Monday, July 8, 2013

Cameras Catch Mystery Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm


Cameras Catch Mystery Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm

Posted By John Hudson Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 6:27 PM Share


The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State

Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three

computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets. But silver bars, video

equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox

affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected

burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident.


The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former

investigator at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General. In

recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the

department and its contractors ranging from illicit drug use, soliciting

sexual favors from minors and prostitutes and sexual harassment.


"It's a crazy, strange and suspicious situation," attorney Cary Schulman

told The Cable. "It's clear to me that it was somebody looking for

information and not money. My most high-profile case right now is the

Aurelia Fedenisn case, and I can't think of any other case where someone

would go to these great lengths to get our information."


According to the KDFW report, the firm was the only suite burglarized in the

high-rise office building and an unlocked office adjacent was left



The State Department, which has repeatedly disputed Fedenisn's allegations,

denied any involvement in the incident. "Any allegation that the Department

of State authorized someone to break into Mr. Schulman's law firm is false

and baseless," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.


After assessing the surveillance footage, Schulman said he believed the

motivations were likely political, but did not suspect department

involvement. "It wasn't professional enough," he said. "It is possible that

an Obama or Hillary supporter feels that I am unfairly going after them. And

the timing of this is right after several weeks of very public media

attention so it seems to me most likely that the information sought is

related to that case. I don't know for sure and I want the police to do

their work."


Fedenisn's case, in particular, has gained attention not just because of the

substance of the allegations, but for her insistence that internal

investigations into misconduct were "influenced, manipulated or simply

called off" by senior State Department officials. The suppression of

investigations was noted in an early draft of an Inspector General report

she gave to CBS News, but softened in the final version.


Last month, her lawyers told The Cable that the department tried to

intimidate her into silence. "They had law enforcement officers camp out in

front of her house, harass her children and attempt to incriminate herself,"

claimed Schulman.


Schulman said the purpose of the visit was to get Fedenisn to sign documents

admitting that she stole State Department documents -- a charge Fedenisn



Schulman & Mathias represent a range of clients on matters from fraud to

wrongful death to bad faith insurance practices to medical malpractice. Any

number of those cases could've exposed the firm to such a break in, but

Schulman said he was skeptical. "I'm involved in other cases locally, but

those cases are rather stale."



(F)AIR USE NOTICE: All original content and/or articles and graphics in this

message are copyrighted, unless specifically noted otherwise. All rights to

these copyrighted items are reserved. Articles and graphics have been placed

within for educational and discussion purposes only, in compliance with

"Fair Use" criteria established in Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976.

The principle of "Fair Use" was established as law by Section 107 of The

Copyright Act of 1976. "Fair Use" legally eliminates the need to obtain

permission or pay royalties for the use of previously copyrighted materials

if the purposes of display include "criticism, comment, news reporting,

teaching, scholarship, and research." Section 107 establishes four criteria

for determining whether the use of a work in any particular case qualifies

as a "fair use". A work used does not necessarily have to satisfy all four

criteria to qualify as an instance of "fair use". Rather, "fair use" is

determined by the overall extent to which the cited work does or does not

substantially satisfy the criteria in their totality. If you wish to use

copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use,' you

must obtain permission from the copyright owner. For more information go to:









No comments:

Post a Comment