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I-Team: Attorney Claims Officer At Dentist During Shift
A local defense attorney is accusing two New Orleans police officers of falsifying documents and lying in connection with the arrest of her client -- offering documentation that shows one of the officers was at the dentist's office when he should have been on the job.
Attorney General's Office acknowledges error in baby's death
By John Barry, Times Staff Writer Thursday, June 2, 2011 TAMPA — The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi admitted Thursday it erred in blocking the removal of a year-old baby from his Tampa home before the boy was beaten to death last month. In a review of how numerous child protection officials failed to prevent Ezekiel Mathis' death, Bondi's office said it applied the law too narrowly ...
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE LAUNCHES CYBER CRIMES UNIT
LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced at a news conference today that the Attorney General's Office has launched a new Cyber Crimes Unit that will target child pornographers and sexual predators on the Internet. The Cyber Crimes Unit of the office's Special Investigations Division will investigate Internet crimes against children statewide and pursue criminal convictions as ...
Bauer leaving as top White House lawyer; deputy Ruemmler taking over as White House counsel
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top lawyer at the White House, Bob Bauer, is quitting to return to his political law practice and represent Obama as his personal attorney and counsel to his re-election campaign. Bauer will be replaced by his top deputy, Kathy Ruemmler, a former assistant U.S. attorney best known as a lead prosecutor in the Enron financial fraud case. At 40, Ruemmler will ...
Attorney General Announces New KBI Director
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced the appointment of Kirk Thompson of Topeka to serve as director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Attorney: groups sue over Georgia immigration law
Civil liberties groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a Georgia law that cracks down on illegal immigration, saying it violates state and federal law.
Attorney: New Orleans police officer at dentist during alleged drug bust
The police report is clear: Officers Joshua Hunt and Samuel Birks were together on foot patrol at the Jackson Landing apartments in Algiers when they made a drug arrest in January.   Alvin Bean But records dug up by defendant...
Negasi lawyer calls no evidence
The defence lawyer in the Tesfai Negasi murder trial rested his case Thursday without calling any evidence.
Attorney disbarred for ‘serious misconduct’
One lawyer was disbarred and three others were disciplined for acts of misconduct, according to the state’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.Zion attorney Susan Castagnoli was disbarred for “engaging in serious misconduct,” ARDC said. “(Castagnoli) exerted undue influence over clients, charged excessive fees without authorization from the bankruptcy court,” ARDC said.She was ...
Friend: Slain attorney represented AZ shooter's ex
An attorney says one of five people killed by a gunman Thursday in southwestern Arizona represented the suspected shooter's ex-wife in their divorce case.
County attorney Renee Lee fired
Hillsborough County attorney Renee Lee has been fired, and it's going to cost taxpayers about $150,000.  Her firing came after weeks of reports that Lee had a lunch with former County Commissioner Kevin White.
Goldman Sachs subpoenaed by Manhattan district attorney
New York prosecutors have asked Goldman Sachs to explain its behavior in the run-up to the financial crisis, the latest investigation that has cast a pall over the reputation of the largest U.S. investment bank.
Vancouver lawyer scores win in mandatory retirement fight
B.C. Supreme Court agrees with human-rights tribunal that law firm’s partners are employees
Pryor's lawyer questioning SI story's facts
The lawyer for Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has questioned the facts in a Sports Illustrated special report on the Buckeyes' NCAA problems, saying the story is "90-percent wrong."
No lawyer appears for accused
No defence lawyer appeared for the accused in Sweety murder case on Wednesday, who were produced in a local court.
Obama's chief lawyer leaving for campaign
President Obama's chief lawyer will leave at the end of June and return to private practice, where he once again will represent the president's election team and the Democratic National Committee, the White House announced Thursday. Robert Bauer is the latest top official returning to the campaign trail. He has ...
LAWRENCE: Council appoints its new attorney
Township Council approved Michael W. Herbert to become the municipal attorney by a 3-2 vote at a special meeting Tuesday night. He replaces former Municipal Attorney Kevin Nerwinski, who was elevated by the council to become the Municipal Court judge.
Lawyer insists war crimes accused Ratko Mladic has cancer
Ratko Mladic's lawyer says he has a document proving the war crimes suspect has been battling cancer and that he was treated at a Serbian hospital in 2009. Related Stories Japan open for business, says Cable Zuckerberg attacks 'fake' contract New lethal strain of E.coli spreads fear over Europe Baby-selling clinic raided by police Performing elephant dies at 59
Talib attorney will ask for a quick trial
The attorney for indicted Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib hopes to meet with Dallas County prosecutors Friday and said he plans to ask for a quick trial date. A grand jury last Friday returned indictments on Talib and his mother, Okolo, for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting March 21 in Garland, Texas.  The second degree felony carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years ...
Lawyer: Time to end witch-hunt vs Hubert Webb
Hubert Webb's lawyer on Friday urged the Justice dep't to issue a statement proclaiming the innocence of his client in the Vizconde case. Atty. Demetrio Custodio said the DOJ's findings that Webb's passport is authentic and untampered proves that he was out of the country at the time of the killings.
Florida attorney general acknowledges errors in Tampa baby's death
By John Barry, Times Staff Writer Thursday, June 2, 2011 TAMPA — The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi admitted Thursday it erred in blocking the removal of a year-old baby from his Tampa home before the boy was beaten to death last month. In a review of how numerous child protection officials failed to prevent Ezekiel Mathis' death, Bondi's office said it applied the law too narrowly ...
Gucci lawyer tried to $oak Rihanna because she's 'Caribbean': suit
A tax lawyer working for Gucci tried to soak Rihanna for 30 percent of a lucrative endorsement deal after learning the pop star was from Barbados, according to an explosive discrimination suit. Plaintiff Josephine Robinson says she was working on Rihanna’s contract with the Italian fashion house in 2008...
Lawyer Herb Moncier temporarily suspended
Veteran Knoxville defense attorney Herbert S. Moncier is being temporarily suspended for violations a judge has since ruled he didn't commit, and he has a fellow lawyer to thank.
Commonwealth's attorney to step down
WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Albert T. Mitchell will retire at the end of the year.
Phila. lawyer gets jail for marijuana grow house
A Philadelphia lawyer who established and operated a marijuana grow house in an old warehouse on American Street near Lehigh Avenue was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. Richard K. Creamer, 39, was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants and related offenses after a jury trial in December. - Staff report
Attorney General Abbott Supports Signing Of Human Trafficking Prevention Legislation
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today joined Gov. Rick Perry today at a ceremony where the governor signed human trafficking prevention legislation into law.
Attorney General Abbott charges distributors with unlawfully marketing dietary supplement as antibiotic
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott obtained a temporary restraining order Thursday against Georgia-based Multimex Distributions Inc. and Houston-based San Martin Distributing Inc. for unlawfully marketing and dispensing a dietary supplement.
Schmid attorney passed on plea deal
An attorney for convicted murderer Anastazia M. Schmid said Thursday he did not inform his client of a possible plea deal that could have sent her to jail for a fraction of the time she is now serving.
Mladic lawyer: Document is proof of cancer
EXTRADITION FIGHT Ratko Mladic's lawyer said Thursday that he has a document proving the war crimes suspect has been battling cancer and that he was treated at a Serbian hospital in 2009, but a Serbian prosecutor called it a hoax.
Edwards' lawyer in N. Carolina amid signs indictment or plea is near
John Edwards' lawyer Greg Craig was in North Carolina on Friday amid signs that the former senator and 2008 presidential candidate likely either will be indicted or he and the Justice Department will agree on a plea deal, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL / Auto denial from Pryor's lawyer
The lawyer for Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has questioned the facts in a Sports Illustrated special report on the Buckeyes' NCAA problems, saying the story is "90 percent wrong." Columbus attorney Larry James...
Bonusgate prosecutor to assist Philadelphia district attorney
In what he called an increased emphasis on government-corruption cases, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday the hiring of the lead state prosecutor in the "Bonusgate" scandal, which brought down more than 20 Pennsylvania legislators.
Palm Bay terminates City Attorney James Stokes
Palm Bay City Attorney James Stokes was terminated without cause Thursday night in a 3-2 council vote.
Attorney: Dippolito Didn't Get Fair Trial
A Boynton Beach woman who was found guilty of hiring an undercover officer to kill her husband wants a new trial.
Lawyer for Jack Kevorkian says crusader for right to assisted suicide has died at age 83
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Lawyer for Jack Kevorkian says crusader for right to assisted suicide has died at age 83 Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Read full article >>
LAWRENCE: Council appoints its new attorney
Township Council approved Michael W. Herbert to become the municipal attorney by a 3-2 vote at a special meeting Tuesday night. He replaces former Municipal Attorney Kevin Nerwinski, who was elevated by the council to become the Municipal Court judge.
Lawyer: 12 Zimbabwe cop-death suspects tortured
A lawyer says 12 visibly wounded suspects accused of killing a police inspector were tortured repeatedly by police in prison.
Attorney: Edwards pleading not guilty
John Edwards, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate and former North Carolina Senator, smiled as he walked into a Winston-Salem courthouse Friday to plead not guilty to federal charges of illegal campaign contributions, conspiracy and false statements.
Texas Attorney General Fights Court's Ban On Prayer At Graduation
The Attorney General of Texas and a high school valedictorian have gone to federal court to fight a ruling barring a prayer at a high school graduation exercise.
Palm Bay terminates City Attorney James Stokes
Palm Bay City Attorney James Stokes was terminated without cause Thursday night in a 3-2 council vote.
Well-known Carmel attorney loses battle with rare cancer
A well-known and respected Carmel attorney has lost her fierce battle against a rare cancer. Stephenie Jocham, 42, was diagnosed less than two years ago. A well-known and respected Carmel attorney has lost her fierce battle against a rare cancer. Stephenie Jocham, 42, was diagnosed less than two years ago. She had just returned from Nicaragua where she was volunteering with her law firm in area ...
Zimbabwe lawyer says 12 visibly wounded suspects were tortured over alleged police slaying
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Twelve visibly wounded suspects accused of killing a police inspector appeared in a Zimbabwe court Friday, and their lawyer said they were tortured repeatedly by police in jail. The group shuffled into the courthouse Friday afternoon, limping and handcuffed in pairs. Eight men and four women appeared with deep lacerations and welts on their legs and arms. They lifted their ...
Dugard kidnapper attorney calls him indefensible
Phillip Garrido sentenced to 431 years to life in prison after kidnapping, raping Jaycee Dugard over 18-year period
Bonusgate prosecutor to assist Philadelphia district attorney
In what he called an increased emphasis on government-corruption cases, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday the hiring of the lead state prosecutor in the "Bonusgate" scandal, which brought down more than 20 Pennsylvania legislators.
Attorney General Plans To Seek Death Penalty
The South Dakota attorney general says he will seek the death penalty for two men charged with killing a correctional officer
Lawyer sentenced 9 years for stealing $800,000
BRIDGEPORT -- A Stratford lawyer was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from nearly a dozen clients. "I just want to apologize.
Jailed attorney reaches plea deal on bad check charges
VERO BEACH — The first criminal case against suspended attorney Richard Brown may be settled with him getting six months probation.
Jack Kevorkian's former attorney Geoffrey Fieger: 'I'll cry alone'
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who gained national prominence for his outspoken defense of assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian in the 1990s, says he'll miss him.
Attorney general says he will seek death penalty in killing of South Dakota prison guard
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — State prosecutors said Friday they will seek the death penalty against two inmates accused of killing a correctional officer in what authorities describe as a failed escape attempt at the South Dakota Penitentiary. Rodney Berget, 49, and Eric Robert, 48, have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and felony murder committed during a kidnapping. Authorities say ...
Jack Kevorkian's former attorney Geoffrey Fieger: 'I'll cry alone'
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who gained national prominence for his outspoken defense of assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian in the 1990s, says he'll miss him.