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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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Lawyer Removes Post Calling Client a ‘Terrible Criminal’

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Chad Frese said his post was being misinterpreted by other lawyers, who said the rant was highly inappropriate and likely violated ethics rules governing the profession.

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Chinese Company Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets From U.S. Computer Firm

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Federal prosecutors said one of the defendants served as president of a company acquired by Micron five years ago.

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Ex-Penn State University GC Cleared of Wrongdoing

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Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice and Penn State University general counsel Cynthia Baldwin was cleared Friday of any wrongdoing relative to her representation of university officials during the Jerry Sandusky investigation, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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DOJ Announces Guidelines to Reduce the Imposition of Monitorships in Corporate Criminal Cases

DOJ Announces Guidelines to Reduce the Imposition of Monitorships in Corporate Criminal Cases

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The Justice Department’s Criminal Division has announced updated policies and procedures related to the selection of corporate monitors in federal criminal cases, according to an advisory by Alston &. Bird.

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Former Partner Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Scheme to Bribe Alabama Lawmaker

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A former partner at Balch & Bingham has been sentenced to five years in prison for a scheme to bribe an Alabama state legislator to oppose expansion of a site designated for an environmental cleanup, reports the ABA Journal.

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‘Frack Master’ of Texas Oil Fame Pleads Guilty to Massive Fraud, Faces Up to 12 Years in Prison

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Christopher Faulkner, the former CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Energy, became a star in business circles for his high-profile media appearances defending hydraulic fracturing or fracking, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Feds Investigating Lobbying Contract Between Biglaw Firm and Missouri County

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The FBI is investigating a lobbying contract between Jackson County in Misssouri and Biglaw firm Polsinelli, The Kansas City Star reports.

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Feds: Lawyer Plotted to Bribe Trial Witness in Murder Case

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Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have charged a criminal defense lawyer with bribing a witness in an effort to alter the outcome of a notorious 2015 Suffolk County gang-related double-murder trial.

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Ethics Charges Filed Against 6 of 7 Arkansas Supreme Court Justices

Ethics Charges Filed Against 6 of 7 Arkansas Supreme Court Justices

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A spokesman for the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said it was the first time in the 30-year history of the commission that formal charges of ethical misconduct were brought against any member of the state’s highest court.

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Three Charged in $364M Scheme That Paid for Splurges on Diamonds, Bugattis and Mansions

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A federal grand jury has indicted three men for what officials describe as a $364 million Ponzi scheme to defraud investors, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Former Skadden Partner May Face Charges Related to Manafort-Linked Ukraine Report

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The report was written by Skadden attorneys about the 2011 trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine who was found guilty of abusing her office.

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Former Locke Lord Partner Indicted on Charges Related to Alleged Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme

Former Locke Lord Partner Indicted on Charges Related to Alleged Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme

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According to the indictment, Mark S. Scott was part of a conspiracy to conceal the source of $400 million in process from an alleged pyramid scheme involving a purported cryptocurrency, OneCoin.

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Annual Security Report Deadline is Approaching

Annual Security Report Deadline is Approaching

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The U.S. Department of Education’s deadline for institutions to comply with the Annual Security Report is Oct. 1, 2018, points out Canopy Programs by United Educators.

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Judge Rejects Ex-Bank Executives’ Bids for Acquittals, New Trials

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Judge Richard Andrews refused to enter judgments of acquittal or set new trials for the former Wilmington Trust executives.

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Federal Judge’s Meltdown Ends With Hostages, Suicide

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Police and federal agents had already confiscated a weapons cache from the home of Timothy Maher a few days before he took hostages and then killed himself.

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The Biglaw Firm Defending the Catholic Church

The Biglaw Firm Defending the Catholic Church

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Reports indicate that Cardinal Donald Wuerl has tapped Jones Day to represent him on matters relating to a grand jury report that alleged the sexual abuse of thousands of victims at Catholic dioceses across Pennsylvania.

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Another Lawyer Slain: Indiana Victim was Close to Retirement

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Indiana lawyer T. Edward Page was murdered at his home by a client, Hobart, Ind., police said late last week.

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Ex-Biglaw Partner Gets 18 Months in Prison for Role in Shkreli Fraud

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The former lawyer who helped “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli defraud investors landed just one and a half years in prison for his role in the crime.

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