Scandal involving elite lawyers and judge is emerging
As is the case in most any scandal, this is shrouded in secrecy and greed.
When one thinks of a racketeer, one immediately thinks of the Italian Mob, the Russian Mob, the Asian Mob, and the street gangs of major inner-city thugs.
We also think of corrupt elements in government such as the former governors of Illinois and Louisiana who were convicted of numerous corruption charges.
While the FBI and other US agencies investigate and hopefully indict and incarcerate individuals who engage in a widespread pattern of corruption, there are a growing number of legal communities laden with corruption. From-small-town judges accepting bribes from the legal community to the 92 Chicago judges and lawyers indicted in the FBI’s Operation Greylord, corruption seems to be increasing at a rapid rate. What will come as a surprise to most of us is that Dallas, Texas, is emerging as a contender to join these ranks.
A group of three politically connected and associated lawyers have received a great deal of media attention recently when they allegedly extorted their wealthy client, Albert Hill , in order to extract $50 million from him. Known as the BAM lawyers, Lisa Blue, Charla Aldous and Stephen Malouf have been at the center of numerous instances of questionable ethics in allegedly harming their clients for their own personal gain.
The players are all intertwined in numerous cases, sharing proceeds from cases in which they are entangled. A federal district judge is also part of this collusive group. Judge Royal Furgeson, Malouf’s brother-in-law is alleged to have an improper financial arrangement with the BAM lawyer group. This improper Furgeson-BAM financial arrangement was brought to light in a Ctical Amicus curaie brief attempting to remove Furgeson from a case where he had conflict of interests. Here, it was uncovered that Furgeson received payments from “Salary, Partnership distribution, and Trust-Salary” from BAM lawyer, Malouf. Initially Furgeson concealed these financial connections in his disclosure report required by the Ethics in Government Act of I 978, later inexplicably amending the report to disclose these suspicious payments.
Similarly BAM lawyer Aldous has participated in a scandalous receivership imposed on another former client after she allegedly attempted to extort $7 million from him.
This case involves internet entrepreneur Jeff Baron, who Aldous represented for a short period of a few weeks. Inexplicably, Aldous suddenly quit and demanded that Baron pay her $7 million for a “contingency agreement” despite not having any such agreement.. When Baron questioned this demand, Aldous threatened Baron that she would destroy his lawsuit by intervening in the case, where Malouf’s brother in-law, Royal Furgeson presided. Emails show, incredibly, that Aldous literally discussed murdering Baron, while she was representing him, and crowed about how she would celebrate after the deed was done. No charges were ever brought against Aldous..
Once Aldous carried out her threat and intervened in Baron’s lawsuit demanding her fabricated $7 million fee, Judge Furgeson became enraged with Jeff and promised in open court to comply with his orders. He hurled threats from the bench, “ I’m telling you don’t screw with me. You are a fool, a fool, a fool, a fool to screw with a federal judge, and if you don’t understand that, I can make you understand it… I have the force of the Navy, Army, Marines and Navy behind me… you realize that order is an order of the Court. So any failure to comply with that order is contempt, punishable by lots of dollars, punishable by possible jail, death ”. and then expropriated all of Baron’s possessions for the benefit of Aldous and other lawyers, in the receivership.
A campaign has been started to bring these matters to the public’s attention. For additional information see articles written in the Texas Insider by John Griffing