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Jonathan Rosen, the lawyer for a former Senate staffer who’s suing Washingtonienne blogger Jessica Cutler, says he plans to depose D.C. lawyer William Bode in order to ask him whether he’s one of the men Cutler had sex with and then wrote about on her sexually explicit blog. “We have reason to believe he is [the] �W’ named in the blog,” Rosen told Legal Times last week. Rosen also doesn’t have much good to say about Cutler. Bode, a name partner at D.C.’s Bode & Grenier, signed up to defend Cutler in the libel case in D.C.’s federal court on March 30. A day later, Rosen filed a motion to disqualify him, claiming Bode was the pampering paramour Cutler referred to as “W” on her blog. Bode quickly withdrew as counsel, without giving the court a reason. He later told Legal Times he was not “W” but was too busy with other matters to remain on the case. Rosen, a Clearwater, Fla., lawyer who represents former Senate staffer Robert Steinbuch, says his motion to disqualify Bode was not just based on information from Cutler’s blog, but from Steinbuch, who said Cutler told him that “W” is a man named William, a middle-aged lead attorney in a small D.C. law firm who lives in Georgetown. Rosen says he received other information from his client that led him to conclude Bode could be “W.” “I had a high degree of certainty that this is the person identified as �W,’ ” Rosen says, refusing to explain what that additional information is. According to Rosen, before withdrawing from the case, Bode said he was representing Cutler pro bono because the former Senate aide, whose notoriety has led to a book and a television deal, was “impecunious.” Rosen says Bode asked whether the case could be settled if Cutler apologized to Steinbuch. Once Rosen asked Bode whether he was “W,” he says, he never heard back from him. Bode didn’t return a call for comment. Rosen last week requested a gag order in the case, but it was denied. He says he’s upset by recent statements made by Cutler’s new lawyer, John Umana. Rosen took issue with Umana’s claim to Legal Times that Cutler is a “good woman” and an “honest person.” “She is a self-admitted drug user, a self-admitted liar, a self-admitted prostitute, having taken money for sex,” Rosen says. Umana did not return a call.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected]. Tom Schoenberg can be contacted at [email protected].

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