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NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti is unable to pay his attorney ahead of his second criminal trial in federal court in Manhattan and has asked for representation by the public defender's office, also citing a conflict with his current counsel. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Avenatti “no longer has [the] financial ability to pay for undersigned counsel or any other attorney to represent him in this matter,” lawyer Thomas Warren wrote on his behalf in a filing to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday. In a separate filing to the court earlier in the week, Warren said “a non-waivable conflict of interest has arisen” for his firm that “requires our ... Full story

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