Criminal Minds Tonight: "Hamelin" – KSiteTV

“Hamelin” is the title of the January 9 episode of Criminal Minds on CBS.

Here’s how the network describes it:

Prentiss and The BAU team fly to Iowa to investigate the disappearance of three 10-year-old children who appear to have been abducted from their homes in the middle of the night, with surveillance video from a neighborhood park as their only lead to finding the children’s whereabouts, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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“Hamelin” — Prentiss and The BAU team fly to Iowa to investigate the disappearance of three 10-year-old children who appear to have been abducted from their homes in the middle of the night, with surveillance video from a neighborhood park as their only lead to finding the children’s whereabouts, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) Photo: Best Screen Grab Available/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia), Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), and Daniel Henney (Matt Simmons).

Guest stars in the “Hamelin” episode of Criminal Minds include Candy Clark (Sandy Jareau), Sean Donnellan (Wayne Hollis), Liam Ramos (Joey Prior), Lincoln Lambert (Aiden Lyson), Alexis C. Sitek (Olivia Woolsey), Lisa Roumain (Marsha Pryor), Christina Cox (Agent Brenda Channing), Greg Cromer (Mayor Rob Tremaine), Maya Sayre (Joan Tremaine), Cooper Stutler (Timmy Tremaine), Jack Erdie (Arthur Brodie), Devin Weaver (Katie Linz), and Katrina Nelson (Young Woman).

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Harvey Weinstein Looking for New Lawyers as Sex-Crimes Trial Nears – The Daily Beast

Harvey Weinstein is reaching out to new lawyers to shore up his criminal defense team, currently headed up by superstar attorney Ben Brafman, the disgraced mogul told The Daily Beast.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, representatives for Weinstein have contacted a number of high-profile criminal defense lawyers to take over from Brafman as a trial for the accused sexual abuser approaches.

But Weinstein, in a rare statement, said, "The rumor is untrue. We are looking to augment the team, not replace anyone."

The outreach comes as a surprise, because Brafman has been successful in recent months at reducing Weinstein’s legal exposure. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office dropped one of its six sex-crimes charges against Weinstein, and declined to pursue fraud charges connected with payments made to Weinstein’s alleged victims.

"I think [Brafman] has put the prosecutors feet to the fire and called them out when needed,” Julie Rendelman, a former Brooklyn prosecutor and high-powered defense attorney, told The Daily Beast.

But Brafman’s bid to dismiss the other five criminal charges was denied in December, and Weinstein is set to go on trial on May 6 in New York State Court, where he’ll be accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping another. More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of mistreatment. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against him in civil court. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, but said in a 2017 statement that “the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it… I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.”

Asked by The Daily Beast about Weinstein shopping for a new lawyer, Brafman responded via email, “Do not want to discuss this. Period.”

Soon after the Beast reached out to Brafman about the potential legal change, Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer emailed requesting to chat. In an interview, he did not flat out deny that Weinstein was looking to hire new lawyers, but disputed that Brafman was being replaced as the lead attorney.

“There is nothing rock solid about that. If Harvey’s going to do anything, he’d augment it not reduce it,” he told The Daily Beast. ”As it currently stands that’s not the case.”

“I don’t want to say he doesn’t talk to lawyers,” he later added. “He talks to people all the time.”

Asked about replacing Brafman, Engelmayer said, “I have not been in any meetings like that.”

“Ben is still my go-to person,” he said. “Ben is the lead.”

Brafman has, over the years, helped a string of celebrity clients dodge trouble. In 1999, he defended Sean Combs, who was acquitted on bribery and weapons charges. In the 2010s, Brafman represented International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused by New York prosecutors of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in 2011; the charges were later dropped.  

Rendelman said that Brafman has done a good job in the Weinstein case keeping the pressure on the district attorney’s office and making light of investigative missteps. In October, the judge tossed a sexual assault count tied to allegations by actress Lucia Evans that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a meeting at his Manhattan office. It turned out that a friend of Evans had informed the lead investigator that Evans told her she performed the sex act in hopes of landing an acting job. The detective did not pass on that information to prosecutors, who did not object to the charge being dismissed.

It was a major win for Weinstein’s defense, Rendelman said, because the dismissal of one charge, “which inevitably may bring into question all the other charges.”

However, Rendelman, believes that some of Brafman’s public comments are not going to serve him or his client well, particularly one after Weinstein’s arraignment in May when the defense attorney said that “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that’s not what this is about. Bad behavior is not on trial in this case."

“‘Not creating the casting couch’ was not his finest moment,” Rendelman said. “After all, this isn’t a casting couch issue. It’s not a sexual harassment issue. It’s whether he committed a crime. I do think [Brafman] was trying to indicate that Weinstein should not be blamed for all the bad behavior that went on for years in Hollywood. However, it was a bad choice of words.”

But the sentiment isn’t much different from the one expressed by Weinstein in 2017 when he was first publicly accused. “I came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” he wrote.

Weinstein has worked with a number of bold-faced names in the legal community over the years, including his friend and occasional business associate David Boies, who rose to prominence for arguing the landmark Bush v. Gore case. Boies negotiated a number of settlements with Weinstein accusers over the years, and helped to quash negative stories about the producer. But the two split after revelations that Boies’ firm hired an investigative agency, Black Cube, that spied on New York Times reporters looking into Weinstein’s alleged misconduct. Weinstein also worked with Lisa Bloom, who is known for her representation of alleged sex-assault victims — and who boasted of having “files” on one Weinstein’s accusers. “I feel very bad, because so many people have said that they really looked up to me as this champion for women… I’m sorry,” she told the Los Angeles Times after her association with Weinstein was revealed in 2017. In a subsequent television interview, Bloom said: “I’m mortified that I was connected with him in any way.”  

—with additional reporting by Michael Daly

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One of the world's largest law firms poached a senior partner to build out a marijuana practice — and he's hiring

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  • Dentons, one of the world’s largest law firms, poached a senior partner from Jones Day to build a dedicated marijuana practice. 
  • The partner, Eric P. Berlin, told Business Insider that he’s “really looking to be the number one firm” in the cannabis industry.
  • Berlin worked on the four-way merger that became TILT last year, and was instrumental in crafting Illinois’ medical marijuana law. 

One of the world’s largest law firms poached a senior partner to build out a dedicated marijuana practice, Business Insider has learned.

Eric P. Berlin, formerly a partner at Jones Day, joined Dentons in January as a partner in the Chicago office. As part of his new role, Berlin will spearhead the firm’s work with cannabis industry clients, along with Kathryn Ashton, the chair of Dentons’ healthcare practice, and Kelly Fair, a member of Dentons’ litigation practice in San Francisco.

Read more: Big law firms are building out specialized pot practices to chase down a red-hot market for weed deals

“Dentons was interested in building what would be widely regarded as the number one practice for the more sophisticated clients in, or impacted by, the cannabis industry,” Berlin told Business Insider in an interview. “There was a synergy there — I was interested in being able to do that.”

Berlin said he knew Ashton from working with cannabis clients in the Chicago area. After a period of “courtship,” Berlin said Dentons’ sold him on building out the new practice group.

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A tangled web of regulations 

Berlin first started taking a serious look at marijuana after he read research that showed how patients suffering from myriad digestive issues — as well as multiple sclerosis — had used the drug for palliative relief.

As the president of the University of Chicago’s GI Research Foundation, Berlin started to take on pro bono work to help craft Illinois’ medical marijuana law roughly a decade ago.

After that legislation passed, he started to take on some clients who were applying for medical marijuana licenses. Starting in 2014, as Colorado legalized marijuana for adult use, Berlin said he “saw where the industry was going.”

Read more: Marijuana companies are using a ‘backdoor’ strategy to tap the public markets — and it’s fueling an M&A boom

“I knew there was going to be a building demand for sophisticated legal services, the kinds of normal legal services we to provide to all sorts of clients,” Berlin said. And besides the business opportunity, he found the ever-shifting, tangled web of regulations around marijuana intellectually fascinating. 

As part of his work at his former firm, Jones Day, Berlin worked on the four-way merger between Briteside Holdings, Sea Hunter Therapeutics, Santé Veritas Holdings, and Baker Technologies — which became TILT — a publicly traded company, among other M&A transactions.

He’s also helped counsel clients both within, and impacted by, the marijuana industry, including the California-based vape company Hmbldt “work through the maze of federal uncertainty.”

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Getting prepared ‘well ahead of the market’

Berlin has big goals for his new role — even though, as he admits, he’s still getting settled in. 

“What we’re forming is a truly comprehensive group, where we’ll provide all the legal expertise that is needed in the industry globally,” said Berlin. “We’ll have the personnel in place to provide all of that.”

He’ll have his work cut out for him. A number of top law firms, including AmLaw 100 firms Duane Morris and Baker Botts, have established cannabis practices to chase down an opportunity that could hit $80 billion in the next decade, according to analysts from investment bank Cowen. 

But what will set the new practice apart, said Berlin, is that it will be composed of lawyers with specific cannabis industry expertise.

“This is not cannabis criminal lawyers trying to become commercial lawyers. This isn’t commercial lawyers who know nothing about the cannabis industry, trying to be cannabis lawyers. We have the expertise all the way around,” said Berlin. 

Read more: A cannabis CEO who led turnarounds at FAO Schwarz and Patagonia explains why he’s looking to poach ‘nimble’ people from small companies — rather than big-name execs

On that note, Berlin said one his first tasks this year will be to do some hiring from outside the firm. 

Berlin’s location in Chicago could prove to be fruitful as well, as Illinois’ new governor, J.B. Pritzker, has said marijuana legalization would be one of his top priorities for his first year in office

“Right now there are very few firms that provide the really high-level counseling and transactional work cannabis companies need,” Berlin said. “That’s complicated, layered M&A, reverse takeovers into Canada, going public, and all the banking that has to do with that. We want to be able to provide all of that for our clients.” 

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