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Florida attorney general sues realty firm (Miami Herald)
State Attorney General Bill McCollum sued Coral Springs-based A Realty Rx and its Pennsylvania owner alleging he is attempting to set up real estate scams in South Florida.

E-mail May Scuttle Truce Between State Farm, Miss. Attorney General (Insurance Journal)
With the press of a button, a lawyer for the nation's largest insurance company may have ended a brief truce in its bitter dispute with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. In an e-mail mistaken

Zimbabwe: British Property Tycoon's Lawyer Fears Unfair Trial (AllAfrica.com)
BRITISH property tycoon Nicholas van Hoogstraten, on trial for alleged violation of foreign exchange regulations as well as possession of pornographic materials, last week cast doubts on prospects for a fair trial, with his lawyer George Chikumbirike complaining that the investor's rights had been "compromised" by the State's attitude.

Health insurer defrauded customers, LA city attorney contends (KTVN Reno)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles' city attorney has sued 1 of California's largest insurers, claiming Health Net sold policies despite conducting an illegal scheme to drop customers should they need expensive medical treatment.

Health insurer defrauded customers, LA city attorney contends (The Fresno Bee)
The city attorney has sued one of California's largest insurers, claiming Health Net Inc. sold policies despite conducting an illegal scheme to drop customers should they need expensive medical treatment.

Health Insurer Defrauded Customers, LA City Attorney Contends (Channel 8 San Diego)
Los Angeles' city attorney has sued one of California's largest insurers, claiming Health Net sold policies despite conducting an illegal scheme to drop customers should they need expensive medical treatment.

Lawyer Mary Roberts avoids jail in sex scandal (San Antonio Express-News/KENS 5)
San Antonio lawyer Mary Roberts, whose sexual romps led to a fallout that ended with the indictments of her and her husband, was sentenced by a judge this morning to 10 years probation and 400 hours of community service.

Attorney General Pushing Internet Safety (CBS 47 Jacksonville)
Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum is pushing internet safety.

City Attorney Files Lawsuit Against Health Net Inc. (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo plans to unveil details Thursday of a lawsuit filed against Health Net Inc. of Woodland Hills.

Race For City Attorney: Mike Aguirre Interview (Channel 8 San Diego)
It's fair to say San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre has clashed with the mayor and the council. Now, he's trying to convince voters to give him a second term. Wednesday, News 8 spoke with his opponent, Council President Scott Peters, who said Aguirre isn't the right person to move the city forward.

Attorney General says Cabool man caused fire danger (The Springfield News-Leader)
A news release from the state Attorney General's Office says it has shut down the business operated by a Cabool man who may have put hundreds of businesses in danger of being unable to fight a fire. Attorney General Jay Nixon obtained a court order against Fred McNew, who used the name Missouri Fire Extinguisher Company. He collected money from nearly 100 businesses over the last five years to ...

Lawyer was civic leader (Chicago Tribune)
Whether preparing to lead General Motors or envisioning Chicago in the 21st Century, he was regarded as committed to strong ethics Elmer W. Johnson, a lawyer with a keen social conscience, was the primary author of the Commercial Club of Chicago 's 21st Century version of Daniel Burnham 's famous 1909 Plan of Chicago.

Hammond Lawyer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Robbing Bank (WAFB Baton Rouge)
Hammond lawyer Scott Meece has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for robbing a bank. It happened in Wesson, Mississippi.

Former Detroit attorney loses law license (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- The Attorney Discipline Board has revoked the law license of the city's former deputy director of the Law Department, according to a decision released today.

Deters declines to challenge results of Coles County GOP primary for state's attorney (Herald & Review)
CHARLESTON - A narrower outcome wasn't enough for Duane Deters to contest the results of the primary election for the Republican nomination for Coles County state's attorney.

Clinton 527 Will Endure Unbearable, Life-Changing Misery, Obama Lawyer Says (The New York Observer)
The Obama campaign has one prediction for a pro-Clinton 527: pain. In a conference call just now, Obama campaign lawyer Bob Bauer predicted that the FEC would administer a smackdown to the pro-Clinton 527 American Leadership Project , predicting criminal charges against its organizers and donors, who he said were willfully breaking election law. There would be a "reckoning," he said. ...

Second Greystone victim's parent seeks lawyer (The Ocala Star-Banner)
OCALA - A second parent of one of the five young Marion County men who died in the Jan. 26 Jumbolair Aviation Estates crash has hired a lawyer, getting ready for what could become a legal free-for-all of lawsuits. And it is beginning to look as if it will.

San Antonio lawyer gets probation in blackmail scheme (KLTV 7 Tyler)
Associated Press - February 21, 2008 4:55 PM ET SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A female lawyer in San Antonio has been sentenced to 10 years probation in what prosecutors say was a blackmail scheme.

Attorney Lee Burdick Suspends Her Bid for City Attorney, Will Endorse Peters (FOX 6 News San Diego)
Attorney Lee Burdick announced she has suspended her bid for San Diego city attorney and endorsed City Council President Scott Peters' campaign.

Health insurer defrauded customers, L.A. city attorney contends (San Diego Union-Tribune)
The city attorney has sued one of California's largest insurers, claiming Health Net Inc. sold policies despite conducting an illegal scheme to drop customers should they need expensive medical treatment.

City Pays Attorney Fees In Suit Over Religious Display Rules (KTHV Little Rock)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City has agreed to clarify its rules regarding religious displays in city offices and pay $20,000 in attorney fees for two employees who filed a lawsuit.

Race For City Attorney: Scott Peters Interview (Channel 8 San Diego)
City Council President Scott Peters has accused City Attorney Mike Aguirre of "playground politics, posturing and plain dysfunction." After months of consideration, Peters announced this week he wants the city attorney's job.

Republican Lawyer Says Rove Pushed For Evidence On Siegelman (NBC 13 Birmingham)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lawyer who has alleged that Republican political motivations drove the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman has a new claim.

Hatton Lawyer Dismisses Witter (Sporting Life via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Sport)
Ricky Hatton's lawyer says as things stand there is "no way" his client will fight Junior Witter.

Lawyer: Karl Rove Sought Dirt on Don Siegelman (CBS 42 Birmingham)
A lawyer who claims that Republican political motivations influenced the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Governor Don Siegelman says Karl Rove asked her to find evidence that Siegelman was cheating on his wife.

Lawyer on 'pervert justice' trial (Perth Now)
A 34-YEAR-old Perth lawyer will face trial charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to stop a witness testifying at a trial.

Lawyers group urges Perry to name new Houston district attorney (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
HOUSTON -- A trial lawyers' association wants Gov. Rick Perry to name an immediate replacement for former Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal because they fear the vacancy...

Former lawyer jailed over $185m fraud (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A former Melbourne lawyer who set up tax scams to defraud the Commonwealth of $185 million has been jailed for seven years.

Candidate Withdraws From City Attorney Race (NBC 7/39 San Diego)
The field of candidates for San Diego city attorney gets a little less crowded Thursday -- while incumbent Mike Aguirre responds to his critics. Watch Video

Judge Sentences Lawyer To 10 Years Probation (KSAT San Antonio)
A San Antonio lawyer finds out her fate in a courtroom Thursday.

Solutia lenders chose to quit loan, lawyer claims (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG decided independently to pull out of a commitment to fund Solutia Inc.'s $2 billion bankruptcy exit loan, a lawyer for the lenders said.

Attorney appeals to higher court in sex sting case (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
The attorney for an East Bay oncologist arrested in an Internet sex predator sting is appealing to a higher court in an ongoing effort to have his attempted child molestation case dismissed.

Lawyer fired, rehired, then brother jailed (The Express-Times)
EASTON | An attempted homicide suspect fired his public defender moments before his preliminary hearing began Thursday morning but changed his mind when he learned he would not get a new lawyer.

Lawyer urges court to fastrack Cox appeal (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
A lawyer representing the former head of Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority has asked the Court of Appeal to deal with his client's case against the state's corruption watchdog as soon as possible.

Shane Phelps best candidate for county attorney (The Battalion)
The Republican primary race for Brazos County Attorney is an important one for voters who care about drunk driving.

Ex-lawyer jailed over $185m tax scam (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)
A former Melbourne lawyer who set up bogus investment schemes to defraud the commonwealth of $185 million has been jailed for seven years.

Solicitor hands quints case off to attorney general (The Beaufort Gazette)
Citing a conflict of interest, the state's local prosecutor is handing the quintuplets fraud case off to the South Carolina attorney general's office.

Ex-lawyer jailed over $185m tax fraud (Adelaide Now)
A FORMER Melbourne lawyer who set up bogus investment schemes to defraud the Commonwealth of $185 million has been jailed for seven years.

Attorney who won battles with Chicago mob dies (Daily Herald)
It may seem an odd compliment, but there is perhaps no better praise for the work Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell Mars did than how mobsters referred to him.

Boy, father, lawyer talk to school district (Rocky Mountain News)
Bullying victim Adrian Ulm, joined by his father and lawyer, met with Cherry Creek school district officials Wednesday to ensure a smooth transition back to school after his complaints of racial harassment made him a national symbol of discrimination.

DETROIT: Former city lawyer to lose her license (Detroit Free Press)
A hearing panel of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has ordered the revocation of the law license of Brenda Braceful, former deputy director of the Detroit Law Department, for misappropriating $14,000 from a client between stints as a city lawyer.

Election 2008: Lawyer to replace Koh in state seat (The New Straits Times)
Lawyer Chia Loong Thye will be replacing acting Gerakan President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon in the Tanjung Bunga state seat in the upcoming general election.

Fargo attorney's law license suspended (The Bismarck Tribune)
The law license of a Fargo attorney has been suspended by the state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board.

A month after he was disqualified from the corruption case against former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, defense lawyer Kenneth Breen was still at his side yesterday for a pretrial hearing. Judge Stephen Robinson, who threw him off the case...

Lawyer, lately, wins split decisions (The Post-Standard)
Defense lawyer Jim McGinty is batting .500 when it comes to convincing judges he should be paid for Assigned Counsel work he did five years ago.

Attorney general's office investigating Watertown Housing Authority (Republican-American)
WATERTOWN -- The state attorney general's office is investigating allegations from two local companies that the Watertown Housing Authority's executive director improperly replaced them midway through an apartment renovation project in favor of a more expensive contractor.

Suspect in shooting held for trial after trying to fire lawyer (The Morning Call)
Bethlehem man charged with firing shots from wheelchair. Reinaldo Lopez, accused of shooting from his wheelchair at Franciso Sanchez on a Bethlehem street last year tried to fire his lawyer in court on Thursday, moments after police arrested Lopez's brother for allegedly threatening to cut out Sanchez's tongue.

CMA Says Los Angeles City Attorney Lawsuit Against Health Net Sends A Strong Message That Insurers' Anti-Patient ... (Medical News Today)
A Los Angeles City Attorney's lawsuit accusing Health Net Inc. of promising medical coverage, then dropping patients if they needed expensive treatment, sends a strong message to insurers that such mistreatment of patients will not be tolerated.

Attorney of alleged killer seeks to have gag order withdrawn (Daily Local News)
MEDIA — A defense attorney for an accused killer facing charges of drugging and strangling a male intern, went to court Thursday asking a gag order be tossed so he can find information about another man — who has admitted being in the home that night.

Attorney Accused Of Smuggling Drug Into Jail (News Channel 5 Nashville)
A Sumner County attorney found himself on the other side of the law Friday morning for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the jail.