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LOS ANGELES —� A federal judge has agreed to push back Stephen Yagman’s first day of prison to Jan. 29 after the noted civil rights lawyer requested more time following the death of his aunt in New York. Yagman, a partner at Yagman, Yagman & Reichmann, in Venice Beach, Calif., was scheduled to begin his three-year prison sentence on Jan. 15. In court filings earlier this week, Yagman asked to remain in New York until Jan. 14 after his aunt, Sydelle Rich, died earlier this month. In court papers, he told U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, for the Central District of California, that he needed more time to sit shiva, the seven days of mourning under Jewish tradition, as well as wind up his own legal practice. He also needed to handle the affairs of his uncle, William Smolek, who was Rich’s brother. Wilson granted the extension on Wednesday. Yagman was convicted last year on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud. As part of their case, federal agents have been seeking forfeiture funds from Yagman’s relatives, including Smolek and Rich. Yagman plans to self-surrender at a prison facility in Butner, N.C.

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