Ethics Panel Hires Outside Counsel for Waters Case

Ethics Panel Hires Outside Counsel for Waters Case

The ethics panel has hired outside counsel Billy Martin to examine its handling of the case against Rep. Maxine Waters and to determine whether to move forward.

Published July 20, 2011

The House Ethics Committee isn’t giving up its right to continue pursuing charges against Rep. Maxine Waters without a fight. The panel has hired outside counsel to take over the case and they made an interesting choice: Billy Martin, a high profile and well-respected attorney who has represented Michael Vick and Monica Lewinsky.


Martin will “review, advise and assist the committee in completing the matter of Representative Maxine Waters,” announced Reps. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama) and Linda Sanchez (D-California), the panel’s chairman and ranking member, in a statement released on Wednesday. But first, the prominent African-American attorney will be tasked with determining whether the committee’s attorneys handled the Waters case improperly, as reported earlier in the week.


Waters and her attorney have called for the case to be dismissed and on Tuesday threatened to seek vindication in court.

(Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Written by Joyce Jones


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