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Lawyer says police want Chinese dissident indicted (AP via Yahoo! News)
Police have finally presented a case against prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has been jailed for a year without charge after helping produce a high-profile manifesto calling for more civil rights in China, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Top China dissident faces subversion charge: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Chinese police have recommended prosecutors formally charge top dissident Liu Xiaobo with inciting subversion, his lawyer told AFP on Wednesday, as Liu marked a year in detention without an indictment.

Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeals of Attorney-Client Privilege Determinations (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Federal court orders requiring litigants to disclose information that they believe is protected by the attorney-client privilege do not qualify for immediate appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Gate-crashers won't testify, lawyer says (Denver Post)
The White House gate- crashers will refuse to testify if they are subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill, their lawyer said Tuesday. The House Homeland Security Committee plans to vote today to subpoena reality-TV hopefuls Michaele and Tareq Salahi to testify about the Nov. 24 incident.

Prominent LA attorney fatally shot at his home (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent attorney died Tuesday after he was shot in the head outside his California home.

Prominent LA attorney fatally shot at his home (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A prominent attorney died Tuesday after he was shot in the head outside his California home. Jeffrey Tidus was shot Monday around 8:30 p.m. as he was fetching a laptop from his car.

Ohio attorney general files on behalf of Delphi retirees (Dayton Daily News)
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has filed a brief on behalf of Delphi salaried retirees in a lawsuit those retirees have filed against the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC), his office said.In August, bankrupt Delphi relinquished salaried and hourly retiree pensions to the PBGC, a federally backed agency. Such a move usually results in far lower pension payments, once the agency ...

Detectives try to determine whether shooting death of prominent L.A. attorney was homicide or suicide (Los Angeles Times)
L.A. County sheriff's detectives said they are still trying to determine whether a prominent Los Angeles attorney found fatally shot in the driveway of his Rolling Hills Estates home was the victim of a homicide or committed suicide.

Widow's evidence 'toxic' - lawyer (BBC News)
The evidence from a woman who saw her husband hacked to death is filled with "fatal weaknesses", a defence lawyer says.

Lawyer for Shaniya Davis' accused killer withdraws from case (The Fayetteville Observer)
The man accused of killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis will be assigned a new lawyer. Mario Andrette McNeill had been represented by Fayetteville lawyer Allen Rogers.

Attorney seeks Fountain Hills council seat (The Arizona Republic)
Fountain Hills' attorney Tait Elkie is the fifth candidate to file papers to be in the March 9 election for Fountain Hills Town Council.

Parking funds approved for district attorney staff (San Diego Union-Tribune)
While local government agencies across the region are cutting back services because of tight budgets, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has sought and received permission from county supervisors to spend approximately $322,000 a year on covered parking spaces for up to 130 cars driven by her staff.

Scottsdale names new city attorney after predecessor fired (The Arizona Republic)
Four months after predecessor fired, Bruce Washburn chosen as city attorney.

Cioffi’s Lawyer Says SEC ‘Not Likely’ to Settle Suit (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- A lawyer for Bear Stearns Cos. hedge fund manager Ralph Cioffi said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wasn’t likely to drop or settle its suit after Cioffi and co-defendant Matthew Tannin were acquitted last month.

Exoneree sues Innocence Project of Texas lawyer (KFDA-TV Amarillo)
Associated Press - December 9, 2009 1:15 PM ET DALLAS (AP) - A DNA exoneree unhappy with a $1 million attorney's fee is accusing his ex-lawyer of participating in an illegal kickback scheme...

Exoneree Sues Innocence Project Lawyer & Midday Roundup (KERA North Texas)
A DNA exoneree unhappy with a $1 million attorney's fee is accusing his ex-lawyer of participating in an illegal kickback scheme with an Innocence Project of Texas official.

Alabama's King now highest paid attorney general (AP via Yahoo! News)
Alabama is neither the richest nor the biggest state in the U.S., but it now has the highest paid state attorney general.

Police eye clues in death of prominent LA lawyer (AP via Yahoo! News)
The death of a prominent Los Angeles lawyer found in his driveway with a gunshot wound to the head has baffled investigators who tried to determine Wednesday if the killing was a murder.

Mystery deepens as no weapon is found by L.A. attorney's body (Los Angeles Times)
Sheriff's detectives say a coroner's autopsy should give them a better idea if the man was killed or took his own life outside his Rolling Hills Estates home. The investigation into the fatal shooting of a prominent Los Angeles attorney outside his Rolling Hills Estates home took a new twist Wednesday as Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said they did not find a weapon at the scene.

Attorney suspended over clients' sex allegations (Detroit News)
St. Clair Shores -- The Attorney Discipline Board has suspended an 83-year-old attorney after he allegedly asked his female clients to work off their legal fees by performing sex acts on his "couch of restitution."

Barclays, Boies Schiller Blow Open Attorney-Client Privilege in Lehman Case (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The attorney-client privilege issue at the heart of the dispute between Barclays and Lehman Brothers got a whole lot bigger Wednesday, when the Boies, Schiller & Flexner team representing Barclays filed papers requesting access to privileged documents from as many as three additional Am Law 100 firms.

Counsel for eBay Endures Fiery Cross-Examination by Craigslist Lawyer (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In the court battle between Internet titans eBay and Craigslist, the tables were turned Wednesday as the lead lawyer for Craigslist attempted to effectively put eBay on trial with a withering cross-examination of an eBay in-house lawyer.

Attorney general inspects 9/11 trial security (Denver Post)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made an unannounced visit Wednesday to a Manhattan courthouse to inspect security for the trial of professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

NH woman facing charges she stole $80k from lawyer (Boston Globe)
A Rochester woman is facing charges she stole about $80,000 from the Portsmouth lawyer she was working for.

Lawyer impersonator from Duluth pleads not guilty in Colorado (Pioneer Press)
DENVER — A man convicted in North Dakota for impersonating a lawyer has pleaded not guilty to similar charges in Colorado.

Attorney General Eric Holder makes surprise NYC visit to inspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed courthouse (New York Daily News)
Attorney General Eric Holder made an unannounced visit to a Manhattan courthouse Wednesday to inspect security for the pending trial of the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Elmhurst man accused of threatening DuPage Co. state's attorney (Daily Herald)
A 49-year-old Elmhurst man is facing criminal charges for making a series of "harassing and threatening" phone calls to DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett, authorities said.

Legal Aid Service Attorney Louise Caro Named Finalist Among (dBusinessNews.com)
Plantation, FL – December 9, 2009 – Louise R. Caro, Esq., Environmental Justice Project attorney, Special Projects Unit, Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS), has been selected a finalist in the environmental category by Daily Business Review for its 2009 “Most Effective Lawyers.”

Burr to withhold approval on U.S. Attorney nominee (The News & Observer)
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is withholding approval on U.S. attorney nominee Thomas Walker until Easley and Edwards investigations are complete.

New York Lawyer Brien Santarlas to Be Charged in U.S. Case (Bloomberg)
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- New York lawyer Brien Santarlas will be charged in a federal criminal case that is being handled by the same prosecutor who is in charge of the Galleon Group insider trading case, according to court papers.

Ropes & Gray Lawyer Santarlas to Plead Guilty in Galleon Case (Bloomberg)
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Ropes & Gray LLP lawyer Brian Santarlas will plead guilty today in Manhattan federal court to charges of fraud and conspiracy for his role in the Galleon Group insider trading scheme, defense lawyer Robert Stahl said.

Ex-Ropes & Gray Lawyer Says He’s Guilty in Galleon Insider Scam (Bloomberg)
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Former Ropes & Gray LLP lawyer Brien Santarlas said he intends to plead guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of fraud and conspiracy for his role in the Galleon Group insider trading scheme.

Attorney wants judge to delay Chris Coleman court proceedings (KSDK St. Louis)
Attorney wants judge to delay Chris Coleman court proceedings

Lawyer pleads guilty in Galleon insider trade case (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges on Thursday, the sixth person to admit to involvement in a coast-to-coast insider trading case that ensnared Galleon hedge fund.

Ex-Ropes & Gray Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Galleon Case (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Former Ropes & Gray LLP lawyer Brien Santarlas pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of fraud and conspiracy for his role in the Galleon Group insider trading scheme.

US: Arrested IIT alumnus Buddhi asks for removal of lawyer (rediff.com)
Indian Institute of Technology alumnus Vikram Buddhi, convicted for posting hate messages against former President George Bush, on Thursday said he wanted to fire his lawyer as he appeared in a court here for his sentencing.

Calif. lawyer pleads guilty in tax evasion case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A California lawyer has admitted he didn't pay taxes on a $36 million kickback that prosecutors say he received for helping enroll Hollywood mogul Haim Saban in an illegal tax shelter.

LA investigators say prominent lawyer was slain (AP via Yahoo! News)
Investigators said Thursday that a prominent trial lawyer who was found fatally shot outside his home was the victim of a homicide.

Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Selling Insider Tips (New York Times)
Brien P. Santarlas, a former lawyer at Ropes & Gray, admitted to charges of fraud and conspiracy for passing inside information in exchange for $32,500 in cash.

Scottsdale council appoints city attorney (The Arizona Republic)
Bruce Washburn, a deputy city attorney for seven years, was named to the post on a 5-2 vote at the council's meeting this week.

Let me keep Albany pols in line, says Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (New York Daily News)
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo waded into the Albany ethics mess on Thursday, again calling on the Legislature to let his office help clean up the place.

Attorney General: State prosecutors need pay raises (Daily Record)
The state needs to come up with a new pay scale that puts state prosecutors on par with other public lawyers because the salary situation is nearing a crisis, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram told lawmakers Thursday.

Attorney declines Carlisle tax collector office (The Sentinel)
Carlisle attorney Dirk Berry has decided not to accept the elected office of borough tax collector.

US judge declares Swiss banker, lawyer fugitives (AP via Yahoo! News)
A federal judge in Florida declared a banker and lawyer from Switzerland who were indicted on fraud charges to be fugitives from justice.

Court hearing Tuesday on whether jailed ex-attorney Ira Hatch goes to trial (Indian River Press Journal)
VERO BEACH — A court hearing that could decide whether disbarred attorney Ira Hatch goes to trial on charges of taking millions of dollars from real estate clients is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday before Indian River Circuit Judge Robert Hawley.

Suit Filed Against Estate Of Texas Attorney Killed In Traffic Crash (KWTX-TV Waco)
The brother of the man who was riding with Houston attorney John O’Quinn when the attorney’s SUV crashed into a tree has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against O’Quinn’s estate.

Russia: Officials fired in lawyer jail death probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev fired 20 senior prison officials, including the capital's prison chief, following a probe into the death of a jailed lawyer, officials said Friday.

Attorney General announces $500,000 settlement with HealthAmerica (The Sentinel)
HealthAmerica, a Harrisburg-based health insurance company accused of improperly rejecting claims for emergency room treatment, has agreed to reprocess claims and pay bills for more than 600 Pennsylvania consumers as part of a settlement with the Attorney General’s Health Care Section.

City Attorney’s Office May Recuse Self in Karabian Case (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is expected to recuse itself from reviewing the potential case against Democratic Assemblyman Walter Karabian due to a conflict of interest, a district attorney spokesperson said yesterday.

Casey Anthony's lawyer argues against death penalty for client (CNN)
A year after the remains of a Florida toddler were discovered, a lawyer for the slain child's mother asked a judge Friday to stop prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against her.