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Afternoon Briefs: Jeffrey Toobin fired over Zoom exposure; lawyer alleges rape by cop in Breonna Taylor case

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Jeffrey Toobin in 2017. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

Jeffrey Toobin is fired after Zoom incident

The New Yorker has fired legal journalist Jeffrey Toobin after he reportedly exposed himself on a Zoom call last month. Toobin has said he thought he was off camera, and he “made an embarrassingly stupid mistake.” Toobin is also taking some time off from his job as the chief legal analyst for CNN. (The New York Times, CNN)

Lawyer alleges cop in Breonna Taylor case is a ‘sexual predator’

A Louisville, Kentucky, lawyer has filed a sexual assault suit against former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, who was fired for allegedly firing “blindly” into the apartment of Breonna Taylor on the night that she was killed in a police raid. Lawyer Margo Borders alleges that Hankison is a “sexual predator” who sexually assaulted her after driving her home from a bar. (The Louisville Courier Journal)

Judge refuses to oust Britney Spears’ father as conservator

Judge Brenda Penny of Los Angeles has refused to remove Britney Spears’ father as conservator of her estate but said she would consider renewed petitions for his ouster in the future. Penny did agree, however, to appoint a co-conservator sought by Spears. Spears’ lawyer told Penny that the singer is afraid of her father, and she won’t perform again if he is in charge of her career. A lawyer for Spears’ father, James Spears, said the pop star’s net worth has gone from in the red to well over $60 million under James Spears’ stewardship. (The Associated Press, Variety, BBC News)

Stoel Rives restores pay retroactively

Melissa Jones, managing partner at Stoel Rives, has announced that the law firm will retroactively restore base pay that had been cut for associates, of counsels, staff attorneys and staff members. The law firm also plans to leave in place the bonus pools originally budgeted for 2020. (Above the Law)

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