Month: October 2020

Former Google lawyer joins spate of high-profile attorneys entering crypto

On Friday Coinbase Inc. announced the appointment of former Google Senior Legal Director Milana McCullagh as deputy general counsel for product and commercial legal.

McCullagh, who worked for more than 13 years at Google, will work across functions at Coinbase on product legal support, helping the firm to streamline legal compliance for new product launches.

McCullagh’s appointment is part of both a Coinbase campaign to attract legal talent that started last year, as well as a broader industry-wide movement of top-tier attorneys joining crypto firms. 

Between August and October, Coinbase appointed former general counsel at Dyson Ltd., Katherine Minarik, as general deputy counsel for litigation; former senior legal counsel at Uber Technologies Inc. in London, Carly Nuzbach Lowery, as an associate general counsel; the former attorney at Fenwick Jade Clemons as a commercial counsel; and head of supervisory affairs at CLS Group Holdings AG, Janice Payne, as director of regulatory

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‘Dread Head Cowboy’ says he sold his horses, fires attorney in animal cruelty case

The “Dread Head Cowboy” announced he sold his horses and fired his pro bono lawyer after the two got into an argument following a status hearing in his animal cruelty case at a Far South Side courthouse Wednesday.

“It’s my life. It’s my horse. It’s my future,” an emotional Adam Hollingsworth, 33, said after telling reporters his “hand was forced” to sell four of his remaining horses and that he no longer wanted attorney Jonathan Feldman to represent him.

“If I have to represent myself, I’ll represent myself.”

Hollingsworth is facing a felony count of animal cruelty and several misdemeanors for riding NuNu, a pinto-colored mare, for seven miles in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway on Sept. 21 to protest against children getting shot in Chicago.

At Hollingsworth’s bond hearing last month, Cook County prosecutors said NuNu will never ride again and may need to be euthanized.

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Indonesian unions vow mass protests if president signs jobs law

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s workers will stage further mass protests across the country if President Joko Widodo signs new jobs measures into law next week, the head of the main labour group said on Saturday.

“It is the exploitation of labour that we’re against,” said the head of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions, Said Iqbal. “We are ready for dialogue, even ready for a debate if necessary in an open, public hearing.”

The government says the legislation will boost employment by cutting red tape, easing restrictions of foreign investment and improving labour market competitiveness. Unions and rights groups say the measures favour business over workers and the environment.

Hundreds of thousands of Indonesians have hit the streets across the archipelago in recent weeks, culminating in sporadic violence and thousands of arrests, as they protested the measures passed by parliament on Oct. 5. [nL4N2HB2FF]

If the president, widely known as

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I dumped my ex-boyfriend four years ago. He’s still living with me.

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I have been dating a man now for eight years who is a loving, awesome person in many ways. He adores me, and he treats me like a queen. The problem is that I don’t want any of it anymore. He struggles with alcoholism and anxiety, cannot hold down a job, and still lives like a college

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Nearly a third of Maine voters have already cast absentee ballots

Maine voters continue to shatter state absentee voting records.

Data released Friday by Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap shows 32.5 percent of the state’s 1.06 million registered voters have already returned their absentee ballots.

In all, town and city clerks across the state have issued 443,505 ballots and 345,379 ballots have been returned, either through the mail or in person at drop boxes or municipal offices.

Eligible registered voters can request an absentee ballot using the state’s online request service until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Voters may also cast an in-person absentee ballot at their town or city clerk’s office until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. All absentee ballots must be returned to clerks before 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.

State health and election officials have encouraged voters to use Maine’s no excuse absentee ballot law to avoid crowding into polling places to

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Former Top Prosecutor In Austin John Bash Joins Global Law Firm

AUSTIN, TX — John F. Bash, the former U.S. Attorney for Western District of Texas encompassing Austin before stepping down earlier this month, has joined a noted Houston law firm, officials announced Friday.

Bash has joined the ranks of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP as partner, officials said in an advisory. Describing him as “an experienced U.S. Supreme Court advocate,” officials said Bash joined the law firm as a partner, and will practice in Quinn Emanuel’s offices in Houston and Washington, D.C.

“Few lawyers have the credentials that John Bash has,” founder and managing partner John B. Quinn said in a prepared statement. “His experience in the U.S. Solicitor General’s office and as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas will be a big asset for our firm and our clients.”

In his U.S. attorney role, Bash, 39, was the top federal prosecutor in the U.S. Justice Department

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Fired Portsmouth city attorney sues mayor for defamation

Fired Portsmouth City Attorney Solomon Ashby is suing Mayor John Rowe for defamation — the latest political fallout from a June 10 protest at the city’s downtown Confederate monument.

“It’s unfortunate that a person like Mr. Ashby – who performed his job professionally, loyally, and ethically – has his performance misrepresented to the public,” his attorney Christian Connell wrote in an email. “Mr. Ashby is trying to correct that misrepresentation.”

Rowe did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Ashby’s lawsuit, filed Oct. 20 in Norfolk Circuit Court, cites a WVEC-TV interview aired shortly after the attorney’s Sept. 8 ouster. During the interview, Rowe said a majority of City Council members had “lost confidence” in Ashby and City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton.

Rowe referred to an email in which Ashby advised councilmembers to “resist any inclination to act in a manner that may be in violation of the

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Riverside County embraces law enforcement, but more work is needed

The Desert Sun Editorial Board
Published 5:00 a.m. PT Oct. 31, 2020

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Riverside County law enforcement agencies have collectively moved forward with a plan that takes investigations of officer-involved use-of-force cases out of their own hands and gives them to a third-party investigator.

The move had been heralded as a work in progress this summer as the nation saw huge protests — some violent and destructive — in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis Police and the killings of other men and women of color in confrontations with authorities.

We believe this new policy is a good thing for those of us who call Riverside County home.

As reported by The Desert Sun’s Christopher Damien, information from a Washington Post database shows law enforcement officers in Riverside County have been involved in 53 fatal shootings

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Police shooting of Black man near Portland raises tension

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The shooting of a Black man by law enforcement in Washington state threatened to increase tensions around Portland, Oregon, where protesters against racial injustice have clashed repeatedly with right-wing groups.

Friends and family identified the dead man as Kevin E. Peterson Jr., 21, and said he was a former high school football player and the proud father of an infant daughter. The shooting happened in Hazel Dell, an unincorporated area of Vancouver, Washington, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Portland.

In a statement, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said a joint city-county narcotics task force was conducting an investigation just before 6 p.m. Thursday and chased a man into the parking lot of a bank, where he fired a gun at them. A firearm was recovered at the scene, Atkins said.

Authorities have not named the person who was shot, but Kevin E. Peterson Sr.

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The Paley Center Presents LAW & ORDER: BEFORE THEY WERE STARS

The Paley Center Presents LAW & ORDER: BEFORE THEY WERE STARS

Celebrating the influence of one of the most iconic brands in all of television, NBC will air the hourlong special “The Paley Center Presents Law & Order: Before They Were Stars” on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the season 22 premiere of “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 p.m.

For an up-and-coming actor, an appearance on a “Law & Order” episode is a rite of passage. Since 1990, more than a few of the attorneys, victims, perpetrators, witnesses, kids, suspects and police of the week have gone on to become some of the biggest television and movie stars in the world.

“Law & Order is one of television’s most legendary brands and has served as a springboard for so many talented actors,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re honored to partner with our friends from NBC to present this entertaining look

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