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Local Lawyer Defending Wesley Snipes

It’s not often that a Milwaukee lawyer is hired to represent a Hollywood actor, so I have to mention this one. Wesley Snipes has fired Billy Martin, and hired Robert Bernhoft of The Bernhoft Law Firm. Bernhoft represented Snipes previously in a paternity suit, and is now on board to help defend against tax fraud allegations.

Snipes was in a bit of trouble though, because his tax fraud trial was set to start next week in Florida. The judge wasn’t too happy that he fired his lawyer and got a new one, and then asked for the trial to be continued. The judge thought it was all a ploy to delay the trial.

So Bernhoft wrote a long brief on a motion for reconsideration, and he listed all the reason why Billy Martin had to be fired, including his failure to prepare for the trial, bad lawyering in Michael Vick’s dog fighting case, and the distraction of representing foot-tapper Senator Larry Craig.

The trial has been continued by the judge.

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