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Martha Stewart Seeks New Trial, Claims Juror Violated Oath Martha Stewart’s lawyers yesterday asked for a new trial, claiming that one of the jurors who convicted her lied about his criminal record during jury selection. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, defense attorney Robert Morvillo accused juror Chappell Hartridge of violating his oath, lying to serve on the jury and depriving Ms. Stewart of her right to a fair trial. Ms. Stewart was convicted March 5 along with her broker, Peter Bacanovic, of obstructing justice and lying to the government about her sale of 3,928 shares of ImClone Systems stock on Dec. 27, 2001. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 17, and faces from 10 to 16 months in prison. Her lawyers said in court papers that they have learned since the verdict that Mr. Hartridge was arrested for an alleged assault on a woman in 1997. In a juror questionnaire, he claimed he had never been in court other than for a minor traffic violation, the lawyers said. Mr. Hartridge was arraigned on the assault charge, which was later dropped, the lawyers said. � Associated Press Statute Flaw Forces City to Return $50 Co-op Transfer Fee A drafting glitch will yield a $50 rebate to thousands of co-op sellers who sold apartments in New York City since Jan. 1, 2003. In a statement Tuesday, city Finance Commissioner Martha E. Stark agreed with the central claim raised by the plaintiffs � that a flaw in the wording of the state statute that raised the filing fee paid by the sellers of residential property from $25 to $50 took co-ops out of the law. Until the amendment was passed, the law was clear that the fee applied to co-op transfers, said Aaron Shmulewitz of Reed Smith, who represented plaintiffs in Schwartz v. New York City Department of Finance, 104785/04, which was filed Monday. But in changing the fee, Mr. Shmulewitz said, the Legislature pegged the payment to the filing of a form that unmistakably is only required when real property is sold. Because co-op owners hold shares in a corporation, which are personal property, the new, higher fee is not applicable to them, he said, estimating that the city will end up paying more than $1 million to co-op sellers. Ms. Stark said the city is seeking to remedy the legislative error so that it can begin collecting the fee from both sellers of co-ops and real estate. � Daniel Wise Debevoise Partner Named Pace Law Dean Stephen J. Friedman, a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, was named dean of Pace Law School yesterday. His appointment is effective July 1, when David S. Cohen steps down from a five-year term as dean at the White Plains campus. Mr. Friedman is a magna cum laude graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to his partnership at Debevoise, Mr. Friedman was executive vice president and general counsel of The Equitable Companies. � Thomas Adcock Third District Gets New Administrative Judge Supreme Court Justice George B. Ceresia Jr. of Troy yesterday was named the new administrative judge for the Third Judicial District. He succeeds Justice Thomas W. Keegan of Albany, who retired as of yesterday. A 1968 graduate of Albany Law School, Justice Ceresia served as a public defender early in his career. He has been on the bench since 1972: first as a North Greenbush town justice and later as an acting Family and County Court judge. He was elected to Rensselaer County Surrogate’s Court in 1987 and elected to Supreme Court in 1994. He pioneered the establishment of the Rensselaer County Integrated Domestic Violence Project in 2001. � John Caher Military Service Prompts Dismissal of Charges A Middletown town justice yesterday dismissed drunken driving and related charges against a defendant because the arresting officer is serving in military intelligence and there is no indication when he will return. The decision by Justice Glen R. George apparently marks the first time that a court has dropped a criminal charge because of the arresting trooper’s military-related unavailability, according to defense attorney Mathew B. Tully of Tully and Associates in Albany and Greene counties. Justice George ordered all records in People v. Reilly destroyed and directed state authorities to destroy the defendant’s finger prints and mug shot. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Carr of Delaware County prosecuted the case. � John Caher Latham Bolsters Its Bankruptcy Practice Latham & Watkins has bolstered its New York bankruptcy practice with the addition of a partner from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Mitchell Seider, a partner at Kramer Levin since 2001, will join Latham & Watkins as a partner specializing in representing bondholders in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Before joining Kramer Levin, Mr. Seider practiced in Texas and was a partner at Houston firm of Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay. He is chair of the American Bar Association’s subcommittee on professional ethics in bankruptcy cases. Latham & Watkins has 275 lawyers in New York and 1,500 worldwide. � Anthony Lin

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