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Defense lawyer questions Broward sheriff's `hate crime' comment (Miami Herald)
One day after Broward's top cop suggested the fatal beating of a Wilton Manors man is being investigated as a hate crime, the lawyer for one suspect stressed that the department's own detectives determined otherwise.
Defense Attorney Believes There is Hope for Tyquan Rivera (WROC Rochester)
Tyquan Rivera's attorney believes there is hope for his young client, who was given the maximum sentence on Friday.
Defense lawyer questions Broward sheriff's `hate crime' comment (MalaysiaNews.net)
One day after Broward's top cop suggested the fatal beating of a Wilton Manors man is being investigated as a hate crime, the lawyer for one suspect stressed that the department's own detectives deter...
Attorney: Monserrate Won't Step Down (FOX 5 New York)
New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate won't be doing any jail time after being convicted of a misdemeanor in the assault trial against his girlfriend. Attorney Joseph Tacopina says his client won't be stepping down from his senate seat either. Good Day NY's Rosanna Scotto spoke with Tacopina on Friday. Watch the video.
Beverly Gallagher hires new attorney in corruption case (Miami Herald)
Suspended Broward School Board Member Beverly Gallagher hired a high-profile attorney to handle her corruption case this week while Gov. Charlie Crist has started interviews to replace Gallagher and another arrested politician.
New U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Takes Oath (WHSV Harrisonburg)
Timothy J. Heaphy was sworn in Friday morning as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.
Lawyer: Zimbabwe opposition politician Bennett freed on bail (CNN)
Roy Bennett -- a leader in the Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change who was sent back to jail earlier this week to await trial -- has been released on bail, his lawyer said Friday.
Lawyer Charged With Lying About Knowledge of 'Pump and Dump' Scheme (Law.com)
Federal prosecutors have charged a New York-based lawyer and businessman with obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to investigators during their inquiry into a questionable stock sale. According to a criminal information filed Thursday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Robert Brown, a partner with New World Merchant Partners, tried to conceal his knowledge of a ...
Lawyer Facing Possible Discipline Digs Hole a Little Deeper (Law.com)
Faced with the prospect of harsh discipline from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, well-known plaintiffs lawyer Walter Lack attempted the following play on Thursday: Convince three judges that his misconduct wasn't intentional, even though he signed a document admitting it was. Rather than helping his cause, the panel appeared to think Lack was dodging responsibility. Lack may have actually ...
5th Circuit to Interpret Departing-Lawyer Rule (Law.com)
The 5th Circuit recently heard arguments in a case that could affect every lawyer who leaves a law firm for other legal employment. The key question: Is there a rebuttable or irrebuttable presumption that an attorney had the confidences of all of the firm's clients when he left the firm? Legal ethics experts say the case's outcome is important to lawyers who work in firms with hundreds of ...
Under Federal Scrutiny, Attorney-Receiver Puts His Firm out of Business (Law.com)
Florida attorney and receiver Lewis Freeman went to court Friday seeking to liquidate his firm amid a federal investigation trying to trace $3.6 million from accounts overseen by the firm. A Miami attorney who represented Freeman in receiverships said he was "in a state of shock and disbelief" when he heard that Freeman had put himself in receivership. The FBI raided two Lewis B. Freeman ...
Tamara Greene's family lawyer accuses Cox of cover-up (Detroit News)
Detroit -- The lawyer for the family of slain exotic dancer Tamara "Strawberry" Greene says Attorney General Mike Cox was "trying to cover his gubernatorial-hopeful tail" when attorneys from Cox's office filed objections this week to subpoenas filed in the family's lawsuit against the city of Detroit.
Sen. John Cornyn fights for U.S. attorney pick (Dallas Morning News)
Sen. John Cornyn urged the White House on Friday to nominate Sarah Saldana as the next U.S. attorney for the Dallas area, challenging Democrats to find a credible reason to oppose her.
Drake dean to speak about rights attorney (The Des Moines Register)
The Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center is set to host a free lecture on Oct. 24 about Charles Howard, a civil rights attorney who fought racial discrimination in Des Moines.
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.
Review: 'Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)' (MultiChannel News)
IFC celebrates the 40th anniversary of Monty Python with a six-hour history lesson on the groundbreaking British comedy troupe. Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) carries its running time extremely well and, screened in hourlong installments over six consecutive nights, it delivers an exhaustive take that is anything but exhausting.
US attorney general to visit Las Vegas (San Diego Union-Tribune)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is due to visit a counterterrorism command center and to address an Anti-Defamation League awards dinner this weekend in Las Vegas.
US attorney general to visit Las Vegas (Channel 8 San Diego)
Associated Press - October 17, 2009 9:14 AM ET LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is due to visit a counterterrorism command center and to address an Anti-Defamation League...
Idaho Attorney General offers foreclosure handbook (KPVI 6 Pocatello)
Associated Press - October 17, 2009 11:04 AM ET BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says his office has published two handbooks to help Idaho residents avoid foreclosure...
Polanski undergoing medical tests: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Film director Roman Polanski, who has been held in a Swiss jail for the past three weeks, is undergoing medical tests, his lawyer said on Saturday.
NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo files suit against Irish contractor (Irish Central)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a suit at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday against Michael Mahoney, 42, for withholding wages from workers and discriminating against minority workers.
Alleged ‘lookout’ gets new lawyer (The Times Herald)
COURTHOUSE — A Lower Pottsgrove defense lawyer has been appointed to represent a man accused of being the “lookout” during a deadly Montgomery Township home invasion robbery.
Polanski undergoing medical treatment: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Film director Roman Polanski, arrested in Switzerland three weeks ago to face extradition in a U.S. sex case, has been moved from jail for medical treatment, his French lawyer said on Saturday.
Planet Election Guide: With expertise in hand, attorney wants to join back in (Telluride Daily Planet)
Jenny Russell is an attorney, boater and runner who has lived and played in Telluride since 1995. As she’s carved out a life here, she has also accrued a bit of experience with town government.
County attorney to subpoena Daily Globe (The Dodge City Daily Globe)
     Ford County Attorney Terry Malone said Thursday that he will ask a judge to order the Daily Globe to hand over all its notes related to a jailhouse interview with Sam Bonilla, who is charged in the Labor Day shooting death of Steven Holt.
Lawyer says âterribly bad decisionâ led to cemetery theft (Observer-Tribune)
CHESTER – The former treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery “is a good man who made terribly bad decisions” when he stole more than $600,000 in cemetery funds, his lawyer said last Thursday.
Lawyer Calls Turkish Christians' Trial a 'Scandal' (The Christian Post)
After three prosecution witnesses testified yesterday that they didn't even know two Christians on trial for "insulting Turkishness and Islam," a defense lawyer called the trial a "scandal."
Lawyer leaves Kusug for Noynoy campaign (Cebu Daily News)
LAWYER Aristotle Batuhan, a former congressional candidate, has resigned from the opposition Kugi Uswag Sugbu (Kusug) in Cebu City. His new role is that of Cebu coordinator for the Noynoy Aquino for President Movement.
Ex-assistant county attorney faces federal inquiry (The Lufkin Daily News)
A criminal investigation involving a former assistant attorney for Angelina County and former prosecutor for the Trinity County District Attorney's Office has been referred to federal officials following a court hearing in which the attorney admitted to spending more than $160,000 in federal money to pay for a house and family medical bills.
Local attorney says controversy helpful in arson execution case (Waco Tribune-Herald)
After years of trying, local attorney Walter M. Reaves Jr. thinks he is closer than ever to exonerating a Corsicana man who was executed for arson murder.
Annex fighters get new attorney (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
An attorney now taking up residents’ annexation fight against Chattanooga has a long history of such battles, losing some but winning most, records show.
PoliTex: Assistant U.S. attorney discovers perils of being 'pushy’ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, minced no words over why House Democrats rejected recommending prosecutor Sarah Saldana for U.S. attorney for the Northern District: "She was extremely pushy."
Pascoe joins attorney general's race (The Times and Democrat)
First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe has filed a report with the state Ethics Commission, in effect launching his campaign to become South Carolina’s next attorney general.
Lawyer's career ends in crime (The News & Observer)
Johnny Gaskins once defended criminals. After a federal conviction, the Raleigh lawyer is one, too.
US attorney general to visit Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is due to visit a counterterrorism command center and to address an Anti-Defamation League awards dinner this weekend in Las Vegas.
Attorney named to school retiree board (The Springfield News-Leader)
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a Cassville attorney to the Public School Retirement System of Missouri Board of Trustees.
Suspect in robbery-murder case seeks new lawyer (The Intelligencer)
One of three accused killers slated for trial on Oct. 26 for the January fatal home invasion-robbery in Montgomery Township Friday made an 11th-hour request for a new lawyer.
Greenlee's attorney alleges jury misconduct (Park Hills Daily Journal)
FARMINGTON — The attorney who defended Richard Greenlee at two separate trials for the same offense is now alleging jury misconduct in an effort to get a new trial.
Planet Election Guide: With expertise in hand, attorney wants to join back in (Telluride Daily Planet)
Jenny Russell is an attorney, boater and runner who has lived and played in Telluride since 1995. As she’s carved out a life here, she has also accrued a bit of experience with town government.
Senate OKs Johnson For U.S. Attorney (Yankton Press & Dakotan)
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Brendan Johnson as South Dakota’s next U.S. attorney.
Lawyer says couple in balloon case would surrender (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer representing the parents accused of concocting a story that their son was in an escaped balloon says his clients are willing to turn themselves in to face any charges.
Under Federal Scrutiny, Attorney-Receiver Puts His Firm out of Business (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Florida attorney and receiver Lewis Freeman went to court Friday seeking to liquidate his firm amid a federal investigation trying to trace $3.6 million from accounts overseen by the firm.
5th Circuit to Interpret Departing-Lawyer Rule (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The 5th Circuit recently heard arguments in a case that could affect every lawyer who leaves a law firm for other legal employment. The key question: Is there a rebuttable or irrebuttable presumption that an attorney had the confidences of all of the firm's clients when he left the firm?
Colo. parents' attorney says Heene boys seem happy (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for the couple whose family is at the center of the now-infamous balloon boy saga says he expects authorities to file charges against the 6-year-old's parents by the end of the day Monday or sometime Tuesday.
Polanski undergoing medical treatment: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Film director Roman Polanski, arrested in Switzerland three weeks ago to face extradition in a U.S. sex case, has been moved from jail for medical treatment, his French lawyer said on Saturday.
Balloon Boy's Family Preparing for Arrest; Lawyer Dubious About the Evidence (ABC News)
Lawyer says arresting the Heenes in front of their kids would be the real "child abuse."
Heene family attorney speaks out after balloon hoax uncovered (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
LARIMER COUNTY - The Heene family attorney, David Lane, is making the media rounds Monday morning discussing his clients' case and their willingness to turn themselves in to authorities.
Heene Lawyer: Arresting Heene Parents in Front of Kids "Would Be 'Child Abuse'" (TV Guide)
The lawyer for Richard Heene expects charges will be brought against his client in the next day as investigators analyze e-mails that show Heene discussing the hoax months ago with an associate, according to The Associated Press . Sheriff calls balloon boy a "hoax," Specifies criminal charges "I've reached out to law enforcement in Larimer County and said these folks are willing to turn ...
Teen suspended under “zero tolerance” policy retains Troy attorney (WRGB Albany)
TROY -- The family of Matthew Whalen, the 17-year-old Lansingburgh High School student suspended because he kept a 2-inch pocketknife in his car, has retained Troy attorney Victor DeBonis, according to the lawyer’s office.
CO boys seem happy, Heene's attorney says (ABC 13 Houston)
Colorado parents will turn themselves in on charges, attorney says