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Britney Spears' Lawyer Battles With Kevin Federline's Over Legal Fees (MTV Music Television)
Britney Spears' lawyer argued on Monday that Kevin Federline is charging her too much in legal fees. There was also no change in visitation rights.

Attorney: Ari Squire's Wife Not Involved In Twisted Plot (NBC 5 Chicago)
An attorney tells reporters that Denise Squire had nothing to do with a complicated plot that left her husband and his friend dead.

Spears' attorney argues against paying $500,000 in Kevin Federline legal costs (KOIN News 6 Portland)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears' attorney says the pop star has already spent $1 million on legal fees in her child-custody case and objects to paying a half-million dollars to Kevin Federline's lawyers.

Spears' attorney argues against paying $500,000 in Kevin Federline legal costs (Fox 12 Idaho)
Associated Press - March 10, 2008 4:03 PM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears' attorney says the pop star has already spent $1 million on legal fees in her child-custody case and objects to...

Ga. high court: Fla. lawyer doesn't have to pay $462K in back child support (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Successful Florida lawyer Willie Gary cannot be held in contempt over a child-support dispute involving twins he fathered with an Atlanta woman, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday. Gary, who is married with four children, had a relationship with Diana Gowins when she lived in Florida in 2000. In July 2002, Gary reached an out-of-court settlement to pay $14,000 per month per child. Gary later ...

Attorney may request bond changed for alleged hitman client (The Journal Times)
RACINE – A defense attorney said she would ask her client’s bond to be changed in two weeks if Burlington police have not completed reports associated with her attempted murder case.

Spears' Lawyer Fights K-Fed's Legal Fees (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
Britney Spears' new lawyer has a tip for Kevin Federline.

Attorney: Meth drove woman's identity theft case (Deseret Morning News)
The attorney for a woman accused of using stolen Social Security numbers to open at least three bank accounts and take out several credit cards says her client was driven by an addiction to methamphetamine.

The Game: Has He Been Released From Prison Or Not? Manager, Lawyer Issue Conflicting Statements (MTV Music Television)
Whether or not the Game has been released from prison was unclear Monday, as the rapper's manager and lawyer released conflicting statements.

Attorney: Wife Of Slain NYC Fire Marshal 'Certain' To Be Indicted (WNBC)
The attorney for the wife and prime suspect in the killing of New York City Fire Marshal Douglas Mercereau says it's "certain she will be indicted," probably for murder.

Spears's lawyer warns of spiraling costs in Federline battle (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The divorce between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline and their battle for custody of their children has already cost the singer about a million dollars, her lawyer told a hearing Monday.

Labour retreat over attorney general's role (Guardian Unlimited)
The government is poised to let the attorney general retain the power to stop prosecutions such as the corruption case against BAE Systems on national security grounds, the Guardian has learned.

Lawyer destroyed by City bullies could get record £13million payout (Daily Mail)
A city lawyer left 'disabled' by bullying at work is in line for a record compensation payout of more than £13million. Gill Switalski, 51, was head of legal affairs at a City finance company which controlled assets worth more than £102billion. But the twice-married mother was driven out of her job after being subjected to 18 months of sexual discrimination and harassment

Lawyer says police whitewashed probe into fatal cop shooting in BC car chase (CNews)
BURNABY, B.C. - A lawyer for a teen shot and killed by a New Westminster police officer after a car chase said fellow officers whitewashed the investigation.

Attorney: Wife didn’t know about faked death scheme (Northwest Herald)
CHICAGO (AP) – The attorney for a woman whose husband allegedly faked his own death and assumed another man’s identity says the Lake Barrington woman knew nothing of the plot.

Blue Chip investors need money not scalps - lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
Any convictions over the collapse of Blue Chip-related companies would be meaningless to investors unless their money was also returned to them, a lawyer said today.

Spears' lawyer fights K-Fed's legal fees (AP via Yahoo! News)
Britney Spears' new lawyer has a tip for Kevin Federline: If you're going to ask for your legal bills to be paid, don't leave a $2,000 tip for the waiter on a $365 check.

Dallas DA asks outside attorney to prosecute ex-DART chairwoman in forgery case (Dallas Morning News)
The Dallas County District Attorney's office will recuse itself from prosecuting the former DART chairwoman accused of forging the signature and letterhead of District Attorney Craig Watkins.

Lawyer: "Ms. Spears is not an open checkbook" (People's Daily)
U.S. pop singer Britney Spears' new lawyer on Monday argued in a hearing with her ex Kevin Federline's lawyer over the legal fees in their child custody case, saying she has been charged too much, according to U.S. media reports Tuesday. ...

State attorney general speaking in Stuart on March 26 (Stuart News)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum will be in Martin County on March 26 to address members of the Martin County chambers of commerce.

Attorney to appeal local man's ouster from American Legion (The Uniontown Herald Standard)
The attorney for veterans advocate Joe T. Joseph is vowing to appeal his recent ouster from the American Legion.

Lawyer threatens to sue over civil rights abuse claim (Northwest Indiana Times)
GARY | A lawyer for residents alleging civil rights abuses against the police chief and two ranking officers said Monday he will ask a judge to suspend their police powers if the mayor refuses to act.

Jury: Chesco man did not abuse power of attorney (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
A Chester County jury has acquitted a Tredyffrin Township man of charges stemming from allegations that he used his power of attorney to defraud an ailing acquaintance.

Texas attorney general asked to rule on Bible class offerings in schools (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN – State Education Commissioner Robert Scott has asked the attorney general to determine whether school districts must offer elective Bible classes under a law approved by the Legislature last year.

Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow used server for personal items, expert says (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
A computer that Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow says he built as a backup server for his office contained documents related to eBay sales, personal e-mails and a cheat sheet for a computer game, an FBI computer expert testified Monday morning.

Wyoming lawyer makes run at Senate (Denver Post)
A Gillette, Wyo., lawyer who said he's a friend of Wyoming's Republican senior senator, Mike Enzi, said he's seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican junior Sen.

Court lets Dana exec regain lawyer license (The Toledo Blade)
An out-of-state court has agreed to reinstate the license of the former top attorney at Dana Corp., clearing the way for him to re-apply to function as a corporate lawyer in Ohio.

Area lawyer joins U.S. attorney's office (San Jose Mercury News)
U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello made his first major personnel move Monday, naming top Bay Area lawyer and former federal prosecutor David Anderson as his chief assistant.

Attorney-client secrets need some exceptions (Chicago Sun-Times)
Let Alton Logan go. For 26 years -- nearly half his life -- this man has been trapped behind bars for a murder he insisted he did not commit. We believe Alton Logan was robbed of his freedom. Now Attorney General Lisa Madigan or Gov. Blagojevich must release him.

Bauersfeld named as assistant district attorney (The Post-Standard)
Weedsport native Brian N. Bauersfeld has joined the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney. Õ7BauersfeldÕ Bauersfeld started his new job March 3.

Wife did not know of scheme to fake husband's death, attorney says (Chicago Tribune)
A Lake County woman whose husband allegedly killed a man and assumed the identity of his victim knew nothing of the bizarre plot, despite police labeling her a "person of interest," her attorney said Monday.

Spears' Lawyer Fights K-Fed's Legal Fees (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
Britney Spears' new lawyer has a tip for Kevin Federline.

Spears' lawyer fights K-Fed's legal fees (AP via Yahoo! News)
Britney Spears' new lawyer has a tip for Kevin Federline: If you're going to ask for your legal bills to be paid, don't leave a $2,000 tip for the waiter on a $365 check.

Lacson witness a ‘dud,’ says Abalos lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- The supposed “surprise witness” of Senator Panfilo Lacson in the controversial national broadband network project has turned out to be a “dud,” a lawyer of former poll chief Benjamin Abalos said.

Budget woes hold up English learner funding, attorney says (East Valley Tribune)
The attorney for Republican legislative leaders told a federal judge Monday his clients can't fund English learner programs before they start dealing with next year's budget.

Lawyer of Cuban-Mexican researcher denies client's ties to Colombian rebels (Sun-Sentinel)
The lawyer of a Cuban-born Mexican researcher said Monday that his client has no ties to Colombian rebels whose camp was bombed in a cross-border raid earlier this month.

Bullied lawyer set to collect a record £13 million damages (Evening Standard)
A leading City lawyer is in line for a record £13 million compensation payout over claims she suffered bullying and sexual discrimination by her colleagues.

Former attorney general testifies on white-collar crime cases (phillyburbs.com)
WASHINGTON - Congress is hearing from former Attorney General John Ashcroft again, this time on lucrative, multimillion-dollar agreements between federal prosecutors and hand-picked law firms to monitor corporations accused of wrongdoing.

Lawyer says imprisoned man innocent (UPI)
A lawyer says a man imprisoned for killing another man at a Chicago McDonald's 26 years ago is innocent and he may get a new trial.

Lawyer denies Cumming teen killed Starbucks customer (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The lawyer for a Forsyth County teenager accused of stealing a tip jar from a Missouri Starbucks then running over and killing a customer who chased him into the parking lot told a St. Louis television station that he does not believe his client ran over the man.

Lawyer for jailed Ont. woman worried about her safety (CBC Ottawa)
A lawyer representing an Ontario woman jailed in Mexico said he hopes she can survive prison while he fights to have her freed.

Bank of San Francisco adds attorney to board (BizJournals)
The Bank of San Francisco added Bay Area attorney Kelly McCown to its board.

Md. Attorney General Says Video Slots May Be Illegal (Washington Post)
The Maryland Attorney General's office has declared that the instant bingo machines that have recently proliferated in bars and restaurants in St. Mary's County could, under certain circumstances, be illegal.

Lawyer: Man may not have been criminally responsible in killing (Boston Herald)
PITTSFIELD - The lawyer for a Great Barrington man accused of killing his minister wife likely will offer an insanity defense, arguing that his client should not be held criminally...

Ex-attorney general John Ashcroft denies wrongdoing over contract (New York Daily News)
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft denied any conflict of interest Tuesday in connection with a multimillion dollar arrangement with the Justice Department to monitor a corporation accused of wrongdoing.

Juvenile court offers attorney help desk (WKYC Cleveland)
AKRON -- Summit County Juvenile Court will offer the Attorney Help Desk beginning Wednesday, March 19th.

Defense lawyer in Nixzmary Brown trial pushes for mistrial (New York Daily News)
The Nixzmary Brown trial isn't over yet, but defense lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz is laying the groundwork for his appeal. Schwartz's made a futile pitch Tuesday for a mistrial, claiming prosecutorial dirty tricks have all but doomed stepdad Cesar Rodriguez.

Attorney General Madigan Has A Baby (CBS 2 Chicago)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan usually makes the news for going after bad guys and looking out for consumers, but today, she's making headlines as a new mom.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan gives birth to daughter (Daily Herald)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is a mother for the second time.

Funeral for slain attorney is Friday (Miami Herald)
Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a prominent Fort Lauderdale attorney whose body was found in canal last week. A visitation for Melissa Britt Lewis will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home, 7001 NW Fourth St., in Plantation.