Legal Lasso: Manafort Accused of Breaching Plea Deal

by Tony Flesor

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Ethics Commission Investigating Attorney Fees Complaint
The state’s Independent Ethics Commission is busy with high-profile officials these days. The commission will move forward with a complaint against Secretary of State Wayne Williams over his use of state discretionary funds to pay for attorney fees.

Wrongful Death Settlement
A correctional health-care provider has agreed to pay $4.25 million to settle a case of a Fremont County jail inmate who died of prescription drug withdrawal.

Police Sued Over Wrongful Arrest
Lawyers are taking up a malicious prosecution case against Douglas County sheriffs who they say ignored a victim’s description of a suspect in their arrest of their client.

Denver Approves Supervised Injection Site
Denver City Council approved a plan to open a supervised injection site. The plan still depends on the legislature to create criminal immunity for users at the site in order for it to work.

Supreme Court TABOR CHallenge
Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on two tax amendments; here’s what that challenge means.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Manafort Breached Plea Deal
Special Counsel Robert Mueller said former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators.

RBG Returns
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back on the bench after breaking three ribs. She was present for oral arguments yesterday.

Fee Financing Guidance
The ABA released an ethics opinion that provides guidance regarding attorney fee financing in order to close the access to justice gap. The opinion says lawyers may refer clients to fee financing companies even if they own a financial interest in the lender or broker.

Big Moves From Big Four
Accounting firm KPMG currently employs 1,800 lawyers in offices across 75 countries, and it hopes to raise that number to 3,000 over the next few years.

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