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Manhattan District Attorney hopeful has ties to Somerset Hills (The Bernardsville News)
Nearly 32 years after then-Liberty Corner resident Cyrus R. Vance became the Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, his son, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., is running for Manhattan District Attorney if incumbent Robert Morgenthau, 89, decides not to seek re-election.

Panel to recommend next US attorney for Maine (Boston Globe)
Maine's two U.S. represenatives have named a five-member committee to advise them as they prepare to make a recommendation on the appointment of the next U.S. attorney from Maine.

UPDATE: Leading Zimbabwe Activist Mukoko Freed On Bail-Lawyer (Nasdaq)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP)--Leading Zimbabwean human rights activist Jestina Mukoko was freed on bail Monday after three months in detention, in a case seen as a test of the new unity government, her lawyer said Monday.

Lawyer: charge against star receiver dismissed (AP via Yahoo! News)
A disorderly conduct charge against Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall has been dismissed in an Atlanta court, according to his Denver-based lawyer, Harvey Steinberg.

New Attorney General Ends San Francisco Capital Case (Law.com)
New Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized a deal that could abruptly end a rare San Francisco death penalty trial only days after it began. Not only does Holder's reversal likely spare defendant Emile Fort his life, but it may signal a less aggressive approach to the death penalty in federal court. And it vindicates the local U.S. Attorney's Office, which had been rebuffed by Holder's ...

US Attorney: CIA Destroyed 92 Tapes Of Interrogations (Nasdaq)
WASHINGTON (AFP)--The CIA has destroyed 92 controversial interrogation videos, a U.S. attorney said in a letter to a judge Monday obtained by AFP.

US attorney general rules out waterboarding (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday ruled out the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique for "war on terror" suspects, saying it amounted to torture.

Attorney General Holder Says Obama Administration Will End Torture Practices (Nasdaq)
(RTTNews) - Attorney General Eric Holder gave remarks Monday in which he said the United States must end torture practices against suspected terrorists - particularly the waterboarding practice.

Owensboro attorney to lead Kentucky Democratic party (BizJournals)
Charlie Moore, a civil litigation attorney from Owensboro, has been chosen to become the chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Ontario attorney general announces Ticketmaster probe (CBC)
Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley says his office is looking into Ticketmaster's sale and pricing of tickets for entertainment and sporting events in the province.

Zimbabwean rights activist Mukoko freed: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Leading Zimbabwean human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and several other activists have been released on bail, her lawyer said on Monday, in what appeared to be a major concession by President Robert Mugabe.

Web Exclusive Class-action lawyer looking into Tar Creek buyout (Miami News-Record)
PICHER - An Oklahoma City lawyer who specializes in insurance class- action lawsuits attended a Tar Creek buyout meeting Tuesday night. Jeff Marr did not address the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust.

Zimbabwean rights activist Mukoko freed - lawyer (Deepika)
HARARE, Mar 2 (Reuters) Leading Zimbabwean human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and several other activists have been released on bail, her lawyer said today, in what appeared to be a major concession by President Robert Mugabe.

N.B. pathologist's patients deserve financial compensation: lawyer (CBC)
A lawyer representing patients in a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Miramichi Regional Health Authority says affected patients financial compensation.

Judge grants former UMass student Jason Vassell access to district attorney's files on crimes involving race (The Republican)
NORTHAMPTON - A judge is granting Jason W. Vassell access to Northwestern district attorney's office files on crimes involving race as his lawyers endeavor to prove racism played a role in the case brought against him.

Sen. Sherrod Brown announces recommendation for U.S. attorney (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has recommended defense attorney and former federal prosecutor Steve Dettelbach to be the next U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio. Dettelbach, was among several Ohio attorneys who recently interviewed for the job. If approved by...

Defense lawyer accuses prosecutors of ``misconduct'' An attorney for... (Miami Herald)
Defense lawyer accuses prosecutors of ``misconduct'' An attorney for a Miami Beach doctor charged with peddling prescription drugs has accused federal prosecutors of ''misconduct,'' arguing the charges should be thrown out because the government authorized witnesses to record phone calls -- but didn't tell the defense lawyer before trial.

Ruth Madoff’s Lawyer Says She Has Millions in Assets (Update1) (Bloomberg)
March 2 (Bloomberg) -- Ruth Madoff , the wife of accused fraudster Bernard Madoff , owns a New York City apartment, $45 million in municipal bonds, and $17 million in cash that are “unrelated” to her husband’s alleged Ponzi scheme, her lawyer claims.

Bruce Willis' lawyer says breach of contract lawsuit 'without merit' (Jam! Showbiz)
LOS ANGELES - A lawsuit filed against Bruce Willis on Friday is "asburd" and "without merit" according to Willis' lawyer Marty Singer in a statement he released on Monday.

Bruce Willis' Attorney: Lawsuit "Frivolous, Has No Merit" (US Weekly)
Bruce Willis and his production company are being sued for $4 million for breach of contract, but the actor is already fighting back. See what stars crossed the law last year. "The lawsuit filed against Bruce Willis by the production companies on the proposed motion picture 3 Stories About Joan is frivolous and has no merit," his attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement to Usmagazine.com ...

Lawyer: Soldier to be discharged after reporting for duty with kids (CNN)
A soldier who reported for duty with her children in tow has been granted her request for a discharge, her lawyer said Monday.

Willis attorney calls lawsuit 'without merit' (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Bruce Willis says a lawsuit against his client alleging breach of contract and seeking $4 million is without merit.

Willis attorney calls lawsuit 'without merit' (KIVI Boise)
Associated Press - March 2, 2009 7:43 PM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney for Bruce Willis says a lawsuit against his client alleging breach of contract and seeking $4 million is without...

New U.S. attorney mulled (Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR, Maine — U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have announced the formation of a five-member committee that will assist and advise them on their recommendation to President Obama on the appointment of the next U.S. attorney in Maine.

No extra jail time for thieving lawyer (News Interactive)
A PROSECUTION bid to increase the jail term given to a lawyer who stole $100,000 from a dead woman's estate has failed.

Nevada official challenges attorney general (San Francisco Chronicle)
Nevada's lieutenant governor moved Monday to disqualify the state attorney general from prosecuting him on felony charges alleging he mishandled a multibillion-dollar state college savings program when he was state treasurer. A lawyer for Lt. Gov. Brian...

Attorney Says Mother Recalled for Army Duty Will Be Discharged (Washington Post)
RALEIGH, N.C., March 2 -- A North Carolina woman who reported for Army duty with her two young children, ages 5 and 3, will be discharged from the military, her attorney said Monday.

Zach Scruggs was not late, says lawyer (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
OXFORD — An attorney for Zach Scruggs, who along with his once-powerful lawyer father was convicted on a charge related to a judicial bribery conspiracy, says his client was not late reporting to a halfway house in Tupelo.

Vietnamese rights lawyer says taken to police station (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Vietnamese human rights lawyer defending Catholics in a land dispute with the communist authorities was taken in by police for questioning Tuesday, he told AFP, days after they raided his office.

Grand jury biased, Russ lawyer claims (Cape Cod Times)
Talk of firearms, drugs and another shooting helped persuade the grand jury to indict Anthony "Little Ant" Russ on a murder charge last year, his lawyer argued yesterday in an effort to have the case dismissed.

Fort Worth lawyer Schieffer considers Democratic bid for governor (Dallas Morning News)
AUSTIN - Fort Worth lawyer Tom Schieffer, announcing that he's considering a run for governor, said Monday that Democrats can win the office for the first time in two decades if they tap voter discontent with Republican Rick Perry.

Lawyer 2B hosts second careers fair (The Lawyer)
The Lawyer ’s sister title Lawyer 2B is this week hosting a careers event for promising A-level students attending state sixth form colleges who are interested in training as solicitors and barristers. ...

Lawyer says pharmacists liable (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CARSON CITY -- A Southern Nevada lawyer told the state Supreme Court on Monday that pharmacists, at the least, had a duty to call physicians to voice their concerns before dispensing a narcotic painkiller to a woman who killed a man in a 2004 vehicle crash in Las Vegas.

Sioux Falls lawyer named magistrate judge for Hills area counties (Rapid City Journal)
RAPID CITY -- Sioux Falls lawyer Mark Marshall has been appointed as a magistrate judge in South Dakota's Seventh Judicial Circuit, which includes Pennington, Custer, Fall River and Shannon counties.

Lakewood attorney charged in theft (Asbury Park Press)
A disbarred attorney from Lakewood, once a Municipal Court judge in Howell, has been indicted on charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a client's trust account.

Search for US attorney in Maine under way (Boston Globe)
With a new administration in power in Washington, a search is under way for a new U.S. attorney for Maine to replace Republican Paula Silsby.

Tarrant County district attorney has worked from home since December (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
District Attorney Tim Curry was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer.

State's attorney asks Peoria mayoral candidate to bow out (The Pantagraph)
PEORIA -- Peoria County State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons is demanding that a convicted felon withdraw from Peoria’s mayoral race.

Bruce Willis' attorney calls breach of contract lawsuit without merit (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Get showtimes for Oscar-nominated movies. LOS ANGELES - An attorney for Bruce Willis says a lawsuit against his client alleging breach of contract and seeking $4 million is without merit.

Willis attorney calls lawsuit 'without merit' (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
An attorney for Bruce Willis says a lawsuit against his client alleging breach of contract and seeking $4 million is without merit.

Jury frightened into verdict, says lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
A jury was intimidated by angry family members of two dead young people to convict the man accused of their murders, according to his defence lawyer. Darin Gardner was found guilty of the murders of Melissa Viall, 23, and Kane...

Attorney: Despite ruling, release unlikely for Mugabe opponent (CNN)
Zimbabwe's High Court on Tuesday upheld the release of a top opposition politician on bail, but the state attorney vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Mozambique: Attorney-General Stresses 'Illicit Enrichment' (AllAfrica.com)
Maputo — A key concern for the Mozambican Public Prosecutor's Office this year is the question of "illicit enrichment", Attorney-General Augusto Paulino declared on Monday, at a Maputo ceremony opening the 2009 judicial year.

Governor will keep Ayotte as attorney general (New Hampshire Union Leader)
The state's Democratic governor wants to keep his Republican attorney general.

Lawyer says Castroneves didn't evade US taxes (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
MIAMI (AP) - 2-time Indianapolis 500 champ Helio Castroneves never sought to evade U.S. taxes and relied on expert advice to draft payment agreements for his racing career, his lawyer says.

Lynch Plans To Renominate Attorney General Ayotte (WMUR New Hampshire)
Gov. John Lynch says he will renominate Kelly Ayotte to the post of attorney general.

City sanitation director hands over hundreds of council e-mails to activist lawyer (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
City of New Orleans Sanitation Director Veronica White provided an activist lawyer with several compact discs containing hundreds and perhaps thousands of emails written by or sent to members of the City Council, documents indicate.

Finley attorney files for change of venue (The Paris News)
The court appointed attorney for Shannon Finley, one of two men charged with murder in the Sept. 16 death of 24-year-old Brandon McClelland, said Saturday neither his client nor Charles Ryan Crostley can receive a fair trial in Lamar County.

Billionaire Stanford retains lawyer in SEC case (Reuters via Yahoo! Canada News)
Allen Stanford hired a Dallas lawyer to represent him in a case where he is accused of an $8 billion fraud by the U.S. government, court records showed.

Locust Grove mayor criticizes Oklahoma attorney general's office amid E. coli probe (Canadian Business)
The mayor of Locust Grove is criticizing Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, accusing him of unfairly attacking his community by suggesting