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    United States v. Collins, 920 F.2d 619 (10th Cir. 11/27/1990) [1] UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT [2] No. 90-6077 [3]
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      United States v. Collins, 920 F.2d 619 (10th Cir. 11/27/1990)

       

      [1]      UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT

       

       

      [2]      No. 90-6077

       

       

      [3]      1990.C10.40058 <http://www.versuslaw.com>; 920 F.2d 619

       

       

      [4]      Filed: November 27, 1990; As Modified December 17, 1990.

       

       

      [5]      UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,

      v.

      ROY W. COLLINS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

       

       

      [6]      Appeal from the United states District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma; D.C. No. CR-89-45-A.

       

       

      [7]      Robert G. McCampbell, Assistant United States Attorney, (Timothy D. Leonard , United States Attorney, with him on the brief), Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , for Plaintiff-Appellee.

       

       

      [8]      Susan M. Otto, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , for Defendant-Appellant.

       

       

      [9]      Seymour, Baldock and Brorby, Circuit Judges.

       

       

      [10]     Baldock

       

       

      [11]     BALDOCK, Circuit Judge

       

       

      [12]     Defendant-appellant Roy Collins was convicted by a jury on three counts of federal income tax evasion, 26 U.S.C. § 7201. He now appeals arguing that the district court improperly instructed the jury on the issue of good faith and violated his sixth amendment right to counsel by revoking the pro hac vice admission of his privately retained attorney. Our jurisdiction over this direct criminal appeal arises under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We affirm.

       

       

      [13]     I. Good Faith.

       

       

      [14]     Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the government, United States v. Spedalieri, 910 F.2d 707, 708 (10th Cir. 1990), we summarize the facts as follows. Defendant, a fifty-seven-year-old aircraft structural designer, filed federal income tax returns and paid taxes from the time he began working until 1979. At that time, defendant claims to have become convinced that he was not obligated to pay taxes. Defendant purportedly believed that labor constitutes property which, when exchanged for wages, produces no net gain subject to taxation as "income." At other times, defendant claimed that he was not a "person" under the Internal Revenue Code and argued he was not subject to taxation because he had not entered into a regulatory relationship with the United States . Defendant acknowledged that he developed these views after attending several meetings with like-minded individuals, but denied being a tax protester. Defendant testified that he "disagreed with the philosophy" of the IRS concerning what constituted income, rec. vol. V at 186, and felt that he was not obligated to pay taxes until he received a satisfactory explanation from the IRS concerning his legal beliefs, id. at 233.

       

       

      [15]     While employed at CDI Corp. between 1982 and 1984, defendant stated on his W-4 forms that he had not owed any taxes in the previous year and did not expect to owe any taxes in the present year. Consequently, although he was not eligible to claim exempt status, none of defendant's wages were withheld between 1982 and 1984, with one exception.*fn1 Defendant earned taxable income of $48,271 in 1982, $35,359 in 1983 and $49,080 in 1984; his estimated tax liability for those years was $17,862, $10,170 and $15,784 respectively. Between 1982 and 1984, defendant failed to file a tax return and paid no federal income taxes.

       

       

      [16]     At the close of trial, the district court instructed the jury on defendant's good faith defense:

       

       

      [17]     Instruction No. 26

       

       

      [18]     GOOD FAITH OF THE ACCUSED

       

       

      [19]     Both the offenses charged in the indictment and the lesser included offenses require proof of the accused's willfulness as an essential element. . . . If the accused's actions or failure to act was the result of a good faith misunderstanding as the requirements of the law, then the actions or failure to act were not "willful."

       

       

      [20]     An accused's disagreement with the law or his own belief the law should be held to be unconstitutional -- no matter how earnestly he holds those beliefs -- is not a good faith misunderstanding of the law. On the other hand, the accused may hold beliefs concerning his duties under the law which, although not reasonable, are held in good faith. Such a good faith belief is a defense to the charges in the indictment as well as lesser included offenses.

       

       

      [21]     If the defendant held a good faith belief that the law did not apply to him, he would not have acted willfully as he is charged. This is so whether or not the defendant's belief was reasonable. However, if you regard his belief as being highly unreasonable, you may consider this along with all other evidence on the question of whether his belief was indeed genuine or merely feigned or made-up. . . .

       

       

      [22]     Rec. vol. I, doc. 99 (emphasis in original). Defendant argues that this instruction confused the jury by improperly focusing its inquiry on the objective reasonableness of defendant's belief instead of whether such belief was genuine. We review jury instructions as a whole to determine whether the instruction in question accurately stated the governing law and provided the jury with an ample understanding of the applicable issues and legal standards. United States v. Bedonie, 913 F.2d 782, 791 (10th Cir. 1990).

       

       

      [23]     A good faith misunderstanding of the duty to pay income taxes can negate the willfulness element of tax evasion charge, "and 'the misunderstanding need not have a reasonable basis to provide a defense.'" United States v. Harting, 879 F.2d 765, 767 (10th Cir. 1989) (quoting United States v. Hairston, 819 F.2d 971, 972 (10th Cir. 1987)); but see United States v. Cheek, 882 F.2d 1263, 1270 (7th Cir. 1989) (rejecting subjective reasonableness standard followed by other circuits in favor of objective reasonableness standard), vacated, 498 U.S. 192,111 S. Ct. 604, 112 L. Ed. 2d 617 (1991). However, "although not itself the standard by which to evaluate good faith, the reasonableness of a good-faith defense is a factor which the jury may properly consider in determining whether a defendant's asserted beliefs are genuinely held." United States v. Mann, 884 F.2d 532, 537 n.3 (10th Cir. 1989). In the instant case, the district court explained to the jury that, although defendant's subjective belief that he was not obligated to pay taxes did not have to be reasonable to effectuate a valid good faith defense, the objective reasonableness of defendant's belief could be considered, along with other evidence, in determining whether his subjective belief was genuine. We find the court's instruction unambiguous and fully consistent with our holdings in Mann and Harting.

       

       

      [24]     II. Right to Counsel.

       

       

      [25]     Attorney Jeffrey A. Dickstein made his first appearance on defendant's behalf on April 17, 1989 after being admitted pro hac vice by the district court.*fn2 Defendant apparently retained Dickstein because counsel agreed with defendant's views on the invalidity of federal income tax laws. Rec. vol. IV at 15. Dickstein's obstreperous attitude was first illustrated by his entry of appearance which informed the court that his association with local counsel in compliance with local rules was "under duress." Rec. vol. I, doc. 17. On May 1, 1989, Dickstein filed ten pretrial motions. The first filing was an 84-page motion to dismiss, lavishly larded with citations to the Declaration of Independence, colonial history and a plethora of nineteenth century Supreme Court cases. Rec. vol. IX, doc. 21. Dickstein argued that federal criminal jurisdiction only encompasses acts committed within the District of Columbia, on the high seas or on federal property; consequently the district court lacked jurisdiction over defendant.*fn3 Id. at 15, 80. Dickstein also argued that federal income taxes must be direct and apportioned to survive constitutional scrutiny. Id. at 37, 81. While acknowledging the "alleged ratification" of the sixteenth amendment, id. at 48, he insisted that the amendment only authorizes an income tax within the District of Columbia and the territorial possessions of the United States . Id. at 48-49. Finally, Dickstein questioned whether defendant was an "individual" subject to taxation under the Internal Revenue Code.*fn4

       

       

      [26]     Dickstein's second motion to dismiss argued that because the 1040 forms that defendant failed to file were not affixed with expiration dates, the indictment should be dismissed pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501-20. Rec. vol. IX, doc. 25. Dickstein's third motion sought to strike as surplusage language in the indictment alleging that defendant failed to file income tax returns or pay income tax to the IRS. Rec. vol. IX, doc. 24. His fourth motion sought to suppress all evidence obtained by a third-party summons issued by an IRS special agent. Rec. vol. IX, doc. 27.

       

       

      [27]     Dickstein also filed on defendant's behalf a motion in limine seeking suppression of several items of evidence, including admissions defendant made to an IRS Special Agent. Rec. vol. IX, doc 30. In addition, he filed a motion for bill of particulars, rec. vol. IX, doc. 22, a motion for oral voir dire, rec. vol. IX, doc. 28, a motion to dismiss the indictment for grand jury abuse, rec. vol. IX, doc. 23, a motion for disclosure for exculpatory evidence pursuant to Brady v. Mary land, 373 U.S. 83, 10 L. Ed. 2d 215, 83 S. Ct. 1194 (1963), rec. vol. IX, doc 29, and a motion for Jencks Act material, rec. vol. IX, doc. 26.

       

       

      [28]     The district court denied each of defendant's pretrial motions. Rec. vol. X, doc. 46. Thereafter, stating that "the defense motions evince a tactic of obfuscation and waste," the court issued an order to show cause why Dickstein's pro hac vice admission should not be revoked. Rec. vol. I, doc. 40 at 1. Dickstein responded with a written motion reiterating the legal positions advanced in his previous motions and arguing that the district judge should recuse himself.*fn5 After considering Dickstein's motion and the government's response,*fn6 the district court revoked Dickstein's admission pro hac vice and removed him from the case. Rec. vol. I, doc. 52. The court explained:

       

       

      [29]     The pleadings filed by Attorney Dickstein in this case signal the Court that permitting his future participation will obscure the issues, engulf the case with frivolity, and deflect the proceedings from their object -- the orderly determination whether defendant has broken the law or not. Just as a court need not suffer the testimony of a purported expert witness that the moon is made of green cheese, it need not suffer the serving-up of legal swill by Attorney Dickstein in this case. This is so even if defendant, who recites his approval of Attorney Dickstein's pleadings, likes the recipe.

       

       

      [30]     Id. at 2. In a supplemental order, the district court found that Dickstein violated Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct by raising frivolous arguments before the court and failing to cite contrary authority. Rec. vol. I, doc. 57 at 6-9. In light of those violations, the court held "that the interests in the fair and proper administration of justice . . . outweigh [defendant's] interest in representation by the counsel of his choice." Id. at 10. Dickstein unsuccessfully petitioned this court for a writ of mandamus, Dickstein v. Collins & Alley, No. 89-6225, unpub. order (10th Cir. Oct. 10, 1989), whereupon the federal public defender was substituted as defense counsel.

       

       

      [31]     A.

       

       

      [32]     The sixth amendment guarantees that "in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall . . . have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense." U.S. Const. am. VI. "It is hardly necessary to say that, the right to counsel being conceded, a defendant should be afforded a fair opportunity to secure counsel of his own choice." Powell v. Alabama, 287 U.S. 45, 53, 77 L. Ed. 158, 53 S. Ct. 55 (1932).*fn7 The right to retain counsel of choice stems from a defendant's right to decide what kind of defense he wishes to present.*fn8 United States v. Nichols, 841 F.2d 1485, 1502 (10th Cir. 1988). "Attorneys are not fungible;" often "the most important decision a defendant makes in shaping his defense is his selection of an attorney." United States v. Laura, 607 F.2d 52, 56 (3d Cir. 1979); Nichols, 841 F.2d at 1502. When a defendant is financially able to retain counsel, the choice of counsel rests in his hands, not in the hands of the state. United States v. Richardson , 894 F.2d 492, 496 (1st Cir. 1990); Wilson v. Mintzes, 761 F.2d 275, 280 (6th Cir. 1985). A defendant's right to retain counsel of his choice therefore represents "'a right of constitutional dimension,'" United States v. Cunningham, 672 F.2d 1064, 1070 (2d Cir. 1982) (quoting United States v. Wisniewski, 478 F.2d 274, 285 (2d Cir. 1973)), the denial of which may rise to the level of a constitutional violation, Birt v. Montgomery, 725 F.2d 587, 592 (11th Cir.) (en banc), cert. denied, 469 U.S. 874, 83 L. Ed. 2d 161, 105 S. Ct. 232 (1984); Wilson , 761 F.2d at 278-79. When a court unreasonably or arbitrarily interferes with an accused right to retain counsel of his choice, a conviction attained under such circumstances cannot stand, irrespective of whether the defendant has been prejudiced. United States v. Novak, 903 F.2d 883, 886 (2d Cir. 1990); Fuller v. Diesslin, 868 F.2d 604, 606 (3d Cir. 1989); United States v. Wheat, 813 F.2d 1399, 1402 (9th Cir. 1987), aff'd, 486 U.S. 153, 100 L. Ed. 2d 140, 108 S. Ct. 1692 (1988); United States v. Panzardi Alvarez, 816 F.2d 813, 818 (1st Cir. 1987); Wilson, 761 F.2d at 281. However, a defendant's right to retain counsel of his choice is not absolute and "may not 'be insisted upon in a manner that will obstruct an orderly procedure in courts of justice, and deprive such courts of the exercise of their inherent powers to control the same.'" United States v. Gipson, 693 F.2d 109, 111 (10th Cir. 1982) (quoting United States v. Burton, 189 U.S. App. D.C. 327, 584 F.2d 485, 489 (D.C. Cir. 1978), cert. denied, 439 U.S. 1069, 99 S. Ct. 837, 59 L. Ed. 2d 34 (1979)), cert. denied, 459 U.S. 1216, 103 S. Ct. 1218, 75 L. Ed. 2d 455 (1983); United States v. Freeman, 816 F.2d 558, 564 (10th Cir. 1987).

       

       

      [33]     While the right to select and be represented by one's preferred attorney is comprehended by the Sixth Amendment, the essential aim of the Amendment is to guarantee an effective advocate for each criminal defendant rather than to ensure that a defendant will inexorably be represented by the lawyer whom he prefers.

       

       

      [34]     Wheat v. United States, 486 U.S. 153, 159, 100 L. Ed. 2d 140, 108 S. Ct. 1692 (1988); see Morris v. Slappy, 461 U.S. 1, 13-14, 75 L. Ed. 2d 610, 103 S. Ct. 1610 (1983) (no sixth amendment right to "meaningful" attorney-client relationship); United States v. Weninger, 624 F.2d 163, 166 (10th Cir.) (no sixth amendment right to counsel who agree with defendants' views on the invalidity of the tax laws), cert. denied, 449 U.S. 1012, 66 L. Ed. 2d 470, 101 S. Ct. 568 (1980); Richardson, 894 F.2d at 498 (court may refuse to allow defendant to substitute counsel on the morning of trial); Panzardi Alvarez, 816 F.2d at 816 (defendants' right to retain counsel of his choice "cannot be manipulated to delay proceedings or hamper the prosecution"). A defendant's choice of retained counsel must be respected "unless it would unreasonably delay proceedings or burden the court with retained counsel who was incompetent or unwilling to abide by court rules and ethical guidelines," Panzardi Alvarez, 816 F.2d at 818, and "should be deprived only where such drastic action is necessary to further some overriding social or ethical interest," United States Hobson, 672 F.2d 825, 828 (11th Cir.), cert. denied, 459 U.S. 906, 74 L. Ed. 2d 166, 103 S. Ct. 208 (1982). Courts must therefore balance a defendant's constitutional right to retain counsel of his choice against the need to maintain the highest standards of professional responsibility, the public's confidence in the integrity of the judicial process and the orderly administration of justice. Nichols, 841 F.2d at 1503; Weninger, 624 F.2d at 166; Fuller, 868 F.2d at 607; Wheat, 813 F.2d at 1402; Panzardi Alvarez, 816 F.2d at 816; Wilson, 761 F.2d at 280; Cunningham, 672 F.2d at 1070.

       

       

      [35]     B.

       

       

      [36]     Before reaching the merits of defendant's sixth amendment claim, we address the effect of Dickstein's pro hac vice admission. Although the admission of attorneys pro hac vice is committed to the discretion of the district courts, denial of admission pro hac vice in criminal cases implicates the constitutional right to counsel of choice.*fn9 Panzardi-Alvarez v. United States, 879 F.2d 975, 980 (1st Cir. 1989), cert. denied, 493 U.S. 1082, 107 L. Ed. 2d 1045, 110 S. Ct. 1140 (1990); Fuller, 868 F.2d at 607; Panzardi Alvarez, 816 F.2d at 816. A district court may deny admission pro hac vice to a defendant's counsel of choice when that attorney is unable to provide the defendant with competent representation. See, e.g., United States v. Campbell , 874 F.2d 838, 848-49 (1st Cir. 1989) (counsel had not been in a courtroom for over twenty-five years and lacked knowledge of defendant's case). Courts also may consider an attorney's ethical fitness before granting a motion to proceed pro hac vice. Panzardi-Alvarez, 879 F.2d at 980 (denial of pro hac vice status appropriate where attorney previously violated Fed. R. Crim. P. 44(c) and harassed judge outside chambers), cert. denied, 493 U.S. 1082, 110 S. Ct. 1140, 107 L. Ed. 2d 1045 (1990); Thomas v. Cassidy, 249 F.2d 91, 92 (4th Cir. 1957) (denial of pro hac vice admission based upon "unlawyerlike conduct" justifiable), cert. denied, 355 U.S. 958, 78 S. Ct. 544, 2 L. Ed. 2d 533 (1958). However, district courts must articulate reasonable grounds for denying pro hac vice admission to defendant's chosen counsel; mechanistic application of rules limiting such appearances is improper. Fuller, 868 F.2d at 611; see Panzardi Alvarez, 816 F.2d at 817 (simple numerical limitation of pro hac vice appearances violated defendant's right to retain counsel of choice where there was no record that allowing such admissions would have inhibited the fair and orderly administration of justice).

       

       

      [37]     Attorneys admitted pro hac vice are held to the same professional responsibilities and ethical standards as regular counsel. Once admitted, pro hac vice counsel cannot be disqualified under standards and procedures any different or more stringent than those imposed upon regular members of the district court bar. Kirkland v. National Mortgage Network, 884 F.2d 1367, 1371 (11th Cir. 1981); Kohler v. Richardson-Merrell, 237 U.S. App. D.C. 333, 737 F.2d 1038, 1054 (D.C. Cir. 1984). Although district courts need not conduct a full-scale hearing every time an attorney's pro hac vice admission is revoked, counsel must be provided with notice and an opportunity to respond. John son v. Trueblood, 629 F.2d 302, 303 (3d Cir. 1980); United States v. Cooper, 675 F. Supp. 753, 758 (D.R.I. 1987).

       

       

      [38]     Here, the district court satisfied defendant's*fn10 right to procedural due process by providing notice and an opportunity to show cause why his counsel's admission pro hac vice should not be revoked. However, the district court indicated that Dickstein could be removed from the case more readily than a regular member of the bar.*fn11 Dickstein's conduct before the district court was subject to the same standard of professionalism as regular bar members. His behavior before other courts provided ample grounds to scrutinize his application for pro hac vice admission. However, because the district court in exercise of its discretion admitted Dickstein pro hac vice, the court's subsequent revocation of such status must be evaluated as though it had disqualified a regular member of the Western District of Oklahoma bar.

       

       

      [39]     C.

       

       

      [40]     "Federal Courts have an independent interest in ensuring that criminal trials are conducted within the ethical standards of the profession and that legal proceedings appear fair to all who observe them." Wheat, 486 U.S. at 160. When a district court finds that counsel has a conflict of interest, real or potential, it retains "substantial latitude" to disqualify counsel, even where a defendant consents to representation. Id. at 163. Moreover, an attorney may be dismissed for pursuing frivolous theories, even if he acts on the behest of the defendant. See United States v. Masat, 896 F.2d 88, 92 (5th Cir. 1990). Violation of accepted rules of professional conduct which result in the "erosion of public confidence in the integrity of the bar and of the legal system" also may justify disqualification of defendant's chosen counsel. Hobson, 672 F.2d at 828; see, e.g., United States v. Walton, 703 F. Supp. 75, 77 (S.D. Fla. 1988) (disqualification of defense attorney warranted on strength of codefendant's allegation that attorney was prepared to use false testimony). However,

       

       

      [41]     acts which appear to violate the ABA Code or other accepted standards of legal ethics do not confer upon the trial court unfettered discretion to disqualify the attorney selected by a party. . . . An attorney may be disqualified only when there is "a reasonable possibility that some specifically identifiable impropriety" actually occurred and, in light of the interest underlying the standards of ethics, the social need for ethical practice outweighs the party's right to counsel of his choice.

       

       

      [42]     Kitchin, 592 F.2d at 903 (quoting Woods v. Covington County Bank, 537 F.2d 804 (5th Cir. 1976)); United States v. Castellano, 610 F. Supp. 1137, 1147 (S.D.N.Y. 1985). Finally, an attorney's misconduct in open court may sufficiently impede the orderly administration of justice to supersede a defendant's sixth amendment right to retain counsel of his choice. See United States v. Dinitz, 538 F.2d 1214, 1220-21 (5th Cir. 1976) (en banc) (counsel expelled from courtroom after he ignored the court's instructions not to interject personal opinion into his opening statement and advanced factual allegations lacking evidentiary foundation; no sixth amendment violation); Ross v. Reda, 510 F.2d 1172, 1173 (6th Cir.) (denial of attorney's request to proceed pro hac vice did not violate defendant's right to counsel of choice where attorney refused to limit out-of-court statements about the case), cert. denied, 423 U.S. 892, 96 S. Ct. 190, 46 L. Ed. 2d 124 (1975).

       

       

      [43]     When a district court disqualifies defendant's counsel of choice, it must make findings on the record stating the rationale for its action. Laura, 607 F.2d at 60. The appropriate standard of review for attorney disqualification depends upon the nature and timing of the district court's determination. A court's factual findings concerning the disqualification of an attorney, particularly findings concerning counsel's motivation and state of mind, are reviewed for clear error. Nationalist Movement v. City of Cumming , 913 F.2d 885, 895 (11th Cir. 1990). When the offending conduct takes place in open court, the district court must make an immediate decision whether the attorney's continued participation in the case will jeopardize the integrity of the proceeding. A disqualification decision rendered under such circumstances is "so closely linked to the trial judge's responsibility to supervise the conduct of the case before him" that it is "properly reviewed under the abuse of discretion standard." Norton v. Tallahassee Memorial Hospital , 700 F.2d 617, 619 (11th Cir. 1983); see, e.g., City of Cumming , 913 F.2d at 895 (revocation of pro hac vice admission for courtroom misconduct reviewed for abuse of discretion); Dinitz, 832 F.2d at 1219 (disqualification of defense counsel for making inappropriate remarks to jury reviewed for abuse of discretion). However, "'in disqualification cases . . . where the facts are not in dispute, District Courts enjoy no particular functional advantage over appellate courts in their formulation and application of ethical norms.'" United States v. Snyder, 707 F.2d 139, 144 (5th Cir. 1983) (quoting Woods, 537 F.2d at 810); City of Cumming , 913 F.2d at 895; see United States v. Hughes, 817 F.2d 268, 270 n.1 (5th Cir.) (disqualification of defense counsel for conflict of interest reviewed for simple error), cert. denied, 484 U.S. 858, 98 L. Ed. 2d 124, 108 S. Ct. 170 (1987); Novo Terapeutisk v. Baxter Travenol Laboratories, 607 F.2d 186, 198 (7th Cir. 1979) (same); United States v. Miller, 624 F.2d 1198, 1201 (3d Cir. 1980) (determination of whether attorney's conduct violated ABA disciplinary rule "'leaves little leeway for the exercise of discretion.'") (quoting American Roller Co. v. Budinger, 513 F.2d 982, 985 n.3 (3d Cir. 1975)); but see Gilbert v. City of Little Rock, 622 F.2d 386, 397 (8th Cir. 1980) (disqualification of attorneys for violation of Code of Professional Responsibility reviewed for abuse of discretion). Moreover, in cases implicating a criminal defendant's sixth amendment right to counsel "'the abuse of discretion standard is simply too deferential where such a fundamental constitutional right is affected.'" Snyder, 707 F.2d at 144 (quoting Hobson, 672 F.2d at 827); City of Cumming, 913 F.2d at 895 (where disqualification raises sixth amendment questions, district court's decision "subject to careful examination by the appellate court."); but see United States v. DeFazio, 899 F.2d 626, 629 (7th Cir. 1990) (abuse of discretion standard governs review of defense attorney disqualification).

       

       

      [44]     Here, the district court found that Dickstein's conduct violated Rules 3.1 and 3.3 of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct and concluded that defendant's sixth amendment right to retain counsel of his choice was outweighed by the public's interest in the fair and orderly administration of justice. The court did not arrive at these conclusions based upon Dickstein's conduct in open court; it disqualified Dickstein on the basis of his pleadings. In analyzing these pleadings against applicable ethical and constitutional standards, the district court enjoyed no functional advantage which would militate against plenary review. We therefore review de novo the district court's revocation of Dickstein's admission pro hac vice and his resulting disqualification from further participation in the case.

       

       

      [45]     D.

       

       

      [46]     Although all ten of the pretrial motions Dickstein filed in the instant case were denied, such denial does not necessarily render those motions frivolous. Many of Dickstein's motions were entirely routine and appropriate, e.g., the discovery motions, the motion for a bill of particulars and the portion of the suppression motion that sought exclusion of defendant's statements to the IRS. However, merely because several of Dickstein's motions fell within the bounds of acceptable advocacy does not salvage those motions that entirely departed from that standard. We therefore consider Dickstein's motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction, his motion to dismiss for violation of the Paperwork Reduction Act, his motion to strike and to suppress results of the third party summons.

       

       

      [47]     1. Jurisdiction

       

       

      [48]     Dickstein's motion to dismiss advanced the hackneyed tax protester refrain that federal criminal jurisdiction only extends to the District of Columbia , United States territorial possessions and ceded territories. Dickstein's memorandum blithely ignored 18 U.S.C. § 3231 which explicitly vests federal district courts with jurisdiction over "all offenses against the laws of the United States ." Dickstein also conveniently ignored article I, section 8 of the United States Constitution which empowers Congress to create, define and punish crimes, irrespective of where they are committed. See United States v. Worrall, 2 U.S. (2 Dall.) 384, 393, 1 L. Ed. 426, 28 F. Cas. 774 (1798) (Chase, J.). Article I, section 8 and the sixteenth amendment also empower Congress to create and provide for the administration of an income tax; the statute under which defendant was charged and convicted, 28 U.S.C. § 7201, plainly falls within that authority. Efforts to argue that federal jurisdiction does not encompass prosecutions for federal tax evasion have been rejected as either "silly" or "frivolous" by a myriad of courts throughout the nation. See, e.g., United States v. Dawes, 874 F.2d 746, 750 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 493 U.S. 920, 107 L. Ed. 2d 264, 110 S. Ct. 284 (1989), overruled on other grounds, 895 F.2d 1581 (10th Cir. 1990); United States v. Tedder, 787 F.2d 540, 542 (10th Cir. 1986); United States v. Amon, 669 F.2d 1351, 1355 (10th Cir. 1981); United States v. Brown, 600 F.2d 248, 259 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 917, 100 S. Ct. 233, 62 L. Ed. 2d 172 (1979); Cheek, 882 F.2d at 1270; United States v. Ward, 833 F.2d 1538, 1539 (11th Cir. 1987), cert. denied, 485 U.S. 1022, 108 S. Ct. 1576, 99 L. Ed. 2d 891 (1988); United States v. Koliboski, 732 F.2d 1328, 1329-30 (7th Cir. 1984); United

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