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Judge replaces prosecutors with defense lawyer

After conflicts arose with two prosecutors’ offices, a Norfolk judge has appointed a criminal defense attorney to take over the government’s case against a man accused in a fatal auto crash.

WTKR reports the judge appointed lawyer B. Thomas Reed to act as special prosecutor in the case against Richard Freeman, who is charged with two counts of manslaughter in connection with a 2009 accident.

The Norfolk commonwealth’s attorney’s office was removed from the case because of questions about a police officer’s credibility. Later, a conflict developed with another  prosecutor’s office appointed in the case.

Freeman’s attorney, Andrew Sacks, has said there is evidence the accident was caused when a passenger struck Freeman on the head while he was driving.

A week long trial is scheduled to begin June 6.

Posted by Peter Vieth

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