved in U.S. attorney firing (USA Today)
Former White House political adviser Karl Rove was deeply involved in the firing of a U.S. attorney in New Mexico, according to White House e-mails and transcripts of closed-door testimony released Tuesday.
Vindication for Iglesias on U.S. Attorney Firings? (Newsweek)
Newly revealed e-mails may show that Karl Rove and the Bush White House had a more active role in the 2006 U.S. attorney firings than previously disclosed.
Rove involvement in US attorney firing detailed (AP via Yahoo! News)
Former White House political adviser Karl Rove played a central role in the ouster of a U.S. attorney in New Mexico, one of nine prosecutors fired in a scandal in 2006 over political interference with the Justice Department, according to transcripts of closed-door testimony released Tuesday.
New Pro Bono Attorney Playing Civil Defense for Blagojevich (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is bringing a new pro bono attorney onto his legal team. Blagojevich has hired Jay Edelson, a KamberEdelson partner best known for his plaintiffs work, such as recent suits against companies that sold tainted pet food that injured and killed animals.
LAWYER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO THREE COUNTS OF CBT (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- Lawyer Md Madzhar Mohd Sapuan, who had been on the run and wanted by the police, pleaded not guilty in three Sessions Courts here today to three counts of criminal breach of trust, involving RM158,000.
Rove linked to firing of U.S. attorney (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON -- Former White House political adviser Karl Rove played a central role in the ouster of a U.S. attorney in New Mexico, one of nine prosecutors fired in a scandal in 2006 over political interference with the Justice Department, according to transcripts of closed-door testimony released Tuesday. Harriet Miers, then White House counsel, said in testimony June 15 to House Judiciary ...
Court grants lawyer's application in defamation suit (The New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today granted lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah's application to strike out certain paragraphs in Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin’s statement of defence in a defamation suit.
Court Grants Lawyer's Application In Defamation Suit (Bernama)
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The High Court here Wednesday granted lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah's application to strike out certain paragraphs in Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin's statement of defence in a defamation suit.
Documents detail Rove’s role in U.S. attorney firings (The Record and Herald News)
Sworn testimony from former White House Counsel Harriet Miers revealed that Rove in 2006 considered U.S. Attorney David Iglesias of New Mexico a "serious problem" and "wanted something done about it" because of complaints about politically sensitive investigations Iglesias had mounted.
Morristown attorney pleads guilty to forgery, misapplying client funds (The Star-Ledger)
MORRISTOWN -- A former Morristown-based attorney pleaded guilty today to forgery and misapplying $47,500 in client-settlement funds that were supposed to be deposited in trust accounts. Paul Hirsh, 61, now of Washington, D.C., admitted to improperly depositing funds from settlements...
Hecker lawyer takes a turn in bitter divorce tit for tat (Pioneer Press)
Denny Hecker's divorce lawyer says the fallen auto mogul's wife, Tamitha Hecker, wants to renege on the couple's postnuptial agreement because it "did not turn out to be a winning Powerball ticket as she hoped."
Fort Lauderdale lawyer Barbra Stern enters state House race (Sun-Sentinel)
Barbra Stern, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer and recent Republican, has come back to her Democratic roots and is seeking the party’s nomination for state House of Representatives.
Arroyo's lawyer turns tables on 'immoral' media (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
MANILA - The election lawyer of President Arroyo is turning the tables on the messengers of the controversial news about a $20,000 dinner tab in New York.
Lawyer: U.S. hampers bid to clear Guantanamo detainee (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. military lawyer for a Kuwaiti detainee held at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay charged on Wednesday the Obama administration was hampering his efforts to clear his client's name.
D.C. Attorney General Reprimands City for Actions in Lawsuits by IMF Protesters (Washington Post)
D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles acknowledged Wednesday that District lawyers made "serious errors" while defending against two lawsuits brought by nearly 400 people arrested during a 2002 protest in downtown Washington.
Calling Someone Homosexual Is Not Defamation Per Se, Judge Rules in Suit by Anna Nicole Smith Lawyer (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A statement that someone is a homosexual is not defamation per se in New York state, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling comes in a suit brought by Howard K. Stern, the lawyer and former lover of tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith.
Okla. Attorney General Takes on Poultry Industry (ABC News)
Okla. attorney general risks political career in taking on poultry industry to save watershed
Republicans pick lawyer for county auditor's job (The Columbus Dispatch)
Local Republicans tapped Clarence Mingo, a lawyer and Gulf War veteran, as the new Franklin County auditor last night.
LAWYER CAN USE BAR COUNCIL AUDITORIUM TO LAUNCH HIS BOOK (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- A lawyer who sued the Bar Council for RM160 million in damages today was allowed to use the bar's premises to launch his book, "Presumed Guilty", after the bar agreed to settle the suit.
Judge denies defense claim in Duluth phony lawyer case (Pioneer Press)
BISMARCK, N.D. — A judge has rejected claims that federal prosecutors hid evidence from a man convicted of impersonating a lawyer.
NYC judge OKs $60M lawsuit against book author who claimed Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer was pimp (Sun-Sentinel)
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury can decide whether the author of a best-selling book about the death of Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith defamed her lawyer by making allegations that may be too outlandish to be true, including that he pimped her to up to 50 men a year, a judge concluded Wednesday.
Okla. attorney general takes on poultry industry (AP via Yahoo! News)
It's hard to picture the crystal-clear Illinois River that Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson remembers from his youth, how he could look to the bottom and spot a dime, no matter how deep the water.
Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer can sue (The Record and Herald News)
A jury can decide whether the author of a best-selling book about the death of Anna Nicole Smith defamed her lawyer by making allegations that may be too outlandish to be true, including that he pimped Smith to up to 50 men a year, a judge concluded Wednesday.
Haneef lawyer slams law on terror (The Australian)
THE lawyer who represented one-time terror suspect Mohamed Haneef has criticised proposed changes to Australia's counter-terror laws as not going far enough.
John Kacavas to take over as US attorney for NH (Boston Globe)
John Kacavas is taking charge as United States attorney for New Hampshire. The 48-year-old Kacavas, a Manchester attorney, is to be sworn in at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the federal building in Concord by U.S. District Judge Joseph Laplante.
SC attorney general wants ethics probe on governor (AP via Yahoo! News)
South Carolina's attorney general wants state ethics commissioners to review Gov. Mark Sanford's travels.
SC attorney general wants ethics probe of governor (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
South Carolina's attorney general said Thursday he wants state ethics commissioners to review Gov.
SC attorney general wants ethics probe of governor (AP via Yahoo! News)
South Carolina's attorney general said Thursday he wants state ethics commissioners to review Gov. Mark Sanford's use of state aircraft and any other potential violations of state law.
U.S. Attorney resigns (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
U.S. Attorney Greg Lockhart will step down Aug. 31 from the job he's held since 2001. Lockhart, appointed by George W. Bush, announced his resignation Thursday and could depart before his replacement arrives.
Developing: Lawyer: Holley's secretary expected allegations to be kept private (13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads)
VIRGINIA BEACH – The lawyer for the secretary of Portsmouth Mayor James Holley says his client never intended her allegations be made public and now she's being moved out of her job.
Former U.S. Attorney Yang nominated to LA Police Commission (Los Angeles Daily News)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today nominated former U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang to fill a vacancy on the Police Commission, which will be playing a critical role in selecting a successor to LAPD Chief Bill Bratton.
Interim U.S. attorney gets temporary appointment (Denver Post)
Acting U.S. Attorney for Colorado David Gaouette has been appointed to the job for another 120 days.
Anbesol to Blame for Wrong-Way Crash: Lawyer (NBC New York)
The Taconic crash lawyer now offers an "absurd" Anbesol defense behind the drunken tragedy
Lawyer: IE8 Default Installation 'troubling' (PC World via Yahoo! News)
Microsoft's decision to make Internet Explorer 8 the default browser on computers where the user elected an express installation raises questions about the software giant's compliance with a 6-year-old antitrust settlement, a lawyer for some of the plaintiffs in the case said Thursday.
Lawyer: Jackson's 'unusual problems' surprised doctor (CNN)
Michael Jackson had "some very unusual problems" that Dr. Conrad Murray did not know about when he was hired as Jackson's personal physician as the singer prepared for comeback concerts, Murray's lawyer says.