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S&L aftermath It was 15 years ago this month that the empire of financier Charles Keating unravelled. His Lincoln Savings & Loan filed for bankruptcy in April 1989. Within months, the Resolution Trust Corp., the government agency formed to manage assets from failed S&Ls, swooped down to lock the offices of Keating’s opulent Phoenician Hotel, which he was accused of building with life savings bilked from elderly junk-bond buyers. Bankruptcy lawyers dismembered the resort. Keating went to prison. The law firms Jones Day and Kaye Scholer, while denying any wrongdoing, paid millions to settle claims that they aided and abetted the fraud. The government bailout cost $2 billion plus. Today Keating is free, healthy and living in Phoenix. “I talk to Charlie all the time,” said Stephen C. Neal, the attorney Time dubbed “the legal Houdini” after he won reversals of Keating’s convictions. Neal joined the Palo Alto, Calif., firm Cooley Godward, which he now chairs. And the marble-encrusted Phoenician has become the watering hole for the lawyers of Arizona, who hold their annual state bar conventions there. Old Bailey, new technology Attention, Rumpole fans. Thanks go to J. Craig Williams, a business litigator with offices in Newport Beach, Calif., for passing along word of an intriguing new Internet archive. There are contemporary accounts of 45,000 trials held at the Old Bailey courthouse from December 1714 to December 1799, online at www.oldbaileyonline.org. It’s been up since March, and plans are to expand to 100,000 trials. A pair of historians created it from accounts in the true-crime tabloid of the era, The Proceedings, which was hot reading in London for 160 years.

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