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NY attorney general takes aim at bank bonuses (MSNBC)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is asking the nation's eight biggest banks to reveal how much they plan to pay out in employee bonuses for 2009.

NY Attorney General Asks Banks, Wall Street About '09 Bonuses (Nasdaq)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Monday that his office has requested information from the nation's largest banks and Wall Street firms on their compensation and bonus plans for fiscal year 2009.

McDonald tapped as acting US attorney for SC (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 12:35 p.m. Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 12:35 p.m. COLUMBIA — A federal prosecutor has been named acting U.S. attorney for South Carolina.

Lawyer cites torture over trial for Gitmo detainee (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer in New York is arguing that charges be dismissed against the first Guantanamo Bay detainee in civilian courts because he was tortured and denied a trial for so long.

Lawyer: Feds chose torture over trial for detainee (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer asked a judge Monday to toss out charges against the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to civilian courts, saying he was tortured for 14 hours over five days and denied trial for nearly five years.

Polanski’s Privacy Right Violated by Photos, Lawyer Tells Court (Bloomberg)
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Film director Roman Polanski’s right to privacy was violated by photos in the French press of his return home to await a decision from the Swiss government on a U.S. extradition request, his lawyer told a Paris judge.

Time to drop charges against accused Al Qaeda embassy bomber Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, attorney says (New York Daily News)
An accused Al Qaeda embassy bomber who was tortured for 14 hours and then held for five years should be freed, a defense attorney said Monday.

Demjanjuk's lawyer seeks to halt trial in Germany (AP via Yahoo! News)
John Demjanjuk's lawyer made a new attempt Tuesday to halt the 89-year-old's trial on charges that he was an accessory to the murder of thousands of Jews at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp.

Indicted Fla. lawyer had 20 million reward points (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Florida lawyer charged in a $1.2 billion fraud apparently heeded the American Express slogan "Don't leave home without it."

Indicted Fla. lawyer had 20 million reward points (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Florida lawyer charged in a $1.2 billion fraud apparently heeded the American Express slogan "Don't leave home without it." Court records show Scott Rothstein racked up more than 20 million reward points on his American Express account. Cardholders... Florida - American Express - Scott W. Rothstein - Lawyer - Indictment

Colorado attorney general, lawmaker unveil Internet safety program (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has joined Democratic Rep. Nancy Todd, the Entertainment Software Association and Web Wise Kids to unveil an Internet safety program to help parents keep their children safe online.

'Nazi guard' lawyer calls for trial suspension (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer of alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk on Tuesday called for his landmark trial in Germany to be suspended.

Demjanjuk lawyer seeks anew to halt trial (The Washington Times)
MUNICH -- John Demjanjuk's lawyer made a new attempt Tuesday to halt the 89-year-old Mr. Demjanjuk's trial on charges that he was an accessory to the murder of thousands of Jews at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp. Mr. Demjanjuk's defense team has portrayed the retired Ohio autoworker, who was deported from the United States in May, as a victim of the Nazis and then of judicial authorities in ...

BGC Broker Concealed Names From Expense Reports, Lawyer Says (BusinessWeek)
A Tullett Prebon Plc lawyer said a BGC Partners Inc. broker concealed the names of Tullett staff from expense reports while trying to lure them to BGC.

Sources: Susan Bysiewicz To Announce Run For Attorney General (FOX 61 Hartford)
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is expected to announce Wednesday that she is running for attorney general, according to Capitol sources. Bysiewicz has scheduled an announcement at 11 a.m. Wednesday at city hall in her hometown of Middletown, according to her campaign manager, Tanya Meck.

Attorney General gives vote of confidence on Marco spending cap amendment (Naples Daily News)
As voters decide whether to approve an amendment to Marco’s spending cap, they may feel a renewed sense of confidence that the amendment has a legal endorsement.Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum shared his legal opinion that the proposed amendment is legal in a letter to council dated Jan. 4.“From a practicality standpoint, I think we can all sigh a breath of relief,” said City Councilman ...

First Female, Hispanic U.S. Attorney in Mass. Takes Historic Step (HispanicBusiness.com)
All guts, grit and glamor, Carmen Milagros Ortiz of Milton was sworn in yesterday with the double-barreled distinction of being the state's first female and first Hispanic U.S. attorney.

FAU frat suspended for one year after hazing investigation: 'It's a death notice,' attorney says (The Palm Beach Post)
FAU frat suspended for one year after hazing investigation: 'It's a death notice,' attorney says

Attorney: Scott Blankenburg expected to plead (Dayton Daily News)
HAMILTON — Fairfield pediatrician Dr. R. Scott Blankenburg, accused of multiple felonies involving juveniles, will likely take a plea bargain this week, his attorney said this morning.“I expect Scott (Blankenburg) to enter a plea on Thursday,” defense attorney Greg Howard said today, Jan. 12.

Defense lawyer seeks delay in Beverly Gallagher case (Miami Herald)
An attorney for suspended Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher filed a motion Monday to push back her trial date. A trial had tentatively been set for Jan. 25 for Gallagher, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, extortion and fraud. Lawyer David Bogenschutz is asking to push back the trial because of the volume of evidence he needs to go through to prepare Gallagher's defense.

Bellevue attorney Randy Gordon gets state Senate appointment (seattlepi.com)
Bellevue attorney Randy Gordon has been appointed to the state Senate for the 41st Legislative District, taking over the post from Fred Jarrett who resigned to become deputy county executive.

Trial opens for man accused of threatening Hillsborough state attorney (The Tampa Tribune)
Testimony began this morning in the trial of a Wesley Chapel man accused of threatening to blow up the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.

Attorney: feds were out to get Lawson (Louisville Courier-Journal)
LEXINGTON, Ky. — An attorney for road contractor Leonard Lawson told a jury Tuesday morning that a federal investigation of his client was foundering in early 2008 but was pressed so authorities could get Lawson.

Slain Guatemala lawyer planned his own murder: UN (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A prominent Guatemalan lawyer who triggered a political crisis when he blamed his murder on the president in a posthumous video actually planned his own death, a UN probe found Tuesday.

Guatemalan lawyer arranged own slaying, U.N. panel says (CNN)
A lawyer who left a videotape saying Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom would be responsible if anything happened to him masterminded his own death last year, a special United Nations commission said Tuesday after an eight-month investigation.

Prince George's State's Attorney Ivey won't challenge Edwards for Senate (Washington Post)
Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey announced Tuesday that he would not challenge Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D) and instead will go into the private sector next year after his term as chief prosecutor ends.

Investigators say slain Guatemalan lawyer Rosenberg orchestrated his own death (Washington Post)
U.N. investigators reported Tuesday that a prominent lawyer who had accused Guatemala's president of killing him, in a videotape made before his assassination, had hired the hit men himself.

Bysiewicz announces run for Conn. attorney general (Boston Globe)
Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz -- the early front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination -- announced Wednesday that she is running for attorney general instead.

Attorney asks judge to consider Spalliero's health problems in handing down sentence (Asbury Park Press)
TRENTON — An attorney for Anthony Spalliero, the land broker charged with bribery and tax fraud, is asking a federal judge to take into consideration Spalliero's failing health in his sentencing scheduled today. Spalliero, 67, has admitted giving $100,000 in bribes to a former Marlboro mayor. He entered the courtroom this morning in a wheelchair, holding a cane and shaking constantly. U.S ...

Something fishy about state agency lawyer's removal, lawmaker says (Contra Costa Times)
A key lawmaker wants to know why Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration moved a top lawyer out of the agency charged with making sure the state's water policies adhere to environmental laws.

BGC Deleted Document on Tullett Hires, Tullett Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- A Tullett Prebon Plc lawyer said at a London trial today that BGC Partners Inc. staff deleted a document from its computer network relating to attempts to hire away Tullett brokers.

Lawyer orchestrated own slaying to blame President (The New Zealand Herald)
A Guatemalan lawyer who accused the country's President of his murder in a video made before his death actually contracted the hitmen to kill him, United Nations investigators announced yesterday.Lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg contacted...

Scott Rothstein assures judge his lawyer has no conflicts (Miami Herald)
Disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein appeared in federal court Wednesday to declare that his lawyer has no conflicts of interest in representing him -- an effort to make sure his upcoming guilty plea is bullet proof.

Morris Prosecutor seeks to remove defense attorney on probation from criminal case (The Star-Ledger)
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will seek to have a defense attorney removed from a case because he is on probation for a domestic incident and has given notice he intends to sue the prosecutor's office for false imprisonment and...

Iraq inquiry: Attorney general 'changed advice on legality of invasion' (Daily Telegraph)
The attorney general ''materially'' changed his advice on the legality of military action against Iraq in the final days before the invasion, the inquiry into the war has been told.

Rothstein Back In Court, Gets To Keep His Attorney (CBS4 Miami)
A disgraced South Florida attorney accused of running a billion dollar plus Ponzi scheme was back in federal court Wednesday morning.  During the hearing the judge asked Scott Rothstein a number of questions about his attorney Mark Nurik who once worked for Rothstein.

Attorney General,CFO And Governor Crist Issue Statements on Deadly Haitian Earthquake (WCTV Tallahassee)
Attorney General Bill McCollum, Governor Charlie Crist and CFO Alex Sink issued the following statements on the deadly earthquake in Haiti Tuesday night

New Tazewell attorney suspended for paying himself estate fees (WATE 6 Knoxville)
Attorney James Dallard Estep III, of New Tazewell, has been suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court for paying himself estate fees without approval.

Attorney General Bruning Announces Sentence in Dawes County Murder (KOLN Lincoln)
Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Joseph Hotz, 26, was sentenced Tuesday in the December 2008 stabbing death of his roommate, 22-year-old Kenneth Pfeiffer of Sebastian, Fla.

Rothstein lawyer conflict concerns settled (UPI)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Possible conflict-of-interest concerns for the lawyer representing attorney Scott Rothstein, accused in a Florida Ponzi scheme, were settled Wednesday.

Prosecutor: Lawyer planning to sue office shouldn't defend criminal clients (Daily Record)
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office today objected to attorney John Paragano representing a criminal defendant, saying the lawyer has a conflict of interest because he is on probation in Morris and might be suing the office.

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney Launches North Carolinas First Zoning and Land Use Blog (dBusinessNews.com)
GREENSBORO – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorney Tom Terrell has launched the state’s first blog dedicated to zoning and land use matters. The blog, www.NCLegalLandscapes.wordpress.com , focuses on issues related to land development, urban growth and environment, along with information on regulation by various state and local governments.

Guatemala leader probes lawyer's death accusations (AP via Yahoo! News)
Guatemala's president says the government is investigating people who accused him of killing a prominent lawyer now that a U.N. commission says the attorney may have plotted his own death.

Sweat Lodge Deaths Not Criminal, Guru’s Lawyer Says (New York Times)
A lawyer for the New Age guru who led a sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona that left three people dead said that the deaths were a “tragedy” and an “accident.”

In appeal, attorney argues LaBarre privacy was violated (Boston Globe)
CONCORD, N.H. - An attorney for a woman convicted of killing two boyfriends on her horse farm appealed her case to the New Hampshire Supreme Court yesterday, saying a lower court should have suppressed evidence gathered from police searches of her property.

Suspect in girl's shooting to receive a new attorney (Detroit News)
A convicted murderer charged with shooting a 5-year-old Oxford Township girl in the face will receive a new court-appointed attorney, Oakland Circuit Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled Wednesday.

7th Circuit Blasts Lawyer in 'Mortal Combat' Fee Dispute With Ex-Partners (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Illinois lawyer Rex Carr's drive to squeeze $20 million out of his former law firm partners in a fee dispute slammed into a major barrier this week. The 7th Circuit upheld a district court's dismissal of the case and also overturned that court's rejection of sanctions against Carr and his son.

Report: Guatemala Lawyer Plotted His Own Assassination (Time Magazine)
Lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, who posthumously accused Guatemala's President of ordering his murder, actually hired his own hit men

Kissel Lawyer Says Hearsay Shouldn’t Have Been Allowed at Trial (Bloomberg)
Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The judge in Nancy Kissel ’s 2005 trial for murdering her Merrill Lynch & Co. banker husband shouldn’t have allowed hearsay evidence that he believed she was spiking his drinks, her lawyer told Hong Kong’s top appeal court.

Former city attorney defends handling of Kilpatrick settlement (Detroit Free Press)
John Johnson Jr. told an attorney discipline board this morning that he did not think it was necessary to tell the city council about the explosive text messages and their role in settling the police whistleblower suit for $8.4 million.