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Lawyer defends 'Balloon Family' (UPI)
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Richard Heene and his family is downplaying the possibility of charges being filed in last week's escaped balloon incident in Fort Collins, Colo.
Heene Lawyer: Arresting Heene Parents in Front of Kids "Would Be 'Child Abuse'" (seattlepi.com)
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.
Lawyer for balloon boy's parents expects charges (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for the man accused of perpetrating the balloon boy hoax to promote a reality show said Monday that he expects authorities to bring charges against his client in the coming days as investigators analyze e-mails that show Richard Heene and an associate discussing the stunt months ago.
Surprise City Attorney's office OKs Malka for reappointment to bench (The Arizona Republic)
The Surprise City Attorney's office will recommend that the city council reappoint municipal court Associate Judge Joseph Malka this fall. The decision came a day after a judicial selection commission meeting where it was revealed that Malka accused Surprise City Attorney Michael Bailey of conspiring against him.
Lawyer: 'So-called' evidence against balloon family dubious (New York Post)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A lawyer for the Colorado couple who face charges in an alleged hoax for allowing authorities to believe their 6-year-old son was soaring across the sky in a runaway balloon said this morning that he's ready to take on the sheri...
Balloon hoaxer's lawyer: Richard and Mayumi Heene to turn themselves in, but prepare for legal fight (New York Daily News)
The lawyer for the parents of balloon boy Falcon Heene said his clients are preparing for an arrest - and for a fight. Meanwhile, sheriff's department investigators said they want to question a Denver man who claimed Richard Heene had told him months ago.
Crown attorney winced at mentally ill man's fate (Toronto Sun)
An inquiry into the death of a mentally ill Nova Scotia man has heard from the Crown attorney who recommended the conditional release of Howard Hyde the day before he died in custody.
Attorney could be sanctioned (Pacific Daily News)
The attorney, who last week filed a motion on behalf of the Legislature asking federal Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to recuse herself from the landfill case, could be sanctioned by the judge because of alleged "reckless or incompetent" errors in the motion, the judge stated yesterday.
Memphis mayor accepts city attorney's resignation (WMCTV Memphis)
Memphis City Attorney Elbert Jefferson's resignation has been accepted, Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery said Monday. Lowery said Jefferson turned in his office keys, laptop computer and city vehicle. A news release from Lowery's office on Monday stated Jefferson would not return to his former office.
Teen accused in fatal carjacking competent to stand trial, attorney says (Detroit News)
An attorney for a Flint teen accused in a multi-city crime spree said today that his client has been deemed competent to assist in his defense.
Lawyer says arrests coming in UConn stabbing (Sports Illustrated)
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- A Bloomfield man will be arrested in the stabbing death of a University of Connecticut football player, his lawyer said Monday night, as police continued to sort out what happened during a fight outside a school-sponsored dance over the weekend.
Lawyer says arrest expected in UConn stabbing (USA Today)
A Hartford lawyer says police have told him his client will be arrested in the stabbing death of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard.
Balloon boy family feels 'under siege,' lawyer says (CNN)
The lawyer of a Colorado father accused of carrying out a bizarre hoax involving his son and a huge balloon said Monday that official charges in the case could be filed next week.
Attorney: Nurse assistant denied care after attack (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for a nurse assistant who is in a vegetative state says the woman has been unfairly denied care by workers compensation and her health insurer after she was attacked at the Pasadena hospital where she worked.
Iranian-US scholar jailed for 12 years: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Iranian-US scholar Kian Tajbakhsh has been sentenced to a jail term of more than 12 years for his alleged role in unrest after the disputed June presidential election, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Attorney: CA nurse assistant in vegetative state denied care after being attacked at hospital (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - A nurse assistant who is in a vegetative state after being attacked at a Pasadena hospital has been unfairly denied care by workers compensation and her health insurance, her attorney alleges.
Highflying lawyer conned millions from bank bosses (Daily Telegraph)
A highflying City lawyer conned millions from her bank bosses to help a friend's ailing airline and in return gained kickbacks that allowed her to pay off her mortgage and buy expensive jewellery.
Shelby County law enforcement officials endorse Luther Strange for attorney general (Birmingham News)
Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry and District Attorney Robby Owens today threw their support to Luther Strange for state attorney general in 2010. Strange has announced that he will be a candidate in next year year's Republican primary. Troy...
Langford’s attorney points finger at Blount (NBC 13 Birmingham)
Defense attorney Michael Rasmussen painted Larry Langford as a dooped friend in his opening statement.
Sarkozy Target of Villepin’s Smear Campaign, Lawyer Tells Court (Bloomberg)
Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Former prime minister Dominique de Villepin instigated a smear campaign to label then-presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy as corrupt, the French president’s lawyer told a Paris judge.
US attorney won't go after NH medical pot users (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - October 20, 2009 12:05 PM ET CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The new U.S. attorney for New Hampshire says he won't prosecute people using small amounts of marijuana for pain or to...
Attorney General Jon Bruning Says Video Game is Gambling Device (KOLN Lincoln)
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning's office says a new video game sweeping across the state should be stopped because it amounts to illegal gambling.
U.S. Attorney Won't Go After NH Medical Pot Users (WMUR New Hampshire)
The new U.S. attorney for New Hampshire said he won't prosecute people using small amounts of marijuana for pain or to improve their appetite.
US attorney won't go after NH medical pot users (Boston Globe)
The new U.S. attorney for New Hampshire says he won't prosecute people using small amounts of marijuana for pain or to improve their appetite.
Langford attorney: Bill Blount exploited mayor's weaknesses (Birmingham News)
Attorney Michael Rasmussen said in his opening statements that the Montgomery investment banker developed a scheme to entrap and manipulate Langford.
Langford was duped by friends, defense attorney says (The Tuscaloosa News)
By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was duped and stabbed in the back by Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount, said Langford’s attorney Michael Rasmussen during his opening statement Tuesday. It was all part of a controversy to entrap and manipulate Langford, he said.
London lawyer guilty of Japanese bank fraud (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A London lawyer was found guilty Tuesday of conning a Japanese bank where she was a senior manager out of millions of pounds (dollars), to help a friend's ailing airline.
Defence lawyer blames drugged Bandido for murders (CTV Toronto)
A defence lawyer at the trial of six men accused of killing eight bikers suggests the "parade of death" was the result of a drug-fuelled Wayne Kellestine.
Former prosecutor-turned-defense-lawyer Paul Bergrin is sentenced in Manhattan brothel case (The Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger Paul BergrinNEW YORK -- A former prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer won't go to jail for running a Manhattan brothel, but remains behind bars on federal charges of arranging a witness' slaying in New Jersey. Paul Bergrin said nothing as he...
NI attorney general post created (BBC News)
A new attorney general is to be appointed for NI under a agreement between the first and deputy first minister.
County attorney restricts state probe of Holding Center escape (The Buffalo News)
Days after an inmate escaped from the Erie County Holding Center on Oct. 4, a state agency arrived for a customary investigation. But Erie County Attorney Cheryl A. Green told the state inspectors they may not interview the Holding Center's staff.
Nurse Assistant Denied Workers' Compensation, Attorney Says (Insurance Journal)
A nurse assistant who is in a vegetative state after being attacked at a Pasadena hospital has been unfairly denied care by workers' compensation and her health insurance, her attorney ...
Supreme Court Appoints Attorney To Fill Vacancy (ABC 26 New Orleans)
A New Orleans attorney has been appointed to temporarily fill a vacancy in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
N.J. High Court to Weigh Client's Right to Sue Lawyer After Approving a Settlement (Law.com)
The New Jersey Supreme Court will take another look at when a client can sue his or her lawyer over a settlement the client originally found to be acceptable.
Former In-House Banking Lawyer Found Guilty of $12 Million Fraud (Law.com)
The former deputy head of legal at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi has been found guilty of a multimillion-dollar fraud, a U.K. court ruled Tuesday. Former in-house lawyer Kate Johns faces jail for her crimes, with a sentence to be handed out in December.
Lockerbie bomber still alive, Scottish lawyer says (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is still alive, his Scottish lawyer said on Wednesday, dismissing a report that he had died.
Lawyer denies reports Lockerbie bomber dead (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi on Wednesday denied a report that he had died, two months after being freed from a Scottish jail..
Philibosian Prevails Over Stirling , Trott for Appointment as District Attorney (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Robert H. Philibosian had two heavyweight rivals in December, 1982, for appointment by the Board of Supervisors as Los Angeles County district attorney: David Stirling and Stephen S. Trott.
Weld District Attorney wants to reopen perjury case against Masters investigator (Greeley Tribune)
A little more than a month after looking at new documents against a Fort Collins investigator involved in the case against a man wrongly convicted of murder 10 years ago, Weld District Attorney Ken Buck has decided to reopen the case.
Nunn Hires New Attorney (WLKY Louisville)
The former Kentucky lawmaker charged with killing his ex-fiancee has a new attorney.
Report: Lockerbie Bomber Has Died; Lawyer Disputes Claim (Fox News)
Sky News reports Lockerbie Bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has died, while his British lawyer disputes the claim.
UK lawyer says Lockerbie bomber still alive (San Francisco Chronicle)
The British lawyer for Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi said Wednesday that his client was alive, contradicting a Sky News report that said he was dead. Sky News television reported that the former Libyan intelligence agent, who is critically ill, had... Sponsored Topics: Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi - Tony Kelly - UK - Sky News - Society and Culture
Lockerbie bomber's lawyer denies report that he's dead (New York Post)
LONDON — The British lawyer for Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi says his client is alive, contradicting a Sky News report that said he was dead. Sky News television reported Wednesday that the former Libyan intelligence agent had died, but l...
UK lawyer says Lockerbie bomber still alive (AP via Yahoo! News)
The British lawyer for Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi said Wednesday that his client was alive, contradicting a Sky News report that said he was dead.
Attempt made to remove state's attorney from drug case (The Harrisburg Daily Register)
An attorney representing Tim Monroe has tried to have State's Attorney Mike Henshaw removed from the case, saying the prosecutor has a close relationship with someone Monroe fingered after he was arrested.
Former deputy county attorney arrested for smuggling drugs to prisoner (Eastern Arizona Courier)
Former Graham County Deputy County Attorney David Paul De Costa, 42, of Tempe was arrested after police say he transferred drugs to a prisoner.
Body parts aren't missing Grosse Pointe Farms lawyer (Detroit News)
State police today announced a torso and foot discovered last year along the Lake Huron shoreline are not that of missing Grosse Pointe Farms lawyer Charles Rutherford Jr.
Lawyer, brother deny al-Magrahi death (UPI)
LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has not died, his Scottish lawyer and his brother said Wednesday.
Attorney General finds no wrongdoing in City’s handling of recent settlement (Papillion Times)
Nebraska’s attorney general found no wrongdoing in the City of Papillion’s actions concerning a recent $200,000 settlement with a former employee.
Lawyer denies Polanski ready to go to America (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Roman Polanski denied on Wednesday that the film director, now in Swiss custody, may opt to face justice in the United States, where he is wanted on a 1977 sex charge, to avoid lengthy extradition procedures.