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Attorney: Astor Was Aware of Will Change (FOX 5 New York)
An attorney for the late Brooke Astor says the aging socialite knew what she was doing when she changed her will, leaving most of her $198 million fortune to her son. Estate planning lawyer Henry Christensen testified Wednesday that although Astor was frail and declining, he believes she did understand what she was doing.

Judge Denies Snitch's Lawsuit Against District Attorney (WTAE-TV Pittsburgh)
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an admitted killer who claims ex-Washington County District Attorney John Pettit ordered him to be beaten in jail after the man stopped serving as a snitch.

A lawyer in the city Corporation Counsel's office was busted for allegedly forging a judge's signature as part of a brazen real-estate fraud scheme. Ironically, the high-stakes fakery took place just months after Hugh Zuber reportedly lectured a...

GM Lawyer Miller Says Creditor Committee Will Be Like Chrysler (Bloomberg)
June 3 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp.’s official committee of unsecured creditors will likely resemble that of bankrupt rival Chrysler LLC, lead GM bankruptcy lawyer Harvey Miller said.

Obama reverses Bush immigration lawyer rule (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Obama administration has reversed a rule issued in the last days of the Bush administration that said immigrants facing deportation do not have an automatic right to an effective lawyer.

Missouri Attorney General Sues Texas Credit Service Company (KWTX-TV Waco)
Missouri’s attorney general is suing a Texas company, alleging it falsely promised to help customers with credit card debt.

Lawyer for beheading victim's family criticizes hearing (CTV.ca)
The lawyer representing the family of a Winnipeg man beheaded on a Greyhound bus is criticizing the hearing to determine the killer's fate.

Missouri Attorney General Sues Over Debt-Help Promises (KPLR 11 St. Louis)
Attorney General Chris Koster has sued a Texas company, alleging it falsely promised to help Missouri customers with credit card debt. Koster's office announced the lawsuit against Credit Solutions of America on Tuesday. It was filed last week in St. Louis Circuit Court. Koster says the Richardson, Texas, company advertised that it could get customers out of debt within three years and cut their ...

N.Y. City Attorney Arrested for Mortgage Fraud, Forgery (Law.com)
An attorney with the New York City Law Department who had a gambling problem was arrested Tuesday for mortgage fraud that involved inventing a lawsuit and forging the signature of a bankruptcy judge. Hugh Zuber, an assistant corporation counsel who works in the special federal litigation division, allegedly used the Corporation Counsel's office for a meeting with one of his victims in one of two ...

Astor Understood Changes to Will, Ex-Lawyer Says (New York Times)
When Brooke Astor made changes to her will she knew what she was doing, even though she sometimes signed her name reluctantly, her former lawyer said.

Defense: Attorney's Office gave advice to Stapley (The Arizona Republic)
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley argues that the criminal case against him should be dropped because he and other supervisors received legal advice from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Lawyer: Kilpatrick made a mistake (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit's former mayor will pay the overdue balance on his restitution to the city by June 15, his lawyer said.

Jury finds attorney not guilty of sexual assault (NWAnews.com)
A Washington County jury deliberated for 52 minutes Wednesday before finding Fayetteville attorney Mark Waller not guilty on two counts of second-degree sexual assault. (Northwest Arkansas Times)

Attorney General Mike Cox enters 2010 governor's race (Crain's Detroit Business)
Attorney General Mike Cox officially is running for Michigan governor. He enters a crowded Republican field hoping to replace Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who can't run for re-election in 2010 because of term limits.

N.Y attorney general ends BofA probe (BizJournals)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has ended his investigation of six investment banks, including Banc of America Securities, over their sale of auction-rate securities. (BAC)

Trial Over Russian Journalist Killing Collapses - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
NAZRAN, Russia (AFP)--The trial over the killing of an opposition journalist in Russia's restive Caucasus region of Ingushetia has collapsed after the judge withdrew, a lawyer said Thursday.

Attorney: Cab Kickbacks Leave Women On Curb (FOX 5 Las Vegas)
The attorney for a California man suing Las Vegas cab companies over strip club kickbacks said the issue is about more than his clients personal experience in a taxi.

Tiller shooting suspect can't be held without bail, lawyer says (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
Scott Roeder's lawyer said Wednesday that the law prohibits holding his client without bail in the killing of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.

Honored Fort Worth lawyer known for "high-profile" victories (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Mark Daniel named Texas Lawyer of the Year by his peers at annual legal seminar in San Antonio.

Money wasted because of social worker shortage in foster care: lawyer (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)
Many children across Newfoundland and Labrador are being unnecessarily kept in foster care because there are too few social workers within the system, a St. John's lawyer says.

NPA seizes assets from attorney (Independent Online)
The assets of an attorney accused of defrauding the Road Accident Fund have been seized, according to the National Prosecuting Authority.

Lawyer argues indicted Columbus attorney Mark Shelnutt's $50,000 bond's too high (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
The lawyer representing Columbus attorney Mark Shelnutt, facing a 40-count federal indictment on drug and money laundering charges, filed a motion late Wednesday to have Shelnutt's bond reduced.

St. Paul attorney to run for Ramsey County position (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Trial lawyer David T. Schultz has announced that he is running for Ramsey County Attorney in 2010. Current County Attorney Susan Gaertner, who has served since 1994, is not seeking reelection and is running for governor.

Terrorism defendant objects to his lawyer's request (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Atlanta terrorism defendant Syed Haris Ahmed on Thursday objected to his lawyer's arguments that the government's charges be dismissed.

Lawyer: Astor 'Ironic' In Asking Son About Money (WCBS-TV New York)
Brooke Astor's estate planning lawyer says her son claimed she asked him in 2003 whether he wanted all her $198 million fortune. But the attorney thinks she was being "ironic." Lawyer Henry Christensen testified Thursday that the aged philanthropist had already given and bequeathed millions of dollars to son Anthony Marshall. She hoped she wouldn't have to provide more.

Attorney General files suit against BP (Beaumont Enterprise)
HOUSTON - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has charged BP Products North America, Inc. with violating state health, safety and environmental protection laws, including the Texas Clean Air Act, the Texas Water Code, and the Texas Health & Safety Code.

Lawyer: Astor ironic in asking son about money (AP via Yahoo! News)
Brooke Astor's son claimed she asked him in 2003 whether he wanted all her $198 million fortune, but the aged philanthropist didn't mean it literally, her estate planning lawyer testified Wednesday.

Lawyer: Astor 'ironic' in asking son about money (USA Today)
Brooke Astor's estate planning lawyer says her son claimed she asked him in 2003 whether he wanted all her $198 million fortune. But the attorney thinks she was being "ironic."

Lawyer: Ark. attack suspect 'radicalized' in Yemen (AP via Yahoo! News)
The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a recruiting center begged for FBI agents to free him from a Yemeni jail where he was "radicalized" by Islamic terrorists, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Lawyer: Astor ironic in asking son about money (AP via Yahoo! News)
Brooke Astor's son claimed she asked him in 2003 whether he wanted all her $198 million fortune, but the aged philanthropist didn't mean it literally, her estate planning lawyer testified Thursday.

Suspect’s Lawyer Outlines Defense in Killing of Soldier (New York Times)
The lawyer for the suspect said Thursday that his client was radicalized by Islamic fundamentalists in a Yemenese prison where he spent four months last year for overstaying his visa..

Astor’s Ex-Lawyer Insists She Had His Undivided Loyalty (New York Times)
The longtime lawyer to Brooke Astor, Henry Christensen III, hotly defended his loyalty to Mrs. Astor under questioning from the prosecution in the fraud trial of her son.

Lawyer: Arkansas shooter tortured in Yemen (CNN)
The Tennessee man suspected in Monday's attack on a recruitment center in Little Rock, Arkansas, was brainwashed and tortured while imprisoned in Yemen, his lawyer said Thursday.

Barrett wants new attorney, trial in 1975 slaying (The Tennessean)
Jerome Barrett appeared in court Thursday to ask for a new trial and a new attorney after his conviction in the 1975 murder of Sarah Des Prez.

Disgraced lawyer in the dock (BBC News)
How covert police surveillance of confidential lawyer/client interviews provided the basis of the case against jailed solicitor Manmohan 'Johnny' Sandhu.

George attorney claims racial bias, files intent to sue Millburn schools (Independent Press)
MILLBURN -- Three months after he was expelled from Millburn High School following a January altercation, the son of Rev. Daryl George has, through his attorney, notified the Board of Education that he intends to sue school officials for $10...

Obama picks Jones as U.S. attorney for Minnesota (Post-Bulletin)
MINNEAPOLIS -- President Obama nominated B. Todd Jones as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota on Thursday, and Jones said he plans to change a few things if confirmed to the same post he held during the Clinton ad

Attorney general launches campaing on video game ratings (The Newton Kansan)
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six today announced a new public service announcement campaign to encourage parents to use video game ratings, which are assigned by the non-profit Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Former Kansas Attorney General calls mention of slain abortion doctor "unfortunate" (The Joplin Globe)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A spokesman for former state Attorney General Phill Kline called it “unfortunate” that a solicitation that arrived Thursday in thousands of Kansas mailboxes mentioned slain Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.

Merritt Island attorney behind bars (FOX 35 Orlando)
A 41-year-old Merritt Island attorney was arrested Thursday for keeping a $100,000 settlement that was supposed to be given to the son of an Iowa resident who died in a car crash in 2006.

Carradine's Attorney: 'Don't jump to conclusions' (KFJX Pittsburg)
The attorney who married Kill Bill star David Carradine and his wife Annie at their friend Michael Madsen's home is calling on the media not to jump to conclusions about the actor's sudden death.

Lawyer: Mark St. Pierre has complied with two grand-jury subpoenas (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
In court this morning to represent 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, who pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges, lawyer Eddie Castaing spoke briefly to reporters about another high-profile client of his: technology entrepreneur Mark St. Pierre.

Gutierrez to appeal: Attorney expects decision to coincide with election (Pacific Daily News)
Former Gov. Carl Gutierrez will appeal a court ruling that he must repay $300,000 in government funds he issued to a Guam Memorial Hospital doctor in 2001, said his attorney, F. Randall Cunliffe, yesterday.

U.S. Attorney Resigns; Top Assistant Takes Over For Now (WPBF Palm Beach)
The top assistant federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida has been named acting U.S. attorney to replace Alex Acosta, who resigned Friday.

Attorney General should not intervene in the fire truck scandal: Klanarong (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
The Bt6.2 billion irregularities relating to the fire truck scandal should be tried without the intervention from the attorney general, graft buster Klanarong Chantik said on Friday.

Ron Kuby: Jailhouse Lawyer "Jerry The Jew" Dies In Prison (The Huffington Post)
For close to four decades, Jerry was the only "lawyer" many prisoners had. He helped thousands of people navigate their way through the legal maze that imprisoned them.

Source: Attorney seeks way for Plaxico Burress to play in NFL in 2009 (ESPN)
The attorney for Plaxico Burress is working to find a negotiated settlement that would allow Burress to play football in 2009 -- either by reaching a plea deal with minimal jail time or by postponing a possible trial until after the season, a source said.

Lawyer: Evidence 'Rape Victim' Was Paramour (ABC News)
Lawyer for rape defendant releases polygraph he claims to have passed.

Former Bain lawyer wants legal system overhauled (Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!Xtra News)
New Zealand's legal system which is based on the adversary approach, is antiquated and needs an overhaul according to the lawyer who defended David Bain at his first trial in 1996.

Lawyer arrested in theft of $100,000 from 9-year-old boy (Orlando Sentinel)
A lawyer charged with stealing $100,000 from a 9-year-old he represented was arrested Friday by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.