2018-2019 Press

College Admission Cases

Admid Modest Sentences, Prosecutors Bring
New Charges in Admissions Scandal

By Kate Taylor | The New York Times | October 22, 2019

 A lawyer for Robert Zangrillo, the founder of a Miami-based investment firm, whom prosecutors have accused of paying $250,000 to have his daughter admitted to U.S.C. as a crew recruit, issued a statement criticizing the new charges against him. The lawyer, Martin Weinberg, has described Mr. Zangrillo as no different from other parents who make a donation to a university in the hopes of getting an advantage for their child in the admissions process.

“Donations that were received and welcomed by universities have never before been characterized as bribes,” Mr. Weinberg said. “This attempted and unprecedented expansion of federal bribery laws is unwarranted.” Read more

Parents in College-Admissions Cheating
Case Face Additional Charges

New federal program bribery allegation could lead to tougher sentences if they are found guilty

By Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz | Wall Street Journal | October 22, 2019

… “Today’s new bribery charge is an unprecedented attempt to criminalize a donation made to a university by a parent,” said attorney Martin G. Weinberg, who represents Robert Zangrillo, a Miami developer and parent who has pleaded not guilty in the scheme. Read more

Lori Loughlin and other parents face new bribery charge in
college admissions scandals

By MATTHEW ORMSETH, JOEL RUBIN | LA Times | October 22, 2019

Martin G. Weinberg, who represents Robert Zangrillo, a Miami businessman charged with conspiring to bribe his daughter’s way into USC, called the new bribery charge “an unprecedented attempt to criminalize a donation made to a university by a parent.”

“Never before have donations to a university — whether to an athletic department or to any other part of a school — been characterized as a bribe or alleged as a federal crime,” Weinberg said. “Mr Zangrillo’s daughter was not even presented to or admitted by USC admissions as an athlete. He vigorously denies each and every allegation in today’s charges.” Read more

Judge Skeptical Of Claim

USC Dean Ignored 'VIP' Donations

By Aaron Leibowitz | Law360 | September 18, 2019

… In justifying the requests, Zangrillo's attorney, Martin G. Weinberg, has suggested Zangrillo's $50,000 payments to USC was an above-board donation, not a bribe. And he emphasized that Zangrillo's daughter was ultimately admitted to USC not as a fraudulent athletic recruit — as wasthe case for other students whose parents allegedly conspired with Heinel and the nationwide scheme's mastermind, William "Rick" Singer — but rather through the VIP tagging process as a purported transfer student. Read more

Prosecutor calls attempt to pry into USC's
Admission process a 'sideshow'

By Andrew Martinez | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | September 18, 2019

A federal prosecutor angrily called a defendant’s attempt to pry into USC’s admissions process a “complete sideshow” during a motion hearing in the college admissions scandal, as lawyers sparred over a subpoena request before a judge Wednesday afternoon.

Attorney Martin Weinberg — representing Robert Zangrillo, who’s accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter enrolled into the University of Southern California — argued before a federal judge for his motion to subpoena USC for a bevy of documents, which raised questions about the school’s admissions process. Read more

Documents in college admissions scandal case show
USC offcials marked children of donors ‘VIP’

By Maria Cramer | Boston Globe Staff | September 3, 2019

… Zangrillo’s lawyer, Martin C. Weinberg, said the internal USC documents show that the $50,000 donation his client made was routine.

“The documents fully legitimatize Mr. Zangrillo’s donation to USC, that was made after the admission of his daughter,” Weinberg said. “Such donations are simply not illegal, not even unusual, and were welcomed by the school.” Read more

‘Father is Surgeon,’ ‘1 mil pledge’:
The Role of Money in USC Admissions

By Jennifer Levitz and Melissa Korn Wall Street Journal | September 3, 2019

… The filing was made by lawyer Martin G. Weinberg as part of a dispute over whether USC should have to produce records showing whether it favored wealthy and well-connected families. Mr.Weinberg, who represents two parents who have pleaded not guilty in the admissions-cheating scheme, has argued that parents donated to USC as part of a standard admissions practice that was actively encouraged by USC. Read more

'Varsity Blues' Parent Says Docs Show USC Payment Is Legit

By Chris Villani | Law 360 | September 3, 2019

"We believe the subpoenaed documents will clearly demonstrate that Mr Zangrillo's donation toUSC was far outside the ambit of the federal criminal law and was no different than donations given by many dozens if not hundreds of other parents of students who had gained admission toUSC and, nationwide, to other universities," Zangrillo's attorney, Martin G. Weinberg, said Tuesday. "These documents will, if produced, fully demonstrate that USC was not a victim in this case." Read more

Bribe or donation? Parent’s defense questions the difference

COLLIN BINKLEY | Associated Press | August 9, 2019

Robert Zangrillo is accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter into college as a fake athlete. Prosecutors call it a bribe. But his lawyers say Zangrillo isn’t much different from parents who make formal donations to try to give their children an advantage in the admissions process.

Martin Weinberg, a Boston lawyer who represents Zangrillo, said the records “could demonstrate that my client’s conduct was in good faith and consistent with legitimate practices that have been engaged in by universities for decades.” Read more

In College-Admissions Scandal, Prison Sentences for Parents
Hinge on Finding Victims and Damage

Prosecutors seek to change sentencing guidelines on cases as judge determines at least one university suffered no financial loss from scheme

By Jennifer Levitz and Melissa Korn | Wall Street Journal | June 13, 2019

BOSTON—Defense lawyers are scrutinizing a federal judge’s ruling in hopes it might result in less prison time for the dozens of prominent people charged in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal. …

“Certainly her legal decision is precedential and will be part of the legal landscape that other judges in the same court will consider,” said Martin G. Weinberg, a Boston lawyer who represents two parents who have pleaded not guilty. Read more

Boies Schiller Gets OK to Rep 2 'Varsity Blues' Defendants

By Ryan Boysen | Law360 | June 12, 2019

Weinberg said he could faithfully represent both men at the pretrial stage, given that they supposedly didn't know each other, but said he would drop his representation of Zangrillo if the pair went to trial together. Read more

Feds Flag Potential Big Law Conflicts in 

'Varsity Blues'

By Chris Villani | Law360 | June 6, 2019

…Boston defense lawyer Martin G. Weinberg is on the legal team for David Sidoo and Robert Zangrillo

Weinberg filed a response agreeing with the government that the hearing is the proper forum to hash out any potential conflict issues, but he expressed confidence that Zangrillo, one of his two clients, would emerge from the hearing with his full legal team intact.

“These issues are the result of the government joinder of so many defendants who have no relationship to one another in a single charging document and will be the subject of future motions to sever,” Weinberg told Law360 on Thursday. Read more

Possible defense preview for accused parents in admissions scandal: Attorneys say payments were donations, not bribes

By Karen Weintraub and Nick Anderson | Washington Post | June 3, 2019

Martin G. Weinberg, an attorney who represents accused fathers Robert Zangrillo and David Sidoo, who also have pleaded not guilty, said outside the courtroom that a donation to a university or athletic program is “akin to an everyday event,” not a bribe. Read more

Lori Loughlin, 15 others indicted on new
charges in college admissions scandal

By Shelley Murphy and Travis Andersen | GLOBE STAFF | April 9, 2019

Boston attorney Martin G. Weinberg, who represents Miami parent Robert Zangrillo, 52, said the indictment hinges on a “novel theory” of money laundering.

“The paradigm of money laundering is to convert dirty money that comes from a crime,” Weinberg said. “Here, there’s no allegation any parent used illegally acquired money for any transaction. So this becomes, to me, a novel expansion of the money laundering statutes and we of course are going to strongly contest it.” Read more

Ex-football player in Canada charged with
paying $200,000 to hike test scores for sons

By Travis Andersen | GLOBE STAFF | MARCH 14, 2019

A former Canadian Football League player will make his first appearance Friday afternoon in federal court in Boston, records show, in connection with a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal … 

Martin G. Weinberg, a prominent Boston defense attorney who’s representing Sidoo, said in an e-mail that his client “fully intends to plead not guilty and contest both the legal and factual basis for the charge.” Read more

Federal prosecutors fail to close 'gaping hole,' lose pair of bribery convictions

By Kris Olson | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | January 31, 2019

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently served up a harsh lesson to federal prosecutors, overturning for a second time thebribery convictions of a pair of defendants. That lesson? If defense counsel is shining a spotlight on a “gaping hole” in your case, youmight want to grab a shovel.

…According to Weinberg, the Bravo decision reinforces a message that Sorokin seemingly had already gotten: that the elements of federal criminal law should be taken very strictly and not expanded cavalierly.

Weinberg hopes that the decision also encourages his fellow members of the defense bar to put the prosecution’s theories to the test rather than plead cases out, as happens 96 percent of the time.

“It’s on the defense bar to hold the government to its burden of proof,” he says. Read more

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State Police Association of Massachusetts
Union Leader Dana Pullman Case

State Police union votes to stop paying
legal fees of indicted former president

By Danny McDonald and Andrea Estes | Boston Globe staff | Sept 19, 2019

Early Thursday, Pullman’s attorney, Martin G. Weinberg said his client “worked tirelessly and successfully to lead and support” the union.

“He never compromised his loyalty to the members of the union,” Weinberg said in a text. Weinberg said Pullman “intends to fight to clear his name regardless of tonight’s vote which was one clearly dictated by union politics.”

“Dana Pullman’s extraordinary accomplishments as a union president entitled him to a different result,” said Weinberg. Read more

Former State Police union president,
lobbyist indicted on federal charges

By Andrea Estes, Matt Rocheleau and Danny McDonald | Boston Globe staff | Sept 12, 2019

… Pullman’s lawyer, Martin G. Weinberg, said Pullman “categorically denies today’s charges. In short, there were no bribes, no kickbacks, no embezzlement of union funds, and certainly no racketeering. He welcomes his opportunity to demonstrate his innocence in a future trial.” Read more

With one leader arrested and his successor facing recall,
turmoil engulfs the powerful state troopers’ union

By Andrea Estes and Matt Rocheleau | Boston Globe staff | Aug 28, 2019

Pullman’s lawyer, Martin G. Weinberg, called the former union boss “the most successful president in union history,” and insisted that Pullman never “acted in a manner that violated either the federal criminal law or the best interests of SPAM.” Read more

Former State Police union chief, lobbyist arrested by FBI; alleged bribery plot uncovered

By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Travis Andersen and Andrea Estes | Boston Globe staff | Aug 21, 2019

Pullman’s lawyer, Martin G. Weinberg, said his client “will strongly and vigorously deny today’s allegations.”

“The centerpiece of the government’s case is a series of legitimate checks that in no way constitutes a kickback or a bribe,” he said. “Dana Pullman was a highly successful president of the Massachusetts State Police union for six years and never acted in a manner that compromised his loyalty to his union.”

Weinberg said the FBI’s comment that Pullman ran the union “like an old-school mob boss” was an “outrageous mischaracterization.” Read more

Embattled former union boss retires from
Mass. State Police

By Matt Rocheleau and Danny McDonald | Boston Globe staff | November 21, 2018

His attorney, Martin G. Weinberg, said Pullman’s “retirement was in no way a response to any ongoing investigation.”

“He worked tirelessly and successfully as the leader of SPAM and is confident that any investigation will compellingly demonstrate that he has not violated any legal obligation,” Weinberg said. Read more

Former head of State Police Association retires
in midstof federal probe

By Kathy Curran | WCVB/ABC TV  November 21, 2018

Pullman's attorney Martin Weinberg called Pullman a "quintessential union leader" and is optimistic the federal investigation will conclude without any charges against his client.
Weinberg said Pullman didn’t violate any laws. Read more

Union boss who defended state troopers
faces his own fraud investigation

By Andrea Estes | Boston Globe staff | November 11, 2018

Dana Pullman, 57, referred questions to his lawyer, Martin G. Weinberg, who called him “an indefatigable union leader.”

“He elevated this union, advocating for his members and vigorously and tirelessly fighting for their interests,” Weinberg said. “We’re optimistic that when any current investigation concludes [authorities] will share that view.” Read more

 

Jeffrey Epstein Case

FBI studies two broken cameras outside cellwhere Epstein died: source

Mark Hosenball | Reuters | September 3, 2019

Epstein’s lawyers Reid Weingarten and Martin Weinberg told U.S. District JudgeRichard Berman in Manhattan on Tuesday they had doubts about the New York City chief medical examiner’s conclusion that their client killed himself.

The two cameras were within view of the Manhattan jail cell where he was found dead on Aug. 10. A source earlier told Reuters two jail guards failed to follow a procedure overnight to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes. Read more

Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers highly 'skeptical' of suicide ruling,
say he wasn't 'despairing, despondent' before death

Dan Mangan and Kevin Breuninger | cnbc.com | August 28, 2019

…A defense lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein on Tuesday expressed deep skepticism that the wealthy financier died by hanging himself in a Manhattan federal jail while awaiting trial…The injuries suffered by Epstein are "far more consistent with assault" than suidide, the lawyer, Reid Weingarten, told Judge Richard Berman in U.S. District Court in Manhattan during the hearing.

…Another Epstein lawyer, Martin Weinberg, told Berman that the defense team had prepared a "significant" motion to dismiss the case, and that the lawyers were not approaching the case with a "futile, defeatist attitude."

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Epstein Accusers 'Robbed' Of Justice Speak Out At Hearing

Stewart Bishop | Law 360 | August 27, 2019

Martin Weinberg, another of Epstein's lawyers, said an expert forensic medical examiner has said the broken bones in Epstein’s neck are more consistent with strangulation. Weinberg also said the timing of the death was odd, given that Epstein's legal team was preparing to file an appeal of the denial of his bail within two days.

Critical surveillance video of the area around Epstein’s cell was corrupted, he said.

“It’s within your inherent authority to find out what happened to our client,” Weinberg said. Read more

 

Epstein Trial COUld e Held As Soon As June 2020

By Frank G. Runyeon | Law 360 | July 31, 2019

…But Epstein counsel Martin Weinberg balked at the government's proposal for a four- to six-week trial in June 2020. He requested a date in September, rattling off a list of reasons the case called for an extra three months to allow Epstein to prepare.

"We need time to review a million pages of discovery," Weinberg said, adding that there are other time-consuming tasks to be accomplished, including locating sealed documents in other jurisdictions and getting them unsealed.

There are also "unique and very complex" constitutional issues raised by the nonprosecution agreement that Epstein signed with Florida prosecutors more than a decade ago, Weinberg said. "There are double jeopardy issues," he added. Read more

 

 

State Street Executive Ross McLellan Case

Ex-State Street Exec Decries Evidence

Used To Convict Him

Jeannie O'Sullivan | Law 360 | February 20, 2019

Asked for comment on behalf of McLellan's, attorney Martin G. Weinberg said, “The issues raised in this appeal are extremely substantial; several of the issues dealing with the extraterritorial application of the wire fraud statute and the request for a judicial order requiring the government to employ its [Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties] powers to acquire material and exculpatory information are the direct outgrowth of a case that featured conduct largely occurring outside the United States. Another issue raises important issues of first impression in the circuit as to the scope of the securities law statute.” Read more

Ex-State Street Exec Promises
Precedent-Setting Appeal

By Chris Villani | Law 360 | October 18, 2018

“The appeal will raise important issues regarding the scope of the security law statutes,” McLellan’s attorney, Martin G. Weinberg, told Law360 on Wednesday, “and the extent to which an alleged scheme to defraud that is centered in London can properly be prosecuted under the wire fraud statutes in the U.S.” Read more

Convicted State Street Exec 
Gets Lenient 18 Months

By Aaron Leibowitz | Law 360 | October 16, 2018

A former State Street Corp. executive was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Tuesday for stealing millions from clients by sneaking in undisclosed fees on massive transactions, a more lenient ruling than the fiveyear sentence prosecutors had requested.

… Weinberg said Tuesday he plans to request that McLellan's sentence be delayed pending an appeal in the case. Read more

Judge Implores State Street's
Former Counsel To Testify

By Alison Noon | Law 360 | May 29, 2018

A federal judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday beseeched three former State Street attorneys in Ireland and the Netherlands to testify voluntarily at a fraud trial next week of a former executive at the bank holding company, in a last-ditch effort to avoid questions about the trial's fairness that could be fodder for appeal. Read more

Ex-State Street Exec Seeks DOJ Help
To Get Foreign Evidence

By Alison Noon | Law 360 | March 26, 2018

Counsel to a former State Street executive argued in court on Monday for a federal judge to force prosecutors to wield their influence and international treaties to procure statements and documents that could aid the Boston broker-dealer charged with swindling foreign clients.

Former Executive Vice President Ross McLellan’s attorney Martin Weinberg said he “desperately” needs prosecutors to use their special legal avenues to force law enforcement and former coworkers in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands to produce evidence. Read more

Ex-State Street Exec
Faces New Charge Of Bilking Insurer

By Jody Godoy | Law 360 | January 18, 2018

“We have compelling legal and factual defenses to today's supplemental allegation. Mr. McLellan is unwavering in his assertions of innocence and his intention to go to and prevail at trial,” Weinberg said. Read more

Ex-State Street Exec Can Try To Depose Clifford Chance Atty

By Daniel Siegal | Law 360 | January 12, 2018

A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday granted a former State Street Global Markets LLC executive’s motion to depose a Clifford Chance attorney in the Netherlands before his trial on securities fraud charges, agreeing with the executive that the attorney’s testimony could swing his defense.

 McLellan is represented by Martin G. Weinberg of Martin G. Weinberg PC. Read more 

Massachusetts Cases to Watch in 2018

By Ed Beeson | Law 360 | January 1, 2018

The year ahead promises to bring several high-profile cases to Massachusetts as the office of newly appointed U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling gets ready to try consequential matters involving public corruption. …

In June, a rare criminal trial against a financial executive is expected to kick off when prosecutors try to prove that Ross McLellan, formerly of State Street Global Markets LLC, duped institutional investors into paying hidden fees for the services they received from his firm.

Lawyers noted that McLellan has a renowned defender in his corner, the Boston-based white collar lawyer Martin Weinberg. Read mor