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O'Brien has no influence on Harper government; couldn't arrange appointments, lawyer argues (Ottawa Citizen)
Larry O’Brien had no real influence on the Harper government and could not have arranged a federal job for a campaign rival, the mayor’s lawyer argued at his influence peddling trial Monday.

Madison County Attorney says man convicted in Bank Murder also helped in another (KTIV Sioux City)
NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - Madison County Attorney Joe Smith says one of the four men convicted in the 2002 Norfolk bank murders also helped kill another man earlier that year. Smith says there is evidence

Lawyer: Ex-Detroit mayor's payments back on track (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Detroit's former mayor says his client's up to date — and even early — with monthly restitution payments in the criminal case that drove him from office.

Charges dropped in campaign finance case against L.A. attorney (Los Angeles Times)
A federal judge dismisses the most serious counts against Pierce O'Donnell. He rules that prosecutors had improperly charged the attorney with two violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act. In a blow to federal prosecutors, a judge Monday tossed out the most serious charges in an illegal campaign finance case against prominent Los Angeles attorney Pierce O'Donnell.

China extends detention of top dissident: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese police have extended the detention of leading dissident Liu Xiaobo, his lawyer has said, as rights groups urged Beijing to release the writer and make public the charges against him.

Lawyer: Beijing police illegally detaining writer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a prominent Chinese writer detained more than six months ago said Tuesday that Beijing police have no legal right to hold his client any longer.

U.S. attorney threatens to sue (Chicago Sun-Times)
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is known in Chicago for taking on governors, the mob and a slew of corrupt politicians. But since 2007, he has engaged in a personal venture, quietly taking on major publisher Harper Collins.

Former attorney general employee gets trial date (The Columbus Dispatch)
A trial date has been set for Anthony Gutierrez, a former middle manager in the Ohio attorney general's office who touched off a scandal that brought down former Attorney General Marc Dann.

U.S. lawyer jailed in Belarus begins hunger strike (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. lawyer serving three years in a Belarussian jail for industrial espionage has begun a hunger strike to prompt authorities to review his case under a recent amnesty law, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

US Citizen Jailed In Belarus On Hunger Strike - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
MINSK, Belarus (AFP)--A U.S. citizen whose imprisonment in authoritarian Belarus last year led to protests by Washington has gone on a hunger strike, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Lawyer wants to bow out of NH sex-offender's suit (Boston Globe)
The lawyer for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union has asked a judge to release her from representing a convicted sex offender who's challenging an ordinance in Franklin that prohibits him from living within 2,500 feet from a school.

Harrison commonwealth's attorney dies in crash (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The commonwealth's attorney for the 18th Judicial District died Monday night in a collision bet

Attorney Marketing: How To Prevent Problems With Returned Phone Calls (Immigration Portal)
Lawyers who fail to promptly return phone calls can be the source of great frustration to the person who left the message -- and the professional responsible for attorney marketing.

Michael Registe’s attorney to file complaint with European Court (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Michael Registe’s attorney has indicated he will file a complaint with the European Court, claiming his client’s human rights would be infringed were he to be extradited to Georgia, a Netherlands Antilles prosecutor said.

RI lawyer pleads guilty to fraud (FOX Providence)
A Cranston real estate lawyer accused of defrauding clients out of millions of dollars pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in Federal Court Tuesday morning.

Lawyer enlisted by family sets deadline to find missing Quebec girl (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - A prominent Quebec lawyer says $170,000 will be offered to anyone who comes forward with information on the whereabouts of a girl who went missing nearly two years ago.

Pendleton Co. Commonwealth's Attorney Killed (The Kentucky Post)
The Kentucky State Patrol is investigating after Pendleton County Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Wright was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday night. It happened around 6:30 p.m. on U.S. 27, just north of KY 177 in Butler.

Lawyer: $200,000 Awarded In Fatal WKU Dorm Attack (The Kentucky Post)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer representing the estate of a Western Kentucky University student killed six years ago says a hearing officer has awarded her estate $200,000.

Lawyer: NFL targeting Vikings' Williamses for drug tests (USA Today)
Minnesota Vikings stars Kevin Williams and Pat Williams are being improperly singled out for extra testing for steroids, their lawyer alleged Tuesday. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said he filed papers Monday in Hennepin County District Court asking Judge Gary Larson to say the NFL can't treat the Williamses differently from other players while the long court battle over their suspensions continues.

Stamford attorney honored for helping day laborers (Norwalk Advocate)
A Stamford attorney was awarded Monday by the Connecticut Bar Association for his work helping day laborers settle wage disputes. Mark Sank, who has offices at 666 Glenbrook Road, was among five attorneys awarded at the association's annual meeting for their pro bono work.

Longest serving attorney retires from AG's office (Standard-Examiner)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A North Salt Lake attorney -- the Utah Office of the Attorney General's longest serving attorney -- has announced his retirement and plans to serve a mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Cranston Attorney Pleads Guilty for $2.5 Worth of Real Estate Fraud (ABC 6 Providence)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A disbarred Cranston attorney has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2.5 million from clients who were refinancing or buying new homes.

Iran shuts down reformist daily illegally: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Iran shut down again on Tuesday a reformist daily that backs incumbent presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi after allowing it to resume publishing, the paper's lawyer told the ISNA news agency.

PA lawyer to plead guilty in $2.5M corruption case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Federal prosecutors say a Pennsylvania lawyer who allegedly tried to cover up payments he made to a pair of judges in a $2.5 million corruption case will plead guilty.

Lawyer: Client has multiple personalities (UPI)
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y., June 9 (UPI) -- A lawyer for a New York state woman charged with Medicaid fraud says he cannot give her adequate counsel because she has multiple personality disorder.

Country lawyer tops Terry McAuliffe in Va. primary (AP via Yahoo! News)
A state senator and small-town lawyer pulled off a surprising win in Virginia's Democratic primary for governor, besting a former legislative colleague and the well-funded Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi seeks high court appeal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Imprisoned Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi instructed her legal team Wednesday to push ahead with a high court appeal to allow two more defence witnesses at her trial, her lawyer said.

Attorney general says investigating jurors 'not acceptable' (Windsor Star)
WINDSOR, Ont. -- Ontario’s attorney general on Tuesday condemned the police practice of gathering private information on prospective jurors, but stopped short of calling a formal inquiry.

Lawyer's Error Could Deport 11-Year-Old (ABC News)
Mom: Eight years after lawyer forgot to file papers, daughter is Poland-bound.

Defense attorney's death probed (Standard-Examiner)
OGDEN -- The Ogden Police Department is investigating the death of a local defense attorney.

Former Cook Co. state's attorney dies (ABC 7 Chicago)
Former Cook County State's Attorney Edward Hanrahan has died. He was 88.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson For Governor (News On 6 Tulsa)
Attorney General Drew Edmondson announced this morning he is running for governor in 2010.

Ex-Alaska attorney general wins mayoral election (Newsday)
A former Alaska attorney general who represented state workers in the Troopergate investigation has been elected mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Montgomery attorney Fuller says state is obligated to pay full tuition to PACT participants (The Montgomery Independent)
Montgomery attorney J. Doyle Fuller says the state of Alabama is obligated to pay the full tuition of all 48,000 Alabama residents enrolled in the state's Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program. Fuller has amended his lawsuit against the PACT board to include Gov.

Biggest legal fraud in Canada’s history nets ex-lawyer 7 years (National Post)
Disgraced Vancouver lawyer Martin Wirick was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in jail for perpetrating the largest legal fraud in Canadian history

Attorney pleads not guilty in drug case (Lake Geneva Regional News)
June 10, 2009 | 10:41 AM Elkhorn — Williams Bay attorney and former Walworth County Circuit Court Commissioner Stephen Compton pleaded not guilty June 5 to several drug-related charges.

Bruno lawyer: Woman's lawsuit is "ludicrously false" (Channel 8 San Diego)
A lawyer for Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno responded to a lawsuit  over the film, calling it a "demonstrably and ludicrously false complaint" and urging her lawyers to drop the case.

Lawyer: Pilot not to blame for movie helicopter crash (The Des Moines Register)
The helicopter crash that killed a cameraman and severely injured two others during a 2006 eastern Iowa movie shoot was not the pilot’s fault, his lawyer said today.

Former Attorney Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement (WILX 10 Lansing)
A former attorney from Jackson admits to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a veteran's estate.

Attorney says Sean Goldman unlikely to return to U.S. immediately if court grants custody (The Star-Ledger)
Eraldo Peres/The Associated PressDavid Goldman speaking by cell phone in Brasilia, Brazil. Goldman, who has waged a four-year custody battle for his son, was in Brazil in February to make his case to the country's courts and politicians. An attorney...

Attorney: Duncan town administrator, son placed on unpaid leave (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 12:56 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 12:56 p.m. Duncan’s town administrator and her son have been placed on unpaid administrative leave, according to the town’s attorney.

Serb lawyer quits trial of 3 slain US brothers (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for the families of three Albanian-American brothers murdered execution-style in Serbia in 1999 said Thursday she is quitting their murder trial, claiming authorities are protecting those who ordered the slayings.

Suu Kyi says junta's charges are political: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi believes her trial is an attempt by the country's ruling generals to prevent her from running in multi-party elections next year, her lawyer said.

Zeltser's lawyer to complain to top Belarus legal authorities (Interfax)
MINSK. June 11 (Interfax) - A lawyer for Emanuel Zeltser, the Soviet-born U.S. citizen sentenced to three years in jail in Belarus on charges of commercial espionage and document forgery, accused the Minsk City Court of unjustifiably delaying the issue of a document needed to seek pardon for Zeltser and said he would complain to top legal authorities.

Chinese Internet Filter Challenged by Lawyer (PC Magazine)
A Chinese lawyer has demanded a public hearing to reconsider a government demand that all new personal computers carry Internet filtering software, adding to uproar over a plan critics say is ineffective and intrusive.

Lawyer: Court will rule Friday on Madonna's effort to adopt girl from Malawi (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
BLANTYRE, Malawi - Malawi's highest court plans to announce Friday whether the pop singer Madonna can adopt a second child from the impoverished southern African country, the pop star's lawyer said Thursday.

U.S. attorney for Macon area submits resignation (Macon Telegraph)
U.S. Attorney Max Wood announced his resignation today, effective midnight July 31, according to a statement released by his office.

Lawyer: Rihanna subpoenaed in Brown case (UPI)
LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- Rihanna's lawyer said the pop star has been subpoenaed to appear in a Los Angeles court to testify

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says trial politically motivated: Lawyer (The Times of India)
YANGON: Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi believes her trial by the ruling junta is "politically motivated", her lawyer said today, as he lodged an appeal over a ban on two witnesses.

Attorney's Statement On Preacher Facing Charges (WCPO Cincinnati)
Forty-year-old Daniel Gabbard is charged in the death of the Commonwealth Attorney for Pendleton County.