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Ex-attorney pleads guilty in $1.2B scam (MSNBC)
A disbarred South Florida attorney has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme using phony legal settlements. Ponzi scheme - Plea - Fraud - Disbarment - Florida
Ex-Lawyer Rothstein Pleads Guilty to Running Scheme (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Former South Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein pleaded guilty to running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Rothstein, 47, was charged Dec. 1 with two counts of wire fraud and three conspiracy charges.
Ex-Fla. lawyer pleads guilty in $1.2B scam (The Washington Times)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A disbarred lawyer who courted politicians and star athletes and led a flamboyant lifestyle even by South Florida standards pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Scott Rothstein, 47, pleaded guilty to all five counts against him, including wire fraud, money-laundering conspiracy and a racketeering charge commonly used ...
Lubanga's lawyer calls 'child soldiers' liars (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Witnesses lied when they claimed to have been recruited as child soldiers by Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga's forces, his lawyer told the International Criminal Court Wednesday.
Fla. ex-attorney pleads guilty in $1.2B Ponzi scam (USA Today)
A disbarred attorney who courted politicians and star athletes and led a flamboyant lifestyle even by South Florida standards pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
Fla. ex-attorney pleads guilty in $1.2B Ponzi scam (AP via Yahoo! News)
A disbarred attorney who courted politicians and star athletes and led a flamboyant lifestyle even by flashy South Florida standards pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
Fla. ex-attorney pleads guilty in $1.2B Ponzi scam (San Francisco Chronicle)
A disbarred attorney who courted politicians and star athletes and led a flamboyant lifestyle even by flashy South Florida standards pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Scott Rothstein, 47, pleaded guilty to...
Florida lawyer pleads guilty to huge Ponzi scheme (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Disbarred South Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein pleaded guilty in Miami federal court Wednesday to orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that bilked clients out of more than $1 billion.
Victor Cullen Center's size should be temporarily cut, state attorney general says (Baltimore Sun)
Beleaguered juvenile detention center's capacity should be halved, they say The Maryland Attorney General's Office is recommending that a juvenile jail near Sabillasville — the site of a youth escape in May — be temporary downsized while the Department of Juvenile Services rethinks its approach.
GOP Senators Press Attorney General on Christmas Bomber (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Senate Republicans want Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to testify before Congress about why Christmas bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is being held as a criminal defendant, rather than in military custody.
Former attorney general denies Blair pressure over Iraq war (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Former attorney general Peter Goldsmith, who approved the 2003 invasion of Iraq admitted Wednesday he had doubted the legal case for war -- but denied that Tony Blair's aides pressured him into changing his mind.
Florida Attorney Pleads Guilty In $1.2 Billion Ponzi Scheme (Nasdaq)
Florida attorney Scott Rothstein faces up to 100 years in prison after pleading guilty for playing a role in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, the Department of Justice said.
Former attorney general denies Blair pressure over Iraq war (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Former attorney general Peter Goldsmith, who approved the 2003 invasion of Iraq admitted Wednesday he had doubted the legal case for war -- but denied that Tony Blair's aides pressured him into changing his mind.
Lawyer: Wis. social workers missed abuse (UPI)
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A lawyer for a man accused of failing to protect a Wisconsin foster child his wife tortured says social workers didn't notice anything wrong with the girl.
Florida lawyer pleads guilty to huge Ponzi scheme (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Disbarred South Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein pleaded guilty on Wednesday to orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that bilked clients out of more than $1 billion.
Attorney: Mental exam delayed in Fort Hood case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Army officials agreed to delay a mental evaluation for the man suspected of going on a shooting spree at Fort Hood until after a military court hearing that will determine if he will stand trial, his attorney said Wednesday.
Lawyer: Madoff brother a subject of criminal probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the brother of Ponzi king Bernard Madoff said in court papers made public Wednesday that his client has been told he is a "subject" of criminal investigators probing the multibillion-dollar fraud.
Lawyer calls off lawsuit against J.R. Smith (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith made a last-minute, "good-faith" payment to a Houston attorney before Wednesday's game against the Rockets to stall a lawsuit filed against him. Smith was named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Harris District Court by high-profile lawyer Rusty Hardin, a Rockets' season ticket holder.
Attorney: Client didn't bug senator's phones (USA Today)
The attorney for a filmmaker accused of entering a senator's office under false pretense said his client did not engage in illegal activity.
Attorney says O'Keefe didn't bug Landrieu's phones (USA Today)
The attorney for an independent filmmaker accused of entering a U.S. senator's office under false pretense and "interfering" with the phone system said Wednesday that his client did not bug any telephones or engage in other illegal activity.
British lawyer denies Blair pressure over Iraq war (Malaysian Mirror)
LONDON - The British government lawyer who approved the 2003 invasion of Iraq admitted Wednesday he had doubted the legal case for war -- but denied that Tony Blair's aides pressured him into changing his mind.
Wife sues ex-Bush lawyer over alleged attack (San Francisco Chronicle)
The wife of an attorney who worked in both Bush administrations has filed a $30 million lawsuit against her husband for an alleged attack at their Connecticut home. Police say 57-year-old John Michael Farren beat and choked 43-year-old Mary Farren at their... Lawyer - Connecticut - Police - Lawsuit - United States
Lawyer cracks ribs in Dakar Rally (BBC News)
A lawyer tells how he successfully completed the world's toughest endurance race, despite cracking his ribs.
GOP's John Pavia Running For Attorney General (Hartford Courant)
Longtime Republican activist John P. Pavia III filed papers Tuesday for an exploratory race for attorney general — entering an already crowded field.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects minister's release comment: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Myanmar's detained pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday described as "unfair" a minister's comment that she would be released in November as it pre-empted a court decision, her lawyer said.
Assistant D.A. Ashley Rich Confirms Plans to Run for Mobile County District Attorney (NBC 15 Mobile)
Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson and Assistant District Attorney Ashley Rich are both holding news conferences today.
Lawyer Seeks to Hold Client to Alleged Vow to Pay Fees Even If Bankrupt (Law.com)
Legal fees, like other debts, are usually wiped clean in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but Jason DiBattista's $35,000 debt to his divorce lawyer, Gregg Sodini, was not typical.
Judge won't dismiss charges against Highwaymen lawyer (Detroit News)
Detroit -- A federal judge today refused to dismiss an indictment against Metro Detroit lawyer Hatim "Tim" Attalla after a prosecutor said the government has more evidence against him that has not yet been disclosed to defense attorneys.
John Tyson Jr. will not seek re-election as Mobile County district attorney (Mobile Press-Register)
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. announced at a noon press conference that he will not seek re-election this year. The election is in November.
Lawyer: Firefighters Erred On Dunwoody Fatal Fire (CBS 46 News Atlanta)
The lawyer for the family of a woman who died in a Dunwoody fire last weekend says DeKalb County fire officials admitted that firefighters made a mistake.
Former SEC lawyer guilty of fraud (UPI)
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A Dallas lawyer who once worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission has been convicted of conspiracy and wire and securities fraud.
Lawyer: Phone scheme meant to embarrass senator (AP via Yahoo! News)
Investigators pressed ahead with their probe of four men accused of trying to tamper with a senator's phones after a lawyer said the conservative activists were just trying to capture embarrassing video of her staff ignoring constituent calls.
SEC attorney convicted of fraud (Denver Post)
A former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney was convicted on charges he participated in multimillion dollar "pump-and-dump" stock manipulation schemes.
R.I. attorney general, Blue Cross agree to rate hike (The Providence Journal)
The 9.5-percent increase is blasted by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and a candidate for the attorney general's office
Former SEC Lawyer Guilty of Securities Fraud (Wall Street and Technology)
A Dallas lawyer who once worked for the SEC has been convicted of conspiracy and wire and securities fraud.
Family will miss N.B. attorney general's support (CBC.ca)
A New Brunswick man is hoping the sudden resignation of Liberal MLA Michael Murphy as the province's attorney general doesn't affect his fight to keep his daughter's killer behind bars.
Attorney general backs bill protecting consumers in debt (Chicago Sun-Times)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is backing legislation to ban debt-settlement companies from charging upfront or monthly fees and that caps payments to firms promising to reduce credit card debt. The legislation would cap fees at 5 percent of the savings resulting from settling a debt, rather than a percentage of debt enrolled.
Merhige's attorney in court today, seeks to keep evidence from public (Sun-Sentinel)
Paul Michael Merhige's attorney is expected to go before a judge this afternoon to make her case for preventing all evidence against her client from being released to the public and media until the accused killer's first-degree murder case is concluded.
Setback for Malaysia's Anwar ahead of sodomy trial: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! Asia News)
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Friday lost his final appeal for access to the government's evidence against him ahead of his sodomy trial due to start next week, his lawyer said.
Neb. high court upholds dismissal of lawyer's suit (San Diego Union-Tribune)
The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Nebraska convict who is now a California lawyer.
Boone County attorney faces DUI charge (The Indianapolis Star)
Boone County attorney Eileen Sims was arrested Thursday on drunken driving charges after striking a fire hydrant. Sims was found in a Big Lots parking lot near Lebanon Street near Lakeshore Dr. around 11 a.m., her 2002 Ford Expedition suffering significant front-end and undercarriage damage, according to Lebanon Police Officer Brent Wheat.
Ann Arbor senior assistant attorney sentenced to probation in drunken driving case (The Ann Arbor News)
An Ann Arbor senior assistant attorney convicted of drunken driving was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a suspended 90-day jail sentence. If Robert West, 57, successfully completes his probation, he will not serve any time in jail, court......
Fugitive Spokane lawyer Claude Irwin arrested (Seattle Times)
Fugitive Spokane lawyer and developer Claude Irwin was arrested by federal agents Wednesday night when he stepped off a plane from Mexico in Los Angeles.
Fugitive Spokane lawyer Claude Irwin arrested (FOX 12 Idaho)
Associated Press - January 29, 2010 11:44 AM ET SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Fugitive Spokane lawyer and developer Claude Irwin was arrested by federal agents Wednesday night when he stepped off a...
Fugitive Spokane lawyer Claude Irwin arrested (NorthWest Cable News)
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fugitive Spokane lawyer and developer Claude Irwin was arrested by federal agents Wednesday night when he stepped off a plane from Mexico in Los Angeles. The Spokesman-Review says he'll be returned to Spokane to face theft charges. He's accused of duping investors out of millions of dollars in a failed development near Harrison, Idaho. The 62-year-old was caught in a ruse ...
Attorney general denies dropping charges against suspected arms traffickers (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
Attorney General Julasing Wasantasing Friday dismissed a report that he has already decided to drop charges against suspected arms traffickers. "That report is just a rumour," he said.
N.Y. Attorney General Targets Online Retailers for Fraud (ABC News)
Online firms allegedly linking consumers with discount promotions. Attorney general - Law - Fraud - Legal Information - Home
Attorney: 'Most' Papa Johns stores to reopen (KREM.com Spokane)
(SPOKANE) -- KREM 2 News received a statement from an attorney representing the franchise group that abruptly closed all Spokane area Papa John's stores this week.  Attorney Grant Riva states his client, North Country Pizza, will address its legal and financial obligations, including paying former employees.  Riva also indicated a new operator will reopen most of the stores. Here is the ...
Judge Blasts Lawyer-Turned-Author on Ethics, Intellectual Honesty Over Defense of Ex-Client (Law.com)
Three years after publishing a book in which he criticized New York City Criminal Court judges as "belligerent" and "spoiled divas," a lawyer-turned-author has become the recipient of harsh words from the bench for his conduct in a proceeding involving a former client.
Ex-SEC lawyer convicted in stock manipulation scheme (The Christian Science Monitor)
A federal jury Thursday convicted a former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawyer for participating in 'pump-and-dump' schemes, where demand for a stock is pumped up by false statements before the shares are dumped for a large profit.