Sickened ex-cop from Kings Park gets $400G after lawyer stole his 9/11 payout

A state fund to reimburse the defrauded clients of crooked lawyers has awarded $400,000 to an ex-cop from Kings Park who was sickened while working at Ground Zero, then ripped off by his attorney, himself a former police officer.

John Ferreyra, 59, who retired from the NYPD following a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, got the maximum award from the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, after his now-former lawyer, Gustavo L. Vila, stole more than $900,000 issued by the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

At a news conference Thursday near the newly built World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan with his wife, Lisa, by his side, Ferreyra called the experience an “absolutely terrible time” for him and his family.

“To be awarded this money, and then to finally say we can breathe was just incredible. We were, like, planning for our future, for our daughters, for our family,” he said.

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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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Ex-FBI lawyer who altered Russia probe email seeks probation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Donald Trump-Russia investigation “made a grievous mistake” but should be spared prison time and given probation instead, his attorneys said in a sentencing memorandum Thursday.

admitted in August to having altered an email used in support of an FBI application to monitor the communications of a former Trump campaign aide, . Clinesmith’s lawyers said that although he believed the information he wrote was accurate, he knowingly doctored the email by stating that Page was “not a source” for the CIA.

“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 lawyers wrote. “And he committed a crime.”

They said it was “an aberration in a life otherwise characterized by hard

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Rittenhouse lawyer loses bid to drop some charges

A lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two people during a Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin in August, failed Thursday to convince a Kenosha County Court Commissioner to drop two out of the six charges against his client.

Mark Richards argued that the 17-year-old, who says he was acting in self-defense when he killed two protesters and wounded a third, should have the misdemeanor charge of underage firearm possession against him dropped, citing an exception in Wisconsin’s law against minors possessing dangerous weapons, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“We don’t allow teens to run around with guns. It’s that simple. The statute is clear,” Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said, according to the Journal Sentinel. “This is exactly why we have this law, because teens shouldn’t be allowed to run around with dangerous weapons, because bad things happen.”

Richards also attempted to have dropped a charge

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West Palm lawyer mistaken for viral GOP spokesman with same name; nasty emails flood inbox

WEST PALM BEACH — A local lawyer was pelted with nasty emails this week after a Panhandle lawyer with a similar name posted a controversial political video that went viral.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Bill Price, a West Palm Beach attorney, put this disclosure on his firm's website after a Panama City attorney with the same name made headlines in December 2020 for his comments about the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia in January 2021.

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Bill Price, a West Palm Beach attorney, put this disclosure on his firm’s website after a Panama City attorney with the same name made headlines in December 2020 for his comments about the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia in January 2021.

West Palm Beach’s William W. Price said he received the critical calls and emails after his unrelated namesake, William B. Price of Panama City, urged Florida Republicans to move to Georgia en masse to vote and assure GOP Senate victories there in January.

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The Facebook post, which he later deleted and said was a joke, drew the attention of

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Trumpworld Declares War on ‘Fool’ Trumpist Lawyer Lin Wood

On Wednesday evening, what was left of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign began insinuating that an attorney striving to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 win in Georgia could, in fact, be a Democratic plant working against the Republican Party and the president.

Lin Wood, the charismatic though increasingly off-the-wall celebrity lawyer, has spent the past few weeks making wild accusations that the election in his state was corrupted and should be rewarded to Trump. On Wednesday, he took it a step further, encouraging Republicans to boycott the upcoming Senate runoff elections unless the governor—Republican Brian Kemp—called a special legislative session to investigate the supposed conspiracies of wrongdoing.

That seemed to be a bridge too far for members of the president’s team, which quickly came to realize that the genie they let out the bottle was angling to poison their party.

“Anyone who cares about the future of our country needs to ignore

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Ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell tells Republicans to boycott GA runoffs

  • Former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell told supporters at a Wednesday rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, to boycott state elections until she deems voting systems “secure.”
  • Powell has filed a legal challenge to the election result in Georgia, baselessly alleging a vast conspiracy to subvert the election by Venezuelan communists using fixed voting machines.
  • She did not mention the state’s January 2021 Senate runoff vote in her speech, but if Republicans follow her advice in that election, GOP turnout could be depressed.
  • Georgia Republicans worry that attacks by Trump and his allies on the state’s officials and voting systems will actually endanger their chances of winning the runoffs and retaining control of the Senate.
  • At the Wednesday rally, pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood also interrupted a state representative who urged supporters to vote in January, with the lawyer telling them to stay home instead. 
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Trump Campaign Lawyer Forced To Resign From Elite Club Says He Was ‘Canceled’

Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova resigned from the elite Gridiron Club earlier this week after he suggested that a former cybersecurity official should be executed after touting a secure election and rebutting claims of widespread fraud made by President Donald Trump and his allies.

The Trump lawyer and former U.S. attorney made the announcement on Tuesday after being asked to step down after more than 25 years as a “limited” member of a club frequented by Washington-area journalists, the Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

The news comes after diGenova faced swift backlash for telling conservative radio show host Howie Carr on Monday that Chris Krebs, a former federal elections official who Trump fired last month, should be “taken out at dawn and shot.”

Club president Craig Gilbert, who is the Washington bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said that the 135-year-old social club where Trump has given remarks was

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Pro-Trump Lawyer Calls for Republican Georgia Governor to Be Locked Up

Pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood said he wanted Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to be locked up on Wednesday night as he told a rally of locals to circle the Republican state leader’s home and blare their horns until he came outside.

Brian P. Kemp wearing a suit and tie: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference announcing expanded statewide COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference announcing expanded statewide COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearing beside the former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, and not speaking for the president’s re-election campaign in an official capacity, Wood made baseless claims about mass voter fraud in Georgia as he urged Governor Kemp to call a meeting of the state legislature.

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The attorney also called on the Republican state leader to resign his post as he whipped up the rally crowd against Kemp and GOP

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How Is Trump’s Lawyer Jenna Ellis ‘Elite Strike Force’ Material?

In a written statement responding to questions about her record, Ms. Ellis described herself as “a highly experienced and highly qualified attorney and expert in my field.” Any assertions to the contrary “cast me in a false light,” she said. The Trump campaign provided the name of one federal case in which it said Ms. Ellis had participated, in 2012, when she was a year out of law school. But her name is not among the lawyers listed in the decision, and the case was not heard in a regular federal court, but rather in an administrative tribunal.

It has been a month since Election Day. In the weeks since, as Mr. Trump has refused to bow to the reality of his defeat, his fruitless attempts to persuade federal judges and state officials to undo the results have introduced the nation to a once-obscure cast of lawyers, legislators and local

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