The U.S. Justice Department says two attorneys representing the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker may face a conflict of interest because other attorneys in their firm have represented victims of a hacking scheme he's accused of running.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle on Wednesday asked a federal court to inquire into whether Robert W. Ray and Ely (ELL'-ee) Goldin have a conflict in representing Roman Seleznev, who was arrested in the Maldives last month and subsequently transported to Seattle.
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Seleznev has pleaded not guilty to charges that he hacked into computers that run point-of-sale terminals, stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers.
Ray and Goldin are attorneys with Fox Rothschild, a national firm with 600 attorneys. Ray succeeded Kenneth Starr in 1999 as the independent counsel on the Whitewater investigation. They say their representation of Seleznev is allowed by ethical rules.