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Attorney thought Dassey could cut sentence in half by cooperating with police (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)
MANITOWOC An Appleton attorney who represented Brendan Dassey on charges he sexually assaulted and killed Teresa Halbach said today he felt the teen could have cut his prison sentence in half by cooperating with police in the case against his uncle.

Moscow rally in memory of slain lawyer, journalist (Seattle Times)
More than 500 activists rallied Tuesday in Moscow in memory of a human rights lawyer and a journalist slain a year ago, and several dozen of them were detained by police.

Ethics hearing set to resume for Detroit's former top lawyer (Detroit News)
Detroit --The Attorney Discipline Board will listen to a third day of testimony today in a hearing on allegations of professional misconduct against the city's former top lawyer.

Attorney Files Grievance Against Nebraska AG Bruning (KOLN Lincoln)
A Lincoln attorney has filed a grievance alleging Attorney General Jon Bruning violated rules of professional conduct in comments he made about a judge and a lawyer.

Moscow rally in memory of slain lawyer, journalist (MalaysiaNews.net)
A Chinese journalist has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for taking bribes to help cover up a coal mine disaster just before the Beijing Olympics, his lawyer said Wednesday. More than 50 local of...

Wall Street May Seek to Sway Congress by Hiring Top Lawyer (MalaysiaNews.net)
Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Wall Street’s decision to hire a Supreme Court lawyer to study President Obama’s plan to tax banks may be aimed more at swaying lawmakers than winning a lawsuit, som...

Angolan lawyer: Activists arrested over bus attack (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Police are rounding up peaceful activists and accusing them of responsibility in a deadly attack on the Togo team bus as it headed to the African Cup of Nations, an Angolan human rights lawyer said on Tuesday. Martinho Nombo said five people arrested over the last week were not related to the separatist group that has claimed responsibility for the Jan.

Florida Attorney General Threatens Lawsuit Against Health Care Mandate (Fox News)
Making a delicately nuanced argument about the U.S. Constitution, former Republican congressman and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Tuesday that provisions to force Americans to buy health care or pay a fine are not legal and he will file a lawsuit if they become law. 

Coakley Returns to Job as Massachusetts Attorney General (Fox News)
After a loss in her bid for the U.S. Senate seat, Democrat Martha Coakley is up for re-election in November as Massachusetts attorney general.  

Life terms for teens are unjust, lawyer says (The Des Moines Register)
The lawyer for a 31-year-old woman serving life in prison for a murder she committed as a teen called Tuesday on the Iowa Supreme Court to treat children differently under the state’s sentencing laws.

Lawyer appointed to port board seat (The Toledo Blade)
Attorney James M. Tuschman is the latest addition to the board of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Toledo City Council yesterday unanimously appointed Mr. Tuschman, 68, and reappointed Margarita De Leon to port board terms that expire July 31, 2013. Mr. Tuschman replaces R. Michael Frank. Mr. Tuschman, a trial lawyer for 42 years, is chairman of the Ohio Board of Regents and of the city's ...

Karadzic appeals against court-appointed lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appealed on Wednesday against the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer at his war crimes trial, arguing that Bosnian and Serbian lawyers were excluded from representing him.

Lawyer tells N.L. air rage trial Air Canada staff helped inflame situation (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The defence lawyer for a Toronto television personality has told her air rage trial that Air Canada staff helped inflame a tense situation.

Vietnam jails four, including lawyer, for subversion (The Malaysian Insider)
HO CHI MINH CITY, Jan 20 – A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced four democracy activists to jail for subversion, drawing fire from Western diplomats who called for their release. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, an Internet entrepreneur, was given 16 years in jail, activist Nguyen Tien Trung got seven years, Le Thang Long, a colleague of Thuc’s, was handed five years, and US-trained lawyer Le Cong Dinh ...

Attorney Thomas Fallon: Brendan Dassey doesnt have traits associated with false confessions (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
MANITOWOC Brendan Dassey does not exhibit most of the traits associated with suspects who give false confessions, an attorney said today.

Former Delco attorney arrested for theft (6abc Philadelphia)
A former attorney from Delaware County has been arrested for allegedly keeping money that should have gone to his former clients.

Report: Tampa attorney's son shot girlfriend's foot (St. Petersburg Times)
TAMPA Police are investigating a Jan. 13 incident involving the son of prominent attorney Steve Yerrid, who appears to have accidentally shot his girlfriend in the foot while they were investigating a noise in their home.

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer bows out of attorney general race, leaving Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton a Democratic ... (The Flint Journal)
LeytonGENESEE COUNTY, Michigan — Sen. Gretchen Whitmer is bowing out of the state attorney general's race, leaving Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton as a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. The Detroit Free Press reports Whitmer, D-East Lansing, is withdrawing to...

Veteran attorney to represent accused cop killer (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Fillmore » A judge on Wednesday appointed veteran criminal defense attorney Stephen McCaughey and his nephew and partner Jeremy Delicino to represent an accused cop killer facing the death penalty.

Lawyer looking to turn former Lake Tahoe casino into strip club (Reno Gazette-Journal)
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — A lawyer at Lake Tahoe may be looking into the possibility of turning a vacant casino into a strip club on the main casino drag in Stateline.

Airline staff contributed to tension on flight: lawyer (CTV.ca)
The defence lawyer for a Toronto TV personality on trial for air rage wrapped up closing arguments Wednesday by suggesting Air Canada staff inflamed a tense situation.

Lee to run for district attorney (Jacksonville Daily News)
Long-time prosecutor Ernie Lee announced today that he will run for election as district attorney for the Fourth Prosecutorial District which includes Onslow County.

Kalispell attorney leads power council (Seattle Times)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has elected a Montana attorney has its chairman for this year.

Attorney General files suit against telemarketers: The Real Deal (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
The Attorney General is filing lawsuits against 4 telemarketing companies that do fundraising for dozens of non-profit organizations in NY. The AG alleges the companies directed their employees to lie.

Lawyer: Charlie Sheen's wife in intensive care (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for Charlie Sheen's wife says she has been placed in intensive care in Los Angeles. Attorney Yale Galanter said Wednesday that Brooke Sheen was running a fever of 105 degrees when she was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital. He says the fever came from an infection she developed after oral surgery.

Lawyer: Infection puts Charlie Sheen's wife in ICU (USA Today)
Charlie Sheen's wife, Brooke, was in a hospital intensive care unit Wednesday with a high fever and an infection following oral surgery, her lawyer said.

Lawyer: Infection puts Charlie Sheen's wife in ICU (AP via Yahoo! News)
Charlie Sheen's wife was admitted to a hospital Wednesday with a high fever and an infection following oral surgery, which might delay again a court hearing in a domestic violence case involving the actor, her lawyer said.

Obama Picks Loretta E. Lynch for Brooklyn U.S. Attorney (New York Times)
Ms. Lynch, now a partner at a law firm, would return to the United States attorney position she held from 1999 to 2001.

China jails former Tiananmen protest leader: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A former leader of the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests has been jailed for nine years for fraud, after authorities in Hong Kong handed him over to China, his lawyer and a rights group said Thursday.

Whitmer drops out of attorney general race (Detroit Free Press)
LANSING -- State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer added to the Democratic Party's election-year intrigue Wednesday when she dropped out of the race for attorney general.

N.L. justice decisions kept secret: lawyer (CBC.ca)
A central Newfoundland lawyer says the province's justice system is not transparent and may allow some people to get preferential treatment.

Family attorney: Sister wasn't trying to kick out man suspected of killing 8 in Va. (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
APPOMATTOX, Va. - An attorney says the man suspected of killing eight people at a home in Virginia had a history of mental problems. Lynchburg attorney Henry Devening handled legal matters for the family of suspected shooter Christopher Speight (spyt).

Lawyer for Edwards' lover says confession expected (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for a videographer for former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says it's "good for everyone" that Edwards has admitted he fathered a child with the woman.

Attorney: Va. killing suspect had mental problems (AP via Yahoo! Singapore News)
An attorney says the man suspected of killing eight people at a home in Virginia had a history of mental problems.

Sim Gill enters Salt Lake County District Attorney's race, vows to restore trust (Deseret News)
Sim Gill says the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office is a mismanaged mess that has lost the public's confidence, and...

Lawyer: Brooke Mueller has pneumonia (UPI)
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Brooke Mueller, wife of TV star Charlie Sheen, has developed pneumonia in the Los Angeles hospital where she is a patient, her mother and lawyer said.

Kissel’s Lawyer Calls for Retrial at End of Appeal Hearing (Bloomberg)
Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Nancy Kissel’s lawyer called for a retrial at the end of the hearing for her appeal against a 2005 conviction for murdering her Merrill Lynch & Co.

Attorney: Va. killing suspect had mental problems (WLBT 3 Jackson)
APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) - A woman shot to death along with her husband and six other people was not trying to kick out the brother accused of killing them, a family attorney said Thursday.

Defense Attorney Attacked By Client (WCVB Boston)
A prominent Boston defense attorney has been attacked in court by one of his clients.

Attorney: Va. killing suspect had mental problems (AP via Yahoo! News)
A woman was not trying to kick the brother accused of killing her and seven other people out of the house they shared, a family attorney said Thursday.

Attorney says man accused of murdering wife 'snapped' (WCNC Charlotte)
WAXHAW, N.C. -- The defense attorney for a Waxhaw man accused of killing his wife said in opening statements today that his client "snapped and he did something horrible." Dan Edwards is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Logan. Her body was found in October 2008 near Santee, S.C., which is about 150 miles away from the couple's home. Prosecutors say Edwards smothered his ...

US Attorney Greenlee To Retire This Month (WAPT Jackson)
U.S. Attorney Jim M. Greenlee is retiring Jan. 31.

Clinton lawyer to run for House seat (Quad-City Times)
CLINTON, Iowa — Clinton lawyer Mary Wolfe announced today shewill run as a Democrat for the Iowa House of Representatives.

Lawyer Sued by Chevron Cries SLAPP (Law.com)
Trying to fend off a malicious prosecution lawsuit against a plaintiff lawyer who sued Chevron , lawyers at Kerr & Wagstaffe in San Francisco are saying the company is just trying to punish their client.

N.Y. Law Firms Sound Alarm About Power-of-Attorney Changes (Law.com)
Dozens of prominent New York law firms are warning that a new state power-of-attorney statute aimed at discouraging fraud in elder law and estate planning could create "unnecessary confusion and disruption" in well-established areas of commercial transactions. A Cravath partner said lawyers and their clients are nervous about the reach of the measure and that law firms and commercial interests ...

Kissel’s Lawyer Calls for Retrial at End of Appeal Hearing (BusinessWeek)
Nancy Kissel’s lawyer called for a retrial at the end of the hearing for her appeal against a 2005 conviction for murdering her Merrill Lynch & Co. banker husband.

Police 'sodomy victim' did it himself: lawyer (New York Post)
Lawyers for three cops charged with committing sodomy in a Brooklyn subway station portrayed the victim as a scam artist who suffered no injuries -- except those he inflicted on himself. In his opening statement yesterday, lawyer John Patten said Michael Mineo, 25, was "digging, digging, digging into his backside...

RI mobster gets permission to seek a new lawyer (Boston Globe)
A federal judge has given a reputed Rhode Island mobster accused of trying to hire someone to kill a rival two weeks to find a new lawyer.

Attorney General asks court to reject efforts by school districts to reopen school finance lawsuit (49 ABC News Topeka)
The Kansas attorney general asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to reject an attempt by school districts to reopen litigation over state funding.

Lawyer: Mass. sobriety checkpoint death a homicide (Boston Globe)
A lawyer for the family of a man who died after his arrest at a police sobriety road block in North Andover says the medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.