United States v. John and Susan Ross
As previously reported, the Rosses are charged with 47 counts of fraud, theft, money laundering and copyright infringement.
Magistrate Brooke Wells disqualified the Rosses’ attorney (Paul Gotay) for conflicts of interest. Judge Wells named three conflicts that she said called for disqualification:
* The Rosses need separate attorneys to represent their individual interests.
* Gotay gave advice to witnesses who testified before a grand jury that indicted the couple.
* Gotay himself could be called as a witness because he was involved in a financial transaction with the Rosses.
Gotay has 10 days to appeal the ruling to U.S. District Judge Dee Benson, who is assigned to the fraud case.
A previously-threatened Motion to Recuse (Magistrate Judge Wells) has not been filed.