The White House wanted the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of President Donald Trump's view during his trip to Japan, three U.S. officials said. As first reported Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official wrote an email to Navy and Air Force officials about Trump's arrival in Japan over Memorial Day weekend. It included instructions for the proper landing areas for helicopters and preparations for the USS Wasp, the ship on which the president was to speak. The official then issued a third instruction: "USS John McCain needs to be out of sight," according to the email, which was obtained by the Journal and whose existence was confirmed to The Associated Press. The three U.S. officials spoke Wednesday to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private email correspondence. President Donald Trump again lashed out against the late Arizona senator saying, “’I was never a … [Read more...] about WH Wanted USS John McCain Moved for Trump Japan Trip: Sources
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The fate of the “Fearless Girl” remains up in the air, even as the city marks the one-year anniversary of the statue’s debut opposite the “Charging Bull.” The countdown clock on the 4-foot bronze statue’s stay in the Financial District has been slowly ticking down to zero since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year that it could remain until the next International Women’s Day. On Thursday, however, a spokeswoman from the mayor’s office said the beloved statue that captured the hearts of many will be lingering at its current location for a little longer. “The ‘Fearless Girl’s’ message has resonated with New Yorkers and visitors alike, and that’s something we want to remain a part of the city’s civic life,” mayoral spokeswoman Natalie Grybauskas said in an emailed statement. “The statue will likely stay in place a few days after International Women’s Day, and we expect to … [Read more...] about ‘Fearless Girl’ statue’s fate remains unknown one year after debut
Updated: Richard Scruggs, the well-known plaintiffs lawyer who made a name for himself pursuing asbestos and tobacco cases, has ended his career with a guilty plea this morning in a Mississippi courtroom.Scruggs and co-defendant Sidney Backstrom pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a judge in a dispute over attorney fees, the Associated Press reports. The trial had been scheduled to begin March 31.Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of five years in prison for Scruggs and a sentence of two-and-a-half years in prison for Backstrom, the AP story says. The Northeast Mississippi Journal says they also face a maximum fine of $250,000.Scruggs’ son, Zach, is the only defendant remaining in the case who has not pleaded guilty.Scruggs’ wife and Backstrom both fought tears during the hearing. Scruggs contained his emotions, although he looked pale and thin, according to the Northeast Mississippi Journal report. Scruggs and Backstrom admitted they conspired to bribe a judge, the … [Read more...] about Scruggs Pleads Guilty; Plus a Profile of the ‘King of Torts’
Editor’s note: This article went to press before Dickie Scruggs pleaded guilty March 14 to conspiring to bribe a judge in a dispute over attorney fees. Back in 1998, Mississippi trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs spoke of “home cookin’ ” when describing his role in forcing four tobacco giants into a record $246 billion settlement with 46 states. It certainly left him eating high on the hog, earning nearly $1 billion in fees.The case made him one of America’s richest lawyers, with a cash flow many Wall Street firms would envy. Every three months since the late 1990s, Scruggs’ firm has received more than $10 million from the tobacco litigation payout. The case will fatten his bottom line by $42 million every 12 months for 23 years.He filed his first tobacco case in his hometown of Pascagoula. Traction gained in that friendly venue helped topple Big Tobacco state by state, likea long line of cigarette packs stacked as dominoes.“We knew it would be … [Read more...] about Long Live the King of Torts?
Vote for Your FavoritesPanel of Judges25 Honorable MentionsHow I Learned to Litigate at the MoviesWhat would Hollywood do without lawyers? In a town built on copyrights and cosmetic surgery, lawyers have done far more than pen the small print in studio contracts or post bail for hollow-eyed stars on the way to and from rehab. From the incisive Henry Drummond and the droll Mr. Lincoln to the callow Danny Kaffee and the regal Atticus Finch, lawyers have provided some of Hollywood’s most memorable cinematic heroes and some of its most honorable and thoughtful films.Earlier this year, the ABA Journal asked 12 prominent lawyers who teach film or are connected to the business to choose what they regard as the best movies ever made about lawyers and the law. We’ve collated their various nominees to produce our jury’s top picks.Together these films represent 31 Oscar wins and another 85 nominations as befits the best work of some of the greatest actors, writers … [Read more...] about The 25 Greatest Legal Movies