With remarkable years come noteworthy events
2020 was one of our most active years in the media, with appearances on national networks like FOX to international ones such as the BBC and Today Show Australia. We also published five op-eds between the New York Daily News and the New York Law Journal.
We would like to wish every one of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Though this year was an extremely productive year for us, we hope for a 2021 that brings the world back to some level of normalcy. Happy New Year!
With 2020 coming to an end, check out our top 10 media events from 2020!
#10 Prosecuting Karen – Amy Cooper and the Selective Prosecution of Yasmine Seweid
A video went viral of Amy Cooper, aka the “Central Park Karen,” screaming at a bird watcher that she was going to tell the police an “African-American man” was threatening her. Though she was clearly lying—at the time that the New York Law Journal published our op-ed—Amy Cooper hadn’t yet been charged with filing a false police report. In our op-ed, we contrasted the non-arrest of “Karen” with the arrest of Yasmine Seweid, who had also made a false police report but had been prosecuted. Shortly after its publication, “Karen” was arrested. Click the thumbnail above to read the full op-ed!
#6 Is the New York State Bar Association Relevant?
About two months into the lockdowns, the New York State Bar Association suggested that people should be forced to take the coronavirus vaccine, which at the time of the op-ed was still months away from fruition.
Vinoo highlighted that while the Bar was all too willing to support forced vaccinations it failed to protect and advocate for criminal defense attorneys as “essential” when Governor Cuomo made his initial lockdown order. Their inaction contrasted sharply with their much smaller counterpart in New Jersey, which successfully pushed Governor Murphy to designate all lawyers as “essential.” Thus, the New York State Bar Association is “no longer relevant.” Click the thumbnail above to read the full op-ed!
#5 Today Show Australia: Will Rioting and Looting Bring Justice for George Floyd?
The Australian Today Show asked Vinoo to provide expert analysis on the George Floyd riots that erupted in late May. Vinoo commented on whether the rioting and looting would actually solve any problems regarding police brutality. Click the thumbnail above to watch the full video!
#4 Fox News: Does Lori Loughlin Need to Abandon Her Husband’s Lawyer?
During the height of Lori Loughlin’s prosecution for her role in the college admission scandal, Fox News tapped Vinoo’s opinion on her case. He explained why Aunt Becky’s attorneys had a conflict of interest that would lead to her downfall—which it later did. Click the thumbnail above to watch the full video!
#3 To Ensure Justice for George Floyd, Derek Chauvin Must Get a Fair Trial (And We Must Recognize Keith Ellison’s Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion)
During a time of strong racial tension and what appeared to be mass loathing for the police officers involved with the death of George Floyd, Vinoo took a controversial stance. He argued that to achieve any justice for Floyd, Derek Chauvin and the other officers involved must have a fair trial. He also went on to explain why Chauvin may be acquitted. Click the thumbnail above to read the full op-ed!
#2 Defense Attorneys are Essential Personnel: New Coronavirus Restrictions Fail to Protect Lawyers Who Serve the Accused
The COVID-19 lockdowns left tens of millions of Americans out of work after governors arbitrarily designated most businesses as non-“essential.” Almost every governor, except Cuomo, however, designated criminal defense attorneys as “essential.” In his op-ed, Vinoo hammered Cuomo, and the day after it was published by the New York Daily News, Cuomo declared criminal defense attorneys “essential.” Click the thumbnail above to read the full op-ed!
#1 Wall Street Lawyer Reviews Financial Crime Scenes, from "Billions" to "Mr. Robot" - Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair invited Vinoo to guest host their popular “True Crime” series. Vinoo analyzed and fact-checked financial crime scenes from Hollywood films and shows ranging from “The Wolf of Wall Street” to “Billions.” Click the thumbnail above to watch the full video!
We at Varghese & Associates, P.C. would like to wish every one of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Though this year was unique and extremely productive years for us, we hope for a 2021 that brings the world back to some level of normalcy. Happy New Year!