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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Mob Lawyer Gets Kicked Off Case

Zealous representation by a lawyer of a criminal client may have gotten the lawyer booted from the case.

Reputed mob lawyer Joseph Corozzo, Jr., reported to be considered by federal prosecutors to be a "house counsel" for the Gambino crime family, was disqualified from a federal criminal case by a Brooklyn federal judge for apparently arranging a meeting between a reputed crime figure and another man (identified by "sources" as Sebastian Saracino) who is expected to testify against his brother, Dino Saracino, whom Corozzo represents.

Let's get this straight:  Corozzo represents a client who is facing criminal charges, and is alleged to have arranged a meeting involving a potential witness against his client.

What is wrong with this picture?  Isn't this good investigative work -- trying to get "impeachment" evidence against a witness?  Isn't this within the permissible bounds of what is called "zealous representation"?  Or is the real problem that the lawyer's work is too good -- too effective -- and getting the lawyer bounced from the case is simply a strategic shot?

This might make an interesting case on appeal.

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