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Judge disqualifies drug kingpin's lead attorney

May 24, 2011 12:12:35 AM- latimes.com
Prosecutors allege that lawyer Jan Ronis, who represents Benjamin Arellano Felix, once worked on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel. The judge says the allegations could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

A federal judge on Monday disqualified the lead attorney for Mexican drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix, ruling that his participation in the high-profile case was marred by potential conflicts of interests that could force him to take the witness stand.

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