Obama's Chief Counsel Dismissed from 'Black October' Case
The case is still sitting on the desk of U.S. Judge Adelberto Jordan, who hasn't ruled yet whether the Bolivians have standing to sue the former leaders in Miami. But one key player won't be around to hear Jordan's ruling.
Greg Craig, President Obama's chief counsel and formerly the lead lawyer for de Lozada and Berzain, has been dismissed from the case owing to his new duties in the White House. The move didn't come as a surprise, one of the plaintiff's attorneys told Riptide.
"We anticipated that would happen. We're happy for him and wish him the best in his career," says Steven Schulman, one of the lawyers working with the Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic to represent the Bolivian plaintiffs.
D.C.-based lawyer Howard Gutman -- who was less than thrilled with the New Times cover story -- presumably will shoulder the defense's load for the rest of the suit.
Schulman doesn't expect Jordan to rule on whether the case can proceed in Miami until early summer.
"You can never predict for sure, and I certainly wouldn't read anything into it if the judge took longer," he says. "This is a complex matter, not a typical suit, so it's going to take some time."