Even though defense attorney Robert Koppelman snoozed on occasion during the racketeering trial of an Albanian gang member, he managed to provide effective assistance of counsel under the Sixth Amendment, according to a federal judge.

In fact, Koppelman did such an excellent job defending Ljusa Nuculovic, despite falling asleep several times during the 2005 trial, that Southern District of New York Judge Denise Cote felt Nuculovic was lucky to have him.