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B.B. King probate hearing in Las Vegas postponed to June 22

LAS VEGAS (AP) – An initial court date in the battle over B.B. King’s estate has been pushed back to June 22. Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said Thursday that resetting the hearing from Friday will put the case before the judge who heads probate courts in Las Vegas. Four of King’s Keep Reading…

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Kim Birge pleads not guilty to Probate Court fraud charges (GA)

Former longtime Chatham County Probate Court Chief Clerk Kim Birge on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in federal court to stealing or embezzling more than $700,000 from the court over a three-year period. “How does she plead to the charges in the indictment?” U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith asked Birge’s lawyer, Tom Withers, during her initial Keep Reading…

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Courtroom shocker; mistrial one more twist in high profile murder case (MO)

This was no ordinary day at court, then again this is no ordinary case. On Tuesday, Laclede County Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden, in a rare move, allowed members of the media to sit beyond the bar during what was supposed to be jury selections and potential opening statements in day two of the Susan Elizabeth Keep Reading…

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Judge finds Tom Benson competent to run Saints, Pelicans (TX/LA)

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will remain in control of the teams and his billion-dollar fortune after a New Orleans judge on Thursday (June 18) found the 87-year-old capable of managing his own affairs, blocking his estranged heirs’ attempt to take over. Orleans Civil District Judge Kern Reese ruled Benson competent after an eight-day trial that Keep Reading…

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Desmond Tutu’s daughter ‘tried to hijack one of his trusts’

South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu‘s daughter reportedly tried to “hijack” one of his trusts in the latest of a series of public spats revealing the cleric’s turbulent family life. The Desmond Tutu Peace Trust was quietly shut down earlier this year, amid reports that Tutu’s daughter Mpho Tutu was allegedly at odds with other Keep Reading…

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Judge ends Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband’s conservatorship (CA)

A judge terminated Frederic Prinz von Anhalt’s temporary conservatorship over his 98-year-old wife, Zsa Zsa Gabor, after finding that it was no longer needed and that the woman’s future medical needs can be provided through an advanced health care directive. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein’s May 15 order ends von Anhalt’s court-approved oversight Keep Reading…

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Denton repeals fracking ban (TX)

Denton. Another Texas college town wishing it was Austin. From Watchdog Arena: The Denton City Council voted 6-1 early Wednesday morning to “strategically repeal” the city’s hydraulic fracturing ban just seven months after it was approved by what some headlines proclaimed as a “landslide” victory. Citing the ban as “unenforceable” due to a new state law, Keep Reading…

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Barnaby Joyce intervention in Rinehart dispute ‘dangerous’, says John Hancock (UK)

Gina Rinehart’s estranged son John Hancock has lashed out at the agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce for weighing in on a family dispute, saying the intervention was “dangerous” and that the minister had been “manipulated” by the mining magnate. A bitter four-year dispute between Rinehart and her children was resolved on Thursday, after the New South Keep Reading…

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Abbott & Costello’s heirs sue play for use of ‘Who’s on First?’

The heirs of the comedy duo Abbott & Costello are suing the producers of the Broadway hit “Hand to God” for copyright infringement. (Tweet This) “Hand to God,” currently performed eight times a week, has received positive reviews from major publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as Keep Reading…

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Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson renews appeal in Texas trusts case (TX/LA)

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has renewed his effort to overturn a San Antonio judge’s decision to remove the 87-year-old billionaire from control over a family trust fund in Texas and appoint temporary managers to take his place. Benson’s lawyers asked the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals last week to reopen his appeal of Bexar County Probate Judge Keep Reading…

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Public invited to speak about cop’s inheritance case (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — A public hearing by the Police Commission, to discuss a report about an officer’s disputed inheritance, will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday in City Council chambers, Commission Chairman John Golumb clarified Monday. Golumb said the hearing will be conducted like a City Council meeting, whereby members of the public are invited to Keep Reading…

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Cheshire attorney arrested, charged with stealing nearly $68K as conservator of man who died this year (CT)

CHESHIRE >> A 56-year-old attorney whose license to practice law is on inactive status was arrested Friday and charged with stealing nearly $68,000 from a man whose affairs he managed as a conservator. Andrew F. Bonito Jr. of 19 Chesterwood Court was arrested by the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office on a warrant charging him with Keep Reading…

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Humble man sentenced to 28 years for real estate theft (TX)

Calvin Remo, described by Harris County prosecutor Valerie Turner as a player in one of the biggest deed scam fraud schemes in Harris County history, was sentenced to 28 years for real estate theft this week. A jury found Remo guilty of the scam on May 22 based on testimony the Humble man used falsified Keep Reading…

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Trial of Saints, Pelicans owner ends, ruling pending (TX/LA)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson emerged from an eight-day trial on Friday predicting he would maintain control of his teams, despite arguments by his recently estranged heirs that he is unfit to do so. “I already know the decision,” Benson said, basing his assessment on state Civil District Keep Reading…

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Woman stole over $100K by altering stepfather’s will, investigators say (FL)

A Tamarac woman is accused of altering her stepfather’s will to steal more than $100,000 in inheritance from two sibling beneficiaries. Brigitte Lee Gursky, 46, forged documents and lied about it, according to the arrest warrant. Gursky allegedly filed court documents shortly after Troy Barger Sr. died in July 2013, falsifying the value of his Keep Reading…

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