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It’s not often that you see a juicy legal titbit in a tabloid, but a story in the New York Post (www.newyorkpost.com) is too good to miss.


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The seven-year itch

It’s not often that you see a juicy legal titbit in a tabloid, but a story in the New York Post (www.newyorkpost.com) is too good to miss.

The Post reports that Frederick Tanne, a partner at leading US firm Kirkland & Ellis, is suing his wife for giving him herpes. It might not sound like the kind of information you want to be available to the public and on the records of the Manhattan Supreme Court for ever, but Tanne is not wavering from his cause.

He alleges that his wife Amy has had numerous affairs and knowingly passed him the sexually transmitted infection.

According to the suit, Tanne is seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

A spokesperson for Tanne said: “It’s unfortunate that this has become a public matter.”

Murder one?
There’s only one place to go for all your mafia news, and that’s Mafia Today (http://mafiatoday. com). The site covers the New York legal sector in some depth. Well, parts of it anyway.

Mafia Today reports on veteran criminal defence lawyer Robert Simels, who has been accused of plotting to silence ­prosecution witnesses against an alleged drug trafficker by, in his words, “eliminating” them.

His own lawyer, ­Gerald Shargel, called the allegations false, ­saying: “Bob Simels is well known as a ­tenacious, effective and highly capable defence lawyer and he was doing his work.”

It seems that Simels took a very client-focused approach to litigation, but threatening to “eliminate” witnesses might have been a step too far.