Regarding “DA Stacy Parks Miller appoints her lawyer as special assistant district attorney” (CDT, Saturday), as a non-lawyer I was always of the belief that, as a matter of ethics, lawyers were to avoid not only any conflicts of interest but even any appearance of a conflict of interest.
To any rational individual, a lawyer who is privately retained as a civil lawyer and is representing a party in the district attorney’s office in ongoing criminal probes sure appears to have a conflict of interest even if, by some stretch of logic, he can argue that there is no actual conflict.
Maybe Centre County needs a truly independent counsel to look into the matter — maybe a member of the district attorney’s current office staff would suffice.
This would appear to be as free from a conflict as the current appointment of the special deputy district attorney in Centre County.
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