Caught on the border between fierce advocacy and just plain disruption, two hard-charging litigators defended themselves before the New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board against complaints that they went overboard in confrontations with judges.

The Office of Attorney Ethics wants a reprimand for Bruce Nagel for repeatedly objecting to a Bergen County judge’s jury charge in a 1992 trial after she told him to stop interrupting. His lawyer, Michael Chertoff, says the conduct may have been inappropriate but it didn’t amount to misconduct.

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