New York Attorney Under Fire After Video Of His Threatening To Call ICE On Spanish Speakers In Restaurant

 

download-2New York lawyer (and GW Law graduate) Aaron Schlossberg who went on a bizarre tirade against Spanish-speaking restaurant workers has quickly become the most hated man of the week in New York.  The New York Post reports that he has now been kicked out of his office by Corporate Suites, the company that held his lease.  There is also an effort to disbar him and even a petition to hire a mariachiband to follow him around New York.  That could lead to an interesting legal fight if he alleges harassment or stalking.  The moves against Schlossberg raises our long-standing debate over actions taken against people for obnoxious or unpopular speech in their private lives or on social media.

 

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“Reach Out To Touch Someone”: Michael Cohen and Washington’s Only Indigenous Crop

300px-AT&T_logo_2016.svgBelow is my column in USA Today on recent disclosure of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, received hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies like AT&T seeking access to Trump.  Accounts indicate that Cohen actively sold himself as a conduit to Trump to companies seeking influence.  Cohen is only the latest in a long line of sleaze winding its way through Washington.

Caught red-handed in influence peddling, AT&T reportedly fired the Vice President responsible for the Cohen contract and called it a “big mistake.”

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Court Rejects Claims Of California Middle School Teacher Of A Conspiracy Between Police and White Nationalists After Berkeley Riots

anti fa memberWe have previously discussed Antifa and its violent anti-free speech philosophy. The latest violent clashes occurred at Berkeley where  middle school teacher and Antifa leader Yvonne Felarca, 47, was arrested for battery and resisting arrest for fighting in Berkeley’s much maligned “empathy tent.”  Felarca has fought the charges and called the charges a “witch hunt” to convince the court to drop the charges against her. It did not work with a California judge who refused to discuss her felony charges.  What was surprising was the language used by her lawyer in both courts filings and public statements.

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The Crack Suicide Squad: The Trump Team Moves Toward The Worst Case Scenario

Below is my column in The Hill newspaper on the emerging strategy from the Trump legal team with the addition of Emmet Flood and the comments of Rudy Giuliani. It is strikingly familiar to those of us who were around for the Clinton impeachment.  The team appears to be moving toward the worst case scenario as the only scenario.  That puts the President on a path that increases the risk of impeachment.  The rhetoric is already laying the foundation to refuse to cooperate and litigate issues like a subpoena in court.  Just as the Clintons claimed a “vast right-wing conspiracy” was out to get them, the Trump team is alleging a “deep state” conspiracy.  The team is now on a course of confrontation — a course that could make things far worse unless Special Counsel Robert Mueller yields to the public taunts by figures like Giuliani.

 

 

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Giuliani’s Firm Severs Ties With Him And Publicly Refutes His Statements On Common Legal Practices

225px-rudy_giulianiWith his former personal attorney Michael Cohen spinning off ethical violations like some hurricanes spin off tornados, Rudolph W. Giuliani was meant to bring back some relief from the worsening scandal over Stormy Daniels.  Instead, Giuliani gave a rambling, conflicted account that the President had to refute the next morning.  The worse rebuke however came yesterday when Giuliani’s firm Greenberg Traurig severed ties with Giuliani and specifically refuted his claims that all lawyers regularly do what Cohen did.  Many of us at the time noted that lawyers do not take these actions and pay hush money from retainer funds.  The firm not only wanted to establish that it did not do such unethical things but that it was no longer going to be associated with Rudy Giuliani.

 

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Tale of Two Cases: Manafort and Cohen Cases Stand In Glaring Contradiction

600px-US-DeptOfJustice-Seal.svg DOJBelow is my column in The Hill newspaper on the controversial comments of Judge T.S. Ellis III.  While I viewed that insinuations about Mueller’s motivations to be inappropriate, there is a real question concerning the different and still fully explained difference in treatment of the Manafort and Cohen cases.

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No, Giuliani Did Not Implicate Trump In Obstruction of Justice In Comey Comments

225px-rudy_giulianiBelow is my column in the Hill newspaper on the widespread criticism of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s interviews as implication his client, President Donald Trump, in the crime of obstruction of justice.  Giuliani noted that Trump fired James Comey in part due to his refusal to state publicly that Trump was not a target. While I have been highly critical of Giuliani’s performance, the defense raised by Giuliani was neither new nor a basis for a criminal charge.

 

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