Uh, Oh....Alleged Jury Tampering Involves Two Paralegals

Uh,Oh Column........ A trial appearing to be high-profile only in Long Island has suddenly taken an interesting twist. Two paralegals along with the defendant's brother, have been subpoenaed and fingerprinted for allegedly tampering with the jury in a case involving David Brooks, a military arms contractor, according to several sources including the New York Times. Brooks, who has been in trial for six months, is charged with sweeping accusations of fraud, insider trading, and company-financed personal extravagance. The jury has been in deliberation now for the past two weeks. During the trial, Dawn Schlegel, the former chief financial officer of... Read more →

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"Paralegal pleads not guilty in fraud, theft"

I hate news like this about paralegals. Innocent until proven guilty, of course....: "A Ware County paralegal was released on $20,000 bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and theft of government funds. "Gina A. Wooten, 50, of Waycross, is accused of stealing more than $110,000 in a bank fraud scheme that an FBI investigation revealed involved forged signatures on federal bankruptcy checks. "Wooten also is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The money was in the form of official checks from the bankruptcy trustee, a March 8 federal indictment... Read more →

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"Princeton paralegal charged with theft"

NOT the kind of news about paralegals I like to read: "A paralegal here with the Cooper Levenson law firm has been charged with theft by deception and forgery after allegedly ripping off a client’s account of $6,000, police said. " Kara Swinney, 35, of Washington Street, Trenton, surrendered at police headquarters Tuesday and was arrested by Detective Sgt. Scott Porreca following an investigation. "'The law firm uncovered this, and reported it to us,' said Detective Sgt. Ernie Silagyi, Princeton Township Police Department spokesman. 'We understand they discovered it after she left the firm.'" Read more →

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"Enron Defense Firm Stuck With the Tab"

I guess this shouldn't be surprising news to anyone who's followed the Enron mess: "To the list of employees, investors and businesses who suffered financial misfortune in Enron Corp.'s demise, add this one: the law firm defending former chief executive Jeffrey K. Skilling. "Los Angeles-based O'Melveny & Myers LLP, which has represented Skilling on both civil and criminal charges since 2001, collected what in a typical case would be a fat payday: $23 million from its client and $17 million more from his insurance policies. "But, true to form, Enron is still destroying financial expectations. Even before the trial began... Read more →

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Computer Forensics 101 for paralegals & others

This free course can give paralegals a valuable skill: "Project Leadership Associates, Inc. (PLA),continues to meet the demands of the legal industry and corporate counsel by offering a Computer Forensics Training Session in Chicago on Tuesday, June 27th. "Computer Forensics 101 is a free training session hosted by PLA. Our introduction to Computer Forensics is designed for attorneys, corporate counsel, paralegals and litigation support personnel from both law firms and corporate legal departments. "Benjamin Pavalon, CISSP, MCSE, will be presenting this one-hour session, he will discuss the basic strategies and protocols behind a computer forensic investigation. He will help you... Read more →

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"Improper SEC and DOJ Cooperation Can Get Charges Dismissed"

For those involved in SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley, & representing public corporations, this is a very interesting article from the Legal Times.... "The aggressive expansion of white-collar prosecutions to areas regulated by civil enforcement agencies sometimes leads to unintended results -- including significant defeats -- for prosecutors. "In two recent cases trial courts ruled that the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission failed to conduct independent investigations. If these decisions are representative of a new trend, the result may impose meaningfully new constraints on white-collar prosecutions. [snip] "...two district court opinions, from last year's HealthSouth criminal case in the... Read more →

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