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Obituary: Pioneering attorney was a mentor to women (The Sacramento Bee)
Karen Pedersen Stevens, a pioneering Sacramento attorney and mentor to women in the legal community who was a founder of California Women Lawyers, died Saturday. She was 62.

Judge denies request for new lawyer before trial (Courier-Post)
A Superior Court judge says the trial in the stabbing death of an Evesham woman will proceed in September as planned, refusing to allow the defendant to change his lawyer at the last minute and delay the case.

Lawyer: Rock cleared in paternity case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Chris Rock said Monday that a court-ordered DNA test proved Rock is not the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue the comedian for support earlier this year.

Ex-attorney general for Idaho to speak at BYU (Deseret Morning News)
PROVO — Former Idaho attorney general Larry EchoHawk, a professor at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, will speak at the university's weekly devotional today at 11:05 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium.

Attorney makes bid for treasurer (The Charlotte Observer)
Raleigh attorney Michael Weisel has added his name to the growing list of candidates to succeed Richard Moore as state treasurer. Weisel announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination over the weekend. If elected, Weisel said, he would retain the state's top credit rating while protecting the $75 billion government employee pension funds and promote financial literacy among children. "I ...

Anna White Garlund - pioneering attorney, city councilwoman (San Francisco Chronicle)
Pioneering lawyer Anna White Garlund - who began her career in San Francisco in the 1950s and later became the first female attorney in Tulare County - has died at her home in San Francisco. She was 93 when she died on July 27 of emphysema. Ms....

Tallahassee Attorney Suspended Over FSU Trophy Theft (WJXT Jacksonville)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An attorney has been suspended from the Florida Bar for 60 days for his an apparent role in the theft of two Florida State University national football championship trophies, officials said Monday.

Lawyer seeks to suppress statement in child sex case (Honolulu Advertiser)
A defense lawyer for a former soccer coach accused of molesting six boys is seeking to suppress a statement his client made to police investigators in the case.

Rogers attorney pleads not guilty to theft (NWAnews.com)
BENTONVILLE — A Rogers attorney pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing money from clients. (Benton County Daily Record)

Lawyer: DNA Test Clears Chris Rock in Georgia Paternity Allegation (KWWL Iowa)
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A lawyer for comedian Chris Rock says a court-ordered DNA shows that Rock isn't the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue Rock for child support earlier this year.

Lawyer: Chris Rock Cleared in Paternity Case (WABC-TV New York)
A lawyer for Chris Rock says a DNA test proved Rock isn't the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue the comedian.

Vicksburg lawyer to be sentenced Aug. 27 on seven counts in Fen-Phen case (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - August 7, 2007 9:54 AM ET JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Vicksburg's lawyer sentencing has been rescheduled for later this month.

Berezovsky to face new charges, lawyer says (RosBusinessConsulting)
RBC, 07.08.2007, Moscow 19:19:09. Several new accusations could be brought against Boris Berezovsky in the near future, his lawyer Simon Ariya told journalists.

Lawyer: Sexually oriented businesses at risk (Houston Chronicle)
Scores of sexually oriented businesses in Houston could be wiped out if uprooted by a city ordinance that mandates they be a little more than a quarter mile from schools, churches, parks and day care centers, a lawyer told an appeals panel today.

ACLU calls for state attorney to leave BPD sex case (Bradenton Herald)
SARASOTA - The Sarasota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has called on the local state attorney's office to leave the criminal investigation into three former Bradenton police officers.

Attorney general calls allegation against DHS director 'meritless' (Tulsa World)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The attorney general on Tuesday termed "meritless" an allegation that Department of Human Services Director Howard Hendrick failed to get prompt medical attention for his injured son.

Longtime defense attorney Sy Gaer dead at 75 (Miami Herald)
Miami defense attorney Sy Gaer, a fixture in the local legal community, died Tuesday following intestinal surgery. He was 75. Gaer was a beloved fixture in the Miami criminal courthouse for 40 years, cheering judges with his cantankerous irreverence and exasperating prosecutors with his ability to charm a jury.

Higgs' Attorney Wants Verdict Overturned (KTNV Las Vegas)
The attorney for Chaz Higgs has gone to the State Supreme Court asking that the verdict against Higgs be overturned.

Lawyer: Pearl Buck manuscript belongs in West Virginia (The York Dispatch)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The recently recovered manuscript for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Good Earth" legally belongs in Pearl S. Buck's birthplace -- Hillsboro, W.Va. -- according to a lawyer.

FBI chief contradicts Attorney General Gonzales (Miami Herald)
FBI Director Robert Mueller Thursday contradicted the sworn testimony of his boss, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, by telling Congress that a prominent warrantless surveillance program was the subject of a dramatic legal debate within the Bush administration.

Czech state attorney halts firm owner's prosecution in Cunek case (České noviny)
Prague/Brno- State attorney Arif Salichov has halted the prosecution of Petr Hurta in the case of deputy prime minister Jiri Cunek, Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) chairman, Hynek Olma, spokesman for the regional state attorney's office in Brno, told CTK today.

Lawyer's proposal to improve parks wins $100,000 (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Lexington lawyer Dan Miller came up a little short in his bid to win millions of dollars for the National Park Foundation, but he still made a difference. In announcing the winner of its annual Members Project on Tuesday, American Express said it will give the park foundation and three other runner-up organizations $100,000 each. The financial services company also doubled the prize for the ...

Abuse was result of combat stress, defense attorney says (Deseret Morning News)
A man charged with starving his ex-girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome from his military service in Iraq and struggling with a drinking problem when he tried to care for the child, his defense attorney said Tuesday.

Lawyer suspended for bad behavior (Florida Today)
Longtime Rockledge lawyer Henry John Martocci has been suspended on charges he verbally assaulted a Brevard prosecutor in court.

DNA test clears Chris Rock in paternity case, lawyer says (CNN.com)
SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) -- A lawyer for Chris Rock said Monday that a court-ordered DNA test proved Rock is not the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue the comedian for support earlier this year.

Sharpton Lawyer Helps Fulani (The New York Observer)
There’s a new player in the ongoing fight between the Independence Party of New York City and their own state party organization: the National Action Network. A lawyer for NAN, which is run by Al Sharpton, joined the city organization of the Independence Party, which is controlled by Lenora Fulani supporters, in Brooklyn state Supreme Court yesterday. They were arguing against the the ...

Egyptian lawyer withdraws from convert’s case (Gulf Times)
CAIRO: An Egyptian lawyer said yesterday he was withdrawing an unprecedented petition requesting that the Egyptian authorities recognise the conversion of one of his clients from Islam to Christianity.

Masilotti lawyer suspended from practice (Palm Beach Daily news)
The Florida Supreme Court has suspended land-use lawyer and once-prominent power broker William R. Boose III for 30 days. The Florida Bar announced the reprimand Monday.

Local attorney back behind bars, accused of victim tampering (KMOV St. Louis)
(KMOV) - St. Louis County Police arrested former Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Tolen Monday night at his home in Town and Country. Tolen is accused of victim tampering.

GLASFORD: Principal will resign, attorney says (Peoria Journal Star)
GLASFORD — The attorney for embattled Illini Bluffs Elementary Principal John Walker says his client will be submitting a letter of resignation later this week.

County attorney issues identity scam alert (The Payson Roundup)
Gila County Attorney, Daisy Flores wants the public and area businesses to be aware of a scam being perpetrated in the area that involves a federal transportation agency.

Attorney General visits Payson (The Payson Roundup)
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is coming to Payson this month to talk to area residents about crime and fraud prevention.

Attorney: Walker will resign this week (WHOI Peoria)
GLASFORD -- The attorney for a Glasford principal accused of raping a 20-year old woman, says his client will resign this week.

State Attorney to Present City's IT Troubles to Grand Jury (First Coast News)
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- State Attorney Harry Shorstein now wants a Grand Jury to look into how your tax dollars were spent by the City of Jacksonville. Shorstein wants to know why city contracts were continually given to ProLogic, an IT company that didn't have the proper requirements.

Attorney: Family of Marine convicted in Iraq slaying lobby for leniency (North County Times)
NORTH COUNTY -- On Friday, the jury gave him 15 years for murdering an Iraqi man in a war zone. And on Monday, the family of Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins was set to meet with the commander of the Marine forces in Iraq to plead for mercy, the sergeant's attorney said.

New: Regna to run for state's attorney (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – Lashing out at McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi on Tuesday, Crystal Lake attorney and former county prosecutor Daniel Regna announced his bid for state’s attorney for the 2008-12 term.

State Attorney Investigates City's IT Dept. (WJXT Jacksonville)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City computers crashing and a grand jury investigation are two possibilities hanging over the mayor's head. State Attorney Harry Shorstein said he is looking into how the city hired IT personnel -- the workers who keep the city's computers up and running.

Lawyer pleads guilty in accident scheme (The Star-Ledger)
An Essex County lawyer and his firm pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme that netted millions using runners to drum up clients and file false insurance claims.

Lawyer will be allowed to meet with clients (El Paso Times)
El Paso lawyer Mary Stillinger can meet with the three people she was trying to represent in the ongoing FBI public corruption case, U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo has ruled.

Attorney warns U.S. Agriculture Department employees about lobbying (The Shreveport Times)
U.S. Agriculture Department employees who used government computers to spread an e-mail urging opposition to a farm bill provision are scolded by a department attorney and the administrator of their section.

Top defense attorneys take 'lawyer's nightmare' case (New Haven Register)
NEW HAVEN — One veteran defense attorney called the triple homicide case against paroled burglars Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky "a lawyer's nightmare — high profile, brutal allegations, and the evidence is strong."

Warrant Issued For Lawyer (Hartford Courant)
Missing Man's Letter Hinted At Self-Harm Local police have issued a warrant for the arrest of missing lawyer Jonathan Hoyt, who disappeared after admitting to stealing money from his clients.

McVeigh attorney to represent mother of slain toddler (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - August 8, 2007 3:35 AM ET BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) - The attorney who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is now the lawyer for a woman convicted in the child abuse...

9/11 lawyer to defend KRouge leader in genocide trial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
French lawyer Francois Roux, who defended the only man convicted in the September 11 attacks on the United States, was sworn in Wednesday as a defence lawyer for Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch, officials said.

Gov taps new attorney general (Casper Star-Tribune)
CHEYENNE -- Gov. Dave Freudenthal recruited the state's new attorney general, Bruce Salzburg, from his brother's Cheyenne law firm.

9/11 lawyer to defend KRouge leader in genocide trial (TODAYonline)
In this file photo, French lawyer Francois Roux takes part in a press conference in Montpellier, France.

Judge: 'Steak' can't cut his lawyer free (The Post-Standard)
Salvatore Lanza doesn't want to defend Shaun "Steak" Salsbery and Salsbery doesn't want him as his lawyer. But they are stuck with each other, said Oswego County Judge Walter Hafner Jr.

Paternity tests clear Rock, lawyer says (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A lawyer for Chris Rock said Monday that a court-ordered DNA test proved Rock is not the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue the comedian for support.

Antioch hires new attorney (Lake County News Sun)
Antioch has hired Adam Simon from the law firm of AncelGlink as the new village attorney, replacing Rudolph Magna. Magna leaves mid-month, and although some village trustees questioned the switch from a contract rate to an hourly rate with the new attorney, the appointment was approved.

Philippines: Muslim tortured for 'war on terror', says lawyer (Adnkronos)
Philippines: Muslim tortured for 'war on terror', says lawyer (AKI) - Alleged terrorist Kaharudin Talib has been arrested illegally, tortured and forced to say he was part of the Islamic extremist group, Jemaah Islamiyah, his lawyer said on Wednesday.Zainudin Malang, lawyer for Talib, said this was part of a campaign of abuse against Muslims being conducted in the name of the war on ...