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Professional Responsibility Keyed to Martyn
Purcell v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District
Citation:676 N.E.2d 436 (Mass. 1997)
Purcell (Petitioner) was an attorney in Massachusetts. He suspected that a potential client, who had consulted with Purcell about possible legal services, intended to burn down his apartment building. The client was later arrested and charged with attempted arson, after the police served his home and found incendiary materials, gasoline, and other materials that could start a fire. Purcell was subpoenaed to testify at his trial. Purcell moved to quash the subpoena, but the trial judge denied his motion.
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