Last week we heard that Ruth Madoff wants to keep her $70 million dollars in assets; now we learn she's planning to hire her own attorney. Usually a couple seeks separate representation when their interests in a case diverge. One defense attorney told Newsday that it's a sign that Bernie Madoff was pleading guilty.
Ira Sorkin, who's been representing Bernie Madoff, has also unofficially watched over Ruth Madoff's interests. But, Sorkin said it's time for her to get her own attorney. "Going forward, if and when the government wants to talk to her [Ruth] ... she will be hiring her own counsel," Sorkin told Newsday.