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Thomas Peele: Convenient excuses allow officials to evade public disclosure in ...Trayvon Martin Case: Attorney Choice Sparks DivisionChicago Teachers Take Mock Strike VoteJoanne Luu Investigation Continues, State Attorney To Review CaseFM lawyer's license suspended indefinitelyAttorney wants PSC to drop No Name power issueLawyers: Court of public opinion no place for Trayvon caseAttorney general 'cautiously optimistic' about state's health care challengeThe busy attorney general across the streetToledo Car Accident Lawyer Calls for Enforcement, Education To Combat Speeding ...Billerica restaurant owner indicted for harassmentPinal Sheriff Babeu aide says he did not know e-mail rulesStar Watch: Indiana lacks answers on toxicology lab tests used in criminal casesPublic must sign in at CSB meetingsDona Ana clerk ousts 2 magistrate candidates from primary ballot

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Minnesota Legislature Roundup: House passes trio of weapons bills
Pierce County HeraldMarch 1, 2012

A number of state law enforcement and county attorney organizations opposed the bill. They have said the legislation would make their work more dangerous and could make it easier to defend murder. The bill includes a provision saying a person cannot ...more »

Federal judge questions state attorney on new voter-registration law
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)March 2, 2012

By Bill Cotterell A highly skeptical federal judge raised pointed questions about Florida's new voter-registration law Thursday, demanding to know whether Republicans were really fighting voter fraud or just making it harder for their opponents to get ...more »

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Thomas Peele: Convenient excuses allow officials to evade public disclosure in ...
San Jose Mercury NewsMarch 31, 2012

Mark Paxson, a Treasury Department lawyer, argued that Lockyer's texts couldn't be retrieved, which raises questions about the retention of and deletion of public records. However, Paxson also wrote that Lockyer's texts may not be disclosable anyway, ...more »

Trayvon Martin Case: Attorney Choice Sparks Division
WBURMarch 31, 2012

By Cheryl Corley Florida State Attorney Angela Corey (center) has been assigned to lead the investigation into the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. (Kelly Jordan / The Florida Times-Union) Activists are holding a rally in Sanford, ...more »

Chicago Teachers Take Mock Strike Vote
NBC ChicagoMarch 31, 2012

By Mary Ann Ahern and Ally Clark “The pro-strike sentiment reflects deep frustration by CPS teachers over non-negotiated terms imposed on them that are burdensome and unfair,” said Chicago Teachers Union attorney Robert Bloch. Chicago Public Schools ...more »

Joanne Luu Investigation Continues, State Attorney To Review Case
BocaNewsNow.comMarch 31, 2012

BocaNewsNow.com has learned that the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office has not yet received the investigative file from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The State Attorney's Office will ultimately determine what, if any, charges are filed.more »

FM lawyer's license suspended indefinitely
Burlington Hawk EyeMarch 31, 2012

... months," for ignoring his clients as well as the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary board. If not for his previous violations, Humphrey, who practiced law in Fort Madison, only could have received a public reprimand from the Supreme Court.more »

Attorney wants PSC to drop No Name power issue
KeysNetMarch 31, 2012

By RYAN McCARTHY The Utility Board of Key West's March 7 decision to provide commercial power to No Name Key could nullify two residents' complaints to the state Public Service Commission. Board attorney Nathan Eden filed a motion to dismiss the ...more »

Lawyers: Court of public opinion no place for Trayvon case
WBIR-TVMarch 31, 2012

On the other side, particularly in the past few days, there are impassioned pleas by Zimmerman's brother, father, lawyer and friends begging the public to consider the counter-argument: The 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain struggled for his life ...more »

Attorney general 'cautiously optimistic' about state's health care challenge
Rapid City JournalMarch 31, 2012

It's a waiting game now, but South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Friday he is “cautiously optimistic” the United States Supreme Court will find the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. South Dakota is one of 26 states challenging the ...more »

The busy attorney general across the street
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)March 31, 2012

In Atlanta, the attorney general successfully pushed through a rewrite of the state “sunshine” laws that give the public access to government documents and meetings. All in all, the week was evidence that Georgia's first Republican attorney general ...more »

Toledo Car Accident Lawyer Calls for Enforcement, Education To Combat Speeding ...
PR Web (press release)March 31, 2012

Stepping up law enforcement and public awareness campaigns have worked at reducing drunk driving. It's time to use similar campaigns to combat speeding, too, Toledo car accident lawyer Jonathan M. Ashton said today. According to a recently released ...more »

Billerica restaurant owner indicted for harassment
Wicked LocalMarch 31, 2012

By Staff reports A Billerica restaurant owner admitted on March 29 to sufficient facts stemming from charges that he accosted numerous female employees over several years, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.more »

Pinal Sheriff Babeu aide says he did not know e-mail rules
Arizona RepublicMarch 31, 2012

30, 2012 11:31 PM Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's director of communications said Friday that he deleted numerous files last month that had been preserved under a public-records and law-enforcement request as part of a state investigation and that he ...more »

Star Watch: Indiana lacks answers on toxicology lab tests used in criminal cases
Indianapolis StarMarch 31, 2012

Chezem's statement, however, leaves out a critical player in the process -- defense attorneys. It's an omission that infuriates Larry Landis, executive director of the state Public Defenders Council. Landis said many people charged with crimes based on ...more »

Public must sign in at CSB meetings
Youngstown VindicatorMarch 31, 2012

Judge John M. Stuard of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court ruled that the cases and statutes presented to the court by attorneys give “no clear and convincing evidence to allow this court to issue the requested injunction.” Patricia Paridon of Niles ...more »

Dona Ana clerk ousts 2 magistrate candidates from primary ballot
Alamogordo Daily NewsMarch 31, 2012

He said he withheld his ruling until checking with the secretary of state, who in turn sought advice from the state attorney general's staff. All agreed that candidates for Do-a Ana County Magistrate Court must meet the new, higher standard of being ...more »

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