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Attorney General Abbott Observes National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (High Plains Observer)
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today warned Texas teens and parents about the dangers of sexting.
N.J. Attorney General nominee Paula Dow faces confirmation hearings (The Star-Ledger)
Matt Rainey/The Star-LedgerN.J. Attorney General nominee Paula Dow in a December photo in Newark. (Matt Rainey/The Star-Ledger) TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie's nominee for attorney general, former Essex County prosecutor Paula Dow, will face the Senate Judiciary Committee for the...
Lawyer: Pitt and Jolie sue over split claim (USA Today)
Celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have begun legal action against a British tabloid that reported they were going to split, a lawyer acting on their behalf confirmed Monday.
In Haiti, Americans' attorney says they had papers (AP via Yahoo! News)
The new attorney for 10 Americans charged with child kidnapping in Haiti says the group had authorization to take the children.
Americans jailed in Haiti had Dominican OK, lawyer says (CNN)
A group of Americans accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children had authorization from neighboring Dominican Republic to bring the kids across the border, a lawyer for the group said Monday.
Lawyer: Pitt and Jolie sue over split claim (AP via Yahoo! News)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have begun legal action against a British tabloid that reported the celebrity couple was going to split, a lawyer acting on their behalf confirmed Monday.
Lawyer: Wife mulled extorting Ill. murder suspect (AP via Yahoo! News)
Days before a former suburban Chicago police officer's fourth wife vanished in 2007, she told a divorce attorney that her husband thought she suspected he had killed his previous wife and suggested extorting money from him to keep quiet, the lawyer testified Monday.
Attorney: Brooke Wants Case Dismissed Against Charlie Sheen (Fox News)
The couple hugged in court, and Brooke Mueller Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, said they hugged again and kissed in the basement of the 19th century Pitkin County Courthouse after the brief hearing before leaving in separate vehicles. 
Attorney: Stacy Peterson asked about extorting money from husband (Chicago Tribune)
Shortly before she vanished in October 2007, Stacy Peterson told a divorce attorney that she thought her husband was mad at her because he believed she told his son he had killed his ex-wife, the attorney testified Monday.
China quake activist jailed for subversion: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Chinese activist who was investigating whether shoddy construction caused school collapses in the massive 2008 Sichuan earthquake was jailed Tuesday for five years for subversion, his lawyer said.
Saudi Arabia: Rights Group Hires Lawyer in Child-Marriage Case (New York Times)
The state human rights body has hired a lawyer to review the case of a girl whose mother sought her divorce from an 80-year-old man.
Lawyer in China mob trial sentenced (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for an alleged mob boss in southwest China was given a reduced 1.5-year prison term Tuesday during his appeal on charges that he helped his client falsely claim torture by police during interrogation, the court said.
Lawyer in China mob trial gets 1 1/2 years on appeal (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for an alleged mob boss in southwest China was given a reduced 1 1/2-year prison term Tuesday during his appeal on charges that he helped his client falsely claim torture by police during interrogation, the court said.
Former Ballwin prosecuting attorney pleads guilty of possessing child porn (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
ST. LOUIS - - A former prosecuting attorney for Ballwin has pleaded guilty in federal court of possessing child pornography on his computer. George Richard Fox, 67, entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court downtown, according to court records.
Attorney: Stacy Peterson talked extortion (UPI)
JOLIET, Ill., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Stacy Peterson discussed extorting money from her husband and suspected killer, retired Illinois police officer Drew Peterson, an attorney says.
Casey Anthony's attorney is "rat," "jerk" according to juror surveys (The Palm Beach Post)
Casey Anthony's attorney is "rat," "jerk" according to juror surveys
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff accused of misusing PAC (Deseret News)
An ethics initiative sponsor says Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has violated the state's election laws and is...
Haiti attorney: Idaho Baptists had necessary documents to remove children (NorthWest Cable News)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti  — The new lawyer for 10 American Baptists charged with child kidnapping said Monday he believes they had paperwork to take 33 children out of the country after Haiti's devastating earthquake. Attorney Aviol Fleurant's remarks came as investigators questioned the Baptist group's leader, Laura Silsby, who insisted she is innocent of any wrongdoing. "I am trusting in God to ...
Local lawyer appointed federal bankruptcy judge (Belleville News-Democrat)
Laura Grandy, a lawyer with Mathis, Marifian, Richter & Grandy Ltd. of Belleville, has been appointed chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Illinois.
RI lawyer again running for lieutenant governor (Boston Globe)
A Rhode Island lawyer seeking to become lieutenant governor says he's running for office again -- and has an unusual plan for the position.
Internet safety for children will be discussed by U.S. attorney (Belleville News-Democrat)
Local Interagency Councils 5 and 31 will host U.S. Attorney A. Courtney Cox to talk about Internet safety for children.
Suspect's attorney: middle school shooting was gang related (FOX 6 News Birmingham)
MADISON, AL (WBRC) - An attorney for the man accused of shooting a north Alabama middle schooler to death is saying the incident was gang related. 14-year-old Todd Brown was shot Friday afternoon at Discovery Middle School in Madison. He later died.
Myanmar court jails US man for three years: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Myanmar court on Wednesday sentenced a US citizen to three years in prison for fraud and forgery, his lawyer told AFP, despite calls by 50 US lawmakers for his release.
ST. LOUIS: Attorney pleads guilty of possessing child porn (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
ST. LOUIS -- A former prosecuting attorney for Ballwin has pleaded guilty in federal court of possessing child pornography on his computer. George Richard "Dick" Fox, 67, entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, according to court records.
Egypt says Brotherhood members planned attacks: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Egyptian authorities have accused detained senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's biggest opposition group, of trying to set up training camps for staging attacks, the group's lawyer said on Wednesday.
Haitians surrendered kids, Americans' attorney says (The Toledo Blade)
ASSOCIATED PRESS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Parents of some of the children whom 10 U.S. missionaries tried to take out of Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake told a judge yesterday that they freely handed over their children, the Americans' lawyer said. The parents' testimony means no law was broken and "we can't talk any more about trafficking of human beings," attorney Aviol Fleurant told ...
Minnesota Attorney General alleges health company deceit (Pioneer Press)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is taking up lawsuits against two health coverage companies she alleges dealt dishonestly with customers.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Toyota Lawyer Tells ABC News Automaker Hides Safety Problems (ABC News)
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a former top lawyer for Toyota claims the automaker regularly hid evidence of safety defects from consumers and regulators, and fostered a culture of "hypocrisy and deceit."
Demjanjuk's lawyer questions evidence (USA Today)
John Demjanjuk's defense lawyer is questioning the validity of evidence presented by a top German investigator, including an identity card that allegedly shows his client was a death camp guard at Sobibor.
RHE attorney's killer still at large (Daily Breeze)
WANTED: Rolling Hills Estates. Detectives continue to seek the public's help as they try to solve the slaying of attorney Jeffrey Tidus.
Memphis lawyer’s 22-year prison sentence affirmed (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
A Memphis lawyer serving a 22-year state prison sentence for stealing more than $1.5 million from his firm and clients got little sympathy from an appeals court today.The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the sentence for 62-year-old John Houser Parker who admitted the systematic thefts, but contended his sentence was too harsh.Parker admitted to stealing more than $1.5 million from ...
Nigerian attorney general out in cabinet shuffle (AP via Yahoo! News)
Nigeria's attorney general has been given a lower-profile cabinet position after the vice president took power as the nation's leader.
Van Buren's City Attorney Begins 90-Day Suspension (KHBS - KHOG Fort Smith - Fayetteville)
Van Buren's elected city attorney has started serving a 90-day law license suspension.
Lawyer files application to have sex charges stayed due to lengthy delays (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
HALIFAX, N.S. - A lawyer has filed an application for a stay of 36 sex-related charges against a former Nova Scotia businessman.
Nigerian attorney general out in cabinet shuffle (San Francisco Chronicle)
Nigeria's attorney general has been given a lower-profile cabinet position after the vice president took power as the nation's leader. Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa had argued in court that ill president Umaru Yar'Adua could serve as Nigeria's leader... Nigeria - Michael Aondoakaa - Umaru Yar'Adua - Africa - Attorney general
Interim U.S. attorney for Houston region named (Houston Chronicle)
The federal judges in the Southern District of Texas voted this week to make Moreno the replacement for U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson, who leaves at the end of the week.
Reno Lawyer Drops Out of Senate Race (KLAS Las Vegas)
Reno lawyer Chuck Kozak is bowing out of the Republican U.S. Senate race, and says he'll run for the state Legislature instead.
Ampatuan lawyer faces contempt rap (Sun Star)
MANILA -- The prosecution panel in the multiple murder case filed against the Ampatuans in connection with Maguindanao massacre asked a local court Wednesday to cite a lawyer of the accused for contempt. 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 ...
Attorney General Sues 2 Health Discount Firms (WCCO Minneapolis - St. Paul)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing two Texas health discount companies, alleging that they persuaded thousands of Minnesotans to buy what they thought was health insurance, but wasn't.
Lawyer: man who killed Iranian PM may be freed (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer says the man convicted of assassinating former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar in France in 1991 could be freed soon and expelled to Iran.
Secretary Accused of Stealing Nearly $900,000 From Chicago Lawyer (Law.com)
A former law firm secretary is fighting federal bank fraud charges after a partner at a Chicago litigation boutique claimed she stole almost $900,000 from his personal account over 18 months. According to prosecution court filings, a Chicago lawyer, identified as "individual A," alleges that secretary Crystal Sangiacomo wrote more than 20 checks worth $882,226 from his Fidelity Investments ...
Lawyer: man who killed Iranian PM may be freed (AP via Yahoo! News)
Judges indicated on Wednesday that they are in favor of freeing a man convicted of assassinating former Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar outside Paris in 1991, the prisoner's lawyer said.
SoCal sports lawyer Mark Rosenthal dies at 61 (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Mark Rosenthal, a sports lawyer who represented the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Angels, the Atlanta Braves, the Texas Rangers and other sports teams in arbitration, has died. He was 61. His Los Angeles law firm partner, Marc Marmaro, says Rosenthal died of cancer at a Burbank hospital on Feb. 3. Rosenthal worked with the firm of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler and Marmaro for 24 years and chaired its ...
Lawyer: No ruling issued on jailed missionaries (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer representing one of the 10 U.S. missionaries jailed in Haiti for trying to take a busload of children out of the country says the judge has not yet issued a decision on whether they should go to trial.
Hiring process for new township attorney questioned (The Record and Herald News)
Amidst controversy, a new township attorney was chosen during Monday night's township council roundtable, though the mayor says he will again take out his red pen and veto the decision.
Former Gig Harbor attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud (Tacoma News Tribune)
A former Gig Harbor attorney, disbarred in 2006, pleaded guilty to mail fraud Wednesday in federal court.
N.J. union challenges naming Orange building after attorney general nominee Dow (The Star-Ledger)
Amanda Brown/The Star-LedgerPaula Dow, the nominee for New Jersey Attorney General, speaks in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearings in the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday. ORANGE -- Paula Dow’s ascension to the job as New...
Warren attorney James Ventantonio of Bridgewater named Somerset County Business Partnership's Outstanding Citizen (MyCentralJersey.com)
BRIDGEWATER — Warren attorney James Ventantonio says Somerset County has a wonderful quality of life, and he is working to keep it that way.
Ex-Toyota lawyer points to electronic throttle control (USA Today)
A former in-house lawyer for Toyota alleged that the automaker's unintended acceleration issues are caused by electronics snafus in cars.