Law360, New York (July 23, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT) -- Former New York state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr., who faces trial on tax fraud charges and sentencing for stealing from a health network, got a new lawyer Monday to fight the tax charges, abandoning claims he was too poor to pay for one.
Espada's old lawyer, Jeffrey Pittel, told U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley at a hearing that the defendant had retained a paid lawyer. The move means he will not have to file a financial affidavit to receive taxpayer funding.
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