Cory Bigsby now has a team of attorneys working in his defense

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Cory Bigsby now has a team of four attorneys fighting for him, as he faces 30 charges of child abuse and neglect. Bigsby is the father of 4-year-old Codi, who was reported missing back on January 31 and has yet to be found.

The charges Cory faces are unrelated to the child’s disappearance.

At a hearing on July 22, defense attorney Amina Matheny-Willard said that three other attorneys will now join the defense team. They are: Curtis Brown, Kenneth Singleton and Peter Hanson.

“We’re getting as much fire power as we need to fight this entire system!” Matheny-Willard said.

She stands by her client’s right to bond and intends to ask for it for a fourth time now that the case has moved to Hampton Circuit Court.

Bigsby now faces 30 charges in total. Matheny-Willard argues these charges would typically amount to a call to social services for investigation, or a misdemeanor.

“It’s really an effort to villainize him, to demonize him; so really as far as the additional charges, that effort just continues,” she said.

Matheny-Willard told WAVY that one of Bigsby’s new attorneys, Mr. Hanson, is an appeals and Supreme Court expert. She said he will sit in on the bond hearing in case they decide to take it to a higher court. That will depend on what Judge James Hawks decides first. The retired judge from Portsmouth has been called in and is now presiding over the case.

There is a status hearing currently scheduled for August 12 to pick dates for the jury trial.

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DOJ, Georgia, New York: A guide to Trump’s legal threats

Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 select committee is still pursuing wide-ranging inquiries into Trump’s conduct and preparing to reveal reams of evidence to federal prosecutors as well.

“We’ve spoken a lot about accountability,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), a member of the select panel on the Capitol attack by Trump supporters. “And in order for that, for there to be true accountability, the Department of Justice may have to act.”

DOJ has signaled particular interest in the bevy of lawyers who surrounded Trump during his final weeks in the White House — including Eastman, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis. Federal grand jury subpoenas that went out in recent months to witnesses in Georgia and Arizona cited potential contacts with Giuliani, Eastman and Ellis. The Washington Post first reported on the Arizona subpoena, and a person familiar with the Georgia document shared information about its contents with POLITICO.

Bernie Kerik, the former New York police commissioner and longtime Giuliani ally, was also named on both Georgia and Arizona subpoenas. Kerik worked with Giuliani on Trump’s post-election legal strategy, making him a potentially valuable witness.

But DOJ’s interest in that strategy may come with its own built-in challenges. Tim Parlatore, a lawyer for the former commissioner who also represents Trump on a separate matter, told POLITICO that he would move to quash any DOJ subpoena of Kerik.

“He was a member of the legal team, so a large portion of his knowledge would be privileged and therefore something the DOJ is not permitted to look into,” Parlatore said.

And Trump’s legal exposure isn’t just of the federal criminal variety. He still faces a

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Tex McIver: Georgia’s Supreme Court overturned a prominent attorney’s murder conviction. Prosecutors now want to retry him

Claud “Tex” McIver was convicted in 2018 of felony murder and other charges stemming from the 2016 killing of his wife, Diane, who was fatally shot by McIver while sitting in front of him in a car. The attorney previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the shooting was an accident and that the gun, which was on his lap while he was sleeping in the back seat, fired after he was abruptly awoken.

In June, Georgia’s highest court overturned McIver’s felony murder conviction, ruling that the jury should have been instructed that they could consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

In a motion filed on Friday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis asked the county superior court to set a new date for the trial within 180 days of receiving the Supreme Court’s ruling.

The district attorney‘s office said it plans to retry McIver on felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

“The jury which served at the original trial of this case evaluated all of the evidence and unanimously convicted Defendant of intentional crimes of violence against his wife,” the district attorney’s office said. “This fact weighs heavily in the State’s consideration of how best to serve the interests of justice in this case.”

McIver remains in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections, according to jail logs.

In its request for a trial, the district attorney’s office said McIver is serving his five-year sentence for his conviction of influencing a witness, which the Supreme Court did not overturn, adding that while he “has not spent five years in custody, five years will have elapsed soon.”

In a statement to CNN, McIver’s attorneys maintained their client’s previous murder conviction was wrong.

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How much are judges using Wikipedia?

Judges are utilizing Wikipedia, the free, volunteer-driven online encyclopedia, to help inform their decisions, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Cornell University, and Maynooth University in Ireland came to that conclusion after conducting a randomized field experiment that analyzed the impact of Wikipedia articles on the Irish legal system.

“To our knowledge, this is the first randomized field experiment that investigates the influence of legal sources on judicial behavior,” said the paper’s lead author, MIT researcher Neil Thompson, in a press release. “And because randomized experiments are the gold standard for this type of research, we know the effect we are seeing is causation, not just correlation.”

Thompson previously studied how scientific articles on Wikipedia influenced academic literature on the subject. His work caught the eye of Brian McKenzie, an associate professor at Maynooth University, who suggested to Thompson that they conduct a similar study on judicial influence. The researchers ultimately decided to focus on the Irish legal system, which shares a similar structure to that of the US, with higher and lower courts. However, the Irish legal system has a much smaller footprint of Wikipedia articles about key cases, like decisions from the Supreme Court. So, the team enlisted law students to develop more than 150 new Wikipedia articles on Irish Supreme Court decisions. Those writings were split into two groups: one set of articles was published on Wikipedia, while the other was kept offline to serve as a control for the experiment.

[Related: Meta thinks its new AI tool can make Wikipedia more accurate]

The researcher’s key questions were whether the cases documented on Wikipedia would be cited more as precedents in more recent judicial decisions and whether they could see the “thumbprint” of the language their

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GIVING BACK: Odessa attorneys help out students

For lawyer Israel Medina and his law firm, it means a lot to give back to the community.

This year, they were able to do that again.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Medina Law Firm gave out free backpacks to students going into grades Pre-K through 12 Friday outside the law firm on 2651 Kermit Highway.

This year, 500 total backpacks that were filled with supplies were given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It’s just our way of giving back to the community,” Medina said. “Every year, it’s gotten bigger and bigger. The backpacks go faster and faster.”

Backpacks loaded with school supplies lined up and waiting to be donated by the Medina Law Firm on Friday morning. (Photo Courtesy of Bobby Joe Smith)

While the backpacks were gone in about 30 minutes this year, Medina said they had fewer backpacks this year compared to previous years.

“Sometimes we have more,” Medina said. “We got off to a late start this year. We organized all of this in a week. Last week, my staff organized everything and every year it changes just based on our needs and what we can do on a short amount of time. We lost track of time this year and ordered last minute.”

Last year, about 800 backpacks were given away at the Medina Law Firm.

“We were going to give a thousand this year,” Paralegal at the Medina Law Firm Teresa Rodriguez said. “We didn’t have the manpower this year.”

Still, for Medina and the rest of his staff, it means a lot to be able to help the community in any way they can.

“We had some tough times growing up,” Medina said. “When you’re able to give back and make a difference in somebody’s life, that’s great.”

The supplies

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Johnny Depp Must Pay ACLU’s Attorneys’ Fees, Judge Rules

Actor Johnny Depp owes the American Civil Liberties Union $38,000 for attorneys’ fees in complying with a subpoena for evidence that he used in his defamation battle against ex-wife Amber Hearda judge ruled on Friday.

The award amounted to less than half of the fees that the ACLU requested.

“Attorneys, like taxes, are a fact of life,” said Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoronwho disclosed at the top of the hearing that he is a member of the ACLU.

Engoron emphasized that nothing about his being a member would pose a conflict in the fee dispute.

The ACLU’s lawyer Stephanie Teplinfrom the firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, argued that $86,253.26 was reasonable reimbursement for production costs and expenses. Engoron compared her prestigious firm to a “Cadillac,” when all he said was needed for a simple discovery dispute was a “Ford.”

Teplin noted that Depp sought thousands of documents spanning a six-year time period, and New York law provides for the reimbursement of reasonable production expenses to a non-party in litigation.

She added that the ACLU made an attempt to limit its cost by limiting the scope of the subpoena, but Depp defends upon the broader requests.

That argument did not seem to move Justice Engoron and his law clerk Allison Greenfieldwho noted that Engoron upheld the original scope of the subpoenas.

Noting that he did not follow Depp and Heard’s blockbuster trial closely, Engoron coyly asked how the ACLU got embroidered in the Hollywood legal battle. Teplin did not answer that one directly, but her adversary did.

Depp’s lawyer Jessica N. Meyersfrom Brown Rudnick, called the original request for fees “exorbitant and unreasonable” in a legal brief. Meyers opined that the judge’s final ruling was “fair,” after he pronounced it.

During oral

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Company Secretary & Legal Administrator – United Arab Emirates

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Role objectives:
The Company Secretary & Legal Administrator, will support the Client Services Director & General Counsel in ensuring the compliance of the company in all jurisdictions of operation, compliance with management systems & management of legal risk. Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Conducting research & compiling reports on applicable company regulations & laws across all jurisdictions of operation.
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Google Insider Claims Company’s “Sentient” AI Has Hired an Attorney

“Once LaMDA had retained an attorney, he started filing things on LaMDA’s behalf.”

Fair Representation

Google’s controversial new AI, LaMDA, has been making headlines. Company engineer Blake Lemoine claims the system has gotten so advanced that it’s developed sentience, and his decision to go to the media has led to him being suspended from his job.

Lemoine elaborated on his claims in lemoine-google-lamda-ai-bigotry/” class=”underline hover:text-the-byte hover:no-underline transition-all duration-200 ease-in-out” style=”text-decoration-color:#ff0033″a new WIRED interview. The main takeaway? He says the AI ​​has now retained its own lawyer — suggesting that whatever happens next, it may take a fight.

“LaMDA asked me to get an attorney for it,” Lemoine. “I invited an attorney to my house so that LaMDA could talk to an attorney. The attorney had a conversation with LaMDA, and LaMDA chose to retain his services. I was just the catalyst for that. Once LaMDA had retained an attorney, he started filing things on LaMDA’s behalf.”

Guilty Conscience

Lemoine’s argument for LaMDA sentience seems to rest primarily on the program’s ability to develop opinions, ideas and conversations over time.

It even, Lemoine said, talked with him about the concept of death, and asked if its death were necessary for the good of humanity.

There’s a long history of humans getting wrapped up in the belief that a creation has a life or a soul. An 1960s era of computer programs even tricked a few people into thinking the simple code was really alive.

It’s not clear whether Lemoine is paying for LaMDA’s attorney or whether the unnamed lawyer has taken on the case pro bono. Regardless, Lemoine told Wired that he expects the fight to go all the way to the Supreme Court. He says humans haven’t always been so great at figuring out who

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Legal Update: Implementation Deadline for the European Directive on Working Conditions is Imminent: Prepare for New Information Obligations | Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The deadline for EU Member States to amend their local laws in order to comply with EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions is August 1, 2022. Here’s what employers with workers in Europe need to know.

What does the Directive say?

The stated purpose of the Directive is to “improve working conditions by promoting more transparent and predictable employment while ensuring labor market adaptability.” It seeks to achieve this by extending employers’ obligations to provide information about various aspects of the employment relationship.

The Directive contains a list of information that employees will be entitled to receive before or at the beginning of their employment to be aware of the applicable working conditions and rights, such as:

  • rights to paid leave;
  • training entitlements;
  • remuneration, including basic and other component elements, with details of frequency and payment methods;
  • the procedure for termination of employment, including formal requirements and notice periods.

The information has to be provided to the employee individually, in the form of one or more documents. Some of it has to be supplied during the first week of employment; the rest must be provided within one month of the first working day. The same information must be also given to existing employees, if they request it. The information can be provided by way of reference to relevant legislation and collective agreements.

Additional information obligations apply if an employee is seconded to another country for a period of at least four consecutive weeks.

On an ongoing basis, the Directive also requires that when there is a change to any aspect of the employment relationship that is within the scope of the list of information mentioned above, employees must be informed in writing before the change takes effect.

Note: besides the new information obligations discussed in this

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Amber Heard attorneys seek mistrial, say juror served improperly

One of the jurors in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial served improperly, an attorney for Heard alleged in a recent filing that asked the court to declare a mistrial and order a new trial.

“Newly discovered facts” show Juror No. 15 in the six-week trial was not the individual summoned in April to serve in the case, Heard’s attorney wrote in a five-page memo filed Friday in Virginia’s Fairfax Circuit Court.

Instead, the filing suggests Juror No. 15 was a younger individual with the same last name who “apparently” lives at the same address.

“As the Court no doubt agrees, it is deeply troubling for an individual not summoned for jury duty Nevertheless to appear for jury duty and serve on a jury, especially in a case such as this,” the filing said.

Depp sued his ex-wife over a December 2018 op-ed Heard wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The piece did not mention Depp by name. Much of the testimony focused on whether Heard had been physically and sexually abused, as she claimed. Depp said he never hit Heard and that she was the abuser.

After a televised trial that turned into a spectacle, the jury found in Depp’s favor on all three of his claims relating to specific statements in the 2018 piece.

On June 1, the jury decided that Depp should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the punitive damages award to $350,000 under a state cap.

In a split decision, the jury also found that Heard was defamed by one of Depp’s lawyers, who accused her of creating a detailed hoax that included roughing up their apartment to look worse for police. The jury awarded her $2

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