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Zimmermann family attorney to hear 911 call (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
An attorney for the family of murdered UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann can listen to parts of a 911 call made from Zimmermann's cell phone the day she was killed last year, a Dane County judge ruled Wednesday, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Attorney Robert Elliott persuaded a Circuit Court that he needs to hear the recording so he can start depositions in the Zimmermann family ...
First Hispanic confirmed as US Attorney for Mass. (Boston Globe)
Carmen Ortiz has been confirmed as the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, becoming the first Hispanic and the first woman to hold the top federal prosecutor's job in the state.
Two held in killing of lawyer and reporter (UPI)
MOSCOW, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Two alleged neo-Nazis have been arrested for the slaying in Moscow last January of a journalist and a human rights lawyer, Russian authorities say.
First Hispanic confirmed as US Attorney for Mass. (Boston Herald)
Carmen Ortiz has been confirmed as the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, becoming the first Hispanic and the first woman to hold the top federal prosecutor's job in the...
Carmen Ortiz confirmed as US attorney for Massachusetts (Boston Globe)
By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff Carmen M. Ortiz, who grew up in a humble background in New York City's tough Spanish Harlem neighborhood, has been confirmed as the new US attorney for Massachusetts, the first woman and Hispanic to hold...
N.O. attorney jailed for contempt by in Jefferson Parish Judge Steve Windhorst after failing to show (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Jason Williams, the criminal defense attorney who last year placed third in the race for New Orleans' district attorney, was sent to jail Wednesday in Gretna because he was not in court on time. Judge Steve Windhorst of the 24th...
Ex-Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmick Joins Sheppard Mullin (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Former assistant U.S. Attorney Michael W. Emmick has joined the downtown Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as special counsel, the firm said yesterday.
Florida Attorney General Hosts Forum On Housing Crisis (Local 10 Miami)
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and a state task force will be holding a special community forum Saturday, November 7th in Sunrise.
Senate confirms Ortiz for U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts (Roslindale Transcript)
The U.S. Senate late Thursday evening confirmed Carmen Ortiz as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. An assistant U.S. attorney for the district since 1997, she was confirmed to a four-year term by a voice vote.  
State attorney general asks court to clarify tax issue (Santa Rosa Press Gazette)
Attorney General Bill McCollum on Tuesday announced that his office has sued Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Orbitz, Inc., the leading internet travel companies, asking for a declaratory judgment that the companies’ failure to remit the...
Case against Bear Stearns men flawed: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The government's allegations of fraud against two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers were built on "hindsight bias," including emails selected out of context, a defense lawyer told a jury in closing arguments on Friday at their trial in New York.
Bear Stearns’ Tannin Didn’t Defraud, His Lawyer Says (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Bear Stearns Cos. hedge-fund manager Matthew Tannin didn’t defraud clients by misleading them about the health of two funds that collapsed in 2007, his lawyer told a federal jury at the end of his fraud trial.
Morgan Freeman settles suit in crash case: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman has settled a lawsuit involving a female passenger traveling in his car when it crashed last year, the woman's lawyer confirmed Friday.
Man Admits to Murder of Lawyer in Moscow (International Herald Tribune)
The man suspected of murdering a prominent human rights lawyer and a journalist last January said he committed the crime out of “personal enmity.”
GOP senators want to query attorney general on reporter-shield legislation (Washington Post)
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee want to question Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. about his support of a compromise reporters' shield law before they vote on it, according to congressional sources.
Ortiz confirmed as US attorney, a historic selection for Mass. (Boston Globe)
Carmen M. Ortiz, who grew up in a humble setting in New York City’s tough Spanish Harlem neighborhood, has been confirmed as the new US attorney for Massachusetts, the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the job of the state’s top federal prosecutor.
Disbarred Tawana Brawley lawyer C. Vernon Mason aids Manhattan District Attorney-elect Cy Vance (New York Daily News)
Disbarred lawyer C. Vernon Mason - a civil rights leader at the heart of the Tawana Brawley case - is on the transition team for Manhattan District Attorney-elect Cy Vance.
Defense attorney requests new trial for 17-year-old boy (San Jose Mercury News)
The attorney for a 17-year-old boy convicted of shooting his cousin's boyfriend in the legs requested a new trial Friday for his client.
Guilty verdict for Cahokia man; candidate for U.S. attorney nabbed him after theft (Belleville News-Democrat)
A Cahokia man who was nabbed by a U.S. attorney finalist was convicted of burglary on Thursday.
Whitaker to leave as U.S. attorney (The Des Moines Register)
U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker on Friday said he had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama.
Macoupin Co. state's attorney no longer plans to retire (The State Journal-Register)
Macoupin County State’s Attorney Vince Moreth said Friday he no longer plans to retire soon, a move that would have earned him a raise, yet save the county more than $100,000.
Tunisia jails 8 for terrorism links - lawyer (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters TUNIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) - A Tunisian court has sentenced eight men to up to 12 years in jail on charges of belonging to a terrorist cell, a defence lawyer said on Saturday. Three received 12-year ...
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.
Flint seeks public defender after attorney withdraws from case (Summit Daily News)
Flint seeks public defender after attorney withdraws from case By ROBERT ALLEN summit daily news BRECKENRIDGE - Dennis Flint, former High Country Health Care CEO, is seeking a public defender to handle two misdemeanor charges he's facing in Summit County court. Attorney John Newsome of Colorado Springs was in Breckenridge on Wednesday to withdraw from the cases. One of the misdemeanors, which ...
San Francisco attorney among five men being prosecuted for roles in slaying of gay Palm Springs retiree; another case ... (The Temecula Valley News)
INDIO - A San Francisco attorney and his former client are among five men being prosecuted for their alleged roles in the slaying of a gay Palm Springs retiree to steal his financial assets, and now a lawyer for another homosexual man claims the pair hatched a separate plot to get his client's fortune. David Replogle, 60, and Danny Garcia, 27, along with Kaushal Niroula, 28, Miguel Bustamante ...
Miami Personal Injury Lawyer: Searching For The Best Lawyer To Represent You (Turks.US)
It is not that easy to hire someone that can help you and represent you in the court. And because there are lots of Miami personal injury lawyer, you can easily hire the wrong lawyer.
State troopers' lawyer: Evidence withheld in sex case (Courier-Post)
Sex scandal allegations against seven New Jersey state troopers should be dismissed because the attorney general's office withheld crucial evidence, a lawyer for the troopers argued Friday.
Lawyer Cites Mental Illness in Shooting (New York Times)
Jason Rodriguez, who is accused of shooting six people, one fatally, in Orlando on Friday, “has been declining in mental health,” his lawyer said.
Innocent man says Crown lawyer shouldn't be prosecuting (CBC.ca)
The Saskatchewan man at the centre of a malicious prosecution case says he respects the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada dismissing his lawsuit but still believes the Crown lawyer acted inappropriately.
Lawyer channeled millions into businesses, charities, expensive toys (Sun-Sentinel)
High-flying lawyer channels millions into businesses, charities, political candidates and expensive toys Attorney Scott Rothstein's meteoric rise into the stratosphere of local politics, sports and philanthropy is suspected to have been propelled by millions of dollars handed to him by investors blinded by the glitter of a too-good-to-be-true deal.
Orlando shooting suspect mentally ill, lawyer says (Washington Post)
The engineer accused of fatally shooting one employee and wounding five others at the Orlando firm where he once worked is "very mentally ill" and crumbled under the stress of his divorce, bankruptcy and unemployment, his lawyer said Saturday.
ATTORNEY-GENERAL DENIES DELAYING KARTIKA'S PUNISHMENT (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
ROMPIN, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail has denied delaying punishment on part time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor.
Lawyer Scott Rothstein drained pals to live life of high roller (Miami Herald)
If there was one thing Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein craved, it was attention. And how better to get it than to whip out his checkbook? Like at Gov. Charlie Crist's 52nd birthday party/GOP fundraiser last year, when, instead of buying a $1,000 candle, Rothstein bought an entire chocolate cake covered with 52 candles. His donation: $52,000.
Attorney-General denies delaying Kartika’s punishment (The Malaysian Insider)
ROMPIN, Nov 8 — Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has denied delaying punishment on part time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno. He said implementation of the punishment was under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court and that he respected its decision. “No such thing. Who am I to interfere and delay punishment. I have told my officers not to delay the case,” he said after opening a ...
Attorney-General denies delaying Kartika’s punishment (The Malaysian Insider)
ROMPIN, Nov 8 — Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has denied delaying punishment on part time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor. He said implementation of the punishment was under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court and that he respected its decision.
Saxena lawyer rejects possibility of more cases (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
A defence lawyer in the Bangkok Bank of Commerce (BBC) case yesterday warned that Thai authorities would be violating the extradition treaty if they filed cases other than that involving City Trading against the bank's former adviser, Rakesh Saxena.
Cyrus Vance Jr. aims to make own mark on Manhattan District Attorney office (New York Daily News)
Manhattan District Attorney-elect Cyrus Vance Jr. has big shoes to fill - and plenty of people reminding him of that.
Comelec refuses to recognize lawyer (Sun Star)
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Commission on Elections' (Comelec) Second Division has refused to recognize lawyer Ernesto Francisco Jr. as Governor Eddie Panlilio's lead counsel. read more
US attorney general: Gitmo reviews under way (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
The U.S. attorney general says reviews are under way to decide which Guantanamo Bay detainees could face trial in American courts or special military tribunals.
US attorney general: Gitmo reviews under way (AP via Yahoo! News)
U.S. officials are reviewing which Guantanamo Bay detainees could face trial in American courts and the first indications could come next week, the U.S. attorney general said Sunday.
Lawyer: Worker at Vt. slaughterhouse was provoked (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - November 8, 2009 9:55 AM ET BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The lawyer for a Vermont slaughterhouse that was ordered shut down for allegedly mistreating baby calves says the person...
Lawyer: Worker at Vt. slaughterhouse was provoked (Boston Globe)
The lawyer for a Vermont slaughterhouse that was ordered shut down for allegedly mistreating baby calves says the person who secretly filmed footage that led to the closure provoked a plant worker to mistreat the animals.
US attorney general: Gitmo reviews under way (Press Trust of India)
Doha, Nov 8 (AP) The US attorney general says reviews are under way to decide which Guantanamo Bay detainees could face trial in American courts or special military tribunals.
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.
Friends recall Montezuma attorney who died on the lam (Summit Daily News)
Friends recall Montezuma attorney who died on the lam By ROBERT ALLEN summit daily news MONTEZUMA - About 100 people gathered Saturday to memorialize an attorney with an intimate connection to Montezuma who died while a fugitive in Mazatlan, Mexico. James Tyler died Oct. 2 at age 59 after jumping bail in November 2006. Friends, neighbors, former clients and even Tyler's bail bondsman spoke ...
Lawyer: Accused Orlando office shooter mentally ill (USA Today)
The engineer accused of fatally shooting one employee and wounding five others at the firm where he once worked is "very mentally ill" and crumbled under the stress of his divorce, bankruptcy and unemployment, his attorney said Saturday.
State attorney general's office says several scams are common (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Across Nevada, reports have been made to the attorney general's office about fake charity scams to mortgage scams.
J. Nicholas Counter III, Labor Lawyer, Dies at 69 (New York Times)
Mr. Counter was a lawyer who changed the face of labor relations in Hollywood during his long tenure as chief negotiator for hundreds of film and television companies.
Woman files personal protection order against deputy Holland City attorney she alleges traded sex for reduced plea (The Grand Rapids Press)
A 21-year-old Zeeland woman has filed a personal protection order against deputy Holland City attorney Carl Gabrielse who she alleges had sex with her for a reduced plea on a drunken driving charge.
UPDATE:NY Attorney General: Tagged.com To Pay $500,000 Penalty (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Social-networking Web site Tagged.com has agreed to pay $500,000 in civil penalties and to make changes in how it sends out promotional e-mails after being accused of engaging in deceptive business practices, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Monday.