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LAWYER REVEALS 8 TRIAL CASES COMPLETED IN 4 MONTHS (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- The newly improved delivery system of the judiciary has been proven to be efficient as a senior lawyer revealed that he had completed the trial of eight cases in four months as compared to five years just to complete one trial previously.
Paul Fishman sworn in as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey (The Star-Ledger)
The Star-LedgerPaul FishmanNEWARK -- Paul J. Fishman, a prominent defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor, was sworn in today as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.Fishman, 52, of Montclair, took  his oath of office in a private ceremony at the Peter...
Lawyer in CIA trial challenges identities (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer representing half of the American defendants charged in the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in 2003 argued on Wednesday that most of her clients have never been positively identified and should be found innocent.
Attorney: Commack man suspected in child abuse an 'angel' (Newsday)
A defense attorney for a Commack man accused of sexually abusing two brothers, ages 5 and 7, depicted his client as an "angel" who devoted himself to the boys' needs while working in their home as an aide.
Lawyer says Jon Gosselin ordered to return $180K (The Arizona Republic)
Jon Gosselin has been ordered to return $180,000 inmarital funds by Oct. 26, according to a lawyer for his estranged wife.
Brett Tolman resigning as U.S. attorney (The Salt Lake Tribune)
U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman said Wednesday he is resigning the state's federal prosecutor effective Dec. 31 to go into private practice at a Salt Lake City law firm.
Lawyer: Hijacking suspect sought return for years (Boston Globe)
A defense lawyer says a U.S. citizen accused of hijacking a plane from New York to Cuba in 1968 has been trying to return to the United States for years.
Accused Hijacker Had Been In Contact With US For Yrs - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- A U.S. citizen accused of hijacking a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and fleeing to Cuba more than 40 years ago had been in contact with U.S. officials in Cuba for several years in hopes of returning to the U.S., his lawyer confirmed Wednesday.
Lawyer: Hijack defendant sought return for years (Staten Island Advance)
NEW YORK -- A defense lawyer says a U.S. citizen accused of hijacking a plane from New York to Cuba in 1968 has been trying to return to the United States for years. James Neuman said outside court Wednesday that...
US Attorney for Utah to resign in December (Provo Daily Herald)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A spokeswoman says U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman will resign in December.
Leonard announces Oklahoma attorney general candidacy (Tulsa World)
Oklahoma City attorney Ryan Leonard formally announced his candidacy for state attorney general on Wednesday.
Leonard announces for attorney general (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - October 14, 2009 12:55 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City attorney Ryan Leonard says he's running for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Charles City attorney asks to keep client after conflicts (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
NEW HAMPTON - Though he filed motions to withdraw from three cases, attorney Roger Sutton of Charles City spent Tuesday afternoon arguing that he should continue to represent a client accused of sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child.
Lawyer: Hijacking suspect sought return for years (AP via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. citizen accused of hijacking a plane from New York to Cuba in 1968 had been trying to return to the United States for years, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Utah U.S. Attorney steps down (ABC 4 Salt Lake City)
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 News) - A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman announced he will resign in December to go into private practice. Utah's top prosecutor held a press conference Wednesday morning to make that announcement. An appointee of former President George W. Bush, Tolman took over in July 2006 for a term that ordinarily would run to July 2010. The 39-year-old's highest profile ...
Utah U.S. Attorney steps down (ABC 4 Salt Lake City)
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 News) - A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman announced he will resign in December to go into private practice.
NJ attorney general taking over Williams case (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
The New Jersey attorney general's office will take over the manslaughter prosecution of former NBA star Jayson Williams. An office spokesman said Wednesday that it would replace the Hunterdon County prosecutor's office for Williams' retrial on a reckless manslaughter count stemming from the shooting of a hired driver in 2002.
Attorney general taking over Williams case (Sports Illustrated)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey attorney general's office will take over the manslaughter prosecution of former NBA star Jayson Williams.
Trial lawyer defends Bear manager; U.S. cites "lies" (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for former Bear Stearns hedge fund manager Ralph Cioffi on Wednesday vigorously defended him against prosecution allegations he repeatedly lied to investors early in the financial crisis, describing as "ridiculous" one charge of insider trading.
Imprisoned lawyer Lerach moves to halfway house (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
William Lerach, a lawyer best known for winning settlements for Enron investors, has been moved to a California halfway house after serving most of a two-year prison sentence for a kickback scheme, according to U.S. Bureau of Prison records.
Well-Meaning Stance Hurts Polanski, Lawyer Says (New York Times)
Roman Polanski’s lawyer said that inept support from his well-meaning backers had created a phony dispute about whether great artists have special rights.
Lawyer Alleges Dallas Group's Prayers Incite Followers to Commit Violence Against Him (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In a test of the free-speech limits on prayer, a lawyer who has challenged the right of a Dallas-based organization to endorse military chaplains alleges in a recently filed suit that the organization incites its followers in prayers to violence against him.
D.C. sniper's attorney plans clemency plea to governor (The Washington Times)
An attorney for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad said in an online statement that he will file a request for clemency with Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine on Oct. 22. Muhammad faces execution Nov. 10 for the October 2002 murder of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas gas station. Muhammad and his then-teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 people and injured three others during a 23-day shooting ...
Former Attorney General Janet Reno backs exonerated Cuban immigrant's US residency bid (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
MIAMI - Former Attorney General Janet Reno is backing the U.S. residency bid of a Cuban immigrant imprisoned for a sexual assault he didn't commit. Orlando Boquete was one of thousands of Cubans who fled the island to South Florida during the 1980 Mariel boatlift.
Ex-Bear Stearns manager did not lie: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former Bear Stearns hedge fund manager Matthew Tannin, on trial for fraud and charges he lied to investors early in the financial crisis, could not have foreseen problems in the subprime mortgage market in 2007, his lawyer said in opening his defense on Thursday.
WSJ: Ex-Bear Stearns Managers Lawyer: Worrying Not A Crime (Nasdaq)
Two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers were "worried" about their funds as the mortgage crisis caused havoc in investment markets in 2007 but they committed no crimes when they told investors they were optimistic about the future, a lawyer for one of the managers told a jury on Thursday in a federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Los Angeles Judge Issues Written Opinion Stopping California Attorney General Jerry Brown's Efforts to Regulate the ... (Marketwire)
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2009) - In a landmark written opinion, and potentially devastating blow to the ongoing efforts of California's Attorney General Jerry Brown to investigate and regulate the business of port trucking, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White held today that the California attorney general had essentially exceeded his authority by intruding ...
Bear Fund Debacle ‘Didn’t Turn Out Well,’ Lawyer Says (Correct) (Bloomberg)
(Corrects spelling of Tannin in fourth paragraph.) Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Matthew Tannin , the former Bear Stearns Cos. hedge-fund manager accused of misleading investors, didn’t commit a crime even though the collapse of his funds “did not turn out well,” his lawyer said.
Alabama FOP board endorses Attorney General Troy King for re-election (Mobile Press-Register)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- State Attorney General Troy King has picked up a campaign endorsement from the board of the Alabama Fraternal Order of Police.
Arcadia Attorney Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Embezzlement (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
An Arcadia attorney has pled not guilty to two counts of grand theft by embezzlement.
Lawyer's ADEA Claim Found Outweighed by Anguish He Caused His Firm (Law.com)
A federal appeals court has bounced an age-bias suit by a lawyer whose firm axed him after a tortuous year-and-a half stint, finding there were ample non-discriminatory reasons for firing him.
Well-Meaning Stance Hurts Polanski, Lawyer Says (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
PARIS -- As a high-powered international legal team presses to free the film director Roman Polanski from a Swiss jail, his French lawyer said Wednesday that inept support from some well-meaning backers had created a phony dispute about whether great artists have special rights.
Bear Fund Debacle ‘Didn’t Turn Out Well,’ Lawyer Says (Update3) (Bloomberg)
Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Matthew Tannin , the former Bear Stearns Cos. hedge-fund manager accused of misleading investors, didn’t commit a crime even though the collapse of his funds “did not turn out well,” his lawyer said.
Jackley announces he will run for attorney general in South Dakota (KOTA Rapid City)
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ Marty Jackley, who was recently appointed to be South Dakota attorney general, has formed a campaign committee to seek his own four-year term in the office in next year's election.
Attorney: Driver involved in fatal crash had previous DUI conviction (The Day)
A New York woman who was arraigned today on charges that she caused the crash that killed a Norwich woman on Sept. 20 was convicted of drunken driving in 2006, according to the dead woman's family's attorney. Lisette Oblitas Cruz, 28, of Port Chester, N.Y., is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, using a cell phone while driving, driving an uninsured vehicle, evading ...
Attorney takes back Mercedes SUVs brought to Hardin by debunked jail operator (Missoulian)
BILLINGS - The last two Mercedes SUVs brought to Hardin by American Police Force have been taken back by the company's former attorney.
Ex-Bear Stearns manager did not lie: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former Bear Stearns hedge fund manager Matthew Tannin, on trial for charges of alleged fraud and lying to investors early in the financial crisis, might have made strategic mistakes but he did not conspire with colleagues to commit a crime, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Ex-Bear Stearns manager did not lie-trial lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former Bear Stearns hedge fund manager Matthew Tannin, on trial for fraud and lying to investors early in the financial crisis, might have made strategic mistakes but he did not conspire with colleagues to commit a crime, his lawyer said on Thursday.
NYC DA: Bogus Ga. lawyer left immigrants worse off (AP via Yahoo! News)
A convicted bigamist posing as a veteran immigration lawyer scammed thousands of dollars from Guyanese immigrants and gave them advice so bad they now face deportation, prosecutors said Thursday.
Syria: Dissident Lawyer Is Arrested (New York Times)
The Syrian authorities have arrested Haitham Maleh, a 78-year-old dissident and prominent lawyer who is among the last vocal critics of the government inside the country.
Bear Fund Debacle ‘Didn’t Turn Out Well,’ Lawyer Says (Update4) (Bloomberg)
Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Matthew Tannin , the former Bear Stearns Cos. hedge-fund manager accused of misleading investors, didn’t commit a crime even though the collapse of his funds “did not turn out well,” his lawyer said.
Lawyer blames alcohol, drugs for killings (UPI)
COVINGTON, La., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man was under the influence of alcohol and painkillers when he killed his estranged wife and son, a defense lawyer said Thursday.
Lawyer: Suu Kyi optimistic after talks with junta (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)
Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed optimism Friday about recent meetings with a Myanmar junta official, saying she hoped to keep talks going to pursue a new era of cooperation, her lawyer said.
Man accused in cold case rape to seek own attorney (Galveston County Daily News)
DICKINSON Dennis Earl Bradford, charged in the 1990 kidnapping and rape of then-8-year-old Jennifer Schuett, waived his right to a court-appointed attorney.
Senate confirms Johnson as US attorney (Aberdeen American News)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) ---- The Senate has confirmed Brendan Johnson as South Dakota's next U.S. attorney....
Attorney general gets complaints about Joplin business (The Springfield News-Leader)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred complaints about underground storage tanks at a Joplin business to the Missouri Attorney General for legal action.
Obama nominee for US attorney in Va sworn in (CBS 6 Richmond)
ROANOKE, Va. - The Western District of Virginia has a new U.S. attorney. Chief U.S. District Court Judge James P. Jones administered the oath of office Friday to Timothy Heaphy.
Obama nominee for US attorney in Va sworn in (WRIC 8 News Richmond)
Associated Press - October 16, 2009 11:25 AM ET ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Western District of Virginia has a new U.S. attorney. Chief U.S. District Court Judge James P.
Obama nominee for Western District U.S. attorney sworn in (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The Western District of Virginia has a new U.S. attorney.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi positive about sanctions meetings: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her recent meetings about sanctions with diplomats and a junta minister were positive, her lawyer told AFP Friday.