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Feb 27, 2013 10:22 AM by AP

Judge fires lawyer who skipped court

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge fired an attorney for two murder defendants when the lawyer failed to show up to court for their trials.

Attorney Martin Regan represented two accused killers, both scheduled for trial Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder. But neither Regan nor his associates appeared before Judge Ben Willard.

Assistant District Attorney John Alford asked the judge to hold Regan in contempt of court. Willard declined, and instead ordered that Regan be terminated as the attorney for both defendants. He postponed the trials, and appointed the Orleans Parish Public Defenders office to represent them.

Regan filed motions Tuesday morning with the clerk of court, requesting that the judge postpone the trials. But he did not show up in the courtroom.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com




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