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Cornwell Verdict Plus A Coffee

     This is a follow-up blog on the Patricia Cornwell trial. Plus, I am throwing in a story about the most expensive drink at Starbucks. The only thing they have in common is… well, I’m not sure there really is anything. But, I guess “Big” could be the one common factor. First, let’s look at the verdict.

     Previously, I wrote a blog on the lawsuit and trial of Patricia Cornwell, where she had sued her financial “gurus” for the mismanagement of her money. (previous blog) Well, after a six week trial the jury has spoken. A 51 Million Dollar Verdict!

     She had sued CPA firm Anchin, Block & Anchin for mismanaging her money on real estate, vehicles and a helicopter. Plus, she said that her tax returns were filed in such a way that triggered audits and caused the FBI to investigate her campaign contributions. As previously discussed, the CPA firm defended the lawsuit by saying that her losses were based on her lavish choices in lifestyle. 

     In the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight. Maybe not the CPA’s  who tried to pass the blame.

     And in connection to a BIG verdict, this coffee story caught my attention.  



     Beau  Chevassus decided to give himself a special birthday gift… the most expensive Starbucks drink ever. He sauntered into his local Starbucks and ordered Forty-eight shots of espresso, some protein powder, two bananas, a few caramel drizzle Frappuccino chips, some vanilla bean and some soy. Soon, he had the above coffee bill totaling $47.30.

     The real question, “did he drink it”?”. He reports only taking a few sips in the store. Then, he drank about half of it over the course of the next few days.

     See, I couldn’t figure out how to work that in a legal blog. It works if it’s combined with a big verdict. Well, maybe a little!

     Pic o’ day is a bit of hiding:


Cornwell Fiction Meets Fact

Patricia Cornwell became famous through her fiction writing. Her stories primarily revolve around Dr Kay Scarpetta, who in the books was initially the fictional medical examiner in Virginia. Cornwell worked for the chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond, before her first novel in the Scarpetta series was published.

Since becoming a best-selling author, she and her character have moved to different locations. Now, a trial is underway in Boston, she has sued her former financial management firm and business manager. (Story)

Cornwell claims to be missing over $40 million dollars and has accused executives at the New Your-based company of Anchin, Block & Anchin of mishandling her finances, making bad investments and even over-billing her. The defendant company claims that Cornwell spent the money; and in their opening in the trial, have indicated that they intend to prove that,  by itemizing Cornwell’s spending habits.

In his opening, defense attorney claimed that Cornwell and her spouse, Dr Staci Gruber, frittered the money away by spending lavishly on private jet service and other things such as renting a very expensive luxury apartment in New York City, that cost $40,000 a month.

The defense attorney told the court, “Where did the money go? Ms Cornwell and Dr Gruber spent the money. You have to consider the large lifestyles involved, the spending habits, the impulsive buying.”

Cornwell’s lawyer argued, “This case is, at its core, about trust. There is no amount of money that is enough to properly compensate her for what Anchin, Block and Anchin did.”

Cornwell claims in pleadings that suit was filed after she learned that her net worth had fallen under 13 million. The Boston trial is expected to last over a month.

Supposedly, Scarpetta is coming to movie theaters soon, with Angelie Jolie playing the starring role of the chief medical examiner. I wonder if the next Cornwell book will have some bad characters named Anchin or Block?

For pic o’ day, I thought that this is something that she may include in her future stories. A Judge making the defendants stand outside the Courtroom with a sign over them.

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