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Lawyer charged with bilking suburb of $1 million (Chicago Tribune)
Former Greenberg Traurig partner grew up in victimized village Lawyer Mark J. McCombs was a native of south suburban Calumet Park who had made good, rising to partner at a major law firm and having a street named for him in the tiny village.
Virginia attorney general to colleges: End gay protections (Washington Post)
RICHMOND -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has urged the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, arguing in a letter sent to each school that their boards of visitors had no legal authority to adopt such...
D.C. Council hires lawyer Robert P. Trout to probe recreation contracts (Washington Post)
In an escalation of its investigation into million-dollar city contracts awarded to firms with ties to the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, the D.C. Council has appointed well-known defense lawyer Robert P. Trout to further probe the contracts.
Riddle names new attorney (Detroit News)
Detroit -- Political consultant Sam Riddle announced late Friday that his new attorney is Mark Mandell of Northville, a former prosecuting attorney.
Lacson's lawyer says Aquino will never turn state witness (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines – Fugitive Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson’s lawyer believes that former police officer Michael Ray Aquino, ordered extradited by a US court, will not turn against his client.
Calumet Park attorney accused of theft from village (SouthtownStar)
A longtime municipal attorney is alleged to have stolen at least $1 million - and perhaps as much as $3 million - from the village of Calumet Park, where he grew up, according to prosecutors and others familiar with the matter. Mark J. McCombs, of Chicago, worked for nine years as the village's special counsel for development and is accused of a fraudulent billing scheme meant to bolster his ...
It would cost $44,000 to bring convicted killer to testify: lawyer (Vancouver Sun)
Jamie Bacon's lawyer says he has been told it would cost $44,000 to bring convicted killer Dennis Karbovanec to Surrey to testify in a gun trial.
Home invader has changed, lawyer tells court (St. Catharines Standard)
While Jesse May committed a serious home invasion, he has turned his life around, his lawyer says. May has shown exemplary behaviour during house arrest with family friends at a trailer park, John Lefurgey said at a sentence hearing for May Friday at Ontario Superior Court in St.[...]
Va. Attorney General: Colleges Can't Ban Gay Discrimination (Fox News)
Virginia's attorney general is advising the state's public colleges to rescind policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Lawyer: Leak of sex claims against Italian official is 'shameful' (CNN)
Reports that an Italian government official accused of financial corruption allegedly used a Vatican choir singer to arrange gay liaisons for him are "shameful," the official's lawyer told CNN Saturday.
Virginia's Attorney General: Colleges can't ban gay discrimination (Deseret News)
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia's attorney general is advising the state's public colleges to rescind policies that prohibit...
Defense attorney asks judge to drop Lafayette case against Spork the dog (Colorado Daily)
LAFAYETTE -- The criminal case against a 10-year-old miniature Dachshund that bit a Lafayette veterinarian technician should be dismissed because the city's vicious animal ordinance is flawed and state law should prevail, a defense attorney argued Friday.
NJ murder-suicide involved model Carina Schlesinger, lawyer Daniel Cresci (Daily Record)
HOLMDEL — Daniel Cresci was a pilot, a lawyer and an aspiring restaurateur. The 29-year-old's life was cut short by his girlfriend's bullet, police believe.
Virginia Attorney General: Colleges can't protect gays (Boston Herald)
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's attorney general has advised the state's public colleges to rescind policies...
Opinion: City attorney must be paid (Press Argus-Courier)
The City of Van Buren must continue to pay City Attorney N. Donald Jenkins Jr. while his law license is suspended and he is unable to perform his duties for the city, according to an Arkansas attorney general's opinion.
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.
Lawyer: New testimony in Knox murder case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A convict has offered new testimony in the murder case of American student Amanda Knox, according to the lawyer for Knox's former boyfriend.
Dayton attorney highest-paid in Ohio for court appointments (Dayton Daily News)
DAYTON — Attorney Ben Swift billed area courts for indigent defense work an average of nine hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days straight.Raking in $142,945 in appointed counsel fees between March 2008 and February 2009, Swift ranks No. 1 in the state for representing people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer on their own, according to billing records kept by the Ohio Public Defender’s ...
U.S. attorney names fraud coordinators (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The man who prosecuted Edward Hugh Okun here last year for a $132 million scam has been named the corporate and securities fraud coordinator in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia. U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride on Friday appointed Michael Dry, an assistant U.S. attorney, to the post. Dry will remain in Richmond and be responsible for coordinating corporate-fraud ...
When it comes to helping world's poor kids, ex-lawyer on the case (Houston Chronicle)
Education advocate Julie Bolz left a career as a lawyer in 1998 to focus on bringing educational opportunities to poor and impoverished regions of the world.
Lawyer slams AFP attempt to isolate another health worker (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
A lawyer of the 43 detained health workers accused of being members of the communist New People’s Army expressed alarm about reports that the military custodians were trying to isolate another detainee from the group.
Bre-X lawyer prosecuted for 'incivility' (MalaysiaNews.net)
The "civility prosecution" against Joseph Groia by the body that regulates lawyers in Ontario is based on a flawed and unfair investigation, his lawyer argued yesterday. The disciplinary charges agai...
Colleges can't ban gay discrimination, Virginia's attorney general says (Los Angeles Times)
Virginia's attorney general is advising the state's public colleges to rescind policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Jimmy Choo chooses Sarawak-born lawyer for legal advice (AsiaOne)
LONDON: World-renowned shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo has picked Sarawak-born lawyer Lucy Chuo to help him in his business and personal work. Choo, who has been in the couture business for 21 years, said it was the first time he had engaged a fellow Malaysian to advise him on all legal matters.
Attorney seeks changes (Williston Herald)
An area attorney spoke during a recent interim legislative committee meeting on civil commitment cases in the state, saying changes need to be made to ensure theyâre handled adequately.
Pak likely to appoint Brit lawyer to represent it in water dispute with India (Calcutta News)
The Pakistan government is likely to appoint a British lawyer to argue its case concerning the river water distribution issues with India at international forums.
DETROIT: Former city attorney has seven days to return city's files (The News-Herald)
DETROIT — A former Taylor city attorney has seven days to return city files.
Erie lawyer to be sentenced in fraud case (Erie Times-News)
Disbarred Erie lawyer J. Gregory Moore goes before a federal judge Monday to be sentenced for stealing about $200,000 from estates in his care. He'll present a stack of letters from community leaders who believe health problems led Moore to mismanage his accounts.
Polansky's lawyer: Correct 'travesty of justice' or he will sue (Connecticut Post)
MILFORD -- The lawyer for suspended Superintendent of Schools Harvey Polansky warned the attorney for the school board that unless the board corrects its "travesty of justice" Polansky will sue.
Attorney general to address seniors on scams (The Springfield News-Leader)
Attorney General Chris Koster will be in Springfield at the South Side Senior Center at noon Tuesday to talk to seniors about the types of frauds and scams being perpetrated in Missouri, a news release from his office said.
Cancel power plant’s ECC, lawyer appeals to DENR (Sun Star)
A LAWYER yesterday urged a government agency to cancel the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) of Salcon Power Corp. read more
Virginia Attorney General to Colleges: Stop Protecting Gay People (The Advocate)
Virginia’s Attorney General has issued an order to the state’s colleges to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, saying the schools don’t have the authority to adopt such statements.
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.
Close’s Ruthless Lawyer Hunts for Madoff Money in ‘Damages’: TV (Bloomberg)
March 8 (Bloomberg) -- Patty Hewes, the Machiavellian lawyer played by Glenn Close on FX’s addictive “ Damages ,” loves to go after the rich and powerful.
Vietnam human rights lawyer freed after serving 3 years in prison (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
HANOI, Vietnam - A Vietnamese human rights lawyer has been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for spreading propaganda against the state.
Lawyer seeks bail for Seh Daeng (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
Uthai Sanaeha, lawyer representing army specialist Khattiya Sawasdipol, better known as Seh Daeng, filed a bail request for Seh Daeng and his seven aides on Monday.
5 questions to ask a real estate attorney (Bankrate.com via Yahoo! Finance)
You may need a real estate attorney to close a home purchase. Use this guide to find the right one.
Lawyer: Day Care Not Involved In Allegations (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A lawyer representing A+ Just For Kids Academy in Mandarin gave First Coast News a copy of a letter given to parents. The day care's owner, David Hart, was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12 to 16 years old, sexual battery and assault.
Vietnam releases human rights lawyer from prison (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Vietnamese human rights lawyer has been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for advocating for a multiparty government in Internet posts.
Lawyer: Open torture case to public (UPI)
LONDON, March 8 (UPI) -- A British civil case involving allegations of torture at Guantanamo Bay should be open to the public, a lawyer for a former detainee said.
Local lawyer admits tax fraud (The Post-Standard)
Syracuse, NY - A well-known local lawyer today admitted to failing to file a tax return last year in a plea deal to resolve unrelated grand larceny and identity theft charges.
New Yorkers want Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to stay out of Gov. Paterson probe: poll (New York Daily News)
An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers say Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should steer clear of a probe of Gov. Paterson, according to a new poll.
Hanoi frees rights lawyer after three-year sentence (Taipei Times)
A Vietnamese human rights lawyer has been released after serving a three-year jail sentence for spreading propaganda against the state.
The lawyer who defends animals (Taipei Times)
Are fish sentient beings? Can invertebrates suffer pain? These are the questions that regularly exercise the world’s top animal lawyer, Antoine Goetschel
Cox endorses Schuette for Michigan attorney general (Detroit News)
Lansing -- Former appeals court Judge Bill Schuette won an endorsement for attorney general today from current office holder and Republican candidate for governor Mike Cox.
Attorney watchdog board censures Knoxville lawyer (WVLT-TV Knoxville)
The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility publicly censured Knoxville attorney James A.H. Bell Thursday, after Bell self-reported a criminal contempt ruling handed down against him, according to a BPR news release.
Erie lawyer sentenced to 21 months in fraud case (Updated: 12:10 p.m.) (Erie Times-News)
Disbarred Erie lawyer J. Gregory Moore was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison this morning for stealing about $200,000 from estates in his care.
Attorney General looking into how Island Lake discussed chief move (Daily Herald)
The Illinois attorney general's office is investigating if Island Lake officials are improperly withholding documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act by the Daily Herald.
First black district attorney found dead (The Advocate)
Published: Mar 8, 2010 - UPDATED: 11:55 a.m. The first black person elected to the office of district attorney in Louisiana was found dead, apparently of natural causes, Sunday night, an East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s official said.
Floyd County attorney conviction record questioned (The Globe Gazette)
Second in a series CHARLES CITY — Floyd County Attorney Jesse Marzen has never earned a conviction as charged in a criminal case that got as far as seating a jury, according to public documents.