Friday, April 10, 2015

Comments on withdrawal of attorney for police officer accused of murder in South Carolina

As I am sure you know by now, a few days ago a police officer shot and killed an unarmed man who ran away from the officer after being stopped for a broken tail light.  The officer has since been arrested and charged with murder.  At first, his lawyer declared that he believed that the officer had followed proper procedure. But he quickly withdrew his representation after the now widely broadcast video of the incident was made public. Eric Turkewitz, of the New York Personal Injury blog and several participants in the Legal Ethics Forum have comments on the attorney's withdrawal.  The general consensus seems to be that the lawyer's comments in "explaining" why he withdrew (something he did not have to do at all) comes close to disclosing confidential information.

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