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NY. New York State Corruption at SUNY Schools: The Ivory Tower Fraud

May 10, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Story By: For Your Rights

When will NY State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo investigate why the New York State Dormitory Authority is spending millions in legal fees to cover-up wrongdoings by New York State officials? For over a decade the DASNY has been paying one of the nation’s largest law firms, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, to delay a trial that will expose corrupt DASNY officials.

The Vanderbilt Group (TVG) v. The New York State Dormitory Authority (DASNY)

The latest news relating to the TVG v DASNY is that Judge Richard B. Lowe has recused himself from the case!

While this came as a surprise it would seem to be the best way to proceed as Judge Lowe has already Granted Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, four adjournments delaying the scheduled jury trial that is expected to expose the DASNY officials that were engaged in giving special consideration to a MOB affiliated Contractor, for almost one year so far.

The case has been sent to The Honorable Ira Grammerman [JHO] [Commercial Division; Administrative Coordinating Judge; Parts 27,27c, 40] Judge Gammerman will then send the case to a judge who is available to start trial that same day, which is now scheduled for June 14, 2010.

A letter from the court seemed to emphasize the fact that there will be no more delays, as it stated to be ready to pick a jury that day. This provides a small glimmer of hope that the trial will in fact proceed. However, with DASNY willing to spend untold millions in New York State’s money to pay Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, one of the most costly law firms in the world, it is likely that there will be another flurry of motions just days before the scheduled trial date to attempt to get another adjournment. It is speculated that each motion Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, files with the courts costs New York State approximately $25,000.00 – $200,000.00 (This is based on figures derived from other comparable law firms to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP). This does not include hourly fees for their partners and staff or traveling expenses, as the lawyers representing DASNY are located in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s, office in Washington DC.

All Subpoenas were served months ago and to date no objections have been filed by the actual witnesses or their own private law firms. (See people subpoenaed below) However, what is interesting in this case is the fact that, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a firm being paid with funds from New York State, is providing the legal services for these witnesses at the behest of DASNY. This is highly unusual and raises serious concerns as to the reasons behind this unusual act. It is not New York State’s responsibility to pay for the defense or to provide legal services for a witness subpoenaed for his or her testimony, if they are not employed by the State. If there is nothing to hide, why would DASNY pay for the defense of these witnesses?

As of this date the trial is expected to proceed on June 14, 2010 and former Senator, Alphonse D’Amato is expected to be the first witness brought in to testify. Let’s hope the new Judge lets the trial proceed without delay and does not display any favoritism to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, due to their lobbying and well known ability to provide “certain” candidates or office holders with large campaign contributions.

Still no word on where New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo stands on this case.

Will the scales of Justice be tipped towards DASNY’s Law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and the campaign contributions they can offer politicians?

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld: Founded by former DNC Chairman Robert Strauss, It has given millions to politicians throughout the nation.

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