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Fulshear wrestles city attorney issue (Fort Bend Herald)
After firing the city attorney a couple of months ago, the Fulshear City Council planned to hire a replacement this week, but those plans have been postponed.
Lawyer for accused Letterman blackmailer denies extortion (Channel 8 San Diego)
A lawyer for the CBS producer accused of blackmailing David Letterman says his client was only attempting to sell the Late Show host a screenplay.
Fort Hood Suspect's Attorney Says Fair Trial In Doubt (NPR)
A Texas defense attorney says he is concerned that President Obama's appearance at a memorial service for the Fort Hood victims in which he mentioned the accused gunman's Islamic faith could make it difficult for his client to get a fair trial.
Playboy suing lawyer over catch-phrase (UPI)
CHICAGO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Playboy magazine alleges in a lawsuit against a Chicago lawyer she is attempting to steal a catch-phrase made popular by the adult publication.
Karadzic appeals decision to appoint attorney (EARTHtimes.org)
The Hague - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Wednesday appealed the war crime tribunal's decision to appoint an attorney for him. In a separate motion, the former psychiatrist also protested the court's decision not meet his demands to ...
Suspected Serial Killer's Attorney Wants To Try Cases Separately (WISN 12 Milwaukee)
MILWAUKEE -- The lawyer for a man accused in a string of Milwaukee killings has filed a motion seeking to have the cases tried separately. The motion was filed Wednesday by attorney Russell Jones, who represents 49-year-old Walter Ellis of Milwaukee.
Attorney Disputes Government's 'Alarmist' View of Elections Law Ruling (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Plaintiffs attorney Pierce O'Donnell has filed an appellate petition disputing claims that dismissal of the government's campaign contributions violations case against him would create a "loophole" in federal elections law that would render contribution limits "meaningless."
Defense attorney seeks GOP nomination for Dallas County DA (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas defense attorney David Finn said Wednesday that he will run for district attorney.
Pension lawyer's deal questioned (Detroit Free Press)
Legal ethics experts say a 2005 land sale raises questions about whether lawyer Ronald Zajac got an unusually sweet deal. He paid only $1.
Ghana : Attorney General in Fierce Argument (AllAfrica.com)
Accra — The State Attorney and the counsel for the interdicted Principal Accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports yesterday locked horns before an Accra Fast Track Court (FTC), as they argued out their cases on whether or not the President's action, to interdict the Principal Accountant over some financial impropriety at the ministry, was appropriate and within the laws of the land.
Lexington Attorney Sues Over Comments On Web Site (WLKY Louisville)
A Lexington attorney has filed a lawsuit over comments posted on a newspaper's Web site.
FBI: Alleged scheme by Fla. lawyer could top $1B (AP via Yahoo! News)
Investigators say the alleged fraud scheme run by a prominent South Florida lawyer is likely to exceed $1 billion and involve thousands of investors.
Attorney claims Oduwole wrote rap lyrics not threat (KSDK St. Louis)
Attorney claims Oduwole wrote rap lyrics not threat
Lawyer: Ex-NBA star working on Las Vegas debt case (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker's lawyer says he's trying to resolve criminal charges stemming from more than $800,000 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson on Thursday gave attorney Jonathan Powell until Nov. 30 to make a deal with the Clark County district attorney or take the felony case to trial in state court.
FBI: Fla. Lawyer's Alleged Fraud Over $1 Billion (ABC News)
FBI: Fla. lawyer's alleged fraud over $1 billion as investigators ask victims to come forward Federal Bureau of Investigation - Lawyer - United States - Florida - Law
Lawyer: FBI asked Mass. suspect to be informant (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a Massachusetts man accused of conspiring in an alleged terror plot says his client was charged only after he refused three attempts by the FBI to recruit him as an informant.
FBI: Fla. lawyer's alleged fraud over $1 billion (AP via Yahoo! News)
The suspected Ponzi scheme run by a high-profile South Florida lawyer is likely to exceed $1 billion and involved thousands of investors in the U.S. and abroad, a top FBI official said Thursday.
Attorney: Balloon Boy parents to enter guilty pleas (Denver Post)
Richard Heene, the father in the infamous "Balloon Boy" incident, will plead guilty to a felony charge tomorrow, according to his attorney.
FBI: Fla. lawyer's alleged fraud over $1 billion as investigators ask victims to come forward (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Oh goody! Another one! NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The suspected Ponzi scheme run by a high-profile South Florida lawyer is likely to exceed $1 billion and involved thousands of investors in the U.S. and abroad, a top FBI official said Thursday.
Attorney General Tom Corbett charges 10 in Bonusgate (The Patriot-News)
View full size Christine Baker, The Patriot-News/file Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett announced a second round of criminal charges flowing from the so-called "Bonusgate" investigation of the state Legislature.
'Balloon Boy' parents Richard and Mayumi Heene to plead guilty, says lawyer (New York Daily News)
Richard Heene and his wife, Mayumi, reached a plea bargain deal with authorities over their October hoax that transfixed the country, their lawyer said Thursday.
Antoine Walker's lawyer: Former All-Star trying to resolve Las Vegas gambling debts (ESPN)
Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker's lawyer says he's trying to resolve criminal charges stemming from more than $800,000 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos.
Larimer County District Attorney s office files charges against balloon boy s parents (KVOA Tucson)
LARIMER COUNTY, CO - On Thursday, November 12, 2009, the District Attorney's Office filed affidavits for arrest and charges arising from the October 15, 2009 incident involving Richard and Mayumi Heene.
Dallas Attorney, Husband & Child Killed In Fire (CBS 11 Dallas - Fort Worth)
Flames broke out around midnight at a house in the 9200 block of Windy Crest Drive, just off Greenville Avenue. After knocking down the fire rescuers discovered the bodies of attorney Romina Mulloy-Levine, her husband Michael Levine, and their five-year-old son Ariel in an upstairs bedroom.
Cell Phones Provide Dangers To Driving And Attorney-Client Privilege (LawFuel)
When attorney-client privilege law first developed, carbon paper was considered cutting-edge technology. Today, technological advances allow lawyers to communicate with their clients in ways that would make Buck Rogers envious.
Lawyer Rothstein’s Alleged Scam May Exceed $1 Billion (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The alleged fraud perpetrated by Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein may have topped $1 billion, more than twice the amount previously claimed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
Jeffrey Tambor joins cast of "Lawyer" pilot (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Jeffrey Tambor, of "Arrested Development" and "The Larry Sanders Show," will co-star opposite David Tennant in NBC's hour-long pilot "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer."
Feds: Fla. Attorney Rothstein's Alleged Fraud Could Hit $1 Billion (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
An alleged investment fraud operated by disgraced Florida attorney Scott Rothstein could mount to $1 billion and involve thousands of victims, the FBI said Thursday. In a rare outreach effort, the FBI and Internal Revenue Service issued a public plea asking fleeced investors to come forward.
Obama top lawyer expected to quit: sources (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama's top lawyer Greg Craig is expected to officially resign Friday, with the White House admitting it may miss its one-year deadline to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Attorney General: 9/11 Suspects To Face NYC Trial (NPR)
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other men suspected of playing a role in the attacks will be brought to the U.S. to stand trial.
Lawyer says Hasan was alert during first meeting (AP via Yahoo! News)
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's lawyer says the accused Fort Hood shooter was coherent during their first meeting in a hospital intensive care unit.
Hasan alert in first hospital meeting with lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was coherent during his first meeting with his defense lawyer in a hospital intensive care unit, the attorney said Friday.
Official: Craig to step down as White House lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The White House's top lawyer is announcing his resignation on Friday, senior administration officials said.
Top White House lawyer Greg Craig lawyer quitting (AP via Yahoo! News)
The White House's top lawyer is returning to private practice and being replaced by a longtime adviser to Barack Obama.
President’s Top Lawyer Is Leaving White House (New York Times)
The White House said Friday that President Obama’s top lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was stepping down from his post as the White House counsel.
LA attorney Doug Ring found dead at home (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Coroner's officials say the death of a Los Angeles developer and attorney is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Attorney: Barron files suit to halt PGA suspension (USA Today)
The first golfer to be suspended by the PGA for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance is asking a federal court to lift his doping suspension. An attorney for golfer Doug Barron filed a lawsuit in Memphis on Thursday seeking an immediate injunction from the court to let him play.
Mother denies abusing son, whom attorney calls 'a pathological liar' (St. Petersburg Times)
A boy, 16, who authorities say was bruised all over, is labeled a liar by his mother's attorney.
Attorney: Barron files suit to stop PGA suspension (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
The first player to be suspended by the PGA for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance was asking a federal court Friday to lift his suspension. An attorney for golfer Doug Barron said there would be a hearing Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Memphis on a lawsuit filed the day before seeking an immediate injunction from the court to let him play.
Attorney: Barron suing to stop PGA suspension (Fox Sports)
The first golfer to be suspended by the PGA for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance is asking a federal court to lift his doping suspension. An attorney for golfer Doug Barron filed a lawsuit in Memphis on Thursday seeking an immediate injunction from the court to let him play. Lawyer Jeffrey Rosenblum said there would be a hearing in U.S. District Court on Friday. He said ...
Attorney: Fort Hood Suspect May Be Paralyzed (NPR)
Civilian attorney John Galligan said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan told him that he had no feeling in his legs and extreme pain in his hands. Hasan, who was shot multiple times by civilian police, reportedly said doctors told him the condition may never improve.
Fort Hood shooting suspect is paralyzed, lawyer says (CNN)
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood Army Post in Texas a week ago, is paralyzed, his lawyer said Friday.
Attorney-developer Doug Ring dies in apparent overdose (Los Angeles Daily News)
Doug Ring, an attorney-developer married to former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, died Thursday from an apparent overdose of pain pills, authorities said Friday.
Landlord Miell given a court-appointed attorney (The Gazette)
Former Cedar Rapids landlord Robert Miell hasn’t retained a private attorney as required by a federal judge two weeks ago, so the judge in Miell’s case today ordered a court-appointed attorney to be assigned to him.
Intel names Douglas Melamed as top lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Intel Corp., which is the world's largest maker of microprocessors, said Friday that it named Douglas Melamed as its top lawyer.
Top Obama lawyer quits amid Guantanamo setbacks (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama's top lawyer Greg Craig formally resigned Friday in his highest-level White House shake-up to date, amid a struggle to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp by early 2010.
Fort Hood shooting suspect is paralyzed: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The army psychiatrist accused of a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas is permanently paralyzed, his lawyer said Friday.
Frenchman's death in US homicide not suicide: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
An independent review of the death of a French citizen at his San Francisco apartment in 2007 has declared the case homicide and ruled out suicide, a lawyer for the man's parents told AFP Friday.
Ohio US Attorney: Shift Some Attention From Terror (ABC News)
New US Attorney in Ohio says terrorism still a top priority but other crimes need resources Ohio - Terrorism - United States - Society and Culture - Business and Economy
White House lawyer who led Gitmo efforts quitting (AP via Yahoo! News)
The White House's top lawyer is returning to private practice and being replaced by a longtime adviser to Barack Obama.