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Taxpayers will pay for lawyer’s defense (TX)

How’s this for irony, indicted attorney Hilda Valadez has been given a court appointed lawyer in her pending criminal case. The District Attorney’s office is going after Valadez for allegedly stealing county funds by forging judge’s signatures and filing bogus invoices for her work as a court appointed lawyer defending indigent clients who could not Keep Reading…

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Texas sees rising tide of property-rights cases

The case of Julia Trigg Crawford versus the Keystone XL oil pipeline will soon return to the headlines. Crawford, a northeast Texas farmer, is fighting to keep TransCananda, the pipeline’s owner, from invoking the right of eminent domain to cross her property. A Lamar County judge ruled against her last month, but Crawford says she Keep Reading…

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Nashville probate judge orders sale of Danny Tate home (TN)

It was with great sadness that we read the Pauper v. Probate: Order for Sale of Home post at Impeachrandykennedy’s Blog which details how the home of Nashville singer/songwriter Danny Tate is set for public auction on Tuesday, Sept. 18.  The sale is per an order issued by Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Randy Kennedy as part Keep Reading…

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South Carolina AG’s hold on James Brown estate: doesn’t ‘feel good,’ seem right

Shining light on the dark side of estate management.  Since our 2007 launch, Estate of Denial® has been working to that end.  The state of South Carolina’s questionable involvement in “Godfather of Soul” James Brown’s estate provides a classic example of the “light” often missing as American property rights are threatened via illicit use of wills, Keep Reading…

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Attorney charged with embezzling $721,000 from sisters (CA)

An Orange County attorney has been charged with embezzling more than $720,000 from his client trust fund from two  sisters, authorities said Tuesday. Peter David Nitschke, 45, who lives in Newport Beach, offered to help two sisters after their 95-year-old mother died and left her daughters more than $675,000, according to the Orange County district Keep Reading…

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