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WILL HIGH ROADS NOT TAKEN LEAD TO MALPRACTICE?

After reading reports of the circumstances that lead a judge to vacate a criminal defendant's guilty plea, Carolyn Elefant examines the high roads not taken by two attorneys who she thinks had a clear ethical conflict:

"Many attorneys who practice criminal law believe that their malpractice exposure is minimal.  After all, it's hard to show that it's more likely than not that a client would have avoided conviction but for the attorney's negligence -- if only because it's so hard to predict what juries might do.  But after reading this article, "Man Deserves New Trial Because Lawyers Forced Him to Plead Guilty," Zwire.com (2/19/05), I'm thinking there may be a legal malpractice action coming for the criminal defense attorneys involved. ..."

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Posted by Laurel Newby on February 23, 2005 at 10:21 AM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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