Reform outdated offence of misconduct in public office, recommends Law Commission

Outdated and unclear laws governing misconduct in public office should be reformed, the Law Commission has announced today [4 December 2020]. The reforms would introduce two new statutory offences to replace the ancient common law offence, provide greater clarity, and target the most serious forms of misconduct in public office.

There has been an increase in the number of prosecutions for misconduct in public office in recent years, rising from single figures in the early 2000s to averaging more than 80 per year since 2006. In 2018 (the last available figures), there were 95 prosecutions.

The current common law offence of misconduct in public office has existed for hundreds of years. However, as the number of prosecutions has risen in recent decades, so have the calls to reform the law. The most commonly expressed concern is that the offence lacks clarity and precision. This creates the potential for misuse and

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Ivanka Trump confirms she was questioned by the D.C. attorney general’s office over Inaugural Committee spending

Ivanka Trump was questioned for more than five hours this week by investigators from the D.C. attorney general’s office, which has accused President Trump’s Inaugural Committee of wasting donated money on an overpriced ballroom at the president’s D.C. hotel, Ivanka Trump said on Twitter Thursday.

The D.C. attorney general’s office revealed Wednesday in a court filing that it had taken Ivanka Trump’s deposition earlier in the week. In Trump’s tweet, she said investigators had “questioned the rates charged by the Trump International Hotel at the inauguration” in 2017.

Trump then posted an email she had sent to Trump hotel executives in December 2016, when she was still an executive at her father’s company. In that email, she told the executives, “Why dont you call and negotiate?” — presumably meaning with the Trump Inaugural Committee, though it is not specified.

“It should be a fair market rate,” she wrote.

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Cal-OSHA COVID-19 Regulations Approved by CA Office of Admin

On Nov. 30, 2020, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved Cal-OSHA’s emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations (Regulations). Since then, Cal-OSHA has issued a model prevention program and Frequently Asked Questions, both available here, to help employers comply with the Regulations, which are effective as of Nov. 30, 2020. Our previous Alert, which summarizes the Regulations, follows below.

On Nov. 19, 2020, the California Occupational Health & Safety Standards Board unanimously adopted 21 pages of emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations (Regulations). The Regulations are broad. They apply to all employees and places of employment except: (1) those places of employment with one employee who does not have contact with others; (2) employees working from home; and (3) employees covered by Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 5199 (e.g., health care facilities, facilities designed to receive persons arriving from a

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Can city workers run for office? North Miami will change rules after attorney blunder

Three government employees have resigned and a fourth has withdrawn her candidacy for Miami commission after North Miami’s city attorney realized late last month that the city code does not allow North Miami employees to run for public office.

On Wednesday, the North Miami city council voted, 5-0, in favor of amending a city ordinance to allow employees to run for office in other jurisdictions but to require them to resign once they’re elected. The measure must be approved again at the commission’s next meeting before it becomes law.

“Our code should not preclude somebody from running for office,” Councilman Scott Galvin said. “I would like to see this measure pass to allow greater participation in American democracy.”

Galvin and Vice Mayor Alix Desulme said they would prefer for the amendment to go further by allowing city employees to keep their jobs even while serving in elected office outside

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Andersen Global Enters Georgian Market; Adds MG Law Office – Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO–(Business Wire)–Andersen Global enters the Georgian market through a Collaboration Agreement with Tbilisi-based law firm MG Law Office, further expanding the organization’s coverage in the region.

MG Law, ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500, provides legal services to local and foreign companies, financial institutions, investment funds, governments and public enterprises. Led by its Founder and Managing Partner Archil Giorgadze and Co-Founder Nicola Mariani, the full-service firm focuses on corporate and M&A, banking, finance, energy tax and customs, arbitration and litigation, labor and employment, competition, infrastructure and real estate. The firm’s capabilities also include R&E, trading, blockchain and fintech.

“Our track record and our ability to provide best-in-class and innovative solutions with competitive fees adapted to the local market sets us apart from any other firm in Georgia,” Archil said. “Our success is attributed to our diverse group of professionals that have been working together for years and who

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Mendez Law Office is Proud to Announce Its Expansion Into Central Texas

HOUSTON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — This morning, Mendez Law Office is proud to announce its expansion into Central Texas. Mendez Law Office, a Houston-based leading law firm in the fields of immigration, criminal, and family law, will inaugurate its second location in Austin, Texas, in January 2021.

With the excitement to continue to serve its current clients and to start reaching new individuals who reside in Brazos Valley, Central Texas, and Texas as a whole, the Mendez Law Office has the resources and experience needed in order to successfully represent its clients in the great state of Texas, and further if needed.

The Mendez Law Office is led by attorney Mathew Mendez whose expertise in immigration, criminal, and family law has allowed

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Ivanka Trump deposed by DC attorney general’s office in Trump inauguration funds lawsuit

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter and adviser, was deposed in a case involving alleged financial abuse of the president’s inaugural funds, according to court documents.

The D.C. attorney’s office revealed in a court filing that the younger Trump gave a deposition in the case on Tuesday. Her deposition is part of the D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging the nonprofit presidential inaugural committee abused over $1 million in “improper payments” to the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C.

The attorney general’s office issued an investigative subpoena to the former friend of first lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote a book documenting her declining relationship with the first lady, prior to its lawsuit after she voiced concerns the inaugural committee was overpaying the hotel.

Wolkoff asked Ivanka Trump and the inaugural committee’s deputy chairman Rick Gates to “please take into consideration that when this is audited it will become public knowledge

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St. Louis attorney acquitted of sexually abusing client at law office | Law and order

“I’m very disappointed,” Corder said of the ruling. “This has been a very long process. I’ve told nothing but the truth.”

Neill, who has practiced law in the region for more than four decades, did not testify and declined to comment after the trial.

Assistant Circuit Attorney Melinda McMahon argued on Tuesday that Neill was “preying on” Corder, and that Neill’s successful decades-long legal career gave him leverage over a woman with a criminal history who “spent her whole life trying to make ends meet.”

“The circumstance surrounding this particular sexual contact is between a powerful person and a vulnerable person,” McMahon told the judge.

Defense lawyer Scott Rosenblum said Neill made “an unfortunate moral lapse” by having a “flirtatious” relationship with the woman outside his marriage. He called Corder “an actress” who lied about her relationship with Neill, had deleted months of text messages between them and also schemed

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Argentina cops search office of 2nd doctor in Maradona case

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The investigation into Diego Maradona’s death continued Tuesday with police raids on the office and home of the psychiatrist who cared for the soccer star and is being investigated for possible medical negligence.

By order of the attorney general’s office of San Isidro, officers entered an apartment used by Agustina Cosachov for consultations in Buenos Aires, while another group of police searched her private home.

“The prosecutor let me know that her medical behaviors are being investigated,” psychiatrist Vadim Mischanchuk told reporters. “These are routine measures, as is the case in all the causes of a patient’s death, to reconstruct his medical history.”

Cosachov was part of a medical team that treated Maradona after he underwent surgery for bleeding on the brain in early November. The 60-year-old former player died last Wednesday of heart attack at a house in a gated community of Buenos Aires

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Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigations has new lead official

CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has hired a new captain.

Sheriff Chris Amason hired Steve Lowe to serve as captain of the Support Services Division, which includes criminal investigations, according to a Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Lowe, who has 26 years of law enforcement experience, started working for the Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

He worked for the Norman Police Department for 24 years, 13 of which he served as a detective sergeant. He served in both the Criminal Investigations Section and the Special Investigations Section, and worked as a major case detective, according to the news release.

Lowe became an Evidence Technician for the Norman Police Department’s Property/Evidence Section. He held the position until Amason recruited him for the Sheriff’s Office.

Lowe has over 3,000 hours of specialized law enforcement training, and has either achieved or completed the following:

  • Drug Recognition Expert;
  • Certification
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