Estate of Denial news clips (11/15/17)

Lawyer Wants Richard Dabate To Pay Back $70000 To Slain Wife’s Estate (CT)

Hartford Courant

October 31, 2017

In the 16 months between Connie Dabate’s murder and her husband’s arrest, Richard Dabate emptied his wife’s bank accounts, cashed in multiple retirement accounts and was on the verge of selling a home the couple owned in Vernon.

The sale of that home on Talcott Road for $149,000 was supposed to close on April 21, 2017, a week after Richard Dabate was charged with murder. But an attorney for Connie Dabate’s estate asked a probate judge to halt the sale and Judge O. James Purnell III ordered a freeze on any of Connie Dabate’s assets, including that home, the day before it was supposed to close.


Young Trial Shocker: Probate Attorney Admits He Lied to Grand Jury (TX)

San Angelo LIVE!

October 31, 2017

SAN ANGELO, TX — “I did.”  Sweetwater attorney Chris Hartman testified Tuesday in the John Young theft, forgery and money laundering trial that he misled the first Grand Jury and deceived Texas Ranger Nick Hanna in his recorded interview by not telling them about a $65,312.50 check he wrote to Ray Zapata.  “I knew I perjured myself before the first grand jury.”


Influence-peddling charge against ex-Webb County Judge ‘Chuy’ Garza dismissed (TX)

Laredo Morning Times

November 3, 2017

An influence-peddling charge filed against former Webb County Court at Law II Judge Jesus “Chuy” Garza has been dismissed in exchange for his resignation from the State Bar of Texas.

Visiting Judge Sid L. Harle granted the state’s motion to dismiss on Thursday. He was presiding over the case in the 111th District Court.


Fight over lawyer Brian Loncar’s estate pits County Judge Clay Jenkins against some in family (TX)

The Dallas Morning News

November 3, 2017

When super-lawyer Brian “the Strong Arm” Loncar died last year, he left an estate worth tens of millions of dollars, if not more.

Now, a close friend and some family members of Loncar’s have accused the estate’s executor —Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins — of undermining Loncar’s wishes and trying to take over the lucrative Loncar law practice while taking advantage of grieving family members.