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Fisher is no stranger to controversy. Fisher is known for her never back down/take no prisoners attitude of not turning the other cheek when confronting bullies; she has a history of splashy run-ins, lawsuits and catfights with neighbors and business associates.
In 2007 ex-NFL Raven football player Michael McCrary added Fisher to a lawsuit aimed at her husband and others for $60 million. The Circuit Court for Baltimore City civil litigation concerned a hurricane-derailed New Orleans real estate venture at the New Orleans landmark (Crescent City Towers) Plaza Tower site. McCrary's case targeted a tangle of Louisiana limited liability companies. The soured real estate and development investment deal netted McCrary and a web of partnerships millions of dollars in post-Katrina profits within a few months. McCrary reaped $2,384,639 in profits and the return of his $3,550,000 capital investment.
McCrary's initial civil-action complaint spawned Fisher/McCrary court-case proceedings in 13 separate, federal and appellate courts in Maryland, Louisiana, Florida and Washington, DC. McCrary's suit was spearheaded by super-litigator William H. "Billy" Murphy, Jr., noted for multimillion- and multibillion-dollar lawsuits and high-stakes litigation. His flamboyant racial discrimination suits and eight-figure settlements garner high-profile publicity. He is a second-generation African-American Baltimore circuit court judge. Murphy is notorious for regularly obtaining $30 million, $50 million and $272 million trial-court award verdicts and settlements in his home court, Baltimore City. Baltimore is known as one of America?s most corrupt cities and the site of huge lawsuit judicial jackpot wins.
Fisher dubbed McCrary's lawsuit a total fabrication by McCrary and his lawyers.
During the protracted court battle, a year after Fisher's husband sued McCrary, Fisher served a separate suit on McCrary and his attorney. Afterwards McCrary's attorneys sued two of Fisher's husband's attorneys. Those attorneys then in turn sued Fisher, McCrary and others. In a related claim McCrary filed action against Bank of America.
Post-NFL retirement, McCrary admitted to Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin, oxycodone, psychiatric medicine, methadone and fentanyl patch usage for chronic pain and depression; McCrary, who earned more than $16 million in signing bonuses alone, filed an NFL disability claim seeking $750 to $4000 per month in disability benefits.
In June 2008, a Baltimore courtroom rendered a $33.3-million-dollar default judgment against Fisher and others, in favor of McCrary. Precedent to the award, all defendants and their attorneys were precluded from speaking or participating in the damages hearing inquisition. Legal analysts cited U.S. Constitution and Due Process violations. Fisher's counsel, Richard Winelander, also represents spoon-bending psychic mystifier Uri Geller.
Fisher was unable to post a $33.3-million-dollar supersedeas bond to stay execution of McCrary's default judgment against her during the pendency of the appeal. Nearly a year after the trial court default, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals granted a stay against the judgment without a bond being posted.
In June 2009 the Maryland intermediate appellate court tossed out McCrary's $33.3-million-dollar default judgment against Fisher and others.
In further McCrary-related litigation proceedings, during his subsequent divorce drama in Baltimore County, Maryland, McCrary?s wife, Mary Haley, was granted a protective order against McCrary in March 2010. In domestic violence court pleadings sworn and entered before the judge, she called McCrary "increasingly violent, threatening and abusive" ? punching holes in walls, brandishing a loaded pistol and throwing a 45-pound barstool at her. She testified that due to his nightly "cocktail" concoction of a plethora of prescription drugs washed down with alcohol, she lived in terror of McCrary either shooting her in the back, turning the gun on himself or overdosing, with their 6-year-old daughter sleeping nearby. She said her child?s nanny also fears McCrary, as he owns and carries three handguns. According to Haley and other media reports, McCrary suffers from depression, anxiety, mental issues, failed rehab, is addicted to painkilling drugs and "smokes marijuana on a regular basis." His multiple business disputes and lawsuits dovetailed in the foreclosure of their marital home, and by Spring 2010 McCrary had accumulated approximately $3 million in bank judgments levied against him, that plus a garnishment of his wages. McCrary's Baltimore attorney "Judge" Murphy, a longtime lawyer of choice for accused drug dealers, previously faced his own domestic assault issues with respect to wife-beating charges, when his wife was reportedly "badly beaten by (Mr. Murphy) and was bleeding."
During extended 2010 Baltimore court proceedings against [defaulted defendants] Fisher and others, McCrary faced his first cross-examination questioning in four years of civil litigation. He failed to remember catastrophic Hurricane Katrina details or New Orleans post-storm devastation. The judge chided McCrary's attorney for repeated attempts to "testify" for him and his "spotty memory" (via leading questions). The ex-NFL player ? with a chronic history of drug dependence on mind-altering narcotic compounds, psychiatrist pharmaceuticals and opiates ? sat in the courtroom and thumbed through computer and gaming magazines.
The Supreme Court of the United States first took notice of sole-practitioner Winelander's Writ of Certiorari Petition [for Petitioners Fisher, et al] on August 20 of 2010, when the High Court Office of the Clerk William K. Suter handed down a request that Murphy [for Respondees McCrary, et al] file a response in the case.
Bank of America
In 2011 Fisher sued BofA with a stunning multi-million-dollar filing against the banking giant. In court papers filed in West Palm Beach, Florida, TJ Fisher alleged banking irregularities and improprieties caused a domino effect that ultimately led Baltimore Ravens' Michael McCrary to file the $60-million Baltimore lawsuit against her in 2007. "I've been silent for too long," swore Fisher, "no more. There's a story to tell that rocks 'conspiracy' theories, litigation and banking practices." She added, "I was never McCrary's partner or associate." Former police officer and Roy Black protégé, Florida attorney Timothy W. Schulz emerged as lead counsel of an international legal team, joined by Hollywood's "The Maharaja of Media", entertainment law guru Russell Smith and his global legal support firm. Fisher's longtime Baltimore attorney Richard Winelander, and New Orleans legal counsel, Al M. Thompson, Jr., joined Schulz's legal team. Publicist Glenn Selig, Rod R. Blagojevich's publicist, released news of Fisher's BofA action. News headlines"Author and New Orleans Icon TJ Fisher Sues Bank of America" spread across internet media company, privacy assist log-in and social networking websites. Press coverage about Fisher's $70-million lawsuit against BofA dubbed the Southern writer a "Palm Beach socialite" and "New Orleans chronicler."
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