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Contra Costa Public Defender sued over right to an attorney at arraignmentState attorney general: Public records have limitsSC attorney general: Public records have limitsAustin Sigg trial should be open to publicPanhandle ranchers go toe-to-toe with attorney generalRobocalls, Human Trafficking Top Attorney General's AgendaChambersburg attorney Jerrold Sulcove to run for Franklin County judgeLawyer's Claim: Jackson Quit EPA Over Alias Email AccountsColumbus City Attorney's Office Releases Annual 'Dirty Dozen' ListDA wants hearing in Jessica Ridgeway murder case open to publicAttorneys spar in council sessionChattanooga attorney wins conservation awardState Attorney investigation closed with no formal chargesChattanooga attorney wins conservation awardInconvenient: Keep public meetings public

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State attorneys, public defenders make the case for increased salary funding
Florida Times-Union (blog)December 6, 2012

Tallahassee | Brain drain due to low salaries is one of the biggest issues for state attorneys and public defenders across the state, a panel tasked with writing the Senate's court budget heard Thursday. “On average, you start at $40,000 after law ...more »

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Contra Costa Public Defender sued over right to an attorney at arraignment
Contra Costa TimesDecember 31, 2012

MARTINEZ -- Contra Costa County's long-standing practice of assigning defense attorneys to indigent criminal defendants after -- and not at -- their initial court appearance has resulted in a federal class action lawsuit against Public Defender Robin ...more »

State attorney general: Public records have limits
Greenville NewsDecember 29, 2012

Wilson said his main legislative priority next year also shows he wants to protect the public. The attorney general wants to create a public integrity unit that would allow his office to work in concert with SLED, the Department of Revenue, the Ethics ...more »

SC attorney general: Public records have limits
WACHDecember 29, 2012

Attorney General Alan Wilson defended his office's decision not to release a report on the investigation into former Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth, who pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor for using an inmate to do work at his home. Booth paid ...more »

Austin Sigg trial should be open to public
Denver PostDecember 29, 2012

Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey's request that an upcoming hearing for the 17-year-old accused of killing Jessica Ridgeway be open to the public is an encouraging development in a high-profile case. A judge had previously made a rare ...more »

Panhandle ranchers go toe-to-toe with attorney general
Your Houston NewsDecember 29, 2012

29, 1885 to call the attorney general's bluff by indicting themselves on charges of “illegal fencing” on public land. By the 1880's, most people in the eastern half of Texas believed beef barons in the faraway Panhandle were exploiting the public...more »

Robocalls, Human Trafficking Top Attorney General's Agenda
Indiana Public MediaDecember 28, 2012

Indiana's Attorney General says two of his biggest priorities for his next term will be cracking down on human trafficking and robocalls. The General Assembly this year passed new penalties for human traffickers, but Zoeller says more needs to be done ...more »

Chambersburg attorney Jerrold Sulcove to run for Franklin County judge
Chambersburg Public OpinionDecember 28, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG - Jerrold A. Sulcove announced that he will run for judge of the 39th Judicial District. The 39th Judicial District includes all of Franklin and Fulton counties. Sulcove will run for a seat on the bench vacated by the retirement of Judge ...more »

Lawyer's Claim: Jackson Quit EPA Over Alias Email Accounts
Newsmax.comDecember 28, 2012

Horner told Fox on Thursday that the alias emails might well contain information regarding the Obama administration's alleged "war on coal" and other sensitive information that Jackson did not want made public. “She, by her action, told us that these ...more »

Columbus City Attorney's Office Releases Annual 'Dirty Dozen' List
NBC4i.comDecember 27, 2012

Martney, who lives on the north side of Columbus, has also been charged with assault, resisting arrest, soliciting for prostitution, criminal trespass, theft, public indecency disorderly conduct, domestic violence, obstructing official business, and ...more »

DA wants hearing in Jessica Ridgeway murder case open to public
Denver PostDecember 27, 2012

Munsinger ruled that the preliminary hearing for Austin Sigg will be closed to the media and the general public after Sigg's attorney said media coverage had been pervasive and extensive. The judge said that publicity about the preliminary hearing ...more »

Attorneys spar in council session
Ruidoso NewsDecember 27, 2012

Village Attorney Dan Bryant asked for a few minutes to respond to Griffin, something usually not allowed under public forum. Bryant said that in Griffin's Nov. 14 letter to the village clerk, he asked to be placed on agenda, saying he plan to cover a ...more »

Chattanooga attorney wins conservation award
WATE-TVDecember 27, 2012

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A Chattanooga attorney who has helped create public parks around Chattanooga for 15 years is being honored with a national conservation award. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Allen McCallie helped create parks and ...more »

State Attorney investigation closed with no formal charges
Port St. Joe StarDecember 27, 2012

“What a silly process.” Graney has labeled the investigation a “Keystone Kops comedy routine.” Herring and Jensen provided Williams with a recording device to record a private conversation between Williams and Graney on June 28, which lasted nearly 90 ...more »

Chattanooga attorney wins conservation award
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 27, 2012

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/Vgj08v) Allen McCallie helped create parks and open spaces as a volunteer and attorney with the Trust for Public Land. Some of those spaces include the Tennessee Riverwalk, the South and North ...more »

Inconvenient: Keep public meetings public
The Union LeaderDecember 27, 2012

Walz' proposed legislation would make discussions of the attorney's advice, not consultations with the attorney, exempt from the public meetings law. Her reasoning is that many small towns share attorneys and the current requirement makes scheduling ...more »

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