Tom Girardi Declared Competent Faces Trial Over Alleged $15 Million Client Thefts

Welcome to our new post in this post, we talk about Tom Girardi. Notorious celebrity lawyer Tom Girardi of Los Angeles is facing legal action for allegedly thieve more than a million from his clients. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday. Both parties’ lawyers were given 5 days to identify any confidential information they wanted the judge to keep sealed.

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Girardi is 84 year old and the estranged husband of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne. Last year, Girardi, accused of wire fraud in Los Angeles, portrayed himself as innocent of stealing from clients, including a widowed Arizona woman whose husband died in a boating accident; a Los Angeles couple injured in a car crash that left their son paralyzed; and a person severely burned in a 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

If he found to be guilty, then he could be send to federal prison for a long terms. The Associated Press reached out to the public defenders for their thoughts ,facts and figures. Girardi’s competency, or whether he could assist with his defense and understand the charges made against him, was the main concern throughout the proceedings.

His lawyers takes a defensive action and argued that he was unable to participate in the case due to his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, which may results in confusion and memory issues.

He’s currently living in a nursing home in a memory care unit. Prosecutors countered that Girardi exaggerated his symptoms. Once a prominent figure among the nation’s top trial lawyers, Girardi took on powerful corporations, film studios, and Pacific Gas and Electric, resulting in a 3 million settlement, depicted in the 2000 film “Erin Brockovich.”

However, his legal empire crumbled, and he was disbarred in California in 2022 amid allegations of client theft, facing mounting legal troubles. Girardi also faces federal wire fraud charges in Chicago, where he is accused of embezzling nearly million from family members of victims of the 2018 Lion Air crash in Indonesia, which killed 189 people.

It is anticipated that the Chicago court will follow the competency determination made in California.

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