Attorney bribery in Question
Started by smithsonian23 , Yesterday, 09:43 AM
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Posted Yesterday, 09:43 AM
I went through a custody battle in 2008, Oklahoma. The main issue of the case was child support. I was seeking it after over a year seperated, sharing joint custody with no child support, so father responding by asking for custody. My sister worked for an attorney whom I knew very well, I'd worked part time in his office for my sister while she was completing morning classes in her last semester of college. But I'd known him (the attorney) for at least 5 years before this case ever started. At first he said it would be a conflict of interest to represent me bc his children went to the same private school as my ex's brother. So I hired an attorney I found in the phone book. She told me the case was very open and shut, it was just about child support and there was nothing to worry about. While I agreed with her on this, I was becoming concerned with all the allegations being thrown at me, depositions, etc., While my attorney was doing nothing but filing papers. My sisters boss was keeping tabs on the proceedings and starting telling her (my sister) how absurd my attorney was acting, how ludacriss my ex's actions were, etc. (As things were getting very heated) He urged her to have me fire my attorney and hire him. So I did. And at the time, I thought he genuinely cared about the outcome. However, he did much of the same as my previous attorney. He held one deposition and sent a discovery. Both of which only helped my ex prepare his story even better. End of story, I lost. I had previously been my son's sole provider, his home base, his main parent. I was in disbelief how this could happen.
The case is obviously 5 years old, but small details have come out here and there that lead me to believe something with the trial went awry. Let me list them. I'm sure I'll be told its all unfounded or okay ethically, but I'd like to get it out there anyway.
My attorney said to me I was set up. He said it in passing, almost web link consoling me, at time seemed trivial, but added to the rest:
Wasn't aware my attorney was hired to handle a non-contested divorce case for my ex's brother (the one who's children went to school together) at the same time as my case. He was also hired to do a bankrupcy for same brother's mother-in-law at the same time. My case was on a Thursday, his wife was in my attorney's office writing my attorney a check the following Monday. The divorce case was dropped immediately following the outcome of my case, never filed. They stayed married up until a year ago. This bothers me bc if anyone had the power to "buy" anyone, it'd be that brother. He's insanely wealthy and told my ex that we needed to have an abortion when I got preg to begin with. (due to how his own unhappy marriage began). Also my attorney spent time day of trial chatting quietly in the corner with the brother before trial started.
I hired a private investigator to look at my files shortly after my case. His report was that the private investigator hired to spy on me wasn't licensed. Should my attorney have caught this?
My ex's other brother, his younger brother did not go to the court hearing. He later ended up marrying my sister's good friend. One day his wife asked him about it all and he said he didn't agree with what his brother did. And she asked well how could he get away with taking a child from a good mom? and he said something about his attorney, HE was corrupt. My ex's attorney was a 50+ year old woman.
Finally- after losing the case, ex followed with suit for attorney fees. He was awarded a portion. we (both parties) were not present for the hearing, and my attorney told me the judge ordered the ruling. Then my case was requested sealed. About a year later I was able to get it unsealed through the judge and found in her writing, that the attorney's settled on the amount. So he lied to me about the judge ruling it.
Also, after the case, he started requesting payment. He didn't want checks, only cash. And he'd call like before he went on a ski trip for example, and ask for payment. I never got a statement, so after paying about $2500 in cash, I asked for a bill, when I got one, it totaled double what my previous attorney charged me and the billing was not clear. Things were lumped together like all phone calls between client, other party's attorney, judge's office, etc: 4 hours... and the dollar amount. It was very upsetting. I felt duped all the way around.
Is this all trivial? I realize any trail that was there is probably ice cold anyway, but I've always been told the truth always comes to light, if there's something there I'd like to find it. If it would even help?
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