Ira Kleiman’s legal representation filed a new document today, calling for a New York lawyer to be allowed to act as co-counsel for Kleiman in the ongoing case against Craig Wright. As the trial is being heard in Florida, special dispensation is needed for a representative who is not admitted to practice within the jurisdiction.
Bringing Out The Big Guns for Craig Wright?
So who is this new, hot-shot lawyer from The Big Apple? Um… well it’s just some guy from the New York office of Roche Cyrulnik Freedman LLP. The same firm that Kleiman’s current counsel, Velvel (Devin) Freedman is a founding partner of.
Quite what Freedman believes Stephen Lagos can bring to the case is unclear. But in requesting consent for his appearance, he seems to be essentially demoting himself to dealing with the case’s admin, so it must be something special.
Of course, we can expect Wright and his representation to complain about this latest request for all that they are worth. That, sadly, is the level to which this case has degenerated.
$10 Billion Schoolyard Squabble
Including this latest filing, there have been 400 documents filed so far in the case. And while one might think that the involvement of lawyers and a judge might give the affair a whiff of respectability, one would be very very wrong.
While wrapped up in legalese, the sentiment behind recent exchanges has been more akin to a schoolyard slanging match. Indeed, it is hard to read through many of the more recent documents without imagining a goading sneering delivery.
Take the document that Bitcoinist most recently covered, relating to whether Craig Wright can claim client/attorney privilege on a requested set of over 10,000 documents.