More trouble for lawyers Guy Lewis and Michael Tein as the Herald reported here on the ten million dollars in fees that the Miccosukee tribe paid their law firm before relations went south.
In the legal malpractice lawsuit before Judge Rosa Rodriguez, the two embattled lawyers had denied that the tribe had paid them that amount of money. The tribe responded by filing over four hundred checks- copies of the front and back- ouch!- along with the allegation that the two lawyers were kicking back part of their fees to then tribe chairman Billy Cypress. Double ouch!
There's a world of difference between malpractice and kickbacks. The former is a civil issue, the latter is a crime. Triple ouch. Tis the season for repentance. Now might be the time to come to Jesus. (Sorry to mix religious metaphors so soon after Yom Kippur.)
Trial resumes in the horrible murder case arising out of the abduction of a young couple on south beach near the old Penrods. Joel Lebron is the defendant and accused trigger man. Testimony the other day was that he put a firearm to the head of the young woman and pulled the trigger twice but each time the gun misfired. The young woman begged for her life until the third time Lebron pulled the trigger and the gun fired. Allegations don't get much worse than that. You can follow all the developments with Herald Reporter David Ovalle's twitter feed: @Davidovalle305.
See You In Court.
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