SAN FRANCISCO — Former Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Wertkin pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in a case where he’s accused of attempting to sell sealed whistleblower lawsuits to targeted companies.

Wertkin, who was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld at the time of his arrest in January, pleaded guilty before U.S. Senior District Judge Maxine Chesney of the Northern District of California to two charges of obstruction of justice and one count of transporting stolen goods across state lines.

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