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Prisoners' Legal Services uses abuse complaints to raise funds

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David Sweat (l) and Richard Matt eluded authorities for three weeks after escaping from Clinton Correctional Facility.

Here is the expanded version of the third item from my “Albany Insider” column in Monday’s editions:

A group charged with helping indigent inmates is using the reported abuse of inmates after an upstate prison break to raise funds.

Prisoners’ Legal Services New York put up its solicitation on its homepage last week shortly after the New York Times ran an expose in which inmates claim they were brutalized by guards in Clinton Correctonal Facility following the escape of two prisoners.

“If you are concerned about the prisoners referenced in the recent New York Times article, please consider donating…,” the group wrote.“It’s unfortunate that anyone would use these accusations for their own agenda, especially to raise money. That on the surface should clearly raise doubts about the legitimacy of their motives as well as the accusations made by inmates in the New York Times article.”

PLS Executive Director Karen Murtagh defended the post by saying her organization doesn’t have the necessary funding to handle the more than 10,000 requests for assistance every year.

“We struggle for funding every year,” Murtagh said. “Anyway we can get donations from private individuals helps us provides the services we’re tasked to provide to indigent prisoners.”

But a law enforcement source close to the investigation questioned the propriety of fund-raising off alleged abuses.

“It’s unfortunate that anyone would use these accusations for their own agenda, especially to raise money,” the source said. “That on the surface should clearly raise doubts about the legitimacy of their motives as well as the accusations made by inmates in the New York Times article.”

The Times reported quoted inmates at Clinton Correctional Facility as claiming that they were beatn, choked and threatened iwth waterboarding just hours after fellowprisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped. One said he had a plastic bag tied aound his head until he passed out.

After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead near the Canadian border. Sweat was shot and captured and returned to prison.

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Fairpoint Closes Acquisition Of Colemans-CTTS Legal Services Business

Fairpoint Group Plc. (FRP.L), a provider of consumer professional services, confirmed that it has now successfully completed the acquisition of the trade and assets of Colemans-CTTS LLP, CT Support Services Limited and the entire ordinary share capital of Holiday TravelWatch Limited, together called Colemans. Consideration for the acquisition has been satisfied by the initial payment of 8 million pounds in cash and the issue of 755,516 ordinary shares at 132 pence per ordinary share.

Application has been made for the completion shares to be admitted to AIM and dealings are expected to commence on August 20.

Following the issue of the completion shares, the enlarged issued share capital, excluding 1.19 million shares held by Fairpoint in treasury, will be 44.59 million.

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Obama's climate change proposals face stiff legal challenges this fall

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s climate change plan will be challenged in in the courts this fall, when lawyers for at least 15 states join the coal and power industries to block the carbon-reducing rules before they take effect.

They will argue that the Clean Air Act does not authorize a national attack on greenhouse gases and that states should not be forced to begin changing their systems for producing electric power until the legality of Obama’s plan has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

The case could feature another legal battle over a wording “glitch,” similar to one just fought over the Affordable Care Act, and a dispute over whether an obscure provision in an amendment to the antipollution law authorizes a broad 21st century campaign against greenhouse gases.

As he did with the battle over immigration reform, the president is trying to use his regulatory authority to impose sweeping changes without new legislation from Congress.

Critics call the move an illegal power grab.

That line of attack has worked to a degree on the immigration front. Last year, Obama announced an executive action that would have offered temporary work permits to several million immigrants living here illegally.

But after Texas and 25 other states sued, a federal judge in February blocked Obama’s order from taking effect. In May, a U.S. appeals court upheld that decision, raising the prospect that Obama’s order may remain stalled until he leaves the White House.

Lawyers for the coal-dependent states, led by West Virginia, have served notice that they plan a similar legal attack.

Earlier this year, they filed lawsuits in the U.S. appeals court here even before the Environmental Protection Agency had adopted a final rule for its Clean Power Plan.

They drew a panel with three judges who were Republican appointees, but were told in June that their suit was premature. The lawyers were told to come back and try again once the rule was published as final in the Federal Register. That will take place in a few weeks.

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Earlier this month, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey denounced the EPA plan as the work of “radical bureaucrats.” It “blatantly disregards the rule of law” and is “based upon an obscure, rarely used provision in the Clean Air Act,” he said.

He referred to a little-used part of the law that said states may be required to set power-plant standards using the “best system of emission reduction.” Previously, this phrase has been understood to mean that a power plant could be required to use the best technology, such as a scrubber or another device, to reduce its smokestack pollution.

But in the new regulation, the EPA relies on a much broader interpretation to require states to adopt a systemwide approach to reducing carbon pollution by, for example, switching to natural gas or adding new solar and wind power. These are sometimes described as “outside the fence” solutions because they go beyond the power plan itself.

The White House described its new rule as “fair and flexible” because it allows states to decide how best to reduce greenhouse gases. The EPA plan calls for a 32 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2030. They are the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

But coal-dependent states will argue that changes to the law only authorized limits on specific sources of pollution, not statewide limits enforced from Washington.

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The impending legal battle will again feature a discussion of “glitches” and “drafting errors.”

When Congress amended the Clean Air Act in 1990, House and Senate lawmakers passed slightly different versions of one amendment. And somehow both ended up in the final version of the law.

One version seems to say that if power plants are regulated for hazardous pollutants, they may not be regulated separately through the state plans. The other version seems to say that pollutants like mercury can be regulated only once.

The EPA relies on the second version and argues that since greenhouse gases have not been regulated before, they can be regulated through state plans. The challengers say the agency is relying on a glitch in the law.

Alerted to the upcoming legal battle, the EPA made several late changes to its rules that could improve their prospects in court.

The agency postponed by two years – to 2018 – the deadline for states to submit a final plan to comply. This will make it harder for the coal-dependent states to convince judges they face imminent and irreparable harm if the new rules go into effect.

Environmentalists are confident the rules will survive. The Supreme Court agreed by a 5-4 vote in 2007 that greenhouse gases could be regulated as air pollutants under the Clean Air Act because they could “endanger the public welfare,” as the law put it.

But other experts in environmental law say the outcome is hard to predict. “EPA will not have smooth sailing,” said Harvard Law professor Richard Lazarus, noting that the high court’s June ruling against another clean-air rule came as a “dose of cold water” for environmental advocates.

Former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Lorenzen, who now represents some utilities, described the EPA’s new rule as “ambitious and untested.”

“Whether you are for or against it, it’s legally risky. It’s a novel application of a rarely used provision of the act,” Lorenzen said.

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The challengers will ask the D.C. circuit court to put the rule on hold this fall while the litigation moves forward. If that move fails, they will probably seek a stay from the Supreme Court.

In the end, whether this fall or a year or two from now, the outcome will likely turn on a close vote in the Supreme Court.

“The hardest legal issue for EPA is, honestly, how the whole plan is viewed by the swing vote,” said University of California, Los Angeles law professor Ann Carlson, referring to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

He cast a fifth vote in 2007 to uphold the initial attack on greenhouse gases, but he also cast a fifth vote in June to block the agency’s costly regulations of mercury and other hazardous pollutants.

“My guess is that EPA will be upheld,” Carlson said. “But it’s a bit of a wild card.”


A gallery of courtroom sketches keeps Miami legal history alive

For many young lawyers who dart down the halls of the criminal courthouse, the history of Miami-Dade’s legendary legal dramas — along with the names of famous lawyers and often infamous defendants — might ring unfamiliar.

There was Ted MacArthur, the ex-homicide detective who murdered his wife in 1989. Joseph Hickey, the son of a Miami judge, who tried to extort $2 million in a bizarre kidnapping hoax. And Al Seppe, the Miami judge who did 18 months prison in the notorious “Court Broom” judicial corruption scandal that erupted in 1991.

“It was the second biggest corruption scandal in the nation’s history and no one remembers it,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Diane Ward as she walked down a hallway behind her courtroom.

Thanks to Ward, the enduring images of those and other important trials — sketched in bold pastel strokes by South Florida court room artists – now hang in a hallway behind her fourth-floor courtroom at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building. For the judge and lawyers who recently loaned her framed sketches, the corridor has become a mini-museum documenting not only the cases of yesteryear but the fading art of courtroom sketching.

Once a thriving trade, it has largely disappeared along with the budgets of the news organizations that would commission work — a rare occasion now reserved for big trials in federal court, where cameras and recording devices are banned. And, because everybody is an art critic, the public mostly notices the work when a sketch isn’t quite right.

Last week, longtime New York artist Jane Rosenberg was widely lampooned for her zombie-like depiction of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a model-handsome star who was in federal court fighting his suspension for supposedly deflating footballs.

If anything, the sketch – which went viral on the Internet – underscored the fact that churning out accurate images of people in court is hard work. Lawyers and defendants are constantly moving. Vantage points may be limited. Hearings, especially arraignments, might be fleeting with little time to memorize the face.

Janet Hamlin, a New York based artist who sketches courtroom proceedings at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo, caught flack a few years ago after terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed complained about his likeness.

“Every court artist can commiserate,” Hamlin said of Rosenberg’s plight. “Nailing the likeness, there’s always going to be a day you didn’t quite get it.”

Miami’s primary courtroom sketch artist, Shirley Henderson, moved back to her native Georgia earlier this year after work all but dried up.

“The last of the Mohicans,” she calls herself. “I have done every major trial in federal court for the last 35 years. These are historical documents. I think it’s very important to record the trials.”

So far, nine drawings hang in Judge Ward’s hallway, some with labels explaining the trials. All but one depict criminal trials that unfolded in federal court.

In South Florida, the collection shows that the artists got it right more often than not. And they had a lot to work with – for decades, federal court here was among the busiest in the country.

Henderson documented many of the most important characters to come through Miami courts: Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega in 1991, Elian Gonzalez in 2000, the lawyers at the Florida hearings for the contested 2000 presidential election. Her last assignment: Anthony Bosch, the figure arrested last year in connection with the steroid scandal that rocked Major League Baseball.

Henderson’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions over the years, including one featuring 90 pieces at the Historical Museum of Miami. Some sketches are on permanent display at the University of Miami. Others are also at the iconic Joe’s Stone Crabs in South Beach.

“I still considered myself available, should it be worth the time and effort for a station to fly me in,” said Henderson, who lives in Savannah, Georgia.

And now her work is at the Gerstein courthouse.

Judge Ward started with sketches of herself during her defense days, and those featuring her husband, Miami defense attorney Ed O’Donnell. But soon, she began asking other lawyers to contribute sketches they had purchased over the years.

Defense lawyer Rod Vereen agreed. He represented Paul Hill, who murdered a doctor at an abortion clinic in Tallahassee in 1994, a case prosecuted under a then-new federal law.

Vereen, then a federal public defender there, represented Hill — or at least, mostly sat at his side while Hill represented himself. Vereen was sketched for the first time, a drawing that now hangs on the wall. Also depicted: Vereen at trial with Stanley Phanor, part of the so-called Liberty City Seven terrorists. Their lawyers succeeding in garnering two mistrials before a third jury convicted most of the men in 2009.

“We’re known for having some of the best litigators in the country,” Vereen said. “It’s an educational experience for these young lawyers to see the sketches and learn about the cases.”

Ward is hoping to one day to move the gallery to a place within easy view of the public. Right now, the hall is secured because it is by the several judges’ chambers. For that, she’ll need a few more lawyers to chip in sketches.

“These are historical documents,” Ward said. “They reflect the growth of the city and should be preserved.”


Padi returns home as legal battle continues

BRADENTON, Fla. — Padi the dog has returned home after an 11 week stay at Manatee County Animal Services.

Padi now resides at Dr. Paul Gartenberg’s Pet Clinic in Bradenton. The lab-mix was taken by animal control in June after biting a 4-year-old boy’s ear in the office.

Padi has been freed, but the legal battle will continue. Attorney Charlie Britt is working on an appeal that says the county was unconstitutional in their seizure of the dog. If a judge rules in favor, Britt says all charges will likely be dropped.

Padi is restricted to only go home with Gartenberg or to his clinic. The dog is not allowed to have contact with children unless a member of the Gartenberg family is supervising Padi.

Gartenberg says Padi’s current living conditions are better than having to live without him for the last 2 months.

“The last 11 weeks have been a living nightmare,” says Gartenberg. “I could live 100 years and never go through the same sequence of events that have happened with Padi.”

The Gartenberg family is now with their 2 year old lab-mix. Dr. Gartenberg says he drove home 7 hours from a vacation in the Keys to retrieve his dog upon hearing the news from his attorney of Padi’s release.

“When Charlie Britt called me and told me that the judge had signed the papers, I couldn’t hardly speak for a minute, it was like choking up and tears did come to my eyes for a minute, let me tell you,” remembers Gartenberg.

Britt spent days drafting up a court order to have Padi released while litigation continues. That order was approved by Manatee Judge Gilbert Smith Jr.

Workers at the Pet Clinic were excited to see their mascot return, and wore a special uniform in honor of the celebration.

“It was just so uplifting to see that Dr. Gartenberg has helped so many people save their animals, and it was just so great to see that they helped us save his animal,” says Pet Clinic employee Christine Nunley.

Padi will not be returning to his longtime role as clinic greeter, under the restrictions of his court order.

“I think that it’s an injustice to the animal; I mean here the animal’s been punished all along, and now he’s not even able to greet other people,” says longtime Pet Clinic customer Dorothy Foster. “This animal is so friendly, that’s part of his soul.”

Dr. Gartenberg credits Padi’s supporters for this victory. He hopes his family can return to a life of relative obscurity.

“The governor knows Padi, how likely is that?” jokes Gartenberg. “Two years ago this dog was chained to a tree and nobody cared much about him, now he’s perhaps the most beloved dog in the state.”


Montanore wins another legal battle

Montanore Minerals has cleared another legal hurdle, but this latest victory isn’t regulatory. United States District Judge Dana Christensen ended Montanore’s long-running legal battle with Arnold Bakie, Frank Duval and Optima Inc. Aug. 7.

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Navajo Nation plans legal action against EPA over contaminated water

Story highlights

  • The Navajo Nation is among the communities affected by the Gold King Mine spill
  • The Navajo president wants to take legal action against the EPA

The EPA, after all, is responsible for the spill of the toxic pollutants from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. The orange sludge flowed from the Animas River in Colorado into New Mexico, where it met and started following the San Juan River, a key source of water for Navajo communities.

Several political leaders have expressed outrage at the EPA spill and declared states of emergency, but the Navajo Nation is the first to say it will take legal action the federal government.

The spill will have a destructive impact on the ecosystems fed by the San Juan River that the Navajo culture depends on, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said at a community meeting this weekend.

“They are not going to get away with this,” Begaye said. “The EPA was right in the middle of the disaster, and we intend to make sure the Navajo Nation recovers every dollar it spends cleaning up this mess and every dollar it loses as a result of injuries to our precious Navajo natural resources.”

Begaye also instructed the Navajo Nation Department of Justice to take action against the EPA.

The EPA said it is helping provide water delivery to areas where water sources are contaminated, and the Navajo Nation utility company is sourcing its water from wells not affected.

“Navajo officials have reacted quickly, assessing their well fields and drinking and irrigation water intake systems and issuing a precautionary ‘do not use’ public service announcement regarding water from potentially impacted sources,” the EPA said in a statement this week.

Opinion: The real culprit

One area of concern is Shiprock, New Mexico, one of the largest farming communities for the Navajo Nation. The San Juan River is the main supply for irrigation in that area.

According to the EPA, the spill occurred when one of its teams was using heavy equipment to enter the Gold King Mine, a suspended mine north of Durango. Instead of entering the mine and beginning the process of pumping and treating the contaminated water inside as planned, the team accidentally caused it to flow into the nearby Animas.