Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tax Division Alumnus in the Tax News (10/27/15)

Yesterday, the Tax Court decided the case of Estate of Redstone v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 11 (2015), here.  I post the case here because an alumnus is a player in the drama in the case.  Here is the pertinent quote about his service with the Tax Division:
Sumner [Redstone] graduated from Harvard College in 1944 and Harvard Law School in 1947. He practiced law for several years, including a stint in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, before starting work in 1954 for the family business. 
Many of you will recall the name Sumner Redstone.  His Wikipedia entry is here.

The following footnote also appears in the decision:
   n2  Sumner is the petitioner in a companion case, Redstone v. Commissioner, T.C. Dkt. No. 8097-13 (filed Apr. 10, 2013). That case has not been consolidated with the instant case. While the cases share a common factual background, they present different issues.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Boente Nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (10/11/15)

From the White House announcement, here:
Eastern District of Virginia 
Dana J. Boente has served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia since 2000.  Currently, Boente serves as the Acting United States Attorney, a position he has held since 2013 and from 2008 to 2009, as well as First Assistant United States Attorney, a position he has held since 2007.  While at the United States Attorney’s Office, he served as the Interim United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana from December 2012 to September 2013 and, while on detail, as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice from 2005 to 2007.  From 1984 to 2000, he served as a Trial Attorney in in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice.  Boente began his legal career as a clerk for the Honorable J. Waldo Ackerman of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois from 1982 to 1984.  He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1982 from St. Louis University School of Law, and his M.B.A in 1977 and B.S.B.A. cum laude in 1976, both from St. Louis University.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Jerry Parr's Death On October 9 (10/10/15)

Larry Meuwissen sent this item to me on the death of Jerry Parr who was not a DOJ Tax Alum.  In the tax world and DOJ Tax Alum world, we know his wife, Carolyn Parr, retired Tax Court Judge and DOJ Tax Alum.  I normally do not post death notices for relatives of DOJ Tax Alums, but given this relative's prominence, I thought it was appropriate to post this one.

Jerry Parr was the principal Secret Service Agent assisting President Reagan in the shooting incident and making the quick decision to get him to the hospital.  Many credit him with saving President Reagan's life.

The CNN article is here, the NYT article is here, and the Wikipedia entry is here.