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Lawyer Imposters Infiltrate Campaigns

Today's news brought tales of two lawyer-imposters with political ties on both sides of the aisle.  In Florida, Robert Charles Jones Brady, a twenty-something without a college degree who moved in top Republican circles, was charged with a scheme to defraud and six counts of unlicensed practice of law, according to this article in the Sun-Sentinel(11/20/07).  Brady bilked at least $50,000 from individuals, including a prominent cardiologist, who retained him for matters such as land use and zoning.  In fact, one of Brady's clients introduced him as an attorney to presidential candidate Fred Thompson, who fortunately, is already lawyered up.

Meanwhile, the Democrats aren't immune from fake lawyers either.  The Associated Press reports that Mauricio Celis, a Democratic campaign donor in Texas was released on $50,000 bail, after being indicted for impersonating a lawyer. Celis has a controlling interest in a Corpus Christi law firm, in violation of Texas law which prohibits non-lawyers from holding a stake in a law firm. Celis has contributed thousands of dollars to political candidates including Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

These two incidents prove what we already know about politics:  so many of the players are phony, even the lawyers.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on November 20, 2007 at 06:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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