6th Circ. Says Atty DQ Doesn't Nix Obstruction Conviction

Law360, Los Angeles (October 25, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Friday affirmed the conviction of a lawyer found guilty of tax and obstruction charges in a scheme in which he paid only $107 in federal income tax over 11 years, ruling the defendant's attorney wasn't improperly removed.

The appeals court said that, because Ohio lawyer Thomas M. Tyack of Tyack Blackmore Liston & Nigh Co. was likely to testify at the trial of Aristotle "Rick" Matsa, he couldn't represent the defendant in the federal government's obstruction-of-justice case. Matsa had argued the government tried...
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