Enotah DA Disqualified from Man's Case Due to Attorney Richman's Quick Thinking
Posted on Oct 12, 2017 12:28pm PDT
Jeff Langley, the Enotah Circuit District Attorney, is no longer permitted
to prosecute Jonathon Morgan due to a breach of client-attorney confidentiality.
Jonathon Morgan, a client of Attorney Andrew Richman, faces a 21-count
indictment including charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, and aggravated
child molestation. Morgan requested a review from the Department of Behavioral
Health and Developmental Disabilities following the charges, but this
report somehow ended up in the hands of a staff prosecutor.
The confidential competency report was going to be used to attest to Jonathon
Morgan’s ability to stand trial, but after the evaluation was complete
it was shared with the wrong authorities. The psychological report was
mistakenly sent to the office of Jeff Langley, where the email was subsequently
opened by a staff prosecutor. The woman who received the email says she
opened it and “glanced” at it. However, Attorney Richman argued
that this simply wasn’t fair.
According to Attorney Richman, due to attorney-client privilege, the prosecutor
was simply not permitted to read the health report. By opening the psychological
evaluation the office should be disqualified from prosecuting Morgan’s
case. To do so, Attorney Richman filed a motion to have the DA taken from
the case, which was set for trial next month.
Attorney Richman argued, very simply, “my client’s future is
on the line, and I will do everything within the rules of ethics to ensure
his rights are protected.”
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