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Lawyer: 'Clark Rockefeller' discussing guilty plea (The Charlotte Observer)
(By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer) A lawyer for the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller says discussions are under way for a possible guilty plea to at least one charge against him in the kidnapping of his 7-year-old daughter. Defense attorney Jeffrey Denner told The Associated Press the defense and prosecution would go before a judge Thursday to conduct plea negotiations. Denner ...

Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Murdered in Moscow (OneWorld.net via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (OneWorld.net) - A human rights lawyer that represented Chechens who suffered human rights violations at the hands of the state was shot dead in Moscow this Monday.

The attorney general's office plans to conduct an investigation of Portland Mayor Sam Adams' recent sex scandal (FOX Eugene)
Portland officials asked the attorney general's office to investigate Portland mayor Sam Adams' recent admission of having a sexual relationship with a teenager. Attorney General John Kroger plans to head the investigation regarding a relationship that Adams had previously denied. Click to watch the full story.

Tampa Lawyer Disbarred, Another Reprimanded (The Tampa Tribune)
A Tampa lawyer was disbarred and another reprimanded in a series of disciplinary actions announced today by The Florida Bar.

Attorney: Seth's death may be manslaughter, not murder (The Fresno Bee)
A defense attorney for LeBaron Vaughn conceded this morning outside of court that his client beat 10-year-old Seth Ireland to death last month.

Florida Bar Investigating Casey Anthony's Attorney (WFTV 9 Orlando)
Eyewitness News has uncovered details of two investigations by the Florida Bar Association into Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez. BAEZ SPEAKS: Complains About Media Coverage DOCUMENTS: Search Warrants, Evidence, More MESSAGE BOARD: Justice For Caylee

No bail for Marc Dreier, New York lawyer accused of $400 million hedge scheme (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A prominent New York lawyer accused of a $400 million hedge fund scam will remain in custody. Magistrate Judge Douglas Eaton said Thursday he would not release Marc Dreier unless wealthy friends could put up $10 million in cash or property to secure a $20 million bond.

Accused high-profile NY lawyer Dreier stays in jail (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile New York lawyer accused of running an investment scam that allegedly caused $380 million in losses failed to make bail on Thursday when a U.S. judge set conditions he could not meet.

Regarded criminal attorney to defend ex-BART cop (The Fresno Bee)
A well-known criminal defense attorney is now representing a former Bay Area transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on New Year's Day. Read comments

Judge keeps NY lawyer accused of fraud in custody (AP via Yahoo! News)
A judge who let Bernard Madoff stay out of prison on charges in a $50 billion fraud told a prominent lawyer charged in a much smaller case Thursday that his friends must post $10 million in cash or property before he can go home on bail.

Clemens lawyer selected for top Justice post (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer who represented Roger Clemens last year when he denied under oath that he used performance enhancing drugs has been chosen to lead the Justice Department lawyers now investigating the retired pitching great.

Attorney general challenges attempt to shield Prop. 8 donations (Los Angeles Daily News)
SACRAMENTO - Attorney General Jerry Brown is urging a federal court to reject an attempt to conceal the identities of donors to the gay marriage ban passed last year by California voters.

Vt. lawyer of terror suspect waiting for details (Boston Globe)
A Vermont lawyer who's representing a terror suspect held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center says he's eager to learn the details of President Barack Obama's new policy toward the detainees.

Ex-U.S. attorney joins terror prosecution team (Miami Herald)
A former U.S. attorney who was among nine fired by the Bush administration in 2006 has been working as a prosecutor of suspected terrorists at Guantánamo.

Settlement Reached Over Ohio Attorney General Scandal (Law.com)
Two women whose sexual harassment complaints led to the resignation of an Ohio attorney general have reached a settlement with the state, under which they will each receive $247,500 for reparations and attorney fees. The women filed claims last year against Anthony Gutierrez, a top aide to former Attorney General Marc Dann. Gutierrez was fired, and Dann resigned in May. Dann said in an e-mail ...

Rocky Delgadillo eases into 2010 race for California attorney general (Los Angeles Times)
L.A. city attorney can start fundraising for a statewide campaign, spokesman says. Delgadillo lost to Jerry Brown in the 2006 Democratic primary, but Brown might run for governor. Three years after falling short in a bid for higher office, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has taken the first step toward launching a second campaign for California attorney general, a spokesman said ...

No Bail for Lawyer Accused of Fraud (New York Times)
A federal judge refused to grant bail on Thursday to Marc S. Dreier, a prominent New York lawyer accused of a $380 million Ponzi scheme.

Obama names Oakland attorney to head DOJ Civil Division (Contra Costa Times)
Tony West has been a federal prosecutor, a defense attorney and an ardent Obama supporter.

Ill. governor's lawyer: I might sue to stop trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Facing almost certain defeat in a Senate impeachment trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich might ask the courts to step in and block a proceeding that he considers "a sham," a lawyer for the Democratic governor said Thursday.

Complaint filed against West Salem attorney (La Crosse Tribune)
WEST SALEM — The Office of Lawyer Regulation has filed a complaint against West Salem attorney Harry Griswold, asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to issue him a private reprimand.

Attorney in jail, facing myriad charges (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
By Leslie Parrilla -- A San Luis Obispo attorney was back in court this week facing additional criminal charges after a slew of arrests that followed a drug dealing charge, prompting prosecutors to keep him in jail for fear that he may be a danger to others and himself. Attorney Mansour “Sig” Haddad is being held at County Jail without bail after he was most recently arrested on suspicion of ...

Ill. governor's lawyer: I might sue to stop trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Facing almost certain defeat in a Senate impeachment trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich might ask the courts to step in and block a proceeding that he considers "a sham," a lawyer for the Democratic governor said Thursday.

Slain Russian rights lawyer buried in Moscow (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Russian human-rights lawyer whose killing on a central Moscow street has spotlighted the risks faced by Russians who fight for justice was buried Friday, and the U.S. Embassy said it was outraged by the crime.

Lincolnshire day-care aide 'heartbroken' over toddler death, lawyer says (Chicago Tribune)
Day-care aide told about incident with toddler, friend says Melissa Calusinski is heartbroken about the death of a toddler allegedly slammed to the floor in her room at a Lincolnshire day-care center and isn't guilty of murdering the child, her lawyer said Thursday.

Lawyer refutes claims mob storm mortuary (The New Straits Times)
The lawyer representing A. Kugan’s family refuted the claims by Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar that a mob stormed the Serdang Hospital mortuary on Tuesday night and locked themselves inside for three hours with the body of Kugan, who had died earlier in police custody.

High Bail Is Set in Lawyer’s Fraud Case (New York Times)
A federal judge refused on Thursday to release Marc S. Dreier, a prominent New York lawyer accused of a $380 million Ponzi scheme, unless he posted a $20 million bond guaranteed by financially responsible friends — a requirement that Mr. Dreier’s lawyer said was impossible to meet.

New York Attorney General Cuomo Said to Probe Merrill Bonuses (Bloomberg)
Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating bonuses Merrill Lynch & Co. paid to its executives just before the sale to Bank of America Corp., a person familiar with the probe said.

Progress in completing Obama's Cabinet hits snags over attorney general, Pentagon deputy (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - It's nine down, six to go to fill President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Yet, for all of the progress, his picks for attorney general and deputy defense secretary remain mired in questions over interrogation methods and ethics.

Maine attorney general: Beware of stimulus scams (Boston Globe)
The Maine attorney general's office is warning Mainers to be wary of a new scam being circulated via e-mail.

Kerviel’s Probe Delays Are No Problem for SocGen, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Societe Generale SA , which blames Jerome Kerviel for its record trading loss, won’t be affected if the investigation into case lasts another week or several months, a lawyer for the bank said today.

Slain Russian rights lawyer buried in Moscow (AP via Yahoo! News)
A human rights lawyer who was gunned down in central Moscow after frequently challenging the actions of Russian authorities was buried on Friday, and U.S. officials said they were outraged by the killing.

Attorney General Reaches $1 Million Agreement with Major Mobile Content Marketer (WCTV Tallahassee)
Attorney General Bill McCollum today announces his office has reached a $1 million settlement with a major mobile content marketer over allegations related to improper billing of mobile content.

Judge: Attorney cannot withdraw on eve of trial (WXOW 19 La Crosse)
Associated Press - January 23, 2009 1:45 PM ET WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A judge has rejected an attorney's request to withdraw from a 9-year-old homicide case even though the attorney said he felt...

Allina Hospitals & Clinics Responds To Attorney General's Suit (Medical News Today)
In response to a lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, Allina Hospitals & Clinics made the following statement: "Allina Hospitals & Clinics is surprised by the Attorney General's action today.

Ohio attorney general sues foreclosure rescue firms (BizJournals)
Two Cincinnati companies that promised to help people avoid home foreclosures have been sued by Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Lincoln attorney disbarred (Lincoln Journal Star)
The Nebraska Supreme Court has disbarred Lincoln attorney Mary Wickenkamp, based on a “cumulative acts of misconduct” and “her disrespect for the court’s disciplinary jurisdiction.”

Chattanooga: Boydston attorney enters “not guilty” plea on shoplifting (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
An attorney for Hamilton County Board of Education member Janice Boydston entered a “not guilty” plea Friday morning on the charge that she stole about $32 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart last summer.

Local attorney to receive NASA recognition for photo (The Springfield News-Leader)
A Springfield attorney's astrophotography passion will be nationally recognized on Friday.

Rod Blagojevich's attorney to resign from criminal case (Detroit Free Press)
CHICAGO— Rod Blagojevich's lead attorney says he plans to resign from the Illinois governor's criminal case.

Gov's criminal case lawyer to resign (Chicago Tribune)
Edward Genson, the lead attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich, said he intends to withdraw as the governor's lawyer in the criminal case. Genson, who has been practicing law for 44 years, made a brief statement to reporters after a hearing this afternoon in federal court, where a judge had just ruled that four undercover recordings of the governor from the criminal investigation could be turned ...

Blagojevich lead attorney to resign from criminal case (Baltimore Sun)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lead attorney said today that he plans to resign from the impeached governor's criminal case.

Former St. Tammany district attorney's staffer sold criminal records from federal database to private investigators (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A former employee of the St. Tammany District Attorney's Office has pleaded guilty in federal court to improperly tapping into a national crime database in order to sell people's criminal histories to private investigators....

Defense Attorney to Resign From Criminal Case Against Blagojevich (Law.com)
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief defense attorney, Edward Genson, announced Friday that he is bailing out of the fraud and bribery case against the governor, strongly hinting that his client refused to listen to his advice. Blagojevich, facing charges of fraud conspiracy and solicitation of bribery, was impeached by the Illinois House earlier this month and faces trial in the Senate.

Lawyer: Man accused of stabbing 4 in NY is mentally ill despite being found fit for trial (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK - A lawyer for a man accused of stabbing four people during a 13-hour rampage in 2006 told jurors Friday that his client was mentally ill and not responsible for his actions.

Gov's Lead Attorney To Resign From Criminal Case (CBS 2 Chicago)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lead attorney says he plans to resign from his criminal case. Ed Genson's decision Friday comes one day after Blagojevich's defense team sent mixed signals over whether the governor would file a lawsuit to block his impeachment trial in the state Senate.

Ill. gov.'s attorney to resign from criminal case (USA Today)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief defense attorney announced Friday that he is bailing out of the fraud and bribery case against the governor, strongly hinting that his embattled client refused to listen to his advice.

UMW chief blasts Alabama attorney general (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts released a statement Friday criticizing Alabamas attorney general for asking other attorneys general around the country to join him in opposing the appeal that Hugh Caperton and Harman Mining...

Lawyer Gets Suspended, Put On Probation (The Lakeland Ledger)
The Florida Supreme Court recently disciplined a Lakeland lawyer for failing to timely comply with court orders.Charles Daniel Akes was suspended for 30 days effective Nov. 6 and was placed on probation for three years, according to a news release of The Florida Bar.

Somerset County defense firms cooperating in probe, lawyer says (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A lawyer for two Somerset County defense contractors Friday said his clients are cooperating with a federal investigation of their businesses, which have received government contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.

Blagojevich's lead defense lawyer to resign (CNN)
Prominent Chicago defense lawyer Ed Genson said Friday he intends to resign as attorney for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the criminal case against the governor.