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Bribery. Money laundering. Investment scams. Lawyers don't just represent folks accused of such crimes. They often are the accused. Here we've collected stories of lawyers accused of defrauding clients; judges charged with abusing their power; and individuals who've just plain gone off the rails with behavior so bizarre we can only wonder: "What were they thinking?" While some have been cleared of the charges, others have been reprimanded, sanctioned, or sent to jail. Their tales are funny, sad, weird -- and not to be missed.
A New Jersey surrogate judge has been suspended for two months without pay for improperly acting as fund-raising committee chairman for a legislative candidate and for driving drunk.
One of the first attorneys under investigation by the State Bar of California for inducing struggling homeowners to pay for fraudulent loan modification services pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges that he lent his former law license to others as part of the $12 million scheme.
A new trial has been ordered for a man convicted of aggravated child molestation after his defense attorneys told the judge they'd overheard the prosecutor confide to a juror after the trial that the victim had recanted his testimony on one of the two alleged incidents.
Max Ricardo Whitney did nothing on his client's case, squandered the fees, then obstructed the trial court when he was sued for malpractice.
The Fort Lauderdale attorney was convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the $830 million Ponzi scheme at Mutual Benefits Corp., a viatical company that failed in 2006.