Ceglia fights to keep lawyer trying to quit lawsuit against Facebook
The man who claims Mark Zuckerberg agreed to give him half of Facebook opposes his lawyer's motion to withdraw from the case. His lawyer says he's received threats in representing Ceglia.
Paul Ceglia has chased away his lawyers before and now another one is begging to get off the case. But, Ceglia doesn't want to let him go.
Ceglia, who is suing Facebook with the claim that he owns half of the social network, is up to his neck in legal woes. But, his lawyer Dean Boland, has said he can no longer represent Ceglia because of threats he's received, according to the Associated Press.
Boland has filed a motion to withdraw from the lawsuit but Ceglia has opposed the motion.
"I appreciate the fear for his own safety that he has and the threats that have been made against him," Ceglia said during a telephone conference, according to the Associated Press. "Worse has happened to me."
Ceglia firstin 2010 saying that he hired the social network's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg through a Craigslist ad in 2003 to write code for a project called StreetFax and paid Zuckerberg $1,000 for coding work; he also allegedly invested $1,000 in Zuckerberg's The Face Book project, which he claims gives him a 50 percent interest in the company.
However, things started to go south for Ceglia's case this past year. In February, a judge ordered Ceglia to reimburse Facebook in attorneys' fees related to the case for delays in making e-mails available. Then, news spread that Ceglia allegedly . Most recently, he was for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case. Although he has been , he faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of these charges.
Ceglia has gone through aand several lawyers have already . According to the Associated Press, the judge plans to decide whether to grant Boland's motion to withdraw after next week.
"I can no longer professionally and ethically represent Mr. Ceglia's interests over my own interests," Boland said, according to the Associated Press. "I have to deal with my own life, my own career, my own existence."