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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

War On Several Fronts

The next morning...Olivia and Beverly entered their courtroom with their client...All three were wearing "Black Lives Matter "buttons on their lapels...The buttons were no larger than a quarter ,not really noticeable unless you were really looking...




The real surprise was on the other side...The two Attorneys for Cantana , Michelle Foster and Ann Collins also were wearing buttons.
Michelle Foster had a button that said "I'm With Her" , worn by most Hillary Clinton Supporters, while her co-Attorney, Ann Collins had a small button on that said- "Orlando Strong"..with the rainbow colors of the LGBTQ community.

Judge Milton Millens didn't even notice at first....

The mornings arguments preceded and continued on for hours...Nelson and Kayla walked into the courtroom and sat with Olivia and Beverly....


The Judge stopped the precedings and asked..

"Who are these two? Why are they at the attorneys table?"

"They should be in your notes....Your Honor...This is Attorney Kayla Bennett, She is also counsel for  Ms.Nicole  Beverly..."said Olivia...

He looked at his note and grudgingly said-

"Next time don't be late Ms. Bennett.." he said to Kayla..

"Yes your honor." said Kayla...

He then looked at Nelson and asked..

"I don't see your name on this list....Are you an Attorney and what is your business here?" he bellowed.

His hostility to the Black Attorneys was quite obvious...He talked to Olivia, Beverly, Kayla and Nelson as if they were children..Naughty children...Whenever he addressed Attorneys Foster and Collins,it was always with a smile and the epitome of gentlemanly courtesy...
"I'm Nelson East...I'm the Attorney for Ms. Beverly West...We intend to challenge your contempt of court ruling sir." he said.

The Judge was infuriated...

"WHATTTTT??" he bellowed...
"I have a right to a defense your honor..."said Beverly softly...

"BAILLIFS!!! BAILLIFS!!! JAIL HER...LOCK HER ASS UP!! CONTEMPT OF COURT!!!!" he bellowed..

"I don't think that would be wise your honor...I have been in this courtroom for awhile now...And I notice that every attorney in here is wearing some type of button..some type of political button...Now if you jail my client...You have to jail every attorney in here..."said Nelson..

This was met by cheers by a large number of Black,Latino and White spectators who were observing the trial in the visitors section...

Judge Milton Millens was furious....He stared at Olivia ...

"THIS IS YOUR DOING!!!! THIS IS YOUR DOING!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH!   BAILIFFS...BAILLIFS...LOCK BOTH MRS BENNETT-ALEXANDER  AND MS WEST UP!! LOCK EM THE HELL UP!!!" he YELLED!!

Beverly looked at her Aunt, but said nothing...

"You can't lock them up , without locking up the other two attorneys..."said Nelson...

Noel Cantana looked at his two attorneys...

"Take those buttons off...TAKE THEM OFF NOW..OR YOU'RE FIRED...TAKE THEM OFF!" he screamed at the two women...

"I quit....I'm so sick of you ogling and groping my breasts and your inappropriate questions...Go Screw yourself...Ann it was nice knowing you...I'm going back to New York.."said Attorney Michelle Foster..

"I will sue your ass....You don't know the trouble you will be in." screamed Noel Cantana....

"I'm done...and if you put your slimy hands up my skirt again...My HUSBAND will be paying you a visit...He's an Attorney too!" said  Ann Collins who grabbed her briefcase and marched out...

Bailiffs handcuffed Olivia and Beverly and marched them both off....The trial continued after a brief recess.

Kayla informed Ms. Beverly that she would be her Attorney until Olivia and Beverly returned...

"Oh My..What a day..." said Ms. Beverly...

Using the notes that Olivia and Beverly prepared for her, Kayla continued on....
But Noel Cantana Protested...


"Your Honor...I no longer have any legal representation...both of my attorneys have quit." he pleaded..


The Judge sighed..


Alright...This trial is in recess...36 Hours...That will give you time enough to find another Attorney.." he said.


"Thank you your honor!" he said snarkily and laughed as he walked out.


II-
I had no idea that both my wife and niece were in jail at the moment....but my investigating into Noel Cantana had turned up some interesting things..

He and I were the same age...He was born in what is now Bosnia...The product of a Bosnian Mother and a Spanish Step-Father who adopted him...

He came to the United States with his family when he was three....They all became naturalized citizens shortly afterwords..

His Step-Father made his millions in electronics and computer technology...and brought Noel into the business shortly after he graduated from M.I.T. with an engineering degree and business major..

Upon his Step-Father's death...Noel took over the company and made it grow..He was a Multi-Millionaire by 25...

They say that Money and Fame is a drug and that it sometimes reveals just who you really are..

If that was true...Then Noel was a real charactor...

There was three abortions in his past....With the young ladies paid well to keep quiet...

Two marriages that ended badly that were still in litigation...No children from either of them..

And to top that off...I found out that he was actually seperated from wife number three..

A funny thing I found out also..Like Nelson had told me..There were 27 other women who had accused him of sexual harrassment and like the 27 other women...The law firms that handled the cases started having problems..

Power outages...Their computers had their files encrypted with the same ransom malware, with the threat of having their client information, financial information and other confidential information released unless they paid a ransom...Usually half to one million dollars...

The law firms all hired Private Investigators to try and find out who was blackmailing them, but they couldn't and so all of them wound up paying the ransom fee to get their files released and returned to them..They also settled for much less than they might have got or made the case go away altogether..

This was more than just a co-incidence....

I couldn't wait to show Olivia and Beverly all of the information I had dug up...

I hooked up with Bonnie Shay and showed her what I found...Today she had good news...

"It was quite a program...and it took some doing...I had to take it to work with me...but I think I got something....''They use a secret messenging service which according to the screen, they route through 17 proxy servers , 17 firewalls to a central server with an encrypted code..."said Bonnie..."I've never seen anything like this...No wonder they were able to keep from being detected for so long...It's so complicated...My Associate and I knocked down all of the firewalls aand it took awhile but we hacked into their central server.." she said.


"My God!" I said.

''Check this out...The money is electronically transferred to a bank in Norway...then transferred back to a bank right here in Philadelphia...To an account held by a Neil Castaway..."said Bonnie Shay..

"Let me Guess...Neil Castaway does not exist right?"I said.

"Not that I can find...and nobody at the bank has ever seen him..The account was set up on line..."said Bonnie Shay..."He's never come into the bank and he's never made any withdrawals..only deposits.."she said..


"Let me check those dates.."I said.

I cross referenced all of the dates with the dates of the payoffs and the amounts paid out by the law firms who had been blackmailed..

"They all match....This is our thief...and this is where we are supposed to deposit our money..."I said.

"And you've got less than twelve hours..." said Bonnie Shay.. "I traced the main ip address to the day it first appeared and the location and I got a hit..This Cyber Café ,downtown..


and I got this guy , leaving...I don't know him..Never seen him before." she said.


"It doesn't matter..He's not the guy in charge..the guy pulling the strings.."I said.



I smiled sheepishly at Bonnie Shay...

"Let's have a little fun...Let's hack into their system and make some withdrawals..."I said.

"Ouuu Mister Donnie Ray...You're devilish." said Bonnie Shay...

We set up a dummy account and within hours...we transferred every penny out of "Neil Castaway's" account and transferred it to the bank in Norway and then to each and every one of the Law Firms that had paid them off...

If he tried to trace it...It would end in Norway.....

"Now I'm going to put a remote access tracker on this line...I suspect that Mr. Castaway or whoever is running this isn't on this every minute and certainly not this morning...He doesn't realize his bank account is empty as of yet... I'm knocking down the last of  their firewalls...come on...Okayyyyy that was the last one....ummmmmmmm....now I'm sending a Nuke through it..."said Bonnie..

"You're bad girlllllll."I said.


"I know, My husband tells me that often at night." she said smiling slyly...


We both laughed.

"I did it...I wiped out their entire system....They can't trace anything.....Go Home...Check your computers and your files... They should be up now..."said Bonnie Shay...

"I'll do better...I'll call Josie..."I said.

"I don't know what you and Bonnie did ,Donnie Ray, but that damn encrypted notice is gone...Our files are back up and running and everything is back to normal again..."said Josie...

 "I'm glad to hear that...We had 12 hours left....Phewwww..Talk about close...Bonnie you've done it again.."I said.

"Yeah....I'm going and get our IT guy...We are going to come over to your place and create back up files for you and put up some firewalls and encrypted codes that will be harder for someone like this to hack..."said Bonnie Shay...

"Good Deal..."I said.

III-
Nelson did as I had done a few days before...He bailed Olivia and Beverly out of jail.....and then called a group of Judges together for a hearing against Judge Milton Merlens...

 "You guys okay?" he asked as they walked out with him...
 "We are just fine Nelson.....Thank you."said Olivia..
Beverly kissed him passionately for a few minutes....


"Ummmmm Baby,I am soo grateful to you..." she moaned..


Nelson moaned...."Awwwwww lawdddd..."

Olivia smiled...

"I guess that means she's alright.." she laughed...
"Donnie Ray did some investigating into the judge a day before and he gave me this."said Nelson showing Olivia what he had found..

I found that this wasn't the first time Judge Milton Merlins had done this...He had jailed a Gay Attorney for wearing a small button with the rainbow colors on it...

Milton Merlins used a 1997 ruling by the Maine Superior Court as precedent for the sanction against Olivia and Beverly. In that decision, the judge held that the “prohibition of political buttons was a reasonable method of ‘maintaining proper order and decorum'in a courtroom, which is not a public forum,” according to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“There’s a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Philadelphia Eagles and having a pin that’s on a political issue,” Merlins told ABC. “A judge is objective and tries to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have a fair hearing, and it was a situation where it was just in violation of the law.”

This is not the first time Merlins has made a controversial decision.

Decades earlier he announced he would “put all marriages on hold” if he was forced to marry a Black man and a white woman..."

The panel of Judges met that same afternoon in the same courtroom where Olivia and Beverly had been in the middle of a case...A case they argued was interrupted by Judge Merlins bringing up a non-issue..

Nelson argued that because of the ruckus..Judge Merlins caused... Both attorneys of the defendant..had quit...thus further disrupting the trial..Plus his obvious hostility towards Attorneys Bennett-Alexander and West had resulted in a 36 hour recess, a day and a half recess of a trial that could have been settled by now.

While Merlins believed Beverly's pin symbolized an unwelcome political stance in his court, others thought the judge’s decision to jail the attorney was an even more inappropriate display of personal politics.

"Judge Merlins political beliefs may be getting in the way of his professional impartiality, which could negatively impact black, Female, LGBT and Latino lawyers and defendants." Nelson said.

“It raises questions for the rest of us, for black lawyers and black defendants, about whether we can feel comfortable that he will separate his beliefs and his work,” He said.


Beverly added that Merlins won’t “have to face the consequences” for his actions because he’ll have to retire when he turns 70 next year and meets the state-imposed age limit for judges.

Judge Milton Merlins was so angry...He stood up and stomped his foot...

"THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!  AN OUTRAGE!" he screamed before he was restrained...

The panel of Judges took one hour to rule that while Judge Merlins was correct...It would be better if no political buttons be worn in court....His behavior and obvious personal disdain for two of the attorneys made it impossible for him to rule impartially...He was removed from the case...

"Another Judge will be assigned to you and the trial will resume next week.."said the panel....

Judge Milton Merlins was furious...

He stood in the doorway as Olivia, Beverly and Nelson walked out...

"Soooooooo, you think you're sooo smart eh?   Well ...When your little law firm is flat broke..See how smart you feel then..I'll remember the three of you..You better to pray to God that none of you wind up in my court" he snarled..

"What do you mean by that? Flat broke?" asked Olivia..

"You know good and damn well what I mean....A half a million is nothing...Wait til next time..." he snarled and stomped his foot...and stormed out...

"You thinkin what I'm thinking Auntay?" asked Beverly...

"I sure am....He might be in leauge with Cantana... Cantana practically fell asleep during the trial.."said Olivia.
"If you have a judge in your pocket...and two high priced attorneys and the opposing law firm scrambling for a half million and off their game..I suppose you would be confident.."said Beverly...

IV-


That night at the Brewery, We all celebrated...


"Wow..What a great day this was....That was a load off of my back....Getting our files secured and beating the clock like that....Wow....Bonnie, you are priceless...I'm sooo glad you're our friend!"said Olivia, hugging Bonnie...

"Your husband is not bad either...He provided me with the missing pieces I needed to sort this thing out.." said Bonnie Shay..

"Well he knows I love him him to pieces..."said Olivia...
I blushed something terrible...Olivia was the only woman who could make me do that...

"And Kayla..Thanks for pinch hitting for us...."said Olivia.

"No problem Cousin Liv...I love working with you guys..." said Kayla..
Our beers came...

"Hey where is Nelson and Beverly?" asked Kayla..


Olivia and I smiled and looked at each other...

"They'll be along shortly..." we both said in unison..

Nelson and Beverly were at her domicile...in the bathroom...Kissing passionately...

"Baby you were sooo sexy today ,the way you defended me and Auntay in court..."said Beverly...

"That kiss you laid on me after court was something else girl...I couldn't wait to get you alone.."said Nelson, who was kissing Beverly hungrily and lifting her skirt up and trying to slip her panties down..

"Nelsonnnnnnnnnnnn, Baby, our friends are waiting for us..."said Beverly in between kisses..

"Ummmmm..We'll be there...Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.."he moaned..

"You Always want it..."said Beverly continuing to kiss him..

He put his arms around her and began kissing her...he stuck his hands down in her panties...

"Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...Nelson ,you are soooo nastyyyyy..ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.."she moaned..

"And hardddd!" he moaned..

She stroked his hard penis softly.....



"That too!" she said and giggled.

"Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....Ohhhh Beverly.... yeahhhhhhhhhh!" he moaned...

"Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Nelson....Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu." she moaned..

"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh...awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww lawddddd..."he moaned...ignoring her..

He slipped her panties down....she stepped out of them and within minutes, he had lifted her up and was thrusting inside of her....
 

"Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...ooooooooooooooooooooou weeeeeee babyyyyy!"she moaned...

"Ummmmph..oh my God Beverly....you are driving me crazy...I'm glad you didn't kiss me like that until after the hearing......I wouldn't have been able to concentrate..All I could think about was you.." he moaned...

"You are sooooo baddddd..."she cooed as she softly stroked his engorged penis..."Ouuuuu...look at you...ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.."she laughed..

  "Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss"he yelled..

"Ouuuuuuuu,ohhhh myyyy ,Nelson, you are badddd."she cooed and giggled...

Sweat ran down his brow and his eyes seemed to roll into the back of his head....

"Ohhhhhhhhhhh.. I'm losing my mindddd..."he moaned...as she continued to rub him softly...and smile at him...


He had her up on the sink and was thrusting so hard, the sink's foundation was shaking...

"Ouuuuuuuuuuuuu Nelson...oh my lord.....ouuuuuuuuuuuuuu..You gonna break my sink...ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!"she was moaning.....

"YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!   YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! OhHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"he yelled....


An hour and a half of hot sweaty love making went on in that bathroom....

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOODNESSSS...OUUUUUUUUUUUUU NElSON!!"she screamed as he continued..


"Ohhhhh..Ohhhhhh..OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH my goddd BEVERLY...ouuuuuu."he moaned...

Despite her not wanting to and turning her head...they were kissing passionately....and moaning....and sweating profusely...

"Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....."she squealed...


"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh babyyyy yessssssssssssssssss...YEAHHHHHH!!"he yelled...


  Beverly was climaxing hard...and punching his back with her fists, turning her head from side to side..Nelson exploded like a gusher inside of her....and was sweating...shaking and breathing heavily......

"Ouuuuuuu...ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu..whoaaaaaa NElllllieeeeee!" he yelled..."Oh My god!...ohhhhhhhhh.."he said,breathing heavily and pulling out....


He finally let her go...he caught his breath and then fixed his clothes....He was sweating profusely...

"I can't believe I'm doing this with you...I used to daydream about this...back when I was a Public Defender..."said Nelson...

"You did huh?"  said Beverly, who always suspected as much...There were men still daydreaming about being with her...


"Come on Let's clean up and get to the Brewery ." she said.

We were all still there when Nelson and Beverly arrived...holding hands and looking at each other sheepishly...

 "Hey guys...Sorry we are late.."said Beverly..
"Hey Guys...We uh got caught up in traffic..."said Beverly smiling sheepishly..


"Traffic Huh?" laughed Kayla...


"Hush Up Kayla." laughed Beverly...


Bonnie Shay looked at Beverly and then busted out laughing....



"Don't worry about it...There is plenty of beer left..."I said, toasting them..
Olivia kissed her niece on the cheek and whispered in her ear...

"Freshie....Caught up in my traffic my eye....The way you kissed that boy...He would have exploded if you didn't uh take care of him.." she laughed..

"He deserved it...He really helped us...AS DID YOUR HUSBAND!!" said Beverly...

''Yes indeed and he will be compensated...I stopped at Bridget's and picked up something  before we got here.."said Olivia looking at me and smiling...

I didn't know what they were both laughing about....but I liked the way it sounded...


(TO BE CONTINUED)