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  • Nockamixon woman gets up to 20 years for fatal DUI

    Defense attorney Michael Diamondstein, arguing for leniency, highlighted his client’s health struggles and suggested the fact she was under the influence of prescribed medication rather than illegal drugs or alcohol was mitigating, but not an excuse.

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  • Trial dates set in Risoldi fraud case as Bucks seeks $164K in unpaid tax bills

    “Mr. Risoldi … has no objection to the taxes being satisfied in full from the amount of money inappropriately seized and held by the Office of Attorney General for the last three years,” Diamondstein wrote. “The Office of Attorney General has refused that request and doesn’t wish to allow the taxes to be paid from the money that was seized from Mr. Risoldi.”

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  • PA Superior Court Overturns Conviction In Drag Racing Death

    “When it comes to homicide in vehicular cases, the Superior Court and the Supreme Court have essentially required that the Commonwealth prove what’s known as ‘sustained recklessness,’ which is recklessness before, during, and after. It needs to rise to the level of malice and it just wasn’t there,” Diamondstein said.

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  • Kevin Hart’s extortion scandal: What you need to know

    In Philadelphia attorney Michael Diamondstein’s estimation, that was a smart move on Hart’s part. After all, the recording in question is likely a digital file, which offers little assurance that it would cease to be a problem after making payment because of how easily it could be duplicated.

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  • An untold part of stop-and-frisk: Underwear searches

    “From my experience, representing hundreds of clients, it is routine,” said attorney Michael Diamondstein. “It’s almost like clients don’t bring it up anymore. … The problem is, no one is worried about it until it happens to them. It’s not always a bad guy. A lot of times it’s just people of color or people that live in the lower-income neighborhoods.”

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  • Just Who Is This Lawyer That Seth Williams Can’t Afford?

    Seth Williams is having some problems. Oh, not just that pesky little arrest and all those federal charges. He’s also having lawyer issues. Williams enlisted the assistance of in-demand Center City attorney Michael Diamondstein, but now Diamondstein is begging off the case, citing ethical issues as well as the fact that Williams can’t afford to pay up. A judge has given Williams until this Friday to sort it all out, and in the meantime, we got to wondering, who the heck is Michael Diamondstein?

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  • Kearny pain doc sentenced for ‘pill mill’ sales and arson plot

    A Kearny doctor who sold pain pills to Philadelphia street dealer – then tried to hire that man to torch his office building – has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years for both crimes. Mudassar Sharif has been in jail since his in February of 2015. He’ll get credit for that time served. He escaped any major fine in his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia but the government seized $3,042 in cash that was in the center console of his Honda Pilot on the day of his arrest. Last week’s federal sentencing brings to a close an unlikely tale of a doctor who drove from his Basking Ridge home to Philadelphia in 2012 to sell a pit bull to a customer he found on Craigslist. He ended up making monthly runs to sell the man both oxycodone pills and oxycodone prescriptions written in fabricated names. Eventually he proposed hiring the man to burn down his Kearny office building, which housed other tenants as well as his own practice. In exchange, the doctor promised to pay the man in pills. The plot was never executed, as Sharif was arrested shortly after that conversation. According to authorities, Sharif sought the destruction of patient records because he was having a billing dispute with Medicaid or Medicare. “Dr. Sharif was extremely remorseful for what his conduct did to his family and his profession. His family is hopeful that he will some day be able to repay his debt to society by returning to be a leader in his community as he once was,” said his attorney Michael J. Diamondstein, after the sentencing. He described his client as being extremely apologetic at his sentencing, and accepting responsibility for his actions. Sharif pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Malicious Damage by Means of Fire, and two counts of Distribution of Controlled Substances. Friends and relatives wrote poignant letters to U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky, begging for mercy for a man they said was a devoted father and caring physician. His wife said she and their two children were being evicted because she couldn’t afford the rent on her own. “They lost their dad, now their home and community, and they can’t make sense out of anything,” wrote Sidneia Marques Sharif, a nurse who met her future husband when they worked along side each other in a hospital emergency room. The sentence recommends Sharif participate in a residential drug and alcohol treatment program, which if completed, could reduce his sentence by a year, Diamonsten said. “There is no indication he was using drugs,” Diamondstein added. The sentence also requires Sharif to refrain from any gambling. Sharif’s license to practice medicine was revoked for five years by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners this past May. Kathleen O’Brien may be reached at kobrien@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @OBrienLedger. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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