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Lehmberg civil ‘removal from office’ trial cancelled (TX)

The civil jury trial seeking to remove from office Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg based on her drunk driving arrest has been cancelled. This cancellation though prompts questioning if this development is a move to save taxpayer funds and more efficiently move forward the legal process or is it a tactic which might later Keep Reading…

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Mickey Rooney’s stepson declared bankrupt amid elder abuse dispute

Movie veteran Mickey Rooney‘s stepson has declared bankruptcy after settling allegations of elder dispute by confessing he owes the actor $2.8 million (£1.87 million). The Babes on Broadway star was placed under the conservatorship of his lawyer, Michael Augustine, in 2011 after expressing fears for his safety, claiming his stepson Christopher Aber and his wife, Keep Reading…

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Trial begins for trio charged with bilking elderly Emmaus woman (PA)

Authorities say an elderly Emmaus woman died of a broken heart after finding out virtually everything she owned had been stolen from her, but attorneys for the three people charged with the alleged thefts insist their clients didn’t steal “a dime.” Two of the three defendants, one of whom had owned the former Emmaus Diner, Keep Reading…

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Harry Belafonte suing MLK’s family

Singer Harry Belafonte is suing the family of the late Martin Luther King Jr. to get back documents the music and film star claims he retained through his close relationship with the civil-rights leader and had hoped to auction off for charity. The “King of Calypso” filed suit on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against Keep Reading…

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Polish woman makes a claim to $40M estate of reclusive Staten Island developer (NY)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Another purported legatee, an elderly woman living in Poland, has surfaced to take a shot at the fortune of Staten Island real estate developer Roman Blum. She has thrown her hat into the ring with an upstate New York man, a supposedly disbarred lawyer who filed a will last month with Keep Reading…

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A probate judge challenger points to the incumbent’s financial problems (OH)

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Mark Belinky’s financial problems — including five judgments against him regarding unpaid taxes and a $20,000 loan as well as about 205 parking tickets in Youngstown with 42 unpaid — led Atty. Susan Maruca to challenge him in next year’s Democratic primary. “The probate judge is responsible for Keep Reading…

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Belfast attorney removed from having financial control over two elderly clients (ME)

BELFAST, Maine — The Waldo County Probate Court last week acted to remove two elderly women from the control of a Belfast lawyer accused of financially exploiting them in recent years. William Dawson had been granted power of attorney by both women. According to court documents, in one year he paid himself $149,275 from the Keep Reading…

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Court to hear debate on officer’s disputed inheritance (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — A Superior Court case involving a local police officer’s disputed inheritance is scheduled for a hearing later this month, while some involved parties are left as observers due to their lack of response to the court. By order of the court, a hearing was scheduled for Oct. 21 to hear both sides of Keep Reading…

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From prison, Julia Phillips fighting for possession of late husband’s home (SC)

YORK — Julia Phillips, serving life in prison for the murder of former York Mayor Melvin Roberts, is continuing her legal fight over a house. It is the same house in Gaffney that her stepdaughters sued to have her evicted from after her 2010 arrest. Last month, a jury found Phillips guilty, and Circuit Court Keep Reading…

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New trial ordered for man who helped a Long Island motivational speaker kill himself (NY)

The case started oddly enough in July 2009, when the body of a motivational speaker and father of three from Long Island was found tied up, with multiple stab wounds, in his black station wagon on a street in East Harlem. The police suspected that the victim, Jeffrey Locker, had been robbed and murdered. But Keep Reading…

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$1 million home, assets returned to estate of slain Lakeland lottery winner (FL)

BARTOW | A judge has ordered that an expensive home and other assets be returned to the estate of slain Lakeland lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare and stripped from the woman convicted of killing him. In a six-page order, Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance wrote that there was no evidence Dorice “DeeDee” Moore ever paid Shakespeare Keep Reading…

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Casey Kasem kids challenge wife; File for conservatorship

It’s between the wife and kids of Casey Kasem — his kids have just filed legal docs to win a conservatorship, seizing control from their stepmom … TMZ has learned. We broke the story … Casey’s 3 adult kids have been blocked from even seeing their ailing dad — who is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s. Keep Reading…

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NY mom who killed 3 kids wants cut of their estate

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – Leatrice Brewer drowned her three young children in 2008 believing she was saving them from the deadly effects of voodoo. Afterward she tried to commit suicide twice, but failed. Now the 33-year-old suburban New York woman who was found not guilty because of mental disease or defect in the deaths of Keep Reading…

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Family faked death to cheat me (JM)

An old woman who was buried 20 years ago may have to be exhumed for DNA testing to bring closure to a family dispute to reveal who is the rightful claimant to assets she left behind. The matter is being investigated by The Fraud Squad as there are inconsistencies in the last will and testament Keep Reading…

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Supreme Court: Mobile County probate judge must pay health center for expert witnesses (AL)

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Mobile County’s government-funded community mental health organization is entitled to extra compensation for the testimony of its doctors at Probate Court hearings, according to a recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that could affect agencies across the state. Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis had ruled that AltaPointe Health Systems was not entitled Keep Reading…

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