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Legal Question: Professional Relationships

The prosecuting attorney made verbal and written statements about the medical examiner in my case, stating as soon as she saw the (attorney’s) name on the case she had already made up her mind that it would go to trial. My attorney, however, doesn’t want to make waves. Can I get a fair trial?

Attorneys and “professional witnesses” often develop personal relationships (both good and bad) in this line of work. We see each other over and over in court, sometimes over many years. That is not unusual. The question is whether the relationship between the prosecutor and this witness is so significant that it will compromise the prosecutor’s ability to handle your case fairly.

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