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St. Clair district attorney steps down in police shooting case at family's request (Mobile Press-Register)
PELL CITY, Ala. -- After a request from the family of a man shot dead by police in November, the St. Clair County District Attorney's Office has recused itself from the case and Etowah County prosecutors have been assigned to take over.
Attorney David Chatelain appointed judge pro tempore (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Attorney David Chatelain has been appointed by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal according to Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll. Chatelain fills the vacancy created by the death of Judge Michael G. Sullivan. Chatelain will serve from January 4, 2010 to July 4, 2010, or until the vacancy is filled, whichever occurs sooner. Chatelain ...
Connecticut’s Attorney General Will Seek Dodd’s Senate Seat (New York Times)
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s Democratic attorney general, said Wednesday that he would run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Christopher J. Dodd, who plans to announce his retirement later in the day.
Real Estate chat with attorney Christopher Combs (The Arizona Republic)
Christopher Combs of Combs Law Group, a real estate attorney, will be available to answer your questions on residential and commercial real estate from noon to 1 p.m. today.
At funeral, Attorney General Holder calls Percey Sutton one of nation's 'true heroes' (Staten Island Advance)
NEW YORK -- Thousands of mourners filled Riverside Church on Wednesday for the funeral of Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before becoming a power broker and media mogul. Among the dignitaries gathered at the...
US attorney for southern Texas stepping down (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - January 6, 2010 12:55 PM ET HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson of the Southern District of Texas is resigning and will enter private practice.
Lawyer: Iraqi immigrant accused of killing 'Westernized' daughter may need mental-health exam (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
PHOENIX - The lawyer for an Iraqi immigrant charged in Arizona with killing his 20-year-old daughter says his client doesn't understand court proceedings and may need a mental-health evaluation.
$13,500 bill for sacked lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
A Nelson lawyer sacked by the Department of Conservation has been ordered to pay her former employer $13,500.
Florida Lawyer to Plead Guilty in Ponzi Scheme (New York Times)
Bernard L. Madoff may have company soon. A disbarred South Florida lawyer agreed in federal court on Wednesday to plead guilty later this month to charges accusing him of running Ponzi scheme that cheated thousands of investors out of $1.2 billion.
Lawyer: Only 1 9-11 family likely to go to trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Nearly completed settlements of two of the remaining three lawsuits brought by families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks are likely to include language requiring evidence to be displayed at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Attorney: Fort Hood suspect to have mental exam (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for the Fort Hood shootings suspect says his client will be evaluated next month to determine his mental status that day and whether he's competent to stand trial.
Brothers sought in slaying of high-profile Guatemalan lawyer (CNN)
Guatemalan authorities have issued arrest warrants for two prominent brothers in connection with last year's slaying of a lawyer who left behind a videotape saying President Alvaro Colom would be responsible if anything happened to him, the suspects' attorney confirmed Wednesday.
South African Soccer to Name Lawyer Sedibe as CEO, Sowetan Says (Bloomberg)
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The South African Football Association will name lawyer Leslie Sedibe as its new chief executive officer, the Sowetan reported. Sedibe will take the job until Dec. 31, when Danny Jordaan returns to the federation, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said, citing a person it didn’t identify.
Honduras Attorney General Charges Military Over Coup -Official (Fox News)
Honduras Attorney General Charges Military Over Coup -Official
Disbarred attorney to admit Ponzi scheme (Detroit Free Press)
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A disbarred South Florida attorney agreed Wednesday to plead guilty this month to charges arising from an alleged Ponzi scheme that cheated thousands of investors out of $1.2 billion. Scott Rothstein is charged in a five-count indictment with racketeering, conspiracy and fraud in a scheme that ran from 2005 to 2009.
Lawyer: I didn't see text messages (Detroit Free Press)
Wilson Copeland II, the private lawyer brought in to help defend the City of Detroit in the 2007 police whistle-blower lawsuit, testified Wednesday that he never saw any of the explosive text messages until the Free Press published excerpts showing that Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty had lied under oath in the case.
Attorney Andrea Lyon says Casey Anthony didn't kill Caylee (Orlando Sentinel)
The Casey Anthony coverage recalls the Salem witch trials, Anthony attorney Andrea Lyon told NBC's "Today" this morning.
Attorney cleared in 4 complaints to state Bar (The Arizona Republic)
Attorney Dennis Wilenchik was at the center of several political firestorms in 2007, all of them tied to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
Attorney General seeks charges against Soles (The Fayetteville Observer)
WHITEVILLE (AP) - North Carolina's attorney general is pursuing an assault charge against the state's longest-serving lawmaker.
Disbarred W.Va. attorney admits embezzlement (Charleston Daily Mail)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A disbarred Morgantown attorney has pleaded guilty to embezzling from his clients. C. Patrick Carrick faces up to 60 years in prison. The 58-year-old Carrick pleaded guilty Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court to six ...
Man falsely claims to be Hasan's attorney, John Galligan (KXXV Waco)
Authorities blocked a man claiming to be Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorney, John Galligan, of Belton, from entering his San Antonio hospital room.  He also claimed to be a doctor.
Mangudadatu aide won’t talk, get services of lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
The alleged bodyguard of the Mangudadatu clan who shot and killed two law enforcement officers here maintained his silence and refused to hire a lawyer during his inquest at the regional trial court late Tuesday.
Husband of prominent Hampton lawyer charged with drug possession (WTKR Norfolk)
Search warrant executed at home of Kathy Gear Owens, who had been a candidate to become a judge The husband of prominent local lawyer Kathy Gear Owens, and the brother-in-law of Del. Tom Gear, was arrested on Monday on charges of drug possession.
Lawyer seeks sentencing without Polanski (BigPond News)
A US lawyer for Roman Polanski is asking a Los Angeles judge to sentence the fugitive director in absentia.
Chicago lawyer to lead Islamic Society (The Indianapolis Star)
The Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America is turning to a Chicago lawyer and educator to lead the day-to-day operations of the organization, which is the largest Muslim umbrella group in North America.
Casey's Attorney: "I'm Scared For My Client (WFTV 9 Orlando)
Casey Anthonys high-powered death penalty attorney, Andrea Lyon, showed the public a different side when she spoke out on national TV Thursday. SLIDESHOW: Casey With Caylee FOLLOW US! Casey Coverage On Twitter
Lawyer Wants Oversight for Hiring (New York Times)
The lawyer responsible for federal oversight of hiring by the City of Chicago and Cook County now wants an independent monitor to patrol the personnel decisions of state government, too.
Lawyer pleads guilty in hit-and-run of cyclist. (Denver Post)
An Evergreen lawyer accused of hitting a bicyclist while driving drunk on Interstate 70 in August pleaded guilty Thursday.
Michigan Supreme Court rules on whether Attorney General's Office can prosecute retired judge (Detroit Free Press)
The Michigan Supreme Court ordered an appeals court on Thursday to consider whether the state Attorney General's Office can prosecute a retired judge charged with allowing perjured testimony in a major suburban Detroit drug trial.
Lawyer appointed to airport authority (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Veteran San Diego lawyer John Davies, a trusted adviser to mayors and governors for decades, has been appointed to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board.
Court: China mob lawyer fabricated torture claim (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)
The lawyer for an accused mob boss in southwest China was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday on charges that he helped his client falsely claim torture by police during interrogation, the court said.
Lewiston board abolishes part-time attorney posts (The Buffalo News)
LEWISTON -- The new Lewiston supervisor stirred things up at his first meeting of the year Thursday, abolishing the part-time positions of town attorney and deputy attorney, hiring a new engineering firm and creating a new post to oversee spending.
Ex-Bush attorney accused of severely beating wife (The Washington Times)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. | A onetime senior attorney for President George W. Bush was charged Thursday with trying to kill his wife at their Connecticut home by beating her with a flashlight and choking her. John Michael Farren, 57, was arraigned on charges of strangulation and attempted murder and ordered held on $2 million bail. His wife, Mary Farren, was beaten so severely Wednesday night at their ...
Ex-Bush lawyer charged in assault on wife (UPI)
NEW CANAAN, Conn., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A lawyer who worked for both President George W. and George H.W. Bush was arrested for allegedly attempting to kill his wife at his Connecticut home.
'Zero' chance of FIA appeal success, insists Briatore's lawyer (Crash.Net via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Sport)
The FIA should not waste its money on appealing against the French High Court ruling on Flavio Briatores lifetime ban from F1, the Italians lawyer has warned bluntly rating the governing bodys chances of succeeding in such a venture as zero. Earlier this week, Briatore was cleared to return to work in the sport after the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris deemed that the initial FIA World ...
Attorney: Mississippi State mishandling Renardo Sidney's eligibility case (SportingNews)
Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News Attorney Don Jackson, who represents the Sidney family in the fight to establish the eligibility of Mississippi State freshman Renardo Sidney, accused the university of being "brow beaten into assisting the denial of Mr. Sidney's rights." Based in Montgomery, Ala., Jackson made the accusation in an e-mail early Friday morning. He wrote that in previous eligibility ...
Toronto lawyer sentenced to 39 months in prison for insider trading scheme (Investment Executive)
Toronto lawyer Stan Grmovsek has been sentenced to 39 months in prison for his role in a massive insider trading scheme that netted him and a friend about US$9 million.
Well-known criminal defense attorney to join State Attorney's Office as chief counsel (The Palm Beach Post)
Well-known criminal defense attorney to join State Attorney's Office as chief counsel
Nancy Garrido's former lawyer loses bid for reinstatement (Oakland Tribune)
The lawyer seeking to represent one of Jaycee Dugard's accused kidnappers has been again removed from the case. Gilbert Maines has been fighting to keep his job as Nancy Garrido's court-appointed defense lawyer since last fall, when he was fired by El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimster
Lawyer earned respect for making every word count (The New Zealand Herald)
Ron Gilbert, lawyer, district court judge. Died aged 84. Ronald James Gilbert was known as an economical barrister who did not waste words with excessive questioning or long speeches to the jury. He believed that a jury paid...
U.S. Attorney General Speaks To Forum Club (WPBF Palm Beach)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who made the controversial decision to try Sept. 11 terrorists in New York, addresses the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.
Capitola city attorney questions medicinal pot deliveries (San Jose Mercury News)
CAPITOLA — City Attorney John Barisone has questions about Capitola Cannabis, an online outfit started by a Los Angeles man asserting he makes home deliveries of medical marijuana in compliance with state law.
Alamo attorney withdraws from criminal case (NBC 2 Fort Myers)
Associated Press - January 8, 2010 12:14 PM ET TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge is allowing a Florida attorney for convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to withdraw from Alamo's criminal...
Attorney General Cox tells Midland crowd he'd cut business taxes, boost coal energy (The Bay City Times)
MIDLAND — Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican prospect for Michigan governor, this afternoon spoke to about 80 residents and business owners at Midland's Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center. He talked about his plans to halve the Michigan...
Alamo attorney withdraws from criminal case (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
A federal judge is allowing a Florida attorney for convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to withdraw from Alamo’s criminal case.
Michael Jackson's doctor hires defense attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
Dr. Conrad Murray has hired a California criminal defense attorney as the investigation into his alleged role in Michael Jackson's death nears completion.
Criminal attorney added to legal team for Michael Jackson's former physician (Los Angeles Times)
Michael Jackson’s former personal physician has hired a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to help his legal team combat a potential manslaughter prosecution in the pop icon’s fatal overdose last summer.
Michael Jackson's former physician adds criminal attorney to legal team (Los Angeles Times)
Dr. Conrad Murray retains Glendale attorney J. Michael Flanagan to help fight a potential manslaughter prosecution in the pop icon's fatal overdose. Michael Jackson's former personal physician hired a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney this week to help his existing legal team combat a potential manslaughter prosecution in the pop icon's fatal overdose last summer.
NY Fed Lawyer Says AIG ‘Didn’t Warrant’ Geithner’s Attention (Bloomberg)
Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Timothy Geithner , the former Federal Reserve Bank of New York president, wasn’t aware of efforts to limit American International Group Inc.’s bailout disclosures because the regulator’s top lawyer didn’t think the issue merited his attention, according to a letter sent to lawmakers.
S. Fla. attorney sent to prison for helping mob crew (Sun-Sentinel)
Worked with a 'crew' for the mob A disbarred South Florida attorney was sentenced Friday to 43 months in prison for participating in schemes orchestrated by a local crew of mobsters affiliated with the Bonanno crime family of New York.