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USA: Dead inmate was disbarred Bay Area lawyer who often clashed with authority

April 11, 2017

Man Involved In SF Standoff Dies in Jail From Suspected Jump

A male inmate at the Elmwood Correctional Complex who died from a second-story fall in an apparent suicide was a former attorney disbarred for “frivolous litgation” and who clashed with law enforcement in at least two high-profile incidents, authorities said.

Patrick Missud, 48, was found early Saturday on the floor of a common area in the men’s wing, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, who added that his injuries were consistent with a fall from the upper level.

About an hour after the fall, which was reported at 4:48 a.m., Missud was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A Sheriff’s news release said all available evidence suggests Missud jumped with the “purpose of taking his own life.”

Missud had been in custody for 50 days since being remanded to jail during a Feb. 16 court appearance, on suspicion of attempted threats against a public official.

Two days earlier, Missud — a vocal critic of the county court system who routinely feuded with judges and other legal officials — caused the evacuation of the South County courthouse in Morgan Hill when he mailed court documents from an ongoing case and assorted medical equipment that raised the alarm of court deputies when tubes were detected by the X-ray scanner, according to the sheriff’s office.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/11/dead-inmate-was-disbarred-lawyer-who-often-clashed-with-authority/

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-04-11/california-inmate-who-apparently-killed-self-was-ex-lawyer

https://patch.com/california/milpitas/inmate-who-died-milpitas-jail-previously-involved-armed-sf-standoff

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-04-11/california-inmate-who-apparently-killed-self-was-ex-lawyer

https://www.ipethicslaw.com/after-a-decade-of-frivolous-litigation-ip-lawyer-finally-ousted-from-california-bar/

https://www.law360.com/articles/752478/disbarred-ip-atty-sanctioned-for-incomprehensible-appeal

China/USA: Calls Grow For Trump to Pressure China’s President on Human Rights At Summit

April 4, 2017

Jin Bianling (L), wife of disappeared rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, and ChinaAid head Bob Fu (R) ask U.S. help to locate Jiang, Washington D.C., Dec. 7, 2016.

The relatives of China’s detained human rights lawyers have written to U.S. President Donald Trump calling on him to raise Beijing’s human rights record during his forthcoming summit with President Xi Jinping in Florida on Thursday.

“We now know that they have been tortured, and we worry about whether they will live or die,” the relatives said of their loved ones. “We want to know how they are looking, and why they haven’t been allowed to meet with a lawyer for a year and eight months now.”

“We have never given up trying to find out the whereabouts of our loved ones, nor trying to help them,” the letter, addressed to President Trump at the White House, said.

“We have been detained several times … and beaten up by police because of our activities,” it said. “We have sent hundreds of letters and paid hundreds of visits, but it has all been to no avail.”

“We are writing to you, Mr. President, … because we know that under the present reality, there is no hope of a fair trial.”

Sixteen out of more than 300 human rights lawyers, activists, and law firm employees detained since July 2015 are still facing trial, while two have already been handed harsh sentences.

Request for demands

Jin Bianling, the U.S.-based wife of detained rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, said she had penned the letter, dated March 31, on behalf of all of the relatives of lawyers detained across China in a nationwide police operation since July 2015.

“This week, Trump will meet with Xi Jinping, so we are hoping that Trump can make some demands on China, such as releasing all of the innocent rights lawyers and other citizens detained in the July 2015 crackdown,” she said.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/summit-04042017110250.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/04/us-china-rights-abuse-overview-ahead-xi-trump-summit

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article142574654.html

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/apr/04/donald-trump-xi-jinping-abdel-fattah-el-sisi-human-rights

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2084648/call-trump-press-xi-human-rights-issues-summit

USA: Global Persecution of Lawyers (audio only)

March 21, 2017

New York City Bar

Description:
This panel focuses on governmental crackdowns on lawyers and judges across different regions. This type of crackdown can include harassment, disbarment, dismissal from official posts, threats to friends, family, and the lawyers themselves, close supervision and other threats to independence, inability to maintain lawyer-client confidentiality, and in extreme cases, targeted imprisonment or the killing of lawyers for representing their clients and judges for faithfully discharging their duties. The threat to the rule of law becomes substantial as governments move to take away the personal and professional rights of the lawyer and the judge as well as deprive individuals of their right to counsel and ability to assert their legal rights.

Panelists:
Melissa Hooper, Director of Human Rights and Civil Society, Human Rights First
Nate Schenkkan, Project Director for Nations in Transit, Freedom House
Liu Wei, Coordinator & Co-Founder, Public Interest Collaborative for Women Lawyers in China
Javier El-Hage, Chief Legal Officer, Human Rights Foundation
Ochoro Ottuno, Principal & General Counsel, LCN Capital LLC

Moderator:
Jerome A. Cohen, Professor, New York University School of Law

http://www.nycbar.org/media-listing/media/detail/global-persecution-of-lawyers

Turkey/USA: Annual Meeting 2016: ABA supports the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession in Turkey

August 9, 2016

The House of Delegates approves resolution 10B calling on the Government of Turkey to hold fair, impartial hearings before suspending any lawyer or judge from the bar or tribunal; and to commit to protect human rights during the 2016 Annual Meeting session on Aug. 9 in San Francisco. The resolution supports the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession and opposes any nation’s detention of individuals without charge or access to counsel.

http://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2016/08/annual_meeting_20165.html (VIDEO)

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/images/abanews/2016%20Annual%20Resolutions/10b.pdf (RESOLUTION)

Turkey/USA: Resolution of @ABAesq (American Bar Association) and @MassBar on independence of judiciary, mass arrest and dismissal of judges and lawyers

March 29, 2017

 

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USA: Global Persecution of Lawyers Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New York City Bar

Description:
This panel focuses on governmental crackdowns on lawyers and judges across different regions. This type of crackdown can include harassment, disbarment, dismissal from official posts, threats to friends, family, and the lawyers themselves, close supervision and other threats to independence, inability to maintain lawyer-client confidentiality, and in extreme cases, targeted imprisonment or the killing of lawyers for representing their clients and judges for faithfully discharging their duties. The threat to the rule of law becomes substantial as governments move to take away the personal and professional rights of the lawyer and the judge as well as deprive individuals of their right to counsel and ability to assert their legal rights.

Panelists:
Melissa Hooper, Director of Human Rights and Civil Society, Human Rights First
Nate Schenkkan, Project Director for Nations in Transit, Freedom House
Liu Wei, Coordinator & Co-Founder, Public Interest Collaborative for Women Lawyers in China
Javier El-Hage, Chief Legal Officer, Human Rights Foundation
Ochoro Ottuno, Principal & General Counsel, LCN Capital LLC

https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=INT032117&WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314

USA: President Trump plans to scrap US civil legal aid funding

Proposed cuts to US civil legal aid would be major blow to US justice

In his first draft budget since taking office, US President Donald Trump plans to scrap funding for civil legal aid. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) would see its current funding of $375m cut to zero.

Speaking exclusively to the IBA, the LSC’s current chair John Levi and former chair Frank Strickland condemn the proposed move. They argue that it would deal a major blow to low-income Americans who rely on the free legal assistance provided through the LSC.

Levi, appointed LSC chair by President Obama, and Strickland, who served under George W. Bush, stress the importance of meeting the unmet civil legal needs of Americans and fair justice for all.

http://www.ibanet.org/Podcasts/5685124.aspx