Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Monday prevented attorneys Robert Fink and Caroline Rule of the Manhattan law firm Kostelanetz & Fink from withdrawing as defense counsel to former KPMG partner Richard Smith in United States v. Stein, 05 Crim. 888.

“Having signed on for the voyage, they are on for the voyage unless relieved by the court,” Kaplan said at a conference.