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March 8th, 2022
Jan. 6 Panel has Tough Case to Make on Trump Criminal Conspiracy
Ethics & Professional Responsibility Litigation Partner John B. Harris was quoted in the article, “Jan. 6 Panel has Tough Case to Make on Trump Criminal Conspiracy” published by The Hill. The article discusses the Jan. 6 riot investigation committee’s investigation into the attack on the capital and the committee’s newest claim that Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy in his effort to overturn the 2020 election results. The filing by the committee looks to persuade a federal judge that it should be allowed to obtain Trump campaign attorney John Eastman’s communications. John B. Harris explains details could waver in a larger case against Trump because the department of justice would need to show he had intent to defraud as he carried out his plans. John says, “Here I think the problem is that if Trump's defense may be that he truly, truly believed these measures might be justifiable and decided to believe one set of advisers or another. The Government can bang on the table a lot say, ‘Well, you had more — and more credible — advisers on the side that said you need to stop this.’ And you had advisers using very strong language that it's illegal and unsupportable,” adding, “But if he had his own mindset that something terrible happened here … that creates a bit of a swamp and some murkiness that the government will have to deal with at a trial to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump did this knowing that it was all a sham.”
John, who specializes in attorney-client privilege, says that the question of whether the crime-fraud exception applies is not clear-cut. “To me, the tricky part of this is that Eastman apparently believed that as an academic theory what he was proposing about Pence or the electors was plausible. If that was something that he believed was a fair extension or interpretation of the law, that gives him some protection. It wouldn't automatically be a crime or fraud for him to propound an academic theory even if he believed that it was certain to lose.”
Read the full article here.
Lawyer Who Cited Bogus Legal Opinions From ChatGPT Pleads AI Ignorance
Courthouse News Service, New York Law Journal, and Law360 mention Tyler Maulsby, Ronald C. Minkoff, and Ashley Alger as counsel to attorney Steven Schwartz and Levidow Levidow, whose court filings included fake case citations generated by ChatGPT. Read more.
June 9 2023
Greenwashing in the Crosshairs: Regulators Around the Globe Take Aim
AdWeek quotes Jeffrey A. Greenbaum on the FTC's updated Green Guides guidance, which discourages U.S. brands from misleading consumers through false advertising. Read more.
May 31 2023
How GCs Can Handle Internal Pressure To Hire A Certain Firm
Law360 quotes Tyler Maulsby on potential ethics issues when general counsels are pressured to steer work to specific law firms. Read more.
May 16 2023