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Attorney General Lashes Out Over Gun Inquiry Comments
Eric H. Holder Jr. lashed out at members of Congress, and said that public discussion over a gun-trafficking investigation is aimed only at gaining political advantage.
Georgia attorney general asks Columbus to release contract with law firm
The state attorney general has asked the city of Columbus to comply with an Open Records Act request and release its contract with the law firm that has done its bidding in court against Expedia.
Attorney: FMLA played role in nurse's firing
Travis Payne, the Raleigh attorney who represented fired public health nurse Jewel Mosley, contends FMLA was one of the reasons Health Department Director Felix Meyer used when he fired Mosley. Ear ...
Lawyer at RCMP hearing accuses officer of lying about sexual assault
An RCMP lawyer at a cop-sex conduct hearing delivered an angry, shout-filled cross-examination of a female officer, yelling that she lied and accused her boss of rape in order to save her marriage.
Murray's lawyer accuses investigator of being sloppy
A print found on syringe taken from Michael Jackson's bedroom is found to belong to a coroner's investigator. But the singer's prints weren't found on any drugs or equipment, undercutting the defense. Michael Jackson's fingerprints were not on any of the syringes, vials or other medical paraphernalia that littered the scene of his death, attorneys said in court Thursday, undercutting the defense ...
Lawyer for Alabama fan wants out of case
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Patent Attorney Demand Among Law Firms Rises After Legislative Overhaul
Patent attorneys, who typically have degrees in fields such as engineering as well as law, are in such demand that their specialty may account for more than 15 percent of law firm job openings while representing just 3 percent of U.S. lawyers.
Lawyer slams Canberra over Bali boy drug arrest
A Northern Territory barrister has accused the Federal Government of double standards in asking the Indonesian Government to release a 14 year-old Australian boy being held in Bali on alleged drug charges.
Attorney to fight second extradition attempt against client
Attorney-at-law Oswald James is taking steps to prevent anyone pressuring 27-year-old Tony Vincent Ashman to waive his right to an extradition hearing. James said Ashman, who is his client, told him that he was being pressured by a man who visited him...
Patent Lawyer Demand Rises Following U.S. Legislative Overhaul
Patent attorneys, who typically have degrees in fields such as engineering as well as law, are in such demand that their specialty may account for more than 15 percent of law firm job openings while representing just 3 percent of U.S. lawyers.
Attorney General Abbott Participates in Wildfire Briefing, Visits Displaced Texans at Bastrop County Red Cross Shelter
BASTROP, TX – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today traveled to Bastrop County, where he participated in a briefing with state and local emergency management authorities and urged local residents to take precautions during these dangerous wildfire conditions.
Lawyer urges swap deal for boy arrested in Bali
A Northern Territory barrister has accused the Federal Government of double standards in asking the Indonesian government to release an Australian teenager arrested in Bali on alleged drug offences.
Kilpatrick defense attorney: 'They wanted to destroy this man'
Defense attorney Michael Alan Schwartz reacted with dismay today after his client, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 5 years in prison for violating probation.
District Attorney settles in fight with prosecutors
The union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors took a big round this week in its battle with District Attorney Steve Cooley, with a tentative settlement granting it a permanent injunction and $575,000 in penalties.
Lawyer: Ex-cop monitor stalling repayment
Sheryl Robinson Wood - ousted as Detroit's police reform monitor because of a secret affair with Kwame Kilpatrick - and her former employers can't hang onto $10 million in fees by blaming each other or the former mayor, city attorneys argues in legal papers filed this morning federal court.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen defends concealed carry rules
MADISON Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen defended the state Justice Departments concealed carry regulations Thursday, saying the agency must define training requirements and verify it took place.
Lawyer: Pakistan governor's killer appeals death sentence
A security guard who killed a liberal politician in Pakistan over his remarks on its controversial blasphemy law has appealed his conviction and death sentence, his defense lawyer told CNN Friday.
Lawyer suspended after corruption case
The Ohio Supreme Court suspended the law license of Dublin lawyer and lobbyist Robert Carl Schuler yesterday because he pleaded guilty to filing a false income-tax return as part of a public-corruption investigation in southwestern Ohio.
Lawyer blasts 'martial law' tactics on Arroyos
MANILA, Philippines - The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo on Friday accused the Aquino administration of subjecting the couple to "martial law" tactics used on former Senator Ninoy Aquino.
Attorney General Eric Holder must come clean to Congress
Attorney General Eric Holder has two choices: He can recant his previous testimony to the House Judiciary Committee or he can resign.
Attorney: Farmer 'snapped' and destroyed pelicans
The attorney for a Minnesota farmer accused of destroying thousands of protected pelican chicks and eggs says the defendant "flipped out" because the birds were damaging his land.
Lawyer: Knox's dad invites Italian to visit family
The lawyer for the former boyfriend of Amanda Knox says her father has invited the young man to visit them in Seattle.
Lawyer-lawmakers dwindle in Iowa legislature
The number of lawyers serving in the Iowa legislature is lower than ever. According to Iowa Lawyer magazine, only 15 of the 100 lawmakers in the Iowa House are lawyers, and only one of the state's 50 senators is a lawyer.
‘Underwear Bomber’ Attorney “Disappointed” With Juror Selection
The "stand by" attorney for a Nigerian charged with trying to destroy an international flight with a bomb on behalf of al-Qaida, says he is disappointed with the jurors that were picked.
Attorney: Farmer 'snapped' and destroyed pelicans
The attorney for a Minnesota farmer accused of destroying thousands of protected pelican chicks and eggs says the defendant "flipped out" because the birds were damaging his land.
Lawyer fighting for one of 8000 on death row
Sonia Qadir has a client on death row, a man convicted of blasphemy after handing out a business card decorated with a religious term reserved for the name of the prophet.
Lawyer wants cop death case moved
A judge is considering whether to move the trial of a man charged with in connection with the fatal shooting of a Terre Haute police officer. Read more at www.WISHTV.com
Lawyer for Knox’s ex-boyfriend: American’s dad invites former co-defendant to Seattle
ROME — Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend, who was acquitted along with her of the murder of a British student, has been invited to visit the American’s family in Seattle, a lawyer for the young man said Friday. Luca Maori, who defended Raffaele Sollecito in the appeals trial, told The Associated Press in Rome in a telephone interview that Curt Knox, father of 24-year-old Amanda, invited Sollecito ...
Lawyer: Amanda Knox's dad invites Italian to visit family
Amanda Knox's former boyfriend, who was acquitted along with her of the murder of a British student, has been invited to visit the American's family in Seattle, a lawyer for the young man said Friday.
Time is on District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's side: Jarvis DeBerry
The right to a speedy trial is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, but what counts as speed in Louisiana would be considered sloth in most other places. Louisiana lets prosecutors take a leisurely pace when it comes to bringing a...
Former State's Attorney In Md. Arrested
A former Wicomico County state's attorney has been arrested on charges of violating a court order by contacting a woman.
Attorney: Farmer 'snapped' and destroyed pelicans
The attorney for a Minnesota farmer accused of destroying thousands of protected pelican chicks and eggs says the defendant "flipped out" because the birds were damaging his land.
Lawyer: Man believed to be quarry suspect suicidal
The lawyer for the California deputies who killed a man believed to be the suspect in a deadly quarry shooting says the man made suicidal comments and brandished a handgun before the deputies opened fire.
Lawyer: Man believed to be California quarry shooter uttered 'kill me' before deputies fired
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The lawyer for the California deputies who killed a man believed to be the suspect in a deadly quarry shooting says the man made suicidal comments and brandished a handgun before the deputies opened fire.
Oklahoma Attorney Challenges Citizen Lawsuit Change
An Oklahoma City attorney is challenging a law approved by the Legislature last session that makes it more difficult for citizens to file lawsuits to stop government wrongdoing.
Oklahoma Attorney Challenges Citizen Lawsuit Change
An Oklahoma City attorney is challenging a law approved by the Legislature last session that makes it more difficult for citizens to file lawsuits to stop government wrongdoing.
Attorney General's office files suit against Walnut Shade residents over underground storage tanks
The Missouri Attorney General's office has filed suit against Walnut Shade residents Carthel and Sandra English for violations of the state's Underground Storage Tank law.
Lawyer: Airline attack suspect won't talk to jury
An attorney says the man charged with trying to destroy a Detroit-bound flight with a bomb in his underwear will not speak to jurors when trial opens next week.
Fairfield attorney sentenced for mishandling mortgage funds
A Fairfield attorney has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for misappropriating more than $1 million in funds while handling real estate transactions, according to David B. Fein , the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
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Attorney general defends himself in probe of controversial ATF program, calls GOP claims 'irresponsible' READ: Holder Letter to Congress VIDEO: Cornyn: Holder Has Some Explaining to Do
Underwear bomber suspect Abdulmutallab defers to attorney for opening statement
Terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has given his standby-attorney permission to give his opening statement to the jury next Tuesday, when his case officially goes to trial.
Lawyer: Suspect in failed underwear bomb attack won’t give opening trial statement in Detroit
DETROIT — A Nigerian man headed to trial for an alleged terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound plane has changed his mind and will not give his own opening statement to jurors next week, an attorney said Friday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is acting as his own lawyer and had indicated he wanted to speak Tuesday. But the task will go to his court-appointed standby counsel, Anthony Chambers. Read ...
Michael Nussbaum, First Amendment lawyer who defended writers, dies at 76
Michael Nussbaum, 76, a Washington lawyer for more than 40 years who represented clients in cases ranging from First Amendment issues to a multinational banking scandal, died Oct. 5 at his home in Georgetown. He had lung cancer, his stepdaughter Wesley Weissberg said. Mr. Nussbaum retired as a partner of the Ropes and Gray law firm in 2003 after a four-decade career. He continued to practice as ...
AG Holder answers critics on gun-smuggling issue
Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that his testimony to Congress about a controversial gun-smuggling probe was truthful and accurate and that Republicans are engaging in political posturing when they say otherwise.
Lawyer: Alleged bomber won’t talk to jury
DETROIT — A Nigerian man headed to trial for an alleged terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound plane has changed his mind and will not give his own opening statement to jurors next week, an attorney said Friday.
Lawyer to represent man accused in Okla. killing
The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System has been appointed to represent a man accused in the shooting death of a classmate nearly 30 years ago.
Lawyer: Alleged bomber won’t talk to jury - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times
DETROIT — A Nigerian man headed to trial for an alleged terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound plane has changed his mind and will not give his own opening statement to jurors next week, an attorney said Friday.
Holder lashes out at Fast and Furious critics
Attorney General Holder blasted GOP critics of the gun operation for their "irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric."
Energy Official Married to Solyndra Lawyer Looked into Loan
Steven Spinner, a senior official at the Energy Department, pushed for the $535 million federal loan to Solyndra even though he'd said he'd recuse himself from the loan application because of a conflict-of-interest: his wife's law firm worked for the company, The New York Times' Eric Lipton and John M. Broder report. Spinner was a fundraiser for Obama in 2008. His emails, beginning Aug. 28, 2009 ...
Attorney general fires back on gun scandal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under fire for a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday his critics seek to score political points, but will not try to stem the flow of weapons across the border.