November 2006

Supreme Court Geeks, Rejoice

November 9, 2006

You no longer have to wait to read the oral argument in a Supreme Court case that has been argued. The Supremes now make the full transcript of oral argument available on a same day basis. This is very cool for the .0001 percent of the population that loves this stuff. Yes, I know this is not a current picture, but the more current ones just don’t do the trick.

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Demoulas Disbarments

November 3, 2006

Two updates: First, I learned today (12/11/06) that the hearing officer in this case, Ellen Carpenter, tragically passed away at the age of 52. Second, Boston Magazine alerted me to an article discussing the Demoulas/Law Clerk scandal. If you want a quick summary of the case, Boston Magazine-style, click here for The Demoulas Trap: Secret tape recordings. Clandestine meetings. Fake identities. Nothing was off-limits when supermarket tycoon Telemachus Demoulas’s desperate legal team hatched its plan to squeeze Paul Walsh. A billion dollars was at stake in the nastiest civil court case in state history, and the lowly court clerk was an easy mark. Until he decided to fight back. __________________________________________ On October 16, 2006, the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers issued its long-awaited decision in the Demoulas attorney misconduct case, essentially affirming the hearing officer (Ellen Carpenter) in her decision recommending disbarment of three Massachusetts lawyers. The BBO accepted the recommendation of the hearing officer and ordered the disbarment of two of the attorneys (Gary Crossen and Kevin Curry), and ordered that the third attorney, Richard Donahue, be suspended for three years. The three attorneys now have one more shot at vindication, before the Supreme Judicial Court. Don’t hold your breath. I discussed this matter in some detail a six months ago in one of my first “what were they thinking” blogs. I quote from the final paragraph of the…

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