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Judge rejects request to remove attorney for man accused of shooting 2 Baltimore County police officers

Baltimore, (Qnnflash) – Judge Rejects Prosecutors’ Attempt to Remove Public Defender in Shooting Case

A Baltimore County judge made a ruling on Monday, dismissing the efforts by prosecutors to bar a public defender from representing a man accused of shooting two police officers. The defense attorney, Deborah Katz Levi, criticized the move as being personal and an attempt by the state to assert its authority.

Circuit Judge Dennis M. Robinson Jr. stated that Deborah Katz Levi, the director of special litigation for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, did not have any conflict of interest in continuing to represent David Linthicum. Linthicum is facing charges of five counts of attempted first-degree murder and related offenses.

Deputy State’s Attorney John Cox filed a motion to discharge and strike Levi as Linthicum’s counsel, citing her marriage to Andrew Alperstein, an attorney in Baltimore, and her brother-in-law’s representation of another case. Cox argued that Levi could potentially gain financially from her brother-in-law’s successful pursuit of a workers compensation claim, leading to concerns if there is a conviction on appeal or during a post-conviction hearing.

Levi, however, refuted the claim, stating that she has not discussed the case with her brother-in-law and pointed out that prosecutors failed to provide any evidence supporting their allegations. The burden of proof, she argued, rested on the prosecutors, and their claims lacked substantiation.

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