Estate of Denial news clips (11/20/17)

Citing Probate Case Publicity, Richard Dabate Wants Murder Charge Dismissed (CT)

Hartford Courant

November 8, 2017

The attorney for Richard Dabate, accused of murder in the killing of his wife, Connie Dabate, in their Ellington home two years ago, filed a motion Wednesday seeking to dismiss the charges against Dabate because of pretrial publicity caused by a probate judge who “has embarked on a campaign to characterize Dabate as a killer.”

The unusual four-page motion filed by Hubert Santos in Superior Court in Rockville claims that by freezing all of Connie Dabate’s accounts, by trying to force Richard Dabate to testify in probate court even as the murder charge is pending, and by questioning what Dabate did with money he withdrew from his wife’s accounts after her death, Probate Judge O. James Purnell III has prejudiced Dabate’s chance to get a fair trial.


How John Young Almost Got Away With Stealing Sullivan’s Millions (TX)

San Angelo LIVE!

November 8, 2017

SAN ANGELO, TX — From the very beginning, John Young’s trial was controversial.  The certified criminal defense attorney from Sweetwater was so well known in San Angelo that the district court had to bring in a visiting judge and and prosecutors Shane Attaway and Jonathan Young, along with a small Austin staff, from the Office of Attorney General in Austin.

John Young, Ray Zapata and Chris Hartman became the focus of Texas Ranger Nick Hanna’s investigation into the estate of John Sullivan and a will which became the centerpiece of the tall Texas Ranger’s investigation.   That will left Sullivan’s $8 million estate to Young, who’d been Sullivan’s attorney for only two months.  Sullivan was arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography in March of 2014.


Retirement dream becomes a nightmare (CA)

Ventura County Star

November 10, 2017

It sounds like a family’s worst nightmare because something like this really can’t happen in America.

A husband and wife in their 70s, Rudy and Rennie, are going through their morning routine in their comfortable home overlooking a Las Vegas golf course.


Pension rights questioned under CHC sale to ProMedica (OH)

Coldwater Daily Reporter

November 10, 2017

COLDWATER — The pension plan for 32 current employees of the Community Health Center of Branch County has caused a bump in plans to sell the county-owned hospital to ProMedica Health Systems of Toledo by Jan. 1, 2018.

On Tuesday, Terry LaPratt asked the Branch County Commission to delay the sale. He claimed ProMedica “is picking our pocket. It’s big business rolling over the small guy. They want to steal a few dollars out of my pocket.”


JPMorgan Says Family Awarded $8 Billion Verdict Deserves Nothing (TX)


November 11, 2017

JPMorgan Chase & Co. urged a judge to throw out a stunning $8 billion jury verdictover a mismanaged inheritance, saying the family deserves nothing.

“The law and evidence do not support any claim against JPMorgan, much less the unprecedented multi-billion-dollar punitive damage award, which the heirs have already admitted is unconstitutionally excessive,” the bank said in a filing in Dallas probate court.