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Lawyer's Mortgage Argument Gets Him a Second Sanction (Law.com)
A New York judge has declined to vacate a $14,000 sanction against a lawyer who argued that the judgment would prevent him from obtaining a favorable mortgage modification on his home. Instead, the judge sanctioned him another $1,000 for making the "frivolous" motion. The lawyer was sued for defamation by Galasso, Langione, Catterson & LoFrumento over his representation of Anthony Galasso, who ...

Wisconsin: Attorney General Rebuffs Gay Rights Law (New York Times)
The state attorney general said he would not defend a new law that grants same-sex couples spousal benefits, saying lawmakers went against voters’ decision not to extend such privileges.

Attorney provides downtown Sacramento site for homeless camp (The Sacramento Bee)
A Sacramento attorney who has championed the rights of homeless people is opening his private property to campers who need a place to sleep at night.

Tacoma attorney, four others arrested in drug case (Tacoma News Tribune)
Five people, including a 54-year-old Tacoma attorney, were arrested Thursday as part of an investigation into a possible marijuana-growing and distribution operation, authorities said Friday.

Broadnax murder trial causing Dallas County district attorney to rethink execution stance (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, who has expressed reservations about the death penalty, said the capital murder case of James Broadnax, who gunned down two men in Garland in 2008, has made him rethink his position.

Attorney critical of judge for tossing him from Cuadra case (The Citizens' Voice)
Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. deprived convicted killer Harlow Cuadra "of the counsel of his choosing" when he disqualified attorney Demetrius Fannick from the case last March, Fannick said in a court document Friday. Fannick, who Cuadra

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wont defend domestic partnership law (The Oshkosh Northwestern)
MADISON Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will not defend a state law allowing same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wont defend domestic partnership law (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
MADISON Wisconsins attorney general said Friday he will not defend a new law that grants same-sex couples spousal benefits such as hospital visitation and inheritance, saying lawmakers went against voters decision not to extend such privileges.

Mumbai TV actress's lawyer denies child abuse charges (Express India)
A defence lawyer representing Urvashi Dhanorkar has denied that her client is guilty of child abuse.

Mulberry Focus Of State Attorney Investigation (The Lakeland Ledger)
The State Attorney's Office is reviewing allegations of wrongdoing involving Mulberry's government.

Graff jewel heist: Lawyer for waiter charged over raid claims he’s innocent (Daily Mirror)
A waiter accused of pulling off Britain’s biggest jewel heist is totally innocent, his lawyer claimed yesterday.

Attorney general sues to stop alleged scam (Payson Roundup)
After hundreds of people, including several Payson residents, reported receiving an alleged mail scam, the attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit.

Remy Ma - Lawyer Calls For Music Bosses To Get Tough With Violent Stars (ContactMusic)
The top lawyer who put rapper REMY MA behind bars is calling on record company executives to insert a "morality clause" in artist contracts in a bid to crack down on violence...

Lawyer says negotiations under way in eagle case (KIFI Idaho Falls)
Associated Press - August 22, 2009 10:15 AM ET CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The lawyer for a Northern Arapaho man who killed a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance says he's working with...

Lawyer: Naming of lt. gov. left citizens voiceless (The Palladium-Times)
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. David Paterson’s appointment of a lieutenant governor robbed New Yorkers of a say in choosing the person who stands second in line for the state’s top executive job, a lawyer for the state Senate minority leader told a court Tuesday.

Prominent attorney dies at 69. (Lake City Reporter)
Longtime Lake City attorney Dale Cason Ferguson, a former member of a number of local civic organizations, died Thursday at the age of 69.

Lawyer for 2 Pakistani students expelled after detention in Britain says they were mistreated (The San Francisco Examiner)
ISLAMABAD — The lawyer for two Pakistani students who returned home Saturday after being detained in Britain during a series of terrorism raids said they were frequently strip-searched and served tainted food — a claim the British embassy rejected.

Lawyer warns against ‘muddling the issues’ in Balili property (Sun Star)
SOME lawyers in Cebu City are circling their wagons around environment lawyer Benjamin Cabrido, after Capitol officials hinted in a press conference that his promotion of a materials recovery facility read more

South Miami begins search for new city attorney (Miami Herald)
South Miami is in the market for a new city attorney. Last week, commissioners unanimously voted to remove Luis Figueredo as city attorney. The move came on the heels of Commissioner Valerie Newman's motion to have the firm of Figueredo, Boutsis and Montalvo immediately removed as the city's legal counsel.

Attorney Honored for Volunteer Work (WYTV Youngstown)
Six years ago, Attorney David Barbee volunteered his legal expertise to Mahoning County's Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, which represents abused and neglected children in court. Attorney Barbee says, "I didn't know anything about juvenile law really, at the time, but I just figured, well how hard can this be. I'll just answer a few questions." But for this father of four, the cases ...

Lawyer pleads guilty to stealing from White Plains firm (The Journal News)
A former White Plains lawyer pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that he swindled more than $40,000 from his law firm and cheated on his taxes.

Doris Brin Walker dies at 90; radical lawyer helped acquit Angela Davis of murder (Los Angeles Times)
A lifelong Communist and the only woman in her Boalt Hall law school class in 1942, she was a tenacious advocate who took on many difficult cases without pay. Doris Brin Walker, a radical lawyer who fought anti-communist hysteria in the 1950s and helped clear activist Angela Davis of murder and kidnapping charges in the 1970s, died of a stroke Aug. 13 at a San Francisco hospital, her daughter, ...

Lawyer: Plax to hire prison consultant before 2-year term (Sports Illustrated)
Plaxico Burress' lawyer says a prison consultant is preparing the former Super Bowl star for life behind bars.

Attorney Judith Ridgeway to address Parents Helping Parents (The Norman Transcript)
Norman attorney Judith A. Ridgeway will discuss the navigation of legal issues as related to juveniles, at this week's meeting of the Norman Chapter of Parents Helping Parents, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Education Center at Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N.

Report on death headed to Effingham state's attorney (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
EFFINGHAM — The report on the Mark Golden death last weekend is getting one final look before it heads to the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s office, a police detective said Friday.

Lawyer: Naming of lt. gov. left citizens voiceless (The Palladium-Times)
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. David Paterson’s appointment of a lieutenant governor robbed New Yorkers of a say in choosing the person who stands second in line for the state’s top executive job, a lawyer for the state Senate minority leader told a court Tuesday.

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.

Texas attorney general files suit against SAT and ACT Prep Center (Coppell Gazette)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged Cedar Hill couple, John J. Stuart and Frances Stuart, Monday with “orchestrating an unlawful scheme that deceived the parents of high school seniors,” according to a press release.

Homeless Forced to Move from Sacramento Attorney's Land (FOX40 Sacramento)
Sacramento police are ordering the homeless to move from a "safe ground" set up by an attorney.

Attorney Ordered To Retrieve E-Mail From Nutt-Mustain Flap (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE — An attorney who ignored a court order in the Houston Nutt-Mitch Mustain e-mail fracas has been ordered to retrieve all the ill-gotten e-mail messages from the people to whom he sent it.

Lawyer jailed for contempt (The Clarion-Ledger)
A Jackson lawyer spent last week in the Madison County jail after being held in contempt of court over failure to return a client's $98,000 in bond money.

Durable power of attorney keeps court at bay (Farmington Observer)
Q: Dear Rick: My father is in his 80s and is starting to become a little forgetful. Because of his situation, I need to take control of his finances. A friend recommended that I hire an attorney to become the guardian over my father. I talked to an attorney and he quoted me a fee which I thought was very high. Is there anything that I can do without having to get a lawyer involved and go to court?

China frees human rights lawyer arrested for tax evasion (u.tv)
A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was released today after three weeks of detention and pledged to defend himself vigorously if authorities proceed with a prosecution.

Lawyer criticizes immigrant tent camp (UPI)
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- An immigration detention center housing 3,000 people in tents in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, is designed to break down the detainees, a lawyer charges.

China rights lawyer may evade prosecution: attorney (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A leading Chinese rights lawyer suddenly freed from detention may escape prosecution if he pays a fine for tax evasion allegedly committed by the group he co-founded, his attorney said Monday.

Delaney sworn in as NH attorney general (Boston Globe)
New Hampshire has a new attorney general. Gov. John Lynch swore in 40-year-old Michael Delaney on Monday as the state's chief law enforcement officer. Delaney replaces Kelly Ayotte, who resigned last month to explore a run for U.S. Senate.

Zambia: Lusaka Lawyer Presses Unza for Clients' Dues (AllAfrica.com)
LUSAKA lawyer Christopher Mundia has protested against the University of Zambia (Unza) Management's failure to clear terminal benefits for his clients that have been outstanding for nearly 10 years now.

County lawyer to speak to council (Barrie Examiner)
Is the county trying to scare the city straight about Site 41? A lawyer for Simcoe County will speak to Barrie councillors tonight about the controversial Tiny Township landfill site.[...]

Delaney to be sworn in as NH attorney general (7 News Boston)
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's new attorney general is taking office.

Dial-A-Lawyer program available for veterans (Carver Reporter)
Veterans can receive free legal advice from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, through the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program.

Murder accused attacks his lawyer (Independent Online)
A man accused of killing retired Austrian soccer player Peter Burgstaller has turned on his lawyer during proceedings in the Durban High Court.

Civil Rights Defendants Going After Attorney Fees (Law.com)
After copious litigation, plaintiffs challenging San Francisco Bay Area transit policies as racist were beaten at a bench trial earlier this year. Then, in a move that struck some plaintiffs lawyers as uncommonly aggressive, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission asked Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte to award up to $1.5 million in attorney fees.

Accused cat killer's attorney expects massive case (WTSP-TV Tampa)
An attorney representing a South Florida teenager accused of killing more than a dozen cats says he expects a massive case that might involve more than 100 witnesses.

National leadership post for U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Minnesota's U.S. attorney has been chosen to lead a panel of his peers that advises U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. B. Todd Jones will chair the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys.

Celebrity lawyer 'Mr Loophole' calls for defendants in sex cases to be given anonymity as Emmerdale actor Lewis ... (Daily Telegraph)
Men accused of sexual assault should be granted the same anonymity as their alleged victims according to a prominent lawyer.

Palm Beach County Sheriff endorses Sen. Aronberg for attorney general (The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw this morning announced he would endorse Senator Dave Aronberg for state attorney general.

Minnesota's U.S. Attorney appointed to key advisory role (Minnesota Public Radio)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has tapped Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones for a powerful position within the Department of Justice.

Lawyer quits local murder case because of legal aid (Kitchener - Waterloo Record)
A Toronto lawyer has asked to be removed from a local murder case because of the paltry rates paid by the Ontario Legal Aid plan.

US sends Guantanamo detainee to Afghanistan-lawyer (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters (Adds lawyer comments, background) By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday released a detainee from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent ...

Aide at center of scandal involving ex-Ohio attorney general pleads guilty to theft in office (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A top aide to former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has pleaded guilty to theft in office, unauthorized use of state property and other charges.