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If a lawyer takes your case when the person who actually committed the crime is a client of theirs and doesn't associate them purposely and other client is told to accept plea for something she never did ...
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It would be against the rules of professional conduct for an attorney to represent one person when the attorney's client committed the offense and the position of the person is against the interests of the other client. This would be deemed a conflict of interest and violation of the rules of professional conduct and could be grounds for a civil suit for malpractice and also a basis to vacate any plea or conviction based on ineffective assistance of counsel.
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