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Top DOJ Official Admits Mistakes on ATF Gun Case Briefings
Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer has admitted that he made mistakes after being briefed last year about questionable tactics from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gunrunning investigation. Breuer apologized Monday for not raising the issue in 2010 with senior leadership within the...
Attorney likely to fill Holbrook's House seat Williams: Appointment isn't a done deal yet
Belleville attorney Jim Williams' appointment to the Illinois House seat vacated by Tom Holbrook is not a done deal.
Attorney files partial opposition to borough dropping redistricting lawsuit
FAIRBANKS — The attorney representing two Fairbanks-area men in a lawsuit against the Alaska Redistricting Board has filed partial opposition to the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s request to drop i...
North Jersey lawyer Paul Bergrin's racketeering case piles up witnesses
NEWARK, N.J. - The witnesses have been like those who take the stand in most federal drug cases - convicted narcotics traffickers; undercover cops; street hustlers; and girlfriends and mistresses.
Attorney argues for pastor's release
A Salina pastor accused of sexually abusing a child is not a danger to the community or a flight risk and his bond should be reduced, his attorney argued Monday.
Lawyer leaves case
KANSAS CITY -- A Kansas City lawyer said Monday she was pushed off the case of missing baby Lisa Irwin after it became apparent she could not work alongside the high-profile New York lawyer who had invited her to be his local co-counsel.
Attorney allowed to continue practice
ALBANY - Fort Plain attorney Richard P. Weinheimer II has narrowly avoided being suspended from the practice of law after he handled a client's money improperly. The Committee on Professional Standards of the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, Third Judicial Department, handed down a ruling that Weinheimer should be suspended for a year, but the suspension will be stayed as long as he ...
Lawyer suckered by $27m net scam
A retired Rotorua lawyer and his client were shown pallets of cash in Amsterdam as proof of a $27 million inheritance but the pair were instead duped in an internet scam, a court has been told.John David Rangitauira, 59, is on trial...
Pope's attorney files brief
According to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the state had until Monday to respond to Dan Smith’s motion seeking to appeal his client’s November 2010 conviction on theft and fraud charges. But with the extension, which the state received on Monday, it now has until Nov. 23 to file a brief.
Godfrey, Price face off for commonwealth attorney
She said Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Godfrey has overseen too much spending, failed to take advantage of opportunities to save money, and failed to implement beneficial uses of technology in his office.
Charles Schwab Wins Dismissal of N.Y. Auction-Rate Lawsuit
Charles Schwab Corp. won dismissal of the New York attorney general’s lawsuit accusing it of falsely describing auction-rate securities as liquid investments without disclosing the risks.
Lawyer: Miami officer innocent of reckless driving | Video
The attorney for the Miami police officer arrested at gunpoint and charged with driving recklessly in his marked patrol car at speeds of more than 120 mph on Florida's Turnpike in Broward County said Monday that the allegations against his client are false.
Pennsylvania Attorney General joins 43 others to fight human trafficking
York, PA - The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has joined 43 other state and territorial attorneys general in an effort to fight the growing problem of human trafficking and slavery, according to a news release Monday.
Emanuel's attorney says City Hall watchdog reports to mayor
In an ongoing dispute about the independence of City Hall's top corruption investigator, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chief city attorney says the inspector general ultimately reports to the mayor.
Attorney: City watchdog reports to mayor
In the ongoing dispute about the independence of the city's top corruption fighter, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chief city attorney says the inspector general ultimately answers to the mayor.
Prominent Life Sciences Lawyer Joins King & Spalding
WASHINGTON, DC-- - Gina M. Cavalier, a healthcare lawyer with extensive experience in regulatory counseling to medical device and pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers and suppliers, has joined ...
Former attorney permanently disbarred
Former attorney Suzanne Marie Himes of Ocala has been permanently disbarred for practicing law while under suspension.
Attorney: Koula had no motive in double murder; jury to visit crime scene
It’s “obvious” Eric Koula had no motive to kill his parents, his attorney said Monday during one of the final hearings before his double homicide trial.
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro wants to have it both ways: Jarvis DeBerry
You could call Leon Cannizzaro a hypocrite, but chances are he won't care. If such a criticism mattered to him, he wouldn't keep leaving himself open to the accusation. Instead, the Orleans Parish district attorney has made a habit of...
Attorney: Schools violating Constitution
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- School officials in Clay County, Fla., said they will comment on a legal opinion that prayers conducted at four district schools violate the U.S. Constitution.
Attorney calls suspect 'loud drunk'
LOWELL -- The defense attorney for a 45-year-old Lowell man who pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Towers News last September admits her client is a "loud drunk.
Lawyer who defended Behrman's killer suspended
Attorney Patrick Baker has been suspended for six months.
Lawyer's mistress says she plotted to kill lover's wife
share: digg facebook twitter Lawyer's mistress says she plotted to kill lover's wife HOUSTON CHRONICLE Copyright 2011 HOUSTON CHRONICLE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 12:28 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011 The mistress of a Houston attorney hired two separate hit men to kill her lover's wife, she testified this morning ...
Defense lawyer: Defendant is 'stupid'
George Mato Dotel's attorney Peter Grable stood in front of a jury this morning and told them as succinctly as possible how Dotel got himself involved in a robbery plot: "He's not that bright," Grable said. "He's stupid."
Lawyer warned in 2008 of 'overwhelming' evidence News of the World journalists acted illegally
LONDON - A legal adviser to Rupert Murdoch's newspapers warned the company three years ago there was overwhelming evidence that several senior journalists at the News of the World tabloid were using illegal methods, according to documents released Tuesday.
Attorney: Drugs found are dog medicine
A defense attorney yesterday argued that the suspected methamphetamine found during the raid of a kidnapping suspect's house was actually dog medicine.
Defense lawyer: defendant in murder case is 'stupid'
Defense lawyer: defendant in murder case is 'stupid'
Attorney to blame White's dead father for accepting bribes
Former County Commissioner Kevin White's plans to shift the blame in his federal bribery and extortion trial to his dead father, a strategy unveiled by White's attorney in opening statements today.
Clark County district attorney to resign Jan. 3
Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who won re-election last year, announced Tuesday that he was resigning from office Jan. 3.
Report: Lawyer for Woman Who Accused Cain of Harassment Wants to Tell Story
A lawyer for one of the women who accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment says she is seeking release from a confidentiality agreement so she can tell her story, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. 
Report: Lawyer for Woman Who Accused Cain of Harassment Wants to Tell Her Story
A lawyer for one of the women who accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment says she is seeking release from a confidentiality agreement so she can tell her story, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. 
State attorney general takes over Nodine case
FOLEY, Alabama — Former Baldwin County district attorney David Whetstone has been asked by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office to serve as lead prosecutor in the Steve Nodine case.
Lawyer: Cain May Have Violated Confidentiality Of Harassment Settlement
In answering questions about allegations of sexual harassment, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain may have violated a confidentiality agreement governing the settlement of at least one case against him.
Lawyer: Cain May Have Violated Confidentiality Of Harassment Settlement
In answering questions about allegations of sexual harassment, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain may have violated a confidentiality agreement governing the settlement of at least one case against him.
Lawyer: Cain May Have Violated Confidentiality Of Harassment Settlement
In answering questions about allegations of sexual harassment, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain may have violated a confidentiality agreement governing the settlement of at least one case against him.
Gaddafi son Saadi wants arrest warrant dropped: lawyer
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Saadi Gaddafi, son of the former Libyan leader, has asked Interpol, via his lawyer, to revoke a request for his arrest on the grounds that Libya's new rulers are not able to give him a fair trial.
Roger Makes Retirement As District Attorney Official
District Attorney David Roger said Tuesday he wants to be part of the legal staff of the Las Vegas police union, but is exploring employment opportunities with law firms. "I'm confident I'll be able to find some work," Roger said after making his Jan.
Reputed mobster says he can't afford lawyer
A reputed mobster charged in a $12 million financial fraud scheme says he needs a public defender because he can't afford a lawyer on his own.
New KC Attorney To Represent Irwin Family
New York attorney Joe Tacopina announced Tuesday that a new Kansas City attorney will help represent the parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin.
New KC lawyer chosen to help represent Baby Lisa’s parents
The case of missing baby Lisa Irwin took another turn Tuesday as a New York attorney named a Kansas City lawyer to partner with him in representing the parents. Joseph Tacopina, a high-profile Manhattan criminal defense lawyer who joined the case on behalf of Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, announced that Kansas City attorney John Picerno would join the case.
Ford lawyer points Sacramento jury to driver of fatal rollover
A Ford lawyer implored a jury today to not make an award based on the automaker's financial clout and urged the panel to blame the driver in a fatal 2004 van crash that's the subject of a Sacramento Superior Court wrongful death trial.
Attorney will not accept appointment to fill Holbrook's seat
Belleville attorney Jim Williams announced Tuesday he will not accept a one-year appointment from local Democrats to fill the Illinois House seat vacated by Tom Holbrook, D-Belleville.
District Attorney Voices Concerns About Local Club
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala has new concerns about a local club where a shooting took place two weekends ago. On Tuesday, Zappala and Pittsburgh City Solicitor Dan Regan went to Club Zen in Station Square in anticipation of a meeting tomorrow with the owners.
Lawyer: Cain accuser wants to tell her side of story
One of the women who accused GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment wants to tell her side of the story but is barred by a confidentiality agreement, her attorney in Washington said Tuesday. Lawyer Joel P. Bennett called on the National Restaurant Association, where the woman and Cain worked in the late 1990s, to release the woman from her written promise not to talk about ...
Lawyer in missing Kansas City baby case spurns media
KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - The New York attorney for the parent's of missing Kansas City infant Lisa Irwin called a halt to media interviews on Tuesday and said the baby's family had to move to a new address to avoid the press.
Drug treatment endangers fair trial, Loughner attorney argues
The medication Jared Loughner is receiving to make him competent to stand trial could prevent that trial from being fair, an attorney for the alleged Tucson shooter told a federal appeals court Tuesday.
Missing Baby Lisa Irwin: New Kansas City Lawyer Hired
New York lawyer Joe Tacopina announced Tuesday that a Kansas City lawyer, John Picerno, would be added to the team of attorneys assisting missing baby Lisa Irwin's parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin. Cyndy Short, the previous local counsel, was asked to leave the investigation late last week.
Attorney: Somalia too dangerous to travel to and provide adequate defense for accused pirate
NORFOLK, Va. — The attorney for a Somali man accused of being the highest-ranking pirate the U.S. has ever captured wants all charges against him dismissed. James Broccoletti wrote in a federal court filing Tuesday that he can’t provide an adequate defense for Mohammad Saali Shibin because Somalia is too dangerous to travel to. He says his inability to gather evidence would result in an unfair ...
Justice Official Regrets Not Speaking Up About Federal Anti-Gunrunning Operation
Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer became the first high-ranking official Tuesday to admit that he knew U.S. agents were letting thousands of guns sold in the U.S. fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Attorney for piracy suspect wants charges dismissed
By Brock Vergakis NORFOLK The attorney for a Somali man accused of being the highest-ranking pirate the U.S. has ever captured wants all charges against him dismissed.