Monday, September 25, 2006

Exclusion of Sheinbein from USPTO practice affirmed

The CAFC affirmed the exclusion from practice before the USPTO of Sol Sheinbein. Sheinbein's son was being investigated in a murder case, and Sheinbein helped his son flee to Israel.

The CAFC cited the Rodime case (174 F.3d 1294) for appropriate law on the standard of review in summary judgment proceedings.

A discussion of the Samuel Sheinbein case appears in a 1999 washingtonreport:

Maryland officials and Hispanic activists are seething over a series of legal maneuvers whereby the family of Samuel Sheinbein, now 19, has prevented his prosecution in the U.S. for the 1997 murder of Alfredo Tello Jr. only child of Central American immigrant mother Eliette Ramos of Silver Spring, a Maryland suburb of the U.S. national capital. Tello’s dismembered and partially burned body was found in an empty garage adjacent to the Sheinbein home in prosperous Montgomery County. American-born Sheinbein fled to Israel with the assistance of his Palestine-born father, patent attorney Sol Sheinbein, and a brother, and then claimed Israeli citizenship. After Israel refused to extradite its new citizen for trial in the U.S., Montgomery County state’s attorney Douglas Gansler, who is Jewish, thought he had an arrangement for Israeli authorities to try Sheinbein on first-degree murder charges in Israel, and bear all the expenses of bringing witnesses to testify.

Instead, Israeli authorities reached a plea-bargain agreement whereby Sheinbein is expected to plead guilty to first-degree murder in return for a 24-year prison sentence. Under Israeli law he will be eligible for weekend furloughs after just four years and for parole in 14 years. If he had been convicted on the same charge in Maryland, he might have faced a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Other patent attorney/murder links include the "Dean Olds Story" and the recent murder by a patent attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut.


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