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Man’s family sues former lawyer alleging malpractice, wrongful death – WBAL Baltimore

The family of a man killed after federal prosecutors asked him to cooperate in a criminal case is suing his lawyer, alleging malpractice and wrongful death.

The suit alleges the lawyer breached attorney-client privilege and statements he made to one of his other clients led to murder.
Isiah Cortez Callaway was shot multiple times in April 2011, when he was lured to the 1700 block of Crystal Avenue in east Baltimore. Court records show it was a murder-for-hire scheme and those involved wanted Callaway dead because they worried he might be a witness against them in a federal identity theft and mail fraud case.
Callaway’s family claims the actions of his attorney, Larry Feldman, led to the 19-year-old’s death.
“He was executed because of the misconduct of an attorney,” attorney Steve Silverman said.
The Callaway family’s multimillion-dollar wrongful death and legal malpractice lawsuit, represented by Silverman, claims Feldman committed legal malpractice and engaged in other misconduct by failing to represent the best interests of his client, thereby causing that client, who was a witness against another client of Feldman’s, to be murdered.
“Mr. Callaway came to Mr. Feldman to try to get a lighter sentence in a minor case; what he ended up getting was a death sentence,” Silverman said.
Callaway was a bit player in the scheme in which the homeless drug dealers and others were recruited to open fraudulent bank accounts in which stolen checks and money orders were deposited and the money withdrawn, usually by using ATMs. Federal prosecutors had contacted Feldman to try and get Callaway’s cooperation.
The lawsuit alleges Feldman never mentioned that to Callaway. Instead, Feldman contacted the leader of the mail fraud scheme, Tavon Davis, and talked about [...]

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Suit alleging wrongful death of Fla. child left in day-care SUV promotes law – Sacramento Bee

MIAMI — Next week, 4-year-old Jordan Coleman would be in his classroom, finger-painting and learning how to write his name, along with other Pre-K students at Walker Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
But Jordan is dead.
Jordan, a bright little boy known as “the braided one,” and who loved to say “Hallelujah!” to just about everything, was found dead Aug. 1 in a scorching day-care center SUV, parked outside a Tamarac, Fla., apartment complex. The driver of the vehicle transported Jordan and seven other children to the complex, allegedly because the operators of his Sunrise, Fla., day-care center were trying to keep state inspectors from discovering they were over-capacity.
At a news conference announcing the filing of a wrongful death suit Friday, lawyers for Jordan’s mother, Fantasia Goldson, noted that suing the day-care center won’t prevent such tragedies from happening again.
“We don’t have the power to put someone out of business or to regulate the industry or bring about justice to those responsible,” said Stuart Grossman of Coral Gables, Fla. “It’s just unbelievable that you leave a child in a van and forget about him.”
He added that a simple $ 10 device that acts as an alarm could have saved Jordan’s life, but state legislators have failed to pass a bill proposed more than a year ago mandating the device for commercial day-care centers.
The law, introduced by state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, followed the death of 2-year-old Haile Brockington, whose lifeless body was found strapped into her seat in a Ford Econoline parked for more than five hours at her Delray Beach, Fla., day-care center in August 2010.
Jordan died Wednesday after workers for 3C’s Day Academy in [...]

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