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It is not an e-mail from the Attorney General (Park Hills Daily Journal)
Chances are pretty good that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is not going to send you a personal e-mail. So, if your inbox includes an e-mail from Holder threatening to prosecute you for money laundering and terrorist-related activities, it most likely is a hoax.
South Bend attorney might be disbarred :Allegations against Sniadecki include loan fraud, forgery, attempted bribery. (South Bend Tribune)
A local attorney faces disbarment over allegations that, among other things, he continued to run his law office while his license was suspended; forced his secretary to falsify court records; tried bribing a witness in an attorney misconduct probe; and defrauded a longtime, trusting client.
The Sundance movie no lawyer should see (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Imagine a film copyright-clearance lawyer's absolute worst nightmare. It could look something like "Logorama," an Oscar-shortlisted animated short that screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Defense attorney tells jurors Ohio doctor accused of poisoning wife is incapable of murder (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
CLEVELAND - A defense attorney says a doctor on trial in Cleveland in the cyanide-poisoning death of his wife is a loving family man who is incapable of murder.
Ex-lawyer sentenced in church embezzlement (Detroit Free Press)
A disbarred lawyer was sentenced this morning to serve five years' probation and repay $90,600 he embezzled from a Roman Catholic church in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Van Asch charges may be withdrawn - lawyer (Otago Daily Times)
Police may withdraw a dangerous driving charge against the co-founder of AJ Hackett Bungy Paul Henry Drury Van Asch, his lawyer told the Queenstown District Court yesterday.
Irvine Attorney, Business Partner Arrested for Loan Modification Fraud (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
An Irvine attorney and his business partner have been arrested for defrauding over 400 victims in a $1.25 million loan modification scam that targeted distressed homeowners, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Congressman, lawyer to host meetings for Fair Finance investors (Akron Beacon Journal)
Congressman, lawyer to host meetings for Fair Finance investors
Government punishing Colvin for torture allegations: Lawyer (Canada.com)
Richard Colvin, the man who alleged that the government turned a blind eye to his allegations of torture in Afghan jails, is being punished for his revelations, says his lawyer.
Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Tayler, P.C. Name Attorney Bryan Amann Of Counsel (dBusinessNews.com)
Detroit - Farmington Hills-based Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Tayler, P.C. is pleased to announce that Bryan Amann has joined the firm as of counsel attorney. The announcement was made by Managing Shareholder, Mark Zausmer.
Attorney improperly solicits families (WIVB Buffalo)
Detroit Attorney Carl Collins and the United States agreed to settle a civil action against Collins, for improperly soliciting families of victims of flight 3407.
Former attorney sentenced for church embezzlement (Detroit News)
Grosse Pointe Woods -- A disbarred attorney was ordered to repay $90,600 he embezzled from a Catholic church and sentenced to five years probation this morning in Wayne County's Third Circuit Court.
District attorney sets record straight (Ada Evening News)
District Attorney for the 22nd District, Chris Ross, wants to set the record straight after being accused of running the office in a less than sufficient way.
Assistant state attorney charged with DUI (NBC 2 Fort Myers)
Assistant State Attorney Michael Pica was arrested and charged with DUI early Saturday morning.
Lawyer cites ‘subjudice’ on city’s loan application (Sun Star)
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Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for U.S. Senate seat (Cape Gazette)
Attorney General Beau Biden – whom many speculated would run against Republican Rep. Mike Castle for the 2010 Senate seat – announced Monday, Jan. 25 he would not seek that post.
Detroit lawyer fined for illegally contacting Flight 3407 families (The Buffalo News)
A Detroit lawyer has paid $5,000 to settle a civil complaint filed against him after he illegally contacted a family victimized by the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 last year.
Lawyer Allowed to Testify Against Former Employer in Arbitration (Law.com)
A lawyer who spent 29 years in-house at Bear Stearns has been given the green light by a Manhattan judge to testify as an expert witness in an arbitration against his former employer. Lawyers for Bear Stearns had sought to block Raymond Aronson, a former senior counsel in the legal and compliance department, from testifying in an arbitration brought against the bank by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods ...
Attorney General Cooper wants to expand DNA sampling (Asheville Citizen-Times)
ASHEVILLE — N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper wants to expand the state's DNA database by taking swabs from anyone arrested on a felony charge.
Lawyer improperly contacted Flight 3407 families (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - January 25, 2010 1:15 PM ET BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials in Buffalo say a Detroit lawyer has paid $5,000 for being too quick to contact families of passengers...
Attorney General, AARP ElderWatch urges Coloradans to beware of fraudsters posing as Census workers (Pikes Peak Courier View)
Special to the Courier Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and AARP ElderWatch urged Coloradans today to beware of scam artists using the 2010 Census as a means to steal their personal information, commit identity theft or commit other crimes.
Gibo dares Ampatuan lawyer: Sue me over weapons fiasco (GMA News)
Administration presidential bet Gilberto Teodoro Jr. on Monday dared the lawyer of the Ampatuan family to charge him in court over his alleged involvement in the proliferation of loose firearms in Maguindanao province.
Fort Hood suspect's attorney questions mental exam (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for the man accused of going on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood wants to challenge the Army's plan to have three military health professionals determine whether his client is competent to stand trial.
Strangulation Charge Against Former Bush Lawyer Shows New Trend in Domestic Violence Cases (Law.com)
Last week, John Michael Farren, a former White House lawyer, stood in a Connecticut courtroom and pleaded not guilty to a series of charges related to an alleged attack on his wife. Among them: attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree strangulation. There is nothing novel about the first two. But the strangulation charge is a relatively new one in Connecticut and across the ...
Award-winning Vietnam writer to be tried: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
An award-winning Vietnamese writer is to be tried on Friday for "propaganda against the state", her lawyer said, in the latest case of a crackdown on democracy activists in the communist nation.
Judge admits some evidence, throws some out in case against impostor attorney (Denver Post)
U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello issued several rulings Monday about the evidence prosecutors can use against impostor attorney Howard Kieffer at his March 1 trial.
Brown's tenure as attorney general: Play it safe (AP via Yahoo! News)
Jerry Brown has spent his three years as California's attorney general as he has his five decades in politics: being a predictably unpredictable office holder and perennial candidate.
Brown's tenure as attorney general: Play it safe (San Francisco Chronicle)
Jerry Brown has spent his three years as California's attorney general as he has his five decades in politics: being a predictably unpredictable office holder and perennial candidate. As California's top prosecutor, the lifelong Democrat with distinguished... California - Jerry Brown - Democratic - Attorney general - United States
Immigration attorney gets 8 months in prison (Chicago Tribune)
NORFOLK, Va. -- An Illinois immigration attorney is going to spend eight months in federal prison for participating in an immigration fraud ring. Beth Ann Broyles, 40, of Evanston , also must spend a year confined to her home once she's released. U.S. District Judge Mark Davis sentenced her Monday. Broyles pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge last September for helping Virginia Beach resident ...
Lawyer pays fine over Flight 3407 (The Buffalo News)
A Detroit lawyer has paid $5,000 to settle a civil complaint filed against him after he illegally contacted a family victimized by the crash of Colgan Air's Continental Connection Flight 3407 last year.
Iraq inquiry: Senior lawyer was against invasion (ITN via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A senior lawyer has told the Iraq inquiry that Jack Straw brushed aside warnings that the invasion had no basis in international law.
APNewsBreak: Easton attorney mulls Conn. AG run (Boston Globe)
John Pavia, a Republican from Easton and a former prosecutor, filed paperwork Tuesday to explore a run for attorney general in Connecticut.
Attorney says man shot in self-defense (Galveston County Daily News)
GALVESTON A married man charged with murder in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend was wrongfully blamed in her fatal shooting, his attorney said Thursday.
British invasion of Iraq was illegal: ex-govt lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was illegal, a former top British government lawyer told a public inquiry into the war Tuesday, three days before ex-prime minister Tony Blair appears.
Microsoft lawyer says Google will likely face antitrust queries over search ads market share (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
BRUSSELS - Microsoft Corp.'s top lawyer said Monday that Google will inevitably have to answer questions about its huge market share in selling advertisements linked to results from its search engine.
Attorney General to review whether torture brothers' sentences were 'unduly lenient' (Daily Mail: World News)
Attorney General Baroness Scotland will look at the prison terms handed down to the 11 and 12-year-olds to see if they were 'unduly lenient'.
Fayetteville lawyer to seek commissioner's seat (The Fayetteville Observer)
Fayetteville lawyer Phillip Gilfus will seek a local Democratic appointment to fill the seat of departing Cumberland County Commissioner Breeden Blackwell.
Lawyer For Toronto 18 Member Found Guilty Argues Client Was Entrapped (CityNews)
The lawyer for Shareef Abdelhaleem claims his client was used as a "conduit" to nab the terror plot's ringleader.
Attorney in Immigration Fraud Ring Gets 8-Month Sentence (Law.com)
An Illinois immigration attorney is going to spend eight months in federal prison for participating in an immigration fraud ring. Forty-year-old Beth Ann Broyles also must spend a year confined to her home once she's released.
MEISNER & ASSOCIATES, P.C. ANNOUNCES ROBERT M. MEISNERS Selection as a 2010 Super Lawyer in the State of Michigan and ... (dBusinessNews.com)
BINGHAM FARMS, Mich – Meisner & Associates, P.C., an AV rated firm, is pleased to announce that Robert M. Meisner was selected as a 2009 Super Lawyer in the State of Michigan and a 2010 top Metro Detroit Attorney in the Field of Condominium Law.
Nashville attorney deserves disbarment, Supreme Court says (The Tennessean)
A Nashville attorney has been disbarred and ordered to serve jail time over contempt charges and several allegations of mistreating clients.
Lawyer for Toronto 18 member says client was entrapped (Toronto Star)
A lawyer for Toronto 18 member Shareef Abdelhaleem says it seems police used his client as a “conduit” to reach one of the ringleaders of the terror plot.
British invasion of Iraq was illegal: ex-govt lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was illegal, a former top British government lawyer told a public inquiry into the war Tuesday, three days before the appearance of ex-prime minister Tony Blair.
Federal Judge Calls 2nd Circuit's Approach to Calculation of Attorney Fees 'Condescending' (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In a critical and cutting 16-page decision, a federal judge has launched a new volley in the ongoing dispute between the judges of the Eastern District of New York and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the standards for calculating awards of attorney fees.
Plainfield Says It’s Cooperating in District Attorney’s Probe (Bloomberg)
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Plainfield Asset Management LLC, the Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund, said it was cooperating with a fraud investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
UK's top lawyer changed mind on Iraq War legality (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The British government's former top lawyer said on Wednesday he initially believed a second United Nations resolution was necessary to justify invading Iraq in 2003, but later changed his mind.
Guilty plea set for Fla. ex-attorney in Ponzi scam (AP via Yahoo! News)
Disbarred South Florida attorney Scott Rothstein is set to plead guilty to federal charges that he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme using phony legal settlements.
A Cap On Lawyer Fees Roils Florida Politics (Forbes)
Awash in lawyer money, Florida agrees to compensation limits for class action lawyers.
Ex-Lawyer Rothstein Pleads Guilty to Running Scheme (Update2) (BusinessWeek)
Former South Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein pleaded guilty to running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
Ex-Lawyer Rothstein Pleads Guilty to Running Scheme (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- South Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein pleaded guilty to running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Rothstein, 47, was charged Dec. 1 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with two counts of wire fraud and three conspiracy charges.