OAKLAND (AP) — A judge has ruled that a group of lawyers with connections to Oakland City Hall does not have to disqualify itself from representing alleged Nortenos gang members named in a city lawsuit.
Oakland City Attorney John Russo is seeking a gang injunction against the men that would prevent them from hanging out in the city’s Fruitvale neighborhood.READ MORE: One Killed in San Jose When Truck Crashes Into Outdoor Diners at Sports Bar
Russo had asked the judge to disqualify lawyers from the firm of Siegel and Yee from representing the men because of what he saw as a potential conflict of interest. Oakland City Councilwoman Jane Brunner works at the firm and the head of the firm, Dan Siegel, is an unpaid adviser to Mayor Jean Quan.READ MORE: 'In the Heights' Delights at First Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park
But Alameda County Judge Robert Freedman said Thursday the lawyers seeking to represent the men had put up a “firewall” between their work and the city-sought injunction.MORE NEWS: COVID Reopening: Napa County Toasts Return Of Visitors, Business Close To Normal Levels
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