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Skadden offices in Washington, D.C. Credit: ALM

Alex van der Zwaan, the former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom associate who pleaded guilty to lying in the Russia investigation earlier this year, told a Washington, D.C., judge Tuesday that his cooperation and remorse justify a nonjail sentence.

Van der Zwaan faces up to six months in prison. His lawyer, Cooley partner William Schwartz, wrote in a sentencing memo to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson that the 33-year-old’s career is ruined, and that he has “been serving a sentence while stuck in limbo” in the United States. The memo said that while it did not excuse his conduct, van der Zwaan lied to investigators in a Nov. 3 meeting because he feared for his career. At the time of his initial interview with the Office of the Special Counsel, the filing said, Skadden lawyers represented van der Zwaan.

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Cogan Schneier

Cogan Schneier is a Washington, D.C.-based litigation reporter covering D.C. courts, national litigation trends, the Justice Department and the federal judiciary. She is the author of Trump Watch, an email briefing that covers the Trump administration and its imprint on the law.

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