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Court asked to decide if Modesto attorney charged with murder can represent clients in murder cases

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 20, 2015

A legal fight continued Wednesday over whether a Modesto defense attorney can continue to represent his clients while facing a charge of murder in the death of Turlock resident Korey Kauffman.

Attorney Frank Carson remains in custody at the Stanislaus County jail. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court Tuesday for a possible bail review hearing. Carson wants to return to work and defend his clients while on bail.

Prosecutors are asking the court to keep Carson and some of his co-defendants in custody without bail. They’re also seeking to remove Carson from some of his clients’ cases, arguing that Carson would have a conflict of interest if he were to represent clients facing their own murder charges.

On Wednesday, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office filed motions in two murder cases unrelated to Kauffman’s death. The prosecutors are asking the court to hold a hearing to determine whether there is a conflict of interest for Carson, who represents the defendants in these cases.

Read the whole story at The Modesto Bee

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