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Judge orders release of ex-acting AG Whitaker’s financial documents

“Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, gave up his attorney general duties in February after the confirmation of William Barr as attorney general” reports politico.com. Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general led to several legal challenges, but courts found them moot after Barr took over and ratified the department’s earlier decisions.Whitaker was required to submit a financial disclosure soon after he became then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff in October 2017. Source: politico.com

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Car-tab cuts remain on hold after Supreme Court decision on Eyman initiative

“Car-tab tax cuts once expected to take effect Thursday will remain on hold despite a last-ditch effort from the Washington State Attorney General this week” writes Seattle Times Staff for seattletimes.com. In denying that request Wednesday, the Supreme Court’s majority offered no legal reasoning in its written decision.The Supreme Court’s order means Initiative 976 will not take effect Thursday, but the order is not the final word on the initiative itself.The state Supreme Court issued a short order Wednesday evening denying a request from the Attorney General to allow the…

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Top Czech attorney rules PM Babis’s fraud investigation to continue

“PRAGUE (Reuters) – The top Czech state attorney has ruled that Prime Minister Andrej Babis will be further investigated for fraud in receiving European Union subsidies, reversing an earlier decision to drop the case, the attorney said on Wednesday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Babis, a billionaire businessman, had been investigated on suspicion of illegally tapping 2 million euros in subsidies to build a conference center outside Prague. Source: 95kqds.com

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Former Charlie Shrem Attorney to Represent Arrested Ethereum Dev

“Renowned trial attorney Brian Klein has revealed he will represent Virgil Griffith, the developer recently arrested for participating in a blockchain conference in North Korea” writes Marie Huillet for cointelegraph.com. Klein — who has previously represented the likes of Charlie Shrem and Erik Voorhees — is a former federal prosecutor who currently works as a criminal and regulatory defense attorney at United States law firm Baker Marquart.He has extensive experience with technology cases and chairs the American Bar Association’s blockchain, digital currency and ICO national institute, his staff profile indicates. Source:…

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Akron attorney suspended for two years for aiding clients’ tax evasion

“Plesich was charged in federal court in 2017 with willfully aiding and abetting his clients in their attempt to evade federal taxes” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. In 2009, Plesich began representing Lawrence and Angela Tipton, of Copley, in their dispute with the IRS. The IRS sent Plesich notices regarding the Tiptons’ outstanding tax liabilities and attempts to collect from Lawrence Tipton, Angela Tipton or both.Lawrence Tipton was sentenced to two years in federal prison, and Angela Tipton was placed on four months of home confinement and probation.COLUMBUS, Ohio —…

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Plea set aside in CMU sexual assault case after AG investigation

“LANSING, MI — Attorney General Dana Nessel is dismissing two cases handled by former Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej following an internal investigation” writes Winter Keefer for mlive.com. Immediately after Kolodziej’s resignation, the Attorney General called for an internal investigation to review all of his criminal cases within the department.Elliot, a former Central Michigan University student government president, had pleaded no contest to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Source: mlive.com

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Appointee turns accuser…

“He was nominated as attorney general by Netanyahu in 2016, and could become responsible for bringing down the country’s longest-serving premier” writes Michael Blum for yahoo.com. Israel’s attorney general Avichai Mandelblit (pictured) announced the indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (AFP Photo/Menahem KAHANA) Jerusalem (AFP) – Discreet but influential — and hand-picked to his role by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — Avichai Mandelblit has become the first attorney general in Israeli history to indict a serving premier.Mandelblit has faced a near impossible challenge as attorney general. Source: yahoo.com

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What Attorney General Barr gets wrong about the American Revolution

“The American Revolution was neither a revolt against the King nor Parliament; it was a revolt against arbitrary power” writes Hattem Is A for washingtonpost.com. A look at patriots’ writings in this period demonstrates their persistent concern with Parliament’s arbitrary authority over them.Seventeenth-century English history provided numerous examples to American colonists of attempts by the infamous Stuart monarchs, Charles I and James II, to wield absolute and arbitrary power.For Barr and The Federalist Society — which at the same convention hosted a “special session” on “Executive Power vs. congressional Power”…

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