DOJ Rips Severance Bids In Foreclosure Bid-Rigging Case

Law360, New York (September 4, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors on Tuesday blasted requests by two real estate investors accused of rigging bids at California foreclosure auctions to split off their cases from the main action, arguing a separate obstruction charge against another co-defendant isn't grounds for severance.

The U.S. Department of Justice argued that because Andrew B. Katakis is charged with destroying evidence after it was subpoenaed, that doesn't entitle co-defendants Donald M. Parker and Anthony B. Joachim to separate trials.

While Joachim argued that there is no similarity between obstruction of justice...
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