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Michigan Lawyer Receives Citation Over Black Lives Matter Sign Outside His Home

A lawyer from Michigan has received a citation over a Black Lives Matter sign outside his home, with police saying it violates a city ordinance.

Todd Russell Perkins, a lawyer from Grosse Pointe Shores near Detroit, nailed the sign to a tree outside his house in November.

Afterward, he received a police report warning ordering him to remove the sign as it violated a rule that there can be no political signs larger than seven square feet.

Police said they had received an anonymous complaint about the sign. Perkins said he wanted to know which neighbor had made the complaint and has argued he should have freedom of speech.

Speaking to Fox News, he said: “To announce it, to be able to say it, to be able to scream it from atop of a mountain is my right as an American.

“We can all agree that that’s greater than seven

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U.S. seeks prison for ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith

In a 20-page sentencing filing, attorneys with special counsel John Durham wrote that a sentence of at least two to six months was just given the seriousness of the offense. The case “fueled public distrust of the FBI and of the entire” program under which federal law enforcement obtains court approval to surveil domestic targets in foreign intelligence cases, the filing said.

“An attorney — particularly an attorney in the FBI’s Office of General Counsel — is the last person that FBI agents or this Court should expect to create a false document,” prosecutors Anthony Scarpelli and Neeraj N. Patel wrote. “This Court’s sentence should be designed, in part, to send a powerful message to the community that this type of conduct — falsifying information to hide facts from a court — will not be tolerated.”

Clinesmith is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 10.

The charge carries a maximum five-year prison

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Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer steps away from Wisconsin protest-shooting criminal case | Associated Press

KENOSHA, Wis. — An attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse indicated Thursday that he’d pull back from the teen’s criminal defense, hours after prosecutors in Wisconsin sought to block him from participating and alleged in a court filing that his involvement with a fundraising effort “provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud.”

Los Angeles civil lawyer John M. Pierce has been the public face of the 17-year-old’s defense against a murder charge and other counts in the three months since the teen fatally shot two men and wounded a third during summer protests in Kenosha. He also has been an enthusiastic fundraiser, helping to secure $2 million for his client’s bail.

Prosecutors, however, have grown increasingly critical of Pierce’s frequent out-of-court statements and fundraising efforts, which have been aimed at the political right.

In a motion filed Thursday morning, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger cited public records and news reports

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Iran Rights Lawyer Is Sent Back to Prison | Voice of America

The husband of an Iranian rights lawyer furloughed from prison last month because of poor health said authorities sent her back to jail Wednesday despite doctors’ determination that she needed to visit a heart clinic and otherwise stay home this week to recover from various health problems.

In a Wednesday interview with VOA Persian from their home in Tehran, Reza Khandan said his wife, Nasrin Sotoudeh, received a phone call earlier in the day from Qarchak prison in the southeast of the capital ordering her to report to the jail immediately. He said she went to the prison later Wednesday, abruptly ending a furlough that authorities granted her on November 7 to recover from respiratory and cardiac problems related to her recent hunger strikes in detention.

FILE – Smoke appears to rise from Qarchak women’s prison near Tehran, in this photo first published online by Iranian Dervish news outlet Majzooban
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Britney Spears’ Dad: Lawyer Says She’s Afraid of Her Father


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Britney Spears attends the 4th Hollywood Beauty Awards at Avalon Hollywood on February 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Britney Spears has always been close to her family, especially her dad, Jamie Spears. However, over the past few years, things between the pop princess and her father have apparently become strained. In fact, earlier this month, a lawyer for the “Womanizer” singer told a judge that his client is “afraid” of her father.

“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career,” attorney Samuel D. Ingham III told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, according to the Associated Press. Ingham also told Judge Penny that his client hadn’t spoken to her father in a long time.

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Controversial Rittenhouse lawyer may not join trial defense in Wisconsin



a screen shot of a man: John Pierce, attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, talking about the case on Fox News


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John Pierce, attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, talking about the case on Fox News

A California lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse should not be granted permission to practice in Wisconsin because of several ethical concerns, Kenosha prosecutors say.

In a brief, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger has sharpened his office’s objections to John Pierce — a civil litigator from Los Angeles who has been directing a media blitz for Rittenhouse — being part of the criminal defense team on the teen’s homicides case.

Meanwhile, Pierce announced Thursday that he has taken over all civil representation of Rittenhouse, including potential defamation actions, as well as the efforts to raise more money for his defense, and apparently abdicating any role at the criminal trial in Kenosha.

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David Boies just outlined a leadership shuffle at his elite litigation firm after a top lawyer overseeing a big restructuring jumped ship

Nicholas Gravante joined Boies Schiller Flexner in 2000
  • Nicholas Gravante, who was overseeing a massive restructuring at litigation firm Boies Schiller, is now jumping ship.
  • He’s headed to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm he knows intimately. Boies Schiller previously entertained merger talks with the firm, though they didn’t pan out. 
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Once in charge of overseeing a firm-wide restructuring and re-imagining of Boies Schiller following a series of high-profile exits, attorney Nicholas Gravante has decided to exit himself and is joining the law firm of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

The news, which The Wall Street Journal first reported on Wednesday, marks the latest sign of troubles at the firm founded by the prominent trial lawyer, David Boies.

Boies Schiller staffed 350 lawyers at its peak and has experienced dozens of partner departures this year. Today the firm lists 207 attorneys

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‘A beacon of hope’: Civil rights lawyer named partner in Koskoff firm

BRIDGEPORT — A longtime advocate of civil justice has been made a partner in the prominent city law firm Koskoff & Bieder.

Preston C. Tisdale, of Trumbull, who has represented minorities in the community for more than 40 years, becomes the firm’s first Black partner.

Tisdale previously said he was influenced by his mother, Loyse Gilliam Tisdale, Bridgeport’s first Black legal secretary and co-creator of Action for Bridgeport Community Development.

“The Koskoff firm that has been a beacon of hope to many people who have suffered serious injuries or harm from medical malpractice, constitutional rights violations and much more,” Tisdale said. “It is an honor to be named a partner.”

The firm’s managing partner, James Horwitz, said Tisdale has many of the same qualities as their founder, Theodore Koskoff, who represented members of the Black Panther organization in a celebrated trial in New Haven in the 1970s.

“Preston cares deeply

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El Paso lawyer couple identified as victims in fatal shooting near Memorial Park

El Paso police detectives continue investigating a mysterious homicide that has shocked the historic Manhattan Heights neighborhood.

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A lawyer was killed and her husband was hospitalized in a shooting at their home on Saturday night. There have been no reported arrests as of Thursday.



a man and a woman posing for a photo: Nov. 1, 1998 wedding announcement for Georgette Garcia and Daniel Kaufmann.


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Nov. 1, 1998 wedding announcement for Georgette Garcia and Daniel Kaufmann.

Police officials confirmed the victims’ names Wednesday.

The shooting occurred at the home of attorneys Daniel L. Kaufmann, 47, and his wife Georgette G. Kaufmann, 50, who was nicknamed “Gigi.”

Daniel Kaufmann had been shot more than once and was found at a neighbor’s home by officers responding to a call of a shooting, police said. Georgette was found dead in the rear of the couple’s home. 



a man holding a frisbee in front of a house: Eddie Agan, of Allied carpet and property restoration, prepares to continue working on Daniel and Georgette Kaufmann's home Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in El Paso. Agan's company was called to the home after a homicide occurred there Saturday night. Daniel Kaufmann had been shot more than once and was found at a neighbor's home by officers responding to a call of a shooting, police said. Georgette was found dead in the rear of the couple's home.


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FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith seeks probation in Russia probe case

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Former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page told Good Morning America hosts that he’s never communicated with the president. Carter is the focus of a Republican memo alleging the FBI abused surveillance rules to spy on him.

WASHINGTON – Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who altered an email used to justify wiretapping a former Trump campaign aide, is asking to be spared from a prison sentence, acknowledging he had committed a crime but did not mean to mislead investigators. 

“Kevin Clinesmith made a grievous mistake. By altering a colleague’s email, he cut a corner in a job that required far better of him. He failed to live up to the FBI’s and his own high standards of conduct,” his attorneys said in a 48-page sentencing memorandum filed Thursday.

Clinesmith’s attorneys are asking a federal judge to sentence him to probation.

Clinesmith, who worked for the FBI for four years, pleaded

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