Self-proclaimed Facebook co-owner Paul Ceglia fought to keep Dean Boland (pictured) as his lawyer at a hearing in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday before U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio, while Facebook attorney Orin Snyder asked that Boland’s reasons for wanting to withdraw from the case be made public.

AP reported that Ceglia said during a telephone conference that it would be difficult to find another attorney at this point of his lawsuit, which has been going on for more than two years, adding:

I appreciate the fear for his own safety that he has and the threats that have been made against him. Worse has happened to me.

Boland maintained, as reported by AP:

I can no longer professionally and ethically represent Mr. Ceglia’s interests over my own interests. I have to deal with my own life, my own career, my own existence.

Foschio gave Boland until Dec. 4 to respond and said he would rule on the lawyer’s request at that point.

Ceglia’s case has already been dropped by several attorneys and law firms, and he was indicted Monday on one charge apiece of wire fraud and mail fraud.

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