Brooklyn federal Judge Brian Cogan all but accused defense lawyers Jose Baez and Ronald Sullivan of playing for time by double-booking Weinstein’s Manhattan Supreme Court trial and another before Cogan involving client Mark Nordlicht, who’s charged in a $1 billion hedge-fund fraud.
“Judges tend to know when lawyers are playing judges off of each other,” Cogan fumed.
Baez denied any wrongdoing, saying, “I take issue with anyone assuming that we had any nefarious intent.”
But Cogan told Baez and Sullivan that they’d have to start Nordlicht’s trial on April 15, even though it’s expected to last two months and will likely prevent the scheduled June 3 start of Weinstein’s trial.
“It doesn’t really matter if it was a bad calculation or playing one judge against the other. It’s your fault. It’s a bad calculation at best,” Cogan said.
Cogan ordered Baez to purchase a transcript of Thursday’s hearing and give it to state Supreme Court Justice James Burke, who’s overseeing the Weinstein case.
Cogan also told Baez to phone Burke “to apologize for having put him in this position.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever done that to a judge,” Cogan added.
Nordlicht’s trial was supposed to start Feb. 26, but was postponed that day until April 15 due to a “medical issue” involving co-defendant Daniel Small, according to court papers.
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