The ‘Murdaugh Murders’ in South Carolina: What to Know

The unsolved killings of a lawyer’s wife and son have brought new scrutiny to three other deaths in recent years.

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Schemer or Naïf? The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes

The trial for the founder of Theranos, the once high-flying blood testing start-up, will cap a saga of Silicon Valley hubris, ambition and deception.

#balwani-sunny, #boards-of-directors, #computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #legal-profession, #medical-devices, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

Michael Avenatti Is Granted a Mistrial in Federal Fraud Case

A U.S. District Court judge found that federal prosecutors had withheld financial data from Mr. Avenatti, the former lawyer for the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. He faces a retrial.

#accounting-and-accountants, #avenatti-michael, #california, #clifford-stephanie-1979, #extortion-and-blackmail, #legal-profession, #los-angeles-calif, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #santa-ana-calif, #tax-evasion, #trump-donald-j

We’re Kidding Ourselves That Workers Perform Well From Home

My office reopened at the height of the pandemic. We’ve thrived.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #legal-profession, #moderna-inc, #telecommuting

Erin Gilmer, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at 38

She fought for a more compassionate health care system, bringing an extensive knowledge of policy and even more extensive firsthand experience as a patient.

#colorado, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #gilmer-erin-1982-2021, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #legal-profession, #medicine-and-health

Frank Askin, Fierce Defender of Civil Liberties, Dies at 89

A late bloomer in law school, he founded a constitutional rights clinic to guard against government overreach and was a longtime general counsel at the A.C.L.U.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #askin-frank, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #legal-profession, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey

Trump’s ‘Team Kraken’ Lands in Hot Water

L. Lin Wood and other lawyers are now trying to minimize the roles they played after the 2020 election.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #presidential-election-of-2020, #wood-l-lin

What Thurgood Marshall Taught Me

He became the first Black Supreme Court justice, and the stories he told his clerks — like me — revealed how he helped break down America’s color line.

#black-people, #legal-profession, #marshall-thurgood, #segregation-and-desegregation, #supreme-court-us

Boom Times for Lawyers as Washington Pursues Big Tech

Not since the government sued to break up Microsoft in the late 1990s has there been greater demand for people who know the ins and outs of corporate competition law.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freshfields-llp, #google-inc, #legal-profession, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Britney Spears’s Courtroom Plea Spurs Questions for Her Lawyer

The singer said she had not known she needed to petition the court to be released from her conservatorship, placing a focus on the court-appointed counsel who has represented her for 13 years.

#ingham-samuel-d-iii, #legal-profession, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

Rudy Giuliani’s Law License Is Suspended in New York

The former mayor of New York, who was once the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, is now barred from practicing law in the state.

#giuliani-rudolph-w, #legal-profession, #trump-donald-j

The Power of Money: How Autocrats Use London to Strike Foes Worldwide

English courtrooms have become a battleground — and a source of powerful weapons — in fierce disputes between the tycoons and the politicians of the post-Soviet world.

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Texas Attorney General Is Being Investigated by State Bar Association

Attorney General Ken Paxton is accused of filing a frivolous lawsuit when he challenged President Biden’s victory.

#attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #paxton-ken, #texas

Navalny’s Lawyer Finds Himself a Target of Putin’s Crackdown

For years, Ivan Pavlov jousted with Russia’s “leviathan” security state. Now, as the lawyer for the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, he is in danger of being swallowed by it.

#content-type-personal-profile, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #legal-profession, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pavlov-ivan-y, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

F. Lee Bailey, Lawyer for Patty Hearst and O.J. Simpson, Dies at 87

With theatrical courtroom flair, he was involved in a host of notorious criminal cases, including those of the Boston Strangler and a Vietnam War massacre.

#bailey-f-lee, #deaths-obituaries, #hearst-patricia, #legal-profession, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #simpson-o-j

Janine Brookner, Punished C.I.A. Officer Who Got Revenge, Dies at 80

She had been a successful operative and station chief when staffers made dubious allegations that forced her from the field. She sued the C.I.A. — and won.

#brookner-janine-1940-2021, #central-intelligence-agency, #deaths-obituaries, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls

Paul J. Hanly Jr., Top Litigator in Opioid Cases, Dies at 70

Mr. Hanly had been central to the current nationwide litigation against pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and others in the opioid supply chain.

#deaths-obituaries, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hanly-paul-j-jr-1951-2021, #legal-profession, #liability-for-products, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Ex-Prosecutor Who Withheld Evidence in Murder Case Gives Up Law License

Two men who spent 15 years behind bars in the 1999 murder of a Texas pastor were later released and declared “actually innocent.”

#allen-dennis, #black-people, #dallas-tex, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #jackson-richard-e, #legal-profession, #mozee-stanley, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-registry-of-exonerations, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #texas, #witnesses

‘Staggering’ Legal Fees in Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Case

As the Boy Scouts of America goes through a massive and contentious bankruptcy, dozens of lawyers are working on the case. Many are charging more than $1,000 an hour.

#bankruptcies, #boy-scouts, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #legal-profession, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whitecase

Soli Sorabjee, Eminent Indian Jurist and Jazz Lover, Dies at 91

Mr. Sorabjee was a constitutional expert and free speech advocate who served two stints as the nation’s attorney general. He died of the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #india, #jazz, #legal-profession, #sorabjee-soli-1930-2021

‘There Was a Big Battle in Here’: Lawyers Tour Capitol as a Crime Scene

Defense lawyers representing suspects in the riot are being given tours of the Capitol to help them visualize what took place on Jan. 6.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #legal-profession, #loyd-thomas, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur

A Rutgers Law student repeated an epithet from a legal case, and now Black students at the New Jersey school are calling for a policy on slurs — and apologies.

#academic-freedom, #apologies, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #handler-alan-b, #law-schools, #legal-profession, #new-jersey, #race-and-ethnicity, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey, #vera-bergelson

After Failures to Curb Sexual Assault, a Move Toward a Major Shift in Military Law

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has fought for years to remove commanders from deciding assault cases. Now, more colleagues and a Pentagon panel agree.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #courts-martial, #defense-department, #ernst-joni, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #legal-profession, #senate, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Richard K. Kim, Pioneering Korean-American Prosecutor, Dies at 76

He was appointed an assistant district attorney in Queens in 1985 and later became counsel to a cosmetics company. He died of complications of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #kim-richard-k-1944-2021, #korean-americans, #legal-profession, #queens-nyc

Why Tucker Carlson Is Obsessed With Kristen Clarke

She’s a fighter for civil rights. Of course Fox News is trying to smear her.

#anti-defamation-league, #carlson-tucker, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #clarke-kristen-1974, #fox-news-channel, #justice-department, #legal-profession, #united-states-politics-and-government

Howard Weitzman, Defense Lawyer for the Famous, Dies at 81

A master practitioner of the courthouse-steps news conference, he often made his case in the court of public opinion. He also made lawsuits disappear.

#celebrities, #deaths-obituaries, #jackson-michael, #legal-profession, #news-and-news-media, #simpson-o-j, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #weitzman-howard-1939-2021, #wills-and-estates

Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93

Mr. Clark oversaw the drafting of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 and went on to defend both the disadvantaged and the unpopular.

#attorneys-general, #clark-ramsey, #deaths-obituaries, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #legal-profession, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam-war

The Courtroom Sketch: A Piece of History, and Art

The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.

#art, #chaney-mary-1927-2004, #church-marilyn, #collectors-and-collections, #courtroom-sketch-artists, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #king-rodney-glen, #legal-profession, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress

An Accidental Disclosure Exposes a $1 Billion Tax Fight With Bristol Myers

The I.R.S. believes the American drugmaker used an abusive offshore scheme to avoid federal taxes.

#accounting-and-accountants, #bristol-myers-squibb-company, #corporate-taxes, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-revenue-service, #legal-profession, #pricewaterhousecoopers, #tax-evasion, #tax-shelters, #whitecase

Black N.F.L. Players Want New Advocate in Concussion Settlement

Players said the lawyer for the N.F.L. retiree class knew that race-based criteria were used to deny Black players’ dementia claims. A review of eight such rejections seems to support their argument.

#black-people, #concussions, #davenport-najeh-1979, #dementia, #discrimination, #football, #henry-kevin-1968, #legal-profession, #national-football-league, #race-and-ethnicity, #seeger-christopher, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tests-medical

Barbara Ann Rowan, Who Spurred Advances for Black Lawyers, Dies at 82

As a Black lawyer she protested a racial slur during a bar association speech after forging a trail as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan. She died of Covid-19.

#alexandria-va, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #legal-profession, #new-york-city, #rowan-barbara-ann-1938-2020, #women-and-girls

Robert Altman, Video Game Mogul Who Survived Scandal, Dies at 73

He and his mentor, Clark Clifford, were caught up in a major financial fraud case. He later switched careers to lead the prominent game company ZeniMax.

#altman-robert-a, #bank-of-credit-and-commerce-international, #clifford-clark-m, #computer-and-video-games, #deaths-obituaries, #frauds-and-swindling, #legal-profession, #zenimax-media

Lawyers Enabled Trump’s Worst Abuses

The legal profession must reckon with its complicity in Trump’s attack on democracy.

#american-bar-assn, #attorneys-general, #justice-department, #legal-profession, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-south-africa, #united-states-politics-and-government

Meet the Four Harvard Law Grads Taking on the Entire Legal System

The founders of the People’s Parity Project are hoping to eliminate harassment and discrimination within the legal profession — and everywhere it operates. “You’re not alone in this.”

#metoo-movement, #arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #legal-profession, #sexual-harassment

How Alan Dershowitz Became a Force in Clemency Grants

The lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who represented the former president in his first impeachment trial, used his access for a wide array of clients as they sought pardons or commutations.

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Naomi Levine, Lawyer Who Helped Transform N.Y.U., Dies at 97

She thrived in a profession where she found herself mostly surrounded by men, taking on leadership roles and helping to turn New York University into a top-tier institution.

#american-jewish-congress, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #jews-and-judaism, #legal-profession, #levine-naomi, #new-york-university, #women-and-girls

Who Are David Schoen and Bruce Castor, Trump’s Impeachment Trial Lawyers?

The former president’s defense team brings together an Alabama civil rights and criminal defense lawyer and a former Pennsylvania prosecutor best known for not charging Bill Cosby.

#castor-bruce-1961, #impeachment, #legal-profession, #schoen-david-attorney, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

District Attorney Charged in Sexual Assaults on Former Clients

Chad Salsman, the elected prosecutor of Bradford County, Pa., was accused of preying on female clients who were in vulnerable legal or personal situations while he was their defense lawyer.

#metoo-movement, #bradford-county-pa, #chad-salsman, #elections-district-attorneys, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #pennsylvania, #sex-crimes, #shapiro-josh-1973, #women-and-girls

Trump Parts Ways With Lead Impeachment Lawyer

The move comes a little over a week before the former president’s Senate trial is set to begin and after a frantic search to secure a lead lawyer for his defense team.

#giuliani-rudolph-w, #herschmann-eric-d, #impeachment, #legal-profession, #paul-rand, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Calls Intensify to Censure Giuliani for His Work as Trump’s Lawyer

Two dozen prominent lawyers, including judges and former federal prosecutors, signed a formal complaint seeking the suspension of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s law license.

#chung-christine, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #legal-profession, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Deborah Rhode, Who Transformed the Field of Legal Ethics, Dies at 68

A Stanford professor, she pushed the legal profession to confront the ways it failed clients and to be more inclusive of women.

#deaths-obituaries, #legal-profession, #rhode-deborah-l, #stanford-university, #women-and-girls

Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

The president’s allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars — and potentially much more — from people seeking pardons.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #corruption-institutional, #dowd-john-m, #giorno-karen, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #justice-department, #kiriakou-john-c, #legal-profession, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #tolman-brett, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walters-william-t

After 2 Impeachments, Giuliani Vows to Continue His Fervor for Trump

White House officials are universally angry with Rudolph W. Giuliani and blame him for both of President Trump’s impeachments. But he remains one of few people still willing to join Mr. Trump in the foxhole.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #impeachment, #legal-profession, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Hall of Fame Lawyer, a ‘Real Housewife’ and a Stunning Fall

One of the country’s premier “toxic tort” lawyers is accused of misappropriating money from families of victims of the Lion Air crash that led to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max. And that’s just the beginning.

#boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #brockovich-erin, #embezzlement, #girardi-thomas-v, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #legal-profession, #lion-air, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Lawyer on Trump Election Call Quits Firm After Uproar

The law firm, Foley & Lardner, had distanced itself from Cleta Mitchell after a recording of the call revealed she helped the president pressure Georgia elections officials.

#legal-profession, #mitchell-cleta, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Trump Lawyer on Call Is a Conservative Firebrand Aiding His Push to Overturn Election

Cleta Mitchell had been quietly helping President Trump’s attempt to subvert the election results when the recording of him pressuring Georgia elections officials was revealed.

#content-type-personal-profile, #georgia, #legal-profession, #mitchell-cleta, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Ralph K. Winter Jr., a Top Conservative Judicial Mind, Dies at 85

As a scholar and a federal appellate judge, he changed the shape of laws on campaign finance and corporate governance.

#appeals-courts-us, #deaths-obituaries, #legal-profession, #winter-ralph-k, #yale-university

Biden to Pick Brenda Mallory to Run the Council on Environmental Quality

The office, the Council on Environmental Quality, is expected to have an expanded focus on environmental justice under Ms. Mallory, an environmental lawyer.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #legal-profession, #mallory-brenda-1957, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-council-on-environmental-quality

Lawrence Byrne, Former Lawyer for New York Police, Dies at 61

His younger brother, a police officer, was assassinated by a drug gang at 22, a key moment in the city’s crack epidemic of the 1980s.

#attacks-on-police, #black-lives-matter-movement, #byrne-edward-r-1966-88, #byrne-lawrence-m-1959-2020, #criminal-justice, #deaths-obituaries, #legal-profession, #police, #police-department-nyc

William Aronwald, Target of a Botched Mob Hit, Dies at 79

He was a prominent prosecutor in the 1970s. A blunder by hit men left his father dead.

#aronwald-george-m, #aronwald-william-i, #deaths-obituaries, #legal-profession, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime