Zuckerman Spaeder Throws Wrench In Rangel Hearing

Law360, New York (November 15, 2010, 6:04 PM EST) -- Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., walked out of his long-awaited congressional ethics hearing Monday after saying he lacked legal counsel and needed time to hire a new defense team.

Members of the subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' ethics panel discussed Rangel's request behind closed doors but decided to proceed without the longtime Harlem Democrat, saying it was his responsibility to replace his former attorney, Leslie Berger Kiernan of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

Rangel said he spent $2 million on legal fees during the two-year investigation into...
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