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The Fight Over the Bill of Rights

Michael Stratton battles with the state of North Carolina to protect a client’s right to personal property

Mike Stratton has a client who claims he has been subject to an illegal seizure and has been denied the right to a jury trial, while suffering violations of other liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Coincidentally, the case concerns the Bill of Rights itself. Since 2003, Stratton has represented New Haven real estate mogul and antiques collector Robert V. Matthews, trying to convince the North Carolina courts that Matthews is the rightful owner of that state’s original copy of …

To Russia With Love

Natasha Lisman has come a long way from a primitive hovel in Kazakhstan

At 60, Natasha C. Lisman is doing a lot of reminiscing. She is remembering her “Sweet 16” party in Wroclaw, Poland, a teens-only event where she slow-danced to Elvis Presley and wore black-market blue jeans. She is recalling her pre-teen years in Ukraine, and her parents returning to their two-room apartment from the public well, carrying water in pails suspended from yokes across their shoulders. And she recollects the home she left at age 4 in Kazakhstan, a settlement around a …

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