This column reports on several significant, representative decisions handed down recently in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Eric N. Vitaliano disqualified an attorney from representing a defendant at a criminal trial because of an unwaivable conflict of interests. Judge Jack B. Weinstein discussed the lack of available alternatives to incarceration for violent offenders in sentencing three members of street gangs. And Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis rejected claims that his comments in prior related litigation and other factors required recusal.
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