Bill Lerach thinks teaching law students is such a drag he should get community service credits for it.
The convicted felon, who obstructed justice and made false statements in connection with kickbacks in his high profile class action lawsuits, is in talks to teach a class at UCI's law school on Wall Street's failings. In 2007, he was sentenced to prison time and 1,000 hours of community service. Somehow, he thinks one has something to do with the other.
When probation offers rejected his request to have his teaching time count toward his community service requirements, Lerach hauled them into federal court. U.S. District Judge John Walter is now charged with parsing out whether or not Lerach's classroom time counts as service, with the U.S. attorney's office weighing in that Lerach should get no credit for time spent discussing the misdeeds of others.
According to Lerach's court filing, the class will have a "strong ethical component," with time spent examining his mistakes.
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