Court Sets Hearing to Weigh Giuliani, Mukasey Conflict Claim


Bruce Green was quoted in New York Law Journal about an upcoming hearing which will address whether former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey have a conflict of interest in a case where they represent a Turkish gold trader, Reza Zarrab, who is charged with helping Iran violate sanctions imposed by Congress.

Bruce Green—a law professor who directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at the Fordham University School of Law—who said he knows of Zarrab’s case through news reports, said that Curcio proceedings can be used to determine if it is legally permissible for a defendant to waive their Sixth Amendment rights and can lower the risk of a ruling being reversed on appeal.

“Sometimes you have conflict that are just so serious that the courts can’t allow the defendant to waive the conflict,” Green said. He also said Berman would have the option to appoint Curcio counsel in the case to discuss potential conflicts of interest.


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