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Attorney general: Concerts, festivals can't ban guns in public parksAttorney General flips, bans public funds for anti-pot campaignSpartanburg attorney files to run for public works commissionSpartanburg attorney files to run for public works commissionAttorney General: Private companies can't ban legal guns at public parksCalifornia teenager, 15, charged in killing of 8-year-old girl appears in courtIndiana Attorney General Urging Credit Freezes For HoosiersBaltimore State's Attorney deputy once defended Freddie GrayPublic defender back at work after client beatingRoger Blew assigned public defenderWill extra dollars help local public defender office?ACLU Sues California County where Each Public Defender Forced to Handle 700 ...One way to keep public defender costs down: Decriminalize unlicensed drivingTransparency for Colorado's public defendersMayor Johnson's attorney releases list of 'private' emails

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'The Watcher' suit shouldn't have gone public, homeowners' lawyer says | NJ.com
NJ.comJuly 8, 2015

WESTFIELD – Before a news media blitz shined a spotlight on the lawsuit about a mysterious, self-dubbed "Watcher" stalking a home, a lawyer representing the owners of the house pleaded with a judge to have case closed from public view. Lee Levitt, the ...more »

Balmer: Holmes trial highlights need for public defender sunshine | The ...
The Colorado StatesmanJuly 27, 2015

As People v. James Holmes, Arapahoe County Case 2012CR1522, winds down, we should reexamine sunshine disclosure rules for public defenders. To his credit, District Attorney George Brauchler is disclosing every tax dollar his office is spending ...more »

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Attorney general: Concerts, festivals can't ban guns in public parks
Knoxville News SentinelJuly 31, 2015

NASHVILLE — A state attorney general's opinion about Tennessee's new guns-in-parks law says city and county governments and third-party contractors who run such events as concerts and festivals in public parks cannot ban handgun-carry permit holders ...more »

Attorney General flips, bans public funds for anti-pot campaign
Arizona Daily SunJuly 31, 2015

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday disavowed an opinion he issued earlier this year which said publicly financed "education'' campaigns on pending ballot measures need not be fair and balanced. In a new formal opinion, Brnovich ...more »

Spartanburg attorney files to run for public works commission
Spartanburg Herald JournalJuly 31, 2015

Spartanburg attorney Stephanie Burton has filed to run for a seat on the Commission of Public Works. Enlarge |. Stephanie Burton. Photo provided. Burton said in a written statement that her legal experience will be an asset for the commission and ...more »

Spartanburg attorney files to run for public works commission
Spartanburg Herald JournalJuly 30, 2015

Spartanburg attorney Stephanie Burton has filed to run for a seat on the Commission of Public Works. Enlarge |. Stephanie Burton. Photo provided. Burton said in a written statement that her legal experience will be an asset for the commission and ...more »

Attorney General: Private companies can't ban legal guns at public parks
The TennesseanJuly 30, 2015

A private organization operating a public park in Tennessee can't stop licensed handgun permit holders from carrying their weapons into an event, according to a new opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General. The opinion seems to apply to events at ...more »

California teenager, 15, charged in killing of 8-year-old girl appears in court
New York Daily NewsJuly 30, 2015

He did not enter a plea, and his arraignment was postponed until Sept. 21. District Attorney spokesman Paul Mangasarian said the delay likely was aimed at giving the defense more time to build a case. Larry Biggam of the Santa Cruz public defender's...more »

Indiana Attorney General Urging Credit Freezes For Hoosiers
Indiana Public MediaJuly 30, 2015

The Indiana Attorney General's office is urging Hoosiers to freeze their credit following a recent data breach at Fort Wayne-based Medical Informatics Engineering and its subsidiary, NoMoreClipboard. The breach may have affected 1.5 million Hoosiers ...more »

Baltimore State's Attorney deputy once defended Freddie Gray
CNNJuly 30, 2015

The documents include a letter dated September 11, 2012, from the Office of the Public Defender addressed to Jan Bledsoe, informing her that she had been assigned a case for defendant Freddie Gray, who was being charged with possession of cocaine ...more »

Public defender back at work after client beating
Minnesota LawyerJuly 30, 2015

The veteran Ramsey County public defender who was hospitalized after she was violently attacked by a 15-year-old female client earlier this month is returning to work, according to her boss, Ramsey County Chief Public Defender Pat Kittridge.more »

Roger Blew assigned public defender
KTVOJuly 30, 2015

Convicted animal hoarder Roger Blew now has an attorney to represent him in his latest charge on the Missouri side of the border. The Glenwood, Mo., man had been having trouble qualifying for a public defender since late May. Two hearings and seven ...more »

Will extra dollars help local public defender office?
Shreveport TimesJuly 30, 2015

More local dollars could flow to the Caddo Parish public defender office's stressed coffers this year. The reason: the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office said it has changed how it reduces traffic tickets once a motorist completes the traffic and ...more »

ACLU Sues California County where Each Public Defender Forced to Handle 700 ...
AllGovJuly 30, 2015

Public defenders in Fresno County, Calif., have an unwieldy caseload with each attorney averaging 700 felony cases a year, making it virtually impossible to give clients a decent defense. Now the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued Fresno ...more »

One way to keep public defender costs down: Decriminalize unlicensed driving
Longview Daily NewsJuly 30, 2015

Longview's public defense costs have more than doubled in the past year — from $260,000 to about $600,000 — to meet a state Supreme Court mandate that blocks public defenders from taking more than 400 cases per year. “We're not the only city having ...more »

Transparency for Colorado's public defenders
Fort Morgan TimesJuly 30, 2015

As the James Holmes trial reaches its final stages, state Sen. David Balmer is calling on the legislature to resuscitate an idea that was rejected this year but which has even more merit today than when proposed. And that is to require transparency ...more »

Mayor Johnson's attorney releases list of 'private' emails
Sacramento BeeJuly 30, 2015

As part of an ongoing legal battle, private attorneys for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson have compiled a list of 158 emails and associated documents that they believe should be considered privileged and withheld from public view. The log, released ...more »

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