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SAINT PIERRE, Reunion, Sept 25, 2008 (AFP) - The senior lawyer on the French island of Reunion appeared in court on Thursday accused of libelling Justice Minister Rachida Dati for repeating claims she had faked her resume.

Attorney general cuts spending by $3.8 million (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell has cut his office spending by $3.8 million, or 9 percent, as a proactive move to help meet the state's budget difficulties. The cuts include 2 percent reductions in McDonnell's salary over the next six months and those of his 10 executive attorneys, for savings of $17,000. McDonnell, the likely Republican nominee for governor next year, also is giving up ...

Attorney: Teen accidentally killed baby (UPI)
LACKAWANNA, N.Y., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old New York woman accidentally caused the death of her newborn daughter shortly after the child's birth, her attorney alleges.

Radwanski sabotaged by 'modern day Iago': lawyer (Ottawa Citizen)
Former privacy commissioner George Radwanski may have exhibited poor judgment during his tenure, but should not be held criminally accountable for it, his lawyer argued today.

Radwanski sabotaged by 'modern day Iago': Lawyer (Canada.com)
Former privacy commissioner George Radwanski may have exhibited poor judgment during his tenure, but should not be held criminally accountable for it, his lawyer argued on Thursday.

Chiropractor, Attorney Acquitted Of Fraud Charges (WRTV Indianapolis)
A chiropractor and attorney who had been charged with fraud and several other counts are found not guilty following a three-day trial.

Man Accused Of Threatening US Attorney (CBS 5 Phoenix)
A Mexican man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Phoenix for allegedly threatening to assault or kill the U.S. Attorney for Arizona and an assistant prosecutor, an official said Thursday.

Former Oklahoma City attorney headed to prison for robbery (The Oklahoman)
A former Oklahoma City attorney was sentenced today to nearly four years in federal prison for robbing an Edmond pharmacy at gunpoint last year. Robert Michael Behlen, who gave up his law license after his arrest, apologized for his crime, but did not ask U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton for leniency. “I am terribly sorry that I did this,” he said. Behlen, 50, was arrested Sept. 18, 2007, after ...

Feds: Pa. lawyer faked will after brother's death (Centre Daily Times)
A prominent Allentown lawyer allegedly cut from his brother's will is charged with dummying up fake wills after the brother and sister-in-law died in a plane crash.

U.S. Attorney for Utah joins advisory group (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Posted: 4:59 PM- U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman has been appointed to the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, a group designed to give federal prosecutors a voice in Department of Justice policies.

Pot dealer serving 55-year term not entitled to relief, U.S. Attorney's Office says (Deseret Morning News)
A man sentenced to a 55-year minimum mandatory term in federal prison for dealing marijuana, possessing guns and money laundering is not entitled to get his sentence eliminated or changed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Lawyer for Deepwater Wind once served as Carcieri's chief of staff (The Providence Journal)
The developer selected by Governor Carcieri to build a $1.5-billion wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island is represented by a local lawyer who served as Carcieri’s chief of staff for four years.

Public 'overreacting' to alleged kirpan assault, lawyer says (Ottawa Citizen)
A large part of Quebec society has never accepted the Supreme Court's decision to allow Sikh students to wear kirpan daggers to class, a Montreal civil rights lawyer charged Thursday.

Feds: Lawyer Faked Will After Brother's Death (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
Federal authorities say a prominent criminal lawyer cut from his brother's will helped produce fakes after the brother and sister-in-law died in a plane crash.

Land issue lawyer wins retrial (Financial Times)
An appeal court in southern China has ordered the retrial of a lawyer originally sentenced to a four-year prison term, upending a case that had attracted widespread concern among the country’s legal community.

Anne Hathaway to play lawyer in new film (The West Australian)
American actress Anne Hathaway will reportedly play the role of a lawyer who refuses to commit to love in an adaptation of the bestselling book The Opposite of Love. Hathaway, 25, is currently re

Feds: Pa. lawyer faked will after brother's death (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
A prominent criminal lawyer cut from his brother's will helped produce fakes, federal authorities charged.

Lawyer argues lawsuit over UA football e-mail moot (The Morning News)
LITTLE ROCK -- A lawsuit questioning whether a University of Arkansas football fan's profanity-laced e-mail to former quarterback Mitch Mustain was properly investigated is irrelevant because the key players have left their positions, a lawyer for the university argued Thursday before the state Supreme Court.

Court: Attorney Reluctant to 'Front' $20,000 in Fees for Client Can't Withdraw (Law.com)
A New York state judge has denied an attorney's request to withdraw as counsel for a family in an impending wrongful death trial because the lawyer did not think it was his responsibility to be "fronting" $20,000 for expert witness fees. The judge found that the terms of Stephen R. Krawitz's retainer agreement obligates him to cover trial costs, which are to be paid back after litigation ...

Prominent Attorney, Two Others Indicted for Alleged Fraud (WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey)
var nopreviewimage = "1"; if (nopreviewimage == ""){ document.write(' '); document.write(' '); document.write(' '); } The U.S. Attorney's office announced the indictments today of Allentown attorney John Karoly, 58, and two others, including Karoly's son, John, III. According to a news release, John Karoly, Jr., John Karoly, III, and John Shane have been charged with one count of ...

Panel OKs U.S. Attorney, Judge Hopefuls (The Tampa Tribune)
President Bush's nominees to be the next U.S. attorney for Florida's Middle District and to fill a U.S. district judgeship for the area won approval Thursday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Attorney: Concord Hospital to award deaf patients $100k (New Hampshire Union Leader)
CONCORD - Several people who complained about how Concord Hospital handles deaf and hard-of-hearing patients will receive $100,000 from the hospital, the U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire announced yesterday.

Attorney General probing whether LIRR benefits went off track (New York Daily News)
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ramped up his investigation into possibly fraudulent disability benefits awarded to Long Island Rail Road retirees.

Race for attorney general heats up (Akron Beacon Journal)
COLUMBUS: Two largely unknown candidates for Ohio attorney general used the national financial crisis and a trendy TV ad Thursday to bring attention to their important but overlooked race.

Chiropractor, attorney acquitted in fraud case (The Indianapolis Star)
An Indianapolis chiropractor and an attorney were acquitted of all charges early Thursday morning in an insurance fraud case. Robert A. Ekin, 39, had disputed accusations that now-defunct Midtown Chiropractic falsely billed insurance companies between 2003 and 2006 for tests and services never performed on clients involved in auto accidents.

County attorney candidates to debate (Quad-City Times)
Scott County attorney candidates Hugh Pries and Mike Walton will square off in a debate Tuesday that airs live on WOC-AM 1420 radio and on qctimes.com.

Dillon's lawyer claims fraud (Florida Today)
William Dillon's lawyer said he has lined up former prosecutors and a former Brevard County Sheriff's Office investigator who will testify that the State Attorney's Office conspired to win convictions by working with and tipping off a dog handler they knew was fraudulent.

Feds: Pa. Lawyer Faked Will After Brother's Fatal Plane Crash (FOX 29 Philadelphia)
A prominent criminal lawyer cut from his brother's will helped produce fakes after the brother and sister-in-law died in a plane crash, federal authorities charged.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SUIT: Memo shows city e-mails, texts were public records, lawyer testifies (Detroit Free Press)
A lawyer for the City of Detroit testified Thursday that she believed a memo signed by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick declaring e-mails and other electronic communications were public records was a valid policy, even though the memo was dated two years before Kilpatrick became mayor.

Cockburn Mayor should quit: Attorney General (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The Attorney General Christian Porter has called on the Mayor of Cockburn, Stephen Lee, to stand down after the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) found he engaged in deliberate misconduct.

Lawyer argues Stevens paid every bill (The Washington Times)
The Republican from Alaska took gifts from a powerful business owner and then lied about it. But a lawyer for Mr. Stevens, describing his defense publicly for the first time, told jurors Thursday the case is far from being that clear.

Maxwell family's lawyer slates news conference (The Post-Standard)
Four weeks ago, emergency personnel found 11-year-old Erin Maxwell fatally injured in her Palermo home. Today, Lawyer Salvatore Lanza, who is representing the Maxwell family, has called a news conference for 11 a.m. to present the family's view of their daughter's death.

Misconduct does in lawyer (The Columbus Dispatch)
The Ohio Supreme Court permanently disbarred a Columbus lawyer yesterday, finding that he had "stolen from, deceived, neglected and abandoned clients one after another."

Nigeria: Ibori's Lawyer Charged for Money Laundering in London (AllAfrica.com)
Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori's lawyer, Mr. Bhadresh Gohil, was yesterday arrested and charged in London for money laundering.

U.S. court indicts lawyer on tax charges (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
Worcester lawyer Christopher M. Uhl was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston for tax evasion and failure to pay taxes, the Boston U.S. attorney's office said.

Alaska senator in the dark,lawyer says, as trial opens (New Haven Register)
Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Stevens was clueless about the cost and scope of a pricey makeover of his Alaska cabin that led to federal corruption charges and threatened his lengthy career, his lawyer said Thursday at the opening of his trial.

Attorney General to visit Gettysburg (The Evening Sun)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett will visit Gettysburg today to tour a center that helps victims of child abuse. Corbett will stop at the Adams County Children's Advocacy Center, 450 W. Middle St., at 1 p.m. on a visit coinciding with the center's second anniversary.

Attorney: Penis amputation 'medically necessary' (Lexington Herald-Leader)
An attorney for a Kentucky doctor being sued over the amputation of a patient's penis says the procedure was 'medically necessary' and authorized by the patient. Clay Robinson of Lexington said Dr. John Patterson performed the surgery because the patient, 61-year-old Phillip Seaton, had cancer. Robinson said Patterson was given permission to perform any medical procedure deemed necessary. ...

Federal Reserve's Former Top Lawyer Joins Sullivan & Cromwell (Bloomberg)
Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- J. Virgil Mattingly , a former chief lawyer for the Federal Reserve Board, joined the New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell as special counsel four years after leaving the government post.

Davydenko May Sue ATP Tennis Tour on Betting Probe, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Nikolay Davydenko , the world No. 6 tennis player, may sue the ATP Tour to get it to pay his legal costs after a 13-month gambling inquiry found no evidence he did anything wrong, his lawyer Frank Immenga said.

Waste management district honors attorney (The Monterey County Herald)
Attorney Robert Wellington has received an award for 35 years as counsel to the Monterey Regional Waste Management District. A certificate honoring Wellington was unanimously approved at the Sept.

Allentown Attorney John Karoly Jr. scheduled for arraignment on charges he forged brother's will (The Express-Times)
Prominent Lehigh Valley defense attorney John Karoly Jr. is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Allentown federal court on charges that he forged his brother's will. During the 1:30 p.m. hearing before Judge Henry Perkin, the 58-year-old is expected to...

Attorney for Stevens Tells Jurors Alaska Senator 'Is Honest,' Did Not Lie (Washington Post)
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) paid every bill sent to him for extensive renovations of his home and did not lie on financial disclosure forms, his attorney told jurors yesterday, as testimony began in the first trial of a sitting U.S. senator in more than two decades.

Lawyer says penis amputation was authorized (MSNBC)
A lawyer for a Kentucky doctor being sued over the amputation of a patient's penis said Friday the procedure was "medically necessary" and authorized by the patient.

Attorney General opposes Minnesota Power rate hike, calls proposal "exorbitant" (Park Rapids Enterprise)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced her opposition to Minnesota Power’s proposed increase in electricity rates for residential and small business customers.

St. Pete lawyer arrested on DUI, cocaine charges (St. Petersburg Times)
ST. PETERSBURG -- A well-known St. Petersburg lawyer and restaurant owner was arrested early this morning on charges of drunken driving and cocaine possession. David J. Sockol, 50,(left) was arrested about 12:30 a.m. in the 4700 block of Gulf Boulevard...

Attorney Claims Lab Blunder In Beating Death Case (NBC 30 Connecticut)
A defense attorney for a man charged in the beating death of a Norwich man in 2004 claims his client’s name could be cleared because of a mix-up at the state police forensic lab.

Rapist's Lawyer Asks for Review of 'Code Red' Alert (1010 WINS New York)
A lawyer for convicted rapist David Pollitt is asking Southbury officials to review why the town first selectman's activated an emergency alert system when Pollitt was arrested two weeks ago.

Attorney: Penis Amputation Necessary (WCPO Cincinnati)
Attorney said Dr. John Patterson performed the surgery because the patient had cancer.

Susan Feeney Named Essex County's 2008 Professional Lawyer of the Year (Centre Daily Times)
The Essex County Bar Association and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law presented McCarter & English partner Susan A. Feeney with a 2008 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award today.