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Was this a civil case or a criminal case?
Thanks. Because there was a resolution of the case where you received money, no further legal action can be taken against the first defendant. The doctrine of finality applies.
Also, because this happened approximately 16 years ago, the statute of limitations has long ago passed an no legal action (e.g., possible malpractice) can be taken against your attorney.
These two circumstances are probably the primary reasons why no other attorney is interested in taking your case. In the private sector, the practice of law is also a business and attorneys do not want to take on cases that (a) have no chance of winning, and (b) could subject them to sanction for filing a frivolous lawsuit.
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