A New York federal judge has banned from his courtroom for life a defense lawyer who claimed the judge improperly communicated with a co-defendant's lawyer. Judge Leonard D. Wexler said the "lies" contained in an affidavit submitted by attorney Joseph J. Fleischman made him so furious that he could not proceed with an ongoing trial in which Fleischman represented the main defendant. "You got what you wanted," Wexler said. "But let the record indicate you are barred for life. And so is your firm."
Irate Federal Judge Imposes Lifetime Ban on Defense Lawyer
New York Law Journal
March 14, 2005