Friday, April 6, 2007

Is It Politics in Pennsylvania or is it an Attorney Conflict?

According to Philly.Com. the U.S. Attorneys Office located in Philadelphia, Pa. is trying to remove the law firm of Sprague and Sprague from representing State Senator Vince Fumo. Fumo, who is a democrat, is charged in an 139 count indictment (see here), The basis for the removal of the law firm from representing Fumo is an alleged conflict of interest.  But the law firm's response is also interesting as it seems that this conflict is suddenly arising after defense counsel announced that he intends to investigate the U.S. Attorney's motive for prosecuting this case. The recent happenings in the AG's office may raise some interesting arguments in cases that come from the political arena.

(esp) (w/ a hat tip to Kevin Kotch)

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