Estate of Denial news clips (week of 8/30/15)

Woman sentenced after blowing granddaughter’s inheritance (WI)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

August 28, 2015

A Milwaukee woman who spent her granddaughter’s $50,000 inheritance on wigs, cigarettes, alcohol and rent, and even sent some to a man who was in prison for molesting the girl, was sentenced Friday to 31/2 years in prison plus six months in jail.


Belinky’s evil rivals Goldberg’s (OH)

The Vindicator

August 30, 2015

When he admitted to a special agent of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation that he had stolen money from people who could not care for themselves, former Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky joined an exclusive club of blood-sucking, morally deficient beings. (The omission of the word “human” is intentional.)


Robin Williams’ bikes are an issue in estate fight

August 28, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A legal fight over late actor Robin Williams’ possessions includes his large bicycle collection, artwork, books and other items worth millions of dollars, an attorney for his widow said Friday.


Invasive body cavity searches will now require a warrant (TX)

The Dallas Morning News

August 31, 2015

AUSTIN — Dashboard camera footage from a Texas state trooper’s car caught Angel and Ashley Dobbs’ traumatic traffic stop. The video showed a female trooper probing the women’s anuses and vaginas on the side of the road near Irving as cars drove past. Adding insult to injury, the trooper used the same glove on both women.

That July 2012 incident sparked national outrage. The trooper lost her job, the Texas Department of Public Safety changed its training protocols for body cavity searches, and the women received a hefty settlement.


San Juan County man accused of defrauding late father’s estate (NM)

The Daily Times

August 31, 2015

FARMINGTON — A 60-year-old man was accused last week of defrauding his father’s estate during a probate fight with his sister.


San Antonio lawyer to reject Benson’s trust fund proposal (TX/LA)

San Antonio Express-News

August 31, 2015

A San Antonio lawyer will reject an increase in the amount of promissory notes New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson is offering to replace nonvoting shares in the teams held in trust funds for his jilted daughter and her two children, a New Orleans lawyer said Monday.


Will of elderly man under review amid capital murder investigation (TX)

August 28, 2015

While the two people accused of killing an elderly man for money remain behind bars, investigators now believe the murder was a scheme to acquire the victim’s assets.

Martin Knell was killed Jan. 28, and his will is at the center of a capital murder investigation.


An eccentric millionaire, competing wills and a cache of cars on the auction block (CA)

Los Angeles Times

September 1, 2015

When Gerald Willits died last August at age 76, the eccentric former Buena Park contractor did not have a clear, valid will.


Four more mothers say kids are heirs to murdered West Van millionaire’s estate (CAN)

The Vancouver Sun

September 2, 2015

Four more women are stepping forward to argue their children are legal heirs to a murdered West Vancouver man’s $50-million estate, but they say they fear for their families’ safety if their identities are revealed.


Wheaton attorney charged with stealing $2M from estates of dead clients (IL)

Chicago Sun-Times

September 2, 2015

A west suburban attorney stole more than $2 million from the estates of dead former clients, and from trusts set up for the heirs of those clients, prosecutors claim.


Appeals court blasts judge’s order to make woman, 80, leave condo (FL)

Palm Beach Post

September 2, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH — More than a year after a Palm Beach County judge ordered Lois Zelman out of a Palm Beach condo she shared with her husband, an appeals court on Wednesday blasted the jurist for falling for “legal hocus pocus” and violating the 80-year-old woman’s rights.


Freya Pearson’s bid for arrest of Judge Mays is denied (GA)

September 3, 2015

CONYERS — Hushed whispers floated about as spectators and witnesses fidgeted through a half-hour delay until the judge entered and called the court to order. A year-long battle over pay for services finally had come to a Conyers courtroom.


Ohio Supreme Court can’t investigate corrupt guardians, chief justice says

The Columbus Dispatch

September 4, 2015

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is pushing back against more calls for the court to increase its scrutiny of the state’s guardianship system, the same system that Ohio’s attorney general said is “crying out for reform.”


Cop’s lost inheritance memorialized on T-shirts (NH)

Seacoast Online

September 1, 2015

PORTSMOUTH – Finding humor in headlines, and printing it on the fronts of T-shirts, has been a staple of Joe Kelley’s Market Street business, I Like That.

His latest examples are a pair of T-shirts, that wave in the late summer breeze outside his downtown shop, offering commentary on a judge’s recent decision to strip fired police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin of a $2 million-plus inheritance. Judge Gary Cassavechia ruled in an Aug. 20 decision that Goodwin exerted undue influence over the late Geraldine Webber to gain control over her vast estate and dismissed Webber’s final trust that largely benefited Goodwin.


Former Bucks sheriffs will at center of dispute with family charged in $20M insurance fraud (PA)

The Morning Call

September 1, 2015

The only child of a retired Bucks County sheriff has filed a legal petition accusing his father’s widow, who is charged in an unrelated $20 million insurance fraud case, with submitting a forged — and fraudulent — copy of his father’s will.