11th Circuit Hears Appeal in Stock Fraud Scheme Targeting Vulnerable Investors

Three defendants found guilty in a stock telemarketing scheme that bilked 700 investors urged an 11th Circuit panel Tuesday to overturn their convictions on the grounds that prosecutors at trial improperly decried jury instructions and brought up irrelevant claims of marijuana dealing.

Read more

Suspended

The Ohio Supreme Court suspended former Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Bachman from the practice of law for six months, finding the former judge engaged in misconduct for an incident in which he ran out of his courtroom and accosted a woman who had screamed in the hallway, brought her back to the court with his hand placed between her neck and shoulder, held her in contempt and increased her three-day jail sentence to 10 days when she protested his actions.

Read more

Texas State Bar Defies Attorney General on Anti-Bias Rule

The State Bar of Texas refused Thursday to kill consideration of an anti-bias rule by the American Bar Association, ignoring repeated warnings by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton that the rule is vague and infringes attorneys’ free speech and religious rights.

Read more

Immigration Bribery

Jurors’ alleged misconduct during the trial of a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was not so serious that it affected the verdict, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The attorney, Constantine Peter Kallas, was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from immigrants who were promised they would be allowed to remain in the United States. 

Read more

College Admissions Scandal

A federal court in Massachusetts ordered the government to respond to allegations of investigatorial misconduct in the college admissions bribery case against Lori Loughlin and other parents accused of rigging the system by paying people to pretend their kids were athletes. The defendants say the feds failed to disclose certain notes made by the scheme’s mastermind, Rick Singer, which claim he was aggressively pressured by investigators to “lie to elicit incriminating information from potential defendants.”

Read more

Court Steps in After Tennessee County Loses Dash-Cam Video

Before appointing a forensic examiner or considering sanctions against a Tennessee county for the loss of months of dashboard camera footage – possible evidence for nine lawsuits against a single sheriff’s deputy accused of a range of misconduct – a federal magistrate wants to ensure the footage is actually gone. 

Read more