Sunday, November 23, 2014

FORMER DC MAYOR MARION BARRY DIES AT 78

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies
AP story link
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBIT_MARION_BARRY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-11-23-03-04-21

From the AP story
Barry's name  became synonymous with corruption for many observers.  His accomplishments are often forgotten in light of his arrest for drug abuse when he was caught in a Washington hotel room with a much younger woman.

"Bitch set me up," Barry famously cursed when FBI agents burst in, referring to the woman who helped the FBI set up the sting.

Below is a drawing from the 1990 trial by Aggie Kenny
Story link
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/library/dc/barry/jurors.htm



Federal authorities had been investigating him for years for his alleged ties to drug suspects, and while he denied using drugs, his late-night partying was taking a toll on his job performance.

The arrest and subsequent conviction - a jury deadlocked on most counts, convicting him of a single count of drug possession - was a turning point for Barry.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cohen v Cohen and Gerry Lefcourt

High profile lawyer Gerry Lefcourt, who represented  the Black Panthers in 1970,
is now representing Patricia Cohen in a post-divorce fraud lawsuit against Steven A Cohen.
Below is an image from the Panther trial dated October 27th 1970 by Richard Tomlinson


Below the drawing from today's hearing in front of Judge Loretta Preska by Elizabeth Williams

Story from today's hearing  by Patricia Hurtado at Bloomberg News
Link below

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-17/sac-capital-s-steve-cohen-loses-bid-to-toss-ex-wife-suit.html

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Southern District of New York launched a celebration of its 225th anniversary

Chief Judge Loretta Preska convenes the special session of the court to honor the 225th anniversary of the Southern District of NY, the oldest federal court in the country.