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.

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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.

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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.

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