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Brother: Police say China lawyer 'went missing' (AP via Yahoo! News)
The brother of an activist Chinese lawyer who security forces are believed to have taken into custody almost a year ago said Thursday that police told him his brother "went missing" in September.

Mamaroneck village cuts attorney job to part time (The Journal News)
MAMARONECK — The new village board made one of its first major decisions Monday night by changing its full-time attorney position to a part-time one.

McCann Lawyer: Knew Trial Was 'Pandora's Box' (SkyNews via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
The McCanns' lawyer has accused the opposing side in a Portuguese libel trial of trying to "do in civil court what it could not do in criminal court".

Ohio attorney general warns about Haiti quake scams (WTOL 11 Toledo)
The attorney general's office notes that widespread charity scams were reported in the aftermath of other major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami.

Baltovich should sue for compensation, says lawyer (CTV.ca)
The lawyer for two Toronto men wrongfully convicted of committing heinous crimes says his clients should sue the government now that they have been denied compensation.

Attorney explains grand jury proceedings in Arpaio investigation (KTVK 3TV Phoenix)
PHOENIX -- The grand jury investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio heard its first testimony in the possible case against him. He's accused of abusing his power. The first witnesses appeared yesterday. Testimony will continue today, but grand jury proceedings are closed. Attorney Dan Barr explains how it all works.

Sentencing For Lawyer Who Married For Green Card (WCMH Columbus)
An immigration lawyer convicted of illegally marrying to gain her green card now faces sentencing and likely deportation.

County commissioner, attorney hold public talk on ethics (The Palm Beach Post)
County commissioner, attorney hold public talk on ethics

Attorney General Terry Goddard and FTC file suit to protect job seekers (KVOA Tucson)
Phoenix- Attorney General Terry Goddard and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Government Careers Inc. (GCI) and owners Jon Coover, Richard Friedberg, and Rimona Friedberg for engaging in allegedly deceptive employment services.

Suspicious Substances Found in Letter at Attorney General's Office (WLTX-TV Columbia)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A suspicious package has been found at the office of the South Carolina attorney general, leading to a partial evacuation of the building.

Lassiter decides against district attorney run (WCNC Charlotte)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former mayoral candidate John Lassiter says he will not run for Mecklenburg County district attorney. Earlier this week, Lassiter said he was considering a run, but he released a statement Thursday saying that now is not the time for him to return to public office. "The obligations of my business and the opportunity to spend time with my family are more important in the coming ...

Accused Ponzi schemer is broke, lawyer says (CTV.ca)
The lawyer for a Toronto-based financial adviser who returned from China to face fraud charges says his client is broke and will need legal aid.

Seven years prison for lawyer in Refco fraud (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A judge sentenced a former outside lawyer for Refco Finance Holdings LLC to seven years in prison on Thursday for his role in a $2.4 billion fraud that caused the collapse in 2005 of the commodities broker.

Seven years prison for U.S. lawyer in Refco fraud (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. judge sentenced a former outside lawyer for Refco Finance Holdings LLC to seven years in prison on Thursday for his role in a $2.4 billion fraud that caused the collapse in 2005 of the commodities broker.

Chicago lawyer sentenced to 7 years in prison (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Chicago lawyer was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday by a federal judge who said his excessive loyalty to Refco Inc. led him to help the big commodities brokerage carry out a $2.4 billion fraud.

Ohio lawyer's green card fraud sentencing delayed (AP via Yahoo! News)
The sentencing of an immigration lawyer who illegally married to gain permanent U.S. residence has been delayed while details of her deportation are worked out.

State panel alleges attorney forged name of client (Chicago Tribune)
Two days after his 27-year-old client committed suicide in 2008, a Homewood attorney is alleged to have forged the client's name on legal papers so he could collect the dead man's jail bond as his fee. Steven Brenner then showed up at Adam Ward's wake in Chicago Heights , telling the dead man's father, who was worried about paying for funeral expenses because Ward had no insurance and a young ...

David Lujan announces candidacy for attorney general (The Arizona Republic)
The Arizona House minority leader announced his candidacy for attorney general on Thursday, pledging to fight what he called mismanagement of the state by Republicans.

Attorney general focuses on mortgage fraud (San Francisco Chronicle)
Attorney General Eric Holder told a panel studying the financial crisis that combatting white-collar crimes is "a real priority" for the government, even if it bumps up against another urgent mission, combatting terrorism. Holder told the bipartisan... Eric Holder - Attorney general - White-collar crime - Mortgage fraud - Financial crisis

Apple tablet 'indirectly confirmed' by lawyer letter (TechWorld)
Valleywag's hunt for tablet draws legal fire An Apple lawyer has told Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag that it "crossed the line" after the site started a scavenger hunt for proof of the rumoured upcoming Apple tablet device.

China Rights Lawyer Says His Google E-Mail Account Was Accessed (Bloomberg)
Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- A Chinese human rights lawyer said messages sent to his Google Inc. e-mail account became accessible to an unknown outside user, highlighting concerns raised by the company about Internet security breaches in China.

Conn. wants ex-Bush lawyer's law license suspended (Boston Globe)
Connecticut authorities want to suspend the law license of a former top attorney to President George W. Bush while the lawyer faces charges of trying to kill his wife because she wanted a divorce.

Attorney won't be charged for gun in courthouse (49 ABC News Topeka)
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor will not face charges for bringing a gun into the county courthouse.

Felony Gone Against Attorney In Pittsburgh Court Drug Case (WPXI Pittsburgh)
Prosecutors have withdrawn a felony drug charge against an attorney accused of bringing cocaine into the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh in July.

Chinese Lawyer Declared ‘Missing’ After Arrest (New York Times)
Nearly a year after he was taken into custody, a leading civil rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, has not been heard of.

Attorney testifies nothing seemed fishy to her about text case (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit City Attorney Valerie Colbert-Osamuede told a skeptical panel this morning that she saw nothing unusual in the police whistle-blower lawsuit provisions that turned over text messages to non-municipal lawyers.

Attorney will ask for prison time for Longmont 'Russian roulette' suspect (Boulder Daily Camera)
A Boulder County deputy district attorney told a judge this morning that he will ask her to sentence a 39-year-old Longmont man – who police said played a game of “Russian roulette” with his ex-girlfriend – to spend time in prison.

Probation for Ohio lawyer in green card fraud (Boston Globe)
A federal judge in Ohio has ordered two years' probation for an immigration lawyer who illegally married to gain permanent U.S. residence.

Attorney general proposes property rights reform (Tri-City Herald)
Attorney General Rob McKenna and a group of Washington lawmakers want to tighten the state's em

Municipal judge returns for now; borough attorney says farewell (The Record and Herald News)
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS ” Englewood Cliffs said goodbye to longtime Borough Attorney E. Carter Corriston, Sr. at the Jan. 13 mayor and council meeting, but the council reappointed its municipal judge after the Republican majority tried to oust him.

City lawyer denies knowing about secret side deal in text scandal (Detroit News)
Testimony continued today in the discipline hearing of the city's former top lawyer with another city attorney saying she knew nothing about the separate side agreement to handle the text messages in confidence.

Salt Lake District Attorney's hiring process prompts controversy (Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller's recent hiring of three people laid off from her...

Lawyer seeks bail in US-Iran embargo case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defense lawyer has told a judge that a management consultant charged with violating a U.S. embargo against Iran is no risk to flee because it would be dangerous for him to do so.

Lawyer: Client faces danger if he flees to Iran (AP via Yahoo! News)
A management consultant charged with violating the Iran Trade Embargo is no risk to flee to Iran because it would be dangerous for him to do so, his lawyer told a judge Friday as he argued for him to be freed on bail.

Lawyer plans to leave Blagojevich defense team (AP via Yahoo! News)
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) may be losing a lawyer.

San Bernardino County district attorney cleared of misconduct (The Press-Enterprise)
An investigation of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos clears him of retaliating against an employee he allegedly had an affair with, according to a memo released by the county human resources department Friday.

Receiver’s attorney deserves a game ball (San Diego Union-Tribune)
For Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, a Pro Bowl-caliber season has many essential components. A good quarterback is key. So is staying healthy. It also helps to have a good attorney.

Lawyer wanted to end text message case (Detroit Free Press)
Former Detroit city law chief John Johnson Jr. wanted to throw in the towel and release all the secret settlement documents in the 2007 police whistle-blower lawsuit, but then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick insisted they fight it all the way to the state Supreme Court, a city lawyer testified Friday.

Race for attorney general grows by one (Montgomery Advertiser)
Montgomery attorney James Anderson wants to be head of the largest law firm in the state.

Newark lawyer Paul Bergrin, charged with murder, witness intimidation, returns to federal prison (The Star-Ledger)
NEWARK -- A once-prominent Newark lawyer charged with murder and witness intimidation is back in federal prison after his attorney objected to a transfer to Bergen County jail, a report in the Asbury Park Press said. A federal judge released...

Lawyer hopeful Iran will acquit French academic (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a French academic charged with endangering Iran's security said Saturday he is hopeful she will be acquitted in a verdict expected within a week.

E-mail confirms U.S. attorney's retirement imminent (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
OXFORD – An e-mail titled "Jim Greenlee Retirement Reception" confirms the Republican-appointed U.S. attorney will leave his post soon. The message apparently was sent at 3 p.m. Friday by Gina Phillips Kilgore, chief deputy for operations at the U.S. District Court in Oxford.

New U.S. attorney: Pressure on Obama Admin to get it done (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
After months, yea perhaps a year or more, U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee apparently is packing up to leave the job President Bush appointed him to in 2001.

Attorney: Flowers sloppy with finances, but no thief (Chicago Sun-Times)
Charles Flowers has spent his entire adult life serving the children of Cook County, the regional schools chief's attorney said of the man accused of stealing and misusing nearly $400,000 from his patronage-packed public office. "He worked for the children, and more importantly, special needs children," attorney Tim Grace said. Flowers, a former special education teacher and administrator, is ...

French academic's lawyer upbeat on Iran verdict (AFP via Yahoo! News)
French academic Clotilde Reiss's lawyer expressed confidence she would be acquitted after she appeared in court in Tehran on Saturday on charges of acting against Iranian national security during anti-government protests in June.

Planet Election Guide: With expertise in hand, attorney wants to join back in (Telluride Daily Planet)
Jenny Russell is an attorney, boater and runner who has lived and played in Telluride since 1995. As she’s carved out a life here, she has also accrued a bit of experience with town government.

State attorney general hopefuls report campaign funds (WKTV Utica)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Potential candidates for New York state attorney general have raised millions of dollars so far as they wait to see whether Andrew Cuomo will leave the office to run for governor.

Iran lawyer hopeful after French woman's trial (The Star)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - The lawyer of a French teaching assistant who was arrested on spying charges after Iran's disputed June election said he was hopeful she would be acquitted after a court held its last trial session on Saturday.

Kentucky attorney general warns of Haiti scams (The Gleaner)
FRANKFORT — As Kentuckians open their hearts and pocketbooks to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, Attorney General Jack Conway warns that scammers may try to prey on their generosity.

Tutsi rebel chief Nkunda ready for trial: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Former Tutsi rebel chief Laurent Nkunda is not afraid of trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo or in an international court, his lawyer said Saturday.