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Prominent defense lawyer is stabbed to death (Los Angeles Times)
Americo Delgado had represented major drug figures, including Tijuana crime boss Benjamin Arellano Felix. Police have not identified a motive. A Mexican lawyer who has represented some of the country's best-known drug suspects was stabbed to death outside his home, authorities said Saturday.

Lawyer: Nancy Garrido "Distraught" Following Arrest (News10 Sacramento)
News10 EXCLUSIVE: The lawyer for accused kidnapper Nancy Garrido told News10 exclusively Saturday that his client is scared as she sits in her cell at the El Dorado County Jail.  Finally Found: Jaycee Dugard News10 Special Coverage

Defense lawyer for Mexican drug kingpin killed (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a convicted Mexican drug kingpin was found stabbed to death in his home, authorities said Saturday.

Coppell Chamber hears Texas Attorney General (Coppell Gazette)
Combating identity theft, protecting consumers and warning youngsters of the consequences of “sexting” are among the priorities of the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Tiller shooting trial Attorney suggests unusual defense (Lawrence Journal-World)
The suspect in the killing of abortion provider George Tiller is in talks with a prominent attorney who represents anti-abortion protesters and has long advocated justifiable homicide as a legal defense in such cases.

School attorney responds to parents' complaints (Rapid City Journal)
CHADRON, Neb. -- Chadron City Schools followed the advice of its attorney in retaining former Chadron Middle School principal Lorrie Miller for the 2009-10 year, despite receiving a number of complaints about her from parents, according to a memo made public Monday at a special end-of-the-fiscal-year board meeting.

Attorney denies 'Dudus' snatched by US authorities (The Jamaica Observer)
Attorney Tom Tavares-Finson on Friday scotched a rumour that Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke had been snatched by US authorities and taken out of the island.

Assistant district attorney heads overseas with the military (King of Prussia Courier)
On Friday a Montgomery County assistant district attorney who has fought crime locally for a decade will leave his job and head overseas to join the fight against America’s terrorist enemies.

Tech-savvy lawyer is connected (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Pittsford lawyer Nicole Black is using social networking technology to build a new type of law career.

Jackley to take oath as attorney general (The Argus Leader)
Marty Jackley will take the oath as the new South Dakota attorney general in a ceremony this week in Sioux Falls. The swearing-in will begin at noon Friday in the Old Courthouse Museum at 200 W. Sixth St. Jackley leaves his post as U.S. attorney for South Dakota to succeed Larry Long, who is vacating his post as attorney general to become a circuit judge.

Melton exits race for city attorney (The Greenwood Commonwealth)
Greenwood attorney Floyd Melton III has withdrawn his name as a candidate for Greenwood city attorney due to a potential conflict of interest. Mayor Carolyn McAdams had said she planned to nominate Melton for the job.

City attorney resigns (The St. Helena Star)
Amy Valukevich is stepping down as St. Helena’s city attorney. She will continue to serve until the city hires a replacement. Valukevich, who recently left Coombs & Dunlap, said her resignation was “a personal decision to move on to new things.”

Madison County state's attorney says too early to say what he'll do with $75,000 campaign fund (Belleville News-Democrat)
Madison County State's Attorney Bill Mudge says it's too early to make a decision on what he'll do with roughly $75,000 he has in his campaign fund.

State hires lawyer to defend domestic partnerships (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
MADISON A lawyer appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to defend the states new domestic partnership registry said last week that he was confident the law giving limited spousal benefits to same-sex couples would be upheld.

State's Attorney asks Illinois State Police to investigate police-involved shooting (WREX-TV Rockford)
Winnebago State's Attorney Joe Bruscato asks the Illinois State Police to investigate the fatal shooting of Mark A. Barmore.

Mike Arroyo to skip Senate probe on ZTE-NBN mess - lawyer (GMA News)
First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo will not attend next week"s Senate hearing on the botched and allegedly anomalous $329.4-million national broadband network deal with Chinese firm ZTE Corp., his lawyer said on Sunday.

Ex-lawyer fails to get reinstated (Straits Times)
A FORMER lawyer, who lost his licence to practise following a criminal conviction, failed in his bid to be reinstated when he was found to have committed regulatory offences.

Drug cartel lawyer slain in Mexico (UPI)
TOLUCA, Mexico, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Mexican authorities Sunday were investigating the slaying of a lawyer whose clients included major drug cartel figures, police said.

Lawyer forbidden to operate out of home in Freehold (Asbury Park Press)
A chapter of an ongoing controversy pitting a lawyer against her new neighbors ended Wednesday night, when the Planning Board denied her request to operate an office out of her home.

Seniors, advocates fume over attorney’s bankruptcy (BizJournals)
Roseville attorney, senior adviser and former radio show host James Walker has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, leaving dozens of angry seniors in his wake.

Zambia: Lusaka Lawyer Petitions Against Withdrawal of FJT Appeal (AllAfrica.com)
LUSAKA lawyer, Kelvin Hang'andu has petitioned the High Court to dismiss Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chalwe Mchenga's withdrawal of the notice of appeal filed by Taskforce prosecutor, Mutembo Nchito against the acquittal of former president Frederick Chiluba.

Nigeria: Strike - Lawyer Drags ASUU to Court (AllAfrica.com)
Dragging ASUU,the minister of education and the minister of labour to court is the least Mr Ezika could do as a lawyer and that is really commendable since other eminent nigerians have failed to do something drastical to put an end to this shameful act called ASUU strike.Mr Ezika has done the right thing and i hope those idiots(ASUU,FG) resolve the issue before the end of this week since WAEC ...

Uganda: Kisoro State Attorney Denied Bail (AllAfrica.com)
The State Attorney for Kisoro District and two employees of Stanbic bank facing charges of robbery, were last Friday denied bail by the Chief Magistrate's Court in Kabale.

Sudbury lawyer ready to become judge (The Sudbury Star)
A swearing-in ceremony will take place in Pembroke on Wednesday when Sudbury lawyer Martin James takes on the duties of an Ontario Superior Court Justice. James is with the Sudbury firm Desmarais Keenan.[...]

Athens lawyer recalls John F. and Ted Kennedy's visit to Athens (The Athens News)
The first time that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy campaigned anywhere outside of Massachusetts it was 1959, he was in law school, and he came to Athens, Ohio. This is what Kennedy told local lawyer William Lavelle, who escorted the senator and his brother, President John F. Kennedy, during their trip to Athens. Then a senator himself, holding the seat that brother Edward (“Ted” or “Teddy”) would assume ...

Former Toyota Attorney Alleges Toyota Rollover Conspiracy (Auto Spies)
Former Toyota attorney Dimitrious P. Biller has filed a Federal racketeering lawsuit alleging a Toyota conspiracy to hide or destroy roof-strength data in order to avoid millions of dollars in roll-over liability.

Saudi lawyer demands cartoon apology (The Copenhagen Post)
A letter from a Saudi Arabian lawyer demanding an apology for the reprinting of the Mohammed cartoons has been dismissed by Danish media as an attempt to ‘fan the flames’.

Judicial Watch Calls on Arizona Attorney General to File Lawsuit to Stop Phoenix Police Chief From Receiving Illegal ... (Marketwire)
If Attorney General Fails to Act, Judicial Watch Will File a Lawsuit on Behalf of Arizona Taxpayers and Former and Active Duty City of Phoenix Police Officers

Melton exits race for city attorney (The Greenwood Commonwealth)
Greenwood attorney Floyd Melton III has withdrawn his name as a candidate for Greenwood city attorney due to a potential conflict of interest. Mayor Carolyn McAdams had said she planned to nominate Melton for the job.

Attorney Status Review Planned (The Ponca City News)
NEWKIRK — An attorney status review is set for Buddy J. Daniels, 29, Ponca City, in Kay County District Court on Sept. 9. Daniels was arrested by Ponca City police in August and later charged with felony charges of conspiracy to commit a drug offense and distribution of controlled substance.

Allen Stanford to undergo heart tests: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of a $7 billion fraud, is still hospitalized and will undergo tests to determine if there is blockage of veins or arteries in his heart, his lawyer's office, said on Monday.

Cuyahoga commissioners delay decision on attorney for Auditor Frank Russo (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Several who want to go over the auditor's books say his attorney's tactics, such as subpoenaing cell phone and tax records, are too aggressive.

Lawyer: Iraqi shoe thrower to be released early (USA Today)
An Iraqi journalist jailed after hurling his shoes at President George W. Bush will be released next month after his sentence was reduced for good behavior, his lawyer said Saturday.

Former Toyota Attorney Claims "Ruthless Conspiracy" To Hide Vehicle Shortcomings [Industry News] (Jalopnik)
Dimitrios Biller, a former Toyota attorney, has filed a suit against the automaker claiming they illegally withheld/destroyed information about vehicle problems and fired him for wanting to speak...

Former attorney general Gonzales to visit Hobbs (KOB 4 Albuquerque)
Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will visit Hobbs next month to speak at the local Hispano Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

Attorney wants to delay Omaha CSI commander's trial (Lincoln Journal Star)
OMAHA -- An attorney for an Omaha-based crime scene investigator charged with falsifying records in a federal court case has asked the judge to briefly delay the trial.

Rogue Trader Ordered to Stand Trial, Lawyer Says (New York Times)
Jerome Kerviel, the French former trader blamed by Soci�t� G�n�rale for $7.2 billion in losses, was ordered to stand trial, his lawyer Olivier Metzner said.

Ohio teen convert's attorney claims safety at risk (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for a teenager who says she ran away from home because she feared for her safety after she converted to Christianity from Islam claimed in court documents Monday that her family's mosque in Ohio has terrorist ties — a charge disputed by the Islamic center's leader.