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Betsy Andreu and Frankie Andreu Hereby Ask To Comment on Prima Facie Showing Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young and USDOJ’s Tony West Part of Financial Scheme Rendering West Susceptible to Extortion by Lance Armstrong’s Legal Team of Keker & Van Nest

Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu
Betsy and Frankie Andreu.  Betsy, who with her husband and former Armstrong teammate, Frank, accused the cycling champion of doping, said she was shocked by Birotte’s decision.  “Our legal system failed us,” she said. “This is what happens when you have a lot of money and you can buy attorneys who have people in high places in the Department of Justice.” (Image:courtesy photo)

Prima Facie showing of financial scheme involving Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young and USDOJ’s Tony West, below:

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.  Suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL

TLR has learned that a recent abrupt move by a politically-connected litigation boutique firm is the subject of an intense and comprehensive examination that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers.

According to sources seeking anonymity, the recent sudden departure of associate Christopher J.  Young (aka Chris Young) from San Francisco based Keker & Van Nest is viewed as a further attempt to conceal evidence in the mystery surrounding a sub rosa “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to the now defunct non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

As matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance of a sophisticated financial scheme executed in 2008 involving Democratic party operatives James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tulles & Olson (the current U.S. Ambassador to Australasia and friend of President Obama), Assistant Attorney General Derek Anthony West (aka Tony West), and Chris Young, as well as others to misuse the $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

The California Bar Foundation is maintained and controlled by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California — which is largely comprised of California Democratic Party operatives such as Shrimpscam’s Gwen Moore; Jeannine English — the wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Manger; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman, a partner at the firm of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and a partner at the firm of Democratic Party operative –  John Keker, the former prosecutor of Oliver North.

The State Bar of California — which is largely dominated by the California Democratic Party via Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese — has been involved in numerous financial scandals, the most notable of which involved the prolonged embezzlement of close to $900,000 by employee Sherri Pearl (who many believed was in cahoots with Executive Director Judy Johnson) , as well as the scandal involving Geoffrey Brown (former CPUC Commissioner) and Judy Johnson, as a result of which close to $30 million in  fines and settlements the CPUC imposed on utility companies was funneled to the California Consumer Protection Foundation (“CCPF”), an entity for which Judy Johnson secretly served as its president.

From there, CCPF funneled most of the money to ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles — Gwen Moore’s territory — and to an entity associated with Michael Shames in San Diego which is presently under grand jury investigation.

According to the sources, in 2007-2008:

–James Brosnahan, the self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” (and former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger), while associated with  Morrison & Foerster executed from behind the scenes a scheme known as CaliforniaALL, which collected “hush-hush” sub rosa funds totaling approximately $780,000 from the Foundation of the  State Bar of California.

–Chris Young, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

–Tony West, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee.

–Susan MacCormac, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, legally created the entity known as CaliforniaALL and served as its legal counsel.

–Annette Carnegie, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation during the period of the sub rosa transfer of the above-referenced $780,000.

–Jeffrey Bleich, while associated with Munger Tolles & Olsen, served as a member of both the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation’s board during the period of the sub rosa transfer of $780,000.  Bleich is a friend of President Obama who presently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.

Per the sources, and in addition to the above, other suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL.

In particular, sources have referenced as examples of suspicious circumstances the false and misleading claim by CaliforniaALL that it was the force behind the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine known as SAL UCI.  (This claim has been refuted by The Leslie Brodie Report.  Please see “The Make Believe Launching of SAL,” HERE).

Moreover, the source alluded to the fact that CaliforniaALL sought around 16,000 of deduction in its tax-return for “occupancy,” where in fact CaliforniaALL was housed pro-bono at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper.  Please see HERE and HERE.


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest. During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with Morrison & Foerster, Chris Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative. USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt. Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm. Similar to Tony West, Young is under scrutiny in connection with events surrounding both Lance Armstrong and sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


CaliforniaALL — entity created by Morrison & Foerster obtained “hush-hush” sub-rosa award of $774,247 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California (AKA California Bar Foundation)

Cal Bar Tax

2008 Scott Wylie

 

(L-R) Honoring Jeffrey Bleich 2007 Dinner Chairman James Brosnahan, Mark Bostick, Honoree Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Renaissance Superman), Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher

Mr. James J. Bronsnahan of Morrison & Foerster: “I was suddenly elevated from an infrequent contributor to Demo­cratic politicians to being the mastermind behind the Democratic Party.”

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)
Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL. Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law; Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia. Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo.

In 2008, KVN’s Chris Young was employed (as his confederate Tony West) at San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster , please see below:
Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 

Interestingly, Keker & Van Nest’s recently saw fit to remove the name of Chris Young from its web-site, please see below:

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

Nevertheless,  State Bar of California membership record provides that Chris Young is still an employee of KVN, please see below:

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012



Above (L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo’s James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar – son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters — attorney for Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown’s former paramour — Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California — Mr. Jon Streeter. (Image:courtesy photo)

In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

See below Cal Bar Foundation newsroom which makes no mention of the subrosa transfer of funds.

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines?” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

Serving on the board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) were State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, as well as Judy Johnson. See below:

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

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In Washington,USDOJ officials were aware beforehand Andre Birotte was planning to decline to prosecute Lance Armstrong(TLR Note:If one of DOJ Official is Tony West- BINGO – Prima Facie Evidence of Potential Blackmail)

In Washington, Justice Department officials were aware beforehand Andre Birotte was planning to decline to prosecute Lance Armstrong (TLR Note: If one of DOJ Official is Tony West = BINGO = Prima Facie Evidence/ Probable Cause to Beleive Blackmail of Tony West by Keker & Van Nest)

 

Source @:

In Washington, Justice Department officials were aware beforehand Mr. Birotte was planning to decline to prosecute, a person familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Birotte’s decision doesn’t preclude another jurisdiction from pursuing the case, though that now seems unlikely.

 

Mr. Birotte couldn’t be reached for comment.

“We cannot and will not discuss the internal deliberations and the basis on which the U.S. attorney, after consulting with his management team, made the decision not to proceed in the case,” said Mr. Mrozek, who added that “the decision was made [with] a full and fair consideration of all the relevant evidence and law.”

In the past, Mr. Armstrong has strongly denied using performing-enhancing drugs and has questioned the integrity and motives of his accusers.

“Character assassination is wrong. The rule of law has won out, and will win out again,” said Elliot Peters, a lawyer at Keker & Van Nest LLP who represents Mr. Armstrong.

Andre Birotte Re Lance Armstrong: “No Discussion” (TLR Note: Alternative theory to collision between Jon Streeter – Angela Davis May Be Keker & Van Nest Pressure/Blackmail of DOJ ‘s Tony West Re Sham Entity CaliforniaALL)

Andre Birotte Re Lance Armstrong:  “No Discussion” (TLR Note: Alternative theory to collision between Jon Streeter – Angela Davis May Be Keker & Van Nest Pressure/Blackmail of DOJ ‘s Tony West Re Sham Entity CaliforniaALL) 

Source @:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/did-u-s-attorneys-disagree-on-whether-to-clos…

The report then goes on to suggest that Birotte was unwilling to consult with his team further on the matter, saying “that his decision was final and that there would be no discussion” according to a source “close to the investigation”.

The two assistant U.S. attorneys in Los Angeles on the case, Douglas M. Miller and Mark Williams, declined to comment while Birotte could not be reached.

Cyclingnews spoke to a source who co-operated with the federal investigation. The source indicated that the NPR reports held weight.

“I talked to someone within the investigation but the reason why the case was shut down was due to a one-man decision. The evidence against those involved was absolutely overwhelming. They were going to be charged with a slew of crimes but for reasons unexplained he closed the case saying it wasn’t open for discussion,” the source said.

 

FBI, FDA, and USPS were ‘shocked, surprised and angered’ by Birotte decision Re Lance Armstrong (TLR Note: 1- Betsy Andreu may have been correct Re DOJ 2- John Keker, Jon Streeter and Angela Davis under mild scrutiny by TLR )

FBI, FDA, and U.S. Postal Service were ‘shocked, surprised and angered’ by U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. decision Re Lance Armstrong (TLR Note: 1- Betsy Andreu may have been correct Re DOJ  2- John kekerJon Streeter and Angela Davis under mild scrutiny by TLR )

 

Source:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/concerns-over-closure-of-federal-investigatio…

US radio station National Public Radio (NPR) has raised concerns over the decision that saw the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles close down a two-year investigation into allegations of fraud and doping that involved the US Postal Service Team and Lance Armstrong. Armstrong has denied ever taking performance enhancing and welcomed the decision to close the case. He may still face investigation from USADA.

NPR has alleged that sources in the FBI, FDA and US Postal Service were ‘shocked, surprised and angered’ and that federal authorities only had 30 minutes notice before the United States Attorney’s Office released a press release to the media on Friday afternoon.

According the NPR, sources indicated that charges were close to being brought against a number of individuals, which included fraud, witness tampering, mail fraud, and drug distribution. One source, NPR says, said there were ‘no weaknesses in the case’.

Andre Birotte Jr. – US Attorney for the Central District of California and Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker, Elliot Peters Hereby Asked to Disclose Role, If Any, of Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis in Inquiry of Doping Allegations Against Lance Armstrong

Andre Birotte Jr. , US Attorney for the Central District of California,  and Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker / Elliot Peters Hereby Asked to Disclose Role, If Any, of Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis in Inquiry Into Doping Allegations Against Lance Armstrong.

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting the parties directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any information may be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

Andre Birotte Jr. , US Attorney for the Central District of California, and Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker / Elliot Peters Hereby Asked to Disclose Role, If Any, of Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis in Inquiry Into Doping Allegations Against Lance Armstr

Andre Birotte Jr. , US Attorney for the Central District of California,  and Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker / Elliot Peters Hereby Asked to Disclose Role, If Any, of Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis in Inquiry Into Doping Allegations Against Lance Armstrong.

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting the parties directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any information may be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

TLR to Launch Journalistic Inquiry Into Allegations of Misconduct Leveled by Betsy Andreu Against US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. and Keker & Van Nest /John Keker/ Elliot Peters in Connection with Decision to Not Criminally Prosecute Lance Armstrong

Amid Suspicious Circumstances, The Leslie Brodie Report to Launch Journalistic Inquiry Into Allegations of Attorney Misconduct Leveled by Betsy Andreu Against US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. and  Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker and Elliot Peters in Connection with the Decision to Not  Criminally Prosecute Tour de France Champ Lance Armstrong.

The U.S. attorney who closed a nearly two-year investigation into the racing team of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong rejected a recommendation from his assistants that he pursue criminal charges in the case.

 A spokesman for the office said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. made the decision not to pursue a prosecution after reviewing the evidence and consulting with his top lieutenants.

 Investigators looked at whether Mr. Armstrong and other officials of his former U.S. Postal Service team may have committed fraud by collecting money from sponsors for winning the Tour de France while allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Betsy Andreu, who with her husband and former Armstrong teammate, Frank, accused the cycling champion of doping, said she was shocked by Birotte’s decision.

‘Our legal system failed us,’ she said. ‘This is what happens when you have a lot of money and you can buy attorneys who have people in high places in the Department of Justice.’

 

 

 

 

Prosecutors Were Split Over Lance Armstrong

The U.S. attorney who closed a nearly two-year investigation into the racing team of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong rejected a recommendation from his assistants that he pursue criminal charges in the case.

A spokesman for the office said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. made the decision not to pursue a prosecution after reviewing the evidence and consulting with his top lieutenants.

Investigators looked at whether Mr. Armstrong and other officials of his former U.S. Postal Service team may have committed fraud by collecting money from sponsors for winning the Tour de France while allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Keker & Van Nest’s Elliot Peters Says FBI Pursued Media Leak Complaint

Elliot Peters, an attorney in San Francisco at Keker & Van Nest LLP, said four members of Armstrong’s legal team, including himself and attorney John Keker, were interviewed in December by agents from Las Vegas about allegations that members of the “investigation’s inner circle” may have leaked information about the strategy of a grand jury investigation in Los Angeles and possible charges.

Please see:
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-07/lance-armstrong-lawyer-says-fbi-p…

Betsy Andreu accuses John Keker / Elliott Peters of Keker & Van Nest and U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. of grave misconduct as Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong will face no charges over doping allegations

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U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. announced in a press release that his office ‘is closing an investigation into allegations of federal criminal conduct by members and associates of a professional bicycle racing team owned in part by Lance Armstrong.’

He didn’t disclose the reason for the decision, though Birotte has used discretion in pursing high-profile criminal cases before. Last February, his office closed an investigation of mortgage giant Countrywide Financial Corp.

Betsy Andreu, who with her husband and former Armstrong teammate, Frank, accused the cycling champion of doping, said she was shocked by Birotte’s decision.

‘Our legal system failed us,’ she said. ‘This is what happens when you have a lot of money and you can buy attorneys who have people in high places in the Department of Justice.’

Please see complete story @:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096334/Tour-France-champ-Lance-Armst…

Lance Armstrong Story Reported Differently by French and American News Agencies

Armstrong’s new lawyers go after the feds – LA Observed

Lance Armstrong’s new legal team, led by John W. Keker of San Francisco, has filed a brief alleging the government has been leaking damaging information to “60 Minutes” and others about the former bicycling champion. The court papers filed in Los Angeles late last week cite especially the role of the government’s investigator, Jeff Novitzky. The brief complaining about leaks from the federal grand jury here was apparently provided to Politico’s Mike Allen.

The Armstrong motion says: “[T]he leading government advocate for the Armstrong investigation, Novitzky, was recently connected to an investigation riddled with leaks to the same reporters involved in this case, and has a documented history of over-reaching and disregarding individual’s [sic] privacy rights. …

“A grand jury is not a vehicle to facilitate government-sponsored campaigns of character assassination. … Someone … with regular access to grand jury information is routinely flouting the law requiring grand jury secrecy. … Over the past year, purported details of a grand jury investigation relating to Armstrong and professional cycling races in Europe have been deliberately leaked to the media on dozens of occasions … The leaks have rendered what should have been a closed investigation into a field day for reporters with access to the leaks, and an easy forum for whoever seeks to damage Armstrong’s reputation. …

Thom Mrozek, public affairs officer for the U.S. attorney’s office, replied that “the government has received the motion filed late last week and the government will file its opposition brief consistent with the briefing schedule that will be set by the District Court. Therefore, we will not comment on the assertions made in the motion at this time.”

John Keker of Keker & Van Nest Accuses Federal Government of Leaking Damaging Information

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A new legal team for Lance Armstrong, who is under investigation by a federal grand jury for allegations of organized doping, is going on the offensive against his pursuers, charging in a court filing that the cycling champion has been the victim of “character assassination” through leaks and pointing the finger at government investigator Jeff Novitzky.

“Each leak has been designed to propagate public support for this investigation by smearing Armstrong and tarnishing his reputation,” says the 20-page motion, filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, where the grand jury is sitting. “These circumstances are crying out for an investigation.”

The Armstrong motion says: “[T]he leading government advocate for the Armstrong investigation, Novitzky, was recently connected to an investigation riddled with leaks to the same reporters involved in this case, and has a documented history of over-reaching and disregarding individual’s [sic] privacy rights. …

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59234.html#ixzz1SZPYQ5Mv

State Bar of California Board of Governors Asked to Probe Alleged Irregularities Sorrounding Public Member Jeannine English as TLR Visits the Principality of Monaco

Monaco — a sovereign city state on the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera). Located in Monaco is the city of Monte Carlo — widely known for its casino and the Monaco Grand Prix, a Formula One race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. In a civil action filed against Attorney Howard Dickstein, spouse of State Bar of California BOG member Jeannine English, it was alleged Dickstein engaged in “a course of dealing that involved breaches of trust and violations of duties of the most basic, and, indeed, sacred kind.” Including, but not limited to, using the client’s plane for personal trips to the south of France, Big Sur and Grand Prix events in Monte Carlo and Montreal for which he owes the client $1.2 million. (Photo:courtesy of germanexotics.com)

With an unclear agenda, demoralized, and a looming election, the State Bar of California Board of Governors now faces the unpleasant prospect of probing one of its own.

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned the Board of Governors (“BOG”) has been asked to investigate alleged irregularities surrounding public member Jeannine English and her spouse — tribal gambling attorney Howard Dickstein.

 

Ms. Jeannine English, public member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors. Loyal to her name, Ms. English drives BMFQ Aston Martin. Howard Dickstein, discerning and discriminating, is a devotee of Ferraris. Ms. English was named a public member of the State Bar Board of Governors in 2006 by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

In addition, the BOG was asked to inquire about a $900,000.00 cy pres award involving Girardi & Keese and the California wing of the AARP, where Ms. English serves as president. According to confidential sources, State Bar establishment was shocked by the scope and magnitude of the revelations.

The underlying events involve the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians (“Rumsey”) which consists of 40 adult members who reside in Brooks, California. Attorney Howard Dickstein, a pioneer in tribal gambling law and the spouse of Ms. English, helped dig the tribe out of poverty. From a fledgling bingo business to what is now a thriving establishment known as “Cache Creek Casino.”

In and about 2007, and in addition to the services offered by Mr. Dickstein, Ms. Jeanine English and her company — Jeanine English & Associates — were also conducting business with Rumsey, by which lobbying and consulting services were purveyed by Ms. English.

Toward the end of 2007, Rumsey — represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy — filed a suit in Yolo County Superior Court against Howard Dickstein and Jane Zerbi of Dickstein & Zerbi and Arlen Opper, a financial consultant, accusing them of unjustly enriching themselves with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade

 

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Mr. Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest. Presently,Peters, along with partners John Keker and Jan Little (spouse of Prof. Rory Little),are in the midst of fighting a RICO suit filed by Chevron against attorney Steven Donziger. Peters also represents Lance Armstrong who demands an on-air apology from “60 Minutes.” (photo: courtesy amlawdaily.typepad.com)

In statements to the media, Howard Dickstein referred to the allegations as a “pack of lies,” while disparaging his client. Dickstein also stated that he plans to fight the suit and “fight hard.”  Appearing on behalf of defendant Dickstein was Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest.

In addition, and according to the sources, the BOG was also asked to inquire about a plan by which a cy pres amount of $900,000 will be funneled to the AARP of California from a class action in which the law offices of Girardi & Keese serves as counsel. (Attridge v. Visa Case No. CGC-04-436920).

Jeanine English serves as the President of the AARP’s California branch, and is also involved with the AARP on a national level. According to the sources, while the sums will not go directly to Ms. English, they will indirectly benefit her vis-a-vis the associated prestige resulting from successful fund raising efforts.

Hence, the sources maintain, the lack of disclosure regarding the proposed cy pres is alarming, especially considering events relating to the State Bar’s handling of grave misconduct by Girardi & Keese in the Dole matter, and subsequent events involving Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk and Douglas Winthrop.

John Keker and Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest to Represent Lance Armstrong | Sport | guardian.co.uk

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