A half-dozen sheriff’s deputies raided a disbarred attorney’s office last week in New York City in search of the 43 boxes of files he has refused to hand over to the law firm that has taken over his biggest case, a wrongful-death action filed by a Bronx woman on behalf of her husband, a ship-rigger who plummeted to his death at the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

For all practical purposes, the deputies came out of Kenneth Heller’s office empty-handed.