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Blair signs agent, parts with attorney (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Two weeks after forfeiting his remaining two years of college basketball eligibility by signing a marketing and advertising contract with a local attorney, DeJuan Blair signed with sports agent Happy Walters of Immortal Sports on Monday.

Ramsey County attorney's office seeks to charge Gordon Weaver with additional murder count in wife's death (Pioneer Press)
The Ramsey County attorney's office wants to charge Gordon Weaver with another count of murder in the 1999 death of his wife, Jean. But the former White Bear Lake businessman's attorneys were in court Tuesday to fight it.

Rubashkin attorney requests 20 counts be dismissed by court (The Des Moines Register)
Postville, Ia. - The attorney for Sholom Rubashkin has asked the court to dismiss 20 counts against the former plant manager of Agriprocessors Inc., a meatpacking plant in Postville.

Attorney: City trashed Swetliks reputation (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)
MANITOWOC Can you put a price on a name In the case of Manitowoc Police Detective Sgt. Brian Swetlik, attorney Ray DallOsto says yes $1.4 million.

LCDC considers hiring attorney (Coeur d'Alene Press)
COEUR d'ALENE -- Lake City Development Corp. could hire an attorney to help the urban renewal board navigate legal protocol during its monthly meetings.

The Attorney General launched an investigation to determine if the vote was rigged by someone tampering with ... (ABC 15 Phoenix)
A hand recount of a disputed Pima County election from 2006 shows the original results were correct, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said Tuesday.

Police: NY lawyer beat, asphyxiated wife and 2 daughters before killing himself in Md. hotel (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
TOWSON, Md. - A New York tax lawyer beat and asphyxiated his wife and two daughters to death before killing himself in a Maryland hotel room, police said Wednesday, and the FBI revealed it had been investigating the man's investment dealings.

Mozambique: Mogincual Deaths - Attorney-General Gives Details (AllAfrica.com)
Maputo — The police cell in the northern Mozambican district of Mogincual, where 12 prisoners died of asphyxiation in mid-March, was even smaller than reported at the time, with less than 8.4 square metres to accommodate 34 detainees, according to Attorney-General Augusto Paulino.

Lawyer for 'Clark Rockefeller' argues for change of venue (Boston Globe)
By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff A lawyer for the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller told a judge this morning that his client will be unable to receive a fair trial in Suffolk County. Clark Rockefeller The defense commissioned...

Attorney's suspension on dismissal (Alma Journal)
Van Buren City Attorney N. Donald Jenkins Jr. has appealed a three-month suspension of his law license to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Lawmaker files complaint against Wabasha County attorney (Post-Bulletin)
WABASHA -- A state administrative board is investigating a complaint against the Wabasha County attorney filed by Rep. Steve Drazkowski in which he alleges an abuse of power. Drazkowski claims County Attorney James Nordstrom maliciou

Lawyer: Parente owed me hundreds of thousands (Newsday)
New York State attorney general's office investigators are probing a complaint from a Queens lawyer who says he invested hundreds of thousands of dollars with William M. Parente and then tried to get his money back in recent weeks, only to have the checks bounce.

UNR lawyer says former coach paid hush money (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A lawyer for the University of Nevada, Reno told a judge that a former soccer coach who claims she was fired for being a whistleblower was paid hush money by an assistant basketball coach not to report alleged NCAA rule violations.

Ex-broker pleads not guilty to aiding indicted NY lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A former broker pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of conspiring with prominent New York lawyer Marc Dreier to defraud hedge funds by selling them false promissory notes in a swindle involving as much as $700 million.

Ex-Sen. Coniglio's lawyer to ask judge to toss indictment (The Star-Ledger)
A lawyer for ex-state senator Joseph Coniglio filed court papers today saying he plans to ask a judge to drop the indictment against the recently convicted Bergen County Democrat, contending he was a victim of selective prosecution. During Coniglio's trial,...

Varn named Fremont attorney to replace Newell (KIFI Idaho Falls)
Associated Press - April 22, 2009 1:15 PM ET LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - The Fremont County Commission has selected acting County Attorney Brian Varn to replace Ed Newell, who resigned as county...

Charleston lawyer joins Democratic field for S.C. governor's race (NBC 26 Augusta)
The field of Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls in South Carolina is growing with a Charleston lawyer entering the race.

Lawyer asks Marines to drop Iraq murder charge (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Marine's lawyer says the military will decide as early Friday whether to drop charges that his client murdered an unarmed detainee in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Lawyer in salmonella lawsuits tours Texas plant (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer said he found leaks and places where animals could get in when he toured a Texas plant Wednesday that belongs to a company linked to a deadly nationwide salmonella outbreak.

Lawyer: Guilty plea coming in bailout fraud case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former financial adviser in Tennessee will plead guilty to criminal charges in the first fraud case related to the federal bank bailout program, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo turns probe spotlight on city wheeling-and-dealing (New York Daily News)
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he's expanding his bareknuckle probe of the state pension fund into the city.

District Attorney hopefuls trash rival Snyder's flip on execution (New York Daily News)
Manhattan District Attorney hopeful Leslie Crocker Snyder's two opponents lambasted her Wednesday night for flip-flopping on the death penalty, saying her sudden discovery of wrongful convictions is hard to believe.

Attorney General sues consulting firm claiming deceptive practices (Chicago Sun-Times)
A large suburban management-consulting firm whose founder has been a major political donor was hit Tuesday with a wide-ranging deceptive business practices lawsuit from the Illinois Attorney General's office. The 74-page complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court seeks restitution for small businesses who allegedly each paid International Profit Associates of Buffalo Grove thousands of dollars ...

Pirate Bay lawyer demands retrial (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A defense lawyer in the Pirate Bay file-sharing case said Thursday he will demand a retrial after the judge admitted he was a member of copyright protection organizations.

Ronnie Biggs likely to be released in weeks: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Ronnie Biggs, one of the country's most notorious criminals who helped carry out the 1963 Great Train Robbery, is set to be released in weeks, his lawyer said Thursday, after a parole hearing.

Lawyer: 'witch hunt' of police chief should end (Boston Globe)
The lawyer for a Connecticut police chief says a state investigation has found that he didn't commit any crimes, and he's calling on Madison officials to end what he calls a "witch hunt."

Zambia: LAZ Backs Plans to Reorganise Attorney-General's Chambers (AllAfrica.com)
THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has supported President Rupiah Banda's plans to reorganise the Attorney General's chambers if the measure will enhance efficiency.

Federal attorney says Murtha should be immune from Pa. ex-Marine's Haditha slander suit, too (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A Justice Department attorney says U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., should be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Marine from western Pennsylvania.

Murder-Suicide Lawyer May Have Run Ponzi Scheme, Attorney Says (Bloomberg)
April 23 (Bloomberg) -- The New York lawyer who killed his wife and two daughters and committed suicide in a Maryland hotel may have run a $20 million-plus Ponzi scheme, according to a lawyer who said his partner may have been a victim.

Fremont attorney replacement named (Billings Gazette)
LANDER - The Fremont County Commission has selected acting County Attorney Brian Varn to replace Ed Newell, who resigned as county attorney.

FBI probes finances of NY tax attorney who police say killed wife, daughters, himself at hotel (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
TOWSON, Md. - A New York tax attorney who police say killed himself after fatally beating and asphyxiating his wife and two daughters left no notes that might show if he was driven by any troubles in his investment business, which is under investigation by the FBI.

Pirate Bay defence lawyer demands retrial (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A defense lawyer for one of the four men sentenced to jail in the Pirate Bay case demanded a retrial on Thursday, saying the judge's membership in several copyright protection groups meant he might have been biased.

Federal attorney agrees Murtha can't be sued (The Indiana Gazette)
Feds say Murtha immune from Pa. Haditha suit, too -- JOHNSTOWN (AP) - A Justice Department attorney says U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, should be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Marine from western Pennsylvania.

Huntsville attorney gets full term on state archives board (The Huntsville Times)
MONTGOMERY - Huntsville attorney Julian Butler told won Senate confirmation for a full term on the board of trustees of the Alabama Department of Archives & History. Butler, a member of the Sirote & Permutt law firm, was completing an...

Pregnant lawyer sentenced to prison (The New Zealand Herald)
A senior lawyer who stole nearly $200,000 from clients of two law firms has been sentenced to prison despite being pregnant. Emma Jane Garnett, 35, pleaded guilty to six counts of false accounting and two of using a document for...

Fort Totten soldier sold government goods: U.S. attorney (YourNabe.com)
An active−duty Army Reserve sergeant who was stationed at Bayside’s Fort Totten has been charged with stealing government property after he allegedly ordered more than $200,000 worth of electronics and supplies through a government purchasing program and then sold half of the items in eBay auctions, the U.S. attorney for New York’s Eastern District said.

Pirate Bay Lawyer Accuses Judge of Bias (PC Magazine)
A defense lawyer in the Pirate Bay case today has officially called for a retrial, based on the accusation that one of the judges belonged to pro-copyright organizations.

ACLU: US Attorney OK'd GPS to track cell phones (AP via Yahoo! News)
The American Civil Liberties Union says the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey under Christopher Christie, now a GOP gubernatorial candidate, tracked the whereabouts of citizens through their cell phones without warrants.

ACLU: US Attorney used GPS to track cell phones (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former federal prosecutor running for governor approved the tracking of citizens through their cell phones without warrants while he was head of the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey, civil rights attorneys said Thursday.

Lawyer: Feds say I'm under investigation (Chicago Tribune)
A Chicago lawyer who says he is under federal investigation was nevertheless allowed today to defend a Chicago businessman who was charged last month as part of the same probe. Attorney Rufus Cook made the unusual disclosure in a court filing last week that a federal prosecutor had told him last month that he was the target of an ongoing federal probe that snared Robert "Tony" Bryant. Despite ...

Wife of Missing Chinese Lawyer Appeals for U.S. Congress Help (Bloomberg)
April 24 (Bloomberg) -- The wife of missing Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who defended members of the banned Falun Gong movement, called on the U.S. Congress to pressure China for information about her husband, according to an open letter.

Lawyer says feds told him he is under investigation (Chicago Tribune)
Judge allows him to represent client charged in same inquiry A Chicago lawyer who says he is under federal investigation was nevertheless allowed Thursday to defend a Chicago businessman who was charged last month as part of the same probe.

FBI probes lawyer who killed family, self (CNN)
The FBI has begun interviewing clients of deceased Garden City, New York, lawyer William Parente as part of an investigation into his financial dealings, according to FBI spokesman James Margolin.

Attorney General Wants Financial Fraud Task Force (New York Times)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said on Thursday he was considering forming a financial fraud task force and advocated a “more comprehensive” view of the causes behind the U.S. economic crisis, Reuters reported.

Minn. Attorney General: Illinois tollway system faulty (Minnesota Public Radio)
Minnesota's Attorney General on Thursday called on Illinois officials to stop sending tickets to Minnesota drivers until they get their tollway violation system in order.

ACLU: US Attorney used GPS to track cell phones (San Francisco Chronicle)
A former federal prosecutor running for governor approved the tracking of citizens through their cell phones without warrants while he was head of the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey, civil rights attorneys said Thursday. Christopher Christie, a former...

Strong words from new attorney in Dallastown party case (The York Dispatch)
The new attorney for a Dallastown-area couple charged with providing alcohol to students during a homecoming party described the case against them as weak, and said he's eager to take it to a jury.

Bangkok Post : Lawyer seeks release of UDD leaders (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
A lawyer for the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship went to the Criminal Court on Friday and petitioned for the release of three detained UDD leaders now the state of emergency has been lifted.

Attorney unsure where Rick Pitino extortion case headed (ESPN)
The attorney for a woman under FBI investigation for an alleged extortion attempt against Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he's never been involved with such an unusual case.

Lawyer stepping in to help Halifax stowaways (CBC)
A Halifax lawyer says he's standing by in case seven stowaways found on a container ship need help.