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Former Assemb. William Boyland still plans lawyer switch as sentencing on corruption charges nears

Brooklyn Assemb. William Boyland Jr. leaves federal court

Brooklyn Assemb. William Boyland Jr. leaves federal court in Brooklyn on March 5, 2014. Credit: Bryan Smith

Just 10 days before his scheduled sentencing on corruption charges, jailed former Assemb. William Boyland told a Brooklyn federal judge on Tuesday that he still plans to switch lawyers, but he didn't seem to be in any hurry about it.

Boyland, who prosecutors want to get 19 1/2 years in prison on Sept. 11, sent U.S. District Judge Sandra Townes a July letter saying he was hiring a new lawyer to replace his court-appointed lawyer. The judge told him Tuesday no new lawyer has filed papers.

"My intention is to still retain a lawyer," Boyland responded. "This week, as far as I understand. Later this week."

Townes warned Boyland, 44, that she wasn't going to delay his sentencing. He was convicted 18 months ago of bribe taking and filing phony expense vouchers.

His current defense lawyer, Stuart Grossman, told reporters that Boyland is "not happy with me," but he has yet to hear a word from any new lawyer.

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