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Ex-K&L Gates Partner Accused of Stalking Wants Ankle Monitor Off

Jan. 13, 2022, 3:26 PM

A Manhattan corporate lawyer facing criminal charges for cyberstalking colleagues at K&L Gates wants an ankle monitor removed, saying the device weighing more than a third of a pound may have contributed to a hernia.

Lawyers for Willie Dennis, awaiting trial on four counts of federal cyberstalking, said Thursday that a doctor has recommended surgery to repair the hernia and suggested removing the ankle bracelet to reduce pain. They also renewed their request to Judge Lorna Schofield to end home detention.

Dennis worked as a corporate transactions partner for K&L Gates before being fired in 2019. He later accused the firm of discriminating against him and other Black partners.

Federal prosecutors asked Schofield to keep the monitor and home detention in place, alleging Dennis harassed, intimidated, and threatened partners through phone calls, email, and text messages.

“Victims have had to make serious changes to their and their families’ daily routines based on the defendant’s conduct,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Kushner wrote in a Wednesday filing. “They are terrified of what may happen if the defendant’s bracelet were to be removed.”

The case is U.S. v. Dennis, S.D.N.Y., No. 20-cr-00623, response filed 1/13/2022.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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