Friday, March 7, 2008

Murder ...

Today was interesting, I got to walk past a large group of reporters hovering the entrance to my firm.

My firm Kabateck Brown and Kellner shares the historic Engine Co. No. 28 building with Geragos & Geragos. This firm has done many high profile criminal cases including the Michael Jackson case I posted about before. Because of the firm's reputation, celebrities have been know roam the building at random times.

Today's press attention deals with an alleged murder that occurred 27 years ago. Kazuyoshi Miura is Japanese businessman who has been recently arrested in the United States. In 1981, his wife was shot and killed in a downtown LA parking lot. He claimed that street muggers were the culprits. It was latter found out that he took out a large life insurance policy on his wife. Eventually he was tried and convicted for the murder of his wife in a Japanese courtroom and sentenced to life in prison. He served 13 years in prison, but the Tokyo High Court overturned the conviction for technical legal reasons. In the interest of justice, American authorities decided to prosecute Miura and arrest him as soon as he set foot on U.S. jurisdiction. This happened on February 22, 2008.

Senior Partner Mark Geragos recently joined the defense team and will be working on squashing the original arrest warrant.

This brings me back to today. As Margarita and I left for lunch a group of reporters were waiting around for Garagos to make a statement, but were disappointed to see only two lowly law clerks leaving the building. Part of me wanted to gather the reporters and tell them that I was the official spokesman for Geragos, just to get on TV. That would of probably got me fired, good thing I didn't.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Making News ...

The firm I work for is again making news. Sadly this time it had nothing to do with me.

The Los Angeles Times reports that lawyers for Michael Jackson were awarded $20 million in a civil case against XtraJet. The company operates chartered planes and in 2003 was hired to transport Jackson and his attorneys to Los Angeles where the pop star was scheduled to turn himself in for child molestation charges. A secret camera was installed in the plane and recorded conversations protected under attorney/client privilege. The invasion of privacy resulted in large punitive damages against XtraJet.

Brian Kabateck, senior partner where I work represented Jackson's attorneys. Maybe this means I can get a new flat screen for my office.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Random Updates for This Week

My Flickr account reverted back to basic for a couple of days and many pictures were inaccessible. I finally gave up on trying to get Andy to pay his bet and purchased an extension to my pro account myself. All pictures should be back up.

New week's resolution. Don't miss any classes (missed way too many last week). Go to gym at least five times, I have been slacking.

J.D. has his birthday bash yesterday. Since I live 0.7 miles from the party, I walked, which allowed for greater freedom in the night's festivities. Pictures here.

I purchased my plane tickets for Nicaragua. I will be gone from June 22 to July 5th 2008. This should prove to be fun. I will be meeting up with many of the women in my life Becky, Rita, and Carmen. Oddly enough, Carmen will also be in town for a wedding. I am also having a hard time finding a good deal on car rentals down there. I will post a separate entry about this later.

Found this great quote:

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.

- George Orwell

So true, plus bonus points for mentioning cuttlefish. I find myself using big words whenever I want to conceal some truth. This post included. Oh well.