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William Reed seeks to disappear in United States v. Scruggs

In the ongoing lawyering musical chairs that has been United States v. Scruggs from virtually day one, Jackson lawyer William Reed has moved to withdraw, noting

pre-existing professional commitments preclude continued participation in this case.  David Zachary Scruggs consents to the withdrawal and will continue to be represented by his other counsel of record.

This provides the opportunity for me to tell a story, which means either that I’m a southerner, or getting old, or both.

Years ago, a lawyer in a federal court case wished to withdraw.  So he filed a motion styled:  “Motion to Disappear.”  I used to have a copy of it and would post it today if I could find it.  I told the judge’s law clerk that the judge should enter an order granting the motion, but requiring that it be done in open court.

For completists only, here’s William Reed’s motion withdraw for anyone who is interested.  Anyone that much of a completist is in worse condition than record collectors obsessing over that rare previously unknown take of “Traveling Riverside Blues” from 1937.

Holding that thought, here’s a track from a musician who (regardless of what you may be hearing recently), was almost certainly not born in 1911.  Pay attention for that title lawyer lyric– “She’s got a mortgage on my body and a lien upon my soul.”

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