Kreindler Consultant Can't Plead Fifth After 9/11 Depo Leak

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By Pete Brush (October 28, 2021, 7:03 PM EDT) — A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday directed a Kreindler & Kreindler LLP consultant to testify about his decision to leak a protected deposition in damages litigation over the 9/11 terrorist attacks, rejecting the legal investigator’s bid to invoke the Fifth Amendment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, who is handling the sprawling, 18-year-old litigation, made the ruling at an afternoon telephone hearing, putting John Fawcett on course to give potentially self-incriminating testimony at a hearing into the leak scheduled for Monday.

A witness trying to invoke his right under the Fifth Amendment not to testify “is not permitted to begin to speak…

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