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Lawyer With Gambling Problem Takes a Gamble on a Lawsuit

Lawyer Arelia Margarita Taveras has a gambling problem. Several years back, she gambled nonstop for days at a time in casinos, losing around $1 million dollars, according to The Associated Press. And more recently, Taveras made a bet that she could recover her losses in a $20 million racketeering lawsuit filed against seven different casinos. It's a gamble that Taveras lost yesterday, with a federal judge dismissing her allegations that the casinos had a duty to stop her from gambling.

Taveras plans to appeal the decision, but other than this case, she won't be seen in court representing clients any time soon. As the AP notes, Taveras dipped into client escrow accounts to finance her gambling and as a result, was disbarred last June.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on September 23, 2008 at 01:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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