Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More Conflicts in the Mainstream News

It's not everyday (or ever) one gets to quote the Hollywood Reporter on law firm conflicts issues: "Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest by U.S. Government":
  • "The Quinn Emanuel firm has represented entertainment companies, and prosecutors hint that many Hollywood executives will be called to testify in the case against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload. "
  • "But probably the most chin-scratching argument is the idea that the court can't permit an appearance until all potential conflict situations are resolved. Quinn Emanuel has represented entertainment companies, and Schapiro himself represented YouTube -- a 'victim' of the alleged Megaupload crimes, according to the government."
The full story contains the defendants' response. (Readers may recall that earlier this year, a Hogan Lovells partner did in fact withdraw from this case, citing a conflict.)

Next, in the case of George Zimmerman:
  • "George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, filed papers Monday to request a new judge in the Trayvon Martin case."
  • Previously: "The judge hearing the George Zimmerman case said Friday that her husband works for the law firm of Mark NeJame, who has been hired to act as a CNN analyst for the case. Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler said she had an ethical obligation to disclose that and allow Zimmerman's attorney or the special prosecutor to ask her to step down."

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