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AMAZING! THE MN CLIENT SECURITY BOARD HAS PAID 603 VICTIMS OVER 30 YEARS!

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The article below “Helping victims of lawyer dishonesty” was written by SUSAN HUMISTON, director of the MN Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and Client Securities Board.

Humiston took over the throne after Martin Cole retired in 2015, after nearly 10 years as director of the OLPR. ‘That’s a terrible job’: How this lawyer ended up director of the OLPR 

Helping victims of lawyer dishonesty 

(Can she really write that with a straight face? This is essentially an empty promise unless they have a political reason to go after the lawyer.)

Susan Humiston

Posted JUN 5 2017 by in PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Thirty years ago the Minnesota Supreme Court established the Client Security Fund to provide a funding source to pay victims of intentional lawyer dishonesty. It appears the genesis of the fund was the significant losses caused by two attorneys, Mark Sampson and John Flanagan, both of whom were disbarred in the late 1980s for misappropriation of client funds. The fund was initially created by a one-time $100 assessment of all lawyers (and a $145,000 gift from the Minnesota State Bar Association’s then-client security fund), and proved somewhat controversial to the extent that some lawyers did not like being required to pay money to cover the misconduct of other lawyers. (The legal profession stands alone in creating a voluntary system of restitution. Lawyers-unlike other professionals with access to client funds, such as stockbrokers and bankers-are not required to be insured or bonded  The board doesn’t cover losses from lawyer malpractice or negligence, only misappropriated money and property.)
~Elizabeth Amon~American Lawyer Media, The National Law Journal

Attorney Michelle MacDonald has been politically targeted for suing a judge and running for MN Supreme Court  in the 2014 and 2016 election. MacDonald attempted to expose the theft of her client’s money from previous attorneys. The outcome? The district court imposed monetary sanctions against her for issuing subpoenas to these attorneys to acquire billing information. She was also disciplined for other “transgressions” that were magnified and/or completely inaccurate. Michelle MacDonald receives ‘minimal’ discipline

The message to other attorneys is loud and clear….We can retaliate by disciplining you and destroy your career!

As of  April 16, 2017, the Client Security Board has paid the amazing sum (emphasis mine) of $7,700,642.97 to 603 victims of lawyer dishonesty. (That’s $25,668.81 per year – yet we know that the majority of attorneys charge a $10,000 retainer fee just to start a case.) 

While it is certainly disheartening to know that more than 170 lawyers over the past 30 years have stolen so much money from so many clients, I am very glad that the fund exists to repair a portion of that harm. As the director of both the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) and the Client Security Board (CSB), I see firsthand the tremendous harm to the public and the profession caused by lawyers who steal money from clients.

WHO ADMINISTERS THE FUND?  

The fund currently receives $12 from each attorney through the annual registration fee.1Thank you! While I can understand the concerns raised by the attorneys originally troubled by having to contribute to cover other’s misconduct, I believe the value to the profession and the public at large from a dedicated fund to make reparations for the harm caused by a few very bad apples (Again, emphasis mine) among us outweighs the nominal cost per year. (Come on, attorneys are going to bitch about 12 bucks a year? Clients pay that in parking in Mpls. just to consult with an attorney.)

The Client Security Board administers the fund, and is composed of five lawyers and two public members, all of whom serve without compensation. The Supreme Court appoints board members, and three of the five attorney members are nominated by the MSBA.2 The current board members are Robert Bauer (chair and MSBA nominee), Apple Valley; Greg Bistram, Minneapolis; Daniel Tollefson (MSBA nominee), Becker; Stuart Williams (MSBA nominee), Minneapolis; Kathleen Clarke Anderson (public member), Minneapolis; and Nancy Helmich (public member), Minneapolis. There is currently an opening for an attorney member on the board.

These individuals meet quarterly to review and consider claims, and in between meetings review substantial information regarding the claims. Staff from the OLPR provide administrative assistance to the board—including the investigation and analysis of claims—and the Attorney General’s Office (in particular Assistant Attorney General Scott Grosskreutz) provides litigation support to assist the board in pursuing its subrogation rights against the dishonest lawyers. Associate Justice David Stras is the Supreme Court liaison to the board.

Continue Reading: http://mnbenchbar.com/2017/06/helping-victims-of-lawyer-dishonesty/


Minnesota set a new record last year for punishing lawyers

Sixty-five lawyers were publicly disciplined last year, breaking the previous record of 55 set in 1990, the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board said in its annual report Friday.

Among other disciplinary actions, the Minnesota Supreme Court suspended 47 lawyers in 2015, smashing the previous record of 27, set in 1990 and matched in 1995 and 1996.

“I wish that we knew why there was a record year, but we don’t,” said Susan M. Humiston, who took over as director of the lawyers board office in March. “It really does appear to be the fact that more people were engaged in more serious conduct.”

The office has a backlog of complaints to investigate, although it has made progress in reducing that number.

Six attorneys were disbarred in 2015:

• Jeremy Thomas Kramer of Owatonna lost his license for misappropriating client money, neglecting their cases, failing to communicate with them, failing to deposit all of their money into trust accounts, keeping money they gave him for filing fees, and failing to return their property.

• Robert David Boedigheimer was found guilty of conspiring with his brother-in-law, a marijuana dealer based in southern Minnesota, to launder proceeds from drug sales through his St. Paul law firm.

• John Tedman Heim of Rochester was found guilty of forging a client’s signature on a check and depositing the proceeds into his own business account for his own personal benefit.

• David A. Overboe was found by clear and convincing evidence “to have had unwelcome sexual contact with multiple clients, including groping and exposing himself to them, and had offered to reduce his legal fees in exchange for sexual favors.” The alleged misconduct took place over 14 years. He also was found to have practiced law in North Dakota while his license was suspended.

• Douglas A. Ruhland of Eden Valley lost his license as a result of his seventh disciplinary action since 1989. He represented a client with whom he had a conflict of interest without providing written disclosures and obtaining written consent; he misappropriated client funds, he failed to keep trust account records and books and he failed to cooperate with the lawyers board investigators.

• Robert Andrew Huff lost his license in Minnesota after he was disbarred in Illinois, an action resulting from a 2009 conviction for conspiring to distribute a large cache of marijuana.

So far, 2016 is shaping up as another busy year for lawyers in trouble.

On Friday, Minneapolis attorney Paul Hansmeier dropped his opposition to pending disciplinary proceedings arising out of hundreds of so-called porn trolling lawsuits he and some colleagues filed nationwide. Hansmeier was accused of committing a fraud on the courts, and of making substantial misrepresentations in his pending bankruptcy petition. He and the board stipulated to a recommended four-year suspension of his law license.

As of June 14, the board reported 25 public disciplinary actions in 2016, including two disbarments, a dozen suspensions, nine reprimands that resulted in probation and two other reprimands.

The lawyers board investigates allegations of wrongdoing and takes positions on the cases, but the Minnesota Supreme Court makes all disciplinary decisions, said Humiston, who previously was with the Minneapolis law firm of Stinson Leonard Street.

“Misappropriation of client funds always leads to disbarment,” Humiston said. Sanctions for other kinds of serious misconduct are less predictable.

For instance, Todd Allen Duckson, who admitted to playing a key role in a scheme that defrauded hundreds of investors in a real estate investment fund, was suspended from the practice of law in 2015 for five years — after which he can apply for reinstatement.

Five other lawyers were suspended in 2015 for three years after they were convicted of felonies involving lying to federal officials, criminal sexual misconduct, online solicitation of a minor, and participation in a trust account scam.

Humiston declined to comment on why some felonies lead to disbarment while others result in suspensions.

“Those are decisions by the court,” she said.

Suspended lawyers seeking reinstatement must go through a rigorous process to prove they underwent a moral change and are fit to practice law, Humiston said, “and it can be difficult to show moral change.”

Humiston said the Supreme Court has indicated that it wants to clear the backlog of complaints, and the board has made progress in doing so, reducing the annual backlog from 650 at the start of 2015 to 528 by the end of the year. Between 70 and 80 percent of complaints are dismissed each year, with just under half dismissed without any investigation.

It can take a couple of years for a complaint to lead to a final order of discipline.

“It’s a concern,” Humiston said.

It can take about a year for the board to investigate serious complaints, and if the lawyer fights any resulting discipline, it can take about another year to get to a final decision by the Supreme Court.

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-set-a-new-record-last-year-for-punishing-lawyers/385278981/


I don’t know anything about the background of these attorneys, but I would assume they aren’t members of the “club”. These boards have a massive amount of power as they are structured with the regulatory powers of a government agency, yet are not subject to open meeting laws and public record requests because they’re actually private. They can make minor infractions sound egregious and minimize true criminal activities of attorneys and judges (Board on Judicial Standards).

They’re essentially granted a monopoly over the legal profession, and don’t need to perform very well since they have no competition and everything is secret.

 

Minnesota Nice

Family Helps Raise Walls on ‘Unity Build’ Sauk Rapids Home

By Chrissy Gaetke June 28, 2017 2:25 PM

"SAUK RAPIDS — Children will grow and many family memories will be made inside a new Habitat for Humanity house in Sauk Rapids.

The home is known as a “Unity Build.” Central MN Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager, Art Buhs says the house is designed to bring people of different backgrounds together.

“What we are trying to do is to bring peoples from different cultures, religions, any walk of life that we can to come and build and it’s working wonderfully.”

Habitat for Humanity crews along with the Muhamud-Omar family, which will be moving into the home, raised the walls of the house Wednesday afternoon.

Deeq Mohamud and Nasra Omar along with their six, soon to be seven, children will be moving into the home this November. Mohamud says he feels honored to move into such a caring and supportive community.

“It means everything, thank you so much to the great community and I really love to be apart of this great community in Sauk Rapids.”

Mohamud works as a bilingual communication specialist in the St. Cloud Area School District. Omar is a child care provider at a Somali day care in St. Cloud.

When completed the house will be about 2,000 square feet and will feature six bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The Unity Build home is on North Benton Drive in Sauk Rapids. It was designed by St. Cloud Technical and Community College student, Patrick Michael.

Read More: Family Helps Raise Walls on ‘Unity Build’ Sauk Rapids Home [PHOTOS]


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Comment from Tony Smith-MN

Turning your back on your Real Estate Tax paying Citizen neighbors is not nice, as Minnesotans and the assinine local media seem to thrive on proclaiming something to be “Minnesota nice” when in reality it is BABOONERY which is nothing more than “monkey see monkey do”!!!!

I am sure that these same Minnesotans must also say, “Well it must be OK —  if every one else is doing it!”

All I can say stupid is as stupid does!!  You are suffocating on your SCSU social engineers who are bringing you European Socilaism ala the Frankfurt Institute of Behavorial Research which opened its US branch as the Aspen Instritute in 1950, which has assumed control of both major political parties.  Today many refer to them simply as Socialist Party A & Socialist Party B!

Spineless politicians who spin in the wind are continuously turning their backs on the local body politic in pursuit of lobbyist cash and/or other trinkets as they simply dance to the tune of the shrillest organ grinder (highest bidder).  Tom Emmer, immediately comes to mind — as he has never earned nor deserved one vote from those who had elected Michelle Bachman four times to the office which, sadly, he now occupies.

The UN building in NYC has become the home office for Soviet spies and infiltrators in US since 1951, within just one year of the opening of the Aspen Institute.  Since that time, the Sovietization of America has gained a throttle grip on the throats of American Christian youth via public education, which marginalizes Christian faith at every potential opportunity while it simultaneously extolling the virtues (?) of the discovery of science. However, these same pseudo educators have apparently enshrined psychology and sociology (the studies of feelings and human reactions) as science, even though these studies are almost devoid of factual scientific evidence.

Although I have met a couple of male Minnesotans (GM) who can and do stand in the gap to be counted in this battle in America for our minds and hearts, most tend to cower in the shadows of the women who brought them to the battle.  I pray for those few ladies who exemplify by their genteel discipline that they are not ashamed of their Jehovah God given blessings of gender which He has bestowed upon them!  Those few (KJL) truly beautify this planet called Earth.  Meanwhile the LORD is truly looking for a few good men to stand with Him in this battle and to reign with Him in the Kingdom

My prayer is that I will never be known by the moniker of “Minnesta nice”, as to me, it simply means spineless!  Back sliding heifers is also another term which immediately comes to mind!! ts 06/29/17

President Trump Undermined by MN GOP

 

I’m not willing to give up…  give in…  or remain silent…  The smaller group of establishment activists in the MN GOP party are silencing the grassroots patriots ‘We the People.’  AJ Kern MN 6th District

President Trump undermined by Minnesota GOP: PART 1 – The Somali Party Affiliate

Corporate Media Busted Again!

American Pravda: CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative “bullsh*t”

ABORT WHITE BABIES

FEMINIST MAGAZINE DEMANDS WHITE WOMEN ABORT THEIR BABIES TO SOLVE RACISM

“The white family unit must be destroyed”

A feminist magazine is calling on white women to solve historical racism and white supremacy by aborting all their babies.

In an article entitled, Beyond Pro-Choice: The Solution to White Supremacy is White Abortion, writer Nicole Valentine blames “white families” for standing in the way of a “progressive society” by “initiating their parasitism” to exert “full dominion over the enslaved and oppressed people of color.”

“Whites are embedded from birth with the sense of common white identity, and this identity conditions them to replicate the white family unit, thus furthering the cycle of white supremacy in America. That is why the white family unit must be destroyed,” writes Valentine.

“White women: it is time to do your part! Your white children reinforce the white supremacist society that benefits you. If you claim to be progressive, and yet willingly birth white children by your own choice, you are a hypocrite. White women should be encouraged to abort their white children, and to use their freed-up time and resources to assist women of color who have no other choice but to raise their children,” she adds.

Valentine goes on to demand that white women also adopt black children “who have lost their parents to the destructive white supremacist society that you have enabled and encouraged.”

The magazine, which describes itself as being “dedicated to promoting diversity and multicultural values,” is loaded with other stories that border on being satirical, including “Women can’t be rapists,” “Childhood toys are racist!” and “It’s time to talk about Whitesplaining”.

The website’s “about us” page also blames “radical right wingers” as being “responsible for several hate crimes and terrorist attacks.” The writers are mostly “current and past students”.

Valentine’s argument that white women need to have more abortions because “women of color do not often have the same privilege to choose termination as do white women” is complete nonsense given that black children are aborted at three times the rate of white children.

The article received hundreds of negative comments, with respondents pointing out the blatantly racist tone of the piece.

“Sometimes I think there must be a contest going on in which the author of the most radical, insane, warped, twisted and fever-brained article will win a prize. If so, this hateful screed should surely win at least an honorable mention,” wrote Steve Biddle.

“If this is not incitement to genocide, I don’t know what it is. If you change the term “white” to anything else, it looks exactly like that no matter how you flip it,” remarked Victor Crainic.

https://www.infowars.com/feminist-magazine-demands-white-women-abort-their-babies-to-solve-racism/

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Community Leaders, Clergy & Elite Businessmen Busted in Massive Child Sex Ring – Hundreds Arrested

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A months-long investigation into child sex trafficking has led to the arrest of hundreds, including community leaders, clergy, and elite businessmen.

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Los Angeles, CA — As bogus news pushing the divisive two-party paradigm about which puppet politician said something stupid this week fills the airwaves, very real news is taking place and conveniently getting glossed over. This very real news involves very real victims — who happen to be innocent children.

This week, a massive operation came to a head that was carried out across Southern California which swept up 238 child predators and traffickers — including clergymen attempting to buy a 6-year-old boy.

Conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes against Children task force, “Operation Broken Heart III”  targeted offenders wanted for the sexual exploitation of children, child prostitution, sex tourism and possessing and distributing child pornography, said Deputy Chief Matt Blake of the Los Angeles Police Department, as reported by the LA Times.

The mass arrests were not made up of recluse pedophiles living in their mother’s basements either. In fact, much of the arrests involved high-profile figures throughout the community.

John Reynolds, acting special agent in charge for U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations said that among those arrested were entertainers, community leaders, white-collar professionals and clergy members.

As the Times reports, undercover agents met Quinn on a social media networking site, where he had communicated that he wanted to “meet up with a dad who shares his young one,” according to prosecutors.

“Quinn explained to the undercover agent he was hoping to meet ‘other pervs’ in the U.S. and ultimately agreed to pay a human trafficker $250 to provide him with a young boy with whom he could engage in illicit sex,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Since its inception in 2014, Operation Broken Heart has increased resources to law enforcement agencies and task forces which have resulted in thousands of arrests. It is one of 61 programs nationwide funded through the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

“The incidence of child sexual exploitation has reached staggering proportions,” he said at a news conference.

These are not your typical internet dwellers looking to prey on children online with images and pornography. These people are willing to cross the globe to purchase children for sex. What this exposes is the very real, elite, and extremely horrific market for children.

Sadly, the funding for the prevention of child sex trafficking is but a drop in the bucket to the $51 billion spent annually fighting a futile and immoral drug war.

Perhaps, if the US cared more about saving children from exploitation and trafficking, and less about kidnapping, caging, and killing people over arbitrary substances they choose to put into their own bodies, this epidemic level of pedophilia could be curbed.

However, as the Free Thought Project has reported numerous times, many of these sickos hold positions of power within high levels of the government. They have an incentive to protect their operation and can do so using the many corrupt pedophiles within law enforcement as their minions.

In case after case, the Free Thought Project reports on horrifying instances of child sex rings that were allowed to go on for decades because politicians — including heads of states — policemen, clergy, and others were all in on the sick game.

On multiple occasions, the Free Thought Project has reported interviews of former child sex trafficking victims who’ve all noted that they had nowhere to go as police and high-level politicians all took place in the abuse.

Hopefully, as the government’s war on drugs continues to crumble, people will wake up to the fact that rescuing a child from a rapist is far more important than catching some dude smoking a plant. Hopefully.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/community-leaders-clergy-elite-businessmen-arrested-in-massive-child-sex-trafficking-bust/

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.

Household Names Arrested In Hollywood Child Sex Trafficking Bust

 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is Leading the Fight Against the Deep State  and their Child-Sex-Trafficking. The DOJ combined with several local and state agencies have busted hundreds of pedophiles. According to the DOJ, some of the perps are household names, politicians, high ranking clergy and other people of note. This breaking story is contained in the video below.

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