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Attorney general OKs St. Francis purchase (BizJournals)
The state Department of the Attorney General has approved the acquisition of the St. Francis Medical Centers on Oahu by a group of local physicians and their Kansas-based investor.

Miami Attorney Pleads Guilty To Murder (CBS 4 Miami)
A former Miami attorney pled guilty to murdering her husband Monday.

Police hold 'Mr Loophole' lawyer (BBC News)
Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman - nicknamed Mr Loophole - is arrested in Greater Manchester.

Stars' lawyer Freeman under arrest (PA via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman has been arrested by police.

U.S. attorney charges former PBC chairman in secret land deals (Sun-Sentinel)
In a broad six-year conspiracy, disgraced former Palm Beach County Commissioner Tony Masilotti betrayed his public office to orchestrate secret land deals that brought him an ill-gotten fortune worth roughly $10 million, the U.S. attorney alleged Monday.

Lawyer: Dad used his super rage on his wife (Boston Herald)
A Framingham man accused of attempting to murder his wife went into a rage, his lawyer said, to stop her from taking their child to what he feared was a cult meeting in Boston. Xing Yu's lawyer,...

County attorney to draft ambulance ordinance (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — Adams County may soon have an ordinance to regulate ambulance services. County Attorney Bob Latham said he was planning to have an ordinance that would regulate ambulance services to the board of supervisors this week.

Sen. Libby Mitchell sworn in as attorney (Capital Weekly)
AUGUSTA - Sen. Elizabeth “Libby†Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, was sworn in Wednesday as an attorney by Superior Court Justice Donald Alexander at the Kennebec County Court House.

Judge OKs attorney's withdrawal (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
DAYTONA BEACH -- A judge allowed an attorney to withdraw from representing a convicted killer in his appeal Monday because the lawyer was concerned that a tape he was given in the case might have been phony.

Court appoints Bredesen lawyer to be next attorney general (Tennessean)
Gov. Phil Bredesen's lawyer was appointed Monday as the state's next attorney general by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Robert E. Cooper Jr. was selected from a group of three finalists. He succeeds former Attorney General Paul Summers, who did not seek reappointment for an eight-year term.

Hussein's lawyer makes a fleeting courtroom visit (Los Angeles Times)
baghdad — Saddam Hussein's lawyer ended a one-month courtroom absence Monday, defending his client briefly before getting into another spat with the judge and leaving again.

Former lawyer faces charges of stealing from 2 clients (Seattle Times)
A second aggravated-first-degree-theft charge has been filed against a former Edmonds lawyer. In the latest action against Theresa Michelle...

Attorney general: Misuse 'my bad' (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff broke the law on Oct. 10 by sending an endorsement letter to Beaver County residents on official state letterhead. The charge: misuse of the state seal. His plea: guilty. The penalty: nothing. Use of the state seal in a campaign is against the law and violators could face a felony, but Shurtleff even avoided a warning, according to state

For attorney general (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — J. William W. Harsch, the Republican candidate for attorney general, stood in his law office in downtown Providence, examining a framed print of “The Relief of the Light Brigade.”

Saddam’s attorney briefly reappears (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Saddam Hussein’s attorney ended a one-month courtroom absence Monday, defending his client briefly before getting into another spat with the judge and leaving again.

Floyd County attorney's race developing into battle (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
CHARLES CITY --- Opponents of Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer accuse her of going easy on criminals and entering plea bargains too quickly. Dettmer, 60, a Republican, says the charges are unfounded. As she seeks her fourth term, she points to a record she believes shows a tough stance.

Candidate for Floyd County attorney wants investigation into allegations (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
CHARLES CITY --- A Democratic candidate for Floyd County attorney is calling for a grand jury to determine if an opponent received sex as payment for legal services or if a tipster attempted blackmail.

Jodi killer's lawyer in DNA claim (BBC News)
The lawyer for the man convicted of killing Jodi Jones says DNA found on her body will form part of his appeal.

Ethics attorney explains law (The Advocate)
HEATH -- Area government officials asked an ethics attorney about the propriety of lunches paid by a local philanthropist and an engineering firm reviewing its own projects during Monday night's joint city council meeting.

Killed Lawyer May Have Put Up Fight (Sky News via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
A City lawyer who was stabbed to death by muggers may have tried to "take them on", the Old Bailey has heard. Tom ap Rhys Pryce, 31, was attacked outside Kensal Green Underground station.

Poll: Falk leads attorney generals race (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
MADISON Democrat Kathleen Falk has a double-digit lead in the race for attorney general, according to a poll released Monday.

Teenagers 'murdered City lawyer' (BBC News)
Lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce was targeted by two robbers who fatally stabbed him in the street, a court hears.

Teenagers 'murdered City lawyer' (BBC News)
Lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce was targeted by two robbers who fatally stabbed him in the street, a court hears.

Nick Freeman, the celebrities' lawyer, questioned by police (Guardian Unlimited)
Lawyer who helped celebrities get off driving charges questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert course of justice.

City lawyer targeted as 'a means to an end', court told (Times Online)
A young City lawyer was stabbed to death yards from his home by two robbers who targeted him as "no more than a means to an end", the Old Bailey was told today....

Berlusconi's ex-lawyer Mills 'not afraid' of corruption trial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Tax lawyer David Mills -- ordered to face corruption charges along with his former client Silvio Berlusconi -- has said in a newspaper interview that he was "absolutely not afraid" of a trial in Italy.

Linklaters Lawyer Was Murdered for Phone, Court Told (Update2) (Bloomberg.com)
Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Linklaters lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce was stabbed to death by robbers who stole his mobile phone, bank cards and a subway pass, a prosecutor said at the start of a murder trial today for two London teenagers.

MISSING LAWYER Thaksin aide link to kidnap of Somchai (The Nation)
Army chief Sonthi Boonyaratglin yesterday linked prominent Muslim lawyer Somchai Neelaphai-jit's disappearance to people close to ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

U.S. Attorney appoints election officer (WLNE-TV)
Rhode Island has a new federal election watchdog. Assistant U-S Attorney Terrence Donnelly will handle any election fraud or voting rights complaints handed to federal officials during the upcoming general election.

Attorney says engineers, not owners to blame in pier collapse (phillyburbs.com)
PHILADELPHIA - Two men on trial in a fatal pier collapse that killed three nightclub patrons were not responsible for the tragedy because they did not know the pier was in imminent danger of falling into the water, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

Rooting out scandal key to attorney general race (Southern Illinoisan)
SPRINGFIELD - Rooting out public corruption has become the central issue in the upcoming Illinois attorney general's race. As allegations of corruption have become a major issue in this year's gubernatorial race, how to handle it is bleeding into the attorney general contest.

Grand jury investigation unlikely to be part of election for Floyd County attorney (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
CHARLES CITY --- A call for a grand jury to investigate a complaint against a candidate for Floyd County attorney is itself coming into question. Normand Klemesrud, 59, a Democrat in the race, issued a statement Sunday asking for a review.

Celebrity lawyer 'Mr Loophole' arrested (Stuff)
LONDON: A lawyer renowned for representing celebrity clients has been arrested after detectives raided his office, police said.

Nightclub fire dominates race for R.I. attorney general (Boston Globe)
Attorney General Patrick Lynch took office just weeks after a fire at a crowded nightclub killed 100 people. Three and a half years later, the disaster continues to cast a shadow over his bid for re-election as the state's top law enforcement official.

Attorney: Anna Nicole Smith may have dyed baby's hair (USA Today)
Does she or doesn't she? An attorney thinks TV reality star Anna Nicole Smith, who usually sports platinum blonde hair, may have dyed her infant daughter's locks to make it appear the father is Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern.

Attorney: Anna Nicole may have dyed baby's hair (CNN.com)
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- An attorney for the ex-boyfriend of TV reality star Anna Nicole Smith said she believes that Smith dyes her new daughter's hair.

Economic development, attorney's office focus at forum (Denison Bulletin Review)
Candidates for the Crawford County Board of Supervisors responded to questions about economic-development, while county attorney candidates told why they are running for the office, during a candidates' forum Thursday night.

County hires assistant attorney (Thief River Falls Times & Northern Watch)
The Pennnington County Board of Commissioners approved the county attorney office’s hiring of a new assistant county attorney during the board’s Oct. 24 meeting.

County Manager And Attorney Receive Pay Raises For ‘Excellent' Service (Polk County Democrat)
County Manager Mike Herr and Count Attorney Joseph G. Jarret will see a little more money in upcoming paychecks. Both were awarded a 5.5 percent raise for “excellent” service by Polk County commissioners on Wednesday.

Attorney General OKs deal to buy St. Francis centers (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
The acquisition of St. Francis Medical Centers by a group of local doctors and a Kansas investor has won approval from the state Attorney General. Hawaii Medical Center LLC , composed of the Wichita-based Cardiovascular Hospitals of America and a local physicians group led by St. Francis cardiologist Danelo Canete, has moved another step closer to the completion of its $68 million acquisition.

Defense attorney attempts to stop release of 'Alpha Dog' (USA Today)
An attorney for murder defendant Jesse James Hollywood has asked a federal court to block the release of the film Alpha Dog a move legal experts consider a longshot but weighs fair-trial rights against First Amendment protections.

The celebrity lawyer Mr Loophole now finds himself in the frame (Times Online)
NICK FREEMAN, the celebrity lawyer whose ability to find flaws in the driving laws earned him the nickname Mr Loophole, protested his innocence yesterday after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice....

Stabbed lawyer 'was a proud man who resisted and paid with his life' (Times Online)
A SUCCESSFUL City lawyer was stabbed to death for his mobile phone and travelcard by two robbers yards from the home he shared with his fiancée, a jury was told yesterday....