This Week by the Numbers: 'Shop and Frisk,' Lawyer Bashing and 243 Pounds of Pot

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A Pennsylvania lawyer has hit a new low after the state Supreme Court sided with a disciplinary board and disbarred him for accepting a 243-pound shipment of marijuana from an undercover cop who posed as a UPS driver. Samuel Foley was convicted in 2011 of charges related to the incident. The disciplinary board’s report cited Foley’s lack of cooperation with law enforcement, and stated that he “did the opposite of accepting responsibility: He blamed his conviction on others.” The board was unconvinced by Foley’s assertions that he “simply signed for a package,” and that he had “an impaired sense of smell.”

 

$650,000

Retail giant Macy’s has reached a settlement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after a “shop and frisk” investigation into claims that store security employees targeted minority shoppers. Macy’s agreed to pay $650,000, implement new anti-racial profiling measures and appoint a compliance monitor to report to the AG’s office. Barneys New York recently agreed to a $525,000 settlement to resolve similar claims.

 

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Brownstone Law, an appellate firm in Florida, is in a battle with an anonymous person who sent letters to 42 state bar associations accusing the firm of various ethical violations. The perpetrator used the mailing address of another firm, NeJame Law, as the return address on the letters, and the two are working together to figure out who is behind the mess. The mysterious mailer did leave behind a clue — in the form of legalese. Lawyer Roddy Lanigan, who is representing Brownstone, said the wording and the nature of the allegations in the letter are “quite complicated,” and that “I don’t think you have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that it leads you to suspect that an attorney wrote them.” Brownstone is asking a federal judge to order the U.S. Postal Service to release video footage and records that may help crack the case.

 

$19.95

The cost of a t-shirt in the Folger Shakespeare Library gift shop in Washington, D.C., which features the oft-quoted line: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” The quote, spoken by the character of Dick the Butcher in “Henry VI, Part 2,” is a sore spot for a number of attorneys who want to set the record straight, arguing that it is taken out of context and isn’t really a dig against their profession. “Things with that quote on it always do well,” said the manager of the Shakespeare Library gift shop — only one of many retailers offering products emblazoned with the popular saying. “People are amused with the idea of bashing lawyers.” Some attorneys, including as David Epstein, aren’t laughing. “I’m a lawyer. I get the ‘humor,’ ” he told The Wall Street Journal. “ But I don’t like this target on my back.”

 

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