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Monday gave it life,
Taught it joy from strife,
And both the edges of the knife.

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The demise of the former power firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf has again surfaced in the news. The former chairman of the collapsed law firm, along with three other partners, are together facing criminal charges in an alleged scheme to defraud the firm's creditors. Apparently, the attorneys have been charged in an alleged scheme to falsify the law firm's business records and defraud the firm's lenders and bond investors. Most notably, the lawyers also face accusations of grand larceny. Although I have not seen the indictments, it appears the phrase "cooked books" appears through the documents. In this regulatory and economic environment, both judges and prosecutors alike take these allegations very seriously.

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The Illinois Supreme Court recently announced that news cameras and microphones will be allowed in trial courtrooms in the 10th Judicial Circuit, which includes Peoria and Tazewell Counties. Before now, the best visual images of trials seen on the local news were sketches performed by some of Peoria's best artists looking to make some extra cash. For a few nice compliments, they were even known to shave a few pounds here or there and add a little hair on top of the head if needed. Those days are gone now, and our local versions of high-profile trials will now be taped live leaving no room for press-conference embellishment.

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The VanFleet Law Firm has a strong history in Commercial Litigation, Banking Law and General Business Law matters. Founded by Joseph VanFleet in 1998, the practice has grown and flourished over the years thanks to the talent, expertise and tenacity of the VanFleet legal team. Today, it provides counsel to a broad range of local, regional, national and international clients.

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