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.
Beckerman was also honored by the NAACP in 2009 for a NAACP Theatre Award for his work inspiring a healthy lifestyle.
http://www.lasplash.com/publish/Los_Angeles_Entertainment_109/NAACP_Theatre_Award_Nominations_-_come_to_the_festival_August_30th.php

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) 

JUDGE ROBERT PATTERSON (July 11, 1923 – April 21, 2015)

NY LAW JOURNAL http://www.law360.com/legalindustry/articles/646312/new-york-federal-judge-robert-patterson-dies-at-91-
U.S. District Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr., 91, died Tuesday after nearly three decades on the bench in New York's Southern District. 


Illustration of Judge Patterson by Elizabeth Williams 
Judge Patterson’s father, a founder of what is now Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, was also a federal judge, getting appointed to the Southern District by President Herbert Hoover and then to the Second Circuit by President Franklin Roosevelt. Judge Patterson's father later served as U.S. secretary of war under President Harry Truman.

Patterson flew 45 missions for the U.S. Army, Air Corps United States during World War II as a navigator in B-17s and B-24 Liberators out of North Africa and England, rising to be a lead navigator and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following the war, Patterson graduated from Harvard College in 1947 and Columbia Law School in 1950, when he embarked on a long career with several stops along the way to his arrival in the Southern District in 1988.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202724175977/Southern-District-Judge-Robert-Patterson-Dies-at-Age-91#ixzz3YEK1jye4

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHICAGO TRIBUNE/AP: 4 terror plot suspects plead not guilty in NYC



Four men accused of plotting to send U.S. residents overseas to fight for the Islamic State group appeared in court together for the first time Wednesday to face federal terrorism charges. LINK ABOVE 
ISIS Four in Brooklyn Federal Court by Elizabeth Williams for the AP Left to Right
Akhror Saidakhmetov,  Abror Habibov, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev and Dilkhayot Kasimov. Big changes for Saidakhmetov and Juraboev since their first arraignment, drawing below by Victor Juhasz. 
Akhror Saidakhmetov and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev on Feb 25th. By Victor Juhasz

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Trial of New Milford man accused of fatally stabbing estranged wife heads to jury

Trial of New Milford man accused of fatally stabbing estranged wife heads to jury

Defense attorney Brian Neary Closing Statement by Aggie Kenny
Defense attorney Brian Neary said during his closing argument Thursday that prosecutors did not prove that Gutierrez made any plans to kill Betancourt, which they need to do to prove murder. He said there was no evidence of a sexual assault, no evidence of forced entry into the apartment and no evidence that he was the one who brought the knife.

Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer closing statement by Elizabeth Williams 
Grootenboer, meanwhile, mocked Gutierrez's story as fictitious, and asked jurors to disregard Gutierrez's portrayal of Betancourt as “a naked, knife-wielding ninja from a Quentin Tarantino movie.”    She also told jurors that even by Gutierrez's account, the stabbing cannot amount to self defense since Gutierrez is claiming that he disarmed Betancourt during the fight. New Jersey law, which defines self-defense very narrowly, does not permit the use of deadly force against an unarmed person.



PHOTOGRAHER
A New Milford man raped and murdered his wife when she was about to leave him and then tried to flee overseas, Bergen County prosecutors said Thursday, while a defense attorney told jurors that the man stabbed his wife either in self defense or in the heat of passion during a violent altercation.
Pedro Gutierrez was jealous and full of rage when he learned that Shaday Betancourt, 23, was planning to return to her native Colombia to start a new life without him, said Wayne Mello, a Bergen County assistant prosecutor, as he made his closing remarks in Gutierrez's trial in Superior Court in Hackensack.
Gutierrez, 27, had seen photos of his wife with other men on Facebook, and had told one acquaintance that if he ever caught her with another man, he would kill her, Mello said.
Armed with a knife and zip ties, Gutierrez went to a Teaneck apartment where Betancourt was staying on Oct. 4, 2011, said Danielle Grootenboer, another Bergen County assistant prosecutor who also made closing remarks on Thursday. Gutierrez sexually assaulted Betancourt, tied her hands and stabbed her six times, she said.
Betancourt's brother later found her bloodied and unconscious, and with help from a neighbor, rushed the woman to Englewood Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, prosecutors said at the time.
Witnesses testified during the trial that Gutierrez left the apartment, bought a one-way ticket to Colombia and boarded a plane at John F. Kennedy Airport, but was arrested in Orlando, Fla., during a stopover.
When questioned by police, Gutierrez said he went to Betancourt's apartment that day, and that the two had voluntary, bondage sex. Gutierrez told investigators that Betancourt then attacked him with a knife before he eventually got hold of the weapon and stabbed her.
Defense attorney Brian Neary said during his closing argument Thursday that prosecutors did not prove that Gutierrez made any plans to kill Betancourt, which they need to do to prove murder. He said there was no evidence of a sexual assault, no evidence of forced entry into the apartment and no evidence that he was the one who brought the knife.
Had he planned to kill Betancourt, he would not have done it in the middle of the day, and would not have bought his ticket with cash at the airport, Neary said. The attempted escape was that of “a frightened young man, not a diabolical man who plotted and executed this brutal murder,” Neary said.
Grootenboer, meanwhile, mocked Gutierrez's story as fictitious, and asked jurors to disregard Gutierrez's portrayal of Betancourt as “a naked, knife-wielding ninja from a Quentin Tarantino movie.”
She also told jurors that even by Gutierrez's account, the stabbing cannot amount to self defense since Gutierrez is claiming that he disarmed Betancourt during the fight. New Jersey law, which defines self-defense very narrowly, does not permit the use of deadly force against an unarmed person.
Gutierrez is charged with murder, felony murder, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, burglary and hindering apprehension. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations next week. Gutierrez's trial, which opened Oct. 1, 2014, was delayed by nearly two months because of the discovery of potentially crucial DNA evidence.

Prosecutor Wayne Mello gives final closing statement 

Email: markos@northjersey.com

Sunday, March 8, 2015

RICHARD TOMLINSON CITYSCAPES

Empire State Building 


Bellevue Hospital 

Bellevue Hospital construction

Met Life and New York life buildings

Saturday, February 28, 2015

REMEMBERING FEB. 26, 1993, THE FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK

The Downtown Post Feb 28th 
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs169/1115897285469/archive/1120227513520.html

REMEMBERING FEB. 26, 1993, THE FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK
inside and out 
Mohamed Salameh, driver of the van when the World Trade Center was bombed on Feb. 26, 1993, at his arraignment. (Drawing by Elizabeth Williams)

Feb. 26, 1993 is a day that courtroom artist and Lower Manhattan resident Elizabeth Williams will not forget. As she recounted in her blog, "Illustrated Courtroom," "I was in the World Trade Center concourse purchasing tickets to 'Jelly's Last Jam' at the TKTS stand. I strolled my then 1-year-old son over the World Trade Center pass to the World Financial Center, where we sat down. Then about 10 minutes later a huge, booming sound rocked the glass-covered space where I was seated. The people in the atrium stopped talking, looked up, saw no glass was broken and then continued their conversations. I recall a security officer running up the Winter Garden stairs. No one knew what had happened and terrorism was the last thing on anyone's mind. Then the smoke started pouring out of the garage of the World Trade Center and chaos ensued."

About a week later, Williams said, she received a call late at night telling her to run over to the Federal courthouse. "I packed up my art supplies and learned that the FBI had determined who was responsible for the bombing and had made their first arrest - Mohamed Salameh - a Palestinian illegal alien who was the driver of the van. I recall he was very angry during his arraignment and I felt it was important to capture that."

Williams' drawing of Salameh made the cover of Newsday the next day.

"Many people have already forgotten about that attack," Williams said. "Now, I think to myself how lucky it was that no glass from the Winter Garden ceiling came loose and fell down. Many people - including my son and me - could have been hurt or killed. Trust me, the whole place shook. It was downright scary."

Like many people who were directly affected by the World Trade Center bombings, Williams has lived with an increased sense of vulnerability since then. "Life has really never been the same since," she said, "especially in New York City."

Williams is co-author with Sue Russell of "The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art," published in 2014. It was designated a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year and won kudoes from Kirkus as one of the best books of 2014. Williams' drawing of the Salameh arraignment appears in the book along with some additional information about his trial.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Also a story about NYPD police officer 
Detective James Rudolph 
NY Press article excerpt about the 93 bombing 
But the attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001 were what really made him understand what being a hero meant. "In 1993, [I was] on foot patrol, that afternoon, when we responded," Rudolph said. "There was a big boom that was heard all over Manhattan. We responded to the Trade Center and we were notified that someone from the Fire Department had fallen through a large crater and the mezzanine level into the garage area. So my partner and I helped carry all the equipment into the garage, which was all pancaked. We were standing in knee-deep water to try and rescue a [firefighter] out from under the debris. We [got him] out of there and just continued about the day. - 
WTC BOMBING 1993

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

No prison for key informant in major insider trading case: Thomas Hardin sentencing

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102456755

NEW YORK (AP) — A former hedge fund manager who wore a wire to help prosecutors build a massive insider trading case was spared a prison sentence Wednesday after the government called his cooperation extraordinary.
Nearly seven years after Thomas Hardin started aiding what became one of the nation's biggest insider trading investigations, he called his prior conduct "reckless, selfish and inexcusable" as he was sentenced to time served — a brief period he was in custody before an initial court date years ago.
Thomas Hardin, far left standing during sentencing with his attorneys Kimberly Yuhas and Larry Krantz
"I'm incredibly humbled and ashamed," he said. "I've done my best to make amends by helping the U.S. government."
Hardin pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy and securities fraud. He made his former firm more than $1 million by trading on secret information about such companies as Google Inc. and Hilton Worldwide, and he passed the tips to other traders who profited off them, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in sentencing papers.


Brooklyn Men Arrested on ISIL-Support Charges: Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov

Courthouse News Service
BROOKLYN (CN) - Three Brooklyn residents will appear before federal judges Wednesday on charges of conspiring to support the terrorist group ISIL.
     The complaint unsealed today targets three defendants - Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov and Abror Habibov - for alleged attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
     U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom will preside over the initial appearances of Juraboev and Saidakhmetov in Brooklyn, while Habibov is scheduled to appear in before a Jacksonville, Fla., federal judge later today.
     Prosecutors say investigators caught wind of Juraboev, whom they describe as a 24-year-old Uzbeki national living in Brooklyn, because of posts he made on an Uzbek-language website that propagates ISIL's ideology.
Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov arraignment by Victor Juhasz 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sokolow v PLO/PA: Jury Awards $218.5 Million in Terrorism Case Against Palestinian Groups: NY Times

NY Times article by Ben Weiser
LINK http://nyti.ms/1Aokjdq
The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization were found liable on Monday by a jury in Manhattan for their role in knowingly supporting six terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 in which Americans were killed and injured.
The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan awarded $218.5 million in damages, a number that is automatically tripled to $655.5 million under the special terrorism law under which the case was brought.
The verdict ended a decade-long legal battle to hold the Palestinian organizations responsible for the terrorist acts. And while the decision was a huge victory for the dozens of plaintiffs, it also could serve to strengthen the Israeli claim that the supposedly more moderate Palestinian forces are directly tied to terrorism.
Artwork by Elizabeth Williams
Kent Yalowitz, the attorney representing 10 families gives closing statement to jury
with image of Yassar Arafat on the screen 
 



Mark Rochon, a lawyer for the PLO and the Palestinian Authority give closing statement to jury
The financial implications of the verdict for the defendants were not immediately clear. The Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, had serious financial troubles even before Israel, as punishment for the Palestinians’ move in December to join the International Criminal Court, began withholding more than $100 million a month in tax revenue it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf.
The verdict came in the seventh week of a civil trial in which the jury had heard emotional testimony from survivors of suicide bombings and other attacks in Jerusalem, in which a total of 33 people were killed and more than 450 were injured.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2nd Phase Of Jury Selection In Aurora Theater Shooting Trial Focuses On Insanity, Death Penalty « CBS Denver

2nd Phase Of Jury Selection In Aurora Theater Shooting Trial Focuses On Insanity, Death Penalty « CBS Denver
Artwork by Bill Robles
Wide shot of courtroom during jury selection by Bill Robles
Jury selection in the Aurora Theater Shooting trial has entered its second phase as attorneys began questioning potential jurors individually.
James Holmes with glasses drawn by Bill Robles
 Six prospective jurors were brought into the courtroom Wednesday morning where they were questioned one at a time.Attorneys are questioning the potential jurors in four areas, publicity, the hardship they may face, the insanity defense and the death penalty.
Profile of Holmes by Bill Robles. Bill noticed that Holmes had put on weight since he last saw him. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Etan Patz Murder trial: Defendant Pedro Hernandez confession tape

JURORS SEE CONFESSION VIDEO IN 1979 ETAN PATZ DISAPPEARANCE

Associated Press story by Colleen Long

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MISSING_NYC_BOY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Jurors watched intently Tuesday as a videotaped confession of a man who said he killed 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 played during the suspect's murder trial.
Pedro Hernandez, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, admitted in hours of video to choking Etan, shoving his body in a plastic bag and dumping it with some curbside trash a few blocks away. His attorney maintains that the confession is fiction, dreamed up by a mentally ill man.
"I was nervous. My legs were jumping. I wanted to let go, but I just couldn't let go. I felt like something just took over me," Hernandez said in the video. "I don't know what to say. Something just took over me, and I was just choking him."
Pedro Hernandez far right looks at his video taped confession describing
how he allegedly killed Etan Patz by strangling him
Hernandez was a teenage stock clerk at a convenience store a few blocks from where Etan was last seen on his way to school on May 25, 1979. It was Etan's first time walking to school alone.
"I don't know why I came up to him," Hernandez says on the tape, calmly. "I just approached to him, and I asked him: `You want a soda?' He didn't say nothing to me, even when I was choking him. He didn't kick. He didn't do nothing. He just kind of stood there, and I just felt bad what I did."