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Rangel Without Lawyer, Possibly Delaying Ethics Trial

WASHINGTON — The scheduled Nov. 15 start of Rep. Charles Rangel’s ethics trial is in jeopardy, because the former Ways and Means Committee chairman no longer has a defense team.The New York Democrat and lawyers for the Washington firm …

WASHINGTON — The scheduled Nov. 15 start of Rep. Charles Rangel’s ethics trial is in jeopardy, because the former Ways and Means Committee chairman no longer has a defense team.

The New York Democrat and lawyers for the Washington firm of Zuckerman Spaeder have parted company, according to people inside and outside Congress familiar with the breakup. They spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because they were not authorized to discuss the development publicly.

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