Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Judge Wilson disqualifies lawyer with multiple clients in tobacco smuggling cases

In U.S. v. Chichyan, Judge Wilson disqualified counsel for one of the defendants, because the lawyer also represented two other defendants in a related prosecution in California. The Court concluded: "Buehler’s representation of defendants in overlapping prosecutions arising out of a single undercover operation when those defendants could possibly offer trial testimony against one another, receive leniency by cooperating, or if convicted receive varying role adjustments is simply too problematic."

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