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Judge declares mistrial in case of former Millstone Township man accused in attempting to kill lawyer (The Star-Ledger)
MILLSTONE -- After jurors announced they were deadlocked, a Superior Court judge this morning declared a mistrial in the case of a former township man accused of trying to kill his divorce lawyer after losing custody of his children. An...
Polanski will not agree to extradition: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Roman Polanski will not agree voluntarily to being extradited to the United States over a 1970s child sex case, the film director's lawyer said in an interview with French daily Le Figaro published on Friday.
Attorney general moves to halt housing scheme (Builder Magazine)
Nov. 20--RALEIGH -- An elaborate scheme deceived consumers in Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties into buying overpriced manufactured homes and agreeing to loans they couldn't afford, Attorney General Roy Cooper says in a lawsuit filed this week.
Safford Council deadlocks on motion to advertise for city attorney (Eastern Arizona Courier)
It has been nearly 1-1/2 years since Phoenix attorney William J. Sims III was appointed as Safford's interim city attorney, and at least three Safford City Council members want to keep the status quo.
Investors sue Fla. lawyer in fraud probe for $100M (AP via Yahoo! News)
Investors claiming they were fleeced by a high-profile South Florida attorney filed a $100 million lawsuit Friday contending that the lawyer orchestrated a massive Ponzi scheme with the help of a Canadian bank's U.S. subsidiary and several accomplices.
Fort Hood shooter faces bedside hearing: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The army psychiatrist accused of a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas will have his first pre-trial court hearing Saturday in his hospital room, his lawyer's office told AFP.
Attorney: Defendant felt threatened by FBI agent (Chicago Tribune)
An attorney for Franklin Park businessman John Esposito, charged with assaulting an FBI agent,  told jurors today that his client felt threatened when confronted by the agent and responded by pushing him. Esposito's attorney, Terence Campbell, contended that FBI Special Agent Brian Etchell stood inches from the businessman's face, shook his finger at him and inadvertently sprayed saliva on him ...
Attorney says business owner felt threatened (Chicago Tribune)
Trial in attack on FBI agent goes to jury An attorney for Franklin Park businessman John Esposito, charged with assaulting an FBI agent, told jurors Friday that his client felt threatened when confronted by the agent and responded by pushing him.
Attorney: Court hearing for Fort Hood suspect to be held in hospital (CNN)
Prosecutors have requested a pretrial confinement hearing for accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in his hospital room on Saturday, Hasan's attorney said on Friday.
Attorney: Nashville police unfair to kidnapped baby's parents (The Tennessean)
An attorney for a woman whose 4-day-old baby was kidnapped is accusing Metro police of trying to portray the mother and her husband as criminals.
Local attorney named new magistrate judge (Idaho State Journal)
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal Local attorney Tom Clark has been named a new magistrate judge.
Anna lawyer settles gay suit (New York Post)
Anna Nicole Smith's former lawyer abruptly dropped his gay-sex libel suit against author Rita Cosby late yesterday. Howard K. Stern sued Cosby over published claims that he was videotaped having sex with the father of Smith's baby. The $60 mill...
Defense attorney takes stand in bid to help client over death of baby (The Buffalo News)
LOCKPORT -- A defense attorney put himself on the Niagara County Court witness stand Friday in an effort to prove that his client had hired him in time to make incriminating statements inadmissible in an upcoming trial over the death of his baby daughter.
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.
Medal lawyer's battle cry (The New Zealand Herald)
Medals lawyer Chris Comeskey has mounted an all-guns-blazing attack on the judiciary after being ordered to give evidence against a man accused of breaking into the Waiouru Army Museum…
District Attorney Speaks on Drugs During East Middle School Pro (The Ponca City News)
As part of Red Ribbon Week in Ponca City schools, Kay County District Attorney Mark L. Gibson presented a program to the student body at East Middle School titled "It's More Than Meth."
Lawyer: Prosecutor wants life sentences in Knox murder case (CNN)
A prosecutor says American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend should get life sentences if they are convicted in the death of a British student, a lawyer for the victim's family told CNN on Saturday.
Reno lawyer says he will run for Congress (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Reno lawyer and state Board of Education member Ken McKenna announced Friday he will run for Congress next year. McKenna is the second Democrat to enter the race for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, R-Carson City. Regent Jack Schofield also is running.
Medal lawyer's battle cry (The New Zealand Herald)
Medals lawyer Chris Comeskey has mounted an all-guns-blazing attack on the judiciary after being ordered to give evidence against a man accused of breaking into the Waiouru Army Museum.Comeskey has sworn he will stay silent, claiming...
MacBride sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Eastern Va. (WTOP Radio Washington, DC)
The Eastern District of Virginia has a new U.S. Attorney.
Lawyer Requests Separate Trial For Accused In Drive-By Murder Of 6-Year-Old (News On 6 Tulsa)
The lawyer for a man accused in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy has asked a Comanche County judge that his client be tried separately from his co-defendant.
The Fall of Greg Craig, Obama's Top Lawyer (Time Magazine)
How Obama's lawyer sparked a battle royal when he tried to keep some of the President's campaign promises in the war on terrorism
Harrington files for re-election as county attorney (Murray Ledger & Times)
Calloway County Attorney David Harrington is seeking a fifth term as the county's top lawyer and prosecutor.
Chinese rights lawyer's wife gets US asylum: supporters (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The United States has granted political asylum to the wife and children of jailed Chinese civil rights lawyer Guo Feixiong who the family says is suffering abuse, supporters said Saturday.
Sacramento deputy district attorney arrested on DUI (The Sacramento Bee)
A veteran deputy district attorney was arrested on drunken driving charges in midtown Sacramento early this morning, police said.
2nd autopsy for Malaysian opposition aide: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A fresh autopsy was being held Sunday on the body of a Malaysian opposition aide who fell to his death from anti-corruption offices where he was being questioned, his family's lawyer said.
Retiring attorney plans to do '18 difficult things' -- play golf (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
For 32 years of his half-century legal career, Ted Kerr has been the attorney for Midland Memorial Hospital District. He'll retire from that role Dec. 1 -- the anniversary of the day he began practicing 50 years ago.
Gov't Limps Along in Choosing New Attorney General (Israel National News)
Follow Israel news on and . (IsraelNN.com) In a process riddled with irregularities, the committee assigned to choose candidates for the position of Attorney General failed to choose even one – but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to have the government choose from among the also-rans.
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.
Clients of suspended attorney Bo Pritchard asked to call Mahoning Bar Association (WFMJ Youngstown)
Cients with unfinished cases handled by suspended attorney Warren "Bo" Pritchard are being asked to call the Mahoning Bar Association for referral to another attorney.
Attorney: Hasan ordered confined until trial - Army News, news from Iraq, - Army Times (Army Times)
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood will be confined until his military trial, initially staying in a hospital where he is recovering from gunshot wounds, his attorney said.
Mary Fallin Marries Oklahoma City Attorney (News On 6 Tulsa)
U.S. Representative Mary Fallin has married Oklahoma City attorney Wade Christiansen. 
Lawyer: 9/11 defendants seek platform for views (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - November 22, 2009 11:35 AM ET NEW YORK (AP) - A lawyer for 1 of the five men facing trial for the Sept. 11 attacks says the men plan to plead not guilty and use the trial...
Lawyer: Court acquits 2 former Guantanamo inmates returned to Algeria to face terror charge (Sun-Sentinel)
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court on Sunday acquitted two former detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were returned home to face charges of links to terrorism, their defense lawyer said.
Lawyer says 9/11 defendants will plead not guilty so they can express their political views (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A lawyer for one of five men facing trial for the Sept. 11 attacks says the men plan to plead not guilty and use the trial to express their political views.
Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views (3news)
A lawyer for one of five men facing trial for the September 11 attacks says the men plan to plead not guilty and use the trial to express their political views.
Fallin Marries OKC Attorney (KOCO 5 Oklahoma City)
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin marries Oklahoma City attorney Wade Christensen.
Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views (AP via Yahoo! News)
The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday.
Safford Council deadlocks on motion to advertise for city attorney (Eastern Arizona Courier)
It has been nearly 1-1/2 years since Phoenix attorney William J. Sims III was appointed as Safford's interim city attorney, and at least three Safford City Council members want to keep the status quo.
Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of...
Lawyer: 9-11 Defendants Will Tell Jury 'Why They Did It' (Fox News)
A lawyer for one of the five men facing trial for the Sept. 11 attacks says the men plan to plead not guilty and use the trial venue to express their political views.
Lawyer: Jackson's doctor back to work in Houston (USA Today)
Michael Jackson's former personal physician is returning to work at his Houston clinic for the first time since before the pop singer's death, his lawyer said Sunday.
Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views (AP via Yahoo! News)
The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday.
Alleged Thai spy files bail request in Cambodia: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a Thai national held on charges of spying on fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra said he filed a bail request to a Cambodian court Monday.
Lawyer: Hasan ‘has no sensation’ below chest (MSNBC)
The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood is paralyzed from the chest down and doctors believe his paralysis will be permanent, his lawyer said. Fort Hood - Military - Psychiatrist - United States - Government
Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views (AP via Yahoo! News)
The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said.
Scholarship fund in memory of attorney raises $14,000 (The Buffalo News)
A total of $14,000 has been raised for a scholarship fund set up in memory of a Buffalo attorney who died in an April plane crash.
Khmer Rouge torturer had broad autonomy, lawyer says (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The Khmer Rouge's chief torturer ran a camp "dedicated to death" with broad autonomy, a lawyer said on Monday in closing arguments at the U.N.-backed "Killing Fields" tribunal in Cambodia.
Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan permanently paralyzed from chest down, says lawyer (New York Daily News)
The alleged Fort Hood gunman, recuperating from the gunshot wounds that ended the murderous rampage, is expected to be permanently paralyzed from the chest down, his lawyer said.
Attorney: UT player Jackson never left car, charges dropped (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Charges against Janzen Jackson and Marie Montmarquet have been dropped by the district attorney's office.