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High court suspends Tucson attorney (The Arizona Republic)
TUCSON - The Arizona Supreme Court at the request of the Arizona State Bar has suspended a Tucson attorney and given him 10 days to tell his clients they need to find a new lawyer.

Zimbabwe: Harare Lawyer Arrested (AllAfrica.com)
PROMINENT Harare lawyer Mr George Chikumbirike was on Sunday arrested at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo after four rounds of ammunition were allegedly found in his luggage.

Fort Dodge attorney accused of trying to bribe witness (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
Associated Press - July 25, 2007 1:54 PM ET FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A Fort Dodge attorney faces some legal problems. John Gailey is accused of trying to bribe a witness in a case...

FD attorney accused of tampering (The Des Moines Register)
A Fort Dodge attorney is accused of trying to bribe a witness in a case involving his son, who faces charges including kidnapping and sexual abuse.

Attorney wants Denver jury to decide Churchill's fate (Rocky Mountain News)
Ward Churchill’s attorney is seeking a more sympathetic jury by taking the case of the fired University of Colorado professor to Denver District Court rather than before a federal judge.

Teacher Accused Of Lying To Attorney, Judge, Probation Officer (KMGH 7 Denver)
A former elementary school teacher convicted on drug charges is due back in court next Tuesday to face allegations that she lied to her attorney, a judge and her probation officer.

School bus driver hadn't been drinking: lawyer (CBC Saskatchewan)
A Saskatoon school bus driver accused of taking a load of elementary school children on a wild ride was not under the influence of alcohol, her lawyer says.

Thefts repeatedly hit Honolulu attorney’s office (Honolulu Advertiser)
In the last six months, an attorney's office at the Dillingham Transportation Building Downtown has lost more than $6,000 worth of office equipment and supplies following two burglaries, a theft and an assault, according to police and building occupants.

U.S. attorney: Shredding of jail papers not criminal (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Fulton County sheriff's deputies were ignorant but not criminal when they shredded large amounts of jail documents and prompted a federal investigation, according to U.S. Attorney David Nahmias. The FBI began investigating the destruction of documents at the Fulton County jail after U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob voiced concerns about the shredding and questioned whether the sheriff's office ...

Wheat board lawyer says gov't 'got it wrong,' needs vote in Parliament on barley (Canadian Business)
CALGARY (CP) - A lawyer for the Canadian Wheat Board says Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl "plumb got it wrong" when he moved to end the board's monopoly on barley exports.

Lawrence N. Gang, lawyer, 1954-2007 (Vail Daily)
Lawrence “Larry” N. Gang, a lawyer for Vail Resorts, died July 6. He was 53. Gang was born Jan. 20, 1954, in Huntington, W.V. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1972, received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Lawyer: GPLv3 may not bind Microsoft (ZDNet Asia)
Software giant likely will be able to extricate itself from the implications of the open-source license, lawyer says.

U.S. Attorney Sees More Insider-Trade, Options Cases (InformationWeek)
U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia expects the ongoing boom in buyouts to lead to a wave of insider-trading criminal cases over the next few years.

Haneed's lawyer no stranger to controversy (Tenterfield Star)
Peter Russo calls it his "semi-zombie state". Deprived of sleep and personal space by long hours on a case, the craggy-faced Brisbane lawyer has a habit of switching to a kind of barely animated, energy-conservation mode to keep focused on the job at hand.

U.S. attorney won't prosecute lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. attorney on Wednesday declined a federal judge's request to prosecute a prominent Mississippi attorney on allegations of criminal contempt in a Hurricane Katrina insurance dispute.

U.S. attorney won't prosecute lawyer (The Charlotte Observer)
A U.S. attorney on Wednesday declined a federal judge's request to prosecute a prominent Mississippi attorney on allegations of criminal contempt in a Hurricane Katrina insurance dispute. U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said in the letter to U.S. District Judge William M. Acker Jr. that he chose not to prosecute Richard F. Scruggs and his firm "following a serious and thorough review of the facts." In ...

Lawyer attacks Dupas witness (Herald Sun)
THE lawyer for double killer Peter Dupas has attacked the credibility of a convicted drug trafficker and disgraced solicitor giving evidence against him.

No Easy Verdict on Thompson The Lawyer (Washington Post)
Before he was elected as a tough-on-crime U.S. senator from Tennessee or played a New York prosecutor on TV's "Law and Order," Fred Dalton Thompson worked as a lawyer who argued against the government's authority to regulate drug paraphernalia or to search a boat packed with 14 tons of marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Declines to Prosecute Scruggs (WLBT 3 Jackson)
A U.S. Attorney in Birmingham declined a Federal Judge's request to prosecute a Mississippi Attorney.

Haneef lawyer unclear about review motives (The West Australian)
A lawyer for Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef says he is unsure if bungles in the police investigation are the reason for a DPP review of the case.

Attorney General Creates Cold Case Unit (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
Attorney General Troy King is hoping to bring about new developments in the state's most difficult-to-solve criminal cases.

New Legislation Would Bolster Attorney-Client Rights in Investigations (Law.com)
With bills now introduced in both the House and Senate, a wide-ranging coalition of business, bar and civil rights groups sees possible success by year's end for a new law barring federal prosecutors from requiring waiver of attorney-client and work-product protections in corporate investigations. Key to the coalition's optimism about final legislative action this year is the strong bipartisan ...

State confirms scrutiny of attorney's actions in Beaver County case (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The state Attorney General's Office confirmed Wednesday it is reviewing attorney Gregory Harbaugh's handling of a late Beaver County widow's $10 million estate.

Review of Haneef case will lead to charges being dropped: lawyer (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Sydney, July 26 (IANS) Charges that Indian doctor Muhammad Haneef supported a terror organisation could be dropped as early as Friday, said a prominent Australian lawyer as the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) moved to review all the material in the case.

Lawyer predicts Haneef case collapse (Daily Telegraph)
A PROMINENT criminal lawyer predicts the charge against accused terrorism supporter Mohamed Haneef will be dropped as early as tomorrow.

Charges against Haneef will be dropped by Friday or Monday: Oz lawyer (ANI via Yahoo! India News)
Melbourne, July 26 (ANI): A prominent Australian lawyer has said that the charge against Indian born doctor Mohamed Haneef will be dropped as early as Friday. Peter Faris, a former chairman of the National Crime Authority, said the decision of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Damian Bugg, to review the evidence against Dr Haneef suggested that the case had collapsed. "This ...

State's attorney candidate welcomes challenge (Rockford Register Star)
ROCKFORD — When attorney Phil Nicolosi takes teenage defendants to court in his role as a municipal prosecutor for Loves Park and Rockton, he says he feels compelled to talk to them about the decisions they're making.

Attorney wants mental exam of suspect (The Oregonian)
VANCOUVER -- Matthew Ryan Hastings, accused of ambushing four SWAT officers last week and wounding one of them, should undergo a mental health evaluation, his attorney told a Clark County judge Wednesday.

Judge may order lawyer onto case (The Salt Lake Tribune)
WEST JORDAN - A judge said Wednesday that he might have to order an attorney to handle the appeal of death-row inmate Ralph Leroy Menzies because a long search has failed to turn up a lawyer who will take the case willingly.

Review into Haneef's case a welcome step: Lawyer (Outlook India)
Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today said a review into the case of Mohamed Haneef will not undermine the government's handling of the terrorism charges as the Indian doctor's lawyer welcomed the move, saying it would help end public speculation about the case.

Lawyer faces charges of trying to bribe witness in son’s case (The Des Moines Register)
A Fort Dodge lawyer is accused of trying to bribe a witness in a case involving his son, who faces charges of kidnapping and sexual abuse.

NJ attorney general issues 3rd subpoena to MySpace (phillyburbs.com)
TRENTON, N.J. - The Attorney General's Office continued its investigation into convicted sex offenders trolling the Internet, issuing a third subpoena Wednesday to MySpace for information on its users.

Attorney General report criticises top civil servant (Belfast Telegraph)
Northern Ireland's most senior civil servant - who works directly under Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness - has been criticised in the Attorney General's report that rules out a political cover-up in the appointment of a Victims Commissioner.

Attorney mulls run at Bianchi (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A former McHenry County prosecutor said Tuesday that he was considering a run for McHenry County state’s attorney, an announcement that came just days after his wife left the state’s attorney’s office.

Charges against Haneef will be dropped by Friday or Monday: Oz lawyer (New Kerala)
Melbourne, July 26 : A prominent Australian lawyer has said that the charge against Indian born doctor Mohamed Haneef will be dropped as early as Friday.

Documents contradict Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' testimony (ABC 13 Texas)
Documents indicate eight congressional leaders were briefed about the Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program on the eve of its expiration in 2004, contradicting sworn Senate testimony this week by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Lawyer of Berezovsky says he is innocent (Pravda)
The lawyer of Boris Brezovsky , accused of embezzlement , said in trial that he believed his client was innocent. "I share his (Berezovsky's) opinion on this case," Alexander Dudkin told reporters after a Moscow court postponed the start of the trial until Aug. 21 to allow him more time to finish reading the voluminous case files.

Government runs the rule over attorney general role (The Lawyer)
A consultation into the role of the attorney general was today (26 July) launched by the Government. The news comes a week after the Constitutional Affairs Committee claimed that the "ancient office" of the attorney general was "not sustainable" (www.thelawyer.com, 19 July).

State's attorney accuses Stroger of reneging on raises (Daily Herald)
Cook County Board President John Stroger went back on a budget promise Tuesday night, calling State's Attorney Dick Devine to tell him his attorneys won't be getting the cost-of-living raises they were promised, said John Gorman, a spokesman for Devine.

Bush's attorney general faces threat of perjury probe (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A senior US senator is threatening to request a perjury inquiry into President George W. Bush's attorney general amid accusations his sworn testimony before Congress contradicted an account from a top intelligence official.

Minister had duty to fire school board: lawyer (CBC via Yahoo! Canada News)
A government lawyer is defending the education minister's decision to fire all 13 elected members of Nova Scotia's largest school board.

Attorney-General may have to explain war advice (Times Online)
The Attorney-General could be forced to explain before Parliament the legal basis for going to war and to give up any role in deciding prosecutions under reforms proposed today.

Lawyer to act as one-man tribunal in paramedics dispute (CBC Calgary)
Alberta's employment minister has appointed an Edmonton lawyer to help the City of Calgary and its paramedics reach a new contract.

Giordano's attorney asks for lesser sentence (Boston Globe)
Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano's attorney asked for a lesser sentence Thursday, drawing harsh words from a federal judge who said Giordano inflicted lasting trauma on two young girls he abused.

Property agent who ran scam with missing lawyer pleads guilty (Channel News Asia via Yahoo! Asia News)
SINGAPORE: A former director of a real estate company has admitted that he conspired with missing lawyer David Rasif in a scam.

Democrats ask for perjury investigation of Attorney General Gonzales (International Herald Tribune)
Senate Democrats called for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied under oath and subpoenaed top presidential aide Karl Rove Thursday in a widening probe into the dismissal of U.S. prosecutors.

Berezovsky's Lawyer Says He Is Innocent (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The lawyer appointed by a Russian court to defend businessman Boris Berezovsky, a strong critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his embezzlement trial said Thursday he believes his client is innocent.

Democrats ask for perjury investigation of Attorney General Gonzales (International Herald Tribune)
Four Senate Democrats sought on Thursday to raise the controversy over Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to a new level as they called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether Gonzales perjured himself before Congress.

Attorney General warns of scams (BizJournals)
The state Attorney General said that con artists are operating several types of scams in the Puget Sound area, trying to get bank account and other private financial information from consumers.

Court: Lawyer ad rules violate free speech (BizJournals)
New rules governing lawyer advertising in New York state that took effect Feb. 1 cannot be enforced because they violate the First Amendment right to free speech, according to a federal court ruling Monday.