Grasso Loses Lawyer, New Attorney Still Not a Potted Plant

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Dick Grasso will likely lose one of the most powerful forces he has on his side —Williams & Connolly attorney Brendan Sullivan. A recent ruling moving the trial date up to September from late October, probably means that Sullivan, who famously represented Oliver North in the Iran-Contra hearings, will not be able to serve as lead attorney at trial, according to CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino. Sullivan is already set to represent another client in a trial scheduled for the same time.
Surprisingly, Grasso may ultimately benefit from the new date. Lawyers working for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer have complained that the new date doesn’t give them enough time to prepare for the case.
Oh, and the headline comes from Sullivan’s famous reply to lawmakers who complained he was objecting too much to their questions to Colonel North. “I'm not a potted plant. I'm here as a lawyer. That's my job,” Sullivan said. Reportedly, the guy now running Grasso’s defense, Gerson Zweifach, is not potted plant either.

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[SquawkBlog]

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