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Former Ohio attorney, state have agreement (WKYC Cleveland)
COLUMBUS -- Attorneys for the state watchdog and former Attorney General Marc Dann have a settlement agreement that dismisses most remaining campaign finance charges against Dann, his family and his aides.

Middle Georgias U.S District Attorney Resigns (WMGT Macon)
United States Attorney Max Wood announced his resignation today effective midnight July 31, 2009. 

Phony lawyer back in custody for attorney hoax (Channel 8 San Diego)
Associated Press - June 11, 2009 12:04 PM ET SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County man imprisoned for years for falsely claiming he was a licensed attorney has been arrested a month after...

Chinese Lawyer Challenges Nation's Blocking of Gay Sites And Other Topics (AnandTech)
Lawyer says people have the right to choose...

Former Lawyer Zembko Held On $750,000 Bail (Hartford Courant)
A judge has ordered a former lawyer who has been repeatedly arrested on theft and other charges held on $750,000 bail Wednesday in Superior Court in New Britain.

Attorney Makes Statement On Preacher Facing Charges (The Kentucky Post)
Attorney Eric Deters has issued a statement of Dan Gabbard and the death of Pendleton County Prosecutor, Doug Wright. Gabbard was charged on Tuesday for the crash that killed Wright. He is charged with wanton murder and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

State's attorney: Slain robbery suspect's weapon was BB gun (The Pantagraph)
UPDATED 12:15 p.m. BLOOMINGTON -- Police were justified in fatally shooting a robbery suspect armed with a modified air pistol in January, according to an opinion released Thursday by McLean County State’s Attorney Bill Yoder. | Read Yoder's press release (PDF) | Photo gallery: The chase | Galesburg case closed

Attorney Makes Statement On Preacher Facing Charges (WCPO Cincinnati)
Daniel Gabbard is charged in the death of a Commonwealth's Attorney.

Phony lawyer back in custody for attorney hoax (San Diego Union-Tribune)
An Orange County man imprisoned for years for falsely claiming he was a licensed attorney has been arrested a month after his release for again pretending to be a lawyer.

No charges to be filed against attorney who shot Edison man at AA club in South Carolina (MyCentralJersey.com)
A South Carolina prosecutor says an attorney was justified when he shot and killed an Edison man at an Alcoholics Anonymous club earlier this year.

Senate Rules Approves Labor Lawyer for Seat on FEC (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee by voice vote Thursday approved the nomination of labor lawyer John J. Sullivan to the Federal Election Commission.

Lawyer: Leaf to surrender in drug, burglary case (Sports Illustrated)
CANYON, Texas (AP) -- Ryan Leaf's lawyer says the indicted former NFL quarterback will surrender on drug and burglary charges in Texas.

N.Y. High Court Finds Attorney's Unsolicited Faxes Did Not Violate Communications Act (Law.com)
Unsolicited faxes distributed by a lawyer specializing in attorney malpractice cases were basically informational, not promotional, and did not violate federal laws and rules against improper solicitations, the New York Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, reversing an appeals court finding that Andrew Lavoott Bluestone's faxes "indirectly proposed a commercial transaction." Bluestone's attorney ...

Ryan Leaf's lawyer: Ex-QB 'not a fugitive,' will surrender (USA Today)
Ryan Leaf's lawyer says the indicted former NFL quarterback is "not a fugitive from justice" and will surrender on drug and burglary charges in Texas.

Ohio: Ex-Attorney General Fined (New York Times)
A long-running case against Marc Dann, a former state attorney general, ended with a $1,000 fine and no criminal charges.

Malaysian royal denies abuse allegations: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Malaysian prince has denied abusing his estranged teenage US-Indonesian model wife and threatened to launch legal action against her for making false allegations, his lawyer has said.

District Attorney Craig Watkins, Dallas County commissioner resume budget talks (Dallas Morning News)
It looks like a possible break in the budget battle between Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and county commissioners.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott refuses to OK North Texas tollway contract (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has refused to sign off on the first of two major private toll road projects approved for North Texas earlier this year.

Lawyer cries foul as Dokic jailed (Herald Sun)
DAMIR Dokic's lawyer is preparing an appeal against his 15-month jail sentence after blasting his trial as "political".

Second Strike for Fake Lawyer (Law.com)
Is the California bar exam really this hard? A Southern California man stands accused of pretending to be a lawyer while on supervised release from a prison term for -- wait for it -- pretending to be a lawyer.

U.S. attorney leaving office (Tulsa World)
The president must appoint a successor to David O'Melia. The U.S. attorney for the Tulsa-based Northern District of Oklahoma will leave the office late this month.

O.C. Man Arrested Again for Impersonating Attorney (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
ANewport Beach man previously convicted for holding himself out as an attorney to courts, lawyers and paying clients has been arrested—approximately one month after his release from federal prison—for again holding himself out to be a lawyer.

Appeal sought for lawyer's gangsterism sentence (CTV.ca)
The brother of Richard Pasquin, believed to be the first lawyer in Canada sent to prison on gangsterism charges, says he believes there were legal problems with the case against his sibling. Pasquin's lawyer is filing an appeal.

Quebec lawyer with links to biker gang gets almost five years in prison (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - A man believed to be the first lawyer in Canada convicted of gangsterism has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

Seminole lawyer expects Florida gaming deal (The News-Press)
A lawyer for the Seminole Indians says he thinks the tribe can reach a gaming deal but some changes will be needed in a proposal from the Legislature.

Arkansas attorney general to marry Jonesboro woman at ceremony in Little Rock (KFSM Ft. Smith-Fayetteville)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is getting married in Little Rock.

District Attorney fights plan to decrease penalty for some crimes (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
SANTA CRUZ -- They say crime doesn't pay, but there is a good chance it would under a cost-cutting proposal by the governor, District Attorney Bob Lee said Thursday as he prepared for a trip to Sacramento to lobby against the proposed changes.

City attorney's fees in question (Bureau County Republican)
SPRING VALLEY — It took a lengthy discussion Monday for Spring Valley aldermen and new City Attorney Tom Tonozzi to come to agreement on what fees Tonozzi should charge the city. The aldermen reviewed bills at Monday’s city council meeting, and Tonozzi’s bills totaling $6,520 raised a few eyebrows.

Appeal sought for gangsterism sentence handed down to Quebec lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
MONTREAL - The brother of a man believed to be the first lawyer in Canada to be sent to prison on gangsterism charges says he believes there were legal problems with the case against his sibling.

Longtime Paris civic leader, attorney dies (The Paris News)
Attorney Don McLaughlin, 86, a Paris civic leader and one-time attorney for the City of Paris, died Monday.

Fla. attorney gen: NCAA must release FSU docs (Sports Illustrated)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's attorney general says the NCAA must release copies of its response to Florida State's appeal of penalties stemming from academic violations.

Fla. attorney general: NCAA must release letter (MSNBC)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -The NCAA must release copies of its response to Florida State's appeal of penalties stemming from academic violations, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Friday.

Seminole Indians lawyer expects Fla. gaming deal (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
It's unlikely the Seminole Indians can accept the Legislature's proposal to expand gaming at their Florida casinos in its current form, a tribal lawyer said Friday, but he remained confident a deal with the state can be struck.

Mass. lawyer accused of 'bear-hugging' attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
A well-known Massachusetts defense lawyer faces an assault and battery charge after a female attorney said he bear-hugged her and put his chin on her shoulder in court. Attorney Pamela Saia-Rogers told Lawrence police that attorney Robert LeBlanc assaulted her in November 2008 while she was talking the other attorneys in Lawrence District Court.

Judge: Ex-Bush lawyer can be sued over torture (San Francisco Chronicle)
A prisoner who says he was tortured while being held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist can sue former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo for coming up with the legal theories that justified his alleged treatment, a federal judge in San Francisco...

DISD trustees clash over proposal to name Pleasant Grove campus for Dallas lawyer Callejo (Dallas Morning News)
Some DISD trustees say they strongly object to naming a new elementary school for Dallas lawyer and civil rights activist Adelfa Callejo because of her February 2008 comments about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Riverside attorney favors environment at work and home (The Press-Enterprise)
As a young woman, Michelle Ouellette wanted to save the world. Now, at 51, she's happy to rescue the threatened Stephens' kangaroo rat and the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly. A Riverside attorney at Best Best Krieger, she specializes in endangered species and renewable energy.

Attorney General McCollum orders NCAA to release FSU letter (Miami Herald)
(AP) -- The NCAA must release copies of its response to Florida State's appeal of penalties stemming from academic violations, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Friday.

METRO: AG office appeals judge's order to remove lawyer (Detroit Free Press)
Wayne The Michigan Attorney General's Office is asking Detroit 36th District Judge David Robinson to reconsider his order to remove its lead lawyer from a perjury-related case involving an ex-prosecutor.

Defense attorney declares candidacy for Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
SANTA CRUZ -- With a handful of supporters, including his wife Rita, defense attorney Steve Wright formally declared his candidacy for Superior Court judge at the county Elections Office on Friday morning.

Obama's Army Lawyer Pick Withdraws (Fox News)
President Obama's pick to be the Army's top lawyer withdrew after failing to disclose Fannie Mae as his former employer in a document submitted as part of his nomination process.

Vietnamese arrests lawyer who defended activists (AP via Yahoo! Philippines News)
State media reports Vietnamese police have arrested a lawyer known for defending pro-democracy activists and accused him of working with "hostile forces" against the communist state.

Fla. Attorney General Steps In Between FSU & NCAA (CBS4 Miami)
The ongoing struggle between Florida State University and the NCAA over sanctions imposed on the school now has a new player, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. He has ordered the NCAA to release copies of the NCAA's response to FSU's appeal of sanctions handed down by the NCAA's Infractions Committee.

How do you know when (or if) you need a lawyer? (Carteret County News-Times)
(ARA) - If you are waiting for your landlord to fix a leaky roof -- you may need a lawyer. If you are adopting a child -- you may need a lawyer. If your business partner, or spouse, is cheating on you -- you may need a lawyer.

Montgomery City Council asks attorney general about checkpoints (Montgomery Advertiser)
The Montgomery City Council is waiting to hear whether the state attorney general's office will take up the issue of police checkpoints, but the chairman of a special citizen crime committee believes the answer may not be what city officials want to hear.

Elliott seeking role as court-appointed attorney (Fort Bend Herald)
Former Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Mike Elliott has made application to be a court-appointed attorney for Fort Bend County.

Phony lawyer faces additional prison (Daily Pilot)
A Newport Beach man faces additional time in federal prison for his persistence in tricking people into believing he’s a lawyer, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

E-cigs spark investigation by Oregon attorney general (The Oregonian)
SALEM -- The Oregon attorney general's office is investigating a Florida-based company that operates electronic cigarette kiosks at shopping malls. Portland's KGW-TV reported that Smoking Everywhere Inc. has been accused of misrepresenting its product and marketing it to children. Electronic...

Clarksdale lawyer eyes governor bid (The Clarion-Ledger)
Clarksdale lawyer and businessman Bill Luckett is trying to raise money to run for Mississippi governor 2011, saying he wants to reduce poverty and improve public education because he believes the state "does not have to accept a perpetual spot on the bottom rung of America."

Terrorist Can Sue Bush Lawyer Over Torture Claim- Freed Detainees Say China Was Worse Than Gitmo (Fox News)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A convicted terrorist can sue a former Bush administration lawyer for drafting the legal theories that led to his alleged torture, ruled a federal judge has ruled who said he was trying to balance a clash between war and the defense of personal freedoms.