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Ex-Lawyer Gets Nearly 4 Years in Prison for Embezzling From Clients and Law Firm

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Pamela S. Hediger embezzled money from the firm’s client trust and business operating accounts, according to prosecutors.

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Lawyer Whose Boozy Brag Led to Insider Trades Can’t Ditch Verdict

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Robert Schulman was a Washington-based partner with Hunton & Williams, now Hunton Andrews Kurth, working on a patent dispute involving King Pharmaceuticals when he learned of the potential merger of King and Pfizer in August 2010.

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General Counsel Named in Corruption Probe Subpoenas Resigns

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Emily McNeeley was placed on unpaid leave in April after corruption investigators repeatedly named her, and her boss in subpoenas served on the county.

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‘The Dark Overlord’ Didn’t Hack Systems, Husch Blackwell Says

‘The Dark Overlord’ Didn’t Hack Systems, Husch Blackwell Says

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The group says it has 18,000 documents that include emails and nondisclosure documents sent and received by two insurers and a Husch Blackwell predecessor firm.

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Chicago Alderman Charged in Alleged Extortion to Get Business for His Law Firm

Chicago Alderman Charged in Alleged Extortion to Get Business for His Law Firm

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The complaint details alderman Edward Burke’s repeated attempts to pressure the executives of a Texas company into hiring his law firm, Klafter & Burke.

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Nissan Ex-Chairman to Get a Day in Court Almost Two Months After Shock Arrest

Nissan Ex-Chairman to Get a Day in Court Almost Two Months After Shock Arrest

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Carlos Ghosn has been indicted by Japanese prosecutors on allegations of under-reporting his compensation, according to Bloomberg.

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Thousands Say Judge Who Gave Baylor Frat President Probation, Not Prison, in Rape Case Must Go

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Former Baylor fraternity president Jacob Walter Anderson, 23, was allowed to plead no contest to a charge of unlawful restraint.

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Cash ‘Sandwiches’: Charges Detail ‘Brazen’ Fraud by Bloomberg Executives

Cash ‘Sandwiches’: Charges Detail ‘Brazen’ Fraud by Bloomberg Executives

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Indictments unsealed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court described a wide-ranging scheme involving three companies to steal at least $15 million from Bloomberg L.P.

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Incoming New York AG Plans Wide-Ranging Investigations of Trump and Family

Incoming New York AG Plans Wide-Ranging Investigations of Trump and Family

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Letitia James campaigned on passing a bill to change New York’s double jeopardy laws with an eye on possible pardons coming out of the White House.

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Court Warns: Disbarment for Anonymous Online Posts is Lesson for Other Lawyers

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As a prosecutor, Sal Perricone posted more than 2,600 comments on nola.com, the website of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, between November 2007 and March 2012.

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Justice Department Charges 4 Over Panama Papers Tax Schemes

Justice Department Charges 4 Over Panama Papers Tax Schemes

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Those charged include a former investment manager, a former U.S. resident, an American accountant and a Panamanian lawyer, reports The Washington Post.

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Dallas Cryptocurrency CEO Faces Charges of Scamming Investors Out of $4 Million

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Jared Rice Sr.’s arrest followed his indictment on three counts each of securities fraud and wire fraud, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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Newspaper Report Foils Trump Labor Secretary’s Chances of Being the New AG

Newspaper Report Foils Trump Labor Secretary’s Chances of Being the New AG

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Alexander Acosta is out of the running to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general following a report that he oversaw a sweetheart deal for a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls

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Louisville Lawyer Charged With Threatening to Kill Two Other Attorneys

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Brendan McLeod, who advertises himself as an “aggressive criminal attorney” on his Facebook page, was charged with retaliating against participants in a legal process

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Ex-Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane to Be Jailed By Thursday Morning

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Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane must report to jail by Thursday morning to begin serving her sentence for convictions on perjury and other charges, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Former Dewey CFO Released From Jail After His Current Firm Pays His $1M Fine

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Joel Sanders was convicted for misleading lenders and bond buyers about the firm’s finances before its 2012 collapse.

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Blockchain Alliance Reaches 100 Members

Blockchain Alliance Reaches 100 Members

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP announced that the Blockchain Alliance, a public-private forum to combat criminal activity involving cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, has grown to include 100 industry and government agencies in 19 countries.

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Attorney’s Eye-Popping $460,000 in Earnings to Defend Indigent Clients Prompting Changes

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Attorney Marc Fratter, 46, also earned significantly more than anyone on the county payroll, including the district judges who approved his pay sheets.

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Ex-JPMorgan Trader Pleads Guilty in Six-Year Spoofing Plot

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A former precious-metals trader said to have worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. admitted he engaged in a six-year spoofing scheme that defrauded investors in futures contracts with the help of his colleagues and bosses, Bloomberg Law reports.

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Promise Not to Kill Anyone? After Losing Election, TX Judge Wholesale Releases Juvenile Defendants

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“Apparently he was saying that’s what the voters wanted,” theorized a public defender who witnessed the releases.

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