September 2023

Bill Munck: The Lawyer from Long Island

It’s hard to imagine it today, as he has such a commanding presence, but Bill Munck was bullied as a child. The son of a Long Island police officer, he became a favorite target of kids whose older brothers and sisters had run-ins with his dad. At first, Munck ran away from them. “I became the fastest kid in town,” he says. “I’d run away from a 5-year-old.” But then, his dad found out. 

“When I was 7, my dad sat me down and said, ‘You’re not in trouble. But I’m not going to stop being a cop, so you’re going to have to learn how to fight.’” His father taught him to box and hit a speed bag during sparring sessions in the family’s garage. He moved up to jujutsu and karate classes from a dojo who taught hand-to-hand combat to police officers, and by the time he was 14, he was a third-degree black belt.

That feeling of knowing what it’s like to be the underdog has never left Munck. He has built one of the nation’s most successful technology-focused law

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David Jungerman, millionaire convicted in killing of Brookside lawyer, dies at 85

David Jungerman, the Jackson County millionaire who was found guilty in the 2017 shooting death of a Brookside attorney, died Monday morning, according to his defense attorney.

Jungerman, 85, was convicted last year of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 25, 2017, shooting death of Tom Pickert, who had just returned home after walking his sons to school.

Dan Ross, who represented Jungerman in the murder trial in Jackson County Circuit Court, said his client had been hospitalized at University Health for some time after becoming ill.

“David Jungerman always insisted on his innocence,” Ross told The Star. “Unfortunately, the appeal of his guilty verdict will never be heard. The defense was confident of prevailing on his appeal, because of his death by operation of law, we believe the case will be dismissed.”

In March, a Jackson County judge ruled that Jungerman was not competent to be sentenced and ordered that he be committed to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Jungerman, a self-made millionaire, was a native of Blackburn, Missouri. He worked his way through college as a psychology major and later became a salesman for a baby crib company. By the time Jungerman was in his mid-30s, he was president of Baby-Tenda Corp., a manufacturer of cribs and toddler tables in Kansas City.

David Jungerman appeared with his daughter and granddaughter on the back cover of this 2010 catalog for his baby furniture business, Baby-Tenda. The Star blurred the photo to protect the relatives’ privacy.

In 2018, Jungerman’s family had assets of about $33 million, with more than 7,000 acres of property.

Over the years, Jungerman has faced a plethora of legal and criminal challenges. In 1990, Raytown police arrested Jungerman after he tried to detain four juveniles for trespassing behind his Raytown house.

Jungerman lost lawsuit over shooting of homeless man

During a murder trial that lasted nearly two weeks, prosecutors said Jungerman shot Pickert because of a $5.75 million judgment Pickert won against Jungerman

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He Spoke No English, Had No Lawyer. An Afghan Man’s Case Offers a Glimpse into US Immigration Court

The Afghan man speaks only Farsi, but he wasn’t worried about representing himself in U.S. immigration court. He believed the details of his asylum claim spoke for themselves.

Mohammad was a university professor, teaching human rights courses in Afghanistan before he fled for the United States. Mohammad is also Hazara, an ethnic minority long persecuted in his country, and he said he was receiving death threats under the Taliban, who reimposed their harsh interpretation of Sunni Islam after taking power in 2021.

He crossed the Texas border in April 2022, surrendered to Border Patrol agents and was detained. A year later, a hearing was held via video conference. His words were translated by a court interpreter in another location, and he said he struggled to express himself — including fear for his life since he was injured in a 2016 suicide bombing.

At the conclusion of the nearly three-hour hearing, the judge denied him asylum. Mohammad said he was later shocked to learn that he had waived his right to appeal the decision.

“I feel alone and that the law wasn’t applied,” said Mohammad, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition that only his first name be used, over fears for the safety of his wife and children, who are still in Afghanistan.

Mohammad’s case offers a rare look inside an opaque and overwhelmed immigration court system where hearings are often closed, transcripts are not available to the public and judges are under pressure to move quickly with ample discretion. Amid a major influx of migrants at the border with Mexico, the courts — with a backlog of 2 million cases -– may be the most overwhelmed and least understood link in the system.

AP reviewed a hearing transcript provided by Mona Iman, an attorney with

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Montgomery riverfront brawl driven by ‘violent white mob,’ lawyer tells ‘Good Morning America’

Nearly two months after a brawl on Montgomery’s riverfront, several people involved in the violent episode that captured the nation’s attention on Monday reflected on the incident in an interview with ‘Good Morning America.’

The viral Aug. 5 melee started when crew members of the Harriott II were unable to dock the cruise boat because a private pontoon boat was in the way.

A now-notorious melee ensued including punches and even a chair, all caught on multiple cell phone videos.

Harriott II Co-captain Dameion Pickett told Robin Roberts he remains “a little sore, little bumps and bruises here and there. But I’m here by the grace of God.”

“I didn’t expect this to happen at work today,” Pickett said. “I was just expecting another peaceful, nice cruise.”

Aaren Hamilton-Rudolph, a teen seen swimming to the dock to defend Pickett, and Roshein “RahRah” Carlton, Pickett’s coworker and friend, were also interviewed for the segment.

“I couldn’t just watch and sit around and just let him get beat on while everybody else is just recording and watching,” Hamilton-Rudolph said.

Carlton said he heard “a lot of racial slurs” used during the incident.

Montgomery Police Chief Darryl Albert said police “looked at every avenue” and left “no stone unturned” but “were unable to present any insight in a riot or racial racially biased charges at this time.”

A lawyer for Reggie Ray, who is Black and is the only defendant not on the pontoon boat to be charged in the case, told GMA the attack on the workers was racial. Ray was seen swinging a folding chair in one of the viral videos.

Ray was “involuntarily roped into the disorderly conduct initiated by a violent white mob,” lawyer Lee Merritt said.

The other four defendants are white and were on the pontoon boat.

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John ‘Zip’ Connolly’s Florida parole hearing Tuesday unexpected twist, lawyer says

Ex-FBI agent John “Zip” Connolly’s longtime lawyer is flummoxed by Florida’s decision to question his client’s medical parole.

Attorney Peter Mullane said he has no idea what triggered Tuesday’s hearing, saying we’ll all find out when the Commission on Offender Review starts its meeting at 9 a.m.

“It came out of the blue,” Mullane told the Herald Monday. “It was a surprise to everyone.”

He said the “mystery” after “nothing has changed” with Connolly’s case.

As the Herald reported over the weekend, the 83-year-old Connolly was allowed to return to Massachusetts on a medical release on Feb. 17, 2021, because he had about a year to live after being called “terminally ill.” He remains alive.

Connolly is on the agenda as the 11th on the list of convicts set for “Parole and Conditional Medical Releases/Revocations.”

Connolly was convicted of second-degree murder in 2008 for wearing his FBI-issued sidearm when he met with Whitey Bulger in Boston to warn him of what businessman John Callahan knew. Bulger was murdered in a West Virginia prison in 2018.

Callahan, the former president of World Jai Alai, was shot dead by John Martorano, one of Whitey’s hitmen. Martorano testified he was working for the mobster when he killed Callahan, his friend. Whitey wanted Callahan dead because the Boston businessman could implicate them in a 1981 slaying of another World Jai Alai executive.

The interstate compact signed by Connolly allowing him to relocate home with his wife in Massachusetts states “termination of supervision” is set for December of 2047. That now seems in jeopardy.

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Savannah Chrisley slams Lindsie Chrisley as her lawyer responds

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Lindsie Chrisley’s attorney spoke out after Savannah Chrisley slammed her on a recent podcast. Pic credit: @lindsiechrisley/Instagram

Chrisley Knows Best star Savannah Chrisley has made it clear where she stands with her big sister, Lindsie Chrisley.

The two haven’t had a good relationship for most of their lives. Lindsie even spoke about how the sisters were pitted against each other growing up when she revealed that she blocked Savannah on social media.

Savannah appears to have some ill will toward her sister and the way she treated her mom, Julie Chrisley.

She told Nick Viall on The Viall Files, “She and my oldest brother from my dad’s first marriage, my mom always treated them as if they were hers. They didn’t necessarily treat her the same.”

Before Todd and Julie Chrisley began to serve their prison sentence, the family did a podcast together. It seemed things were working out between them, but it didn’t last long.

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Lindsie isn’t interested in the drama.

Lindsie Chrisley’s lawyer responds to Savannah Chrisley’s claims

While appearing on The Viall Files, Savannah Chrisley didn’t hold back on her thoughts about Lindsie Chrisley.

It was almost as if she blames her older sister for what happened to Todd and Julie Chrisley, which seems absurd.

Lindsie’s attorney spoke with PEOPLE, saying, “She’s dealing with a lot and it doesn’t surprise me that she’s lashing out at Lindsie. I mean, some of the stuff that she’s saying with regard to her parents, that’s got to be out of anger because it’s not in fact.”

Her attorney also noted that Lindsie was the only sibling to testify in the Chrisleys’ trial, and she did it for

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Kroy Biermann’s Lawyer Thinks Kim Zolciak Plans to File for Bankruptcy

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Kroy Biermann, Kim Zolciak. Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Kroy Biermann’s lawyer has a theory about Kim Zolciak-Biermann’s legal strategy amid the duo’s messy divorce proceedings.

“My guess is that Kim’s grand plan is to file for bankruptcy,” Marlys A. Bergstrom exclusively told Us Weekly of the Real Housewives of Atlanta alum on Friday, September 15.

The attorney explained that if Zolciak-Biermann, 45, were to file for bankruptcy, “A stay would be put on the foreclosure [of Kim and Kroy’s shared home in Alpharetta, Georgia] and again, the parties would be forced to live together, enveloped by all that toxicity for God knows how long.”

Bergstrom added that Biermann’s legal team would “file an objection” to such a request as “it is very likely that Kroy and Kim will come out with almost nothing” if their house is forced into foreclosure. Us Weekly has reached out to Zolciak-Biermann for comment.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann’s Divorce

Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann’s Divorce

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Already getting messy. Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann shocked Bravo fans and stars alike with their May 2023 split. Us Weekly confirmed at the time that the former NFL player filed for divorce after more than a decade of marriage. The now-estranged couple tied the knot in 2011. The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum and […]

Biermann, 38, filed a request for a court to order the sale of his and Zolciak-Biermann’s home in late August. The documents stated that the property was initially going to be auctioned in March after the pair faced foreclosure proceedings the previous month. However, they were able to “avoid foreclosure” and canceled the auction.

The threat of foreclosure isn’t the only financial problem plaguing the estranged twosome. Last month, a debt collection company sued Zolciak-Biermann for

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Former lawyer who called for seizure of power in Ukraine placed under 24-hour house arrest

The Solomianskyi District Court in Kyiv, ruling at a hearing on 15 September, placed a former lawyer under 24-hour house arrest for two months, who, according to the investigation, discredited the higher military and political leadership of Ukraine and called for a violent change of power.

Source: Hromadske, citing sources in law enforcement agencies

Details: The court also ordered the former lawyer to wear an electronic tag.

Hromadske’s source in law enforcement says that this is Serhii Kryzhanivskyi, founder of the Kryzhanivskyi and Partners law firm and creator of the Serhii Kryzhanivskyi LIVE YouTube channel.

A significant number of the videos on his YouTube channel, which has more than 120,000 subscribers, are about the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, whom the former lawyer called “a Lieutenant General of the FSB of Russia.”

The Security Service of Ukraine investigators served Kryzhanivski with a notice of suspicion under Art. 109.2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – public calls for violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or for the seizure of state power, as well as distribution of materials calling for such actions.

The article provides for sanction in the form of restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years or imprisonment for the same term, with or without confiscation of property.


On 14 September, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that it had exposed a former lawyer in Kyiv who, on his YouTube channel, tried to discredit the top military and political leadership of Ukraine and incited citizens to commit violent actions to overthrow the constitutional order in Ukraine.  It was established that the suspect’s “video messages” were immediately posted by Russian online resources, including Wagner Telegram channels.

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Jonathan Majors Lawyer Denies in-N-Out Fight Staged

  • The Marvel star is getting trolled after video surfaced of him breaking up a fight at an In-N-Out Burger.
  • “Absurd,” his lawyer said of rumors he staged the fight to distract from his NYC domestic-violence case.
  • Focus instead on new video showing Majors’ accuser “uninjured” minutes after he allegedly hit her, she urged.

Marvel actor Jonathan Majors leaves Manhattan Criminal Court with actress girlfriend Meagan Good.

Marvel actor Jonathan Majors leaves Manhattan Criminal Court with actress girlfriend Meagan Good.

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Actor Jonathan Majors is getting trolled mightily online for “staging” video of himself breaking up a fight between two female high-schoolers near a Hollywood In-N-Out Burger.

The Marvel star’s heroism, first reported by TMZ, was filmed as a publicity stunt, memesters are claiming, as an attempt to distract the public from his ugly domestic-violence case in Manhattan.

Nonsense, his lawyer responded Friday, shortly before the actor’s latest court hearing on the misdemeanor case.

“Suggesting that the video of Mr. Majors breaking up the fight is staged is absurd,” the lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, told Insider.

“One of the girls at the school has come out today and confirmed it was real,” she added.


Both TMZ’s and the newly-surfaced video, shot from another angle, shows Majors running up to two young women as they brawled Monday on the pavement outside Hollywood High School.

Majors had been across the street, picking up takeout for his girlfriend, actor Meagan Good, Chaudhry confirmed to Insider.

Other students can be seen in the videos just watching – or watching and filming – and doing nothing to intercede.

But Majors pushed the two young women apart, telling them, “No, no, no, it’s OK,” as they repeatedly tried to get past him and continue the fight.

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Lawyer for Ruby Franke’s Husband Denies Involvement in Alleged Abuse

Originally appeared on E! Online

After Ruby Franke was charged with six felony counts of child abuse, her husband is speaking out.

Kevin Franke, via his lawyer Randy Kester, claimed he and his wife—who was arrested Aug. 30 alongside business partner Jodi Hildebrandt—have been living apart for 13 months and defended parenting his and Ruby’s six kids.

“He is a good person, he’s very gentle,” Randy shared on Good Morning America Sept. 6. “He’s a very gentle guy. And no one has ever made any allegations that he’s physically abused those kids or anyone else.”

Randy also shared that in the light of the influencer’s arrest, Kevin’s priority is their children. “He just wants to do what’s best for his kids,” he shared, “get them back, get them under his tutelage and his fathership and protect them.”

Additionally, Kevin, according to his lawyer, is “distraught” over how the allegations are affecting his family.

E! has attempted to reach legal representation for both Ruby and Jodi for comment but has been unable to find contact information and previous attempts to reach the two directly have been unsuccessful.

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Ruby, 41, and Jodi, 54, have each been charged with six counts of felony child abuse by the Washington County Attorney in Utah, per legal documents obtained by E! News. Each count carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by NBC News, the two women were arrested after Ruby’s 12-year-old son was found by law enforcement climbing out of a window of Jodi’s home. He was emaciated, with open wounds and duct tape on his wrists and ankles, according to an Aug.

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