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Debbie Rowe's lawyer: No deal in Jackson case (CNN)
No deal has been reached between Michael Jackson's mother and his ex-wife over the custody of the late singer's children, according to a lawyer in the case.

Court appoints attorney to represent Hay Township woman accused of arson (The Bay City Times)
GLADWIN -- Frail, soft-spoken and teary-eyed, Helen Gotterson agreed Tuesday to let Gladwin County District Court authorities appoint an attorney to represent her against an arson charge. Gotterson, 54, had told authorities she would represent herself in the case stemming...

County attorney reviews IDA options (Mid-Hudson News)
POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Legislature Attorney David Sears is reviewing the legislature’s options as to the stalemate over the seating of Industrial Development Agency appointments.

Case pits Maori custom against law: lawyer (Stuff)
A body-snatching case being heard in the High Court in Christchurch will "set a precedent for where Maori custom ends and the law of New Zealand takes over", a lawyer says.

Gatti Death: Lawyer Asks for Release of Wife (ABC News)
Lawyer asks for release of Brazilian wife of slain former boxing champion Arturo Gatti

Lawyer Ron, a champion in 2007, is euthanized (AP via Yahoo! News)
Lawyer Ron was among the Kentucky Derby favorites in 2006 and a champion older horse in 2007. When he was retired from racing last year, he had earned nearly $2.8 million.

Dance Union’s Lawyer Accused of Embezzling (New York Times)
A longtime union lawyer was arrested and charged on Tuesday with embezzling more than $150,000 from a union representing dancers and stage managers at American Ballet Theater.

Jackson's ex-wife denies giving up kids: attorney (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe on Tuesday angrily denied reports that she had agreed to take millions of dollars to give up parental rights to her two children with the King of Pop.

Riddle is at peace, lawyer says (Detroit Free Press)
Political consultant Sam Riddle is at peace with the coming federal storm, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Peterson's lawyer: Cop hit on Drew's girlfriend (Chicago Tribune)
The Daily Herald reports: A state police detective asked murder defendant Drew Peterson's young girlfriend out on a date, Peterson's lawyer said after a Tuesday court appearance. Attorney Joel Brodsky said, "I'll confirm that," when asked whether a state police investigator asked out Peterson's 24-year-old girlfriend and supposed fiancee, Chrissy Raines. Brodsky said he believes state police ...

A labor lawyer was busted yesterday for allegedly misappropriating $350,000 in union dues paid by dancers and stagehands with the famed American Ballet Theatre. Leonard Leibowitz, 70, was accused of writing numerous checks on the union's account...

President nominates Cleveland lawyer Steven Dettelbach as U.S. attorney for region (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
DettelbachCLEVELAND -- Cleveland lawyer Steven M. Dettelbach has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Attorney for northern Ohio. Dettelbach, 43, is a partner in the Baker Hostetler law firm's litigation group. He was one of six U.S....

NYC lawyer charged in ABT dancer scam (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A veteran Manhattan lawyer was charged Tuesday with stealing from a small union representing 80 dancers and stagehands with the American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center.

Attorney: No Debbie Rowe deal on child custody (Newsday)
There's no deal for Debbie Rowe to give up her parental rights in exchange for a seven-figure payout, her attorney said Tuesday - calling reports to the contrary "absolutely untrue."

NY State Attorney's Office Announces Settlement with LifeStyle Lift (NBC New York)
New York's Attorney General accused a cosmetic surgery company of trying to dupe consumers. Sponsored Topics: Attorney general - United States - Law - Law Enforcement - Plastic surgery

State Attorney General to Appeal Deer Kill Case Rulings (WBAY Green Bay)
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the Wisconsin Department of Justice will seek appellate review of two decisions recently entered in a Waupaca County deer kill case. 

Four finalists named for U.S. attorney position (The Capital Times)
Three applicants have been eliminated from a field of seven who applied to replace Erik Peterson as U.S. attorney in the Western District of Wisconsin.

Four finalists named for Madison U.S attorney post (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Wisconsin's Federal Nominating Commission announced Wednesday it has recommended four candidates to replace Erik Peterson as the U.S. attorney in the western district of the state.

Attorney for plaintiffs in case against diocese may see testimony from Bishop Braxton (Belleville News-Democrat)
An attorney representing three men who say they were sexually abused as youths by a priest said during a court hearing today that he may request permission to place Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton on the witness stand.

Commonwealth's Attorney Receives Findings In Sypher Case (WLKY Louisville)
The commonwealth attorney has received the findings of a criminal investigation filed by Karen Sypher against University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Lawyer: Indictment near for Sam Riddle (FOX 2 News Detroit)
A lawyer for a Detroit political consultant expects his client will be indicted by a federal grand jury in an investigation of public corruption.

Lawyer: Indictment near for political consultant (Crain's Detroit Business)
David Steingold, a lawyer for Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle, expects his client will be indicted by a federal grand jury in an investigation of public corruption.

N.J. Attorney General accuses 10 of mortgage fraud targeting struggling homeowners (The Star-Ledger)
Amanda Brown/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram arguing before the state Supreme Court in April. Milgram today announced two separate lawsuits charging 10 defendants with mortgage-related fraud.TRENTON -- State Attorney General Anne Milgram announced today two separate lawsuits charging...

State's attorney sues North Side upholsterer (Chicago Tribune)
The owner of a North Side furniture reupholstery company was sued today by the Cook County state's attorney for allegedly deceptive business practices. The suit, filed in Circuit Court, alleged that Ira Sachs, 74, owner of Lakeview Upholstery, demanded more money before he would return furniture and often had subpar work done. He also misled customers to think his employees would do the work at ...

Lawyer Accused of Embezzling From Union He Helped Launch (Law.com)
A lawyer was charged Tuesday with embezzling funds from a union he helped found. Leonard Leibowitz allegedly withdrew more than $150,000 for his personal use from the account of the 80-member Independent Artists of America Union at the American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York. The charge carries a maximum prison term of five years.

Lawyer seeking mistrial (Barrie Examiner)
The family of a 14-year-old murdered Barrie boy wept outside of court yesterday after hearing that the person convicted of murdering him will not be sentenced while a lawyer will try to have the conviction thrown out of court.[...]

RCMP's lawyer quits Taser inquiry (CBC.ca)
A lawyer who failed to disclose a controversial email has quietly resigned as the Mounties' legal counsel at the inquiry into Robert Dziekanski's death, after RCMP in B.C. jolted him with a Taser stun gun in 2007.

Lawyer: Sberbank Asked Sibir for $60M (The Moscow Times)
16 July 2009 By Irina Malkova / Vedomosti Sberbank wanted a $60 million “premium” for providing Sibir Energy with a $192 million loan, a lawyer for Shalva Chigirinsky, the oil company’s beleaguered former shareholder, told a London court.

Rights lawyer to face trial (ZWNEWS.com)
Harare - The state has summonsed prominent human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama for trial on charges that he connived with court officials to have a group of political activists unlawfully released from jail.

Local attorney Huerta passes away (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
Longtime Corpus Christi personal injury attorney Albert Huerta, 64, died Thursday morning. He suffered a stroke caused by complications suffered during a heart procedure in June.

Wash. attorney general announces scam lawsuits (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna sued two California businesses Wednesday as part of a nationwide crackdown on mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams.

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.

Iran set to release last UK embassy staffer, says lawyer (WashingtonTV)
Washington, 16 July (WashingtonTV)—An Iranian employee of the British embassy in Tehran, who was arrested shortly after the country’s disputed 12 June presidential election, is set to be released on bail as early as Saturday, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Council's Attorney: Bing's Veto has No Standing (WDET-FM Detroit)
     The Detroit City Council President says Mayor Bing’s first veto has no legal standing.       A few weeks ago, the council passed a resolution asking its Research and Analysis division, also known as RAD, to look at hiring an outside attorney to seek a possible injunction against the trash incinerator. Mayor Dave Bing vetoed the resolution. City Council President Ken Cockrel, Junior says the ...

NY attorney general may press for legal settlement with Steven Rattner (The Washington DC Examiner)
NEW YORK — The state attorney general may press for a legal settlement with Steven Rattner, until recently a key Obama administration adviser on the auto industry, over possible civil charges in a pay-to-play investigation, The Associated Press has learned.

LV personal injury attorney sentenced for tax evasion (Las Vegas Sun)
A Las Vegas personal injury attorney who was convicted last year of tax evasion and owes almost $4 million to the IRS was sentenced today to five years in federal prison.

Crime blog: Defense lawyer in City Hall bribe case tries to paint FBI as patsies (Dallas Morning News)
Former Dallas Plan Commissioner D'Angelo Lee's lawyer claims an informant manipulated investigators. |

Legislature commends convicted attorney (Pacific Daily News)
Lawmakers may want to "re-evaluate" how they commend members of the community so senators have more time to investigate each person, said Sen. Eddie Calvo, a sponsor of a recent resolution that commended an attorney who was convicted of a federal crime.

September court date set for lawyer accused of bringing drugs to N.S. inmate (Kitchener - Waterloo Record)
HALIFAX, N.S. - A lawyer who police have accused of bringing drugs to an inmate at a Halifax-area jail will appear in court on Sept. 2.

Las Vegas Attorney Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison (KLAS Las Vegas)
A Las Vegas personal injury attorney will spend five years in prison for tax evasion.

Attorney: Ronald Cummings Cleared In DCF Inquiry (WESH 2 Orlando)
The Florida Department of Children and Families found no evidence that the father of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings physically abused his children, an attorney representing Ronald Cummings said.

Judge rejects Markoff attorney's claims of 'tainted' grand jury (The Daily Free Press)
A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied a defense motion Monday filed by the attorney for alleged “Craigslist killer” Philip Markoff that demanded information about leaks to the media which he claimed “tainted” the grand jury.

From the newspapers: Biden's lawyer helped shepherd nominee (The Yahoo! Newsroom via Yahoo! News)
Los Angeles Times writes about Biden's chief lawyer's role in the Sotomayor nomination.

Woman who accused cop of raping her is called a 'nutjob' by defendant's lawyer (New York Daily News)
A rookie cop accused of raping a sleeping Georgia hairdresser is being slimed by a "nutjob," a defense lawyer charged Thursday.

State's attorney: Cops did not hit on Drew Peterson's fiancee (Chicago Sun-Times)
The Los Angeles attorney representing Drew Peterson's young love shot down a claim from the accused wife-killer's lawyer that a state cop hit on her client. "Chrissie has not had dinner with or gone to the movies with any police officer other than Drew Peterson and she has no interest in doing so," the attorney, Gloria Allred, said in a written statement. "She does not feel that she was 'hit on' ...

Fiancee's Attorney: No Cops Hit On Her (FOX News Chicago)
The Los Angeles attorney representing Drew Peterson's young love shot down a claim from the accused wife-killer's lawyer that a state cop hit on her client.

The lawyer is a teacher (Sun Star)
AT THE helm of the Regional State Prosecutor's office is a lawyer with a colorful career. Lawyer Antonio Arellano still relives to this day how his life was about to end back in the early 80's. read more

Attorney: Pair were defending home (Knoxville News Sentinel)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A father and his adult son charged in a confrontation with Murfreesboro Police who went to their home by mistake will plead not guilty to formal charges against them, their attorney said Friday.

Attorney: N. St. P Woman Did not Steal from Mom (5 Eyewitness News St. Paul)
The attorney for a North St. Paul woman accused of swindling $220,000 from her blind mother says she's innocent...

Bullied city lawyer claiming £12m (BBC News)
A former city lawyer is hoping for record damages after a tribunal upheld a ruling that she had been bullied.