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China police detain rights lawyer: legal group (AP via Yahoo! News)
Rights groups urged China's government Thursday to disclose the whereabouts of a leading human rights lawyer who was detained by police in a dawn raid and has not been heard from since.

Cleveland attorney accused of buying drugs near Justice Center (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Cuyahoga County JailDonald Tittle CLEVELAND — Attorney Donald Tittle, 59, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drug abuse. Cuyahoga County sheriff's investigators say Tittle bought two kinds of prescription narcotics outside the Justice Center. The case will be presented to...

Canal deaths lawyer says jail violated court order (CBC Montreal)
The lawyer for an 18-year-old man charged with taking part in the slaying of his three sisters and his father's first wife says the Napanee, Ont., detention centre has violated a court order by placing his client in the same cell with his father.

Lawyer: MJ's mom getting custody of kids (USA Today)
Michael Jackson's mother will get custody of his three children under terms of a deal with Debbie Rowe, biological mother of two of the kids, CBS News reports. L. Londell McMillan, the lawyer for Katherine Jackson, spoke with The Early Show features reporter Dave Price. CBS reported that Katherine Jackson, 79, will get full custody and Rowe will have visitation rights, but won't be getting any ...

Attorney for Michael Jackson's mother says announcement about child custody coming today (The Fargo Forum)
  NEW YORK - The attorney for Michael Jackson's mother says an announcement is imminent on a custody deal regarding the pop icon's two oldest children, but stopped short of saying an agreement had been reached.   There is a Great Job waiting for you. Get started here! Bemidji State - Dream It Do It - Ends Aug 9, 2009

China holds rights lawyer, sets activist trial date (The Star)
BEIJING (Reuters) - A leading Chinese legal aid lawyer has been taken from his home, and a date fixed for the trial of an activist for possessing state secrets, in the latest blows to the country's small community of rights campaigners.

Syria arrests top human rights lawyer, group says (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Syrian authorities have arrested a leading human rights lawyer after he was called for interrogation at a security branch, human rights activists said Thursday.

Texas Tech Faculty Members Object To Hiring Former Attorney General (KWTX-TV Waco)
Dozens of current and former members of the Texas Tech faculty have signed a petition objecting to the hiring of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to teach a political science class.

Former Wisconsin DNR chief files for attorney general race (Pioneer Press)
MADISON, Wis. _ Former state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Hassett has filed paperwork to set up a run for attorney general.

Syria: Human Rights Lawyer Held (New York Times)
Syrian authorities arrested Mohannad al-Hussani, a leading human rights lawyer, his colleagues said Thursday.

China police detain human rights lawyer (Guardian Unlimited)
Xu Zhiyong's disappearance comes amid concern about increasing pressure on activist lawyers in China Police have detained a leading human rights lawyer in a dawn raid, less than a fortnight after the pioneering legal centre he helped found was shut down. Xu Zhiyong's disappearance comes amid growing concern about increasing pressure on activist lawyers in China. Two weeks ago, more than 50 ...

Lawyer jailed for CBT (Straits Times)
A LAWYER who reported himself to the police was jailed for 44 months on Friday for criminal breach of trust and cheating. The amount Leong Wai Nam, 41, misappropriated and cheated between late 2005 and early last year was about $93,000.

Lawyer takes a hit in drug dealer case (New York Daily News)
An accused rogue lawyer hellbent on defending a major cocaine trafficker, lied his way into a Queens jail to confront the main witness against his client.

U.S. government and UBS reach agreement over tax case: attorney (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The United States government and Swiss bank UBS AG have reached an agreement in principle on the major issues in their tax evasion dispute, a U.S. Justice Department attorney said on Friday.

Pierre -- Attorney general office won't be vacant long (Aberdeen American News)
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The position of South Dakota attorney general won't be vacant for long....

Syrian human rights lawyer faces charges (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Syrian authorities have charged a leading human rights lawyer of making statements that "weaken national morale" after he led calls for the release of political prisoners, rights defenders said on Friday.

Attorney Charged With Cocaine Possession In Pittsburgh Courts (WPXI Pittsburgh)
An attorney who rose to prominence defending a high school student accused of selling drugs that led to a fatal overdose has been charged with bringing cocaine into the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh.

'Ornery' attorney and OR official duel over rundown apartments (Knoxville News Sentinel)
OAK RIDGE - The city's battle with an "ornery'' attorney over his 13 rundown apartment buildings led to a heated showdown today in City Court, along with a court order to work things out.

Sypher back in court over attorney issue (Louisville Courier-Journal)
A woman accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will be back in U.S. District Court in Louisville Friday afternoon for a hearing to replace her former attorney.

Fort Lauderdale city attorney: It's OK to delete public's emails (Sun-Sentinel)
Fort Lauderdale City Attorney issued a legal opinion yesterday in the unwanted-emails controversy. Click here and here to have your memory refreshed about Fort Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board member Fred Stresau and his DELETE key.

Suspect in N. Boulder murder wants new attorney (Boulder Daily Camera)
A Longmont man suspected in the Jan. 23 shooting death of William Dwayne Andrews has asked a judge for a new attorney, citing “controversies” and “disagreements.”

Lawyer undeterred by client split on Dhinsa suit (Stoney Creek News)
The Dundas lawyer who was dropped by 10 of 12 women who are suing for $24 million over the handling of sexual harassment complaints against a Hamilton police sergeant says she doesn’t expect the split to hurt their case.

Mercer University Grad named Acting U.S. attorney (WMGT Macon)
G.F. "Pete" Peterman, III is taking over as acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

D.C. Attorney Arrested, Called "Faggot" (The Advocate via Yahoo! News)
Gay attorney Pepin Tuma was pushed, called a "faggot," and arrested in Washington, D.C., Sunday because he made fun of the police.

Oregon attorney general settlement blocks e-cigarette sales at 2 travel store chains (The San Francisco Examiner)
PORTLAND, ORE. — Oregon banned the sale of electronic cigarettes at a pair of travel store chains on Thursday in a move the state attorney general's office says makes the state the first to ban the products.

Appeal is likely in case of soldier convicted for shooting comrade: lawyer (Times & Transcript)
The defence lawyer for a reservist convicted of criminal negligence in the shooting death of his comrade in Afghanistan is recommending an appeal.

Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce is "confident" he won't be indicted in the Plaxico Burress gun case, his lawyer said this afternoon. Pierce, who spent the past two days testifying about the blood-splattered Glock handgun belonging to Burress...

Attorney-general orders trial for all 15 red shirts leaders (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
The attorney-general has overturned an earlier prosecution decision by ordering trial for all 15 red-shirt rally-organisers involved in a disturbance in front of the house of chief royal adviser General Prem Tinsulanonda in July 2007.

Obama offers job back to U.S. attorney fired by Bush (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON — One of the nine former U.S. attorneys whose firing triggered a controversy leading to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may be returning to his old job.

Allen Stanford Replaces Deguerin as Defense Lawyer (Update3) (Bloomberg)
July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Financier R. Allen Stanford , who is fighting charges he bilked investors of $7 billion, has replaced his criminal defense lawyer, Dick DeGuerin , with a team from Washington-based Patton Boggs LLP , his spokeswoman said.