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Attorney General Talis Colberg resigns (Alaska Public Radio Network)
Attorney General Talis Colberg has resigned his office in the wake of a state Senate action Friday that found nine state employees in Contempt. The Senate found those employees who were advised by the Department of Law had not responded to legislative subpoenas during the investigation of the events surrounding the firing of former Public [...]

Disbarred Mamaroneck lawyer pleads guilty to larceny and tax fraud (The Journal News)
A disbarred Mamaroneck lawyer has pled guilty to stealing money from an estate he had been hired to settle and then failing to pay taxes on the stolen money, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced.

Oklahoma Attorney General visits, speaks at TU (University of Tulsa Collegian)
The Honorable W.A. Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma Attorney General, came last week to speak at TU. Edmondson made this year’s Alumnus-in-Residence speech in the Great Hall of ACAC. The luncheon is an event hosted annually by the TU College of Law.

Lawyer: Teacher wrongly accused (Albany Times Union)
Columbia High's Bernard Watt placed on leave by district, faces charges EAST GREENBUSH ? The lawyer for a teacher charged with inappropriately touching a student said Tuesday any contact was accidental.Bernard "Bernie" Watt, 47, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday by the East Greenbush school district. Watt, a gym teacher at Columbia High School and well-known soccer coach, was charged ...

D.C. attorney general sues lawyer over ‘frivolous’ special-ed suits (The Washington DC Examiner)
D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles has filed a federal lawsuit accusing a fellow lawyer of filing “frivolous” claims in order to exploit the city’s troubled special education system.

Alaska: Attorney General Quits Post (New York Times)
Attorney General Talis J. Colberg, a major figure in the abuse-of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin, has resigned, the governor?s office said. Mr. Colberg, left, who was appointed to the post in 2006 after Ms. Palin was elected, represented seven of nine state employees who initially refused to testify before a legislative panel investigating Ms. Palin?s firing of her public safety ...

Lawyer on Parma schools subpoena has ties to others in Cuyahoga County corruption probe (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Lawyer Anthony O. Calabrese III is the first name on a federal subpoena requesting information from Parma schools about vendors who have done business with the district. But it's not the first time he or his clients have come up...

"Troopergate" fells Alaska Attorney General (Denver Post)
Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg has resigned in the wake of state legislators blasting his performance during the "Troopergate" investigation.

US has to agree—lawyer, exec (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines – The United States will have to agree on where convicted American soldier Daniel Smith will be detained, his lawyer and a local official said Wednesday.

Paule lawyer meets with Senate team (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 3) The lawyer of the alleged fixer in the multimillion-peso fertilizer fund scam has arrived at the home of his client in Antipolo City where a team of Senate security has been staking out since early Wednesday morning to serve an arrest warrant.

Attorney's actions at center of Metro board turmoil (The Tennessean)
The attorney for Metro's Industrial Development Board wired almost $150,000 to the board from his own escrow account more than two years after the property sale that generated the money, according to a financial audit.

Sources: Younger Casey wants U.S. attorney slot (The Morning Call)
Senator's brother a candidate for vacant Middle District post. A younger brother of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. is a candidate for the vacant U.S. attorney post that covers the Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre areas.

'Rockefeller' rejects plea deal, lawyer says (New York Daily News)
The lawyer for a man known as Clark Rockefeller said his client has rejected a plea deal and will go to trial in the July kidnapping of his seven-year-old daughter.

Sanchez lawyer asks for retrial of case (The Norman Transcript)
The lawyer for the man convicted of murdering a University of Oklahoma student asked Tuesday that he be given a new trial.Anthony Castillo Sanchez was convicted in a 2006 Cleveland County trial of the 1996 rape and murder of Jewell "Juli" Busken.

Former CIETC CEO rejects attorney recommendation (KWWL Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The ringleader of a scheme to misspend millions in government job training funds on huge executive salaries and bonuses has rejected her attorney's recommendation of another lawyer to serve in her appeal.

Paule under Senate custody – lawyer (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 5) Jaime Paule, the alleged bagman of former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-Joc” Bolante, is now under the custody of the Senate sergeant-at-arms, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Disbarred attorney pleads guilty to tax fraud, grand larceny charges (Mid-Hudson News)
ALBANY – State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Robert Megna Tuesday announced that a Westchester County attorney who had been disbarred for stealing money from an estate he was handling pled guilty to grand larceny and tax fraud charges related to the case.

Cornbelt trustees' lawyer rebuts alleged openness violations (The Champaign News-Gazette)
MAHOMET – Cornbelt Fire Protection District trustees did not violate the Illinois Open Meetings Act before their November meeting, their lawyer told the attorney general's office. The board has been accused of meeting 30 minutes before the regular meeting Nov. 5, according to a Jan. 16 letter from the attorney general's office. It dismissed three firefighters that night, for disrespect to ...

NY Attorney General calls Merrill Lynch executives irresponsible for bonus payments (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accuses Merrill Lynch & Co. executives of corporate irresponsibility by secretly and prematurely awarding $3.6 billion in bonuses as taxpayers were bailing out the industry.

NY Attorney General calls Merrill Lynch executives irresponsible for bonus payments (Canadian Business)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accuses Merrill Lynch & Co. executives of corporate irresponsibility by secretly and prematurely

NY Attorney General calls Merrill Lynch executives irresponsible for bonus payments (Canadian Business)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accused Merrill Lynch & Co. executives of corporate irresponsibility by secretly and prematurely

Ex-Illinois Governor Angling to Rehire Defense Attorney (Law.com)
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich , who was impeached and convicted last month by his state's legislature after federal prosecutors charged him with political corruption, is angling to rehire a top Chicago criminal defense attorney for his legal team.

Alomar lawyer calls AIDS lawsuit baseless (UPI)
NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Roberto Alomar's lawyer said a lawsuit filed in New York alleging the former baseball player has AIDS is a frivolous action.

Iraq's Aziz demands 'just' verdict in killings case: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Iraq's former deputy premier Tareq Aziz has demanded a just verdict in his trial with seven others over the execution of 42 Baghdad merchants accused of racketeering, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

New York Attorney General Says Merrill Moved Up Bonus Payout (Fox News)
New York Attorney General Says Merrill Moved Up Bonus Payout

Attorney Murdered on Way to Work (NBC Philadelphia)
Attorney dies after being ambushed on his way to work Wednesday morning.

Judge dismisses charges against lawyer accused of misappropriating funds (The Star-Ledger)
Amanda Brown/The Star-LedgerSuperior Court Judge Edward Coleman A judge properly dismissed charges against a lawyer who was indicted on charges he misappropriated funds from four mortgage refinancings, a state appeals ruled today, concluding the statute of limitations for the offenses...

Baseball Players' Union Lawyer Seeks to Set Record Straight on Steroid Leaks (Law.com)
On Monday, The Am Law Daily posted a story about some of the lawyers involved in a case currently before an en banc panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which relates to the seizure of confidential results of drug tests conducted on 104 Major League Baseball players during the 2003 season. Now Keker & Van Nest?s Elliot Peters, an outside lawyer for the players union in the case, talks ...

N.Y. attorney general Cuomo blasts 'secret' Merrill bonuses (Market Watch)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accuses Merrill Lynch of secretly moving up its bonus payments to assure they were paid out to the firm's executives before fourth-quarter losses -- more than $15 billion -- came to light.

Lawyer shot to death in Bucks (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
A Bucks County lawyer was fatally shot by an unidentified assailant this morning as he arrived for work at his office in Northampton Township. The lawyer, a divorced father of two, was shot once in the back of the head at point-blank range.

Lawyer fatally shot outside suburban Phila. office (Centre Daily Times)
Police in suburban Philadelphia say a personal injury lawyer was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range and killed.

Attorney's illness delay's Midyette trial (Rocky Mountain News)
A defense attorney for Alex Midyette called in sick this morning, prompting the judge in the child abuse trial to postpone closing arguments that were set to begin at 9 a.m. today.

Lawyer challenges Washington death penalty (The Olympian)
A lawyer for two men on Washington's Death Row is appealing their execution order, arguing that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.

N.Y. attorney general lists Merrill's top bonuses (International Herald Tribune)
Merrill Lynch paid out bonuses of more than $1 million to 696 people last year, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of New York.

Attorney General: $7.5M available to Countrywide customers in Tex. who lost homes (BizJournals)
The Texas Attorney General’s office announced the launch Wednesday of a restitution program that will make nearly $7.5 million available to eligible mortgage customers of Countrywide Financial Corp.

Attorney Ambushed as he Headed into Office (NBC Philadelphia)
A 51-year old Attorney was shot as he got out of his car to walk to his office in Holland, Pa.

Lawyer fatally shot outside suburban Phila. office (WFMJ Youngstown)
HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) - Police in suburban Philadelphia say a personal injury lawyer was shot in the back of the head at .blank range and killed.

Alaska's attorney general resigns (UPI)
JUNEAU, Ala., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg, who angered state legislators during last year's "Troopergate" probe, has resigned his post, officials said.

Anthony's lawyer no longer affiliated with media firm (Orlando Sentinel)
Casey Anthony's defense attorney has been criticized for his choice of a media firm -- and the recent revelation that a man who served prison time for attempting to extort a journalist has acted as the lawyer's spokesman.

Lawyer shot dead outside office in Pa. (UPI)
NORTHAMPTON, Pa., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A lawyer was shot dead Wednesday morning in the parking lot of his suburban Philadelphia office, a prosecutor said.

Nadel's Attorney Trying to Get Him Out of Detainment (Fox News)
The attorney for Art Nadel, a hedge-fund manager accused of a $350 million fraud, is trying to get him out of detention.

Schumer Asks Obama to Name a Top Aide as U.S. Attorney in New York (New York Times)
Senator Charles E. Schumer has recommended that the White House select his chief counsel, Preet Bharara, as the next U.S. attorney in Manhattan.

Alabang Boys' lawyer says urine test could have been tainted (GMA News)
MANILA, Philippines - The urine test showing that drug suspects Richard Brodett and Joseph Tecson were positive of marijuana use may have been tainted, the lawyer for two of the three so-called Alabang Boys said Thursday.

Regions Financial lawyer insists Midtown driveway easement is permanent, wants developers' documents (The Gainesville Times)
A lawyer for Regions Financial Corp. wants a quick resolution in a lawsuit over coveted property in Gainesville’s Midtown district.

District Attorney's mother passes away (The San Francisco Examiner)
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris's mother passed away on Wednesday. Examiner file photo San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris’s mother, Shyamala Harris, died Wednesday after battling cancer for months, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Her family was by her side.

US lawyer urges freedom for Guantanamo detainee (New Kerala)
London, Feb 12 : A British resident held at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has been on hunger strike since Jan 5 and should be freed immediately to avoid insanity or death, his lawyer said in London Wednesday.

Attorney charged with filing false police report faces hearing today (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
An O'Hara attorney who teaches courses on health-care ethics at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University faces a hearing today on charges of lying to police about gunshot wounds he received near Waterworks Mall.

N.Y. attorney general lists Merrill's top bonuses (International Herald Tribune)
Merrill Lynch paid bonuses of more than $1 million to nearly 700 people last year, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of New York.

Bucks lawyer shot dead in parking lot (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Eric Birnbaum was standing behind his black Acura in the lot of his law office, chatting with a female co-worker when a gunman in a knit cap and sunglasses appeared "from out of nowhere" and fired a single shot into the lawyer's head.

State attorney general to attend party event (The Oregonian)
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger will be the special guest at the Washington County Democrats' celebration of Oregon's 150th birthday Saturday. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the party headquarters, 12250 S.W. Broadway, Beaverton. Refreshments will...