By Dolores Contreras of Contreras Law Firm posted in Celebrity on Friday, February 24, 2017.
1. Abraham LincolnLincoln tried many occupations as a young man, including buying a general store in New Salem, Illinois, in 1832. He and his partner started buying out other stores' inventories on credit, but their own sales were dismal. As the store's debts mounted, Lincoln sold his share, but when his partner died, the future President became liable for $1,000 in back payments. Lincoln didn't have modern bankruptcy laws to protect him, so when his creditors took him to court, he lost his two remaining assets: a horse and some surveying gear. That wasn't enough to foot his bill, though, and Lincoln continued paying off his debts until well into the 1840s.
By Dolores Contreras of Contreras Law Firm posted in Celebrity on Friday, January 27, 2017.
1, O.J. SimpsonJune 1994 - October 1995The trial that set the bar for round-the-clock media coverage, and the case that made one network--Court TV (now truTV)--a household name. This wasn't just the O.J. show, kicked off by a low-speed police chase with the Juice lying in the back of the infamous white Ford Bronco. This case was full of characters good, evil, and devious, from Johnnie Cochran to Judge Ito, Kato Kaelin to Mark Fuhrman--even a certain black leather glove got its fifteen minutes, and then some. Today, the O.J. Simpson trial is still the standard bearer when it comes to sensational court cases. Indeed, seemingly the entire country gasped on October 3, 1995, when the jury returned its verdict: not guilty. What other trial can say it sucked the air out of a nation?
By Dolores Contreras of Contreras Law Firm posted in Celebrity on Friday, January 13, 2017.
TED BUNDY, 1979Shortly before he was executed in 1989, convicted serial killer Ted Bundy copped to murdering 30 women across the country between 1974 and 1978 (though some believe the true number to be more than that). Handsome and charismatic, Bundy's arrest made worldwide headlines. More than 250 journalists from around the globe descended on Miami in the summer of 1979, when proceedings began in the case of the Chi Omega murders.
By Dolores Contreras of Contreras Law Firm posted in Celebrity on Thursday, December 22, 2016.
Gerard ButlerGerard Butler, who was born in Paisley, Scotland, attended Glasgow University and studied law. Butler was also president of the school's law society and then went on to become a trainee lawyer at an Edinburgh law firm, but the Scotsman got fired a week before fully qualifying. However, he is now a Hollywood superstar and has acted in successful movies such as 300, How to Train Your Dragon, Olympus Has Fallen, RocknRolla and Law Abiding Citizen.
By Dolores Contreras of Contreras Law Firm posted in Celebrity on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
1. Geraldo Rivera. A young Gerald Riviera was one of the top five in his Brooklyn Law School class in 1969. As the lawyer for a Puerto Rican activist group called the Young Lords, Rivera caught the eye of an Eyewitness News exec who offered him a job, and his career in journalism began.