Cordell attorney granted request to withdraw
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 06, 2011 | 3937 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An attorney for Howard Gregory Cordell was granted a motion to withdraw Friday in federal court in Atlanta.

According to a motion filed June 21, attorneys for Cordell, Thomas Hawker and Jake Waldrop, cited "irreconcilable differences" as the basis for withdrawal.

"These differences are so significant that it is impossible for undersigned counsel to continue with this representation," the document stated.

During a hearing Friday, July 1, U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. granted Hawker's request to withdraw. Attorney Bill Morrison was appointed lead counsel for Cordell and Waldrop will remain as co-counsel, according to court documents.

Cordell faces several federal charges, including bank fraud, loan application fraud and money laundering.

A criminal docket shows Pannell issued an order Wednesday recommending Cordell's case be placed on a trial calendar. Cordell was deemed competent to stand trial in May.

An additional motion by Cordell to dismiss the indictment for lack of jurisdiction was not ruled on Friday, said Marti Minor with Pannell's office.

In the motion, Cordell stated that "neither this United States District Court, ...plaintiff, or plaintiff's counsel have provided constitutional or statutory evidence to lawfully adjudicate this cause of action nor have they provided documented evidence to lawfully adjudicate this cause of action nor have they provided documented evidence of personal, legislative (subject matter) or territorial jurisdiction authority over defendant ... ."

According to court documents, Cordell was granted during Friday's hearing a request to amend that motion to dismiss. He has until July 22 to file the amended motion, at which time the government will file a response.