The lead attorney in Harvey Weinstein's criminal case in New York wants out, a source with direct knowledge of the matter tells News 4. The source said Monday that Benjamin Brafman, the noted Manhattan criminal defense attorney who has represented high-profile players from Dominique Strauss-Kahn to ex-pharma exec Martin Shkreli, would be asking Judge James Burke for permission to withdraw as Weinstein's attorney. Details on the reasoning -- and Weinstein's possible reaction -- were unclear. Brafman declined comment when reached by News 4 Monday morning. His reported self-ouster comes weeks after Burke denied a motion to dismiss Weinstein's criminal case, setting aside defense contentions that alleged improper police conduct in the investigation that led to the arrest should negate the indictment. Burke's ruling buoyed a prosecution that has appeared on rocky ground in recent months amid a prolonged defense effort to raise doubts about the case and the police … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein’s Lead Attorney in NYC Criminal Case Wants Out: Source
BOSTON, Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On July 31, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the class-action case against New York University (Sacerdote, et. al. v. New York University) for breach of its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) in administering its retirement plan on behalf of its employees. Nationally-recognized ERISA attorney, Marcia S. Wagner, principal of The Wagner Law Group, served as an expert witness for the defense in this seminal case. In its decision, the Court cited Ms. Wagner’s expert testimony as particularlarly swaying: /EIN News/ -- “Defendant retained [Marcia] Wagner to provide expert testimony regarding NYU’s processes relating to recordkeeping fees[…] The Court found her experience with 403(b) plans impressive and her testimony consistent, reasonable, logical and ultimately, highly credible.” Ms. Wagner is … [Read more...] about Leading Attorney Marcia Wagner’s Testimony Cited by Court as Crucial in Dismissal of ERISA Case Against New York University
Paul T. Reid of Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Miami has found himself under scrutiny following his objection to a motion for continuance filed by pregnant attorney Christen E. Luikart, whose due date coincided with trial. Trial for the Palm Beach Circuit Court products liability suit was set for October, but so was Luikart’s new arrival. However, when the pregnant attorney asked for a continuance, opposing counsel objected. Reid is a board-certified trial specialist with nearly 40 years of experience as a litigator. He said his critics have overblown his words and taken them out of context. The fallout was almost immediate after the Daily Business Review published an online article describing the case late Tuesday. Shook Hardy released a statement Wednesday saying the firm has suspended Reid pending further review by management. By midafternoon, the firm had removed his bio page from its website. The uproar comes just as the Florida Supreme … [Read more...] about Female Attorneys Fuming After Miami Lawyer Opposed a Pregnant Lead Attorney’s Request for Continuance
A lawyer who burned himself to death in a grisly protest against ecological destruction was a nationally known gay rights advocate and lead attorney in a famous case involving Nebraska transgender murder victim Brandon Teena.The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found in a grassy meadow in Brooklyn's Prospect Park at dawn Saturday, as early-morning cyclists and joggers strode by. He left a suicide note in a shopping cart near his body, writing that he hoped his act would bring attention to the need to protect the environment."Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves," the note read, according to the New York Times which received an emailed copy.Buckel wrote that pollution was ravaging the planet and hoped his death would serve as a symbol. But he was best known as a champion of gay rights.A 1987 graduate of Cornell Law … [Read more...] about Lead attorney in Brandon Teena’s mother’s case dies after setting self on fire in N.Y.
A well-known gay rights attorney who helped Teena Brandon's mother win her lawsuit against Richardson County for failing to protect her transgender son died after setting himself on fire in a New York park.Police said the charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found early Saturday in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.He left a suicide note in a shopping cart near the body and emailed several news media outlets, according to the New York Times. Buckel's suicide note said he had used fossil fuel to burn himself as a metaphor for the destruction of the planet. He added that he hoped his death was "honorable" and "might serve others."In Nebraska, Buckel represented JoAnn Brandon, when she sued Richardson County in 2000 for failing to protect her daughter, Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in 1993 in Falls City. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry."JoAnn Brandon eventually won a $98,000 claim against the … [Read more...] about Lead attorney in Teena Brandon’s mother’s case dies after setting self on fire in N.Y.