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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were recruited to open fraudulent bank accounts in which stolen checks and money orders were deposited and the money withdrawn, usually by using ATMs.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 [...]

By |May 11th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Man’s family sues former lawyer alleging malpractice, wrongful death – WBAL Baltimore|

Harford man’s family files wrongful death suit against sheriff’s office, deputy – Baltimore Sun (blog)

The family of a Belcamp man, who died during a medical emergency in November 2011, is claiming in a multi-million-dollar wrongful death suit filed Tuesday that a Harford County sheriff’s deputy’s alleged order to stop a neighbor from performing CPR on the man directly led to his death.
The suit was filed in Harford County Circuit Court by the family of the late Rev. Bob Tompkins of the 1200 block of Magness Court in Belcamp, including his wife, Mary Larraine Tompkins, and his children, Matthew K. Tompkins, of the 200 block of Fairwood Road in Bel Air, and Amanda R. McMahan, of the 2200 block of Williams Lane in Havre de Grace. The defendants in the suit are the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and DFC Ronnell Webb.
According to the suit filed on behalf of the family by the Baltimore law firm of David Ellen, P.C., on Nov. 11, 2011, Michael Johnson, a neighbor, found Rev. Tompkins, who was 57, lying face down on the ground near Rev. Tompkins’ home and began CPR.

Deputy Webb arrived before paramedics and allegedly told Johnson to stop his resuscitation efforts, “despite the fact that witnesses attested Rev. Tompkins was responding favorably to CPR, was breathing and regaining color,” according to the suit.

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Rev. Tompkins died of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was transported by emergency medical personnel who arrived after the deputy, according to the suit.
“Had Mr. Johnson not been prevented by Defendant DFC Webb from continuing to provide CPR to Reverend Tompkins, he more than likely than not would have survived,” the suit claims.
The suit seeks damages on multiple counts on behalf of Rev. Tompkins’ [...]

By |August 15th, 2012|News|Comments Off on Harford man’s family files wrongful death suit against sheriff’s office, deputy – Baltimore Sun (blog)|