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Prominent Redding attorney found shot to death (The Fresno Bee)
A prominent Redding attorney who was about to face charges that he embezzled from his clients has died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Read comments

Prominent Ill. lawyer admits drug charges (UPI)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A prominent Southern Illinois lawyer was jailed Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.

City of Stockton, attorney general forge greenhouse gas deal (BizJournals)
The city of Stockton has reached an agreement with California Attorney General Jerry Brown to reduce greenhouse gases by encouraging in-fill development and developing a rapid transit bus system.

Redding attorney found shot to death (KGET 17 Bakersfield)
A prominent Redding attorney who was about to face charges that he embezzled from his clients has died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Florida attorney arrested in alleged fraud case (Miami Herald)
A 40-year-old Coral Springs attorney has been arrested and accused of defrauding clients out of more than $420,000.

Glenn lawyer hits back at Peters' conspiracy claim (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A lawyer who appeared with billionaire Owen Glenn before Parliament's privileges committee this week has hit out at claims by Winston Peters that he "coached" his client's testimony.

Coral Springs attorney accused of defrauding clients of $420,000 (Sun-Sentinel)
A Coral Springs attorney is in jail without bond after he was accused of defrauding clients in eight states out of more than $420,000, the Broward Sheriff's Office says.

Casey's Attorney Files Motion To Block Testing Of More Evidence (WFTV 9 Orlando)
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Sexual assault cold case lawyer raises DNA doubts (CBC Calgary)
The lawyer for a man charged with a sexual assault cold case says the quality of the evidence may be questionable, considering some of it was gathered more than two decades ago.

A prominent lawyer was charged today with attempting to "eliminate" the main witness against his drug kingpin client, federal officials said. Read The Criminal Complaint Robert Simels was arrested this afternoon and accused in an 18-page federal...

Larry Craig's Attorney Argues Thin Facts, Flawed Law in Appeals Court (FOX 9 News Twin Cities)
Wednesday, the attorney for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig told a three-judge panel Wednesday that his client's actions in a Minneapolis airport restroom were "as consistent with innocence as it is with guilt." The panel has 90 days to consider a ruling.

Assistant Attorney General Says He Was Libeled and Slandered (WKYT Lexington)
Kentucky Assistant Attorney General David Smith has filed a civil lawsuit against three attorneys with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy claiming slander and libel.

Lawyer: Phila. police death defendant scared - Philadelphia News (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)
The lawyer for the 16-year-old boy accused of causing the crash says his client is frightened.

Lacson eyes lawyer as 1st witness in probe of "road to nowhere" mess (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - Opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson is eyeing a crusading lawyer as a possible "first witness" in a looming Senate investigation into a P200-million double entry for a "road to nowhere" project.

Attorney's Body Found In St. Clair Township (The Kentucky Post)
The Butler County Sheriff's Office is investigating after the body of a Hamilton attorney was found yesterday. 9News was told the body of 54-year-old Patrick W. Garretson was discovered Tuesday night in a wooded area near Four Mile Creek Road in St. Clair Township, Butler County.

Attorney's Body Found In St. Clair Township (WCPO Cincinnati)
Body of Hamilton attorney found in wooded area.

District 87 hires attorney to help with 2007 property tax appeals (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The Bloomington District 87 school board agreed Wednesday to hire Bloomington attorney John Pratt to help the board with 2007 property tax appeals filed by property owners.

Hamilton attorney's body found (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
An investigation is underway after a Hamilton attorney's body was found in a wooded area in St. Clair Township in Butler County Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Commission probes 2 complaints against State Attorney's Office (The News Herald)
PANAMA CITY — The Florida Commission on Human Relations is investigating a second harassment complaint filed against the State Attorney's Office, former employees who have been interviewed about it said Wednesday.

State's Attorney Meets With Sheriff On Evidence Audit (Highlands Today)
State's Attorney Jerry Hill met Wednesday morning with Sheriff Susan Benton at the Highlands County Sheriff's Office about the evidence audit she released publicly in April.

Bristol, Tenn., Lawyer Suspended For Not Responding To Complaint (Bristol Herald Courier)
The Supreme Court of Tennessee has temporarily suspended the license of Bristol, Tenn., lawyer Suzanne Shackelford Queen, according to a news release from the court’s Board of Professional Responsibility.

SEC's New York attorney to leave for law firm: report (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's top New York enforcement attorney is expected to leave next month for a law firm, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Lawyer Arrested, Accused of Scheme to ``Neutralize' Witnesses (Bloomberg.com)
Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- A New York criminal defense lawyer accused of trying to ``eliminate'' and ``neutralize'' witnesses against one of his clients in a drug-trafficking case was arrested on federal charges, prosecutors said.

Ex-Bangladesh PM Zia released on bail: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The army-backed Bangladesh government released former prime minister Khaleda Zia from jail Thursday, her lawyer said, as part of efforts to restore democracy in the country by the end of the year.

Senator's lawyer asks to rescind guilty plea (Denver Post)
A lawyer for Sen. Larry Craig asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday to allow Craig to withdraw a guilty plea to disorderly conduct after his arrest in a sex-sting operation at an airport men's room last year.

Bob Shallit: So this trial lawyer walks onto a stage ... (The Sacramento Bee)
Sacramento trial lawyer Joe Genshlea has hundreds of stories about growing up and working in the capital city. Joe Genshlea will deliver reminiscences about capital life in "A Sense of Place" next month as a benefit for the Sacramento Theatre Co.

ELECTION 2008: ATTORNEY GENERAL RACE The Corbett-Morganelli contest could be lost in the shuffle amid presidential ... (The Morning Call)
''A race like the [attorney general's] race is going to fight for any space in voters' minds. It will take a lot more than the occasional press release to crack that shell.''

Embattled prosecutor resigns from District Attorney's Office (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
SANTA CRUZ -- George Dunlap, the embattled prosecutor facing a possible suspension of his State Bar license, resigned from his position at the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday.

RAZAK NOT A LIAR, SAYS LAWYER (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
SHAH ALAM, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- Lawyer Wong Kian Kheong who represented Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda said today that his client was not a liar and did not know anything about the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu.

LAWYER A 'HIT' - FEDS (New York Post)
A prominent Manhattan lawyer who has big-time mobsters and football stars on his client roster attempted to "eliminate" key witnesses against a drug kingpin, according to an explosive complaint unsealed by federal prosecutors yesterday. Robert...

Immigration Attorney Sentenced To 366 Days In Prison (Hartford Courant)
An immigration attorney from Hartford was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison for falsifying government documents to assist an illegal immigrant along the path to legal residency.

Razak Not A Liar, Says Lawyer (Bernama)
SHAH ALAM, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- Lawyer Wong Kian Kheong who represented Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda said Thursday that his client was not a liar and did not know anything about the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Attorney general files complaint against Leominster developer (Sentinel & Enterprise)
LEOMINSTER -- A local development company is facing civil charges from 2006 allegations of environmental violations in a South Leominster housing development, according to a news release Wednesday from Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.

Police Investigates Local Attorney Homicide (The Kentucky Post)
Police are investigating a homicide that left a local attorney dead. That attorney is 54-year-old Patrick Garretson. Someone who lives nearby found Garretson’s body in a wooded area off Four Mile Creek Road in Saint Clair Township Tuesday night.

Suspended attorney Scott A. Salomon, of Coral Springs, charged with organized fraud (Sun-Sentinel)
He is accused of defrauding over 30 clients Suspended attorney Scott A. Salomon, 40, of Coral Springs, was arrested at home on charges of organized fraud and being held in the Broward County jail without bail Wednesday because of a probation violation.

Florida Attorney Arrested in Alleged Fraud Case (First Coast News)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (AP) -- A 40-year-old Coral Springs attorney has been arrested and accused of defrauding clients out of more than $420,000.

High court asked to probe GSIS trustee, lawyer in CA scandal (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
A Government Service Insurance System trustee, who happens to be the lawyer of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, and its chief legal counsel should also be investigated by the Supreme Court for their role in the bribery scandal attending the Court of Appeals’ handling of the case involving the Manila Electric Co. an

Hamilton attorney found dead in Butler Co. (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -- Police are looking into the death of a Hamilton lawyer whose body was found on Tuesday. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says attorney Patrick Garretson was found in some woods along Four Mile Creek Road in St. Clair Township.

Wilhelm to contest Brimble manslaughter charge: lawyer (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A senior defence lawyer says Adelaide man Mark Robin Wilhelm will contest a charge of manslaughter over the cruise ship death of Dianne Brimble in 2002.

Prominent NYC attorney accused in plot to kill (Courier-Post)
A high-profile defense attorney in New York is accused of plotting to bribe or "eliminate" witnesses who might testify against one of his clients, a Guyanese businessman and alleged drug trafficker.

Judge bars defense attorney from city murder retrial (Baltimore Sun)
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge blocked a defense attorney yesterday from participating in the retrial of two men prosecutors accuse of participating in a gang war that left three dead and four wounded in East Baltimore in 2003.

Prominent NYC attorney accused in plot to kill (AM New York)
A high-profile defense attorney in New York is accused of plotting to bribe or "eliminate" witnesses who might testify against one of his clients, a Guyanese businessman and alleged drug trafficker.

Suu Kyi meets again with lawyer: witnesses (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for two hours with her lawyer Thursday, witnesses said, amid worries for her health after her party said she was not accepting food.

Attorney: Plea Deal Ahead For Tampa Teacher In Sex Case (The Tampa Tribune)
A schoolteacher accused of having sex with a student is negotiating with prosecutors for a plea deal in her case. An attorney for Christina Butler, 34, charged with felony lewd and lascivious battery, said in court this morning that within a couple of weeks they expect to have the case "worked out."

Lawyer says Suu Kyi in good health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer said Thursday that he had held "positive" talks with the detained democracy leader and that she appeared in good health, after reports she was not accepting food.

Fen-phen lawyer to be released on bond (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
COVINGTON -- A lawyer accused of defrauding clients who won a $200 settlement from the makers of the diet-drug fen-phen will be released from jail today.

District attorney's office also hit by cuts (The Dalton Daily Citizen)
One day each month, 10 employees of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office will not go to work because of state budget cuts that began Sept. 1, officials said.

Former Clarksville attorney sentenced (Knoxville News Sentinel)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A former Clarksville attorney who was accused of stealing more than $180,000 from clients has been sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to theft and fraud charges.

Former attorney pleads guilty in homebuilding scam (The Buffalo News)
Steven Wisniewski, a disbarred attorney whose homebuilding business was shut down by the state last spring, pleaded guilty today to grand larceny and falsifying building permit charges.

LeRoy lawyer expects to file lawsuit Friday to stop park closures (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- LeRoy lawyer and doctor Tom Pliura said he will lodge a lawsuit in McLean County Circuit Court arguing that Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources lack the legal power to close 11 state parks as planned Nov. 1. | Rallies planned to protest closures | House looks to override ethics veto | Lottery lease clears big hurdle