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Conn. state agency lawyer loses job over arrest (Boston Globe)
The head of Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission says an agency lawyer is being fired after being charged with a hit-and-run collision and violent confrontation with police.

Lawyer meets with U.K. woman in Laos jail (UPI)
LONDON, May 13 (UPI) -- A British lawyer says she wasn't able to speak freely with a pregnant Briton when they met in a Laotian jail earlier this week.

Attorney: NCAA Believes Floyd Accuser (ABC News)
Attorney for Floyd accuser says NCAA believes his account

Video Made by Guatemalan Lawyer Blames His Slaying on President (Washington Post)
The explosive videotape that has thrown Guatemala into crisis features a lawyer, very much alive, wearing a coat and tie, sitting at a desk.

Attorney: NCAA Believes Floyd Accuser (ABC News)
Attorney for man who accused USC coach of recruiting violations says NCAA believes his account

Greg Camp is first Republican to join race to replace Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau (New York Daily News)
The race to replace Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is getting its first Republican. Greg Camp, a former Manhattan prosecutor with a background in the financial industry, says he's ready to jump into the campaign.

Pregnant prisoner meets lawyer (BBC News)
A pregnant Briton facing a possible death sentence in Laos is given access to a British lawyer for the first time.

Human rights lawyer arrested in Zimbabwe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer was arrested in court Thursday, colleagues said, the latest in a series of detentions seen as undermining the new unity government's promises of reform.

Activists' lawyer 'arrested in Zimbabwe' (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Alec Muchadehama, the lawyer for 18 activists accused of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe, was arrested on Thursday while working in court, a rights group said.

Zimbabwe rights lawyer arrested (BBC News)
A leading human rights lawyer is held by Zimbabwean authorities while working in Harare, rights groups say.

Attorney: Delayed penalties soften Florida bullying law (The Tampa Tribune)
Despite having one of the nation's strongest laws against bullying in schools, the suspected rape of a 13-year-old at Walker Middle School raises questions about the law's implementation, said a lawyer who helped pass it. The law was passed in 2008, but its penalties won't go into effect until next year, attorney David Tirella said.

Ex-Casey Anthony attorney blasts local TV coverage of his Nancy Grace appearance (Orlando Sentinel)
Miami attorney Terence Lenamon , who left the Casey Anthony case in a dispute with Jose Baez , is blasting Orlando television coverage that suggests his appearance on Nancy Grace's program produced a bombshell.

Attorney: Rob Lowe, former nanny dismiss lawsuits (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Rob Lowe says dueling lawsuits between the actor and a former nanny have been dismissed.

Lawyer: Rob Lowe's Nanny Lawsuit Dismissed (US Weekly)
An attorney for Rob Lowe says lawsuits between the actor and a former nanny were dismissed Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Lawyer Larry Stein did not provide additional details. Lowe filed a lawsuit in April 2008 claiming his children's nanny, Jessica Gibson, demanded $1.5 million to keep quiet about sexual abuse allegations. Look back on big celeb scandals. One week later, Gibson... Join ...

Attorney: Accused abductor Lindsey likely to plead in St. Joseph County court (South Bend Tribune)
A man accused in a string of abductions in February likely will reach a plea agreement with prosecutors, his attorney said in court today.

Attorney: Rob Lowe, former nanny dismiss defamation lawsuit, countersuit in California (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LOS ANGELES - An attorney for Rob Lowe says dueling lawsuits between the actor and a former nanny have been dismissed. Larry Stein confirmed Tuesday that the cases involving Jessica Gibson have been dismissed. He didn't provide details.

Alabama Attorney General under investigation by feds (WAFF 48 News Huntsville)
Federal prosecutors investigating state Attorney General Troy King have subpoenaed records about his travel, purchases and any gifts he might have received while in office.

Prostitute's despair drove her to kill lover - lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
A prostitute accused of murdering her lover was not a "cold-blooded killer" hell-bent on revenge but a woman "driven by her partner to the brink of despair", a High Court jury has heard. Defence lawyer Barry Hart asked jurors to...

Lawyer challenges Mulroney's 1996 testimony during Airbus lawsuit (CBC Montreal)
The lead lawyer at the Oliphant inquiry grilled Brian Mulroney Thursday over his sworn testimony at his Airbus lawsuit in 1996, accusing him of not painting the full picture in describing his relationship with Karlheinz Schreiber.

Peterson attorney to ask for lower bond (Chicago Tribune)
Drew Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, said Thursday he is preparing a motion to ask a judge to drastically lower Peterson's bond from $20 million to somewhere between $100,000 and $500,000. Peterson's arraignment is scheduled for Monday and it's expected that his bond also will be reviewed then. "I gave this a lot of thought," Brodsky said. "Somewhere between $100,000 and $500,000 I think ...

Judge denied state lawyer in ethics fight (Seattle Times)
The state Supreme Court says one of its justices wasn't entitled to a government lawyer during an ethics complaint, because he should have known his actions were unethical.

Farrow and Soon-Yi won't testify at Allen trial: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Woody Allen's ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and his wife Soon-Yi Previn will not be called to testify at a trial pitting the movie director against American Apparel, a lawyer for the clothing company said on Thursday.

US senators urge release of Chinese rights lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Four US senators on Thursday urged Chinese President Hu Jintao to free prominent human rights lawyer and rights advocate Gao Zhisheng on the eve of the 100th day since he was taken by security forces.

Zimbabwe: Human Rights Lawyer Is Arrested (New York Times)
Leading human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama, who is representing political activists accused of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe , was arrested Thursday and charged with obstructing justice.

Lawyer: Judge guilty only of 'stupidity' (UPI)
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 14 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia judge was stupid to run a real estate business out of his chambers, his lawyer told the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline.

Dangerous Detainees Won't Be Freed in U.S., Attorney General Holder Assures GOP (Washington Post)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. assured Republican lawmakers yesterday that the Justice Department would not release any detainees whom he considered dangerous on U.S. soil.

Lawyer: Northwestern grad leaves Iran (Chicago Tribune)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A lawyer says American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was jailed on the charge of spying in Iran, left the country early Friday.

Carlyle will pay $20M in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's New York pension fund scandal probe (New York Daily News)
The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest equity firms, agreed to pay the state $20 million and become the first to submit to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's new code of conduct.

Bing challenger critical of attorney's indictment (Detroit Free Press)
A Detroit mayoral candidate set to challenge Dave Bing criticized the new mayor after an attorney for Bing's crisis turnaround team was indicted along with 73 members and associates of a motorcycle club this week.

Zimbabwean human rights lawyer released on bail (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer is free on bail, a day after being arrested and accused of improperly arranging clients' bail.

Detained Zimbabwe lawyer released on bail (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Alec Muchadehama, the lawyer for 18 activists accused of scheming to overthrow Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, was released on bail on Friday after being detained for obstructing the course of justice.

Pay dispute resolved for lawyer of Cambridge Bay murder suspect (CBC North)
The case of Chris Bishop, the man charged in a 2007 triple homicide in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, can now move ahead after a pay dispute has been resolved between his lawyer and the Legal Services Board of Nunavut.

Broward Health attorney's suspension called `nonsense' (Miami Herald)
An attorney for Broward Health General Counsel Marc Goldstone blasted the hospital district board for suspending his client indefinitely because he was not a member of the Florida Bar.

Zimbabwe activists' lawyer bailed (BBC News)
A prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer has been freed on bail in the capital Harare, a day after his arrest.

Attorney General: Craigslist Must Remove Sex Ads Now (Fox News)
The South Carolina attorney general says Craigslist faces a deadline to remove what he considers obscene photos and solicitations for prostitution.

Attorney General Cooper won't run for U.S. Senate (The Fayetteville Observer)
RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he will not run for the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2010.

Chief of RI Dems mulling bid for attorney general (Boston Globe)
The chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party is considering a bid to succeed his brother as state attorney general.

Dakota County attorney Backstrom reprimanded (Minnesota Public Radio)
A lawyers ethics board wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to publicly reprimand and fine a long-time Twin Cities county attorney for unprofessional actions.

Dakota County attorney reprimanded for acting 'unprofessional' (KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul)
A state lawyer's board has ruled that Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom acted unprofessionally by interfering in a murder trial in another county

Bail for Zimbabwean human rights lawyer (BigPond News)
A prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer is free on bail, a day after being arrested.

U.S. Attorney's office: Stay off Drudge! (Politico via Yahoo! News)
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts directed employees earlier this month not to log onto the Drudge Report website with government-issued computers due to potential viruses on the site.

Rove questioned about U.S. attorney firings (CNN)
Former Bush administration official Karl Rove was interviewed Friday at the office of his attorney about why nine U.S. attorneys were fired in 2006.

Obama Picks Schumer Aide as U.S. Attorney in Manhattan (New York Times)
The White House announced United States attorney nominations for Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York and Paul J. Fishman for New Jersey.

Officer legally justified in kicking suspect, union attorney says (Los Angeles Times)
El Monte officer was delivering a 'distraction blow' to man lying on the ground after a high-speed chase, lawyer says. An El Monte police officer was legally justified in kicking a car chase suspect in the head as he was lying on the ground at the end of a televised high-speed pursuit because it was a "distraction blow," a police union attorney said Friday.

Attorney in Texas dragging case points to trucker (San Francisco Chronicle)
The attorney for a man accused of killing a black man by running him over said Friday that a gravel truck driver may have been responsible. Ben Massar, the defense attorney for Shannon Finley in the racially charged case, said the trucker has provided a sworn... Related: Texas - Truck driver - Attorney at law - United States - Truck

Attorney in Texas dragging case points to trucker (AP via Yahoo! News)
The attorney for a man accused of killing a black man by running him over said Friday that a gravel truck driver may have been responsible.

Myanmar bars lawyer from Suu Kyi trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Myanmar's military rulers disbarred a prominent lawyer who applied to defend pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her upcoming trial, the attorney said Saturday.

Myanmar bars Suu Kyi lawyer, U.S. renews sanctions (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Myanmar's junta has barred a prominent activist lawyer from defending opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as pressure intensifies on the regime to drop new charges against the Nobel Peace laureate.

Attorney: Kick to Suspect's Head a Justified 'Blow' (Fox News)
An attorney for the El Monte, Calif., Police Officers Association said the kick to the head delivered by an officer to a car-chase suspect lying on the ground was a legally justified "distraction blow," the Los Angeles Times reported.

Obama gives local man Attorney nod (The Nashua Telegraph)
President Barack Obama has nominated Manchester attorney John Kacavas to be New Hampshire’s next U.S. Attorney, the White House announced this afternoon. ...