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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian and author signing speaking engagement

#1 Criminal Attorney in the USA and now has his own show on CNN nightly called "Making the Case" MARK GERAGOS will be making a trip to Fresno as Keynote speaker for the Fresno County Bar Association March 21, 2014 annual luncheon. 
Vanessa Kachadurian recommends reserve your tickets by calling the Bar Association as this will be an action packed lunch with book signing.  There is MCLE credit for those that are members of the Bar (I am not-although most my friends are attorneys and judges)  


Reviews



 "Mistrial is three books in one: a memoir of celebrity lawyers, a primer on how to handle high-profile cases and a diagnosis of the ills of the criminal-justice system.... A win: engaging, enlightening and entertaining.”
—David Lat, The Wall Street Journal

"Mistrial is the story of extraordinary careers as the go-to lawyers for the celebrated (or notorious, or both) defendant. Don't miss it!" —Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, legal affairs writer for The New Yorker, and senior legal analyst for CNN

“[Mark Geragos] is one of those rare lawyers recognizable everywhere.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Geragos] is arguably the hottest defense lawyer of the moment.”
Los Angeles Daily Journal

 

Mistrial is part dissection of a criminal justice system riddled with issues, and part insider tale about the many well-known clients and cases the authors have had - Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Chris Brown, Winona Ryder, etc.

Personally I agree with the general premise that the justice system overall is lurching towards the prosecution, at least for more serious crimes. The media seems to feed a public that salivates voraciously for vengeance, as though it frees the viewing individuals of any responsibility or blame for their own personal failings.

The book is written in an accessible and anecdotal style that cuts straight to the meat of the topic and pulls no punches when the authors have an opinion on something - Nancy Grace takes a riotous shellacking for example - but also has some substantive thoughts about how to fix problems.

All in all an insightful and fun read for anyone that's interested in celebrity court cases, criminal law or the justice system more generally


 

 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian on "Conduct unbecoming a member of the Court's Bar"


"Conduct unbecoming a member of the court's bar" means "conduct contrary to professional standards that shows an unfitness to discharge continuing obligations to clients or the courts, or conduct inimical to the administration of justice." In re Snyder, 472 U.S. 634, 645, 105 S. Ct. 2874, 86 L. Ed. 2d 504 (1985)***. In addition to case law and applicable court rules, the court may consider codes of professional conduct in determining whether an attorney's conduct falls below the standards of the profession. See In re Snyder, 472 U.S. at 645, 646 n.7 (referring to state rules of professional conduct, and the American Bar Association's ("ABA") Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Code of Professional Responsibility).

Here, the conduct identified in the order to show cause clearly constitutes "conduct unbecoming a member of the court's bar," because it violates the ABA's Model Rules as well as California rules of professional conduct.

 
I know an attorney that is lying to the courts and the truth is coming out.  He is going to be real embarrassed after he has no career left. 

 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian and understanding probate laws

Whenever a successor trustee of a Trust is appointed (the person who is in charge of the Trust after the Trustor—the person who creates the Trust—dies), they are bound by law to follow the directions of the Trust specifically, with little room for deviation.  They are also bound by various provisions of the Probate Code, which require them to issue an accounting to trust beneficiaries (the people who are supposed to inherit something); provide a copy of the trust upon written request; manage the Trust assets with care; and a host of other duties and responsibilities.  
Failure to abide by these legal duties can and often does mean trouble for these Trustees, and can subject them to money penalties and/or removal as Successor Trustee.  If the Successor Trustee is also a beneficiary of the Trust, they can have the money damages incurred by the Trust subtracted from their inheritance.
But, how do you know if a Successor Trustee isn’t abiding by his or her duty/duties?  Here are some examples of the most common breaches of Trust by a Trustee:
  • Where a Trustee fails to give an accounting, or fails to give a detailed accounting in accordance with the provisions of the Probate Code;
  • Where a Trustee fails to give a Notice of Irrevocability of the Trust, informing the beneficiaries of the contact info for the Trustee, or attorney for Trustee, etc.;
  • Where a Trustee mismanages Trust assets (e.g. fails to sell real property or securities in a down market for an extended period of time);
  • Where a Trustee uses Trust assets for him/herself (e.g., steals money from the Trust/ liquidates securities and uses the money for him/herself, lives in real property of the Trust rent-free or allows someone else to live in Trust real property rent-free for an extended period of time);
  • Where a Trustee charges an exorbitant amount of money for his/her services, or hires others who charge an exorbitant amount of money for their services;
  • Where a Trustee simply does nothing for a prolonged period of time.
If you or anyone you know are a beneficiary of a Trust, and are facing problems such as these, I urge you to consult an attorney NOW, as your inheritance may be dissipating before your own eyes.  And unfortunately, without legal intervention, your inheritance can be dwindled down to nothing, with little to no chance of obtaining any recourse against the Trustee, either civil or criminal.
Often, people delay taking action because they are worried about the cost of retaining an attorney.  
 
Hire the best and know the laws and your rights, do not let the hard work of your deceased family member be pissed away by a money hungry liar. 
 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian and rules of professional conduct

This is a great book, how Attorneys have fudged to the courts, delayed due process and have set people up for being unlawfully arrested by manipulating the courts with faulty paperwork that lacks substantiation and back up.
Our favorite attorney is at it again, and hopefully he will end up with egg on his face again with the embellishment of lies that are littered all over the internet and on his 100 alias e mail addresses, 5 facebook accounts and over 4 twitter accounts. 
Filing false paperwork with the courts or doctoring up court documents and putting them online about people is unprofessional and misleading.   It is also against the law to forge documents, alas that is why fake names like "Steamroller" are used. 
Hopefully the courts will catch up to him, and stop his nonstop nonsense.  There will never be celebrity stardom, he has a speech impediment and not very nice looking. 
America doesn't need another wanna be with comical photo shoots, and slick self advertising.
California has many more talented professionals that are handsome.  We do not need any more self-promoting lawyers from Maine invading our state. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vanessa Kachadurian on Vampires the favorite costume for attorneys

We often call Attorneys "Vampires" and this is the subject of many new books.  There are some that give the whole profession a bad name and resort to "crying wolf" and puting stupid labels on people they cannot prevail over.  Attorneys as "Vampires" is a new novel and the description fits well.  Remember there are some great ethical attorneys around, and they are there to help should you so need it.  Don't let the immature and amateur actions of a few sway your opinion of all of them.  Some take their job very seriously and are not just out after money.  When a human trafficker loses a case and walks away from a court date, only to watch the industry further errode they have no one to blame but themselves.   
The Bloodsuckers:
 Vampire Lawyers of Middle Tennessee

Scott Cunningham is a vampire just trying to make a living. After all, being undead isn’t cheap. There’s rent to pay, blood to buy, and child support due; it’s an eternal treadmill.
You would think it would be terribly boring, but as Scott is finding out, unlife as a lawyer in rural Tennessee is anything but.

The Premise: Fallout

Episode 1: Hanging out the Shingle

Episode 2: Smokin’

Episode 3: The Makings of a Lawyer

Episode 4: Joining the Club

Episode 5: The Hazards of Being a Divorce Attorney
Episode 6: Cleaning Up

Episode 7: Business is Booming

Episode 8: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Episode 9: Kicking Ass and Taking Names

Episode 10: Necrophilia

Are you just getting started? Download Volume One to your e-reader, smart phone, or computer. Contains the Premise and Episodes 1-10.

Episode 11: The Ex

Episode 12: A Long-Overdue Reunion

Episode 13: Dadding

Episode 14: Maggie’s True Motives

Episode 15: Puppy Love

Episode 16: Po’ Daddy

Episode 17: It’s a Date

Episode 18: Dinner and a Show, Part I

Episode 19: Dinner and a Show, Part II

Episode 20: Dinner and a Show, Part III

Still behind? Download Volume Two to your e-reader, smart phone, or computer. Contains Episodes 11-20.

Episode 21: All the Dirty Details
Episode 22: The Max Factor

Episode 23: Keep a Stiff Upper Lip

Episode 24: A Death in the Family

Episode 25: The Ultimatum

Episode 26: Loved Ones

Episode 27: A Woman’s Touch

Episode 28: A Room of Her Own

Episode 29: Taking Control

Episode 30: Bowled Over

Still behind? Download Volume Three to your e-reader, smart phone, or computer. Contains Episodes 21-30.

Episode 31: A Come to Elijah Meeting

Episode 32: The Bloodsucker

Episode 33: Doctor Death

Episode 34: It’s Going to be Fein
Episode 35: Now It’s a Party

Episode 36: Assault and the Law

Episode 37: The Delicate Holiday Dance

Episode 38: Thanksgiving Dinner

Episode 39: Going for a Walk

Episode 40: Surprise!

The Law Office of Attorney Scott Cunningham

Clarksboro, TN

Attorney Scott Cunningham

Josie Fein, Assistant

Attorney Scott Cunningham graduated from MTSU, cum laude, in 1987 with a B.A. in business management. He graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 2010, cum laude, and specialized in vampire rights. He is a native of River Bottoms, TN.

Josephine (Josie) Fein graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2003, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in English literature. She has 7 years’ experience as a paralegal and legal assistant, lately serving Judge Blackman of Murfreesboro. She is a native of Nashville.

This entire series (including content on separate pages) is copyrighted by Keri Peardon (2011-2013). Redistribution or republication of any portion of this content is prohibited. All rights reserved.

This is a work of fiction and all characters are fictitious. Any resemblance to any person, alive or dead or undead, is purely coincidental.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Vanessa Kachadurian, when the time is to withdraw a final appeal and admit "it was dumb"

Charles Carreon a World Wide Web Attorney-  that had the tables turned on him



The legal and Internet world had fun with Charles Carreon a self professed “internet attorney” that set out to harm the wrong person and as attorneys who specialize in the internet do, merely try to harm, harass, intimidate and file vexatious claims.  As we all know you cannot litigate truth, and they have not gone to law school to learn this new niche area of law they have created in a somewhat “wild west fashion” of sloppiness, stretching the law and in fact trying to win at any cost even stealing someones photos, putting out fake websites, false arrests, and other amateur and immature things that only prove they are the lowest scum of the earth.  It seems Charles Carreon, is once such internet attorney that  decided to stop while he was ahead, but then it didn’t stop the internet from playing him at his own game.  No one likes an idiot that thinks they can control freedom of speech or the internet.  One particular Internet Attorney that I had issues with is still trying to desperately carve a name for himself with freebie writing on the Huffington Blog (he no longer writes for the Santa Monica Free press that he claims he won awards for) and he no longer represents Value Click.  This loser lawyer also has a free radio blog that I understand no more than 2 people on Wednesday morning even listen to.  Here is a warning to the likes of Charles Carreon and other so called “internet attorneys” here is how the internet bites back and you end up losing because of stupidity and harming someone at all costs.  Remember anyone can file a law suit/complaint for the stupidest of reasons.  It doesn’t even have to be truthful, in fact if you are only trying to silence someone it is better that it is false and you scare someone into silence. 
Victim of Internet Attorney Sleazeball with a mental disorder
Last year, embattled Arizona lawyer Charles Carreon brought a lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, doubling down by suing anonymous Internet commenters and even two charities, the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society. (The whole crazy story also involved a cartoon of an obese woman asking a bear to "Come hurr and love meeee!") Things got even weirder when Carreon threatened Chris Recouvreur, also known "Satirical Charles," who had created a website mocking Carreon. Recouvreur then sued Carreon in federal court for a declarative judgement that his site was not libelous.
In a Tuesday legal filing with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Charles Carreon dropped his final appeal in the Recouvreur case and now definitively owes over $46,000 in fees to Recouvreur.
Now Carreon says he regrets the entire affair. Why? Largely because it has unleashed the wrath of angry people on the Internet and has subsequently damaged his reputation online.
“I genuinely say it was a dumb thing,” Carreon told Ars. “This is not a soluble problem. This is not a problem that is soluble with a legal cease-and-desist letter, or a counter cease-and-desist letter. I would not have sent that and I really reassess the decision thoroughly. It was not a good idea. You really are dealing with a situation that is not amenable to legal resolution.”
“I made it worse”
Carreon was a little-known lawyer until June 2012, at which point he began representing the website FunnyJunk.com and sued Matthew Inman, demanding $20,000 over comments Inman had made about FunnyJunk's habit of hosting Inman's cartoons. Inman then turned around and raised $100,000, giving that money to charity instead of to Carreon, at which point Carreon escalated his legal filings. At one point, Carreon even threatened to subpoena Ars Technica. (Ars’ collected coverage of the entire affair can be read here.)
In a 30-minute phone interview with Ars on Wednesday, Carreon lamented that, as a result of this entire sordid affair, his professional reputation has been damaged—or as he calls it, "rapeutated." In fact, Carreon has a colorful website at Rapeutation.com that includes an elaborate chart with a new, long, and extensive list of all the so-called “rapeutationists,” including yours truly and two more Ars staffers. If you'd like to see a picture of Carreon's critics—including an Ars Technica writer—spewing fecal matter out of their mouths, that too can be accommodated.
In short, Carreon portrays himself as the victim here—he’s now become the victim of the Streisand effect, or as it might now be called, the Carreon effect.
“So when you take a situation in which the legal rules don’t impose any effective sanctions on people for that kind of behavior, mob behavior on the Internet, then a legal analyst like myself should look at that situation and say: ‘You can’t fix everything that’s broken,’” he said. “There is not a proper legal remedy for it. I attempted to do something and I made it worse.”
“It’s an insoluble problem,” he continued. “It’s is not remediable. As long as you keep punching ‘Charles Carreon’ into Google, there’s just more stories about this nonsense. How can anyone get their message through? I’ve written hundreds of works. You can’t find them. Is that helpful? No. Now it’s difficult for prospective clients to see that I’m a relatively erudite person. Since then, some Amazon reviews of my books have, in bad faith, been given one star—I don’t sell many books anymore. Now it’s highly unlikely that anyone would say that Charles Carreon is a pretty bright guy.”
But lest the Internet think that Carreon is a bad guy with a continual ax to grind, he suggested that his Buddhist religion can help him forgive those who have wronged him.
“If I feel that something that I have said should not have been said, and somebody calls it to my attention, I generally will alter or retract it,” he said. “[Similarly,] if anyone wants to contact me in any reasonable manner, I will be happy to hear it. The point of speech is to spark discussion. My goal is to help people to realize that you’re not the only person who gets rapeutated. You need to put on your own psychological resources together to survive it. Of course this is difficult. The fact that I try to bear it with aplomb, it is difficult. Yeah, I have a lot of shit to process—I’m glad I'm a resilient person.”
“It doesn’t matter what my intentions are,” he added. “I’m learning the rules of the game. I’ve learned about mobs. I’ve learned about how blithely we can deal with other people. I never thought that people would say things about me that they did. I’m always learning. If I didn’t learn, I would truly be stupid. The fact that I learn slowly or don't know things that other people know, that doesn't make me genuinely stupid, it makes me situationally stupid.”
The easy way or the hard way
Though the legal battles sparked by Carreon's actions have ceased, it's up to Recouvreur's attorney, Paul Alen Levy of Public Citizen, to recover the money. Levy told Ars on Wednesday that it would be very easy for Carreon to finally wrap up this entire story.
“He makes a payment, we agree that he’s made the payment, and there’s a satisfaction of judgement,” Levy said. “That’s the simple way to do it.” If not, Levy will have to go through legal discovery to determine the size of Carreon's assets.
Levy said there isn’t a chance that he and his client will allow the case to be dropped without any consequences for Carreon.
“Given the amount, it’s hard to walk away from it,” he said. “We’re not willing to let the money just sit there. I really don’t know at this point what assets [Carreon] has. He has a law practice. Presumably he’s getting paid at his law practice—but you hate to think about that.”
As for Carreon, he wouldn't be pinned down on whether he would pay, but he did say that the whole ordeal had been a strain.
“Whenever you have to spend a lot of time doing stuff that is not remunerative, that is financial hardship,” Carreon said. “If somebody is making me do stuff by suing me, sure, it’s taking a bite out of my time.”



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Charles Carreon, the lawyer who tried to sue webcomic The Oatmeal for making fun of a site that republished Oatmeal comics, has finally quit the extended legal fight.
Carreon called the ordeal "dumb."
He was, you may recall, the lawyer who initially represented theoretically-humorous image hosting site FunnyJunk against Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman. In 2011, Inman wrote a blog post condemning FunnyJunk for republishing his cartoons. A year later, Carreon sent him a letter: take down that defaming post, or we're suing you for $20,000.
Of course, that suit didn't have a lot of legs, and it culminated with Inman refusing, raising $220,000 for charity, and drawing a cartoon of Carreon's mother loving a bear.
Meanwhile, a second humorist named Christopher Recouvreur started up a blog and Twitter account called Satirical Charles, which parodied Carreon's mishaps. After failing to beat Inman, Carreon threatened Recouvreur with a libel suit. The two then wrangled in court, and Carreon ended up owing the third-party parodist $46,100 in damages.
But finally, on Tuesday, Carreon conceded total defeat, and quit trying to appeal the judgment.
In a Thursday interview with Ars Technica, Carreon seemed to finally realize the folly of publicly challenging a beloved online cartoonist on behalf of a site that republishes his work.
"This is not a problem that is soluble with a legal cease-and-desist letter, or a counter cease-and-desist letter. I would not have sent that and I really reassess the decision thoroughly. It was not a good idea," he told Ars. He also noted that Oatmeal fans ended up plastering his books with one-star reviews on Amazon.
But life's not all bad for Carreon now. According to his website, his law practice is open for business, and he's got one of the top 5% viewed profiles on LinkedIn.
Illustration by Jason Reed
Charles Carreon, the lawyer who tried to sue webcomic The Oatmeal for making fun of a site that republished Oatmeal comics, has finally quit the extended legal fight.
Carreon called the ordeal "dumb."
He was, you may recall, the lawyer who initially represented theoretically-humorous image hosting site FunnyJunk against Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman. In 2011, Inman wrote a blog post condemning FunnyJunk for republishing his cartoons. A year later, Carreon sent him a letter: take down that defaming post, or we're suing you for $20,000.
Of course, that suit didn't have a lot of legs, and it culminated with Inman refusing, raising $220,000 for charity, and drawing a cartoon of Carreon's mother loving a bear.
Meanwhile, a second humorist named Christopher Recouvreur started up a blog and Twitter account called Satirical Charles, which parodied Carreon's mishaps. After failing to beat Inman, Carreon threatened Recouvreur with a libel suit. The two then wrangled in court, and Carreon ended up owing the third-party parodist $46,100 in damages.
But finally, on Tuesday, Carreon conceded total defeat, and quit trying to appeal the judgment.
In a Thursday interview with Ars Technica, Carreon seemed to finally realize the folly of publicly challenging a beloved online cartoonist on behalf of a site that republishes his work.
"This is not a problem that is soluble with a legal cease-and-desist letter, or a counter cease-and-desist letter. I would not have sent that and I really reassess the decision thoroughly. It was not a good idea," he told Ars. He also noted that Oatmeal fans ended up plastering his books with one-star reviews on Amazon.
But life's not all bad for Carreon now. According to his website, his law practice is open for business, and he's got one of the top 5% viewed profiles on LinkedIn.
Illustration by Jason Reed
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Vanessa Kachadurian, Attorneys in Turkey beaten and arrested for trying to defend peaceful civilian protestors

Where is the big American Attorney of Freedom of speech and democracy? Bennet Kelley this is what your Turkish friend thinks of Attorneys You tried to harm us and it backfired, told you we would turn the country upside down and the adoption world. Caglayan Courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey, was a scene of scuffle and disgrace earlier today, when a group of police officers beat up and detained more than 50 attorneys who were in the courthouse to represent their clients. The majority of the attorneys were the legal representatives of some of the protestors who were illegally detained or injured by the Turkish police during the ongoing protests in Istanbul and throughout the country. In a move that casts doubt on the Turkish government’s commitment to the rule of law, an additional 30 attorneys were dragged out of the courthouse by force when they tried to stop the arrest of their colleagues. Meanwhile, the undercover police operators tried to stop the media representatives from filming or taking pictures of the situation. The detained attorneys were taken to the Vatan Police Department. Currently, over 100 lawyers are waiting in front of the police station, demanding the release of their colleagues. The Ankara Bar Association released a press statement: “In a country, in which lawyers are taken into custody from the Justice Hall, whose life and property is safe? Whose rights and freedoms are guaranteed? Doesn’t this point to a dictatorial attempt at establishing a regime of fear and suspending democracy, civil rights and liberties? As the Ankara Bar Association, we announce that we’ll follow the process closely and support our colleagues, who are members of the Istanbul Bar Association, fully.” The Amnesty International office in Turkey condemned police violence via its Twitter account today. “We condemn shameful and brutal police violence. We repeated our justice demand in a meeting with Istanbul Governor,” it stated. http://www.progressivepress.net/turkish-police-beat-and-arrested-attorneys-in-courthouse-video/