March 2024

Ed Burke retires as lawyer after Illinois Supreme Court failed to pull law license

Former Chicago Ald. Edward Burke has formally retired as a lawyer, a change in status from just two weeks ago when WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times first reported how a hamstrung Illinois Supreme Court failed to suspend his law license after his federal corruption conviction.

The state Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission website is now revealing that new status, though it’s not clear in the public record when exactly the change happened.

He had been listed as legally able to practice law prior to the WBEZ/Sun-Times report on March 11.

After Burke was convicted last December, the ARDC urged the state Supreme Court to suspend his law license, as is customary when lawyers run afoul of state or federal law.

After the federal convictions last year of two defendants in the Commonwealth Edison corruption case, former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore and ex-company lobbyist Michael McClain, the ARDC stripped both of their law licenses, even as they await sentencing.

But the court didn’t go that route with Burke after his racketeering, bribery and extortion conviction.

Instead, several justices cited conflicts of interest and recused themselves, sinking the effort — a move that wasn’t publicly revealed until almost a month after the fact by WBEZ and the Sun-Times.

The result of that paralysis on the court meant Burke remained in good legal standing with the state and was permitted to practice law, even though his lawyer indicated his client had no desire to do so. Burke was first licensed with the state in 1968.

The issue flared during the final week of the primary involving state Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham and her rival, Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes, who called on her to divulge whether she was among the justices who recused themselves in the Burke case.

Reyes called the court’s inability

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Tamarama: Zisi Kokotatsios charged with killing Mitch East in hit-and-run

A rideshare driver has been granted bail after he was charged with killing a young lawyer in a horrific alleged hit-and-run incident.

Zisi Kokotatsios, 63, appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday to make an application for bail after spending the night in custody on remand.

Police allege he was illegally using his phone around 4am on March 17 while driving along Fletcher St in Tamarama on his way to pick up a rideshare customer.

On Saturday, the police prosecutor said surveillance footage had captured the moment Mr Kokotatsios allegedly struck Mitch East and his car was “lifted up”.

“An audible crash sound was captured on CCTV in the vicinity of the scene and the vehicle was seen to slow significantly before fleeing,” he said.

“There can be no doubt the driver of the vehicle knew he had struck something.”

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Mr East was pronounced dead at the scene.

The court heard the 28-year-old lawyer had been “lying down on the street” at the moment of impact.

Police allege Mr Kokotatsios had been distracted by his phone while driving dangerously, so he didn’t see Mr East on the road.

“The accused did the wrong thing and, because of that, someone has died,” the police prosecutor said.

Police allege the rideshare driver knew he had been involved in an impact which caused serious injury or death, but he failed to stop and assist Mr East.

“If he had stopped and had a look, he would have seen a person lying there dying,” the sergeant said.

He noted the 63-year-old had been charged with using his mobile phone while driving in December last year, which he claimed showed a pattern of disregard for road safety rules.

However, Mr Kokotatsios’ lawyer Mohamad Sakr argued police “lack substantial evidence”

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Ex-Ald. Ed Burke retires as a lawyer after the state’s highest court failed to pull his law license

Former Chicago Ald. Burke has formally retired as a lawyer, a change in status from just two weeks ago when WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times first reported how a hamstrung Illinois Supreme Court failed to suspend his law license after his federal corruption conviction.

The state Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission website is now revealing that new status, though it’s not clear in the public record when exactly the change happened.

He had been listed as legally able to practice law prior to the WBEZ/Sun-Times report on March 11.

After Burke was convicted last December, the disciplinary commission had urged the state Supreme Court to suspend his law license, as is customary when lawyers run afoul of state or federal law.

After the federal convictions last year of two defendants in the Commonwealth Edison corruption case, former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore and ex-company lobbyist Michael McClain, the commission stripped both of their law licenses, even as they await sentencing.

But the court didn’t go that route with Burke after his racketeering, bribery and extortion conviction.

Instead, several justices cited conflicts of interest and recused themselves, sinking the effort — a move that wasn’t publicly revealed until almost a month after the fact, when it was reported by WBEZ and the Sun-Times.

The result of that paralysis on the court meant Burke remained in good legal standing with the state and was permitted to practice law, though his lawyer indicated his client had no desire to do so. Burke was first licensed with the state in 1968.

The issue flared during the final week of the primary involving state Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham and her rival, Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes, who called on her to divulge whether she was among the justices who recused themselves in the Burke case.

Reyes

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Lawyer for Dak Prescott’s accuser hints at ‘imminent’ lawsuits over alleged sexual assault

A lawyer for the woman who accused Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott of a 2017 sexual assault hinted at imminent lawsuits one day after Prescott filed his own litigation that alleged extortion and denied wrongdoing.

Arlington-based attorney Yoel Zehaie on Tuesday afternoon told KRLD-FM (105.3 The Fan) that Prescott “raped” his client and a civil lawsuit is “very imminent.” He said his client isn’t ruling out filing criminal charges.

In the state of Texas, civil statute of limitations is five years for sexual assault and two years for conspiracy.

Prescott on Monday filed a civil lawsuit in Collin County against the accuser, saying she was trying to extort $100 million from the quarterback to keep quiet about an alleged sexual assault.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott suing woman accusing him of sexual assault

Levi G. McCathern, Prescott’s Dallas-based attorney, didn’t respond Tuesday to The Dallas Morning News.

The incident first came to light Monday when Prescott filed a civil lawsuit in Collin County, seeking monetary relief in excess of $1 million, for what his legal team called malicious lies.

“We will not allow the Defendant and her legal team to profit from this attempt to extort millions from Mr. Prescott,” McCathern said Monday in a statement.

McCathern’s statement Monday said Prescott “has never engaged in any nonconsensual, sexual conduct with anyone.”

Zehaie said he was disappointed Prescott “would try to flip the script and make himself the victim,” and said Prescott’s story had changed over the course of their discussions, ultimately saying the encounter was consensual.

“This story about extortion, we were really taken aback (Monday) when we saw it, but this is just a legal maneuver and I mean, this is a classic move to discredit sexual

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OpenAI Hired Lawyer Who Beat Musk in Twitter Battle

The billionaire is set to face off again with a lawyer who helped Twitter sue Musk after he attempted to back out of his $44 billion purchase of the social-media platform. Reuters was the first to report on the connection.

A recent filing from OpenAI shows the company hired two attorneys from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to represent OpenAI and additional lawyers from Morrison & Foerster to represent its other defendants, including OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

One of the lawyers from Wachtell, William Savitt, helped lead Twitter’s case against Musk.

Musk settled before the lawsuit got to trial, and he ultimately bought Twitter at his original offer price — but not before the dozens of Musk’s private text messages made it into the public eye through discovery.

The Tesla CEO also sued Wachtell last year in an attempt to avoid paying $90 million in legal fees that the organization had accrued in its battle against Musk.

The law firm was one of several companies Musk was accused of trying to stiff after he took Twitter private.

Meanwhile, the two Morrison & Foerster attorneys that OpenAI brought in — Jordan Eth and Ragesh Tangri — helped represent Wachtell in Musk’s lawsuit against the firm. The case went into private arbitration in October.

Musk has his own formidable lineup of attorneys as well. The billionaire is represented by Morgan Chu, Alan Heinrich, and Iian Jablon of Irell & Manella.

Chu was once called the firm’s “$5 billion man” because of his history of securing wins for his clients, Bloomberg previously reported. The firm has also worked with Tesla in the past.

Musk sued OpenAI and some of its cofounders earlier this year, alleging the company had breached its “founding agreement” and was at risk of violating its nonprofit mission of

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Woman accusing Cowboys’ Dak Prescott of sexual assault aims to pursue criminal case, per lawyer

Dak Prescott, the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys for the last eight seasons and counting, filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging a woman is attempting to extort $100 million from him through a threat of false sexual-assault accusation. 

On Tuesday, the woman’s attorney said she is looking to take the accusation against Prescott to criminal court.

“There’s many different things that we plan to sue Dak for related to this matter,” Yoel Zehaie said on “GBag Nation” on The Fan 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas. “And we have a lot to work with on both the civil aspect and the criminal aspect.”  

Zehaie did not get into specifics about other lawsuits, but categorized them as “imminent.” Prescott’s suit that he filed Monday in Collin County against Victoria Shores and her legal team of Yoel and Bethel Zehaie alleges she is looking to extort him out of $100 million to settle a claim surrounding a 2017 sexual assault allegation. 

According to the letter, obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Shores is “willing to forego pursuing criminal charges, along with disclosing this information to the public, in exchange for compensating her for the mental anguish she has suffered.”

Prescott’s attorney Levi McCarthern labeled the allegations “an extortion plot” in a statement. 

“Mr. Prescott — a new father to a baby girl — has great empathy for survivors of sexual assault,” McCarthern said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News on Monday. “He fervently believes that all perpetrators of such crimes should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. To be clear, Mr. Prescott has never engaged in any nonconsensual, sexual conduct with anyone. Lies hurt. Especially, malicious lies. We will not allow the Defendant and her legal team to profit from this attempt to extort millions from

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Trump co-defendant’s lawyer testifies in front of Georgia Senate

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The defense attorney who first alleged a personal relationship between Fulton County DA Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade presented an argument in front of Georgia senators. 

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Woman Says Dealership Told Her to Return New Car. Here’s Why

Recent car buyer and TikTok user Brooke (@brookebohannan_) is having an interesting issue. After buying her used 2023 Kia Telluride about a week ago, she received a phone call from the car dealership. In short, they want the car back.

“My husband gets a call last night that the lady who owned this car previously…wants the car back and I’m sorry, but I’ve never heard of that before,” Brooke says in her first video on the topic, which currently has over 8.1 million views as of Saturday.

According to Brooke, her husband insisted that that was not their problem and that they owned the car. The salesman countered by saying he could provide them with a similar vehicle, an offer Brooke’s husband did not accept.

“I called my dad, I called my uncle who has his own dealer and no one’s heard of this,” Brooke states.

Brooke then offers her own theories about what happened.

“We seem to think that maybe they gave us too good of a deal on this car and they’re looking at like their end of the month, whatever, at the dealership, and somebody’s getting in trouble because they sold this car for less than what they were supposed to,” she theorizes.

Regardless of why it happened, Brooke was not a fan of the dealership’s attempted solution.

“You don’t call the new owners of the vehicle and say, ‘We have a problem,’” she explains. “‘We’ don’t have a problem. It sounds like ‘you’ have a problem.”

From here, the story gets even more unbelievable.

@brookebohannan_ This has to be a prank right??? #cardealership #buyingacar #carbuying #carbuyingtips ♬ original sound – B R O O K E

According to Brooke, she received another call from the dealership saying they would give them the same car they already

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Trump Lawyer Urges Judge to Disqualify Fani Willis in Georgia Case

A judge in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald J. Trump heard final arguments on Friday on a motion to disqualify the prosecutor who brought the case, Fani T. Willis, on the ground that a romantic relationship she had with a subordinate created a conflict of interest.

With a historic criminal case against a former president on the line, lawyers for Mr. Trump and his co-defendants took turns assailing Ms. Willis. John B. Merchant III, who represents the defendant Michael Roman, said that if the court finds the prosecutors’ romance did not create a conflict of interest, “public confidence in the system will be shot.”

But Adam Abbate, a prosecutor in Ms. Willis’s office, called the defense’s effort to disqualify Ms. Willis “a desperate attempt to remove a prosecutor from a case for absolutely no reason, other than harassment and embarrassment.”

Defense lawyers on Friday repeatedly asserted that the bar for disqualification should be relatively low, arguing that even the appearance of a conflict of interest should lead to Ms. Willis’s removal from the case because her actions had undermined public confidence in it. The question of whether the defense needs to show an actual conflict or just an appearance of one could prove pivotal.

“We can demonstrate an appearance of a conflict of interest, and that is sufficient,” Mr. Merchant told the judge, Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court.

Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Steven H. Sadow, picked up the theme, arguing that “once you have the appearance of impropriety,” the law in Georgia is clear: “That’s enough to disqualify.”

Mr. Sadow focused on a speech Ms. Willis made in January at a Black church in Atlanta, calling her remarks a “violation of professional rules of conduct.” Her speech, at Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, came

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