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Lawyer who can’t find testators for over 500 wills can’t toss documents, ethics opinion says
A New York lawyer who possesses more than 500 wills, many of them obtained by acquiring others’ law practices, can’t dispose of the documents after a fruitless search for the testators—people who have made wills—according to an ethics opinion by the New York State Bar Association.
Afternoon Briefs: Youths’ climate-change suit tossed; Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz join Trump legal team

9th Circuit tosses youths’ climate-change suit on standing grounds

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco dismissed Friday a climate-change lawsuit filed on behalf of…

Homeless man who lives in cardboard boxes says state law gave him the right to defend his home
A homeless man who uses cardboard boxes for shelter is citing New York’s castle doctrine as a defense in a criminal case accusing him of attacking two men with a knife.
Judge censured after representing daughter in family law court

The State of New York Commission on Judicial Conduct found that Judge William Edwards’ conduct was close to warranting removal, but because he had admitted his behavior warranted public discipline, censure was appropriate.

Some leaders in this state want to reform bail reform
Some political leaders in New York are calling for changes to a new law that bars cash bail requirements for many nonviolent criminal defendants.
NYC bar calls for investigation into AG Barr over conduct that threatens ‘impartial administration of justice’
In a rare move, the New York City Bar Association has asked Congress to investigate U.S. Attorney General William Barr for recent conduct that “threatens public confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice.”
Suit claims BigLaw firm took over corporate client’s finances and took advantage of its impaired CEO
A lawsuit filed Thursday claims that Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and its lawyers took advantage of a corporate CEO who was suffering from substance abuse and mental health problems.
First Amendment defense claims could threaten ‘revenge pornography’ statutes
Lawyer who reacted to judge’s question with incredulity is ousted from 2nd Circuit courtroom
A New York lawyer was ordered to leave a federal appellate courtroom Wednesday, just days after he was in the news for losing his bid to cancel a restaurant’s registered trade dress because it was demeaning to goats.
How do the states stack up? Lawyers make the most and least money in these areas
Lawyers make the lowest average salary in Montana and the highest average salary in California, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Lawyer didn’t lie to judge about grandfather’s death but fudged the date, letter reveals
A lawyer who has filed 2,000 lawsuits for copyright infringement got little sympathy from a judge Wednesday during a court hearing to determine whether he should be jailed for failing to provide proof of his grandfather’s death.
Afternoon Briefs: Madonna sued over late start time of concert; unusual bar ceremony goes viral

Fan sues Madonna for pushing back start time of her concert

A Florida man who spent more than $1,000 on three tickets to see singer Madonna in concert at her…

Lawyer who blamed missed hearing on grandfather’s death is ordered to supply proof
A federal judge in New York has threatened to toss a copyright lawyer in jail if he doesn’t provide proof that there was indeed a death in his family after missing a hearing without prior notice.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge tosses defamation suit by pardoned sheriff Arpaio; blogging law prof is sued

Judge tosses Arpaio defamation suit claiming ‘leftist enmity’ constituted actual malice

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth of Washington, D.C., has tossed a defamation lawsuit filed by former Maricopa County, Arizona,…

Disbarred partner said he stole over $2M to cover necessities; singer James Taylor is paying victims
Singer James Taylor and his wife will contribute $1.7 million to repay money stolen by a disbarred law firm partner who was sentenced to 68 months in prison Friday.

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