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Professional Responsibility Keyed to Jefferson
Beets v. Collins
Citation:986 F.2d 1478 (5th Cir. 1993)
Beets (Appellant) was convicted of murder of her husband in Texas state court, after she allegedly killed him and buried him in her backyard. She and her attorney had a contingency fee agreement, and Beets transferred all literary and media rights in her case to her attorney’s son, as the case had generated significant media interest on both a local and national level. The trial judge never became aware of the media rights contract during trial, and did not inquire whether Beets was willing to waive her constitutional right to conflict-free counsel.
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