What’s the Value of a Thing Bribed For?

The ABA recently noted a decision by the Seventh Circuit, ruling that since bribes paid to a Chicago zoning inspector didn’t reach a $5,000 threshold, he couldn’t be punished for taking them. The federal bribery statute bars agents of federally funded entities from taking anything of value for influence “in connection with any business, transaction,…

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Louisiana To Soon Have State’s First Black Chief Justice

On October 16, 2012, the Louisiana’s Supreme Court ruled that Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to become the panel’s chief justice at the end of January. Johnson will be the first African-American to sit in the chief justice’s seat. The state’s first Supreme Court was created in 1812. Visit the NPR website for…

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Texas Business Formation

Gary E. Patterson, P.C. has assisted many clients with their incorporation matters. Whether starting your own business, expanding your commercial presence, or making personal financial plans, it is important to ensure that you limit your personal liability, maximize your tax savings, and create a professional image for your clients, customers, and business associates. The attorneys…

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Misdemeanor Laws

Gary E. Patterson, P.C. defends people accused of all criminal misdemeanors. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by time in the county jail and are handled in county courts. You do not lose any civil rights for a misdemeanor conviction. Misdemeanors include simple assault, theft and DWI, first or second offense. There are 3 classes…

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FAQ of Independent Executors

Q: I was just named Independent Executor of someone’s will – what should I do? You should understand the importance of your job as independent executor of someone’s estate and the duties and powers that follow. You should also consult a qualified probate attorney since an independent executor acts in a fiduciary capacity, and failure…

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Social Media and Family Law Proceedings

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are quickly becoming a major player during divorce and child custody proceedings. These social sites which are often used to catch up with old friends, communicate with close friends through posted photos and status updates are becoming more and more important during divorce and child custody proceedings.…

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