A Skokie, Ill., resident with no legal training but a history of petty crimes and a burglary conviction is charged with impersonating a lawyer and representing clients for almost five years in Cook County courts.The wannabe lawyer, Tahir Malik, 47, reportedly represented 60 people in traffic, foreclosure and minor criminal cases. “The audacity of this, the breadth of it, is amazing,” Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart told the Skokie Patch. “Here’s a guy that spent time in the penitentiary and is now walking into a courtroom, into the lion’s den, and passing himself as a lawyer. He must have been a good actor.”Staff at the Skokie courthouse became suspicious of Malik’s behavior during a hearing in December and court officials soon realized he didn’t have a license to practice law. Malik charged $500 to $4,500 from clients. “No one suspected anything for years because he did everything right — except obtain a law degree,” Dart said. Related Items
The Legislative Council meets Thursday to decide what to do about the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. A judge recently ruled the state lease for the building is illegal, because the state didn’t open it up to competitive bidding.Download AudioThe Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)The council could decide tonight whether to buy the building, or to move the office to a smaller space in the state-owned Atwood Building.The LIO owners have offered to sell the building to the state for 37 million dollars. A consulting group says 29 million dollars would be similar to the cost of the Atwood Building space, while 35 and a half million would be competitive for the larger LIO space.Council chairman Kodiak Republican Senator Gary Stevens says the state will pay through July based on the terms of the invalidated lease.The council will meet in a private, executive session. It’s not clear whether it will make a final decision tonight.