Lawyer Convicted of Tax Evasion and Bankruptcy Fraud Wants to Teach a Morality Class Instead of Going to Prison

No, it’s not a joke.

Stephen Yagman, a high-profile lawyer who was involved in numerous cases against police thinks that he shouldn’t go to prison for his convictions on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud. He says that would be too harsh a punishment, and he also says he will be in physical danger in prison because of all the work he did examining claims of excessive force by police for the Christopher Commission.

Yagman filed for bankruptcy in 1999, but didn’t disclose that he lived in a large home near the beach in Venice and had a mortgage on the property. He also failed to pay his income taxes from 1994 through 1997. He owed about $158,000 in unpaid taxes, interest, and penalties which accumulated from failing to pay payroll taxes and hiding $617,000 in income during that period.

Yagman says that instead of prison time, he’d like to teach a course at the University of California, Los Angeles. He’s been asked to teach an undergraduate class on law, morality and social justice.

I don’t have anything against him teaching the class. I just don’t think he should get a free pass.

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