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Lawyer: woman acted in self-defense
The lawyer for a woman charged with murder says she acted in self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend at a Berlin Turnpike motel.
Stephen Lawrence murder: Attorney General to review sentences
The Attorney General will review Gary Dobson and David Norris's sentences as police assess new information.
Attorney general reviews Lawrence murder jail terms
Britain's attorney general is reviewing the jail terms given to two men for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence amid concerns they were too lenient, an official said on Thursday.
LaPlace attorney under investigation
L’Observateur LAPLACE – A LaPlace attorney who once served as a legal advisor to the St. John the Baptist Parish Council has been suspended indefinitely from practicing law for allegedly performing improper actions with client funds, according to a release from the state Attorney Disciplinary Board.
Witness: Victim asked Ampatuan lawyer to stop massacre
A POLICE officer whose lawyer-sister was killed during the Maguindanao massacre testified that his sibling even managed to send a text message before she and others in a convoy were killed by gunmen upon instructions by the Ampatuan clan.
Lawyer: Accused murderer acted in self-defense
The lawyer for a woman charged with murder says she acted in self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend at a Berlin Turnpike motel.
Attorney denies client had sex with a VFMA student
The lawyer for a Horsham woman who is accused of furnishing alcohol to students at Valley Forge Military Academy and having sex with a 16-year-old student admits that his client provided alcohol to students but denies the sex ever happened.
Soldier’s attorney responds to police
The attorney for a Bogalusa man charged with attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon in relation to a post-Thanksgiving shooting outside a local nightclub claims that his client was not attempting to elude police when he reported for duty at Fort Campbell in Kentucky days after the incident.
Well-known 'birther' lawyer takes on Birmingham man's suit to block president from Alabama ballot
Lawyer Orly Taitz also will ask for a delay in a hearing set for Monday
Lawyer Disciplinary Board charges Pocahontas prosecutor
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board has charged Pocahontas County's prosecuting attorney with violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in a nearly 60-page document that outlines alleged failure of competence and diligence, alleged failure to expedite litigation and achieve fairness to opposing party and counsel, as well as impartiality and decorum, and alleged misconduct.
Herskovits PLLC Formed by Veteran Securities Industry Lawyer
  NEW YORK , Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Veteran securities industry lawyer, Robert Herskovits , announced the formation of Herskovits PLLC.  Herskovits PLLC will provide legal representation to broker-dealers, ...
Sidley Named Among Top Litigation Departments of the Year by The American Lawyer
Sidley Austin LLP has been named one of the top six litigation departments among the 200 largest law firms in the country by The American Lawyer magazine. Sidley was chosen as a finalist in the magazine’s influential “Litigation Department of the Year” competition.
Attorney denies his female client had sex with VFMA student
The lawyer for a Horsham woman who is accused of furnishing alcohol to students at Valley Forge Military Academy and having sex with a 16-year-old student admits that his client provided alcohol to students but denies the sex ever happened.
District Attorney appeals Christian-Newsom retrials
Knox Co. Attorney General Randy Nichols has officially appealed the rulings that granted new trials to the four defendants previously convicted in the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
Md. Attorney General announces mortgage rate settlement
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced an agreement with Wells Fargo relating to allegedly deceptive marketing of adjustable rate mortgages written by companies it acquired in 2008
Retired lawyer accused of assault
A retired attorney from southern New Mexico is facing possible jail time and a fine after being convicted of assaulting a reporter outside a courtroom in Las Cruces.
Attorney for Valley Forge counselor call sex assault allegations ‘complete fabrications’
RADNOR – The attorney for the Valley Forge Military Academy guidance counselor fired for providing alcohol to students vehemently denies other charges alleging this client had sexual contact with a cadet.
Knoxville attorney acquitted of criminal contempt
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A special judge hearing a contempt complaint against Knoxville attorney Herb Moncier has dismissed it, but counseled the lawyer on getting along. Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ruled in the 2009 complaint on Wednesday, telling Moncier that he was a brilliant barrister, but needed to be less arrogant, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel ( (link) yk1JRE). Blackwood ...
Lawyer for Arundel councilman tries to bargain with Republicans
Attorney says Democrat Jones could give up pay, keep his seat while in prison The attorney representing embattled Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones, who lost a legal fight Wednesday when a judge ruled against his effort to block his colleagues from removing him from his council seat, has been floating an alternative council rebuke.
LaPlace attorney under investigation
L’Observateur LAPLACE – A LaPlace attorney who once served as a legal advisor to the St. John the Baptist Parish Council has been suspended indefinitely from practicing law for allegedly performing improper actions with client funds, according to a release from the state Attorney Disciplinary Board.
Attorney files motion opposing $17.75 million "kids for cash" settlement
An attorney for PA Child Care and related entities has filed a court motion opposing the proposed $17.75 million settlement in the “kid s for cash” lawsuits filed against real estate developer Robert Mericle.
Lawyer: Casey Anthony is woman on video
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Casey Anthony said she did not post her video diary on line, telling a Florida newspaper someone may have gained access to it illicitly.
Lawyer accused of assaulting officer at Louisville tavern
An honors graduate of the University of Louisville law school who works for a prominent Indianapolis firm was arrested last week in Louisville and charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer. According to a citation, Courtney R.
Dave Frohnmayer endorses Suzanne Bonamici for Congress and Ellen Rosenblum for attorney general
Former Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer crosses party lines to endorse Democrat Suzanne Bonamici's campaign for Congress. He also said he will back retired judge Ellen Rosenblum in her race for attorney general.
McHenry County settles state's attorney's defense bills in corruption case
McHenry County will pay less than half of the legal fees accrued to defend the county’s top prosecutor and his administrative assistant against political corruption charges.
Casey Anthony's lawyer says video release was 'unauthorized'
The attorney says the video was intended to be private and that he's looking into how it wound up online.
Alameda council selects new city attorney
Janet Kern formerly held positions in San Jose, Morgan Hill
Attorney says retired police lieutenant devastated by NY friendly fire shooting of ATF agent
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - An attorney for a retired police lieutenant who fired the shot that killed a federal agent trying to thwart a New Year's Eve pharmacy robbery on New York's Long Island says his client is "devastated."
Attorney denies client had sex with a VFMA student (video)
RADNOR -- The lawyer for a Horsham woman who is accused of furnishing alcohol to students at Valley Forge Military Academy and having sex with a 16-year-old student admits that his client provided alcohol to students but denies the sex ever happened.
Sanctions possible in false attorney lawsuit
An Aurora attorney has vowed to pursue sanctions against a Carpentersville man who was barred from practicing law in Kane County because he didn't have a license. Robert Sperlazzo has sued numerous judges, claiming the county operates "kangaroo court." A judge will rule in February whether to dismiss Sperlazzo's lawsuit.
Mason's Lawyer Says He Wasn't Violent With Wife
Mason's Lawyer Says He Wasn't Violent With Wife
LaPlace attorney under investigation
L’Observateur LAPLACE – A LaPlace attorney who once served as a legal advisor to the St. John the Baptist Parish Council has been suspended indefinitely from practicing law for allegedly performing improper actions with client funds, according to a release from the state Attorney Disciplinary Board.
Lawyer: Client devastated by ATF agent's NY death
An attorney for a retired police lieutenant who fired the shot that killed a federal agent trying to thwart a New Year's Eve pharmacy robbery says his client is "devastated" by what happened.
Attorney General Weighs in on Pittsylvania Co. Prayer Issue
Pittsylvania Co., VA - Virginia's Attorney General has weighed in on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors lawsuit with the ACLU about prayers during meetings.
Lawyer: Accused murderer acted in self-defense
The lawyer for a woman charged with murder says she acted in self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend at a Berlin Turnpike motel.
Rwandan man will face death if deported, longtime lawyer argues
The former lawyer of a Rwandan man accused of inciting to genocide said Thursday he is appalled by Ottawa's decision to send him back to his home country next week.
Attorney: Nanticoke Bar Not a Nuisance
More information is coming to light about a bar in Luzerne County where a woman was brutally attacked during the early hours of New Year's Day.
Attorney for Valley Forge counselor calls sex assault allegations ‘complete fabrications’ (with video)
RADNOR – The attorney for the Valley Forge Military Academy guidance counselor fired for providing alcohol to students vehemently denies other charges alleging this client had sexual contact with a cadet.
Rwandan man will face death if deported, longtime lawyer argues
The former lawyer of a Rwandan man accused of inciting to genocide said Thursday he is appalled by Ottawa's decision to send him back to his home country next week.
Attorney for Valley Forge counselor calls sex assault allegations ‘complete fabrications’
RADNOR – The attorney for the Valley Forge Military Academy guidance counselor fired for providing alcohol to students vehemently denies other charges alleging this client had sexual contact with a cadet.
Attorney resigns at Deerfield Beach Housing Authority
Just weeks after the longtime director of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority was chosen for a new position out of the area, the authority's longtime attorney submitted his resignation as well.
Attorney for Fremont Says Trial May be Avoided
An attorney representing Fremont in a legal fight over a city ordinance that bans hiring or renting to illegal immigrants says the case could avoid a full trial.
Attorney to amend complaint filed over BZA decision
LA PORTE COUNTY — An attorney representing the petitioners at last November’s La Porte County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting said he will file an “amended complaint” after local property owners Barbara LaGrossa and Jack Sturken requested to be removed as co-plaintiffs in a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief.
New York lawyer who billed for porn won't collect
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A law firm that fired one of its attorneys who billed clients for pornographic movies and escort services is off the hook for a $600,000 discrimination judgment, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. An administrative law judge at the State Division of Human Rights awarded James Hazen $50,000 from his former employer, Hill Betts & Nash, after Hazen claimed he suffered ...
Attorney General Luther Strange looks at the year ahead
  Strange has been in office for almost one year. In that time, he's dealt with some big issues.  
Gupta didn't profit as alleged insider: lawyer
Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta never profited from insider trading allegedly conducted with his friend, hedge fund magnate Raj Rajaratnam, his lawyer said in court Thursday, calling the government case "mumbo jumbo."
Okla. attorney argues board unconstitutional
An Oklahoma City attorney is challenging the state's Contingency Review Board, arguing the three-member panel is unconstitutional.
Attorney denies client had sex with a VFMA student (video)
RADNOR -- The lawyer for a Horsham woman who is accused of furnishing alcohol to students at Valley Forge Military Academy and having sex with a 16-year-old student admits that his client provided alcohol to students but denies the sex ever happened.
Okla. attorney argues board unconstitutional
An Oklahoma City attorney is challenging the state's Contingency Review Board, arguing the three-member panel is unconstitutional.
U.S. attorney seeks 10 years prison for "master con-woman"
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania woman who faked her own kidnapping while actually at Disney World and stole more than $1 million is a "master con-woman" who should go to prison for 10 years, prosecutors said on Thursday. Bonnie Sweeten captured headlines in 2009 when she triggered an all-out search by federal and local authorities by making a phony 911 call to say she and her 9-year-old ...