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Ex-cartel lawyer asks judge for asylum (San Antonio Express-News)
A Mexican lawyer who said he was pressured to represent the then-boss of the Gulf cartel testified Friday that he was kidnapped and tortured after the gangster lost a bid to block his extradition to the United States.
Americans held in Haiti denied conditional release: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo!Xtra News)
PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - Ten American Christians charged in Haiti with child kidnapping and conspiracy were denied conditional release Friday and sent to jail to await trial, their lawyer told AFP.
Vermont attorney general settles with candymaker (The Burlington Free Press)
The Vermont Attorney General's Office has settled charges that Russell Stover Candies Inc. and its affiliate Whitman's Candies Inc. mislabeled some of their products as "Vermont" products, when the items were manufactured out of state from ingredients not known to have originated in Vermont.
Sex deviant not dangerous offender: lawyer (CNews)
The Crown failed to establish a repeat abuser with a sexual interest in young children and animals is a dangerous offender, a Calgary lawyer argued Friday.
Chattanooga Attorney Creates New American History Podcast (The Chattanoogan)
Local attorney Timothy Simonds has produced a new American History podcast series entitled “Enemy Of Liberty Podcast: Governments Gone Bad In American History.”
Defaulting loans in China soar, says lawyer (Business Times (Malaysia))
HONG KONG: Non-performing loans in China have risen into the "trillions of renminbi" because of poor lending practices, an insolvency lawyer said.
Defense lawyer warned on tactics in Beldini corruption trial (El Nuevo)
The lawyer defending suspended Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini in her federal corruption trial was warned yesterday not to argue for jury nullification, today's Jersey Journal reports.
Minn. GOP still needs attorney general candidate (Post-Bulletin)
MINNEAPOLIS — The Republican Party of Minnesota could use a few good candidates for attorney general. Or at least one.
Attorney representing slain BART rider's family lashes out against agency (Berkeley Voice - Albany Journal)
OAKLAND — An attorney representing the family of Oscar Grant III, who was killed by a BART police officer last year, lashed out against the transit organization and its attorney Friday, saying both have acted unethically and broken any trust built in the last year.
Trial Date Set For Anna Nicole’s Doctors, Attorney (KWTX-TV Waco)
A judge has set a date for the drug conspiracy trial of two doctors and an attorney accused of illegally funneling sedatives and opiates to one-time Mexia resident Anna Nicole Smith.
Editorial: Get to the issues in the race for Contra Costa district attorney (Berkeley Voice - Albany Journal)
MARK PETERSON NEEDS to stop his reckless accusations against a key opponent in the race for Contra Costa district attorney so the candidates can start talking about the serious problems confronting the county prosecutor s office.
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.
US Attorney Seeks to Block Another DeChristopher Defense (CommonDreams.org)
by Patty Henetz SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Just because other bidders have failed to pay for oil and gas leases without facing federal prosecution doesn't mean the U.S. attorney for Utah discriminated against monkey-wrencher Tim DeChristopher by indicting him, new court papers say. Prosecutors filed papers Friday that say DeChristopher's January motion for evidence from the Justice Department ...
Lawyer for US missionaries fires counsel in Haiti (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Dominican lawyer for 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries charged with child kidnapping in Haiti says he has fired their local Haitian counsel.
Haitian Lawyer for Jailed US Missionaries Fired (ABC News)
Haitian lawyer for 10 jailed US missionaries fired by lead attorney over alleged bribe plan Haiti - Lawyer - Caribbean - Dominican Republic - United States
'Legal Issues of the Elderly' to be discussed by attorney in Vacaville (The Vacaville Reporter)
The public is invited to hear attorney David Gaw speak on "Legal Issues of the Elderly" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Alzheimer Services Caregiver Support Group in Vacaville.
NYPA, attorney general to appeal justice's ruling (The Buffalo News)
LOCKPORT--The New York Power Authority and the state attorney general's office have filed notices that they will appeal the refusal by State Supreme Court Justice Ralph A. Boniello III to dismiss a lawsuit Niagara County filed against the Power Authority.
Haitian lawyer for jailed US missionaries fired (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Haitian lawyer for 10 U.S. Baptists charged with child kidnapping tried to bribe the missionaries' way out of jail and has been fired, the attorney who hired him said Saturday night.
Marine City considers cutting attorney's hours (The Voice)
Attorney George Joachim regularly sits in on Marine City commission meetings to provide needed legal counsel. Past commissioners believed having the city attorney available at a moment's notice at city meetings was important.
Libya drops case against Swiss businessman: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A Libyan court has dropped a case against Swiss businessman Rashid Hamdani for alleged illegal business activities, his lawyer said on Sunday, a day after a colleague was fined over similar charges.
Libyan court finds Swiss man not guilty - lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo!7 News)
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A Libyan court has found Rachid Hamdani, one of two Swiss businessmen whose convictions for breaking immigration rules have strained ties between Libya and Switzerland, not guilty on charges of violating business rules, his lawyer said on Sunday.
Haitian Lawyer for Jailed US Missionaries Fired (ABC News)
Haitian lawyer for 10 jailed US missionaries fired by lead attorney over alleged bribe plan
Brooklyn Town Council dumps buffer zone, loses attorney (Reporter-Times)
Brooklyn Brooklyn both gave up its buffer zone and lost its attorney Thursday night after residents and council members alike exchanged angry words. The council voted 3-2 to drop ...
Nothing but praise for Old Greenwich resident nominated to be state's U.S. Attorney (Greenwich Time)
U.S. attorney for Connecticut. It's a faith well-founded, said one of Fein's biggest fans, Eileen Grasso , a town resident who served with Fein on The Stanwich School's board of trustees.
Libyan court finds Swiss man not guilty - lawyer  (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A Libyan court has found Rachid Hamdani, one of two Swiss businessmen whose prosecution has strained ties between Libya and Switzerland, not guilty on charges of violating business rules, his lawyer said on Sunday.
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.
Haiti: lawyer representing US missionaries sacked (Daily Telegraph)
A lawyer representing 10 Baptist missionaries charged with child kidnapping in Haiti has been sacked amid accusations that he was trying to bribe their way out of prison.
Harry Schwarz, Jewish leader and Mandela attorney, dies (JTA)
(JTA) -- Harry Schwarz, a South African Jewish leader and lawmaker who as an attorney defended Nelson Mandela, has died. Schwarz, who escaped the Nazis and came to South Africa from Germany in 1936, died last Friday following a short illness. He was 86.
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.
DA, county attorney host regional DWI training (Cleveland Advocate)
The offices of Mike Little, Liberty County District Attorney; Wesley Hinch, Liberty County Attorney; and Cheryl Lieck, Chambers County District Attorney, have been selected as the host offices for joint police and prosecutor DWI training by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation.
Libyan court finds Swiss man not guilty: lawyer  (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A Libyan court found Swiss businessman Rachid Hamdani not guilty of the final charges against him on Sunday and his lawyer said he could soon return home after being stranded in Libya for a year and a half.
District attorney finds fatal officer-involved shooting in Highland legally justified (Highland Community News)
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the officer-involved death of Shawn Fox, 24, by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Richardson and Arturo Alvarado on Dec. 8, 2008. The District Attorney’s Office stated that, in reviewing the case, the use of deadly force on Decedent Fox was legally justified by both officers to defend themselves and ...
Libya drops case against Swiss businessman: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Libyan court dropped a case against a Swiss businessman for alleged illegal business activities on Sunday, clearing the way for him to go home after 19 months stuck in the country, his lawyer said.
Iran lawyer haunted by young man's execution (Los Angeles Times)
Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is filled with rage over the treatment of her client, 20-year-old Arash Rahmanipour, who was not defended in court and then was quietly put to death. The defendant met with his lawyer once for 15 minutes before he was sentenced to death and hanged.
'Lawyer told me to do it': Wheatley tax dodge (Brisbane Times)
Entertainment promoter Glenn Wheatley tells court a lawyer suggested he send John Farnham tour earnings offshore to dodge a tax bill.
Lawyer for group from U.S. in Haiti dismissed (The Toledo Blade)
ASSOCIATED PRESS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The Haitian lawyer representing 10 Americans charged with child kidnapping tried to bribe the missionaries' way out of jail and has been fired, the attorney who hired him said. The Haitian lawyer, Edwin Coq, denied the allegation. He said the $60,000 he requested from the Americans' families was his fee. Jorge Puello, the attorney in the neighboring ...
Jailed Haiti missionaries' lawyer quits (UPI)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A Haitian lawyer representing 10 Americans accused of trying to take 33 orphans out the country says he has resigned.
Attorney lashes out in Grant case (Contra Costa Times)
An attorney representing the family of Oscar Grant III, who was killed by a BART police officer last year, lashed out against the transit organization and its attorney Friday, saying both have acted unethically and broken any trust built in the last year.
Live forum with county attorney candidates Jo Anne Bernal and Theresa Caballero starts at 12:15 p.m. (El Paso Times)
Join us for a live online forum between El Paso County attorney candidates Jo Anne Bernal and Theresa Caballero. Each candidate will give an initial statement to open the forum, then answer questions from the Times as well as some submitted by voters. Forum begins at 12:15 p.m. today.
Dallas Attorney Mark Werbner Honored as a Texas Trial Legend (dBusinessNews.com)
DALLAS – Dallas attorney Mark Werbner, co-founder of the trial law firm Sayles Werbner , recently was honored along with an elite group of Dallas/Fort Worth-area attorneys recognized by the Dallas Bar Association as “Texas Trial Legends” based on their illustrious legal careers.
Agility still in negotiations over fraud case-lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
ATLANTA, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Kuwaiti logistics company Agility , which is accused of overcharging the U.S. Army by $60 million, is still in "active negotiations" to try to settle the case, its lawyer said on Monday.
Motion to change Baker's attorney denied (KXXV Waco)
 A motion filed by convicted murderer Matt Baker to switch his attorney has been denied by a Waco judge.
Lawyer Says Cheshire Suspect 'Suicidal'; Jury Selection Delayed Again (FOX 61 Hartford)
A lawyer for Steven Hayes, one of two men charged in the 2007 Cheshire slayings, said in Superior Court on Monday that his client has been suicidal and overdosed on medication prison officials had been giving him to treat his condition.
Attorney: Cheshire suspect tried overdosing (New Haven Register)
NEW HAVEN — The attorney for Steven J. Hayes said today that his client took an overdose of nine to 10 times his daily dose of medication while in prison, leading to the medical emergency that has delayed jury selection in the Cheshire triple slaying case.
Army lawyer fumbles with names in Sukna land scam (Press Trust of India)
New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) The army's counsel and senior lawyer Indira Jaisingh today faced a strong remark from a court as she fumbled twice with names of individuals as she appeared before the Armed Forces Tribunal in connection with the Sukna land scam case in Darjeeling.
Attorney: Savio said if she died, Drew did it (Chicago Tribune)
An attorney who represented Drew Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, testified this morning that if she died, "you need to let people know that Drew did it." Attorney Harry C. Smith, who later represented Stacy Peterson, also testified that Peterson's fourth wife told him that "Drew was pissed at her" because he thought that Stacy had told Peterson's stepbrother "that he (Peterson) killed ...
PRESS RELEASE: Markstone Capital Reaches Resolution with New York Attorney General (Fox News)
PRESS RELEASE: Markstone Capital Reaches Resolution with New York Attorney General
Accused Stein killer: 'Give me a new lawyer' (New York Post)
The Realtor to the Stars trial was thrown into turmoil two weeks into testimony this morning when accused bludgeoner Natavia Lowery demanded a new lawyer -- the third since her murder arraignment. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers quickly denied the request, averting a potentially lengthy delay or even a...
Lawyer denies Arroyo holdover (Sun Star)
ELECTION lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday dismissed fears of having a disrupted election due to brownouts that would pave the way for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stay in power. read more
District attorney finds fatal officer-involved shooting in Highland legally justified (Highland Community News)
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the officer-involved death of Shawn Fox, 24, by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Richardson and Arturo Alvarado on Dec. 8, 2008. The District Attorney’s Office stated that, in reviewing the case, the use of deadly force on Decedent Fox was legally justified by both officers to defend themselves and ...