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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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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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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: 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 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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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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Prosecutor: Illinois Attorney Fatally Shot By Brother-In-Law Over Finances

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Prosecutors in the Illinois murder case of Stephen Shapiro, a partner in Mayer Brown, say he was gunned down by his brother-in-law, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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‘Superhero’ Lawyer Who Argued Cases Before Supreme Court Slain in Home

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The Mayer Brown partner had spent some time in the U.S. solicitor general’s office, arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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‘He Has Torn My Head Off’: Manafort Judge Known for Being Tough During Trials

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T.S. Ellis III regularly interrupts trial testimony with his own questions and demands that certain lines of inquiry be cut short, clearing up ambiguity that defense attorneys hoped to create, reports The Washington Post.

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Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

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The virtual currency operator absconded with investors’ assets, exchanging them into U.S. dollars to buy groceries and to pay for travel and other personal expenses, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Biglaw Tries to Persuade Judge Not to Send One of Their Own to Prison

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Some former colleagues of the lawyer who was convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the “Pharma Bro” case are asking the judge in his case for leniency.

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