Kootenai County District Attorney Anne Taylor may have had a relationship with a family member of the victim prior to the murder.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. —
According to Idaho court records, Kootenai County District Attorney Anne Taylor represented someone with the same name as one of the killer’s parents, beginning on November 21, 2022. .
This process lasted until January 5, 2023. On this day, Taylor signed a ‘change of attorneys’ and assigned the case to another attorney. Just one day later Bryan Kohberger was transported from Pennsylvania to Idaho.
KREM2 is choosing not to share the details of the charges or the person’s name at this time.
Former criminal defense attorney, Mo Hamoudi, said conflicts of interest can be common in the law.
“There is nothing wrong or bad about learning about a conflict,” Hamoudi said. “It happens all the time. In any state attorney’s office, there are conflicts that may arise because the state attorney’s office represents the Many members of society cannot afford lawyers.”
He said when this happens, the lawyer has an independent responsibility to resolve the dispute that may arise.
The court then makes its own decision on the conflict.
“What needs to be determined is what is the issue and what is the presentation, so the issues must be investigated, the facts must be investigated, and then a decision needs to be made,” the said Hamoudi.
But, whether it affects the court depends on the type of conflict that exists.
“What is called a conflict of interest, means at the same time, there is a great risk of being a representative of one or more people who will be limited by lawyers responsibility to another client, a former client, or a third party. people,” Hamoudi said. “And similar conflicts of interest can arise from a lawyer’s duties to a former client.”
Hamoudi said that this means that a lawyer cannot use information based on a previous statement to the disadvantage of the first person.
He said, conflicts of interest can sometimes result in the judge appointing another lawyer. Aat this time, he said it was too early to say whether it would have any effect on the Moscow issue.
KREM 2 continues to reach out to the Kootenai County attorney general’s office for comment but it appears they will not hear back due to the order. .
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