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Attorney: Pacherille was exercising free speech
There has been recent action in both cases against the father of the Cooperstown High School student convicted in July of the 2010 attempted murder of a black classmate.
Lawyer Snapshot: Brian Sorrells
Family: Mother, father and one older brother. Pets: Planning on adopting a dog from the Humane Society soon.
N.J. Attorney General's office marks Sept. 11 anniversary
The state Attorney General's Office marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this morning, with dignitaries remembering how its employees — from office workers to lawyers to state troopers — jumped into action.
Africans sent 'suitcases of cash' French politicians, lawyer says
Former French president Jacques Chirac and presidential hopeful Dominique de Villepin received "suitcases of cash" from African leaders to fund their electoral campaigns, a former political aide alleged over the weekend.
Attorney disappointed by Twinn Bridges ruling
 
City lawyer: Would-be Albany frack ban may be pre-empted
In case you missed it last week, an assistant corporation counsel for Albany has advised the Common Council that he believes the proposed ban on hydrofracking in the city may very well be pre-empted by state law and could get the city sued. The ban would use zoning to prevent all gas drilling in the [...]
T.I. And His Lawyer Dispute The Reasoning Behind His Return To Prison
T.I. (a.k.a. Clifford Harris, Jr.) remains in prison at the moment for supposedly violating the terms of his furlough, but his lawyer and manager are disputing the Bureau of Prisons report that has landed him in hot water. Back on August 31, the rapper was released from prison and sent to serve the last month [...]
Fort Myers attorney disbarred for neglecting clients
A Fort Myers attorney has been disbarred following a May court order showing he neglected numerous clients.
Attorney General's Office warns of ‘robo-calling’ scam
Attorney General Martha Coakley is warning consumers about reports of a “robo-calling” scam that is seeking to gain access to consumers’ banking and Social Security information.
Amnesty urges Iran to free detained rights lawyer
Iran must immediately free Abdolfattah Soltani, a prominent human rights lawyer rearrested at the weekend after spending months behind bars between 2005 and 2009, Amnesty International said on Monday.
Bronx prosecutor accused of DUI gets new lawyer
A Bronx prosecutor accused of a DUI smash-up today got a new lawyer after concerns that her prior lawyer's assistant DA daughter is going to be a key witness against her. Jennifer Troiano's latest lawyer, Steven Epstein, wasted no time in predicting that the allegedly alcohol-addled assistant district...
Attorney says forensics clear Ga. soldier charged with killing 2 Army roommates in Iraq
FORT STEWART, Ga. - A U.S. soldier charged with killing two of his Army roommates and wounding another after an argument in Iraq last fall is innocent and should be cleared of murder charges by forensic evidence, his defense attorney said Monday.
Attorney in racial bias case claims state didn't adhere to hiring rules
The plaintiffs' attorney said Iowa's failure to follow rules created an environment where essentially no one was watching hiring managers.
Attorney: Van der Sloot trial likely in 2012
The attorney for the family of a Peruvian woman allegedly slain by Joran van der Sloot says it appears likely the young Dutchman's murder trial will not begin until next year.
U.S. Attorney Machen hosts event for African immigrants
U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. is hosting a public safety forum for African immigrants in the District on Wednesday.  The forum, called "One City, Safey City," will provide an opportunity to offer guidance to the public about the criminal justice system in D.C. The program will include information about what happens after a crime is committed, avoiding becoming a victim, domestic violence ...
Attorney General: Higher Ed Director Must Meet 'Statutory Qualifications'
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the state's higher education director should have some background as a college administrator or teacher but stopped short of saying whether the interim director meets those qualifications.
Attorney's Request Could Delay Murder Trial Against Van Der Sloot
The murder trial against Joran van der Sloot could be delayed if a three-judge panel honors a request from the victim's family to have his indictment sent back to the prosecutor's office, the Lima, Peru, Superior Court said Monday. ...
Lawyer: Soldier didn't kill 2 roommates in Iraq
The attorney for a soldier charged with killing his two Army roommates and wounding another in Iraq says his client is innocent and should be cleared by forensic evidence.
Vancouver lawyer announces park-board candidacy
A Vancouver lawyer has announced she is running as a Vision Vancouver candidate for the park board in November’s civic election. Niki Sharma practices aboriginal law in Vancouver and has been both an employee and a volunteer with Battered Women’s Support Services and the Environmental Youth Alliance.
U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald: If you don’t report corruption, you are the problem
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he sometimes wants to smack people “upside the head” who tell him after he’s convicted someone that they knew all along the person was a crook. “Seriously, speak up,” Fitzgerald said in a talk to the City Club of Chicago Monday.“The one thing I find frustrating is that people view corruption as a law enforcement problem. If I had a dollar for everyone who ...
Attorney John 'Ross' Smith appointed as interim judge at New Orleans traffic court
Attorney John "Ross" Smith has been appointed to serve as a temporary traffic court judge in New Orleans, filling the vacancy created by the death of Judge Dennis Dannel in January, according to Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson.  Smith...
Lawyer: Apartment where two women died in fire had ladder, smoke detector
Central to the lawsuit stemming from the deaths of two women in a 2010 apartment fire is this claim: Erie Housing Authority employees failed to ensure that the rental unit was equipped with a smoke detector and fire escape when approving the apartment for participation in the Section 8 Housing Program.
Attorney's request could delay murder trial against van der Sloot
The murder trial against Joran van der Sloot could be delayed if a three-judge panel honors a request from the victim's family to have his indictment sent back to the prosecutor's office, the Lima, Peru, Superior Court said Monday.
Lawyer: Ga. soldier didn't kill roommates in Iraq
A U.S. soldier charged with killing two of his Army roommates and wounding another after an argument in Iraq last fall is innocent and should be cleared of murder charges by forensic evidence, his defense attorney said Monday.
Lawyer, author Drew Hansen is top choice for appointment to state House
Lawyer Drew Hansen of Bainbridge Island was the top choice of Democratic Party precinct committee officers for appointment to the 23rd District state House seat, Sunday. Legislative aide Holly Mortlock placed second, Poulsbo City Councilman Ed Stern placed third. There were six applicants for appointment.
Lawyer: Weatherman found near corpse hopes to clear his name
The Arkansas weatherman found last week in a hot tub alongside a man's lifeless, naked body is hoping autopsy results and other evidence will soon clear his name, his lawyer said Monday.
Pineville attorney charged with mail fraud
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a West Virginia attorney has been charged with mail fraud. Christopher Bledsoe, 33, of Pineville, was is charged in a one-count
Attorney gets six years in prison for bilking Calumet Park of $2 million
A Chicago attorney has been sentenced to six years in prison for overbilling south suburban Calumet Park millions of dollars for legal work he never performed.Mark McCombs, 50, an attorney for more than 25 years and former shareholder at an international law firm, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of government funds in excess of $100,000, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office ...
District Attorney Race Starts Unexpectedly
Deputy District Attorney Marc Bennett filed Friday to run for his boss's job. The election is more than a year away.
Gatti consulted divorce lawyer two months before his death, court told
Welterweight champion Arturo Gatti consulted a divorce lawyer two months before his suspicious death - a tragedy that would set his widow up with a $3.4-million inheritance.
Attorney accepts fault in fatal DUI crash
An Atlanta attorney has accepted the blame for a DUI crash that killed a passenger and critically injured two others.
Lawyer Gets 6 Years for Theft
Chicago attorney Mark McCombs has been sentenced to six years in prison for overbilling a south suburban village millions of dollars for legal work he never performed.
Telecom taps former lawyer for new board
Telecom has tapped its former lawyer Mark Verbiest to head up a new board once the phone company carves itself in two. The Auckland-based company has appointed Transpower chair Verbiest to replace outgoing chairman Wayne Boyd, who...
School attorney: Incident was reported
La PORTE — The attorney for La Porte Community Schools said he’s looking forward to a dismissal of charges against his client.
Defense lawyer Bergrin will represent himself at murder conspiracy trial
Paul W. Bergrin, the high-profile North Jersey defense lawyer, will be allowed to represent himself at his upcoming trial on charges of drug trafficking, prostitution and plotting with a Paramus attorney to murder government witnesses.
Lawyer says politicians were given bags of cash
Former French president Jacques Chirac and former prime minister Dominique de Villepin received an estimated $20 million in illegal cash from West African leaders, a lawyer wh
Lawyer says politicians were given bags of cash
Former French president Jacques Chirac and former prime minister Dominique de Villepin received an estimated $20 million in illegal cash from West African leaders, a lawyer wh
Boxer Gatti spoke with divorce lawyer prior to his suspicious death
Former welterweight champion Arturo Gatti consulted a divorce lawyer two months before his suspicious death — a tragedy that would set his widow up with a $3.4-million inheritance.
Lawyer Expresses Discomfort with Comfort Dogs
Canines have long been used to comfort people (particularly children) who have to give emotionally fraught testimony, but a New York case is challenging the propriety of these trial aids.
U.S. attorney: Speak up on corruption
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he sometimes wants to smack people “upside the head” who tell him after he’s convicted someone that they knew all along the person was a crook.“Seriously, speak up,” Fitzgerald said in a talk Monday to the City Club of Chicago.“The one thing I find frustrating is that people view corruption as a law enforcement problem. If I had a dollar for everyone who has ...
Lawyer gets 6 years for $2M worth of questionable billing to Calumet Park
A Chicago attorney accused of billing Calumet Park $600 per hour for work he never did pleaded guilty to theft on Monday.
Attorney gets six years in prison for bilking Calumet Park of $2 million
A Chicago attorney has been sentenced to six years in prison for overbilling south suburban Calumet Park millions of dollars for legal work he never performed.Mark McCombs, 50, an attorney for more than 25 years and former shareholder at an international law firm, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of government funds in excess of $100,000, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office ...
U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald: If you don’t report corruption, you are the problem
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he sometimes wants to smack people “upside the head” who tell him after he’s convicted someone that they knew all along the person was a crook. “Seriously, speak up,” Fitzgerald said in a talk to the City Club of Chicago Monday.“The one thing I find frustrating is that people view corruption as a law enforcement problem. If I had a dollar for everyone who ...
Telecom taps former lawyer as chairman
Telecom has tapped its former lawyer to head up a new board once the phone company carves itself in two.
NJSIAA attorney Herbert dies
Michael Herbert, the NJSIAA's lead attorney since 1982, passed away Monday morning after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, associate Steve Goodell said.
Puddy murder accused fled in fear: lawyer
A man accused of murdering Perth businessman Craig Puddy fled the state in fear after witnessing a brutal attack on his boss, his lawyer says.
Judge let lawyer pal loot estates: panel
Surrogate Judge Lee Holzman let cronies loot the estates of Bronx residents who died without wills, the court's watchdog agency charged Monday.
Lawyer: Beaten Giants' Fan's Medical Bills Top $50M
Medical care for the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium is expected to cost more than $50 million, according to his lawyers.
Lawyer gets six years for theft
A Chicago attorney was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for overbilling Calumet Park by about $3.2 million for legal work he never performed.Mark McCombs, 50, an attorney for more than 25 years and former shareholder at an international law firm, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of government funds in excess of $100,000, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.McCombs was ...
Assemblyman Feuer signals possible bid for L.A. city attorney
Mike Feuer: The assemblyman has filed paperwork to raise money for a possible 2013 bid for Los Angeles city attorney.