Risk Update

Political Conflicts — News and Allegations from Ohio & Israel

Lawyers withdraw from representing Larry Householder in bribery case” —

  • “The exact nature of the conflict of interest, but defined the reasoning the to court as there being ‘a substantial risk that the lawyer’s ability to consider, recommend, or carry out an appropriate course of action for that client will be materially limited by the lawyer’s responsibilities to another client, a former client, or a third person or by the lawyer’s own personal interests.'”
  • “Householder was indicted last Thursday for his part in what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling the largest bribery case in Ohio history. After the indictment he was voted out of his House leadership role.”

According to the filed brief, Householder was being represented by Taft Stettinius & Hollister. For more on the broader matter, see: “Not guilty pleas for 4 indicted in $60M Ohio bribery probe.”

Third lawyer joins Netanyahu defense team in his corruption trial” —

  • “Boaz Ben Tzur, a well known litigator, has also represented two other people tied to one of the prime minister’s cases, one of whom is a witness for the prosecution.”
  • “A renowned defense lawyer, Ben Tzur, has previously represented billionaire movie mogul Arnon Milchan, a central figure in Case 1000, one of the trio of cases against the prime minister. There were conflicting reports in Hebrew media as to whether or not Ben Tzur still represents Milchan’s personal assistant Hadas Klein, who will be a key prosecution witness in Case 1000.”
  • “Before taking on the job, Ben Tzur asked the State Prosecution if there were any legal issues with him representing Netanyahu but no objections were raised, Channel 12 news reported.”
  • “Klein has said the approach constituted a conflict of interest and violated her rights, the report said.”