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GC Resigns, Stands Accused of Falsifying Death Threats

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Julia Marie Ezell faces three counts of using a computer to send herself death threats and then falsely report a made-up crime, reports KWTV News 9.

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ABA Reveals Alleged $1.3M Theft By a Now-Former Staff Member on Tax Form

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An ABA official told the ABA Journal that the theft was well-hidden with falsified documents, but the theft became apparent when the individual got more ambitious in attempts to divert more money.

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Big Law Partner Disbarred After Bilking Firms, Client for $7.8M

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Ravelo was accused in 2014 of conspiring to defraud Hunton, Willkie, and MasterCard by submitting false invoices for several million dollars to two litigation support vendors she and her husband controlled, Bloomberg Law reports.

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Former Fugitive Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to U.S. Fraud Scheme

Former Fugitive Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to U.S. Fraud Scheme

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Scott Wolas, 69, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court to defrauding 20 investors in two real estate projects out of $1.7 million while he was using someone else’s identity, Reuters reports.

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Former ICE General Counsel Heads to Prison for Identity Theft

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The former legal adviser to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau was sentenced to 48 months in prison, reports Government Executive.

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V&E Lawyer Faces Possible Felony Charge in Boat Crash That Injured Colleagues

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The boating accident occurred on Austin’s Lake Travis the night before a Vinson & Elkins daylong retreat planned for the next day.

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Lawyer Who Tried to Bilk Insurance Companies Out of $300,000 Sentenced to Prison

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The Tarrant County district attorney said that Richard Kent Livesay schemed to bill insurers for fraudulent hailstorm damage to roofs without the knowledge or consent of homeowners.

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Hours After His Divorce is Final, Man Accused of Killing Ex-Wife’s Attorney

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Antonio Benjamin Mari, 41, died from multiple gunshots Wednesday afternoon, two hours after the final divorce hearing in a Bartow County court.

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Dallas Firm Secures $166M Verdict in Fort Worth Murder-for-Hire Case

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Attorneys for Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm have secured a $166 million verdict against the daughter and son-in-law of a North Texas woman who was killed in 2014 for the proceeds of life insurance policies totaling $5 million.

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Federal Suit Claims Systemic Failures to Pursue Rape Cases by Travis County DA, Austin Police

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Three women have filed a federal class action lawsuit claiming that the Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Austin Police Department have violated the constitutional rights of women and discriminated based on gender in the manner in which they handle sexual assault cases.

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Dallas Attorney Indicted for Allegedly Stealing From Client

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Walter Thomas Finley is charged with felony theft in a case involving the trust fund of an East Texas woman. 

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Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

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An ex-White House official said that “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen” deciding to cooperate with federal prosecutors against the president.

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Goldman Sachs Vice President Charged With Insider Trading

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Woojae “Steve” Jung, a 37-year-old Korean citizen, is charged with trading illegally on confidential information relating to upcoming transactions and merger negotiations that he was privy to through his job, reports Reuters.

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Federal Prosecutors Poised to Get More Than 1 Million Files Seized From Michael Cohen’s Phones

Federal Prosecutors Poised to Get More Than 1 Million Files Seized From Michael Cohen’s Phones

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A special master said investigators have already been given access to nearly 300,000 pieces of potential evidence seized from Cohen’s office and residences in an April raid, reports The New York Times.

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Dismiss Big Law Malicious Prosecution Suit, Judge Recommends

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The recommendation could bring an end to one of several high-stake lawsuits that LabMD Inc. is pursuing against cybersecurity firm Tiversa Inc. and some of the nation’s largest law firms, writes Bloomberg Law.

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What Does the NRA Want With One of America’s Top Drug Lawyers?

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Federal law could cause pot users to lose their right to own firearms, even in states where marijuana possession is legal, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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GC and CEO of Bank That Hid Drug Cash Face U.S. Criminal Probe

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Bloomberg reports California bank branches near the Mexican border became a pipeline for the profits of organized crime starting in 2009, according to the Justice Department.

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Ex-Biglaw Partner Said He Shot His Wife By Accident – Jurors Didn’t Buy It

Ex-Biglaw Partner Said He Shot His Wife By Accident – Jurors Didn’t Buy It

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It’s unclear whether the jurors who leaned toward involuntary manslaughter knew they were accepting a deal that would likely send McIver away until death,” the Journal-Constitution reports.

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Dallas Lawyer Who Planted Niece in Government Job As a ‘Mole’ Gets 10-Year Max for Medical Fraud

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Prosecutors say Dallas lawyer Tshombe Anderson and his family members used trickery and outright fraud, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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Lawyer Convicted of Abetting Tax Evasion By Wall Street Executive’s Adult Children

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A Manhattan jury found Michael Little, 67, guilty of helping the adult children of a Wall Street executive tap into their Swiss bank accounts, which held millions in inheritance money, without alerting the IRS, reports Crain’s New York Business.

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