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Spector Lawyer Set for Closing Argument (ABC News)
Phil Spector's Lawyer to Present Closing Arguments in Music Producer's Murder Trial

Attorney calls for election do-over (phillyburbs.com)
An attorney representing relatives of a Tullytown councilwoman defeated in the May Democratic primary asked a state appeals court on Wednesday to toss out the election results and allow all the candidates to run again in the November general election.

Attorney: 'Brazenness, Arrogance And Stupidity' (WNBC)
U.S. Attorney Chris Christie describes the behavior of 11 N.J. officials charged with corruption as an affront to all New Jerseyans.

Larry Birkhead Instructs Lawyer to Sue Book Author (Hollywood.com)
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead has struck the first blow in the ongoing war of words between himself and journalist Rita Cosby--- he's instructed his lawyer to sue her over allegations in her new book.

Mortgage Lawyer Is N.M. Appointee (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A top lawyer for bankrupt New Century Financial Corp., once the nation's second-largest subprime lender and now the target of a federal securities investigation, took over Wednesday as commissioner of the Nevada Mortgage Lending Division.

Troubled Fargo attorney arrested on DUI (Fargo Forum)
A suspended Fargo attorney was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence less than 24 hours after he pleaded guilty to terrorizing police by brandishing a gun on them last year.

Next U.S. president likely to be a lawyer (UPI)
The top three U.S. presidential candidates from both major parties hold law degrees, almost guaranteeing a lawyer in the White House in 2009.

Colleagues defend attorney in capital cases (The Sentinel)
Colleagues of the Hanford defense attorney at the helm of two of Kings County's most high profile criminal cases described her Wednesday as aggressive, highly competent, and dedicated.

California Attorney General Recalls Honorary Badges (NPR)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is recalling honorary badges, those shields and stars that resemble official law enforcement badges. Brown's office has declared the practice of distributing honorary badges illegal.

Attorney General John Suthers Releases School Safety Report (KKTV 11 Colorado Springs)
A report released Thursday by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers analyzes school and campus safety in Colorado and gives recommendations to help prevent violence in high schools and colleges.

Mom's lawyer: No favors (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Did the mother whose child died in a hot car get a special deal because her lawyer is a Clermont County commissioner? "Absurd,'' the lawyer says.

Lawyer whose work raised concerns in child-porn case steps down (Centre Daily Times)
A defense lawyer accused of letting his client spend too much time looking at evidence in a child-pornography case stepped down.

U.S. Attorney General to speak tonight (Norwich Bulletin)
Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez will speak to a corps of cadets tonight at 7 p.m. in Leamy Hall Auditorium. Gonzalez, who resigned last week, leaves on Sept. 17. He had been criticized over the firings of several federal prosecutors.

Virginia Attorney General Urges Action on Illegal Immigrants (WSLS Newschannel 10 Roanoke)
Attorney General Bob McDonnell urged President Bush and the Democratically controlled Congress yesterday to take immediate action against illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

Easley Names New Acting Durham District Attorney (NBC 17 Raleigh)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Mike Easley named a new acting district attorney for Durham County today.

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General visits Providence (Boston Globe)
Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales makes a quick visit to Rhode Island. Gonzales, who last week announced that he was stepping down, visited the U.S. Attorney's office in Providence.

Spector attorney asks jury to seek "truth" (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Phil Spector told jurors on Thursday that the government's case was nothing but "stories" and asked they find the legendary music producer innocent of murdering a B-movie actress in 2003.

NV Attorney General Issues Report For Safer Schools (KTNV Las Vegas)
Nevada's attorney general wants safer schools and universities. Catherine Cortez Masto issued a 14 page report today.

Attorney For Woman At Center Of Luxor Bombing Speaks Out (KTNV Las Vegas)
An illegal immigrant, held as a material witness in the fatal Luxor bombing, is still in jail. Caren Chali has been there since the incident in May, and her attorney is not happy about it.

Lawyer says Madeleine's mother still a witness (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The mother of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann left a police station in Portugal early on Friday after being interviewed for 11 hours, a lawyer for the family said.

Lawyer injured by man trying to escape courtroom (The New Zealand Herald)
A lawyer was pushed to the floor when she tried to stop a defendant escaping from Tauranga District Court yesterday. Brendan Shane Moon had been in the dock yesterday afternoon with a prison officer beside him, police prosecutor Sergeant Roy Blomkamp said today.

LiLo's lawyer asks judge to dismiss lawsuit (People's Daily)
Lindsay Lohan's lawyer filed a 10-page brief Friday in Los Angeles to dismiss all or part of a negligence suit against her because of a 2005 car crash, saying the plaintiff's claim that Lohan was drunk when she hit his van is nothing but "a ...

Carver County names attorney (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The Carver County Board has announced it will appoint an assistant Hennepin County attorney to replace Michael Fahey as Carver County attorney next week. James W. Keeler Jr., of Chanhassen, had worked for Fahey, who was named a District Court judge this spring. The other finalist for the job was former Scott County attorney Tom Harbinson. Fahey will swear in Keeler on Sept. 14 in the government ...

U.S. attorney general stops in for R.I. visit (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — Call it a social call from one U.S. Attorney to another.

Assistant attorney general resigns (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Keisler was nominated by Bush for judicial position; not yet approved. WASHINGTON - Assistant Attorney General Peter D. Keisler, who oversaw the Bush administration's lengthy legal fight over the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, announced his resignation Thursday as head of the civil division.

Attorney is top choice for school board (The Hamilton Journal News)
A Hamilton attorney and former councilman is the top choice to fill a vacant seat on the Hamilton City Schools Board of Education.

Judge under fire over ordering defendant to hire lawyer (Houston Chronicle)
A group of defense lawyers has filed a complaint with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, alleging a longtime local judge threatened to arrest a defendant for not having enough money to hire a lawyer.

Attorney to push slavery issue for leniency in slayings (The Clarion-Ledger)
The attorney for Carla Hughes, a former teacher accused of killing a woman and her unborn child, wants his client to be granted leniency because she is the descendant of slaves.

New Orleans lawyer named La. ACLU director (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
New Orleans lawyer Marjorie R. Esman has been named executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.

Attorney general seeks help in nabbing polluters (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
In an afternoon session with members of the Environ- mental Management Council, an environmental adviser to Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo asked Southern Tier residents to come forward with information about polluters.

Durham prosecutor to replace district attorney (Deseret Morning News)
A senior prosecutor in the Durham County district attorney's office will take over as acting district attorney, replacing a judge who initially served in place of the disgraced Mike Nifong, the governor said Thursday.

Ventura attorney ready to go to trial (Centre Daily Times)
BELLEFONTE -- With no plea bargain in sight, the attorney for Josephy Ventura said he is ready for trial beginning Monday morning in Centre County court after a last-minute motion was filed Thursday to assure a defense witness would be available to testify.

Local lawyer honored by bar (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
FITCHBURG - Lawyer Edward P. Ryan Jr., who doesn't hesitate to defend his profession to schoolchildren and adults alike and who advocates for judicial independence, was honored yesterday by the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Dems at odds on pick for state's attorney (Chicago Sun-Times)
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) got the highest level of support Thursday from Democratic ward and township committeemen choosing a candidate for Cook County state's attorney.

Lawyer pleads not guilty (Mobile Press-Register)
A Birmingham lawyer already facing drug allegations pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new charge of having a cell phone while held at Mobile County Metro Jail.

Lawyer says slain man feared ex would kill him (The Record)
A Ramsey businessman who was found shot dead in his home last year told his lawyer he believed his ex-wife and her father would kill him if they got the chance, a detective testified Thursday.

Lawyer caught in Slaby debate (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
BATAVIA - Some of the public debate over the death of 2-year-old Cecilia Slaby focuses on her mother's lawyer, R. Scott Croswell III, a Clermont County commissioner.

Lawyer to be interviewed about politics in verdict (Mobile Press-Register)
WASHINGTON -- House Judiciary Committee staffers will interview Rainsville lawyer Jill Simpson next Friday in connection with a probe into whether politics played a role in the federal prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman, according to a Thursday letter from the panel's chairman, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

Lawyer admits to tax evasion (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - A disbarred lawyer who has been named in a state criminal case against the former chairman of the Worcester Election Commission has agreed "to cooperate fully with law enforcement agents and government attorneys."

Judge denies arbitration request by ex-lawyer for former Anna Nicole Smith beau Larry Birkhead (Asbury Park Press)
Larry Birkhead's ex-lawyer cannot settle their dispute over legal bills from the Anna Nicole Smith paternity case in private arbitration, a judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Charles C. Lee rejected Debra Opri's arbitration request in a ruling dated Thursday. The judge said Opri did not sufficiently address Birkhead's claims that he was defrauded and never agreed to arbitration. Opri contends that ...

State attorney general shreds ID-theft apathy (The Columbian)
Attorney General Rob McKenna was in Vancouver on Thursday with a cautionary message for consumers: guard your financial information closely if you hope to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

Judge denies arbitration request by ex-lawyer for former Anna Nicole Smith beau Larry Birkhead (The Arizona Republic)
LOS ANGELES - Larry Birkhead's ex-lawyer cannot settle their dispute over legal bills from the Anna Nicole Smith paternity case in private arbitration, a judge ruled.

Attorney General's fight gets support from key senator (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - September 7, 2007 1:25 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A key senator says she's ready to side with Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson to fight the powerful farm lobby to...

Oklahoma Attorney General's Gets Support To Fight Farm Lobby (KOTV 6 Tulsa)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Siding with Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, a key senator said she was ready to fight the powerful farm lobby to ensure animal waste isn't exempted from a federal anti-pollution law.

Randolph clerk, attorney to craft position on pool (Daily Record)
RANDOLPH -- The township clerk and municipal attorney will meet today to craft a position to present to a judge on Monday on the ongoing controversy over a referendum on township financing of a proposed community swimming pool.

Defense lawyer protests airing of Caesars Palace shooting video (KESQ Palm Springs)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A defense lawyer says he wants a Clark County District Court judge to launch an investigation of who leaked a security videotape of a shooting last month at the Caesars Palace hotel-casino.

Defense lawyer protests airing of Caesars Palace shooting video (KSBY San Luis Obispo)
Associated Press - September 7, 2007 2:34 PM ET LAS VEGAS (AP) - A defense lawyer says he wants a Clark County District Court judge to launch an investigation of who leaked a security videotape...

Prominent Attorney Sentenced to 11 Years for Bribery (WLBT 3 Jackson)
Gulf coast attorney Paul Minor was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for bribing two Mississippi judges. Minor and two former judges were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate.

Keeler verbally accepts county attorney position (Waconia Patriot)
Carver County’s search for a new attorney has come to an end with the verbal acceptance of the job by James Keeler, David Hemze, county administrator said.

Huge legal fees dog attorney (Whittier Daily News)
Concerns about legal fees trail Rosemead's city attorney, Bonifacio Garcia. Officials at several cities have complained about high bills, questionable charges and lack of city attorney experience.