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Afternoon Briefs: New ACLU lawyer will get arrested; prime Chicago lawyer resigns after video uproar


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New ACLU lawyer is accused of firing gun at ex-wife’s automobile

A newly employed lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah was arrested for allegedly firing a gun at his ex-wife’s automobile on the nighttime of Dec. 18. Police stated the bullets fired by Aaron Kinikini, 45, hit each tires on the motive force’s aspect of the automobile. The ex-wife stated Kinikini stood behind her automobile to forestall her from leaving after she picked up the youngsters, in line with a police reserving affidavit. Kinikini instructed that police he fired his gun as a result of his ex-wife was driving at him at a excessive price of pace. Three of their kids had been passengers within the automobile. The ACLU of Utah introduced Kinikini’s hiring on Dec. 17. (The Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune, American Civil Liberties Union of Utah press release)

Chicago’s prime lawyer resigns after video uproar

Chicago company counsel Mark Flessner has resigned after the town tried to dam an area tv station from airing a video of a botched police raid. The video exhibits physique digital camera footage of police mistakenly raiding Anjanette Young’s residence whereas she ready for mattress. The bare lady instructed police greater than 40 occasions that they’d the fallacious residence. Flessner, a former associate at Holland & Knight, instructed the Chicago Tribune that he was resigning due to the “firestorm around the whole tape thing.” Flessner stated he didn’t attempt to cover the tape, however he did approve his deputies’ request to hunt sanctions in opposition to Young’s lawyer for allegedly violating a confidentiality order concerning the video. The sanctions request was later withdrawn. (The Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, NPR)

‘Monumental figure’ in Wisconsin judiciary dies at 87

Shirley Abrahamson, described as a “monumental figure in Wisconsin’s judiciary,” has died at age 87. Abrahamson died following a pancreatic most cancers analysis. She was the longest-serving justice on the court docket, serving practically 43 years, and was the court docket’s first feminine justice. Some referred to as the trailblazing liberal justice Wisconsin’s model of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In videotaped remarks for Abrahamson’s 2019 retirement ceremony, Ginsburg stated Abrahamson “contributed enormously to the advancement of women’s opportunities and well-being in the legal profession.” Another admirer and pal, former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, instructed the Associated Press that Abrahamson was “the warmest, funniest, dearest friend anyone could have.” (State Bar of Wisconsin press release, the Associated Press, the Wisconsin State Journal)

Perkins Coie adds 17 legal professionals from boutique agency

Seventeen white collar and monetary providers legal professionals are leaping to Perkins Coie from Richards Kibbe & Orbe, a boutique regulation agency in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. Among these making the transfer is Lee Richards, a co-founder at Richards Kibbe. Three different co-founders stay on the agency. (Perkins Coie press release, Law.com, Bloomberg Law)


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