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Below the Bar (77)

Murdaugh Pleads To Financial Crimes, Gets Another 27 Years Tacked Onto Sentence  

Former lawyer Alex Murdaugh, who is already serving two life sentences for murdering his family, was handed another 27-year sentence related to a multitude of financial crime charges. So reports the BBC.


Ohio Lawyer Suspended For A Year After Bizarre Pringles Can Feces Prank  

Defense attorney Jack A. Blakeslee has been suspended for throwing a feces-filled Pringles can into an advocacy center’s parking lot. So reports USA Today.


Florida Attorney Accused of Trying to Blow Up Chinese Embassy in Washington  

Attorney Christopher Rodriguez was arrested in Florida for allegedly trying to blow up the Chinese embassy. So reports The Washington Post.


Bankruptcy Judge Out After Secretly Designating Girlfriend As 'Special Conflicts Counsel'

Bankruptcy court judge David R. Jones resigned in the wake of revelations he concealed his romantic relationship with attorney Liz Freeman and approved an “indirect fee arrangement” for her law firm. So reports The Financial Times.


DOE Settles Loan Misappropriation Suit with 'Freestanding' Law Schools  

A cohort of five “freestanding” law schools settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Education after being accused of improperly distributing student aid funds.


Once Disbarred, Attorney Stuart Finkelstein Heads to Prison for Fraud  

Attorney Stuart Finkelstein was handed a four-year prison sentence for filing hundreds of “sham” lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. So reports The New York Post.


Actor Danny Masterson’s Ex-Attorneys Sanctioned for Sharing Info About His Rape Victims

Two lawyers who once represented actor Danny Masterson were fined for leaking confidential information regarding his victims. So reports NBC News.


California Attorney Facing Fraud Lawsuit After Alleged $10M Gambling Scandal  

Attorney Sara Jacqueline King stands accused of partying and gambling away $10 million of her client’s funds. So reports Yahoo! News.


Embattled Ex-assistant Dean at TSU Law Charged for Sex Crime Against Minor  

Edward Rene, who once worked as the assistant dean of admissions for Texas Southern University’s law school, has been charged with a sex crime. So reports ABC 13.


'Erin Brockovich' Attorney Indicted for Stealing $18M in Client Funds  

Tom Girardi, a once-celebrated attorney known for winning enormous settlements for underdog clients, has been indicted by two federal grand juries for allegedly stealing $18 million. So reports Yahoo News.


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