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Reduced toll for Grand Isle residents is legal, Attorney General says (The Houma Courier)
Lloyd J. Nelson III Staff Writer THIBODAUX - Grand Isle residents paying 50 cents to cross the Leeville bridge while other drivers are forced to pay $2.50 is both legal and permissible, an opinion from the Louisiana Attorney General says.
Pakistan adjourns Mumbai attack hearing: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Pakistani court on Saturday adjourned for a second time a hearing for seven suspects accused by India of plotting the deadly Mumbai attacks last year, a lawyer said.
Pak again adjourns Mumbai attack hearing: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! Canada News)
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AFP) - A Pakistani court on Saturday again adjourned a hearing for seven suspects accused by India of plotting the deadly Mumbai attacks last year, a lawyer said.
Lawyer: ESPN reporter relieved after suspect's arrest (The Kentucky Post)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The lawyer for ESPN reporter Erin Andrews says his client is greatly relieved after learning that a man accused of taping surreptitious nude videos of her in a hotel room has been arrested.
Local attorney holds reins of bar (Columbia Daily Tribune)
He has 30 years of experience, but it’s going to take a team effort for Columbia attorney Skip Walther to do his job this year.
Lawyer eyes McMullan's seat (Sydney Morning Herald)
CONSTITUTIONAL lawyer George Williams is positioning himself for preselection for the Labor Party in a safe Canberra seat.
Cleveland County attorney receives statewide award (The Shelby Star)
SHELBY — Attorney David R. Teddy is the inaugural winner of a new award named for School of Government Professor John Rubin. The Commission on Indigent Defense Services honored Teddy with The Professor John Rubin Award for
Judge tosses lawyer's suit against credit card company (Main Line Suburban Life)
PHILADELPHIA — A blind lawyer from Broomall, who claims a prostitute racked up more than $14,000 in fake charges on his Discover credit card, has vowed to appeal now that a federal judge has tossed out his lawsuit.
Attorney Orly Taitz asks for Judge Clay Land to recuse himself from 'birther' case (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Attorney Orly Taitz, the “birther” lawyer under threat of sanctions by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit, filed a motion Friday asking the judge to recuse himself because of personal contacts and financial stakes he may have with President Barack Obama’s administration.
Lawyer: stalking suspect "regular guy" (The Kentucky Post)
CHICAGO (AP) — A defense lawyer for the man accused of secretly taping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews while she was alone in hotel rooms says his client is a "regular guy" and a "great friend."
Lawyer: stalking suspect "regular guy" (San Diego 6)
A defense lawyer for the man accused of secretly taping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews while she was alone in hotel rooms says his client is a "regular guy" and a...
Attorney: 'Helping The Kids' No Excuse For Jenks Rules Violations (News On 6 Tulsa)
"Helping the kids" is no justification for violating OSSAA rules to advance a winning football team, reports attorney J. Douglas Mann in a 38-page report to Jenks Superintendent Dr. Kirby Lehman. Jenks Football Coach To Serve Suspension
North Bay Village attorney's hiring went against residents' wishes (Miami Herald)
The story in Thursday's Miami Herald on North Bay Village's interim attorney appointment needs additional explanation. We know the commission has no requirement to ask the citizens' opinion of whom to hire as a city attorney.
Disbarred Attorney Had Earlier Brush With Embezzlement (Bristol Herald Courier)
Four years before attorney David Cecil would come under scrutiny for stealing from clients, he and his former law firm were sued over accusations that a partner embezzled his clients’ money.
Attorney General files criminal charges against Pam Ott, former healthcare district CEO (Kern Valley Sun)
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that former Kern Valley Hospital administrator Pamela Ott was charged on eight felony counts of elder abuse today, Sept. 8. The complaint charges Ott allowed staff to forcibly administer psychotropic medications to patients for their own convenience, rather than for their patients' therapeutic interests. These actions are alleged to have resulted in ...
Commissioners’ lawyer: Drop the lawsuit (Washington Daily News)
The lawyer for the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners said Thursday that it’s time for the county Board of Education to give up on its lawsuit against the county because continued legal action is a waste of taxpayers’ money at a time when neither board has money to spare.
Judge tosses lawyer's suit against credit card company (Main Line Suburban Life)
PHILADELPHIA — A blind lawyer from Broomall, who claims a prostitute racked up more than $14,000 in fake charges on his Discover credit card, has vowed to appeal now that a federal judge has tossed out his lawsuit.
U.S. attorney vacancy no laughing matter : Lawyer's cartoons don't help him (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Want to be a U.S. attorney in Kentucky? Then you might not want to draw cartoons making fun of the state's senior U.S. senator. Marc Murphy, a former commonwealth's attorney who is a freelance cartoonist for The Courier-Journal, says he learned that the hard way.
County attorney incensed by hate crimes - Sun Suburbs Today - Tuesday, Sept. 29 (Crystal - Robbinsdale Sun-Post)
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he is incensed by what he's called "hate crimes" that allegedly happened Sept. 23 in Brooklyn Park. Two black men were allegedly beaten, one stripped naked, by at least two white men near Hartkopf Park. Two Minneapolis men have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Town Attorney and Giacalone Respond to Lawsuit Decision - Podcast for Oct. 1 (East Aurora Advertiser)
On Monday, Town Attorney Ronald Bennett spoke to the Aurora Town Board and reported that the town had been successful in fighting off a series of lawsuits challenging its purchase of 300 Gleed Avenue. Click here to listen to his comments. Click here to read a press release by Aurora resident and attorney Arthur Giacalone, who brought the lawsuit. Or, click here to subscribe to the free East ...
Prosecute Bush, Cheney over detainees' torture, attorney says in Simi Valley talk (Ventura County Star)
Former President George W. Bush and top officials in his administration should be prosecuted for allowing the torture of prisoners who did not receive a fair trial at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, a Los Angeles-based lawyer said Friday in Simi Valley. Attorney Michael Rapkin, who successfully obtained the release of one detainee at Guantanamo, said Bush and other officials ...
Valley defense attorney might run for governor (The Arizona Republic)
Michael Manning a Phoenix defense attorney who made his name waging numerous battles with the Sheriff's Office, said he is considering the prospect of running for the governor in 2010.
Maryland attorney general, public defender square off in Supreme Court (The Daily Record)
Nothing focuses an appellate attorney’s mind more than having an argument scheduled before the U.S. Supreme Court.
County Attorney: Plea Deal In Billy Gillispie DUI Case Likely In November (LEX 18 Lexington)
The Anderson County Attorney said a plea agreement could likely be worked out in the Billy Gillispie case by next month. The former University of Kentucky coach was arrested in August and charged with DUI after someone reported a white Mercedes driving erratically. At a hearing Monday in Anderson County, the County Attorney told LEX 18 the next court date in the case is set for November 2, and a ...
Suspect's lawyer says Letterman 'manipulates' (AP via Yahoo! News)
The defense lawyer for the CBS News producer charged with trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman is calling the talk-show host "a master at manipulating audiences."
Sterling Attorney Wins World Track Medal (Leesburg Today)
Bruce McBarnette, an attorney based in Sterling, has won international acclaim in his efforts at the World Masters Track and Field Championship in Finland Aug. 4. McBarnette won the high jump event for men over the age of 50, with a jump of 6', 2.75", or 1.9 meters.
Attorney representing firefighter candidates suing the city agreed in court today to give Danbury more time to respond (The News-Times)
DANBURY -- An attorney representing several firefighter candidates who are suing the city over its hiring process agreed Monday to give the city an additional month to respond to a motion for summary judgement.The motion is asking a Superior Court judge to decide, based on information and documents already provided, whether the city violated its own rules when hiring dozens of firefighters off a ...
Former lawyer jailed for stealing (BBC News)
A former lawyer who embezzled over £400,000 from a dead woman's estate is jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Judge Orders Attorney To Case (The Ponca City News)
OKLAHOMA CITY — United States District Judge Lee R. West has ordered that attorney James T. Rowan be appointed to represent Thomas L. Honeycutt in the Federal lawsuit filed against Blackwell police officer John W. Mitchell.
N.Y. lawyer accused of adoption scam (UPI)
MINEOLA, N.Y., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- At least 16 couples say they were suckered into paying thousands of dollars into an alleged adoption scam run by a New York lawyer.
Suspect's Lawyer Says Letterman 'Manipulates' (WCBS-TV New York)
The defense lawyer for the CBS News producer charged with trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman called the talk-show host "a master at manipulating audiences." Gerald Shargel defended his client, Robert J. "Joe" Halderman, Monday during a round of interviews on network television morning shows. Shargel says the charge against his client is "so obviously out of character to the point ...
Elko district attorney waits for ruling on appeal in Hughes case (Elko Daily Free Press)
ELKO — The District Attorney’s Office is awaiting word on its appeal of District Judge Andrew Puccinelli’s dismissal of a charge of using a minor in the production of pornography against former Elko Police Capt. Aaron Hughes.
Kroll Adds Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Cramer in Chicago Office (Insurance Journal)
Global risk consulting firm Kroll has added Jeffrey H. Cramer, formerly assistant United States attorney and senior litigation counsel in the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, in its ...
Attorney General files criminal charges against Pam Ott, former healthcare district CEO (Kern Valley Sun)
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that former Kern Valley Hospital administrator Pamela Ott was charged on eight felony counts of elder abuse today, Sept. 8. The complaint charges Ott allowed staff to forcibly administer psychotropic medications to patients for their own convenience, rather than for their patients' therapeutic interests. These actions are alleged to have resulted in ...
Suspect's lawyer says Letterman 'manipulates' (Deseret News)
NEW YORK (AP) — The defense lawyer for the CBS News producer charged with trying to extort $2 million from David...
Extortion suspect's lawyer skewers Dave (New York Post)
Gerald Shargel, the lawyer for alleged David Letterman extortionist Robert Halderman, says Letterman is a "master at manipulation"-- and hinted there's more to the sordid story, which Letterman bared on national TV last week. "So to think that David...
Lawyer says alleged Letterman plotter is 'innocent' (Los Angeles Times)
The lawyer for accused extortionist Robert "Joe" Halderman said today that the full story about his client's alleged attempt to blackmail David Letterman for $2 million has not yet come out.
Attorney General: Frontier to Refund Early Termination Fees (13WHAM Rochester)
Albany/Rochester, N.Y. -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says Frontier will pay refunds to some customers because it failed to provide adequate notice of early termination fees.
Citys attorney responds to Payne allegations (Sheboygan Press)
An attorney for the City of Sheboygan today took aim at allegations leveled against Mayor Bob Ryan, defending the firing of former Human Resources Director Angela Payne while accusing Paynes attorney of using intimidation to force a settlement.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first Supreme Court term begins with argument over lawyer request (New York Daily News)
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court began its new term trying to decide how long a suspect's request for a lawyer is valid.
Lawyer for Letterman's accused blackmailer Joe Halderman says Dave's not telling 'full story' (New York Daily News)
If CBS producer Robert (Joe) Halderman intended to blackmail David Letterman about the funnyman's sex life, he would have demanded cash, his lawyer said Monday.
Court begins with argument over lawyer request (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the bench as the court tried to hash out how long a suspect's request for a lawyer should be considered valid by police and the courts.
Accused Letterman extortionist innocent: attorney (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Comedian David Letterman did not tell the whole story when he described himself as the victim of a $2 million extortion plot by a TV news producer, an attorney for the producer said on Monday.
Court begins with argument over lawyer request (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the bench as the court tried to hash out how long a suspect's request for a lawyer should be considered valid by police and the courts.
Court opens with case on prisoner's bid for lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Supreme Court began its new term Monday by indicating a willingness to limit how long a suspect's request for a lawyer should remain valid, and new Justice Sonia Sotomayor wasted little time in letting her voice be heard by questioning the lawyers.
Suspect's lawyer says Letterman 'manipulates' (USA Today)
The defense lawyer for the CBS News producer charged with trying to extort $2 million from TV host David Letterman is calling the talk-show host "a master at manipulating audiences."
Calif attorney general nixes sex scandal probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
California's attorney general does not plan to investigate a state lawmaker who resigned after he was caught on videotape boasting to a colleague about his extramarital sexual escapades with two female lobbyists.
Video recorded by Travolta's attorney played at trial (CNN)
Videotapes secretly recorded by John Travolta's attorney were played Monday at the trial of two people accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from the actor after his son died in the Bahamas in January.
High Court Debates Value of Attorney-Client Privilege (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A Georgia company's efforts to resist disclosure of communications with its lawyer provoked a rare discussion at the U.S. Supreme Court over the importance of attorney-client privilege.
Attorney General Eric Holder says foiling Zazi bomb plot 'saved us from an unspeakable tragedy' (New York Daily News)
Accused Al Qaeda thug Najibullah Zazi and his cohorts aimed to "kill scores of Americans" in the recently foiled bomb plot, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.