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Former Tax Judge Sentenced To Prison for Tax Fraud

Former Tax Judge Sentenced To Prison for Tax Fraud

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Both defendants entered guilty pleas, admitting to conspiring to obstruct the IRS by claiming personal expenses as business expenses. Those expenses included vacations, Pilates classes, upkeep and renovation and utilities for their home, and more.

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Disbarred Lawyer Arrested in Florida After at Least 18 Months on the Lam

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A disbarred Georgia lawyer accused of stealing client money was arrested last weekend in Florida after going missing for at least 18 months, reports the ABA Journal.

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Prominent California Lawyer Convicted of Embezzling $300,000

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A federal jury convicted California lawyer James R. Miller of embezzlement and tax evasion for stealing more than $300,000 from the internet sales company he oversaw as president from 2009 to 2012, reports The Beach Reporter.

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Client of Disgraced Lawyer: ‘Everybody Knew He Would Run’

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Disability attorney Eric Connd had told at least six people he would flee the country instead of going to jail and now he has kept his promise, reports the Associated Press.

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Judge ‘Sick And Tired of Lawyers From White-Shoe Law Firms’ Helping Clients Avoid Charges

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“I’m sick and tired of lawyers from white-shoe law firms marching into my courtroom and getting a deferred-prosecution agreement for their clients,” said U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis in his Brooklyn court.

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Family of Slain Lawyer Think They’ve Identified Murderer. So Why Can’t the Cops Solve the Case?

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D Magazine covers the efforts of the family of a prominent Dallas lawyer to find the people responsible for killing the man in a fire in his garage.

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Lawyer Who Founded ‘Copyright Trolling’ Prenda Law Is Disbarred

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John L. Steele said he and a co-defendant, Paul Hansmeier, made more than $6 million over a two-year period with “sham entities” that threatened Internet users with copyright lawsuits.

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Hackers Face $8.9 Million Fine for Law Firm Breaches

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Three Chinese stock traders were ordered to pay $8.9 million in fines and penalties for hacking into two law firms and stealing information on upcoming mergers and acquisitions and then leveraging the information to trade stocks.

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Former Executive at Bankrupt NYC Law Firm Convicted of Fraud

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A jury in Manhattan convicted Joel Sanders, the law firm’s former chief financial officer, on three criminal counts arising from what prosecutors said was a scheme to hide the firm’s failing finances from financial backers, reports The New York Times.

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Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

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Some Uber employees told Reuters that the Greyball technique was used against suspected local officials who could have been looking to fine drivers, impound cars or otherwise prevent Uber from operating.

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Gustave Newman, Defense Lawyer in Sensational Cases, Dies at 90

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Gustave Newman, a criminal defense lawyer in a host of headline-grabbing cases who genially cajoled skeptical juries and cowed hostile witnesses with his booming baritone, died on Monday in Manhattan at the age of 90, reports The New York Times.

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Legendary Texas Lawyer Richard ‘Racehorse’ Haynes Has Died

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Haynes was easy-going until he stepped into a courtroom. He was legendary for his ability to take command of the courtroom, and effectively cross-examine witnesses.

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On Trial for Bribery, Samsung Boss Lets Lawyers Do the Talking

On Trial for Bribery, Samsung Boss Lets Lawyers Do the Talking

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The third-generation leader of South Korea’s top conglomerate was mostly silent at his first court appearance in what has been called the “trial of the century,” as his lawyers labored to portray him as an innocent bystander in a graft scandal, reports Reuters.

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Disbarred Lawyer in Hot Water Over Unpaid $600,000 Restitution

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A disbarred Connecticut lawyer who owes more than $600,000 for stealing money from a client was given a dressing down by a frustrated Stamford judge who was angered that the man had paid less than $400 in restitution in five years, reports the Stamford Advocate.

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In-House Lawyer Killed in ‘Targeted’ Shooting in Broad Daylight

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A suspect with a criminal record has been arrested in connection with the murder of an in-house attorney with UPS in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Leon Cooperman Ordered to Trial in Insider-Trading Case

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A billionaire investor could face trial on allegations that he reaped more than $4 million in illegal profits after conversations with a company insider, Bloomberg reports.

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Too Much Wine: Ex-BigLaw Partner’s Insider Tip to Broker Leads to His Conviction

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Robert Schulman of McLean, Va., was convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy charges. Post-trial defense motions are due April 14, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Ex-Harvard Lawyer Gets 40 Years in Prison for Abducting Woman

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A U.S. district judge sentenced disbarred Harvard-educated lawyer Matthew Muller to 40 years in prison for abducting a California woman in a crime so elaborate and bizarre that police initially dismissed it as a hoax, the Associated Press reports.

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Miami Lawyer’s Pants Erupt in Flames During Arson Trial

Miami Lawyer’s Pants Erupt in Flames During Arson Trial

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A Miami defense lawyer’s pants burst into flames Wednesday afternoon as he began his closing arguments in front of a jury – in an arson case, reports The Miami Herald.

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China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

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Reuters is reporting that Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to criminal charges for violating U.S. laws that restrict the sale of American-made technology to Iran and North Korea.

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