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New Albany fires city attorney over Toyota (WMCTV Memphis)
Associated Press - February 16, 2010 11:04 AM ET NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) - New Albany has fired its city attorney allegedly because he filed a lawsuit against Toyota, which plans to open a plant...

Defense lawyer: State likely to seek death penalty in Vegas ax attack that killed 4-month-old (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
LAS VEGAS - A defense lawyer says he expects the state will seek the death penalty against a 33-year-old man accused of hacking a 4-month-old baby to death and critically wounding the child's mother with a medieval-style battle ax.

Attorney general announces $18.5M drug settlement (KTHV Little Rock)
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's reached an $18.5 million settlement with Eli Lilly and Co. over improper marketing of an anti-psychotic medication.

Attorney arrested on sex charges (FOX 11 Green Bay)
Appleton attorney Thomas J. Zoesch is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman Sunday night, police said. Click the headline to read the full story.

Appleton defense attorney Thomas J. Zoesch booked into Outagamie County Jail after arrest in Grand Chute (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
An Appleton defense attorney was booked into the Outagamie County Jail on charges including sexual assault and battery.

New Albany fires city attorney over Toyota (WLBT 3 Jackson)
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) - New Albany has fired its city attorney allegedly because he filed a lawsuit against Toyota, which plans to open a plant in nearby Blue Springs.

Lawyer expects ax attack to be death penalty case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a man accused of killing a 4-month-old baby and critically wounding the child's mother with a medieval-style battle ax said Tuesday he expects the state will seek the death penalty against his 33-year-old client.

Attorney: Marion Barry broke laws with contract (AP via Yahoo! News)
An attorney investigating a contract that D.C. Councilman Marion Barry gave his girlfriend says the city's former mayor broke conflict-of-interest laws.

Lawyer: Man who said he killed wife was unwell (AP via Yahoo! News)
A man accused of killing his wife and burning her body was "not mentally well" when he confessed, his lawyer said Tuesday.

India arrests 3 over Mumbai attacks lawyer killing (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Three alleged contract killers have been arrested over the murder of a defence lawyer representing one of three men on trial over the 2008 Mumbai attacks, police said.

For Former Brocade CEO's Backdating Retrial, Feds Want Lawyer's Quotes In (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
If the government has its way, a defense lawyer's media statements will be used against former Brocade CEO Gregory Reyes in his retrial for backdating stock options. The quotes came from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner Richard Marmaro, who represented Reyes during his first backdating trial.

'Heist' lawyer's artful 125G ploy (New York Post)
Loser pays! The feds are fighting a lawyer's attempt to collect more than $125,000 in fees and expenses in a losing case over a stolen artwork. Manhattan federal prosecutors say it would be "absurd" to award lawyer Barbara Hoffman tax dollars for representing interior designer Sharyl Davis in...

'Sodomy' cop case a con: lawyer (New York Post)
The lawyer for the NYPD cop accused of sodomizing a suspect with his baton told a jury yesterday that the entire case was a "con job" and that the prosecution failed to produce the evidence it promised at the start of the trial. "There's a whole host of things...

Lawyer to clean up SPT expenses (BBC News)
A qualified lawyer is to be the next chairman of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, which is embroiled in an expenses row.

Greene County District Attorney says bingo machines at Greenetrack are legal (Birmingham News)
District attorney witnessed demonstration of machines.

U.S. Attorney Could Charge Greensburg Murder Suspects With Hate Crime (WTAJ-TV Altoona)
Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar is reviewing the recent torture death of a Greensburg woman as a possible hate crime.

Appleton defense lawyer Thomas Zoesch faces sexual assault charges (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
APPLETON An Appleton defense lawyer was jailed late Monday on charges including sexual assault and battery.

Chris Chelios attorney seeks DUI dismissal (Daily Herald)
One week after a DuPage County judge ruled Westmont police lacked probable cause to arrest Chris Chelios on a drunken-driving rap, the hockey great's attorney sought to have the charge officially dismissed.

Top Va. attorney challenges EPA on greenhouse gas (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Virginia's attorney general is challenging the federal government's conclusion that greenhouse gases are dangerous to people.

Erie County Sheriff, County Attorney Answer Questions About Holding Center Suicides (WGRZ-TV Buffalo)
BUFFALO, NY - For the first time since Saturday's apparent suicide of an inmate at the Erie County Holding Center, both the sheriff and county attorney addressed why they recently fought to prevent a federal suicide prevention expert from entering the facility.

Lawyer, 72, nailed for drug trafficking (Toronto Star)
Toronto police say they've charged a 72-year-old lawyer with drug trafficking.

Roe v Wade attorney to speak in Pueblo (KOAA Colorado Springs - Pueblo)
The attorney who successfully argued the Roe v. Wade abortion case before the US Supreme Court at the age of 26, Sarah Weddington, will speak in Pueblo Thursday evening at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Weddington has served in the Texas House of Representatives, and was an assistant to President Jimmy Carter. She is currently an instructor at the University of Texas. She chronicles the ...

Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney John Teakell Featured in Forbes (dBusinessNews.com)
DALLAS – Noted Dallas white-collar criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor John R. Teakell is featured in the March 2010 issue of Forbes magazine in an article highlighting his experiences as a prosecutor and the cases that helped him become one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Texas.

INTERVIEWS: Ace Attorney Interview with Motohide Eshiro (Nintendo World Report)
Producer Eshiro-san talks about the new features of Ace Attorney Investigations, the possibility of other spin-offs, and more.

Lawyer convicted in ex-girlfriend dispute disbarred for misconduct (The Post-Standard)
Syracuse, NY - A local lawyer acquitted last year of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend but convicted of violating a court order to stay away from her has now lost his license to practice law.

Cole's attorney: It is manslaughter, not murder (The Clarion-Ledger)
Stanley Cole's attorney argued today in opening statements to the jury that his client caused Jackson State University student Latasha Norman's death, but it was manslaughter, not murder.

Judge frees eight of 10 Americans held in Haiti: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Haitian judge has freed eight of the 10 Americans held in the quake-battered country on child kidnapping charges, saying they can leave the nation Wednesday, their lawyer said.

Haiti judge frees eight of 10 American missionaries: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Haitian judge has freed eight of the 10 Americans held in the quake-battered nation on child kidnapping charges, saying they can leave the country Wednesday, their lawyer said.

Lawyer's Trial Renews Rule-Of-Law Concerns In China (NPR)
A lawyer involved in anti-mob trials in southwestern China found himself on trial, accused of falsifying evidence. Many Chinese lawyers see the case as an assault on their profession, and the case has sparked a nationwide debate about due process.

China activist lawyer's wife seeks his whereabouts (AP via Yahoo! News)
The wife of an activist Chinese lawyer missing for more than a year challenged claims by authorities in China that he was working in a remote western region of the country and had been in touch with relatives, a human rights group said Thursday.

Wife of missing Chinese lawyer denies contact (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The wife of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has denied reports that he has made contact with her since he disappeared more than a year ago.

Attorney general avoids terror topics (Detroit Free Press)
Though he has pledged to be more aggressive in arguing why terror suspects should be tried in civilian courts, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder shied away from the controversy Wednesday during a 10-minute speech at a Federal Bar Association luncheon in Detroit.

BBC TV presenter silent over mercy killing: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Police questioned a veteran BBC broadcaster for a second day Thursday over his admission that he smothered an ex-lover who had AIDS, but his lawyer said he had yet to reveal the victim's name.

German lawyer:115 charge sex abuse by Jesuits (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer says 115 former students have come forward with charges of sexual abuse at schools run by Germany's Jesuit order.

W.Va. Attorney General Settles Unfair Debt Collections Cases (WOWK-TV West Virginia)
The state Attorney General's settlement with three debt collection agencies yields refunds, restitution, and canceled debts for West Virginia consumers.

U.S. Attorney will announce charges in N.J. corruption investigation (The Star-Ledger)
Mitsu Yasukawa/The Star-LedgerU.S. Attorney Paul Fishman at his office in Newark.NEWARK — U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman has scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference along with the FBI and IRS to announce charges in a New Jersey corruption investigation. Authorities...

Controversial Attorney Loses License (CBS 5 Green Bay)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has revoked the law license of a Milwaukee attorney long known for his flamboyant and controversial antics.

Attorney for Former M.E. Chief Investigator Says Rape Victim Not Credible (News On 6 Tulsa)
The attorney for the former chief investigator of the medical examiner's office is speaking out after his client was charged with rape this week. First Degree Rape Charge Filed Against Former M.E. Investigator

BUDGET REVIEW: Attorney General's Office looking into Gov. Culver's budget (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
The Iowa Attorney General's Office is now looking over Governor Culver's proposed budget.

Controversial Wis. attorney loses law license (WKBT La Crosse)
Associated Press - February 18, 2010 11:55 AM ET MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has revoked the law license of a Milwaukee attorney long known for his flamboyant and...

State supreme court rejects reinstatement of Tampa lawyer (The Tampa Tribune)
The Florida Supreme Court refused today to reinstate a Tampa lawyer who was suspended in 2006.The court denied a request by Linda Thompson to let her resume practicing law. She was suspended for two years in 2006 for failing to properly represent clients and engaging in conduct involving fraud or deceit. She also failed to provide a written response to the Florida Bar's investigation of the case.

Attorney: Algonquin boy who killed father was abused (Daily Herald)
An Algonquin boy charged with murdering his father has a "history of psychiatric issues" and may have been responding to years of abuse, his attorney said Thursday.

Manhattan District Attorney Names Economic Crimes Chief (New York Times)
Manhattan's district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has created a major economic crimes bureau to help combat financial fraud, Reuters reported Thursday.

German lawyer: 115 claim sex abuse by Jesuits (AP via Yahoo! News)
The number of students who claim they were sexually abused by Jesuit priests at schools across Germany has jumped to 115, a lawyer said Thursday.

Abused animals could get right to lawyer in Swiss proposal up for vote (Sun-Sentinel)
GENEVA (AP) — Lawyer Antoine F. Goetschel feels uncomfortable talking about one of his recent clients. And it isn't just because he lost the case.

St. Louis Attorney Files Class Action Suit Against Red Box (KPLR 11 St. Louis)
A Contact 2 "red alert" on the popular "Red Box" movie rental kiosks you see all over town. Consumers across the country say unfair late fees and other charges are adding up and now a Saint Louis attorney is now leading a class action lawsuit against the company. It's supposed to be one of the most convenient and economical ways to rent a movie. "It was my first experience with it." Self-service ...

Documents prove Toyota concealed evidence, lawyer says (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A U.S. House panel on Thursday subpoenaed confidential company documents that a former Toyota lawyer has said prove the automaker routinely concealed evidence from the courts and federal regulators.

Lawyer: Prof accused in slayings likely insane (AP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for an Alabama college professor accused of killing three colleagues during a faculty meeting said Thursday he believes the teacher is insane, and that she says she can't remember the shootings.

House Panel Demands Toyota Documents of Former In-House Attorney (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A U.S. House committee has demanded that Dimitrios Biller turn over internal documents that the former in-house attorney says would substantiate his allegation that Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. routinely destroyed and hid evidence in personal injury cases, Biller's lawyer said on Thursday.

Astor lawyer disbarred (New York Post)
The shady lawyer who helped Brooke Astor's son swindle her is now a shady ex-lawyer. The state Appellate Division officially disbarred Francis Morrissey yesterday, less than two months after he was sentenced to one to three years in prison for scheming to defraud the philanthropist and forging her signature...