Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says confidentiality deal is void because he didn’t sign it-ABA Journal


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Updated: Porn star Stormy Daniels on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump that contends her confidentiality agreement is null and void because he didn’t sign it.

Stormy Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford, but the “hush agreement” referred to her as Peggy Peterson or “PP”, according to the suit [FULL TEXT], filed in California state court. The agreement referred to Trump as “David Dennison” or “DD.”

Trump didn’t sign the agreement “so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the hush agreement and Ms. Clifford,” according to the suit seeking a declaratory judgment. The Washington Post and the New York Times have coverage.

Despite the lack of a signature, Daniels received $130,000 under the agreement. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said last month that he used his own money to pay Daniels, “thus evidencing Mr. Cohen’s apparent position (at least in that context) that no binding agreement was in place,” the suit says.

Even if there were contractual obligations under the agreement, they were breached when Cohen spoke publicly to the media, the suit says.

Daniels also asserts alternate grounds to set aside the contract, including that it is unconscionable, illegal or a violation of public policy.


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Atheist Sues to Avoid Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment – CourtSide

By Ceylan Pumphrey, Esq.


According to Lindon’s complaint, he claims that in order successfully complete his probation and treatment, he was required to take part in Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. More specifically, Lindon claims that his failure to participate in the 12-step program would result in “incarceration or other detrimental consequences.”

Lindon’s specific issue with this program is that it’s dependent on belief in a “higher power” or a single God and “compelling any person to attend de facto religious services as a part of mandatory substance abuse treatment program is a predictable and systemic violation of constitutional law.” After objecting to the religious element of Alcoholics Anonymous program, Lindon claims that the staff at the treatment center refused to adjust his treatment plan.

You can read the full lawsuit below:

James Lindon Complaint by FindLaw on Scribd


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Tax Reform | Internal Revenue Service


Tax Reform Resources for Tax Professionals

To help the tax community understand the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the IRS has created a landing page on IRS.govhighlighting provisions of the new law. The page includes a “one-stop” listing of legal guidance, news releases and frequently asked questions related to the TCJA. The page will be frequently updated.

Also be sure to visit Basic Tools for Tax Professionals for information on your responsibilities as a tax pro, tools to file returns for your clients and more.

New York Slavery Records Index – Records of Enslaved Persons and Slave Holders in New York from 1525 though the Civil War

From John Jay College of Criminal Justice:

The New York Slavery Records Index is a searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and their owners, beginning as early as 1525 and ending during the Civil War.

Our data come from census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources. The index contains over 35,000 records and will continue to grow as our team of John Jay College professors and students locates and assembles data from additional sources.

Our goal is to deepen the understanding of slavery in New York by bringing together information that until now has been largely disconnected and difficult to access. This allows for searches that combine records from all indexed sources based on parameters such as the name of an owner, a place name, and date ranges.

To access the index or to learn more about its construction, use the navigation bar above:

  • SEARCH is the portal for inputting parameters to access particular records.
  • Search Instructions provides tips on how to get started.
  • Sources lists the types of records included in the index; bibliographic references; and all the database fields used to construct the index.
  • Project Team describes the faculty and students responsible for assembling and organizing the index.
  • Comments provides access to a survey for users to offer suggestions, identify additional records and collections of records to be indexed, and also to identify errors that we would correct.

Former Skadden Associate Charged in Mueller Probe | New York Law Journal

By Cogan Schneier

Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged Alex van der Zwaan, a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom associate and son-in-law of the Russian oligarch German Khan, of lying to investigators, according to a court filing.

Van der Zwaan faces charges of making false statements last November, according to a document filed in court last week and made public Tuesday. Van der Zwaan is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon. A Skadden spokeswoman said in an email that the firm fired van der Zwaan in 2017 and has been cooperating with authorities in connection with the matter.

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Special counsel Mueller indicts 13 Russians for election interference – The Washington Post

The Justice Department’s special counsel announced a sweeping indictment Friday of a notorious Russian group of Internet trolls — charging 13 individuals and three companies with a long-running scheme to criminally interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The Internet Research Agency, based in St. Petersburg, was named in the indictment as the hub of an ambitious effort to trick Americans online into following and promoting Russian-fed propaganda that pushed 2016 voters toward then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and away from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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Full text of the indictment…