Reached by the news agency, Veale said "We are not delusional by any means. We have the facts, and they cannot be explained." He formerly worked as chief assistant for the Contra Costa County, Calif., public defender's office.
Cunningham did not immediately respond.
In addition to agreeing with U.S. District Judge Denny Chin that the suit the lawyers filed on behalf of an injured Pentagon worker was frivolous, the 2nd Circuit was not pleased that the lawyers sought to recuse members of an appeals court panel that earlier approved the same sanctions, the Reuters article notes.
The attorneys had contended in a motion requesting an en banc hearing that the panel judges "and any like-minded colleagues" on the 2nd Circuit should be disqualified due to "severe bias, based in active personal emotions arising from the 9/11 attack."