Estate of Denial news clips (3/14/16)

John’s Pizzeria family to go to court over their empire (NY)

New York Daily News

March 9, 2016

Where’s the dough?

The fight over the John’s Pizzeria empire is giving new meaning to family style.

On Tuesday, a New York appellate court judge gave Peter Castellotti — the 49-year-old son of late John’s Pizzeria matriarch Madeline Castellotti — the OK to go forward with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against his 48-year-old sister Lisa Free.


True-crime show looks at murder involving Modesto man (CA)

Modesto Bee

March 10, 2016

Friday night’s episode of the series “A Stranger in My Home” on the Investigation Discovery channel focuses on a 2008 Palm Springs murder in which a Modesto man was among the last of six defendants to be convicted.

Daniel Carlos Garcia, then 30, was convicted Sept. 7, 2012, with co-defendant Kaushal Niroula of the stabbing death of 74-year-old Clifford Lambert at his Palm Springs home Dec. 5, 2008, and burying the victim in the desert, according to a news report from Palm Springs news channel KESQ. Less than a month later, Garcia was sentenced in an Indio court to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Scott signs bill aimed at unscrupulous guardians (FL)


March 10, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (By The News Service of Florida) — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a bill aimed at better protecting elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians.

The measure (SB 232), filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, calls for the Department of Elder Affairs to certify and oversee professional guardians. Under the bill, the Statewide Public Guardianship Office at the Florida Department of Elder Affairs will expand to become the Office of Public and Professional Guardians. It will establish standards for public and private guardians, receive and investigate complaints and penalize guardians who breach the standards.


Staff increase, caseload limits proposed for public guardians (NE)

Unicameral Update

March 10, 2016

Additional staff would help manage public guardian cases under a bill advanced by the Legislature March 7.

LB934, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Colby Coash, would remove a requirement that the public guardian hire up to 12 associate guardians. Instead, the director of the Office of Public Guardian would be changed with hiring a multidisciplinary team of up to 20 professionals and support staff, including at least one attorney licensed to practice law in Nebraska.


Former background singer, girlfriend of James Brown outraged over lawsuits (GA)


March 11, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) — For almost ten years, the Estate and property of the Godfather of Soul James Brown has been the center of a battle in Aiken County courtrooms.

Just two weeks ago a judge signed off on a settlement that ends five of the six pending lawsuits.

The only lawsuit still going through the Court of Appeals is whether Tomi Rae Hynie is Brown’s legal spouse.