Two months after being convicted of joining Justin Volpe in the 1997 attack on Abner Louima in a police station house bathroom, Charles Schwarz hired a new lawyer to argue his appeal and defend him on the one remaining count of obstruction of justice.

That attorney, Ronald Fischetti, was given two jobs: win an acquittal on the obstruction charge in a trial that began Monday in Brooklyn, and in doing so, strengthen Schwarz’s appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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