Fattah's Attys Bound By Ethical Duty Despite Unpaid Bills

Law360, Philadelphia (January 28, 2016, 6:24 PM EST) -- Despite their unpaid legal bills, attorneys for Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., must continue representing their client zealously in an ongoing corruption case or risk tarnishing their reputations, especially since a potential conviction could lead to an argument on appeal that the congressman suffered from ineffective counsel.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III ruled Wednesday that Mincey & Fitzpatrick LLC and Ross Legal Practice LLC could not withdraw from the corruption case even though Fattah had stopped paying his legal bills as part of what he’s said is a single-minded focus on raising money for his April primary election.

While the judge...

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