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Attorney wants lower bond for woman with five dead spouses (Winston-Salem Journal)
ALBEMARLE The attorney for a woman with five dead spouses is asking a judge to lower the bond for his client so she can get out of the Stanly County jail.

Judge Asks for Investigation on Lawyer (KFYR-TV Bismarck)
A federal judge in North Dakota has ordered an investigation on a lawyer who authorities say lied about being a licensed attorney. He was turned in by one of his clients who`s accused of child pornography.

Christie Brinkley to A-Rod's Wife Cynthia: Hire My Lawyer! (US Weekly)
Christie Brinkley's tip for the Alex Rodriguez's estranged wife Cynthia? "I think that the best advice I could give Ms. Rodriguez is to hire [my lawyer] Bob Cohen," Brinkley, 54, told New York's Daily News Tuesday after another contentious day in court with ex Peter Cook. (See photos of Hollywood's ugliest divorces.) On the fourth day of their divorce trial, a court-appointed psychologist...

Shanghai 'highway king' facing corruption probe: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
A Shanghai tycoon who made his fortune on highways has been arrested on suspicion of fraud, his lawyer said Wednesday, in the latest high-profile corruption case to hit China's economic hub.

Attorney general urged at Senate hearing to disavow political meddling, planned FBI tactics (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Democratic senators cited concerns Wednesday about political meddling and policies likened to racial and ethnic profiling in urging Attorney General Michael Mukasey to ensure the Justice Department abides by the laws it is supposed to enforce.

Lawyer's license suspended (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
The Supreme Court of Ohio has indefinitely suspended local lawyer Ken Lawson's law license for multiple violations of the state's attorney discipline rules.

Zimbabwe Talks Imminent, Lawyer Says (CBS News)
Talks between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party and the opposition will begin this week, a lawyer for the opposition's top negotiator said.

Bangladesh court halts graft case against ex-premier Zia: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Bangladesh's High Court Wednesday suspended a graft case against former premier Khaleda Zia for two months, her lawyer said, in a sign that she could soon be freed from detention.

UPDATED: Attorney: Feds have not approached Monica Conyers (Battle Creek Enquirer)
DETROIT — Monica Conyers, a city councilwoman and wife of influential U.S. Rep. John Conyers, has not been approached by the FBI as part of an investigation into alleged payoffs in a $47 million sludge recycling deal, her attorney said today.

Kilpatrick lawyer says he gave text messages to Virginia attorney (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- The text messages that police whistle-blower attorney Michael Stefani turned over to a lawyer for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as part of a controversial lawsuit settlement may now be in the hands of an Alexandria, Va., lawyer, according to sworn testimony given Wednesday.

Mumbai lawyer gets rap for 'baseless' allegations against judge (Calcutta News)
The Supreme Court Wednesday asked a Mumbai lawyer to either justify his allegations of caste bias and irregularity against Bombay High Court Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar or face punitive action.

TEXT MESSAGE SCANDAL: Ex-Kilpatrick lawyer: I tried to keep texts under wraps (Detroit Free Press)
UPDATED 4:21 PM: William Mitchell III, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's former criminal lawyer, went to great lengths — traveling to Mississippi and Virginia — to keep the mayor's explosive text messages out of the public eye.

A.G. Busts Alleged Fake Lawyer (R News)
New York's attorney general has shut down what he calls an unlicensed law practice here in Rochester. Andrew Cuomo says Kathleen Johnson operated a business out of her residence representing herself as a licensed lawyer.

Attorney refutes witness statements in Talley murder trial (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
Johnathan Barfield's defense attorney is refuting testimony of a second witness in the 19-year-old's trial in the murder of his estranged girlfriend.

Attorney general asked for opinion (Pontiac Daily Leader)
Three Illinois state senators, including Dan Rutherford, are asking Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to issue an opinion on the State Department of Corrections' failure to file an official closure recommendation concerning Pontiac Correctional Center.

JonBenet Ramsey's Family Cleared in Her Murder, Attorney Says (Bloomberg.com)
July 9 (Bloomberg) -- The family of JonBenet Ramsey , the 6- year-old beauty queen who was killed in her Colorado home in December 1996, has been formally cleared of wrongdoing in her death, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office said today.

Boulder District Attorney calls Ramseys 'victims,' apologizes (9 News Denver)
BOULDER – District Attorney Mary Lacy says the Ramseys should only be treated as victims in the investigation of their daughter JonBenet's death.

Attorney General shuts woman's legal business down (News 10 NBC Rochester)
A Rochester woman's legal business has been shut down by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Kathleen Johnson worked out of her home...

Lawyer Wants Troopers to Prove Pot-Sniffing Abilities (Fox News)
A lawyer for a man arrested on drug charges wants two Georgia State Patrol troopers to prove they can sniff out pot tied up in a trash bag inside a car trunk.

Midwest Killing Spree Suspect Appointed Attorney (Fox News)
A northwestern Illinois man charged in two murders and named as a suspect in six others was appointed an attorney Wednesday.

Rove Won't Show at House Panel Hearing, Lawyer Says (Fox News)
Karl Rove, who was President Bush's chief political adviser until resigning last year, will not appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled Thursday, his lawyer informed the committee.

Ashton family complains about lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
The family of Nelson woman Debbie Ashton has made a complaint to the Nelson District Law Society about lawyer Mark Dollimore. The family made the complaint on Tuesday, Radio New Zealand reported.

La. attorney general to appeal "Angola 3" ruling (AP via Yahoo! News)
Louisiana's attorney general said Wednesday he plans to appeal a federal judge's decision to overturn the conviction of a former Black Panther in the 1972 killing of a prison guard.

Ragsdale axes attorney over disagreements (Provo Daily Herald)
David Ragsdale, the man accused of gunning down his wife in a church parking lot in Lehi, dismissed his defense attorney, saying he was not happy with the way Greg Skordas was handling his case.

Attorney General Approves Curriculum For Texas Bible Courses (KWTX-TV Waco)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a ruling Wednesday that says elective high school Bible courses would be constitutional if taught using the non-specific guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education, but so far no curriculum has been proposed or reviewed.

Louisiana attorney general plans to appeal the 'Angola 3’ ruling (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's attorney general says he plans to appeal a federal judge's decision to overturn the conviction of a former Black Panther in the 1972 killing of a prison guard.

U.S. Attorney General: Siegelman Probe a Priority (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Michael Mukasey says an internal Justice Department investigation into the agency's prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman should be completed by the time the Bush administration leaves office in January.

11:03 p.m.: Lawyer's SUV found in Muncie (The Herald Bulletin)
ANDERSON — Police have found the vehicle of Thomas Hamer, the lawyer who was abducted by his client on Monday. Sgt. Bill Casey of the Anderson Police Department said Delaware County police officers found Hamer’s burgundy 2007 Ford Escape hybrid sport utility vehicle after 7 p.m. Wednesday in Muncie.

Attorney Ken Lawson's License Suspended Indefinitely (The Kentucky Post)
The Ohio Supreme Court extended the indefinite suspension of high-profile attorney Ken Lawson in a 4-3 ruling Wednesday.

Lawyer known for his integrity (The Florida Times-Union)
Charles W. Grant Sr., a Jacksonville lawyer considered the dean of bankruptcy trustees in the city, died Monday of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 74.

David Ragsdale Fires his Defense Attorney (FOX 13 Utah)
The man charged with killing his wife in the parking lot of a Lehi church fired his attorney Wednesday. David Ragsdale was appointed a public defender because his assets have been frozen. Ragsdale’s sister says she blames anti-depressants for the murder of Kristy Ragsdale in January.

Developer's lawyer: No bribes in sludge deal (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- The lawyer for Rayford W. Jackson, the developer under investigation in an FBI probe into bribery at City Hall, said his client never paid anyone to assure passage of a sludge hauling contract that the City Council narrowly approved last year.

Mayor gave secret texts to Va. attorney (Detroit News)
William Mitchell III testified Wednesday that he flew to Virginia to deliver to another attorney the text messages he retrieved on behalf of Mayor Kilpatrick.

Modern pentathlon Olympian has qualifications questioned by British lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
A week after a British law firm successfully appealed the Olympic qualifications of Australia's only male modern pentathlete for Beijing, the same lawyer is going after the country's only female qualifier.

US attorney: Police role key in death probe (Boston Globe)
US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan pledged yesterday to find out whether Boston police officers used excessive force against David Woodman, a 22-year-old former Emmanuel College student who stopped breathing after his arrest during the Celtics championship celebration last month and died 11 days later in the hospital.

Ragsdale fires attorney; new one assigned (Deseret Morning News)
Despite owning a $600,000 house and having $350,000 in the bank, a man charged with gunning down his wife now has a court-appointed attorney.

Lawyer wants statements disallowed in Jaffrie case (Kane County Chronicle)
ST. CHARLES – The lawyer for the man charged in connection with the Hampshire crash that killed four made arguments in court Wednesday to suppress his client’s statements.

Complaint over lawyer's silence (NZCity)
10 July 2008 The Nelson District Law Society has confirmed it has received a complaint in relation to the death of Debbie Ashton. It is against lawyer Mark Dollimore, who represented her killer, and is understood to have been lodged by her family.

Appeals court hands setback to attorney who sued twin doctors (Seattle Times)
Harish Bharti, a Seattle attorney entrenched in a years-long, acrimonious battle with other attorneys over civil lawsuits he filed against twin doctors Dennis and Charles Momah, was dealt a blow this week by the state Court of Appeals, just a week after another appellate decision came down partially in his favor.

Attorney general disputes politicization allegations (Miami Herald)
Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Wednesday disputed allegations of widespread politicization within the Justice Department, saying he hadn't seen evidence of it since he took office eight months ago.

Ex-lawyer appears in court (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
AUBURN - A disbarred lawyer sent to prison for bilking money from clients was back in court Wednesday, having violated bail conditions. John P. Frankenfield, 40, of Auburn appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court representing himself.

British lawyer tries to ambush another Games pentathlon hope (Busselton-Dunsborough Mail)
HOW low can the British stoop? So low that a British lawyer claims Australians cheated, by inventing and changing official scores, to ensure the Australian female modern pentathlon competitor Angie Darby qualified for a place at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Attorney named president of county bar association (Sentinel & Enterprise)
Attorney Blaise P. Berthiaume was elected to serve as president-elect of the Worcester County Bar Association at its annual meeting held on June 17 at Wachusett Country Club, West Boylston.

Attorney Tells Harrowing Tale Of Abduction (WRTV Indianapolis)
An attorney says he thought he was about to be killed when one of his clients abducted him at knifepoint on Monday.

Czech bill limits possibility to dismiss supreme state attorney (České noviny)
Prague- The draft amendment to the law on state attorney's office that the Czech Justice Ministry is drafting is to set conditions for the dismissal of the supreme state attorney, minister Jiri Pospisil (senior ruling Civic Democrats, ODS) said toay.

Attorney General to announce criminal charges on legislative issues (The Sentinel)
Attorney General Tom Corbett will hold a 2 p.m. news conference today to announce the filing of criminal charges as part of an ongoing grand jury probe into bonuses paid to employees of the Pennsylvania Legislature and using state resources to work on political campaigns.

JAKARTA, July 10 (Bernama) -- The three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali bombings - Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas - are ready to undergo execution provided it is done in accordance with Islamic law, their lawyer said.

Kansas attorney general unveils new Internet safety site (The Kansas City Star)
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six unveiled a new Internet safety Web site this morning aimed at educating children, teens, parents and others about threats they face online.

AT&T and AOL block child porn Web sites and newsgroups in agreement with NY attorney general (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ALBANY, N.Y. - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says two of the nation's largest Internet providers have removed newsgroups that featured child pornography.

Wecht prosecutor leaving U.S. attorney's office (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The prosecutor who led the case against former Allegheny County Coroner Dr. Cyril H. Wecht is leaving the U.S. attorney???s office.