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Ex-Attorney General Ryan exploring run for governor (Chicago Sun-Times)
Former Attorney General Jim Ryan has formed an exploratory committee and is thinking about running for governor of Illinois. The Elmhurst Republican just commissioned a poll that showed him way ahead of the little-known Republicans who have so far declared themselves candidates for governor. Ryan polled 29 percent of the 500 likely GOP primary voters, with the next-closest candidate, state ...
Lawyer says aide inflated freebies' worth (UPI)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An aide to former U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., inflated the worth of freebies to protect himself, the lawyer for a lobbyist on trial for corruption said.
Court delayed when flu-masked inmate spooks lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A court hearing for a jail inmate in Spokane, Wash., had to be postponed a day because he was wearing a surgical mask and his defense lawyer refused to sit next to him.
Lawyer Says Lawyer Defamed Him in Press Release Over Defamation Suit (Law.com)
Robert Clifford, a well-known personal injury lawyer in Chicago, warns that Illinois lawyers won't be able to speak to the press about their own cases if an appellate decision against him is allowed to stand.
Attorney: Abducted Tenn. baby's mom regaining custody, cleared of baby-selling claim (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Attorney: Abducted Tenn. baby's mom regaining custody, cleared of baby-selling claim. Comments are subject to the site's terms of use and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or approval of the Star Tribune.
Conn. lawyer to run for 5th District seat (Boston Globe)
Lawyer Kie Westby of Southbury has announced that he's seeking the Republican nomination to run against Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy in next year's election.
Kansas attorney general's office issues warning of serial rapist during college fall breaks (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Nearly a year after the last sexual assault attributed to a serial rapist who has preyed on young women near two college campuses since 2000, the state attorney general's office is urging women near Kansas State University and the University of Kansas to remain vigilant.
Attorney: Schools on the hook for data costs (Detroit Free Press)
LANSING -- State government is imposing up to $100 million a year in uncompensated data collection mandates on local school districts, and should either repeal them or pay up, the districts' attorney told the Michigan Supreme Court this morning.
Flu-masked Spokane inmate spooks defense lawyer (Seattle Times)
SPOKANE — A court hearing for a Spokane County Jail inmate was postponed a day because he was wearing a surgical mask and the defense lawyer refused to sit next to him.
Lawyer running Stanford's firms asks for $9M more (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The lawyer in charge of jailed financier R. Allen Stanford's businesses is asking a federal court to pay his team nearly $9 million for three months of work.
Attorney: Info sent to G-20 protesters via Twitter was public (CNN)
The attorney for one of two men arrested during last month's G-20 summit for sending Twitter messages to help protesters argues that they were merely passing along public information.
Blue Chip lawyer now bankrupt (The New Zealand Herald)
Jonathan Mathias, the Auckland lawyer found wanting over his advice to Blue Chip victims Bruce and Judy Bartle, is bankrupt.Last week in the High Court Justice Tony Randerson ruled that Mathias failed in his duty of care to the...
Lawyer running Stanford's firms asks for $9M more (USA Today)
The lawyer in charge of unraveling jailed financier R. Allen Stanford's businesses is asking a federal court to pay his team nearly $9 million for three months of work.
Attorney General Says Alleged Bomb Plot in N.Y. Was 'Very Serious' (Washington Post)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that an alleged hydrogen peroxide bomb threat was "very serious" and "could have resulted in the loss of American lives."
Court delayed when flu-masked inmate spooks lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A court hearing for a jail inmate in Spokane, Wash., had to be postponed a day because he was wearing a surgical mask and his defense lawyer refused to sit next to him.
Lawyer and Police Commissioner Once Worked Same Side of the Street (New York Times)
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and a lawyer representing Najibullah Zazi, the central suspect in a terrorism case, worked together on a police switchboard in the early 1960s.
Lawyer refuses to sit near masked client (UPI)
SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A judge in Washington state postponed sentencing for a jail inmate after the inmate's lawyer refused to go near him because he was wearing a surgical mask.
John Travolta's lawyer channels Jack Nicholson, shouts 'You can't handle the truth' in court (New York Daily News)
The John Travolta blackmail case took a page from a Hollywood script Tuesday when his lawyer used the famous movie line "You can't handle the truth!".
Lisa Nowak defense attorney: Pepper spray never used (Orlando Sentinel)
Lisa Nowak's defense attorney, Donald Lykkebak, accuses prosecutors of failing to hand over a report that could help clear Nowak. Former-astronaut Lisa Nowak who remains free on bond and is living in Houston - is back in the news today.
Nowak lawyer says pepper spray not used (UPI)
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak's lawyer says prosecutors failed to turn over a report that could help clear her of attempted kidnapping and assault charges.
Lawyer expects Stokes altercation case to be resolved soon (The Buffalo News)
A lawyer for Leonard Stokes, the controversial former Buffalo restaurant owner, today said he expects a disposition later this month of the non-criminal trespass charged lodged against the former basketball star for an alleged altercation with the mother of his child.
Military Lawyer to Be Dropped From Canadian Gitmo Detainee's Defense Team (Law.com)
A U.S. military lawyer who had advocated on behalf of Canadian Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay is expected to be removed from the defense team Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney, Nasdaq Launch Investigation into Sequenom (Medical Device Link)
“Following our announcement on September 28, 2009 regarding the completion of the independent investigation by the special committee of our board of directors, representatives of Nasdaq and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California separately contacted us to inquire about our announcement.
Lower Township attorney receives national maritime law chairmanship (Press of Atlantic City)
LOWER TOWNSHIP- Attorney Kevin J. Thornton, Esquire, was recently appointed as Chair of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA)'s Committee on Fisheries.
Twin Cities attorney is a Coen brothers punch line (Minnesota Public Radio)
When the new Coen brothers movie "A Serious Man" is shown in the Twin Cities, the line that gets the biggest audience reaction is an inside joke. It comes when a character needs a criminal defense attorney and he is advised to "hire Ron Meshbesher." MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with the real-life Ron Meshbesher.
Omar Khadr's star lawyer to be fired (Toronto Star)
The U.S. military lawyer celebrated as Omar Khadr's best chance for freedom was "paranoid" and "reckless" and allowed his own quest for fame to overshadow his defence of Khadr, affidavits obtained by the Star allege.
BURR & FORMAN ANNOUNCES THIRD LATERAL ATTORNEY IN ONE MONTH (dBusinessNews.com)
ORLANDO, October 7, 2009 - Burr & Forman LLP today announces that Eric S. Golden has joined Burr & Forman as a partner in the firm’s Central Florida office. Golden is the third lateral attorney to do so within the last month.
Monticello Mayor fires village attorney (Middletown Times Herald-Record)
MONTICELLO — Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins has fired the village attorney after criticizing him for missing meetings.
Lawyer: Accused $20,000 Wine Thief Didn't Know Bottle's Value (WCVB Boston)
A lawyer for a Boston man accused of stealing a $20,000 bottle of wine says his client had no idea of its value.
Defense attorney drops abuse case (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
NEW HAMPTON - The defense attorney representing Jeff Marlette wants to withdraw as legal counsel, though from a motion filed Tuesday, Roger Sutton of Charles City makes it clear he believes the court is making a mistake.
Attorney aims to block NorthSide plan (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A St. Louis attorney is hoping to throw a legal roadblock in the path of McEagle Properties’ NorthSide project. D. B. Amon said this morning he will seek a temporary restraining order, injunction and writ against the tax-backed financing and a redevelopment plan that city officials are considering for the $8.1 billion proposal . Amon plans to file the request in a St. Louis circuit court on ...
Obama to name gay lawyer as ambassador (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama plans to nominate an openly gay lawyer as the United States' ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, an administration official said Wednesday.
Obama picks openly gay lawyer for ambassadorship (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he planned to nominate an openly gay lawyer as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
McDonald's Malaysia operator faces arrest: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US fast food giant McDonald's operator in Malaysia is facing arrest for failing to appear in court to answer a charge of illegally operating an outlet, a government lawyer said Thursday.
President Obama to nominate openly gay lawyer David Huebner as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, Samoa (New York Daily News)
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he planned to nominate an openly gay lawyer as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. If confirmed by the Senate, David Huebner would become the third openly gay ambassador in U.S. history.
Attorney says Playgirl shoot next up for teenage father of Sarah Palin's grandson (Chicago Tribune)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Levi Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure — the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandchild will pose nude for Playgirl, his attorney said Wednesday.
Attorney says Playgirl shoot next up for teenage father of Sarah Palin's grandson (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Levi Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure — the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandchild will pose nude for Playgirl, his attorney said Wednesday.
Lawyer takes out thug balls-and-all (The Age)
Veteran Melbourne defence lawyer Alex Lewenberg, who was viciously bashed this week by an intruder in his city apartment, has been in plenty of scraps - in and out of court.
Update: Former Attorney General in Amarillo (KVII 7 Amarillo)
9:21 A.M. Oct. 8 -- Former Attorney General and Judge Alberto Gonzales will visit with students from Palo Duro and Caprock high schools today.
Ex-HSBC Banker Ellerbeck Didn’t Mean to Kill Wife, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Neil Ellerbeck’s lawyer told jurors during closing arguments today, that while the former HSBC Holdings Plc banker may have caused the injuries that led to his wife’s death, he never intended to harm her.
Senate confirms Fishman as next US Attorney for NJ (Asbury Park Press)
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has approved the nomination of Montclair resident Paul J. Fishman as the next U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.
Demjanjuk attorney will appeal case to high court (AP via Yahoo! News)
John Demjanjuk's attorney says he plans to ask Germany's high court to block his trial on charges of being an accessory to the murder of thousands at a Nazi death camp.
Attorney: Isleworth shooting suspect James 'Bob' Ward should get bond (Orlando Sentinel)
Jailed Isleworth shooting suspect James "Bob" Ward should be entitled to pre-trial release on reasonable conditions, his attorney said. In documents filed late Wednesday, the attorney for James "Bob" Ward listed a bevy of reasons why the Isleworth millionaire should be granted bond and be able to be released from jail.
Attorney: Murder evidence invalid (The Hendersonville Times-News)
By James Shea Times-News Staff Writer An attorney for a man accused of first-degree murder in 2007 argued in court Wednesday that his client's statement about hitting the victim with a statue was coerced and should be thrown out.
NYC doc who killed husband hires celebrity lawyer (New York Post)
Harvard law professor and celebrity defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz is now representing a New York doctor convicted of murdering her husband. Dershowitz and his brother, Nathan, are preparing an appeal for Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova. Dershowitz’s clients...
Attorney General Proposes Board for New York State Pension Fund (Bloomberg)
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- New York’s scandal-plagued $116.5 billion pension fund , the third-largest U.S. system of its type, would be overseen by an appointed board, stripping sole control from the state comptroller, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo proposed.
Attorney asks state Supreme Court for disbarment (KOAM-TV Pittsburg)
Associated Press - October 8, 2009 12:34 PM ET BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois attorney accused of spending on himself at least $25,000 from a disabled adult ward and two...
Lawyer for Roethlisberger accuser attacks 'frivolous' claim (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Ben Roethlisberger's failure to make a sworn legal statement denying an accusation that he sexually assaulted a Nevada casino worker undermines his position, his accuser's lawyer said.
Attorney wants blood test thrown out in multiple-fatal crash case (Post-Bulletin)
The attorney for a man accused in connection with a fatal accident last spring contends that a blood test that shows the man was intoxicated at the time sho
Glaxo Ignored Paxil’s Birth-Defect Risks, Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- GlaxoSmithKline Plc officials intentionally ignored the possibility that the Paxil antidepressant caused birth defects, a lawyer said in closing arguments of a trial over the drug.