An article from 2015:
Posted: 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015
More than five dozen Georgia judges have stepped down from the bench in disgrace since the state’s judicial watchdog agency began aggressively policing ethical conduct eight years ago.
More lately, however, the jurists aren’t just leaving the court in disgrace. Some are leaving in handcuffs.
Earlier this month, former North Georgia magistrate Bryant Cochran was sentenced to five years in prison by a federal judge who said Cochran had destroyed the public’s faith in the judiciary. In June, a one-time influential chief judge from Brunswick was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury. And a specially appointed district attorney is now considering similar charges against a former DeKalb judge.
These criminal prosecutions were brought after the state Judicial Qualifications Commission launched investigations of the judges. Instead of being allowed to step down from the bench and return to a law practice, these judges are hiring criminal defense lawyers.
“I don’t remember seeing anything like this — so many judges facing criminal prosecution,” said Norman Fletcher, former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. “I do think it puts a black cloud over the judiciary.”
Cobb County State Court Judge Glover Retired, crooked as they come.
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Becker forced off the bench, one of the most corrupt.
Georgia Supreme Court Barnes, allows and participates in the corruption.
DeKalb County Probate Court Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh, was corrupt when she was a clerk, ruling in place of Judge Marion Guess, with his knowledge, and even more corrupt as Probate Judge, retired early.
An attorney who handled one of my people, disbarred, he stole $50,000.00 from one of my people. Bad Lawyer, Bad Lawyer!!
IN THE MATTER OF RICHARD V. MERRITT
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0387
Used to work in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office as a prosecutor. Now he is the criminal. He voluntarily surrendered his license to the Bar, violation of Rule 1.15(I) is disbarment for first offense.
IN THE MATTER OF SAM LOUIS LEVINE
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0348
IN THE MATTER OF CHRISTOPHER AARON CORLEY
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0350
Suspended two years or longer depending upon how long his probation for wife beating lasts.
IN THE MATTER OF ANDRE KEITH SANDERS
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0383
Five year suspension, with conditions that Florida Bar must reinstate before GA will reinstate.
IN THE MATTER OF WALTER LINTON MOORE
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0559
Disbarred for viiolations of Bar Rules: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,1.5, 1.16, 3.2 and 9.3,
with multiple violations of 1.3, 1.4, 1.16, and 9.3.
IN THE MATTER OF NATALIE DAWN MAYS
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0315
Disbarred. Violations of Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.16, and 3.2
IN THE MATTER OF DONALD EDWARD SMART
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0511
Review panel reprimand for violations
of Rules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4.
IN THE MATTER OF ADAM LORENZO SMITH
Date: February 5, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0484
Pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, to the offense of conspiracy to commit bribery. Thereby, violated Rule 8.4 of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.
IN THE MATTER OF RICKY W. MORRIS, JR.
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: S17Y1329
Disbarred. After court hearing, the Assistant District Attorney, heard Morris, Jr. in the bathroom talking on the phone, attempting to buy drugs. When appeared at court following morning, seemed to be under the influence of controlled substance. Court requested a drug test which was declined, threatened the ADA with bodily harm. He was charged with Felony Intimidation of a Court Officer and Felony Terroristic Threats for threatening the ADA. Ended up pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and simple assault. Violations of Rules 1.2,(a), 1.3, 1.4, 1.16(d), 3.5(d), 4.1(a), 7.3(d), and 84(a)(4) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.
IN THE MATTER OF CLARENCE R. JOHNSON, JR.
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: S17Y1918
Six months suspension
IN THE MATTER OF CAMERON SHAHAB
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: S17Y2016
Disbarred for violations of 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.16, 3.2, 8.4(a)(4).
Doctor Claims Patient, Lawyers Stiffed Him After Winning $700K at Trial
The doctor, who claims he’s owed more than $200,000, also testified as an expert witness at his patient’s trial.
An Atlanta spine surgeon who sometimes works as an expert witness in personal injury cases has sued a former patient and his lawyers, claiming they stiffed him on $200,000 in medical bills after netting a $700,000 jury award.
The complaint filed Monday by Dr. James Chappuis, founder and CEO of Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery of Atlanta, said he’s owed $205,323 for more than two years of treatment provided to Shin Cho. Chappuis also testified as an expert witness at Cho’s trial.
It accuses Cho of using “pressure and misrepresentation” to convince a clinic staffer to accept just $7,500 as full payment of the debt and said the lawyers paid themselves and disbursed Cho’s net award from their trust account despite knowing Chappuis was still owed.
Even the debt Cho purportedly satisfied was “erroneous” and allegedly constituted less than a quarter of the actual sum owed to the doctor, according to the complaint.
Rice denied the suit’s allegations, pointing to a May 31 letter from Chappuis’ practice, saying Cho’s $7,500 payment satisfied his “current outstanding patient balance of $43,871.01.”
“Shortly after they sent that, they contacted us to say there was a ‘bookkeeping error’ and that Mr. Cho owed more than $205,000,” Rice said. “I retained outside counsel to get advice on what to do, and we told their office we were going to disburse the funds in two weeks, and that’s what we did.”
“I also contacted the Georgia bar, and they confirmed that that was the proper way to handle it, so we did all our due diligence before we distributed the money,” Rice said.
Rice said the doctor and his practice were already paid more than $100,000 by Cho’s insurer, and “Mr. Cho candidly feels that he doesn’t owe them anything.”
Schaefer said he was out of town and had not had a chance to review the complaint but was “not really sure why I’ve been named as a party.”
“Our official quote is that we stand by the complaint as drafted,” said Merritt, declining to discuss the case further.
On May 22, Cho was awarded $700,000 for claims that he developed back pain following a minor car wreck in Gwinnett County.
Rice told the Daily Report at the time that Cho drove away from the scene. He argued Cho, who already suffered at least three previous back injuries, was an “eggshell plaintiff” for whom even a low-impact wreck was dangerous.
Last year, Cho signed a “letter of protection” with Chappuis and his practice, agreeing to pay or have his attorneys pay “all outstanding medical bills” from funds accruing from the legal action, the complaint said.
The lawyers had previously worked with Chappuis on other cases and “knew the critical importance of the medical care being provided by [Chappuis], as it related to satisfying the burden of proof in proving causation and damages, and in the effectiveness of Plaintiff Chappuis’ testimony, as both a treating physician and a medical expert,” according to the complaint.
In fact, Rice sent Chappuis a congratulatory text message after the trial, saying the jury “liked you a lot and coming across as objective helped,” while they did not “buy” the defense expert’s “nonsense.”
But on May 31, Cho went to Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery’s main office and “through deliberate pressure and misrepresentation of the facts, convinced a clerical employee to accept $7,500 in satisfaction and payment in full of an alleged $43,871.01, which was erroneous, as the amount due and owing is $205,323.70,” according to the complaint.
The complaint said that, on June 17, Chappuis’ attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rice “specifically instructing him not to disburse any funds” until he and his practice had been paid. On June 30 a satisfaction of judgment was filed with the court, but Rice and Schaefer “intentionally disregarded their obligation to compensate” the plaintiffs.
The suit, filed Aug. 21, names Cho, Rice, Schaefer and the lawyers’ practices as defendants, and includes counts for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.
Rice said it is “unfortunate that the plaintiffs have chosen to bring both my firm and Mr. Shaefer’s firm into a matter that is moot,” and is also moot regarding Cho.
“To say the least, the lawsuit is disappointing, but in any event we will vigorously defend it, including seeking fees and costs,” Rice said.
Source: Daily Report
Name Of The Attorney: Attorney Richard Merritt
Name Of The Law Firm: Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds
I have a friend that was stung by Rich Merritt as well. He stole $50,000.00 of her settlement. He was hired to recover money after other entities had stung her on a program that was supposed to help her go from a school visa, to a permanent living situation here in the US. EBV5 immigration program. The others had stolen everything she had, including her home. In settlements, she agreed to less than what she wanted to settle for, but settled at Rich’s advice, then he stole $50,000.00 from her,
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You won’t see this in any GA Court! The Banks can do no wrong in GA!
Anyone who has followed foreclosure hell very closely knows who the Albertelli Firm is!
Miami Judge Sanctions Law Firm, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s Former Bank for ‘Frivolous’ Foreclosure
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s former bank and its attorney face a separate hearing to set punishment.
By Samantha Joseph | January 25, 2018 at 08:45 AM
Judge Pedro Echarte. Photo by Candace West
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Pedro P. Echarte Jr. sanctioned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s former bank, California-based OneWest Bank, and its law firm for filing a frivolous foreclosure against a widow.
The judge granted sanctions against the bank and its attorneys at Tampa-based Albertelli Law, which serves the financial services and mortgage banking industries from offices in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He found the law firm and its client bank prosecuted a frivolous foreclosure and will set a subsequent hearing to determine the penalty.
“I believe the court should impose sanctions sufficient to deter a company like OneWest Bank with $65 billion in assets and vindicate the integrity of the judiciary,” said homeowner attorney Bruce Jacobs of Jacobs Keeley in Miami. “They came after my client a month after her husband died and relentlessly pursued this foreclosure.”
Echarte’s ruling is the latest blow for the bank, which the California state attorney general’s consumer law section has accused of rampant foreclosure violations.
OneWest Bank is a division of CIT Bank N.A. Its co-founder is Mnuchin, who served as CEO from 2009 to 2015 when it was sold to CIT Group Inc. as the first bank merger for more $50 billion following the financial crisis. Before the merger, the bank allegedly engaged in “widespread misconduct,” violating notice and waiting period statutes, illegally backdating document, and rushing to foreclose on delinquent homeowners, according to reports by the investigative news site The Intercept.
In 2011, the Treasury Department, which Mnuchin now leads, entered a consent order against his bank for “unsafe or unsound” mortgage lending and foreclosure practices.
Echarte found the bank wrongly sought to foreclose on a reverse mortgage to Miami homeowner Gloria Leek-Tannenbaum.
Reverse mortgages are federally insured loans that allow qualified homeowners 62 and older to borrow against the equity in their property. Instead of making payments to lenders, homeowners receive loan proceeds. The loans deplete the equity and accumulate interest but don’t become due until borrowers move out, die, sell the property, or fail to pay property taxes and insurance.
OneWest Bank filed suit against Leek-Tannenbaum in March 2014, alleging she owed the full debt of nearly $490,000. Leek-Tannenbaum’s husband, Eugene Tannenbaum, died about six months earlier, and the bank argued the loan met the criteria for full repayment.
Arguing for the plaintiff at a bench trial in November, Albertelli Law attorney Margarita Trapaga said Leek-Tannenbaum signed the mortgage but not the note, and the sole borrower was dead. She claimed the widow also executed a nonborrower spouse ownership certification, acknowledging the bank had a right to foreclose if Tannenbaum died.
In contrast, Leek-Tannenbaum’s attorney painted a picture of a lender that once promised to halt the foreclosure but later reneged on that commitment.
“They beat a motion for summary judgment by telling the prior judge they would dismiss the case in 2016, asking only for proof she (Leek-Tannenbaum) lived in the property,” Jacobs wrote in a statement. “When they pressed forward anyway, I filed the §57.105 motion for sanctions.”
Florida law allows sanctions for attorneys who raise unsupported claims or defenses. Court documents show Jacobs wrote former Albertelli attorney Robert Bowen, informing him of the motion for sanctions and a 21-day statutory window to withdraw “unsupported” claims.
Bowen, Trapaga, Albertelli Law principals and OneWest Bank officials did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.
Court records point to hard-fought litigation with 152 docket entries, a bench trial and more than a dozen hearings and five-minute motion calendar sessions.
And Jacobs said the case is not yet over.
“Last we were told, they intended to pursue an appeal,” he said.