Judge Rejects Pro Bono Counsel For Importer In Duty Case

Law360, New York (August 24, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal judge on Tuesday refused to appoint pro bono counsel to a restaurant supply company whose owner faces criminal charges for allegedly dodging duties on imports of plastic bags from China.

Baltimore-based Woncity Inc. can either hire an attorney or solicit pro bono representation on its own, but the court will not provide an attorney to defend it against charges of conspiracy, smuggling and making false customs entries, according to U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander.

“[T]he court finds that appointment of pro bono counsel...
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