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ProfNet Experts Available on Mueller Investigation, Medical Malpractice, Gold Prices, More
[December 05, 2018]

ProfNet Experts Available on Mueller Investigation, Medical Malpractice, Gold Prices, More

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Gamble v. US Can Impact the Prosecution of People of Color, Not Just the Mueller Investigation
  • Gamble v. US Has Very Little to Do With the Mueller Investigation and the Presidential Pardon Power
  • How Employers Can Avoid Holiday Party Hazards
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation
  • Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress
  • Gold and Crypto Prices


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  • Editor-in-Chief – Harper's Bazaar (Dubai)


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Gamble v. US Can Impact the Prosecution of People of Color, Not Just the Mueller Investigation
Justin Hansford
Executive Director, Howard University Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center; Associate Professor of Law and Civil Rights Activist
Howard University School of Law
On Federal Civil Rights enforcement: "From the Mike Brown case to so many others, we have seen the hesitance of local prosecutors to file charges when unarmed people of color are killed by law enforcement. Federal Civil Rights enforcement, when pursued faithfully, can send a message of accountability. Over 95% of local and elected prosecutors are white -- there is very little diversity in this department. Our amicus brief suggests that no matter the outcome, there should be a civil rights exception that allows the prosecution of violators of civil rights law even if arising out of the same state conduct."
On presidential pardons: "The court should not rule here to create a president's ability to pardon someone from a state criminal offense. I agree with those who say that Trump's power to pardon for 'offenses against the United States' doesn't include an offense against the State of New York, for example.  It would be hard to argue that when the pardon power was created, the intent was to give the president the power to overrule state convictions. This could have a seismic consequence. Of course, Trump could pardon himself and his associates from all crimes. On the progressive dreamer's side, a future president could engage in a mass pardon of hundreds of thousands of nonviolent offenders. It would be an unimaginable expansion of presidential powers that I highly doubt would take place."
Contact: Stephanie M. Guzmán,

Gamble v. US Has Very Little to Do With the Mueller Investigation and the Presidential Pardon Power
Adam Kurland
Professor of Law (with a concentration in Criminal Law and Evidence)
Howard University School of Law
On presidential pardons: "This case actually has very little to do with the Mueller investigation and the presidential pardon power. First, New York law already has a statute that limits some state prosecutions based on the same conduct as a prior federal prosecution. Second, if dual sovereignty is abolished, most state prosecutions could go forward if the state charge contained elements not found in the federal charge and vice versa. Mueller is certainly aware of this and many state charges could still be brought even after a federal pardon (e.g., a federal pardon of Manafort would probably present no obstacle for a state tax fraud prosecution of Manafort)."
On dual sovereignty: "If dual sovereignty is abolished, most police misconduct federal prosecutions would be unaffected because the main federal criminal civil rights statute would not be considered the 'same offense' as a state homicide prosecution. But other federal civil rights charges, such as federal hate crimes charges not related to police misconduct, could be affected by the abolishment of dual sovereignty. How the Civil Rights issues shake out will be far more consequential than how this case impacts on the pardon power. Abolishing dual sovereignty will inevitably result in legal uncertainty as other inherently related issues regarding federal civil rights enforcement will have to be addressed in fairly short order."

Contact: Stephanie M. Guzmán,

How Employers Can Avoid Holiday Party Hazards
Beth Zoller, JD
Legal Editor
New Jersey
'Tis the season for office holiday parties, and employers have a few things they should check twice. Says Zoller: "While a workplace holiday get-together may be a good idea to thank employees for a job well done and encourage camaraderie and good cheer, a festive celebration may carry a number of risks from employers. From potential harassment claims to religious discrimination to the increased risk of drinking and driving, an employer must be careful and take specific precautions in order to protect itself."
Zoller holds and Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and experienced in employment law, having represented employers in discrimination and harassment cases, contract disputes, and more. As Legal Editor, she covers employment issues, and has been quoted in publication such as The Huffington Post and Business Insider.
Contact: Beth Brody,

Medical Malpractice Litigation
Lloyd Bell
Founding Partner
Bell Law Firm
"The number of deaths each year from medical malpractice is equivalent to two commercial airliners full of passengers crashing every day for a year. Despite the large number of preventable deaths, only a small fraction of health care providers are ever held accountable because the surviving family members often do not realize malpractice has occurred."
Bell can speak to anything surrounding litigation in medical malpractice, misdiagnosis, wrong site surgeries, surgical errors and other types of medical negligence. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys in Medical Malpractice, and is a member of the Melvin M. Belli Society. He is based in Atlanta.
Contact: Lauren Shankman,

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress
John Dellaportas, co-chair, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice
Kelley Drye
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has plead guilty to a federal charge of lying to Congress, admitting that he misled federal lawmakers about a proposed deal to build a Trump Tower project in Moscow, something he was working on in 2015 and 2016 while President Donald Trump was running for the White House. He is expected to be sentenced to between four and five years in prison in December for his first federal case. It's unclear if the new guilty plea will involve more jail time. Cohen has publicly turned against President Trump since the FBI raided his home and offices in April. Says Dellaportas: "Today's plea deal is yet another process crime in which some witness supposedly lied about otherwise legal activity. Like virtually everything else that comes out of the Special Counsel's Office, the true goal appears to be to justify the Counsel's existence, and its limitless, taxpayer-funded budget. If I were Donald Trump's barber or driver or tennis instructor, I would go ahead and hire a lawyer now, because Mr. Mueller will soon be knocking at their door."
Dellaportas is co-chair of Kelley Drye's Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. He aggressively defends clients in shareholder class actions, and in civil enforcement actions and investigations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He also handles cases involving mergers and acquisitions, government contracts, commercial real estate and intellectual property matters. Dellaportas has represented many Madoff victims as well.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

Gold and Crypto Prices
Tyler Gallagher
Regal Assets
"Three things seem to be positively influencing the gold price, which is experiencing a five-week high. The price of the shiny metal seems to be benefiting from the increasingly dovish Fed and falling treasury yields, as well as the uncertainty surrounding the U.S./China trade relations and the plummeting cryptocurrency markets. Regarding interest rates, recent Fed comments didn't bode well with investors, as it seems to recognize the risk of a significant global slowdown. The recent Dow Jones drop is also a big tell that investors are unhappy with the China/U.S. trade war situation, after Trump announced a 90-day 'pause' in tariff changes until they can find an agreement. Lastly, falling crypto prices could also be sending a lot of alternative asset investors back on the 'gold train', so to speak, as the relative stability of the yellow metal's price is now being seen as a strength more than a weakness."
Gallagher, a Forbes Finance Council Member and YEC Member, is available to discuss gold & crypto prices, future outlook, how Trump's policies might affect these assets, and rules/regulations when it comes to investing in these asset classes through a retirement account (401k, IRA, SEP, TSP, 403b, etc.). He is based in Los Angeles.
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Contact: Amine Rahal,


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