March 14, 2005
Federal Judge Bans Defense Attorney from His Courtroom for Life
From Law.com: "A federal judge on Long Island has banned from his
courtroom for life a defense lawyer who claimed the judge improperly
communicated with a co-defendant's lawyer.
Eastern District Judge Leonard D. Wexler said the 'lies'
contained in an affidavit submitted by attorney Joseph J. Fleischman
made him so furious that he could not proceed with an ongoing trial in
which Fleischman represented the main defendant. 'I think the half-truths and the lies by Mr. Fleischman have
messed this up,' Wexler said, according to a transcript of a March 1
hearing. 'And therefore I declare a mistrial.'
The judge barred Fleischman from ever again practicing before
him and he also barred Fleischman's law firm, Bridgewater, N.J.'s
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, so long as Fleischman remained a
partner at the firm." More . . . [Mark Godsey]
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