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8 to stand trial in Guatemalan lawyer's death (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Guatemalan judge has ordered eight suspects to stand trial in the killing of a prominent lawyer who accused the country's president of his murder in a video made before his death.
Guatemala: Trial Ordered in Lawyer’s Slaying (New York Times)
A Guatemalan judge has ordered that eight suspects stand trial in the fatal shooting of a prominent lawyer who accused the country’s president, Álvaro Colom, of his murder in a video made before his death.
When a Lawyer Knows of Reasonably Certain Death (Law.com)
What types of information can a lawyer ethically keep to himself, especially if he is uniquely positioned to know with "reasonable certainty" that if he does not immediately inform a person of an injury or condition, the injury will worsen to the point of substantial bodily harm or death? Joel Cohen and Katherine A. Helm examine the issues in this celebrated age of transparency.
Former Detroit Mayor Loses Case Against Lawyer Who Leaked Scandalous Text Messages (Law.com)
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's $2.66 million lawsuit against lawyer Michael Stefani, who leaked the explosive text messages that led to Kilpatrick's downfall, was tossed out on Thursday. A Michigan judge found that Kilpatrick had signed away his right to sue Stefani when he agreed to a settlement in a police whistleblower lawsuit in 2007.
Attorney says video identifies man who purchased alcohol for teens before fatal wreck (The Monterey County Herald)
The defense attorney for a Salinas teen charged in the vehicular death of his best friend said state authorities have identified a man they believe bought alcohol that contributed to the New Year's morning accident.
Tapping phones not the motive, says attorney (Denver Post)
Four men charged with trying to tamper with a senator's phones — including a conservative activist known for targeting ACORN — hoped to record embarrassing hidden camera footage to document allegations her staff was ignoring calls critical of her stance on health care reform, an attorney for one of the four said Thursday.
Heemstra has vanished, Lyon lawyer says (The Des Moines Register)
A lawyer for the widow of slain Milo farmer Tom Lyon says Lyon’s killer and ex-neighbor, Rodney Heemstra, has disappeared, complicating efforts to collect a $5.68 million wrongful death judgment against him.
Architect: Request for attorney fees too broad (Newark Advocate)
NEWARK -- Architect Kimball & Associates says contractor Claggett & Sons interprets law too broadly by asking for $1.3 million in attorney fees on top of a $3.8 million lawsuit over a school construction project.
Former U.S. Attorney announces congressional bid (Morning Times)
Surrounded by hundreds of family, friends and supporters, former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino Wednesday officially announced his decision to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in the 10th Congressional District.
City attorney interprets Open Meetings Act claim (The Voice)
Algonac city attorney George Joachim told city officials he believes they did not violate the Michigan Open Meetings Act in denying a closed session to former City Manager Patrick Burelle at a session earlier this month.
Kansas Attorney General Warns of Debt Collection Scam (Kansas City InfoZine)
Attorney General Steve Six is cautioning Kansas consumers about telephone calls from apparent fake debt collectors who are impersonating law enforcement officers in an effort to extort money from consumers.
District Attorney Christie Stanley to retire shortly (The Santa Ynez Valley News)
Just three years after she was sworn in as Santa Barbara County district attorney, Christie Stanley is retiring because of poor health.
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.
Suspended city attorney must be paid (Press Argus-Courier)
Van Buren City Attorney N. Donald Jenkins Jr. will be paid if he loses his licence to practice law. Mayor Bob Freeman said Thurdsday he had been told by the Arkansas Municipal League Jenkins is still an elected official for the City of Van Buren and must be paid.
Attorney: Man’s Mafia link hurts Baggett (North Little Rock Times)
Attorney John Wesley Hall filed a motion with a federal judge asking for an accused Cabot man linked to the Mafia to have a separate trial from two North Little Rock men.
Chardon woman is accused of trying to kill her handicapped son, her lawyer says (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Evelyn Dickson, 64, pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and theft, according to lawyer Leo Talikka and Lake County Common Pleas Court records.
Robert Joffe, Veteran Lawyer, Dies at 66 (New York Times)
Robert D. Joffe, a leading New York lawyer and partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who played a critical role in Time Inc.'s $14 billion merger with Warner Communications, died in Manhattan on Thursday. He was 66.
Judge threatens lawyer in BP blast cases (Galveston County Daily News)
TEXAS CITY A lawyer representing plaintiffs in the 2005 BP refinery explosions case could face contempt charges if he doesn't produce financial records.
Divorce lawyer pens 'Sex, Love and Money' (Boston Herald)
Boston divorce lawyer and Herald columnist Gerald Nissenbaum has been handling the breakups of the rich and famous...
What the county attorney's office does (Arizona Daily Sun)
Just what is the function of a county attorney's office?
Connelly named interim city attorney (Las Cruces Sun-News)
LAS CRUCES -- Harry "Pete" Connelly was appointed Friday as interim city attorney, and Jared Abrahams, senior assistant city attorney, will become interim deputy city attorney.
Caballero could face sanctions as attorney (El Paso Times)
EL PASO -- County attorney candidate Theresa Caballero could face sanctions from a federal judge after she missed a deadline on an appeal for a client she was representing.
Neb. Supreme Court: Court Keeps Dismissal Of Lawyer’s Suit (Yankton Press & Dakotan)
OMAHA, Neb. — A California lawyer who tried to obtain a pardon for his 1976 drug conviction in Nebraska won’t get a chance to challenge statements a former client submitted to the Pardons Board because of a state Supreme Court ruling issued Friday.
Diana dismissed royals as 'German family': lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Princess Diana said she "should never have married into a German family" during her divorce from Prince Charles, her lawyer said in book extracts published by a newspaper on Sunday.
City attorney interprets Open Meetings Act claim (The Voice)
Algonac city attorney George Joachim told city officials he believes they did not violate the Michigan Open Meetings Act in denying a closed session to former City Manager Patrick Burelle at a session earlier this month.
Fair Finance investors aim ire at U.S. attorney (Indianapolis Business Journal)
Ohio residents who put money into Tim Durham's company want the U.S. Attorney's Office to seize his and the company's assets.
Wife of former White House lawyer sues for $30M (Greenwich Time)
STAMFORD -- The wife of a former White House lawyer -- who police say tried to kill his spouse in a vicious beating with a flashlight this month -- is suing her husband for $30 million in a civil lawsuit filed last week at state Superior Court in Stamford.
Swiss businessman wins Libya jail appeal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Libyan appeal court on Sunday overturned a 16-month jail term slapped on Swiss businessman Rashid Hamdani on a charge of overstaying his visa, his lawyer told AFP.
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.
Diana dismissed British royals as 'German family': lawyer (Ottawa Citizen)
Princess Diana said she "should never have married into a German family" during her divorce from Prince Charles, her lawyer said in book extracts published by a British newspaper Sunday.
Gov. Bob Riley questions legality of Country Crossing, ties to attorney general (Mobile Press-Register)
The office of Gov. Bob Riley, an outspoken gambling opponent, last week questioned the legality of the wages paid, as well as an attorney general's opinion that justifies the practice. Attorney General Troy King called the allegations "just silly."
District Attorney Christie Stanley to retire shortly (The Santa Ynez Valley News)
Just three years after she was sworn in as Santa Barbara County district attorney, Christie Stanley is retiring because of poor health.
Lawyer: Libyan court acquits Swiss businessman of visa charges (EARTHtimes.org)
Tripoli - A Libyan court on Sunday acquitted a Swiss businessman on charges of overstaying his visa, his lawyer told the German Press Agency dpa. Rachid al-Hamdani, one of two Swiss businessmen sentenced last November to 16 months in prison on charge...
Monitor old woes in new election system: lawyer (Sun Star)
AMID anxiety over the first automated elections in the Philippines, a lawyer reminded voters that failure of automation does not necessarily mean a failure of elections. read more
Attorney: Man’s Mafia link hurts Baggett (North Little Rock Times)
Attorney John Wesley Hall filed a motion with a federal judge asking for an accused Cabot man linked to the Mafia to have a separate trial from two North Little Rock men.
Lawyer who made headlines during Katrina arrested for sending threat (WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans)
New Orleans – Ashton O’Dwyer, a lawyer who made national headlines by refusing to leave his St. Charles Avenue home after Hurricane Katrina, was arrested Friday by the FBI for sending a threatening e-mail to the United States Bankruptcy Court. Around 9'30 a.m., O’Dwyer, 62, was arrested at his home in the 6000 block of St. Charles Avenue after sending an e-mail which said, “Given the recent ...