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Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, left, swears in new acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, joined by Underwood’s husband, Martin Halpern, center, and staff from the AG’s office. Photo courtesy of New York Attorney General’s Office.

There are situations where good outcomes can blossom from terrible developments. In the precipitous downfall of Eric Schneiderman Monday evening, news that Barbara Underwood, then the state solicitor general, would be taking the helm of the attorney general’s office was just such a situation, according to observers familiar with her background.

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Colby Hamilton

B. Colby Hamilton is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal and Law.com.

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