"If the judges interpret the laws themselves, and suffer none else to interpret, they may easily make, of the laws, [a shredded] shipman's hose!" - King James I of England, around 1616.

“No class of the community ought to be allowed freer scope in the expression or publication of opinions as to the capacity, impartiality or integrity of judges than members of the bar. They have the best opportunities of observing and forming a correct judgment. They are in constant attendance on the courts. Hundreds of those who are called on to vote never enter a court-house, or if they do, it is only at intervals as jurors, witnesses or parties. To say that an attorney can only act or speak on this subject under liability to be called to account and to be deprived of his profession and livelihood by the very judge or judges whom he may consider it his duty to attack and expose, is a position too monstrous to be entertained for a moment under our present system,” Justice Sharwood in Ex Parte Steinman and Hensel, 95 Pa 220, 238-39 (1880).

“This case illustrates to me the serious consequences to the Bar itself of not affording the full protections of the First Amendment to its applicants for admission. For this record shows that [the rejected attorney candidate] has many of the qualities that are needed in the American Bar. It shows not only that [the rejected attorney candidate] has followed a high moral, ethical and patriotic course in all of the activities of his life, but also that he combines these more common virtues with the uncommon virtue of courage to stand by his principles at any cost.

It is such men as these who have most greatly honored the profession of the law. The legal profession will lose much of its nobility and its glory if it is not constantly replenished with lawyers like these. To force the Bar to become a group of thoroughly orthodox, time-serving, government-fearing individuals is to humiliate and degrade it.” In Re Anastaplo, 18 Ill. 2d 182, 163 N.E.2d 429 (1959), cert. granted, 362 U.S. 968 (1960), affirmed over strong dissent, 366 U.S. 82 (1961), Justice Black, Chief Justice Douglas and Justice Brennan, dissenting.

" I do not believe that the practice of law is a "privilege" which empowers Government to deny lawyers their constitutional rights. The mere fact that a lawyer has important responsibilities in society does not require or even permit the State to deprive him of those protections of freedom set out in the Bill of Rights for the precise purpose of insuring the independence of the individual against the Government and those acting for the Government”. Lathrop v Donohue, 367 US 820 (1961), Justice Black, dissenting.

"The legal profession must take great care not to emulate the many occupational groups that have managed to convert licensure from a sharp weapon of public defense into blunt instrument of self-enrichment". Walter Gellhorn, "The Abuse of Occupational Licensing", University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 44 Issue 1, September of 1976.

“Because the law requires that judges no matter how corrupt, who do not act in the clear absence of jurisdiction while performing a judicial act, are immune from suit, former Judge Ciavarella will escape liability for the vast majority of his conduct in this action. This is, to be sure, against the popular will, but it is the very oath which he is alleged to have so indecently, cavalierly, baselessly and willfully violated for personal gain that requires this Court to find him immune from suit”, District Judge A. Richard Caputo in H.T., et al, v. Ciavarella, Jr, et al, Case No. 3:09-cv-00286-ARC in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Document 336, page 18, November 20, 2009. This is about judges who were sentencing kids to juvenile detention for kickbacks.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Who is the "attorney Daniel Goldstein" who harassed Ivanka Trump and her children on the JetBlue plane?

It appears that the person who has reportedly harassed Ivanka Trump, her husband and their three children on a commercial plane claiming that her father "ruined the country" and questioning why she is even on that plane and is not flying on a private plane - was reportedly a New York lawyer, Dan Golstein, who engaged in his harassment routine while having his own toddler in tow.

And, reportedly, Dan Goldstein's husband tweeted that Dan Golstein was "chasing them down to harass them".

There are 6 lawyers by the name of Daniel Goldstein registered in New York:

Here is the picture of "our" Daniel Goldstein made from the video in the airport in San Francisco where the plane arrived:

The individual tried to cover his face, so this is as good a shot as it could be - just a profile.

But, however he covered his face, a news article appeared showing his face - and his name - clearly: Daniel Jennings Goldstein.

And his husband has been identified as Hunter College professor Matthew Lasner - the two husbands prudently kept different last names that obscures the connection.

Professor Matthew Lasner is, reportedly, a Harvard-educated professor of "urban studies and planning".

There is a clearer picture of Daniel Goldstein, and his husband Matthew Lasner, on Twitter,

as well as a lot of indignant comments about attorney Daniel Goldstein harassing women and children, and his husband  professor Matthew Lasner supporting and documenting the harassment:

One comment, clearly on point, called Dan Goldstein's behavior child abuse

- which it clearly is.  Many parents in New York have been adjudicated as having abused their children for engaging in angry confrontations in the children's presence.

Also, such confrontation in the presence of other people's children - like Ivanka Trump's in this situation - may qualify for a crime of endangering welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail, and fines.

The interesting part though is to identify where attorney Dan Goldstein toils.

It should not be difficult at all - because attorneys in New York must register and show their office address in their public registration information.

But, there is no attorney Daniel Jennings Goldstein registered in New York as of today - and there are only 5 attorneys by the name of Daniel Goldstein (the last one, the 6th on the list is a woman by the name of Danielle Goldstein):

I checked out three Daniel Goldsteins out of the 6 registered - it appears from the picture that "our" Daniel Goldstein is young.

There is another clear picture of "our" Daniel Goldstein and his husband posted here:

This is the registration and picture of one of attorneys by the name of Daniel Goldstein, one named Daniel Abraham Goldstein who works in a prestigious law firm Kaye Scholer, the law firm of the retired (and now deceased) New York Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals Judith Kaye:

The guy in the Kaye Scholer picture looks younger, but the outline of his face somehow resembles, if not matches "our guy" - even though he is listed with a middle name of "Abraham", not "Jennings".

The next Daniel Goldstein claims in his registration he works at the law firm Shulte Roth & Zabel LLP, at 919 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022-3902.

Yet, no attorney by the name of Daniel Goldstein is listed among lawyers working for that law firm.

The third Daniel Goldstein is definitely not our Goldstein:

"Our" Goldstein is, reportedly, "an employment lawyer in Brooklyn and graduated from Wesleyan University and from UCLA School of Law."

That information matches the Daniel Adam Goldstein who claims on his registration information that he is employed by Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP - but who disappeared from their attorney roster:

Yet, his picture that I obtained from the cached - but since removed - page on the webpage of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP does not match the picture of "our" Daniel Goldstein, even though it matches his educational information - a California Law School:

So, "our" Daniel Goldstein does not clearly match registration information of the three attorneys by the name of Daniel Goldstein registered to practice in New York.

This "our" Daniel Goldstein:

And these are the three young attorneys by the name of Daniel Goldstein registered in New York:

The Daniel Goldstein (formerly) from Schulte, Roth & Zabel, who graduated from California's Berkeley School of Law in 2015

 the Daniel Goldstein of Kaye Scholer LLP who graduated from Columbia Law School in New York in 2011 (admitted in 2012), and

 the Daniel Goldstein from Shiboleth LLP who graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2010 (admitted in 2011)

The remaining two attorneys do not fit the educational description or age:

there is a Yale-educated Daniel Goldstein, admitted in 1958 who must be at least 83 years of age:

and, there is a Harvard-educated Daniel Goldstein who was admitted in 1988, and thus is at least 53 years old - which does not appear to be "our" Daniel Goldstein's age, judging from the pictures:

So far from what I can see, from the official information, no attorney registered in New York matches the picture and education (UCLA Law School) that "our" Daniel Goldstein allegedly have graduated from.

The only Daniel Goldstein who graduated from UCLA Law School:

 is not "our" Daniel Goldstein.

Yet, maybe, "our" Daniel Goldstein's education, as well as middle name, was reported wrong - since "our" Daniel Goldstein resembles the facial features of this guy:

a Columbia graduate of 2012, employed at Kaye Scholl LLP.  Yet, he is an attorney specializing in "structured finance" and not employment, as "our" Daniel Goldstein is claimed to be.

So, "our" "lawyer" Daniel Goldstein continues to remain a mysterious figure - a Daniel Jennings Goldstein from Brooklyn specializing in employment without New York registration - or, somebody who simply claimed he is an attorney to put the press on a false track.

Anyway, WHEN THE Daniel Goldstein is identified, will he be disciplined as an attorney, charged criminally for stalking, harassment and endangering welfare of minors, and charged in Family Court for emotional child neglect and abuse?

Or, will the authorities shy away from applying the clearly applicable law because the guy is gay and Jewish and belong to academic elite and because he harassed Trump's daughter and grandchildren?

By the way, Trump's daughter and grandchildren are Jewish, too, so no claims of being against Jewish Daniel Goldstein be made as being anti-Semitic.

The stalking, harassment, endangering welfare and child neglect and abuse happened IN NEW YORK - on the plane while still in New York airport, as I understand, so New York has jurisdiction to charge.

So - do we have the rule of law here, or are some people, even the President-elect's daughter and grandchildren, below the law, while some other people, like "liberal-minded" Jewish gay couple, above the law?

To begin with, anybody else who would have caused a disturbance on the flight would have been not only booted off the flight, but also arrested and charged.



  2. Thank you for the tip. But, if that attorney is positioning himself as a "Brooklyn" attorney, he must be properly licensed and registered in New York - and, it appears, he is not, which is a violation of New York rules of professional conduct for attorneys.

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    2. Thank you for the tip, but my reply is the same - if an attorney claims he is a "Brooklyn" (NY) attorney, he must be registered in New York as such, and he is not. LinkedIn is irrelevant.

    3. Tatiana, I think the guy who sent the link from Linkedin has the right attorney. If you are a federal government attorney, you can be licensed in any state or DC. It doesn't matter where your job at the federal agency is physically located. For example, I worked as an attorney at the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC but at the time had only the New Jersey state bar and was not licensed in DC. It didn't matter.

    4. Thank you for the tip. Because of your comment, I did some additional research, and published my answer as a separate blog, here is the link: