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Attorney General Baroness Scotland: Lady Scotland was seen as a safe pair of hands (Daily Telegraph)
Baroness Scotland of Asthal the Attorney General who has been fined £5000 for employing an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper has made a habit of blazing a trail throughout her highflying career.
Lawyer: Teen not guilty in Amber's death (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A lawyer for a Forest Park teen implicated in the stabbing death of Lakota West sophomore Amber Robinson during a fight earlier this month said this morning his client didn't commit the crime.
Phoenix defense attorney accused of passing drugs to prisoner (The Arizona Republic)
A Phoenix defense attorney was arrested Friday on suspicion of transferring and selling drugs to a prisoner, police said.
Minn. attorney general sues debt aid companies (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing three debt assistance companies over allegedly broken promises to cut consumers' credit card interest rates and lower their debt.
Attorney General's job in balance after £5,000 fine (Independent)
Attorney General Baroness Scotland's job was hanging in the balance tonight after she was fined £5,000 for employing an illegal worker as a housekeeper.
RX REMEDY: Attorney General Tom Miller is showcasing a plan to help provide prescription drugs to low-income Iowans (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has unveiled a plan to offer 90 days of prescription drug coverage to low income Iowans. The $420,000 program is funded by Iowa's share of a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry.
Attorney representing terror suspect getting help (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney representing a Colorado man at the center of a terror probe into an alleged train bombing plot plans to add lawyers to his team after a judge questioned his federal court experience.
Attorney General's aide quits in immigrant row (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A parliamentary aide to Attorney General Patricia Scotland resigned on Wednesday over her refusal to stand down after she employed an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper.
Police: Attorney accused in drug case got sexual favor (The Arizona Republic)
A Phoenix attorney arrested on suspicion of sneaking drugs to a prisoner allegedly received two days earlier sexual favors that were ''facilitated'' by the prisoner's girlfriend.
Lawyer questions Brown's sanity in NH case (Boston Globe)
The lawyer for Ed Brown is asking a federal judge to order a psychiatric evaluation of his client, saying he believes the New Hampshire man suffers from a delusional disorder that could affect his sentencing next week.
Texas attorney general investigates trade practices involving faulty stadium light poles (Dallas Morning News)
The Texas attorney general's office has opened a civil investigation into possible deceptive trade practices related to faulty stadium light poles that have cracked and collapsed at several schools this year.
More charges expected for Anna Nicole Smith lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Prosecutors in the drug case surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith plan to bring more charges against her lawyer-boyfriend, defense attorneys said.
Accused in Newport News Hardee's slaying to get new attorney (The Virginian-Pilot)
A man charged in the 2007 shooting death of a Hardee’s worker in Newport News will get a new attorney, WVEC-TV was reporting.
NY lawyer: Wealthy fundraiser for top Democrats made legal political contributions (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - The lawyer for a wealthy fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats says his client's political contributions were legal — despite charges he defrauded banks of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Court hears appeal in case of Fla. lawyer accused of receiving $5M in drug-tainted legal fees (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
MIAMI - In a case watched closely by defense attorneys nationwide, federal prosecutors urged a skeptical appeals court panel on Wednesday to reinstate a money-laundering conspiracy charge against a prominent lawyer accused of illegally accepting more than $5 million in tainted legal fees from a Colombian cocaine baron.
NY lawyer: Dem. fundraiser's donations were legal (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a wealthy fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats said Wednesday that his client's political contributions were legal — despite charges he defrauded banks of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Prosecutors say Sypher's previous lawyer worried about her mental state (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Federal prosecutors say that Karen Sypher, the woman accused of blackmailing University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, should be required to undergo a psychological exam because her previous lawyer "on many occasions" expressed concerns about her mental status.
Attorney general: State can't halt tenure for new community college faculty (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System's Board of Regents did not have the authority to eliminate tenure for community college faculty hired after June 30, according to an advisory opinion issued by state Attorney General Jack Conway.
Ex-Attorney Worried About Mental State Of Pitino Accuser (LEX 18 Lexington)
The former attorney for a woman accused in a plot to extort $10 million from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was concerned about her mental state and had her evaluated by a psychiatrist, federal prosecutors said in court filings.       Karen Cunagin Sypher's ex-attorney, Thomas Clay, "on many occasions" told prosecutors that he was concerned about his client's mental state ...
More charges filed against Anna Nicole Smith lawyer (USA Today)
Prosecutors have brought more charges against the lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith.
Columbia attorney Lord to run for AG (The State)
Columbia lawyer Leighton Lord III has announced he is running for state attorney general. Lord, man
More Charges Filed Against Anna Nicole’s Lawyer-Boyfriend (KWTX-TV Waco)
Prosecutors filed more charges Wednesday against Howard K. Stern, the boyfriend and lawyer of late reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith.
Queens imam will put up property to make bail, lawyer says (Newsday)
The lawyer for a Flushing imam arrested in a nationwide terror probe said he plans to put up property in Queens and Virginia to secure a request for bail. Ron Kuby , the civil rights attorney representing Ahmad Wasi Afzali, 37, said the property would be posted by relatives of Afzali at a bail hearing Thursday in Brooklyn federal court. Afzali, along with Najibullah Zazi, of Denver , and his ...
Gillispie's Attorney Says Plea Deal A 'Reasonable Offer' (LEX 18 Lexington)
An attorney for Billy Gillispie says the former Kentucky basketball coach has received a "reasonable offer" for a plea bargain in his drunken driving case but hasn't decided whether he will take it.       William Patrick said Wednesday that he has had several discussions with Anderson County attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis over the last few days about reaching a deal on the DUI charge. A pretrial ...
Examination of Habre's suit against Senegal begins: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The west African court Wednesday began to examine a suit filed by Chad's former president Hissene Habre against Senegal, where he faces trial for crimes against humanity, his lawyer said.
Ex-attorney concerned about Pitino accuser's mental state (Local 12 Cincinnati)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the former attorney of a woman accused in a plot to extort millions from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was concerned about her mental state.
More charges made against Anna Nicole Smith lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Prosecutors have brought more charges against the lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith.
Guantanamo court "a headless chicken": lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The Guantanamo war crimes court has become "a headless chicken" that still operates under the old rules even as the Obama administration issues new ones, the lawyer for an accused Saudi boat-bomb plotter said on Wednesday.
Attorney general announces limits on 'state secrets' defense (CNN)
Attorney General Eric Holder announced limits Wednesday on the use of the "state secrets" defense, which can block courts from considering cases in which government secrets could be released.
Exonerated man sues civil attorney over $1 million fee (Dallas Morning News)
A Dallas County man exonerated last year by DNA evidence is suing his civil attorney, saying the lawyer did not provide him any services and shouldn't be charging him a $1 million fee.
'Informant!' attorney tells his side of the story (Chicago Tribune)
For 'Informant!' attorney, brush with fame causes some mixed emotions After a lifetime of being mesmerized by movies, I am now a character in one.
Lawyer: Kidnapped Calif. girl has mixed emotions (USA Today)
The lawyer for a Northern California woman found alive 18 years after she was kidnapped says his client has mixed emotions surrounding the arrest of her alleged captors, but realizes "some bad and terrible things were done to her."
Attorney General's ex-housekeeper held (ITN via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Detectives have arrested and questioned the Attorney General Baroness Scotland's former housekeeper.
Lawyer: Kidnapped Calif. girl has mixed emotions (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a Northern California woman found alive 18 years after she was kidnapped said Thursday his client has mixed emotions surrounding the arrest of her alleged captors, but realizes "some bad and terrible things were done to her."
Suu Kyi welcomes US plan to engage junta: lawyer (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
YANGON - Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed US plans to engage diplomatically with the country's military rulers in a bid to promote reform, her lawyer said Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office to discuss 'major enforcement operation' today (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and Acting U.S. Marshal Steven M. Hartman will discuss developments in a "major enforcement operation" during a 3 p.m. press conference today, according to a news release from Letten's office.
Senate panel approves Paul Fishman nomination to be U.S. attorney for N.J. (The Star-Ledger)
The Star-LedgerPaul Fishman WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Paul J. Fishman to become U.S. attorney for New Jersey, leaving him one step away from becoming the state’s top federal lawman. The full Senate must...
Attorney Admits To Falsifying Immigration Papers (CBS 2 Chicago)
A Chicago-based immigration attorney faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to preparing fraudulent immigration petitions which allowed a company to bring more than 1,000 illegal workers into the country.
NY lawyer: Dem. fundraiser's donations were legal (Newsday)
NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for a wealthy fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats says his client's political contributions were legal — despite charges he defrauded banks of hundreds of millions of dollars. Attorney Paul Schechtman made the comment to reporters Wednesday after Hassan Nemazee (hah-SAHN' nah-MAH'-zee) pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of ...
Noordin wives blocked from giving him Indonesian burial: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Two Indonesian wives of slain militant leader Noordin Mohammed Top have been blocked by police in their bid to bury his body on Indonesian soil, their lawyer said Thursday.
Senate panel backs Durkan for Seattle U.S. attorney (Seattle Times)
The Senate Judiciary Committee has endorsed Jenny Durkan, a longtime friend and counselor of Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, to be U.S. attorney in Seattle.
Attorney Returns To Witness Stand In Defense Of Federal Charges (WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey)
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Attorney: Local company didn't put up crime cameras quickly enough (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
NEW ORLEANS – The local company charged with putting up crime cameras for the city of New Orleans didn’t set them up quickly enough and that’s why the city eventually turned to Dell and NetMethods to finish the job, according to an attorney for Dell.
Fired lawyer told of border agency mismanagement (KXXV Waco)
Associated Press - September 24, 2009 1:35 PM ET SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former lawyer for a little-known federal agency that helps control the Rio Grande and the U.S.
Attorney: Jail says Texas mom competent for trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for a Texas mother who allegedly told authorities the devil made her kill and mutilate her 3-week-old son said Thursday that a jail psychiatrist believes his client is mentally competent to stand trial.
Jaycee Dugard to testify at trial of kidnapper: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Jaycee Lee Dugard will testify at the trial of the California man accused of kidnapping and raping her during her 18 years in captivity, a lawyer for her family said Thursday.
Lawyer: Kidnapped Calif. woman prepared to testify (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a Northern California woman found alive 18 years after she was kidnapped said Thursday his client initially had mixed emotions surrounding the arrest of her alleged captors but now "fully understands that some terrible things were done to her."
Lawyer: Girlfriend of Jackson's doctor ends testimony (USA Today)
The girlfriend of Michael Jackson's personal physician finished giving testimony before a grand jury in Los Angeles on Thursday, her lawyer said.
Bahamas lawyer faces US federal corruption charges (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Bahamian lawyer has been indicted on U.S. federal corruption charges in a case that allegedly involves a South Florida politician and nearly $1 million in laundered money.
Attorney: Stabbing suspect 'mentally disturbed' (AP via Yahoo! News)
A 16-year-old student accused of stabbing his teacher to death at a Texas high school has a "lengthy history" of mental illness, his attorney said Thursday.