Estate of Denial news clips (11/06/17)

Thornton Dial Estate Withdraws Lawsuit Against Dealer Over High Museum Acquisition (GA)

artnet News

October 23, 2017

Almost as quickly as it was filed, an extraordinarily complicated lawsuit brought by heirs of the artist Thornton Dial against his longtime dealer William S. Arnett has been withdrawn. The complaint centered on the rightful ownership of a group of works that were acquired by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta this past spring from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. The nonprofit, established by the Atlanta-based Arnett in 2010, is dedicated to preserving and promoting work by African American artists from the American South.

The case was filed on October 3 in US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and voluntarily dismissed just over a week later, on October 12. The 40-page complaint, brought by three of Dial’s heirs, sought to recover all works of art by Dial in Arnett’s possession and argued that he did not have the right to transfer them to the High Museum. The heirs also sought to prevent the dealer from “disposing or otherwise alienating or damaging” any of the art, as well as damages for allegedly breaching a law governing art consignments in Georgia.


Woman charged with prostitution details relationship with city official in recorded calls (TN)

WSMV Nashville

October 23, 2017


Recorded calls from jail, obtained by the News 4 I-Team, reveals a woman charged with prostitution discussing a city official who is accused of paying her for sexual favors.

The I-Team first obtained the calls when we investigated Desiree Moss in February, when we were researching how much former Judge Casey Moreland knew about the relationship between his court-appointed deputy and Moss, who at the time was an inmate going through drug treatment in the same court.


Judge Nolen Testifies in Young’s Trial as Attorneys Bicker Over Evidence (TX)

San Angelo LIVE!

October 24, 2017

SAN ANGELO, TX — Jurors in John Young’s forgery, theft, and money laundering trial got a workout Monday as prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred so often that they spent almost as much time outside the courtroom as inside.

First, the 12 jurors and two alternates arrived at the Tom Green County courthouse in time for the scheduled 9 a.m. trial to begin, only to be sent away because visiting Judge Brock Jones was attending to another legal matter in Crockett County at the same time.  Testimony began at 10:30 a.m. Monday once the judge arrived.


Grover Norquist: Time to act on tax reform


October 26, 2017

The damage our present IRS tax code does to American competitiveness in the world and job creation at home has been debated for years. Taxes eat up too much of our time and our families’ savings. They limit our dreams. Enough talk. It is time to fix the problems.

Even President Obama saw this and admitted we should do something about it. Now the Republican plan is taking action to reduce our self-inflicted damage, cutting the rate from 35% down to 20%.


Appropriateness of judge’s Alaskan cruise questioned (TX)

KPRC Houston

October 27, 2017

GALVESTON, Texas – Some Galveston County leaders are questioning why a probate judge used public funds to take a seven-day cruise to Alaska.

Galveston County Probate Judge Kimberly Sullivan responded the trip was for continuing education and there was nothing “inappropriate” about the expense.