The California Supreme Court has held that the possibility of attorney conflicts of interest arising from a life-story fee contract with an indigent criminal defendant does not warrant pretrial removal of competent counsel if the defendant knowingly and intelligently waives the consequences of the attorney's potential conflicts.
Maxwell v. Superior Court, 30 Cal. 3d 606, 639 P.2d. 248, 180 Cal. Rptr. 177 (1982).
Cynthia A. Watson,
Criminal Law - Attorney and Client - Conflict of Interest - Life Story Fee Contract,
Duq. L. Rev.
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