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Madoff to Appear in Court Today

NEW YORK (AP) - Bernard Madoff was likely to speak
in court in an attempt to clear his lawyer of any potential
conflicts of interest.
Defense attorney Ira Lee Sorkin's late father once had an
account with Madoff. The lawyer also represented two Madoff-linked
accountants in a securities case 17 years ago.
Madoff is expected to say he doesn't mind the potential
conflict.
Prosecutors have sought a hearing before Judge Denny Chin in
federal court.
The court appearance is expected to be a warmup to Madoff's
Thursday plea hearing when he is expected to plead guilty in the
case. At least 25 investors have indicated they'd like to speak
Thursday.
The 70-year-old Madoff was arrested in December and accused in a
$50 billion fraud.


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