June 2023

Biden taps GE HealthCare lawyer, ex-prosecutor for Chicago U.S. Attorney

June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he intends to nominate April Perry, a former federal prosecutor and a senior counsel at GE HealthCare (GEHC.O), to serve as the next Chicago U.S. Attorney.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Perry will be the first woman to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Morris (Sonny) Pasqual has been serving as acting U.S. Attorney in Chicago after John Lausch stepped down from the role on March 11. Lausch rejoined law firm Kirkland & Ellis in May.

Lausch was originally appointed by former President Donald Trump, a Republican, in 2017. He was kept in the role by the Democratic Biden administration at the behest of Illinois U.S. senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, even as Biden terminated the appointments of other Trump-era U.S. Attorneys.

Durbin and Duckworth praised Perry’s nomination on Wednesday.

“She was highly regarded by our screening committee and brings strong qualifications and a wealth of experience from her time in the U.S. Attorney’s office and in the private sector to the position,” the senators said in a joint statement.

Reached for comment, Perry said she is “honored to be nominated, and would be proud to serve if confirmed.”

A spokesperson for GE HealthCare called Perry “outstanding” in a statement.

Perry is the senior counsel of global investigations and fraud and abuse prevention at Chicago-headquartered GE HealthCare, which was spun off from General Electric at the beginning of the year. Prior to joining the company in 2022, she was general counsel at Ubiety Technologies for three years, the White House said.

Perry was chief deputy state’s attorney and chief ethics officer for Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx from 2017 to 2019. Before joining Foxx’s team, she worked in the Chicago U.S.

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Watchdog warns of ‘shady trial lawyer pipeline’ pumping public money to left-wing causes

A cabal of Political Action Committees is funneling money overwhelmingly to left-wing political causes using funds secured by affiliated groups through “sweetheart contracts” with the public sector, a watchdog group has warned.

A recent report from Alliance for Consumers describes a “shady trial lawyer pipeline” in which the PACs make nearly all of their donations in support of Democratic candidates using money channeled from the beneficiaries of open-ended, ambiguous contracts intended to provide “consumer protection.”

“While the Shady Trial Lawyer Pipeline helps politicians funnel public money toward left-wing politics, it leaves everyday consumers and taxpayers with a horrible deal,” the report reads.

These contracts, the report states, often include no expiration date, lack appropriate conflicts protection, and are often just pages long. Much of the money stemming from these contracts, AFC asserts, ultimately makes it into the hands of a handful of groups the organization terms the “Shady Trial Lawyer PACs.”

The groups include the Truth and Justice Fund Company, AAJ PAC, and a handful of Justice PACs established for each two year election cycle since 2018. AAJ PAC is affiliated with trade group American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Trial Lawyers of America. Each group, however, “is closely tied to plaintiff-side trial firms and power by money flowing out of firms that have contracts with state or local governments,” AFC asserts.

Their report documents the expenditures from the PACs from the 2017-2023 timeframe and showcases the lopsided nature of political giving in which the groups engaged. AJJ PAC, for instance, made nearly $19 million in such donations and expenditures, 98% of which went to Democrats or the party’s allied organizations.

The Justice PACs collectively gave nearly $3.2 million, 100% of which went to Democratic causes. Truth and Justice gave $2.6 million during the same period, all of

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Veteran Slams Pardoned War Criminal’s Bid to Become a Lawyer

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A former United States Army officer who was convicted of war crimes over killings in Afghanistan and later pardoned by Donald Trump has been criticized by one of the men who served in his platoon over his apparent plans to become a practicing lawyer.

On Thursday, Todd Fitzgerald—a specialist who was standing near 1st Lt. Clint Lorance when Lorance gave the orders to fire that led to his court martial—publicly shared his intention to oppose Lorance’s legal ambitions. “Eleven years ago, I witness the harassment, threatening, and murder of innocent Afghan locals by my former platoon leader,” Fitzgerald wrote in a Twitter thread. “Now, he’s applying for the state bar in Oklahoma to attempt to practice law. I’m going to object on moral fitness and character.”

‘I Love You, Sir’: Convicted War Criminal Thanks Trump for Pardon on ‘Fox & Friends’

In July 2012, Lorance was commanding a platoon in southern Afghanistan when he ordered his soldiers to shoot at three men standing alongside a motorcycle who he claimed were posing a threat, according to The Washington Post. Two of the men were killed while the third escaped. The following year, a court-martial trial found Lorance guilty of murder, and he was ultimately handed a 19-year sentence.

Six years into his incarceration, in 2019, Trump issued a full pardon for Lorance following a vocal campaign in right-wing media for his release. In an interview with Military.com after he was freed, Lorance discussed his intention to become a lawyer after studying at the Appalachian School of Law—though claimed his dean had informed him he would only have a small chance of passing the bar in light of his conviction.

In his Twitter thread, Fitzgerald provided a link to the Oklahoma Bar Association website listing Lorance as an applicant

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Families of 2 Seattle women killed in Gorge campground shooting hire lawyer to investigate

The families of two women fatally shot last Saturday, allegedly by an Army specialist who told police he was hallucinating on mushrooms, have hired a lawyer to investigate what led up to the shooting at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington.

Los Angeles-based attorney Kevin Boyle is representing the families of 29-year-old Josilyn Ruiz and 26-year-old Brandy Escamilla, said Angela Bailey, a spokesperson for their law firm.

The women’s families want to know, among other things, how Live Nation, the company that operates the Gorge Amphitheatre and its campgrounds, keeps guns off the property, Bailey said.

Weapons are not allowed within the concert venue and its campgrounds, according to the campground’s website. The women were attending an electronic music festival at the concert venue.

“(The families) are not litigious people, and they are not after money, but they do want to know why this happened and how it can be prevented in the future,” Boyle’s said in a statement Friday. “Live Nation has a legal duty to its paying guests to keep them safe.”

Representatives for Live Nation did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Boyle, of Panish, Shae, Boyle, Ravipudi LLP, previously represented victims of the 2017 mass shooting Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, when a gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 500.

The engaged couple traveled from Seattle to attend the Beyond Wonderland festival when James Kelly is accused of opening fire at an amphitheater campground about 8:30 p.m., police said.

Escamilla died from a gunshot wound to the head and Ruiz died from a gunshot wound to her trunk, according to Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison.

Three others were also wounded in the shooting spree but survived, police said.

A police officer working undercover at the festival shot and

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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen loses bid for early release from probation

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has lost his bid for early release from probation.

Cohen was former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and is a witness against him in a case in New York. 

The case centers on allegations Trump falsified business records and committed conspiracy related to his alleged role in hush money payments to two women.

Trump earlier this year pleaded not guilty to 34 counts in connection with the case. 

U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman in Manhattan ruled on Friday that Cohen’s past statements in a book and a television appearance are reasons Cohen should not be granted early release and that there wouldn’t be enough reassurance that future crimes wouldn’t be committed. 

Prosecutors allege that Cohen wrote a book in which he lied about engaging in tax fraud and that he was threatened by prosecutors to plead guilty, according to the Associated Press.

Cohen’s lawyer David M. Schwartz said his client “clearly demonstrated” that he has been rehabilitated after showing good behavior in prison while “substantially cooperated with all government authorities.”

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to multiple charges, including lying to Congress and violating campaign finance law. 

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The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2: Plot, Release Date, Cast, and Everything Else You Need to Know

We have seen a lot of legal dramas like Suits, All Rise, and even the short-lived For the People. While they are quite entertaining in their own right, they can be quite similar.

That’s why The Lincoln Lawyer was a breath of fresh air when it premiered in 2022.

The series follows Mickey Haller, a brilliant LA lawyer who runs his practice in the back of his car because if he needs to move around the city a lot for his client, he’d rather take the time to go over cases instead of driving.

Season 2 Everything to Know - The Lincoln Lawyer

After launching, the series was a hit among the audience thanks to the popularity of the books it’s based on, and the show was well done with a great storyline and characters.

It cracked the coveted Top 10 on Netflix for weeks after the premiere, amassing 260 million cumulative minutes, and remained Top 10 in 90 countries.

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Fans rejoiced when Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 10 episodes slightly a month later.

Season 2 will be bowing in soon on Netflix, and we have all the details you need to know about the show if you’ve been waiting for it patiently.

What is The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Plot?

Officially, Netflix is keeping the plot under wraps revealing a single piece of information about the season. It is confirmed that The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 will be based on the fourth book in The Lincoln Lawyer series, The Fifth Witness.

Mickey and Lisa - The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Episode 1

Thankfully, the trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 revealed important details about the season.

Season 2 sees Mickey take on a big new client who is just as mysterious as Trevor Elliot.

While working on this new client, Mickey must

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Kevin Costner’s Estranged Wife Christine Baumgartner’s Lawyer Says Actor Legally Cannot Kick Her and Their Children Out of Home


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Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, claimed that the actor has no “legal” right to kick her — and their three children — out of the family’s longtime home. 

“This RFO (request for order) seeks to kick Christine and their three children out of the house that the children have lived in for their entire lives,” John Rydell, Baumgartner’s lawyer, wrote in court documents obtained by Insider on Friday, June 16. “Although the legal basis for Kevin’s request to kick his wife and children out of their home is all but nonexistent, this is still a matter of critical importance for Christine.” 

Rydell’s comments came from a Wednesday, June 14, filing by the former model. In the documents, Rydell criticized Costner’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, for not agreeing to delay a hearing where a judge will decide to grant the Yellowstone star’s request to bar his ex from living on his Santa Barbara estate, according to Insider. 

Earlier this week, Us Weekly confirmed that Costner, 68, filed documents claiming that Baumgartner, 49, is refusing to vacate the premises. The Bodyguard noted that the former couple’s prenup states that Baumgartner has 30 days after filing for divorce to move off of their property. 

According to Costner, the handbag designer is allegedly using the situation to force him into “various financial demands.” The Golden Globe winner said he would “contribute as part of his child support obligations $30K per month for a rental house and is willing to advance another $10K for her moving costs.”

The Dances With Wolves actor also claimed that Baumgartner has “withdrawn from my bank account and charged on my credit card a total of $95,000, payable to her divorce attorneys and forensic accountant” since April 2023, according

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How CT lawyer helped FBI in disappearance of Natalee Holloway case

GREENWICH — Greenwich attorney John Q. Kelly has strong memories of his encounters with Joran van der Sloot, especially the time he spent with him in a hotel room in Aruba in 2010. That’s when the chief suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway had promised to give information about the case — for a price.

“Big. Scary. Boastful. Full of himself. Tough guy. Tats. Shaved head,” recalled Kelly, an expert in “wrongful death” litigation, who was retained by Natalee Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway, to seek justice for her daughter.

Natalee Holloway was legally declared dead in 2012, years after her disappearance in Aruba in May 2005 at the age of 18. She was last seen with two other men and van der Sloot, now, 35, who is considered the prime suspect in her disappearance and presumed killing. He was never charged. 

Years after the disappearance, which has been described as an international murder mystery, van der Sloot had reached out to Kelly, promising to provide the location of her body in exchange for $250,000, Kelly said during a recent interview at a favored dining spot on Greenwich Avenue.

Kelly, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement officials, went to van der Sloot’s hotel room to make the initial payment — $10,000 in cash, followed by a $15,000 wire transfer from Natalee Holloway’s mother, currently living in Alabama.

The feds, who had set up a command post in an adjoining hotel room, had prepped Kelly for the exchange of money, he said, which would eventually lead to felony counts of extortion and wire fraud.

“I was wired everywhere,” said Kelly, who works in Greenwich at the Ferguson Cohen law firm. “They gave me a belt with some kind of tracking device. I was wearing an earpiece.

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Who is Evan Corcoran, Trump lawyer with outsized role in documents case?

June 11 (Reuters) – Evan Corcoran, a lawyer hired by Donald Trump to fend off a federal investigation into his handling of sensitive documents, is now a central figure in the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal case against the former president.

The shift from lawyer to potential witness in the case is a sharp turn for Corcoran. The former Republican congressman’s son is described by former colleagues as soft-spoken and diligent, known for his steady presence in the courtroom and an affinity for fly fishing.

Corcoran, 58, was not charged in the indictment unsealed on Friday. It presents him as a key Trump confidant who was deceived by the former president as he allegedly sought to stymie Justice Department efforts to recover classified documents he kept at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after leaving the White House in January 2021.

The 37-count indictment said Trump suggested to Corcoran that he falsely tell the Justice Department that he did not have any sensitive documents to turn over after a May 2022 subpoena.

“Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?” Trump asked, according to an account by “Trump Attorney 1” detailed in the indictment.

The indictment does not identify Corcoran by name, but a source familiar with the situation told Reuters that he is the lawyer listed as “Trump Attorney 1” in the document.

In an unusual move, Corcoran, a former federal prosecutor, was forced to testify and turn over detailed notes to a grand jury weighing evidence in the Trump documents probe after a U.S. judge ruled he could

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