Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dewey Trial comes to a close: Homage to the Press

 After over 4 months, the trial of Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders comes to a close. The jury selection began late April. On top of the ever present attorneys, their teams, defendants and their families, the press (particularly some that are very focused upon legal news) have been omnipresent. 
For those readers who have followed and read about this trial daily, below is an image of your source of information. The reporters from Law 360, American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times are pictured below. For months they listened to hours of evidence and testimony, distilled down the key points and wrote their stories in the un-air conditioned courthouse hallways of the summer.  
They will be there when the verdict is read, awaiting the jury's decision every day.
Left to right: Nell Gluckman (AM Law), Stewart Bishop (Law 360), Sara Randazzo( Wall Street Journal)
Matthew Goldstein ( The New York Times) note: click on the image to see it larger

Dewey defense table ( below).

 Left to Right: Joel Sanders, defense counsel Cesar de Castro, Elkan Abramowiz( foreground)Stephen DiCarmine, Jasmine Juteau,( foreground) , Austin Campriello, Steven Davis, Anne Redcross and Amanda Bassen , of Mr Sander's defense team. note: click on an image to see it larger

Monday, September 14, 2015

Courtroom art of the trial of Aaron Burr : Acquitted of misdemeanor September 1807

On June 24, 1807 a grand jury indicted Aaron Burr ( 3rd Vice President of the United States) for treason, for levying war against the United States, an act which allegedly took place on December 10, 1806. The grand jury also indicted Burr for high misdemeanor, for organizing a military expedition against Spain in Mexico, in violation of the Neutrality Act of 1794. A remarkable aspect of the trial was  President Jefferson's micromanagement of the prosecution from the White House. Jefferson himself never doubted that Burr was a traitor. Burr had served as Jefferson's Vice President from 1801-1805.
Courtroom illustration of the trial of Aaron Burr—some of the finest lawyers in the country argued the case—where the right of due process and protection for the rule of law were at stake.—© Bettmann / Corbis

 Most of the spectators were familiar with the stars of the drama, or “Melo-drama,” as one newspaper put it, and most had taken sides in the bitter public conflicts between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

The long legal ordeal ended  without a single conviction in 1807.  Burr was legally a free man, but most Americans, including the president who said so publicly, still considered him a traitor, and a traitor who had escaped the gallows. After four years of self-imposed exile in Europe, Burr returned to New York, where he remained a social outcast, a man without a country. Jefferson may have lost his case, but he succeeded in destroying Burr or at least in helping Burr destroy himself.

Burr died  in Staten Island on September 14, 1836. He is buried in Princeton New Jersey.

Information from the NEH magazine Humanities

Saturday, September 5, 2015

DEFLATEGATE: Jeffrey Kessler, attorney representing Tom Brady and NFL Players Association

Jeffrey Kessler is a partner at the New York office of Winston and Strawn, a Chicago-based law firm.  He represented the NFL Player Association and Tom Brady during the Deflategate hearings in Manhattan Federal Court, arguing the case in front of Judge Richard Berman. The judge ruled against the NFL, overturned the suspensions and Kessler secured a victory for the NFL Players Assn.
Here is the full transcript of his interview on NBC Sport about the win.

Article on Tom Brady hiring of Kessler.

Jeffrey Kessler of Winston and Strawn making argument during NFL Deflategate hearing in Manhattan Federal Court. Tom Brady is seated second from left.  Artwork by Elizabeth Williams for CNBC News
What Kessler's tried. 
McNeil, et al. v. NFL, et al—In one of the most impactful cases in NFL history, Kessler successfully argued against the league’s Plan B system, which gave clubs limited rights to retain 37 players each season, on behalf of Jets running back Freeman McNeil and a host of others. That decisionpaved the way for the league’s adopting a free agency system.
Zenith v. Matsushita—In a major non-sports case, Kessler was part of a team that successfully defended electronics companies Matsushita and JVC in the U.S. Supreme Court over claims of a worldwide conspiracy.
Brady v. NFL—In 2011, Kessler represented lead plaintiff Tom Brady and a class of other players in the case that ultimately led to the end of the 2011 NFL lockout and the establishment of a new collective bargaining agreement.
Sprewell v. NBA—When the Golden State Warriors’ Latrell Sprewell was suspended for a year and had the remainder of his contract voided by the NBA in 1997 after choking coach P.J. Carlesimo, Kessler successfully got the voiding of his contract overturned and his suspension reduced to the remainder of the season.
Kessler also aided the appeals of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Ravens running back Ray Rice, all of whose suspensions were ultimately reduced or overturned.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Judge nullifies Tom Brady's four-game suspension: Roger Goodell: NFL will appeal

Tom Brady will be under center for the Patriots' season opener next Thursday.
The ruling, handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday morning, nullified the four-game suspension levied against the Patriots quarterback back on May 11 when Ted Wells, an independent investigator hired by the NFL, asserted Brady's connection to deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship Game this past season. Goodell upheld that four-game suspension upon review.
The decision came after multiple attempts at settlement between Brady, his council, the NFL Players Association and the NFL. On Monday, Berman dismissed both sides after just a few minutes after realizing they were too far apart to reach a settlement.
Roger Goodell ( far left) and Tom Brady ( second from right) in Federal Court on August 12th. 

Goodell later announced the league would appeal the decision.
"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game," Goodell wrote. "The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season."
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the league will not seek a stay to keep Brady off the field under its appeal.

Judge Richard Berman

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Face of Evil: The Charles Manson Murders (2015) FEATURING BILL ROBLES INTERVIEW AND ARTWORK

Artwork by Bill Robles featured in the CNN Documentary and the book The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art.

Charles Manson lunging at Judge Older during trial 

Charles Manson studies by Bill Robles

Susan Atkins grabbing ADA Vincent Bugliosi's papers

Medical Examiner Thomas Noguchi testifying in court identifying stab wounds of Manson victim

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Arab Bank Reaches Settlement in Suit Accusing It of Financing Terrorism

New York Times: 

Arab Bank Reaches Settlement in Suit Accusing It of Financing Terrorism

story link:
Three days before a first-of-its-kind damages trial was supposed to start, a Middle Eastern bank has reached a settlement with hundreds of American plaintiffs, including victims of terrorist attacks around Israel, who had filed a lawsuit against the bank accusing it of supporting terrorism.
A spokesman for the bank, Arab Bank, and a spokeswoman for one of the law firms representing the plaintiffs confirmed on Friday that an agreement had been reached but declined to offer additional details, including the amount of the settlement.
Last year, a jury in Federal District Court in Brooklyn found Arab Bank liable for financing terrorism by processing transactions for members of the militant Islamic group Hamas.
First witness, deceased Steve Averbach testifies in a taped  testimony about the bombing of the bus by a suicide bomber, that left him paralyzed  His last line of testimony was" and then he detonated himself"

The second phase of the trial, assessing the damages Arab Bank would have to pay to some victims of attacks by Hamas, was scheduled to start on Monday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NFL DEFLATEGATE CONTINUED....'Deflategate' judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

'Deflategate' judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

AP - Sports
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Brady might have reason to practice more intensely after a federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL's four-game suspension of the New England Patriotsquarterback over ''Deflategate'' is in jeopardy.
Judge Richard Berman questioning the NFL attorney Daniel Nash

Berman continued to push for a settlement in the dispute - a potential result he called ''rational and logical.'' But throughout the hearing, he also cited several weaknesses in the way the NFL handled the controversy that could become the basis for handing a victory to Brady and his union.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who's been asked by NFL Players Association to void the suspension, warned a league lawyer during oral arguments in the scandal over under-inflated footballs that there was precedent for judges to toss out penalties issued by arbitrators.

Jeffery Kessler attorney for the NFL Players Assn.

After the hearing, Berman met behind closed doors with both sides for more than an hour before the lawyers left court, saying the judge asked them not to discuss the negotiations publicly. If there is no deal, the Manhattan judge has said he hopes to rule by Sept. 4, six days before the Patriots host thePittsburgh Steelers in the NFL's season-opening game.
Neither Brady nor NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in court Wednesday. Brady returned to Patriots practice after participating in negotiations along with Goodell and lawyers on both sides a day earlier.
The league announced in May that it was suspending Brady over allegations he conspired with two Patriots equipment employees to deflate footballs below what league rules allow to give him a competitive edge in New England's victory over the Indianapolis Colts in January's AFC championship game. Goodell, who by contract with the players' union can act as an arbitrator for labor disputes, upheld the suspension, touching off the legal battle.
During more than two hours of arguments by attorneys, the judge noted other arbitration decisions have been rejected when a key witness was not allowed to testify as he asked why NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash - who worked on the NFL investigation - could not be questioned by union lawyers during the suspension's appeal.
Arbitration proceedings, while more relaxed than court proceedings, are still required to follow due process rules to ensure fairness, Berman said. He also suggested that the league's finding that Brady was generally aware that game balls were being deflated was too vague, noting that any reference to the Jan. 18 game against the Colts was ''conspicuously absent'' in a report on an NFL investigation that the league used as a basis for the suspension.
Finally, Berman said he could not understand how the commissioner opted to keep a four-game suspension over a fine or a lesser penalty seen in other cases of equipment tampering. In one exchange, he questioned Goodell's defense of the Brady punishment on the grounds that it was comparable to penalties on players caught using performance enhancing drugs.
NFL attorney Daniel Nash answers Judge Berman's questions in court. 

''How is that equal to steroid use?'' he asked of the deflation allegations.
''They both go to the integrity of the game,'' responded NFL lawyer Daniel Nash.
''Well, everything goes to the integrity of the game,'' the judge shot back.
It was the second week in a row the judge seemed to lean harder on the NFL in open court, though he again cautioned that he had not yet made up his mind which side would win.
Another hearing was scheduled for Aug. 31. Both Brady and Goodell have been ordered to attend.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Story from
Artwork by Elizabeth Williams

Wednesday's settlement conference involving the NFL, NFL Players Association and Tom Brady has concluded in New York after roughly 7.5 hours.
The proceedings included one period open to the public, which was then followed by a session during which the sides remained behind doors while attempting to find common ground on a potential settlement on Brady's four-game suspension.
"We won't be making a formal statement other than to say that we had a productive day in court, and we'll get back to work on the issue. Thank you," NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said after the conference.
The public portion of the day opened with pointed questions from New York Federal Court Judge Richard Berman to attorneys for both the NFL and NFLPA.
NFL Attorney Daniel Nash speaking in court with Tom Brady seated left, flanked by his attorneys
Tom Brady in court, during hearing in Judge Berman's courtroom.

Berman then questioned NFLPA attorney Jeffery Kessler as to why two low-level Patriots employees would act independently and deflate footballs without Brady's knowledge, saying, "He's the one who throws the ball."
Another line of questioning centered on why Brady didn't cooperate with the investigation, to which Kessler admitted Brady could have conducted himself differently with Ted Wells. Kessler said Brady did not cooperate at the time based on the advice of his agent Don Yee, not the NFLPA, which Feldman believes could open the door for a possible settlement if both sides are willing to find the common ground.
"I think the questions were clearly designed to create fear on both sides (they could lose the case)," Feldman said.
Feldman pointed out that Berman asked the NFL questions for roughly 45 minutes, while the judge only asked Brady's side questions for 25 minutes. Feldman said not to read much into that difference.
Prior to Wednesday's settlement conference, Berman also set a potential Aug. 19 date for both parties to meet again and either continue to conference or hear oral arguments.

                                                        Judge Richard Berman presiding

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Horndog CEO might have to pay $300M for ‘midget lawyer’ barbs> NY POST

The Wall Street CEO who has to pay $18 million to his former intern for pressuring her into sex could be on the hook for another $300 million to her attorneys for defaming them on his blog as “midget lawyers” and “extortionists.”
Anna Bouveng on the stand, being questioned by her attorney David Ratner. Benjamin Wey seated far left
Attorneys David Ratner and Benedict Morelli, who won the big jury award for their client Hanna Bouveng in June, are suing New York Global Group head Benjamin Wey for defamation, over statements he posted on the Web site The Blot Magazine and in other public forums.

Monday, June 29, 2015

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

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

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
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

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

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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

angels’ ink gallery    
366 west 7th street, san pedro, ca 90731

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

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

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.