Thursday, August 16, 2012

All In The Family

The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has ordered the disbarment of an attorney on these facts:

On August 12, 2010, the respondent pleaded guilty before the Honorable Bonnie Wittner, in Supreme Court, New York County, to attempted grand larceny in the second degree, in violation of Penal Laws ยงยง 110.00 and 155.40, a class D felony. On December 21, 2010, the respondent was sentenced to five years' probation, and directed to pay a $300 surcharge, a $50 DNA fee, and a $25 crime victim assessment fee, with an order of protection and other conditions. As revealed in the plea minutes, between the period from approximately June 20, 2008, through August 21, 2008, the respondent and another, acting together, attempted to extort in excess of $10 million from David Blitzer, the respondent's son-in-law.

New York Criminal Law Bolg reorted on the underlying criminal case:

Onetime Smurfs owner, lawyer Stuart Ross is in jail because of an alleged plot to extort over $11 million from his wealthy son-in-law David Blitzer. New York Daily News reports that his New York criminal defense attorney, Mr. Matthew Myers has said that Stuart Ross can't afford his $200,000 bail.

Stuart Ross allegedly thought he could get some money from his son-in-law by threatening to ruin his reputation. We all know that in-laws can sometimes be considered outlaws, but this father in law's alleged actions are a little obscene.

His New York criminal defense lawyer will have his work cut out for him because according to court documents, Stuart Ross didn't even spare his own daughter, Allison Blitzer. He allegedly told her that he hoped that her fetus dies while she was pregnant. His daughter also claims that he told her that the tombstone "should be carved with a vile obscenity."

I don't think Papa Smurf can salvage that relationship with his wisdom or magical brews.

It is claimed that when the threats against both the son-in-law and daughter got worse, Ross offered to leave them alone if they gave him $5.5 million. New York Daily News says that Judge Bonnie Wittner wrote: "These threats escalated to a point where Ross, through his attorney, defendant Jackson, told Blitzer's attorney, Roger Stavis, that for $5.5 million, Ross would not try to visit his daughter or grandchildren and would stop harassing Blitzer and contacting his business."

The Wall Street Journal had this story. (Mike Frisch)

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