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Why is Tarrant County D.A. Joe Shannon featured at an open government forum? (TX)

Estate of Denial

AUSTIN  – I did a double take. Right there on the agenda, Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon Jr. was a featured speaker at this month’s Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas annual conference. Shannon, who did not run for reelection this year, made statewide headlines when the Tarrant County Commissioners settled for $375,000 a Keep Reading…

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Bernie Madoff’s son, Andrew, left one-third of his $16 million estate to his estranged wife and $50,000-a-month to fiancée (NY)

Bernie Madoff’s son Andrew died with a $16 million estate he’s sharing with his wife and his girlfriend, court papers show. Papers filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court show Andrew Madoff owned an estimated $11 million in “personal property” and $4.5 million in real estate when he died of blood cancer last week. In his will, Keep Reading…

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We’ll blow up the houses of Lagos probate judges – MEND (NIGERIA)

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has threatened that it will begin a series of co-ordinated attacks and bombings of the houses and vehicles of Judges in the probate section of the Lagos High Court. The group stated that the planned attacks is necessary going by the continued failure of Judges Keep Reading…

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Complaint alleges Waco federal judge groped clerk (TX)

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. “engaged in abusive sexual contact” with a deputy court clerk in 1998, ending her career and sending her spiraling into depression, according to a judicial complaint filed against Smith by a Dallas-area lawyer. Attorney Ty Clevenger filed the complaint this week with the clerk of the 5th U.S. Keep Reading…

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Retirement, re-election simultaneously on tap for Travis County probate judge (TX)

This week marked the start of Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman’s self-prescribed “sabbatical” after county commissioners earlier in the month accepted the 65-year-old judge’s resignation, a resignation offered so that he could take the remainder of the year off before starting his eighth term. The potential complications this have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too move brings, however, reveals an Keep Reading…

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Claim unlikely in See case, though family’s concerns persist (CT)

Dozens of pages of police and hospital records appear not to have convinced a trial lawyer that Sam See, the late Yale assistant professor, died because of neglect or mistreatment by authorities as some of his family members and friends have suggested. See died last fall on Nov. 24 in the Union Avenue Detention Center, Keep Reading…

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Marriage of newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, questioned (VA)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — In some ways, Rebecca Wright doesn’t understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother’s recent marriage. After all, she says, “Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia.” The courts, though, and some of Wright’s other relatives aren’t amused. And the future for newlyweds Edith Hill, 96, and Keep Reading…

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