Wednesday, June 04, 2003

TN county attorney disqualified from cases investigated by law enforcement officers employed by the county

A Tennesee judge has held as reported here that the county's attorney cannot represent criminal defendants in cases that were investigated by the employees of the county, including employees of the sheriff's department, because "the county attorney has a conflict of interest in these cases where the sheriff's deputies are the actual prosecutors and are material witnesses against criminal defendants."

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