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According to the January edition of the Calbar Journal, La Jolla's James A. Macy, the former lawyer for Duke Cunningham's wife, was disbarred Oct. 28 over matters related to his handling of her funds, as well as misappropriating funds in a family trust. According to the Journal, Nancy Cunningham hired Macy to handle such things as a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. She gave him $31,000 in cash and a check for more than $98,000 to hold. He charged her legal fees of $158,000. "He was suspended and placed on probation in 2010 after stipulating that he failed to account for or properly maintain client funds," says the publication. Macy was also charged with several offenses for his mishandling of a family trust. Among other things, he spent $725,000 on himself, and that was more than his interest in the trust. He wouldn't give his siblings information about the money. The bar court recommended disbarment for acts of moral turpitude.

Pictured: Randy "Duke" Cunningham

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Visduh Feb. 6, 2012 @ 8:48 a.m.

Disbarment sounds like a good start; criminal charges "should" follow. But will there be any?


Don Bauder Feb. 6, 2012 @ 11:44 a.m.

If your sticky fingers take more from your family trust than you are entitled to, thereby depriving your siblings, criminal authorities should be interested. However, there is so much hanky-panky with wills and trusts that if law enforcement chased down all the offenses, it would be doing nothing else. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 6, 2012 @ 9:21 a.m.

It took multiple criminal acts and two years before Patricia Gregory was charged with a crime, and that was a miracle. Don't expect much.


Don Bauder Feb. 6, 2012 @ 11:45 a.m.

Law enforcement doesn't act on most of these offenses but that shouldn't stop the victims from filing civil suits. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2012 @ 10:23 a.m.

The problem is 99% of the people in the real world cannot afford to hire a lawyer for a civil lawsuit.

Take the woman who got scammed out of $90K from Patricia Gregory-if she were to take that to court it would cost more than the $90K she was scammed for.

The poor and middle class, even UPPER middle class do not have access to our court system.

The vast majority of ALL lawsuits in superior court (unlimited) and federal court are brought by Big Business or involve Big Business b/c no one else can afford the costs. The major blue chip law firms that pay the $160K first year salaries cater exclusively to Big Business.


monaghan Feb. 6, 2012 @ 6:56 p.m.

Those Cunninghams: they can't even hire an honest lawyer. Does this mean I have to wonder about the integrity of mayoral candidate Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher who was Duke's chief of staff in San Diego for two years just before the boss resigned and went to prison?


Don Bauder Feb. 6, 2012 @ 10:17 p.m.

There are other things about Fletcher more worrisome than his being a lackey for Cunningham. How about his being a lackey for the Chargers? Best, Don Bauder


Burwell Feb. 6, 2012 @ 11 p.m.

Fletcher appears to have structured his life to run for political office since he was in high school. He turned his back on his religion and took his college degree at a Baptist college possibly because he wanted to appeal to evangelical voters. He appears to have enlisted in the Marines solely because he wanted a military background to boost his political career. I'm tired of hearing about Fletcher's service in Iraq. I dismiss his military service as a political stunt. DeMaio is no better. DeMaio is a cornfed carpetbagger from Dubuque Iowa. His institute went bankrupt a couple years after he sold it. His claim to be a successful business owner is laughable. His claim of being a government efficiency expert is also puffery. He knows nothing about running businesses or governments. DeMaio is a BS artist.


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2012 @ 1:11 a.m.

I will say this-DeMaio is the ONLY elected official who is not giving away the store to public employees in return for $$$$$ contributed.

I take no position on his business leadership or anything else, but give him great kudos for taking on the biggest problem facing our city/county/state/country today-undue influence from big business, public unions and big $$$. I think Big Business and public unions are the greatest threat facing our country today.


Twister Feb. 7, 2012 @ 2:54 a.m.

Cheap window-dressing to get elected.

The devil's in the details.


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 7:44 a.m.

Politics is all window-dressing. The devil is always in the details. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 7:31 a.m.

DeMaio fights the unions, yes, and that is important if San Diego is to solve the pension problem, but he bows and scrapes to business. Look at his equivocal stand on the worst abomination, the proposed football stadium. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 7:20 a.m.

And Dumanis is worse than both Fletcher and DeMaio. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2012 @ 1:13 a.m.

Just looked up Dukes release date-June 2013-so he is close to being done with his 8 year 8 month sentence.


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 7:45 a.m.

North County will send him back to Congress, along with Issa. Best, Don Bauder


InOmbra Feb. 7, 2012 @ 8:48 a.m.

Ha! But not really a joke. As Vlad Kogan pointed out in "Paradise Plundered," SD government officials' dishonesty doesn't seem to wreck their local political careers or deter local voters. That said, I just can't see Fletcher, DeMaio, or Dumanis being elected, because each has some type of history of secret, special-constituency-serving, or self-serving deals. We so need a reprieve from incoming officials with that baggage.


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 4:01 p.m.

Yes, Fletcher, DeMaio and Dumanis all carry lots of baggage. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Feb. 7, 2012 @ 3:39 p.m.

Gosh, it seems only yesterday that Duke Cunningham went to jail for selling his Congressional vote. Anyway, when he gets out next year, maybe he can work for Mayor Nathan Fletcher as chief of staff. Turn-about's fair play.

Read the piece today about Nathan's fancy footwork to distance himself from his service in Cunningham's office by Liam Dillon in voiceofsandiego.org and look at Matt Potter's blog above about Qualcomm executives' contributions to Fletcher's campaign.

Double ouch.


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 4:04 p.m.

Yes, Matt's blog was great. Not sure I understand why Qualcomm's top brass want Fletcher. Fletcher wants a new stadium at all costs. Qualcomm absolutely stole the naming rights to the current stadium. It should want those naming rights as long as possible, even though the corporate name isn't connected to a consumer product. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2012 @ 4:39 p.m.

Qualcomm absolutely stole the naming rights to the current stadium. == Don, you KNOW I am no fan of the stadium give aways, but Qualcomm did an above market rate deal for the stadium naming rights when the deal went down- in or around 1998.

It is certainly a steal by todays deals, but that was not the case in 1998. Back then the naming rights were going for about $1 million per year paid in annual installments, Qualcomm paid $18 million for 20 years but it was all UP FRONT cash, which made the deal much more expenseive than the market rate at the time.


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 9:18 p.m.

I would have to do research to refute or agree with you, and I simply don't have time. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2012 @ 9:22 p.m.

ADD ON MY RESPONSE TO SURFPUPPY: The point, actually, is not whether Qualcomm got a steal in 1998, but whether it has a steal now. And it DOES have a steal now by current naming rights standards. It has several more years to run on a very cheap deal. So why should it back a candidate anxious to fleece the taxpayers for a new stadium? Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2012 @ 10:57 p.m.

Yes-the naming rights for stadium deals went sky high after Qualcomm did their deal in 1998. So by today's standards it is a steal, a very good deal indeed.

Contrast that to Kodaks naming rights of the Kodak Theater in LA, home of the Academy Awards where they are forking over $4 million per year and since they filed BK are trying to break that contract.


Don Bauder Feb. 8, 2012 @ 10:23 a.m.

There were a couple of other companies that got naming rights deals, then collapsed and had to back out. One was in Baltimore and one in Oakland, I believe. Then there was Enron; it had its name on a Houston stadium; it was removed in favor of a company making orange juice. Best, Don Bauder


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