Melvyn Weiss, the once high-flying legal eagle who made a fortune by bringing securities fraud class actions against publicly traded companies, "admitted to a California federal judge Friday that he violated the terms of his supervised release by driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida" as reported by Ciaran McEvoy for Law360.
Weiss was a founding partner of Milberg Weiss, and was convicted in 2008 on a racketeering charge for his role in an alleged decades-long scheme in which serial plaintiffs were paid kickbacks out of the attorneys' fees for filing their shareholder lawsuits.
The disbarred lawyer was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, and still on probation last December when pulled over for allegedly doing 90 mph in a 65 mph zone in Boynton Beach, FL as then reported by Toni-Ann Miller for The Palm Beach Post:
When the deputy approached the vehicle, he said he smelled alcohol on the driver's breath and that the driver appeared impaired. The report says the driver's eyes were "bloodshot and glassy," his speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet.
According to the deputy's report Weiss claimed he had only one or two drinks at the golf club, and asked why he was "doing this to him?"
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