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Conyers pushes U.S. attorney general to block emergency manager law
Washington— U.S. Rep John Conyers late Thursday asked the Justice Department to immediately review whether Michigan's emergency manager law is constitutional and intervene if necessary.
Lawyer who got bulk of $2M estate, quits bar
MILFORD -- A lawyer facing disciplinary action over his handling of a $2 million estate resigned from the bar on Wednesday and waived his right to reapply to practice law in the state.
Lawyer: Sandusky not considering a plea deal
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Thursday dismissed as "completely unfounded" suggestions that the former football coach may consider pleading guilty to charges that he molested at least eight boys.
Attorney makes case against breath test machines
The machine used in thousands of drunk driving convictions is under fire in Collier County. A defense attorney argued he should be able to get information on the specifics of how the breath test machine works, or DUIs should be thrown out.
Lawyer: Driver in bus horror no monster
THE LAWYER for a Bronx bus driver charged in a horrific crash that killed 15 people argued Thursday that his client’s actions were not criminal — but a judge refused to lower his $250,00 bail.
Sandusky Lawyer Might Entertain Plea Deal: An Alum's Reaction
With a gap between the regular season and a bowl game for Penn State, there is even more focus on the Jerry Sandusky scandal. As a Penn State alum, I'd much rather be writing about the Big Ten Championship Game right now.
Club’s attorney says free liquor went to D.C. inspector’s friends
An attorney for the Josephine nightclub said Thursday that the nightspot gave free liquor to friends of a D.C. alcoholic beverage control inspector as a “customer service” gesture and not as a “quid pro quo” to gain the favor of the city official. This week, Jermaine Matthews, a supervisory investigator for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, was suspended with pay pending the ...
Lake County sheriff calls for assistant state's attorney to resign
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran today called for longtime county prosecutor Michael Mermel to be fired for making “inappropriate statements” to the media that Curran said reflect poorly on Lake County’s criminal justice system.
Massachusetts attorney general sues big banks over foreclosure practices
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sued five of the nation’s largest banks Thursday over allegations of illegal foreclosures and deceptive mortgage servicing practices, saying she no longer could wait for the outcome of multi-state negotiations with the banks that have dragged on for more than a year. Read full article >>
Attorney-General wins fight to keep killer rapist behind bars
Queensland's attorney-general has won a court challenge to keep a convicted killer and sex offender behind bars.
District attorney to double as counsel
District Attorney Alex Gardner’s title just got longer: He’s also legal counsel for Lane County government. The Board of Commissioners has narrowly appointed the county’s top prosecutor as temporary lead attorney for county government, citing the need to fill the post while the search for a long-term candidate is postponed. …
Killen's Attorney Says Letters Are Fake
Edgar Ray Killen's attorney says jailhouse confession letters are fakes.
Lawyer in baby-selling ring sentenced
The first of three women who pleaded guilty to running an international baby-selling ring was sentenced Thursday to one year in custody by a federal judge who sharply rebuked her for preying on the desires of couples to have children.
Papers came from Orie, her attorney says
State Sen. Jane Orie's attorney signed an affidavit stating she provided him with documents he introduced during her corruption trial, including those prosecutors say were doctored, the Allegheny County district attorney said on Thursday.
Zephyrhills city attorney announces judgeship bid
City Attorney Joseph A. Poblick has filed paperwork announcing his bid to become a Pasco County judge.
Zephyrhills city attorney announces judgeship bid
City Attorney Joseph A. Poblick has filed paperwork announcing his bid to become a Pasco County judge.
Orie's attorney claims no part in forged papers
The defense attorney for state Sen. Jane Orie has signed an affidavit affirming that he was not responsible for creating documents the prosecution contends are forgeries that were admitted during the senator's first trial.
Attorney for Jhessye’s mom wants answers
The attorney for Jerice Hunter, the mother of a missing 5-year-old Glendale girl, said Thursday night that investigators and prosecutors are stonewalling him.
Attorney general files suit against five major lenders
Calling it the first of its kind in the nation, Attorney General Martha Coakley yesterday alleged in a lawsuit that five nationwide banks engaged in deceptive loan practices and pursued illegal foreclosures on Massachusetts properties.
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.
PENN STATE SCANDAL / Sandusky's lawyer expresses doubt
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. Sandusky's attorney, Joe...
Attorney general sides with U-M in debate over grad assistant unionization
Allowing University of Michigan graduate student research assistants to unionize would "significantly damage" U-M and harm all Michigan residents, state Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a brief filed this week to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
District attorney to double as counsel
District Attorney Alex Gardner’s title just got longer: He’s also legal counsel for Lane County government. The Board of Commissioners has narrowly appointed the county’s top prosecutor as temporary lead attorney for county government, citing the need to fill the post while the search for a long-term candidate is postponed. …
Sandusky not considering guilty plea, his lawyer says
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Thursday dismissed as "completely unfounded" suggestions that the former football coach may consider pleading guilty to charges that he molested at least eight boys.
Attorney general sides with U-M in debate over grad assistant unionization
Allowing University of Michigan graduate student research assistants to unionize would "significantly damage" U-M and harm all Michigan residents, state Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a brief filed this week to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
PENN STATE SCANDAL / Sandusky's lawyer expresses doubt
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. Sandusky's attorney, Joe...
Non-lawyer serving as judge raises concern
Non-lawyer serving as judge raises concern HOUSTON CHRONICLE Copyright 2011 HOUSTON CHRONICLE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 12:08 a.m., Friday, December 2, 2011 Galveston County Judge Mark Henry regularly presides over judicial proceedings even though he isn't a lawyer, a practice that worries some attorneys and judges.
Attorney questions timing of charges for fatal crash
JUNEAU The defense attorney for a Beaver Dam man accused of causing a crash that killed a woman is questioning why it took a year to charge his client.
Lawyer’s new business bid: a bidding service for lawyers
MyLawBid aims to have lawyers find clients by bidding for their business
Lawyer says sexual harassment is rife in Aussie workplaces
THE young lawyer who took on law firm Clayton Utz, claiming its culture was sexist, says sexual harassment is endemic in workplaces.
Sandusky's attorney denies his client will seek a plea deal
The attorney for Jerry Sandusky said the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach did not plan to seek a plea deal to resolve criminal charges of child sexual abuse.
Lawyer: Sandusky not considering seeking plea
The lawyer for former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky denied a report that he has planned to discuss with his client about pleading guilty to charges of child sex abuse.
Lawyer: Sandusky Not Considering Plea
The lawyer for former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky denied a report that he has planned to discuss with his client about pleading guilty to charges of child sex abuse.
Attorney General eyes Andover on hazing-plan fail
The Andover public school system, embroiled in a revolting hazing scandal, is under scrutiny by the attorney general...
Lawyer: Sandusky Not Considering Plea
The lawyer for former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky denied a report that he has planned to discuss with his client about pleading guilty to charges of child sex abuse.
Carol Friedman dies; bankruptcy lawyer known for compassion
Carol Friedman wanted to become a lawyer and fight injustice. She chose bankruptcy law.
Lawyer Gets 15 Years for Making Boy Sex Slave
An international business lawyer from Chester County was sentenced to 15 years for using a Russian boy as a sex slave. Photo Credit: Teresa Masterson
GOP attorney Sheffield to seek Rep. Barrow's seat
The Associated Press The Associated Press SAVANNAH, Ga. An attorney from metro Atlanta says she'll move to southern Georgia to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow in 2012. Maria Sheffield announced her congressional campaign Thursday. The 37-year-old lawyer finished second last year in a nine-way GOP primary race for Georgia insurance commissioner. The ...
Lawyer Sentenced For Role In Baby-Selling Ring
A former lawyer has been sentenced in San Diego for running a fraud scheme that paid women to have babies for sale.
Ex-attorney sentenced in San Diego 'baby-selling' case
A former Maryland attorney has been sentenced to five months in prison for her role in what federal prosecutors said was a "baby-selling ring."
Selebi's lawyer 'very worried'
The lawyer of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who collapsed and was taken to hospital after his appeal against his corruption conviction failed, says she is "very worried".
Alleged fraudster's lawyer steps down
Windsor lawyer Patrick Ducharme is no longer representing the owner of Big3 Preowned Auto in his fraud and forgery case.
Attorney General announces arrest of Berks County child predator
Attorney General Linda Kelly announced the arrest of a Berks County child predator Friday. Officials say Randy Sailer, 59, of Boyertown is accused of using internet chat rooms to sexually proposition what he believed to be 13- year- old girls as well as sending pornographic videos and photos.
Ex-lawyer who pleaded guilty to Calif. scheme selling babies sentenced to 5 months in prison
SAN DIEGO — A former lawyer has been sentenced to five months in federal prison for running a fraud scheme that paid women to have babies for sale. Hilary Neiman, 32, was sentenced Thursday by a judge who condemned her for targeting couples looking to have children and dishonoring the legal profession. Neiman pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Read full article >>
Attorney: Mother of missing Glendale girl subject of threats
Attorney representing Jerice Hunter says his client is concerned for her safety since jail release.
Attorney: Mother of missing Glendale girl subject of threats
Attorney representing Jerice Hunter says his client is concerned for her safety since jail release.
Minneapolis attorney suspended by state Supreme Court
Attorney Steven Paul Lundeen has been suspended by the Minnesota Supreme Court, pending further disciplinary proceedings.
Attorney Says 77-Year-Old Junk Yard Dealer Holding Gun On Alleged Thieves Should Never Have Been Arrested
An attorney says a 77-year-old East Chattanooga junk yard dealer who was holding a gun on alleged thieves should never have been arrested. "This was an outrage. He's a model citizen," attorney Neal Thompson told General Sessions Court Judge Ron Durby on Friday morning.
Attorney General Bars Registered Agent, INC. from Misleading Businesses
Nevada Attorney General announced today that a settlement agreement has been reached with Registered Agent, Inc. regarding advertisements sent to corporations in order to deceptively change registered agents.
Lawyer for Sandusky accuser ‘Victim 6’ questions ‘dinner defense,’ says police knew of visit
PHILADELPHIA — An attorney for a man who says he was abused by ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky is taking aim at the accused molester’s lawyer for questioning alleged victims. Lawyer Howard Janet said Friday his client was invited to Sandusky’s home four months before Sandusky was charged with molesting children. He says the client told police about the invite and reported to them about the ...