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Casey Anthony's lawyer, Jose Baez, rejected by Florida Bar on first try (Sun-Sentinel)
TOMORROW: Becoming Casey Anthony's lawyer has brought José Baez celebrity — and controversy. His defense of a young mother charged with killing her toddler has transformed José Ángel Baez into one of the best-known lawyers in America.

Lawyer to visit Laos jail Briton (BBC News)
A British lawyer arrives in Laos to assist a pregnant Briton who could face death by firing squad if convicted of drug smuggling.

Attorney calls for evaluation (North Platte Telegraph)
The North Platte Telegraph Robin Shepherd's defense attorney filed a motion for an independent mental health evaluation in Lincoln County District Court Monday.

Long-time lawyer, accidental congressman (The Bristol Press)
BRISTOL — In 1952 Bernard Grabowski got his law degree from the University of Connecticut Law School and began his career as a lawyer. Now, 57 years later, he is still practicing law.

Briton held in Laos to meet lawyer (Liverpool Echo)
A British lawyer has arrived in Laos hoping to delay the trial of a pregnant woman from south London who could face death by firing squad if she is convicted of drug smuggling.

Reprieve lawyer gets ready to fight for Briton's life (Morning Star)
BRITISH lawyer Anna Morris arrived in Laos on Sunday hoping to delay the trial of a pregnant Briton who could face death by firing squad if she is convicted of drug smuggling.

City attorney fee hike on council agenda (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
WATERLOO --- Waterloo's city attorney has not received a fee increase for seven years.

EXCLUSIVE: Lawyer's letter counters torture report (The Washington Times)
EXCLUSIVE: The top CIA lawyer in charge of overseeing the agency's interrogation program after Sept. 11 says his stance on certain harsh techniques was misrepresented in a Senate hearing and that he actually told Guantanamo Bay officials to be careful, warning that some tactics could violate international protocols. In a Nov. 18 letter to senators on the Armed Services Committee, a copy of which ...

Group: Jailed UK woman in Laos has no lawyer (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)
A pregnant British woman who faces possible death by firing squad in Laos if convicted of drug smuggling has not been assigned a defense lawyer, raising concerns as to whether she would receive a fair trial, a human rights group said Monday.

State Attorney General to honor domestic violence victims (WCBD-TV Charleston)
South Carolina’s attorney general speaks out against domestic violence at a memorial to a cell phone company worker who was a victim.

Former State's Attorney Dick Devine adjusts to slower pace in private practice (Chicago Sun-Times)
There's a little less excitement in Dick Devine's life these days. He doesn't have to prosecute suspects charged in high-profile murder cases or deal with questions about his handling of cases. Still, shifting to private law practice wasn't easy at first, the former Cook County state's attorney says.

Lawyer says letter counters torture report (UPI)
WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- A CIA lawyer said his letter counseling caution in using harsh interrogation techniques on terror suspects was misrepresented in a U.S. Senate hearing.

Lawyer to discuss 'tug of love' dispute deal in Budapest (Russian Information Agency Novosti)
MOSCOW, May 4 (RIA Novosti) - The lawyer for Irina Belenkaya, involved in a "tug of love" dispute with her French husband for custody of their daughter, will travel to Budapest on Wednesday to discuss an amicable agreement.

Houston Family Law Attorney Announces Opening of Branch Office in Katy (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
Houston family law attorney Michael G. Busby, Jr. announces the opening of a second branch of his law office in Katy, Texas. The new office is located at 1804 Snake River Road, Suite C, Katy, Texas 77449, north of I-10 off Fry Road.

Nigeria: Kidnappers Abduct Lawyer in Asaba, Demand N5 Million Ransom (AllAfrica.com)
A member of staff of Delta State Sports Commission, who is a lawyer, has been kidnapped in Asaba. The kidnapping of the lawyer has jolted residents as the incident indicated that kidnappers are still on the prowl in the city.

Ulmer & Berne LLP Attorney Natalie M. Hostacky Elected Secretary of The Bridge Board (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
CLEVELAND----Natalie M. Hostacky, an attorney with Ulmer & Berne LLP, has recently been elected to Secretary for The Bridge Board. The Bridge Board is a group of young professionals who have an interest in helping Cleveland's youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Dubai sheikh’s lawyer rejects lawsuit as baseless (Khaleej Times)
DUBAI - The defence lawyer for a Dubai sheikh being sued by an Iranian businessman over 1.9 billion dollars in property investments on Monday rejected the lawsuit as baseless.

State high court to hear Ann Arbor drug death case involving local attorney (The Ann Arbor News)
The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments in a local case involving a former Ann Arbor city attorney charged with paying for drugs that led to a women's overdose death in his Ann Arbor apartment three years ago....

Albany lawyer returning after tour with Army (Albany Democrat-Herald)
Albany lawyer James C. Egan, a reserve major who was activated a year ago for service with the U.S. Army in Kuwait, has completed his tour and is returning to Oregon.

Oregon lawyer to report on Gaza delegation (Albany Democrat-Herald)
CORVALLIS Corvallis/Albany Friends of Middle East Peace and the Palestine Action Group will host Oregon attorney Tom Nelson’s presentation, “An American Lawyer in Gaza,” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Attorney says voice told mom to kill her kids (The Houma Courier)
THIBODAUX - Amy Hebert heard a male voice tell her she must die with her children the morning of Aug. 20, 2007, her attorney told jurors at the start of her trial today.

Deputy District Attorney Jay Lipman Dead at 68 (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jay Lipman, reportedly the longest serving deputy district attorney in the office, has died at 68. District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a memorandum to office personnel that Lipman passed away Tuesday of natural causes.

Dollar Financial Not Liable for Canadian Unit Fees, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
May 4 (Bloomberg) -- Dollar Financial Corp . must not be held liable for the actions of its Canadian unit, National Money Mart Co., which is accused by former customers of charging illegal rates of interest on short-term loans, a lawyer said.

Blame dad in child's death, attorney says (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A Stockbridge stepmother provided love and stability to Joella Reaves, and the child's father deserves full blame for the 2003 murder of the 11-year-old girl, a defense attorney argued Monday.

Attorney General seeks help to find child support evader who may be hiding in Conroe (The Conroe Courier)
CONROE – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today asked his fellow Texans to help locate a father who appears on the Child Support Division’s new Top Ten List of Texas’ Most Wanted Child Support Evaders.

Lawyer: Tangled gear may have doomed boat (Courier-Post)
CAPE MAY - The lawyer for a scallop boat that sank says the vessel might have been doomed when its gear got tangled with another boat or something on the sea floor.

Lawyer: Tangled gear may have doomed boat off NJ (AP via Yahoo! News)
A scallop boat that sank in March, killing six people, might have been doomed when its dredging gear got tangled with another boat or something on the sea floor, the boat owner's lawyer said Monday.

Lawyer seeks guardian over California octuplet assets (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Los Angeles lawyer on Monday filed a court petition asking that a guardian be appointed to protect the earnings and assets of octuplets recently born to a woman in California.

Casey Anthony's attorney wants trial moved to Miami (CNN)
Accusing local media in the Orlando, Florida, area of a "barrage" of coverage, Casey Anthony's lead defense attorney asked Monday to have her death-penalty case moved from Orlando to Miami, Florida.

Weiss says Trutanich would bring conflicts of interest to city attorney's office (Los Angeles Times)
He points to a Supreme Court ruling in which an entire city attorney's office was barred from a case because its leader had represented the defendant. Trutanich campaign calls the argument 'absurd.' In his campaign for Los Angeles city attorney, Westside Councilman Jack Weiss says that taxpayers could be forced to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees if they elect his opponent, defense lawyer ...

Laos mum-to-be denied UK lawyer (BBC News)
A pregnant Briton facing a possible death sentence in Laos is reportedly refused access to a UK lawyer.

Laos: UK Lawyer 'in the dark' over pregnant woman (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A British lawyer said Tuesday she was "left in the dark" over the case of a fellow Briton who is pregnant and facing a possible death sentence in Laos over a drugs charge.

UK lawyer 'in the dark' over woman nabbed in Laos (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer said Tuesday she was "left in the dark" over the case of a fellow Briton who is pregnant and facing a possible death sentence in Laos over a drugs charge.

Berlusconi’s Wife Chooses Lawyer for Separation, La Stampa Says (Bloomberg)
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Veronica Lario Berlusconi has chosen lawyer Maria Cristina Morelli to represent her as she moves to separate, and eventually divorce, from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, daily La Stampa reported, citing the lawyer.

Attorney General Promises Judges a New Day at DOJ (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In his first confab with the nation's chief federal district judges, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. pledged to raise the bar of professionalism in the Justice Department, acknowledging that current procedure for reviewing complaints against attorneys was too slow and opaque.

Life is a trial for Chinese lawyer (Los Angeles Times)
Gao Zhisheng, once officially honored for his work, grew bolder in taking on officials. The secret police are thought to have him. For the family of Gao Zhisheng, a maverick lawyer under house arrest for years after confronting the Communist Party head-on, security was so tight that police sometimes sat in the bedroom of their Beijing apartment, insisting the lights remain on all night so they ...

Trial begins in shooting death of defense attorney (The Arizona Republic)
A Glendale man went on trial Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court for the 2004 shooting death of a defense attorney who took a bullet intended for someone else.

SC attorney general making Craigslist announcement (Boston Globe)
South Carolina's top prosecutor is calling on Craigslist to take down ads about prostitution. Attorney General Henry McMaster is in Anderson Tuesday to make an announcement about the classified ad Web site.

Conn. attorney give probation for tax evasion (Boston Globe)
A Connecticut federal judge has sentenced a New London attorney to two years of probation for tax evasion.

Chrysler Secured Lenders Will File Secrecy Request, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Chrysler LLC secured lenders who oppose a bankruptcy plan to sell most of the carmaker’s assets to an entity managed by Fiat SpA will ask today that their names be kept secret because some received death threats, their lawyer said.

Berlusconi’s Wife Chooses Englaro Family Lawyer for Separation (Bloomberg)
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Veronica Lario Berlusconi has hired a Milan lawyer known for her work in a euthanasia case to represent her as she seeks to divorce Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after 19 years of marriage.

Lawyer shocks with drug talk (Herald Sun)
DISGRACED former lawyer Andrew Fraser has shocked anti-drugs campaigners by telling college students of his drug exploits.

William Hochul nominated for U.S. Attorney for WNY (The Buffalo News)
William J. Hochul Jr., who prosecuted the Lackawanna Six, notorious street gang leader Donald "Sly" Green and leaders of Laborers Local 91, today was recommended by Sen. Charles E. Schumer to be the next U.S. attorney for Western New York.

Patrick: 'No Truth' To U.S. Attorney Report (WBZ Boston)
Gov. Deval Patrick is shooting down a report that he'll be named the next U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts.

Attorney General goes after telemarketers (WTHR Indianapolis)
Telemarketers whose calls reached the Indiana attorney general are now the target of a lawsuit.

Police, Fire Unions Hire Attorney in Pension Dispute (KOLR - KSFX Ozarks)
(Springfield, MO) -- When the new Pension Task Force holds its first meeting this week, Springfield police and fire union members will have an attorney with them.

Attorney: Wrong man held in son's death (Chicago Tribune)
The attorney for a Northbrook man charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of his son alleged today that Northbrook police rushed to judgment in the case and the person responsible for the death has not yet been found. Northbrook police denied the attorney's allegations. Hyungseok Koh, 56, was charged April 17 in the death of his son, Paul, 22, who was found stabbed multiple times in the ...

Pregnant Briton denied lawyer visit in Laos, rights group says (CNN)
A pregnant British woman jailed in Laos was denied access to a British lawyer who flew out to meet her, a human rights group said Tuesday.

Iran stays execution of two juveniles: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Iran has ordered a stay of execution for two young convicts sentenced to death for crimes committed before they reached the age of 18, their lawyer told AFP on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe activists to be freed Wednesday: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Eighteen Zimbabwean opposition activists detained last year and in jail facing terrorism charges will be released on bail on Wednesday, a defense lawyer said.