Now that Donald Trump has made his list of contributions to Veterans Associations public, what does he plan to do with all of his supporters who were promised to have their legal fees paid, for any issues caused during his rallies?
On February 1, 2016, at a rally in Iowa, Donald Trump came under fire from a mysterious flying tomato. Is was at this moment that Donald Trump urged his supporters to beat up anyone who looked like they may be getting ready to throw tomatoes. Donald Trump said, “Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise. They won’t be so much, because the courts agree with us too — what’s going on in this country.”
On February 22, 2016, Donald Trump said, “I’d like to punch him in the face,” when protesters interrupted his rally in Las Vegas. At this particular rally, he also spoke of how he missed the good old days when protesters would have been “carried out on a stretcher”.
On March 9, 2016, at a Trump Campaign rally in North Carolina, a protester and a supporter clashed causing the protester to allegedly be “sucker punched” in the face. Donald Trump stood up for John McGraw, a supporter of Trump. McGraw was charged with assault after he allegedly punched the protester, Rakeem Jones. While Trump did not condone the violence, he did say that Jones “was very taunting, he was very loud, very disruptive, and from what I understand he was sticking a certain finger up in the air.” Trump went on to say in an interview, “I want to see. The man got carried away, he was 78 years old, he obviously loves his country, and maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country.” It was at this point that Trump stated, “I want to see the full tape. But I don’t condone violence,” Trump said, adding of McGraw’s legal fees, “I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it, yes.”
A week prior, on March 1, 2016, Alvin Bamberger, a 75 year old senior citizen, attended one of Trump rallies that proceeded to get out of control. Bamberger, a veteran of the Korean War, was proudly wearing his Korean War Veteran Association hat, T-shirt and jacket. He arrived at the venue early to ensure he would get a good seat. At 75 years old, he was knocked down to the ground when the protesters rushed the stage. The crowd next to him was full of supporters and protesters pushing and shoving each other, and in a heated frenzy, after being pushed down to the ground himself, he pushed a young woman down the aisle, towards the exit after Trump repeated over and over “Get them out, Get them out.”
Alvin Bamberger is now being sued by some of the protesters and has reached out for help. He started a campaign on www.FundedJustice.com, a crowdfunding platform specific to those who need money to pay for legal fees. His current funding goal is $15,000, the money he will need to defend himself against the protesters in court. You can find his campaign here.
With all of these issues of violence, and after Donald Trump has said that he will pay the legal fees of anyone who is defending him from the protesters, should he be held accountable? Or should he be able to take the stance that he took on March 16, where he denied offering to pay legal fees. His stance has wavered after he was informed that paying the legal fees, may send the message that he condones the violence occurring at his rallies. Either way he goes, every community is hoping for peaceful, nonviolent rallies, as we get closer and closer to Mr. Trump starting over with rallies as he is named the official Republican Presidential Candidate.
Jerry Buting, former attorney for Steven Avery was interviewed on the podcast “The Docket, Making a Murderer After Show,” that interview was aired on 1/25/16. In that interview, Mr. Buting covered many aspects and opinions of his involvement in the case.
One of those opinions surrounded the issue of the biased jury pool. During the interview, he addressed the press conference given by the prosecutor right after Brenden Dassey’s “confession”. He as many of us expressed that the media coverage was improper and the press conference allowed “unethical poisoning of the jury pool.” Because this press conference was aired not only in Manitowoc County, but the entire state, it was virtually impossible to gain a fair and impartial jury; this opinion was proven when the juror surveys came back and 129 out of 130 potential jurors stated that they had heard about the case and believed Steven Avery was guilty. An interesting tidbit that was not clear in the Netflix series Making a Murderer, was that all of the jurors were in fact residents of Manitowoc County, only the trial itself was taking place in another county.
The media coverage and the press conferences had a damaging effect on the entire state. For instance, Wisconsin abolished the death penalty in 1853. In the spring after Steven’s arrest for Halbach’s murder, the death penalty was put on a ballot and passed; Wisconsin legislature did not pass the bill into law, and the death penalty is still not allowed. However, it is clear that the outrage of citizens believing in Avery’s guilt pre-trail biased their votes.
When asked about his feelings about the case Buting stated, “This case was the hardest case to disengage from” out of his entire career. “We were always underdogs”. It is understandable how he would need to take time to get back to any other cases.
Buting echoed some statements we make here at Funded Justice. Access to justice is costly and it should not be. He explained that the Public defender system in Wisconsin about 60% of its attorneys on staff who receive a salary. However, the other 40% are private attorneys who have agreed and are willing to take on the excess caseload at a fee of $40/hour. He also stated that when he arrived in Wisconsin 30 years ago that fee to private attorneys was $45/hour for work completed in court and $35/hour for work completed outside of work. The amount that private attorneys are paid to represent those who cannot afford attorneys based is only $40/hour. There’s no wonder the system fails so many and why the quality of attorneys who will accept to work as public defenders has gone down drastically.
Wrongful convictions are the downside to the failure of not having proper public defenders. Brett Combs currently sits wrongfully convicted and needing the public’s assistance to pay his legal fees. In his campaign onhttps://www.fundedjustice.com he states “How can you be at a crime scene when you are on video tape at another location?” one of the key pieces of evidence that failed him at trial due to lack of having a good attorney on his side. You can read more about his case here: https://www.fundedjustice.com/en/projects/27906-Brett-Combs—Wrongful-conviction—two-cases-in-one
Attorney client privilege is a phrase we all have heard more times than we can count. But what exactly is it and what how could it apply to your personal case?
“Attorney–client privilege is an American legal concept that protects certain communications between a client and his or her attorney and prevents the attorney from being compelled to testify to those communications in court.” Is the description Wikipedia gives us for attorney client privilege; this privilege being one of the oldest and most respected privileges that protect both client and attorney and the attorney’s staff. For the privilege to apply, however the communication must remain confidential. If the information under privilege is discussed between people outside of the case, the privilege may be extinguished. The real purpose around the attorney client privilege is so that the person requesting advice may feel as though they can speak freely with the attorney without fear that the attorney uncovers any of his or her secrets. The attorney cannot successfully argue a case without all of the information. Many times, that information is needed to only be given to the attorney so that they are aware of details or situations that may change the way they choose to bring the case in front of jury.
I am sure you are wondering how do you go about paying for an attorney, how do you go about obtaining this privilege so that you can get accurate advice for your personal legal situation. That is where Funded Justice comes in. FundedJustice.com is a crowdfunding platform specifically for raising funds for your legal issues. Once the campaign is submitted, FundedJustice’s worker bees get to it with spreading the word via Twitter/Facebook and other social media outlets. They also provide you with crowd funding links to share with your own friends and family members. Their goal is to help you raise awareness to your personal situation so that you can raise the money you need to pay for the retainer for the attorney you need.
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It doesn’t really make much sense when you think about it. Why does a bankruptcy attorney charge so much if he or she is already aware you are broke? I mean, you wouldn’t be sitting in their office trying to file for bankruptcy if you had extra money lying around, would you.
Yet, typically bankruptcy attorneys charge anyone from $1000 for a simple chapter 7 bankruptcy, to $5500 for a chapter 13 bankruptcy. Why are the legal fees so high? Because there is a ton of work involved in filing your bankruptcy, and the benefit you receive outweighs the cost. The average US household credit card debt is around $15,706. While that number is high, that is only credit card debt. If you have a repossession on your credit, medical bills, and any other unsecured debts, they all will be discharged in your bankruptcy. No more collection calls, no more garnishments or threatening bill collectors hounding you. From the moment you file, you are protected by the automatic stay which makes it illegal for your collectors to hound you.
I’m sure you are scratching your head right now saying that all sounds wonderful, but how do I pay for those legal fees a bankruptcy attorney charges, to get the benefits from filing for bankruptcy when I am broke?
A crowdfunding platform specifically for legal fees is taking over the web in an effort to help and to do good for the community. If you need a bankruptcy attorney, the chances are you don’t have friends or family members who can help you pay for the legal services. HOWEVER, you might know 100 people willing to give you $25, each which would cover the cost of your legal fees.
FundedJustice.com is easy to use, and is effective at gaining the support you need to fund your campaign for legal funds. They have made their website very user friendly, and go the extra mile for you. They actually market your campaign leaving the only thing left or you to do is to share the link to the campaign you created with your own social media. Funded Justice does the rest. From posts on social media to press releases and more, FundedJustice.com has a serious need to make sure you get your fair and just day in court.
If you need to raise funds for your legal issue find out more about Funded Justice.