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Legal professional caught nap throughout Zoom’s court docket listening to to settle Flint’s water disaster – Detroit Free Press

A lawyer who has repeatedly criticized a federal judge for handling civil cases over drinking water in Flint paid herself back on Tuesday when he was caught sleeping during an online court hearing.

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy called Mark Cuker of Philadelphia after he nodded off during a fairness hearing on the proposed $ 641.25 million partial settlement of the case.

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy

Cuker has repeatedly argued with Levy over secret conferences she held with other lawyers on the case. Cuker was one of three attorneys who went to the US 6th Court of Appeals to order Levy to stop holding such conferences. The appeals court declined to intervene.

During the hearing held on Zoom, Levy said she noticed Cuker was sleeping while Flint residents spoke out against the proposed settlement in the Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint. He slumped in his chair with his eyes closed.

“He’s decided to take a nap during the remarks,” Levy said.

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The judge said she wanted to tell Cuker to turn off his camera but “he can’t hear me”.

Cuker woke up a few minutes later and apologized to the court and attendees for taking an early flight.

“I didn’t mean disrespect,” he said.

Cuker was caught sleeping while former Flint mayor Karen Weaver spoke out against the proposed deal.

Cuker was a guest on Weaver’s radio program where he attacked aspects of the proposed settlement and was praised by Weaver as someone who fights for the people of Flint.

Contact Paul Egan: 517-372-8660 or pegan@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @ paulegan4. Read more about Michigan politics and sign up for our newsletter to vote.

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