282 entries in 'Legal Business'
2024/05/24   Marilyn Mosby to be sentenced for mortgage fraud and perjury convictions
2024/05/19   Hunter Biden arrives at court for a final hearing before his June 3 gun trial
2024/05/12   Justice Clarence Thomas calls Washington a 'hideous place'
2024/05/09   Gardena Employment Law Defense Legal Services
2024/05/05   Trump faces prospect of additional sanctions for violating gag order
2024/05/01   Retrial of Harvey Weinstein unlikely to occur soon, if ever, experts say
2024/04/12   What to know about abortion in Arizona under the near-total 1864 ban
2024/03/12   Trump wants N.Y. hush money trial to wait for Supreme Court immunity ruling
2024/03/11   Sen. Bob Menendez enters not guilty plea to latest criminal indictment
2024/03/07   Hong Kong court affirms landmark sedition conviction for pro-democracy activist
2024/02/14   North Carolina voter ID trial rescheduled again for spring in federal court
2024/02/07   Nevada Supreme Court sides with AP in Wynn defamation suit
2024/02/02   Court says GOP lawmakers who staged walkout can’t run for re-election
2024/01/15   What to know: South Africa's genocide case against Israel at ICJ
2024/01/07   NRA chief Wayne LaPierre announces resignation ahead of trial
2023/12/24   Wisconsin Supreme Court orders new legislative maps in redistricting case
2023/12/19   Google to pay $700 million to US states, consumers in app store settlement
2023/12/02   Court affirms actor Jussie Smollett’s convictions and jail sentence
2023/11/28   New Mexico Supreme Court upholds Democratic-drawn congressional map
2023/11/20   Trump celebrates win in Colorado election case during return visit to Iowa
2023/11/09   Ivanka Trump Gave Her Testimony in Trump Organization Fraud Trial
2023/10/24   Sydney court postpones extradition hearing of former US military pilot
2023/10/06   Trump lawyers seek dismissal of DC federal election subversion case
2023/09/25   Judge rules Trump committed fraud while building real estate empire
2023/09/17   A Supreme Court redistricting ruling gave hope to Black voters
2023/09/15   Hunter Biden is indicted on federal firearm-purchasing charges after plea deal fails
2023/09/06   Lawyers claim cable TV and phone companies also responsible in Maui fires
2023/08/23   After Roe v. Wade, the fight over abortion access moves to New Mexico
2023/06/25   Court sides with Jack Daniel’s in dispute with makers of dog toy
2023/06/11   Texas court dismisses GOP donor’s defamation lawsuit
2023/06/02   Federal appeals court overturns 1991 death sentence in Fresno double murder
2023/05/23   Tunisian court releases prominent radio director from prison
2023/05/12   Supreme Court rejects challenge to California pork law
2023/05/04   Donald Trump seeks to move NY criminal case to federal court
2023/03/10   German woman risks tougher sentence over Yazidi girl’s death
2023/03/06   EU legal advisor: Homegrown player quotas clash with EU law
2023/02/26   Panel scolds Wisconsin justice for remarks in Trump case
2023/02/19   Pakistani court acquits parents of activist in treason case
2023/02/16   Maryland mulls ending child sexual abuse lawsuit time limits
2023/02/02   South Korean court says stolen statue must return to Japan
2022/12/06   Former Nazi camp secretary voices regret, seeks acquittal
2022/10/17   Court rejects appeal to give American Samoans citizenship
2022/09/27   Appeals ruling leaves Trump fate in defamation suit in flux
2022/08/11   Federal horserace authority rules again blocked in 2 states
2022/07/29   Massachusetts governor signs bill protecting abortion access
2022/07/18   Abortion clinic goes before judge to challenge WVa ban
2022/06/14   Supreme Court rules against Navajo Nation member
2022/04/18   Suit seeks to overturn renewed Philadelphia mask mandate
2021/10/18   Judge agrees to delay in sentencing for Gaetz friend
2021/09/07   Consumer Protection Law Attorney Website
2021/08/06   West African court to rule on Venezuelan’s extradition to US
2021/08/02   Men ordered to pay back $2.4M in health care fraud case
2021/07/31   How to Make Calls to Action Works
2021/06/21   High court sides with ex-athletes in NCAA compensation case
2021/04/27   Court to hear appeal of Dallas officer who killed neighbor
2021/04/19   US deports woman who lied about role in Rwandan genocide
2021/01/18   Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves
2021/01/10   Louisiana Supreme Court has a new chief justice, John Weimer
2020/12/10   High court rejects GOP bid to halt Biden’s Pennsylvania win
2020/11/23   Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none
2020/11/15   Chapter 7 bankruptcy - The Bankruptcy Means Test
2020/11/10   GOP tries again to get high court to ax health care law
2020/11/02   Legal armies ready if cloudy election outcome heads to court
2020/09/26   Ginsburg makes history at Capitol amid replacement turmoil
2020/09/19   Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
2020/07/14   New Orleans councilman, attorney plead not guilty to fraud
2020/07/03   High court won't hear abortion clinic 'buffer zone' cases
2020/06/13   International Criminal Court condemns US sanctions order
2020/05/30   Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services
2020/05/12   Supreme Court appears likely to reject Trump immunity claim
2020/05/07   Ginsburg, from hospital, joins in on 'Obamacare' arguments
2020/04/12   Texas clinics ask Supreme Court to abortions during pandemic
2020/03/22   Court affirms conviction in hot-grease injuries to wife
2020/03/17   Australian highest court to rule on Cardinal’s appeal later
2020/02/22   Arkansas candidate's political ties targeted in court race
2020/02/20   Florida can’t bar felons who served their time from registering to vote
2020/02/10   Ruling ends court fight over merger of 2 school districts
2020/01/30   Wood County commissioner reprimanded by Supreme Court
2020/01/11   Former IAAF president’s corruption trial opens in Paris
2020/01/08   Greek court postpones retrial in US tourist's beating death
2019/12/29   Court: Washington drivers must use turn signals to turn
2019/12/24   Roberts will tap his inner umpire in impeachment trial
2019/12/18   Protests of Indian law grow despite efforts to contain them
2019/12/14   Kansas Supreme Court getting new member, new chief justice
2019/11/25   Supreme Court says Ginsburg released from hospital
2019/11/16   EU court refers doubts on Polish judiciary to national court
2019/10/20   The Latest: EU Parliament to be flexible on ratifying Brexit
2019/10/18   Supreme Court takes up case over quick deportations
2019/10/13   Arkansas judge: Court to hear 19 adoption scheme cases
2019/09/30   Egypt court asks religious figure to weigh in on sentences
2019/09/26   Transgender woman in Supreme Court case 'happy being me'
2019/09/22   Bulgarian court to eye revoking parole for Australian man
2019/08/30   Brazil court overrules Rio mayor on gay kiss book ban
2019/08/22   K-Global @ SiliconValley - Future is on 5G
2019/08/16   Mexico high court to Health officials: Regulate medical pot
2019/08/12   Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts
2019/08/10   Supreme Court rebuffs Alabama officer charged with murder
2019/07/27   Cyprus police frees 5 Israelis, 7 held in hotel rape probe
2019/07/05   Swedish court detains rapper A$AP Rocky on assault charge
2019/06/20   Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland
2019/06/17   High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding case
2019/05/20   Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court
2019/05/14   Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments
2019/04/30   EPA reaffirms glyphosate safe for users as court cases grow
2019/04/26   Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban
2019/04/23   Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters
2019/04/15   6 appear in court on charges they sent mosque attack images
2019/04/06   Parkland sheriff removal case heads to Florida Supreme Court
2019/03/28   Group takes oil refinery fight to North Dakota's high court
2019/03/25   High court won’t referee dispute over Michael Jordan images
2019/03/19   DC-area sniper shootings case to have Supreme Court hearing
2019/02/20   Florida school shooting suspect due back in court
2019/02/13   Court case to tackle jails' medication-assisted treatment
2019/01/01   Court extends detention for Nissan ex-chair Ghosn by 10 days
2018/12/22   NC court: Counties not responsible for school underfunding
2018/12/19   Human rights court rules against Greece in Sharia law case
2018/12/04   EU court adviser: Britain could change its mind on Brexit
2018/11/24   Government asks high court to hear transgender military case
2018/10/12   Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein case
2018/10/11   Supreme Court wrestles with case on detention of immigrants
2018/09/14   Court: British surveillance violates European law
2018/09/07   Court: No review of 100-year sentence for attempted murders
2018/08/28   German court mulls jail for some over Munich air pollution
2018/08/13   Court: EPA violated law on harmful pesticide, orders ban
2018/08/08   Child remains found at New Mexico compound, man due in court
2018/08/01   Officer involved in militia leader's death named in court
2018/07/24   Top court: Social media posts violate no-contact order
2018/07/06   The Latest: Trump promises 'great' pick for Supreme Court
2018/07/06   The Latest: Trump promises 'great' pick for Supreme Court
2018/06/10   Kansas Supreme Court sends DNA request back to lower court
2018/06/06   Congressional Dems take Trump to court over foreign favors
2018/06/03   High Court Rules in Dispute Over Immigrant Teen's Abortion
2018/06/02   Romania: Court tells president to fire anti-graft prosecutor
2018/05/27   The Latest: Colorado governor announces Supreme Court pick
2018/05/25   Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone
2018/05/07   Court asked to toss more cases tied to drug lab scandal
2018/04/29   Bakery appeals to UK Supreme Court in gay-rights cake case
2018/04/25   Court won't reconsider making public family slain autopsies
2018/04/23   Lake County courts to switch to online filing system in May
2018/04/08   Indian court grants bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan
2018/03/22   Courts weighing numerous challenges to political boundaries
2018/03/05   Philippine gov't asks Supreme Court to expel chief justice
2018/02/23   Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court
2018/02/11   Find Lawyers, Law Firms & Legal Services
2018/01/29   Malaysia's top court annuls unilateral conversions of minors
2018/01/28   Top Pakistani court orders arrest of escaped police officer
2018/01/24   Court rules Puigdemont must return to Spain for re-election
2018/01/18   Court halts execution of Alabama inmate with dementia
2017/12/28   State high court won't hear Mateen Cleaves sex assault case
2017/12/22   Ohio court to hear big online school's funding case Feb. 13
2017/12/21   Ohio court indefinitely suspends law license of ex-judge
2017/12/04   Russian court keeps theater director under house arrest
2017/12/04   Asbestos Court to resolve hundreds of claims
2017/11/16   Free Speech Is Starting to Dominate the US Supreme Court's Agenda
2017/11/16   Court gives go-ahead for minimum alcohol price in Scotland
2017/11/03   Telescope permit decision appealed to Hawaii Supreme Court
2017/10/30   Court: No right to copy court reporter’s recordings
2017/10/26   Court gives government a win in young immigrants' cases
2017/10/14   Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails
2017/10/01   Supreme Court declines Michigan emergency manager law case
2017/09/24   Protests continue at Spanish court over secession arrests
2017/09/11   Chicago's lawsuit over sanctuary city threat goes to court
2017/09/07   Supreme Court's Kagan says Scalia death forced compromises
2017/08/30   Dispute over rights to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan goes to court
2017/08/20   Court file: Michigan girl who killed toddler heard voices
2017/08/18   Kentucky governor, attorney general clash before high court
2017/08/14   Wyoming raises court fees for courtroom technology updates
2017/08/03   Personal Injury Website Design by Web Promo, Inc.
2017/07/18   Kansas faces skeptical state Supreme Court on school funding
2017/07/11   Supreme Court deadline nears for suit over wetland loss
2017/07/07   More court challenges expected for Trump's new travel ban
2017/06/21   EU Court: Vaccines Can Be Blamed for Illnesses Without Proof
2017/06/21   High Court ruling may hurt claims of talc link to cancer
2017/06/15   Groups sue seeking court oversight of Chicago police reforms
2017/06/06   Court to hear challenge to speed up California executions
2017/06/03   Trump admin asks Supreme Court to restore travel ban
2017/05/29   Court: Russian hacker can be extradited to US or Russia
2017/05/22   Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio loses another round in court
2017/05/15   Court likely to question if Trump's travel ban discriminates
2017/05/13   South Dakota and Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe clash in court
2017/05/10   Man arrested near UK Parliament in court on terror charges
2017/05/06   Indiana high court rejects appeal in malnourished teen case
2017/05/05   Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court
2017/05/01   Indiana high court to take up police unreasonable force case
2017/04/29   4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney
2017/04/26   Judge W. Brent Powell Appointed to Missouri Supreme Court
2017/04/22   White officer headed to court ahead of civil rights trial
2017/04/04   Arkansas asks court to block order on execution drugs
2017/03/30   S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request
2017/03/06   Oklahoma tribe sues oil companies in tribal court over quake
2017/02/12   Partisan struggle over NC governor's authority back in court
2017/01/05   Appeals court: Minnesota sex offender program constitutional
2016/12/05   Alabama inmate seeks execution stay from US Supreme Court
2016/10/28   Ted Cruz's Supreme Court remark draws White House criticism
2016/10/24   High court steps into fight on Vanderbilts' Breakers mansion
2016/10/19   As time runs out, dozens of judge nominees waiting on Senate
2016/10/17   Lithuania wants Gorbachev to testify in war crimes trial
2016/10/14   Free-speech rights of panhandlers argued in court
2016/09/28   Suspected people smuggler charged in Australian court
2016/09/12   Appeals court sympathetic to voting rules challenge
2016/08/23   Court considers Kansas rule that voters prove citizenship
2016/07/14   Appeals court orders Utah to fund Planned Parenthood branch
2016/07/13   Kyrgyzstan sends case of jailed journalist back to court
2016/07/12   Candidate filing begins Monday for appeals court seat
2016/06/09   Bollywood filmmaker challenges censoring of drug-abuse film
2016/06/07   High court rejects Google's appeal in class action lawsuit
2016/05/11   Planned Parenthood shooting defendant returning to court
2016/04/15   Obama's power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute
2016/04/06   New York's top court: Parents can legally eavesdrop on kids
2016/03/24   Karadzic convicted of genocide, sentenced to 40 years
2016/03/15   White S.C. trooper pleads guilty in shooting of unarmed black man
2016/02/25   Court records: Apple's help sought in another iPhone case
2016/02/10   Supreme Court puts Obama's climate change plan on hold
2016/01/12   High court rejects appeal over Homeland Security records
2015/12/18   Japan court says requiring same surname in marriage is legal
2015/12/03   Court papers: Witness ID'd man in playground shooting
2015/11/17   Ruling gives Sandusky back $4,900-a-month Penn State pension
2015/11/07   Mississippi Supreme Court narrowly grants same-sex divorce
2015/11/02   California appeals court rejects right-to-die lawsuit
2015/10/16   Court again considers fate of seized gold coins worth $80M
2015/09/30   El Paso abortion clinic reopens amid Texas court battles
2015/09/23   Court suspends Pennsylvania attorney general's law license
2015/09/22   Court quashes some District of Columbia gun laws
2015/09/04   Clerk in gay marriage case to appear in federal court
2015/08/01   Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court
2015/07/28   Zimbabweans linked to illegal lion hunt appear in court
2015/07/22   Crimean Filmmaker Pleads Not Guilty in Terrorism Trial
2015/07/20   Wife says Chinese rights lawyer being denied legal counsel
2015/06/04   Brazil court convicts 2 firefighters in nightclub fire
2015/06/01   High court: Bankrupt homeowners can't void second mortgage
2015/03/31   Court rejects Duncan's death sentence appeal
2015/01/12   High court won't hear challenge to Vermont campaign law
2014/11/08   New York International Criminal Law Attorney
2014/09/04   Texas abortion clinic to reopen after court ruling
2014/07/11   Apple wins EU court case on store design trademark
2014/04/15   SC Supreme Court hears appeal in fatal dog attack
2014/03/05   Court: Broad protection for whistleblowers
2014/02/13   Nevada Officials Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban
2014/01/27   Lawmakers push back against Washington high court
2014/01/20   Texas Supreme Court limits insurance exclusions
2014/01/06   Supreme Court Puts Utah Same-Sex Marriage on Hold
2013/12/23   Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban
2013/12/12   Court: Exec guilty over faulty French implants
2013/12/02   Seattle lawyer left $188 million charitable trust
2013/11/19   Spain court rejects handing pedophile to Morocco
2013/11/08   High court wrestles with prayer in government
2013/11/02   The Mavroudis & Guarino Litigation Group
2013/08/26   SC trial lawyer Ron Motley dies at age 68
2013/08/06   Federal court officials fear budget cuts
2013/07/13   Iowa top court: Firing of attractive aide is legal
2013/06/04   US Supreme Court orders 6 death row cases reviewed
2013/05/14   Court dismisses lawsuits in power plant deaths
2013/01/18   Lawyer questions memory of Philadelphia accuser
2013/01/10   Court weighs warrantless blood tests in DUI cases
2012/10/27   Fla. to execute mass killer after court lifts stay
2012/10/19   Supreme Court views not 'liberal or conservative'
2012/10/08   Ex-NFL WR Hurd pleads not guilty to new charges
2012/09/29   Federal court upholds Texas open meetings law
2012/09/20   MacDonald goes to court in 'Fatal Vision' case
2012/09/05   W.Va. court hears 'rescue' funding arguments
2012/08/29   Ohio man pleads not guilty to Pitt threat charges
2012/08/22   Appeals court affirms oil company polar bear rules
2012/08/08   Appeals court affirms that cheering is not a sport
2012/08/03   Court spurns religious claim to name change
2012/07/20   Goldman agrees to settle mortgage debt class action
2012/05/07   Fed court reverses order for VA system overhaul
2012/01/31   Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces Class Action
2011/07/11   Law Firm To Collect $35M In Forfeited Bonds
2011/05/05   Nevada Supreme Court hosting Law Day Live program
2011/04/27   Conn. high court hears death penalty appeal
2011/03/10   Lawyer-legislator says ethics opinion clears Prattville lawmaker
2011/02/02   Too big to stop? Obama's overhaul lumbers on
2010/01/05   UW Madison's patenting arm wins lawsuit
2009/11/23   Lawsuit: Botched Diagnosis Led to 30-Year-Old New York Teacher's Brain Hemorrhage Death
2009/09/21   Microsoft Lawsuit Shows Malicious Advertising a Growing Issue
2008/10/24   GOP argument: Don't give President Obama a blank check
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Marilyn Mosby to be sentenced for mortgage fraud and perjury convictions
Legal Business | 2024/05/24 12:08
A former top prosecutor for the city of Baltimore will soon learn her sentence for lying about her personal finances so she could improperly access retirement funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby appeared before a judge Thursday at a federal courthouse in Greenbelt, a Maryland suburb of the nation’s capital. Two juries separately convicted Mosby of perjury and mortgage fraud charges after trials involving her personal finances.

Mosby, 44, gained a national profile for charging six Baltimore police officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a Black man fatally injured in police custody. Gray’s death led to riots and protests in the city. After three officers were acquitted, Mosby’s office dropped charges against the other three officers.

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Mosby withdrew $90,000 from Baltimore city’s deferred compensation plan and used it to make down payments on vacation homes in Kissimmee and Long Boat Key, Florida.

Prosecutors argued that Mosby improperly accessed the funds under provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act by falsely claiming that the pandemic had harmed her travel-oriented side business.

Mosby’s sentencing argument said the retirement funds came from her own income and that no one was defrauded because she paid an early withdrawal penalty and all federal taxes on the money. The government said that money remained the property of the city until she was legally eligible, and her perjury harmed everyone who followed the rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mosby’s mortgage fraud conviction stems from a $5,000 “gift letter” she submitted when taking a loan to buy the Long Boat Key property. Prosecutors said the letter falsely stated that Mosby’s husband was giving her a $5,000 gift for the closing when it actually was her own money.

“Without the gift letter, the loan would never have been provided and Ms. Mosby would not have obtained the property. No gift letter, no loan,” prosecutors wrote.

Federal prosecutors also said she deserves prison because unlike others convicted of white-collar crimes, she’s expressed no remorse or contrition and has tried to delegitimize the case against her. They recommended a 20-month prison sentence for Mosby, who served two terms as state’s attorney for Baltimore. She lost a reelection bid after her 2022 indictment.



Hunter Biden arrives at court for a final hearing before his June 3 gun trial
Legal Business | 2024/05/19 12:08
The judge overseeing Hunter Biden ’s federal firearms charges trial agreed Friday to block prosecutors from telling jurors about some other unflattering episodes from his personal life, but left the door open to allowing them in if the president’s son testifies.

It’s unclear whether the president’s son would take the stand during the trial that could last up to two weeks during his father’s reelection campaign and likely include sharp disagreements over evidence.

President Joe Biden’s son is charged with lying about his drug use in October 2018 on a form to buy a gun that he kept for about 11 days in Delaware. A trial is set to begin June 3 and could last up to two weeks as his father’s re-election campaign unfolds.

Hunter Biden has acknowledged an addiction to crack cocaine during that period, but his lawyers have said he didn’t break the law and the case is politically motivated. He didn’t speak to reporters as he accompanied his lawyers to and from the Wilmington courthouse for a hearing on Friday.

Prosecutors won a victory on a key point as U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika found that they wouldn’t have to prove that he specifically used drugs on the day of the purchase.  She agreed to a defense push to keep out other details about his past, including a child-support case in Arkansas and his dismissal from the Navy after a positive drug test. If he does take the stand, however, “there’s a number of issues that may become more contentious,” Noreika said. Prosecutors have acknowledged those episodes likely won’t be relevant unless he testifies.

She also agreed to consider defense questions about the contents of a laptop that he allegedly dropped off at a Delaware repair shop.

Hunter Biden’s attorneys want to raise questions about the authenticity of the laptop’s data at trial. Prosecutors say that there’s no evidence it has been compromised and that a drawn-out fight would be a waste of time. The laptop has been the source of controversy for years after Republicans accessed and disseminated personal data from it.

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika said she will consider objections to specific pieces of data as the trial unfolds.

Prosecutors also plan to show jurors portions of his 2021 memoir “Beautiful Things,” in which he detailed his struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse following the 2015 death of his older brother, Beau, of brain cancer at age 46.

Defense attorneys argued prosecutors were cherry-picking evidence, and the judge agreed to allow Biden’s attorneys to introduce wider selections.

His attorney Abbe Lowell also says there are indications that the gun-purchase form was changed by employees after the sale. Prosecutors say there were only minor additions unrelated to the parts Hunter Biden filled out.

Noreika didn’t immediately rule on whether the defense could introduce an altered version of the form at trial, which is expected to begin with jury selection on June 3.

Hunter Biden is also facing federal tax charges in Los Angeles and is set for trial in that case in September. He’s accused of failing to pay at least $1.4 million in taxes over four years while living an “extravagant lifestyle” during a period in which he has acknowledged struggling with addiction. The back taxes have since been paid.



Justice Clarence Thomas calls Washington a 'hideous place'
Legal Business | 2024/05/12 03:56
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told attendees at a judicial conference Friday that he and his wife have faced “nastiness” and “lies” over the last several years and decried Washington, D.C., as a “hideous place.”

Thomas spoke at a conference attended by judges, attorneys and other court personnel in the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, which hears federal cases from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He made the comments pushing back on his critics in response to a question about working in a world that seems meanspirited.

“I think there’s challenges to that. We’re in a world and we — certainly my wife and I the last two or three years it’s been — just the nastiness and the lies, it’s just incredible,” Thomas said.

“But you have some choices. You don’t get to prevent people from doing horrible things or saying horrible things. But one you have to understand and accept the fact that they can’t change you unless you permit that,” Thomas said.

Thomas has faced criticisms that he took accepted luxury trips from a GOP donor without reporting them. Thomas last year maintained that he didn’t have to report the trips paid for by one of “our dearest friends.” His wife, conservative activist Ginni Thomas has faced criticism for using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by President Joe Biden, a Democrat.

He did not discuss the content of the criticisms directly, but said that “reckless” people in Washington will “bomb your reputation.”

“They don’t bomb you necessarily, but they bomb your reputation or your good name or your honor. And that’s not a crime. But they can do as much harm that way,” Thomas said.

During the appearance, Thomas was asked questions by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, one of Thomas’ former law clerks who was later appointed to the federal bench. During his hour-long appearance, the longest-serving justice on the court discussed a wide range of topics including the lessons of his grandfather, his friendship with former colleagues and his belief that court writings and discussions should be more accessible for “regular people.”

Thomas, who spent most of his working life in Washington D.C., also discussed his dislike of it.

“I think what you are going to find and especially in Washington, people pride themselves on being awful. It is a hideous place as far as I’m concerned,” Thomas said. Thomas said that it is one of the reasons he and his wife “like RVing.”

“You get to be around regular people who don’t pride themselves in doing harmful things, merely because they have the capacity to do it or because they disagree,” Thomas said.

A recreational vehicle used by Thomas also became a source of controversy. Senate Democrats in October issued a report saying that most of the $267,000 loan obtained by Thomas to buy a high-end motorcoach appears to have been forgiven.

Thomas did not discuss the court’s high-profile caseload.



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Legal Business | 2024/05/09 10:55
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Trump faces prospect of additional sanctions for violating gag order
Legal Business | 2024/05/05 22:17
Jurors in the hush money trial of Donald Trump heard a recording Thursday of him discussing with his then-lawyer and personal fixer a plan to purchase the silence of a Playboy model who has said she had an affair with the former president.

A visibly irritated Trump leaned forward at the defense table, and jurors appeared riveted as prosecutors played the September 2016 recording that attorney Michael Cohen secretly made of himself briefing his celebrity client on a plan to buy Karen McDougal’s story of an extramarital relationship.

Though the recording surfaced years ago, it is perhaps the most colorful piece of evidence presented to jurors so far to connect Trump to the hush money payments at the center of his criminal trial in Manhattan. It followed hours of testimony from a lawyer who negotiated the deal for McDougal’s silence and admitted to being stunned that his hidden-hand efforts might have contributed to Trump’s White House victory.

“What have we done?” attorney Keith Davidson texted the then-editor of the National Enquirer, which had buried stories of sexual encounters to prevent them surfacing in the final days of the bitterly contested presidential race. “Oh my god,” came the response from Dylan Howard.

“There was an understanding that our efforts may have in some way...our activities may have in some way assisted the presidential campaign of Donald Trump,” Davidson told jurors, though he acknowledged under cross-examination that he dealt directly with Cohen and never Trump.

The testimony from Davidson was designed to directly connect the hush money payments to Trump’s presidential ambitions and to bolster prosecutors’ argument that the case is about interference in the 2016 election rather than simply sex and money. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has sought to establish that link not just to secure a conviction but also to persuade the public of the significance of the case, which may be the only one of four Trump prosecutions to reach trial this year.

“This is sort of gallows humor. It was on election night as the results were coming in,” Davidson explained. “There was sort of surprise amongst the broadcasters and others that Mr. Trump was leading in the polls, and there was a growing sense that folks were about ready to call the election.”

Davidson is seen as a vital building block for the prosecution’s case that Trump and his allies schemed to bury unflattering stories in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. He represented both McDougal and porn actor Stormy Daniels in negotiations that resulted in the purchase of rights to their claims of sexual encounters with Trump and those stories getting squelched, a tabloid industry practice known as “catch-and-kill.”

Davidson is one of multiple key players testifying in advance of Cohen, the star prosecution witness who paid Daniels $130,000 for her silence and also recorded himself, weeks before the election, telling Trump about a plan to purchase the rights to McDougal’s story from the National Enquirer so it would never come out. The tabloid had previously bought McDougal’s story to bury it on Trump’s behalf.

At one point in the recording, Cohen revealed that he had spoken to then-Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg about “how to set the whole thing up with funding.” To which Trump can be heard responding: “What do we got to pay for this? One-fifty?”

Trump can be heard suggesting that the payment be made with cash, prompting Cohen to object by saying “no” multiple times. Trump can then be heard saying “check” before the recording cuts off.

Trump’s lawyers sought earlier in the day to blunt the potential harm of Davidson’s testimony by getting him to acknowledge that he never had any interactions with Trump — only Cohen. In fact, Davidson said, he had never been in the same room as Trump until his testimony.

He also said he was unfamiliar with the Trump Organization’s record-keeping practices and that any impressions he had of Trump himself came through others.


Retrial of Harvey Weinstein unlikely to occur soon, if ever, experts say
Legal Business | 2024/05/01 22:54
A retrial in New York of disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein won’t be coming to a courtroom anytime soon, if ever, legal experts said on a day when one of two women considered crucial to his rape trial said she wasn’t sure she would testify again.

A ruling Thursday by the New York Court of Appeals voided the 2020 conviction of the onetime Hollywood power broker who prosecutors say forced young actors to submit to his prurient desires by dangling his ability to make or break the their careers.

On Saturday, Weinstein was in custody in a Manhattan hospital where he was undergoing multiple tests, attorney Arthur Aidala said. He was returned Friday to New York City jails from a state prison 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Albany. He remains behind bars because he was also convicted in a similar case in California.

“He’s got a lot of problems. He’s getting all kinds of tests. He’s somewhat of a train wreck health wise,” Aidala said.

The appeals court in a 4-3 decision vacated a 23-year jail sentence and ordered a retrial of Weinstein, saying the trial judge erred by letting three women testify about allegations that were not part of the charges and by permitting questions about Weinstein’s history of “bad behavior” if he testified. He did not. He was convicted of forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant and of third-degree rape for an attack on an aspiring actor in 2013.

Several lawyers said in interviews Friday that it would be a long road to reach a new trial for the 72-year-old ailing movie mogul and magnet for the #MeToo movement who remains behind bars, and it was doubtful that one could start before next year, if at all.

“I think there won’t be a trial in the end,” said Joshua Naftalis, a former Manhattan federal prosecutor now in private practice. “I don’t think he wants to go through another trial, and I don’t think the state wants to try him again.”

Naftalis said both sides may seek a resolution such as a plea that will eliminate the need to put his accusers through the trauma of a second trial.

Aidala said Saturday that he plans to tell a judge at a Manhattan court appearance Wednesday that he believes a trial could occur anytime after Labor Day.

With the scaled-down case ordered by the appeals court, Aidala predicted that it could be finished in a week and his client would be exonerat


What to know about abortion in Arizona under the near-total 1864 ban
Legal Business | 2024/04/12 15:55
The Arizona Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Tuesday to prepare to enforce a long-dormant law that bans nearly all abortions, drastically altering the legal landscape for terminating pregnancies in a state likely to have a key role in the presidential election.

The law predating Arizona’s statehood provides no exceptions for rape or incest and allows abortions only if the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Arizona’s highest court suggested doctors can be prosecuted under the 1864 law, though the opinion written by the court’s majority didn’t explicitly say that.

The Tuesday decision threw out an earlier lower-court decision that concluded doctors couldn’t be charged for performing abortions in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The Civil War-era law, enacted long before Arizona became a state on Feb. 14, 1912, had been blocked since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing the constitutional right to an abortion nationwide.

After Roe v. Wade was overturned in June 2022, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, persuaded a state judge lift an injunction that blocked enforcement of the 1864 ban. Then the state Court of Appeals suspended the law as Brnovich’s Democratic successor, Attorney General Kris Mayes, urged the state’s high court to uphold the appellate court’s decision.

The court itself was expanded in 2016 from five justices to seven, all appointed by Republican governors.

The high court said enforcement won’t begin for at least two weeks. However, plaintiffs say it could be up to two months, based on an agreement in a related case to delay enforcement if the justices upheld the pre-statehood ban.

The law orders prosecution for “a person who provides, supplies or administers to a pregnant woman, or procures such woman to take any medicine, drugs or substance, or uses or employs any instrument or other means whatever, with intent thereby to procure the miscarriage of such woman, unless it is necessary to save her life.”

The Arizona Supreme Court suggested in its ruling Tuesday that physicians can be prosecuted, though justices didn’t say that outright.

“In light of this Opinion, physicians are now on notice that all abortions, except those necessary to save a woman’s life, are illegal,” and additional criminal and regulatory sanctions may apply to abortions performed after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the ruling said.

The law carries a sentence of two to five years in prison upon conviction. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood Arizona said they believe criminal penalties will apply only to doctors. But the penalties also apply to providing abortion pills — the most common method in the United States.

In other places with abortion bans, some women have obtained pills both through underground networks and from telehealth from medical providers in states that have laws intended to protect prescribers from out-of-state prosecutions. This was already illegal in Arizona, the attorney general’s office said.

Dr. Maria Phillis, an Ohio OB-GYN with a law degree, said she believes women who obtain pills through those means could be prosecuted under the 1864 law. Across the country, new abortion bans have not been used to prosecute women in similar cases, and measures that have been introduced to punish those who obtain abortions have not been adopted.

Fourteen other states are now enforcing bans on abortion in all stages of pregnancy.


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