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Lawyer appointed to act as receiver over 2 Detroit-area firms accused of financial fraud (The San Francisco Examiner)
DETROIT — A lawyer has been named receiver over two suburban Detroit financial firms accused of being the backbone of a $53 million Ponzi scheme. A judge appointed Southfield lawyer Earle Erman on Wednesday.

Lawyer Draws Criticism in Rogers Suit (Arkansas News Bureau)
A lawyer"s request to schedule depositions around a college football game and his admission that not settling a case would let him "make more money" has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Rogers city attorney.from Channel 7

Mass. Attorney General announces candidacy for Ted Kennedy seat (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
AP Photo/Bizuayehu TesfayeMassachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Thursday she will run as a Democratic candidate in the special election to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The 20-year prosecutor said she can continue to...

Massachusetts attorney general formally enters Senate race (CNN)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Thursday formally announced her bid for the state's vacant Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Attorney says runaway convert has nothing to fear (AP via Yahoo! News)
Nothing in a police report supports the belief of an Ohio teenager that she would be in jeopardy if she returned home, despite her claims that she fears for her life for converting from Islam to Christianity, her mother's attorney said in court Thursday.

Attorney: Maui Prince Hotel not closing (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney for Wells Fargo Bank says the threat of the Maui Prince Hotel and Makena Resort closing has disappeared.

Myanmar court agrees to hear Suu Kyi appeal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! Canada News)
YANGON (AFP) - A court in military-ruled Myanmar agreed Friday to hear an appeal by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her conviction for breaching security laws, her lawyer said.

Myanmar court agrees to hear Suu Kyi appeal: lawyer (Sydney Morning Herald)
A court in junta-ruled Myanmar agreed Friday to hear an appeal by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her conviction for sheltering an American man who swam to her home, her lawyer said.

Myanmar court agrees to hear Suu Kyi appeal: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A court in junta-ruled Myanmar agreed Friday to hear an appeal by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her conviction that extended her house arrest by another 18 months, her lawyer said.

City lawyer lists witnesses in case against Detroit (Detroit Free Press)
The City of Detroit's former top lawyer -- suing the city because she says she was demoted when she described 36th District Court as a "ghetto court" -- filed a witness list Thursday that includes a secretary expected to testify the word "ghetto" is not racist.

Lawyer: Teen not involved in beating (The Washington Times)
BALTIMORE | A teenager charged in the racially motivated beating of an elderly black fisherman was not involved in the attack and is "mortified" at being labeled a racist, his attorney said Thursday. In statements to police and to his lawyer, 16-year-old Emmanuel Miller pinned blame for the attack on Calvin E. Lockner, 28, a white supremacist who has a tattoo of Adolf Hitler and, according to ...

Convicted of Impersonating a Lawyer (KFYR-TV Bismarck)
A judge says a man convicted of impersonating a lawyer should not be allowed to stay free while a federal court considers his appeal. Howard O. Kieffer of Duluth, Minn., was convicted by a Bismarck jury in April on charges of mail fraud and making false statements.

Lawyer: Prop IED triggered Cedar Point bomb scare (NBC 24 Toledo)
A lawyer says that a Pennsylvania man accidentally left a dummy IED on the ground July 17 while loading luggage into his Jeep in the Cedar Point parking lot.

Lawyer plans to reopen 15 Toyota lawsuits (USA Today)
A Dallas attorney says he will file Tuesday to reopen 15 lawsuits involving rollover accidents as a result of allegations by a former Toyota lawyer that the company withheld or destroyed crash safety data it should have disclosed in up to 300 civil lawsuits.

Nancy Garrido attorney has been receiving threats (Contra Costa Times)
Attorney has armed bodyguard staying with him

Grafton Township attorney resigns (Northwest Herald)
Joe Gottemoller resigned as Grafton Township attorney at Thursday night's meeting, citing an inability by trustees to work together to overcome serious issues.

Judge Denies Release in Phony Lawyer Case (5 Eyewitness News St. Paul)
A judge says a man convicted of impersonating a lawyer should not be allowed to stay free while a federal court considers his appeal...

Special prosecutor will investigate McHenry Co. state's attorney (Daily Herald)
A McHenry County judge this morning ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate claims from a former secretary of State's Attorney Lou Bianchi that he had her do campaign-related work on public time.

Attorney says tests show Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki's former fiancee not pregnant (The San Francisco Examiner)
DALLAS — Prison medical records show Dirk Nowitzki's former fiancee is not pregnant, the Dallas Mavericks forward's attorney said Thursday. Cristal Taylor, 38, is serving a four-year prison sentence in Missouri following her May 6 arrest at Nowitzki's Dallas home on a probation violation.

18-year-old bounced check catches up with attorney (The Charlotte Observer)
An allegedly worthless check written in 1991 has caught up with a member of the Lee County District Attorney’s Office.

Lawyer Says He'll Appeal Judge Ruling In Perez Case (FOX 61 Hartford)
HARTFORD -- A lawyer for Mayor Eddie A. Perez says he will appeal a state judge's decision Friday rejecting a motion to dismiss the charges against his client.

Attorney: Lawyer 'hung out to dry' by Kwame Kilpatrick (Detroit News)
Detroit -- Detroit attorney Samuel McCargo faced daunting ethical issues in his representation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and it's not clear he violated the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, a prominent attorney testified today at McCargo's discipline hearing.

Florida attorney general sues Systemax (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Friday sued Systemax Inc. and its subsidiaries, saying the companies failed to pay advertised rebates to consumers.

Lawyer: Santee Cooper to pay SC landowners $200M (AP via Yahoo! News)
A federal judge has ordered a South Carolina-owned utility to pay seven landowners in the eastern part of the state a settlement that could amount to close to $200 million.

Local Lawyer To Oversee Completion Of Kenwood Towne Place (The Kentucky Post)
A local lawyer has the unenviable task of unraveling the mess at Kenwood Towne Place. Contractors working on it early this year when they didn't get paid.

Local Lawyer To Oversee Completion Of Kenwood Towne Place (WCPO Cincinnati)
Local lawyer has unenviable task of unraveling the mess at Kenwood Towne Place.

Ethics case for Kilpatrick lawyer up to board (Detroit News)
Detroit --The ethics case against the lawyer of disgraced ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is in the hands of the state's Attorney Discipline Board, which is weighing discipline against him for failing to tell the court his client lied under oath.

Dearborn attorney backs judge in woman's suit over hijab (Detroit News)
A Dearborn attorney is spearheading opposition to a recent federal lawsuit filed against a Wayne County judge for allegedly telling a woman to remove her head scarf, saying the woman was not wearing a Muslim hijab and the lawsuit should never have been brought.

Wilson's son to run for state attorney general (The State)
A former prosecutor — the eldest son of a Republican congressman — is running for attorney general. Alan Wilson said Friday in an e-mail he will formally announce on Tuesday in Columbia his candidacy as a Republican in the 2010 election. He becomes the first candidate to seek to replace Republican Attorney General Henry McMaster, who is running for governor.

Lawyer: Kilpatrick texts weren't hidden (Detroit Free Press)
The secret agreement to stash the explosive Kwame Kilpatrick-Christine Beatty text messages in a safety deposit box wasn't an attempt to hide them, Kilpatrick's trial lawyer testified Friday.

Did state's attorney use office for political work? (Chicago Sun-Times)
A special prosecutor will investigate claims that McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi improperly ordered a secretary to do political work for him on county time, a judge ruled Friday. Bianchi in a statement late Friday dismissed the allegations against him as "politically motivated and spurious'' but pledged to cooperate with the inquiry. McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham earlier in ...

Jackley sworn in as state's attorney general (The Bismarck Tribune)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Marty Jackley, who has served as U.S. attorney for South Dakota since 2006, was sworn in Friday as the state's 30th attorney general.

City Manager, Attorney Given High Marks (The Lakeland Ledger)
Lakeland City Manager Doug Thomas and City Attorney Tim McCausland were given 'exceeds performance expectations' marks from city commissioners Friday in their annual performance reviews. On a scale of 1 to 5, Thomas received an overall score of 4.61 and McCausland a 4.53.

Kamehameha Schools obligated to report alleged sex assault to police, Hawaii attorney says (Honolulu Advertiser)
Kamehameha Schools was required under state law to call police immediately after a 12-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted repeatedly by two classmates over a three-day period that ended Monday, a prominent Family Court attorney said.

Obama granted attorney general an ethics waiver to investigate handling of Stevens case (The San Francisco Examiner)
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder has received an ethics waiver from President Barack Obama to investigate government lawyers who prosecuted former Sen. Ted Stevens.

Lawyer on rape charges (Herald Sun)
A MELBOURNE compensation lawyer is facing rape charges over an alleged attack at an office Christmas party.

Commissioner to review GOP complaint against Attorney General Bullock (Billings Gazette)
HELENA - The commissioner of political practices says he will accept and review a complaint the Montana Republican Party filed against Attorney General Steve Bullock.

Commissioner to Look at GOP Complaint Against Attorney General (Flathead Beacon)
The commissioner of political practices says he will accept and review a complaint the Montana Republican Party filed against Attorney General Steve Bullock. The GOP says that Bullock, as a candidate last year, wrongly allowed Democratic Party staffers to work on his campaign without reporting the assistance. Party Chairman Will Deschamps says the assistance, has it been reported, would have ...

Debate brews over list for U.S. attorney (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Debate brews over list for U.S. attorney

Confirmed: Seahawks to sign Lawyer Milloy (Seattle Times)
Seattle's release of Brian Russell made room to sign Lawyer Milloy, according to Steve Wyche of the NFL Network.I had heard Milloy was at the Seahawks facility on Friday, but I spoke to Milloy this morning and he said he had not worked out.Milloy did go to Detroit earlier this year and was offered a contract so he's healthy. Stay tuned.

South Miami hires temporary city attorney (Miami Herald)
As of Friday, South Miami has new legal counsel -- for a month. Commission members voted 4-1 on Tuesday to hire Miami Beach-based lawyer Laurence Feingold to serve as interim city attorney until Sept. 30.

Seahawks Set to Sign SS Lawyer Milloy (The National Sports Review)
KFFL is reporting that the Seahawks will shortly announce the signing of veteran strong safety Lawyer Milloy. It’s not yet clear whether the Seahawks are bringing Milloy in to start immediately or how much the veteran can contribute right away. He reportedly rejected an earlier offer from the Detroit Lions and has expressed a desire [...]

Seattle Seahawks release S Brian Russell, set to add Lawyer Milloy (ESPN)
Cornerback Marcus Trufant will miss the first six games for the Seahawks. And veteran safety Brian Russell is gone, about to be replaced by 35-year-old Lawyer Milloy.

Albert L. Gordon dies at 94; attorney fought for gay rights (Los Angeles Times)
A heterosexual whose twin sons were gay, he battled bigotry in law enforcement and successfully argued for the revocation of laws against consensual homosexual acts. Albert L. Gordon, an attorney who helped advance gay rights in the 1970s and '80s by challenging discriminatory practices and laws, including a successful effort to decriminalize consensual homosexual acts, died Aug. 10 in Los ...

Gangs: County Attorney José Rodríguez continues to press for injunction (El Paso Times)
EL PASO -- The courtroom battle between County Attorney José Rodríguez and several El Pasoans who do not want to be classified as members of the Bloods street gang is about to restart.

Ragged group home probably the tip of the iceberg, city attorney says (The Press-Enterprise)
Police and code-enforcement officers missed signs that could have closed a suspected illegal group home, San Bernardino's city attorney worried Saturday. Meanwhile, authorities widened the investigation into the home and surrounding buildings, where they say elderly and mentally ill residents were squeezed into cramped chicken coops with few amenities and buckets for toilets.

Attorney for Anoka-Hennepin teacher in harassment case says some facts distorted (Brooklyn Park Sun-Post)
Allegations against a teacher on unpaid leave from the Anoka-Hennepin School District following a student harassment case may have been "somewhat distorted," her attorney says.

Hlophe lawyer slams Kriegler (Pretoria News)
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's lawyer lashed out at former Constitutional Court judge Johann Kriegler on Friday, calling him an "old man" who has made "disturbing comments" about his client.

County attorney sits on cemetery decision (Casper Star-Tribune)
GILLETTE -- Campbell County Attorney Jeani Stone has reached a decision regarding possible violation of the state's open meetings law by the Campbell County Cemetery District.

Richards ban savage, says lawyer (BBC News)
The lawyer representing Dean Richards describes the three-year ban given to the former Harlequins rugby director as "savage" and "excessive".