Monthly Archives:' August 2013

New Report Highlights Questionable Spending in 2004 Illinois Supreme Court Election

In a recent report for the Center for American Progress, authors Billy Corriher and Brent DeBeaumont highlight allegations that State Farm violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in the 2004 Illinois Supreme Court election by secretly contributing to the campaign of Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier. Prior to the 2004 election, State Farm appealed a case to the Illinois Supreme Court in which they were ordered to pay over $1 billion for breaching a clause in their automobile insurance contract. The case, Avery v. State Farm, remained pending during the 2004 election cycle, during which State Farm and its employees contributed $350,000 to Justice Karmeier’s campaign. After winning the election, Justice Karmeier refused to recuse himself from the case, and in 2005, he joined the majority in overturning the ruling against State Farm.

Lawyer agrees to five-year suspension for advising client to clean up his Facebook photos

A Virginia lawyer who advised a plaintiff suing over the death of his wife to clean up his Facebook photos has agreed to a five-year suspension.

Matthew Murray was unavailable for comment on his suspension because he was volunteering with a group performing maintenance on the Appalachian Trail, relatives told the Daily Progress. The Legal Profession Blog notes the July 17 suspension order, published online on Aug. 2.