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Disbarred, bankrupt lawyer Girardi charged with client theft

Disgraced ex-lawyer Tom Girardi, once celebrated for winning massive settlements, has been indicted by federal grand juries in Los Angeles and Chicago on charges he stole more than $18 million from clients, prosecutors announced on Feb. 1. The charges are ...

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Georgia judge’s removal recommended over ethical misconduct

Georgia's Supreme Court should permanently remove a state appeals court judge accused of ethical misconduct, a judicial discipline panel recommended in a report released on Jan. 30. The three-member state panel said Christian Coomer flouted ethics rules on how a ...

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Ex-Ohio speaker’s lawyer questions ‘vibes,’ judge’s fitness

One of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder's lawyers questioned the fitness on Jan. 31 of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black to preside over the Republican's corruption trial. Attorney Mark Marein raised the issue as the trial of Householder ...

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Dismissal of discrimination suit over Columbus Day name change upheld

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a judge's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the mayor of Philadelphia discriminated against Italian Americans in renaming the city's Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day. A U.S. District Court ...

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Bill would stop MSG from kicking out enemy lawyers

New York City’s Madison Square Garden and other sports venues would be barred from refusing entry to perceived enemies of their owners under a bill introduced to the state Legislature on Jan. 23. The proposed legislation was filed after the ...

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Man who abused daughter’s ex-college roommates gets 60 years in prison

An ex-convict who obtained millions of dollars by subjecting his daughter’s ex-college roommates to forced labor and prostitution was sentenced on Jan. 20 to 60 years in prison by a judge who labeled him an “evil genius” who used sadism ...

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Minnesota lawyer gets third suspension for disrespecting court staff, judge

A Minnesota lawyer who has already been suspended twice and admonished three times since being admitted to practice law in 1990 has been suspended again. Peter Nickitas, who once told his opposing counsel to sleep with the fishes, faces a ...

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Perjury trial looms for Baltimore’s former top prosecutor

With a March trial date quickly approaching in the federal perjury case against Baltimore’s former top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, a series of rulings on Jan. 17 created significant new hurdles for her defense team, including the possibility of criminal contempt ...

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Elon Musk rebuffed in bid to move Tesla tweet trial to Texas

A federal judge on Jan. 13 rejected Tesla CEO Elon Musk's bid to move or delay a trial over a misleading tweet about a potential buyout of the electric automaker, setting the stage for the mercurial billionaire to be thrust ...

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