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Vegas Attorney James Bucky Buchanan Dies (FOX 5 Las Vegas)
James Bucky Buchanan, a criminal defense attorney who became more famous than many of his clients, died in Las Vegas over the weekend.
State Attorney General reaches agreement with social networking site Tagged.com (Staten Island Advance)
NEW YORK -- New York's attorney general says Tagged.com has agreed to adopt reforms on the use of invitation e-mails. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo previously alleged that the California based social networking site had essentially stolen the identities of more...
Las Vegas attorney "Bucky" Buchanan dead at 74 (KVBC Las Vegas)
Well known Las Vegas attorney James "Bucky" Buchanan died Saturday in a car accident. Metro police say he was backing his 1988 Ferrari into his driveway when he suffered some kind of medical episode. This happened at his home near Linden and Wilshire Boulevard around 6PM.
Feds seize Ferrari in US lawyer in fraud probe (San Francisco Chronicle)
Federal agents are seizing assets from a Florida lawyer suspected of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme. FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents were at the ritzy Fort Lauderdale home Monday of 47-year-old attorney Scott Rothstein. A Miami... Florida - Internal Revenue Service - Fort Lauderdale Florida - Federal Bureau of Investigation - United States
Feds seize Ferrari in US lawyer in fraud probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
Federal agents are seizing assets from a Florida lawyer suspected of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.
Feds seize Ferrari in US lawyer in fraud probe (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Federal agents are seizing assets from a Florida lawyer suspected of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme. FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents were at the ritzy Fort Lauderdale home Monday of 47-year-old attorney Scott Rothstein.
Ortiz Confirmed As First Hispanic U.S. Attorney For Mass. (WBUR Boston)
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.
Feds Seize Ferrari in Fla. Lawyer in Fraud Probe (ABC News)
Feds seize Ferrari, other assets from Fla. lawyer in multimillion-dollar fraud investigation
Attorney General: Stolen Laptop Contained Doctors' Private Data (FOX 61 Hartford)
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating the theft of a Blue Cross Blue Shield laptop containing confidential information for nearly 19,000 health-care professionals in Connecticut.
Mitchell lawyer wants religion experts' testimony excluded (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A lawyer for Brian David Mitchell asked a judge on Monday to exclude testimony by two religion experts from a hearing on whether the self-proclaimed prophet is mentally competent to stand trial in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart.
Ex-SEC lawyer pleads guilty in NY Marc Dreier case (Boston Herald)
NEW YORK - A former lawyer with the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a fraud carried out by a prominent Manhattan...
Former SEC Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Marc Dreier Case (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- A former lawyer in the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement admitted Monday to helping disgraced lawyer Marc Dreier carry out a scheme to attempt to sell $44.7 million in fake promissory notes by impersonating persons at two hedge funds.
Ex-SEC lawyer pleads guilty in NY Marc Dreier case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former lawyer with the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a fraud carried out by a prominent Manhattan lawyer.
Attorney Brindisi taken to hospital during Leo pre-trial talks (The Observer-Dispatch)
The civil case against Mark Leo for beating his Floyd neighbor to death in May 2005 was put on hold Monday morning after Utica attorney Louis Brindisi had to be removed from the state Supreme Court by emergency medical personnel.
Nancy Garrido's defense attorney ousted from Jaycee Lee Dugard case (The Sacramento Bee)
Nancy Garrido's court-appointed attorney has been removed from the case, pending a possible appeal later this month, court records indicate.
Ex-SEC Lawyer Pleads Guilty in NY Marc Dreier Case (ABC News)
Former NYC lawyer with SEC's enforcement division admits a role in Marc Dreier's fraud
Ex-SEC lawyer pleads guilty in NY Marc Dreier case (USA Today)
A former lawyer with the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring with a prominent Manhattan lawyer to dupe hedge funds out of tens of millions of dollars.
Feds seize assets of Fla. lawyer in fraud probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
Federal agents began seizing assets Monday of a lawyer suspected of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, including his bright red Ferrari, boats and bank accounts.
Judge decides to remove attorney in Calif. kidnap (AP via Yahoo! News)
A judge has decided to remove an attorney defending Nancy Garrido against charges of kidnapping and raping a girl who police say was held captive for 18 years.
Lawyer asks investigators not to question Hasan (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the Army psychiatrist accused in a deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood said Monday he asked investigators not to question his client and expressed doubt that the suspect would be able to get a fair trial, given the widespread attention to the case.
Attorney meets with Fort Hood shooting suspect (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused in the mass shooting at Fort Hood says he's met with his hospitalized client.
Lawyer: Woods' brother did not get proper care (AP via Yahoo! News)
A hospital did not do enough to care for the brother of James Woods when he went to the emergency room complaining of a sore throat and vomiting in 2006, a lawyer for the actor told jurors Monday at the trial of a wrongful death lawsuit.
Former SEC Attorney Pleads Guilty to Impersonation in Dreier Case (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A former SEC enforcement lawyer pleaded guilty Monday to impersonating representatives of a hedge fund and a pension fund to assist disgraced ex-attorney Marc Dreier in selling a phony promissory note.
Attorney meets with Fort Hood shooting suspect (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused in the mass shooting at Fort Hood says he's assured the suspect that all of his rights as a defendant in the military justice system will be respected.
Nancy Garrido's lawyer bounced from case (San Francisco Chronicle)
Nancy Garrido is without an attorney after an El Dorado County judge removed the court-appointed lawyer who had represented her since her arrest in late August in the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard. Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister removed...
City controller and city attorney go to court over audits (Los Angeles Daily News)
At the direction of the City Council, lawyers from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will again ask a judge on Tuesday to bar the city controller from auditing programs in the offices of elected officials.
Lawyer: Burton didn't intend to kill inmate (The New Zealand Herald)
A lawyer for Graeme Burton says he did not intend to kill a fellow prison inmate when he attacked him with a weapon late last year. Burton, 38, is on trial in the High Court at Auckland charged with attempting to murder Dwayne Marsh at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo on December 20 last year.
U.S.: Attorney bought cars, boat in scheme (UPI)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A high-powered Florida attorney used ill-gotten gains to buy luxury sports cars, an 87-foot yacht and a $6.45 million home, U.S. prosecutors say.
Tannenbaum Flees Sydney Home on Safety Fears, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Barry Tannenbaum, accused of running a Ponzi scheme worth as much as 12.5 billion rand out of South Africa, has fled his home in Sydney because of fears over his safety, his lawyer said.
Attorney General Milgram Won't Stay As Attorney General in Christie Administration (WBGO-FM Newark)
(Trenton, 11/10/2009) Governor-elect Chris Christie has not yet named any of his choices for top spots in his administration. One thing is certain, the sate Attorney General will not stay on.
Former Tupelo Attorney Sentenced In Fraud Case (WAPT Jackson)
Former Tupelo attorney William Catledge is sentenced to 35 months in prison after pleading guilty to tax and mail fraud.
Former Tupelo attorney sentenced (WMCTV Memphis)
Former Tupelo attorney William Catledge has been sentenced to 35 months for tax and mail fraud.
Attorney files Baby Grace mothers appeal (Galveston County Daily News)
GALVESTON An attorney for Kimberly Dawn Trenor, convicted of killing her daughter, known as Baby Grace, is seeking a new trial.
Suspected Ft. Hood Shooter's Lawyer: Client 'Coherent' (Fox News)
The lawyer for the Army psychiatrist accused in the mass shooting at Fort Hood says the suspected gunman was "coherent" when he spoke to him and he is 'aware that he's a suspect,' The Associated Press reported.
Lawyer: Burton didn't intend to kill inmate (The New Zealand Herald)
A lawyer for Graeme Burton says he did not intend to kill a fellow prison inmate when he attacked him with a weapon late last year.Burton, 38, is on trial in the High Court at Auckland charged with attempting to murder Dwayne...
Lawyer: Letterman suspect just shopping screenplay (AP via Yahoo! News)
A TV news producer accused of blackmailing David Letterman in exchange for keeping quiet about his sexual affairs was only trying to sell the late-night comic a screenplay, the producer's lawyer said Tuesday.
Florida lawyer linked to extensive Ponzi scheme (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Florida lawyer whose assets were seized this week by federal agents is believed to have run an elaborate Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of hundreds of million of dollars, authorities said.
Who Crossed the Line in Ga. Money-Laundering Case? A Defense Attorney or the Feds? (Law.com)
A federal prosecutor opened the federal money-laundering trial of criminal defense lawyer J. Mark Shelnutt on Tuesday by asking the jury about a monetary transaction between the attorney and his secretary, which the prosecutor says illustrates Shelnutt's crossover from honest advocate for Columbus, Ga.'s largest drug trafficker to a willing partner in the drug trafficking conspiracy. Shelnutt's ...
Lawyer to testify about leaking Kilpatrick texts (Detroit News)
Detroit --The lawyer who authored an agreement to keep former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's text messages secret returns to the witness stand Thursday for questions about why he gave copies to the Detroit Free Press.
Playboy sues 'Lawyer of Love' (Chicago Sun-Times)
Playboy.com, which fired a columnist who posed nude in its magazine last year, now wants to strip her of one of her most valuable assets: the "Lawyer of Love" label. The Chicago-based magazine filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday saying Corri Fetman, a lawyer, illegally tried to register a U.S. trademark on "Lawyer of Love," a moniker for a Playboy column that the mag contends it owns.
Monmouth Co. lawyer indicted in bribery, drugs (Asbury Park Press)
NEWARK — A Monmouth County lawyer already charged with trying to arrange the murder of a federal witness is facing new charges.
Attorney General Issues Statement in Recognition of Veterans Day (WCTV Tallahassee)
Attorney General Bill McCollum releases a statement about Veterans Day.
Video: Letterman Lawyer: He May Testify (CBS News)
David Letterman's attorney dismisses the claim by Joe Halderman's lawyer that his client was merely attempting a legal business transaction and not extortion.
Lawyer: Letterman suspect just shopping screenplay (AP via Yahoo! News)
David Letterman was on the receiving end of a sales pitch, not a shakedown, a defense lawyer said Tuesday as he argued that a TV producer accused of extorting the comic was simply peddling a screenplay.
Playboy Sues Chicago 'Lawyer of Love' (FOX News Chicago)
A Chicago divorce lawyer who bared herself on billboards and on the pages of Playboy is now getting sued for calling herself the “lawyer of love.”
Attorney General Warns Of Debit Card Scam (KELO Sioux Falls)
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says people should watch out for a scam that is targeting bank customers.
Phone Scam Warning from Ohio Attorney General (WKBN 27 Youngstown)
Attorney General Richard Cordray is warning Ohioans of a phone scam in which callers pose as representatives from the Attorney General's Office and demand personal information. Cordray cautions that these calls are unauthorized and no personal information should be shared at any point.
Phone Scam Warning from Ohio Attorney General (WYTV Youngstown)
Attorney General Richard Cordray is warning Ohioans of a phone scam in which callers pose as representatives from the Attorney General's Office and demand personal information. Cordray cautions that these calls are unauthorized and no personal information should be shared at any point. "We know that these scam artists are particularly assertive and in at least one instance have used threats of ...
Attorney: No news on Emmett wrongful firing suit (Battle Creek Enquirer)
Allan Vander Laan, the Grand Rapids attorney defending Emmett Township in a wrongful termination suit filed by former public safety director Frank Post, said today no motions have been filed and both sides are still investigating their case.
Spain Probes Judge Accused of Ejecting Muslim Lawyer (Fox News)
A Muslim lawyer in Spain said Wednesday she was ejected from a courtroom for wearing a head scarf and has filed a discrimination complaint with the body that oversees Spain's judiciary system.