Rabbi Morris Talansky was an American businessman who raised money for Israeli charities and politicians.
In July of 2007 the Rabbi, was accused by his former dentist a then 83 year old man, of assaulting him in a dental lab in front of others.
An investigation led by Mr. Bontempo ensued and unearthed witnesses who said the assault never occured.
In the meantime, Rabbi Talansky was called to testify in a Corruption case in Israel involving then Israeli Prime Minister Eruh Elmurt. Elmurt later stepped down as Prime Minister. With a criminal trial awaiting in Israel the NY Assault case took on International significance.
The Nassau District Attorney's office thereafter undertook a campaign to convict Rabbi Talansky and tried what appeared to be a very serious case of assult.
In the end however it turned out that the complainant appeared deluded and confused on the stand and that he had complained of injuries to his body that he said were caused by Talansky that he had had before the confrontation. Further police Testimony failed to hold up and the witnesses for the defense were able to convince the judge to acquit Rabbi Talansky on all 4 counts of the charge.
Philip David Schaub v. Olmsted County (MN) et al.
Dec 17, 2009
Verdict for Plaintiff in the aggegate sum of $1.5 Million Dollars
Plaintiff, a paraplegic from the chest down, was a work release prisoner in the Defendant's jail. He was refused medical attention at the jail, as part of the policy of the facility's policy of not treating Work Release prisoners. His cell though ADA compliant at the time of building, was not able to accommodate the plaintiff. The cell did not have a convenient call button, insufficient padding for beds, toilet, and showers, and lacked appropriate grab bars and other stabilizers to aid the plaintiff in transferring from wheelchair to toilet. The lack of appropriate pressure relieving mattresses caused open weeping pressure sores to appear on plaintiff's heels.
As a result of the grab bar failures plaintiff fell and splintered his Femur, leading to a floating hip and a number of deep bruises which became pressure sore ulcerations.
After falling, Plaintiff petitioned the sentencing court to change his sentence to one permitting home detention. The court sought advice from the Defendant Von Wald who at the time was Director of Adult Detention Center (the ADC). Her honor sought to find out if the jail could accommodate the plaintiff. Von Wald having been advised by the Plaintiff;s doctor, and by Plaintiff's affidavit in the Sentencing Modification Motion, that the situation was very dangerous, misled the court into thinking that the plaintiff would be allowed to bring in any mattress he needed even though he was also aware a pressure relieving mattress would not be allowed into the facility due to the Fire hazard it would introduce into the facility.
Plaintiff had to have surgery on his broken leg. After the court refused his request to amend the sentence, plaintiff returned to the jail but was now placed in Special Management Unit and could no longer see his own physician. This was in spite of the court''s order to permit him work release.
While in the care of the jail medical staff, the wounds on plaintiff's Buttock, Thigh and feet were observed but not addressed by ADC medical staff which allowed him to go untreated. His new cell was without any grab bars and plaintiff could not change position in bed. His sores became infected and after nine days he had to be rushed to the Mayo Clinic.
Plaintiff who previously was completely self sufficient now was bed ridden for over 4 years while his toxic ulcerations healed. He has been hospitalized numerous times and has had to have a number of surgeries.
The case was tried to Sr US District Court Judge James Rosenbaum (non-jury) in the US District Court of Minnesota sitting in Minneapolis. After 4 days of trial, the court found that plaintiff sustained injuries because of an 8th amendment violation and further found that the Director of the ADC, Defendant Von Wald mislead the Sentencing Court. He found that Von Wald and the medical staff at the ADC exhibited a deliberate indifference to plaintiff's needs.
The Court awarded the plaintiff $114K in compensatory damages, $100K for past and future pain and suffering and $750K in Punitive damages against Deft. Von Wald, and the ADC. Attorney fee application was granted granting lead Counsel Mr. Colleluori $600 dollars an hour in fees.
This is the largest verdict in a Jail house 1983 action in Minnesota history as well as the largest hourly attorney fee in the country at the time.
Luz Cardeno v. John Potter (Postmaster General of the United States of America)
Feb 25, 2010
Plaintiff verdict for $33,000.00
Luz Cardeno was a Flexible Part Time Mail Clerk for the US Postal Service. After complaining about disparate treatment and filing an EEOC Complaint, the original issue was settled and Luz who had separated from the USPS because of the treatment, returned to a new post office. Nearly immediately after her return, the USPS through their managerial staff began to retaliate against her denying her the opportunity to earn her full complement of hours as well as other failures.
Luz had started the law suit herself and the complaint limited what could be established on her behalf and how much she could sue for, however she did receive a Plaintiff's verdict in the sum of THIRTY THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($33,000.00) over 11 times the amount offered at settlement. Further when attorney's fees are figured in, the full cost to the USPS was over Eighty Thousand Dollars $80,000.00).
People v D.S.
Oct 23, 2014
Client was accused of Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Assault 3 on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. Jury Trial before the Hon. Rhonda Fisher NC Dist. Ct. (Nassau is a very hard place to beat a police officer, it is very conservative).