Hearing the opinion of the 7 judges in the NYS Court of appeals in the case of The people vs. Brown makes me think that the argument made by the appellant was suffice and accurate as to the ethical aspect of the case. It was argued that it was a conflict of interest in part of the defense attorney in the matter. The attorney was representing the witness to the crime and the witness hired the attorney to represent both the witness and the defendant is very strange. I am very shocked that the judge on the bench didn’t questioned why the defendant wanted the lawyer and explained to the defendant what a non-waiver of conflict is and how it would challenge his outcome of the trial. The judge ruled against him and was sentenced 25 to life in jail for murder. Now the NYS court of appeals sees the errors that were made in the trial and remanded the case back to Supreme Court New York County for retrial of the matter.
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