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Lawyer gets 16 months in prison for fleecing the estate of a disabled Army vet (OH)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An attorney was sentenced to 16 months in prison Tuesday for siphoning $262,000 from the estate of a disabled Army veteran. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick sentenced Kevin Purcell, 62, formerly of Middleburg Heights, after hearing how the attorney stole the money from the estate of John Kane, who suffered from Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson’s daughter closes Texas restaurant amid family legal battle (TX/LA)

Entangled in a legal battle with her father, Renee Benson — the daughter of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson — has closed a restaurant she owns outside San Antonio. A note on the Facebook page for Renee Benson’s Uptown Blanco Restaurant said it would be “temporarily closed for maintenance and repairs” for Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriage licenses

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, together for more than 30 years, made history Thursday by participating in Texas’ first same-sex marriage, despite a statewide ban. Hours later, however, the Texas Supreme Court blocked other gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a legal challenge by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The state high court did Keep Reading…

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Caregiver sentenced in financial elder abuse case (CA)

Diagnosed with cancer and no longer able to live on his own, 87-year-old Lawrence Fusha needed a caregiver and was introduced in 2011 to Matthew Taylor by a trusted friend. Within a few months, Fusha was dead and money and property valued at almost $200,000 had been taken. On Monday, Taylor, 42, a pastor who Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson to appeal judge’s decision to remove him as overseer of Texas trust

Tom Benson intends to appeal a San Antonio court’s decision to oust him as steward of a Texas trust set up for his now-estranged daughter, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Attorneys for the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans have filed a notice of appeal with the Bexar County Probate Court in Keep Reading…

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Louis Aldridge pleads guilty to embezzlement (MS)

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The man accused of taking money and other items while holding power of attorney has pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office says Louis Aldridge entered the guilty plea during a hearing Wednesday in Lee County Circuit Court. Aldridge was accused of taking nearly $550,000 Keep Reading…

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Kim Birge, Chatham County sued in disputed missing Probate Court funds (GA)

The families of five children of victims of the 2008 fire and explosion at the Imperial Sugar Refinery on Thursday sued former Probate Court clerk Kim Birge, Chatham County and a bank for the alleged theft of money held in trust for the children. The suit, filed by attorney Brent Savage in Chatham County State Keep Reading…

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Texas school finance lawsuit makes case for school choice

Unintended consequences? Poetic justice? Perhaps both! More than half of Texas’ 1,000+ public school districts using are taxpayer funds to sue taxpayers in order to get more taxpayer dollars is an insult. Ironically, however, it also makes the case of the need for school choice – the last thing the monopolistic education industry wants. From Keep Reading…

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Texas attorney general requests review of same-sex marriage ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the state Supreme Court to review a probate judge’s order that found the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Probate Judge Guy Herman on Tuesday determined the ban unconstitutional in an order addressing a dispute over an Austin woman’s estate. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir called his order Keep Reading…

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Overturned wills (CAN)

When Eric Spence died two years ago, with no family at his bedside, the Jamaican-born man left a last will and testament that disinherited the daughter he raised and left all his belongings to the daughter he hadn’t seen in more than thirty years. “I specifically bequeath nothing to my daughter, Verolin Spence, as she Keep Reading…

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Rita LeBlanc loses seats on NFL committees as feud with grandfather continues (TX/LA)

Fired from her job as a high-ranking Saints executive, Rita LeBlanc also has lost her spot on two NFL committees, a league source said Thursday. LeBlanc — the granddaughter of Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL’s Saints and the NBA’s Pelicans — had served on the NFL’s Employee Benefits and International committees. But the Keep Reading…

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UBS Financial Services accused of trust fraud

UBS Financial Services is being sued for $4.5 million by the beneficiaries of a trust. The suit says that UBS breached its fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries by mismanaging the trust’s assets. The trust’s primary beneficiary, Sanchez Carmona, claims the brokerage firm mismanaged the trust in order to generate management fees and commissions for itself. Keep Reading…

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Texas lawmakers take on taxpayer-funded lobbying

Taxpayer-funded lobbying is an affront to the taxpayers who finance government presumably to protect their own, not government’s interests. Check out how two Texas lawmakers are taking on this hideous practice. From Watchdog Arena: From banning office visits by taxpayer-funded lobbyists to filing legislation preventing local entities’ use of public dollars for lobbying efforts, two Keep Reading…

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Daughter of L’Oréal heiress says artist plotted to ‘destroy’ family

The daughter of France’s richest woman told a courtroom on Friday that millionaire artist François-Marie Banier conspired to ruin relations between the two women as a dramatic legal case came to a head in the southwest city of Bordeaux. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, who has accused Banier and others of taking advantage of her elderly and hugely Keep Reading…

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Inheritance dispute leads to lawsuit (TX)

A Jefferson County woman is suing over an inheritance dispute. Theresa Hartley, agent in fact for Thomas Lee Thibodeaux, filed a lawsuit Oct. 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Melissa Campbell. According to the complaint, Thibodeaux was married to Nina LaPierre when she passed away Sept. 11, 2001, leaving a holographic will that gave Keep Reading…

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