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October 8, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Was a murder defendant denied a fair trial because of a short-lived romance and a bitter paternity dispute between his lawyer and the district attorney? That intriguing question is now before a state Court of Appeal here in a novel case that might seem better-suited for a television screen were it not for the serious ethical issue at stake.
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October 8, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Was a murder defendant denied a fair trial because of a short-lived romance and a bitter paternity dispute between his lawyer and the district attorney? That intriguing question is now before a state Court of Appeal here in a novel case that might seem better-suited for a television screen were it not for the serious ethical issue at stake.
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March 7, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A fleeting romance and bitter paternity dispute between a prosecutor and defense attorney did not deny a murder defendant a fair trial, a state Court of Appeal held Friday. The panel, ruling in a case that sometimes resembled a steamy television drama, said a previous sexual relationship between two opposing lawyers did not establish a conflict of interest that harmed the defendant. Nor, said the court, did any ill will between the two hurt the defendant.
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