Lawyer accused of having alliances to firms representing BP

Judge asked to remove BP settlement probe leader

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NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer targeted in a probe of the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal judge to disqualify former FBI director Louis Freeh from investigating any allegations involving the attorney.

In a court filing Wednesday, Jon Andry argues that Freeh can't be impartial because he and his consulting firm have "direct financial and legal alliances" with two of the law firms representing BP.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier appointed Freeh last year to investigate alleged misconduct by Lionel Sutton III, a lawyer who worked on the staff of court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau.

In September, Freeh issued a report that accused Andry and another lawyer, Glen Lerner, of using Sutton's position in the settlement program to benefit their clients' claims.

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