Bernard Madoff has been placed under oath in a federal courtroom to answer questions from a judge about potential conflicts of interest with his attorney.
After stating his name and age, the 70-year-old disgraced financier was asked by the judge Tuesday whether he is satisfied with the legal counsel of his lawyer, Ira Sorkin.
"I am," Madoff said.
Sorkin is expected to represent Madoff when the former Wall Street financier pleads guilty on Thursday to swindling investors out of billions of dollars.
Prosecutors have asked the judge to rule on three potential conflicts of interest to clear the way for the plea. One of them involves $900,000 that Sorkin's parents invested with Madoff's firm.