This link from one of my favorite legal blogs, The Volokh Conspiracy, bothers me:
This "court attorney referee" would probably benefit from an immediate CLE course on the rules of evidence, while concentrating on relevance and materiality. Of course, the mother shouldn't have been forced to testify about attending concerts long ago and other extraneous events. If I was her attorney, I would have caused a scene with my objections.Read more
Richard Lipsky, a former lobbyist for Echo Bay developer Forest City Ratner, received a sentence of three months in federal prison in connection to his political corruption guilty plea. The New York Times is reporting Lipsky's lenient sentence is in consideration of his (Lipsky's) "substantial credit for his cooperation" and, according to a 4 page letter issued from the office of Preet Bharara, U.S.Attorney for the Southern District of New York "substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of numerous other persons".
At the time of his entering a guilty plea in January, Mr Lipsky was facing up to 10 years in jail as a result of a broad investigation that included bribing a politician in return for favors that would benefit his clients. Among those involved were Brooklyn Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger who also plead guilty to corruption. Kruger was sentenced to 7 years in prison earlier this year.Read more
I had to read the following article twice, which ran in The New York Times on September 15, 2012, because it was so troubling:
In a nutshell, debt collection attorneys are sending out letters - utilizing a prosecutor's letterhead - to people who have written bad checks. These letters threaten the consumers with jail time if they do not pay the amount of the bounced check, plus other large fees. Here is a link to an example of this kind of collection letter:Read more
Marisa L. Anton, 34, a former librarian at New Rochelle high school was back in court Monday for a brief appearance in front of New Rochelle City Court Judge Susan Kettner on charges related to a sex sting involving a student at the school.Read more
I have not had any communication with WVOX ownership, any WVOX employees, or their legal representatives, since lawyers for Jimmy Bonanno and Little Jimmy filed their defamation lawsuit back in June so I was surprised to receive a package in the mail yesterday from attorney Kenneth Norwick of Norwick, Schad and Goering in Manhattan. In the package was the Verified Answer he filed on behalf of WVOX along with record requests, interrogatories and deposition notices for both Bonannos. In reading through the rather voluminous and intrusive records requests and interrogatories, I can only wonder whether Jimmy Bonanno fully understand what he was getting himself into with his absurd lawsuit.
It should be interesting to see the response to the request for documents related to all criminal complaints, disciplinary actions, civil complaints, administrative investigations, school related disciplinary incidents and so forth brought against the Bonannos. I suppose that will bring into play things like Little Jimmy's arrest on drunk driving charges a couple of years and Jimmy's relatively recent divorce, to name a few. That is unfortunate because, to the best of my knowledge, Jimmy's wife, also a school district employee, had nothing to do with any of this.
It looks like WVOX wants information that would include Little Jimmy's CDL license. They also want everything about the Bonannos money -- every bank account, tax filing, earned income. I especially like the part where they want copies of all invoices related to mental health services. My favorite is the request to Little Jimmy for all documents related any Methadone Clinics he visited; as that was not part of the broadcast of Talk of the Sound or even part of the lawsuit it suggests that the lawyer has been reading Talk of the Sound.
I wonder if Jimmy has explained to his crew down at Cliff Street how many of them may well be dragged into this case (I have yet to file my own requests for records, provide a list of witnesses or serve deposition notices). I would expect any district employee associated with Jimmy Bonanno (and I have a complete list) is going to need to start thinking about hiring their own lawyer. Certainly school board members and administrators like Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Assistant Superintendent Quinn and Building and Grounds Supervisor/Aramark Employee John Gallagher are aware but I suppose they will have taxpayer-funded lawyers (or, in the case of Gallagher, a lawyer provided by Aramark).
What is amusing is the reports I keep getting that Jimmy Bonanno is telling people that he is going to win the case. I think he must be either delusional of just whistling in the dark but knowing what I know about defamation law I do not believe he has even the remotest chance of winning his case -- in fact, I am pretty sure he has zero chance.
In any case, some readers might find it interesting to read the WVOX legal papers in the case, especially the Document Requests and Interrogatories (just read them for Little Jimmy as they are basically the same but for the Methadone Clinic).
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Outside of a few vacation days for family trips and events, it was a very busy summer at my law firm, but Labor Day has come and gone, and it is time for a new legal blog post.
Before starting this firm, I worked at two large law firms in Manhattan for about eight years, and while I did have my own clients, I also worked for clients of the firm. Being a solo practitioner is different in that you must not only provide quality and affordable legal services to your clients, you must also attract clients through advertising and promotion of the firm. I have utilized social media, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Tumblr - along with this blog and my website (www.JamesMaisanoEsq.com), as integral parts of promoting the firm, and I am pleased to report it has been successful to the point that the firm is doing well in its second year, which is why it has been so busy.
So what kinds of legal work have clients brought to my firm recently - here is a brief summary:Read more
Lawyers for James Vincent Bonanno and Vincent James Bonanno filed a verified reply to counter claims I filed against them after they filed their absurd defamation lawsuit against me. The lawyers also sent along various trials demands. Yawn.
If you want a good laugh, you can download a copy here.
I am not going to bother intruding on the last weekend of summer by looking at it too closely but they want me to give them the names of my sources for my stories about them. This would appear to confirm my sense of what they are hoping to accomplish with what I believe to be an entirely frivolous lawsuit -- they imagine they can get me to divulge my sources to them so that they can try and exact some form of retribution on my sources. As anyone who knows me at all can tell you the odds of my divulging sources for a story is somewhere between zero and negative infinity. I will take a closer look next week.
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The Rev. Richard McCormick was arrested Thursday in New Rochelle and is expected to be arraigned in Massachusetts on allegations he molested a child three decades ago. He is to be arraigned on 5 counts of child rape. McCormick, who is in his 70's was the former director of the Marian Shrine in Stony Point.
Police allege that the 5 counts took place in Ipswich, MA in 1981 and 1982 when the alleged victim was 11 and 12 years old.
McCormick, 71, the former provincial of the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco for the eastern United States and Canada, has already been sued by nine people who alleged he sexually molested them as boys.
According to the Globe, McCormick will be returning to New Rochelle: blockquote>Attending today’s arraignment was the Reverend Steve Dumais, who is the current vice provincial for the Salesians order in New Rochelle and who told the court he would be McCormick’s “custodian” when he returns to New York.
“Our whole reason is to work with young people, especially the poor. So these charges are very egregious,’’ Dumais said. “The reality of it is that it’s sad, certainly, that one of our own has been arrested and charged with a criminal complaint. We are doing our very best to support the work of the authorities the best we can.’’
The St. Petersburg Times, in 2002, reported on an incident involving McCormick at St. Petersburg Catholic High School:
A priest at St. Petersburg Catholic High School has resigned after a female student complained that he greeted her with a hug and a kiss. The Rev. Richard McCormick, 61, who taught theology and English, was granted a leave of absence while the complaint was investigated. Later, the school and McCormick "mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of the school community that Father McCormick not return," according to a statement by the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Road to Recovery Media Alert, after the jump.Read more