Friday, February 21, 2003

Lawyers suing gunmakers seek testimony from opposing counsel.

"A legal-ethics rule provides that in some circumstances a lawyer can be required to withdraw as an advocate when he becomes a witness. Roy D. Simon Jr., a legal ethics professor at Hofstra University School of Law, said the rule was intended to keep separate the role of lawyer and witness. Professor Simon said efforts to force lawyers to testify were often made in cases marked by extreme bitterness among lawyers. 'Any motion to disqualify a lawyer is a hostile act,' he said."

The NAACP filed the lawsuit in 1999. Read an earlier blog about the NAACP's suit here.

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