Inspector General Slaps SEC’s Wrists in Madoff Matter

Please find a link below to the executive summary of the Inspector General’s report on the SEC’s alleged failure to discover the Madoff Ponzi scheme earlier than it did. The report discusses but quickly dismisses the romantic relationship between SEC Assistant Director Eric Swanson and Bernard Madoff’s niece, Shana Madoff, as a factor in the […]

Developer Convicted of Fraud Despite Lender’s Supportive Trial Testimony

Christmas was not so good for James Sandlin. On December 22, 2009, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed his bank fraud conviction in what seems to me a highly unusual case. U.S. v. Sandlin, No. 08-41277 (5th Cir.) (Op. filed December 22, 2009). Sandlin was a developer who applied for a loan […]

Sue Carlton: Buying bail: Another sign of lopsided justice?

John Andrew Welden’s attorney was able to secure the pretrial release of his client in part due to a factor similar to how an infamous white-collar criminal guaranteed his own court appearances: by being able to verify that Welden would be able to provide around-the-clock surveillance of himself at his own expense. Find the full […]

Young paralegal at center of case involving Tampa lawyers, police sergeant

Two young women who previously worked together at a law firm met one another for happy hour in downtown Tampa late one January night. First they visited Malio’s. Next was Fly bar, filled with Millennials and and the younger Gen-X’ers a lot like themselves.   Find the full story by clicking here.