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Attorney General Investigated By Officials (SkyNews via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Immigration officials have launched an inquiry into revelations that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, employed an illegal migrant.
Roethlisberger's lawyer asks judge to punish accuser's counsel (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A lawyer for Ben Roethlisberger has asked a judge to punish the attorney representing a Nevada woman accusing the Steelers quarterback of rape, claiming she filed a frivolous lawsuit.
Mass. lawyer arraigned in ''bear-hugging' assault (Boston Herald)
WOBURN - A Massachusetts defense lawyer has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery charges after allegedly bearhugging a female attorney. Robert LeBlanc of Methuen was...
Attorney: Video shows Hofstra accuser wasn't forced (Newsday)
The word that portions of her sexual encounter with five men had been captured on a cell phone video was the turning point that caused the 18-year-old woman at the center of the alleged Hofstra University gang rape to recant her accusations, a source in the Nassau County district attorney's office said Thursday. The woman cracked near the end of her 90-minute interview Wednesday evening with two ...
Committee hearing on U.S. Attorney for N.J. nominee delayed (The Star-Ledger)
WASHINGTON -- Hearings on the nomination of Paul Fishman to become U.S. Attorney for New Jersey was delayed today after Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested to postpone the meeting. Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, the top-ranking Republican...
Mass. lawyer arraigned in 'bear-hugging' assault (Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts defense lawyer has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery charges after allegedly bearhugging a female attorney.
Attorney: Video refutes Hofstra gang-rape claims (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for one of the men accused of gang-raping a Hofstra University freshman says the video of the sexual encounter refutes allegations that the victim was tied up and forcibly attacked.
Mass. lawyer pleads not guilty to bear-hug assault (AP via Yahoo! News)
A male defense lawyer has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery charges after bear-hugging a female attorney inside the Massachusetts courthouse where both worked.
Male lawyer pleads not guilty to assaulting female attorney during bear hug in Mass. court (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WOBURN, Mass. - A male defense lawyer has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery charges after bear-hugging a female attorney inside the Massachusetts courthouse where both worked.
Judge Dismisses Civil Suit Against Former Attorney General Gonzales (Washington Post)
A federal judge this week dismissed civil claims against former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales, rejecting a lawsuit by job applicants who argue that they were blacklisted from the Justice Department during the Bush era because of their ideology.
No. 2 man in state Attorney General's office stepping down (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
John Sinquefield who came in with Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is retiring effective Oct 16. Sinquefield said Thursday he wants to retire to do more traveling.
Attorney: Video Refutes Hofstra Gang-Rape Claims (ABC News)
Defense attorney says cell phone video vindicates men accused in Hofstra rape case
Mass. Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty to Bear-Hug Assault (ABC News)
Male lawyer pleads not guilty to assaulting female attorney during bear hug in Mass. court
Attorney: Calif. Financier Took Meds for Back Pain (ABC News)
Attorney says late Calif. financier took meds for back pain, suicide claims are 'offensive'
Grand jury again indicts ex-con who posed as Aspen lawyer (Denver Post)
A fake lawyer already serving 51 months in prison was indicted again by a federal grand jury in Denver for pretending to be an attorney during a Colorado murder-for-hire trial.
Financier’s Lawyer Calls Suicide Speculation ‘Offensive’ (New York Times)
A lawyer who represented a financier who died last weekend while facing charges of fraud says his late client was taking painkillers and any speculation that his death was a suicide is ''offensive.''
Judge orders County Attorney Andrew Thomas to court (KTVK 3TV Phoenix)
PHOENIX -- By judge's order, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas will be in court today to discuss whether a murder suspect should face the death penalty or whether the case should be settled with a plea bargain.
’Good’ girl was excused from alleged Atlantic strip-search, lawyer says (The Des Moines Register)
One of the five girls in the case of an alleged strip-search at Atlantic High School did not have to take off any of her clothing because the faculty believed she was a “good” girl, too honest to have stolen the missing $100, according to a new lawyer.
Events: Lawyer and author William Hyland to speak in Palm Harbor (St. Petersburg Times)
Book Talk Lawyer William Hyland (In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal) will be the speaker at the East Lake Community Library Authors Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Michael Moore Nominated for District Attorney (WMGT Macon)
Thursday, Senator Saxby Chambliss announced his nomination to fill the U.S. Attorney seat for the Middle District of Georgia.
Conway attorney charged with hiring hit man to kill another attorney (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
Conway Attorney Irby Walker, who was slated to represent Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce in her trespassing case Thursday, was charged today with trying to hire someone to kill another attorney, according to police.
Jones sworn in as US attorney for Minnesota (The Fargo Forum)
MINNEAPOLIS - B. Todd Jones is being sworn in as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota on Friday, in a ceremony that will include Attorney General Eric Holder.
OJ co-defendant lawyer opposing DA time extension (Channel 8 San Diego)
Associated Press - September 18, 2009 1:04 PM ET LAS VEGAS (AP) - A lawyer for convicted O.J. Simpson co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart says the Clark County district attorney doesn't...
SC lawyer accused of trying to have lawyer killed (Live 5 News Charleston)
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina attorney has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill another lawyer. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that 58-year-old Conway attorney Irby Walker was charged Thursday with trying to hire someone to kill Doug Thornton.
OJ co-defendant lawyer opposing DA time extension (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A lawyer for convicted O.J. Simpson co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart says the Clark County district attorney doesn't deserve a 30-day extension to answer Stewart's appeal.
Schuette to run for attorney general (Detroit Free Press)
Former Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette on Monday will formally announce his candidacy for attorney general in 2010.
Jones sworn in as US attorney for Minnesota (KTTC Rochester)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- B. Todd Jones is being sworn in as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota on Friday, in a ceremony that will include Attorney General Eric Holder. Jones has spent the past few weeks
Ex-chief judge to lead probe of McHenry Co. state's attorney (Daily Herald)
Henry Tonigan III, the former chief judge for Lake and McHenry counties, will lead the investigation into allegations of potential criminal wrongdoing by McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi.
Roethlisberger lawyers want sanctions against his accuser's lawyer (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A lawyer for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has filed a motion stating that the lawyer for the Harrah's Lake Tahoe worker should be sanctioned for filing a lawsuit based on "reckless allegations."
Lawyer's Bid to Foreclose on Girlfriend's Condo Rejected (Law.com)
The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed a lower court's holding that a lawyer should not be allowed to foreclose on a condo he said he bought for his girlfriend before she discovered he was married to another woman. The court noted the "highly unusual circumstances of this case" and the outstanding questions over whether the $285,300 used to buy the condo was a loan or a gift.
R. Allen Stanford Gets Another Lawyer (Law.com)
R. Allen Stanford, the Houston financier who faces federal criminal charges related to an alleged conspiracy to defraud investors, has another new lawyer, Houston criminal defense attorney Kent A. Schaffer. U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas had appointed the federal public defender's office to defend Stanford, but on Thursday, noting the "extremely difficult ...
After Lawyer Curses Adversary During Deposition, Judge Orders Attorneys to Dinner Summit (Law.com)
A lawyer who resorted to cursing and name-calling during a deposition has been hit with a creative sanction by a federal judge. Instead of imposing any monetary punishment, federal Judge Gene E.K. Pratter ruled that attorney Lewis P. Hannah must take a CLE class on "civility and professionalism" and also sit down for a meal with his opponent. Pratter said she was inspired by a quote from ...
State's attorney seeks to upgrade prisoner transport fleet (Chicago Tribune)
After a manhunt for a fugitive who escaped from two Cook County state's attorney's office investigators , officials said Friday they want to acquire more cars with a cage separating the back from the front seat. Robert Maday fled from a car that wasn't equipped with such a separator. Both  escorts, contrary to office policy, were  in the front. Only one cage car is assigned to the unit, which ...
Local news in brief: Schuette to join attorney general race (Detroit Free Press)
Statewide Former Michigan Appeals Judge Bill Schuette is to formally announce on Monday his candidacy for attorney general in 2010. He plans news conferences in his hometown of Midland, then in Southfield and Lansing.
Attorney rescinds agreement that would allow road repairs in Rose Mount Estates (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
A stipulation agreement that would have allowed Old Forge to make emergency temporary repairs to deteriorated streets in Rose Mount Estates has been withdrawn. Borough solicitor William J. Rinaldi said he received a letter Thursday from attorney Frank Mc
Fallon janitor's lawyer disputes sex offender allegation (Reno Gazette-Journal)
The lawyer for a veteran Fallon elementary school janitor charged with being a sex offender who did not register his address is disputing the allegation.
Katherine Jackson's attorney says judge's ruling clears way for deal on estate administrators (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - Katherine Jackson's attorney says a judge's ruling that she can challenge the administrators of her son's estate could result in a deal that will determine control of the singer's gargantuan assets.
Atlantic search excluded ’good girl,’ lawyer says (The Des Moines Register)
One of the five females in the case of an alleged strip-search at Atlantic High School did not have to take off any of her clothing because the faculty believed she was a "good girl," too honest to have stolen the missing $100, according to a new lawyer involved in the case.
Attorney sentenced for tax evasion (Daily Local News)
PHILADELPHIA — West Chester businessman and attorney Wayne D. Bozeman, 61, was sentenced Thursday to 22 months in prison for conspiring with convicted Norristown lawyer Bernard J. Bagdis to commit a tax evasion scheme in which Bozeman hid more than $800,000 in income from the Internal Revenue Service.
Attorney general warns offinancial scam complaints (Souderton Independent)
During the past year, complaints about financial scams to the state Attorney General’s Office have more than doubled, and con artists are using a variety of too-good-to-be true offers to draw unwary people into bogus sweepstakes, phony employment schemes, fraudulent Internet auctions and classified ads.
Former attorney sentenced to 4 years probation (Greeley Tribune)
Fighting to the bitter end, disbarred attorney Mike Varallo was again sentenced to four years probation on a four-year-old felony theft case he insists has been prejudiced all along.
Cases filed against Saeed are very weak: JuD chief's lawyer (rediff.com)
Pakistan may have filed two anti-terrorism cases Jamad-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind behind the Mumbai terror attacks, but his lawyer has disclosed that the case filed against his client are "very weak".
Capt. Connie Rhodes says she never OK'd appeal, plans to file complaint against attorney Orly Taitz (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, who filed a complaint Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court that sought to stop her deployment to Iraq by arguing that President Barack Obama can’t legitimately hold office, says in a Friday letter that she never authorized her attorney to appeal a Wednesday ruling against her.
County attorney calls funding 'welcome relief' for office (Post-Bulletin)
A $300,000 grant is coming to the Mower County Attorney's Office to pay for an additional lawyer and legal assistant the next two years
SC suspends Cebu lawyer for ‘deceitful conduct’ (Sun Star)
THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the year-long suspension of a lawyer in Cebu City. read more
Lawyer murdered by robbers in Ghaziabad (New Kerala)
Ghaziabad, Sep 19 : A lawyer was murdered and his daughter beaten up in their home by six armed men early Saturday when he refused to hand over some official papers to them, police said.
Lawyer murdered by robbers in Ghaziabad (Calcutta News)
A lawyer was murdered and his daughter beaten up in their home by six armed men early Saturday when he refused to hand over some official papers to them, police said.
State files complaint against Lincoln attorney (The State Journal-Register)
A complaint has been filed against a Lincoln attorney by state regulators, who say he prepared a will for a client that gave the attorney’s wife a substantial bequest. The accusation against Andrew Warren Peters will go to a hearing board of the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
Lawyer: Cortlandt man's ‘bombs' were devices to smoke out animals plus a fireworks store item (The Journal News)
YONKERS - The 'bombs' that a Cortlandt man is accused of having were actually devices to smoke out animals and a 15-year-old item bought at a fireworks store, the man's lawyer said in court today.
Man in terror probe meets with attorney, not FBI (AP via Yahoo! News)
A man under investigation in a terrorism probe in New York and Colorado didn't report for a fourth day of FBI questioning Saturday so he could spend a much-needed day with his attorney, the attorney's spokeswoman said.