Winifred Jiau has been pretty clear about a number of things: She loves her dog, does not appear to understand that lobsters are living things, and her recipes require sugar. Lots of sugar, preferably in the form of Cheesecake Factory gift cards and the aforementioned lobsters.
Winnie has been clearest of all, however, about just how not guilty of selling confidential information to hedge funds she is, no matter what a jury and a whole host of judges have said, and said again, and then again. Given her obvious innocence, someone must be to blame for her predicament. That person is her former lawyer, Joanna Hendon, who spent the time she should have been investigating and striking plea agreements conspiring with prosecutors to send poor old Winnie to jail for four years.
Winifred Jiau, a former consultant with Primary Global Research LLC, sued her former defense lawyer, Joanna Hendon, claiming she failed to properly investigate the case, rejected requests to negotiate a plea deal, and “conspired” with prosecutors to allow a government witness to testify falsely….
Hendon’s former law firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, had called Jiau’s allegations “categorically false” in court papers.
Unfortunately for Winnie, the conspiracy rolls on.
U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer yesterday rejected Jiau’s arguments and granted Hendon’s motion to dismiss the case, saying that the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the conviction. The judge said Jiau’s malpractice claim “fails.”