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Judge compares lawyer to ostrich
Lawyers have come to expect tongue-lashings from federal appellate Judge Richard Posner if he doesn’t like the answers they give him in court.But Posner broke new ground last week when he included in his published opinion photos of an ostrich burying its head in the sand and a suited lawyer sticking his head in the sand.“The ostrich is a noble animal, but not a proper model for an appellate ...
Appeal being considered in drunk driving suit against tough B.C. laws: lawyer
VANCOUVER - A lawyer for a group of up to 80 people ensnared in British Columbia's tough drunk driving laws says his clients are considering an appeal.
Sandusky lawyer: Alleged shower victim said there was no sexual contact
Jerry Sandusky's attorney said Wednesday that a young man at the heart of cover-up allegations against Penn State University officials told him he was not a victim and had no sexual contact with the former assistant football coach.
Rafferty to run for Pa. attorney general
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Mullin attorney: Don't expect bombshells at her deposition
Turkia Mullin may one day tell everyone what happened. It just won't be during a deposition Monday, her lawyer says.
Rafferty aims for dream job: Pa. attorney general (video)
HARRISBURG — While he has enjoyed serving in the state Senate and has accomplished more than most legislators in the past nine years, state Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr. said his dream job has always been Pennsylvania attorney general.
Report: Sandusky lawyer says plea deal possible
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer reportedly says that the former Pennsylvania State University former football coach might have to consider pleading guilty if more allegations of sexual abuse "come forth."
Attorney General planning to run for governor
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is expected to reveal his plans next week that he's running for governor.
Occupy Asheville: Attorney Jennifer Foster no longer one of us
In this file photo, attorney Jennifer Foster works in the offices of Pisgah Legal Services. Occupy Asheville has distanced itself from Foster, who originally served as a legal adviser for protesters.
Attorney Shoots Back on Sandusky Plea Deal Claim
Lawyer denies report that ex-Penn State coach may strike deal if more alleged sex abuse victims surface New Accuser Alleges 100 Acts of Sex Abuse From Sandusky Penn State Bought Adult Domain Names Prior to Ongoing Scandal
Rafferty aims for dream job: Pa. attorney general (video)
HARRISBURG — While he has enjoyed serving in the state Senate and has accomplished more than most legislators in the past nine years, state Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr. said his dream job has always been Pennsylvania attorney general.
Cain's lawyer demands records from accuser
An attorney for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has demanded cell phone records from an Atlanta businesswoman accusing Cain of an extramarital affair.
Cain's lawyer demands cellphone records from Atlanta woman
ATLANTA - A lawyer for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has demanded cellphone records from an Atlanta businesswoman, who has accused Cain of an extramarital affair.
Wis. office wants to suspend former DA's license
The Wisconsin office that regulates attorney conduct asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to suspend a former prosecutor's law license for trying to spark an affair with a domestic abuse victim through a barrage of racy text messages and allegedly making sexual remarks to a number of other women.
Report: Sandusky lawyer might talk guilty plea
The lawyer for former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky said Wednesday that he might have to talk to his client at some point about pleading guilty to charges of child sex abuse.
Jerry Sandusky scandal: Lawyer says plea deal is possible if more victims emerge
The lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, who is facing multiple charges of child sex abuse, a civil lawsuit and investigations into other allegations, said that a guilty plea is something he might have to discuss with his client if more victims come forward. Joe Amendola, attorney for Sandusky, continues to plan the defense as his client maintains his innocence. A plea deal has not been discussed, but ...
Attorney for defendant in Christian-Newsom case shocks court
During Thursday morning hearing about possible new trials for the four defendants in Christian-Newsom case, attorney shocks courtroom by saying former judge had sex with drug addict in chambers.
The Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Lawyer to Review Your Severance Agreement
The following is a guest post from Tammy Marzigliano, a partner at New York's Outten & Golden, a leading employee-side law firm, and Piper Hoffman, a former Outten & Golden partner who now blogs at PiperHoffman.com. I don't think it's always necessary to hire a lawyer to negotiate your severance deal, but Marzigliano and Hoffman make a case worth considering. (If you'd like more food for thought ...
Michigan Attorney General: Allowing research assistants to unionize would damage U-M
Allowing University of Michigan graduate student research assistants to unionize would "significantly damage" U-M and harm all Michigan residents, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a brief filed this week to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
Cain Attorney’s Celebrity Clients Cap Career Born From Tragedy
L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta defamation attorney, was supposed to contain the damage Herman Cain’s Republican presidential bid sustained as a result of sexual harassment allegations.
Massachusetts attorney general sues 5 banks for unlawful foreclosure practices
NEW YORK — Massachusetts is suing five major banks including Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. over deceptive foreclosure practices. The lawsuit also names Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc., and Ally Financial. It was filed in Massachusetts Wednesday by Attorney General Martha Coakley. The complaint also names Mortgage Electronic Registration System, Inc. and its parent company as ...
Lawyer says Sandusky is not considering child sex-abuse guilty plea, maintains innocence
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer says he hasn’t discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn State assistant football coach still maintains he’s innocent of the charges against him. Joe Amendola said Thursday that he’d consider “possible alternatives” with Sandusky if new charges are filed that involve more victims than the eight boys covered by the 40 pending ...
Lawyer says Sandusky not considering seeking plea
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he hasn't discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn State assistant football coach still maintains he's innocent of the charges against him.
Lawyer says Sandusky not considering seeking plea
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he hasn't discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn State assistant football coach still maintains he's innocent of the charges against him. Joe Amendola said Thursday that he'd consider "possible alternatives" with Sandusky if new charges are filed that involve more victims than the eight boys covered by the 40...
Lawyer: Jerry Sandusky won't plead guilty
As sex abuse charges pile up, former Penn State asst. coach Jerry Sandusky continues to swear he's innocent
Lawyer says Sandusky not considering seeking plea
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he hasn't discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn State assistant football coach still maintains he's innocent of the charges against him.
Lawyer: Sandusky not mulling guilty plea
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he hasn't discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn State assistant football coach still maintains he's innocent of the charges against him.
District Attorney Jaime Esparza files for re-election
District Attorney Jaime Esparza has officially filed for re-election. According to a news release sent out today, Esparza said he has filed the required paperwork with the Democratic party to run for re-election next year.
Lawyer: Sandusky not eyeing plea
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he hasn't discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn State assistant football coach still maintains he's innocent of the charges against him.
Lee Kindlon announces run for District Attorney
Albany County District Attorney David Soares has a new political fight on his hands and it comes from someone in his own party. Lee Kindlon announced Thursday morning that he will primary Soares.
District Attorney Jaime Esparza files for re-election
District Attorney Jaime Esparza has officially filed for re-election. According to a news release sent out today, Esparza said he has filed the required paperwork with the Democratic party to run for re-election next year.
Attorney General gives tips on giving to charitable organizations during holiday season
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has released data showing that commercial fundraisers in California raised $362.9 million in 2010, of which charitable organizations received less than 45 percent.
Sandusky attorney denies plea deal being considered
The attorney for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky denied what he called "rumors" Thursday that his client was considering a plea deal.
Attorney General sues 5 banks for illegal foreclosures
The Attorney General's Office has filed suit against five national banks for their roles in allegedly pursuing illegal foreclosures on properties in Massachusetts, as well as deceptive loan servicing.
Attorney General sues 5 banks for illegal foreclosures
The Attorney General's Office has filed suit against five national banks for their roles in allegedly pursuing illegal foreclosures on properties in Massachusetts, as well as deceptive loan servicing.
Michigan attorney general enters debate on U-M graduate assistant unionization
Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette says allowing graduate research assistants to unionize could make the University of Michigan less attractive as a research institution. AnnArbor.com photo Michigan's attorney general has entered a heated debate regarding the unionization of thousands of University of Michigan graduate student research assistants.
Sandusky Attorney Denies Plea Deal 'Rumors'
The attorney for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky denied what he called "rumors" Thursday that his client was considering a plea deal. ...
Lawyer: Sandusky not considering plea, insists he's innocent
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he hasn't discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former Penn State assistant football coach still maintains he's innocent of the charges against him.
Sandusky Attorney Denies Plea Deal 'Rumors'
The attorney for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky denied what he called "rumors" Thursday that his client was considering a plea deal. ...
Citadel lawyer hoped to avoid criminal probe of abuse
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters)- Newly released documents tied to a 2007 internal probe of child sexual abuse allegations against a camp counselor at The Citadel show a school lawyer hoped a criminal investigation of the matter could be avoided. Local and state police are investigating The Citadel -- South Carolina's military college -- for not reporting to authorities a 2007 allegation by ...
Attorney General sues 5 banks for illegal foreclosures
The Attorney General's Office has filed suit against five national banks for their roles in allegedly pursuing illegal foreclosures on properties in Massachusetts, as well as deceptive loan servicing.
Chesco lawyer sentenced to 15 years for sex tourism
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Algonquin attorney charged in murder plot loses law license
An Algonquin attorney who is facing federal murder-for -hire charges recently had his law license suspended indefinitely by the Illinois Supreme Court. Jason Smiekel, 30, is accused of plotting to hire someone to kill his girfriend's ex-husband.
Attorney Barry Cohen faces real estate setbacks
It appears Barry Cohen, one of Tampa's legal giants, hasn't done as well in real estate as he's fared in high-profile court cases.
Attorney Wants New Trial for Craig Heidt, Claims New Evidence Exists
Attorney Wants New Trial for Craig Heidt, Claims New Evidence Exists
Pa. lawyer gets 15 years in Russian child-sex case
A suburban Philadelphia lawyer will serve 15 years behind bars for the sexual abuse of a young Russian ballet dancer he helped support.
Lawyer Says Sandusky Hasn't Discussed A Plea
Melissa Block talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the latest from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
Attorney Barry Cohen faces real estate setbacks
It appears Barry Cohen, one of Tampa's legal giants, hasn't done as well in real estate as he's fared in high-profile court cases.
Lawyer Says Second Mile Settles Suit by Allege Victim Seeking Asset Freeze
Jerry Sandusky's The Second Mile charity has settled a lawsuit filed by a man claiming to be a victim of sex abuse, Bloomberg is reporting.
Lawyer Says Sandusky Hasn't Discussed A Plea
Melissa Block talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the latest from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.