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Lawyer sees ruling on jailed missionaries Thursday (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Haitian judge deciding whether 10 U.S. missionaries should face trial for attempting to take a busload of children out of the country is probably ready to make his ruling, a defense lawyer said.
Onondaga County District Attorney examines Camillus brawl (The Post-Standard)
Dick Blume / The Post-Standard First Chief Assistant District Attorney Rick Trunfio says his office is working with the Camillus Police to determine what happened during a brawl at a Camillus youth basketball game.
Lawyer of Mumbai attack co-accused shot dead (Reuters via Yahoo!Xtra News)
MUMBAI (Reuters) - A lawyer for an Indian accused of being a member of a Pakistan-based militant group and conducting reconnaissance of Mumbai landmarks before the 2008 attacks, was shot dead Thursday, a senior police official said.
Mumbai terror attack lawyer shot dead (USA Today)
Police and a colleague say the lawyer for one of the suspects in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack was shot dead Thursday.
Mumbai terror attack lawyer shot dead (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for one of the suspects in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack was shot dead Thursday, police and a colleague said.
Shepardson case being reviewed by state attorney general’s office (The Moab Times-Independent)
The Utah Attorney General’s Office has agreed to review the case surrounding the death of Shannon Shepardson, a Moab woman who died in November 2008, about two weeks after being found unconscious outside her former boyfriend’s Spanish Valley home.
Toyota brake problems prompt attorney to re-examine old death case (KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
The attorney for a man imprisoned after a fatal car crash says he'll seek to have the man's Toyota re-examined in light of automaker's
Mumbai attack defence lawyer shot (BBC News)
A lawyer for a man accused of involvement in the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008 is shot dead, Indian police say.
Libya appeal cuts jail term of Swiss businessman: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Libyan appeal court reduced the 16-month jail sentence of a Swiss businessman for overstaying his visa to four months on Thursday, his lawyer Salah Zalaf said.
Mumbai attacks defence lawyer shot dead: police (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer representing one of three men accused of involvement in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks has been shot dead, police said Thursday.
Fort Myers attorney wakes to intruder in her bed (Naples Daily News)
A Fort Myers attorney was awakened early today by intruder rubbing her.Allison David, 50, a former assistant state attorney, told Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies that she was asleep about 1:30 a.m. in her South Fort Myers home when she felt someone touching her. At first she thought it was her daughter, but when she turned, she saw a man in bed with her.David said she yelled: “what the ...
Attorney seeks resolution in Rehkamp case (Perry County Times)
The attorney for a former Perry County president judge accused of assaulting his wife hopes to resolve the case before a Feb. 16 preliminary hearing. Even if a resolution is reached between Senior Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp, 61, of Plymouth, Pa. and his wife, Valerie, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s office still could pursue the case. “If [...]
La. lawyer in talks to resolve Landrieu caper case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for one of the four conservative activists charged with trying to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's office phones says he has met with federal prosecutors in an effort to resolve the case.
Mumbai attack suspect's lawyer shot dead (CNN)
Gunmen shot dead a lawyer representing a man accused of helping the Mumbai, India, attackers who killed 164 people in November 2008, an official said Thursday.
Lawyer in Mumbai attack case gunned down (UPI)
MUMBAI, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Gunmen in India Thursday shot and killed the lawyer defending one of the accused in the Nov. 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks, local authorities said.
Defense Attorney in Fatal Crash Case Wants Toyota Vehicle Re-Examined (Law.com)
The attorney for a man imprisoned after a fatal car crash says he'll seek to have the man's Toyota re-examined in light of the automaker's recent recall over accelerator issues. Koua Fong Lee is serving eight years in prison for a high-speed crash in Minneapolis that killed three people in 2006. The earliest model involved in the recent Toyota recalls is from 2005.
Birotte Confirmed by Senate as U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles (Bloomberg)
Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Andre Birotte Jr. as the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, Senator Dianne Feinstein said.
Food workers union withdraws endorsement of its former attorney's campaign (Denver Post)
The executive board of one of Colorado's most powerful labor unions has withdrawn its endorsement of the union's former attorney, who is running for the state House of Representatives.
Fake lawyer gets four-year prison term for swindling inmates, others (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
ST. LOUIS — A man who pretended to be a lawyer while tricking prison inmates and their families out of thousands of dollars — and fouling up some of their appeals — was sentenced Thursday to four years in federal prison.
High Court: Federal Way attorney should be disbarred (Tacoma News Tribune)
The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Federal Way attorney Stephen D. Cramer should be disbarred for “dishonest, illegal and deceitful” conduct related to his attempt to avoid paying state taxes.
War crimes court rejects Karadzic appeal on lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The U.N. Yugoslavia tribunal has rejected an appeal by war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic to rid himself of a court-appointed lawyer.
Attorney position stays full-time (The Algona Upper Des Moines)
ALGONA—The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors made the decision to retain the Kossuth County Attorney position at full-time in a 3-2 vote at Tuesday, Feb. 9’s meeting.
War crimes court rejects Karadzic appeal on lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal rejected former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's appeal against the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer on Friday, saying that his legal rights were still being met.
Nassau DA Kathleen Rice, eyeing race for attorney general, plans upstate New York tour (Staten Island Advance)
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice appears to be moving closer to running for attorney general. The prosecutor is on a five-day "listening tour" of upstate New York. She'll be at the annual conference of the...
Attorney for kennel owner seeks change of venue (Tri-City Herald)
A defense attorney for a Kennewick breeder accused of keeping her American Eskimo dogs in deplorable
Dexter attorney to challenge AG Miller (The Gazette)
Dexter attorney Brenna Findley has announced she will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. “Iowa needs an attorney general who is a strong advocate for Iowa’s economy and understands what it takes to create private sector jobs in every community and in every county,” Findley said. “My background and experience have [...]
Attorney Acquitted on Domestic Violence Charges (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
A jury has found Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney Richard A. Widom not guilty of domestic violence charges against his soon-to-be-ex-wife Lisa Kerner, a lawyer at his former firm.
Judge reverses part of Madison Co. lawyer's blackmail sentence (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A federal appeals judge has reversed part of a former Madison County lawyer's prison sentence for blackmailing his ex-wife with nude photos of her then-underage sister.
Tri-City lawyer admits chat room sex crime (Seattle Times)
A Tri-City lawyer is behind bars for telling a state trooper who was posing as a 13-year-old girl in an online chat room that he wanted to make sex videos with her.
Attorney general announces Coutrywide settlement (Great Falls Tribune)
HELENA — The state attorney general says a settlement with Countrywide Financial will help some consumers who lost their home to foreclosure.
The Life of a Death Penalty Lawyer (New York Times)
David R. Dow is a Houston lawyer. His dark, raw memoir exposes death-penalty machinery that can’t be mediated by truth, logic or fact.
Obama May Consider Appointing Union Lawyer Becker, Aide Says (Bloomberg)
Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama would consider appointing union lawyer Craig Becker to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board without Senate approval if “stalling tactics continue” in Congress, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
Attorney charged in mortgage fraud scam (Chicago Tribune)
A longtime criminal-defense lawyer has been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme in federal court in Chicago . The indictment charged that attorney Chuck Murphy helped buy dilapidated homes in economically depressed areas that were quickly resold at inflated prices. Murphy, who has practiced law in Illinois since 1974, was added Wednesday to an indictment that was originally brought in 2007 ...
Attorney: Logan Co. Jail inmate denied permission to wed (The State Journal-Register)
LINCOLN — The attorney for a heavily tattooed man jailed on charges that he shot at Lincoln police officers is complaining that his client has been denied permission to marry while he is an inmate at the Logan County Jail.
Attorney believes free speech was restricted at Azusa planning commission meeting (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
AZUSA - A free speech attorney said Friday he believes the denial of a PowerPoint presentation at a public hearing Wednesday was "constitutionally suspect.
Phony lawyer sentenced to 4 years in prison (The Springfield News-Leader)
St. Louis -- A man who pretended to be a lawyer and swindled clients out of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.
Sentence of Metro East lawyer in porn case probably will be reduced (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal appeals court has reversed part of a former Madison County lawyer's prison sentence for blackmailing his ex-wife with nude photos of her underage sister.
Former city attorney loses his law license after malfeasance conviction (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday permanently disbarred a former New Orleans assistant city attorney for offering to fix traffic tickets for cash in 2001. Darryl Jackson, 48, was convicted of malfeasance in office in 2006 for accepting $500 to...
Council approves two-year contract with city attorney (Hibbing Daily Tribune)
CHISHOLM — The Chisholm City Council unanimously approved a two-year contract with Lou Cianni for city attorney on Tuesday. Cianni was reappointed by the council at its reorganizational meeting in January, with the details of the agreement to be negotiated.
Lawyer for World Trade Center rescue workers admits to mistakes on some claims (The Star-Ledger)
Noah K. Murray/The Star-LedgerRescue workers stare at debris that was once the World Trade Center on Sept. 12, 2001.NEW YORK — The lead lawyer for thousands of Sept. 11 rescue and recovery workers has acknowledged that in preparing some claims,...
Arrest made in 2008 murder of attorney (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- Local officials make an arrest in the 2008 murder of an attorney in Butler County. On Friday, February 12, The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested 32-year-old Calving McKelton for the murder of Margaret "Missy" Allen.
Prosecutor new US attorney in Houston, South Texas (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
HOUSTON (AP) -- A new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas has been appointed.Officials announced Friday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno was selected for the job by the federal judges of the Southern District, which covers ...
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.
Attorney position stays full-time (The Algona Upper Des Moines)
ALGONA—The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors made the decision to retain the Kossuth County Attorney position at full-time in a 3-2 vote at Tuesday, Feb. 9’s meeting.
Prominent lawyer indicted in mortgage fraud scheme (Chicago Sun-Times)
A prominent Chicago lawyer was involved in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme, according to a new federal indictment.Charles Murphy, 63, and his co-defendants are accused of buying dilapidated homes to flip for fraudulently inflated prices.They allegedly sold more than 50 homes between 2002 and 2004 and raked in more than $4.2 million in mortgage proceeds from more than $11 million in ...
Suspect in attorney's murder jailed (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A man accused of killing a local defense attorney remains behind bars at the Butler County jail without bond Saturday.
Lawyer misconduct rises with foreclosure record (AP via Yahoo! News)
Warren Jacobs was desperate when he received a "robo-call" promising to help him stave off foreclosure of his home near Dallas.
Obama names White House lawyer Rashad Hussain as envoy to group representing Islamic nations (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has named a White House lawyer to be his special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The OIC represents more than 50 Islamic states and promotes Muslim solidarity in social and political affairs.
Claims vs Dubai World expected soon - lawyer in paper (Reuters via Yahoo! Philippines News)
DUBAI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Some creditors to Dubai World [DBWLD.UL ] are expected to file claims against the indebted state-owned conglomerate in the near future, a Dubai-based lawyer was quoted as saying on Sunday.
White House lawyer to be Muslim envoy; wet winter deadly for illegal immigrants (Austin American-Statesman)
White House lawyer to be Muslim envoy; wet winter deadly for illegal immigrants