Monday, June 29, 2015

Jury awards Hanna Bouveng $18 million for Wall St. CEO Benjamin Wey’s sexual harassment, online smears NY DAILY NEWS

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/jury-awards-2-million-wall-st-exec-sexual-harassment-article-1.2275124
A jury in Manhattan Federal Court awarded Swedish looker Hanna Bouveng $18 million Monday for wacko Wall St. bigshot Benjamin Wey’s sexual harassment and subsequent smear campaign against her.

The jury awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and $16 million in punitive damages for the New York Global Group CEO’s retaliation against his former employee after she refused his advances, as well as his defamation of her on his website, The Blot.
Benjamin Wey, far left seated in court, Hanna Bouveng seated upper right. 


Sunday, June 28, 2015

850M Lawsuit Closing Statements: Wall Street CEO has 'diarrhea of the keyboard' but didn't stalk former employee, lawyer says


Wall Street CEO has 'diarrhea of the keyboard' but didn't stalk former employee, lawyer says


Friday, June 26, 2015, 9:17 PM

After more than a week of sordid testimony, lawyers for New York Global Group CEO Benjamin Wey and Swedish stunner Hanna Bouveng made their final pleas Friday before a jury of four men and four women in Manhattan Federal Court.
Wey’s defense lawyer Glenn Colton kicked off his closing argument by saying that there was inappropriate conduct on the part of both Wey and Bouveng.
Benjamin Wey's attorney Glenn Colton gives closing statement Friday( above). “Both sides behaved badly. There’s no way around that,” Colton said. “Nothing about this case is nice.



David Ratner ( below) gives closing statement. “This is not a ‘he said, she said,’ case,” Ratner told the jury. “It’s about retaliation, it’s about humiliation, it’s about intimidation,” he said.

Law 360 Jury Deliberations story

http://www.law360.com/articles/673246/ny-jury-gets-ex-intern-s-stalking-case-against-financier

NY Jury Gets Ex-Intern's Stalking Case Against Financier

Law360, New York (June 26, 2015, 7:34 PM ET) -- A New York federal jury begin deliberating Friday whether financier Benjamin Wey is liable for sexual harassment, a campaign of stalking and vicious public attacks on former intern Hanna Bouveng, asking for evidence about his alleged demand for “tangible love” from the 25-year-old Swede in exchange for her job.

The four-woman, four-man jury got the case just before 3 p.m. after a trial that lasted 10 days. Within 90 minutes jurors had fired off two missives to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

1906 - Stanford White, Architect, shot dead



99 years ago Stanford White was shot dead  atop Madison Square Garden ( which he designed) by Harry Thaw, the jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit.
Newspaper article detailing Stanford White's death



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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/century/sfeature/sf_interview.html
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/thaw/Thawaccount.html
Links about the case above.

The first trial of Harry Thaw ended in a mistrial. The second trial ended with Thaw being found insane.
A courtroom drawing from the 1907 trial below.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NY DAILY NEWS: Swedish woman details first alleged sexual encounter with Wall Street CEO she is suing for $850M

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/swedish-woman-details-alleged-encounter-wall-street-ceo-article-1.2267644
The Swedish stunner who has sued her former Wall Street boss for $850 million shared the awful details Monday of their first alleged sexual encounter.
Hanna Bouveng, 25, cried as she spoke of how “useless” she felt after finally giving in to New York Global Group CEO Benjamin Wey’s relentless advances in December 2013.
“He put his arm around me and kissed me on the neck. He stood up and grabbed my hand, we walked into the bedroom,” Bouveng sobbed. “I felt so used and weak.”
Wey denies ever having sex with Bouveng and says he is the victim of extortion.
Hanna Bouveng on the stand in Manhattan Federal Court. Benjamin Wey seated far left. Bouveng described websites set up to defame her and being stalked by Wey in Sweden.
Illustration by Elizabeth Williams
Link to the restraining order
http://www.scribd.com/doc/238012424/Hanna-Bouveng-v-NYG-Capital-Benjamin-Wey-Et-Al-Re-Restaining-Order#scribd

Swedish bombshell Hanna Bouveng told a jury Tuesday that her former Wall St. boss had smeared her name and ruined friendships with his bizarre online articles and emails labeling her a prostitute and drug addict.
In an email Benjamin Wey allegedly sent to one of Bouveng’s friends, the New York Global CEO said his former employee had sex with a man with sexually transmitted diseases.
NY Daily News link
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/swedish-model-tells-jury-wall-st-ex-boss-smeared-article-1.2268911


Sunday, June 21, 2015

ANGEL'S INK GALLERY @ SAN PEDRO CA : Show Synapses 1st Thursday showing July 2nd

http://www.1stthursday.com/1stGallery.htm

angels’ ink gallery    
366 west 7th street, san pedro, ca 90731
310.541.4354      robinalert@yahoo.com

synapses
may 1 through july 17, 2015


rick cowan, nancy crawford, judith turner kunda,
brian mallman, elizabeth williams

These images show the invisible links between cause and effect driven by instinct, compassion, thought, language, and emotion.


 Courtroom Art of the Sentencing of Mahmoud Salim and jury deliberations of the 1987 John Gotti trial on display thru July 17th at the Angels Ink gallery in San Pedro CA.
The Show curated by Robin Hinchliffe is titled Synapses
Sentencing of Mahmoud Salim in Manhattan Federal Court
 New York Times Story


Anthony Rampino with defense attorneys in Brooklyn Federal Court 1987
 The John Gotti Trial Brooklyn Federal Court
http://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/14/nyregion/gotti-is-aquitted-in-conspiracy-case-involving-the-mob.html

Angels Ink Gallery in San Pedro CA

San Pedro Art Walk Map, 1st Thursdays.
Angels Ink Gallery show Synapse

Thursday, June 11, 2015

She Draws a Crowd: Chatting with Courtroom Artist Elizabeth Williams

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2015/06/10/she-draws-a-crowd-chatting-with-courtroom-artist-elizabeth-williams/


In this courtroom sketch by Elizabeth Williams, sports marketing executive Aaron Davidson, foreground center, appears at federal court in New York for arraignment on conspiracy and other charges stemming from the FIFA corruption scandal, Friday, May 29, 2015.
Elizabeth Williams/Associated Press
As one of the prosecution’s key witnesses took the stand Wednesday in a trial charging Dewey & LeBoeuf’s three former leaders with defrauding creditors, reporters weren’t the only ones capturing the activity in the courtroom.
From the second row, longtime courtroom artist Elizabeth Williams illustrated the scene in a series of quickly drawn images showing everything from the faces of the three defendants to the American Flag perched behind the judge’s bench.
Ms. Williams told Law Blog that courtroom illustrators are a dying breed; 15 to 20 artists worked full time in the New York courts in the 1980s, she recalls, but only two or three remain today. “It’s really on the wane,” she says.
Ms. Williams got her start in the field in Los Angeles in 1980 after realizing her dream of being a fashion illustrator might not be very lucrative.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial: Ex Controller Testifies: WSJ

Cross examination of Thomas Mullikin by defense attorney Andrew Frisch


Ex-Controller Testifies He Altered Dewey Accounting Records

story by Sara Randazzo
http://www.wsj.com/articles/ex-controller-testifies-he-altered-dewey-accounting-records-1433972860

Years before Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP collapsed, the law firm’s accounting department scrambled to avoid trouble with its banks by making the firm’s income appear higher than it was, Dewey’s former controller told a jury Wednesday.
In January 2009, with just days to find a way to boost 2008 income by $25 million, members of the department used fraudulent adjustments to get the numbers where they wanted them, former controller Thomas Mullikin said during the third week of a criminal trial of Dewey’s three top leaders, accused of conspiring to defraud the firm’s banks and creditors.

Ex Controller Thomas Mullikan testifies at the trial of Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders  "Did you falsify accounting records to make it appear the firm’s financial condition was better than reality?” Assistant District Attorney Steve Pilnyak asked. “Yes I did,” replied Mr. Mullikin, who left Dewey in June 2011, less than a year before the firm collapsed into bankruptcy.




WSJ's Sara Randazzo and ALM's Nell Gluckman covering the trial as ADA Steven Pilnyat questions Thomas Mullikan



ALM's Nell Gluckman: Dewey Recap: Focus on Firm's Borrowing

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Behind the Canvas: Stories of Courtroom Sketch Artists

EXTRA TV story on Courtroom artists: Aggie Kenny, Bill Robles and Elizabeth Williams
click on link for story>
Behind the Canvas: Stories of Courtroom Sketch Artists
 Charles Manson by Bill Robles
 The United States Supreme Court by Aggie Kenny
Martha Stewart by Elizabeth Williams

Sunday, May 31, 2015

AARON DAVIDSON ARRAIGNMENT FOR FIFA SCANDAL IN BROOKLYN FEDERAL

The man accused of paying $5m bribes for rights to USA's World Cup matches is 'driven' Miami lawyer who was caught on tape saying 'it IS illegal'

Aaron Davidson flanked by his defense attorneys pleads not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court, May 29th 2015



Judge Cheryl Pollack artwork by Aggie Kenny

  • Aaron Davidson is being held by the FBI after the dramatic announcement of a major investigation into international soccer corruption 
  • Lawyer from Miami, 44, set to be transferred to New York for trial after arrest yesterday as other FIFA bosses were held in Switzerland
  • Federal prosecutors allege he paid $5m in bribes so his company could have marketing rights for USA and other qualifying matches for 2018 World Cup
  • Davidson's mother tells Daily Mail Online he would never act improperly but another source says: 'He was very ambitious.'

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OPENING NATIONAL ARTS CLUB JUNE 9th 6-8PM

Jackie O by Richard Tomlinson 1972


 Emmy winning Mitchell Stans court art 1974 by Aggie Kenny
Trask Gallery
Courtroom Art: Eyewitness for the Public
June 1 - 26


Opening Reception:
Tuesday, June 9, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


As part of a year long series of events celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York, the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in lower Manhattan hosted the exhibition Courtroom Art: Eyewitness for the Public. The National Arts Club is pleased to welcome this highly received show to the Trask Gallery.
   Among the cases illustrated are United States vs Imelda Marcos, United States vs Leona Helmsley, Ron Galella vs Jacqueline Kennedy, as well as several high profile terrorism and organized crime cases. Participating artists include Christine Cornell, Aggie Kenny. Jane Rosenberg, Richard Tomlinson and Elizabeth Williams.
   The works provide the public with a visual image of some of the district’s most famous cases.

http://www.nationalartsclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=346933&vnf=1 

Faisal Shahzad, " Times Square Bomber" sentencing 2010 by Elizabeth Williams

Sunday, May 24, 2015

BRADFORD BECKERMAN COURT APPREARANCE FOR ASSAULT ON DAILY NEWS PHOTOGRPAHER


Bradford Beckerman (left) appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Beckerman was arrested and charged with attacking NY Daily News staff photographer Jefferson Siegel in March, breaking his collarbone and knocking out one of his teeth. Next to Beckerman is his lawyer, Mariel LaSasso and at right is judge Lisa Sokoloff.

On Monday, March 16, just before the 1 p.m. court lunch break  photographer Jefferson Siegel was standing outside a courtroom door, waiting for a defendant to leave. He was on a court assignment for the Daily News.  The defendant left with several people. As the group of 4 or 5 well-dressed, younger-middle-aged people left in a group, one person  launched himself at Siegel  knocking him down and breaking his collarbone and knocking a tooth loose that eventually came out.

The assailant is Bradford Beckerman who once appeared on CNBC as owner of Bradford's Tonics, a high-end Florida juice company whose products are sold in better health food stores.
 His case continues and he is scheduled to be back at Manhattan Criminal Court in July.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Press and Hernandez family awaits verdict in Etan Patz murder trial: Day 17

http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/etan-patz-murder-trial-still-sees-jury-unable-to-reach-verdict-1.10406556
After two Allen charges and 17 days the Patz jury still unable to reach a verdict. For more than 3 weeks, the press awaits, with the defendants family in the midst.
left to right, 
FOX news Lissa Kaplan, WCBS Jessica Schneider, Lou Young, unknown press, mother and daughter of Hernandez, Juliet Papa 1010, Dennis Hamill, WABC Tim Fleisher, unknown and far upper right, AP Colleen Long

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hearings to determine Columbia graduate students’ right to unionize

http://columbiaspectator.com/news/2015/04/23/gsas-dean-carlos-alonso-says-graduate-teaching-and-research-are-different-other

Carlos Alonso, dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences—which establishes policies and standards for all graduate programs at Columbia—testified at Wednesday’s National Labor Relations Board hearing to determine whether graduate students have the right to unionize.
Alonso’s testimony emphasized that graduate students’ responsibilities as teaching and research assistants are educational and different from the labor that other faculty and instructors perform.
Carlos Alonso, dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences testifies at the National Labor Relations Board hearing to determine whether graduate students have the right to unionize. Attorney Thomas Meiklejohn questioned Dean Carlos Alonso in front of hearing officer Audrey Eveillard at the Labor Relation Board offices at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan by Aggie Kenny

Monday, April 27, 2015

HARVEY MILLER: MARCH 1, 1933 - APRIL 27, 2015

http://www.wsj.com/articles/harvey-miller-bankruptcy-law-pioneer-dies-1430150361
Mr. Miller, who founded the bankruptcy practice at law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, died after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Friday, April 24, 2015

AM LAW The Global Lawyer: Back to the Future for Chevron in Ecuador by Michael Goldhaber

http://www.litigationdaily.com/id=1202724293947/The-Global-Lawyer-Back-to-the-Future-for-Chevron-in-Ecuador#ixzz3YG88gfPz
Artwork by Elizabeth Williams

Last March, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan concluded his 500-page opinion on the Ecuadorean litigation fraud against Chevron Corp. with a lament. We will never know, he wrote, whether the Ecuadorean plaintiffs had a legitimate claim against Chevron for pollution of the Amazon. The whole legal world nodded in agreement with the exception of one person: Judge Richard Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
On Monday, the plaintiffs and their U.S. lawyer in the Ecuador suit, Steven Donziger, asked the Second Circuit to overturn Kaplan's epic ruling, which labeled Donziger a fraud and enjoined the plaintiffs from collecting a $9.5 billion tort judgment handed down by an Ecuadorean court. [For the oral argument transcript, see here. For additional analysis, see my companion column, The Global Lawyer: Will Chevron Lose in the Second Circuit?]
"The court is ahead of me," confessed Olson.
Wesley explained that a court of equity, at least in Victorian England, had the power to order a retrial in its own courts of a foreign proceeding tainted by fraud. "If we had the [same] powers as Queen's Bench did," he mused, "we could order you to go to trial—and a trial that you once resisted mightily in the Southern District—and retry this case." The judge asked each lawyer in turn: "Would you consent to retrying this case?"
"I couldn't possibly do that," replied Olson for Chevron.
"We would have no objection to that," replied Donziger counsel Deepak Gupta of Gupta Beck.
"I must say you're in the wrong place—you should be in academe," replied professor Burt Neuborne for the Ecuadorean plaintiffs. "That's a very original idea."


Read more: http://www.litigationdaily.com/id=1202724293947/The-Global-Lawyer-Back-to-the-Future-for-Chevron-in-Ecuador#ixzz3YH4CvJT5


Michael Goldhaber Book  on the Chevron case:

Crude Awakening: Chevron in Ecuador (Kindle Single)