Lawyer caught napping during Zoom hearing on Flint water crisis legal settlement

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Detroit Free Press reports

An attorney who has repeatedly criticized a federal judge for her handling of the Flint drinking water civil cases got some payback Tuesday when he was caught sleeping during an online court hearing.

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

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy

Cuker has clashed repeatedly with Levy over off-the-record conferences she has held with other attorneys in the case. Cuker was among three attorneys who went to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking it to order Levy to stop conducting such conferences. The appeals court declined to intervene.

During the hearing, conducted over Zoom, Levy said she noticed Cuker was asleep while Flint residents were speaking out against the proposed settlement at the Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint. He was slumped in his chair with his eyes closed.