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Three lawyers and their client who claim that Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks piled one mistake on top of another on their way to being sanctioned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Attorneys William W. Veale, Mustapha Ndanusa and Dennis Cunningham were hit Friday by the circuit with $15,000 in sanctions for filing a frivolous appeal and then doubling down by claiming the three circuit judges should recuse themselves from a motion to rehear because they were guilty of “rank, dishonest wielding of power.”

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