Hack Attack

A disbarred lawyer wins a patronage job with Christine Quinn's council

Christine Quinn, meddlesome woman
photo: Richard B. Levine
Christine Quinn, meddlesome woman

Reached at his council post, Benjamin politely returned the Voice's calls but declined to comment on his status. Sampson, who still employs Benjamin to serve as his occasional representative at community meetings, also ducked questions about his staffer. As for Quinn, spokesman Anthony Hogrebe says that he can't talk about anything in Benjamin's personnel file because "the law forbids it." But he says that before being hired, the candidate had been subjected to a background investigation "including a review of credentials." Staff policy analysts are not required to be lawyers, he adds, "and most of them are not lawyers." He did not respond to questions as to why Quinn had hired a disbarred attorney.

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