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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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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Lawyer files motion seeking discovery in case against DA Gonzalez

The lawyer who filed a writ of mandamus against Western Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez recently filed a motion asking a judge to open avenues for the discovery of evidence in the case.

Gonazalez had filed a motion confessing to the writ in May, but on the same day she appealed the case. The appeal was transmitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia on Thursday.

A writ of mandamus basically orders her to comply with the statutory duties of her office.

Deborah Gonzalez

Deborah Gonzalez

The suit against the DA was filed on behalf of Athens businessman Jarrod Miller, who said he voted for Gonzalez, but she is not complying with state law in the supervision of her office.

Gonzalez is two years into her elected position, but she is dealing with an upheaval of employees resigning.

Gonzalez filed a motion to dismiss the writ of mandamus in May, but Senior Superior Court Judge David Emerson, who was appointed to hear the case, denied her motion.

After Gonzalez confessed to the judgment, her lawyer, Derek Baurer of Atlanta, filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Watkinsville attorney Kevin Epps, who represents Miller, filed a subsequent motion on May 30 asking Judge Emerson to set a discovery conference or a hearing on the remaining issues in the case.

Epps wrote in his motion that since Gonzalez “only partially confesses to judgment,” that the judge should abstain from entering a final judgment due to pending issues in the case.

According to the motion, Gonzalez has said, “I am not admitting or agreeing to any factual allegation or legal conclusion made by Mr. Miller as part of his lawsuit.

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Former U.S. Attorney who brought charges in Ohio nuclear bailout scandal says case may not be over

After a little over a day of deliberation, a jury found Republican former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder and ex-Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges guilty of federal racketeering charges. But there may be more indictments coming in what’s been called the largest corruption case in state history.

Householder and Borges say they’ll appeal their convictions in a $61 million scheme to pass a nuclear power plant bailout law for FirstEnergy and keep a repeal of that law off the ballot.

David DeVillers brought the case in July 2020, before he and 55 other Trump-appointed US attorneys resigned with the change to the Biden administration, and called it the largest corruption scandal in state history. DeVillers said he was thrilled with the verdict.

And he added that, listening to the comments of his successor in that office, the case may not be over.

“Ken Parker has made it clear that there’s an ongoing investigation,” DeVillers said. “And I’m confident that Ken and his team will follow this investigation to wherever it may lead.”

Parker was in the courtroom several times throughout the trial, and he was outside the courthouse after the verdicts. He called them a win for Ohio.

“You cannot sell the public trust. You cannot sell the public trust. It is not for sale. And you cannot conspire with others to sell the public trust,” Parker said.

“We have a team that will take the time over the years to meticulously go through all of the evidence to discuss with individuals, to get into to get information as to what was going on in this scheme,” Parker said, “to bring those individuals, no matter where they are at what they feel to be the highest points in our state government, to bring them to justice.”

Though FirstEnergy agreed

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How Alex Spiro Became Elon Musk’s (and Megan Thee Stallion’s and Jay-Z’s) Go-To Lawyer

In Spiro’s view, his advocacy for Megan and Musk aren’t disconnected. “My instincts are often to rally behind people who are under attack.”

Spiro grew up in the Boston suburbs and studied psychology at Tufts. After college, he remained in the area and briefly considered a career in medicine or science while working at a psychiatric unit for teenagers at McLean Hospital. He found it engaging and revealing but thought that he lacked the patience for medical school or lab work. An executive assistant for his mentor, psychiatrist Sherv Frazier, suggested he take the LSAT. “You like to sit in here and ask so many questions and argue so much,” Spiro remembered her saying. “You should go take this test.” He graduated from Harvard Law in 2008.

Spiro began his career in law as a prosecutor at the Manhattan district attorney’s office. By the time he switched to defense law a few years later, he was known as fast-moving and trial-hungry. Whatever one’s definition of celebrity lawyer, Ben Brafman, who has counted Diddy, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Martin Shkreli, Harvey Weinstein, Peter Gatien, and Sammy “The Bull” Gravano as clients, is inarguably one. Spiro went to work at Brafman’s firm in 2013. He found an easy affinity with musicians and athletes, and his early cases included Bobby Shmurda’s gun, drug, and murder conspiracy charges in 2014 and the former NBA player Thabo Sefolosha‘s wrongful arrest in 2015. (Shmurda pleaded guilty to conspiracy and gun charges and served six years in prison before his release in 2021. In 2017, New York City agreed to pay Sefolosha $4 million to settle a federal lawsuit he filed.)

Spiro and Charles Oakley met a few times in passing, but he didn’t get to know the former NBA player well until 2017. In February of

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Suspect jailed in 2020 Orange killing wants a new lawyer, and a haircut

MILFORD — A man behind bars for more than two years in connection with a 2020 homicide at an Orange tire shop told a judge Thursday he wants a new lawyer — and an appointment with a barber.

Instead, the judge ordered 26-year-old Terrance Allen to undergo an evaluation to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial.

Allen faces charges of murder, tampering with evidence, and criminal possession of a firearm in the fatal 2020 shooting of Joshwua Figueroa27, at the Town Fair Tire on Boston Post Road in Orange.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Allen witnesses told him he had no choice but to shoot Figueroa after he said Figueroa pulled a gun on him.

He is being held on bonds totaling more than $1.4 million in that case and others in New Haven and Norwich courts.

Allen appeared before Judge Peter Brown in Milford Thursday in connection with Figueroa’s homicide, where his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Kenneth Bunker, told the judge his client planned to hire a private attorney.

But Bunker said Allen has made prior plans to bring in another lawyer to the case and has been unable to. “I don’t think I should rely on that because I don’t want there to be further delays,” he said.

The lawyer said Allen won’t meet with a defense expert and asked the judge to approve a motion he made for the purpose of determining whether Allen understands the proceedings against him and can assist in his defense.

He also said Allen wanted to address the court himself, which the defendant did after a warning from the judge that anything he said could be used against him.

Allen said he was waiting for his family to hire a lawyer, but was frustrated that he was still behind

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Trump lawyer says he shouldn’t be charged in Georgia probe after jury forewoman’s interviews

FormerPresident Donald Trump should not face charges in the Georgian investigation into his election interference because of public statements made by the jury forewoman, his lawyer has been accused.

“Georgia has completely tainted the jury pool, because now you have an entire jury pool of people who believe that there is some crime that President Trump has committed or his allies have committed, but nobody knows what it is,” Christina Bobb told Newsmax on Saturday. “And so they’re trying to get ahead of the game here and try to taint the jury pool, try to lead the public to believe that there’s a crime here, without providing them with an opportunity to defend themselves.”

Jury forewoman Emily Kohrs has created major waves by publicly speaking about Trump and the case in televised interviews. Ms Bobb said the behavior “should mean that there should be no charges.”

“Any defendant – I don’t know who they’re going to try to indict, but any of them, whether it’s the President or any of his allies – all of them have had their constitutional rights violated by this media tour, by the district attorney allowing this craziness,” she said.

Ms Kohrs has spoken – with distinctive energy, excitement and animated facial expressions – about her service as a foreperson on the grand jury hearing evidence in the case of Mr Trump’s effort to overturn his 2020 defeat in Georgia. Some of her comments in particular described the grand jury’s deliberations, including whether they found some witnesses who appeared before them to be credible.

She also explained the grand jury’s decision not to seek testimony from Mr Trump himself, though she was careful not to address any direct prompts to name witnesses or targets of the probe who were recommended for criminal charges.

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Bryan Kohberger’s lawyer thinks evidence can be ‘attacked’

The Pennsylvania public defender who repped the University of Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger was so shocked that the case ended in his lap, he hung up the phone after being told the news.

“I did not believe that they were telling me the truth,” Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar told local station WFMZ.

After Kohberger was arrested last month at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pa., the pair spent four hours over the course of five days as he helped the alleged killer navigate the extradition process, LaBar said.

“The first thing I said to him was ‘Bryan, don’t tell me anything about the case. I don’t want to know any of the facts and circumstances,’” said LaBar, who is no longer involved in the case now that Kohberger is back in Latah County facing four charges of first-degree murder and one charge of burglary.

The recently unsealed police affidavit offers a “strong circumstantial case” against his former client, but the public defender doesn’t think it is air-tight.

“Individually taken, the evidence could be attacked,” he said, although he couldn’t explain why Kohberger’s DNA was on the sheath if he wasn’t involved in the attack.

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Kanye West Hires High-Profile Lawyer For Kim Kardashian Divorce

Kanye West found a new lawyer to take over his divorce case.

According to kanyewest-kim-kardashian-melinda-gates-divorce-lawyer/”multiple kardashian-divorce/”reports, Kanye West enlisted the services of Robert Stephan Cohen for an ongoing legal battle with Kim Kardashian. Cohen is represented by Melinda Gates in her divorce from Bill Gates. His other clients include Chris Rock and Rupert Murdoch.

Cohen became Kanye West’s sixth lawyer in the rapper’s divorce. ‘Ye’s previous attorney Samantha Spector stepped away from the case due to an “irreconcilable breakdown” in the relationship with her client.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s divorce is being litigated in California, but his new lawyer is based in New York. ‘Ye also hired a Los Angeles-based attorney named Nicholas A. Salick to serve as his counsel in California.

Kim Kardashian, who is represented by attorney Laura Wasser, filed for divorce in February 2021. Earlier this year, a judge declared the reality TV star legally single.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian still haven’t settled issues such as assets and custody of their children. ‘Ye hasn’t filed declarations of disclosure in the case, but a judge ordered him to file the disclosures by the end of September.

If the former couple can’t reach a deal soon, their case will head to trial in December.

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Why a good lawyer never ignores the court of public opinion

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What role can the media play in courtroom strategy play? Or, to put it differently, how best can counsel advocate outside of the courtroom, particularly in publicly prominent trials?

Having had the good fortune of acting as counsel on many high-profile Canadian cases during my career, starting conspicuously with acting for the chief prosecution witness before the Patti Starr Commission of Inquiry, aka the Houlden Commission, in 1989, I have had a front -row seat to the interplay between media and counsel in such disputes.

Ignoring the media is not an option. Not a good one anyway. Choosing to not respond to media inquiries should be a deliberate decision rather than one of invariable policy. Otherwise, the media will define your case and your client to the public. That other court — the court of public opinion — must always be kept in mind.

Dan Abrams, the chief legal analyst for ABC News, once told a story about a friend working on a high-profile case who was concerned about being seen as a “media whore.” Abrams joked in response that, “There’s got to be something between whoring and abstinence.”

Judges, however skilled and neutral, are not immune to arguments that are made about a case outside of the courtroom, particularly when public policy is a factor in determining the law itself. That occurs more often than most realize and plays a particular role in employment law, where courts have enunciated that the law should be interpreted to redress the imbalance of power between employees and employers, particularly at the time of dismissal when employees are at their most vulnerable . Courts have explicitly said that, including the Supreme Court of Canada in Machtinger v HOJ, which I successfully argued relatively early in my career (1992).

In cases that

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