Internal Church Documents Reveal Number of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse More Significant Than Diocese of Buffalo Previously Disclosed

September 14, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Internal Church Documents Reveal Number of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse More Significant Than Diocese of Buffalo Previously Disclosed

Over the last several weeks, WKBW 7 Eyewitness News has published three parts in their investigative series on Bishop Richard Malone’s handling of priests within the Diocese of Buffalo who have been accused of sexual abuse. I represent an individual who was sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Buffalo and 7 Eyewitness News interviewed me for parts of this investigative series. Part three of 7 Eyewitness News’ investigation, which was published on September 12th, reports on internal church documents that indicate the “scope of abuse” involving area priests may have been more significant than the diocese previously disclosed to the public. In March 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released of list of forty-two priests “who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor”. However, in the latest part of WKBW’s series, investigative reporter Charlie Specht chronicles internal church documents, including the...

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Document On How Local Catholic Church Reports Sex Abuse

September 4, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Document On How Local Catholic Church Reports Sex Abuse

I recently spoke to WGRZ for their report on a memorandum of understanding that was signed in 2003 by eight local district attorneys and the bishop of the catholic diocese. The document provided information on the reporting of sexual abuse involving minors.  Click the picture above for more and click the video below for the full report from WGRZ.

Lawsuit in Niagara County Takes Aim at Drug Companies for Opioid Addiction

September 4, 2018  |  IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Lawsuit in Niagara County Takes Aim at Drug Companies for Opioid Addiction

I provided legal analysis for WIVB on a recent class action lawsuit filed against several pharmaceutical companies.  The legal custodian of the 13-month old child, who was born addicted to opioids, has filed a class action lawsuit in Niagara County.  The lawsuit was filed against more than a dozen drug companies and claims the companies knowingly or negligently created the mother's addiction. The suit wants the drug companies to held financially liable for the child's ongoing medical costs and among other damages. Click the picture above for more information and click here for the full story including my legal analysis.

The NIH and FBI are Investigating the Covert Role of Foreign Governments in Relation to Domestic Research

August 27, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH & MISCONDUCT  |  Share

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have launched a joint initiative to investigate the covert influence of foreign entities on domestic research taking place in the United States. This initiative will have a potentially significant impact; resulting in the dissolution of research projects as well as the pursuit of civil and criminal investigations. Click the following link to read my full analysis on the potential implications this NIH and FBI investigation may have on researchers and research institutions, including: Federal Investigations; Institutional Administrative Investigations; Qui Tam or “Whistle-Blower” Lawsuits; and Criminal Implications including Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Espionage Related Offenses. Click here to read for a full analysis of this investigation the potential legal issues researchers and research institutions may face.

Legality of Omarosa’s Audio Recordings

August 15, 2018  |  CONSTITUTIONAL, CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legality of Omarosa's Audio Recordings

I spoke to TheWrap about the legality of the secret recordings made by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman. Click the image above for more information and click here for the full story.

Alex Jones Defamation Suits

August 15, 2018  |  IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Alex Jones Defamation Suits

I spoke to TheWrap about the defamation suits filed against InfoWars' Alex Jones, including some filed by the families of the victims in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. For more information, click the image above and click here for the full story.

Potential Sentence for Collins and Co-Defendants

August 13, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, ETHICS, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Potential Sentence for Collins and Co-Defendants

I spoke to the Buffalo News regarding the sentences that Congressman Chris Collins and his co-defendants could face if they are convicted of the charges filed against them and how their sentences might be determined. For more information, click the picture above and click here for the full story.

Congressman Chris Collins Indicted

August 10, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Congressman Chris Collins Indicted

Congressman Chris Collins’ indictment has been the subject of several news stories, both local and national, since it was announced. I spoke to WGRZ and WIVB about the indictment and the details that have been made available to the public. Click the image above for more information and click here for the full story.

Controversy Over Political Yard Sign

July 18, 2018  |  CONSTITUTIONAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Controversy Over Political Yard Sign

Town of Niagara resident Charles Lagreca was asked to get a permit for an "Impeach Trump" sign on his lawn. At a recent hearing, the town ruled that he was allowed to keep the sign up. I spoke to WIVB about the legality of towns prohibiting political yard signs and what people should know if they want to put signs in their lawns. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.

New York Attorney General Sues Donald J. Trump Foundation

June 20, 2018  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
New York Attorney General Sues Donald J. Trump Foundation

New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood is suing the Donald J. Trump Foundation for illegally using fundraising money to support the President's 2016 campaign. I spoke to WIVB about the case. Click the picture above for more and click here for the full story.