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Judicial hopefuls get dissed (OH)

Estate of Denial

The three judicial candidates “not recommended” by the Mahoning County Bar Association for the offices they’re seeking say they received the label largely because they take on the establishment. Susan Maruca, a probate court judicial candidate and one of the three not recommended, said, “It’s a political decision, and the bar association should stay out Keep Reading…

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Elderly couple demand hospital end ‘illegal detention’ (CAN)

An elderly Victoria couple has gone to B.C. Supreme Court to try to take back control of their lives, after they were committed and held in hospital after going there for care. In court documents, the Vancouver Island Health Authority claims Pamela and Douglas Allen were suffering from neglect and poor nutrition because of a Keep Reading…

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Estate Planning: Financial elder abuse and undue influence (CA)

On Jan. 1, 2014, California amended its statutory definition of “undue influence” in section 15610.70 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. This new definition of “undue influence” applies both to “financial elder abuse” that affects the victim while alive and also to undue influence that affect the victim’s “testamentary dispositions” after death. Until 2014, proving Keep Reading…

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In last ditch attempt, Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter may still inherit millions

A ruling in favor of awarding Anna Nicole’s Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, tens of millions in court penalties is a step closer after a court hearing Monday in California. A federal judge agreed with an argument to penalize the former Playboy model’s stepson for alleged lying and cheating in court during the decade long battle over Keep Reading…

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Morales plea deal – good deal for one, great for others to put behind? (TX)

A plea agreement announced last week in Bell County allowed former Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales to plead no contest to a Class B misdemeanor charge of destruction, removal or alteration of public documents. Per Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols, this charge was punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and/or confinement of up Keep Reading…

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Mahoning bar recommends ex-judge under investigation, rejects 3 other candidates (OH)

Of the 12 candidates running for a judicial seat in Mahoning County or on the 7th District Court of Appeals, the county bar association labeled 25 percent of them as “not recommended” for election. Those with the “not recommended” label are: • Susan Maruca, the county Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for probate court judge. The Keep Reading…

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Cool Justice: Courageous legislator on CT Family Court: ‘It sure ain’t America’

Pay no attention to the men and women behind the curtain. All is well in Connecticut’s family courts. It’s so swell in family court, the administration of justice is probably even better than that of this state’s outstanding purveyor of kleptocracy, the probate court. Just kidding. This ground is incredibly fertile for responsible legislators and Keep Reading…

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