Sunday, August 30, 2015

Diane Dimond: Kudos for the Courtroom Artist, and Her Tom Brady Portrait

Diane Dimond: Kudos for the Courtroom Artist, and Her Tom Brady Portrait

Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg, far left drawing NFL attorney Daniel Nash

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

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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.
Union attorney Jeffery Kessler makes his arguments to Judge Berman. Players Assn Union head, DeMaurice Smith is seated 2nd from left. 

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.

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

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
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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


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


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. 

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