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LOS ANGELES � The criminal trial against civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman begins Wednesday in Los Angeles. Yagman, a partner at Venice Beach, Calif.-based Yagman & Yagman & Reichmann, faces charges unsealed one year ago that he failed to pay $158,000 in federal income taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and hid assets as part of bankruptcies filed on behalf of himself and his former firm, Yagman & Yagman. Yagman has pleaded not guilty. The government has charged Yagman with one count of tax evasion, one count of bankruptcy fraud and 17 counts of money laundering. The indictment alleges Yagman hid assets � such as legal fees and settlement checks � in various financial accounts, some in his girlfriend’s name. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the Central District of California declined to dismiss several of the counts against Yagman, who unsuccessfully attempted last fall to disqualify federal prosecutors from the case. Yagman has filed numerous cases against government entities, particularly the Los Angeles Police Department. He also filed one of the first federal suits on behalf of a detainee in Guant�namo Bay, Cuba. Last year, Yagman’s disciplinary action against U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, another jurist in the Central District of California, morphed into a high-profile Congressional debate over judicial misconduct.

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