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Ari Teman Said His Lawyer May Have Spied For SDNY Now Seeks Return of Restitution

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 23 – Ari Teman, raising prosecutorial misconduct up to the day of his scheduled sentencing on December 1, learned on that day that his defense lawyer is married to a prosecutor. Now he has formally requested the return of his retainer and restitution, see below.

 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Engelmayer held the December 1 proceeding. Inner City Press covered and tweeted it.

   From the first moment, Judge Engelmayer said he would not be imposing sentence in the proceeding. He expressed amazement that the conflict wasn't disclosed to him, particularly by the prosecutors usually so fast to request so-calls Curcio hearings. He discovered it as he prepared remarks about having known the lawyer.

  But a simple Internet search finds that defense lawyer Noam Korati Biale of Sher Tremonte LLP is married to Margaret Graham, who appears working an SDNY prosecutor in press releases.   

  Teman added that Biale and Sher Tremonte were specifically retained to work on Brady disclosure issues, citing US v. Nejad, US v. Ahuja and other cases covered by Inner City Press.

He also noted that since people are working at home, it is more possible for spouses to overhear each other's work.

So sentencing was adjourned, as were the Bank of America issues Inner City Press covered earlier in the day, here.

Now on December 23, Teman has written to Judge Engelmayer and others that

"On December 1, 2020, at my scheduled sentencing hearing, I first learned that my counsel at Sher Tremonte LLP (Noam Biale) was married to AUSA Margaret Graham, a prosecutor in the same office that seeks to put me in prison. I did not learn of this conflict from my counsel, nor from AUSA Kedar Bhatia (despite his awareness of this conflict). I learned of it from Your Honor. Over the past weeks, I have worked diligently to engage new counsel and I hope to formally retain Susan G. Kellman and Andrew J. Frisch shortly. (Justin Gelfand and Joseph DiRuzzo have been terminated, and have my thanks and permission to withdraw.) As the Court also knows, I appeared at my scheduled sentencing with funds sufficient to pay the full restitution alleged by the Government.  1 These funds were - and, I hope, still are - being held by Sher Tremonte. In connection with my anticipated engagement of Ms. Kellman and Mr. Frisch, I have instructed Sher Tremonte to disburse: (1) return my retainer; and (2) wire my restitution funds to Ms. Kellman’s escrow account. Despite multiple written requests, Sher Tremonte has not disbursed my funds and has not provided any explanation for their refusal to do so (in fact, they have not responded to me, nor to Ms. Kellman or Mr. Frisch, in any manner). Given Sher Tremonte’s refusal to disburse my funds (and the upcoming holidays), I am unable to meet the Court’s deadline for me to engage new counsel. Accordingly, I respectfully request that your Honor order Sher Tremonte to immediately transfer all funds held on my behalf to Ms. Kellman’s escrow account without further delay."

FN1: "As the Court also knows, on the eve of my sentencing the Government first disclosed additional evidence that casts doubt on the damages and restitution amounts claimed. This information also contradicts the testimony of Bank of America’s representative. The Government has not explained why they failed to disclose this important information to me until hours before my scheduled sentencing. There are many other disclosure violations, and new evidence, which Ms. Graham’s husband fought against us revealing to the court." Watch this site.

The case is US v. Teman, 19-cr-696 (Engelmayer)


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