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Lead lawyer in Stevens prosecution resigns senior post (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON -- The lead lawyer who oversaw the botched prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens will step down from his role as the head of the Justice Department's public integrity section, the department confirmed Wednesday.

Calif. Attorney Charged With Killing Girlfriend in 1989 (Fox News)
An attorney who wrote a book about Internet dating was arrested Wednesday for investigation of killing his girlfriend's daughter 20 years ago so the woman could gain custody of her granddaughter, authorities said.

Police say remains not attorney's (Detroit Free Press)
The mystery surrounding a Grosse Pointe Farms attorney missing since 2005 continues after Michigan State Police said Wednesday that partial remains found on the Lake Huron shoreline last year are not his.

Karadzic to boycott start of war crimes trial: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic will boycott the start of his genocide trial in a UN court next week, his lawyer said Thursday, possibly throwing the proceedings into disarray.

Attorney general candidates to debate in Richmond today (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The candidates for Virginia attorney general will meet today in a debate.

Lawyer, artist to receive Red Jacket Award today (The Buffalo News)
Lawyer Maryann Saccomando Freedman and painter V. Roger Lalli will receive the Buffalo&Erie County Historical Society's Red Jacket Award at 6 p.m. today in the Nottingham Court museum.

Teacher Retirement System Attorney Resigns (KTHV Little Rock)
The top attorney for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System has resigned following a critical audit.

Ex-Winnipeg-area cop had everything to gain by killing eight bikers: lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
LONDON, Ont. - The alleged mastermind in the killings of eight fellow Bandidos is not a psychopath and the only reason his southwestern Ontario farm played host to the biker gang massacre was because of the murderous intentions of a co-accused, Wayne Kellestine's lawyer told a jury Wednesday.

AEG: City Attorney Sought $6M For Jackson Memorial (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
The owner of the Staples Center arena says the Los Angeles city attorney tried to threaten his company into paying $6 million in city costs for policing the Michael Jackson memorial tribute.

L.A. City Attorney at odds with AEG, Staples Center owner (Los Angeles Daily News)
The chief executive of the company that owns Staples Center said in remarks reported Thursday that City Attorney Carmen Trutanich tried to pressure him into forking over $6 million to defray the city for services provided during the Michael Jackson memorial.

Greenlee's attorney alleges jury misconduct (Park Hills Daily Journal)
FARMINGTON — The attorney who defended Richard Greenlee at two separate trials for the same offense is now alleging jury misconduct in an effort to get a new trial.

Big questions, few answers regarding fate of city attorney (Tahoe Daily Tribune)
City Council spends hours debating future of city attorney Jacqueline Mittelstadt

Iran lawyer in 'blood money' plea (BBC News)
An Iranian lawyer appeals for money to save the lives of four juvenile offenders who are facing execution.

Man who headbutted own attorney gets 39-year sentence for murder conviction (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
YAKIMA, Wash. - A man who headbutted his attorney during his murder trial has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his girlfriend.

Former Uruguay dictator gets 25 years: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Former Uruguay dictator Gregorio Alvarez was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for murder and rights violations committed during his 1981-1985 rule, a lawyer for the prosecution told AFP.

'Birther' attorney, Orly Taitz appeals judge's $20,000 sanction (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
Calling remarks made by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land "nothing short of a political lynching," California attorney Orly Taitz has appealed a $20,000 fine imposed by the judge for her actions in his court.

Former Uruguay dictator gets 25 years: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A judge in Uruguay sentenced former dictator Gregorio Alvarez to 25 years in prison Thursday for murder and rights violations during his 1981-1985 rule, a lawyer said.

Jamie McCourt's lawyer says Los Angeles Dodgers fired her as team CEO (ESPN)
A lawyer for Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt says she has been fired after her marital separation from the team's owner.

Va. attorney general candidates lob verbal grenades in debate (Washington Post)
RICHMOND -- Stephen C. Shannon, the Democratic nominee for Virginia attorney general, accused Republican rival Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II on Thursday of planning to fight the federal government in a way reminiscent of the state's past opposition to civil rights legislation.

Attorney: Jamie McCourt out as Dodgers CEO (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt was fired Thursday by her estranged husband, team owner Frank McCourt, a day after the Dodgers lost the National League championship series. Jamie McCourt's attorney, Dennis Wasser, said his client learned she was no longer employed by the Dodgers, who ended their season Wednesday after being bounced in the NLCS by the Philadelphia Phillies for the second straight...

Chula Vista attorney arrested in 1989 killing (San Francisco Chronicle)
An attorney who wrote a book about Internet dating was arrested Wednesday for investigation of killing his girlfriend's daughter 20 years ago so his girlfriend could gain custody of her granddaughter, authorities said. Eric Fagan, 74, was arrested at his home...

Lawyer defends woman in recanted rape case (Denver Post)
A lawyer who organized rallies and benefits for a woman who later recanted her story of being kidnapped and tortured in West Virginia says she's being manipulated.

Cornyn eases stance on U.S. attorney (Dallas Morning News)
WASHINGTON - Sen. John Cornyn, embroiled in a standoff with Texas Democrats over the long-vacant U.S. attorney slot in Dallas, softened his stance Thursday - saying that while he still strongly preferred veteran prosecutor Sarah Saldana, he would consider other candidates.

Lawyer order to enter defence on forged PA charge (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) -- A lawyer was ordered by the Sessions Court here today to enter his defence on three counts of using a forged power of attorney and giving false information in an affidavit relating to the sale of a piece of property in Bangsar.

Lawyer sues two judges, N.C. Bar (The News & Observer)
A Chapel Hill-based lawyer who ran an unsuccessful campaign last fall to be a District Court judge in Orange and Chatham counties sued Thursday in Wake County Superior Court, listing two District Court judges as defendants.

Lawyer ordered to enter defence on forged PA charge (The Malaysian Insider)
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 – A lawyer was ordered by the Sessions Court here today to enter his defence on three counts of using a forged power of attorney and giving false information in an affidavit relating to the sale of a piece of property in Bangsar. Judge Rosenani Ab Rahman held that the prosecution had made out a prima facie case against S. Kanawagi, 64. She fixed Nov 24 and 25 to hear the ...

Lawyer: Medical marijuana providers targeted (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
A lawyer for some of the pot growers busted by the DEA earlier this week said his clients are registered medical marijuana providers targeted by "rogue" federal agents ignoring a directive to leave such people alone.

Woman charged with threatening to kill lawyer (Norwalk Advocate)
BRIDGEPORT -- A woman has been charged with threatening to kill everyone in a Bridgeport lawyer's office. Sadri Garakani, 63, of Hope Drive, Darien, was charged Tuesday with harassment and threatening. She was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Southern California attorney charged with murder in 1989 killing of girlfriend's daughter (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A San Diego attorney was charged with murder Thursday for allegedly killing his girlfriend's daughter 20 years ago so the mother could take custody of her granddaughters.

Lawyer challenges residents to raise money for Red Cross (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:15 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:02 p.m. GAFFNEY -- A Gaffney lawyer has issued a challenge to supplement dwindling resources offered by the Cherokee County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Cops: Valley Stream CPA forged power of attorney forms (Newsday)
A Valley Stream certified public accountant forged paperwork to give himself power of attorney over a woman's personal finances, but when the Internal Revenue Service notified her of the financial documents, she called police and the CPA was arrested.

Italy: Lawyer rejects turncoat's claims linking Berlusconi to mafia (Adnkronos)
Italy: Lawyer rejects turncoat's claims linking Berlusconi to mafia (AKI) - Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's lawyer has strongly rejected on Friday, claims by mafia turncoat Gaspare Spatuzza who quoted a former mafia boss as saying he had links to the premier. "The statements given by Spatuzza about prime minister Berlusconi are baseless and can be in no way verified," said the premier's ...

Attorney: Pasonick paid bribe to Luzerne County Housing Authority member (Times Leader)
Michael J. Pasonick, the owner of a prominent area engineering firm, is the person who paid a bribe that led to the charges against two Luzerne County Housing Authority members according to an attorney one of the board members.

Burkhalter named south Miss. interim US attorney (WLBT 3 Jackson)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Longtime federal prosecutor Don Burkhalter has been selected interim U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the selection Thursday.

Attorney general talks about war on terrorism (Boston Globe)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that keeping the country safe keeps him awake at night but he says it's important not to forget the "ideals and values that have made our nation a shining beacon of freedom."

Attorney to run for Melancon’s seat (The Houma Courier)
Lloyd J. Nelson III Staff Writer THIBODAUX — A Houma attorney has announced he will run for the 3rd Congressional District seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville.

Attorney general talks about war on terrorism (AP via Yahoo! News)
Keeping the country safe from terrorism is a real concern, and the United States must not abandon the rule of law as it did in the early days of the war on terrorism, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday.

Calif. attorney pleads not guilty to 1989 murder (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Southern California attorney accused of killing his girlfriend's daughter 20 years ago has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Jackson family lawyer hints at 'new evidence' in battle for estate (CNN)
Katherine Jackson's battle for control of her pop star son's estate is about to take a "new direction" based on "new evidence" uncovered by the family, a Jackson family lawyer said.

Kerr County attorney lands judgeship (San Antonio Express-News)
Kerr County attorney to become district judge.

Lawyer in a web (The News & Observer)
Johnny Gaskins of Raleigh for many years was a successful and sought-after lawyer for people accused of crimes, often drug dealing. It was a rough crowd, and payments often were in cash.

Lawyer: Jurors embraced defense argument, acquitted mother (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A jury that acquitted Amy M. Pike of severely beating her 4-year-old daughter believed there was more evidence that Pike's boyfriend injured the girl, Pike's lawyer said Friday.

Firefighter's attorney says city mishandled the case (Seattle Times)
The attorney of an injured Seattle firefighter who won a $12.75 million jury verdict claims the city badly mishandled the case.

DAs criticize attorney general (Montgomery Advertiser)
The organization that repre­sents the state's district attorneys has criticized Alabama Attorney General Troy King for asking judges to dismiss lawsuits against pharmacy chains.

'Lawyer' is a witch: Police (CNews)
A Toronto woman accused of practising witchcraft is wanted on an arrest warrant after police say she posed as a lawyer to dupe clients.

Lawyer, sheriff disagree about document's release (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
Richard Heene's defense lawyer cried foul Friday afternoon, claiming Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden was behind the release of an affidavit that said Mayumi Heene confessed to a hoax.

Lawyer warns BOOST: Back off (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
Business Owners Organized to Support Tourism have been put on notice. An attorney for Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce board Chairman Brant Branham and Myrtle Beach lawyer Shep Guyton said he served a cease-and-desist order Friday against the group and spokesman Tom Herron to stop what the attorney calls scurrilous attacks on his clients for supporting candidates in the Nov.3 election.

Attorney general to speak at Crime Stoppers breakfast (Chillicothe Gazette)
Attorney General Richard Cordray will speak at the annual Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers Breakfast Wednesday.

City attorney: Extend dispensary ban (The Glendale News-Press)
GLENDALE — A day after the Obama administration issued a memo discouraging federal prosecutors from pursuing medical marijuana users and pot dispensaries that follow state rules, the city attorney’s office will ask the City Council today to extend a 45-day moratorium by another 10 months.

Balloon boy lawyer: Sheriff is piling on (CNN)
The lawyer of a Colorado father accused of carrying out a bizarre hoax involving his son and a huge balloon said Monday that official charges in the case could be filed next week.