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Nxivm prosecutors still skeptical that Mark Geragos and daughter can avoid conflicts

[Teny Geragos and her famous father Mark]

The other day we noted that one of Keith Raniere’s attorneys, Teny Geragos, had assured the court that there would be no conflict if her famous father, defense attorney Mark Geragos, represented Raniere’s co-defendant, Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman, in the upcoming Nxivm trial.

But now there’s a new document in the court file from the government, laying out one way that prosecutors think conflicts could arise if the father-daughter duo continue to work on this case.

Here’s the relevant paragraph from the new letter from prosecutors to Judge Nicholas Garaufis…



To that end, prosecutors submitted a list of proposed questions for Judge Garaufis to ask in a March 18 Curcio hearing with the defendants, to determine if conflicts are present.

For example, here are some sample questions for Clare Bronfman:

— How did you choose Mark Geragos as your counsel?
— Were any of Keith Raniere’s attorneys involved in your choosing Mark Geragos as your counsel?
— Have you received any inducements, promises, or threats with regard to hiring Mark Geragos?
— Was Keith Raniere or any of Keith Raniere’s attorneys involved in your decision to terminate Susan Necheles?
— To the extent you and Raniere jointly incur legal fees (for example the costs of private investigators, briefs that your attorneys draft but that Raniere joins, the cost of a discovery vendor, etc.), do you pay those in full yourself, separately than from the defense fund?

And many more. The full list of questions is in the document…

Proposed Geragos questions … by on Scribd


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 16, 2019 at 17:00

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