Prosecution objects to celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos representing Bronfman — while daughter represents Raniere

Mark Geragos at one point represented Clare Bronfman.

By K. R. Claviger 

The prosecution in the Nxivm case has notified the court of what it considers to be a potential conflict-of-interest between Mark J. Geragos, who is now representing Clare Bronfman – and his daughter, Teny Rose Geragos, who has been representing Keith Raniere since the start of the case.

Teny Geragos represents Keith Raniere AKA the Vanguard.

As pointed out in the prosecution’s letter to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, Rule 1.7 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct provides that a lawyer “. . . shall not represent a client if a reasonable lawyer would conclude that . . . there is a significant risk that the lawyer’s professional judgment on behalf of a client will be adversely affected by the lawyer’s own . . . personal interests,” absent other circumstances, including the client’s “informed consent.”

The Comment to Rule 1.7 further states: “When lawyers representing different clients in the same matter. . . are closely related, there may be a significant risk that client confidences will be revealed and that the lawyer’s family relationship will interfere with both loyalty and professional judgment. As a result, each client is entitled to know of the existence and implications of the relationship between the lawyers, before the lawyer agrees to undertake the representation. Thus, a lawyer who has a significant intimate or close family relationship with another lawyer ordinarily may not represent a client in a matter where the other lawyer is representing another party, unless each client gives informed consent . . . ”

The prosecution goes on to point out some of the obvious conflicts that could arise between Dad & Daughter Geragos in this case:

(1) whether one client should seek leniency by cooperating against the other;

(2) whether a client should testify in her/his own defense at trial, where such testimony might implicate the other;

(3) whether to elicit testimony from witnesses on direct or cross-examination if that testimony might implicate the other’s client; and

(4) whether to make motions that could be adverse to the other client’s interests.

And you guessed it, in order to resolve this latest conflict-of-interest, the prosecution has suggested that Judge Garaufis conduct another set of Curcio hearings for Clare and Raniere.

The specific things that the prosecution wants the judge to ask Clare and Raniere about are: (i) whether they each understand the potential conflict raised by the familial relationship between the two Geragos; (ii) whether they each understand the nature and extent of that conflict; and (iii) whether they are each willing and able to make a knowing and voluntary waiver of the conflict.

Although Judge Garaufis has already approved Mark Geragos being added to the defense team, he can – andundoubtedly will – conduct the Curcio hearings that have been suggested by the prosecution.

To not do so would leave a door open to a potential appeal – and the judge has, thus far, been very careful not to do that in this case.


One other tidbit of information that was revealed in the prosecution’s letter is that Mark Geragos has replaced Susan Necheles as lead trial counsel for Clare – and that it is “ . . . unclear as to what, if any, role the attorneys from Hafetz & Necheles LLP will have on this case going forward”.


But as is so often the case in the prosecution’s filings, perhaps the most important information in this latest letter may have been contained in the following footnote:

“The government also notes that Agnifilo and Teny Geragos (together) and Mark Geragos currently represent co-defendants in another criminal matter, United States v. Kingston, 18-CR-365 (D. Utah), which has received some media attention. The government has inquired about whether there are any financial arrangements between Agnifilo and Teny Geragos (together) and Mark Geragos on either case and all counsel have advised that there are not”.


I’d say, “Unfuckingbelievable” – but I’m well past that point in this case.


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  • Those Cartel/MKUltra experiments must have taken out some grey matter. Didn’t know they had so many brain-effected lawyers on-tap, either. Lol.

    What could possibly top this for bizarre entitlement requests!

  • Susan Necheles probably took the ethical path advising Clair an acquittal is not forthcoming. Necheles suggested negotiating a good plea deal??
    Arrogant Clair still thinks she will walk out of the courtroom a free woman. Dream on…..

    • Agreed. Any party who dares speak the truth to Nxivm control personalities will be thrown out. And there will be plenty of yes-men waiting in the wings to keep taking money from Clare and her handlers, telling them what they want to hear.

  • Susan Necheles might be doing the one intelligent thing she has done this entire time if she has decided not to go down with this sinking ship. She’s collected major billables, and won’t have the conviction on her record.

    • Lawyers don’t care about the wins and losses, it’s all about the money. Even when they lose, they brag how much worse the punishment would have been without them.

  • It sounds like Susan Necheles told Clare something that ClareBear didn’t want to hear. Then it was, “Hey BEATCH, YOU’RE FIRED!!!”

    Now Johnny Cockring, I mean Mark Geragos, is going to swoop in the save the Day.

    Sorry to tell you Clare, but Geragos is blowing sunshine up your ass. To bring him on, this late in the game, isn’t going to help.

    AND BY THE WAY, WHERE HAS GERAGOS BEEN THE LAST YEAR??? As in, did he review any of the evidence, before he said, “Don’t worry Clare. I will help you. Everything will be okay”

    Finally, the scammer is getting scammed. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Just like your cold, shriveled lady parts Clarebear.

  • Everyone is entitled to the best defense possible. I welcome Mark Geragos to the defense team and look forward to an exciting trial with an active defense that will explore issues of sexual abuse, sexual consent and free will.

  • Clare Bronfman will use her vast fortune to build a Great Wall of China to separate Geragos from his daughter in this case.

    Of course Cruella Bronfman would never think of abusing the legal process to pervert justice.

    Would she?

    • Isn’t it brutally obvious that
      Cruella Bronfman will have her army of lawyers surreptitiously work for other co-defendants when they are not working for Cruella?

      This is all a means of getting around any prohibition of Cruella financing the other defendants’ legal bills through the legal trust fund.

      • I didn’t think there was a prohibition in the first place, just a claim there was no intent to resupply the trust fund account.

        • The Judge has made it clear that he will not allow the trust fund to be resupplied with fresh money.
          Both the Judge and the prosecutors regard the trust fund as an ethical mine field.
          Next month the fund will be insolvent.
          Any assistance Clare gives her co-defendants in the future must be sub rosa.

          Clare must now understand that she will sink or swim with her co-defendants.
          As Ben Franklin said, “We must all hang together or we’ll all hang separately.”
          And I will tell you that Charger 426 Hemi1’s Allison Mack tribute page is an overt attempt to keep Mack and others on board the NXIVM ship by appealing to Mack’s vanity and by invoking a CODE OF SILENCE.
          Charger 4236 Hemi used to work for Clare Bronfman.

          “Old School Code”

          “Didn’t see nothin'”
          “Didn’t hear nothin'”
          “Ain’t Sayin’ S—”

        • Where did the judge make that clear? I found this:, which does not come close to that position. In fact, if the judge gets too involved in this issue, he is risking an appeal for lack of competent legal representation. And quite frankly, the appeal would be on solid ground, in my non-lawyer opinion, as it would be difficult for new lawyers to come up to speed in the limited time remaining prior to the trial.

          The Curcio hearings were the mechanism to clear the trust fund ethical mine field.

          Your response appears to be the usual bluster, “Always confident, often wrong.”

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