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Probate judge rules Sam DuBose’ daughter has control of his estate (OH)

November 19, 2015

CINCINNATI —Probate court Judge Ralph Winkler ruled Sam DuBose’ daughter control of his estate Thursday.

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed DuBose in July.


Settlement talks to begin in DuBose case (OH)

November 19, 2015

Talks surrounding a potential multimillion-dollar wrongful death settlement in the case of a man killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer can now begin, after a judge appointed the man’s daughter to oversee his estate.

On Thursday, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler – assigned in place of his brother, Probate Judge Ralph “Ted” Winkler, who was injured in a motorcycle crash – ruled that Sam DuBose’s 18-year-old daughter, Raegan Brooks, is “suitable to represent and manage the estate.”


Ex-Raider Michael Bennett suspected of stealing $325,000 from Petaluma girlfriend’s parents (CA)

The Press Democrat

November 19, 2015

A former NFL first-round draft pick who served a federal prison sentence for wire fraud after being nabbed in an FBI sting was arrested Thursday in Petaluma on suspicion of stealing about $325,000 in cash by fraudulently taking out loans against the value of a home owned by his girlfriend’s parents, police said.

Former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Antwon Bennett, 37, of Petaluma was being held at the Sonoma County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $1 million bail on suspicion of grand theft, burglary, forgery and financial elder abuse, Petaluma Police Sgt. Ed Crosby said.


Morgan Freeman asks court to protect murdered granddaughter’s inheritance

The Telegraph

November 19, 2015

Morgan Freeman, the Oscar-winning actor, has asked a judge in New York to stop his murdered step-granddaughter’s father inheriting her fortune.

Freeman’s granddaughter E’Dena Hines, 33, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Manhattan in a frenzied “exorcism” attack in August.

The Shawshank Redemption star has asked a judge not to allow the $791,000 (£517,000) he gave to his granddaughter – the child of his first wife’s daughter, Deena Adair – to go to her father, whom she barely knows. Hines did not leave a will so her estate would automatically be shared between her parents.


City attorney fights legal fees in cop’s inheritance case (NH)

November 20, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — City Attorney Robert Sullivan is challenging a request that attorney fees for two hospitals, to overturn a police officer’s $2 million-plus inheritance, be paid from inheritances to the police and fire departments.

The objection is in response to a request by attorney David Eby, who represents the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and seeks about $250,000 for Eby’s attorneys fees. The hospitals were each one-quarter beneficiaries of the 2009 will for the late Geraldine Webber, who also named the city police and fire departments as one-quarter beneficiaries.


Great deal or grave scam?: Hilton Head family says lawyer who committed suicide swindled them (SC)

The Island Packet

November 21, 2015

For generations the Allen family has owned 38 acres of valuable waterfront property on Hilton Head Island. But now some of the land’s heirs fear the land — worth millions of dollars — could be sold out from under them because of the tactics of their former lawyer.

The lawyer, Horace Jones Jr., was found dead last month of an apparent suicide on the day of his trial in Jasper County, where he was accused of swindling three elderly sisters out of 77 acres in the Levy area that had been in their family since 1870, authorities say.


Court, heirs try to sort out legal tangles left by lawyer accused of fraud (SC)

The Island Packet

November 23, 2015

A Hilton Head Island family appeared in court Monday to pick up the pieces of their claim on ancestral property, which they say has been left in disarray by an attorney who was charged with fraud in Jasper County and later committed suicide.

About 20 descendants of Dennis Allen, who bought 38 acres of waterfront property on Hilton Head between 1897 and 1906, heard testimony from Allen heirs who say they, too, were victims of fraud.


State Rep. Reynolds gets 1 year in jail, fine after barratry conviction (TX)

Houston Chronicle

November 23, 2015

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, a Fort Bend County Democrat convicted last week in an “ambulance chasing for profit” scheme, could spend up to a year in jail after being sentenced Monday to the maximum penalty by a Montgomery County jury.

The Fort Bend County Democrat was convicted Friday of five counts of illegally soliciting clients, or misdemeanor barratry. A six-person jury on Monday rejected his plea for probation, and instead sentenced him to 12 months behind bars and a fine of several thousand dollars.