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Algerian transferred from Guantanamo to France: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
An Algerian detainee, Saber Lahmar, was transferred from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to French territory, his lawyer said here.
Lawyer’s Homes Seized in Fraud Case (New York Times)
Federal authorities are seizing two Rhode Island houses and a New York City apartment from a Florida lawyer accused of masterminding a $1 billion fraud scheme, The Associated Press reported.
Demjanjuk's lawyer calls for trial suspension (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk's lawyer called on Tuesday for his trial to be abandoned because of his client's poor health and because he was cleared by Israel in an earlier case.
Algerian transferred from Guantanamo to France: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Algerian detainee Saber Lahmar was transferred from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to French territory, his lawyer said late Monday.
Attorney for Tiger Woods' neighbors to speak out (Fox Sports)
The neighbor believed to have called 911 after Tiger Woods' car crash last week is sending a lawyer out to talk with the media about what he saw. Attorney Bill Sharpe is representing the family of Linda Adams, including her son Jarius, who is believed to be the 911 caller. The family are neighbors of Tiger Woods in a luxury gated community near Orlando. Sharpe said the family wants its privacy ...
Florida Lawyer Scott Rothstein Said to Be in Custody (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Scott Rothstein , the Florida lawyer accused by U.S. prosecutors of operating a Ponzi scheme out of his Fort Lauderdale law firm, turned himself in and will appear in federal court today, people familiar with the matter said.
US lawyer charged in $1bn fraud (BBC News)
A former lawyer based in South Florida is charged with operating a $1bn investment fraud scheme.
Attorney: Knox naive like movie's 'Amelie' (UPI)
PERUGIA, Italy, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An Italian defense attorney says accused killer Amanda Knox is not a diabolical schemer but merely a naive girl like one from a romantic movie.
Scandal suspect on the run from mafia: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The captain of regional German side SC Verl, suspended under suspicion of being involved in Europe's betting scandal, has gone into hiding through fear of mafia retribution, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (San Francisco Chronicle)
Tiger Woods did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after his car crash outside his mansion, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Tuesday. Woods' injuries were "consistent with...
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (Fox Sports)
An attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 after Tiger Woods' car crash last week says they saw no indication the golfer was beaten or driving under the influence. Attorney Bill Sharpe said Tuesday that Linda Adams and her adult sons Jarius and Jerome Adams went outside their Orlando-area home after hearing the crash. They found Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, upset about her husband's injuries ...
Former lawyer charged in $1 billion Florida Ponzi scheme (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A disbarred Florida lawyer surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges he ran a complex Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of more than $1 billion.
Lawyer Scott Rothstein, Charged With Racketeering (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Scott Rothstein , the Florida lawyer who turned himself over to U.S. authorities earlier today, pleaded not guilty to five counts, including racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and wire fraud.
Attorney for Woods' neighbors speaks out (The Washington Times)
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) -- An attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 after Tiger Woods' car crash last week says they saw no indication the golfer was beaten or driving under the influence. Attorney Bill Sharpe said Tuesday that Linda Adams and her adult sons Jarius and Jerome Adams went outside their Orlando-area home after hearing the crash. They found Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, upset about ...
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Tiger Woods did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after his car crash outside his mansion, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Tuesday. Woods' injuries were "consistent with a car wreck and inconsistent with him being beat up," attorney Bill Sharpe said.
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (Sports Illustrated)
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) -- An attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 after Tiger Woods' car crash last week says they saw no indication the golfer was beaten or driving under the influence.
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (Deseret News)
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 after Tiger Woods' car crash last week says they...
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Tiger Woods did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after his car crash outside his mansion, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Tuesday. Woods' injuries were "consistent with a car wreck and inconsistent with him being beat up," attorney Bill Sharpe said.
Tiger Woods' injuries from accident: neighbor's lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Tiger Woods' injuries were consistent with a minor car accident, rather than from a beating, a lawyer for the neighbors who called emergency services the night of his accident said on Tuesday.
Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein faces racketeering, conspiracy charges (Chicago Tribune)
Once prominent, flashy attorney Scott Rothstein was arrested Tuesday on federal charges accusing him of racketeering and conspiracy to commit fraud in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme he allegedly ran from his law firm in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (AP via Yahoo! News)
Tiger Woods did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after his car crash outside his mansion, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Tuesday.
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911 (AP via Yahoo! News)
Tiger Woods did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after his car crash outside his mansion, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Tuesday.
Ex-lawyer charged in $1.2 billion Florida Ponzi scheme (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A disbarred Florida lawyer surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges he bilked investors out of $1.2 billion in a Ponzi scheme that funded his luxury lifestyle and political largess.
Lawyer: Son's child sex admission drove dad insane (AP via Yahoo! News)
A 15-year-old Michigan boy admitted raping a 3-year-old girl, so enraging his father that the man couldn't control himself when witnesses say he forced the teen to strip, marched him to an empty lot and shot him through the head, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.
Fla. attorney charged in alleged Ponzi case (USA Today)
Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein was charged with racketeering conspiracy for allegedly victimizing clients in a $1 billion Ponzi case.
Lawyer's Alleged Fraud a Case of 'Greed Run Amok,' Says Prosecutor (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Disbarred lawyer Scott Rothstein appeared in a packed Florida federal courtroom Tuesday and was accused by prosecutors of using forged judicial signatures to defraud investors as part of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
Top Iranian economist jailed for nine years: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Leading Iranian economist Saeed Laylaz has been sentenced to nine years in prison for protesting against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Former lawyer from RI sentenced to 3 1/2 years (Boston Globe)
A disbarred Cranston lawyer convicted of stealing $2.5 million from clients who were refinancing or buying homes has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.
Lawyer: No link of slaying to U.S. suspect (UPI)
PERUGIA, Italy, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A defense lawyer for a U.S. student accused in Italy of killing her roommate said the prosecution didn't present sufficient evidence of the woman's guilt.
Lawyer says dad who shot son just snapped (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for Jamar Pinkney Sr. described him Tuesday as moving from calm to crazy and out of control the day he beat his 15-year-old son, stripped him naked then fatally shot him in the head after his son had confessed to molesting his 3-year-old half sister.
Lawyer: Vague theories and bias, but no evidence in Knox murder trial (CNN)
A defense lawyer for Amanda Knox -- accused in Italy of killing her roommate -- on Tuesday said the prosecution's theory doesn't fit the facts of the case and there is not sufficient evidence to find her guilty.
Ohio Attorney General warns of swine flu computer virus (The Canton Repository)
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray warns that a scam playing on fears of the swine flu virus is spreading a computer virus that could lead to identify theft.
Late Tax Attorney Escapes Final Levy Thanks to 7th Circuit (Law.com)
Death may have been certain for prominent Chicago tax attorney Burton Kanter, who died in 2001, but taxes are not -- following a decision Tuesday by the 7th Circuit. The unanimous opinion directed the U.S. Tax Court to find that the late lawyer did not engage in a fraudulent scheme to avoid taxes, as alleged by the Internal Revenue Service. The ruling in the 23-year-old case will wipe out about ...
Ohio Supreme Court Disbars Centerville Attorney (WHIO-TV 7 Dayton)
A Centerville attorney has been permanently disbarred by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Attorney: Army wants mental exam of Fort Hood suspect (KENS 5 San Antonio)
The military plans a mental evaluation to determine whether the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood knew his alleged actions were wrong and whether he's competent to stand trial, his civilian attorney said Tuesday.   FORT WORTH, Texas -- The military plans a mental evaluation to determine whether the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood knew his ...
9:15am -- State Ordered To Pay Mine Operator's Attorney Fees (Albuquerque Journal)
Federal judge also fines Environment Department $1 in seized-documents case. U.S. District Judge James O. Browning has fined the state Environment Department one dollar in nominal damages and ordered the agency to pay $16,231 in attorney fees and costs to Copar, a company that mined pumice on federal land in the Jemez Mountains, The New Mexican reported. Copar, which is owned by the family of ...
Knox lawyer sobs during emotional plea (CNN)
A defense lawyer for Amanda Knox made an impassioned plea to the jury Wednesday as the high-profile case neared its conclusion.
Nebraska Attorney General Lauds Merger Agreement (KOLN Lincoln)
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is lauding an agreement reached with a medical waste services company seeking to merge with a rival.
Nebraska attorney general lauds merger agreement (AP via Yahoo! News)
A deal between the Justice Department and a medical-waste company seeking to buy a smaller rival will ensure the industry remains competitive and costs stay low in Nebraska, the state's attorney general said Wednesday.
Aristotle names News Corp. lawyer to board (AP via Yahoo! News)
Aristotle International Inc., which has criticized online hangout MySpace.com for its policies on sexual predators, said Wednesday that the top lawyer for MySpace's parent company, News Corp., is joining its board of directors.
Attorney says DNA sought from Yale suspect fiancee (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for the fiancee of a Yale University lab technician charged with killing a graduate student said Wednesday he's been told authorities are seeking a sample of her DNA.
City Hall Looking Into District Attorney’s Office Accounts (New York Times)
The Bloomberg administration said the Manhattan district attorney’s office has secretly maintained accounts outside of the financial review process.
Prince George's state's attorney weighs congressional bid (Washington Post)
Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Wednesday that he has decided not to run for county executive and is forming an exploratory committee to look at challenging Rep. Donna F. Edwards in the Democratic primary next year.
U.S. attorney pick known for efficiency (Detroit News)
If productivity is a problem, Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, who juggles an impressive array of personal and professional duties and was nominated for the post Monday by President Barack Obama, might lead by example in getting it resolved.
U.S. attorney defends dropping radical cleric's case in 2002 (Denver Post)
A federal arrest warrant issued in Colorado for radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was withdrawn in 2002 because prosecutors ultimately lacked evidence that he had committed a crime, U.S. Attorney Dave Gaouette said Wednesday.
Karadzic to challenge court apppointed lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Radovan Karadzic will challenge the appointment of a lawyer to represent him at his war crimes trial, his spokesman says.
Karadzic challenges appointment of defense lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Radovan Karadzic will challenge the decision by war crimes judges to appoint him a defense lawyer in a trial in which the former Bosnian Serb leader is representing himself, his legal adviser said on Thursday.
Attorney says DNA sought from Yale suspect's fiancee (Boston Herald)
HARTFORD, Conn. - An attorney for the fiancee of a Yale University lab technician charged with killing a graduate student said Wednesday he's been told authorities are...
Lawyer for woman who denied Woods affair to discuss allegations (CNN)
A woman who denied having an affair with Tiger Woods will hold a news conference with her lawyer Thursday, a day after the golfer apologized for his "transgressions."
Attorney challenges use of Juno Beach van to catch speeders (Sun-Sentinel)
North Palm Beach attorney with speeding ticket says high-tech program is illegal North Palm Beach attorney Thomas Ryan wants a Palm Beach County judge to order Juno Beach to stop using a high-tech van to catch speeders.